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Sergei Zhigalko
S Zhigalko 
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Number of games in database: 1,134
Years covered: 2000 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2572 (2660 rapid, 2662 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2711

Overall record: +286 -106 =379 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 363 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (205) 
    B22 B53 B40 B30 B90
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C95 C67 C65 C84 C78
 French Defense (62) 
    C02 C11 C16 C07 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C95 C84 C92 C99 C93
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B12 B13 B11
 Giuoco Piano (18) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (205) 
    B33 B30 B90 B22 B31
 Queen's Indian (101) 
    E15 E12 E14 E16 E17
 Nimzo Indian (39) 
    E32 E47 E21 E46 E52
 Sicilian Najdorf (38) 
    B90 B94 B92 B96 B91
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    A46 D02 A45 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D30 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Zhigalko vs A Iljushin, 2010 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs S Agdestein, 2016 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs I Bukavshin, 2015 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs V Jianu, 2013 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs D Obolenskikh, 2010 1-0
   Jobava vs S Zhigalko, 2014 0-1
   S Zhigalko vs B Czap, 2007 1-0
   S Zhigalko vs S Sjugirov, 2008 1-0
   N Grandelius vs S Zhigalko, 2013 0-1
   S Zhigalko vs Nepomniachtchi, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Youth Championship (U14) (2003)
   World Youth Stars (2004)
   Baku Open (2011)
   20th OIBM (2016)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   Baku Open (2014)
   European Championship (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   European Championship (2016)
   European Championship (2017)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2009)
   European Championship (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess World Cup 2015 by Penguincw

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   J Christiansen vs S Zhigalko (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   S Zhigalko vs Makhnev (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   S Zhigalko vs A Suleymanli (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   R Hovhannisyan vs S Zhigalko (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   S Zhigalko vs A Nesterov (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-28-1989, 34 years old) Belarus

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IM (2004); GM (2007); U14 European Champion (2003); U18 European Champion (2006).

Sergei Zhigalko was born in Minsk and is the younger brother of GM Andrey Zhigalko, who is also one of the top players in Belarus. He is married to Tatiana Revo.


Sergei was the 2003 U14 European champion and the 2006 U18 European champion. In 2011, he placed =1st with his brother Andrey at the Belarus National Championships and =5th (11th on tiebreak) in the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), the latter qualifying him for the World Cup (2011). However, at the World Cup he lost in the first round to Uzbekistan's GM Anton Filippov. He scored 7.5/11 in the European Individual Championships (2014) to qualify once more for the World Cup, on this occasion the event scheduled for 2015. He was 3rd in the Belarus Championship in January 2015. At the World Cup (2015), he defeated Ivan Bukavshin in the first round but was eliminated in the second round when he lost to former FIDE World Champion Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov.

Standard Tournaments

He came =1st-4th in the strong IV International Georgy Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in March 2010. He scored 6.5/9 at the Chigorin Memorial 2010 placing 8th on count back. 2nd at the Moscow Open 2011 A - Young GM. Also in 2011, Zhigalko came =2nd in the GM tournament in Lublin in Poland, with 4.5/7, a half point behind Alexey Shirov. He came =4th at Lake Sevan 2011 and won the powerful Baku Open (2011) with 7/9 (TPR 2808). He came =1st at the 15th Open International Bavarian Championship in October 2011. Slightly under-par results in the 2012 Belarus Championship (8/11) and in the Aeroflot Open (2012) (4.5/9) temporarily cost him his place in the top 100 in the March 2012 rating list, but a respectable 7/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012) restored him to the top 100 in May 2012. =1st at the Nakhchivan Open 2012 with 6.5/9, scoring 7/10 playing first board for Belarus in the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul and then winning the Baku Open (2011) restored his fortunes even further. Unfortunately, 2012 wound up in disastrous style for Zhigalko as poor performances in the Governor's Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and in the final rounds of the Chinese League deprived him of 31 rating points, costing him 30 rankings and nearly losing his spot in the top 100. Undaunted, Zhigalko entered the Belarussian Championship in January 2013 and easily won with 8/11 points, clawing back 5 rating points and 11 world rankings. His subsequent 5.5/9 at the Nakhchivan Open 2013 in April and his 7/10 at the European Individual Championships (2013) essentially maintained his rating and world ranking parity. Strong performances in September 2013 where he placed 3rd in the powerful (category 16) Lake Sevan invitational and 2nd in the Baku Open (2013) have helped him to his best world rating and ranking since September 2011.

