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Maria Manakova
M Manakova 
Number of games in database: 238
Years covered: 1989 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2238 (2239 rapid, 2136 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2395

Overall record: +75 -77 =50 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 36 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B92 B22 B21 B33 B49
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B92 B90 B94
 Scotch Game (8) 
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B13 B14 B12
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D00 A46
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C50 C53
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (46) 
    B33 B30 B32 B31 B25
 French Defense (14) 
    C11 C02 C01 C00 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 A40 D00 D05
 Dutch Defense (7) 
    A84 A90 A92
 French (7) 
    C11 C00
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D85 D78 D80 D70 D87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Manakova vs A Kristinsdottir, 2003 1-0
   M Manakova vs Alex Landa, 2015 1-0
   H Sahin vs M Manakova, 2012 0-1
   A Gronnestad vs M Manakova, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   YUG-chT (Women) (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2011)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   European Championship (Women) (2012)
   European Championship (Women) (2009)
   European Championship (Women) (2014)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Championship (Women) (2016)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2013)
    European Team Championship (Women) (2021)
   European Championship (Women) (2018)

   🏆 1st Serbian Women's League
   A Velikic vs M Manakova (Oct-31-22) 1-0
   M Manakova vs M Urosevic (Oct-30-22) 1/2-1/2
   D Belenkaya vs M Manakova (Oct-29-22) 0-1
   M Manakova vs A Cosman (Oct-28-22) 1/2-1/2
   T Blagojevic vs M Manakova (Oct-27-22) 0-1

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(born Mar-01-1974, 49 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Serbia)

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Maria Borisovna Manakova is a Woman Grandmaster. She was Serbian women's champion in 2013.

Wikipedia article: Maria Manakova

Last updated: 2020-12-17 03:35:58

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Manakova vs S Kriventsov  0-1291989Candidate Master TournamentA33 English, Symmetrical
2. M Manakova vs I Lempert  0-1401991Moscow6A40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. M Manakova vs S Petrenko  0-1601993EU-ch U18 GirlsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. E Danielian vs M Manakova  1-0461993EU-ch U18 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. M Manakova vs A Kovacevic  0-1321993Nis opE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Gipslis vs M Manakova  1-0301994Alushta1B30 Sicilian
7. I Lempert vs M Manakova  1-0361994Alushta1E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
8. M Manakova vs V Moskalenko  0-1411994Alushta1D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. S Ovsejevitsch vs M Manakova  0-1441994Alushta1A04 Reti Opening
10. M Manakova vs G Tringov  ½-½131996CetinjeB83 Sicilian
11. M Manakova vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½491996YUG-ch1 (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
12. M Manakova vs A Maric  1-0651996Ch Yugoslavia (team) (w)C55 Two Knights Defense
13. N Nikcevic vs M Manakova  1-0411996CetinjeE90 King's Indian
14. M Manakova vs P Tregubov  0-1261996CetinjeB27 Sicilian
15. M Manakova vs A Galliamova  0-1421997RUS-ch (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
16. M Manakova vs A Stefanova  ½-½721997Ch Yugoslavia (team) (w)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. G Biocanin vs M Manakova  0-1431997YUG Cup (Women)A90 Dutch
18. Chiburdanidze vs M Manakova  ½-½201997YUG-chT (Women)A90 Dutch
19. L Piarnpuu vs M Manakova  ½-½351998Elista Olympiad (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. M Manakova vs L Javakhishvili  1-0361999Tbilisi zt (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Chaves vs M Manakova  0-1392000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. M Manakova vs J Chaves  1-0352000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentC45 Scotch Game
23. K Kachiani-Gersinska vs M Manakova  1-0372000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. M Manakova vs K Kachiani-Gersinska  0-1412000Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
25. M Manakova vs K Grosar  1-0402001European Championship (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  Stonehenge: Mmm, not very funny on second thoughts. Shall I delete it?
Dec-29-09  stanleys: Recent pic:
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  HeMateMe: She's attractive, but I doubt she'll be strapping on the wings at Victorias Secret anytime soon. There's a cheesecake photo of her, in a sort of bad girl 1950s style over on

I'm still hoping Edward Winter will publish those reportedly secret photos of Bogolubov in the buff....

