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Vladimir Afromeev

Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 2000 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2633 (2623 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2646
Overall record: +12 -3 =14 (65.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B22 B21 B40 B33
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (6) 
    C42 C43
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(born Apr-02-1954, 69 years old) Russia
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Vladimir Afromeev (FIDE Master) was for several years the only player in the top 100 list who is not a grandmaster. His peak Elo rating was 2646 in 2007, the last year he was active. He is also an International Arbiter.

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Last updated: 2023-04-25 06:10:22

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Markosian vs V Afromeev  ½-½372000Tula-AE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
2. V Afromeev vs D Markosian  ½-½962001Tula It-2B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. Savon vs V Afromeev ½-½192001Tula1C42 Petrov Defense
4. V Afromeev vs V Rakovich  1-0302001Tula2C45 Scotch Game
5. A Gusev vs V Afromeev ½-½662001Tula It-2C42 Petrov Defense
6. V Afromeev vs Yagupov ½-½252004Stek CupB33 Sicilian
7. O Gorbunov vs V Afromeev  0-1322004Stek CupC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
8. V Afromeev vs S Sestjakov 1-0152004Stek CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. V Afromeev vs V Poletov  ½-½302004Stek CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. V Afromeev vs M V Novikov  ½-½202004Stek CupC45 Scotch Game
11. V Afromeev vs M Kozlov  1-0242004Stek CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. A Sushkov vs V Afromeev 0-1602004Stek CupC42 Petrov Defense
13. V Afromeev vs I Biriukov  1-0412004Stek CupB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. V Khanov vs V Afromeev 0-1192004Stek CupC42 Petrov Defense
15. A Zaitsev Jr vs V Afromeev  0-1432004Stek CupC30 King's Gambit Declined
16. E Zhavoronkov vs V Afromeev  0-1392004Stek CupC47 Four Knights
17. Savon vs V Afromeev  ½-½162004Timashkov memC42 Petrov Defense
18. A Poluljahov vs V Afromeev  1-0292004RUS Cup Qualifier 1D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Galkin vs V Afromeev  1-0972004RUS Cup Qualifier 4C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
20. Kharlov vs V Afromeev  1-0402004RUS Cup QualifierD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. V Afromeev vs E Vorobiov  ½-½412004RUS Cup Qualifier 5B40 Sicilian
22. V Afromeev vs S Domogaev  1-0452005Efremenkov memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. V Afromeev vs A Smirnov  ½-½392005RUS-Cup sf 03C40 King's Knight Opening
24. S Domogaev vs V Afromeev  0-1222005Afromeev memD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. V Afromeev vs G Castaneda  ½-½402006Moscow Geller memC45 Scotch Game
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Oct-03-07  skiskichess5: Let's face it we have no evidence that Afromeev's tournament results are fraudulent in any way. One person who so suggested apparently got sued successfully by Afromeev. Put up or shut up isn't that what Americans say.

It is entirely feasible that Afromeev is a much better player than we think and earlier in his life was concentrating on his business career and now has more time to devote to chess.

Regarding playing weaker opponents to gain in the ratings, this is entirely legal. What is more it is not immoral. Why not someone as a hobby and a challenge to increase rating focus on playing weaker opponents.

Soon he will pass Nigel Short in the ratings. I'm not singling out Nigel, it's just because he's dropped a lot and so there is potential for Vlad to leapfrog him.

Oct-03-07  dx9293: <skiskichess5> You're right. While it is widely believed that there is funny business going on (and I believe there is, too), we don't have real proof.

As long as there are players who are willing to have their names appear on FIDE rating reports, and Arbiters that are willing to sign off on the reports, this will continue to go on.

The World is a big place, and FIDE can't supervise every tournament! The responsibility falls on the National Federations...remember the "Heroes of Chernobyl" memorial in 2005?

Oct-03-07  skiskichess5: Our other mystery man,

Vladimir Kozhakin also continues to do well.

Now ranked 88 in Russia!

Oct-03-07  pawnofdoom: What a weirdo. He's 50 years old already, but his ratings been going up so quickly. His last tournament he scored 8/9, but from a field of players averaging 200+ points below him.
Oct-03-07  dx9293: <pawnofdoom> I think he chooses the fields of players he does because if he chose famous, prominent players whose ratings were closer to his own, the results would look worse, and he would immediately be outed.

All of the players he chooses are either unknown, over-the-hill, or non-descript.

