Alexander Schwarzman

Born on the 30th of September 1967, place of birth Moskou, World Champion in 1998, 2007, 2008 and 2017. KNDB rating 1588, FMJD rating 2393.

From an early age on, Alexander was a very good player. However, it took a while for him to become World Champion.

Since 1994 he has qualified for the World Cup through the Russian Championship and he has always been in the top. He became fifth at the World Cup in 1994. In 1996 in Abidjan he placed third. He was 31 years of age when he was crowned World Champion for the first time. In 1997 he convincingly won the World Cup tournament in Stadskanaal at the age of 30.

The next match against Alexei Tchizizov in 1998, in the hometown of Chizhov, Alexander Schwarzman won. The results after that were varying, he became World Champion 9 years later and again 8 years after that. With a bit of luck, Alexander placed himself for the final of the World Cup of 2017 in Tallinn, in which he overtook the former champions Valneris and Chizhov. With his 50 years, he was one of the oldies, who, according to debutant Wouter Wolff, never played a single move too many. As the champion said: “I only play if my opponent plays’’. And it must be said, at the scarce moments he pulls out all the stops, he plays amazingly.

Roel Boomstra about his opponent: “Schwarzman is one of the Russian draughts legends and a good opponent. In the preliminary round of the previous World Cup he almost did not qualify and he played sparingly. But at times he also showed his great class. It will undoubtedly be a fascinating match.”

Schwarzman won 3 out of 9 regular games against Boomstra. The last time at Urk, The Netherlands, in 2011 during the WC. In Peking 2014 Boomstra had his revenge by a victory the superblitz-tournament of the World Mind Games. They were memorable games.

Schwarzman won the world title four times. Twice in a match: against Tsjizjov in Izjevsk 1998 and against Georgiev in Twente 2009. Twice in een tournament: in Hardenberg 2007 en in Tallinn 2015.

Match Tsjizjov – Schwarzman, Izjevsk 1998
    Interview with Schwarzman and Tsjizjov Shashechny Mir 1998 (in het Russisch, на русском)
    Report of the match Shashechny Mir 1998 (in Russian, на русском)
    Wouter van Beek Impressies van een WK-match ;
    Siep Buurke Pas op, dammers: houdt uw koelkasten gevuld, want Schwarzman komt eraan! ;
    Alexander Baljakin Een einde aan de hegemonie? Het Damspel 1998 nr. 4
    Ton Sijbrands eerste matchpartij DAMMEN 133/134, 1998

WK Hardenberg 2007
    Tournament website archive
    Bennie Provoost Het Damspel 2007 nr. 3
    Roman Valilevsky: juni 2007 (in Russian, (на русском)
    Evgeny Gik
Interview 21-06-2007 (in t Russian, на русском)

Match Schwarzman – Georgiev, Twente 2009
    Tournament website archive
    Egbert van Hattem Report final day tournament website
    Egbert van Hattem Het Damspel 2009 nr. 3
    Dmitry Globatsky Interview 26-03-2010 (in Russian, на русском)

WK Tallinn 2017
    Tournament website
    Johan Haijtink Het Damspel 2017 nr. 4
    In their columns Ton Sijbrands and Auke Scholma discuss Schwarzman’s wins in Tallinn 2017.

In 2013, also in Tallinn, Schwarzman lost the match the title defender Georgiev.
    Tournament website
    Report and interview Eesti Televisioon (Russisch, на русском)
    Marcel Kosters Interview video on the tournament website (in English)