Number of games in database: 354
Years covered: 1936 to 1964
Overall record: +97 -94 =163 (50.4%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
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.
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 life...at least i guess ;-) 2 years before she even was being born (probably wrong tense, but who cares...)!!!!!!
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!...
"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)
<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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