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Ivan Sokolov
I Sokolov 
Number of games in database: 1,729
Years covered: 1986 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2565 (2640 rapid, 2581 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2706

Overall record: +604 -310 =690 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 125 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (154) 
    E32 E48 E34 E46 E39
 Queen's Gambit Declined (95) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
 King's Indian (84) 
    E77 E70 E94 E97 E73
 Slav (76) 
    D15 D10 D18 D16 D17
 Grunfeld (70) 
    D85 D92 D82 D80 D90
 Queen's Indian (67) 
    E12 E17 E15 E13 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (224) 
    C80 C84 C77 C78 C69
 Slav (122) 
    D10 D17 D15 D11 D12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (93) 
    C84 C89 C87 C95 C93
 English, 1 c4 e5 (49) 
    A20 A21 A28 A29 A22
 Grunfeld (44) 
    D85 D97 D91 D78 D79
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D02 E10 A50 E00 D00
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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
   T Hillarp Persson vs I Sokolov, 2009 0-1
   I Sokolov vs Caruana, 2010 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Judit Polgar, 2003 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Timman, 1997 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Topalov, 1996 1-0
   I Sokolov vs D Howell, 2006 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Shirov, 2005 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   Dutch Championship (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Rilton Cup 2016/17 (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Winning Chess Middlegames by jakaiden
   Ivan Sokolov's Best Games by Resignation Trap
   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
   2002 Corus (group B) by gauer
   New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival) by Phony Benoni

   🏆 Batavia
   A Kashlinskaya vs I Sokolov (Mar-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Sokolov vs A Zatonskih (Mar-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   A H T dos Santos Fier vs I Sokolov (Mar-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   I Sokolov vs Nijboer (Mar-01-18) 1-0
   I Sokolov vs M Santos Ruiz (Feb-27-18) 1-0

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(born Jun-13-1968, 50 years old) Bosnia and Herzegovina (federation/nationality Netherlands)

[what is this?]
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 Saltsjöbaden. 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 70; games 1-25 of 1,728  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Sokolov vs H U Gruenberg  1-0541986Budapest Spring opE46 Nimzo-Indian
2. J Gdanski vs I Sokolov  1-0711986EU-ch U20B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. I Sokolov vs B Spycher  1-0251986EU-ch U20D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
4. M R Burgess vs I Sokolov  0-1371986EU-ch U20A15 English
5. I Sokolov vs J Polko  1-0311986Prague opC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. J Howell vs I Sokolov  1-0611986EU-ch U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. I Sokolov vs J Van Mil  1-0331986Budapest Spring opD85 Grunfeld
8. Tringov vs I Sokolov 0-1301986Novi SadB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
9. I Sokolov vs K Ninov  1-0221986EU-ch U20B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. I Cervenka vs I Sokolov  0-1311986Prague opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. J Trmal vs I Sokolov  0-1301986Prague opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Smagin vs I Sokolov  1-0491986Novi SadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. I Sokolov vs F Nepustil  1-0371986Prague opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. N Dedes vs I Sokolov  0-1321986EU-ch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. I Sokolov vs Blatny  1-0521986EU-ch U20A52 Budapest Gambit
16. Piket vs I Sokolov  0-1511986EU-ch U20D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
17. I Sokolov vs I Manor  0-1231986EU-ch U20A57 Benko Gambit
18. G N Todorovic vs I Sokolov  1-0591987PancevoB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. I Sokolov vs Marjanovic  ½-½151987Pancevo (Yugoslavia)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Geller vs I Sokolov  1-0601987PancevoB44 Sicilian
21. I Sokolov vs Miles  1-0321987SarajevoA56 Benoni Defense
22. Tringov vs I Sokolov  0-1291987PancevoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. I Sokolov vs Seirawan  0-1661987Lugano opE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. Seirawan vs I Sokolov 1-0271987SarajevoA16 English
25. Polugaevsky vs I Sokolov  ½-½451987SarajevoD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
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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.
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  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 :-)
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  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!

Jul-13-12  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 Malmö: (from 2m:16s to 8m:33)
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sokolov!
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  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
Jul-18-14  Mr. V: Whiteshark, that is a great interview, thanks for posting it! Some GMs I've seen try to answer everything briefly, as if all questions have yes or no answers. But Ivan Sokolov is talkative and very nice to listen to.
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  HeMateMe: "I lived through Karpov-Kasparov matches, I remember analyses room, Tal usually leading the analyses and I also remember that when some games were finished we would all sit and analyse for hours and then think why didn’t Karpov or Kasparov play this move and we would say, hang on, there should be something because such a genius would not miss it. Sometimes we were right, sometimes not. But now thanks to chess engines this is lost. So I don’t like engines. Chess World Champions were heavily promoting it with all these computer matches in order to make money for themselves, not stories like we want artificial intelligence in the sport which Kasparov was coming up when he played a match against IBM. He wanted to make money. There was nothing else. And then coming up with stories like he got cheated is a complete crap."
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  zanzibar: <HMM> where's that quote from? I assume from Sokolov and not you, but where exactly?
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  PhilFeeley: Another interview

Part 1:

Part 2:

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  zanzibar: From Part 1:

Game Ref: <Sokolov--Kasparov, Hoogovens, R9 (1996)>

<IS: I was able to get Kasparov in an unpleasant psychological situation. How did I get him into this condition? Kasparov enjoys very much when people are scared of him and if you show him that you are not, he gets intimidated and is less self-assured. And by the line that I was chose I was very clearly showing that I was neither scared of him nor his preparation. He did not like it. And then he had to remember his preparation and for even a player with a fantastic memory like Kasparov it is not easy to recollect everything. He even recalled the right game but not the right move. Once he realised that he was unable to remember the correct game he quickly collapsed. From the slightly minus position that he was in, he lost the game in just a few moves. He made a horrible blunder Kh7 when the position was quite playable.

SS: When you saw that Kh7 was a mistake and that you could win the game now what went through your mind?

IS: It was kind of a funny moment because we both had plenty of time on the clock. I realised that after I triple on the g-file it was going to be mate. Kasparov was already prepared to resign and leave. He had his Rolex back on his hand, his chocolate was taken away from the board, his jacket was on. <Basically he was saying- Come on make this move and get it over with! Then I said to myself - Hang on, when is the next time that I will have such a position against Kasparov from which I can demolish him in just one move! Perhaps never! How much time did I have on my clock? 40 minutes! Well let’s wait for a while then! Have a look at this beautiful position, look at miserable him (Garry really looks miserable when he is lost!), there is no reason to rush! So I took 10 minutes and then executed the move and he immediately resigned. (Smiles)>>

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