Tomashevsky is another strong Russian grandmaster on the fringes of the chess elite. Although his progress has been unspectacular compared to that of his peers he won the Russian U18 Championship as a 13-year-old in 2001, finished runner-up in the World U18 Championship in 2004 and became European Champion in 2009. In team events he’s twice won the European Club Cup and helped Russia to gold in the 2009 World Team Championship.
The bespectacled son of a university professor, Evgeny has been nicknamed “the professor” himself. He graduated from Saratov State Socio-Economic University and has a somewhat academic approach to chess, specialising in positional play and the technical stages of the game. He benefited from coaching from Yury Razuvaev from 2007 until the legendary coach’s untimely death in 2012. In the same year he also worked in Boris Gelfand’s team for the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand. The closest Tomashevsky has come to making a real name for himself was in the 2013 World Cup, where he knocked out top seed Levon Aronian on his way to the semi-finals.
Photo: Anastasia Karlovich
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