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Denis Khismatullin
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Number of games in database: 1,693
Years covered: 1996 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2604 (2530 rapid, 2536 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2714

Overall record: +568 -273 =418 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 434 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (81) 
    E60 E63 E67 E62 E97
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E32 E21 E47 E46 E48
 English (71) 
    A13 A15 A11 A16 A10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (61) 
    D35 D31 D37 D38 D30
 Reti System (60) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 e5 (60) 
    A28 A21 A29 A22 A20
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (280) 
    B90 B51 B92 B50 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (114) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (81) 
    E10 A46 A45 E00 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D37 D38 D35 D30 D39
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E38 E47 E46 E21
 King's Indian (43) 
    E94 E67 E60 E81 E61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Svidler vs Khismatullin, 2015 0-1
   Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015 1-0
   Khismatullin vs I Kurnosov, 2011 1-0
   Khismatullin vs Zhou Jianchao, 2012 1-0
   V Laznicka vs Khismatullin, 2015 0-1
   M Kobalia vs Khismatullin, 2004 0-1
   Khismatullin vs S Sjugirov, 2009 1-0
   Morozevich vs Khismatullin, 2014 0-1
   Khismatullin vs M Bartel, 2015 1-0
   A Timofeev vs Khismatullin, 2018 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Polugaevsky Mem (2012)
   European Championship (2015)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Chigorin Memorial (2018)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2012)
   European Club Cup (2011)
   European Championship (2008)
   Chigorin Memorial (2016)
   European Championship (2014)

   🏆 Russian Team Chess Championships
   M Vlasenko vs Khismatullin (May-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   Khismatullin vs Zvjaginsev (May-09-23) 1/2-1/2
   Khismatullin vs A Riazantsev (May-08-23) 1/2-1/2
   Z Tsydypov vs Khismatullin (May-07-23) 1-0
   Khismatullin vs M Kobalia (May-05-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Dec-28-1984, 38 years old) Russia
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GM in 2004. Long time assistant of Dmitry Jakovenko. Placed 4th in European U18 Ch 2001, 2nd in Izmailov Memorial (Russia) 2008, 1st in Gubernators Cup (Ugra Russia) Nov. 2009. Strong result in the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) qualified him to play in the World Cup (2013), but he was eliminated from the Cup in the first round when he lost to compatriot GM Mikhail Kobalia. Jumped into the 2700 club on the back of very strong results in the Ugra Governor's Cup (December 2013), his match against A R Saleh Salem (January 2014) and his win at the Dvorkovich Memorial (January 2014). =3rd at the Russian Superfinals (2014). A series of relatively ordinary results gradually drifted him back into the mid 2650s, but he had an excellent result at the European Individual Championship (2015) in March 2015, where he placed =2nd (4th on tiebreak) to qualify for the World Cup (2015). Unfortunately for him, he did not progress passed the initial round of the Cup as he was eliminated from the event upon completion of the first round when he lost to Alexander Areshchenko

Wikipedia article: Denis Khismatullin; Live ratings:

Last updated: 2018-12-28 06:51:30

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,687  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Grachev vs Khismatullin  0-1301996Volgograd opB40 Sicilian
2. A Timofeev vs Khismatullin  1-0341996Volgograd opB40 Sicilian
3. A Markarov vs Khismatullin  1-0321996Volgograd opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. Khismatullin vs M Ustinov  0-1321996Volgograd opC05 French, Tarrasch
5. Khismatullin vs D Gochelashvili  1-0531996Volgograd opB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Khismatullin vs Anton Nadein  1-0351996Volgograd opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Khismatullin vs T Usmanov  ½-½341996Volgograd opA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Khismatullin vs B Buh  1-0631996Volgograd opA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Khismatullin vs M Vlasenko ½-½851998RUS-ch U16A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
10. A Pliasunov vs Khismatullin  0-1371998RUS-ch U16E77 King's Indian
11. A Pliasunov vs Khismatullin  0-1371998RUS-ch U16E77 King's Indian
12. Evgeny Alexeev vs Khismatullin  1-0311998RUS-ch U16A69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
13. N Kurenkov vs Khismatullin  1-0381998RUS-ch U16B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
14. Khismatullin vs Albert Bondach  1-0311998RUS-ch U16D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Khismatullin vs B Bukh  1-0541998RUS-ch U16D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. I Zarezenko vs Khismatullin  0-1781998RUS-ch U16B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. A Senchukov vs Khismatullin  0-1411998RUS-ch U16B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Khismatullin vs A Zelenskij  ½-½411998RUS-ch U16A13 English
19. V Belov vs Khismatullin  0-1601999RUS-ch U16B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
20. K Alexander Spicha vs Khismatullin  ½-½561999RUS-ch U16E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. A Evdokimov vs Khismatullin  1-0721999RUS-ch U16E97 King's Indian
22. S Ishbulatov vs Khismatullin  0-1401999RUS-ch sfA56 Benoni Defense
23. Khismatullin vs A Maximov  1-0331999RUS-ch U16A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
24. Khismatullin vs A Erzhanov  ½-½521999RUS-ch U16A37 English, Symmetrical
25. Khismatullin vs Alexander V Sultanov  0-1411999RUS-ch sfA37 English, Symmetrical
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  Tabanus: GM Denis Khismatullin, Russia, born 28 December 1984. Now rated 2657,

