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|Nov-30-05|| ||dufresne: I watched him play blitz chess at the Newburgh, NY, chess club one night in the early '80's and still remember how mind blowing it was to see the pieces flow effortlessly out of his fingers in a constant stream before his opponent would even finish making his moves. What a lasting impression that made on me.|
|Dec-01-05|| ||LIFE Master AJ: <dufresne> We played a number of times. He once beat me at a big "Southern Open," the first 20 or so moves, I think he used all of 3 seconds. (He won pretty easily, but at least I made him slow down and think a few times.)|
|Dec-01-05|| ||Averageguy: <chancho><Those Ivanov gamescores are problably in a state of "virtual decay". Like the Morphy papers he alleges to have read at Tulane.(?! Maybe)> And like all those annotated games that were over 30 pages long but were deleted.|
|Jan-03-06|| ||THE pawn: http://www.onegoodmove.org/1gm/
it is an extremely nice text made by a friend of GM Ivanov, who has written his best memories of him and his long-time friend. It's a tribute to him, now that he is, sadly, dead. There's also a video where you can hear the piano virtuosities of the GM. Wonderfully played and extremely touching.
|Jan-07-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Igor Vasilievich Ivanov|
IVANOV, Igor Vasilievich
|Feb-10-06|| ||Phony Benoni: I once had the pleasure of listening to an impromptu piano recital by Ivanov.|
At the 1988 U.S. Open in Boston, a fire alarm sounding at 3:00 in the morning sent everybody outside. Eventually, the All Clear was sounded, and 400 people swarmed toward the four elevators in the lobby.
Several youngsters began fooling around on a piano in the lobby. Suddenly Ivanov, who had a commanding physical presence, chased them away--sat down at the piano, and treated everybody to a selection from a Beethoven sonata.
|Oct-26-06|| ||nomaster: In chessbase it says that he once tied for first place playing simultaneously two Canadian championships!
Has anyone more information on this? Did he actually play two games at the same time or were day scheduled at different hours?
|Apr-21-07|| ||Peligroso Patzer: It is surprising that the following win against the then-reigning World Chess Champion is not currently among Igor Vasilievich's Notable Games:|
Igor Ivanov vs Karpov, 1979
|Nov-19-07|| ||grasser: I didn't like him too much.
He and Dzinzihasvilli would raid minor tournaments for the prize money.
|Apr-28-08|| ||znprdx: <Phony Benoni:> Thanx for feedback: some chess players refuse to recognize this critical component of what makes Chess so unique and exciting.|
With respect to my speculation regarding ratings difference I was using CG stats: "highest rating achieved in data base", nevertheless as I posted earlier - Black's 'come and get me if you can play' is hard to believe at this level...
|Mar-14-09|| ||wrap99: <grasser> they were chess pros and i am sure most of the players friggin loved the fact that they were in an event w/world class players.|
|Mar-29-09|| ||grasser: <wrap99.> Well not me. I was King of my roost. 1981 Connecticut State Champion with only an Expert rating. Sure the TD was in heaven. I even picked them up at the train station at his request. I picked up the man that would defeat me. Dzindzi, the invader, crushed me. I am still ticked to this day because what they did was like raiding a scholastics.
It was Hartford. They must have known there would have been no masters there.|
|Jul-23-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
Site dedicated to the memory of GM Igor Ivanov:
|Mar-20-10|| ||jul059: Many more games from Ivanov that were played in Canada are available on the official chess federation of Quebec. Anyone willing to add them to chessgames? I haven't browsed through all of them, but some ought to be good.|
|Mar-26-10|| ||wordfunph: 1997 North American Open in Las Vegas: Before 5th round game, Jerry Hanken saw IM Igor Ivanov examining the pairings and asked him, "Why the long face?" "Bad news. I have black against Gulko. My record is one draw and nine losses with him." Ivanov replied. Their game eventually ended in a draw…|
|Feb-03-11|| ||Texas Skybear: Good Ivanov showed up. Gulko is a tough match. I would have tried my luck in the Baccarat instead.|
|Jan-03-13|| ||waustad: I'm pretty sure I saw him playing at the Cardinal Open one year. If I recall correctly he was there as well as Roman Dz... and Joel Benjamin. They played up on a stage away from the riff raff like me.|
|Nov-17-14|| ||ketchuplover: still resting in peace hopefully|
|Jan-17-15|| ||Howard: Igor Ivanav did play at the 1988 Cardinal Open, I believe. Pretty sure I saw him there.|
Patrick Wolff was definitely there, as well as Ben Finegold. Had a nice chat with Wolff---rather articulate young man.
