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Iossif Davidovich Dorfman
Number of games in database: 510
Years covered: 1973 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2567
Highest rating achieved in database: 2610
Overall record: +99 -67 =334 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      10 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (28) 
    E62 E94 E60 E92 E97
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E15 E17 E19 E16 E13
 English (22) 
    A15 A17 A14 A13 A11
 Sicilian (19) 
    B22 B44 B51 B36 B30
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D85 D91 D83 D79 D76
 Slav (15) 
    D10 D11 D17 D19 D16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C65 C96 C92 C78 C67
 Sicilian (40) 
    B42 B22 B90 B51 B52
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (21) 
    C96 C92 C99 C91 C85
 English (13) 
    A15 A13 A11 A17 A19
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D94 D70 D79 D78
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D43 D47 D45 D48 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Velikov vs I D Dorfman, 1989 0-1
   Gelfand vs I D Dorfman, 1986 0-1
   I D Dorfman vs K Grigorian, 1977 1-0
   I D Dorfman vs Razuvaev, 1992 1-0
   I D Dorfman vs Bronstein, 1975 1-0
   I Sokolov vs I D Dorfman, 2015 1/2-1/2
   I Novikov vs I D Dorfman, 1984 0-1
   Yusupov vs I D Dorfman, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs I D Dorfman, 1977 0-1
   V Tukmakov vs I D Dorfman, 1975 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1976)
   French Championships (2007)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1977 by Phony Benoni
   Gulko - Dorfman Play-off Match, 1978 by Phony Benoni

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(born May-01-1952, 63 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)

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Josif (Iosif) Davidovich Dorfman was born on the 1st of May 1953 in the USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1978, he was joint USSR Champion with Boris Gulko in 1977 [rusbase-1]. The subsequent play-off match was drawn (+1, =4, -1). In tournaments he was 1st= at Lvov 1984, 1st at Moscow 1985 and 5th= at Minsk 1986. He acted as one of Garry Kasparov 's seconds in his first four World Championship matches against Anatoli Karpov. He now plays for the French Federation. Dorfman is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 510  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Razuvaev vs I D Dorfman  1-047 1973 URS-ch sfD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Tseshkovsky vs I D Dorfman  ½-½24 1975 URS-ch FL43B66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
3. V Tukmakov vs I D Dorfman 0-145 1975 URS-chT ArmiesC78 Ruy Lopez
4. I D Dorfman vs M Dvoretsky  1-063 1975 USSR ChampionshipA15 English
5. Alburt vs I D Dorfman  1-040 1975 Ch URSB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. I D Dorfman vs Gulko  0-138 1975 Yerevan URS chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
7. Vaganian vs I D Dorfman 1-037 1975 URS-ch43 Erevan ;URS-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Chekhov vs I D Dorfman  ½-½26 1975 URS-ch FL43B22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. I D Dorfman vs Tal  ½-½41 1975 Yerevan URS chA13 English
10. I D Dorfman vs Doroshkievich  0-197 1975 USSR ChampionshipD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Geller vs I D Dorfman  ½-½57 1975 ErevanA22 English
12. Balashov vs I D Dorfman 1-041 1975 Yerevan URS chB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. I D Dorfman vs Bronstein 1-043 1975 ErevanA21 English
14. Beliavsky vs I D Dorfman  1-042 1975 USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
15. I D Dorfman vs G Timoshchenko  1-035 1975 URS-ch FL43A05 Reti Opening
16. Petrosian vs I D Dorfman 1-041 1975 Ch URSA13 English
17. Polugaevsky vs I D Dorfman  ½-½24 1975 ErevanA07 King's Indian Attack
18. J Klovans vs I D Dorfman  ½-½30 1975 USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
19. I D Dorfman vs Romanishin  ½-½35 1975 Yerevan URS chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. Savon vs I D Dorfman  0-130 1975 URS-ch FL43B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. Gipslis vs I D Dorfman  1-049 1975 USSRC77 Ruy Lopez
22. I D Dorfman vs Furman  1-060 1975 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
23. G Borisenko vs I D Dorfman 0-149 1975 URS-ch otborD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. I D Dorfman vs Chekhov  1-043 1976 URS-ch FL44E60 King's Indian Defense
25. Tal vs I D Dorfman  ½-½41 1976 USSR ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 510  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-23-04  WMD: Dorfman in the Toils by Bernard Cafferty (BCM, October, 1993):

