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Sergey Nikolaev
Number of games in database: 79
Years covered: 1989 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2375

Overall record: +35 -17 =25 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E81 E83 E89 E80 E84
 Queen's Indian (7) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A41 E10 A46
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D12 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Modern Benoni (5) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A45 D01
 Benko Gambit (5) 
 Sicilian (4) 
    B20 B40 B89 B45
 Dutch Defense (4) 
    A88 A85 A89
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Petyko vs S Nikolaev, 1990 0-1
   S Nikolaev vs S N Soloviov, 1992 1-0
   T Wyss vs S Nikolaev, 1990 0-1
   S Nikolaev vs J Palkovi, 1990 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tal Memorial (1992)

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(born Sep-27-1961, died Oct-20-2007, 46 years old) Russia

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Sergey Nikolaevich Nikolaev was a Russian International Master and chess coach. He abandonded his chess career in the late 1980s and went on to become a successful businessman. In 2007, Nikolaev was brutally murdered by a neo-Nazi youth gang near his home in Moscow.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 86  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Nikolaev vs M Lanzani 0-1121989Spring opA51 Budapest Gambit
2. S Nikolaev vs N Stajcic  1-0551990Budapest IM-AE15 Queen's Indian
3. T Wyss vs S Nikolaev 0-1271990Bad Ragaz opA57 Benko Gambit
4. M van der Werf vs S Nikolaev  1-0601990Bern OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. D Leuba vs S Nikolaev  0-1401990Bad Ragaz opD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
6. R Ernst vs S Nikolaev  ½-½191990Bad Ragaz opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Gavrikov vs S Nikolaev  1-0491990Bern OpenA25 English
8. G Feher vs S Nikolaev  0-1411990Budapest IM-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. S Nikolaev vs S Biro  ½-½161990Budapest IM-AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. S Nikolaev vs Stojan Ivanov  0-1351990Liechtenstein opE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. S Nikolaev vs G Titov  0-1351990Spring opA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
12. S Nikolaev vs A Habibi  ½-½371990Bad Ragaz opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. S Nikolaev vs S Tatar Kis  1-0411990Spring opE15 Queen's Indian
14. S Nikolaev vs M Krstic  ½-½251990Budapest IM-AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. K Busch vs S Nikolaev  ½-½161990Budapest IM-AA13 English
16. A Meszaros vs S Nikolaev  ½-½121990Budapest IM-AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. S Nikolaev vs C Mann  ½-½441990Budapest IM-AD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. P Kranzl vs S Nikolaev  0-1201990Liechtenstein opA57 Benko Gambit
19. S Nikolaev vs M Orso  1-0231990Budapest IM-AA43 Old Benoni
20. E Magerramov vs S Nikolaev  0-1241990Spring opA57 Benko Gambit
21. S Nikolaev vs J Palkovi  1-0281990Spring opA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
22. D Ruzele vs S Nikolaev  0-1431990Spring opA57 Benko Gambit
23. S Nikolaev vs R Pogorelov  ½-½121990Budapest IM-AD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
24. S Nikolaev vs C Rupp  ½-½641990Bad Ragaz opE60 King's Indian Defense
25. Z Petyko vs S Nikolaev 0-1221990Spring opB20 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-21-07  Karpova: Very sad news:

<Sergej Nikolaev (27.09.1961 – 20.10.2007)

Sergej Nikolaevich Nikolaev, international master, the author of one of the projects at our site, was killed yesterday by young villains in Moscow near his house.>

Rest in Peace, IM Nikolaev.

Oct-22-07  Karpova: An article:

It seems that there were 25 teenagers (14 to 15 years old) who attacked random people and beat them up. Two of them were wounded an one died (IM Sergey Nikolaev).

Nikolaev was a contributer to
Interview with GM Panchenko

Oct-22-07  stanleys: Awful news.Apparently these guys were rasists.

Rest in peace Mr Nikolaev!

Oct-23-07  Karpova: Here is more on him:

The murderers seem to have been racists indeed.

And it seems that he has published articles on

Here's more on him:

He was beaten to death with baseball bats in Vorontsovskogo.

Oct-23-07  Open Defence: geez .. very sad.. RIP
Oct-25-07  Karpova: It took some time but now even reports the horrible crime:

<IM Sergey Nikolaev killed in racist attack

A baseball bat and a knife were used to brutally kill 46-year-old Sergey Nikolaev, originally from Siberia, who died at the site of the attack. Police suspect up to nine teenagers attacked Sergey Nikolaev, who had a Eurasian complexion. Those responsible were reportedly wearing black coats which, combined with the weapons, match characteristics of racist gangs across Russia. The young people, aged 14-16, had disappeared by the time the police got there.

The violence broke out after a soccer match. The group of youths marched around the southern part of the city, attacking anybody they saw who did not look like an ethnic Russian. Despite numerous witnesses, nobody came to his aid and nobody alerted police for 30 minutes. Konstantin Chernobaev, an eye-witness, says, "I think they were skinheads. After the attack, they divided into two groups. The first ran away, the other went to a block where there are lots of skinheads. In this block there are lots of symbols used by nationalists."