|Mar-01-15|| ||Strongest Force: I think Igor may have drank himself to death. The few times I saw him in the park, he always had a large bottle of something. It seemed he could handle it; his play was always supreme and nobody could beat him.|
|Mar-01-15|| ||perfidious: <grasser: I didn't like him too much.
He and Dzinzihasvilli would raid minor tournaments for the prize money.>|
This reminds me of the time I met Ivanov in a serious game, at the 1982 Greater Boston Open, when Dzin dropped in as well. They went 4.5/5 for equal first, playing (bet you can't guess) a quick draw.
N B It was prize money and Grand Prix points, which were worth a little by year's end as well.
|Mar-28-15|| ||zanzibar: First, here is an excerpt from his obituary:
< Igor Ivanov, Utah's only grandmaster, died Thursday in St. George at the age of 58 after having been diagnosed with cancer in March.
"He was our state champion," said John Coffey, vice president of the Utah Chess Association. "He was our best player by far. Nobody else even came close.
"Serious chess players like having someone of that caliber. He'll be missed for the great player that he was."
Those unfamiliar with Ivanov would never have known the seriousness of his condition based on his play at the chess board.
At the Utah Open in Salt Lake City on Oct. 29, less than three weeks before his death, Ivanov tied for first place in the highest-rated section. First place outright was denied him when he became too ill to play one of his games.
"Before he became grandmaster earlier this year, it was said he was the strongest player never to make grandmaster," said Coffey. At the time of his death, the U.S. Chess Federation ranked Ivanov 50th in the country.
But his accomplishments in Utah pale in comparison to his career.
Ivanov, born Jan. 8, 1947, started playing chess at the age of 5 in his hometown of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia.
Though he was taught the game by his mother, he wrote on his Web site: "It was not long before I could beat [her]."
Ironically, Ivanov's mother didn't see much of a future in chess and asked her son to focus on music, hoping he would become a concert pianist.
Ivanov lived in Utah since 1991. He took first place in the Utah Open in 1991, 1992, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005, the only years he entered.
In August, Ivanov participated in the U.S. Open in Phoenix. Playing against some of the toughest competition in the country, Ivanov won five games, drew two, and requested half-point byes for health reasons in the first and final rounds to finish the tournament undefeated and tied for eighth place overall.
"Igor has truly added to the game of chess throughout the world and had a great respect for it," said Crooks. "To his last days he continued to study the game to improve upon himself." >
So, the cause of his death was cancer.
Next, could somebody please rewrite Ivanov's bio and remove the "ever improving Kevin Spraggett"
Unless the ever is forever.
A simple "He and Kevin Spraggett dominated" would suffice.
|Mar-28-15|| ||zanzibar: Plus, when he died, was he still a citizen of Canada. |
I rather doubt it, given he lived from 1991-2005 in Utah, and apparently spent some years in Arizona before that.
|Mar-28-15|| ||zanzibar: Oh, here's a link to the obituary:
Chess grandmaster of Utah dead at 58
By Jay Talbot
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published November 20, 2005 12:09 am
|Aug-20-15|| ||JimNorCal: I played him in a simul. I brought a copy of Inside Chess magazine which had his photo on the cover as the world's strongest IM (did he ever get the GM title?).
I think he was pleased (his eyes widened like he had not seen the issue before) but he squinched his face as if to say "if I'm so great, how come I'm here playing patzers like you?"|
Crushed me like a bug, but I did get an autograph.
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