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Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev
Number of games in database: 329
Years covered: 1960 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2361 (2369 rapid, 2374 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490

Overall record: +67 -110 =140 (43.2%)*
   * 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 (58) 
    B31 B47 B40 B46 B30
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C92 C91 C93 C78 C67
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C92 C93 C91 C87 C84
 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 C69 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C92 C84 C85 C90 C89
 King's Indian (37) 
    E62 E97 E83 E84 E60
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (11) 
    C85 C69 C68
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B17 B15 B14
 Two Knights (6) 
    C55 C57 C56
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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
   I Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 1-0
   Estrin vs I Zaitsev, 1969 0-1
   Tal vs I Zaitsev, 1968 0-1
   I Zaitsev vs J Pokojowczyk, 1976 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs Y Sakharov, 1968 1-0
   I Zaitsev vs Gurgenidze, 1968 1/2-1/2
   G Titov vs I Zaitsev, 1991 0-1
   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, 80 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 329  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. L Shamkovich vs I Zaitsev  1-0411964Ch MoscowC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Simagin vs I Zaitsev  ½-½251964Ch MoscowE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
25. I Zaitsev vs Ravinsky  1-0421964Ch MoscowC26 Vienna
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  Vischer: Was it him or Alexander Zaitsev who was Karpov's teacher?
Mar-29-04  Taidanii: I doubt this man was Karpov's teacher.
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  Vischer: One of the Zaitsevs was Karpov's teacher. Igor or Alexander, I don't know which one though.
Mar-29-04  Taidanii: I think this man would be too young to be Karpov's teacher.
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  Vischer: maybe its alexander zaitsev then.
Mar-29-04  Kenkaku: Best known for the Ruy Lopez, Closed, Flohr-Zaitsev.
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  Vischer: what is the Flohr-Zaitsev in the RLC?
Apr-19-04  WMD: Igor Zaitsev was Karpov's long time second, not his teacher. He was renowned as a very strong analyst. Ray Keene dubbed him a 'tactical maniac'.
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: <Vischer> 1. e4 e5 2. Mf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3 Bb7
Apr-19-04  WMD: <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 Bb7>

GM Andy Soltis: "The real point lies in Black's next move, 10...Re8. For decades it was thought that Black could not move his Rook from f8 until he had disposed of White's possible reply Ng5!. It was to stop the Knight move that Smyslov had championed 9...h6 (and also 9...Qd7 so that he could meet a later Re8/Ng5 with ...Nd8!?).

10.d4 Re8

"Now on 11.Ng5 Black will simply retreat his Rook to f8. Efforts have been made to find something useful for White to do after 11.Ng5 Rf8 but 12.f4 exf4 13.Bxf4 appears too risky because of 13...Na5 14.Bc2 Nd5! attacking the f4-Bishop and g5-Knight.

"Before Igor Zaitsev introduced this wrinkle, 11...Rf8, in the mid-1970s it was believed that Black had to play something like 10...exd4 11.cxd4 Na5 12.Bc2 d5 with complications after the gambit continuation 13.e5 Ne4."

One drawback of the Zaitsev is that it practically allows White a draw by repetition if so desired: Ng5-Rf8-Nf3-Re8-Ng5 etc.

The 1990 WC match between Kasparov and Karpov saw the discussion of the Zaitsev taken to its zenith. Karpov employed it in games 2, 4, 20 and 22, scoring =2 -2.

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  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

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  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Zaitsev!


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  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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