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Igor Bondarevsky
Number of games in database: 366
Years covered: 1936 to 1964
Overall record: +103 -97 =166 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D60 D56 D50 D55 D63
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A46 D02 E00 A45 A40
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E49 E20 E25 E48
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D85 D99 D80 D87 D95
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D30 D37 D06
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D12 D15 D13 D10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (45) 
    C18 C11 C04 C15 C17
 Orthodox Defense (22) 
    D58 D50 D59 D55 D69
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C72 C75 C92 C71 C99
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C04 C03 C09 C05 C07
 French Winawer (15) 
    C18 C15 C17
 French (12) 
    C11 C00 C12 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936 0-1
   Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1939 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1940 1/2-1/2
   Panov vs Bondarevsky, 1937 0-1
   Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs Lisitsin, 1940 1-0
   Bondarevsky vs Novopashin, 1963 1-0
   Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs V Mikenas, 1950 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1940)
   Hastings 1960/61 (1960)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   USSR Absolute Championship (1941)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   Moscow (1947)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship (1963)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1960/61 by Phony Benoni

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(born May-12-1913, died Jun-14-1979, 66 years old) Russia
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Igor Zakharovich Bondarevsky was born in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia. Awarded the GM title in 1950 and the Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (GMC) title in 1961, he was also an International Arbiter (1954). He finished 1st= with Andre Lilienthal in the USSR Championship of 1940 [rusbase-1] and qualified for the 1950 Candidates tournament but due to illness was unable to play. He played in nine USSR Championships between 1937 and 1963. Later he turned to writing, teaching and training and acted as Boris Spassky 's second in his World Title Matches against Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. His wife, Valentina Kozlovskaya, was one of the world's leading women players. He was an economist. He passed away in Piatigorsk in 1979.

Wikipedia article: Igor Bondarevsky

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 366  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-127 1936 LeningradA90 Dutch
2. A Budo vs Bondarevsky  ½-½48 1937 URS-ch10E16 Queen's Indian
3. Fine vs Bondarevsky 1-028 1937 MoscowA90 Dutch
4. Panov vs Bondarevsky 0-130 1937 X USSR Ch,C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
5. S Belavenets vs Bondarevsky  ½-½33 1937 URS-ch10C12 French, McCutcheon
6. Bondarevsky vs Lilienthal  ½-½28 1937 URS-ch10C53 Giuoco Piano
7. Levenfish vs Bondarevsky  ½-½55 1937 Ch URSA14 English
8. A Ebralidze vs Bondarevsky ½-½66 1937 URS-ch10A84 Dutch
9. Bondarevsky vs Alatortsev  0-134 1937 URS-ch10B72 Sicilian, Dragon
10. Bondarevsky vs Kasparian  1-024 1937 URS-ch10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. V Makogonov vs Bondarevsky  1-027 1937 URS-ch10E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
12. M Yudovich Sr. vs Bondarevsky  1-048 1937 URS-ch10E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
13. Kan vs Bondarevsky  1-054 1937 TbilisiC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
14. Bondarevsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-025 1937 URS-ch10A99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
15. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin  ½-½36 1937 URS-ch10D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Bondarevsky vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½30 1937 URS-ch10D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. I Rabinovich vs Bondarevsky  ½-½35 1937 URS-ch10D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. Bondarevsky vs Lisitsin  0-131 1937 URS-ch10B72 Sicilian, Dragon
19. Bondarevsky vs Chekhover 1-040 1937 URS-ch10E17 Queen's Indian
20. Bondarevsky vs Rauzer  1-030 1937 URS-ch10D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Bondarevsky vs Goglidze  ½-½27 1937 URS-ch10B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. A Budo vs Bondarevsky  ½-½42 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tolush vs Bondarevsky  ½-½22 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
24. Bondarevsky vs Abramian  1-061 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Botvinnik vs Bondarevsky ½-½22 1938 1/2 finalA56 Benoni Defense
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  Benzol: Igor Zakharovich Bondarevsky
Born 12th May 1913 in Rostov-on-the-Don
Died 14th June 1979 in Piatigorsk
Joint USSR champion in 1940 he was awarded his GM title in 1950 and CGM title in 1961.
Feb-12-05  dac1990: He was also Spassky's closest friend, whom he regarded as the father he never had.
May-24-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Igor's games:
Jul-17-05  calman543: What is the "GMC" title?
Jul-17-05  hintza: Grandmaster in Correspondence chess.
Dec-19-05  WhoKeres: I read somehwere where Bondarevsky's "illness" that prevented his playing in the 1950 Candidates Tournament was alcoholism. Can anyone support or refute this claim? Thanks.
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  dakgootje: HUGE differance in age with his wife! If the information of both birthdays (and year) is right, he played his first game (well here his first game, not the first one of his least i guess ;-) 2 years before she even was being born (probably wrong tense, but who cares...)!!!!!!
Dec-26-05  szunzein: spassky had parted with bondarevsky before his match against fischer in 1972 (not that it would have changed the outcome, but it didn't help)
Dec-26-05  chesscrazy: <dakgootje> That was very confusing, but...okay. At least I understood (not understand) what you were talking about.
May-12-06  BIDMONFA: Igor Bondarevsky


May-14-06  DeepBlade: Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst (D58)
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  Gypsy: Bondarevsky-Ufimcev, 1936; <1...Bg2?> and White wins:

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This comes from the same 1936 1st-Class-Player Tournament that saw Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936. After Ufimcev blundered by playing the 'natural' <1...Bg2?>, Bondarevsky won thus: 2.Rh8+ Kf7 3.Be8+!! Nxe8 4.Kg5!...

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  wordfunph: 5 long years without any kibz here..

"What can one say about Tal? His aggressive style is well known throughout the chess world ...he plays quickly and easily. When the situation on the board heats up, he circles around the table like a vulture."

- GM Igor Bondarevsky (from the book The Magic of Tal)

Jul-11-11  HeMateMe: Bondarevsky trained Spassky. How many drunks can say that? certainly not the ones wearing Mets or Man U T-shirts.
Aug-21-12  Everett: Dec-26-05    <szunzein: spassky had parted with bondarevsky before his match against fischer in 1972 (not that it would have changed the outcome, but it didn't help)>

Had not realized this. How did it all go down?

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  OhioChessFan: Keres certainly thought a lot of him. Here's his assessment of the WC situation in 1941:

<Of course, it is possible that besides the seven contenders who have been in the forefront now for several years, new ones may soon appear. A step forward in this direction was marked by the last championship of the USSR. Bondarevsky, Lilienthal and Smyslov have shown themselves as masters seriously to be reckoned with. But it would be premature immediately after a first success to place any master in the group of championship candidates.>

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May-12-13  tjipa: Bondarevsky - 100 years anniversary today!
Dec-29-13  zydeco: <WhoKeres> Not so! According to Averbakh, the Soviets wanted to keep Trifunovic out of the tournament in the midst of the USSR-Yugoslavia fallout, so they 'sacrificed' Bondarevsky, claiming that he had an illness, and persuaded FIDE to drop Trifunovic to keep numbers even. In return, Bondarevsky was allowed to travel to Budapest as a spectator. There's an implication that Bondarevsky was in political disfavor - he had been behind enemy lines in Rostov during the war and played a match with the Romanian Troianescu.
Oct-29-14  ljfyffe: Bondarevsky was part of the Russian team that won the 1958-1961 CC Olympiad III.
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