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Polugaevsky 
Courtesy of the Dutch National Archives, The Hague
Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989
Nummer toegang 2.24.01.05 Bestanddeelnummer 926-4780
 
Lev Polugaevsky
Number of games in database: 1,938
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +694 -248 =946 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      50 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (98) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13 A10
 King's Indian (95) 
    E88 E73 E97 E75 E92
 Queen's Indian (83) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A30 A34 A35 A33 A36
 Reti System (52) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E46 E57 E21 E55 E54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (380) 
    B96 B90 B84 B46 B92
 Queen's Indian (138) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Sicilian Najdorf (124) 
    B96 B90 B92 B93 B94
 Nimzo Indian (85) 
    E32 E54 E53 E57 E46
 English (63) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A30 A33 A36 A34 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs I Bilek, 1969 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Maslov, 1963 1-0
   Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 0-1
   Polugaevsky vs Smyslov, 1979 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster Performance by Benzol
   Grandmaster Polugaevsky by Resignation Trap
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   USSR Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   Havana 1962 by suenteus po 147

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LEV POLUGAEVSKY
(born Nov-20-1934, died Aug-30-1995, 60 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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Lev Abramovich Polugayevsky was born in Mogilev*. In 1953, he took second place in a strong Russian tournament, gaining his master norm. Polugaevsky was twice Soviet champion, in 1967 [rusbase-1] and 1968 [rusbase-2] and twice finished runner-up. He participated in five Candidates matches. Polugaevsky had an excellent record in the Olympiads as well. He was one of the most influential theoreticians of his day and contributed heavily to the development of the Sicilian Najdorf. One of the most complex variations of the opening bears his name, the Sicilian, Najdorf (B96) Polugaevsky variation: 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 a6 6.♗g5 e6 7.f4 b5. He passed away in 1995 in Paris, France from a brain tumour.

*Wikipedia article: Mahilyow

Wikipedia article: Lev Polugaevsky


 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,938  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Polugaevsky 0-144 1953 SaratowD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
2. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov  ½-½52 1953 13th RSFSR ChE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. V Liavdansky vs Polugaevsky 1-055 1954 URS-ch sfB58 Sicilian
4. Polugaevsky vs Lipnitsky  1-049 1954 URS-chTA15 English
5. Polugaevsky vs Geller  1-036 1954 Leningrad masterD80 Grunfeld
6. Lepichin vs Polugaevsky  0-132 1954 URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Polugaevsky vs Spassky  ½-½38 1954 TournamentA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
8. Y Kolobov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½41 1954 URS-chTA17 English
9. Polugaevsky vs G Uusi  ½-½41 1954 URS-ch sfE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
10. Polugaevsky vs N Gusev  0-172 1954 URS-ch sfE61 King's Indian
11. P Kampenuss vs Polugaevsky  0-144 1954 URS-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
12. Polugaevsky vs Chekhover  1-058 1954 Leningrad masterB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Polugaevsky vs V Soloviev  ½-½41 1954 URS-ch sfB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Polugaevsky vs N Gusev  0-135 1954 TournamentA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
15. Polugaevsky vs G Goldberg  ½-½74 1954 URS-chTA30 English, Symmetrical
16. Polugaevsky vs I Veltmander  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. Boleslavsky vs Polugaevsky  ½-½41 1954 URS-ch sfB56 Sicilian
18. Polugaevsky vs S Khalilbeili  ½-½69 1954 URS-chTE07 Catalan, Closed
19. Novopashin vs Polugaevsky  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
20. Cherepkov vs Polugaevsky  1-021 1954 TournamentA04 Reti Opening
21. Aleksandrov vs Polugaevsky 0-168 1954 URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
22. Bondarevsky vs Polugaevsky  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
23. Polugaevsky vs Antoshin  ½-½70 1954 Leningrad masterA84 Dutch
24. Polugaevsky vs A Khasin  0-130 1954 URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
25. A Sidorov vs Polugaevsky  0-152 1954 URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,938  PGN Download
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Mar-04-12  StrongSquare: <brankat> <Captivity?>...LOL..it's a Cold-War thing, you had to be around in those days to understand.
Nov-17-12  Cemoblanca: No profile pic for Lev??? Noooooo! ;) Just found 1! :D http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n3U4gKrbZ...
Nov-20-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Polugaevski.
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: <SirChrislov: Sir<thegoodanarchist>, Sir<I play the Fred>,

The proper pronounciation of his last name is <pah-loo-gah-YEV-skee> according to Bill Wall.>

I thought it would be more like "paul-you-guy-EV-skee."

