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Aleksander Nikitin
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1952 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2430 (2301 rapid, 2294 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +15 -48 =49 (35.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 9 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (19) 
    B32 B43 B93 B96 B46
 King's Indian (8) 
    E70 E63 E69 E92 E99
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C96 C70 C85 C90 C97
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B97 B94 B99 B96
 French Defense (5) 
    C02 C12 C10 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C96 C90 C85 C97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B43 B97 B53 B39 B22
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C67 C65 C84 C83 C78
 English (5) 
    A14 A17 A15 A13 A16
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A36 A30 A35
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E12 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Nikitin vs Kupreichik, 1968 1-0
   Lutikov vs A Nikitin, 1959 1/2-1/2
   A Nikitin vs Kasparov, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Shamkovich vs A Nikitin, 1966 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   St. Ingbert Open (1994)

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(born Jan-27-1935, died Jun-05-2022, 87 years old) Russia

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IM and FIDE Senior Trainer Aleksander Sergeyevich Nikitin was born in Moscow. He was a regular member of the Student Olympiad teams in the 1950's but is better known as a trainer and author of theoretical articles. Garry Kasparov is only one of the pupils he helped train.

Wikipedia article: Aleksandr Nikitin (chess player)

Last updated: 2022-06-08 06:54:22

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Nikitin vs I Nei  1-0301952URS ch sfB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. A Nikitin vs A Bannik  1-0561952URS ch sfC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Ragozin vs A Nikitin  1-0431952URS-20ch sf4A48 King's Indian
4. Koblents vs A Nikitin  ½-½581952URS-ch sfE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Chekhover vs A Nikitin  1-0461952URS ch sfA16 English
6. Tolush vs A Nikitin  ½-½261952URS-20ch sf4A13 English
7. A Nikitin vs J Klavins  0-1521952RigaB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. A Nikitin vs Krogius  ½-½271957URS-ch sfC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. A Nikitin vs Flohr  1-0411957Moscow (Russia)C02 French, Advance
10. Tringov vs A Nikitin  0-1721957WchT U26 04thB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
11. A Nikitin vs Antoshin  ½-½171957URS-ch sfC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
12. K Klaman vs A Nikitin  ½-½431957URS-ch sfA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Nikitin vs Ragozin 1-0601957URS-ch sfC02 French, Advance
14. A Nikitin vs Shamkovich  ½-½181957URS-ch sfB07 Pirc
15. A Nikitin vs Suetin  0-1601957URS-ch sfB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
16. A Nikitin vs Taimanov  ½-½391957URS-ch sfB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Lutikov vs A Nikitin  1-040195826th USSR-ch sfC12 French, McCutcheon
18. A Cherepkov vs A Nikitin  1-0291958Moscow-Leningrad MatchE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
19. A Nikitin vs A Cherepkov  1-0421958Moscow-Leningrad MatchB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. Averbakh vs A Nikitin  ½-½471959USSR ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
21. A Nikitin vs Gufeld  ½-½511959USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
22. Bronstein vs A Nikitin 1-0301959USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. A Nikitin vs Vasiukov  ½-½311959USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
24. Gurgenidze vs A Nikitin  ½-½431959USSR ChampionshipA14 English
25. A Nikitin vs Furman  0-1401959USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
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Nov-22-04  kostich in time: Nikitin was no great shakes as a player, but he was a pretty good trainer. One of his pupils was Kasparov, with whom he wrote a first-rate book on the Scheveningen
Oct-13-06  aw1988: <no great shakes>

Well, compared to some other players in the database. If compared to all of chess players then he's quite good...

Aug-30-08  myschkin: . . .

"... In 1976 Nikitin worked for the Sports Committee, the highest sports authority in the Soviet Union, much higher in rank then the board of the chess federation. Nikitin had seen a French press report implying that world champion Anatoli Karpov was negotiating privately with Robert James Fischer in Tokyo about a match for the world championship. Nikitin knew that the Sports Committee had not given permission for these negotiations. He felt it his duty to report Karpov's serious offense to his superiors.

