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Georgy Ilivitsky
G Ilivitsky 
Number of games in database: 170
Years covered: 1942 to 1981

Overall record: +37 -47 =86 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (15) 
    E80 E62 E69 E60 E65
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E55 E53 E59 E49 E44
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D71 D86 D85 D78 D98
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A28 A25 A22
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D39 D31
 English (5) 
    A15 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B65 B93 B91 B62 B92
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D87 D85 D71 D79 D76
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D59 D58 D56 D50 D61
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (8) 
    B65 B62 B63 B60 B67
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B17 B13 B18 B12
 King's Indian (6) 
    E60 E72 E90 E61 E98
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Smyslov vs G Ilivitsky, 1955 0-1
   G Ilivitsky vs Keres, 1955 1-0
   G Ilivitsky vs Kholmov, 1948 1-0
   Taimanov vs G Ilivitsky, 1948 1/2-1/2
   G Ilivitsky vs Sokolsky, 1954 1-0
   Sliwa vs G Ilivitsky, 1955 0-1
   Simagin vs G Ilivitsky, 1952 0-1
   G Ilivitsky vs Furman, 1948 1-0
   Byvshev vs G Ilivitsky, 1954 0-1
   Pachman vs G Ilivitsky, 1956 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   USSR Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956) by Chessical
   Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff 1956 by Tabanus

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(born Apr-30-1921, died Nov-28-1989, 68 years old) Russia
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Georgy Alexeyevich Ilivitsky, born in Akmolinsk (now Astana*), was one of the strongest Soviet masters immediately following World War II. Awarded the IM title in 1955, he finished equal third in the USSR Championship (1955) and shared tenth place in the Gothenburg Interzonal (1955). He was also a strong match player, defeating Isaac Boleslavsky in 1944, Alexey Suetin in 1950 and Ludek Pachman in 1956 - Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956).

Sadly, he took his own life in Sverdlovsk in 1989.

*Wikipedia article: Astana

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Boleslavsky ½-½301942SverdlovskA57 Benko Gambit
2. G Ilivitsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½271942SverdlovskD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
3. Boleslavsky vs G Ilivitsky 1-0381945Trades Unions Team ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
4. G Ilivitsky vs Boleslavsky 0-1801946RSFSR ChD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
5. G Ilivitsky vs Suetin  0-1411947URSD98 Grunfeld, Russian
6. Geller vs G Ilivitsky 1-0261947SverdlovskB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. Taimanov vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½5219481st Soviet Team-ch finalB58 Sicilian
8. Konstantinopolsky vs G Ilivitsky  0-1591948USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
9. G Ilivitsky vs Panov  ½-½341948USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Bronstein vs G Ilivitsky 1-0331948USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. G Ilivitsky vs Ragozin  1-0441948USSR ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
12. Aronin vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½271948USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
13. G Ilivitsky vs Lisitsin  1-0421948USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
14. Lilienthal vs G Ilivitsky 1-0471948USSR ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. G Ilivitsky vs Kholmov 1-0191948USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Tolush vs G Ilivitsky 1-0231948USSR ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
17. G Ilivitsky vs Averbakh  ½-½741948USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Flohr vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½571948USSR ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. G Ilivitsky vs Keres  ½-½271948USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Bondarevsky vs G Ilivitsky 1-0361948USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Ilivitsky vs Furman 1-0711948USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
22. Taimanov vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½551948USSR ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. G Ilivitsky vs Kotov  ½-½241948USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Levenfish vs G Ilivitsky  1-0451948USSR ChampionshipE72 King's Indian
25. G Ilivitsky vs Alatortsev  ½-½411948USSR ChampionshipA25 English
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 170  PGN Download
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May-07-04  PizzatheHut: Does anyone know anything about this guy? C'mon Honza, I know you do :)
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  Chessical: Ilivitsky was undoubtedly of Grandmaster strength, but being in the post war Soviet Union denied him the opportunity to obtain the title. He was far stronger than may of the "GM's" of today, but his career was largely confined to internal Soviet events. Ilivitsky was born in 1921 and died in 1989. He became an IM in 1955 and was twice Russian champion in 1948 and 1949.

I do not have a full record of Ilivitsky's accomplishments in tournaments, but from the cross tables in the collected games of other Soviet players I can provide this:

First in the 8th Russian championship 1948, 10th in the 16th USSR Championship 1948, first in the 9th Russian championship 1949, 7th in the 17th USSR Championship 1949, 6th in the Russian Championship 1950.