In February 2014, he scored a solid 6.5/9 at the powerful Bronstein Memorial (2014) and followed up in May 2014 with =3rd at the 8th Agzamov Memorial, Tashkent Open. He finished 2014 with =1st (4th on tiebreak) at the Al Ain classic played in the UAE. He finished 2015 with a par for rating 6/9 at the annual Al Ain Classic, placing =11th.

Team Events

Sergei and Andrey played boards one and two for Belarus during the Chess Olympiad (2010), the Chess Olympiad (2012) and the Chess Olympiad (2014). In the 2010 Ukraine club championship he scored 7/8 (+6 =2) for his team, which won the championship, for a performance rating of 2762. He scored reasonably well in the Turkish Club Championships in 2011 and 2014, in the latter year playing board 1 for the Kahramanmaraş Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü and helping his team to 5th in a field of 13; he repeated that feat with the same club in 2015. He also lead the team Minsk in the European Club Cup (2014), helping his team to 7th place out of 52. He also played in the Chinese League in 2012. In October 2013, he won individual gold playing board 3 for PGMB-Rostov in the European Club Cup (2013). Sergei has also played in the Belarus Team Championships, most recently in 2014.

Rapid and blitz

<Rapid> From 15-17 February 2013, the combined rapid/blitz Memorial event for Vladimir petrov was held in Latvia. In the rapid section of the event, Zhigalko placed =5th with 9.5/14, a point from the lead (results of the blitz section below). In June 2013, he competed in the strong Sberbank Open 2013 round robin event in Kiev, and in a strong showing placed 3rd with 5/9 behind Sergey Karjakin and Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov, and ahead of Peter Leko (on tiebreak), Pavel Eljanov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Anton Korobov, Alexander Areshchenko, Anatoly Karpov and Arkadij Naiditsch respectively.

In late March of 2014, Zhigalko competed in the powerful Latvian Railway Rapid (2014) and placed =5th with 8.5/14. A few months later in June 2014, he competed in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), and scored a reasonable par-for-rating 8.5/15.

<Blitz> In February 2012, Zhigalko played in the "Region" Group of Companies blitz tournament in Moscow, scoring 12/18. In February 2013, he played in the GM Vladimir Petrov memorial rapid and blitz event. In the blitz event (results for the rapid event are above), he came =1st alongside Vladimir Fedoseev with a score of 8/9. He scored slightly better than a par-for-rating result at the 2013 Chigorian Memorial Blitz in October, with 9/14. In June 2014, he competed in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), and scored a modest 11.5/21. In November 2014, he placed 2nd at the Zagorskaya memorial (rapid) in Belarus with 8/9.

Ratings and Rankings

Zhigalko entered the world's top 100 in September 2009 and has remained there since. His highest standard FIDE rating so far was 2696, reached in September 2011 when he was ranked #50 in the world. His highest world ranking reached so far was #49 in July 2011 when his rating was 2689.

