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Josif Yefimovich Vatnikov
Number of games in database: 19
Years covered: 1949 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2316
Overall record: +3 -10 =6 (31.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-16-1923, died May-08-2013, 90 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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He was an International Master.

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Simagin vs J Vatnikov  ½-½561949URS-ch sfC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. J Vatnikov vs Furman  0-1281949URS-ch sfA15 English
3. Chekhover vs J Vatnikov  ½-½321949URS-ch sfA10 English
4. Dus Chotimirsky vs J Vatnikov 1-0351949URS-ch sfA06 Reti Opening
5. J Vatnikov vs A Bannik  ½-½421949URS-ch sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. Geller vs J Vatnikov 1-0171950URS-ch sfB89 Sicilian
7. Y Sakharov vs J Vatnikov 1-0271950URS-ch sfC58 Two Knights
8. A Roshal vs J Vatnikov  0-1421964Burevestnik CC-chC77 Ruy Lopez
9. A Roshal vs J Vatnikov  ½-½411964URSA07 King's Indian Attack
10. J Vatnikov vs Karpov  ½-½91968Moscow University ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
11. J Lechtynsky vs J Vatnikov  1-0491985BohemiansA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J Ambroz vs J Vatnikov  0-1771985BohemiansC77 Ruy Lopez
13. M S Tseitlin vs J Vatnikov  1-0571985BohemiansC26 Vienna
14. K Mokry vs J Vatnikov  ½-½181985BohemiansC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
15. G Alexopoulos vs J Vatnikov  1-0331993New York openC44 King's Pawn Game
16. J Vatnikov vs Yermolinsky  0-1361993New York openB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. S Mohandesi vs J Vatnikov  1-0241993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. J Vatnikov vs Gurgenidze  0-1391995Wch Seniors 05thB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. J Vatnikov vs P Sciacca  1-036199737th Western Mass ChB03 Alekhine's Defense
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  Stonehenge: Obituary:

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  whiteshark: <Josef's site>:

<The essay on chess>

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  perfidious: Vatnikov was Steven Winer 's coach in the late 1990s.
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  whiteshark: Josef was an obscure international chess master whom my readers can be forgiven if they had never heard of. I certainly had never heard of Vatnikov before this weekend (except perhaps for a Geller-miniature where Josef was crushed in 17-moves Geller vs J Vatnikov, 1950). But Vatnikov was much more than a mere chess player, he was a multi-talented individual. Born in the Ukraine, he enlisted in the Red Army at age 18 and fought as a paratrooper.

Surviving the war, Josef became a Doctor of Law. A journalist. For more than a quarter of a century he was also the Chief Coach at the Moscow State University before moving to the ‘States. Josef’s rich legacy is an amazing website and an equally amazing book, ESSAY ON CHESS which deals with episodes from his colourful life…

Kevin Praggett

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  perfidious: Until Vatnikov moved to western Massachusetts and became, as noted above, Steven Winer's coach, the only way I knew of him was the miniature he lost to Geller, mentioned by Botvinnik in his 1947-70 collection of games.

We met in the 1993 Vermont championship, my only loss in that event, in an Advance French.

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