Vadim Virny

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Vadim Virny
Personal information
Full name Вадим Александрович Вирный
Nationality  Germany
Born 1965 (age 51–52)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR
Residence Münster, Germany
Sport International draughts
Club Orfam Telecom Twente
Team  Soviet Union/ Germany
Achievements and titles
National finals German national championships: champion (2008—2010)

Vadim Aleksandrovich Virny (Russian: Вадим Александрович Вирный, born 1965 in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR) is a German (formerly Soviet) International draughts player, an International Grandmaster. He was a European champion, World vice-champion and two-times World team champion in International draughts in the 1980s.

Vadim Virny's father is Alexander Yakovlevich Virny, well known as a draughts coach and an author of several draughts textbooks.

Early achievements[edit]

Vadim became a draughts master when he was 13 years old. In 1979, at 14, he won a bronze medal at the World junior championship and the next year for the first time took part in the Soviet championship finals, sharing places 6—10. In 1981 he won the World junior championship in Brussels, defeating another young Soviet player, Alexander Dybman, in the final barrage.[1] In 1983, at the age of 18, he became a European champion in Deventer (Netherlands)[1] and was awarded a Grandmaster title. A month before that he took a second place, losing only to the reigning World champion Harm Wiersma, at a prestigious VOLMAC-Trophy tournament[2] that was later recognized by the World Draughts Federation as a World championship. As a silver medalist he had the right to play a World championship match against the reigning champion next year.

In 1984 Virny met Wiersma in a World championship match and drew it (1+ 18= 1-), a result that allowed Wiersma to retain his crown.[3] During this year he also played in a World championship tournament in Senegal but only shared places 4-5.

In 1985 the Soviet team including Virny won a World Zonal Cup, an unofficial World championship. In 1986 the Soviet Grandmasters won Draughts Olympiade, which is currently counted by the World Draughts Federation as a World team championship. Another team title was won by Virny as a member of the Soviet team at 1989 World team championship in Verona.[1] In between, Virny also won a silver medal at the individual 1987 European championship.[4]

In addition to his international titles, Vadim Virny was three-times (in 1983, 1985 and 1989) silver medalist of the Soviet championships in International draughts and a bronze medalist in 1982.

Since the 1990s[edit]

In 1992 Vadim Virny moved to Germany with his wife, multiple World champion Elena Altchul, and started an IT career, paying less attention to sports. Only in the new millennium he started regularly playing again. In 2006 he won a silver medal at the Netherlands Open championship, the next year he became a silver medalist at the German national championship, and then in 2008—2010 won the national championships three times in a row[5] He returned to the European championships in 2008 and 2010, taking, accordingly, 4th and 5th places.

Personal record at the World and European championships[edit]

Year Level Venue Tournament / Match Result Placed
1983 WC Netherlands Amsterdam Tournament 3+ 11= 0- 2
1983 EC Netherlands Deventer Tournament 8+ 3= 0- 1
1984 WC Soviet Union Moscow / Netherlands Rotterdam Match against Netherlands Harm Wiersma 1+ 18= 1- 2
1984 WC Senegal Dakar Tournament 3+ 16= 0- 4-5
1987 EC Soviet Union Moscow Tournament 9+ 4= 0- 2
2008 EC Estonia Tallinn Tournament (Swiss) 3+ 6= 0- 4
2010 EC Poland Murzasichle Tournament (Swiss) 3+ 6= 0- 5


External links[edit]

  • Profile at the Website of the Netherlands Draughts Federation