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Igor V Platonov
Number of games in database: 225
Years covered: 1958 to 1980

Overall record: +67 -85 =73 (46.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B22 B97 B61 B81 B92
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C85 C77 C93 C70 C86
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E14 E12
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B97 B92 B93 B90
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
    A36 A31 A33
 English (6) 
    A13 A16 A10 A17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B84 B97 B52 B95 B87
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E55 E46 E32 E59 E50
 Sicilian Scheveningen (11) 
    B84 B81 B85
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B97 B95 B90
 Modern Benoni (8) 
    A58 A57 A59
 Benko Gambit (8) 
    A58 A57 A59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Platonov vs Savon, 1968 1-0
   Tal vs I Platonov, 1969 0-1
   I Platonov vs Tseshkovsky, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Karpov, 1971 1/2-1/2
   L Grigorian vs I Platonov, 1974 1/2-1/2
   I Platonov vs Smyslov, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Geller, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Tal, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Tal, 1971 1/2-1/2
   I Platonov vs I Radulov, 1967 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1970)

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(born Jan-18-1934, died Nov-13-1994, 60 years old) Ukraine

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Igor Vladimirovich Platonov was born in Odessa and attained the Soviet Grandmaster title, though he was never awarded a title by FIDE. At the 1964 Trade Union Championship in Moscow, there were nine players who eventually became Grandmasters in the field, and Platonov scored 9/15 for a very impressive tied 3rd-4th place, as the winner was World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. This was his best result so far. Platonov qualified for his first Soviet final at Kharkov 1967 (URS-ch35), where the event was run on a Swiss format with more than 100 players. He finished well above the middle of the field; the winners were Mikhail Tal and Lev Polugaevsky. His performance was good enough to make the team for the USSR's match against Bulgaria, Sofia 1967. Platonov made his career best score in a Soviet final in the 1969 Zonal at Moscow (URS-ch37), where he finished with 12.5/22, to tie for 7th-9th places; the winners were Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian and Lev Polugaevsky. He missed qualifying for the Interzonal by one point. Another successful qualification to SR-ch at Novosibirsk 1971 earned his place for the final at Leningrad 1971 (URS-ch39), where he finished with 10/21 for a tied 12th-13th place, as Vladimir Savon won. At Cienfuegos 1972 (Capablanca Memorial), he had one of his best career results, placing 2nd with 13/19, behind only Anatoly Lein. In November of 1994, he found two thieves in his apartment and they murdered him.

Wikipedia article: Igor Platonov

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 225  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Bannik vs I Platonov  ½-½251958UKR-chC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Zamikhovsky vs I Platonov 0-1611958UKR-chA33 English, Symmetrical
3. I Platonov vs Zamikhovsky  1-0291958Kiev-chC00 French Defense
4. Boleslavsky vs I Platonov  ½-½261958Kiev-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. N Levin vs I Platonov  1-0261958UKR-chC15 French, Winawer
6. Furman vs I Platonov  1-0281960VladimirD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
7. Kirilow vs I Platonov  1-0241962MinskB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. A Zaitsev vs I Platonov  1-0571962Spartak-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
9. I Platonov vs Kholmov  ½-½431962Spartak-chC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
10. A Bannik vs I Platonov  1-0401962Spartak-chB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. I Platonov vs Bukhover 1-0521963Kiev (Ukraine)B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. I Platonov vs B M Kogan  1-0661963UKR-chB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. I Platonov vs Tukmakov 0-1281963UKR-chB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
14. Zamikhovsky vs I Platonov  ½-½361963UKR-chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
15. I Platonov vs Zamikhovsky  0-1561963Kiev-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. S Zhukhovitsky vs I Platonov  0-1321964Spartak Team chB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. I Platonov vs M Yudovich Jr.  1-0481964Spartak Team chC77 Ruy Lopez
18. I Nei vs I Platonov  1-0251964Moscow-ch Trades UnionB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
19. I Platonov vs Petrosian 0-1261964Moscow-ch Trades UnionB06 Robatsch
20. I Platonov vs A Efimov 1-0231966Yaroslavl Trade UnionsB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. G Borisenko vs I Platonov  0-1411966Team ch URS armyE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. V Zalcman vs I Platonov  0-1341966Ol UkraineE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
23. I Platonov vs A Zakharov  1-0341967M:RSFSR-LatviaB06 Robatsch
24. I Platonov vs I Radulov  1-0341967Sofia (Bulgaria)D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. I Platonov vs V Vinkel  0-162196710th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-05-03  Resignation Trap: The death of this Grandmaster is a tragedy. In November of 1994, he found two thieves in his apartment. They murdered him.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Igor's games:
Sep-25-05  sharkbenjamin: If any more history can be obtained please post thank you.
Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: Igor Vladimirovich Platonov was born in Odessa, Ukraine on January 18, 1934. He first gained the attention of the public by his fine debut at the 1967 USSR Championship (the Swiss System event). He also played in the next four USSR Championships, his best performance was in the 37th annual event when he scored 12.5/22 and tied for 7th-9th.
Dec-01-05  PivotalAnorak: Platonov vs Cortlever, 1970 In this game, his opponent presented him with a gift of 1/2 point.
Dec-27-05  lopium: Who murdered him? And why.
Jun-28-09  myschkin: . . .

