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Vladimir Potkin

Number of games in database: 1,173
Years covered: 1997 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2583 (2547 rapid, 2442 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2684
Overall record: +252 -132 =444 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 345 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B22 B30 B90 B40 B80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
 Nimzo Indian (46) 
    E54 E53 E59 E32 E56
 French Defense (45) 
    C02 C11 C18 C05 C03
 King's Indian (38) 
    E90 E60 E62 E73 E97
 Slav (34) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (151) 
    B48 B46 B47 B40 B90
 Semi-Slav (95) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 Sicilian Taimanov (89) 
    B48 B46 B47 B49
 French Defense (70) 
    C11 C07 C01 C02 C16
 Slav (41) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    D02 D00 A45 D05 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Erturan vs Potkin, 2001 0-1
   Potkin vs D Brandenburg, 2008 1-0
   A Moiseenko vs Potkin, 2003 0-1
   Potkin vs Vitiugov, 2012 1-0
   Potkin vs F Vallejo Pons, 2011 1/2-1/2
   B Grachev vs Potkin, 2013 0-1
   Potkin vs V Zakhartsov, 2010 1-0
   Potkin vs M A Tabatabaei, 2015 1-0
   Potkin vs Shirov, 2011 1-0
   Landa vs Potkin, 2003 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2002)
   Komercni Banka Open (2000)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2012)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)
   Bad Wiessee Open (2003)
   World Cup (2011)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   European Championship (2010)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2002)
   European Championship (2009)
   Bundesliga 2007/08 (2007)
   European Championship (2013)

   🏆 Russian Team Chess Championships
   P Ponkratov vs Potkin (May-10-23) 1-0
   I Iljiushenok vs Potkin (May-09-23) 1/2-1/2
   Potkin vs R Kezin (May-08-23) 1-0
   Potkin vs A Uskov (May-05-23) 1/2-1/2
   Potkin vs S Vetokhin (May-04-23) 1-0

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(born Jun-28-1982, 41 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster since 2001 and occasional second to Levon Aronian. Potkin won the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), qualifying him for the World Cup (2011). He defeated US GM Yury Shulman, Latvian-Spanish GM Alexey Shirov and countryman GM Nikita Vitiugov in the first three rounds to progress through to the Round of Sixteen to face former recent Candidate and countryman Alexander Grischuk. He won the first game, but Grischuk leveled the classical match to force their contest to a tiebreaker which Grischuk won in the first pair of rapid tiebreakers. In 2012, he placed =1st in the Russian Superfinals (2012), but ultimately came 5th following the Russian Superfinals (Tiebreak) (2012) used to determine the final placements.

Photo:; ICC handle: Porter

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Potkin

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 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,173  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Potkin vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½231997Heart of Finland opC47 Four Knights
2. S Nikolaev vs Potkin  ½-½231997St Petersburg White Nights opE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Potkin vs S Mehtiyev  0-1321997White Nights opC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Potkin vs Radjabov  0-1541998Moscow Kasparov CupC05 French, Tarrasch
5. Potkin vs S Zagrebelny  0-1531998RUS-Cup02B22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. S Beshukov vs Potkin  0-1481998RUS-Cup02A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Potkin vs C Ionescu  ½-½351998Komercni Banka OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. S Ovsejevitsch vs Potkin  1-0361998Komercni Banka OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Potkin vs G Lnenickova  ½-½611998Komercni Banka OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. J Hybl vs Potkin  0-1221998Komercni Banka OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. Potkin vs D Gross  1-0461998Komercni Banka OpenC47 Four Knights
12. I Odesskij vs Potkin  ½-½231998Komercni Banka OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
13. Potkin vs A Khamatgaleev  ½-½401998Komercni Banka OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. K Volke vs Potkin  1-0471998Komercni Banka OpenC01 French, Exchange
15. Potkin vs V Buturin  ½-½411998Komercni Banka OpenC46 Three Knights
16. Kholmov vs Potkin  ½-½291998Chigorin memD05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Turov vs Potkin  1-0661998Chigorin memA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Landa vs Potkin  1-0431999Geller MemorialC18 French, Winawer
19. Potkin vs Chekhov  ½-½261999RUS-Cup03 (Geller mem)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. E Prokopchuk vs Potkin  ½-½381999RUS-Cup03 (Geller mem)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. P Kiriakov vs Potkin  1-0411999Geller Memorial (Cup Russia)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Radjabov vs Potkin  1-0721999EU-ch U18D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Potkin vs E Vorobiov  0-1332000Pripis memB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. V Akobian vs Potkin  0-1352000Pripis memE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
25. Khismatullin vs Potkin  ½-½522000RUS-ch U20D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-11-08  zoren: this guys rating shot up, maybe because with his cooperation with aronian
Jun-05-08  Xeroxx: the brother of pol potkin
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  Benzol: He's going to play in the 2009 Queenstown Classic.
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  Tabanus: He ended 3rd today in the quite strong Open Rohde tournament (France), see

