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Rafael Vaganian
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Number of games in database: 1,901
Years covered: 1967 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2560 (2534 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2662

Overall record: +650 -332 =833 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 86 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (135) 
    A15 A14 A13 A17 A16
 Reti System (113) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (96) 
    E62 E60 E63 E97 E67
 Queen's Indian (66) 
    E12 E15 E19 E14 E17
 King's Indian Attack (56) 
    A07 A08
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A46 D02 A45 A41 E10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (342) 
    C09 C07 C16 C18 C02
 French Tarrasch (133) 
    C09 C07 C04 C05 C08
 French Winawer (115) 
    C16 C18 C15 C19 C17
 Orthodox Defense (99) 
    D58 D55 D59 D56 D50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (99) 
    D37 D31 D35 D36 D30
 Alekhine's Defense (57) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976 0-1
   Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975 1-0
   Lautier vs Vaganian, 2004 0-1
   Vaganian vs Kupreichik, 1974 1-0
   Vaganian vs Hjartarson, 1991 1-0
   Vaganian vs Sveshnikov, 1980 1-0
   Vaganian vs G Forintos, 1975 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Vaganian, 1993 0-1
   Vaganian vs P Nikolic, 1985 1-0
   Vaganian vs Beliavsky, 1983 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004)
   Montpellier Candidates (1985)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   European Club Cup (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2006)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   European Individual Championships (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1983 by Benzol
   USSR Championship 1975 by Phony Benoni
   Moscow 1975 by suenteus po 147
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1974/75 by suenteus po 147
   Montpellier Candidates 1985 by Benzol

   S Zhigalko vs Vaganian (Mar-11-14) 1-0
   Vaganian vs V Zvjaginsev (Mar-10-14) 1/2-1/2
   A Shimanov vs Vaganian (Mar-08-14) 1/2-1/2
   Vaganian vs M Ragger (Mar-07-14) 1/2-1/2
   G Sibashvili vs Vaganian (Mar-06-14) 0-1

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(born Oct-15-1951, 65 years old) Armenia

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Rafael Artemovich Vaganian was born in Yerevan. Awarded the GM title in 1971, he was a Candidate twice. In 1986 he lost to Andrei Sokolov (+0, =4, -4) and in 1988 he lost to Lajos Portisch (+0, =5, -1).

He won the USSR Championship in 1989 [rusbase-1] and played on the 1984 and 1986 USSR Olympiad teams. In 1984 he played Board 5 for the USSR in the USSR versus The Rest of the World Match against Zoltan Ribli.

He has achieved some excellent tournament victories, including Vrnjacka Banja 1971, Sao Paulo 1977, Las Palmas 1979, Manila 1981, Hastings 1982-83, Biel 1985 and Leningrad 1987. Today he remains a strong grandmaster.

Wikipedia article: Rafael Vaganian

 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,901  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Vaganian vs Karpov ½-½40 1967 05, MoscowE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
2. Karpov vs Vaganian  ½-½43 1968 03, Riga ttB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. Vaganian vs K H Maeder  0-162 1969 EU-ch U20 final AE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
4. Vaganian vs Ghizdavu  1-043 1969 EU-ch U20 prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
5. Vaganian vs G Ligterink  1-027 1969 EU-ch U20 prelE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. Vaganian vs Karpov 0-154 1969 01, Leningrad jrE14 Queen's Indian
7. Ribli vs Vaganian  ½-½12 1969 EU-ch U20 prelC01 French, Exchange
8. Karpov vs Vaganian  ½-½53 1969 11, Leningrad jrB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. P Atanasov vs Vaganian  ½-½47 1969 EU-ch U20 final AB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. S Webb vs Vaganian  0-139 1969 EU-ch U20 final AA16 English
11. Vaganian vs Podgaets  1-030 1969 URS-ch sfE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
12. Ribli vs Vaganian 0-138 1969 GroningenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Vaganian vs Karpov ½-½53 1969 09, Leningrad jrE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. Vaganian vs A Lombard 1-040 1969 EU-ch U20 final AE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. E Turunen vs Vaganian  0-125 1969 EU-ch U20 final AA06 Reti Opening
16. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson  1-041 1969 EU-ch U20 prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
17. S Webb vs Vaganian  ½-½17 1969 EU-ch U20 prelD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
18. Karpov vs Vaganian 0-144 1969 07, Leningrad jrB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. Vaganian vs H Schaufelberger  1-040 1969 EU-ch U20 final AA44 Old Benoni Defense
20. K H Maeder vs Vaganian  ½-½17 1969 EU-ch U20 prelB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Vaganian vs Karpov 0-130 1969 05, Leningrad jrE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
22. Vaganian vs Ghizdavu  ½-½49 1969 EU-ch U20 final AD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
23. H Schaufelberger vs Vaganian  ½-½10 1969 EU-ch U20 prelB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. Karpov vs Vaganian ½-½45 1969 03, Leningrad jrB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson 1-048 1969 GroningenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,901  PGN Download
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Oct-15-09  Davolni: Happy Birthday GM Vaganian!

