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Antoshin, Vladimir

Vladimir Sergeyevich Antoshin (ahn-TOE-sheen) was born on May 14, 1929 in Moscow.

In 1954, he was part of the Soviet team that won the silver medal in first ever Student Chess Olympiad in Oslo.  He played 1st reserve.  Korchnoi played board 1.

In 1955, he was part of the Soviet team that won the the gold medal in the Student Chess Olympiad in Lyons.  He also won a gold medal for board 3.  Taimanov played board 1 and Spassky played board 2.

In 1956, he was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal in the Student Chess Olympiad in Uppsala.  Korhnoi played board 1, Polugaevsky played board 2, Tal played board 3, and Antoshin played board 4.

In 1960, he won the USSR Correspondence Chess Championship.

In 1963, he was awarded the International Master title.

In 1964, he was awarded the Grandmaster title at the age of 34.

In 1964 he was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal in the Student Chess Olympiad in Cracow.

In 1965 he was part of the Soviet team that won the gold medal in the Student Chess Olympiad in Sinia.

He participated in the Soviet Championship in 1955 (10th-11th), 1956 (10th), 1957 (16th), 1967 (6th-7th), and 1970 (15th-16th).

He became a tournament organizer and trainer to the USSR Olympiad team.

He may have had strong links to the KGB.  Korchnoi regarded Antoshin as a KGB informer.

Some of his best results were: Berlin 1959, 2nd; Moscow 1960, 5th; Sochi 1963, 4th; Baku 1964, 1st; Ulan Bator 1965, 1st; Venice 1966, 2nd; Zinnowitz 1966, 1st; Havana 1968, 4th; Sarajevo 1970, 3rd; Frunze 1979, 2nd.

He died in Moscow in 1994 at the age of 65.

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d6 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 Qc7 is known as the Antoshin-Hort Variation of the Dutch Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 is known as the Antoshin Variation of the Philidor.

1.f4 d5 2.Nf3, followed bye 3.d3, 4.c3, and 4.Qc2 is known as the Antoshin Variation of the Bird's Opening.

Chessmetrics has him rated as high as 2643 and ranked as high as number 12 in the world in 1963.

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