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Vladimir Potkin
Number of games in database: 1,067
Years covered: 1997 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2583 (2547 rapid, 2442 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2684

Overall record: +231 -112 =402 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 322 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B22 B90 B30 B40 B94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (49) 
    D37 D31 D35 D38 D30
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E54 E53 E56 E59 E52
 French Defense (43) 
    C02 C11 C05 C18 C03
 King's Indian (37) 
    E90 E62 E73 E60 E67
 Slav (34) 
    D10 D15 D12 D11 D13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (140) 
    B48 B46 B47 B40 B90
 Semi-Slav (88) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D46
 Sicilian Taimanov (85) 
    B48 B46 B47 B49
 French Defense (63) 
    C11 C07 C01 C02 C16
 Slav (41) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    D02 D00 D05 D01 A45
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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
   Potkin vs V Zakhartsov, 2010 1-0
   Potkin vs Shirov, 2011 1-0
   B Grachev vs Potkin, 2013 0-1
   Landa vs Potkin, 2003 0-1
   Potkin vs B Savchenko, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2011)
   Bundesliga 2007/08 (2007)
   Bad Wiessee (2003)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2012)
   41st World Junior Championship (2002)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   World Cup (2011)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2002)
   Aeroflot Open (2004)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2014)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   P Tregubov vs Potkin (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   Potkin vs S Lobanov (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   A Deviatkin vs Potkin (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   J A M Neto vs Potkin (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   Potkin vs D Guimaraes (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz

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(born Jun-28-1982, 38 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

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,067  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Nikolaev vs Potkin  ½-½231997St Petersburg White Nights opE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. Potkin vs Sadig Mehtiyev  0-1321997White Nights opC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Potkin vs Radjabov  0-1541998Moscow Kasparov CupC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Kholmov vs Potkin  ½-½291998Chigorin memD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Turov vs Potkin  1-0661998Chigorin memA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Landa vs Potkin  1-0431999Geller MemorialC18 French, Winawer
7. Potkin vs Chekhov  ½-½261999RUS-Cup03 (Geller mem)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. Kiriakov vs Potkin  1-0411999Geller Memorial (Cup Russia)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Radjabov vs Potkin  1-0721999EU-ch U18D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. V Akobian vs Potkin  0-1352000Pripis memE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
11. Potkin vs R Eynullayeva  ½-½482000Moscow-chC05 French, Tarrasch
12. Potkin vs Chekhov  ½-½322000Pripis memB07 Pirc
13. J Claesen vs Potkin  0-1382000KB Czech OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Potkin vs G Prakken 1-0332000KB Czech OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
15. M Spal vs Potkin  0-1292000KB Czech OpenC01 French, Exchange
16. Potkin vs N Kabanov  ½-½262000KB Czech OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. A V Filipenko vs Potkin  ½-½452000KB Czech OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
18. Potkin vs Neverov  ½-½252000KB Czech OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Stefansson vs Potkin  ½-½382000KB Czech OpenC18 French, Winawer
20. Potkin vs Jiri Nun  1-0542000KB Czech OpenB15 Caro-Kann
21. V Popov vs Potkin  0-1612000KB Czech OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Y Kruppa vs Potkin  ½-½232000Chigorin mem opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. S Ivanov vs Potkin  1-0182000Chigorin MemorialD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Potkin vs Aseev  ½-½512000Chigorin MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. V Malaniuk vs Potkin  0-1532000Chigorin MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-13-07  bauernfresser: He frequently works as second for Levon Aronian.
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.
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  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.

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  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:
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