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Bator Sambuev
B Sambuev 

Number of games in database: 345
Years covered: 1998 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2514 (2472 rapid, 2526 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2566
Overall record: +151 -85 =71 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 38 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D05 A46 D02 D04 A40
 English (15) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17
 King's Indian (13) 
    E94 E99 E91 E98 E92
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D82 D87 D91 D85 D70
 Sicilian (11) 
    B82 B57 B23 B30 B62
 Slav (11) 
    D12 D16 D17 D11
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (57) 
    C07 C01 C18 C02 C11
 French Tarrasch (17) 
    C07 C05 C09 C03
 French Winawer (16) 
    C18 C15 C16 C19 C17
 King's Indian (16) 
    E92 E70 E97 E60 E67
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A40 A46 D00 E00
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E42 E39 E20 E41 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Demmery vs B Sambuev, 2010 0-1
   D Wiebe vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   B Sambuev vs Morozevich, 2013 1-0
   P Zhao vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   B Sambuev vs Wei Yi, 2017 1-0
   E Hajiyev vs B Sambuev, 2010 0-1
   B Sambuev vs S Gagnon, 2011 1-0
   N Noritsyn vs B Sambuev, 2012 0-1
   A Calugar vs B Sambuev, 2011 0-1
   E Hansen vs B Sambuev, 2011 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   PWC Toronto Open (2009)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Grigory Goldberg Memorial (1998)
   The 4eme edition du prix international Le Roi MohamedVI (2023)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   White Nights (2001)
   Chigorin Memorial Open (1997)
   Russian Cup 4th stage (1999)
   Chigorin Memorial (1999)
   Moscow Championship (1999)
   St. Petersburg Open (2003)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)
   Russian Championship (2003)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2011 Canada Day open by gauer
   2010 Ch elite pom by gauer
   2010 Pere Noel by gauer
   2010 Montreal open by gauer
   2008 Guelph Winter Pro-Am by gauer
   2010 Toronto open by gauer
   2011 Hart House Reading week by gauer

   🏆 Mohammed VI Open
   B Sambuev vs A Mittal (Aug-17-23) 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs B Sambuev (Aug-16-23) 1-0
   B Sambuev vs C Albornoz Cabrera (Aug-16-23) 1/2-1/2
   Shirov vs B Sambuev (Aug-15-23) 0-1
   B Sambuev vs M Bosiocic (Aug-15-23) 1-0

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(born Nov-25-1980, 43 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Canada)

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In 2011, GM Sambuev won the Canadian Championship (tied for 1st-2nd with Eric Hansen and won the 2 game rapid tie-breaker match) after he moved to Montreal in 2007 to teach chess. He won Zonal 2.2 (Canada) to qualify for the World Cup (2013) but was knocked-out by Alexander Morozevich of Russia in the 1st round tie-breaks after he managed a surprise win in the regular time control. In 2012, he won the Canadian Championship outright with 8½/9 and also tied for 1st-2nd with Leonid Gerzhoy in the 2011 Ontario open. He again won the Canadian zonal in 2017 for a 3rd time since 2007 (only 6 such events were held between the period of 2007-2017) when a previous Canadian champion Noritsyn became runner-up this time once tiebreaks decided the winner of this cycle(12).

He tied 1st-2nd at PWC Toronto Open (2009) with Joshua E Friedel. He tied 1st-3rd with Merab Gagunashvili and Anton Kovalyov in the Quebec 2010 Invitational and won the Ont. 2010 Open and Eastern Ont. 2010 Open respectively with 5/6 and 4½/5. He won the Hart House Winter Holiday open tournament outright with 4½/5 in 2010. After giving a Friday night simul for the city in 2011, a perfect run of 5 straight wins in a Winter (swiss) open tournament in Hamilton saw him edge out Nikolay Noritsyn, Artiom Samsonkin and visiting Wesley So along the way. In 2012, he and Noritsyn tied for 3rd-4th in Guelph's Winter Open, and he has won both the Ottawa and Kitchener (the latter is now known as the Riedstra memorial tournament) Winter Opens, each time with a perfect streak of 5 straight wins in the rounds. He has also scored well in the GTCL, EOCA and SWOCL series of weekend tournaments and league standings hosted in Ontario.

On other stages, after the 2013 World Cup, Bator also tied for share of 14th-24th at the Isthmia open in Greece and signed up for the Edmonton International(9) in June, 2016. He won the 2016 Carnavale de Québec in February (ahead of Hansen, Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, Steve Bolduc, Aman Hambleton, etc) and scored 5.5/9 behind winner Evgeny Bareev (equal with Razvan Preotu, ahead of John Fedorowicz with 5/9) at the 2015 Kitchener masters' tournament. At the 2014 Gatineau open, Jean Hebert and Sambuev drew in the 2nd last round to lead the tournament and placed 2nd at the Championnat Ouvert du Québec(10).

