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Polugaevsky 
Courtesy of the Dutch National Archives, The Hague
Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989
Nummer toegang 2.24.01.05 Bestanddeelnummer 926-4780
 
Lev Polugaevsky
Number of games in database: 1,949
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +694 -250 =955 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      50 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (98) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13 A10
 King's Indian (98) 
    E97 E88 E73 E75 E92
 Queen's Indian (84) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A30 A34 A35 A33 A36
 Reti System (52) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E46 E21 E55 E57 E54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (381) 
    B96 B90 B84 B46 B23
 Queen's Indian (138) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Sicilian Najdorf (124) 
    B96 B90 B92 B93 B94
 Nimzo Indian (85) 
    E32 E54 E53 E46 E57
 English (64) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (63) 
    A30 A33 A36 A34 A35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs I Bilek, 1969 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Korchnoi, 1980 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Maslov, 1963 1-0
   Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 0-1
   Polugaevsky vs Smyslov, 1979 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Petropolis Interzonal (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster Performance by Benzol
   Grandmaster Polugaevsky by Resignation Trap
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   USSR Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   Havana 1962 by suenteus po 147

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LEV POLUGAEVSKY
(born Nov-20-1934, died Aug-30-1995, 60 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
Lev Abramovich Polugayevsky was born in Mogilev*. In 1953, he took second place in a strong Russian tournament, gaining his master norm. Two times Soviet champion, in 1967 [rusbase-1] and 1968 [rusbase-2]. He participated in five Candidates matches and won 2 silver and 2 gold medals in USSR Championships. He had an excellent record in the Olympiads as well. He was one of the most influential theoreticians of his day and contributed heavily to the development of the Sicilian Najdorf. One of the most complex variations in it bears his name, the Sicilian, Najdorf (B96) Polugaevsky variation: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 b5. He passed away in 1995 in Paris, France from a brain tumour.

*Wikipedia article: Mahilyow

Wikipedia article: Lev Polugaevsky


 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,949  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Ilivitsky vs Polugaevsky 0-144 1953 SaratowD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
2. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov  ½-½52 1953 13th RSFSR ChE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Polugaevsky vs I Veltmander  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
4. Boleslavsky vs Polugaevsky  ½-½41 1954 URS-ch sfB56 Sicilian
5. Y Kolobov vs Polugaevsky  ½-½41 1954 URS-chTA17 English
6. Novopashin vs Polugaevsky  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
7. Polugaevsky vs Spassky  ½-½38 1954 TournamentA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
8. Aleksandrov vs Polugaevsky 0-168 1954 URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
9. P Kampenuss vs Polugaevsky  0-144 1954 URS-chTA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. Bondarevsky vs Polugaevsky  1-036 1954 URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. Polugaevsky vs Antoshin  ½-½70 1954 Leningrad masterA84 Dutch
12. Polugaevsky vs A Khasin  0-130 1954 URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
13. Nezhmetdinov vs Polugaevsky 1-034 1954 URS-ch sfB30 Sicilian
14. Polugaevsky vs N Gusev  0-135 1954 TournamentA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
15. Polugaevsky vs Y Gusjkov 1-036 1954 URS-chTA09 Reti Opening
16. Polugaevsky vs G Borisenko 0-142 1954 URS-ch sfE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
17. Polugaevsky vs S Khalilbeili  ½-½69 1954 URS-chTE07 Catalan, Closed
18. Geller vs Polugaevsky ½-½41 1954 URS-ch sfB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. M Yudovich Sr. vs Polugaevsky  1-032 1954 URS-ch sfB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. V Zagorovsky vs Polugaevsky  0-126 1954 URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
21. Cherepkov vs Polugaevsky  1-021 1954 TournamentA04 Reti Opening
22. V Liavdansky vs Polugaevsky 1-055 1954 URS-ch sfB58 Sicilian
23. A Sidorov vs Polugaevsky  0-152 1954 URS-chTB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. Polugaevsky vs Geller  1-036 1954 Leningrad masterD80 Grunfeld
25. Lepichin vs Polugaevsky  0-132 1954 URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,949  PGN Download
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May-01-11  DanielBryant: In all seriousness, I agree it's a shame that such an important player doesn't have a picture.
May-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Someone could always upload the shot of him kibitzing Fidel Castro at Havana 1966.

Funny, I always thought Castro's prospects in life were as a left-handed pitcher, till he became a rabblerouser!

