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Alexander Zaitsev
A Zaitsev 
Number of games in database: 193
Years covered: 1954 to 1971
Last FIDE rating: 2392
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +58 -41 =93 (54.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E24 E21 E40 E58 E42
 King's Indian (10) 
    E61 E77 E60
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E12 E16 E14 E18
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 D02 E10 A40 E00
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D61 D58 D63 D55 D69
 Bogo Indian (6) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B45 B32 B23 B80 B27
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B17 B13 B15 B12 B10
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D59 D50 D63 D57 D60
 English (7) 
    A14 A10
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C86 C81 C85 C80 C82
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Zaitsev vs V Shiyanovsky, 1962 1-0
   A Zaitsev vs Szily, 1969 1-0
   A Zaitsev vs Tal, 1962 1/2-1/2
   Bisguier vs A Zaitsev, 1971 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs Krogius, 1962 1/2-1/2
   Murey vs A Zaitsev, 1970 0-1
   Averkin vs A Zaitsev, 1969 0-1
   A Zaitsev vs Polugaevsky, 1969 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs I Zaitsev, 1962 1-0
   A Zaitsev vs S Zhukhovitsky, 1969 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   Alexander Zaitsev's games by zzzzzzzzzzzz

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(born Jun-15-1935, died Oct-31-1971, 36 years old) Russia

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Alexander Nikolayevich Zaitsev was born in Vladivostok, Russia (formerly the USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1965 and the GM title in 1967, he finished 1st= with Lev Polugaevsky in the 1968-69 USSR Championship but lost the play-off. He shared 1st place at Sochi in 1967.

Sadly he died from a thrombosis after an operation to correct a limp in 1971.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Zaitsev (chess player)

Last updated: 2016-11-01 04:31:59

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 193  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rokhlin vs A Zaitsev 0-1171954YaroslavlC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Gaiduk vs A Zaitsev 0-1171958VladivostokD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Y Kotkov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½381961Moscow (Russia)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. B Levitas vs A Zaitsev 0-1331962Ch URSA04 Reti Opening
5. A Bannik vs A Zaitsev  0-1281962Spartak-chB32 Sicilian
6. A Zaitsev vs Kholmov  ½-½131962Spartak-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Korchnoi vs A Zaitsev 1-0291962USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. A Zaitsev vs Savon ½-½301962USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
9. A Novopashin vs A Zaitsev  1-0511962USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
10. A Zaitsev vs I Zaitsev  1-0411962USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
11. Kholmov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½611962USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. A Zaitsev vs Suetin ½-½641962USSR ChampionshipA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
13. A Korelov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½421962USSR ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. A Zaitsev vs A Bannik  ½-½181962USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Spassky vs A Zaitsev ½-½201962USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Zaitsev vs Tal ½-½501962USSR ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
17. E Mnatsakanian vs A Zaitsev 1-0191962USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. A Zaitsev vs V Mikenas  ½-½291962USSR ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Taimanov vs A Zaitsev  1-0351962USSR ChampionshipA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
20. A Zaitsev vs Khodos 1-0311962USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
21. Aronin vs A Zaitsev  1-0311962USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Stein vs A Zaitsev  ½-½511962USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
23. A Zaitsev vs Krogius  ½-½161962USSR ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Y Kots vs A Zaitsev  1-0311962USSR ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. A Zaitsev vs V Shiyanovsky  1-0501962USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
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Jun-15-06  Prugno: <DeepBlade> Sorry to disappoint you, but that is GM Igor Zaitsev, Karpov's second for a long time, inventor of many great ideas - not only in the openings - and fortunately still alive. Alexander Zaitsev was a brilliant player, but more of a practical one, so I don't think he has any new variations bearing his name.
Jun-16-06  DeepBlade:

The Zaitsev Variation of The Ruy Lopez.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Bb7
The Zaitsev Variation of The Ruy Lopez

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3

Apr-24-09  stanleys: Another pic of him:
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  Phony Benoni: Just for the record, <BIDMONFA>'s picture of Zaitsev is actually one of Salo Flohr.
Jun-13-09  myschkin: . . .

plus <BID> should submit his pic via the the Spanish fed a tiempo!

Jun-13-09  WhiteRook48: <DeepBlade> doesn't the Zaitsev continue 9...Bb7 10 d4 Re8?
Jun-15-09  WhiteRook48: player of the day again?!
Jun-15-10  mercurio3: Jun-15-06 BIDMONFA: Alexander Zaitsev
ZAITSEV, Alexander

En efecto, la foto no es de Zaitsev, sino de Flohr.

Nov-28-10  I play the Fred: Eugene Torre is cited as the first Asian GM but the distinction should rightfully go to Zaitsev, born and raised in Vladivostok, in Asian Russia.
Nov-28-10  BobCrisp: He could have been born in a stable, but that wouldn't have made him a horse.
Nov-28-10  I play the Fred: So a person from Asia wasn't Asian then, Bob? I don't understand how Zaitsev doesn't count.
Nov-28-10  BobCrisp: Does he look Asian to you? (assuming that's him).
Nov-28-10  I play the Fred: No, but I don't think that his appearance has anything to do with his point of origin.

If they had called Zaitsev the first black GM, well, that would be nonsense. But he <is> from Asia.

Nov-28-10  BobCrisp: He's from Asia but he's not Asian.
Nov-28-10  I play the Fred: I see what you're saying, but I read the phrase "Asia's first GM" as referencing the region, not the player's ethnic background. I suppose <> decides this by ethnicity, not regionally.
Nov-28-10  BobCrisp: Is <Nakamura> America's first Asian GM?
Nov-28-10  I play the Fred: I don't know. But the bio wasn't phrased "Torre is the Phillipine's first Asian GM" - it only stated Asian, which to me implies the entire continent.
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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Zaitsev.
Feb-12-16  ughaibu: <He's from Asia but he's not Asian.>

Here's a page of images of Vladivostok natives: Are we really supposed to believe that whether any particular native is Asian or not, is decided by some arbitrary notion based on their looks?

What then, apply the standard to Americans? So, Fischer was European. Sorry yanks, maybe you'll have a world champion from the Cherokee, some time.

May-02-16  Howard: The May issue of "Chess Monthly" has a letter from someone in Toledo pointing out that Alexander Zaitsev--not Torre, as an earlier issue stated--was Asia's first grandmaster.
Sep-30-16  Howard: And "Chess Monthly" just repeated the error in its latest issue!

They at least ran a letter that I wrote to them about it, in their May issue.

Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Alexander Zaitsev.
Apr-15-17  Howard: Zaitsev was Asia's first grandmaster---not Torre!

This myth has been going on for way too long!

Premium Chessgames Member
  joeyj: I think it is more of FIDE designation to what Zone a country belongs. We have ZONAL events and as far as Asian Chess Championship is concerned: The Asian Chess Championship is a chess tournament open to all players from Asian chess federations (FIDE zones from 3.1 to 3.7).

And Russia (Zone 1.6) where Alexander Zaitsev belongs is not a member of Asian Chess but of Europe or European Chess Union. Europe do have European Chess Championships where Russian players participates.

Premium Chessgames Member
  joeyj: And how will you contest it when FIDE itself confirms that ... "Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines, will be given a special “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication and commitment to chess and his stellar record."

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