Team play

Nearing the end of 2016, he (as well as Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, who do not live near Toronto's suburbs) signed on as a free-agent of the Toronto Dragons(11) professional chess league (other players include: Gergely Szabo, Razvan Preotu, Nikolay Noritsyn, Kaiqi Yang, Arthur Calugar, Michael Song, Shiyam Thavandiran and Raja Panjwani on their team).

At the Chess Olympiad (2012) he represented Canada's top board (in 9 of 11 games played, he registered 3 wins and 6 losses) and confirmed his invitation to again represent them at the Chess Olympiad (2014) (+5-3=2 on 4th board).


Michael Dougherty and Bator engage in analysis at the 2013 Canadian open: ; ‡Daniel's analysis: of England vs Canada at the 2014 Olympiad.

References / Sources

(1) (Canadian zone site),

(2) (Greater Toronto Chess League - GTCL),

(3) (Eastern Ont. Chess Association - EOCA),

(4) (South-west Ont. Chess League - SWOCL),

(5) (Canadian open),

(6) (Isthmia open),

(7) (Washington Times article),


(9) (Edmonton International),


(11) (also see for details),

(12) (or with 2017 Canadian zonal results).

Wikipedia article: Bator Sambuev

Last updated: 2017-08-14 04:50:42

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 345  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Sambuev vs E Najer  0-1241998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
2. E Vorobiov vs B Sambuev  ½-½91998Grigory Goldberg MemorialC01 French, Exchange
3. B Sambuev vs A Kulikov  ½-½331998Grigory Goldberg MemorialD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. H Odeev vs B Sambuev  ½-½111998Grigory Goldberg MemorialC01 French, Exchange
5. T Nalbandian vs B Sambuev  ½-½601998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA05 Reti Opening
6. B Sambuev vs A Korotylev 1-0341998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA17 English
7. A Gelman vs B Sambuev  ½-½261998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
8. B Sambuev vs M Saltaev  ½-½141998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. V Komliakov vs B Sambuev  0-1361998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
10. B Sambuev vs V Kosyrev  ½-½91998Grigory Goldberg MemorialD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
11. B Sambuev vs V Belikov  0-1311998Grigory Goldberg MemorialB30 Sicilian
12. O Danielian vs B Sambuev  ½-½221998Grigory Goldberg MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
13. B Sambuev vs S Guliev  0-1601998Grigory Goldberg MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. B Sambuev vs V Gaprindashvili  1-0361998Grigory Goldberg MemorialA17 English
15. R Shcherbakov vs B Sambuev  1-0501998Chigorin Memorial OpenA13 English
16. B Sambuev vs Turov  1-0371998Chigorin memA15 English
17. A Aleksandrov vs B Sambuev  1-0371998Chigorin memE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
18. B Sambuev vs S Slugin  0-1491999Moscow ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Korotylev vs B Sambuev  1-0401999RUS-chT 1 ligaE17 Queen's Indian
20. A Riazantsev vs B Sambuev  ½-½501999Moscow ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
21. B Sambuev vs I Odesskij  ½-½481999Moscow ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. I Doukhine vs B Sambuev 0-1551999Moscow ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. B Sambuev vs A Granovskiy  ½-½511999Moscow ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
24. Motylev vs B Sambuev  1-0581999RUS-CupC02 French, Advance
25. D Krasnikov vs B Sambuev  0-1421999Moscow ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-16-17  markz: WOW, just noticed this Botor is a cheater!
Aug-16-17  Dionysius1: I don't think Bator Sambuev was able to put a man on the moon!
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: I think the truth is Bator realized in the brief moment that White was searching for a Queen to promote to, that it must be one of two pieces in his hand, and tried to get it back on the table, but was too late.

This is excusable, as he was also under stress trying to queen his own pawn.

What is not so excusable is his silence when the arbiter says the rook must remain a rook as he points to the Queen Sambuev had just deposited back onto the table.

Aug-28-17  markz: <tamar: This is excusable, as he was also under stress trying to queen his own pawn.>

The video showed Bator was very well prepared for queening his own pawn. Which means he knew exactly what he was doing. He deliberately hided his opponent's queen, which is just a known trick particularly in blitz games. He took advantage of the stupid fide rules, and stupid Canadian arbiters. Shame on Bator, and shame on Canadian Chess Federation.

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  tamar: <markz> I agree that Sambuev was doing a sharp practice twirling the Queen and another piece under the table while black pawns got near to queening.

But it appears from the video he tried to get the Queen back on the board once he saw Noritsyn vainly stretching his arm and then grabbing a rook.

So at most he was attempting to gain a few seconds by confusion, but gained the whole point when the arbiters did not notice amid the hubbub him shoving the Queen back onto the table.

I could still believe he had forgotten he had the Queen in his hand, except for the fact when the second arbiter stands right behind him and points to the Queen as available.

His excuse later that he did not know it was a Queen in his hand falls flat, because he would have the memory of depositing the pieces in that exact spot.

