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Sergei Yuryevich Shipov
Number of games in database: 178
Years covered: 1983 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2541 (2543 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +49 -29 =64 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 36 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E34 E46 E39 E59
 King's Indian (12) 
    E92 E94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D35 D36 D31 D37 D30
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D85 D94
 Slav (8) 
    D17 D15 D11
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    D26 D27
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B84 B81 B80 B90 B52
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D85 D91 D76 D83 D92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (14) 
    B84 B81 B80 B82
 French Defense (13) 
    C03 C02 C18 C17
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 D02 A46
 French Tarrasch (7) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Y Shipov vs Miles, 1998 1-0
   S Y Shipov vs V V Gagarin, 1994 1/2-1/2
   S Y Shipov vs Kupreichik, 1990 1-0
   Carlsen vs S Y Shipov, 2006 0-1
   K Lie vs S Y Shipov, 2006 0-1
   S Y Shipov vs V I Ivanov, 1995 1-0
   S Y Shipov vs G Rey, 2001 1-0
   S Y Shipov vs S Mirovshchikov, 2002 1-0
   S Y Shipov vs Khalifman, 2004 1/2-1/2
   J Meister vs S Y Shipov, 2002 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Hastings 1998/99 (1998)
   Russian Championship (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Premier 1998/9 by protean

   🏆 16th Puhajarve Rapid
   S Y Shipov vs Van Wely (Nov-28-15) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ehlvest vs S Y Shipov (Nov-28-15) 0-1, rapid
   S Y Shipov vs T Nyback (Nov-28-15) 1-0, rapid
   T Seeman vs S Y Shipov (Nov-28-15) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Y Shipov vs Kulaots (Nov-28-15) 0-1, rapid

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(born Apr-17-1966, 53 years old) Russia

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Sergey Shipov is a Russian grandmaster, whose peak FIDE rating of 2662 put him at no. 23 in the world on the January 1999 rating list. He worked for Garry Kasparov for many years as a trainer, online commentator on, and frequent blitz partner; Kasparov was quoted as saying that Shipov was one of the best blitz players in Moscow. In recent years Shipov has devoted himself more to online commentary, often for his own Russian-language website

Wikipedia article: Sergei Shipov

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 178  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Oll vs S Y Shipov 1-0311983YaroslavlB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. S Y Shipov vs Kupreichik 1-0441990Prague Mladi opE92 King's Indian
3. Rublevsky vs S Y Shipov 1-0271991CheliabinskA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. S Y Shipov vs Glek  ½-½521992Groningen opA90 Dutch
5. S Y Shipov vs Matulovic  ½-½241992Belgrade IKOA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. S Y Shipov vs Kupreichik 1-0391993AlborgE92 King's Indian
7. S Y Shipov vs Svidler  ½-½161993St.Petersburg opD85 Grunfeld
8. S Y Shipov vs Y Kruppa  0-1381993MinskE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. S Y Shipov vs Suetin  1-0651993MinskD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Gipslis vs S Y Shipov  0-1401993MinskB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
11. Kharlov vs S Y Shipov  0-1411993Aalborg opB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. S Y Shipov vs Rublevsky  ½-½431993Aalborg opD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. A Dreev vs S Y Shipov  1-0461993Memorial M.ChigorinE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. S Y Shipov vs W Schmidt  ½-½431993Katowice Fibak opD85 Grunfeld
15. S Y Shipov vs M Litinskaya-Shul 1-0491993Katowice Fibak opE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. Kupreichik vs S Y Shipov 1-0411993Passau op 1stB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. S Y Shipov vs J Geurink 1-0271993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openE92 King's Indian
18. S Y Shipov vs H A Gretarsson  1-0691993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD94 Grunfeld
19. A Scetinin vs S Y Shipov  ½-½271993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openB50 Sicilian
20. S Y Shipov vs B Arkhangelsky  1-0231993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. S Y Shipov vs Skembris  ½-½371994BelgradeE12 Queen's Indian
22. Velimirovic vs S Y Shipov  1-0351994BelgradeB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. S Y Shipov vs V V Gagarin ½-½601994MoscowE15 Queen's Indian
24. Svidler vs S Y Shipov 1-0431994RUSB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. S Y Shipov vs M D Tseitlin  ½-½321994Groningen opD85 Grunfeld
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Mar-09-07  Tamerlan: I have read many chessbooks of Shipov:
he is a good player.
Apr-12-07  CFMEU: Shipov is currently playing in the Sydney International Open. Interesting to see how he goes against the ANZACs
Apr-15-07  whatthefat: <CFMEU>

Not too well it would seem! Ouch...

