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Igor Ivanov 
 
Igor Vasilievich Ivanov
Number of games in database: 905
Years covered: 1967 to 2005
Last FIDE rating: 2045
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470
Overall record: +408 -232 =256 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      9 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (63) 
    E92 E94 E90 E77 E60
 English (37) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A41 D02 E10 A46 A40
 Sicilian (29) 
    B40 B83 B33 B52 B92
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E41 E30 E32 E50 E40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (21) 
    A30 A34 A31 A37 A39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B22 B32 B62 B89 B88
 King's Indian (51) 
    E91 E61 E81 E76 E66
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A40 A46 A45 E10 E00
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C89 C84 C92 C85 C77
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E12 E15 E16 E13 E14
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E32 E21 E43 E47 E54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Igor Ivanov vs V Zaltsman, 1983 1-0
   Seirawan vs Igor Ivanov, 1991 0-1
   Igor Ivanov vs Kudrin, 1989 1-0
   Plaskett vs Igor Ivanov, 1983 0-1
   Kasparov vs Igor Ivanov, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Igor Ivanov vs J Bonin, 1983 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs Miles, 1982 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev, 1974 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs K Spraggett, 1981 1-0
   F Lindsay vs Igor Ivanov, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1981)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1992, Dearborn by Phony Benoni
   Modern - Dzindzi's 4...Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5 by FSR

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IGOR VASILIEVICH IVANOV
(born Jan-08-1947, died Nov-17-2005) Russia (citizen of Canada)

[what is this?]
A GM who played 1st board for Canada at the 1982 and 1988 Olympiads, Igor Vasilievich Ivanov was born in Leningrad, USSR. He accumulated 9.5 points for Canada in 21 team games. In 1980 after playing in Cuba as part of the Soviet team, he made his wild dash to freedom from the KGB in Canada during a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland. Igor settled in Montreal and quickly picked up French and English.

He and the rapidly improving Kevin Spraggett would dominate Canadian chess over much of the next decade. He was awarded the IM title in 1981 and won the Canadian Championship the same year. He won both the Canadian Open and Canadian Closed (twice!) in 1981 and 1985.

He later lived in Arizona and Utah.

References: (1) http://www.olimpbase.org/, (2) http://www.chess.ca/

Wikipedia article: Igor Vasilyevich Ivanov


 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 905  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Trofimov vs Igor Ivanov  ½-½24 1967 Tournament (corr.)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. Igor Ivanov vs V Lepeshkin  1-044 1968 FranceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. C Shirok vs Igor Ivanov 0-123 1968 Yerevan tt ch URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. O Kaminsky vs Igor Ivanov  1-034 1969 Sochi (Russia)B03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Feldman vs Igor Ivanov  0-141 1969 Sochi (Russia)B64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. N Usov vs Igor Ivanov  1-023 1969 Leningrad ch LeningrD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. Stasov vs Igor Ivanov  0-140 1971 Riga (Latvia)C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Igor Ivanov vs A Reshko 0-126 1973 Leningrad-chA57 Benko Gambit
9. Igor Ivanov vs Korchnoi  0-129 1973 Leningrad (Russia)E50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
10. V Faibisovich vs Igor Ivanov  0-141 1973 Leningrad (Russia)C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
11. Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev 1-019 1974 URSB40 Sicilian
12. V Kozlov vs Igor Ivanov  1-023 1974 LeningradA34 English, Symmetrical
13. Shternberg vs Igor Ivanov  1-036 1974 USSR 18/262C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. Igor Ivanov vs B Vladimirov  1-043 1975 Ch URS (select)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Igor Ivanov vs Doroshkievich  ½-½37 1975 Ch URS (select)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Igor Ivanov vs G Zaichik  1-042 1975 USSR 19/182B06 Robatsch
17. Igor Ivanov vs Savon  1-053 1975 URS-ch FL43A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
18. Igor Ivanov vs Bagirov  1-028 1975 CheliabinskD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Kapengut vs Igor Ivanov  0-136 1975 Ch URS (select)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Vasiukov vs Igor Ivanov  ½-½41 1975 URS-ch FL43C77 Ruy Lopez
21. Igor Ivanov vs L Gutman 0-118 1975 RigaD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
22. Chekhov vs Igor Ivanov  1-026 1975 URS-ch FL43C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. G Timoshchenko vs Igor Ivanov  1-038 1975 Ch URS (select)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Igor Ivanov vs Z Sturua 1-027 1975 Ch URS (select)E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
25. M S Tseitlin vs Igor Ivanov  1-039 1976 USSR 23/201B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: Your welcome, <AJ>. Keep up the good work. Paul Albert
Nov-24-05  hayton3: <Life Master AJ> Keep up the scholarly research
Nov-24-05  aragorn69: As a tribute, Lubosh Kavalek's analysis of one of Igor Ivanov's most spectacular wins: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy... Enjoy!
R.I.P.
Nov-25-05  THE pawn: From what I've read, he sure looked like a real gentleman, talented in many domains. He might have become even stronger than Karpov. I'll consider analysing a couple of his games in the next days.

Rest in peace.

Nov-25-05  Pawsome: The game analyzed by Kavalek and offered by <aragorn> is in the database if you wish to follow it there. And, it's a gem! Just key in Ivanov-Zaltsman.
Nov-29-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  LIFE Master AJ: If you go to my "news" page, (and the archives) ... there is a link to several articles about Ivanov.

My hope is some GM will drop what he is doing, and find the time to write a nice book about Igor, and annotate about 50 of his best games.

Nov-30-05  hayton3: <LIFE Master AJ> Did you have any luck finding the games you purportedly played against Ivanov? Or are they gone the way of the Morphy notebooks?
Nov-30-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <hayton3> Those Ivanov gamescores are problably in a state of "virtual decay". Like the Morphy papers he alleges to have read at Tulane.(?! Maybe)
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
http://www.bidmonfa.com/ivanov_igor...
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Feb-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  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! http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:

http://gmivanovchess.com/

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.

http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/index.php...

Mar-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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