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Evgeny Sveshnikov
Number of games in database: 1,034
Years covered: 1967 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2478 (2482 rapid, 2377 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +292 -198 =469 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 75 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (164) 
    B22 B21 B40 B30 B33
 French Defense (95) 
    C02 C01 C18 C16 C15
 Scotch Game (38) 
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B13 B14 B12 B10 B15
 Robatsch (31) 
 Petrov (23) 
    C43 C42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B30 B32 B33 B45 B40
 Semi-Slav (124) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (52) 
    D30 D31 D35 D39
 English (30) 
    A13 A12 A11
 Sicilian Taimanov (22) 
    B45 B47
 Catalan (20) 
    E04 E02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sveshnikov vs Shcherbakov, 1991 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs I Ivanov, 1976 1-0
   A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Sveshnikov vs J Stocek, 2000 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs Gulko, 1975 1-0
   Kovalenko vs Sveshnikov, 2017 0-1
   Geller vs Sveshnikov, 1978 0-1
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1986 0-1
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1999 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs A Kveinys, 1996 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Capablanca Memorial (1979)
   World Senior 65+ (2017)
   Chelyabinsk (1989)
   13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013)
   Novi Sad (1979)
   World Senior Teams Championship (65+) (2017)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   European Senior Chess Championship (2016)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Russian Championship (1996)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Aeroflot Open (2002)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Fredthebear's Fzuzy Nc3s by fredthebear
   Sveshnikovs c3 sicilian by fredthebear
   c3 sicilian by rpsingh4
   c3 sicilian by Patszer
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1981 by suenteus po 147
   TRENDS Advance French (Wade, Gkountintas) by Chessdreamer

   🏆 Olaine Open Rapid
   R Berzinsh vs Sveshnikov (Nov-26-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Sveshnikov vs V Dzjuba (Nov-26-17) 1-0, rapid
   Sveshnikov vs Kovalenko (Nov-26-17) 0-1, rapid
   K Ramma vs Sveshnikov (Nov-26-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Sveshnikov vs A Neiksans (Nov-26-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-11-1950, 71 years old) Russia

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Grandmaster (1977) Evgeny Ellinovich Sveshnikov was born in Cheliabinsk, Russia and won the 2017 World Seniors' Championship at Italy(1). He is best known for the work he did on the Sicilian-Sveshnikov (formerly known as the Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan) together with Gennadi Timoshchenko 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5

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He maintains an unusual opinion, in that he is against the handing over of gamescores. He believes that the chessplayers should have the right to decide themselves what to do with them (e.g. write a book with exclusive gamescores), and not give future opponents unnecessary advantages.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 World Seniors' Championship).

Wikipedia article: Evgeny Sveshnikov,

Last updated: 2021-03-11 06:38:47

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,034  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov 0-1321967HUN-RSFSRB33 Sicilian
2. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-0201967HUN-RSFSRC45 Scotch Game
3. M Steinberg vs Sveshnikov  1-0481967USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
4. Sveshnikov vs Bagirov 0-1221967USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Tseshkovsky vs Sveshnikov 1-0221968URS-ch U26B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. Sveshnikov vs Alburt  ½-½611968Ch URS (students)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Ribli vs Sveshnikov  1-0601969HUN-URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Sveshnikov vs Ribli  0-1511969HUN-URSB06 Robatsch
9. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov  ½-½231969HUN-URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-0541969HUN-URSB06 Robatsch
11. Sveshnikov vs Gulko  ½-½721972OdessaB07 Pirc
12. Sveshnikov vs E Paoli 1-0161973PlovdivB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Sveshnikov vs Taimanov 1-0281973USSRB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Sveshnikov vs Stein 0-1291973URSB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Sveshnikov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½541973URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
16. Polugaevsky vs Sveshnikov ½-½361973USSR ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Sveshnikov vs Keres ½-½751973USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
18. Karpov vs Sveshnikov ½-½441973USSR ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
19. Sveshnikov vs N Rashkovsky  ½-½361973USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
20. Smyslov vs Sveshnikov  ½-½281973USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
21. Sveshnikov vs Savon  ½-½301973USSR ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Taimanov vs Sveshnikov  ½-½551973USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. K Grigorian vs Sveshnikov 0-1271973USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. Sveshnikov vs Beliavsky  0-1351973USSR ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
25. Tal vs Sveshnikov ½-½341973USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
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Latvian champion 2010 (as he was in 2003):, congratukations!

