Vladimir Malakhov is a Russia born Chess Grandmaster. with current Elo ratings over 2600 in FIDE.
Last Updated: July 13, 2022
Full Names: Vladimir Malakhov
Born: November 27, 1980
Place of birth: Russia
World ranking: 100
Vladimir Malakhov was born in Ivano, Russia, on November 27th, 1980, to Physicists parents. He worked sporadically as a physicist, but much of his time was devoted to being a professional chess player. Russian Grandmaster Vladimir Malakhov, representing Russia at the 2009 World Team Chess tournament, clinched the 2009 European Rapid Chess tournament. In addition, he qualified for the Chess World Cup playoffs that year. Malakhov clinched both the World U14 Chess Tournament and the Russian Tournament for U12 players in his early career. Malakhov has been among the best 100 players globally for over twenty years.
Vladimir Malakhov began developing an interest in chess at the age of five years in 1985. He learned about chess from his father, who had taken a keen interest in training him. In 1987, at the age of seven years, he played in his first-ever competitive tournament. He performed pretty well, motivating him to compete at the U12 Russian Tournament in 1992 and the U14 World chess tournament in 1993. In both games, Vladimir emerged victorious, thus contributing to earning the title of International Master in 1995 and Grandmaster in 1998.
In the 2003 and 2009 European Individual chess tournaments, he came second, while in the 2000 FIDE World chess tournament and 2004 FIDE World Chess tournament Vladimir qualified for the 2nd round. Having emerged among the best 10 in the 2005 Chess world cup, he earned qualification for the 2007 FIDE World chess tournament in the Candidates category, which was played between May and June. However, he did not make it to the second round after being knocked out by Alexander Grischuk.
At the Bosna International Championship in 2006, Vladimir, Magnus Carlsen, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu shared the 1st position and went on to win the third Championship of the Stars in 2007 at Benidorm. Vladimir maintained his competitiveness in chess, and in 2009, he played in the semifinals of the Chess World Cup. Still, he was knocked out by Ruslan Ponomariov, who finished the runner-up in the finals of that tournament. The competition outcome helped him qualify for the 2011 Chess World Cup, but he was knocked out in the 1st round of this competition by Ruben Felgaer.
Furthermore, Vladimir triumphed at the 2009 European Rapid chess tournament in Warsaw. He also helped the Russian team become gold medalists at the World Team tournament in 2009 and acquired an individual gold medal in the same game. At the 39th Chess Olympiad, he helped his Russian Team win Silver while playing on the reserve Board.
He had earlier attained 2nd place in the European Individual Tournament but finished 3rd on tiebreak, qualifying for the 2013 Chess World Cup. Vladimir finished as the runner-up at the Moscow Blitz tournament after Alexander Morozevich.
In the second Vladimir Petrov Memorial in 2013 in Latvia, he finished as a runner-up while assisting his teammates in clinching silver at the 29th European Club Cup. Moreover, he came second in the 2014 Latvia Railway Rapid Open and emerged victorious at the Vladimir Petrov Memorial Blitz.
He emerged victorious and won the bronze medal at the Russian Tournament in 2003, advanced to the second round of the 2009 FIDE World Cup, and clinched the European speed chess tournament that year. He notched up five out of seven matches and a gold medal on his board to become the 2010 world champion, competing for the Russian national team.
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