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|Feb-07-06|| ||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|| ||Benzol: <Zebra> Yes, you've got the right guy.|
|Jun-11-06|| ||gilbertblondy: Bonjour à tous
Please, what is IA?
About Kan : He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an IA in 1956.
|Jun-11-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Ilia Abramovich Kan|
KAN, Ilia A.
|Jun-11-06|| ||Benzol: <gilbertblondy> IA stands for International Arbiter.|
|Jun-11-06|| ||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|| ||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!!>|
|Sep-30-06|| ||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|| ||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 -
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|| ||WCC Editing Project: |
Here are some fun facts about <Ilya Kan>:
<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
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
<The Wrath of Kan>
<"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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