Sep-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: Be sure you always carry two extra Queens with ya 😊
Sep-04-17  dumbgai: One of the dumbest FIDE rules (and there are a lot of contenders):

"When a player places an inverted (upside‐down) Rook in the promotion square and continues the game, the piece is considered as a Rook, even if he names it as a “Queen” or any other piece. To put an inverted Rook on the promotion square is not considered as an illegal move. The Arbiter has to intervene and put the Rook in its correct position on the square and he may penalize the player according to the Article 12.9."

Unreal. FIDE is a joke and so is Sambuev.

Sep-04-17  scholes: There was a gap of only two three seconds between his opponent using the inverted rook and arbiter intervening. Just in time he placed the rook while still hiding behind his hand. He clearly knew that he had black queen in his hand.

I cannot believe this cheater is allowed to play World Cup. I do not know what he is used to cheat Wei Yi in the first game.

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  offramp: I think that was fiddling with the pieces in his usual way but the spectre of sharp practice entered this head and the succumbed.
Sep-04-17  Nietzowitsch: <I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.>

― F.Nietzsche

Sep-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: If you can't chuckle about this, then you have never won any friggin thing in your entire life.
Sep-04-17  starry2013: I agree with dumbgai, markz and scholes and there's no doubt a shadow does hang over him.
Sep-04-17  WorstPlayerEver: Hose 11 gives mud
Sep-05-17  markz: I so glad this cheater Sambuev lost!
Sep-05-17  N0B0DY: It is already clear that his fifteen minutes of fame exceeded to 15 minutes.
Sep-05-17  john barleycorn: At least, he got his 15 minutes <NOBODY> else of us did. His place besides Dzingis Khan is reserved.
Sep-05-17  markz: <john barleycorn: At least, he got his 15 minutes <NOBODY> else of us did. His place besides Dzingis Khan is reserved.>

Yeah, someone said Sambuev is from Mongol. Khan always enjoyed to play queen by hand ;-)

Sep-05-17  whiteshark: And finally here's Sambuev's post <tournament> interview:

* World Cup (2017)

Sep-05-17  Arconax: <markz: I so glad this cheater Sambuev lost!>

The incident you refer to points to bad sportsmanship, but calling him a cheater is a bit excessive, <markz>.

Sep-05-17  dehanne: With a different haircut he could be a Kim Jong Un lookalike.
Jan-03-18  zanzibar: Here is the video of him initially "cupping" the queen:


Jan-04-18  Retireborn: Master Bator.
Jan-04-18  ChessHigherCat: <Retireborn: Master Bator>

That's all he could do under the table if Mala-FIDE took Annie K's suggestion and upgraded to electronic boards.

Jan-04-18  zanzibar: <

[Event "Canadian Chess Championship (blitz tb)"] [Site "Montreal CAN"]
[Date "2017.07.01"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Sambuev, Bator"]
[Black "Noritsyn, Nikolay"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D36s"]
[EventDate "2017.07.01"]
[Notes "5m+3s, IA Pierre Denommee"]
[Source ""]
[Source2 ""]

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Qc2 a5 11.Ne5 Nf8 12.f4 N6d7 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Rf3 f6 15.Nxd7 Bxd7 16.h3 g6 17.g4 Qd6 18.Qf2 Ne6 19.Kh1 c5 20.Rg1 cxd4 21.exd4 Nf8 22.h4 Re7 23.f5 g5 24.hxg5 fxg5 25.f6 Rf7 26.Qe3 Ne6 27. Qe5 Qxe5 28.dxe5 Bc6 29.Kh2 Re8 30.Rf5 h6 31.Ne2 Nc5 32.Nd4 Bd7 33. Bb5 Bxb5 34.Nxb5 Nd3 35.Nd6 Rxe5 36.Nxf7 Kxf7 37.Rd1 Rxf5 38.gxf5 Nf4 39.Rc1 Kxf6 40.Rc7 d4 41.Rxb7 d3 42.Rd7 Kxf5 43.Kg3 Ke4 44.Kf2 h5 45. a4 h4 46.b4 axb4 47.a5 h3 48.a6 h2 49.Rh7 d2 50.a7 d1=R Controversy - IA ♙ierre Denommee stopped clock after ♗lack promotion - ruling piece was rook, not queen, despite ♘oritsyn's ♕ claim (Sambuev had queen in hand, so ♘oritsyn used rook piece) 51.a8=Q+ Nd5 52.Rxh2 Rd2+ 53.Kg3 Rd3+ 54.Kg4 Kd4 55.Qa7+ Kc4 56.Qa6+ Kd4 57.Qa1+ Nc3 58. Rh8 Kc4 59.Qb2 Rd4+ 60.Kxg5 Rd5+ 61.Kg6 Rd6+ 62.Kf7 Rd7+ 63.Ke6 Rc7 64.Rh4+ 1-0


Dagnab - wish <CG> had verbatim mode.

Jan-04-18  zanzibar: Submitted.
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