Vladimir Epishin

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Vladimir Epishin
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Vladimir Epishin, 2007
Full nameВладимир Викторович Епишин
Born (1965-07-11) 11 July 1965 (age 57)
Leningrad, Soviet Union (then Saint Petersburg, Russia)
FIDE rating2450 (March 2023)

Vladimir Epishin (born 11 July 1965 in Leningrad) is a Russian chess grandmaster.

He finished third in the 58th USSR Chess Championship in 1991.[1] He won the 1987 St. Petersburg Championship. Other tournament successes include 3rd-4th with Vladimir Akopian at the New York Open Championship in 1998,[2] first at the Monarch Assurance PLC 11th International Chess Tournament in Isle of Man 2002,[3] and 1st–3rd with Vladimir Burmakin and Marijan Petrov at the 21st Le Touquet Open in 2006.[4]

He was one of the seconds (assistants) to Anatoly Karpov during the late stages of Karpov's career (from 1987 to 1996). A variation of the Benko Gambit is named the Epishin Variation after him (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 7.Nf3 d6 8.g3 Bg7 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.Rb1).[5]


  1. ^ URS-ch58 Moscow 1991
  2. ^ Sloan, Sam. "Armenians Sweep 1998 New York Open Chess Tournament". Anusha.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  3. ^ "Monarch Assurance Tournament, Isle of Man, England, 2002". saund.co.uk. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-11-13). "TWIC 627: Le Touquet Open". London Chess Center. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
  5. ^ Benko Gambit - Products - New In Chess

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