Jun 24, 2010
Author: VB

I was born in 1984 in the Russian town of Kirzhach (90 km from Moscow). At the age of 6 I was brought into the world of chess, where I still dwell with great pleasure!

My parents were rather enthusiastic about their son’s quick chess successes, and when I was 11 they asked GM Sergey Shipov (who is now the most famous Russian-speaking chess commentator) to be my coach. Shortly after this I became Russian champion among boys under 12. This was my first big achievement and can be called the real beginning of my chess career.

Then I continued to work with Shipov and became an International Master in 2000. In 2004 I obtained the Grandmaster title, and one year later entered the World top-100. My current rank in the World rating list is 110.


Tournament Location Year Place
Russian Championship among boys under 12 Volgograd 1996 1
Athens open Greece 2000 1-12
Russian Championship among juniors under 18 Dagomys 2002 3
Korinth open Greece 2004 1-8
Kavala open Greece 2004 1
Thessaloniki open Greece 2004 1
Hastings open England 2004-05 1
Esbjerg open Denmark 2005 1
Javaskula open Finland 2005 2
Hengelo open Netherlands 2005 1-4
European Individual Men’s Chess Championship Kusadasi, Turkey 2006 8
Moscow Championship Russia 2007 1
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 2007 Round 2
Master-open Biel, Switzerland 2008 1
Zvenigorod open “А” Zvenigorod, Russia 2008 1
Chigorin Memorial St.-Petersburg, Russia 2008 1
Match Russia–France (rapid) Moscow, Russia 2008 1
Russian Chess Club Cup (Premier League) Dagomys 2009 1 (on board 1)
Russian Men’s Championship (Higher League) Irkutsk 2010 2-10

In 2005 I graduated from Russian State University of Physical Culture (Chess Department), thus having become a licensed chess coach. My serious practice in this field began in 2006 when I was invited to work as a coach for the Russian Chess Federation. My duty was to study with young and talented female players so that they could acquire sufficient level for entering the Russian Olympic chess team. The experience was successful: my students took high places in the Superfinal of Russian Women’s championship and indeed entered the national team.

My latest coaching achievement is the work with Nazi Paikidze, who won three strong tournaments in 2010 – Moscow Open, Moscow Women’s championship and then Higher League of Russian Women’s championship.

I was a second of Russian GM Dmitry Jakovenko during the Nanjing super-tournament (China 2009), which brought together such prominent players as Carlsen, Topalov, Leko, Wang Yue and Radjabov.

Also I am an experienced chess annotator and researcher. My experience in this field includes: working as a chess expert on the formerly well-known KasparovChess website, being an official commentator at the World Chess Championship match between Kramnik and Topalov (Elista, 2006), many articles in paper chess media as well as in the Internet.