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Igor Nikolayev
I Nikolayev 
Photograph courtesy of Igor Nikolayev.  
Number of games in database: 396
Years covered: 1979 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2368
Highest rating achieved in database: 2414

Overall record: +292 -20 =84 (84.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B22 B30 B40 B21 B50
 French Defense (26) 
    C01 C00 C12 C15 C07
 King's Pawn Game (23) 
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B18 B10 B13 B16 B17
 French (11) 
    C00 C12 C10 C11
 Scandinavian (9) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C64 C65 C63 C69 C78
 Modern Benoni (26) 
    A58 A57 A56
 Benko Gambit (25) 
    A58 A57
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 D02 A46 D00 E10
 Giuoco Piano (13) 
    C53 C50 C54
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A20 A28 A29 A22 A23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nikolayev vs B Makovetsky, 1979 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs A Dunne, 2002 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs M Gregory, 2007 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs G Rusyniak, 2004 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs M A Makarov, 1983 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs B Dean-Kawamura, 2004 1-0
   E Tucker vs I Nikolayev, 2005 0-1
   B Dean-Kawamura vs I Nikolayev, 2004 0-1

   🏆 RCC Sat Open
   I Nikolayev vs J Rofrano (May-03-14) 1-0
   M Paragua vs I Nikolayev (Mar-09-14) 1/2-1/2
   D E Carter vs I Nikolayev (Sep-01-13) 0-1

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(born Dec-01-1962, 56 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Igor Aleksandrovich Nikolayev was born in Borovichi of Novgorod Region, USSR (Novgorod is one of the most important historic cities in Russia and its original capital over a millennium ago). He started playing chess at age 10. He achieved the title of FIDE Master in 1990.

He was Novgorod joint champion in 1982, co-winner of Russia NW Spartakiada in Smolensk, 1982, played at the Russia Spartakiada Final in Krasnodar in 1983, which was topped by leading soviet grandmasters Lev Polugaevsky, Vitaly Tseshkovsky and Yuri Razuvaev. In 1988, Nikolayev was Khabarovsk champion (Khabarovsk the largest city of Russian Far East). He won the Russia Championship Quarter-Final in Cherepovets in 1989 and tied for 2nd-3rd next year in Belgorod, had positive score in the Russia Championship Semi-Finals, 1989, 1990,1991. In 1991, he left competitive chess to devote himself entirely to profession.

Nikolayev moved to the United States in 1996 on a business contract, as a software engineer, and became later a naturalized US citizen. In 2013, he tied for 1st-2nd at the New York State Championship. (1)

In 2004, he was 2nd-3rd, after GM Hikaru Nakamura, whom he drew in the penultimate round. (2) In 2005, he was 2nd-3rd, after GM Gata Kamsky (3) He also won the New York State Class Championship in 2002. (4) He was joint winner of the 4th and 6th International Bad Ragazer Oster-Open in 2009 and 2011, Switzerland (5, 6).

Igor is also the winner of hundreds of smaller local tournaments in Rochester and upstate NY.

He is a member of Chessgames as User: Igornikus.


Last updated: 2016-12-05 09:40:56

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 396  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Nikolayev vs V Krutikov  1-0341979Candidate Master TournamentA25 English
2. I Nikolayev vs B Makovetsky 1-0281979Candidate Master TournamentC00 French Defense
3. I Nikolayev vs A Melnikov  1-0281979Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. I Nikolayev vs A Dolya  1-0301979Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalC00 French Defense
5. V Grigoriev vs I Nikolayev  0-1341982Novgorod ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. I Nikolayev vs A Khrenov  1-0281982Spartakiada of Russia North-WestB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. I Nikolayev vs V Tormosov  1-0241982Spartakiada of Russia North-WestB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. I Nikolayev vs N Kopeikin  1-0431982Spartakiada of Russia North-WestC44 King's Pawn Game
9. I Nikolayev vs S Korepanov  1-0241982Spartakiada of Russia North-WestE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
10. V Balyakin vs I Nikolayev  0-1711982Spartakiada of Russia North-WestC50 Giuoco Piano
11. I Nikolayev vs M A Makarov 1-0321983Spartakiada of Russia FinalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Anikaev vs I Nikolayev  1-0421983Spartakiada of Russia FinalD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
13. I Romanov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½291983Spartakiada of Russia FinalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. D Labunskiy vs I Nikolayev  ½-½771983Spartakiada of Russia FinalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Melnikov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½401983Spartakiada of Russia FinalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Nikolayev vs M Rodin  1-0261985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalC44 King's Pawn Game
17. Kuporosov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½301985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. I Nikolayev vs A Kazimir  1-0421985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalB40 Sicilian
19. A V Gorbatov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½381985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. I Nikolayev vs N Stepanov  1-0281985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalB40 Sicilian
21. V Utemov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½221985Spartakiada of Russia Semi-FinalD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Y Iljinsky vs I Nikolayev  ½-½361986Novgorod Province Zenith ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
23. V Iljinsky vs I Nikolayev  ½-½431986Novgorod Province Zenith ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
24. O Kruglov vs I Nikolayev  0-1331986Trud Stadium OpenA58 Benko Gambit
25. M Lifanov vs I Nikolayev  0-1271987USSR Army-ch Far East DivisionD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jun-08-04  dac1990: This man is currently the highest-rated player in Rochester, only he and Isay Golyak has had a USCF of over 2400. He's attended all but three of the non-scholastic tournaments I've been to.
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