May-08-11  BLarsen1967: Not so long ago Maria Manakova was busy trying to make a 'name' for herself,doing some sexy stunts that must've sent Magnus Carlsen go blushing in the corner. Personally I didnt mind her antics,except to say,of course the mysterious Zsofia Polgar is 10 times more beautiful --- Anyway,let's not forget that actually Maria is a real fine player,it's good to see that she now focuses on serious chess,she did quite well in the recent Serbian Champ.(w) where she scored 8 out of 11 - I believe Maria M. can take it far,she's got The Will
Dec-07-11  polarmis: There's a new long interview (with photographs) of Maria Manakova here:

It includes an "interesting" explanation for why she did so badly in Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2009) :)

Dec-07-11  Shams: <polarmis> I have to say, her story of sleeping with her opponent within an hour after the conclusion of the game was hot.
Dec-15-11  dx9293: <Shams> I agree!

About the Superfinal <Polarmis> mentioned...OMG. Usually I'm not into such "open" women, but spending such quality time with the passionate Manakova must be a pleasant experience!

Feb-03-12  wordfunph: from Chess Life February 2012..

<"I made a move. I didn’t go with my king to the corner, I went to the center, and my ex-husband thought, ‘Oh, she’s so brave.’ He fell in love with me immediately, because in this move was my character, my wish to be with him. Maybe I didn’t want to show it, but maybe I wanted him to win a little bit. I surrendered myself to him. He liked that.">

- WGM Maria Manakova (describing her first game against ex-husband Serbian grandmaster Miroslav Tosic)

Feb-10-13  stanleys: Great show by Manakova, commenting her win from the last round of the Moscow Open:
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  paulalbert: An interesting personality, a decent chess player, and also a nice looking lady. I had to laugh when she took so long to find the game score in her pocketbook; it reminded me of women I know who can never find anything since they have so much in their pocketbooks.
Apr-02-13  whiteshark: WGM Maria Manakova wins the 2013 Serbian Women Chess Championship which was held from 23rd March to 2nd April at the Hotel Gali in Pirot. <Congratulations>

She justified the top rated position and won the Championship with 8,0/11 points. This is her first national title.

Mar-18-17  zanzibar: She's a brave women, showcasing some of her other talents:

Mar-18-17  zanzibar: She likes to bang the pieces around a little bit - at least when analyzing:

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  HeMateMe: Wasn't she suspended for 6 months, for PEDs?
Mar-18-17  zanzibar: I don't think so.
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  HeMateMe: sometimes these types of photos are silly, if you don't really have the goods


can't blame a person for trying, though.

much better:


a fake?


I like this, lovely face


Mar-19-17  zanzibar: <a fake?> I don't think so.
Mar-19-17  zanzibar: <HMM> - when did you last check your eye prescription?
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  HeMateMe: not every girl looks great in the cheesecake photos. Sometimes if you don't have that certain look, you shouldn't waste time with that kind of photo shoot. every female tennis player has a set of pictures like this because they want to be the next Sharapova or kournikova. It gets a bit monotonous, every girl trying to be a sex symbol.
Mar-19-17  zanzibar: <<HMM> It gets a bit monotonous, every girl trying to be a sex symbol.>

Yes, I agree. But she probably got paid for the modeling shot... so why not?

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  HeMateMe: I don't think so. If you're just a regular joe, you pay a photographer to do this, then try and market the pix, market yourself. Agents always ask female athletes to do this. The Russian tennis players all have a set of photos like this, it's SOP.
Mar-20-17  zanzibar: Well, there's this quote from her:

<Manakova recently acknowledged: “We are not as strong as the male players so why shouldn’t we cash in on our beauty?”>

So, maybe you're right - she paid upfront (or some organization), and hopefully eventually recouped her investment.

There was some controversy about it (check her wiki page with the Telegraph link (maybe via wayback)).

I guess it turned out to be a passing fade. Just as well.

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  HeMateMe: they shop the photos to media outlets, to get attention and also clothing and cosmetics companies, hoping for a little action. I'm pretty sure kosteniuk has made some money using that angle, but not a whole lot of money.

Obviously she's quite attractive. A few years ago she was a presenter on a nationally televised awards show in Russia, their 'Grammy's' I believe. She only gets to speak a few words, and gets shouted over by two idiot hosts who think they're the real show.

But, it does reveal that beauty can open doors. It's on youtube. I don't think there's English translation, but you can get the gist of it just by observing body language. She's very nervous.

Oct-23-20  schnarre: ...Any more recent news about her?
Dec-16-20  Straclonoor: <...Any more recent news about her?> This Autumn she moved to Serbia. According to Russian news, she decided to live there.
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