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|Aug-08-07|| ||ahmadov: Gurevich becomes one of the leaders of Arctic Chess Challenge by winning the surprise participant Katarzyna Toma from Poland...|
|Sep-09-07|| ||Karpova: He won the 6th Istanbul Chess Festival 2007 with 8/9
7.5 points scored:
Levan Pantsulaia, Eldar Gasanov, Gadir Guseinov, Giorgi Margvelashvili, Levan Aroshidze, Konstantine Shanava, Aman Passhikian, Yrina Zakurdiyeva, David Arutinian, Davit Lomsadze and Eltaj Safarly
It would be nice to have the games included in the database.
|Feb-22-08|| ||jmi: One of my favourite French players of modern times is the player of the day!|
Thank you, cg!
|Feb-22-08|| ||HolyKnight: Wow maybe if I get started I can get a 2600 rating sincc Gurevich is a year younger than me.|
|Mar-17-08|| ||russep: What's the next tournament he will be playing in?|
|Apr-23-08|| ||Knight13: Gurevich is getting out of 2600s soon.|
|Oct-07-09|| ||GrahamClayton: <Benzol>An IM in 1985 he was USSR Champion (after playoff and tie-break) in the same year. |
According to Cafferty and Taimanov in "The Soviet Championships", Gurevich, Gavrikov and Chernin finished =1st with 11/19. A three way play-off ended with all games being drawn. An unknown journalist announced that there would be no further play and that Gurevich would win the title, based on his superior tie-break in the actual Championship. The arbiters were annoyed by the journalist's claim, but accepted his decision anyway!
|Oct-08-09|| ||Benzol: <GrahamClayton> Thanks. I actually have the Cafferty and Taimanov book but I think I posted that before I had obtained it. I can never remember everything I read these days. I'm just getting too old.|
|May-30-10|| ||BradMajors: Hello.|
|Feb-22-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy 52nd birthday <Mikhail Gurenvich> !|
|Feb-19-12|| ||wordfunph: "1...d5 is the best reply for 1.Nc3."
- GM Mikhail Gurevich
|Feb-22-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday!|
|Feb-22-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Mikhail Gurevich!|
|Jul-14-12|| ||italoma: Hospitality of the Turks to favorite|
|Feb-22-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday 55th birthday to GM Mikhail Gurevich.|
|Mar-28-14|| ||offramp: Why did he choose to live in Turkey?|
|Mar-28-14|| ||bien pensant: Anything wrong with Turkey?|
|Mar-28-14|| ||OhioChessFan: <bp> Yeah, the tryptophan makes me fall asleep and miss the football games.|
|Feb-22-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Mikhail Gurevich.|
|Jul-14-16|| ||zydeco: Does anybody know what happened in 1985 when Gurevich was the Soviet champion and was denied permission to play in the Interzonal? |
Boris Gulko says that the Soviet authorities sometimes just decided to not allow Jews to play abroad - and that's what happened to Gurevich.
Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete. Gurevich went to plead his case but was "keenly aware" that he wouldn't get any opportunities to travel abroad.
Is that the whole story or is there something more there? It feels like the Soviet authorities were categorically opposed to Gurevich, who was at that time a young player, and I'm curious why they were so obstinate.
|Jul-14-16|| ||perfidious: <zydeco....Mark Dvoretsky gives a longer version, saying that Viktor Gavrikov filed a complaint against Gurevich during the USSR Championship - it sounds like it was a pretty minor matter, something like not playing hard enough for wins, as would befit a Soviet athlete....>|
One would imagine that for the chess authorities in those days, any excuse would do, though if Gavrikov's complaint was such and was used against Gurevich, it was supremely hypocritical--Petrosian was known to often expend relatively little effort, with six of fifteen drawn games in USSR Championship (1955) concluding in less than 25 moves, for which I believe he was reviled in the press.
|Jul-14-16|| ||whiteshark: <perfidious, zydeco> Indeed, Gurevich didn't play in any of the 1985 IZT (Biel Interzonal (1985), Taxco Interzonal (1985) and Tunis). Strangely enough Cafferty/Taimanov conveyed the impression in their 1998 published book that all 3 players played the Interzonals. You can read the corresponding passage here: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon... (scoll halfway down to '4 Riga').|
|Jul-14-16|| ||zanzibar: In the footnote, but not in the elaboration just below. But the xtab and fn seem taken from Graeme Cree's account.|
The Weeks' link is stale to Graeme is stale, but it's currently here:
A photograph of all three co-winners can be found here:
I think the only <Cafferty & Taimanov> accounting is the final single paragraph excerpt in the Riga section. There, it seems to make the claim that a journalist decided, which is a bit hard to swallow.
On the other hand, given a 3-way tie in the tournament, followed by a 3-way tie in the playoff, the two highest rated players might be the best choice to send as a qualifier.
And, according to Graeme's table, that would be Gavrikov and Chernin with FIDE ratings of 2550 and 2495 vs. Gurevich's 2435.
A photograph of all three co-winners is here:
|Jan-04-17|| ||diagonal: Portrait (blog pages are a little slow):
|Jan-04-17|| ||diagonal: Biggest international tournament win of Mikhail Gurevich, Reggio Emilia 1988/89: http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it/tdc_...|
His highest world ranking was a tie for fifth place on the January 1990 and January 1991 FIDE half-year rating lists (with Elo ratings of 2645 and 2650 respectively - btw.: a nominal rating no longer enough for the Top Hundred today).
He was a top ten ranked player from 1988 to 1991, then dipped, climbing again into the top twenty in the early 2000s.
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