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Maxim Matlakov
M Matlakov 

Number of games in database: 1,314
Years covered: 2000 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2685 (2660 rapid, 2760 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2738
Overall record: +326 -106 =484 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 398 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    E00 E10 A40 D02 A45
 Slav (53) 
    D11 D12 D15 D16 D18
 Catalan (45) 
    E04 E06 E01 E02 E08
 King's Indian (44) 
    E81 E67 E62 E64 E63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D38 D31 D30 D37 D35
 English (38) 
    A15 A13 A16 A11 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B40 B48 B47 B90 B30
 Ruy Lopez (77) 
    C78 C77 C67 C89 C92
 Queen's Pawn Game (61) 
    D02 E10 E00 A45 A46
 Slav (47) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D38 D35 D31 D37 D30
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C89 C91 C93 C92 C95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Matlakov vs Aronian, 2017 1-0
   M Matlakov vs D Paravyan, 2021 1-0
   M Matlakov vs B Bok, 2015 1-0
   B Kantsler vs M Matlakov, 2015 0-1
   M Matlakov vs Mamedyarov, 2013 1/2-1/2
   A Korobov vs M Matlakov, 2016 0-1
   M Matlakov vs R Hasangatin, 2013 1-0
   M Matlakov vs C Ali Marandi, 2014 1-0
   P Maghsoodloo vs M Matlakov, 2019 0-1
   D Andreikin vs M Matlakov, 2017 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (2017)
   GRENKE Chess Open (2017)
   Chigorin Memorial (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Dubai Open (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2010)
   European Championship (2018)
   European Championship (2012)
   Sharjah Masters (2019)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2015)
   World Cup (2017)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   Chigorin Memorial Classic Open (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2005 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer

   🏆 The V. Geza Hetenyi Memorial
   Eljanov vs M Matlakov (Jul-19-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs R Praggnanandhaa (Jul-18-23) 1/2-1/2
   M A Tabatabaei vs M Matlakov (Jul-17-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Matlakov vs K Shevchenko (Jul-16-23) 1-0
   A Kozak vs M Matlakov (Jul-15-23) 0-1

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(born Mar-05-1991, 32 years old) Russia
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IM (2007); GM (2009); World U18 Champion (2009); European Champion (2017)


<Youth> Matlakov was 3rd in World U12 Championship in 2003, 8th in World U14 Championship in 2004, 3rd in World U14 Championship in 2005, and 10th in World U18 Ch 2008 before winning the U-18 World Championship in 2009.

<Continental and World> He came =2nd (6th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 8/11 and qualified for the World Cup (2013). He defeated Dutch GM Jan Smeets in the first round but was eliminated when he lost to Azerbaijani GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the 2nd round tiebreaker. Placed =5th at the European Individual Championship (2015) with 7.5/11, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2015), where he was, however, eliminated in the first round by Azeri GM Gadir Guseinov.

Standard Tournaments

Matlakov placed 2nd in FINEC GM (Russia) in January 2009, 2nd in the NWAPA Rector Cup (Russia) in February 2009, 1st in Gipslis Memorial (Riga, Latvia) March 2009 where he gained his first GM norm, (1), (2) 1st in St. Petersburg Championship in May 2009, 1st in the Najdorf Memorial B (Poland) in July 2009. (3) In October 2013, he was =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at the Chigorin Memorial (2013). His 2nd and 3rd GM norms were acquired at the Mazovian Chess Festival - Open B in Warsaw in July 2009 and when he won the World U18 Championship. (1), (4) In February 2014, he tied for first with Alexander Moiseenko in the Moscow Open - A (the premier division in the event). (5) Runner up to Dmitry Jakovenko in the Russian Cup Final knockout tournament in November 2014. (6) Runner up to Dmitry Kokarev at the Gubernators Cup Ugra 2014 in November. (6a). =3rd at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) behind Hikaru Nakamura and Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (6b)

Team Events

Matlakov was the most successful member of the Russian team that was unsuccessful in the China - Russia (2015), scoring 4/5 (+3 =2) against his opponents in the Chinese team.

He won individual silver playing board 5 for St Petersburg in the European Club Cup (2013). (7) This result also lifted him into the 2700 rating range for the first time. Previously in the 2011 and 2012 ECC, he has won team gold and team silver respectively. (8)

He has played in the Russian Premier League since 2010, and with the St Petersburg team since 2011. He won team gold in 2013, team silver in 2012, team bronze and individual silver in 2011, team bronze in 2014 and team and individual bronze in 2015. (9) He played for the ŠK Rapid Pardubice team in the Czech League in 2012, 2013 and 2014, winning team silver on each occasion. (10)

In 2015, he played in the French Top 12 League and is playing for the Zhejiang team in the Chinese League.

