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Sergei Tiviakov
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Number of games in database: 1,574
Years covered: 1985 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2606 (2663 rapid, 2670 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699

Overall record: +562 -220 =737 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 55 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (337) 
    B22 B90 B25 B23 B43
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C77 C65 C86 C63 C85
 French Defense (96) 
    C07 C05 C03 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (82) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (80) 
    B18 B17 B10 B16 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (228) 
    B32 B30 B22 B51 B70
 Queen's Indian (167) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (111) 
    E32 E20 E38 E21 E34
 Scandinavian (89) 
 Sicilian Dragon (55) 
    B70 B76 B36 B75 B77
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    E00 A46 A45 D02 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tiviakov vs Anand, 2012 1-0
   Tiviakov vs G Sargissian, 2004 1-0
   Tiviakov vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2009 1-0
   Tiviakov vs J Rivera Rodriguez, 2007 1-0
   Kamsky vs Tiviakov, 2006 0-1
   Nijboer vs Tiviakov, 2004 0-1
   Tiviakov vs Lagno, 2012 1-0
   Tiviakov vs D Kljako, 1989 1-0
   M Parligras vs Tiviakov, 2008 0-1
   Ponomariov vs Tiviakov, 2001 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B (2000)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   European Championship (2008)
   Dutch Championship (2002)
   6th United Insurance (2003)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Dutch Championship (2004)
   European Team Championship (2001)
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   President's Cup (1998)
   Tata Steel Group B (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2003)
   European Championship (2000)
   European Championship (2001)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   LJ.Davison's favorite games by LJ.Davison
   adichess' B00 - C19 by adichess
   Bind by kefchess
   Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (C86) by AdolfoAugusto
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (C86) by fref
   Corus Group B 2004 by Tabanus
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer

   🏆 Dutch Championship
   Tiviakov vs L'Ami (Dec-24-22) 0-1
   L'Ami vs Tiviakov (Dec-23-22) 1-0
   Tiviakov vs T Beerdsen (Dec-22-22) 1/2-1/2
   T Beerdsen vs Tiviakov (Dec-21-22) 0-1
   Z Rahman vs Tiviakov (Oct-26-21) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-14-1973, 49 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Netherlands)

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IM (1990); GM (1991). Sergei Nikolayevich Tiviakov was born in Krasnodar, Russia on February 14, 1973. He learned to play chess at age 5 and as a junior, won both the U-16 and the U-18 categories of the World Youth Championships. He is currently living in Holland and was part of the Dutch team that took first place in the 15th European Team Championship (2005). Tiviakov turned in many other strong performances in 2005, including 8.5/9 at the Gausdal Classics event and 8/9 in Neiva, Colombia. These victories caused his FIDE rating to increase by nearly 100 points, finally peaking at 2699 on the October list, his career high. In 2006 he won his first Dutch championship with a dominating 9/11 score, finishing a point and a half ahead of Ivan Sokolov. He also won in 2007 and 2018. Tiviakov won the European Individual Championship (2008).

He finished 2011 by coming =2nd at the Groningen Chess Festival (2011) with 6.5/9, and started 2012 by coming =4th in the Tata Steel Group B (2012), with 8/13, these performances being par for his rating. In April, he scored 7.5/9 at the Cuca International Tournament in Luanda, Angola and then followed up with a reasonably solid 5.5/8 in the Nakhchivan Open and followed up with an equally solid 6/7 and equal 2nd placing in the 4th Rheinland-Pfalz Open held in June in Altenkirchen, Germany. He won the 2012 Commonwealth Championship played in Chennai with 9.5/11, came =3rd at the Kolkata Open (2012) and yet still lost 8 rating points for the two events. Won the DYTM Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Kuala Lumpur Masters 2013 with 9/10. Joint runner-up at the PokerStars IoM Masters (2014). Won the Kavala International Open 2015.

