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Denis Khismatullin
Number of games in database: 1,013
Years covered: 1998 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2604 (2530 rapid, 2536 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2714

Overall record: +323 -175 =278 (59.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 237 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (52) 
    E60 E67 E73 E97 E63
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E21 E32 E47 E36 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D37 D31 D35 D38 D30
 English (39) 
    A13 A15 A11 A17 A14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (38) 
    A29 A21 A28 A22 A20
 Reti System (37) 
    A04 A06 A05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (151) 
    B90 B51 B92 B94 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (69) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B96
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    E10 A45 E00 A46 A40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D35 D38 D30 D39
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E47 E46 E32 E38 E39
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E12 E17 E15
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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 A Predke, 2016 1-0
   Khismatullin vs M Bartel, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship Higher League (2006)
   Russian Championship Higher League (2009)
   2nd Polugaevsky Mem (2012)
   European Championship (2015)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Chigorin Memorial (2018)
   Moscow Open A (2016)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   European Championship (2010)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2012)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   European Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2005)
   European Championship (2008)

   🏆 Chigorin Memorial
   Khismatullin vs V Sivuk (Oct-11-19) 0-1
   Khismatullin vs M Bryakin (Oct-10-19) 1-0
   V Burmakin vs Khismatullin (Oct-09-19) 1/2-1/2
   Khismatullin vs A Nesterov (Oct-08-19) 1/2-1/2
   Rodion Radzhabov vs Khismatullin (Oct-07-19) 0-1

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(born Dec-28-1984, 36 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 41; games 1-25 of 1,013  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Pliasunov vs Khismatullin  0-1371998RUS-ch U16E77 King's Indian
2. Khismatullin vs A Evdokimov  ½-½422001RUS-ch U18A30 English, Symmetrical
3. Khismatullin vs V Chupin  1-02920017th Stage Russian CupB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
4. Y Rudnev vs Khismatullin  0-12220017th Stage Russian CupB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Khismatullin vs A Nikitin  ½-½5020017th Stage Russian CupA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Khismatullin vs A Belozerov  0-14420017th Stage Russian CupA36 English
7. J Geller vs Khismatullin  1-05120017th Stage Russian CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. K Rjabzev vs Khismatullin  0-13320017th Stage Russian CupB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Khismatullin vs S Mirovshchikov  0-15420017th Stage Russian CupA34 English, Symmetrical
10. S Silivanov vs Khismatullin  0-17120017th Stage Russian CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Khismatullin vs A Sidorov  ½-½4920017th Stage Russian CupA00 Uncommon Opening
12. F Hindermann vs Khismatullin  0-1292001EYCC B18B22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Khismatullin vs S Mladenov 1-0422001EYCC B18A36 English
14. T Kosintseva vs Khismatullin  0-1482001EYCC B18B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
15. Khismatullin vs S Zawadzki  ½-½462001EYCC B18A36 English
16. Jakovenko vs Khismatullin  1-0362001EYCC B18C94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
17. Khismatullin vs E Anatsko  1-0802001EYCC B18A07 King's Indian Attack
18. V Gashimov vs Khismatullin  0-1602001EYCC B18A36 English
19. Khismatullin vs J Werle  0-1402001EYCC B18E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. C Lupulescu vs Khismatullin  0-1572001EYCC B18B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Khismatullin vs F Sanchez Saez  1-0262001WYB18A16 English
22. C Seel vs Khismatullin  0-1312001WYB18E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Khismatullin vs P Charbonneau  1-0202001WYB18A00 Uncommon Opening
24. Jobava vs Khismatullin  0-1482001WYB18E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Khismatullin vs Jakovenko  ½-½112001WYB18C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,013  PGN Download
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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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