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Nikolai Pushkov
GM Balashov Yuri S -- GM Pushkov Nikolai. Photo:  
Number of games in database: 246
Years covered: 1991 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2254 (2112 rapid, 2222 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561

Overall record: +86 -71 =89 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E94 E91 E92 E61 E60
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E14 E15 E12 E17 E16
 Semi-Slav (13) 
    D45 D44 D46
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    E10 D02 A40 A41
 Slav (11) 
    D10 D12 D11 D15 D14
 English (8) 
    A17 A15 A10 A13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (42) 
    C10 C11 C00 C07 C01
 French (26) 
    C10 C11 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A46 A45 D00 D05 E00
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E17 E12 E15 E18
 English (8) 
    A13 A14 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Villing vs Pushkov, 2010 0-1
   Smyslov vs Pushkov, 1993 0-1
   H Karl vs Pushkov, 2009 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Senior Championship (2012)
   World Senior Teams +65 (2015)
   13th European Individual Senior Championship (2013)
   World Senior Teams Championship (65+) (2017)
   KB Czech Open (2000)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   Russian Championship (1995)
   Chigorin Memorial Open (1997)
   Russian Championship (1994)
   Russian Championship (2001)
   Chigorin Memorial (2000)
   21st Belgrade Trophy (2008)
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Prague Open (2019)

   🏆 Prague Open
   Pushkov vs Marek Pniaczek (Jan-18-19) 1-0
   M Risch vs Pushkov (Jan-17-19) 0-1
   Pushkov vs A Mulenko (Jan-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   Pushkov vs V Riha (Jan-15-19) 0-1
   T Ludvik vs Pushkov (Jan-14-19) 1-0

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(born Nov-26-1946, 75 years old) Russia

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GM (1994) Nikolai Vasilyevich Pushkov became an International Arbiter in 1998, and was European Senior champion in 2012.

Last updated: 2018-03-13 18:23:44

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V L Ivanov vs Pushkov 1-0361991MoscowA04 Reti Opening
2. Pushkov vs Barsov  0-1361992OrelD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
3. Pushkov vs Savon  ½-½471992OrelE14 Queen's Indian
4. Pushkov vs I Moizhess  0-1331992RUS-chE14 Queen's Indian
5. Pushkov vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½611992OrelA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Pushkov vs Gleizerov  ½-½391992RUS-chTA90 Dutch
7. Pushkov vs E Ragozin  1-0421992RUS-chE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. V Barskij vs Pushkov  1-0401992RUS-chC10 French
9. A V Filipenko vs Pushkov  1-0391992RUS-chC16 French, Winawer
10. Pushkov vs A Lastin  1-0411992RUS-chE97 King's Indian
11. S Guliev vs Pushkov  0-1471992OrelD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
12. Beshukov vs Pushkov  0-1331992OrelB89 Sicilian
13. V Mezentsev vs Pushkov  0-1791992RUS-chC00 French Defense
14. Pushkov vs I Dmitriev  0-1321992RUS-chE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
15. I A Zaitsev vs Pushkov  ½-½161992RUS-chTC10 French
16. Ulybin vs Pushkov  ½-½281992RUS-chTC10 French
17. M Blokh vs Pushkov  0-1531992RUS-chA84 Dutch
18. Kholmov vs Pushkov  ½-½601992OrelC10 French
19. Pushkov vs Vladimirov  ½-½531992RUS-chTE14 Queen's Indian
20. Chekhov vs Pushkov  ½-½351992RUS-chTD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Pushkov vs Neverov  ½-½81993SochiD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Pushkov vs Psakhis  ½-½301993Rostov-on-DonA17 English
23. Smyslov vs Pushkov 0-1351993Rostov-on-DonA13 English
24. Tukmakov vs Pushkov  1-0501993Rostov-on-DonD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Pushkov vs Dolmatov  0-1551993Rostov-on-DonE92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 258  PGN Download
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Nov-28-06  BIDMONFA: Nikolai Pushkov

PUSHKOV, Nikolai

Jul-29-13  Maatalkko: Someone who has the time might find it interesting to calculate the TPR of Shojaat Ghane in tournaments where Pushkov is Chief Arbiter.

