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Isaac Boleslavsky vs G Ivanov
Sverdlovsk National Tournament (1942), Sverdlovsk URS, rd 7, Mar-29
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-12  Abdel Irada: A pattern I note in many of these games matching a strong GM against a weaker master: The latter will often do as Ivanov does here, playing tentatively, and lose time as a result. In this game, for example, Black makes three consecutive moves of his queen's bishop: one to g4 to "provoke" h3, one to d7 for no apparent reason, and finally one to e6 to offer the exchange of bishops. By that time, he'd used so many tempi on that bishop that he lost substantial time by exchanging it off.

I wonder if the reason for this pattern is objective (one of relatively weaker understanding of the position) or psychological (the result of intimidation). He who hesitates is lost, but so, it seems, is he who vacillates.

Oct-08-12  Tullius: <Abdel Irada> I cannot tell whether Ivanov was intimidated by his opponent's reputation or just a mediocre player, or both. He certainly plays without a clear plan. If you are up against a much stronger player the least -and probably also the best- you can do is give him a good fight, make him work for it. And who knows, you might even tap hidden resources and rise to the occasion. Making moves at random, like Ivanov seems to be doing, will not get you anywhere.
Oct-08-12  Abdel Irada: It's certainly true that there's a dearth of information about Peter Ivanov, and this is his only game in the database, so judging his strength is not easy.
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This game was not played by <Peter Ivanov>.

It was played by <G. Ivanov>.


Evidence for G. Ivanov as the correct participant at the Sverdlovsk 1942 tournament:

1. rusbase lists <G. Ivanov> in the crosstable.


2. Rolf Voland, "Strategem im Hinterland- Das UdSSR-Schach 1941-1945" (Schackverlag Kania, 1998), p.68 also lists <G. Ivanov> as the participant.

Voland sources his data to a contemporaneous tournament bulletin published in 1942: "Sverdlovskij sachmatnyj turnir s ucastiem masterov SSSR"


3. A passage from A. Terentyev and K. Bronnikov, History of Chess of Yekaterinburg" that has been posted online here:

From the passage: "The first successful test for George Iliwitsky already as a candidate for the master of sports was the show tournament in Sverdlovsk, which was held right at the height of the Great Patriotic War, in 1942. Five masters of sports and six candidates for masters took part in it. In addition to Ilivitsky, Sverdlovsk was also represented by I. Boleslavsky, G. Bastrikov and <G. Ivanov>."


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