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Anton Kovalyov
A Kovalyov 
Photograph from the 2008 Canadian Open, courtesy of chesspatzerblog.  
Number of games in database: 258
Years covered: 2005 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2631 (2585 rapid, 2583 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2664

Overall record: +103 -29 =115 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 11 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (33) 
    A13 A14 A15 A17 A10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A30 A34 A33 A37 A35
 King's Indian (18) 
    E92 E91 E73
 English, 1 c4 e5 (15) 
    A20 A25 A28 A22 A21
 Slav (14) 
    D12 D11 D15
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D95 D96 D78
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B90 B46 B94 B52 B92
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B90 B94 B92 B91 B95
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 A45 D00 E00
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E44 E32 E38 E43 E54
 Sicilian Taimanov (12) 
    B46 B48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Anand vs A Kovalyov, 2017 0-1
   V Pechenkin vs A Kovalyov, 2009 0-1
   A Kovalyov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2015 1-0
   A Kovalyov vs Anand, 2017 1/2-1/2
   A Kovalyov vs Akobian, 2017 1/2-1/2
   P Charbonneau vs A Kovalyov, 2010 0-1
   A Kovalyov vs V Pechenkin, 2012 1-0
   N Noritsyn vs A Kovalyov, 2012 1/2-1/2
   A Kovalyov vs L Henry, 2007 1-0
   S Bolduc vs A Kovalyov, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Edmonton International (2012)
   Montreal International Chess Tournament (2009)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Spanish Team Championship (Honor Division) (2012)
   Cappelle la Grande (2010)
   World Cup (2015)
   Canadian Open (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Olympiad (2008)
   World Cup (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2010 Ch elite pom by gauer

   🏆 UT Dallas Fall Open
   A Kovalyov vs B Ider (Nov-22-17) 1-0
   A Kovalyov vs A Gorovets (Nov-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Raznikov vs A Kovalyov (Nov-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Arribas Lopez vs A Kovalyov (Nov-20-17) 1/2-1/2
   H H Hernandez vs A Kovalyov (Nov-19-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-04-1992, 28 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Canada)

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Anton Kovalyov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine on March 4, 1992. He later lived in Argentina and Montreal, Canada before attending universities(4, 6) in Texas. He became a GM in 2008 and played in the 2008 Olympiad for Argentina, scoring +3-2=4 on 3rd board. He tied for 1st-3rd with Merab Gagunashvili and Bator Sambuev in the Quebec 2010 Invitational, and won the 2012 Quebec junior championship. In January of 2011, he was the 6th highest-rated junior in the world.

In 2013 Kovalyov changed federations from Argentina to Canada. He played on first board for Canada at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring +4-1=6. As of December 2014 he was reported to be a student at the University of Texas at Brownsville(4), majoring in computer science.

Kovalyov finished equal third at the 2015 American Continental Championship, which qualified him to compete at the World Cup (2015). He defeated former FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Sandro Mareco in the first two rounds before losing to Fabiano Caruana in the third round to be eliminated from the Cup.

In the Chess Olympiad (2016), he played second board for Canada, scoring 8-2 (+6-0=4), which placed him second for the Board 2 prize in the Olympiad, behind only former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. (10)

Kovalyov also qualified for the World Cup (2017). (11) He beat Varuzhan Akobian in the first round. In the second round, he defeated former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in a stunning upset. Kovalyov was paired against Maxim Rodshtein in the third round. Ten minutes before the first game of the match was to begin, he was confronted by Zurab Azmaiparashvili, one of the tournament organizers, for wearing Bermuda shorts, which Azmaiparashvili considered a violation of the dress code. After a heated argument, Kovalyov left the tournament and returned home, thus forfeiting the match. (12)

Video: (interview with Anton at the Montreal's 2012 Canadian zonal tournament).

References / Sources

(1) (Argentinian Chess Federation), (2) (team and Olympiad chess archives), (3) (Canadian Chess Federation), (4) (Brownsville), (5) (previously played for Rio Grande Ospreys), (6) (U of Texas at Dallas), (7) , (8) , (9) , (10), (11) , (12) .

