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Ivkov 
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Borislav Ivkov
Number of games in database: 2,510
Years covered: 1948 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2402
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520
Overall record: +753 -311 =1412 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      34 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (151) 
    E92 E60 E90 E62 E69
 Sicilian (137) 
    B92 B32 B40 B30 B36
 Ruy Lopez (117) 
    C84 C95 C72 C93 C96
 English (104) 
    A15 A14 A13 A12 A17
 Queen's Indian (103) 
    E19 E15 E17 E12 E16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C84 C95 C93 C96 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (198) 
    C97 C92 C72 C84 C86
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (139) 
    C97 C92 C84 C86 C91
 French Defense (127) 
    C07 C16 C19 C02 C15
 Sicilian (122) 
    B92 B32 B43 B30 B62
 King's Indian (74) 
    E94 E62 E67 E75 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (65) 
    A40 E00 E10 A41 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ivkov vs Portisch, 1961 1-0
   E Cobo Arteaga vs Ivkov, 1963 0-1
   Ivkov vs D Ciric, 1963 1-0
   Szabo vs Ivkov, 1964 0-1
   F J Perez Perez vs Ivkov, 1962 0-1
   J Diez del Corral vs Ivkov, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Ivkov vs A Ingerslev, 1956 1-0
   Fischer vs Ivkov, 1959 0-1
   R T Cardoso vs Ivkov, 1973 0-1
   Ivkov vs J H Donner, 1965 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens (1961)
   Santiago (1959)
   Havana (1965)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Hastings 1955/56 (1955)
   Vinkovci (1968)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Manila (1973)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Bled (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   English by kefchess
   lazintata's_semi_open-french&sicilian by lazintata
   1965 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147

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BORISLAV IVKOV
(born Nov-12-1933, 80 years old) Yugoslavia (citizen of Serbia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Borislav Ivkov was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was awarded the Yugoslav National Master title in 1949, the IM title in 1954 and the GM title in 1955.

Tournaments: Ivkov won the Yugoslav Championship in 1958 (jointly with Svetozar Gligoric) with 12.5/19, 1963 (jointly with the late Mijo Udovcic) with 15/21, finally as sole winner in 1972 with 12/19.

His tournament wins include Mar del Plata 1955 with 11.5/15, ahead of Miguel Najdorf, Gligoric, Laszlo Szabo, Ludek Pachman, Oscar Panno and Herman Pilnik; and Buenos Aires 1955 with 13/17, ahead of Gligoric, Pilnik, Szabó, Arthur Bisguier, Pachman, Hector Decio Rossetto, Panno and Jan Hein Donner, which was also the year he won his GM title. Other tournament wins and near wins include Sarajevo 1958 with 7/11, Belgrade 1959 by 2.5 points with 9/11, =1st Lima 1959 with Pachman on 10.5/13, =1st at Santiago 1959 with Pachman, =1st at Beverwijk 1961 with Bent Larsen on 7.5/9; =2nd at Belgrade 1964; =1st at Zagreb 1965 with Wolfgang Uhlmann on 13.5/19, ahead of then World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Lajos Portisch, Larsen, and David Bronstein, 2nd at Havana in 1965, Venice 1966 with 5/7, Eersel 1966 with 4/5, the 1966 Open Canadian Chess Championship, =1st at Sarajevo 1967 on 10.5/15 with Leonid Stein, =1st at Málaga 1968 with Drazen Marovic on 7.5/11, Stockholm 1970 with 6.5/9, =2nd at Wijk aan Zee 1971 behind Viktor Korchnoi, =1st at Amsterdam 1974 on 10/15 with Vlastimil Jansa and Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov, 2nd at Štip 1977 with 8.5/13, behind Vlastimil Hort, Cienfuegos 1985 with 10/13, =1st with Portisch at the Tigran Petrosian Memorial at Moscow 1999 with 5/9. He won the European Senior Championship in 2006 and came =3rd in the same event in 2008.

Ivkov remains an active tournament competitor and at age 73, he played successfully in the 2007 Canadian Open in Ottawa scoring 6/10 and in the 2008 Canadian Open in 2008 with 5/9. His most recent participation in competitions was in the Belgrade Premier Leagues in October 2008 when he scored 4 points in 5 rounds (+3 =2 -0), in October 2010 (2.5/4) and October 2011 (1/1), the last when he was nearly 78.

Team events: The quintessential team player, Ivkov first represented Yugoslavia at the Student Olympiad in 1956 when he helped the team win bronze. Subsequently he represented his country 12 times in open Olympic competition between 1956 and 1980, winning 15 medals (6 team silvers, 4 team bronzes, 2 board golds, 2 board silvers and 1 board bronze). He also represented his country six times in European Team Championships, winning 3 team silver medals, a team bronze and a board gold.

