Maxim Matlakov is a Russian chess Grandmaster born on March 5, 1991, in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Matlakov was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2010 and the International Master title in 2007. As of August 2022, Matlakov’s FIDE rating was 2671 while his Peak rating was 2738 as of November 2017.
Matlakov won four medals at the World Youth Chess Tournaments: two bronzes in the U12 category in 2003 and one gold in the U14 category in 2005. In addition, Matlakov earned victory at the Saint Petersburg Chess tournament and the Aivars Gipslis Memorial in 2009. Matlakov won the 2011 Russian Junior Under-20 Championship. With a score of 8 points out of 11 games, Matlakov shared second place and finished sixth on deciding set at the 13th European Individual Chess Tournament in 2012, qualifying for the 2013 Chess World Cup.
Matlakov trounced Dutch Grandmaster Jan Smeets in the initial set but was knocked out in the 2nd set deciding set by Azerbaijani GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Matlakov shared first place in the 2013 Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg, finishing 3rd on deciding set behind Pavel Eljanov and Dmitry Kokarev.
Matlakov earned a personal silver medal for Saint Petersburg on the fifth board in the European Club Cup in 2013. In 2015 Matlakov won the bronze medal with St. Petersburg’s team “Mednyi Vsadnik” in a similar tournament.
Matlakov was a member of Team Russia, which became silver medalists at the World Team Chess Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2017.