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Anatolij Bannik
Number of games in database: 437
Years covered: 1949 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 2175
Overall record: +133 -106 =198 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-07-1921, died Jan-19-2013, 91 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Germany)

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Anatoly Aleksandrovich Bannik was born in Kiev. A five-time Ukrainian champion, he qualified for the Soviet Chess Championship final seven times, with his best finish being =7th-8th in 1962. He was of GM strength according to Chessmetrics (, with a peak rating of 2640 and #33 in the world (December-1950).

Bannik died on January 19, 2013.

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Bannik

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 437  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sokolsky vs A Bannik  ½-½551949URS-ch sfE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Podolny vs A Bannik  ½-½431949URS-ch sfA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Bannik vs V Mikenas  ½-½641949URS-ch sfB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
4. Furman vs A Bannik  0-1651949URS-ch sfE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
5. A Bannik vs Chekhover 1-0691949URS-ch sfB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
6. N Aratovsky vs A Bannik  0-1381949URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. A Bannik vs I Vistaneckis  ½-½581949URS-ch sfB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. A Bannik vs Byvshev  1-0561949URS-ch sfB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. A Arulaid vs A Bannik  0-1751949URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
10. Dus Chotimirsky vs A Bannik 1-0291949URS-ch sfA09 Reti Opening
11. N Kopaev vs A Bannik  ½-½611949URS-ch sfA13 English
12. D Rovner vs A Bannik  ½-½311949URS-ch sfE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
13. A Bannik vs V G Kirillov  0-1611949URS-ch sfB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. A Bannik vs Bastrikov  1-0491949URS-ch sfB08 Pirc, Classical
15. A Bannik vs B Ratner  ½-½191949URS-ch sfB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
16. A Bannik vs Simagin 1-0561949VilniusC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. J Vatnikov vs A Bannik  ½-½421949URS-ch sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. V Mikenas vs A Bannik  0-14819501/2 finalA25 English
19. A Bannik vs E Zagorjansky  1-0311950URS-ch sfC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. A Bannik vs L Shamkovich 1-0461950Ch URS (1/2 final)B24 Sicilian, Closed
21. Flohr vs A Bannik  0-1381950Ch URS (1/2 final)E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
22. A Bannik vs A Konstantinov ½-½301951URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
23. Ravinsky vs A Bannik  0-1311951URS-ch sfD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
24. A Bannik vs Petrosian 1-0301951URS-chTE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
25. A Bannik vs Novotelnov 0-1371951URS-chTD89 Grunfeld
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-26-04  Giancarlo: He beat Tal in a very impressive game!

Bannik vs Tal, 1958

Jun-03-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Anatoly's games:
Jun-03-05  blackjacki2: im a fan of your site harvey
Feb-05-06  Resignation Trap: For many years, Bannik had always placed a large apple beside his board. When the position became completely clear, he took a knife, cut up the apple, and consumed it with a good appetite.

But on one occasion Bannik did not manage to eat his apple: Bannik vs Petrosian, 1961 .

Jun-11-06  sixfeetunder: was he often banned?
May-11-08  eremite: Bannik was the Champion of Ukraine 5 times. He was living in Germany since late 90th, but I do not know if he is alive now
Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .

Nov-19-11  Xeroxx: still alive??
Jan-21-13  stanleys: Anatoly Bannik has died on 19 January 2013. R.I.P
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  plang: According to British Chess Magazine during his career Bannik beat Petrosian and Stein twice each and Spassky, Korchnoi, Tal, Kotov and Furman once each.
Mar-27-13  Gottschalk: R.I.P. GM Bannik .
Mar-28-13  The Last Straw: RIP Bannik.
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  wordfunph: rest in peace, Master Bannik.
Jun-10-13  Conrad93: Five time Ukrainian Chess Champion. Very impressive.
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  perfidious: A five-time Ukrainian champion is 'very impressive' according to our great historian <Conrad>, yet this poster refers to top GMs such as Ivanchuk in stridently negative terms.
Jun-10-13  dx9293: <perfidious> Yes, this is very strange!

Of course, Bannik was a VERY strong player. But I don't get <Conrad93>'s bashing of Ivanchuk and other greats.

Care to explain, <Conrad93>?

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  perfidious: <dx9293> It is regrettable, but there have been others in these parts who have felt the need to indulge themselves in the same way.

In a way, glad I was no more than an occasional poster in the days of the constant references to 'Drawnik' and never would have wished to become part of that mess, because if I had, some posters of the time would have got an earful, and I, likely banned.

Jun-10-13  Everyone: Sometimes a little brain damage can help.
Sep-27-13  zydeco: Bronstein calls him "a man of a very cold temperament " (200 Open Games)
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  whiteshark: R.I.P.
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  Petrosianic: What's the point of ripping every dead player in the database? Is it just a way of increasing post count without saying anything, or does it serve some kind of purpose?
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  OhioChessFan: <Petrosianic: Is it just a way of increasing post count without saying anything>

Yeah, much like saying Happy Birthday or RIP to people long dead.

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  whiteshark: <Petrosianic> Fair questions! It was only yesterday that I've found this link from where I selected all of my compatriots. I updated their biographical dates if necessary and had a commemorative minute of silence (and thus a post) for them. No more, no less.

I wish you all the very best!

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  offramp: RIP, Fredric Brandt.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Anatolij Bannik.
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