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Igor Ivanov 
Igor Vasilievich Ivanov
Number of games in database: 907
Years covered: 1967 to 2005
Last FIDE rating: 2045
Highest rating achieved in database: 2470
Overall record: +408 -233 =257 (59.7%)*
   * 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.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (64) 
    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 B52 B92 B33
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E30 E41 E32 E29 E50
 English, 1 c4 c5 (22) 
    A30 A34 A31 A39 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B22 B32 B62 B89 B88
 King's Indian (51) 
    E91 E61 E81 E98 E76
 Queen's Pawn Game (40) 
    A40 A46 A45 E10 E00
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C89 C84 C92 C72 C85
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E12 E15 E16 E13 E14
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E32 E43 E21 E47 E34
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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
   Igor Ivanov vs J Bonin, 1983 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev, 1974 1-0
   Kasparov vs Igor Ivanov, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Igor Ivanov vs Miles, 1982 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs W Hughes, 1984 1-0
   V Vorotnikov vs Igor Ivanov, 1977 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   77th Canadian Championship (2004)
   Lone Pine (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   US Open 1991, Los Angeles by Phony Benoni
   Modern - Dzindzi's 4...Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 f5 by FSR
   US Open 1989, Chicago by Phony Benoni

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(born Jan-08-1947, died Nov-17-2005, 58 years old) Russia (citizen of Canada)

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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), (2)

Wikipedia article: Igor Vasilyevich Ivanov

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 907  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Trofimov vs Igor Ivanov  ½-½24 1967 Tournament (corr.)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
2. C Shirok vs Igor Ivanov 0-123 1968 Yerevan tt ch URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Igor Ivanov vs V Lepeshkin  1-044 1968 FranceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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 Savon  ½-½50 1971 URS-ch sfE92 King's Indian
9. V Faibisovich vs Igor Ivanov  0-141 1973 Leningrad (Russia)C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
10. Igor Ivanov vs A Reshko 0-126 1973 Leningrad-chA57 Benko Gambit
11. Igor Ivanov vs Korchnoi  0-129 1973 Leningrad (Russia)E50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
12. Shternberg vs Igor Ivanov  1-036 1974 USSR 18/262C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
13. Igor Ivanov vs Nabeiev 1-019 1974 URSB40 Sicilian
14. V Kozlov vs Igor Ivanov  1-023 1974 LeningradA34 English, Symmetrical
15. G Timoshchenko vs Igor Ivanov  1-038 1975 Ch URS (select)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Chekhov vs Igor Ivanov  1-026 1975 URS-ch FL43C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. Igor Ivanov vs Z Sturua 1-027 1975 Ch URS (select)E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
18. Igor Ivanov vs B Vladimirov  1-043 1975 Ch URS (select)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Igor Ivanov vs Doroshkievich  ½-½37 1975 Ch URS (select)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Igor Ivanov vs Savon  1-053 1975 URS-ch FL43A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
21. Igor Ivanov vs G Zaichik  1-042 1975 USSR 19/182B06 Robatsch
22. Igor Ivanov vs Bagirov  1-028 1975 CheliabinskD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Vasiukov vs Igor Ivanov  ½-½41 1975 URS-ch FL43C77 Ruy Lopez
24. A Kapengut vs Igor Ivanov  0-136 1975 Ch URS (select)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Igor Ivanov vs L Gutman 0-118 1975 RigaD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
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  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  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:

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

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  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?

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  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

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  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.
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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

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