Oct-03-07  Shams: well let's get some of his games from the last three years on here and have a look-see.
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  plang: What is he exactly accomplishing with this sham? A high rating without credibility doesn't seem to benefit him. Is it a practical joke?
Oct-04-07  drik: Perhaps GM Baburin should challenge Afromeev to match? Baburin's rating is a 100 lower than Afromeev's - but about 200 higher than that of a typical FM. FIDE would expect Afromeev to win by 2:1 - I'd expect Baburin to win by at least 2:1 ... the only way to know is to play the match! Go on Alex - invite the comrade to Ireland for pint of Guinness & a good soaking!
Oct-04-07  skiskichess5: <Drik> If the hobby of Afromeev is to amass rating points by playing weaker opponents why on earth should he accept a challenge from Baburin.
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  ketchuplover: only one loss!!!!!!!!
Jan-07-08  skiskichess5: For Afromeev fans .... there are 35 of his games on, more than here ... some are sparkling!
Jan-18-08  stanleys: Some pictures of this guy could be found at

(he was the chief arbiter of this event)

Jan-28-08  skiskichess5: <stanleys> brilliant, what a find, at last a face to the name.

He reminds of someone

Jul-05-08  Caissanist: International Herald Tribune chess columnist Dylan Loeb McClain offers his take on the Afromeev phenomenon along with the following game against GM Maxim Novikov, "from an invitation-only tournament held in Russia in June 2007": <1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nxe4 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Bxf7+ Kxf7 6. Nxe4 d5 7. Neg5+ Kg8 8. d4 h6 9. Nh3 Bg4 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Nf4 c6 12. h3 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Qf6 14. Be3 Re8 15. Kf1 Kh7 16. Rg1 g6 17. c3 Bd6 18. Rg3 Rhf8 19. Kg2 Nc4 20. Rxg6 Rg8>

McClain does not offer any analysis to the game, but notes that "it is not very often that a strong player loses with White in only 20 moves, but it happened to Afromeev's opponents more than once during that tournament."

Jul-05-08  Prugno: <Caissanist> Very interesting, thanks for the information.

It looks like Afromeev doesn't even go to the trouble of making up his games in a realistic way (and why should he, after all?)

No GM, not even Nakamura in his more outrageous Qh5 moments, would ever go into that line with 5. Bxf7+? I already knew why it was clearly better for Black when I was a second category player (rated around 1700 that is)

Jul-23-08  skiskichess5: Possibly Novikov, believing that Afromeev is not a strong player, thought that he could still win even playing this line ... or maybe it was a theme tournament.
Aug-05-08  dumbgai: Looks like Afromeev hasn't been doing much recently, which is a shame. Part of me wants to see him keep inflating his rating until FIDE forces him to play in a GM event like Crisan did.
Oct-07-08  gazzawhite: I want to see Afromeev play Crisan!
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  alexmagnus: Actually Afromeev got his rating not because his opponents were <weaker>, but because quite a few of them were <more than 350 points weaker> (remember, a difference of more than 350 points counts as 350?). If all of his opps were less than 350 pts below his rating, he wouldn't be able to hold it.
Oct-07-08  eremite: Is he afro-Russian? Any photo?
Oct-28-08  skiskichess5: <eremite> A link to photos with Afromeev were posted some time ago by <Stanleys>. Now the link goes to Belgorod State University so I'm not sure what happened.

My recollection is that Afromeev was a little chubby but looked a friendly and jovial character.

... hope that helps.

Mar-20-12  wordfunph: FM Vladimir Afromeev

current = 2646
peak = 2646

still the "undisputed"!

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  FSR: (starting at 1:34:41, Peter Svidler discusses Afromeev).
Oct-30-20  cameosis: article in russian with a nice picture of the man:

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  perfidious: On reading of this player, the following came to mind:

<offramp: I found this on the internet about Strumica. I had never heard of it and it is really interesting:

"One harkens back to Strumica 1995, one of the best-known fake tournaments ever. In a four player sextuple round robin, the scores were:

Azmaiparashvili 16/18
Kutirov 11.5/18
Kurajica 4.5/18
Rashkovsky 4/18

I won't go into details about the bottom two players - they are basically blacklisted as known cheats. I know very little about Kutirov, other than the fact that he never had a rating over 2370 until 1995, then went from 2330 in late 1994 to 2525 in mid-1996, got the GM title, and has been haemorrhaging points - currently at 2367. Oh yeah, that jump (helped so greatly by Strumica) got him the IM AND GM titles. And Azmaiparashvili? Well, he was a world top 100 GM - no one questions his strength. Strumica helped him go from 2610 to 2660 - quite a huge jump for one rating list. Of course, Azmai showed his class, got as high as 2681, and is now 2676. Strumica or no Strumica, he's good.">

Zurab Azmaiparashvili

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