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Alexander Ivanov
A Ivanov 
From the 2007 Foxwood Open
Photograph courtesy of chessgames member.

Number of games in database: 854
Years covered: 1972 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2469 (2497 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2606
Overall record: +315 -227 =294 (55.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (210) 
    B91 B30 B32 B47 B40
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C78 C72 C65 C67 C69
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B91 B90 B92
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B12 B17 B18 B13 B11
 French Defense (28) 
    C05 C07 C03 C11 C10
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (26) 
    B62 B67 B65 B66 B63
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C92 C90 C69 C91 C67
 Queen's Indian (64) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A40 E00 A46 A41 A45
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C92 C90 C91 C85 C84
 Robatsch (47) 
 English (30) 
    A15 A10 A13 A17 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ivanov vs A Vitolinsh, 1979 1-0
   A Ivanov vs J Curdo, 1990 1-0
   Landa vs A Ivanov, 1985 0-1
   A Ivanov vs D E Vigorito, 2008 1-0
   A Ivanov vs V Akobian, 2011 1-0
   A Ivanov vs L Christiansen, 1996 1-0
   A Ivanov vs Smirin, 1985 1-0
   A Ivanov vs L Christiansen, 1989 1-0
   M Martinez vs A Ivanov, 2004 0-1
   A Ivanov vs E Tate, 1998 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Summit (1990)
   USSR Championship (Young Masters) (1980)
   URS-ch semifinal Kostroma (1985)
   United States Championship (1995)
   USSR Young Masters Championship (1978)
   United States Championship (2002)
   Cali Continental Open (2007)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   USSR Championship First League (1979)
   United States Championship (1992)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   New York Open (1995)
   American Continental (2003)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Modern - Study1 by Peter R

   🏆 26th Eastern Class
   A Ivanov vs G Popilski (Apr-29-17) 1-0
   A Ivanov vs L Bregadze (Mar-26-17) 0-1
   L Bregadze vs A Ivanov (Mar-24-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Ivanov vs A V Escobar (Oct-08-16) 0-1
   A Ivanov vs R Mamedov (Oct-07-16) 0-1

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(born May-01-1956, 67 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grandmaster Alexander Vladimirovich Ivanov was born in Omsk in the former USSR on May 1, 1956. In 1980, he took first in the Young Masters Championship of the USSR. In 1982, Ivanov tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov and Boris Gulko in a Moscow tournament that featured 51 grandmasters.

After immigrating to the U.S. in 1988, Alexander made an immediate impression by sharing first place in both the 1989 National and World Open events. FIDE awarded him the GM title in 1991. He was the co-winner of the 1995 U.S. Championship (with Nick DeFirmian and Patrick Wolff). He won the Pan-American Championship at San Felipe, 1998. He is not to be confused with Alexander Al Ivanov.

Ivanov currently resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Esther Danilovna Epstein.

References: (1)

Wikipedia article: Alexander Ivanov (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-01-19 05:07:45

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 854  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Mikhalchishin vs A Ivanov  ½-½41197212th Soviet Team Championship Final-AC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
2. A Ivanov vs Y Maslov  1-0391973URS-chT JuniorsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. F Fleish vs A Ivanov  0-1371973URS-chT JuniorsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. V Loginov vs A Ivanov  0-1271973URS-chT JuniorsE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
5. A Ivanov vs S Gorelov  0-1681973USSR Junior ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. Berchenko vs A Ivanov  0-1451973VUZ CupC45 Scotch Game
7. G Agzamov vs A Ivanov  1-0381973VUZ CupB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. A Bykhovsky vs A Ivanov  1-0561974Junior Qualification TournamentC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. G Agzamov vs A Ivanov  0-1331974Junior Qualification TournamentC45 Scotch Game
10. A Ivanov vs A Bykhovsky  1-0391974Junior Qualification TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
11. A Kochyev vs A Ivanov  1-0541974Junior Qualification TournamentE08 Catalan, Closed
12. A Ivanov vs Van der Sterren  0-1311974EU-ch U20 qualB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. A Ivanov vs E Rayner 1-0391975EU-ch U20 fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
14. A Ivanov vs A Kochyev  1-0551975Junior Qualification TournamentB54 Sicilian
15. A Ivanov vs Chekhov  ½-½591975Junior Qualification TournamentC28 Vienna Game
16. A Ivanov vs L Zaid  ½-½431975Junior Qualification TournamentB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
17. A Kochyev vs A Ivanov  ½-½411975Junior Qualification TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Ivanov vs Vladimirov  1-0341975Junior Qualification TournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
19. Vladimirov vs A Ivanov  ½-½371975Junior Qualification TournamentC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
20. A Ivanov vs A Machulsky  1-0391975Junior Qualification TournamentB58 Sicilian
21. A Ivanov vs G Zaichik  1-0421975Junior Qualification TournamentB06 Robatsch
22. A Machulsky vs A Ivanov  ½-½291975Junior Qualification TournamentA13 English
23. A Ivanov vs Chekhov  0-1671976USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. A Ivanov vs S Palatnik  0-1461976USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Berkovitsch vs A Ivanov  0-1221976DubnaC44 King's Pawn Game
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May-01-09  wordfunph: GM Alexander Ivanov once worked with Gata Kamsky for a month, early in the morning until late at night. After that, he couldn't play chess for 3 months!

Happy Birthday GM Alexander Ivanov!

May-01-09  number 23 NBer: Happy birthday GM Ivanov!

I've read above that he plays in local tournaments with players much lower rated than him. I think that that's admirable. A high rated player could simply avoid tourneys with average rated players, but if you really love chess, you should jump at every opportunity to play.