GM in 2004. Long time assistant of GM Dmitry Jakovenko.

Placed 4th in European U18 Ch 2001, 12th in Abu Dhabi Open 2007, 25th in European Individual Ch 2008, 2nd in Izmailov Memorial (Russia) 2008, 7th in Voronezh Open (Russia) June 2009, 1st in Gubernators Cup (Ugra Russia) Nov. 2009, 17th in Moscow Open A 2010.

Interview (December 2008):


He has 4/5 now in European Individual Ch 2010, playing Black tomorrow vs GM Gergely Szabo.

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  Tabanus: He ended 17th in the European Championship.

2nd in Voronezh Open (Russia) 12-21 June 2010:

Dec-23-10  GilesFarnaby: I found a wonderful game of this guy against Kharlov in the QGA Nf3 with ...c5, Qa4+ and the (often considered passive and outright bad because it seemingly gives back the pawn without compensation) 5...Nc6 line, that Kharlov goes on to convert to a sharp opening with ...e5 (instead of the more common and positional ...e6; both lines are in not very high steem amongst GMs actually anyway) to exploit white´s uncordination and lack of development:

[Event "Nezhmetdinov Memorial 28th"]
[Site "Kazan"]
[Date "2006.06.09"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Khismatullin, Denis"]
[Black "Kharlov, Andrei"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D23"]
[WhiteElo "2584"]
[BlackElo "2555"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2006.06.01"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2006.07.14"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. d4 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nc6 6. dxc5 e5 7. Bg2 Bxc5 8. Nxe5 Qd4 9. Bxc6+ Ke7 10. O-O Qxe5 11. Bg2 b5 12. Qa5 Be6 13. Nc3 b4 14. Nd5+ Bxd5 15. Bf4 Bxf2+ 16. Rxf2 Qe6 17. Qxb4+ Ke8 18. Rd1 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Qc6+ 20. Rf3 Ne4 21. Rd4 f5 22. Rxc4 Qe6 23. Re3 Kf7 24. Qb7+ 1-0

Dec-23-10  GilesFarnaby: After 7...Bxc5 (the novelty I think)

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Normal is 7...Bd7 8.Qxc4, when white gets a good initiative since now is black the uncoordinated one (Bd7 blocking the queen, Bf8 with no active square to develop, e5 pawn looking clumsy, and king seemingly stuck in the center for some moves more at least)

After 9...Ke7

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After 15.Bf4

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Kharlov´s intention must have seemed plausible at his home with his computer, but on the board we realize that he´s being overambitious and now black king´s in the middle of the fire and there are no good files for black´s rooks, as Kharlov has done a good job blocking them himself!

To resume, Kharlov´s proposal looks exploitable with a lot of work and study, but his performance this time failed to put Khismatullin under trouble (almost no "only-moves" for him)

Oct-31-13  falso contacto: elo 2674 and nº72 in the world today.
Dec-10-13  falso contacto:
Jan-15-14  fgh: He has just joined the 2700 club (see When I saw his name there, I said to myself, "Who?". Definitely a new name to me.
Jan-15-14  twinlark: He's gotten there off the back of a thrashing by him of A R Saleh Salem. The match was organised by the UARCF, as the first in a series of training matches for the young GM.

Unfortunately for Salem , he was very much off song for this match and lost 5/6 games. This gave 30 year old Khismatullin a sudden surge in ratings.

