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Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev
Number of games in database: 331
Years covered: 1960 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2361 (2369 rapid, 2374 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490

Overall record: +68 -110 =141 (43.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B31 B47 B40 B46 B89
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C92 C93 C91 C87 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C92 C93 C91 C87 C98
 French Defense (19) 
    C02 C11 C15
 Sicilian Taimanov (12) 
    B47 B46 B48 B45
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B10 B13 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C92 C84 C85 C90 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C92 C84 C85 C90 C87
 King's Indian (37) 
    E62 E97 E83 E60 E84
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (11) 
    C85 C69 C68
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B17 B15 B14
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D58 D50 D54 D61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966 1/2-1/2
   Apartsev vs I Zaitsev, 1963 0-1
   Estrin vs I Zaitsev, 1969 0-1
   I Zaitsev vs NN, 1970 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs J Pokojowczyk, 1976 1-0
   Tal vs I Zaitsev, 1968 0-1
   I Zaitsev vs Y Sakharov, 1969 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs V Storozhenko, 1970 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs Taimanov, 1969 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1967)

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(born May-27-1938, 81 years old) Russia

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Igor Arkadyevich Zaitsev was born in Ramenskoe, Russia (formerly USSR). He was Moscow Champion in 1969 and awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1976.

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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 331  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Zaitsev vs Spassky 1-023196028th USSR Ch Semi-finalD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. I Zaitsev vs Taimanov  0-1371962USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Khodos vs I Zaitsev  ½-½421962USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
4. I Zaitsev vs Aronin  ½-½241962USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. A Zaitsev vs I Zaitsev  1-0411962USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. I Zaitsev vs Krogius  ½-½281962USSR ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Y Kots vs I Zaitsev  ½-½241962USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. I Zaitsev vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½171962USSR ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
9. Korchnoi vs I Zaitsev 1-0441962USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. I Zaitsev vs Savon 0-1411962USSR ChampionshipB07 Pirc
11. A Novopashin vs I Zaitsev  ½-½291962USSR ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. I Zaitsev vs Stein 0-1351962USSR ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. I Zaitsev vs Kholmov  0-1291962USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Suetin vs I Zaitsev ½-½691962USSR ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
15. I Zaitsev vs A Korelov 1-0631962USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
16. A Bannik vs I Zaitsev  1-0411962USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
17. I Zaitsev vs Spassky 0-1241962USSR ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. Tal vs I Zaitsev  ½-½491962USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. I Zaitsev vs E Mnatsakanian  ½-½301962USSR ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. V Mikenas vs I Zaitsev  ½-½541962USSR ChampionshipA25 English
21. Apartsev vs I Zaitsev 0-1171963MoscowC57 Two Knights
22. I Zaitsev vs Bagirov  0-1401963Alma AtaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. I Zaitsev vs Vasiukov  ½-½591964Moscow-chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. I Zaitsev vs Ravinsky  1-0421964Moscow-chC26 Vienna
25. L Shamkovich vs I Zaitsev  1-0411964Moscow-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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May-04-05  Catfriend: There is a splendid queen-sac by I.Zaitsev absent in the db. I'm trying to locate and submit it. I mean the one where black's king gets killed on b6, with his pawns behind him, two black knights on a5,b5, and the white knights on a4, b4 do the mate.
May-26-06  BIDMONFA: Igor A Zaitsev


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  brankat: Igor A.Zaitsev has been better known as an analyst/second than as a practical player. Worked as one of A.Karpov's seconds.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Zaitsev!
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary. >

-- Igor Zaitsev

May-27-09  WhiteRook48: invented the Zaitsev variation?
May-27-09  fref: Yep, for sure.
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  wordfunph: "Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary."

GM Igor Zaitsev

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  Fusilli: Are Igor and Alexander Zaitsev unrelated? They were born three years apart, but in different cities.
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  Dionysius1: <Wordfunph>. There's a man who doesn't do much computer based preparation perhaps? Top GMs say computer analysis teaches them new things about technique. Wish Zaitsev were right though.
Mar-23-12  stanleys: Very strong analyst,creative player with lot of interesting ideas in the openings (Karpov used many of them!)One of the most famous could be seen here

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978

Zaitsev worked with Petrossian as well in 1970-71

May-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Zaitsev!


May-27-12  talisman: happy birthday...korchnoi called your knight suggestion(game 10 or 11) vs karpov a "move you see once in a 100 years."
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  GrahamClayton: <Catfriend>,
There is a splendid queen-sac by I.Zaitsev absent in the db. I'm trying to locate and submit it. I mean the one where black's king gets killed on b6, with his pawns behind him, two black knights on a5,b5, and the white knights on a4, b4 do the mate.

Here is the game in question:
[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Round "1"]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[White "Zaitsev, Igor A"]
[Black "Storozhenko, Viktor"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.♗c4 cxb2 6.♗xb2 ♗b4+ 7.♘c3 ♘ge7 8.♘g5 ♘e5 9.♕h5 g6 10.♕h6 ♘xc4 11.♕g7 ♖f8 12.♘xh7 ♘c6 13.♘f6+ ♔e7 14.O-O-O ♗a3 15.♘cd5+ ♔e6 16.♘f4+ ♔e7 17.♘xg6+ ♔e6 18.♘f4+ ♔e7 19.♘4d5+ ♔e6

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20. ♕g4+ ♔d6 21. e5+ ♔c5 22. ♗xa3+ ♘xa3 23. ♘e4+ ♔b5 24. ♘ec3+ ♔a6 25. ♕a4+ ♘a5 26. ♕b5+ ♘xb5 27. ♘b4+ ♔b6 28. ♘a4#

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I have uploaded the game to the database.

Jun-20-13  jerseybob: There was a Zaitsev - forget his first name - attached to the Soviet embassy in D.C. back in the 60's, not in the league of Igor and Alex, but a strong master who played in several local tourneys.
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  Phony Benoni: <jerseybob> USCF rating lists beginning in 1965 have <Lev Zaitsev>, first from DC, then from Virginia, rated in the 2150-2250 range.
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  perfidious: Here is another diplomat who was a strong player (over 2300 back in the 1970s): Valentin Prahov.
Jun-24-13  jerseybob: Yes, Lev Zaitsev. That's the name I was looking for. I tried cross-referencing him in this database against various D.C.-area players of that era but found not a single sample of his play, even though many lesser players are represented numerous times.
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  offramp: I'll always be grateful to Igot Zaitsev for bringing some life to the Closed Spanish. Young players may have no idea how dull the Spanish Inquisition was. It became calcinated to an alarming degree; 20 opening moves were rattled out in minutes.
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  ketchuplover: Spend your $5000 wisely
Oct-10-14  Everett: Something in his bio on his work with Karpov and opening contributions would be most welcome.
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  TheFocus: <Many years experience in analysis have convinced me that in balanced, tense positions there cannot be more than one path to victory> - Igor Zaitsev.
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  TheFocus: <Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary> - Igor Zaitsev.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Igor Zaitsev.
Jul-26-17  Eagle41257: Coach of Tigran Petrosyan, Lev Polugaevsky in the matches of the Candidates, Anatoly Karpov in the matches for the world championship since 1978. He was second in 17 world championship matches, including 7 matches directly for the chess crown. As a coach he worked in a number of foreign countries. Honored coach of FIDE (2006). He has been working as a coach at the Karpov School since 1991.
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