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Evgeny Sveshnikov

Number of games in database: 1,463
Years covered: 1967 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2478 (2482 rapid, 2377 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585
Overall record: +438 -258 =663 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 104 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (255) 
    B22 B21 B40 B30 B89
 French Defense (116) 
    C02 C01 C18 C14 C11
 Caro-Kann (51) 
    B13 B14 B12 B10 B15
 Scotch Game (51) 
 Robatsch (38) 
 Petrov (28) 
    C43 C42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (252) 
    B30 B32 B33 B45 B23
 Semi-Slav (176) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44 D48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (77) 
    D30 D31 D35 D39
 English (40) 
    A13 A11 A12
 Catalan (31) 
    E04 E02
 Sicilian Taimanov (24) 
    B45 B47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sveshnikov vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 1-0
   A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Sveshnikov vs I Ivanov, 1976 1-0
   Geller vs Sveshnikov, 1978 0-1
   Sveshnikov vs J Stocek, 2000 1-0
   Sveshnikov vs Gulko, 1975 1-0
   Kovalenko vs Sveshnikov, 2017 0-1
   S Dragasevic vs Sveshnikov, 2013 0-1
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1986 0-1
   Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1999 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Le Havre (1977)
   URS-ch sf Volgodonsk (1983)
   Capablanca Memorial (1979)
   World Senior 65+ (2017)
   Chigorin Memorial (1983)
   USSR Young Masters Championship (1976)
   Kotov Memorial (1984)
   Novi Sad (1979)
   Chelyabinsk (1989)
   URS-ch49 First League (1981)
   Torcy Open-A (1991)
   URS-ch 52nd / Zonal (1985)
   URS-ch qual Pinsk (1986)
   Chigorin Memorial (1974)
   Russian Championship (1995)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Fredthebear's Fzuzy Nc3s by fredthebear
   Sveshnikovs c3 sicilian by fredthebear
   Sveshnikovs c3 sicilian by ScribeTide99
   c3 sicilian by rpsingh4
   Hastings 1977/78 by suenteus po 147
   Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov by fredthebear
   TRENDS Advance French (Wade, Gkountintas) by Chessdreamer

   🏆 Shirov&Maskacha Rapid
   Shirov vs Sveshnikov (2020) 1-0, rapid
   Sveshnikov vs M Munoz Pantoja (Jul-18-19) 0-1, blitz
   V Fedoseev vs Sveshnikov (Jul-16-19) 1-0, rapid
   A Mikhalchishin vs Sveshnikov (Jun-21-19) 0-1
   N Sulava vs Sveshnikov (Aug-26-18) 0-1

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(born Feb-11-1950, died Aug-18-2021, 71 years old) Russia

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Grandmaster (1977) and FIDE Senior Trainer (2013) Evgeny Ellinovich Sveshnikov was born in Cheliabinsk, Russia. He won the 2017 World Seniors' Championship in Italy(1). He was 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 maintained an unusual opinion, in that he was against the handing over of gamescores. He believed that chess players 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.

He was the father of Vladimir Sveshnikov.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 World Seniors' Championship).

Wikipedia article: Evgeny Sveshnikov,

Last updated: 2021-08-22 10:36:59

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,463  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-0201967HUN-RSFSRC45 Scotch Game
2. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov 0-1321967HUN-RSFSRB33 Sicilian
3. M Steinberg vs Sveshnikov  1-0481967USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
4. Sveshnikov vs Bagirov 0-1221967USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Sveshnikov vs Alburt  ½-½611968Ch URS (students)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. Tseshkovsky vs Sveshnikov 1-0221968URS-ch U26B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. Sveshnikov vs Ribli  0-1511969Hungary - Russia MatchB06 Robatsch
8. Ribli vs Sveshnikov  1-0601969Hungary - Russia MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Adorjan vs Sveshnikov  ½-½231969Hungary - Russia MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. Sveshnikov vs Adorjan  1-0541969Hungary - Russia MatchB06 Robatsch
11. V Faibisovich vs Sveshnikov  1-0271970URS-ch Young MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Sveshnikov vs Vaganian  1-0481970URS-ch Young MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Sveshnikov vs Gulko  ½-½721972Burevestnik CC ChampionshipB07 Pirc
14. Sveshnikov vs V Mamoshin  1-0601972Burevestnik-ch sfB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. J Ajanski vs Sveshnikov  0-1451973PlovdivA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Sveshnikov vs E Paoli 1-0161973PlovdivB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. J Sofrevski vs Sveshnikov  ½-½501973PlovdivD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Sveshnikov vs N Padevsky  1-0591973PlovdivC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Sveshnikov vs Taimanov 1-0281973URSB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Sveshnikov vs S Palatnik  1-0431973URS-ch Young MastersB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. T Giorgadze vs Sveshnikov  ½-½571973URS-ch Young MastersC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
22. A Vaisser vs Sveshnikov  0-1541973URS-ch Young MastersD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Sveshnikov vs A Gorchakov  1-0221973URS-ch Young MastersB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. V Peresipkin vs Sveshnikov  0-1401973URS-ch Young MastersB33 Sicilian
25. Sveshnikov vs Gufeld  1-0331973Moscow-3teamsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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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).

