Number of games in database: 582
Years covered: 1997 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2544 (2589 rapid, 2590 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2641
Overall record: +195 -116 =198 (57.8%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
73 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.
In 2001 he was a member of the Russian junior team in the first China vs Russia match that took place in Shanghai. Smirnov finished runner-up in the 2002 Russian Chess Championship.
In 2004 Smirnov reached the fourth round of the FIDE World Chess Championship, where he lost to Teimour Radjabov and therefore was eliminated from the competition. He knocked out in the previous rounds Lázaro Bruzón, Abobker Elarbi, and Levon Aronian. In the same year he came first in the 8th World University Chess Championship in Istanbul and in the Tigran Petrosian Memorial in Yerevan; Smirnov won the latter scoring 7.5 points out of 9, half point ahead of Vassily Ivanchuk.
He competed in the Chess World Cup 2005, where he was eliminated in the first round by Dmitry Bocharov.
In 2007 he played for Tomsk-400 team that won the Russian Team Chess Championship and tied for 3rd–9th with Dmitry Svetushkin, Vladimir Malakhov, Evgeny Vorobiov, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Vladimir Dobrov and Aleksej Aleksandrov in the 3rd Moscow Open tournament. In 2010 he tied for 1st–4th with Sergei Yudin, Semen Dvoirys and Sergei Iskusnyh in Pavlodar. In 2013 Smirnov won the 5th Baku Open.
narwhal: Awwww...! Chessgames.com has chosen Pavel Smirnov to be the "player of the day." Smirnov, unfortunately, has the distinction of being Teimour Radjbaov's "whipping boy" (although to be sure, you can't use games played at non-classical time controls to prove that)....Awwww...! Chessgames.com ought to be commended for today's choice...=)
narwhal: Of course my comment made total 100% sense. I was just joking about his "lame" performance against Radjabov in the 2004 FIDE WCC. It's like poking fun at Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox (we in the Ukraine are big American baseball fans) for saying that "Curt Schilling is my daddy."
Penguincw: Pretend the date on this post is June 4th:
Congrats to 8th seed GM Pavel Smirnov (2588) for remaining one of just 2 players still perfect through 4 rounds of the Mumbai Open. The first 3 rounds were easy, and in R4, he beat 15th seed GM Vitaly Sivuk (2491). Tomorrow, he'll face the other perfect player: 1st seed Dmitry Kokarev (2639) with black.
dumbgai: Today's POTD. I remember Smirnov's upset win over Aronian at the FIDE WCC (which was eventually won by Kasimdzhanov).
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