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Vladimir Savon
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Number of games in database: 1,754
Years covered: 1958 to 2004
Last FIDE rating: 2443
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +514 -325 =912 (55.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (141) 
    B81 B44 B33 B32 B93
 King's Indian (76) 
    E92 E60 E62 E67 E82
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C92 C85 C93 C96 C69
 English (49) 
    A15 A13 A16 A17 A10
 Reti System (38) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Queen's Indian (38) 
    E15 E14 E17 E12 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (211) 
    B90 B92 B22 B93 B52
 Sicilian Najdorf (92) 
    B90 B92 B93 B99 B97
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C69 C93 C91 C92 C96
 Nimzo Indian (68) 
    E32 E20 E41 E38 E44
 English (65) 
    A15 A16 A13 A14 A17
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E17 E15 E12 E14 E19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973 0-1
   Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1971 1-0
   Spassky vs Savon, 1973 0-1
   Savon vs Tal, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Savon vs C G Poch, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs H Ree, 1965 1-0
   Savon vs Tal, 1969 1-0
   Savon vs V Brond, 1971 1-0
   Savon vs Alburt, 1978 1-0
   A Feldman vs Savon, 1959 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Junior International Tournament (1961)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Moscow (1970)
   Socialist Armed Forces Tournament (1965)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Vidmar Memorial (1977)
   Dortmund (1975)
   Odessa (1976)
   Sarajevo (1984)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   Ukrainian Championship (1966)
   Ukrainian Championship (1959)
   Solidarity Tournament 2nd (1968)
   Ukrainian Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sukhumi 1972 by WCC Editing Project
   Hoogovens 1972 by Tabanus

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(born Sep-26-1940, died Jun-01-2005, 64 years old) Ukraine
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Vladimir Andreyevich Savon was born in Chernigov, Ukraine (formerly USSR). He learned chess at the age of 11 from his father. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1973.

Savon competed in the Soviet championship eleven times, from 1961 (at age 21) to the last championship in 1991. His best result was his first place in the 1971 championship with an undefeated 15/21. Only an international master, he finished 1.5 points ahead of former world champions Mikhail Tal and Vasily Smyslov. Future world champion Anatoly Karpov finished another half point back. Taimanov and Bernard Cafferty, in their book on the Soviet championships, described Savon's win "the least plausible result for decades".

One possible factor was the distraction of Fischer's Candidates matches. It was claimed that Fischer's 6–0 wins against Larsen and Taimanov had hypnotised the top Soviet players, who were now following Petrosian's similar demise in the Candidates match that was to finish only days after this tournament.

Savon's next-best result in the Soviet championship came the following year, when he tied for 3rd–5th and qualified for the Interzonal.

FIDE awarded Savon the International Master title in 1967, and the International Grandmaster title in 1973. In the latter year, he finished eighth out of 18 at the Petropolis Interzonal. He shared the title of Ukrainian Champion with Gennady Kuzmin in 1969.

He died in Kharkiv at the age of 65

His greatest victory was winning the USSR Championship (1971) with an outstanding score of 15-6, undefeated, ahead of Vasily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Anatoly Karpov and Leonid Stein amongst others. In international competition his best results were 1st at Debrecen 1970, 1st= at Vilnius zonal 1975, 2nd= at Portoroz 1977 and 2nd= at Kiev 1978. He passed away in Kharkov in 2005.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Savon

Last updated: 2021-12-11 20:14:52

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,754  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Karlson vs Savon  1-02819585th Soviet Team Championship FinalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Savon vs A Volchok 1-0311959Ukrainian ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
3. S Kvyatkovsky vs Savon  ½-½201959Ukrainian ChampionshipE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
4. Savon vs J Rotstein  ½-½421959Ukrainian ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
5. V Zurakhov vs Savon  ½-½261959Ukrainian ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Savon vs Geller  ½-½241959Ukrainian ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. I Pogrebissky vs Savon ½-½611959Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Savon vs Y Sakharov  0-1351959Ukrainian ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
9. Y Polyak vs Savon  0-1421959Ukrainian ChampionshipA15 English
10. Savon vs B Korsakov  ½-½401959Ukrainian ChampionshipE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
11. A Kostiuchenko vs Savon  ½-½151959Ukrainian ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Savon vs N Levin  1-0261959Ukrainian ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
13. Gufeld vs Savon  ½-½141959Ukrainian ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
14. Savon vs M Usachy  1-0331959Ukrainian ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. M Levin vs Savon 0-1391959Ukrainian ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
16. Savon vs Stein  ½-½131959Ukrainian ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. Savon vs A Bannik  ½-½351959Ukrainian ChampionshipE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
18. Y Nikolaevsky vs Savon  ½-½201959Ukrainian ChampionshipD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
19. Savon vs A Makarov  ½-½231959Ukrainian ChampionshipA84 Dutch
20. A Zamikhovsky vs Savon  1-0331959Ukrainian ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. Savon vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½131959Ukrainian ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
22. A Feldman vs Savon 0-1151959Ukrainian ChampionshipA15 English
23. V Chernykh vs Savon  1-03019592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual-1E73 King's Indian
24. Savon vs A Izvozchikov  ½-½3919592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB01 Scandinavian
25. A Genin vs Savon  1-02819592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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  Benzol: <Mameluk> Yes, I do too. Wonder where <Tigran Petrosian> and <offramp> heard about it?
Jun-07-05  offramp: I heard about it on a chess newsgroup; I posted it here exactly as I saw it there. I'll bet that that's where TP saw it as well. I doubt that it's a hoax.

