Sergey Dolmatov
Sergey Viktorovich Dolmatov (born February 20, 1959) is a Russia
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n Grandmaster of chess
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 and former World Junior Chess Champion
World Junior Chess Championship
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Born in Kiselevsk
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 in the former Soviet Union, Dolmatov's solid yet enterprising style of play was soon to launch him to the forefront of youth chess, culminating in him winning the World Junior Chess Championship in 1978. He was awarded the title of International Master in the same year and became a Grandmaster in 1982.

Along with the titles, the early part of his chess career yielded many international tournament victories, including the Amsterdam Masters 1979, Bucharest 1981, Hradec Kralove 1981, Frunze 1983, Barcelona 1983 and Tallinn 1985. Also notable was Dolmatov's second place (to Vitaly Tseshkovsky
Vitaly Tseshkovsky
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) in a category 11 tournament at Minsk in 1982.

However, as is often the case, such rapid early progress can be difficult to sustain. Despite winning at Hastings
Hastings International Chess Congress
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 (1989–90) and qualifying as a World Championship
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 candidate from the strong Manila Interzonal
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 of 1990, Dolmatov narrowly failed to convert his 'preliminary round' match against Artur Yusupov
Artur Yusupov
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 the following year. Nevertheless, during this period his Elo rating exceeded 2600 and he managed to maintain this level for the next decade. As the new millennium approached, his frequency of play declined and since 2004, he has been more or less inactive.

There was some success in the latter part of his 'busy' period, notably the Linares Open of 2000, but at the Moscow Aeroflot Open of 2004 he famously lost a game to 13 year old Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen
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 in just 19 moves. Dolmatov has also been a chess writer in the early part of the 2000s, contributing opening surveys and tournament reports to chess journals such as New In Chess
New In Chess
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As a player of the white pieces, he favours the King (or 'e') pawn openings and as black, shows a preference for the Dutch Defence
Dutch Defence
The Dutch Defence is a chess opening characterised by the moves:-History:Elias Stein , an Alsatian who settled in The Hague, recommended the defence as the best reply to 1.d4 in his 1789 book Nouvel essai sur le jeu des échecs, avec des réflexions militaires relatives à ce jeu.-Theory:Black's 1.....

, King's Indian Defence
King's Indian Defence
The King's Indian Defence is a common chess opening. It arises after the moves:Black intends to follow up with 3...Bg7 and 4...d6.The Grünfeld Defence arises when Black plays 3...d5 instead, and is considered a separate opening...

 and French Defence
French Defence
The French Defence is a chess opening. It is characterised by the moves:The French has a reputation for solidity and resilience, though it can result in a somewhat cramped game for Black in the early stages...


In 2007, Dolmatov was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer.

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