Vladimir Potkin

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Vladimir Potkin
Vladimir Potkin 2013.jpg
Vladimir Potkin, Warsaw 2013
Born (1982-06-28) 28 June 1982 (age 37)
TitleGrandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating2583 (October 2019)
Peak rating2684 (November 2011)

Vladimir Potkin (Russian: Владимир Поткин; born 28 June 1982) is a Russian chess grandmaster (2001) and a former European champion. He is also Ian Nepomniachtchi's trainer[1][2] and one of the coaches of the Russian national team.[3]


Potkin tied for second with Dimitrios Mastrovasilis at the 2000 European Under-18 championship and took the bronze medal on tiebreak.[4] In 2007 he tied for 1st–9th with Alexei Fedorov, Andrei Deviatkin, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Viacheslav Zakhartsov, Alexander Evdokimov, Denis Khismatullin, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Sergei Azarov in the Aratovsky Memorial in Saratov.[5] In 2009 Poktin finished second in the category 14 Premier group of the 44th Capablanca Memorial in Havana.[6][7]

In 2011, in Aix-les-Bains, he won the European Individual Chess Championship with a score of 8½/11, edging out on tiebreak Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Judit Polgar and Alexander Moiseenko.[8] Later that year he competed in the Chess World Cup 2011, where he reached the fourth round and was eliminated by eventual runner-up Alexander Grischuk.

Potkin tied for first with Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Dmitry Jakovenko and Evgeny Alekseev at the 2012 Russian Championship Superfinal in Moscow, after all players finished on 5/9 points. In the six-player rapid playoff he finished fifth.[9]

In 2015, Potkin took part in the Tata Steel Challengers tournament in Wijk aan Zee, where he finished seventh with 7/13.[10]


  1. ^ "Vladimir Potkin on chess coaching and cheating". Chess in Translation. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. ^ McGourty, Colin (2015-09-17). "Baku World Cup, 2.3: Levon Aronian knocked out". chess24. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Motylev and Potkin appointed coaches of Russian national team". Chessdom. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  4. ^ Jugend-Europameisterschaft U18 Burschen Chess-Results
  5. ^ "Tournament report October 2007: Aratovsky Memorial 2007 open". FIDE. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  6. ^ XLIV CAPABLANCA IN MEMORIAM 2009 - Grupo Premier Chess-Results
  7. ^ "2009 Capablanca Memorial (Premier)". ChessFocus. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Vladimir Potkin Becomes European Champion". Chessdom. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2012-08-13). "65th Russian Chess Championships 2012". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  10. ^ Standings of Tata Steel Challengers 2015 Tata Steel Chess

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