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Vladimir Simagin
Number of games in database: 643
Years covered: 1936 to 1968

Overall record: +231 -162 =250 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B24 B40 B30 B63 B44
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C96 C92 C89 C99 C98
 King's Indian (26) 
    E92 E94 E67 E91 E87
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C96 C92 C84 C87 C99
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E21 E51 E59 E53 E34
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D94 D97 D91 D78 D96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B62 B92 B84 B32 B93
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D90 D85 D97 D86 D93
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B11 B15 B16 B12 B13
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E46 E20 E21 E58 E26
 King's Indian (20) 
    E60 E70 E62 E67 E90
 English (18) 
    A14 A16 A10 A13 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tolush vs Simagin, 1952 0-1
   Panov vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 0-1
   H Neergaard vs Simagin, 1965 0-1
   Simagin vs Petrosian, 1956 1-0
   O Moiseev vs Simagin, 1951 0-1
   G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 0-1
   G Barcza vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
   Althausen vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
   G Fuster vs Simagin, 1949 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1963)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   USSR Championship (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vladimir Simagin by Benzol
   Simagin-Positional Style by Gottschalk
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete

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(born Jun-21-1919, died Sep-25-1968, 49 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
Vladimir Pavlovich Simagin was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). He was awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1962 and the IMC title in 1965. USSR Correspondence Champion in 1964, he was also Moscow Champion in 1947 (after a play-off), 1956 (jointly) and 1959. His best international results were at Sarajevo 1963 2nd= and Sochi 1967 1st=. He made a number of contributions to the Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70) and Sicilian (B20) Defences some of which are named after him. Whilst playing in a tournament at Kislovodsk in 1968 he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Simagin

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Simagin vs Yacubovich 1-026 1936 MoscowA44 Old Benoni Defense
2. Simagin vs Leonovich  1-035 1936 SovietE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. S Belavenets vs Simagin 0-117 1937 MoscowA80 Dutch
4. Simagin vs B Verlinsky 1-028 1939 Moscow ChD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. V Liublinsky vs Simagin 0-123 1939 MatchC46 Three Knights
6. Panov vs Simagin 0-131 1943 Moscow (Russia)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Althausen vs Simagin 0-125 1943 Ch URSB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Simagin vs Bibikov 1-023 1944 Spartak ChampionshipC00 French Defense
9. Simagin vs Ragozin  ½-½52 1944 Ch MoscowD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Simagin vs Kotov 1-062 1945 RUSE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
11. A Poliak vs Simagin  1-040 1945 Ch MoscowA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Simagin vs A Zhivtsov  1-041 1945 Ch MoscowA16 English
13. Simagin vs G Fridstein  ½-½64 1945 Ch MoscowB24 Sicilian, Closed
14. Alatortsev vs Simagin  0-159 1945 Ch MoscowD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. Kamyshov vs Simagin  ½-½49 1945 Ch MoscowD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Flohr vs Simagin  ½-½61 1945 Ch MoscowD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Simagin vs Smyslov  ½-½52 1945 Ch MoscowC45 Scotch Game
18. E Zagorjansky vs Simagin 0-132 1945 Ch MoscowD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Simagin vs Bondarevsky  ½-½23 1945 Ch MoscowE07 Catalan, Closed
20. Simagin vs Panov 0-164 1945 Ch MoscowD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Simagin vs I Aramanovich 1-070 1945 Ch MoscowE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
22. Simagin vs B Verlinsky  1-039 1945 Ch MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Lilienthal vs Simagin  1-061 1945 Ch MoscowD90 Grunfeld
24. Konstantinopolsky vs Simagin ½-½27 1945 Ch MoscowA09 Reti Opening
25. V Liublinsky vs Simagin  1-068 1945 Ch MoscowB12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
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Jun-21-08  sitzkrieg: Unfortunately there is no english language game collection of him, is there?
Jun-21-08  Resignation Trap: <<sitzkrieg>> <Unfortunately there is no english language game collection of him, is there?>

Wrong! See here: .

I found this caricature of Simagin by I. Sokolov: .

Jun-21-08  sitzkrieg: <Wrong! See here:; Thanks for the info. Decent prize too.

I believe a caricature like that is also in the German edition of Yudasin's and Kotovs chess in the ussr.