We get signal.

Jun-09-05  aw1988: What !
Jun-12-05  offramp: There is an obituary by Malcolm Pein here,
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  TheAlchemist: May he rest in peace.
Nov-14-05  pazzed paun: <Knight13> there has been some significant inflation in elo ratings since the early 1970"s a median rating of 2500 back then would have been quite respectable ,back then no more than ten players were rated over 2600!

A story- a patzer says to Grandmaster are you a weak G.M. OR a strong GM- he replies -some elephants are big some not so big-the end!

Dec-19-05  PizzatheHut: On, I actually just ordered 13 older tournament books complete with all of the games. Both the 1971 Soviet Championship and Petropolis 1973 are included. I can't wait until they arrive!
Dec-19-05  greyfox: someone here playing at i cant view the site anymore and i certainly dont know why.. i will lose my games if i cant link there until 6am.. please if someone here also playing there and does know something about my frustration you can reply to this message now or send me message via e-mail at any reply is highly appreciated..
Dec-20-05  PizzatheHut: I see that Savon won the 1971 Soviet Championship, but does anyone know what years were his prime years? I assume that '71 would be the peak, but I'm curious as to when he rose to the upper ranks.
Sep-26-06  BIDMONFA: Vladimir A Savon

SAVON, Vladimir A.

Sep-26-06  Caissanist: <Did you ever see a grandmaster that played bad? (In general, not in particular games. I know Benkö used to blunder away a rook some times.)>

Nowadays yes, most famously the 2588-rated Alexandru Crisan. Back when Savon got his title, no.

Sep-26-06  positionalgenius: "Did you ever see a GM that played bad?" Well yes every once in awhile.Anand at Dortmund 2001,he scored 3/10.
Sep-26-07  brankat: Topalov & Leko in 2007 Linares tied for last spot :-)
Sep-26-07  Manic: How about Shirov's 0.5/9 in that rapid tourney? That must've hurt.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <kostich in time: *** Savon is [also] famous for Reshevsky[']s infamous superblunder against him at Petropolis 73. *** >:

Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973

Oct-18-08  sleepkid: Savon was a very good player, but he was also famous for his nervous temperament, which led to his very uneven results. At his best, he was a dangerous opponent, and of world class caliber. However, he often lacked the mental stamina for demanding positions and long tournaments, and thus never really achieved his full potential.
Jan-16-09  WhiteRook48: hmm... 55.3% wins... not bad. And his wins seem to be spectacular.
Sep-26-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Savon, today you are remembered!


May-29-13  Cibator: Had a brief but dubious fame in the UK as having been Michael Basman's defeated opponent in the England-USSR match at the Student Olympiad, Harrachov 1967. England sensationally won 3-1 with no individual losses. The USSR team also included Tukmakov and Gulko.
Sep-26-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest in Peace GM Vladimir Savon.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Vladimir Savon.
Dec-06-13  offramp: That's a very good picture of him. He looks very dashing!
Mar-03-15  offramp: It was very brave of the 19-year-old Savon to take time out from his huge commitments in the USSR to go to New York to play Myers vs Savon, 1959. The Moscow State Department must have viewed him very suspiciously after that episode.
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  FSR: Vladimir Savon is another player who died at the chessic age of 64, like Fischer, Steinitz, Staunton, C.H.O'D. Alexander, Planinc, Mednis, Octavio Troianescu, Maxim Ujtelky, Claude Bloodgood, and Karl Marx.
Mar-15-20  wordfunph: R.I.P. GM Savon.
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