May-01-09  MaxxLange: I think he earns all of his living from playing in tournaments and teaching chess. Anyway, he seemingly shows up at almost everything on the East Coast.
May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

1/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

<Scene: World Open 1999 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia>

This photograph

and the next two tell a story that may seem strange to chess players outside of the United States and Canada. In most other countries, the organizers provide the equipment for the players, especially at the top boards. In these two giant North American states, players almost always are required to supply boards, sets and clocks at open tournaments. This photograph shows GM Alexander Ivanov (USA) at board 1, in round 8, setting up his 'Saitek Digital Game Clock' for the five second time delay. After having set up his clock, Ivanov left the board.

[His opponent, GM Jaan Ehlvest (EST), had not yet arrived.]

May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

2/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

When GM Ehlvest - carrying a standard, double-faced analog "Tilt-Back Rolland Clock" -- came to board 1 for his eighth round game against GM Ivanov, he found Ivanov's clock already set up on Black's right. Ehlvest simply moved the Saitek aside and replaced it with his Rolland. In this photograph.

Ehlvest's Rolland is close to the board, in front of a plastic cup. Ivanonv's Saitek is behind the cup at the edge of the table.

May-12-09  myschkin: . . .

3/3 'A Tale of Two Timers'

When GM Ivanov returned to the board, the competitors could not resolve amicably the question of which timer would be used, so Bill Goichberg, organizer of the World Open (and dozens of other open tournaments in the United States every year) was called in. Goichberg told Ehlvest that the time-delay digital timer was 'of preference'. In this photograph, he is about to reverse the table positions of the two clocks.

The game was played, using the Saitek. Although Ivanov won the battle over which timer would be used, he didn't win the chess game. It ended a draw.


May-18-09  Poisonpawns: He just won the ny open in Lake george New york this weekend.He was the only Gm there so he swept 5 games and won 500 bucks.
Mar-27-10  wordfunph: 1995 Interplay US Championship: GM Alexander Ivanov shared first with GM Nick deFirmian and GM Patrick Wolff with 8.5 from thirteen. His wife refrained from telling him that their apartment had been damaged by fire until after the tournament was over.
May-01-10  wordfunph: GM Igor Ivanov's first game in the West was drawn after 14 moves, thinking his opponent was a strong master. His opponent's rating was later found out to be 1651.

happy birthday Alexander!

May-01-10  arthurp: arthurp

letekro-If a man makes his living playing in all kinds of tournaments why begrudge him that!He is a fine gentleman and player and is willing to analyze his game with you.Not too many GM's do that.This is his only occupation!He should be able to earn a living playing in all kinds of tournaments.that's why they're called open tournaments.

May-01-10  Illogic: I don't think letekro meant anything negative by it. He was just giving an observation. I've been at a few obscure New England tournaments where Ivanov has showed up and it's quite fun, always a thrill for the other players.
May-01-10  waustad: Interesting, he's listed as 2538 in the list of US players on the FIDE site but there is no link to him personally. I recall there was some issue like that with Ukraine a while ago.
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  ketchuplover: He's now annotating games at $5 ea. minimum 3 games http://www.gmalexanderivanovschoolo...
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  chancho: For a Grandmaster, annotating duffer games is like being sent to the Purgatory to do penance.
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  perfidious: <arthurp> I've played A Ivanov several times, and he wouldn't even acknowledge my existence. I'm amused at the idea that he would condescend to analyse a game post-mortem with someone who wasn't a strong master.
Oct-04-10  kramputz: Strange FIDE rating
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  eternaloptimist: <@kramputz> actually, his rating is 2540 fide now.: His rating will never get that low (2036). There r 9 people named Alexander Ivanov that have fide ratings @ Cg might have made that mistake b/c they mixed him up w/ 1 of the other A. Ivanovs. I will notify cg about this mistake.
May-20-11  brucejavier: I don't think he's rated 2036!!
Jun-12-11  notyetagm: NECF-InSchools tells you: Ivanov 2608-2643 now

NECF-InSchools tells you: from Mass Open and Wayland tournaments

NECF-InSchools tells you: by the way he still pissed about your game :)

NECF-InSchools tells you: He has 11.5 from 12 games at Wayland. No Master has been able to score against him. you are the Hero now!

May-01-12  wordfunph: "I remember watching Alexander Ivanov play in severe time pressure and he looked like a madman bouncing around in his chair, snarling and grimacing."

- <norami> of

chess is hard, take it easy..

happy birthday, GM Ivanov!

May-01-13  RookFile: Played against him in 1988 in a few blitz games. He explained that he hoped to be a GM. He won every time, of course. One time, he fell into a trap, but beat me anyway.
May-01-13  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ivanov!
May-01-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Ivanov.
May-01-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Always was a pleasure to see you in so many tournaments. You awed me with your concentration and willpower. Many happy returns of the day, sir!
Sep-24-22  thegoodanarchist: I remember playing in a tournament in Dayton, in the 1990s, where this man also played.

We never faced each other OTB, but he did bum a cigarette off of me! Of course I gave him one. [Marlboro Light]

The drama of the tournament was when he played some very low rated player, who was using lots of clock time to think.

GM Ivanov went the the bar next door to have a drink during the game!

His patzer opponent wasn't experienced enough to know he was beaten, obviously.

This highlights how different chess is from other sports. If you are trying out for a pro football/baseball/soccer team, etc., you get cut very quickly if you can't play.

But in chess, a patzer can keep a GM at the board for hours. Even when the patzer is obviously hopelessly lost.

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