Ratings and rankings

Matlakov was one of the top Juniors (U20) in the world, peaking at #7 in November 2011 when he was rated 2632. Soon afterwards in May 2012, he joined the world top 100 for the first time, rated 2668 when his inaugural top 100 ranking was #85. He has been a top 100 player since then. His peak rating was 2700 in November and December 2013, and January 2014 when he was ranked #48, #50 and #50 respectively. His peak ranking to date was world #46 in April 2015 when he was rated 2699. (11)


ICC: Maxbet


(1); (2) Gipslis 2009:; (3) Najdorf 2009:; (4) World U18:; (5) and; (6); (6a); (6b); (7); (8); (9); (10); (11)


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Wikipedia article: Maxim Matlakov

Last updated: 2018-11-11 16:29:48

 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,314  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Matlakov vs P Potapov  ½-½392000RUS-ch U10B30 Sicilian
2. M Matlakov vs S Kulidganian  1-0482001EYCC B10C26 Vienna
3. P Kruglyakov vs M Matlakov  ½-½852001EYCC B10A00 Uncommon Opening
4. M Matlakov vs V Savanovic  1-0502001EYCC B10A06 Reti Opening
5. V Lilov vs M Matlakov  0-1202001EYCC B10B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. M Matlakov vs I Chirila  1-0542001EYCC B10A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. M Matlakov vs E Safarli  1-0572001EYCC B10A00 Uncommon Opening
8. V Onyshchuk vs M Matlakov  1-0282001EYCC B10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. P Lichmann vs M Matlakov  0-1292001EYCC B10B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
10. M Matlakov vs D Benidze  0-1352001EYCC B10A07 King's Indian Attack
11. M Matlakov vs D Drozdova  1-0432001Chigorin Memorial OpenC41 Philidor Defense
12. S Kravtsov vs M Matlakov  0-1382001Chigorin Memorial OpenB20 Sicilian
13. M Matlakov vs A Feoktistov  ½-½802001Chigorin Memorial OpenB01 Scandinavian
14. M Matlakov vs V Kuporosov  0-1462001Chigorin Memorial OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. A Rakhmanov vs M Matlakov 1-0772001Chigorin Memorial OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M Matlakov vs Y Melnikova  ½-½482001Chigorin Memorial OpenB06 Robatsch
17. P Malysheva vs M Matlakov  ½-½532001Chigorin Memorial OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. M Matlakov vs O Evstratov  0-1462001Chigorin Memorial OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. I Gromova vs M Matlakov  0-1282001Chigorin Memorial OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. V Zakhartsov vs M Matlakov  1-0422002St Petersburg White Nights op1D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. V Vulfson vs M Matlakov  1-0602003St Petersburg - MoscowD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. S Sjugirov vs M Matlakov  ½-½772003World Youth StarsA07 King's Indian Attack
23. M Matlakov vs I Khairullin  0-1372003World Youth StarsB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. V T Nguyen vs M Matlakov  1-0592003World Youth StarsB83 Sicilian
25. M Matlakov vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1462003World Youth StarsB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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Nov-12-09  BIDMONFA: Maxim Matlakov


Nov-12-09  Budo: I Hatem

MONFA, Bid _

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  Tabanus: IM Maxim Matlakov, Russia, born 5 March 1991. Now rated 2587,

IM in 2007. GM soon! ICC: Maxbet

Placed 3rd in World U12 Ch 2003, 8th in World U14 Ch 2004, 3rd in World U14 Ch 2005, 10th in World U18 Ch 2008, 2nd in FINEC GM (Russia) Jan. 2009, 2nd in NWAPA Rector Cup (Russia) Feb. 2009, 1st in St. Petersburg Ch May 2009,

1st in Gipslis Memorial (Riga Latvia) March 2009:,

1st in Najdorf Memorial B (Poland) 18-26 July 2009:,

World U18 champion November 2009:

He has good results also in Chigorin Memorials (rapid and classical).

Biography: (in Polish)

Pictures: (RUS U14 champion)

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  Tabanus: Placed 4th in World Junior Ch (Poland) 2-17 August 2010:

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  Penguincw: Matlakov is now in a three way tie for first at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) with 6.5/8.

