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Valery Salov
Number of games in database: 804
Years covered: 1978 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2644
Highest rating achieved in database: 2715

Overall record: +246 -127 =375 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (38) 
    E15 E12 E17 E18 E13
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A46 A41 A45 E10 D02
 King's Indian (32) 
    E97 E83 E80 E67 E63
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E46 E41 E39 E49
 English (30) 
    A13 A15 A14 A16 A19
 Sicilian (26) 
    B58 B42 B40 B84 B22
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B62 B81 B89 B82 B33
 Queen's Indian (61) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16 E13
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E41 E20 E52 E46
 English (30) 
    A13 A17 A15 A14 A19
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C76 C67 C60 C65 C64
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (25) 
    B62 B63 B65 B60 B64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Timman vs Salov, 1991 0-1
   E Grant vs Salov, 1983 0-1
   Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs Salov, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Salov vs Karpov, 1998 1-0
   Karpov vs Salov, 1994 0-1
   Salov vs Short, 1989 1-0
   Sax vs Salov, 1989 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Salov, 1991 0-1
   Salov vs De la Villa Garcia, 1987 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   Hoogovens Group A (1992)
   Buenos Aires Sicilian (1994)
   Hoogovens Group A (1997)
   USSR Championship (1987)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Barcelona World Cup (1989)
   55th USSR Championship (1988)
   Hoogovens (1993)
   Rotterdam World Cup (1989)
   Skelleftea World Cup (1989)
   Linares (1992)
   Hoogovens (1991)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (1986)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1987 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   99_Lev Polugajevky Tourn. Buenos Aires 1994 by whiteshark
   Linares 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1991 by Tabanus
   Linares 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Linares 1993 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1991 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-26-1964, 59 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
Russian Grandmaster Valery Salov was born in Wroclaw, Poland. Awarded the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1986, he was World under 16 Champion in 1980 and European Junior Champion in 1983-84. He finished 1st= with Alexander Beliavsky in the 1987 USSR Championship [rusbase-1] but lost the play-off match (+0, =2, -2) so gaining the Silver Medal. He became a Candidate in 1988 but lost to Jan Timman (+0, =5, -1). At the 1988 USSR Championship he finished 3rd= with Artur Yusupov, behind Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

Wikipedia article: Valery Salov

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 822  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs Salov  0-1341978Ch SU \\B33 Sicilian
2. Salov vs V Loginov  1-0291979URSB42 Sicilian, Kan
3. Salov vs Luchinkin 1-0371979«C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Yurkov vs Salov 1-0141979'Trud' Club Candidate Masters TtB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. Wojtkiewicz vs Salov  0-1471979URS-ch U20B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. Salov vs D Godes 0-1361979URS-ch otborB06 Robatsch
7. Salov vs N Popov  ½-½411979URS-ch otborB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
8. Z Gofshtein vs Salov 0-1401979URS-ch otborE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
9. Salov vs G Sobolev  1-0631980URSB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. F Pripis vs Salov  1-0661980Moscow-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. Salov vs Tseitlin  0-1321980URSB06 Robatsch
12. M I Nepomnishay vs Salov  1-0571980Leningrad ZenitA17 English
13. V Osnos vs Salov  ½-½321980Leningrad-chA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
14. A Sokolov vs Salov  1-0421980Junior Selection TournamentC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Ehlvest vs Salov  0-1381980Junior Selection TournamentB33 Sicilian
16. Salov vs Wojtkiewicz  1-0461980Junior Selection TournamentB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. B Kantsler vs Salov  1-0361980Junior Selection TournamentB30 Sicilian
18. Salov vs B Asanov  1-0341980Junior Selection TournamentB53 Sicilian
19. Salov vs I Wells  1-0411980World Cadet U17 4thB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Salov vs Z Sturua  ½-½341981Tallinn (Estonia)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. F A Cuijpers vs Salov ½-½411981EU-ch U20B83 Sicilian
22. Salov vs A Kuzmin ½-½231981URSE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
23. Salov vs G Siegel  ½-½371981EU-ch U20A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
24. Salov vs V Malaniuk 0-1221981TallinC78 Ruy Lopez
25. A Greenfeld vs Salov  0-1221981EU-ch U20A13 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-01-17  Ron: Here is a an interview that Salov gave in 2015, recently reprinted.