Iosif Dorfman was the principal target of a very long accusatory article 'Chess in the Toils of Spying' which appeared in issue 28 of the Russian popular weekly Ogonyok. The allegation was strongly made by a former KGB employee from Azerbaidjan and by an associate of Kasparov that considerable leakage of information had taken place in the various matches between Kasparov and Karpov.

Dorfman, the article claims, had been approached in 1984 by an intermediary who had spun the yarn that he had contacts with a betting ring which could make big money if it knew such things as choice of openings, which sealed move had been made... At one stage the Ukrainian GM was promised a flat in Moscow within two days (a great prize, hardly attainable so quickly by senior figures) as well as a huge sum in roubles and foreign currency. Dorfman's rebuttal in the September issue of Europe Echecs does not contain a formal denial, merely a comment that no proof is given for the allegations. The Ukrainian, who now lives in Cannes, speculated that the article was to counter a comment he made that Etienne Bacrot played better at the age of ten than Kasparov did at 13.

It could also be a belated attempt at explaining why Kasparov had fallen 5-0 behind in the first match, or a riposte to Dorfman who might be suspected of feeding information to Fischer to support the American's project to write a book proving all the K-K matches had 'fixed' games. Dorfman was able to quote Clara Kasparov in the Ogonyok article to the effect that the second match was 'straight' as compared to the others. Asked about the article, Kasparov was quoted as confirming it as all correct. Karpov refused to comment other than that he would respond later.

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  Benzol: Iosif Davidovich Dorfman
Born 1st May 1952
Awarded the IM title in 1977 and GM title in 1978
He was joint USSR Champion in 1977.
Jun-18-05  vonKrolock: When i met Dorfman in 78, he was a young Soviet GM playing a strong Tournament in São Paulo, Brasil - for me it seemed that he was a very reserved person (or at least not so extroverted and approchable as his travel-mate Vassili V Smyslov, who also played there...) I still dont know which is the degree of parental relationship between him and the Dorfman family that lives in my city - i believe it's very near, they came also from Ukrania)

a tempo: tomorrow a ceremony will be take place here in memoriam of Moisés Dorfman (1919-2004), a fine furniture designer and music lover - the uncovering of his gravestone - pray for his soul

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  WannaBe: Dorfman was Tim Conway?
Feb-04-06  shor: which was covered on ICC by acz on the attacking part, and the game was won by dorfman i think.
Mar-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: He is said to know the entire Zurich 1953 tournament book by heart! If true, that's impressive..
May-01-06  BIDMONFA: Josif D Dorfman


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  wordfunph: GM Josif Dorfman's victories over great names like Bronstein, Furman, Taimanov, Dvoretsky, Timoshchenko, Tukmakov, Savon, etc. makes him one of the top GMs of yesteryears..

Happy Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!

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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  wordfunph: "In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition." GM Josif Dorfman

Happy 57th Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!

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  whiteshark: What do you expect to achieve by playing boring GM draws, Josif?
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

I can only reiterate what I have asked in the original question...

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition. "

-- Joseph Dorfman

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  GrahamClayton: Dorfman had an unusual performance in the 2010 French championship - +0, -0, =11, with his games being drawn in 21, 13, 30, 13, 12, 16, 30, 32, 43, 17 and 11 moves respectively. Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?
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  waustad: He has the first win for the men in this years Old Hands vs Snowdrops, haveing bested M. Muzychuk playing black in a Sicilian Najdorf.
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  Fusilli: <GrahamClayton: ... Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?>

I don't know, but I guess he'd say: "Dude, I'm about 60, I get tired and I don't feel like fighting, and it seems the youngsters respect me and won't push me, so everyone's happy."

He's playing the ongoing French championship. +1 -1 =3 so far.

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