All the best to you!

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  wordfunph: "No, I never had one particular chess idol. Though I did have a model - Fischer. I knew all his games, I was in love with his playing. Like him I tried never to offer a draw, I always played to the bitter end."

- GM Rafael Vaganian

happy birthday GM Vaganian!

Oct-15-10  AgentRgent: Happy birthday GM Vaganian! Your games have been a great source of insight and entertainment for me. Thank you so much!
Dec-21-10  Everett: Sure it's been said somewhere on this thread, but I did not realize Vaganian was the 3rd best player in the world through most of '84 and '85, behind the two K's. In early '86 he was brought down to the pack of Korchnoi, Yusupov, Timman and Beliavsky.

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  suenteus po 147: A modest little tournament won by Vaganian some years back: Game Collection: Ter Apel Klooster 1992
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  jessicafischerqueen: Rare live film footage-

<Karpov> v <Vaganian> Blitz training games 1975

(with special guest appearance by Semyon Furman)

Aug-28-11  BobCrisp: <Vaganian> played a simul against the strong London Central YMCA chess club, some time in early 1975. <Jimmy Adams> wrote it up as <Rafael Vaganian in London Town> for the April 1975 <BCM> (alas, he omitted the date!).

<Rafa> had a tough time over 30 boards, scoring only +13 -10 =7. Unfortunately, none of the scores have made it into the <> far!

Oct-15-11  talisman: happy birthday to a great player!
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  FSR: A leading Chicago player used to refer to this player as "Vagina Man" because he didn't know the correct pronunciation. I've heard Christiansen say "vahg-ahn-yahn" and he should know.
Oct-15-12  paavoh: @FSR: <Vagina Man??> You are telling me that he could not be bothered to check the proper or less offensive pronunciation? Did anyone ever correct him?
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  FSR: <paavoh> I believe I told him the correct pronunciation.
Oct-15-12  paavoh: @FSR: Good for you - I think Vaganian deserved a better moniker than that!
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  PhilFeeley: What's he doing these days? Playing anywhere?
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  parisattack: <FSR: A leading Chicago player used to refer to this player as "Vagina Man" because he didn't know the correct pronunciation. I've heard Christiansen say "vahg-ahn-yahn" and he should know.>

Some years back I was re-watching an old James Bond movie - I think You Only Live Twice. There was a scene of a Russian spacecraft countdown with the Russian counting ... dva, oden (two, one) and then he said what sounded like 'vaganian' which I thought might mean blastoff or zero, but apparently not.

Any Russian scholar know what word he did say, what it meant, if it was at all like 'vaganian?'

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  FSR: <paavoh: @FSR: Good for you - I think Vaganian deserved a better moniker than that!>

True, though "Vagina Man" could be a fine name for a transgendered superhero.

Oct-16-12  Manoloo: The Vaganian Monologames
Dec-12-12  EdZelli: His true name is Vahanian. *Russians can't render the letter H hence the G substitution.
Oct-15-13  Kikoman: Happy 62nd Birthday GM Rafael Vaganian :D
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  kereru: His win against Reshevsky deserves to be in any greatest games of all time collection.
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  whiteshark: <kereru> Reshevsky vs Vaganian, 1976
Oct-15-13  EdZelli: Sammy and Rafael, both legendary players.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday <POTD>: Rafael Vaganian.
Apr-19-14  Ginos Vougas: Hi guys, I was wondering if there are any books about Rafael Vaganian and his games. Thank you!
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  wordfunph: <Ginos Vougas> check this one..

Rafael Vaganian: Over 100 victories spanning his career (ELO 2600 series)

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  MissScarlett: <Frankly speaking, I donít like modern chess, and Iím not sure whatís going to happen next.>

I'll tell you what's going to happen: Anand won't win!

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