|Dec-22-04|| ||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: http://www.wtharvey.com/bond.html|
|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.|
|Dec-26-05|| ||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...)!!!!!!|
|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|
BONDAREVSKY, Igor Z.
|May-14-06|| ||DeepBlade: Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst (D58)|
|May-20-06|| ||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!...
|Jul-11-11|| ||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?
|Nov-12-12|| ||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.>
|Jan-06-13|| ||OhioChessFan: http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreatio...|
|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.|
|May-29-15|| ||zydeco: His games are really fun to play through -- there's a spirit of adventure with him and an approach where he seeks out complications without knowing necessarily if the position is better for him or for his opponent. |
Interesting article about him: http://otiosechessnotes.blogspot.co...
I was surprised to read that he was a "sincere anti-Semite" and that some of his attitudes were passed on to Spassky as well. Curious if anybody can corroborate this?
|May-12-16|| ||Sally Simpson: What a shame, player of the day and not one post.
Igor Bondarevsky was one of the 'Glorious 27' the first players to be awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE in 1950.
The 27 were:
This next group were deemed past their best but as they were still alive and in the past had demonstrated their great skill at the game they too were awarded the International Grandmaster title.
Good title for a book that one 'The Glorious 27'.
A brief bio followed by two what you consider are the best games by each player (one with White, one with Black.) 54 games.
No cheating you must make them pre-1950 games. Should be good fun researching and awaiting you are all those games by players whose games you have rarely played over. You might find a hidden or forgotten gem.
I'd first seek out their obituaries, usually this is accompanied with a good game they have played.
Send it to Edward Winter to proof read and you are on a winner.
|Aug-31-17|| ||Cibator: <Good title for a book that one 'The Glorious 27'.>
As long as people don't think it refers to the notorious "27 Club".|
Incidentally, that photo of Igor B at the Bidmonfa site makes him look rather like a Kray* brother. And wasn't he supposed to have been a high-ranking KGB officer? Definitely not one to mess with!
*The Kray twins were much-feared London gangsters in the 1950s and 60s.
|Mar-30-18|| ||morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Add 'Super Nez' and you get "The Glorious 28'|
A pity only 366 games remain for Bondarevsky. What a brilliant player!
|Mar-30-18|| ||Marmot PFL: Spassky was coached by Bondarevsky in the period of his rise to winning the world championship. Bondarevsky is credited with providing Spassky the necessary stability to achieve the highest honors. ””Bondarevsky did a lot not only for my chess knowledge and understanding of positions, but also for my character. I admired him less as a grandmaster than I did Tolush. Bondarevsky used to be a combination player, but then he decided to become like Capablanca and now his chess is rather dull. But when I first got to know him well, I was drawn to him, felt a great respect and saw that this man was a very interesting man.”|