Tomorrow, he has black against Nikita Vitiugov.

Dec-03-13  AsosLight: Maxim silently reached the high echelons of chess and I am positive that he can grow more!
Jul-20-15  sonia91: Maxim had the best individual result among the Russians in the China-Russia Match (2015) with a score of 4/5 (including a win over Wei Yi!) and a performance of 2894.
Jul-25-16  sonia91: He is currently playing in the Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky; I think this is his first strong round-robin tournament ever.
Jan-12-17  sonia91: He reaches a new peak rating in the Jan 2017 list: 2701.

Recently he tied for 1st with Alexander Riazantsev, taing the silver on tiebreak, in the European Rapid Championship:

Jun-10-17  sonia91: Congratulations on becoming European Champion!!

European Individual Chess Championship (2017)

Jun-10-17  fisayo123: European Champion in arguably the most competitive European Championship of all time. Mightily impressive.
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  MissScarlett: I liked his hairstyle in Tblisi. Good looking kid.
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  Stonehenge: He will play in Tata Steel Masters.
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  ketchuplover: I will not be :(
Oct-29-18  sonia91: Maxim won the Corsica Masters rapid event by defeating Maxime Lagarde 2-0 in the final: Matlakov previously knocked out in this KO rapid tournament Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Moiseenko and Vladimir Onischuk.

This competition was won in the past by Anand and MVL among others.

Earlier this month Matlakov played at the European Club Cup (2018) for Mednyi Vsadnik St Petersburg team, which took the gold medal. He also won the individual gold on board 4.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Maxim Matlakov.
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  Messiah: He just survived against the lesser-known Sai Baswanth, rated 2018 (!)
Mar-29-19  sonia91: <He just survived against the lesser-known Sai Baswanth, rated 2018 (!)>

Matlakov had a sloppy start at the <Sharjah Masters> open, prior the draw with Sai Baswanth (2018), he lost in round 2 to Oliver Dimakiling (2423), but he has recovered and won 5 games in a row. Now, after 8 rounds Matlakov shares the lead with Wang Hao, Ernesto Inarkiev and Yuriy Kryvoruchko with 6.5/8. Maxim is paired vs Inarkiev in the last round.

Apr-01-19  sonia91: He end up sharing first at 3rd Sharjah Masters (2019) with 7/9 after drawing with Inarkiev, who won on tiebreak, in the last round.

Now he's playing in another open in the United Arab Emirates, the 21st Dubai Open, where he is the second seed:

Apr-15-19  sonia91: Matlakov won the Dubai Open 2019 with 7/9 on tiebreak from 7 other players (among them 14 y.o. prodigy Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who took 2nd place). This is Maxim's second major victory, after the European Individual Championship 2017.

ChessBase report:

Jun-09-19  sonia91: He won the "Chess Express" blitz tournament held on the Moscow-St Petersburg high speed train on the occasion of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The other players were Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Malakhov and Kirill Alekseenko.

<For the first time in the history of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an event was held on the way from one Russian capital to another: a chess blitz tournament took place on the Sapsan high-speed train Moscow - St. Petersburg at speeds of up to 200 km/h.

"Chess Express" was a tournament of 4 grandmasters. Moscow was represented by Vadim Zvjaginsev and Vladimir Malakhov, St. Petersburg by Кирилл Алексеенко (Kirill Alekseenko) and European champion Maxim Matlakov, who won it with 4/6. The event was organized by The Roscongress Foundation together with St. Petersburg Chess Federation.

#chess #Sapsan #SPIEF2019 #Roscongress #blitz #express>

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  Messiah: Yesterday he destroyed Truskavetsky in a beautiful game:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Qb6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 Ng6 9. c4 Be7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Na4 Qc7 12. c5 e5 13. Be3 Nf4 14. Bc4 Rd8 15. Qf3 Ne6 16. Rfd1 Rb8 17. b3 Bf6 18. Qg3 Nf4 19. Rd6 Be7 20. Rad1 Bxd6 21. cxd6 Qb7 22. Qg5 Re8 23. Qe7 Rf8 24. Qxe5 Ne6 25. f4 Kh8 26. f5 f6 27. fxe6 fxe5 28. e7 Re8 29. Rf1 1-0

Feb-01-22  Albertan: Maxim Matlakov wins Mayor of Kazan Cup:


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