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Alexander Zaitsev
A Zaitsev 
Number of games in database: 191
Years covered: 1954 to 1971
Last FIDE rating: 2392
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +57 -41 =92 (54.2%)*
   * 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) 
    E21 E24 E40 E54 E42
 King's Indian (10) 
    E61 E77 E60
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D61 D55 D58 D57 D69
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E18 E12 E15 E14
 Bogo Indian (6) 
 Sicilian (6) 
    B48 B83 B40 B92 B97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B45 B32 B35 B23 B80
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B17 B15 B13 B10 B12
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D59 D50 D63 D57 D60
 English (7) 
    A14 A10
 Sicilian Taimanov (5) 
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C85 C86 C81 C63 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Zaitsev vs Krogius, 1962 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs V Shiyanovsky, 1962 1-0
   A Zaitsev vs Szily, 1969 1-0
   Averkin vs A Zaitsev, 1969 0-1
   A Zaitsev vs Polugaevsky, 1969 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs Furman, 1967 1-0
   Kholmov vs A Zaitsev, 1963 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs Khodos, 1962 1-0
   S Zhukhovitsky vs A Zaitsev, 1967 1/2-1/2
   A Zaitsev vs I Zaitsev, 1962 1-0

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 191  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Zaitsev vs Rokhlin 0-117 1954 Yaroslavl, USSRC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Gaiduk vs A Zaitsev 0-117 1958 Vladivostok (Russia)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Y Kotkov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½38 1961 Moscow (Russia)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. A Zaitsev vs Kholmov  ½-½13 1962 Spartak-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. B Levitas vs A Zaitsev 0-133 1962 Ch URSA04 Reti Opening
6. A Bannik vs A Zaitsev  0-128 1962 Spartak-chB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. Korchnoi vs A Zaitsev 1-029 1962 USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. A Zaitsev vs Savon ½-½30 1962 USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
9. A Novopashin vs A Zaitsev  1-051 1962 USSR ChampionshipC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
10. A Zaitsev vs I Zaitsev  1-041 1962 USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
11. Kholmov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½61 1962 USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. A Zaitsev vs Suetin ½-½64 1962 USSR ChampionshipA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
13. A Korelov vs A Zaitsev  ½-½42 1962 USSR ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. A Zaitsev vs A Bannik  ½-½18 1962 USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Spassky vs A Zaitsev  ½-½20 1962 USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Zaitsev vs Tal ½-½50 1962 USSR ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
17. E Mnatsakanian vs A Zaitsev 1-019 1962 USSR ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. A Zaitsev vs V Mikenas  ½-½29 1962 USSR ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Taimanov vs A Zaitsev  1-035 1962 USSR ChampionshipA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
20. A Zaitsev vs Khodos 1-031 1962 USSR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
21. Aronin vs A Zaitsev  1-031 1962 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. Stein vs A Zaitsev  ½-½51 1962 USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
23. A Zaitsev vs Krogius  ½-½16 1962 USSR ChampionshipE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
24. Y Kots vs A Zaitsev  1-031 1962 USSR ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. A Zaitsev vs V Shiyanovsky  1-050 1962 USSR 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.

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  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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