This from the interview seems un-intentionally comedic to me:

<Salov: Here's another interesting moment in the chess history. Have you ever noticed the letter pattern: who was the world champion in the first quarter of the 20th century? Emmanuel Lasker. He was a champion for 27 years. And there were two more Laskers, his brother and Edward Lasker. Quite a lot of Laskers, don't you agree? Then, in the middle of the century, everyone was beginning with the letter B: Botvinnik, the world champion, Bronstein, the candidate who drew him, and Boleslavsky, who lost to Bronstein. Everyone on B. And in the latter part of the century, everyone's names were beginning with K: Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, Kamsky, there are also Carlsen, Karjakin, Caruana [in Russian, Carlsen and Caruana are also spelled with K]. Look at the pattern: K, B and L. You should pay attention to that, because everything begins with these small details. You have to learn to concentrate on them.

Surov: These players you named are among the eleven who should be disqualified, am I right?

Salov: To tell you the truth, we have decided not to disqualify Korchnoi. Viktor Lvovich is very old, we should spare him and exclude him from the list. Though he was complicit in a big way, too.

Surov: I'm writing down the list. Lasker, Botvinnik, Bronstein...

Salov: No, no, we have only K's and A's in our list. Among the K's, there are Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, also Khalifman from St. Petersburg, the well-known chess organizer Raymond Keene, Bessel Kok also made it. It was too late for Campomanes to make the list though...

Surov: ...the late Campomanes. Yes, he's in a different list now.

Salov: We also added Anand and Carlsen. By the way, Carlsen is a very interesting figure in the chess world; I think Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi once said in an interview for your site that he couldn't understand the non-chess methods Carlsen used to win.

Surov: He said that numerous times.

Salov: Carlsen is very interesting, we're studying him as well. We also added Caruana. How many are there?

Surov: Nine. You haven't mentioned Karjakin.

Salov: No, we don't touch Serezha Karjakin.

Surov: He's not good enough?

Salov: Serezha can sleep well, but he should be careful, he should understand where he is and what games he's about to enter.>

Jul-01-17  WorstPlayerEver: The first champ was Steinitz and what do you know, Salov? His name begins with an 'S'. Selective... aye?
Mar-06-18  Howard: Whatever became of Salov, anyway? Why did he give up chess?
Mar-06-18  norami: <Howard> They told me that he had gone . . . totally insane. That his methods were . . . unsound.
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  MissScarlett: According to Svidler, on the Candidates' commentary, he was last heard of working as a hotel porter.
Mar-24-18  Retireborn: A Night Porter, perhaps?
Mar-24-18  N0B0DY: Выпускник экономического ф-та ЛГУ, международный гроссмейстер по шахматам, тренер, публицист, автор многочисленных работ по истории и политологии.

Авторские форумы: (шахматы и каббала) (русский анализ еврейской матрицы)

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  ChessHigherCat: N0B0DY: Выпускник экономического ф-та ЛГУ, международный гроссмейстер по шахматам, тренер, публицист, автор многочисленных работ по истории и политологии. Авторские форумы: (шахматы и каббала) (русский анализ еврейской матрицы)>

Is this right?:

Graduate of the faculty of economics of Leningrad State University, international GM, trainer, political writer, author of numerous studies in the fields of history and political science.

Writers' forums:

.... (Chess and Kabbalah)

... (Russian analysis of Jewish matrixes???)

Mar-31-18  N0B0DY: <ChessHigherCat: Is this right?>

<N0B0DY> should think so.

Apr-25-18  wordfunph: "I just can't imagine myself playing chess for the rest of my life."

- GM Valery Salov (in 1991)

...and his last game in CG dbase in 1999.

