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Vladimir Malakhov - chess player

Country Russia
Born November 27, 1980
Ivanovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2732 (July 2010)

Vladimir Malakhov (Russian: Владимир Малахов; born November 27, 1980 in Ivanovo) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the World Team Chess Championship 2009 in Bursa.


Malakhov won the World Under-14 Chess Championship in 1993.

He was the runner-up in the European Individual Chess Championship in 2003 and in 2009.

In the FIDE World Chess Championship 2000 and in the FIDE World Chess Championship 2004, Malakhov made it to the second round.

Malakhov finished in the top 10 in the Chess World Cup 2005, which qualified him for the Candidates for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007, being played in May-June 2007. He was eliminated in the first round, losing his match to Alexander Grischuk 3½-1½.

In 2006, Malakhov tied for the first place with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Magnus Carlsen at the Bosna International Tournament (category 17, 2659) in Sarajevo. In 2007 he won the 3rd Tournament of the Stars in Benidorm.

Malakhov reached the semifinal stage of the Chess World Cup 2009 and was eliminated by the eventual runner-up Ruslan Ponomariov, after sequentially defeating Bassem Amin, Ilia Smirin, Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Peter Svidler. This result qualified him for the Chess World Cup 2011, in which he was eliminated in the first round by Rubén Felgaer. he won the European Rapid Chess Championship of 2009 held in Warsaw.

He contributed to Russia's team gold at the 2009 World Team Championship scoring 5/7 and this effort earned him the gold medal on board five. Malakhov played on the reserve board for the Russian team that won silver at the 39th Chess Olympiad.

In 2012, Malakhov finished equal second, third on tiebreak in the European Individual Championship with 8/11 and thus qualified for the Chess World Cup 2013. In the latter he defeated Eric Hansen and Laurent Fressinet, before losing to Fabiano Caruana in the third round. In September 2012, he came second in the Moscow Blitz Championship, behind Alexander Morozevich.

In February 2013, Malakhov placed equal first, second on tiebreak in the 2nd Vladimir Petrov Memorial, a rapid tournament held in Jūrmala, Latvia. At the 29th European Club Cup he helped his team "Malachite" to win silver.

In 2014, he finished second, behind Vassily Ivanchuk, at the Latvian Railway Rapid Open in Riga. In 2015, he won the Vladimir Petrov Memorial blitz tournament.

Malakhov is a professional chess player, who used to work as a nuclear physicist.

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