He sure has put up some good performances.

He also doesn't do too bad when Alexander Sapfirov is officiating:

Shojaat must also be friends with Georgy Pilavov, who played with him in six of those tournaments, doing quite well in five of them.

Shojaat's strong in the 2010 Don Cup tournament is all the more notable given the very strong opposition he was facing. IM and computer scientist Ken Regan noted that six of the 46 games were exact copies of games played in computer chess championships. The remaining games all clocked around 3000 elo intrinsic performance rating - higher than any other event measured, even the 2010 Grand Slam in Bilbao!

Nikolai Pushkov must be one of the top arbiters around. He sure seems to inspire some excellent play in certain players!

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  perfidious: Pushkov hooking up with Ivanov would be a frightening prospect.

All this makes one recall the days when John T Pajak and Robert Hamilton repeated the play of a game from Informator, enabling the former to win the Canadian junior title and a spot in the World Junior.

Jul-29-13  Maatalkko: It's a strange situation.

Pushkov is obviously a legitimate player. He even has a win over Smyslov: Smyslov vs N Pushkov, 1993. Smyslov was 72 at the time, but still. Pushkov also won the European Senior Championship last year.

He's obviously a highly respected chess figure in the Rostov Oblast, which includes Azov, the city where all these funny tournaments are going on. It makes me doubt that my theory about collusion is correct.

However, if Pushkov is really so honest and experienced, then how in the heck did he sign off on a tournament where most or all of the games are faked?

There needs to be a lot more examination of game scores at the other Azov tournaments - but I suspect they may be "missing".

Aug-01-13  csmath: Okay, maybe we should keep this page up until Pushkov himself or somebody in his name respond to these charges.
Aug-01-13  Maatalkko: Since I made those posts on Monday, I have found other players with IM/GM titles gained in Pushkov connected events.
A "participant" of the Don Cup, Kiselev has played in the three Cappele-la-Grand opens, an Aeroflot open, and a few team events. He performs at hist rating to well below it. I can't link to his chessgames profile, because he doesn't have one - that's how rarely active he is, despite being only 25 years old and a Grandmaster at age 19. None of that Junior Championship nonsense though - Kiselev always played close to home, usually in Pushkov's events.

Alexey Kornyukov,

Another participant of the confirmed fake event, Kornyukov is also a Pushkov regular. He features in many of GM Ghane's brilliant successes during his "visits" from Iran (Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Ghane has never even been to Russia):,,,, Like many other titled players Pushkov has produced, Kornyukov is rarely active outside Rostov-on-Don and his outside performances have been OK to bad.

Kazbek Akbaev This "strong IM" has attempted to enter a few rapid and blitz events, and it has been an epic fail. Don Cup participant - enough said. Good old Tikhiy (not in our database) is the stand-up enforcer in Pushkov's little ratings mob. He is available to be the arbiter when Pushkov wants to play, or he can take a big dive when a VIP like Ghane visits town. Of course, sometimes it's Tikhiy's day in the sun too.,, Notice the extreme generosity of "Sergey Dotsenko", a player who introduced himself with a solid 2288 performance and disappeared in the blink of a few rating lists. Also note the Arbiter, "I. Shinkarenko", who is so elusive that those three events are the only mention of him on the entire Internet. Of course Good Ol' Tikhiy played with Houdini-like strength at the Don Cup.

Ghane, Pilavov, Kiselev, Kornyukov, Kazbek, and Tikhiy are the "worst of the worst" Pushkov accomplices. They recur again and again in Pushkov's events, and they tend to play 100 to 300+ points below their "Pushkov peaks" when exposed to direct sunlight (though none of them are total Crisans; no doubt they really do play and win against some of the fat fish in Pushkov's carefully tended pond). Of course, I could add other names to this list, but I am just keeping to the ones who are almost certainly knowing participants in the fraud.

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