|Nov-22-04|| ||kostich in time: Nikitin was no great shakes as a player, but he was a pretty good trainer. One of his pupils was Kasparov, with whom he wrote a first-rate book on the Scheveningen |
|Oct-13-06|| ||aw1988: <no great shakes>
Well, compared to some other players in the database. If compared to all of chess players then he's quite good...
|Aug-30-08|| ||myschkin: . . .
"... In 1976 Nikitin worked for the Sports Committee, the highest
sports authority in the Soviet Union, much higher in rank then the
board of the chess federation. Nikitin had seen a French press
report implying that world champion Anatoli Karpov was negotiating
privately with Robert James Fischer in Tokyo about a match for the world
championship. Nikitin knew that the Sports Committee had not
given permission for these negotiations. He felt it his duty to report
Karpov's serious offense to his superiors.
Of course Nikitin had underestimated Anatoli Karpov . What he did not
know was that permission for these negotiations had been granted
by an even higher authority, the Central Committee of the
When Anatoli Karpov came to hear of Nikitin's denunciation, he demanded
Nikitin to be fired. This happened. Nikitin was accused of
"immoral behaviour toward his protégé‚" and demoted to the
humble function of trainer of the club Spartak.
As fate would have it, one of the members of this club was a
promising thirteen-year-old youngster, Garry Kasparov. Nikitin
saw his chance. He swore that he would dethrone the intriguer
Karpov, who had wrecked his career. And he would do it in the
same way as his former "protégé" had always executed his own
acts of revenge: not by acting himself, but by means of others. For
Nikitin, Garry Kasparov <would be the tool to use for his revenge>. All this
is Nikitin's way of describing the events.
For the next few years Nikitin spent all his talent and energy on the
training of Kasparov. In 1985 he reached his goal: Garry Kasparov beat
Anatoli Karpov. ..."
(by Hans Ree)
|Aug-30-08|| ||Open Defence: heh, who asked him to rat on Karpov, he could have checked out the facts...|
|Sep-27-09|| ||Tabanus: He is an IM with no FIDE rated games since 1996, http://www.benoni.de/schach/elo/his... |
The games from 2000 and later are by GM Andrey Nikitin, possibly also the games 1996-1999
|Sep-27-09|| ||Tabanus: Hmm, he did paticipate in Botvinnik Memorial 2002
So it's a mess between him and Andrey Nikitin, possibly also <Alexej Nikitin> (not in database) and other Nikitins.
|May-14-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Nikitin> beat <Mikhail Tal> at <Kisolovodsk 1966>.|
Nikitin vs Tal, 1966
Here is film footage from that game, with a still photo of <Nikitin>:
|May-15-11|| ||perfidious: Tal lost most of his hair over the next few years.
In his picture on the dust jacket of Cafferty's book published in 1973, he's got a lot less.
Nice work Jess!
|May-15-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Thanks <perfidious>, it takes me a long time to figure out who the players are in a lot of these films- because I can't read Russian.|
I had to type out the cyrillic letters by hand with an online "Russian typewriter" and then copy paste them into the Google translator to identify the elusive "Nikitin."
|May-15-11|| ||perfidious: <jess> I can figure out just enough of the Cyrillic-benefits of seeing enough of the better-known players, y'know-and make half an effort at transliteration. In the 1980s, I had a roommate who was of Lithuanian descent and could speak Russian, so there was never a problem then!|
|May-31-12|| ||Cemoblanca: Nikitin on Garik: "Several times during the tournament I managed to talk to this amazing boy. It turned out that he loved reading and his range of interest was unusually wide. He had an excellent knowledge of geographical names, historical facts and dates. He read very rapidly, and his exceptional memory ensured that things were firmly retained. Attempts to test his erudition often put the questioners in an awkward position, because it would suddenly transpire that the boy knew more than the examiner. But most of all I was staggered by Garik's eyes - (Here comes my favorite part) intelligent, with a kind of amazing sparkle. At the time I decided purely intuitively that such eyes were a sign of great talent."|
|Sep-22-13|| ||parisattack: Their (Nikitin, Kasparov) books on the Schevenigen Sicilian are excellent. Given the similarily to Nikitin's earlier Zashita Sicilianskaya monograph on the Scheveningen, its a good guess he did most of the work.|
|Feb-21-14|| ||Cemoblanca: What I do not understand is, that this guy had a peak rating of 2535, but according to this website his overall record is only 30%?!?!|
I just found these statistics on another website ( whose name I do not want to mention here ;] ):
Wins: 109 (34.94 %)
Draws: 121 (38.78 %)
Losses: 82 (26.28 %)
Score: 54.33 %
It seems that a lot of games are missing here.
|Feb-21-14|| ||perfidious: <Cemoblanca>: It certainly does not help that, in the two USSR championships for which all Nikitin's games are available here, he won precisely one game between them of thirty-eight, finishing as bottom marker both times. Subtract those games and he remains minus, but it is not quite so bad.|
|Feb-21-14|| ||Cemoblanca: Thank you for your time <perfidious>. That means: According to "this" website the data are ok, but however, I can live and "outlive" with that. ;]|
|Feb-21-14|| ||perfidious: This comment is ridiculous beyond words, though:
<kostich in time: Nikitin was no great shakes as a player....>
The fish only managed to qualify for some Soviet championships, facing the cream of the crop, with events full of top grandmasters. Y'know, those guys who can play a little.
While I am an ordinary player by FIDE standards, I am sure that, in anything like his prime, Mr No Great Shakes would have crushed the poster who thus dubbed him.
|Jan-27-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Aleksander Nikitin, trainer of champions.|
|Jul-26-17|| ||Eagle41257: He isn't an international master, just a USSR master (1952).|