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Lev Polugaevsky
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
 
Number of games in database: 1,939
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +697 -249 =942 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 51 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (100) 
    A14 A15 A17 A13 A10
 King's Indian (95) 
    E88 E75 E73 E97 E92
 Queen's Indian (84) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (64) 
    A30 A34 A33 A35 A36
 Reti System (50) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E54 E46 E55 E21 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (367) 
    B96 B93 B84 B46 B92
 Queen's Indian (137) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Sicilian Najdorf (130) 
    B96 B93 B92 B90 B94
 Nimzo Indian (85) 
    E54 E32 E53 E46 E48
 English (66) 
    A15 A17 A13 A14 A16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (61) 
    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 Korchnoi, 1980 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs I Bilek, 1969 1-0
   Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 0-1
   Polugaevsky vs Maslov, 1963 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs Mecking, 1971 1-0
   Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1969)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   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)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster Performance (Polugaevsky) by Qindarka
   Grandmaster Performance by Benzol
   Grandmaster Polugaevsky by Resignation Trap
   Dry Polugaevsky by Gottschalk
   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. Polugaevsky was twice Soviet champion, in 1967 [rusbase-1] and 1968 [rusbase-2] and twice finished runner-up. He participated in five Candidates matches. Polugaevsky 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 of the opening bears his name, the Sicilian, Najdorf (B96) Polugaevsky variation: 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘f6 5.♘c3 a6 6.♗g5 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 1,939  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov  ½-½52195313th RSFSR ChE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. G Ilivitsky vs Polugaevsky 0-1441953SaratowD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
3. Polugaevsky vs N Sorokin  1-03619533rd Soviet Team-ch finalA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
4. V Liavdansky vs Polugaevsky 1-0551954URS-ch sfB58 Sicilian
5. Polugaevsky vs I Veltmander  1-0361954URS-ch sfD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
6. Polugaevsky vs G Borisenko 0-1421954URS-ch sfE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
7. Polugaevsky vs V Soloviev  ½-½411954URS-ch sfB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Polugaevsky vs Lutikov  0-1371954ch-RSFSRA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. Polugaevsky vs N Gusev  0-1721954URS-ch sfE61 King's Indian
10. Bondarevsky vs Polugaevsky  1-0361954URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. A Novopashin vs Polugaevsky  1-0361954URS-ch sfB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
12. Boleslavsky vs Polugaevsky  ½-½411954URS-ch sfB58 Sicilian
13. Krogius vs Polugaevsky  ½-½141954URS-ch sfB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. Geller vs Polugaevsky ½-½411954URS-ch sfB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Nezhmetdinov vs Polugaevsky 1-0341954URS-ch sfB30 Sicilian
16. Polugaevsky vs A Khasin  0-1301954URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
17. V Zagorovsky vs Polugaevsky  0-1261954URS-ch sfB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. M Yudovich Sr. vs Polugaevsky  1-0321954URS-ch sfB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. Polugaevsky vs G Uusi  ½-½411954URS-ch sfE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
20. Lepichin vs Polugaevsky  0-1321954URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Polugaevsky vs Antoshin  ½-½701954Leningrad masterA84 Dutch
22. Polugaevsky vs Spassky ½-½381954Leningrad masterA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
23. Polugaevsky vs Geller  1-0361954Leningrad masterD80 Grunfeld
24. Polugaevsky vs N Gusev  0-1351954Leningrad masterA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
25. Polugaevsky vs Chekhover  1-0581954Leningrad masterB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,939  PGN Download
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Feb-11-11  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.

http://www.geocities.com/siliconval...

Feb-21-11  YourNickname: Did Polugaevsky ever gave simuls? I can't find any simul games of him. Can someone post them for me.
Feb-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a Polugaevsky win not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Kiev"]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Polugaevsky, Lev"]
[Black "Kholmov, Ratmir"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 e6 3. ♘f3 ♗b4+ 4. ♘c3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. ♘xd4 O-O 7. ♗g2 d5 8. ♕b3 ♘c6 9. ♘xc6 ♗xc3+ 10. ♕xc3 bxc6 11. O-O ♕e7 12. b3 ♖d8 13. e3 a5 14. a4 ♖d7 15. ♗a3 ♕d8 16. ♖fc1 ♗a6 17. cxd5 cxd5 18. ♕d4 ♖b7 19. ♖ab1 ♖ab8


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20. ♖c6 ♖xb3 21. ♖xb3 ♖xb3 22. ♖xa6 ♖xa3 23. ♕b2 ♕c8 24. ♖xa5 1-0

24...♖d3 25.♗f1 traps the Rook.

Source: Bill Wall, “500 English Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1990

May-01-11  DanielBryant: Where the player's picture normally would be, I'm instead seeing an ad promising me cute local singles with lots of pictures of attractive ladies. Advertising can be unintentionally humorous.
May-01-11  Dionysius: Hi Chessgames.There are so many images of the great man from a search of google images that I can't see why you haven't included one. Never mind, I'm off now, so over to you. Best wishes all, Dion
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  Cemoblanca: No profile pic for Lev??? Noooooo! ;) Just found 1! :D http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_n3U4gKrbZ...
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. GM Polugaevski.
Nov-20-12  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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  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."
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