World championship cycle: He was the first World Junior Champion in 1951. He subsequently played in 5 Interzonal tournaments in 1964, 1967, 1970, 1973, and 1979. His result in the 1964 Interzonal in Amsterdam qualified him for the 1965 Candidates where he lost to Larsen 5.5-2.5. He just missed qualifying for the Candidates on the basis of his 1979 results.

Ranking: Ivkov was world number 9 in 1956, and was in the world’s top forty between 1955 and 1975. He was also long time Yugoslavian number two after Gligoric.

Ivkov was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1986 and is preparing his autobiography.

Wikipedia article: Borislav Ivkov


 page 1 of 101; games 1-25 of 2,510  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Raditsch vs Ivkov 0-113 1948 JugoslavienD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Ivkov vs Pirc ½-½28 1949 Zagreb ch-YUA00 Uncommon Opening
3. B Milic vs Ivkov  1-046 1949 Zagreb ch-YUE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. B Tot vs Ivkov  0-142 1949 YUG-chD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
5. Ivkov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½49 1949 Zagreb ch-YUC05 French, Tarrasch
6. B Simonovic vs Ivkov  ½-½27 1949 Zagreb ch-YUC49 Four Knights
7. NN vs Ivkov 0-146 1949 JugoslavienE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
8. D Avirovic vs Ivkov  0-144 1949 ZagrebA48 King's Indian
9. Ivkov vs B Kostic  ½-½42 1949 YUG-chD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
10. Ivkov vs Puc 1-049 1949 YUG-chB33 Sicilian
11. B Rabar vs Ivkov  ½-½38 1949 Zagreb ch-YUD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
12. Gligoric vs Ivkov  ½-½40 1949 YUG-chC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-136 1949 JugoslavienC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. Ivkov vs Pilnik  1-040 1950 BledB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. G Pfeiffer vs Ivkov  ½-½46 1950 BledB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
16. B Kostic vs Ivkov  1-056 1950 BledB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Ivkov vs Stoltz  ½-½47 1950 BledB32 Sicilian
18. Ivkov vs O'Kelly  0-141 1950 BledD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Najdorf vs Ivkov 1-035 1950 BledA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
20. Ivkov vs Rellstab 1-098 1950 BledC42 Petrov Defense
21. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-130 1950 BledB58 Sicilian
22. B Milic vs Ivkov  ½-½40 1950 BledA80 Dutch
23. Ivkov vs Puc 1-046 1950 BledC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Ivkov vs C B van den Berg  1-045 1950 NED-YUGB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
25. A Matanovic vs Ivkov  ½-½41 1950 BledB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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Nov-12-08  KOCMOHAYT: Happy Birthday Bora!
Sretan roðendan Bora!
Nov-12-08  timhortons: happy birthday grandmaster ivkov, at least i can claim id seen in person one of the great in chess during fischers era, i just used to read about you before in profile of the prodigy.

i hope to see you again at 2009 canadian open.

there must be somebody here in montreal who is very influential to grandmaster ivkov, the reason why once a year he goes out of retirement and play in canadian open.He played in 2007-2008 canadian open.

Feb-19-09  Dredge Rivers: I know he is from the former Yugoslavia, but is he an ethnic Bulgarian? His name sounds alot more Bulgarian than Serbian or Croatian.
Apr-18-09  Andrijadj: He is not Bulgarian,surnames finishing with OV are common in Serbia,especially in Vojvodina...
Jul-06-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a photo of Ivkov playing against Bobby Fischer in a skittles game prior to the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup tournament in Santa Monica, California:

http://www.echecs-photos.be/BobbyFi...

Oct-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <GrahamClayton> A very nice photo indeed. Thank You.
Nov-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Bora!
Feb-17-11  Skakalec: It's not a common knowledge, but he wrote a book about endings, which was my first of that art. It was so easy to read that I didn't use the board. I read it before going to bed!
That book alone doubled my strength, and soon I was a top player in my home town, easily beating (or drawing if necessary)older "masters" with no theoretical knowledge. After that, I realized, that learning chess starts with endings, not openings!
Jun-04-11  bronkenstein: Karpov says , in his first autobiography from the end of the 70s ,that he decided to become a GM after he lost to Ivkov here Ivkov vs Karpov, 1970. He complimented Bora´s gameplay a lot , and it was the only defeat included in his book (!).

Karpov is still equal with the old man , and he wasted his last chance to take a lead somewhere mid-to-late 90s , on tournament held in Belgrade . Anatoly was reigning FIDE world champion , and Ivkov was well in the 7th decade of his life, still the game ended in a draw .

Karpov´s comment after the game ˝It supprised me how strong Ivkov still is!˝.

