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Vladimir Savon
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,692
Years covered: 1959 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2443
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +484 -312 =892 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (138) 
    B33 B81 B44 B93 B32
 King's Indian (70) 
    E60 E92 E62 E67 E82
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C92 C85 C93 C96 C69
 English (49) 
    A15 A13 A17 A16 A10
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E15 E14 E17 E12 E16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C92 C85 C96 C93 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (206) 
    B90 B92 B22 B93 B52
 Sicilian Najdorf (89) 
    B90 B92 B93 B99 B97
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E32 E20 E41 E38 E47
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C69 C91 C93 C96 C80
 English (62) 
    A15 A16 A13 A14 A17
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E17 E15 E12 E14 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973 0-1
   Spassky vs Savon, 1973 0-1
   Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs Tal, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Savon vs H Ree, 1965 1-0
   Savon vs V Brond, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs Dzindzichashvili, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs Alburt, 1978 1-0
   Balashov vs Savon, 1971 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Savon, 1971 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1973)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Moscow (1971)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1967)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sukhumi 1972 by WCC Editing Project
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus
   1973 Capablanca memorial by gauer

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(born Sep-26-1940, died Jun-01-2005, 64 years old) Ukraine
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Vladimir Andreyevich Savon was born in Chernigov, Ukraine (formerly USSR). He learned chess at the age of 11 from his father. Awarded the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1973, he was USSR Champion in 1971 [rusbase-1] where he finished ahead of Vasily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Anatoli Karpov and Leonid Stein amongst others. In international competition his best results were 1st at Debrecen 1970, 1st= at Vilnius zonal 1975, 2nd= at Portoroz 1977 and 2nd= at Kiev 1978. He passed away in Kharkov in 2005.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Savon

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,692  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gufeld vs Savon  ½-½141959UKR-chB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
2. Savon vs A Voltschok 1-0311959UKR-chD85 Grunfeld
3. Y Nikolaevsky vs Savon  ½-½201959UKR-chD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
4. Myers vs Savon 1-071959Manhattan blitzA00 Uncommon Opening
5. I Pogrebissky vs Savon ½-½611959UKR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Savon vs N Levin  1-0261959UKR-chA57 Benko Gambit
7. Savon vs A Bannik  ½-½351959UKR-chE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
8. Savon vs Geller  ½-½241959UKR-chC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Kostiuchenko vs Savon  ½-½151959UKR-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Savon vs Stein  ½-½131959UKR-chE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
11. V Zurakhov vs Savon  ½-½261959UKR-chB08 Pirc, Classical
12. Feldman vs Savon 0-1151959UKR-chA15 English
13. Zamikhovsky vs Savon  1-0331959UKR-chE81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. Savon vs B Korsakov  ½-½401959UKR-chE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
15. M Levin vs Savon  0-1391959UKR-chB06 Robatsch
16. Savon vs J Rotstein  ½-½421959UKR-chC16 French, Winawer
17. Savon vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½131959UKR-chA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
18. E Poliak vs Savon  0-1421959UKR-chA15 English
19. Savon vs M Usachyi  1-0331959UKR-chC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. S Kwiatkowski vs Savon  ½-½201959UKR-chE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
21. Savon vs A Makarov  ½-½231959UKR-chA84 Dutch
22. Savon vs Y Sakharov  0-1351959UKR-chA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
23. A Genin vs Savon  1-0281959URS-chTB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. V Chernyh vs Savon  1-0301959URS-chTE73 King's Indian
25. Savon vs Khodos  ½-½581959URS-chTB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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  offramp: "GM Vladimir Savon (1940-2005) has died in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Vladimir Savon won the 1971 USSR Championship ahead of players such as Bronstein, Geller, Karpov, Polugaevsky, Smyslov, Stein, Taimanov, and Tal."

Jun-07-05  Mameluk: Anyone else finds it strange and sad, that even TWIC doesn´t mention this??
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  Benzol: <Mameluk> Yes, I do too. Wonder where <Tigran Petrosian> and <offramp> heard about it?
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  offramp: I heard about it on a chess newsgroup; I posted it here exactly as I saw it there. I'll bet that that's where TP saw it as well. I doubt that it's a hoax.

We get signal.

Jun-09-05  aw1988: What !
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  offramp: There is an obituary by Malcolm Pein here,
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  TheAlchemist: May he rest in peace.
Nov-14-05  pazzed paun: <Knight13> there has been some significant inflation in elo ratings since the early 1970"s a median rating of 2500 back then would have been quite respectable ,back then no more than ten players were rated over 2600!

A story- a patzer says to Grandmaster are you a weak G.M. OR a strong GM- he replies -some elephants are big some not so big-the end!

Dec-19-05  PizzatheHut: On, I actually just ordered 13 older tournament books complete with all of the games. Both the 1971 Soviet Championship and Petropolis 1973 are included. I can't wait until they arrive!
Dec-19-05  greyfox: someone here playing at i cant view the site anymore and i certainly dont know why.. i will lose my games if i cant link there until 6am.. please if someone here also playing there and does know something about my frustration you can reply to this message now or send me message via e-mail at any reply is highly appreciated..
Dec-20-05  PizzatheHut: I see that Savon won the 1971 Soviet Championship, but does anyone know what years were his prime years? I assume that '71 would be the peak, but I'm curious as to when he rose to the upper ranks.
Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Vladimir A Savon

SAVON, Vladimir A.

Sep-26-06  Caissanist: <Did you ever see a grandmaster that played bad? (In general, not in particular games. I know Benkö used to blunder away a rook some times.)>

Nowadays yes, most famously the 2588-rated Alexandru Crisan. Back when Savon got his title, no.

Sep-26-06  positionalgenius: "Did you ever see a GM that played bad?" Well yes every once in awhile.Anand at Dortmund 2001,he scored 3/10.
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  brankat: Topalov & Leko in 2007 Linares tied for last spot :-)
Sep-26-07  Manic: How about Shirov's 0.5/9 in that rapid tourney? That must've hurt.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <kostich in time: *** Savon is [also] famous for Reshevsky[']s infamous superblunder against him at Petropolis 73. *** >:

Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973

Oct-18-08  sleepkid: Savon was a very good player, but he was also famous for his nervous temperament, which led to his very uneven results. At his best, he was a dangerous opponent, and of world class caliber. However, he often lacked the mental stamina for demanding positions and long tournaments, and thus never really achieved his full potential.
Jan-16-09  WhiteRook48: hmm... 55.3% wins... not bad. And his wins seem to be spectacular.
Sep-26-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Savon, today you are remembered!


May-29-13  Cibator: Had a brief but dubious fame in the UK as having been Michael Basman's defeated opponent in the England-USSR match at the Student Olympiad, Harrachov 1967. England sensationally won 3-1 with no individual losses. The USSR team also included Tukmakov and Gulko.
Sep-26-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest in Peace GM Vladimir Savon.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Vladimir Savon.
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  offramp: That's a very good picture of him. He looks very dashing!
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  offramp: It was very brave of the 19-year-old Savon to take time out from his huge commitments in the USSR to go to New York to play Myers vs Savon, 1959. The Moscow State Department must have viewed him very suspiciously after that episode.
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