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Vladimir Bagirov
Number of games in database: 1,297
Years covered: 1957 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2482

Overall record: +395 -200 =695 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (93) 
 King's Indian (71) 
    E90 E61 E71 E69 E84
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E30 E32 E42 E41 E31
 Sicilian (45) 
    B32 B28 B44 B60 B61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (43) 
    D35 D31 D37 D30 D36
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D94 D80 D91 D85 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (158) 
    B05 B02 B03 B04
 Caro-Kann (72) 
    B18 B13 B17 B10 B12
 Slav (59) 
    D11 D10 D15 D12 D18
 Semi-Slav (56) 
    D47 D45 D43 D44 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    D02 A41 A40 D00 A45
 French Defense (40) 
    C05 C18 C00 C11 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bagirov vs K Grigorian, 1976 1-0
   Z Radojevic vs Bagirov, 1973 0-1
   P Rahls vs Bagirov, 1990 0-1
   Bagirov vs Korchnoi, 1960 1-0
   Bagirov vs I Kesanen, 1992 1-0
   Timman vs Bagirov, 1971 0-1
   Bagirov vs A Machulsky, 1975 1-0
   G Szilagyi vs Bagirov, 1969 0-1
   Bagirov vs Miroslav Markovic, 1988 1-0
   Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Jurmala (1985)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   it's Bagirov to play and win with the NLA by willyfly
   Makagonov's Gruenfeld by Jesspatrick
   Makagonov's Gruenfeld by rickcarnes
   USSR Championship 1977 by Phony Benoni
   1965 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Jurmala 1985 by Tabanus
   alekhine defence by deepthinker
   b3 by Trelous

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(born Aug-16-1936, died Jul-21-2000, 63 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Latvia)

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Vladimir Konstantinovich Bagirov was born in Baku. He won the 1998 World Senior Chess Championship. Awarded the IM title in 1963 and the GM title in 1978, he was a trainer and author of note. He helped to train Garry Kasparov in his early years. In the 1970's Bagirov moved to Latvia. He was 1st= with Eduard Gufeld at Tbilisi 1971, 2nd= at Erevan 1982 and 1st at Cascais 1986. He died of a heart attack while playing in a chess tournament in Finland in 2000.

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 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,297  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Abakarov vs Bagirov 0-1501957URS-ch qfC17 French, Winawer, Advance
2. Bagirov vs A Blagidze  ½-½241957URS-ch qfB32 Sicilian
3. Bagirov vs M V Shishov  1-0361957URS-ch qfB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
4. S Zhukhovitsky vs Bagirov  1-0341957URS-ch qfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Taimanov vs Bagirov  1-0441957URS-ch qfE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
6. Bagirov vs A Buslaev  ½-½431957URS-ch qfE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
7. Bagirov vs V Sarkisian  ½-½681957URS-ch qfB32 Sicilian
8. E Sardarov vs Bagirov  1-0221957URS-ch qfC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. A Miasnikov vs Bagirov  ½-½281957URS-ch qfB01 Scandinavian
10. Bagirov vs L K Kalashian 1-0531957URS-ch qfD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. E Mnatsakanian vs Bagirov  ½-½421957URS-ch qfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. T Lomaia vs Bagirov  ½-½231957URS-ch qfA36 English
13. Bagirov vs Demuria 1-0341957URS-ch qfE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
14. S Giterman vs Bagirov  ½-½281957URS-ch qfC12 French, McCutcheon
15. S Khalilbeili vs Bagirov  ½-½221957URS-ch qfC10 French
16. Bagirov vs Aronin  1-0581957URS-ch qfE90 King's Indian
17. Bagirov vs S Naftalin  1-0321957URS-ch qfB06 Robatsch
18. Bagirov vs T Kikiani  ½-½211957URS-ch qfB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
19. Baile vs Bagirov  ½-½231957URS-ch qfC01 French, Exchange
20. K Khanov vs Bagirov  0-1341957URS-ch sfC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. Bagirov vs Gipslis  ½-½171957URS-ch sfB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. G Ilivitsky vs Bagirov  ½-½301957URS-ch sfA36 English
23. Bagirov vs J Yuchtman ½-½211957URS-ch sfB08 Pirc, Classical
24. T Prokhorovich vs Bagirov 1-0501957URS-ch sfD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Bagirov vs Kholmov  ½-½491957URS-ch sfB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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Jul-21-06  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Bagirov

BAGIROV, Vladimir K.

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  keypusher: Here's to the POTD and the patron saint of Alekhine's Defense!
Aug-16-07  Harvestman: Bagirov scores +54 =76 -28, or 58.2% with Alekhine's Defence as black. If you believe some people on this site 1.e4 Nf6 is virtually a forced loss for black! Not for Bagirov.

Of course, he's a bit better than most of us...