May-02-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: Regarding <chessgames.com> uploading a photo of <Lev Polugaevsky>, and many other masters who currently don't have a photo on the profile:

Because <chessgames.com> is a registered business, they have to be very careful that any photo they upload is free of copyright claim.

There are only two kinds of photos they can upload safely-

1. Photos with permission of copyright holder

2. Photos that are documented to be free of copyright claim.

Look at the Wikipedia photograph here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:L...

Now look at the copyright information, particularly this part:

"To the uploader: this tag is not a sufficient claim of fair use. You must also include the source of the work, all available copyright information, and a detailed non-free use rationale."

Even though the copyright holder of this photo is not actually known, it's still not safe for a <for-profit> business to upload it.

Sep-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  lost in space: Lev without photo. Scandal! He was one of the best in his time. Only Karpov and Korchnoi were better.
Sep-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <lost in space: ....He was one of the best in his time. Only Karpov and Korchnoi were better.>

He was certainly one of the strongest players in captivity for a long while, but if he even got as high as third in the world, it wasn't for very long.

To state that only those two K's were stronger is a stretch; by 1982, there was a third K in the mix, and when Fischer was active, fuhgeddaboutit! Even in the period 1972-82, there were players who could make a case to be as high as third, whereas Polu never made it to even a Candidates final, same as Geller, who's worshipped by some fanboys here because he had those fine records against all the world champions.

Dec-24-11  Korifej: <Lost in time>Yes!Poluga was very tough opponent for all,especially for 8th WC Mikhail Tal.
Dec-24-11  M.D. Wilson: Yes, but less so than Korchnoi.
Feb-14-12  brankat: <perfidious> <He was certainly one of the strongest players in captivity for a long while,>

Captivity??

Feb-14-12  King Death: <brankat> That's a figure of speech I've heard once in awhile too.
Mar-04-12  StrongSquare: <brankat> <Captivity?>...LOL..it's a Cold-War thing, you had to be around in those days to understand.
Nov-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cemoblanca: No profile pic for Lev??? Noooooo! ;) Just found 1! :D http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n3U4gKrbZ...
Nov-20-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Polugaevski.
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: <SirChrislov: Sir<thegoodanarchist>, Sir<I play the Fred>,

The proper pronounciation of his last name is <pah-loo-gah-YEV-skee> according to Bill Wall.>

I thought it would be more like "paul-you-guy-EV-skee."

As to the first name and patronymic, I suppose they'd translate as Louis Son of Abraham.

Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: <brankat: <perfidious> <He was certainly one of the strongest players in captivity for a long while,>

Captivity??>

That reminds me of when I played at Mechanics' Institute in 1984.

I enlisted in the Navy, and when I came back on leave, Alexander Sinkievich (kibitzer emeritus) greeted me with: "You escape long time!"

Nov-20-12  gars: <Maatalkko>: Karpov's comment on Polugaevsky repeats Tal's words about Semion Furman in "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal".
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: <<To state that only those two K's were stronger is a stretch ... whereas Polu never made it to even a Candidates final>>

Saying that only the two Ks were stronger doesn't mean that Polugaevsky was the third best player in the world, it just means that he was tied for third, and I don't think this is much of a stretch at all for the period 1976-1980. And Polugaevsky didn't make it to the candidates final in 1980 because he was eliminated in the semi-final by Korchnoi. Given that Korchnoi only prevailed in overtime, I'd say that Polugaevsky had great chances to become World Championship challenger at the time.

Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: he certainly had an "indian sign" on Tal.
Nov-20-12  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Lev :)
Mar-27-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: If you study his games you are a poluologist.
Mar-27-13  TugasKamagong: I kinda hope the Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski will produce a son he'll name Paulo. Seems to me "Paulo Gajewski" would be pronounced very much like "Polugaevsky."
Nov-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. World Championship challenger: Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess player> - Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <Analysis is a glittering opportunity for training: it is just here that capacity for work, perseverance and stamina are cultivated, and these qualities are, in truth, as necessary to a chess player as a marathon runner> - Lev Polugaevsky.
Mar-29-15  zanzibar: Hard to believe his portrait isn't here.

Google image search allows filtering on copyright protections, here's a nice photo from wiki commons:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

I think I'll submit it.

Mar-29-15  zanzibar: (Ha - I see out of the various wiki common photos of Lev, that wikipedia choose the same one)
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