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Anatolij Bannik
A Bannik 
With Petrosian after their game. 25th U.S.S.R. Championship Riga, 1958. 
Number of games in database: 513
Years covered: 1940 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 2175
Overall record: +161 -121 =231 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-07-1921, died Jan-19-2013, 91 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Germany)

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Anatoly Aleksandrovich Bannik was born in Kiev. A five-time Ukrainian champion, he qualified for the Soviet Chess Championship final seven times, with his best finish being =7th-8th in 1962. He was of GM strength according to Chessmetrics (, with a peak rating of 2640 and #33 in the world (December-1950).

Bannik won the Spartak Chess Club (Minsk) tournament in 1962, ahead of Zaitsev, Suetin and Kholmov. This tournament was a USSR Championship semifinal.

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Bannik

Last updated: 2022-07-13 14:04:38

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 513  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Bannik vs E Gerstenfeld  1-028194012th Ch UkraineB01 Scandinavian
2. I Konstantinovsky vs A Bannik  1-042194012th Ch UkraineE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Tolush vs A Bannik  1-0321946LeningradD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
4. A Bannik vs Y Polyak  1-0331948Ukrainian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
5. N Kopaev vs A Bannik  0-1421948Ukrainian ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. E Gershkovich vs A Bannik  1-03919481st Soviet Team-ch finalB20 Sicilian
7. A Bannik vs Simagin 1-0561949URS-ch sfC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
8. Furman vs A Bannik  0-1651949URS-ch sfE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. Sokolsky vs A Bannik  ½-½551949URS-ch sfE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
10. N Kopaev vs A Bannik  ½-½611949URS-ch sfA13 English
11. A Bannik vs G Bastrikov  1-0491949URS-ch sfB08 Pirc, Classical
12. A Bannik vs I Vistaneckis ½-½581949URS-ch sfB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. A Bannik vs V Byvshev  1-0561949URS-ch sfB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. N Aratovsky vs A Bannik  0-1381949URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. D Rovner vs A Bannik  ½-½311949URS-ch sfE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
16. A Bannik vs V Mikenas ½-½641949URS-ch sfB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs A Bannik 1-0291949URS-ch sfA13 English
18. A Arulaid vs A Bannik  0-1751949URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
19. I Vatnikov vs A Bannik  ½-½421949URS-ch sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. A Bannik vs B Y Ratner  ½-½191949URS-ch sfB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
21. R Podolny vs A Bannik  ½-½431949URS-ch sfA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A Bannik vs V Kirillov  0-1611949URS-ch sfB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. A Bannik vs Chekhover 1-0691949URS-ch sfB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. A Bannik vs E Zagoryansky  1-0311950URS-ch sfC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. V Mikenas vs A Bannik  0-1481950URS-ch sfA25 English
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  OhioChessFan: <Petrosianic: Is it just a way of increasing post count without saying anything>

Yeah, much like saying Happy Birthday or RIP to people long dead.

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  whiteshark: <Petrosianic> Fair questions! It was only yesterday that I've found this link from where I selected all of my compatriots. I updated their biographical dates if necessary and had a commemorative minute of silence (and thus a post) for them. No more, no less.

I wish you all the very best!

May-13-15  offramp: RIP, Fredric Brandt.
Jan-19-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Anatolij Bannik.
Sep-08-19  Gottschalk: Why Bannik doesn't have Notable Games?
If is due that he has become a naturalized German, I want to express my repudiation for the anti-Germanism of this site. Unfortunately, it often happens that Italian and German players have their Notable Games omitted here. Above all, if they lived during the WW2. In the past, has been warned, but has shown little effort to correct the situation. Now, is under new direction and we hope you will repair this unpleasant coincidence.
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  perfidious: The designation of games as being notable is based on the criterion--so far as I know--their being in various members' collections, and will always apply to games which are either won or drawn by that player. Any losses would count in a notable section belonging to the opponent. Nationality plays no role; for a while now, these collections have been missing from player pages.
Sep-08-19  Retireborn: I have not noticed any anti-German sentiment myself.

However I do find it surprising that there is apparently no German-language equivalent of Perhaps creating such a one would be a more productive exercise than complaining on here.

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  keypusher: <Retireborn: I have not noticed any anti-German sentiment myself.>

Rot in hell, Bannik! Now there is.

Sep-08-19  Retireborn: <keypusher> Haben sie gehort das Deutsche Band, Mit a bang, Mit a boom, Mit a bing-bang bing-bang boom?
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  keypusher: <Retireborn> The Fuehrer was butch!
Sep-10-19  Gottschalk: Gentlemen, I regret having to keep my line of reasoning. despite what you all said.
Please say in your opinion, because Bannik hasn't notable games here, even though he has them on wikipedia.
Sep-10-19  Gottschalk: The list of wikipedia does not include the win against MiKhail Tal. However, here at chessgames would be the notable n.1, because it received 12 votes! It was also GOTD A Bannik vs Tal, 1958 Be kind enough to check what I said.
Sep-11-19  Gottschalk: <keypusher>
Your explanation is admirably formal to the times of quantum physics we live in! Allow me to go further in what I said. A few years ago I made the list Game Collection: The RENEGATE for players who should have notable games activated. After that I fought a battle so that Klaus Junge's notable games could be viewed, but I couldn't do the same for Ludwig Rellstab. At that times, your comment on Jul-23-15 (on Junge) was Frightening!
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  keypusher: <Gottschalk>

This one?

