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Alexander Ivanov
A Ivanov 
From the 2007 Foxwood Open
Photograph courtesy of chessgames member.
Number of games in database: 571
Years covered: 1974 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2483 (2497 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2606

Overall record: +193 -164 =201 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (143) 
    B91 B40 B30 B32 B47
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C78 C72 C67 C65 C99
 Sicilian Najdorf (27) 
    B91 B90 B92
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B17 B12 B11 B19 B10
 French Defense (18) 
    C05 C03 C07 C11 C00
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (16) 
    B62 B63 B66 B64 B67
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C92 C69 C90 C67 C91
 Robatsch (41) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    A40 E00 A46 A45 A41
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (33) 
    C92 C90 C91 C85 C84
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E39 E49 E46 E48 E36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ivanov vs A Vitolinsh, 1979 1-0
   A Ivanov vs J A Curdo, 1990 1-0
   K Landa vs A Ivanov, 1985 0-1
   A Ivanov vs Akobian, 2011 1-0
   A Ivanov vs L Christiansen, 1996 1-0
   A Ivanov vs D Naroditsky, 2011 1-0
   DeFirmian vs A Ivanov, 1989 0-1
   Kamsky vs A Ivanov, 1991 1/2-1/2
   M Martinez vs A Ivanov, 2004 0-1
   A Ivanov vs E Tate, 1998 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   US Championship (1991)
   US Championship (2008)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   32nd World Open (2004)
   34th World Open (2006)
   US Championships (2007)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   World Open (2009)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   World Open (2008)
   World Open (2007)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Modern - Study1 by Peter R

   A Ivanov vs A V Escobar (Oct-08-16) 0-1
   A Ivanov vs R Mamedov (Oct-07-16) 0-1
   B Adhiban vs A Ivanov (Oct-06-16) 1/2-1/2
   F Mandizha vs A Ivanov (Oct-09-15) 1/2-1/2
   A Ivanov vs T Coleman (Oct-09-15) 0-1

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(born May-01-1956, 60 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov was born in Omsk in the former USSR on May 1, 1956. In 1980, he took first in the Young Masters Championship of the USSR. In 1982, Ivanov tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov and Boris Gulko in a Moscow tournament that featured 51 grandmasters.

After immigrating to the U.S. in 1988, Alexander made an immediate impression by sharing first place in both the 1989 National and World Open events. FIDE awarded him the GM title in 1991. He was the co-winner of the 1995 U.S. Championship (with Nick DeFirmian and Patrick Wolff). He won the Pan-American Championship at San Felipe, 1998.

Ivanov currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Esther Epstein.

References: (1)

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 571  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Ivanov vs P Van der Sterren  0-131 1974 EU-ch U20 qualB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. A Ivanov vs Chekhov  ½-½59 1975 Sochi U20C28 Vienna Game
3. E Vladimirov vs A Ivanov  ½-½37 1975 Sochi U20C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
4. A Ivanov vs E Vladimirov  1-034 1975 Sochi U20C67 Ruy Lopez
5. A Ivanov vs E Rayner  1-039 1975 EU-ch U20 fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Ivanov vs Chekhov  0-167 1976 URS-ch YMB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. Berkovitsch vs A Ivanov  0-122 1976 DubnaC44 King's Pawn Game
8. A Ivanov vs Balashov  0-142 1977 URSB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. A Ivanov vs Suetin 1-031 1978 VoronezhC02 French, Advance
10. A Ivanov vs E Vladimirov  1-031 1978 URS-ch U26C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. A Ivanov vs Yusupov 1-028 1978 URS-ch U26C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
12. Chekhov vs A Ivanov  1-078 1978 URS-ch U26A17 English
13. A Ivanov vs Psakhis 1-049 1979 Frunze URS sfC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
14. Yurtaev vs A Ivanov  ½-½22 1979 Ch URS (1 liga)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. Bagirov vs A Ivanov  ½-½97 1979 01, Frunze ch URSE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
16. G Timoshchenko vs A Ivanov 1-095 1979 URS-ch FL47C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. A Ivanov vs Yusupov  ½-½25 1979 URS-ch FL47C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. A Ivanov vs A Vitolinsh 1-088 1979 URS-ch FL47B40 Sicilian
19. A Ivanov vs Razuvaev  ½-½30 1979 URS-ch FL47C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. A Ivanov vs V Tukmakov  0-152 1979 URS-ch FL47B50 Sicilian
21. E Vladimirov vs A Ivanov  1-058 1980 URS-ch U26E15 Queen's Indian
22. Azmaiparashvili vs A Ivanov ½-½27 1980 UR-chYM Riga ,MCL 05A12 English with b3
23. A Ivanov vs Chekhov  1-035 1980 URS-ch U26B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Kupreichik vs A Ivanov 1-041 1980 URSC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Chiburdanidze vs A Ivanov  0-137 1980 URS-ch U26C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Dec-23-07  pawnofdoom: I expect to see him soon at the Eastern Open on Thursday. Rigth now, being a 2603 (USCF) he's the highest rated player in his OPEN section by far. But I expect the other USA grandmasters to sign up soon.
Dec-23-07  sleepkid: Chessgames still needs to correct his FIDE rating.