Wikipedia article: Anton Kovalyov

Last updated: 2017-10-07 16:53:40

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kovalyov vs Y Quesada Perez 1-0312005American Continental ChampionshipA20 English
2. A Kovalyov vs L Milman  ½-½202005American Continental ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. E Cordova vs A Kovalyov 1-0272005American Continental ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Needleman vs A Kovalyov  ½-½502005American Continental ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. A Kovalyov vs A B Fernandez 1-0182005American Continental ChampionshipA13 English
6. A Kovalyov vs R Monier  1-0402005American Continental ChampionshipA20 English
7. A Kovalyov vs O Zambrana  0-1592005American Continental ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
8. E Lawson vs A Kovalyov  1-0372005American Continental ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M Latorre vs A Kovalyov  0-1422007III South American Ch U20B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. A Kovalyov vs J Cori  ½-½492007III South American Ch U20E73 King's Indian
11. A Kovalyov vs A Diamant  1-0592007III South American Ch U20A30 English, Symmetrical
12. A Kovalyov vs K Mekhitarian  ½-½712007III South American Ch U20A33 English, Symmetrical
13. S Mareco vs A Kovalyov  ½-½222007III South American Ch U20A43 Old Benoni
14. E Cordova vs A Kovalyov  0-1352007III South American Ch U20D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. A Kovalyov vs C Goldwaser 0-1922007III South American Ch U20A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
16. D Di Berardino vs A Kovalyov  1-0442007III South American Ch U20B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. A Kovalyov vs J Blit  1-0242007III South American Ch U20A17 English
18. S Predescu vs A Kovalyov 0-1402007Canadian OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Short vs A Kovalyov  1-0612007Canadian OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. A Kovalyov vs L Henry  1-0452007Canadian OpenE92 King's Indian
21. A Kovalyov vs G Huber  ½-½442007Canadian OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
22. A Kovalyov vs K Ozturk  1-0412007Canadian OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
23. S Chanda vs A Kovalyov  1-0332007Canadian OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. A Kovalyov vs M Voloaca  1-0362007Canadian OpenA25 English
25. L Hua vs A Kovalyov  0-1452007Canadian OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
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Sep-12-17  tuttifrutty: <In fact, the right to wear the same unwashed vlastimils throughout a whole tournament.>

Wearing the same shorts everyday for a year or decades doesn't mean it wasn't washed since day one....

Sep-12-17  Arconax: Kovalyov has returned home.
Sep-13-17  Arconax: He should learn some manners before venturing abroad again.
Sep-13-17  SugarDom: He can't afford 10$ trousers?
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  OhioChessFan: FWIW, both Kovalyov and Zurab look pretty trashy for a high end tournament. Zurab's untucked shirt is especially galling for a tournament administrator. Regardless, it comes down to the rules in force per the dress code.
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  OhioChessFan: Zurab is saying "You can't play Ke4! That is an illegal move!"
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  OhioChessFan: Kovalyov: "Oh yeah, what about Black playing 1...Ke6?"
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  OhioChessFan: After 3 hours of analysis with Stockfish in retrograde mode, I've determined the game went:

1. d4 Ke6 (Anti-Wannabe Queenside Gambit) 2. Kd2 (Wannabe's Insistent On Continuing Queenside Gambit, Accelerated) Kd6 3. Ke3 Kd5 4. Ke4 clearly an illegal move, and thereupon Zurab got involved.

Sep-13-17  tuttifrutty: <He can't afford 10$ trousers?>

He can...but that's besides the point. The point is Kovalyov didn't violate the dress code. Whether it's been washed or not is irrelevant. Whether he can't afford a 10 bucks pants is non of our business. Please take the IQ test one more time so we can determine if your score will improve this time.

Go Wesley...

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  wordfunph: It is more like the dress code violated him.
Sep-13-17  SugarDom: <He can...but that's besides the point. The point is Kovalyov didn't violate the dress code.>

Lol. And how do you know this? Did you read the FIDE regulation on the dress code?

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  JonathanJ: If Kovalyov didn't violate the dress code, there is no reason to kick him out or even make him change.

Bullying him and using racial slurs to that end is despicable behavior and there should be dire consequences for Azmaiparashvili, although I'm pretty sure there won't be any.

That being said, Kovalyov's outfit is shameful, to say the least. The shorts aren't even the worst about it. The oversized hoodie, the ankle-high socks, the greasy hair... This is really not the proper attire for a world chess elite event.

Sep-13-17  Petrosianic: <there should be dire consequences for Azmaiparashvili, although I'm pretty sure there won't be any.>

Partly because Kovalyov has shown absolutely zero inclination to file an Ethics Complaint against him. If even the victim doesn't care enough do do anything, why on earth would FIDE act?

<Bullying him and using racial slurs to that end is despicable behavior>

If it happened. It sounds like the kind of thing Zurab would do, but there's been no mention of any witnesses to the incident so far.

Kovalyov does not seem to have been too bright on this. Even if everything he says is true, he should have laughed in Zurab's face and done nothing. Even if he'd gotten forfeited, how would he be worse off than he is now?