GM Igov Platonov (19341994) from Ukraine.


Oct-27-10  Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?
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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?> Unfortunately no success even for Игорь Плато нов. A second try was via tournament photos, especially Hoogovens 1970 and Capablanca Memorial in 1972 (his non-Russian tournaments). GDR magazine Schach 5/1972, p.131 shows the tournament hall but you can barely identify any players. Maybe you have more luck with the Dutch one.

Maybe User: Petrosianic and User: Resignation Tracould help with some other, more successsful re-sources / research methods

Sep-27-11  stanleys: Finally found a pic of him,it is from the 37th USSR championship -

I don't know why the CG underestimates his result at the 35th championship in 1967 - he shared the 3rd place with Vasiukov and Taimanov:

Jan-18-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Platonov.
Oct-16-13  kereru: Given that he had a "Soviet Grandmaster" title and a peak rating of 2515, it's odd that he never received even an IM title from FIDE. Some politics going on here?
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  perfidious: <kereru>: Platonov seldom played international chess, and during much of his active career, one had to make the norms necessary for a title within a rolling period of three years, else the oldest would lapse and it was back to square one.

In earlier days also, attaining a particular rating plus norms did not guarantee one a title, though it is clear that, had Platonov lived outside the Soviet Union, he would have eventually made GM.

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> So does the "GM" in his bio refer to a Soviet title? Shouldn't "GM" be reserved for FIDE GMs? Even if he probably deserved to earn the FIDE title, luck was against him, and "GM" in the bio seems misleading.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> In my opinion as well, therefore I have modified the text; do not recall whether I had such privileges at the time of last year's post.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Cool, while you are at it, you may want to edit Vitaly Tseshkovsky bio. See my comments there.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Platonov was one of the most profound thinkers and theoreticians in the old Soviet Union, which held a grip on the world chess championship for decades, as the title passed from one of its stars to another...
Oct-18-15  zanzibar: There's this book:

<Platonov's Chess Academy
Using Soviet-era methods to improve 21st-century openings by Lev Alburt, Sam Palatnik
Platonov's Chess Academy>

$ 16.95
Publisher: CIRC, 2012
Edition: Paperback small
ISBN: 978-1-889323-26-8
Pages : 176
Language: English

<Igor Platonov was one of the most profound thinkers and theoreticians in the old Soviet Union, which held a grip on the world chess championship for decades as the title passed from one of its stars to another.

Platonov's visionary insights, examined and explained here for the first time, provide you with the keys to understanding the foundation concepts of the game - and give you effective methods of training that will help you to find the most powerful moves.>

WikiCommons has a picture of him and Anderssen from Wijk aan Zee (1970):

Jan-18-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Igor Platanov.
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  mckmac: It is notable that when finishing 7th equal in the 1969 USSR Championship, GM Platonov won more games than any other competitor. His score (+9-6=7) included a win against Tal, and fine victories in the endgame against Smyslov and Geller.

USSR Championship (1969)

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