Maxim Matlakov
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Maxim Matlakov
Maxim Matlakov
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Full nameMaxim Sergeevich Matlakov
Born (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 28)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2010)
FIDE rating2701 (July 2019)
Peak rating2730 (July 2017)

Maxim Sergeevich Matlakov (Russian: ; born 5 March 1991) is a Russian chess grandmaster. He won the European Individual Chess Championship in 2017.

He acted as a second for Peter Svidler in the Candidates Tournaments of 2013, 2014[1] and 2016.[2]

Chess career

Matlakov won three medals at the World Youth Chess Championships: two bronze, in the Under 12 section in 2003[3] and Under 14 in 2005,[4] and a gold, in the Under 18 in 2009.[5] Also in 2009, he won the Saint Petersburg Chess Championship[6] and the Aivars Gipslis Memorial.[7] Matlakov won the Russian Junior (U20) Championship of 2011.[8]

He tied for second, finishing sixth on tiebreak, at the 13th European Individual Chess Championship in 2012 with a score of 8/11 points and qualified for the Chess World Cup 2013.[9][10] He defeated Dutch GM Jan Smeets in the first round[11] and was eliminated by Azerbaijani GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the second round tiebreaker. In 2013 Matlakov tied for first in the Chigorin Memorial in Saint Petersburg, placing third on tiebreak, behind Pavel Eljanov and Dmitry Kokarev respectively.[12]

In February 2014, he was joint winner with Alexander Moiseenko of the Moscow Open.[13] In July 2014, he tied for second with Parimarjan Negi, Gawain Jones and Maxim Rodshtein at the Politiken Cup in Helsingør, placing third on countback.[14] Matlakov won the blitz event from the tournament.[15] At the Chess World Cup 2015 he was knocked out in the first round by Gadir Guseinov after losing the first set of rapid tiebreakers.

In April 2017, he finished tied for first with Nikita Vitiugov, Etienne Bacrot and Zdenko Kozul in the Grenke Chess Open in Karlsruhe, Germany.[16] Matlakov took second place on tiebreak score.[17] In June, he won the European Individual Championship in Minsk edging out Baadur Jobava and Vladimir Fedoseev on tiebreak, after all three players scored 8½/11 points.[18][19]

Team competitions

Matlakov won individual silver medal playing board 5 for Saint Petersburg in the 2013 European Club Cup. Two years later, in the same event he won team bronze medal with St. Petersburg's team "Mednyi Vsadnik".[20] In 2017, Matlakov played for team Russia, which won the silver medal in the World Team Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.[21][22]


  1. ^ "The day of missed victories". Candidates 2014 official website. 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Doggers, Peter (2016-03-24). "Anand Back At Top After Grinding Down Karjakin". Retrieved .
  3. ^ World Youth Chess Championship 2003 - Boys-12.
  4. ^ World Youth Chess Championship 2005 B14 .
  5. ^ "World Youth Championship in Antalya". ChessBase. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ (in Russian). Russian Chess Federation. 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Aivara Gipsla Memorial Chess-Results
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-03-14). "TWIC 853: Russian Junior Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ 13th European Individual Chess Championship 2012 Chess-Results
  10. ^ "Dmitry Jakovenko is the 2012 European Champion!". Chessdom. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-08-12). "FIDE World Cup Round 1 Day 2 Nepomniachtchi and Polgar eliminated". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-10-05). "Chigorin Memorial 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Matlakov and Moiseenko joint winners of Moscow Open 2014". Chessdom. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "Bu Xiangzhi convincing in Politiken Cupv". Chessdom. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2014-08-01). "2014 Politiken Cup". ChessBase.
  16. ^ "Nikita Vitiugov wins GRENKE Chess Open". Chessdom. 2017-04-18. Retrieved .
  17. ^ Crowther, Mark (2017-04-22). "GRENKE Chess Classic 2017". The Week in Chess. Retrieved .
  18. ^ Crowther, Mark (2017-06-10). "European Individual Chess Championship 2017". The Week in Chess. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Russian chess player Maxim Matlakov wins European Championship". TASS. 2017-06-10. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "European Men's Chess Club Cup: Maxim Matlakov". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ McGourty, Colin (2017-06-28). "Flawless China retain World Team Championship". Retrieved .
  22. ^ Silver, Albert (2017-06-28). "China and Russia win FIDE World Team Championship". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved .

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