Apr-15-07  NakoSonorense: Is this player the 'cheap' version of Alexey Shirov?
Apr-15-07  NakoSonorense: Aight, I gotta say that I'm LingMAO. xD
Apr-19-07  CFMEU: There is an opinion held by some here in Australia that the holiday is more inviting than the chess tournament....
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  DarthStapler: I know this guy from ICC
Apr-17-09  DCP23: Happy birthday Sergey!
Apr-17-09  DCP23: From Chessbase:

<Sergey Shipov (born 17 April 1966) is a Russian grandmaster, whose peak FIDE rating of 2662 put him at no. 23 in the world on the January 1999 rating list. He is a well-known and highly regarded trainer, and is well-known in his native Moscow as an outstanding blitz player. Indeed, for a number of years, he was a regular practice partner of Garry Kasparov, who described him as one of the best blitz players in the city. He is the author of two books, one on the Kasparov-Kramnik match of 2000 (co-authored with the legendary Russian chess commentator Yakov Damsky), and one on the Hedghog System. An English edition of the latter is due to be published later this year. In recent years, he has established a strong reputation amongst Russian-speaking audiences as an online live commentator over the internet, for the Russian site >

Apr-17-09  Dredge Rivers: Is everything Ship shape?
Aug-01-09  myschkin: . . .


(by Misha Savinov)

Sep-05-09  percyblakeney: Some quotes from an interview with Shipov:

<the best chess players in the world are the best in blitz too>

<if Karpov plays like he did in San-Sebastian 2009, heís going to be mercilessly crushed>

<Before the Anand-Kramnik encounter I predicted that it is going to end with an impressive victory of one of the players, and I was right. But I didnít exactly choose Anand. Now it makes sense to question the experts if the match will take place at all. For example, I am not sure that it will happen>

<Best chess player of all time? Kasparov, by far>

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  whiteshark: Happy Birthday, <Sergey Shipov>!

and many thanks for you phantastic chess work, too.

Apr-28-10  Caissanist: Sergey Shipov (born 17 April 1966) is a Russian grandmaster, whose peak FIDE rating of 2662 put him at no. 23 in the world on the January 1999 rating list. He worked for Garry Kasparov for many years as a trainer, online commentator on, and frequent blitz partner; Kasparov was quoted as saying that Shipov was one of the best blitz players in Moscow. In recent years Shipov has devoted himself more to online commentary, often for his own Russian-language website
Dec-15-10  SufferingBruin: People here get annoyed when one member tries to speak for all. But if Sergey reads these boards at all, he'll know that I'm not the only one that appreciates his commentary on the London Chess Classic. I'm virtually alone in my argument that Chess would make good television. Sergey's analysis was worthy of a great sports commentator--accessible, educational, entertaining.

Bravo, Sergey.

Apr-17-11  talisman: happy birthday and thanks for all you do to make the games more enjoyable with your analysis.
Jul-04-11  bronkenstein: Shipov`s extensive videos on Linares , WAZ 2010 + 2011 , WC Candidates 2011 etc summed on one spot

All the humour and insight from these vids really make me feel pity for non Russian speakers =( Hopefully he will do something about that soon ... though only like 30% of the content is translateble ... the chess part =)

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  wordfunph: "How greedy are the chess players of our time! Oh how greedy! They wouldn't sacrifice a single pawn for an initiative! Before, people used to offer each other pieces and rooks, checkmating later onÖ"

- GM Sergei Shipov

happy birthday, Sergei!

Apr-17-12  MORPHYEUS: Funny, i was just chatting with Marlon Bernardino about GM Shipov. :)
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  wordfunph: <MORPHYEUS> remember the 1st game of our two-game match? to make the game interesting, i sac a pawn but i lost ahehe...halatang blunder! :)
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  whiteshark: "Iím at home in Moscow in the company of 2 cats and 3 computers. I consult them constantly when studying a position, but I donít trust any of them."

-- Sergey Shipov

Dec-01-14  fisayo123: Shipov! One of my favourite people in the chess world.
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  TheFocus: <The machine does not teach playing flexibility, does not help in taking account of human factors in the battle, and on whole, strictly speaking, it restricts the possibilities for young players> (2013) - Sergey Shipov, on computers.
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  TheFocus: <I address these hopes to all young players. It seems to me that they often begin too early the strict life of a professional, without first completing their chess studies. Deficiencies in education and a lack of certain basic knowledge will tell sooner or later; they will bump their head on the ceiling and will no longer be able to climb up the stairs> - Sergei Shipov.
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  TheFocus: <Greed is an integral quality of a strong player> - Sergey Shipov.
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