Wikipedia article: Sergei Tiviakov

Last updated: 2018-07-11 04:10:41

 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,648  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gavrilov vs Tiviakov  ½-½701985Kazan opE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
2. Kamsky vs Tiviakov  0-1681986DaugavpilsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Sakaev vs Tiviakov  ½-½391986Sochi Juniors (U16)E17 Queen's Indian
4. Tiviakov vs Belikov  1-0381986Sochi Juniors (U16)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Tiviakov vs I Khmelnitsky 1-0371987URSB01 Scandinavian
6. Tiviakov vs H Odeev  1-0311987Riga U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. E Maljutin vs Tiviakov  0-1301987Riga U16B72 Sicilian, Dragon
8. Tiviakov vs G Gogoladze  ½-½421987Riga U16B32 Sicilian
9. Tiviakov vs V Golod  1-0351989URS-ch U18B10 Caro-Kann
10. M Mrdja vs Tiviakov  ½-½551989Imperia opB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Psakhis vs Tiviakov  ½-½331989GMA opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Tiviakov vs Shirov  ½-½241989URS-ch57 qualB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Tiviakov vs V Arbakov 1-0641989GMA Grand Prix qualifierB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. Tiviakov vs V Vorotnikov 1-0291989Belgorod GMA-qualB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Kholmov vs Tiviakov  0-1561989GMA World Cup OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
16. Anand vs Tiviakov 0-1581989GMA World Cup OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. Tiviakov vs Dautov  ½-½101989GMA World Cup OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
18. Petursson vs Tiviakov ½-½611989GMA World Cup OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
19. Tiviakov vs Gavrikov  0-1561989GMA World Cup OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Tiviakov vs Miles  ½-½331989GMA World Cup OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Psakhis vs Tiviakov  ½-½331989GMA World Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Tiviakov vs Kupreichik  1-0421989GMA World Cup OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Tiviakov vs Goldin  ½-½601989GMA World Cup OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Tiviakov vs D Kljako 1-0311989Imperia OpenB06 Robatsch
25. Tiviakov vs Kramnik ½-½321990URS-qual U18B33 Sicilian
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Dec-20-11  Birthday Boy: Bogotá 2011 – Frigid and uncaring

When you look at my photo reports sent from all over the world, you might think how nice it is to be a chess-player: You see the world, visit exotic countries and win tournaments. Unfortunately, sometimes it is neither nice nor easy, it is a hard work, and it is not uncommon to have to suffer through very difficult playing conditions.

Unfortunately, my last tournament in Bogotá, Colombia, was one of the most deplorable experiences I have ever played in, and my trip there was almost non-stop suffering, despite the lovely city.

See full article here:

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Tiviakov!
Feb-15-12  Shams: David Hyde Pierce the clear choice to play Tiviakov in the screen version of his life.
Mar-18-12  shivasuri4: Sergei Tiviakov, representing SC Eppingen,was upset by German GM Appel Ralf of SV Wattenscheid in the 2011-12 Bundesliga. Playing the black side of an Indian Game (A46), he was beaten in 48 moves after succumbing to heavy queenside pressure on move 32, when he blundered a piece.Tiviakov fought on for a few more moves, but threw in the towel in light of impending heavy material loss.
Mar-20-12  shivasuri4: Tiviakov bounced back today by winning against IM Olaf Wegener of SC Hansa Dortmund in a 38 move game of the Amsterdam Variation of the Sicilian.Though Tiviakov was the one under heavy time pressure, Wegener made a number of inaccuracies starting from move 29.Wegener resigned when pawn promotion was imminent.
Apr-14-12  Albertan: GM Tiviakov defeated WC Anand in the Bundesliga today.Here are the moves from the game:The opening was the Moscow variation of the Sicilian Defense:

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/2012"]
[Date "2012.04.14"]
[Round "14.1"]
[Board "1"]
[White "Tiviakov, Sergei"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteClock "01:49:00"]
[BlackClock "00:39:00"]
[WhiteElo "2647"]
[BlackElo "2817"]
[WhiteClub "SC Eppingen"]
[BlackClub "OSG Baden-Baden"]
[PlyCount "99"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 e5 8. Qd3 h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4 b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3 Rd7 15. Nd2 O-O 16. Nf1 Bb7 17. Ne3 Re8 18. Ncd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Qxd5 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rd5 f6 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. g3 g5 25. f4 gxf4 26. gxf4 Kf7 27. Kf2 exf4 28. Kf3 Ke6 29. Bc1 Rc8 30. Bxf4 Bf8 31. h4 Rc6 32. h5 Rb7 33. Be3 Rb8 34. Bd4 Rc7 35. Rg1 Bg7 36. Rg6 Rf7 37. Be3 Rd7 38. Rf5 Rf7 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Bxh6 Bxh6 41. Rxh6 Rg7+ 42. Kf4 Rf8 43. a5 Rg1 44. axb6 Rb1 45. b7 Rxb3 46. e5 dxe5+ 47. Rxe5+ Kd6 48. Rf5 Ke6 49. Rh7 Rd8 50. Rd5 1-0

Dec-03-12  Jim Bartle: Tiviakov's highest ELO was 2699? Must be frustrating.
Feb-14-13  waustad: Happy 40th b'day.
<whatthefat>Is this what you have in mind?
Jan-26-15  PhilFeeley: This guy sure gets around:

Aug-05-15  jrofrano: Sergei Tiviakov is the eigth GM as part of my new series called the GM Spotlight!

