Vadim Viktorovich Svyagintsev

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Vadim Svyagintsev, 2010
Association RussiaRussia Russia
Born August 18, 1976
title International Master (1993)
Grand Master (1994)
Current  Elo rating 2617 (August 2020)
Best Elo rating 2688 (January 2012)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

Vadim Wiktorowitsch Svjaginzew ( Russian Вадим Викторович Звягинцев , scientific transliteration Vadim Zvjagincev ; English spelling used by FIDE: Vadim Zvjaginsev ; born August 18, 1976 in Moscow ) is a Russian top chess master .


Svyagintsev came to the Mark Dworezki chess school at the age of 13 , where he was soon able to develop his enormous talent. In 1992 he became European champion for young people up to 16 years in Rimavská Sobota , in the same year he shared first place with Pjotr ​​Swidler in the Russian U18 championship. A year later he won tournaments in Stockerau and Loosdorf , and in 1994 he shared first place in Reykjavík , Altensteig (with Jonathan Speelman ) and St. Petersburg in 1994. In the same year he was second in Pamplona after Alexander Morozewitsch . In 1995, as a result of his success , his rating exceeded the 2600 mark. In the following years he won in Barbera in 1996 and Calcutta in 1997 (together with Jaan Ehlvest ), and in the same year he won in Portorož . In 1997 he was fourth in Tilburg (ahead of Vladimir Kramnik , Michael Adams , Pjotr ​​Swidler and Wesselin Topalow , among others ). In 1999 he won in Essen and came second in Portorož. His greatest success to date was also in Essen in 2002, when he won the tournament with 7.5 out of 9 in front of Péter Lékó , Rustam Kasimjanov and Viktor Kortschnoi , among others . In 2005 he was fourth in the Russian championship by outstripping Pyotr Swidler and Vladimir Kramnik, among others. In 2006 he shared second place in Poikowski after Alexei Schirow .

From July to December 2002 it was among the top 25 in the world.

National team

Svyagintsev took part with Russia in the 1994 Chess Olympiads (with the second team), 1998 and 2004 . He won with the team in 1998, came second in 2004 and third in 1994. He also won the 1997 World Team Championship and reached the European Team Championship in 1997, both with the team and in the individual competition on the third board to second place.


In the Russian team championship Svyagintsev played in 1995 and 1996 for Ladja Azow , with whom he became champion in 1996 and won the European Club Cup in 1997, in 1999 for ShK Tomsk , in 2003 and 2004 for Norilski Nikel Norilsk , with whom he took part in the European Club Cup three times and won the competition in 2001, 2005 and 2006 for the Moscow Chess Federation , 2007 for Urals Sverdlovsk and from 2008 to 2013 for Saint Petersburg , with which he was champion in 2013, took part in the European Club Cup seven times and won it in 2011. Svyagintsev played in the Chinese team championship in 2007 and 2008 for the Beijing Patriots , 2012 for Chengdu Bank , 2016 for Chongqing lottery , 2017 for Qingdao Zhongheng Group and 2019 for Zhejiang , in Yugoslavia for ŠK Radonja Bojović Nikšić , with whom he played at the European Club Cup 1999 participated.

Theoretical contribution

Svjaginzew won games against the FIDE world champions Alexander Chalifman (2005) and Ruslan Ponomarjow (2006) with a sequence of moves not previously used in grandmaster practice in the Sicilian Defense : 1. e2 – e4 c7 – c5 2. Nb1 – a3 . Since then, this variant has been found in top chess and has the best chance of being christened the Svyagintsev variant .

Game example

In Wijk aan Zee 1995, Svjaginzew played with the black pieces against Roberto Cifuentes Parada, a game that was named the best by volume 62 of the Chess Informator . In it he first sacrifices a knight, then quality and finally the queen to checkmate his opponent . The move evaluations in the game notation come from Artur Jussupow .

Roberto Cifuentes Parada - Vadim Svyagintsev
1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 b6 7. Be2 Bb7 8. 0–0 Be7 9. Rd1 0–0 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Qc7 12. Nc3 ?! c5 13. d5 ?! exd5 14. cxd5 a6 15. Nh4 g6 16. Bh6 Rfe8 17. Qd2 ?! Bd6 18. g3 b5 19. Bf3 b4 20. Ne2 Ne4 21. Qc2 Ndf6 22. Ng2! Qd7 23. Ne3 Rad8 24. Bg2? Nxf2! 25. Kxf2 Rxe3! 26. Bxe3 ?! Ng4 + 27.Kf3 Nxh2 + 28.Kf2 Ng4 + 29.Kf3 Qe6! 30. Bf4 Re8! 31. Qc4 Qe3 + !! 32.Bxe3 Rxe3 + 33.Kxg4 Bc8 + 34.Kg5 h6 +! 35. Kxh6 Re5 0-1 White resigned.

Web links

Commons : Vadim Svyagintsev  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Wadim Svyaginzew's results at the Chess Olympiads on (English)
  2. Vadim Svjaginzew's results at the World Team Championships on (English)
  3. Vadim Svyagintsev's results at European Team Championships on (English)
  4. a b c d Wadim Svjaginzew's results at European Club Cups on (English)
  5. Vadim Svyagintsev's results at Russian team championships on (English)
  6. Mark Dvoretsky & Artur Yusupov: Attack and Defense , London 1998, pp. 264-268.