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Ivan Sokolov
I Sokolov 
Number of games in database: 1,669
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2632 (2640 rapid, 2621 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2706

Overall record: +580 -298 =665 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 126 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (149) 
    E32 E48 E39 E41 E34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (89) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
 King's Indian (80) 
    E77 E70 E94 E97 E61
 Slav (75) 
    D15 D10 D19 D16 D18
 Grunfeld (67) 
    D85 D92 D80 D90 D82
 Queen's Indian (66) 
    E12 E17 E13 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (221) 
    C80 C77 C84 C69 C78
 Slav (123) 
    D15 D11 D10 D17 D19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (93) 
    C84 C89 C87 C95 C93
 English, 1 c4 e5 (47) 
    A20 A21 A28 A22 A29
 Grunfeld (44) 
    D85 D97 D91 D79 D78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    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
   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 G Pap, 2012 1-0
   I Sokolov vs D Howell, 2006 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Topalov, 1996 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Dutch Championships (2004)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   Rilton Cup (2016)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   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 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1999 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

   J P Wallace vs I Sokolov (Jan-05-17) 0-1
   S Ivanov vs I Sokolov (Jan-04-17) 1/2-1/2
   I Sokolov vs S D Swapnil (Jan-03-17) 0-1
   I Sokolov vs J Sarkar (Jan-02-17) 1-0
   Kamsky vs I Sokolov (Jan-01-17) 1-0

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(born Jun-13-1968, 48 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 67; games 1-25 of 1,669  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Burgess vs I Sokolov  0-137 1986 EU-ch U20A15 English
2. I Sokolov vs J Polko  1-031 1986 Prague opC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
3. Tringov vs I Sokolov 0-130 1986 Novi SadB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
4. J Howell vs I Sokolov  1-061 1986 EU-ch U20B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. I Sokolov vs J Van Mil  1-033 1986 Budapest Spring opD85 Grunfeld
6. I Sokolov vs K Ninov  1-022 1986 EU-ch U20B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. S Smagin vs I Sokolov  1-049 1986 Novi SadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. I Cervenka vs I Sokolov  0-131 1986 Prague opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. J Trmal vs I Sokolov  0-130 1986 Prague opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. I Sokolov vs F Nepustil  1-037 1986 Prague opB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. I Sokolov vs H U Gruenberg  1-054 1986 Budapest Spring opE46 Nimzo-Indian
12. J Gdanski vs I Sokolov  1-071 1986 EU-ch U20B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. I Sokolov vs B Spycher  1-025 1986 EU-ch U20D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
14. N Dedes vs I Sokolov  0-132 1986 EU-ch U20B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. I Sokolov vs Blatny  1-052 1986 GroningenA52 Budapest Gambit
16. Piket vs I Sokolov  0-151 1986 EU-ch U20D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
17. I Sokolov vs I Manor  0-123 1986 EU-ch U20A57 Benko Gambit
18. Tringov vs I Sokolov  0-129 1987 PancevoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Seirawan vs I Sokolov 1-027 1987 SarajevoA16 English
20. Geller vs I Sokolov  1-060 1987 PancevoB44 Sicilian
21. I Sokolov vs Miles  1-032 1987 SarajevoA56 Benoni Defense
22. Blatny vs I Sokolov  0-146 1987 Baguio CityB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. I Sokolov vs Seirawan  0-166 1987 Lugano opE20 Nimzo-Indian
24. I Sokolov vs Vaganian  0-154 1987 SarajevoD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Polugaevsky vs I Sokolov  ½-½45 1987 SarajevoD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,669  PGN Download
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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?
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  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!

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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 Malmö: (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
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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