Person of day   -  16 FEBRUARY 2021

VLADIMIR FEDOSEEV

VLADIMIR FEDOSEEV

The young hero from St Petersburg was born on 16th February 1995. From his earliest years, Vladimir Fedoseev was one of the strongest chess players of his generation- he regularly represented Russia in junior world and European championships. He played in the “Young Stars of the World” tournament in 2008 and 2009.

Vladimir began his chess path in Peterhof. The celebrated chess personality Pavel Drugov aided him a lot in his development and then he handed the young talent over to formidable grandmaster Denis Yevseev to train, then to FIDE ex-world champion Alexander Khalifman. 

In 2010, Fedoseev fulfilled the norms of an international master and only a year later, he rose to the highest rank in chess. The premier league of the Russian championship in Taganrog in 2011 demonstrated his growing capabilities and his skill- the young master from St Petersburg split 4th-12th places, defeating Anton Shomoev, Evgeny Vorobyev and, in the final round, the eminent Dmitry Jakovenko. He was the winner of the junior Olympiad as a member of the Russian team in 2011. 

In 2012, he split victory with Alexei Shirov in a Paul Keres Memorial that was attended by many strong grandmasters and in 2013, as a result of the male Russian Cup, he qualified for the final round, where he defeated Pavel Smirnov 2:0, Aleksej Aleksandrov and Boris Savchenko, before losing to Jakovenko in the final match. In 2013, Vladimir won the U19 European championship in three disciplines: classic, rapid and blitz.

In 2014, the U20s world championship was marked by the contests between Chinese players Wei Yi and Lu Shanglei and between Vladimir Fedoseev and Polish player Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Eventually, Vladimir won bronze- he was overtaken by the players from the Middle Kingdom. At the generational “Nutcracker” match-tournament in 2014, the grandmaster from the banks of the Neva demonstrated the greatest performance- 8,5 points out of 12! He was the bronze medallist of the European championship in 2014 and the victory of the Vladimir Dvorkovich Memorial in 2015.

He participated in the Russia-China match and the World Cup in 2015. He won a bronze medal at the Russian team championship and the European Cup as a member of team “Bronze Knight” in 2015. At the final of the Russian Cup in 2015, he made it to the semi-final. In 2016, Fedoseev split 1st place at the Grenke Chess Open. As a member of the “Bronze Knight” he won gold at the Russian team championship and silver at the European Cup. At the students’ world championship, he won silver. Second place at the premier league finally allowed Vladimir to debut in the super-final of the Russian championship, which took place in Novosibirsk. With one round to go, Fedoseev was splitting 1st-2nd places with Alexander Riazantsev, but a defeat at the finish left him outside the prize-winning trio.

In 2017, he won the prestigious Aeroflot Open and was invited to a super-tournament in Dortmund, where he came second. That same year, he won a bronze medal at the individual European championship and qualified for the World Cup once again. There, he made it to the quarter-final, where he lost to American grandmaster Wesley So. As a member of the Russian national team, he won silver at the team world championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.

In December 2017, Fedoseev split 3rd-4th places with Daniil Dubov in the super-final of the Russian championship, but he was left without a medal due to inferior additional results. In the last few days of that year, he split 1st-3rd places in the world championship for rapid chess; at the tie-breaker, Vladimir lost to Vishy Anand and won silver medal, ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi.

One of the most promising young Russian chess players is studying at the Moscow City Government University of Management. In 2017 he opened a chess centre named after him.