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Ilia Abramovich Kan
  
Number of games in database: 415
Years covered: 1927 to 1974

Overall record: +124 -142 =149 (47.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38 D35
 Sicilian (19) 
    B83 B58 B84 B29 B52
 French Defense (17) 
    C07 C18 C14 C12 C17
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D45 D47 D49 D48 D46
 King's Indian (12) 
    E60 E80 E67 E61 E70
 English (11) 
    A15 A18 A10 A13 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B83 B84 B80 B43 B70
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E38 E43 E22 E33 E32
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D63 D50 D60 D51 D69
 Sicilian Scheveningen (16) 
    B83 B84 B80
 Sicilian Dragon (10) 
    B70 B76 B72 B77 B74
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30 D38 D31 D36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kan vs Botvinnik, 1929 1-0
   Kan vs Botvinnik, 1935 1-0
   Kan vs Botvinnik, 1930 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Kan, 1934 1/2-1/2
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Kan, 1933 0-1
   Kan vs A Bannik, 1952 1-0
   S Von Freymann vs Kan, 1934 0-1
   Kan vs Bondarevsky, 1937 1-0
   Kan vs V Makogonov, 1934 1-0
   Kan vs Lisitsin, 1955 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1929)
   Sverdlovsk (1943)
   Leningrad (1934)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   Moscow (1935)
   USSR Championship (1931)
   Moscow (1936)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sverdlovsk 1943 by protean
   Leningrad 1934 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1933 by Phony Benoni


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ILIA ABRAMOVICH KAN
(born May-04-1909, died Dec-12-1978, 69 years old) Russia

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Ilia Abramovich Kan was born in Samara, Russia.1 He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an IA in 1956. He was also joint Moscow Champion in 1936 and was a lawyer by profession. He reached the finals of the USSR Championship on 10 occasions. He took 3d place in the USSR Championship in 1929.

1 Wikipedia article: %D0%9A%D0%B0%D0%BD, %D0%98%D0%BB%D1%8C%D1%8F %D0%90%D0%B1%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BC%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87 Wikipedia article: Ilya Kan

https://vk.com/@game_chess-ilya-abr...

https://ru.qaz.wiki/wiki/Ilya_Kan

https://xn--80aaa5asd7agcy5a.xn--p1...

Last updated: 2020-12-31 09:01:25

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 415  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Teslenko vs Kan  0-1521927Ch Trade Unions (team)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. Levenfish vs Kan  ½-½621927Ch Trade Unions (team)A14 English
3. Kan vs M Popov  1-03019281st RSFSR ChC12 French, McCutcheon
4. Kan vs B Verlinsky  0-1271928Moscow-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. P Izmailov vs Kan  0-12519281st RSFSR ChE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. N Zubarev vs Kan 0-1441928Moscow-chB83 Sicilian
7. Kan vs P Rybakov  1-0251928Ch Ivanovo-VoznesenskA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. A Iglitsky vs Kan  0-1301928Ch Moscow-minorA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Kan vs Bernstein  1-0541928Moscow-chA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
10. Kan vs N Grigoriev  ½-½681928Moscow-chB10 Caro-Kann
11. Nenarokov vs Kan  1-0741928Moscow-chD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
12. G Geiler vs Kan  0-1411928Moscow-chB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Kan vs Panov  0-1371928Moscow-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Kan vs Krasilnikov  1-0391929Ivanovo-VoznesenskB83 Sicilian
15. Kan vs Belov  ½-½181929Ivanovo-VoznesenskC58 Two Knights
16. Tiulin vs Kan  0-1301929Ivanovo-VoznesenskA52 Budapest Gambit
17. Kan vs Kostrov  ½-½321929Ivanovo-VoznesenskC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. Kan vs V Iljinskij  1-0351929Ivanovo-VoznesenskB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
19. A Y Model vs Kan  0-1371929USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
20. Kan vs Ravinsky  1-0341929USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
21. S Von Freymann vs Kan  1-0341929USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. B Verlinsky vs Kan  0-1361929USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. V Silich vs Kan  0-1431929USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
24. Kan vs B Verlinsky 0-1531929USSR ChampionshipC12 French, McCutcheon
25. Kan vs K Vygodchikov  ½-½411929USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
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Feb-07-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: This game M Fuller vs Kan, 1973 was played by Wai Shui Kan not Ilia Kan. It actually says so in the gamescore but somehow it ended up in Ilia's file.
Apr-08-06  Zebra: So at last I have discovered who one of my favourite variations of the Sicilian was named after. Or at least I assume I have got the right guy?
Apr-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Zebra> Yes, you've got the right guy.
Jun-11-06  gilbertblondy: Bonjour tous
Please, what is IA?
About Kan : He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an IA in 1956. Merci
Jun-11-06  BIDMONFA: Ilia Abramovich Kan

