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Popov won the championship of Saint Petersburg, his native city, in 2001 and 2006. In 2014 he shared first place with Denis Yevseev, who took the title on tiebreak score. Popov competed in the inaugural FIDE World Cup in 2005. Here he was knocked out by Alexander Onischuk in the first round by a score of ½–1½.
In 2008, Popov finished second in the European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw, Poland with a score of 10½/13 points. Ten years later, he took the gold medal in this championship in Skopje, Macedonia with the same score.
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- "FIDE World Cup Round 1.2". ChessBase. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2018-18-12.
- Videnova, Iva (2018-12-10). "Valerij Popov takes gold at the European Rapid Championship". ChessBase. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
- "Valerij Popov Wins European Rapid Championship". Russian Chess Federation. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-18-12.
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