Jul-25-10  BIDMONFA: Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov


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  Tabanus: He was 5th yesterday in Miguel Najdorf Memorial (Poland) 17-25 July 2010:

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  HeMateMe: When I saw this name in the Olympiad, I thought maybe its a common name in Russia, or, perhaps he is a cousin of the man who's name is on an opening...but it is the same Sveshnikov of old.

Who is he playing for here?

Apr-02-11  Everett: This GM has one of the most straightforward opening repetoires in the history of the game.

Opens e4 and plays the following against the 5 major responses:

Alapin Sicilian
French Advance
Panov-Botvinnik Caro-Kann
Petrov Modern Attack

The first two fit together very well.

Nov-03-11  rapidcitychess: He's playing in the European team championship, apparently.
Feb-11-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sveshnikov!
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  Penguincw: Happy 62nd birthday Sveshnikov!
Feb-11-12  jurado96: great all or nothing player happy birthday from 8000 miles away
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  wordfunph: "I can confidently say that the move 2.c3 has fed me and my family for almost 40 years."

- GM Evgeni Sveshnikov

Feb-11-14  waustad: <HHM>He's often played for Latvia. There is also another player with the same last name on the 2010 team.
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  Penguincw: Happy 64th birthday to GM Evgeni Sveshnikov.

<He maintains a unusual opinion, in that he is against the handing over the gamescores believing that the chessplayers should have the right to decide themselves what to do with them (e.g. write a book with exclusive gamescores) and not give future opponents unnecessary advantages.>

So does he mean the fans can't view the gamescores (only the results)?

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  offramp: I'd like to know what happens to chess gamescores. I never see them for sale on places like eBay. But people obtain and collect them. Where from?
Dec-15-14  Conrad93: I have been playing 2. c3 for the past few months. Very few people are aware of the Na3-Nb5 idea, so I get lot of easy wins.

Great player and a great writer! Definitely worth the 30 bucks I spend.

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  Penguincw: Sveshnikov is playing a match against Karpov!

Jul-11-15  redlance: Sveshnikov, is writing a book on openings for blitz. These games maybe a test of lines.
Nov-05-15  sonia91: He switched to the Russian Chess Federation two days ago:
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  thegoodanarchist: A very strange bird is the Pelikan
Its beak can hold more than its belly can.

Happy Birthday to GM Sveshnikov.

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Sveshnikov! It's great to see that he's still playing in tournaments & still playing at a very high level! He played Karpov last July in a rapid match & did pretty well considering he played Karpov. Of course Sveshnikov lost the match but he did get 1 win.: Karpov-Sveshnikov Rapid Match (2015)
Feb-03-17  rickcarnes: Since Chess is considered a sporting event in some parts of the world and certainly a news event in others it would be difficult for Chess players to claim the exclusive right to the broadcast of their games. But reprinting them in books and magazines or use videos where there is commercial exploitation of their ideas should net them a royalty I do believe. At the very least the attribution of their games should be required. However, a copyright can only be assigned to a unique expression of an idea so the game copyrighted would have to be the first one using the specific moves outlined and any succeeding games that were exactly the same could not be copyrighted. Perhaps if Grandmasters had royalty streams of income there might be more and better players interested in the game. After all, that is the idea of copyright, to incentivize the creation of art.
Feb-05-17  sonia91: He just won the Moscow Open veteran's event with 7.5/9 on tiebreak from an IM :
Jul-27-17  Eagle41257: He's been playing for Latvia more than 20 years, but lives in Russia now again.
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  Tabanus: World Senior 65+ champion 2017, congrats!

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to 1 of the most important theoreticians of 1 of the best variations of the Sicilian...GM Sveshnikov!! Mieses was the 1st to play it but Sveshnikov deserves a lot of credit for turning it into the great variation that it is today. He has 1/2 a century of chess tournaments behind him!!
Aug-20-20  Judah: <<HeMateMe>: Everytime I see that name, I'm reminded of the Kalishnikov rifle, the sturdy AK-47, the weapon of choice of third world soldiers.>

Surely, that rifle is the namesake of the Kalashnikov variation (along with the allusion to the Sveshnikov variation, of course).

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