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Darmen Sadvakasov

Number of games in database: 548
Years covered: 1993 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2629 (2601 rapid, 2599 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2643
Overall record: +197 -109 =174 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 68 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (121) 
    B90 B52 B30 B31 B51
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C10 C01 C18 C00
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C84 C77 C80 C78 C75
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B18 B17 B13 B10 B15
 French (20) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (81) 
    B90 B92 B40 B52 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (53) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B95
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E34 E21 E41 E46 E25
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (24) 
    D27 D26 D20 D23
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E15 E17 E12 E14
 Modern Benoni (18) 
    A70 A67 A65 A61 A64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sadvakasov vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 1-0
   A Ramirez Alvarez vs Sadvakasov, 2004 0-1
   Kasimdzhanov vs Sadvakasov, 2003 0-1
   Z Zhang vs Sadvakasov, 1998 0-1
   Sadvakasov vs S Tatai, 1999 1-0
   Sadvakasov vs S Peschardt, 2004 1-0
   Sadvakasov vs Shulman, 2007 1-0
   Kasparov vs Sadvakasov, 2001 1/2-1/2
   H Ibrahim vs Sadvakasov, 1995 0-1
   K Miton vs Sadvakasov, 2000 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (1998)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   1st Samba Cup (2003)
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   Aeroflot Open (2004)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   Paris Championship (2005)
   Asia Classical 15th (2006)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   World Youth Championship (Under-14) (1993)
   Asian Championship (2001)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1998 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1993 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   1995 WYCC (open) U-16 by gauer
   1996 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer
   2000 Continental open by gauer

   🏆 FIDE World Rapid Team Championship
   Sadvakasov vs Rapport (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   R Sadhwani vs Sadvakasov (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Sadvakasov vs M Rafiee (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   Keymer vs Sadvakasov (Aug-28-23) 1-0, rapid
   S Gumularz vs Sadvakasov (Aug-27-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-28-1979, 44 years old) Kazakhstan

[what is this?]
Darmen Kanatovich Sadvakasov, born in Astana, was taught chess by his father at age 4. He became an IM in 1995 and earned the grandmaster title in 1999, after he had won the World Junior Championship the previous year. Since then he has consistently been one of the top-rated players from Kazakhstan, and has made frequent appearances in the overall top 100. Sadvakasov won the Kazakhstan championship in 2003 and 2004. He was the bronze medalist in the 2005 Asian Championship.

Sadvakasov's career highlights include match victories over both Anatoly Karpov (in 2004, by the score of 4.5-3.5) and Viktor Korchnoi (in 2003, by 5-3). He won joint first-place finishes at Bali 2000 and the Samba Cup of 2003, and took clear first at Copenhagen 2004.

His best Elo rating was 2643 in 2008.

Wikipedia article: Darmen Sadvakasov

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 548  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Friedmann vs Sadvakasov  1-0551993World Youth Championship (Under-14)C00 French Defense
2. A Gershon vs Sadvakasov  0-1501993World Youth Championship (Under-14)B40 Sicilian
3. Sadvakasov vs S Halkias  1-0381993World Youth Championship (Under-14)B23 Sicilian, Closed
4. Sadvakasov vs A Galkin ½-½461993World Youth Championship (Under-14)A16 English
5. E van den Doel vs Sadvakasov  1-0451993World Youth Championship (Under-14)C02 French, Advance
6. Sadvakasov vs O Fachini Neto 1-0291993World Youth Championship (Under-14)C01 French, Exchange
7. A Castillo vs Sadvakasov  ½-½521993World Youth Championship (Under-14)A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
8. Sadvakasov vs P Blehm  0-1571993World Youth Championship (Under-14)D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. Sadvakasov vs R Leitao  0-1511993World Youth Championship (Under-14)B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. T Mifsud vs Sadvakasov  0-1621993World Youth Championship (Under-14)D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. Sadvakasov vs J Baron Rodriguez  1-0361993World Youth Championship (Under-14)C77 Ruy Lopez
12. Ali Tajvidi vs Sadvakasov  0-1611995Asia-ch U20A46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Sadvakasov vs A Andador  ½-½551995Asia-ch U20C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
14. H Ibrahim vs Sadvakasov 0-1221995Asia-ch U20A65 Benoni, 6.e4
15. Sadvakasov vs N Steffensen  1-0291995Asia-ch U20B40 Sicilian
16. Sadvakasov vs D Sharma  ½-½721995Asia-ch U20C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. T Otunchiev vs Sadvakasov  0-1521995Asia-ch U20A73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
18. Sadvakasov vs A Niknaddaf  1-0581995Asia-ch U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Sadvakasov vs C Rahmani  1-0581995Asia-ch U20C77 Ruy Lopez
20. Sadvakasov vs R Bates  ½-½721995Wch U16B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. R Leitao vs Sadvakasov  1-0391995Wch U16A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
22. R Nezzi vs Sadvakasov  0-1411995Wch U16A46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A M Berescu vs Sadvakasov  0-1751995Wch U16B40 Sicilian
24. Sadvakasov vs P Blehm  1-0591995Wch U16D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
25. Sadvakasov vs S Yu  ½-½441995Wch U16A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 548  PGN Download
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Jan-15-05  vonKrolock: <MonsieurL> ok, even so - soyez le bienvenu! (i explained somewhere that to speak -write- in French is easier for me than in English - pour cause: France-Spain-Portugal-Brazil)