< keypusher: <Gottschalk: Today the US embassy was reopened in Havana and was seventy years that war finished-WW2. However, Klaus Junge can not be notable games or photo identifier because of a Jewish-Polish resentment coming from chessgames. This is very undemocratic!>

Darn those Jews and Poles for dragging down an honest democratic SS-man.>

Not bad by my standards.

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  Diademas: <keypusher: Darn those Jews and Poles for dragging down an honest democratic SS-man.>>

I don't think Junge was in the SS.

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  keypusher: <diademas> I was going to vigorously and triumphantly disagree, but...doesn't seem to be so clear. You may be right, dammit.

Courtesy of <MissScarlett>.

So I'll change my post to <Darn those Jews and Poles for dragging down an honest democratic Nazi.>

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  Diademas: <keypusher>
I read the second link before posting, but had some quarrels linking to a site called "Axis History", but it seems to be kosher (pun intended).
Sep-11-19  Gottschalk: <Keypusher>
Yes that's it.
Really? When you want to be systematically opposed, you can be uninteresting or creative, sober or crazy, because it will make no difference, the result will be redundantly the same.
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  keypusher: < Gottschalk: <Keypusher> Yes that's it.
Really? When you want to be systematically opposed, you can be uninteresting or creative, sober or crazy, because it will make no difference, the result will be redundantly the same.>

Not sure what you want from me. If you want my opinions, I think Sturmbahnfuehrer Junge should get a memorable games list, but I don't feel that strongly about it, and I never lifted a finger to get him one. I never heard that Bannik moved to Germany, and it doesn't affect my opinion of him in the slightest (because I don't have one). The only thing I ever knew about Bannik until a day or two ago was that he lost this lovely game, Tal vs A Bannik, 1962, which Tal wrote up in his autobiography.

I think it's contemptible that you think Daniel Freeman blocked Junge from having a list of memorable games because of Daniel's alleged Judeo-Polacity. Or it would be contemptible if it wasn't funny.

And that is all I have to say on these topics.

Sep-11-19  Gottschalk: You said it well.
I agree with you on the right that users have to knowing games not be infringed by personal convictions of the manager or webmaster-whoever them are!

I understand that you have a different opinion of mine, but the character of great champions such as Alekhine, Fischer or Kasparov is at least reprehensible-and this extends to the clubs of today and always, since in this sense chess is very democratic.

Why then should I avoid knowing the games of any chessplayer?

For me, political linking is nothing more than a biographical note. Then, as you will not fight my battles, I would simply ask you not to fight against me.

Oct-01-19  Gottschalk: Whatever the reason, Bannik notable games remain unenabled.
Nov-21-19  Gottschalk: Go to
Game Collection: Kieseritsky & Bannik & Lange best games and see what Bannik deserves!
Jan-01-20  Gottschalk: Happy New Year!!
How much more will we have to wait to see Bannik's Notable games?
May-06-20  alshatranji: Bannik attack? This guy is a pun waiting to happen.
Oct-10-20  login:

Heir to the Cossack family

[excerpts of a well researched extensive eulogy about the player's life and development under heavily adverse circumstances]

'.. The chess player's father, Alexander Stepanovich (1877-1964), a universally educated engineer, passed theological exams as an external student and changed his [day-to-day?] wardrobe to an Orthodox priest's cassock [cover, see The Great Purge] .

As a result of a denunciation .. (he) was innocently sentenced to 10 years in Stalin's camps. He "cut off" the entire term (1943-1953) in Kazakhstan for not leaving his parish in the dashing years of the [Russian] occupation. Only in 1961 came the long-awaited rehabilitation.

Young Anatoly [Russian name] inherited a strong character from his father and many good human qualities. But, of course, for many years he was forced to walk with the stigma "son of the enemy of the people",


"In December 24, [1937, according to the 'Bilshovik newspaper'] the USSR champion, grandmaster Grigory Levenfish, took part in the Palace of Pioneers' [in Kiev] exhibition against eight of the strongest chess players of the capital. The pupils demonstrated a high class of play, and after five hours of intense battle, the grandmaster suffered a sensitive/painful defeat. 4.5:3.5 in favour of the pioneers is the result of the meeting of the USSR champion with the capital's schoolchildren. L Morgulis [Моргулис, died 1942], Golfeld [Гольфельд], Ousatchi [Усачий] and Bannik won against Levenfish; the game Levenfish - Zaslavsky [Заславский, Zaslavsky ?] ended in a draw. Derkach [Деркач], N Zanozdra [Заноздра] and Ignatiev [Игнатьев, Felix Nikolaevich Ignatiev ?] lost to the Grandmaster ..." ..


The war slowed down the chess growth of Anatoly Bannik. After graduation, he began to progress rapidly. Having won the championship of Ukraine in 1945, Anatoly confidently entrenched himself in the elite of Ukrainian and All-Union chess for many years.


The 50s and 60s were the most successful in sports and creativity for Anatoly Bannik, when he took part in the finals of the USSR championships seven times! (In those years, these tournaments were rightfully considered the strongest in the world) ..'

by GM Vladimir Sergeev (in Russian) from Chessmatoek, Chess school website

Hand-picked 'notable games' are included for the interested reader, besides several meaningful photographs and last but not least a tasty anecdote about chess 'doping'.

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