Jan-10-08  Jesspatrick: Vladimir Bagirov was a brilliant and imaginitive chessplayer. Some of his games astound me. Here's one of my favorites: Bagirov vs N Radev, 1976
Aug-16-08  ravel5184: Happy Bee-day!
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Mating Net: Is Bagirov the best player nobody has ever heard of? *** >

Bagirov may be under-appreciated, but he is by no means unknown. He is perhaps best known for being the losing player in this famous game: Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 .

Apr-09-09  Poisonpawns: Study Bagirov,Kengis,Alburt,Shabalov if you want to really get into Alekhines defense
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  alexmagnus: <I read somewhere that he died at the board in 2000 during an arduous game.>

He died the next day after the game. The game itself had to be aborted though because of heart attack.

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  wordfunph: GM Vladimir Bagirov, the leading proponent of Alekhine's Defense, took up the defense after Alexander Alekhine appeared in a dream and urged Bagirov to rehabilitate his eponymous defense.

(Source: King's Gambit - A Son, A Father and the World's Most Dangerous Game by Paul Hoffman)

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  wordfunph: GM Vladimir Bagirov's pension in Riga was paltry. Winning the World Senior Championship in 1998 brought Bagirov not only moral satisfaction: the prize, although nothing special, was more than two years of his pension.

(Source: The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko)

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  wordfunph: "You must understand. I can't manage without chess. Without chess, there is no reason for me to live…"

- GM Vladimir Bagirov

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  wordfunph: When Vladimir Bagirov became a Grandmaster late in life, at the age of 42, "When he phoned home, he was crying with happiness," recalls his widow Iraida Bagirova. "At last I am a Grandmaster! I am a Grandmaster!" he kept repeating.

(Source: The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko)

Feb-11-11  TheaN: For a player looking for off-beat (white) openings after a pretty terrible (still ongoing) season Bagirov is definitely worth to study.

Although his Alekhine % is not that major it's pretty high for a black opening, and his NLA % is insane even for white standards, losing only seven in what's supposed to be a 'good game' for black in the followup. Maybe I'm going to check the NLA a bit more.

Feb-26-11  Resignation Trap: I had never seen a photograph of Bagirov until this last week. Here it is: .
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  Phony Benoni: <Resignation Trap> He definitely looks like The Most Interesting Chess Player in the World. Obviously not the clean-cut conventional type so favored by Soviet authorities.

BIDMONFA also provided a photograph above, clearly taken many years later.

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  HeMateMe: He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, DosXX?
Feb-26-11  kudubux: <Resignation Trap> For awhile, I thought it was the actor Oliver Platt in the picture. :)
May-19-11  The17thPawn: Anyone who can play Bronstein and come out even has my respect. I'll be looking further at this gentleman's games.
Aug-04-11  waustad: Ya gotta love a player who plays 1.) b3. I've enjoyed playing the Nimzo-Larsen (baby orangutang) at times too.
May-31-12  LoveThatJoker: Rock on, GM Bagirov!



Aug-16-13  Abdel Irada: <If you believe some people on this site 1.e4 Nf6 is virtually a forced loss for black!>

I've always had excellent results with the Alekhine.

There's one way to play against it that always concerns me, and which I meet with trepidation, but fortunately most people don't play it.

In fact, most players below 2400 (and occasionally some above it) seem to have little idea how to play against this daringly hypermodern defense. Perhaps their problem is precisely that they listened to all the people who called it a forced loss and never bothered to study its real complexities, taking a "theoretical" advantage for a victory.

The fluid asymmetry of its positions does tend toward decisive results, but it does not lend itself to engine evaluation. Against certain players this also makes it a dangerous surprise, and not infrequently the decision somehow fails to go the way White anticipated. ;-)

Aug-16-13  World of Tomorrow: <Abdel Irada> Are you implying that it is theoretically a "forced" loss for Black if White plays that one variation which most people don't?
Aug-17-13  Abdel Irada: <World of Tomorrow: <Abdel Irada> Are you implying that it is theoretically a "forced" loss for Black if White plays that one variation which most people don't?>

No. Merely that it makes equalizing more difficult and slower, and forces Black to play a position of uncongenial (relative) passivity, with constant vigilance required to avoid an early disadvantage.

(On the other hand, it's not necessarily White's first choice either, thanks to its drawish tendencies when played correctly.)

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  FSR: The poor guy died less than a month shy of his 64th birthday. He was thus unable to join the pantheon of players who died at age 64, a list than now includes Robert James Fischer, Wilhelm Steinitz, Howard Staunton, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Albin Planinc, Edmar J Mednis, Maximilian Ujtelky, Octavio Troianescu, Claude Frizzel Bloodgood, and Karl Marx.
Feb-15-19  Telemus: A tweet by Anand (see, punctuation modified):

<I remember my first GM interaction. I got to play a simul against GM Bagirov. I offered a draw. The GM came to me, picked up his Rook and my bishop and said in his thick Russian accent said "You see Bishop and you see Rook and you say DRAW?" My first GM lesson on piece evaluation.>

Bagirov was also the first GM I played in a simul. This time he offered a draw and I declined.

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