Wikipedia article: Sergei Zhigalko

Last updated: 2018-04-23 11:13:28

 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,167  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Zhigalko vs G Kjartansson  ½-½262000Wch U12C02 French, Advance
2. E Romanov vs S Zhigalko  ½-½232000Wch U12B33 Sicilian
3. S Zhigalko vs O Gritsak  0-1252001Bank Pocztowy Open-AB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. P Lagowski vs S Zhigalko  ½-½572001Bank Pocztowy Open-AD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S Zhigalko vs G Libov  ½-½272001Bank Pocztowy Open-AA80 Dutch
6. Z Robak vs S Zhigalko  ½-½172001Bank Pocztowy Open-AB33 Sicilian
7. S Zhigalko vs J Krainski  1-0592001Bank Pocztowy Open-AB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. F Barglowski vs S Zhigalko  ½-½402001Bank Pocztowy Open-AB33 Sicilian
9. S Zhigalko vs M Sarwinski  1-0662001Bank Pocztowy Open-AA07 King's Indian Attack
10. R Kuczynski vs S Zhigalko  ½-½312001Bank Pocztowy Open-AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. S Zhigalko vs M Szymanski  0-1482001Bank Pocztowy Open-AC02 French, Advance
12. Baklan vs S Zhigalko 1-0122001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB30 Sicilian
13. S Zhigalko vs M Flasinski  ½-½202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. M Luch vs S Zhigalko  ½-½202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB33 Sicilian
15. M Cajbel vs S Zhigalko  0-1202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. S Zhigalko vs W Janocha  1-0272001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. S Zhigalko vs M Szelag  ½-½472001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AC02 French, Advance
18. K Jedryczka vs S Zhigalko  ½-½322001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB25 Sicilian, Closed
19. S Zhigalko vs A Goj  1-0202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. A Pichugin vs S Zhigalko  0-1282001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. S Zhigalko vs W Schmidt  0-1202001Rubinstein Memorial Open-AC02 French, Advance
22. S Zhigalko vs N Kekatos  1-0272001EYCC B12C26 Vienna
23. S Zhigalko vs T Warakomski  0-1412001EYCC B12C45 Scotch Game
24. E Kiratzopoulos vs S Zhigalko  0-1502001EYCC B12A13 English
25. S Zhigalko vs D Howell  ½-½272001EYCC B12C28 Vienna Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-05-04  Dick Brain: This guy is 14, rated 2493 and very rapidly climbing. Another potential chess genius?
Mar-24-08  BIDMONFA: Sergei Zhigalko


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  Bobsterman3000: Is this guy brothers with Andrey Zhigalko ??
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  TheAlchemist: <Bobsterman3000> Yes
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  Tabanus: U14 European champion in 2003, ahead of Tornike Sanikidze and Magnus Carlsen.

Can someone please post the last round game between Sanikidze and Carlsen? Thanks.

Oct-09-09  whiteshark: <Tabby> even the tournament page didn't list this game. :(

<European Youth Championship Boys-U 14 Round 9 pgn> has only 17/35 games, but not the Carlsen game.

Mar-28-10  wordfunph: this young man currently ranks #94 in the world with 2648 card..

his peak rating was 2668 in Jan. 2010

happy birthday Sergei!

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  Tabanus: 2nd in Agzamov Memorial (UZB) 23-31 March 2010:

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  Tabanus: He played eight games (with a 2762 perf.) on the winning team in the UKR team championship 13-20 May 2010:

Mar-28-11  DarthStapler: When I read this guy's name I always think of Dr. Zhivago!
Mar-28-11  Imposter: Happy birthday, Sergei!
Jul-24-12  fisayo123: A top specialist in the Semi-Slav Noteboom variation!
Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: Doctor Zhigalko, good luck idol! Go, go, go!
Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: You may be almost 200 rating points behind your opponent but you can draw, if not win, this game idol! Payt!
Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: This is no Carlsen. Yet they're all beside themselves celebrating like he had just beaten the world champ. Puhleaase, he was 200 points lower rated. Nothing extraordinary about it. Unless mababaw kaligayahan nyo.
Aug-15-15  shintaro go: bitter ampota. ugok utak talangka
Aug-15-15  shintaro go: 200 points lower daw...bobo mo pala sa math tanga
Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: He will be a whipping and weeping boy at sinquefeld. But of course lotus will be there to console him after every loss. And the falakfak boyz kibitzing ok lang yan idol, ok lang yan. Lolz. His page now populated by bobos.
Jul-16-17  PhilFeeley: Not showing his loss in Corsica to 14-year-old Albert Tomasi (2141) yet. Endgame here:

Dec-22-17  Sularus: congrats on winning the euro blitz!
Mar-28-22  actinia: Jesus Christ why
Mar-28-22  actinia: it would behoove you to watch this jackass cheat on Lichess TV. You can see why the cheat extension allows this jackass to win.

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