Another victim of the attack – Nikolaev's Tajik friend Galijan Gulyashov – was also badly beaten, but survived. Now in hospital, he's said to be in a serious yet stable condition. A criminal case has been launched into this event, and police are also completing a finger-tip search of the area.

If the attack does prove to be racially motivated, it will add to Moscow's rising number of hate crimes. In June this year, clashes erupted between members of nationalist movements and people of ethnic Asian and Caucasian origin.

In Chess Today Alex Baburin writes: "I first met Sergey in a tournament in the Russian Federation in the early 1980s. Then I saw him at tournaments in Hungary in late 1980s. Soon after that he stopped playing chess and became a successful businessman. He employed only chess players in his company, which was his way of supporting his former colleagues. Sergey kept interest in chess and attended chess events in Moscow. I remember meeting him at the FIDE World Championship in Moscow in 2001. From time to time he would phone me in Dublin and we would talk for 20-30 minutes about the state of modern chess and players we both knew.">

Oct-25-07  Strongest Force: I understand that Moscow has been a lawless crime infested city for some time. Even Kasparov needs bodyguards. I hate to say it but when people start to protect themselves and take matters into their own hands- maybe then the authorities will try to make the streets safe for everybody.
Oct-25-07  jahhaj: The Russian government is complicit to criminal behaviour. Many Russian businessmen are gangsters. Any surprise that the Russian streets are full of thugs?

At least that's how it seems to me. Maybe I'm badly informed.

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  alexmagnus: It only seems so. If the Russian government is complicit to any crimes, then this can be only financial crimes (corruption and co.). So people try to hang several murders on the Russian government, but there is no single "unbeatable" evidence that any of that murders was really committed by the government.
Oct-25-07  Riverbeast: I think the Russian government is complicit in a sense because Putin fans these nationalist flames to keep himself in power.

The jailing of the 'Yukos' magnate Khodorkovsky and the stripping of his assets (Kasparov called it "the greatest robbery of the 21st century") was supported in large part by the public because the tycoon was a Jew. Even though he made his money in a fashion that, at the time, was not only legal but encouraged (when they privatized Russian businesses to stimulate the economy)...But of course they saw it as a Jew taking all the money. Putin took full advantage of that racist sentiment.

This is one of the fruits of Putin's "Russia for the Russians" demagoguery.

RIP, Sergey. We won't forget you.

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  alexmagnus: <Putin fans these nationalist flames to keep himself in power. >

Putin can't keep himself in power after 2008 - at least not as a president.

Oct-29-07  Karpova: An article by Sergey Shipov with pictures and he even analyses some of his games:

Sep-24-08  Karpova: News: <Moscow court sentences 13 teenage skinheads for ethnic crimes>


Date: 2008.09.22, Moscow
Prison Sentence: 3 to 10 years


<According to prosecutors, the gang carried out a series of attacks on dark-skinned people of Asian appearance, including the murder of international chess player Sergey Nikolaev.

Nikolaev was attacked last October because of his Asian appearance. It was alleged they battered him to death with a baseball bat.

All the 13 people were found guilty on various charges, including murder and numerous assaults. The racial motive was proved in most of the cases. They used to record their attacks to post the videos on the web.>

<Most of the accused are under 18 or at least had been underage at the moment of the arrest, that is why media was not allowed to attend the trial.>

<According to Human Rights campaigners, 71 people have been killed in racially-motivated attacks in Russia this year.>

Sep-27-08  Augalv: That's good news <Karpova>

Now we can say Nikolaev will finally rest in piece.

Sep-29-08  Abdooss: In The Telegraph Chess 27/09/2008 <; By Malcolm Pein Last Updated: 12:01am BST 27/09/2008

Ten Russian youths, reportedly skinheads have been sentenced to between three and ten years for the murder of IM Sergei Nikolayev during a drunken rampage in Moscow that followed a football match. Nikolayev, from Siberia had Eurasian features and the Moscow police confirmed it was a racist attack

S Nikolaev – A Gorbatow
Tal Mem Moscow, 1992
Modern Defence
1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 g6
3 c4 Bg7 4 Nc3 Nc6
5 d5 Ne5 6 Nxe5 Bxe5
7 e4 Bg7 8 Be2 e6
9 h4 h5 10 Bg5 Qd7
11 Qd2 Ne7 12 0-0-0 e5
13 f3 a6 14 g4 hxg4
15 fxg4 f6 16 Be3 Ng8
17 g5 f5 18 exf5 gxf5
19 h5 f4 20 Bf2 Qf5
21 h6 Bf8 22 Bd3 Qxg5
23 Rdg1 Bg4 1-0

Apr-21-11  wordfunph: "Chess constantly gives the brain work to do; it's shame that no research has even been done on this subject, I'm sure the results would have shown that chess is useful."

- IM Sergey Nikolaev

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