KAN, Ilia A.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/kan_ilia.htm
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Jun-11-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <gilbertblondy> IA stands for International Arbiter.
Jun-11-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here's a little collection of critical positions from Ilia's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/kan.html
Jul-22-06  Akiba: Not to take anything away from Kan, who was certainly a strong player in his day, but the issue of naming variations never ceases to amaze me. Why are B41-B44, the Paulsen Variation as it is called in Germany (and probably with more historical justification), named after Kan, who has 5 games with it in this database, the earliest of them from 1952, and who had scored 0-4 and 1 draw with it (in this database, there are probably a couple of games missing)? And it's not even as if he was the first to play this line after Paulsen; Tartakower regularly employed it in the 1920s, and with decent success (among them a draw against Em. Lasker in NY 1924).
Sep-29-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: <<he was easily GM strength by today's standards, as well as giving his name to a variation of the Sicilian Defence.>>

And the Caro-Kan!!

Sep-30-06  nescio: <Eggman: And the Caro-Kan!!>

Horatio Caro
Marcus Kann

Sep-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: So I was wrong! UnKanny!
May-04-08  DarthStapler: kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul-13-08  rjfsworstnightmare: So this makes chess a Kan game...
Jul-13-08  rjfsworstnightmare: A Russian database cites 390 games, 118W 147D 124L, for a 49.2%. He is ranked 248 lifetime; Sonas, who knows, go figure...
Feb-23-09  Pyrrhus: Akiba, the Kan Sicilian is not the same as the Paulsen variation. In the Paulsen variation a6 or Qc7 is played after Nc6, in the Kan a6 is played prior to Nc6. Though transpositions are not infrequent it is also not uncommon for the Kan player not to play Nc6 at all. Often the Kan leads to hedgehog type set ups. It should also be noted that those who contribute to opening theory do not necessarily play the openings they analyze, but introduce them to the rest of us.
Apr-05-09  Dredge Rivers: Yes, he Kan! :)
Feb-04-11  Knight13: Remember that he was also a lawyer. And not everyone can pull off a time-consuming full-time job and chess at the same time and still reach the top. Not everybody is Botvinnik.
May-04-11  Marmot PFL: What did a lawyer in the Soviet Union have to do, besides remembering his lines?
Jul-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: This man's nickname is Ash.
Jan-11-14  chesssalamander: We should mention the Kan Variation of the Sicilian in his bio!
Jan-11-14  parisattack: <chesssalamander: We should mention the Kan Variation of the Sicilian in his bio!>

That would certainly make more than a little sense!

As to the name-game. Many still call it the Paulsen - as early as MCO 3 and as late as -

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/abby1...

Then there are the lines (mostly off the Scheveningen tho) where Black plays ...Nbd7. I see some old books referring to that as the Paulsen (MCO 8) and the same source calls the Taimanov the Neo-Paulsen!

Jan-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

Here are some fun facts about <Ilya Kan>:

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<I.A. Kan> was <Botvinnik's> second in his first championship match against <Smyslov>.

--"Botvinnik's Complete Games (1942-1956) and Selected Writings (Part 2)" Ken Neat, transl., ed., (Olomouc 2012), p.27,31

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At his dacha in <Nikolina gora> from 17 Oct. 1952 up until 13 Feb. 1954, on the eve of the first championship match against <Smyslov>, <Botvinnik> played no fewer than 27 training games with <Kan>.

-Jan Timman, "Secret Matches: The Unknown Training Games of Mikhail Botvinnik" (Russell Enterprises Inc. 2000), pp.59-78

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<The Wrath of Kan>

Yuri Averbakh:

<"Before me, apart from Ragozin, it was I.A. Kan who had played training games with Botvinnik. And also at the dacha. He too, had to listen to the world champion's monologues, in the intervals of play.

<<<'You cannot imagine what a strange chap he is,'>>> Kan once told me, regarding Botvinnik. <<<'Once, we were discussing something quite peacefully, when suddenly, for no reason, he went into a sulk, stalked off into the woods, and very demonstratively refused to come to lunch!'>>>

Later, I risked asking Ilya Abramovich about this incident. He remarked sarcastically: <<<'Botvinnik thinks that he is world champion not only at chess, but in everything else. He- a totally ordinary person!'>>>>

-Yuri Averbakh "Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes" Steve Giddins transl. (New in Chess 2011), p.102

May-04-14  chesssalamander: I take the Kan Variation of the Sicilian Defense specifically to be: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6.
Aug-27-15  epistle: I wonder what would have happened had < I.A. Kan> (1909 -1978) played white against <Bora Tot> (1907 - 1987)?

Or instead of Caro, Kan had instead collaborated with Tot to create an opening, like <Kan - Tot Defense>?

These are just some of the most mystifying WHAT IFs of the game.

Aug-27-15  NeverAgain: <WCC Editing Project:<<<'You cannot imagine what a strange chap he is,'>>> Kan once told me, regarding Botvinnik.> I think you got it the wrong way around.
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