I suspect he will gradually fall back into his long term niche in the 2650-2670 group of GMs as happened with players like Bologan, Laznicka, Nielsen and Grachev after they briefly touched into the 2700s with peaks of form.

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  offramp: "Hey, Europe! Khismatullin!"
Jan-17-14  falso contacto: Not bad.
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  Gypsy: Still picking up rating points, now at Dvorkovich memorial: +14 =7 -0.

1 Shomoev, Anton Russia 2560 ½ b −1.6 Ugra Governor's Cup (1) 28.11.2013

2 Oparin, Grigoriy Russia 2520 1 w +2.9 Ugra Governor's Cup (2) 29.11.2013

3 Maletin, Pavel Russia 2598 1 b +4.0 Ugra Governor's Cup (3) 30.11.2013

4 Fedoseev, V Russia 2601 1 w +4.0 Ugra Governor's Cup (4) 01.12.2013

5 Shimanov, A Russia 2650 ½ b −0.3 Ugra Governor's Cup (5) 02.12.2013

6 Sjugirov, Sanan Russia 2641 ½ w −0.5 Ugra Governor's Cup (6) 03.12.2013

7 Kokarev, Dmitry Russia 2631 ½ b −0.6 Ugra Governor's Cup (7) 04.12.2013

8 Lysyj, Igor Russia 2666 1 w +4.9 Ugra Governor's Cup (8) 05.12.2013

9 Bocharov, Dmitry Russia 2602 ½ b −1.0 Ugra Governor's Cup (9) 06.12.2013

10 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 1 b +3.5 Salem - Khismatullin (1) 07.01.2014

11 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 ½ w −1.5 Salem - Khismatullin (2) 08.01.2014

12 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 1 b +3.5 Salem - Khismatullin (3) 09.01.2014

13 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 1 w +3.5 Salem - Khismatullin (4) 10.01.2014

14 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 1 b +3.5 Salem - Khismatullin (5) 12.01.2014

15 Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2564 1 w +3.5 Salem - Khismatullin (6) 13.01.2014

16 Vlasenko, Alexey Russia 2319 1 b +1.1 Dvorkovich Memorial (1) 18.01.2014

17 Pasiev, Rakhim Russia 2405 1 w +1.7 Dvorkovich Memorial (2) 19.01.2014

18 Kryakvin, Dmitry Russia 2588 ½ b −1.2 Dvorkovich Memorial (3) 20.01.2014

19 Shomoev, Anton Russia 2560 1 w +3.4 Dvorkovich Memorial (4) 21.01.2014

20 Papin, Vasily Russia 2510 1 b +2.8 Dvorkovich Memorial (5) 22.01.2014

21 Smirnov, Pavel Russia 2630 1 w +4.4 Dvorkovich Memorial (6) 23.01.2014

Jan-23-14  Appaz: Good run against 2500+ and even +2 against the 2600+, but I suspect he would get more than a hard time if thrown to the 2700 pack. Let us hope he does.
Jan-28-14  parmetd: +16 =8 -0 over 24 games is impressive...
Jan-28-14  BobbieM: Wait and see on whether this was just artificial ELO inflation
Jan-28-14  parmetd: It might be a before regression to the mean but it is by no means artificial.
Jan-29-14  Karpova: Report on the Dvorkovich Memorial:

He won the classical section with 7.5/9 one point ahead of the competition and his new rating would be 2717.

Jan-29-14  twinlark: <Karpova>

Actually it will be 2714. Only 5 of the games in his match against Salem AR Saleh were reported to FIDE (, presumably because that finished the best-of-8 match.

The last three games were probably rapids as explained in a tweet to

Jan-29-14  Karpova: <twinlark>

Thanks! It was the possible new Elo reported by chessbase. So in fact it will be 2714 if he doesn't play further rated games.

An impressive improvement after remaining quite stably at around 2650 since November 2009.

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Mar-04-14  Everett: Family near Finland? Sounds like it.
Mar-12-14  BobbieM: Has bombed at the European Championships, so maybe it was a flash in the pan
Mar-07-15  GOVIND M PRABHU: What an Amazing win by Denis against Eljanov!
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  alexmagnus: What the heck happened to his Elo? He was 2714 in March 2014 (his peak Elo), still 2673 in January 2015 and is 2609 now.
May-01-16  falso contacto: I guess he's played underrated players and lost. He'll be just fine.
May-27-17  CountryGirl: I enjoy Denis's games. He is a creative player!
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