Nov-12-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Bora!
Nov-12-11  bronkenstein: Happy Bday to the Worlds First Junior Chess Champion . Also the author of my very first book on endgames - I believe that`s the one which <Skakalec> mentioned . <It was so easy to read...> and it still is =)
Nov-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <bronkenstein> I never knew Ivkov wrote a book on endgames. Is it still in print?

Btw, what is <Skakalec>? Thank You.

Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <brankat> , the book was named simply `Endgames` as part of `Chess in schools` program in Yugoslavia somewhere around 1978-9-80.

Ivkov was author of it together with `Strategy and Tactics` , `Openings - Open Games` and `Openings - Closed Games` (paraphrasing these 3 titles by memory). `The Endgame` was printed in only 2000 copies ( I was surprised by so small number ) , and I don`t remember that I ever saw newer or different issue of it.

PS <Skakalec> should be Slovenian word for the chess knight , also the name of the poster who posted few posts up on this page : <Skakalec: It's not a common knowledge, but he wrote a book about endings, which was my first of that art. It was so easy to read that I didn't use the board. I read it before going to bed! That book alone doubled my strength, and soon I was a top player in my home town, easily beating (or drawing if necessary)older "masters" with no theoretical knowledge. After that, I realized, that learning chess starts with endings, not openings!>.

Nov-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <bronkenstein> Thank You. Then, I assume, the books didn't have an English edition.

Yes, I thought the word was Slovenian for <Knight>. In Serbian/Croatian it would be <Skakac>, where the <c> is pronounced as a <ch> in English. The word actually means "Jumper".

But then, it seems like You do understand Croatian/Serbian :-)

Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <But then, it seems like You do understand Croatian/Serbian :-)> or any other way anyone might prefer to call that language(s) o,O

PS we had it (or one of it`s 4-5-6 fractions) further separated into Serbian and Montenegrian recently , ink wars about that silly thing are still going on.

PPS springer , laufer etc - the names seem to be simply translated from German. Some people are virtually using the word laufer for bishop here.

Nov-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <bronkenstein> Yes, I know. I've even heard an expression "Bosnian" language. I suppose "Herzegovian" is next.

Like we have not had experienced enough catastrophies already. And that's just in last 20 years, not to mention somewhat older ones. Unfortunately, they never seem to become too old.

Yes, I remember laufer instead of "lovac", "kraljica" for "dama", (although it is "queen" in English notation), "kula" instead of "top, "pijun" (pawn?) for "pje(sh)ak :-)

Myself, I stopped using the "popular" phraseology while still a kid, so now they sound kinda silly.

Mostly. I haven't really been following news from the old country because they made me sick. For all intents and purposes, what I consider to be my "old country" doesn't exist any more.

Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <brankat> , all these wars had some good side effects , one of which is - B. Ivkov is getting few posts closer to (woot woot) 3rd page . Think positive!
Nov-13-11
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  brankat: <bronkenstein> Why didn't I think of that :-)
Dec-20-11
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  brankat: May You have happy and enjoyable Holidays!
Dec-20-11  timhortons: this guy is really a gentleman,you can observed it by his demeanor.

im so happy id seen him in person last few years ago.

Apr-10-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: The updated Biography is quite an impressive one. I had almost forgotten just how much tournament success had Ivkov had in his younger days.
Oct-01-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from D. Bjelica's book Grandmasters in Profile..

<Fischer once said:

"Ivkov is a good player but he is always getting short of time."

and Ivkov remarked:

"Fischer is a good player and he never gets short of time.">

:-)

Oct-01-12  RookFile: I like Ivkov's games. A real fighter, capable of beating anybody on a good day.
Oct-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <wordfunph> You actually have the book?! And I thought nobody has even ever heard of it. I still have the original edition, 1967, in Serbo-Croatian.
Jul-03-14  zydeco: Other grandmasters thought very highly of Ivkov, who was apparently a wonderful talent. In his autobiography, Tal mentions that he and his seconds (along with most experts) were convinced that Ivkov was going to win his 1965 match against Larsen -- before Larsen demolished him. Larsen, for his part, lists Ivkov among the eight best players in the world in 1968, ahead of Geller, Keres, Gligoric, and Stein: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Ivkov may be one of the all-time great underachievers. He was pegged to be in the world's elite for a long time, and occasionally had a dominating tournament (especially Zagreb 1965) but never put together a really consistent string of results, especially in the world-title cycle.

In his autobiography, Gligoric in part blames Ivkov for his own poor result at Buenos Aires 1960. Gligoric claims that Ivkov, his roommate for the tournament, "forced upon me his own way of life - in bed until 2 o'clock, a quick lunch, and then play at 3."

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