Aug-18-21  siamesedream: RIP Evgeny Sveshnikov. [*]

Article for his 70th birthday:

Aug-18-21  Dionysius1: Thanks for the interesting link.

Where have you heard/seen that Evgeny Sveshnikov is dead? What does [*] mean?


Aug-18-21  Retireborn: Sad news. Here's one of his early victories with the variation named after him:-

B Ivanovic vs Sveshnikov, 1976

Aug-18-21  virginmind: RIP Evgeny Sveshnikov.
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Aug-18-21  Eastfrisian: RIP GM Sveshnikov.
Aug-18-21  Dionysius1: Thanks siamesedream and Tabanus

For anyone who wonders what the says (and wouldn't it be funny if there was a "translate to English" on the article somewhere, in Russian?)

"On August 18, 2021, at the age of 72, the famous grandmaster and theorist, world champion among veterans in individual and team competition Evgeny Ellinovich Sveshnikov (1950-2021) died.

The future grandmaster was born and raised in Chelyabinsk, his chess mentor was the famous coach Leonid Aronovich Gratvol, who also brought up Anatoly Karpov, Gennady Timoshchenko, Alexander Panchenko. In his youth, Sveshnikov studied at the All-Russian Chess School under the guidance of grandmaster Igor Bondarevsky and master Viktor Golenishchev. At the age of 17 he became a master.

In 1973, Evgeny Sveshnikov won the USSR championship among young masters and won the right to compete in the championship of the Soviet Union (this tournament was one of the strongest in history). In 1975, Sveshnikov won the All-Union tournament dedicated to the 30th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, in 1976 he again became the champion of the USSR among young masters, and in 1977 he was awarded the title of grandmaster. Participated in 9 championships of the Soviet Union, was the champion of Moscow in 1983. As part of the USSR national team - the winner of the World Youth Championship (1976) and the European Championship (1977). Winner and prize-winner of over a hundred international tournaments.

For 10 years, he was one of the leaders of the All-Russian Chess School, later he headed many regional schools; in particular, in the city of Satka, Chelyabinsk region. As a coach-second, he helped Anatoly Karpov, Lev Polugaevsky, Alexey Shirov, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and coached the national teams of several countries. He played at the World Chess Olympiads as a member of the Latvian national team. Made a huge contribution to the theory of openings; even in his youth, he developed and introduced into practice the so-called Chelyabinsk version of the Sicilian defense, which in the West is called The Sveshnikov Sicilian. He is the author of several opening monographs, which are very popular among chess professionals and amateurs, and many articles. An active fighter for the rights of chess players, in particular, for the right to intellectual property.

He achieved great success in veteran competitions: he repeatedly became the champion of Russia in individual and team competition, the champion of Europe and the world as part of the national team, and in 2017 he won the individual world championship among men over 65."

RIP indeed.

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  Penguincw: Just heard of his recent passing. RIP Mr. Sveshnikov.
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  MikhailGolubev: Developing a strategically revolutionary and perfectly sound system, the Sicilian Sveshnikov (aka Chelyabinsk or Lasker-Pelikan Variation) was an outstanding intellectual achievement. Indeed, nothing similar can happen in chess any longer. RIP GM Evgeny Sveshnikov
Aug-18-21  siamesedream: <Dionysius1> I read that sad news on Ian Nepomniachtchi's twitter.

[*] - burning candle.

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  0ZeR0: Rest in peace, GM Sveshnikov. Your legacy will live on in your tremendous chess contributions and games.
Aug-19-21  Dionysius1: Aaaa! Thanks for explaining. I'll use that - never saw it before.
Aug-19-21  Albertan: Remembering Evgeny Sveshnikov:

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  keypusher: This gives a sense of Sveshnikov's personality and rigorous approach to chess.

Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013) (kibitz #2941)

He also had some agreeably opinionated notes to Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 in Igor Botvinnik's book of the match. He really didn't like 3....c5.

Aug-19-21  Albertan: Evgeny Sveshnikov,1950-2021:

Aug-19-21  siggemannen: Sad to read the news today. Sveshnikov was a great theoretician and player, and kept his level high for many years. One may not agree with some of his views but noone can disagree about the work he put into the game. Rest in peace
Aug-20-21  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Sveshnikov..
Aug-20-21  Albertan: Always admired Evgeny Sveshnikov’s love of chess:

Aug-20-21  Albertan: Evgeny Sveshnikov passed away:

Aug-21-21  Albertan: Here is a link to the New York Times obituary for the GM:

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  Messiah: Rest in peace. Thank you for everything.
Aug-23-21  Albertan: Moradiabadi on Evgeny Sveshnikov :

Sep-04-21  Albertan: Yuri Dokhoian and Evgeny Sveshnikov Posthumously awarded with CFR Golden Badge:

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