Jun-23-08  humangraymatter: There was a beatiful game Smagin made positional queen sac. and achieved an attacking position.And he won the game.Unfortunately I saw it many years ago and dont remember his opponents name.Does anyone knows such a game?He had white pieces

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  whiteshark: <humangraymatter>

Maybe it's Simagin vs Chistiakov, 1946 with

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where Simagin played <34.Rxd7>.

Jun-29-08  stanleys: I don't know why the following brilliancy of Simagin is not included in the databases.Unfortunately don't have the complete score

Vladimir Zagorovsky - Simagin

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.f3 Qb6 9.Bb3 Ng4 10.Na4 Nxe3 11.Nxb6

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11...Bxd4 12.Qe2 Bxb6 13.Kd2 Na5 14.h4 Nxb3+ 15.ab3 d5 16.h5 de4 17.hg6 fg6 18.Ra4 Bf5 19.g4 Rac8 20.c3 ef3 21.Qh2

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21...Nf1+ 22.Rxf1 Rcd8+ 23.Ke1 f2+ 24.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 25.Qxf2 Bxg4

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26.Qxf8+ Kxf8 27.Rxg4... and black eventually won the endgame

Jun-29-08  humangraymatter: <whiteshark> thanks.I was confused with the names Smagin and Simagin.I found that game: Smagin-Sahovic 1990.Really interesting game, I advice every chessfriend to look at it.Though that is not a subject related to this page it is a good one
Aug-22-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio in Russian:


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  wordfunph: "GM Vladimir Simagin was a hypochondriac and was constantly terrified of catching diseases. Once at a tournament in Sochi, the Black Sea resort town, he spent a day on the beach wrapped in a heavy leather coat. He also suffered from agoraphobia." (Source: Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein)

Happy Birthday GM Vladimir Simagin!

Jun-21-09  talisman: happy birthday.i wonder when and where about the picture? mighty big chess pieces.
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  offramp: He was an idealist.

Hence the phrase, "Simagin, all the people living life in peace..."

Nov-17-09  Red October: Simagin there were no end games...
it's easy if you try
No pawn promotion or captures
And Knights couldn't fly...

Simagin all the pieces...
Moving like they did in draughts

Ooh ooh oh oh..

They say I'm a GM
And I'm not the only one...

I hope some day Magnus wins it..
And the Champ will be one...

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  wordfunph: Tal-Simagin 23rd Soviet Championship Leningrad 1956:

The game started as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d6 and during the game, GM Vladimir Simagin joked to other players that he was too tired to push the d-pawn all the way to d5.

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  Benzol: I'm very pleased to announce that Game Collection: Vladimir Simagin is finally complete and ready for your enjoyment.
Jan-10-11  paavoh: @wordfunph: <...he spent a day on the beach wrapped in a heavy leather coat. He also suffered from agoraphobia>

How did he get on that beach?

Jun-21-11  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Simagin

SIMAGIN, Vladimir

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  Benzol: Good to see him as POTD.
Jan-27-12  stanleys: <i wonder when and where about the picture? mighty big chess pieces.>

Moscow championship,1949

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  wordfunph: Macauley Peterson on GM Vladimir Simagin..

<For artists, it is not only important to win, but to do so artistically. Each chess game is an opportunity for artistic expression. The Russian grandmaster Vladimir Simagin was one.>

Source: Chess Life February 2012

Jun-21-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Simagin, today you are remembered!


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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Simagin.
Feb-02-13  otto80:

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Simagin - Bronstein, Moscow 1947
1 Bg5!! h1(Q) 2 Qe8+ Kg7 3 Qg6+ Kf8 4 Qxf6+ Kg8 5 Qd8+ Kg7 6 Qe7+ Kg8 7 Qe8+ 1-0 the complete score of this game is lost

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  offramp: Here is something very odd, from the top of this page:

<NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?] Tolush vs Simagin, 1952 0-1
Panov vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 0-1
Neergard vs Simagin, 1965 0-1
G Barcza vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
G Fuster vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
Althausen vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
O Moiseev vs Simagin, 1951 0-1
Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 0-1
Spassky vs Simagin, 1961 0-1>

Something odd stands out a mile!

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  Benzol: <offramp> He plays really well with Black?
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  whiteshark: At the age of five Vladimir Pavlovich heard the doctor saying to his mother that he had a 'weak heart'. Thus he said each morning: <Oops, I'm still alive! It will probably be a very nice day!>

reported by Bent larsen in German chess magazine <Kaissiber>, issue 18 (March-June 2002), p.17

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