Member of the executive board of the Russian Draughts Foundation for the Advancement of Draughts
Vladimir Olegovich Langin was born on 17 December 1960 in Leningrad.
Vladimir studied at School No. 534 from grades one through eight and then completed the prestigious 30th Physico-Mathematical School in 1978.
In 1983, he graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Railway Engineers with a major in industrial and civil construction.
From 1983 to 1995, he worked in his trained profession at the Leningrad-Finland division of October Railway.
In 1996, he served as a senior coach/teacher at the draughts division of the Chess and Draughts Specialised Children and Youth Sports School. In 2010, he earned a second degree at Lesgaft National State University.
His wife, Antonina Langina, is an international grandmaster, a Russian grandmaster, and a two-time world champion in draughts-64: in the classic programme (2003) and the blitz programme (2005). She has also won multiple European championships as part of the Saint Petersburg team.
Vladimir arrived on the draughts scene at age 13 when he won the prize of the Leninskiye Iskry (‘Lenin’s Sparks’) newspaper in 1973 and was awarded a certificate by editor-in-chief Vitaly Bianki and Honoured Coach of the USSR Yury Barsky.
Langin went on to play draughts at the Zhdanov Palace of Young Pioneers and Schoolchildren and also at the Spartak Chess and Draughts Club under the guidance of noted Leningrad coach and educator Yury Akselrod.
In 1978, he took first place in the Leningrad youth championship for Russian draughts and third place in the city championship for international draughts, defeating future world champion Alexander Dybman.
That same year, Vladimir finished second in the USSR youth championship.
Vladimir is a five-time men’s champion of Leningrad/Saint Petersburg (1981, 1984, 1990, 1993, and 2003) and has won multiple city championships in team events and in rapid draughts.
He won the Lokomotiv Central Council men’s championship (1985), was a two-time winner at the championships of the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions as part of the team of the Leningrad-Finland division of October Railway (1989 and 1990), and was the founder and captain of this team.
Vladimir won the 1989 USSR Cup on his own draughts board.
He is a three-time world champion in Russian draughts (1993, 1994, and 1995), a two-time bronze medallist (1997 and 1998), and a multiple Russian champion in individual and team events.
Langin has been a successful coach for 30 years. An Honoured Coach of Russia, he has trained Russian draught world champions Antonina Langina and Mikhail Goryunov, five-time Russian women’s champion Tatyana Androsik (Markova), eight grandmasters, and more than 30 masters of sports. His students include winners of USSR youth championships Roman Vitenberg and Daniil Teplitsky, Russian youth champion Igor Shukshin, as well as winners and medallists from world, European, and Russian championships Kamilla Kulikova, Anton Smirnov, Dmitry Bochkarev, Yevgeny Vyaznikov, Dmitry Abarinov, Yevgeny Podkovyrov, Yekaterina Ivanova, Viktor Yegorov, Dmitry Melnikov, Maria Kriskevich, Yury Prokopenko, and Svetlana Streltsova.
Vladimir has been head of the Saint Petersburg Draughts Federation since 1993. In recent years, his initiatives and direct involvement have been essential to the opening of the Chess and Draughts Specialised Children and Youth Sports School in Saint Petersburg (1995) and a specialised draughts department at Lesgaft National State University (2008). The following events have been held under his leadership:
A draughts tournament as part of the Goodwill Games cultural programme (1993);
Russian draughts men’s and women’s championships (2003, 2011, 2013, and 2015) and junior championships (2005, 2006, and 2010);
European championships: men’s and women’s championships in Russian draughts (2014) and junior championships in international draughts (2002 and 2007);
Club team championships (2001);
Championships of Russia in draughts-64 and international draughts (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2010);
The Victory Cub in honour of the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II (2015).
In 2006, Vladimir Langin was awarded the highest officiating rank of the World Draughts Federation – International Arbiter.