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Sergei Shipov (born April 17, 1966 in Murom) is a Russian chess grandmaster with a peak FIDE rating of 2662 (No. 23 in the world on the January 1999 list), chess journalist and chess writer.

Sergei Shipov
CountryRussia Russia
Born(1966-04-17)April 17, 1966
FIDE rating2541 (January 2019)
Peak rating2662 (January 1999)



He is the man behind the popular chess website Crestbook, where, among other services, he provides online commentary to current chess events in Russian. One of the most popular areas of the site is "Ask Shipov" where Shipov answers questions on chess-related topics.[1]

Shipov is a chess trainer and a chess writer. Among other players he worked with GMs Daniil Dubov, Grigoriy Oparin, and Andrey Esipenko. Shipov wrote a book "The Complete Hedgehog" about a system for black in Sicilian Defence. He is also a very strong blitz chess player with rating about 2700 on online playing zone. Shipov has a YouTube channel where he published videos with chess analysis.

In 2006 he won the Midnight Sun Chess Challenge in Tromsø, Norway, with a score of 7.5/9, half point ahead of Magnus Carlsen.[2]


  • Дамский Я., Шипов С. Последняя интрига века. Каспаров-Крамник. Лондон 2000, Москва 2000, ISBN 5-93815-008-6 (in Russian)
  • Шипов С., Еж. Хищники на шахматной доске, Москва 2004, ISBN 5-7905-2763-9 (in Russian)
  • Shipov, Sergey (2010). The Complete Hedgehog, Vol. 1. Mongoose Press. ISBN 978-0-9791482-1-7.
  • Shipov, Sergey (2011). The Complete Hedgehog, Vol. 2. Mongoose Press. ISBN 978-1-9362772-2-3.


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