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Vladimir Malakhov (Russian: Владимир Малахов; born 27 November 1980) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was a member of the Russian team that won gold at the 2009 World Team Chess Championship.

Vladimir Malakhov
Vladimir Malakhov 2012.jpg
Malakhov at the 2012 European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw
Born (1980-11-27) 27 November 1980 (age 38)
Ivanovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
TitleGrandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating2662 (September 2019)
Peak rating2732 (July 2010)


Born in Ivanovo in 1980,[1] Malakhov's father taught him to play chess at the age of five and he participated in his first tournament at age seven. He won the Under-12 Russian Championship in 1992 and won the World Under-14 Chess Championship in 1993.[2] He earned his international master title in 1995 and his grandmaster tile in 1998.

He was the runner-up in the European Individual Chess Championship in 2003[3] and in 2009.[4]

In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000 and in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, Malakhov made it to the second round.

Malakhov finished in the top 10 in the Chess World Cup 2005, which qualified him for the Candidates for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007, being played in May–June 2007.[5][6] He was eliminated in the first round, losing his match to Alexander Grischuk 3½–1½.

In 2006, Malakhov tied for the first place with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Magnus Carlsen at the Bosna International Tournament (category 17, 2659) in Sarajevo.[7] In 2007 he won the 3rd Tournament of the Stars in Benidorm.[8]

Malakhov reached the semifinal stage of the Chess World Cup 2009 and was eliminated by the eventual runner-up Ruslan Ponomariov, after sequentially defeating Bassem Amin, Ilia Smirin, Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Peter Svidler. This result qualified him for the Chess World Cup 2011, in which he was eliminated in the first round by Rubén Felgaer. he won the European Rapid Chess Championship of 2009 held in Warsaw.[9]

He contributed to Russia's team gold at the 2009 World Team Championship, scoring 5/7 and this effort earned him the gold medal on board five.[10] Malakhov played on the reserve board for the Russian team that won silver at the 39th Chess Olympiad.[11]

In 2012, Malakhov finished equal second, third on tiebreak in the European Individual Championship with 8/11 and thus qualified for the Chess World Cup 2013.[12] In the latter he defeated Eric Hansen and Laurent Fressinet, before losing to Fabiano Caruana in the third round. In September 2012, he came second in the Moscow Blitz Championship, behind Alexander Morozevich.[13]

In February 2013, Malakhov placed equal first, second on tiebreak in the 2nd Vladimir Petrov Memorial, a rapid tournament held in Jūrmala, Latvia.[14] At the 29th European Club Cup he helped his team "Malachite" to win silver.[15]

In 2014, he finished second, behind Vassily Ivanchuk, at the Latvian Railway Rapid Open in Riga.[16] In 2015, he won the Vladimir Petrov Memorial blitz tournament.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Both of Malakhov's parents are physicists; his father a researcher and his mother a lecturer at a university in Dubna. As of 2010, Malakhov is a part-time nuclear physicist and a father to two children.[2]


  1. ^ (in Russian) Владимир Малахов.
  2. ^ a b "Vladimir Malakhov: chess player, nuclear physicist (interview, 2010)". Chess in Translation. 5 September 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ 4th European Individual Chess Championship Chess-Results
  4. ^ 10th European Individual Chess Championship Chess-Results
  5. ^ "World Chess Championship 2005 World Cup". Mark Weeks' World Chess Championship Index. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (19 December 2005). "TWIC 580: FIDE World Chess Cup". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (22 May 2006). "TWIC 602: Bosna Sarajevo". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  8. ^ Hernandez, Nelson (2007-12-21). "Chess Festival in Benidorm – where a new genre is born". ChessBase. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  9. ^ Doggers, Peter (2009-12-21). "Gold for Malakhov at European Rapid Ch". ChessVibes. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  10. ^ Crawley, Gavin (2010-01-13). "Bursa: Russia wins Gold, USA Silver, India Bronze". ChessBase. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  11. ^ 9th Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 Open Chess-Results
  12. ^ 13th European Individual Chess Championship 2012 Chess-Results
  13. ^ Men Moscow Chmp. 2012 Blitz Chess-Results
  14. ^ Vladimir Petrov memorial 2013 Chess-Results
  15. ^ 29th European Club Cup 2013 Chess-Results
  16. ^ Latvian Railway Rapid Open 2014 TWIC March 30, 2014
  17. ^ Vladimir Petrov memorial blitz Chess-Results

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