Feb-14-16  diagonal: Tiviakov, the Traveller: Sergei somehow manages to (i) travel to the most exotic places in the world, (ii) win or co-win the open tournaments staged there, and (iii) send the chess community a huge batch of photos he has taken during his stay with illustrated reports from the corresponding events (btw.: there are hundreds of his games, played in swiss system tournaments, missing in the cg. database).

Tiviakov is certainly one of the strongest sub-2700 ELO players just one step beyond the very best, mostly a top hundred / ELO 2600+ player since the early 1990s, his peak ranking is no. 14/15 of the world in July - December 1995; a decade later, in October - December 2005, ranked as no. 20, he has been one ELO point away in his career from reaching the (today) notorious 2700 milestone.

Sergei Tiviakov, born in Krasnador in 1973, settled to Groningen in 1997. Member of the Smyslov school. IM since 1990. GM since 1991. Winner of the European Individual Chess Championship in 2008 and always dangerous for anyone....

Happy birthday, Sergei Tiviakov!

Aug-15-16  The Chess Express: Wow, this guy looks like a hitman.
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  OhioChessFan: He does have that look of a criminal mastermind opposing Jason Bourne. Leather jacket, perfectly wrapped scarf, academic's glasses...
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  thegoodanarchist: He is a <chess> hitman, as Adams found out here:

Adams vs Tiviakov, 1990

Oct-17-18  offramp: I think Tivvy looks a lot like the chat show host Graham Norton:
Oct-17-18  ketchuplover: On the Ding liren page someone said Tiviakov had a 110 game unbeaten streak
Oct-17-18  Billy Vaughan: Here's my attempt to verify Tiviakov's streak.

Tiviakov played in the Olympiad in mid-October of 2004, losing to Vladimir Georgiev in the second to last round. He later lost to Shabalov in the fifth round of the Isle of Man tournament, late September of 2005.

Between these times, the only losses that the 2700chess database counts are two to Ivanchuk in the Torre Memorial, which upon further inspection seem to be rapid tiebreak losses (i.e. not classical).

Excluding those rapid games, 2700chess lists 96 games. There's reason to think 2700chess is missing some games, though, based on the number of games FIDE's page on Tiviakov says he played. Between the rating periods of Oct-Jan 2005 and Jul-Oct 2005, Tiviakov is listed as playing 120 games. If we subtract the 10 games Tiviakov played at the Olympiad before starting his streak, then add the four games he played before his loss at Isle of Man, we arrive at 114. Give or take some weekend team results, this looks a lot like the 110 unbeaten games Tiviakov claims.

I wish someone who has better access to tournament data would look these things up instead of me. Chessbase has talked about long streaks before, and every time they say something like "after publishing this article Tiviakov wrote us claiming to have a streak of 110 games without losing" but they don't use their database to actually check it.

Oct-17-18  offramp: Alexander Zelner won 135 games in a row.
Oct-17-18  nok: Source? The link you give on his page says he had one loss in 136 games.
Oct-18-18  offramp: <nok> the loss was to his wife! That surely doesn't count.
Oct-19-18  wordfunph: "It became difficult for me to sleep, since I started to believe in my invincibility."

- GM Sergei Tiviakov (on his 100 unbeaten streak)

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  MissScarlett: <Records are meant to be broken, but the all-time undefeated streak claimed by Sergei Tiviakov is going to be a tough one to crack. He kindly provided all 110 games and a brief description in an attempt to set the record...of the record...straight!>

Jan-09-19  Jambow: I am Dr invincible mr Bond!!! Ok just kidding but Sergey always reminded me of a Bond vilian.
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  Penguincw: In July 2018, Tiviakov won the Dutch Championship.

He scored 5.5/7, 1.5 points ahead of 2nd. Also the only undefeated player.

Oct-20-21  Albertan: Biggest ever GM Chess starts tomorrow:

GM Tiviakov is the top seed.

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