Vladimir Fedoseev | best chess players
Vladimir Fedoseev is a Russian chess grandmaster and one of the top 100 players in the world. He is a Chess.com streamer at twitch.tv/bigfish1995.
Youth and career
Fedoseev was born in Saint Petersburg in 1995, sharing a birthplace with many of the best chess players in history, such as world champion GM. Boris Spassky, managing director Viktor Korchnoi and current managing directors Peter Svidler and (although now based in the Netherlands) Anish Giri.
Fedoseev was a FIDE master at the age of 13. In 2010, while an MI, he finished tied for second with six other players at Chigorin Memorial. His rating at the time remained below 2500 while every top-10 finisher was above 2600, which is a testament to Fedoseev’s level of play in the tournament as shown in the following game.
The following year, Fedoseev won the Russian Under-18 Championship and finished second in the World Under-18 Championship. Given these successes, it’s no surprise that 2011 was also the year he became CEO.
Fedoseev’s tie for second place in the Chigorin event was his second GM norm. His third came at the February 2011 Aeroflot Open despite an equal +3 -3 = 3 record, coming after he hit a 2500 rating on the January 2011 list.
Also in 2011, Fedoseev took another St. Petersburg chess star, GM Alexander Khalifman, 1999 FIDE World Champion.
In 2013, Fedoseev’s last year as a youth player, he won the European Under-18 Championship. The following year, in April, he joined the world top 100 with a rating of 2663.
A bronze medal at the 2014 European Championship earned him a place in the 2015 World Cup, his first event in the qualifying cycle for the world championship. Seeded 58, he won his first round match against GM Baskaran Adhiban before falling to GM Alexander Grischuk. Fedoseev didn’t make it easy with seventh-seeded Grischuk, however, drawing both the standard time control matches as well as the two quick matches before falling in the blitz tie-break.
Fedoseev’s best events of 2015, however, were a clear debut at the Dvorkovich Memorial and a debut share at the Dubai Open. His success continued in 2016 with a tie for first place at the Grenke Open, despite finishing second in the tiebreaker. But the following year would be his breakout as a top player.
2017 was Fedoseev’s most eventful year to date (as of May 2020): he achieved multiple top-three tournament finishes, joined the 2700-ranking club in June, hit his career-high 2733 in October and reached the quarter-finals of the Chess World Cup.
An unbeaten first-place finish at the Aeroflot Open qualified him for Dortmund Sparkassen, where he equaled GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for second place. With the black pieces, Fedoseev edged out GM Vladimir Kramnik by defeating the former world champion.
Fedoseev’s other tournament successes in 2017 include third place at the European Individual Championship, a team second place at the World Team Championship, the aforementioned World Cup run and a tie for the highest score at the World Championship. fast before dropping the tie-break to GM Viswanathan Anand.
Since 2017, Fedoseev has remained comfortably in the top 100, although he hasn’t reached the same heights since that year. Nonetheless, while his standard rating has fallen below 2700, his fast and lightning ratings remain comfortably above that mark.
In the 2019-20 World Championship cycle, Fedoseev earned a respectable 6.5/11 at the Grand Swiss, 1.5 points off first, while advancing to the second round of the World Cup. Also in 2019, Fedoseev was invited to the Tata Steel Masters tournament for the first time.
Fedoseev has accomplished more than most players reach their mid-twenties, and he’s still young enough to score even deeper in chess as his career continues.