|Jan-09-05|| ||dac1990: This guy was on Spassky's 1972 team. He wasn't there for his chess talent --he was only an IM -- and instead was there for his talent with a tennis racket. He was Spassky's "physical trainer". |
|Jan-09-05|| ||MoonlitKnight: I didn't know Spassky hung out with patzers. |
|Jul-02-05|| ||aw1988: Nei! Nei! Nei! Nei!|
|Jul-02-05|| ||farrooj: Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnni! I meant to say Nei but it came out wrong.|
is 2500, really "patzer"? He might have some good psychological advice. You can always learn new things from just about anybody
|Jul-05-05|| ||Honza Cervenka: <Spassky hung out with patzers> Nei tied for the first place with Keres at Beverwijk Hoogovens tournament in 1964 (11,5/15), ahead of crowd included Larsen, Ivkov, Portisch, Filip or Parma. In 1960s and early 1970s he was in 100 or even 50 best in the world. To call him "patzer" is a little bit inept.|
|Oct-31-06|| ||WannaBe: We are the Iivo who says Nei!|
|Oct-31-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Iivo Nei|
|Oct-31-06|| ||Legend: <BIDMONFA> His name is Iivo, not Livo.|
|Oct-27-07|| ||PAWNTOEFOUR: well if 2500's a patzer,i guess i'm only half a patzer then|
|Aug-18-08|| ||myschkin: . . .
|Aug-18-08|| ||Jason Frost: The best coach/second isn't always the best player, e.g. Dvoretsky was an IM.|
|Mar-02-09|| ||eternaloptimist: <Jason Frost The best coach/second isn't always the best player, e.g. Dvoretsky was an IM.> That's definitely true. Except that Dvoretsky still IS an IM. Dvoretsky probably could have become a GM eventually, but he wanted to concentrate on being a trainer. I don't know what the case w/ IM Nei never becoming a GM is. Maybe he wasn't good enough tactically or didn't have quite enough drive. These are probably the 2 most common reasons for an IM never becoming a GM. There must have been some good reasons for Spassky choosing Nei as a second...perhaps for his knowledge of the openings, strategy? I'm not sure. Also, <myschkin> that's a cool picture of Nei & Karpov by a bust of Keres in Estonia. Thanks for the link!|
|Apr-20-09|| ||Raisin Death Ray: I come from Alabama with a banjo on my Nei!|
|Apr-20-09|| ||blacksburg: this guy has more than twice as many vowels than consonants in his name. that's gotta be some kind of record.|
almost as many vowels as Max Euoeuoeoeuowe.
|Apr-20-09|| ||Calli: I met his sisters Sequoia and Eunoia. :->|
|Apr-20-09|| ||Jim Bartle: Then maybe they should meet Lilit Mkrtchian|
|Apr-15-10|| ||BIDMONFA: Iivo Nei|
Legend, thank you.
|Sep-20-11|| ||Granny O Doul: This guy was once a clue/answer in the NY Times crossword (something like "Chessmaster Ivo" or "Chessmaster Nei"). Tal (especially) and Keres are fairly common crossword answers, but I can't think of many others.|
|Apr-12-12|| ||Llawdogg: This guy beat Petrosian with a beautiful queen sacrifice in 1960 that Tigran never saw coming. So, he had better tactical vision than a world champion on at least one occasion.|
|Apr-20-15|| ||Caissanist: In M60MG, Fischer credits Nei with an opening improvement in the Sicilian Dragon that helped him beat Reshevsky (Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961).|
|Apr-27-16|| ||diagonal: Biography: http://www.esbl.ee/biograafia/Iivo_...
As titleless player, Nei won at his first participation the prestigious Beverwijk Hoogovens 1964, joint with Keres, ahead of many elite top players, Portisch was third, Ivkov fourth, Larsen joint fiftht, Donner joint tenth (since 1968 this tournament is held at Wijk aan Zee, today billed as Tata Steel).
Nei got the IM for this really big tournament triumph at Beverwijk, but never was awarded the Grandmaster title nor the GM honorary title, in retrospective being a top-100 player according to chessmetrics rating (historical ELO by SONAS) from 1960 to 1978. Nei was best-ranked on position 21.
USSR Junior Champion in 1948 (joint with Viktor Korchnoi who won already in 1947, both born in 1931).
Iivo Nei will celebrate his 85th anniversary in coming October, high time for a picture of him, dear chessgames, and many thanks,
rather recent picture: http://rus.delfi.ee/sport/muudalad/...
picture from 1966 (at his second and last invitation / nomination for Beverwijk, finishing as sole 5th out of 16 players, Polugaevsky won): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iivo_...
|Aug-10-16|| ||zydeco: There's a new interview out with Boris Spassky where he accuses Nei of spying for the Americans while part of Spassky's camp in the Fischer match. Does anybody know if there's any truth to this? The accusation is that Nei was secretly working on a book with Robert Byrne - Spassky doesn't directly say, or even really imply, that Byrne then passed on info to Fischer. Still, Spassky was clearly very pissed off about it - and is fully convinced of Nei's perfidy many years later. If it's true, it's a startling thing - a big risk for Nei to take (passing secret Soviet material to Americans); and it implies that Fischer may have had some inside information on Spassky's preparation.|
|Aug-10-16|| ||TheFocus: Didn't Byrne and Nei do a book about the match?
I doubt that this is true. Bobby wouldn't have trusted the Soviets anyway.