<meloncio> Here "alferes" is an archaic term that designated also a military rank - outdated, but quite alive, for instance, in the bio of some historic personages (by the way - one of the streets that i parcours every day here is 'Rua Alferes Ângelo Sampaio'... ) I believe that it comes also from the Arabian, but from quite a different word - suddenly i realize that maybe "al-faras" : by the way the Chess piece that we call cavalo/caballo: possibly a Knight (so perhaps a military rank too)!! - ¡¿ que te parece?!

Jan-15-05  meloncio: <vonKrolock> Muito obrigado, senhor. It's a very interesting question, because Knight/Horse have in Spanish similar sounds (Caballero/Caballo), and Caballería (Cavalry) is an arm today outdated, but the name still exists in the Army.

BTW, I read that in XVI century our today rook (torre) was called 'roque', but I don't know when they changed the name. Perhaps when the 'castling' (enroque) began to be known and used by the same time, more or less.

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  Benzol: <matein8> found a good link about the names of pieces
Jan-16-05  vonKrolock: <Benzol> Great link, whith fonts for Russian, Greek, Hebrew, Arabian etc

<meloncio> Here - in fairly good Portuguese - a neat explanation for "alférez": <Alferes é de origem árabe («al-faris», «cavaleiro escudeiro») e normalmente era o porta-bandeira.>

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  offramp: Whenever I see his name I think of 'Sad Sack'.
Jan-03-06  BIDMONFA: Darmen Sadvakasov



Aug-06-06  twinlark: <BIDMONFA>

Have you ever thought of expanding the history on your site of World Championships results to the World Age championships? For example the Under 10, Under 12, U14, U16 etc championships, for boys and girls, as well as the Open and Senior championships?

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  chancho: Here's an interview he gave to

Apr-16-07  gambitfan: Where is his biography?
Apr-16-07  iron maiden: Here's everything I could find on him.
Apr-17-07  gambitfan: where???
Nov-26-07  I3illieJoe: He just won the National Chess Congress tournament. He is my friend's friend. I talked to him and he is very nice and so humble for being such a great player. We even exchanged #s. That's how approachable and nice he is. Congratulations Darmen !
Mar-29-08  Karpova: Sadvakasov managed to stay undefeated against Garry Kasparov in their two encounters at astana 2001:

Kasparov vs Sadvakasov, 2001
Sadvakasov vs Kasparov, 2001

Jul-14-08  whiteshark: <Karpova: <Sadvakasov managed to stay undefeated against Garry Kasparov in their two encounters at astana 2001>> That's even more impressive as Kasparov - after losing 'his title' against Kramnik - was really 'hot', winning this cat.XX tournament with 7.0 points out of 10 games.
Sep-02-08  myschkin: . . .

Interview with <Darmen Sadvakasov>

(by Colin Watson, 10/2003)

Apr-16-09  jon01: Sadvakasov is back in top. Although it was a bit unfair, after Shulman had defeated him convincingly during the tournament.
Apr-17-09  Raisin Death Ray: He's from Kazakhstan? Does he know Borat?
Oct-09-09  HAPERSAUD: Wow and to think I'm friends with his cousin LOL it's a shane I'm I Canada and he's in kazahkstan, would be awesome to play him
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a report of a simul exhibition that Sadvakasov gave at the American University:

Nov-03-12  wordfunph: "I don’t like it when people come to the table, study my position and begin shaking their head and clacking their tongue. This is disturbing indeed!"

- GM Darmen Sadvakasov

May-13-14  paavoh: Has Darmen given up on chess?
Apr-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Darmen Sadvakasov.

Match victories over Karpov and Korchnoi.

Oct-28-16  Nova: What's Sadvakasov been up to? I noticed his last game played in this database is back in 2010 (which seems like forever ago!). He's had some impressive results against some super strong GMs
Dec-03-18  whiteshark: <Nova: What's Sadvakasov been up to? I noticed his last game played in this database is back in 2010 (which seems like forever ago!).> Still ...
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  Troller: He played a blitz tournament in August:
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