Jun-03-18  dehanne: Interesting tidbit in a article about Salov

<When I checked if there is any mention of chess in Wikipedia's list of conspiracy theories, I found Garry Kasparov's name there. Unfortunately, he is there only because of a so-called "New Chronology" As it turns out, Kasparov is a strong advocate of this conspiracy theory, which has nothing to do with chess.>

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  woldsmandriffield: There is an interesting article on Salov here by Kevin Spraggett:


Nov-13-19  Caissanist: Here's an updated link to the interview excerpted by <Ron> above: . Bizarre and rather sad.
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  Messiah: <Baissanist> He missed Igor Bondarevsky, Lajos and Ferenc Bortisch, Paul Beres, Nikolai Brogius, Efim Beller, Vladimir Bukmakov, Bent Barsen, Boris Bpassky, Bobby Bischer, Gyula Bax and Wolfgang Bhlmann, to name a few. Really strange decision!

Kind regards,


Nov-13-19  fabelhaft: Salov has some complicated theories on how Anand, Kasparov etc were in on 9/11 already six years before it took place:

<Anand won a beautiful game in Scheveningen with White by sacrificing a Rook on d5. Do you understand? Ninth game, with a Rook sacrifice! Then Kasparov won the very next game, again with a Rook sacrifice. And in the eleventh game, he won with Black, again sacrificing a Rook!

Three Rook sacrifices in three World Championship games in a row! This just cannot be. I can't remember anything like that. And these were not just any games, but 9th, 10th and 11th. This is the date - 09/11! Also remember that in many languages, the Rook is called a tower. Do you understand now? Three towers were sacrificed, from game 9 to 11. I've even made a photo analogue: chess diagrams with twin towers and the third tower, the trade center, so-called "Solomon Tower".

These three towers were destroyed by two planes. The third tower, as we know, fell by its own accord, seven hours after the plane attack. Officially, by its own accord - the building had a steel frame, and it fell because of some internal fires or something. I don't know, maybe some chairs burned? This sounds like a bad joke. That's the difference between true history and mythology>

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  OhioChessFan: I'm not sure why I read that diatribe. Surov was hilarious enough to make it worth my time, I suppose.
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  perfidious: Seems to me Salov missed his calling as a joke writer--trouble his, the material is far from humorous.
Nov-14-19  Caissanist: Are any of Salov's forums still online? At one point in the above interview, he refers to <the "Heroes of Chess and Checkers" board. We have a topic about Fischer there, in English and Spanish mostly.> That sounds like it might be interesting, at least after a couple of drinks.
Nov-14-19  fabelhaft: I wonder what is gained by Anand and Kasparov pre-arranging their title match games so they have rook sacrifices in games 9-11, six years ahead of 9/11. This all makes Fischer look like an amateur in the conspiracy theory business.
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  Messiah: He is a Disneyland of mental problems.
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  Williebob: Looking for meaning in obscure patterns is the fate of the chess master.
Sep-22-22  thebully99: Can an old-timer enlighten me as to when and why Salov thought Kasparov was responsible for his exclusion from elite supertournaments?
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  perfidious: Have never understood how Salov came to believe that--then again, his views on 9.11 are bizarre, to put it mildly.
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  MissScarlett: I'm no old-timer - in fact, I'm only 8 years old - but this might shed some light on the issue:

Valery Salov (kibitz #7)

After their games in 1993, they never played again. It could be argued by way of innocent explanation that Kasparov was focused on PCA events for the next few years (plus his matches with Deep Blue), or that Salov (although only 29 in 1993) was eclipsed by the new generation of Kramnik, Topalov, Shirov, etc. but that Salov never played in Linares again (he featured every year from 1990-1993) does seem suspicious. From some point, he even lived in Linares and was on good terms with Rentero (Valery Salov (kibitz #108)), so if Kasparov pressured Rentero not to invite Salov, he may have heard this direct from the horse's mouth.

Sep-22-22  stone free or die: Some archived material on Wayback:

<The World Players’ Council’s Address to the 75th FIDE Congress

(Calvia, Spain – October 21-31, 2004)>

* * * * *

<The Conspiracies of Valery Salov, Part 1 & 2 (May 2015) - (en)> (archived -(ru))

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