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  HeMateMe: potkin is a dead ringer for a young bill clinton. uncanny resemblance. See chess base photo.
Jun-28-10  wordfunph: his ICC handle is "Porter"..
Dec-11-10  falso contacto: holds karjakin to a draw with black.
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  HeMateMe: Judo black belt, when not playing chess and locking up oligarchs.
Mar-26-11  kevins55555: Go to That page is very useful.
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  Penguincw: This player is doing pretty well.

Vladimir Potkin 6/7 (+5 -0 =2) [view games]

So far,unshared first place.

Mar-28-11  falso contacto: this might be the potkin who seconded aronian. I can remeber an interview on chesscafe.
Mar-28-11  zoren: <falso contacto> Yes he is the same Potkin. Apparently their cooperation has helped Potkin a lot since their cooperation started when Potkin was only ~2490-2500 FIDE.
Apr-02-11  Ezzy: Potkin is the 2011 European champion winning on tiebreak with 8.5/11
Apr-04-11  Don Cossacks: Congratulations GM Potkin!
Apr-08-11  polarmis: Here's an interview with Potkin. He talks about how he won the European Championship, coaching Nepomniachtchi and cheating in chess:

p.s. <falso contacto>, yes it's the same Potkin: In the latest interview he also talks about working with Aronian.

Sep-07-11  wordfunph: Potkin-Grischuk WCC tiebreaker games today, will he make it against monster Grischuk?

maybe 25% chance..

Jun-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Potkin!


Jul-29-14  zanzibar:

Bio stats + photographs from Dubai 2014.

More fiery hair color than other photos I've seen.

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  offramp: His name is an anagram of DRANK VOMIT.
Feb-26-15  Mr. V: <offramp: His name is an anagram of DRANK VOMIT.> No, in fact, it's not.
Feb-26-15  schweigzwang: Spoilsport.
Feb-27-15  Mr. V: <Spoilsport.>

Lol, well if he wants to do it, he should at least get it right!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Vladimir Potkin! He's had a decent performance so far, scoring +1 at Tata Steel (Group B) (2015), Aeroflot Open (2015) and the European Individual Championship (2015).
Dec-12-17  sonia91: Interview at the World Junior Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, where he was one of the coaches of the Russian delegation:
May-01-21  login:

Grandmaster Vladimir Potkin is a long (2007 - present) time trainer of Ian Nepomniachtchi the World Chess Championship challenger 2021.

In a recent interview Potkin spoke about how he was 'introduced' to his client, superstitions and his personal development ..

'.. I think that both successes and difficulties will await us in the future, which we are not afraid of, but perceive only as another challenge. ..'

from Rossiyskaya Gazeta online presence
by WGM Anastasya Paramzina (in Russian)

It has been revealed by now their camp for the FIDE Candidates 2020[/21] was completed by tovarishch Ildar Khairullin , Nikita Vitiugov and (latest addition) Hungarian legend Peter Leko .

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