5th in the semi final of the 18th USSR Championship, 14th in the 20th USSR Championship, 15th in the 21st USSR Championship, 4th in the semi-final of the 22nd USSR Championship.

Then a sudden epiphany. He was <5th in the 22nd USSR Championship>. This was one of the strongest of all time with: Geller, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Spassky, Keres, Taimanov and Korchnoi (finished second to last) participating.

This qualified him for the the <Gothenberg Interzonal in 1955> where he scored +1 including a win over Geller. He later beat the Czech grandmaster Ludek Pachman in a play-off match.

He did not make it to the 1955 Soviet Championship coming 9th in the semi-final. Unable to sustain himself at the very top of the Soviet system, he lacked opportunities to play outside and gain a grandmaster title (in a similar way to Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov).

I do not have a full record of his tournaments, but later highlights include a 6th at the Tchigorin Memorial in 1965.

I believe that died in very poor circumstances, and may have committed suicide.

Sep-12-04  percyblakeney: Apparently Ilivitsky committed suicide by jumping out of a window: In the 22nd USSR Championship (in 1955) he finished equal with Botvinnik and Petrosian, and just half a point behind winners Geller and Smyslov.
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  Honza Cervenka: I am not sure but I think that Ilivitsky's first name was not Grigory, but Georgy. By the way, there is another file of his games in the database. See Georgi A Ilivitzki
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  Peligroso Patzer: Ilivitsky is discussed at pages 296-299 of A. Kotov and M. Yudovich, "The Soviet School of Chess", Dover Publications, (c)1961. The following win against Smyslov from the XXII Soviet Champiuonship is analyzed at pp. 298-299: Smyslov vs Ilivitsky, 1955
Apr-30-09  sfm: <Chessical: Ilivitsky was undoubtedly of Grandmaster strength...> That is a huge understatement! Scan over the list of names he played against, with a score of approx 50%.
Apr-30-09  Agent Bouncy: Hey,!! Where are the games of those matches against Boleslavsky (1944) and Suetin (1950) mentioned in the short Ilivitsky bio???
Apr-30-09  Eastfrisian: Are there any photos from him in the net.?
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: which day exactly did he die?
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  shalgo: Ilivitsky's big moment came in 1955.

First, he tied for 3rd in the USSR Championship, behind Smyslov and Geller, but equal with Spassky, Petrosian, and Botvinnik, and ahead of players like Keres, Taimanov, Averbakh, Kotov, and Korchnoi. This championship served as a zonal tournament and Ilivitsky thus qualified for the Interzonal.

In the Gothenburg Interzonal, Ilivitsky got off to a quick start, winning his first two games. He continued to play well, and after 16 rounds the leaders were:

Bronstein 12/15
Keres 10.5/15
Panno 9.5/16
Ilivitsky 9/15
Szabo 9/16

The top 9 players would end up qualifying for the Candidates' Tournament, and Ilivitsky seemed well on his way to being one of them.

But he then lost consecutive games to Najdorf and Guimard, eventually scoring only 1.5/5 in the rest of the tournament and finishing half a point from qualifying for the Candidates' Tournament.

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  wordfunph: <Chessical: I believe that died in very poor circumstances, and may have committed suicide.>

sad fate...he may have turned 89 today.

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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian: Are there any photos from him in the net.?> A 1st approach... :D
Apr-25-12  Robeson: Ilivitsky is a sad case of what could happen to Soviet chess players. I think that the fact that he never appeared in another Soviet Championship after 1955 and the decrease in his chess activity after the Interzonal indicate either a nervous breakdown or- more likely, imo- some sort of censure that hurt his chess career chances. Both Panno and Pilnik *did* qualify to the Candidates, so the Soviet authorities probably wrote him off. It would be nice if someone like Gennady Sosonko would write on him in his NiC column. He hasn't yet, though, so he may not know much himself.
Apr-30-14  Nosnibor: Master Ilivitsky you are remembered today 25 years on.Apparently he moved to Sverdlosk,the capital of the Urals where he was a design engineer by profession and was resident there whilst competing in the 1955 USSR Championship.In the Gothenburg Interzonal he was only half a point off the qualifying place but to his credit he scored 50% against the nine qualifiers including a fine win against Geller. R.I.P
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day Georgy Ilivitsky.
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