As to the first name and patronymic, I suppose they'd translate as Louis Son of Abraham.

Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: <brankat: <perfidious> <He was certainly one of the strongest players in captivity for a long while,>

Captivity??>

That reminds me of when I played at Mechanics' Institute in 1984.

I enlisted in the Navy, and when I came back on leave, Alexander Sinkievich (kibitzer emeritus) greeted me with: "You escape long time!"

Nov-20-12  gars: <Maatalkko>: Karpov's comment on Polugaevsky repeats Tal's words about Semion Furman in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal".
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: <<To state that only those two K's were stronger is a stretch ... whereas Polu never made it to even a Candidates final>>

Saying that only the two Ks were stronger doesn't mean that Polugaevsky was the third best player in the world, it just means that he was tied for third, and I don't think this is much of a stretch at all for the period 1976-1980. And Polugaevsky didn't make it to the candidates final in 1980 because he was eliminated in the semi-final by Korchnoi. Given that Korchnoi only prevailed in overtime, I'd say that Polugaevsky had great chances to become World Championship challenger at the time.

Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: he certainly had an "indian sign" on Tal.
Nov-20-12  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Lev :)
Mar-27-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: If you study his games you are a poluologist.
Mar-27-13  TugasKamagong: I kinda hope the Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski will produce a son he'll name Paulo. Seems to me "Paulo Gajewski" would be pronounced very much like "Polugaevsky."
Nov-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. World Championship challenger: Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess player> - Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Analysis is a glittering opportunity for training: it is just here that capacity for work, perseverance and stamina are cultivated, and these qualities are, in truth, as necessary to a chess player as a marathon runner> - Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15  zanzibar: Hard to believe his portrait isn't here.

Google image search allows filtering on copyright protections, here's a nice photo from wiki commons:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

I think I'll submit it.

Mar-29-15  zanzibar: (Ha - I see out of the various wiki common photos of Lev, that wikipedia choose the same one)
May-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <First and foremost it is essential to understand the essence, the overall idea of any fashionable variation, and only then include it in one's repertoire. Otherwise the tactical trees will conceal from the player the strategic picture of the wood, in which his orientation will most likely be lost> - Lev Polugaevsky.
May-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <My most difficult opponent is myself. When I am playing I often involuntarily make a world champion out of a candidate master> - Lev Polugaevsky.
May-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: Now with photo!
May-25-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: His spirited variation in the Najdorf Sicilian still seems viable, yes? In this game black seemed OK out of the opening...Wang Hao vs Nakamura, 2012.
May-25-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<parrisattack>

there have been a few new ideas in the Polu' variation. Everyman published "Chess Developments: the 6. Bg5 Najdorf Sicilian" by Kevin Goh Wei Ming in 2014.

Ming uses the quoted Hao-Naka game as his illustrative game, embedded with theory, etc.

12...Ra7 seems all but essential. 12...Qe5 looks to be refuted. Naka's 15...Qc7 varied from the big main line with 15...Qxb2.

Some things to look at but it has always been a dangerous line and the computer analysis of variations inevitable now in such a line.

May-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Thank you <SimonWebbsTiger>

All I have on the Poly per se is the Syzygy monograph from the 70s and of course the Love books. It is not dissimilar to what we used to call the 'Fast Paulsen' - but not much on that after MCO 8 and the Syzygy 'Scheveningen with Early ...b5' volume.

<.... computer analysis of variations inevitable now in such a line.> Sigh... :(

Jun-21-15  rayoflight: <parisattack>
Do you play on chess.com under Parisstay?
Jun-21-15
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  Fusilli: Nice high quality photo of Polu.
Jun-21-15
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  parisattack: Hi <rayolight> No, I don't play Internet chess tho I occasionally play internet Go on the PandaNet server.
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