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Vasily Malinin
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1967 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2100 (1861 rapid, 1911 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2280
Overall record: +21 -23 =15 (48.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening (4 games)
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A40 Queen's Pawn Game (3 games)
C18 French, Winawer (2 games)
C34 King's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
B33 Sicilian (2 games)
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(born Apr-26-1956, died Nov-22-2020, 64 years old) Russia

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Malinin was born in Petrozavodsk*. He was both a GMC (2002) and a GM (2003).

*Wikipedia article: Petrozavodsk

Last updated: 2022-03-09 17:39:36

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Malinin vs D Gurevich 1-0411967KievA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Malinin vs Lavrentiev  0-1541983corres USSRC18 French, Winawer
3. W Bunjaner vs Malinin  1-0361986URS ch-18 sf corrC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. Malinin vs V Savinov 1-0361988LeningradA58 Benko Gambit
5. Malinin vs D Zagorskis 1-0301989corrD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. Malinin vs A Andreev 1-0321989URS Army-chTA58 Benko Gambit
7. Malinin vs I Khokhlov  ½-½391990correspondenceB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. D Molzahn vs Malinin 0-1101990WT/M/GT/271C58 Two Knights
9. K Siedler vs Malinin  1-0481990WT/M/GT/271C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. C Pantaleoni vs Malinin ½-½461990WT/M/GT/271B01 Scandinavian
11. Malinin vs M K Zimmermann 1-0101990WT/M/GT/271C34 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Malinin vs U Schuster  ½-½261990WT/M/GT/271E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
13. Malinin vs H Schmidt 1-0321990WT/M/GT/271B33 Sicilian
14. Malinin vs A Rott  0-1521990WT/M/GT/271E86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
15. K Gustavsson vs Malinin  0-1341990WT/M/GT/271D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
16. A Gonzalez Freixas vs Malinin 0-1161990WT/M/GT/271C44 King's Pawn Game
17. H Bernard vs Malinin  ½-½351990WT/M/GT/271C59 Two Knights
18. Malinin vs Sliwa 1-0431993Konstantinopolsky mem corr9398B33 Sicilian
19. S Simonenko vs Malinin 0-1211994corr Tch10-SUB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Malinin vs N Razvaliaev 1-0201994Ch URS team corr.C34 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Malinin vs I Zakharevich  ½-½131996RUS-ch sfB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. I Rooks vs Malinin  1-0451997Baltic Sea tt7 B01 corrC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. Malinin vs I Cheparinov  0-1132000Paris-ch opD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Malinin vs P Kauppala 0-1402002ICCF - corrA80 Dutch
25. M Svenn vs Malinin  ½-½572002ICCF - corrD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
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Aug-17-05  alexandrovm: what is the story of this guy? I`m just been a little curious since I saw the special game of today, where he made such a beautiful game.
Aug-17-05  PaulLovric: <alexandrovm> you think that game was good? check this out then:

[Event ""]
[Site "Leningrad"]
[Date "1988"]
[Round ""]
[White "Malinin"]
[Black "Savinov"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 …Nf6 2.c4 ….c5 3.d5 …b5 4.cxb5…a6 5.bxa6 …Bxa6 6.Nc3 …d6 7.Nf3 ...g6 8.g3…Bg7 9.h4 …00 10.h5 …Nbd7 11.hxg6 …hxg6 12.Bh3 …Re8 13.Qc2 …Rb8 14. Be3 …Nxd5 15.Qxg6 …fxg6 16. Be6+ …Kf8 17.Nxd5 …Rxb2 18.Ng5 …Nf6 19.Nf4 …Qa5+ 20Kf1 …Bxe2+ 21.Kg1 …Reb8 22 Bf7 …Rb1+ 23.Kh2 …Ng4+ 24.Kh3 …Rxh1+ 25.Rxh1 …Nxf2+ 26.Bxf2 …Bg4+ 27.Kxg4 …Rb4 28.Kf3 …Qa3+ 29.Be3 ….Qa8+ 30.Bd5 …Qa5 31.Nfe6+ …Kg8 32.Nc7+ …e6 33.Bxe6+ …Kf8 34 Nh7+ …Ke7 35.Bg5+ …Bf6 36.Bxf6# 1-0

mind blowing finish. malinin is past it now though approx 2410 elo

Aug-17-05  PaulLovric:
Aug-18-05  alexandrovm: thanks for the information guys. So, he is russian.
Oct-01-05  aw1988: Why isn't V B Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 a notable game?
Apr-06-06  Mameluk: Story of this guy is a bit strange to me, just check this So what, we all have our bad days. I would just mention he made GM norms in the same tournaments as Karjakin or Areshchenko, so Ukrainian chess system is great and we should not attack it.
Jul-27-09  Gryz: I agree aw1988. I think Malinin deserves these two games to be declared notable games. They are 2 of my favorite games ever.

V B Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988
V B Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989

Is there a way to propose a game as a notable game ? Or is the decision done by some automated process ?

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  Tabanus: He's born 26 April 1956. ICCF GM in 2002. GM title in 2003, rating peak 2524 in 2004

Found no picture.

Apr-01-13  Gryz: He, I just found a webpage describing the life of Vasily Malinin.

Google's translate actually makes an understandable story of it.

Became a police officer. Got medals. Then studied law. Got a degree. Then taught law and became a law professor. Wrote more than 170 works, co-authored 5 books.

Played some chess for fun. Became a GM. :)

Supposedly he was the last Chess Champion of the USSR. As the USSR ceased to exist the next year.

Very interesting story. This guy maybe deserves a little more visibility. We could at least copy his picture. (I'm sure there's no copyright. It looks like a photo taken for an identity-card or something).

Apr-01-13  Gryz: My mistake. Malinin was not regular champion of the USSR, he was the correspondence-chess champion.
And if I understood correctly, the last correspondence championship was held between 1995 and 1999. (My guess, as the previous one ran between 1994 and 1999). Funny, to see the last champion of the USSR, almost 10 years after the country fell apart.
Jun-29-14  smurph: Becoming a Grandmaster at 47 is some story.Who else has done that over the board (not honorary).
Jun-29-14  Olavi: Juraj Nikolac Also some World senior champions, who didn't have the title previously, got it awarded, at least Janis Klovans. That's somewhere in between, probably the performance in the tournament (and only one tournament) wasn't really on GM level.
Aug-20-14  ColeTrane: Benko Gambit Fully Accepted. Malinin Variation
Jul-26-15  ljfyffe: Malinin scored 7 out of a possible 14 points in the ICCF World Cup IX Final (1998-2001), including two draws.
Sep-14-15  goetzaholic: I woud never play Benko Gambit against him
Jul-03-16  siggemannen: I love how casually they glance over his chess merits in that article :) Guess most here wouldn't mind "enjoying chess" and becoming a GM after 50
May-27-17  whiteshark: His Polish wiki page: with some material/sources how he got his (otb) GM title.

[<Very suspicious>, to paraphrase it with Ben Finegold]

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  alexmagnus: He is world's lowest rated GM now, at 2138.
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  Knighthawkmiller: I thought to be a GM one had to at one time have a rating of 2500 or higher. "An Elo rating of at least 2500 at any point in their career (although they need not maintain this level to obtain or keep the title." ...or were there other conditions met?
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  Stonehenge: RIP

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