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  JonathanJ: <If it happened. It sounds like the kind of thing Zurab would do, but there's been no mention of any witnesses to the incident so far.>

But there are pictures of the dispute. Somebody has to have taken them.

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  alexmagnus: Funny sidenote: Azmaiparashvili himself violated the dress code for organizers.
Sep-14-17  starry2013: Players are wearing all kinds of stuff from what I've seen.

on Azmaiparashvili
Petrosianic: <why on earth would FIDE act?>

To enforce their rules?

Sep-14-17  Petrosianic: Someone has to bring a complaint to their attention first to say that the rules were violated. They're not going to go looking for violations on their own. So far the only one that we know for sure behaved improperly was Kovalyov.
Sep-14-17  PhilFeeley: <only one that we know for sure behaved improperly was Kovalyov> No. Azmaiparashvili surely was.
Sep-14-17  Petrosianic: <No. Azmaiparashvili surely was.>

IF there are any witnesses to back up Kovalyev's story, but we haven't heard of any so far.

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  tamar: <Petrosianic> Azmaiparashvili admitted calling him "gypsy" even in his own justication for his actions (around 5 minute mark).
Sep-14-17  Olavi: It's just that experienced Zurab watchers, from the 80's on, tend always to give his opponent the benefit of the doubt.
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  alexmagnus: Also, as I pointed out, Azmai himself was improperly dressed.

<Dress Code for arbiters, organizers, FIDE official and representatives at FIDE events including Presidential Board meetings, Executive Meetings and Congresses. Business casual (European standards), which means long trousers or pants, shirt, jacket, with or without tie (no t-shirts, no polo, no jeans, no sports shoes or sneakers or slippers, no hats or caps (except for religious reasons) and the equivalent style of dress for women. >

Sep-14-17  Amulet: <alexmagnus> Azmaiparashvili is a gypsy too and he should have banished himself too, muttering to himself as he exits the building, " I'm a gypsy, I'm a gypsy".
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  offramp: I have just realised that Kovalyov's vlastimils are <identical> to Dude's vlastimils in <The Big Lebowski>!

Apr-16-18  PhilFeeley: I like this defense of Anton from the CFC:

<Any random check of coverage on sites like shows that jeans and tee shirts are worn by many of the other Grandmasters. One example of this is Grandmaster Aronianís cat tee shirt, which I will not criticize, but which does seem to me to be no less problematic from a FIDE dress code perspective than Antonís attire. If it tries to reframe this episode as a question of a dress code which is vaguely formulated and sporadically enforced at this tournament FIDE will make itself look ridiculous and hypocritical to all independent observers. If Anton saw Zurabís shorts at that September 7th photo opportunity in the presence of both the current World Champion and Georgia's former Women's World Champion, and remembering that there were no warnings or complaints from Arbiters before or after any of the previous four games when he had worn those pants at this World Cup, Anton could be forgiven for not anticipating that there would be a problem if he wore them again for a fifth game.

The future for chess in Canada appeared quite bright based on the performance of Anton up until the moment when Anton was inhospitably abused over his attire. If the Chess Federation of Canada which has been a good citizen of FIDE since the day of its founding can expect this kind of treatment within FIDE for one of its top players, in his shining moment, the brightest moment of his chess career, with the world spotlight upon him, who is then safe? I am certain I donít need to point out that this has brought a great deal of unfavourable attention to chess and FIDE in the worldwide press coverage. Please do not stoop to explanations which attempt to justify the unjustifiable. We can accept the idea that there can be a dress code for chess competition. Given everything that has gone on before and during this World Cup, we cannot accept that a young Grandmaster deserves to be distracted and insulted moments before a game that is part of the qualification for the World Chess Championship, merely because the organizer doesn't like his pants. If there is to be a dress policy it needs to be clearly enunciated before the tournament and should be enforced for all participants. If chess is going to make inroads in the demographic groups which advertisers crave we must avoid the appearance of ridiculousness which this situation invokes. It is a pity that instead of focusing on the chess that was played we are focusing on a pair of shorts.

I think that a sincere apology to grandmaster Kovalyov from grandmaster Azmaiparashvili for this incident without qualification or blaming the victim of this outburst would be the first step required to move forward from this unfortunate situation. As Hal Bond said in his letter about this incident ďMr Azmaiparashvili's behaviour in this case clearly violated the rules and norms of FIDE.Ē Please do not send the message to the world at large that this is not the case and this behaviour is within the rules and norms of FIDE.>

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