I Sokolov 
Ivan Sokolov
Number of games in database: 1,573
Years covered: 1986 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2650
Highest rating achieved in database: 2706
Overall record: +555 -286 =646 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      86 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (147) 
    E32 E48 E39 E41 E34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (84) 
    D37 D31 D35 D38 D30
 King's Indian (75) 
    E70 E94 E77 E97 E92
 Slav (72) 
    D15 D10 D16 D19 D18
 Semi-Slav (65) 
    D47 D43 D45 D44 D48
 Grunfeld (63) 
    D85 D92 D80 D90 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (215) 
    C80 C77 C84 C89 C69
 Slav (123) 
    D15 D11 D10 D17 D19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (91) 
    C84 C89 C87 C93 C95
 English, 1 c4 e5 (43) 
    A20 A21 A28 A29 A22
 Grunfeld (42) 
    D85 D97 D91 D78 D87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D30 D31 D35 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Janssen vs I Sokolov, 2002 0-1
   I Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1999 1-0
   Z Almasi vs I Sokolov, 1995 0-1
   I Sokolov vs Caruana, 2010 1-0
   T Hillarp Persson vs I Sokolov, 2009 0-1
   I Sokolov vs G Pap, 2012 1-0
   I Sokolov vs D Howell, 2006 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Timman, 1997 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Van Wely, 1996 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Judit Polgar, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championships (2004)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ivan Sokolov's Best Games by Resignation Trap
   Winning Chess Middlegames by jakaiden
   Sacrifice and Initiative (Sokolov) by Friedeggsof
   Biel 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1999 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens Blitz 1999 by KingG
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni

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(born Jun-13-1968) Bosnia and Herzegovina (citizen of Netherlands)

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Ivan Sokolov was born on the 13th of June 1968 in Bosnia (formerly Yugoslavia). Awarded the GM title in 1987 and Yugoslav Champion in 1988 he was 1st= at Portoroz 1987, 1st= in Belgrade and 1st= in Saltsj÷baden. He also played on the Yugoslav Olympiad team in 1988. He now represents the Netherlands in Olympiads and various other team championships.

Video: Eric Hansen played him at the 2013 Canadian open: and

Wikipedia article: Ivan Sokolov

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,573  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Cervenka vs I Sokolov  0-131 1986 Prague opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. I Sokolov vs I Manor  0-123 1986 EU-ch U20A57 Benko Gambit
3. J Gdanski vs I Sokolov  1-071 1986 EU-ch U20B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. I Sokolov vs H U Gruenberg  1-054 1986 Budapest Spring opE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. I Sokolov vs F Nepustil  1-037 1986 Prague opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. N Dedes vs I Sokolov  0-132 1986 EU-ch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. M Burgess vs I Sokolov  0-137 1986 EU-ch U20A15 English
8. I Sokolov vs B Spycher  1-025 1986 EU-ch U20D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. J Howell vs I Sokolov  1-061 1986 EU-ch U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. I Sokolov vs J Polko  1-031 1986 Prague opC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
11. Tringov vs I Sokolov  0-130 1986 Novi SadB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
12. I Sokolov vs K Ninov  1-022 1986 EU-ch U20B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. I Sokolov vs Blatny  1-052 1986 GroningenA52 Budapest Gambit
14. S Smagin vs I Sokolov  1-049 1986 Novi SadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. Piket vs I Sokolov  0-151 1986 EU-ch U20D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
16. I Sokolov vs J Van Mil  1-033 1986 Budapest Spring opD85 Grunfeld
17. J Trmal vs I Sokolov  0-130 1986 Prague opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Sokolov vs Seirawan  0-166 1987 Lugano opE20 Nimzo-Indian
19. Psakhis vs I Sokolov  ½-½19 1987 Portoroz/LjubljanaA48 King's Indian
20. I Sokolov vs Akopian  ½-½36 1987 Wch U20E92 King's Indian
21. Sax vs I Sokolov  0-154 1987 Lugano opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Wolff vs I Sokolov 1-032 1987 Wch U20B89 Sicilian
23. I Sokolov vs Vaganian  0-154 1987 SarajevoD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Xu Jun vs I Sokolov  0-137 1987 Portoroz/Ljubljana Vidmar memD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
25. Geller vs I Sokolov  1-060 1987 PancevoB44 Sicilian
 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,573  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-02-09  Johnny O: "Red October: it seems suicidal playing the Nimzo Indian Defence against him"

Agreed. In his last 23 games he has only 4 losses against Ponomariov, Aronian, Judit Polgar, and Naiditsch.

Sep-04-09  Open Defence: a very creative player, we need such players even though they may not reach the pinnacle...
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  Tabanus: That nobody here noticed (or cared) he recently won the Corsica Masters is almost interesting.

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  Tabanus: Reykjavik Open 2010 ended today with Sokolov as the winner:

Jun-05-10  wolfmaster: Is Sokolov crunk in that photo?
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  wordfunph: last round today in 11th Karpov Poikovsky, last seed Ivan Sokolov (2654) with +2 -4 =4 or 4/10. Interestingly, he won his game against second seed GM Jakovenko (2725)..

happy 42nd birthday Ivan!

Jun-28-10  The Rocket: There are some less flattering storys I have been told about this man from a friend of mine, who is a friend of Ivan Sokolov, I can say it involves drinking:)

But anyway a great player nonetheless:=

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  technical draw: < Is Sokolov crunk in that photo?>

Yes, he may have had a few crinks.

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  tamar: Next question, is that the ceiling, or is lying on a tile floor?
Mar-19-11  Amulet: Another observation about the ceiling - it's so low that his head almost touches it, interesting.
Mar-09-12  Penguincw: Sokolov off to a perfect start at the Reykjavik Open (2012), going 4/4. In Round 5, he has black against David Navara, who also has a perfect start.
Mar-09-12  efvaatn: He has a wonderful start in the Reykjavik Open, scoring a perfect score
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  brankat: Hopefully my c$40 on I.Sokolov will bear fruit :-)
Mar-10-12  Penguincw: Sokolov downed co-leader David Navara with black (Navara vs I Sokolov, 2012) in only 37 moves today! He is a perfect 5/5 at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

Normally, this would give him solo lead, however Ivan Cheparinov also won his game today to stay perfect.

The two <Ivan>'s will battle it out for first tomorrow. Only one (or none) can be perfect!

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sokolov!
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  wordfunph: "Alekhine's and Keres' games had an influence on how my style developed."

- GM Ivan Sokolov

happy birtday!

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  Chess for life: Congratulations to the new World (Open) Champion! World Open (2012)
Sep-01-12  VladimirOo: <wordfunph> Where does your quote come from ? Thx. By the way, anybody knows if there has been articles (New in Chess,...) by or dedicated to Sokolov ?
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  OhioChessFan: His pic appears to show him celebrating a win by break dancing on his head.
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  Check It Out: -5 after 10 rounds at Tata 2013. Oh well, at least he will live until he's 10,000 years of age!
Jan-26-13  Jafar219: Poor Sokolov :(
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  whiteshark: An interesting interview from Sokolov, given during the 21st Sigeman & Co (2013) in Malm÷: (from 2m:16s to 8m:33)
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sokolov!
Jun-13-13  MoonlitKnight: Congrats Ivan! I have his book "Winning Chess Middlegames", which I highly recommend if you want to understand the subtleties of the Nimzo-Indian tabiya.
Jun-13-13  Katlego: Happy birthday GM Sokolov
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