2158 is not correct.

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  wordfunph: GM Alexander Ivanov once worked with Gata Kamsky for a month, early in the morning until late at night. After that, he couldn't play chess for 3 months!

Happy Birthday GM Alexander Ivanov!

May-01-09  number 23 NBer: Happy birthday GM Ivanov!

I've read above that he plays in local tournaments with players much lower rated than him. I think that that's admirable. A high rated player could simply avoid tourneys with average rated players, but if you really love chess, you should jump at every opportunity to play.

May-01-09  MaxxLange: I think he earns all of his living from playing in tournaments and teaching chess. Anyway, he seemingly shows up at almost everything on the East Coast.
May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

1/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

<Scene: World Open 1999 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia>

This photograph

and the next two tell a story that may seem strange to chess players outside of the United States and Canada. In most other countries, the organizers provide the equipment for the players, especially at the top boards. In these two giant North American states, players almost always are required to supply boards, sets and clocks at open tournaments. This photograph shows GM Alexander Ivanov (USA) at board 1, in round 8, setting up his 'Saitek Digital Game Clock' for the five second time delay. After having set up his clock, Ivanov left the board.

[His opponent, GM Jaan Ehlvest (EST), had not yet arrived.]

May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

2/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

When GM Ehlvest - carrying a standard, double-faced analog "Tilt-Back Rolland Clock" -- came to board 1 for his eighth round game against GM Ivanov, he found Ivanov's clock already set up on Black's right. Ehlvest simply moved the Saitek aside and replaced it with his Rolland. In this photograph.

Ehlvest's Rolland is close to the board, in front of a plastic cup. Ivanonv's Saitek is behind the cup at the edge of the table.

May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

3/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

When GM Ivanov returned to the board, the competitors could not resolve amicably the question of which timer would be used, so Bill Goichberg, organizer of the World Open (and dozens of other open tournaments in the United States every year) was called in. Goichberg told Ehlvest that the time-delay digital timer was 'of preference'. In this photograph, he is about to reverse the table positions of the two clocks.

The game was played, using the Saitek. Although Ivanov won the battle over which timer would be used, he didn't win the chess game. It ended a draw.


May-18-09  Poisonpawns: He just won the ny open in Lake george New york this weekend.He was the only Gm there so he swept 5 games and won 500 bucks.
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  wordfunph: 1995 Interplay US Championship: GM Alexander Ivanov shared first with GM Nick deFirmian and GM Patrick Wolff with 8.5 from thirteen. His wife refrained from telling him that their apartment had been damaged by fire until after the tournament was over.
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  wordfunph: GM Igor Ivanov's first game in the West was drawn after 14 moves, thinking his opponent was a strong master. His opponent's rating was later found out to be 1651.

happy birthday Alexander!

May-01-10  arthurp: arthurp

letekro-If a man makes his living playing in all kinds of tournaments why begrudge him that!He is a fine gentleman and player and is willing to analyze his game with you.Not too many GM's do that.This is his only occupation!He should be able to earn a living playing in all kinds of tournaments.that's why they're called open tournaments.

May-01-10  Illogic: I don't think letekro meant anything negative by it. He was just giving an observation. I've been at a few obscure New England tournaments where Ivanov has showed up and it's quite fun, always a thrill for the other players.
May-01-10  waustad: Interesting, he's listed as 2538 in the list of US players on the FIDE site but there is no link to him personally. I recall there was some issue like that with Ukraine a while ago.
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  ketchuplover: He's now annotating games at $5 ea. minimum 3 games http://www.gmalexanderivanovschoolo...
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  chancho: For a Grandmaster, annotating duffer games is like being sent to the Purgatory to do penance.
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  perfidious: <arthurp> I've played A Ivanov several times, and he wouldn't even acknowledge my existence. I'm amused at the idea that he would condescend to analyse a game post-mortem with someone who wasn't a strong master.
Oct-04-10  kramputz: Strange FIDE rating
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  eternaloptimist: <@kramputz> actually, his rating is 2540 fide now.: His rating will never get that low (2036). There r 9 people named Alexander Ivanov that have fide ratings @ Cg might have made that mistake b/c they mixed him up w/ 1 of the other A. Ivanovs. I will notify cg about this mistake.
May-20-11  brucejavier: I don't think he's rated 2036!!
Jun-12-11  notyetagm: NECF-InSchools tells you: Ivanov 2608-2643 now

NECF-InSchools tells you: from Mass Open and Wayland tournaments

NECF-InSchools tells you: by the way he still pissed about your game :)

NECF-InSchools tells you: He has 11.5 from 12 games at Wayland. No Master has been able to score against him. you are the Hero now!

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  wordfunph: "I remember watching Alexander Ivanov play in severe time pressure and he looked like a madman bouncing around in his chair, snarling and grimacing."

- <norami> of

chess is hard, take it easy..

happy birthday, GM Ivanov!

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  RookFile: Played against him in 1988 in a few blitz games. He explained that he hoped to be a GM. He won every time, of course. One time, he fell into a trap, but beat me anyway.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ivanov!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Ivanov.
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