Of course Nikitin had underestimated Anatoli Karpov . What he did not know was that permission for these negotiations had been granted by an even higher authority, the Central Committee of the Communist Party.

When Anatoli Karpov came to hear of Nikitin's denunciation, he demanded Nikitin to be fired. This happened. Nikitin was accused of "immoral behaviour toward his protégé‚" and demoted to the humble function of trainer of the club Spartak.

As fate would have it, one of the members of this club was a promising thirteen-year-old youngster, Garry Kasparov. Nikitin saw his chance. He swore that he would dethrone the intriguer Karpov, who had wrecked his career. And he would do it in the same way as his former "protégé" had always executed his own acts of revenge: not by acting himself, but by means of others. For Nikitin, Garry Kasparov <would be the tool to use for his revenge>. All this is Nikitin's way of describing the events.

For the next few years Nikitin spent all his talent and energy on the training of Kasparov. In 1985 he reached his goal: Garry Kasparov beat Anatoli Karpov. ..."

(by Hans Ree)

Aug-30-08  Open Defence: heh, who asked him to rat on Karpov, he could have checked out the facts...
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  Tabanus: He is an IM with no FIDE rated games since 1996,

The games from 2000 and later are by GM Andrey Nikitin, possibly also the games 1996-1999

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  Tabanus: Hmm, he did paticipate in Botvinnik Memorial 2002

So it's a mess between him and Andrey Nikitin, possibly also <Alexej Nikitin> (not in database) and other Nikitins.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Nikitin> beat <Mikhail Tal> at <Kisolovodsk 1966>.

Nikitin vs Tal, 1966

Here is film footage from that game, with a still photo of <Nikitin>:

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  perfidious: Tal lost most of his hair over the next few years.

In his picture on the dust jacket of Cafferty's book published in 1973, he's got a lot less.

Nice work Jess!

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  jessicafischerqueen: Thanks <perfidious>, it takes me a long time to figure out who the players are in a lot of these films- because I can't read Russian.

I had to type out the cyrillic letters by hand with an online "Russian typewriter" and then copy paste them into the Google translator to identify the elusive "Nikitin."

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  perfidious: <jess> I can figure out just enough of the Cyrillic-benefits of seeing enough of the better-known players, y'know-and make half an effort at transliteration. In the 1980s, I had a roommate who was of Lithuanian descent and could speak Russian, so there was never a problem then!
May-31-12  Cemoblanca: Nikitin on Garik: "Several times during the tournament I managed to talk to this amazing boy. It turned out that he loved reading and his range of interest was unusually wide. He had an excellent knowledge of geographical names, historical facts and dates. He read very rapidly, and his exceptional memory ensured that things were firmly retained. Attempts to test his erudition often put the questioners in an awkward position, because it would suddenly transpire that the boy knew more than the examiner. But most of all I was staggered by Garik's eyes - (Here comes my favorite part) intelligent, with a kind of amazing sparkle. At the time I decided purely intuitively that such eyes were a sign of great talent."
Sep-22-13  parisattack: Their (Nikitin, Kasparov) books on the Schevenigen Sicilian are excellent. Given the similarily to Nikitin's earlier Zashita Sicilianskaya monograph on the Scheveningen, its a good guess he did most of the work.
Feb-21-14  Cemoblanca: What I do not understand is, that this guy had a peak rating of 2535, but according to this website his overall record is only 30%?!?!

I just found these statistics on another website ( whose name I do not want to mention here ;] ):

Wins: 109 (34.94 %)
Draws: 121 (38.78 %)
Losses: 82 (26.28 %)
Score: 54.33 %

It seems that a lot of games are missing here.

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  perfidious: <Cemoblanca>: It certainly does not help that, in the two USSR championships for which all Nikitin's games are available here, he won precisely one game between them of thirty-eight, finishing as bottom marker both times. Subtract those games and he remains minus, but it is not quite so bad.
Feb-21-14  Cemoblanca: Thank you for your time <perfidious>. That means: According to "this" website the data are ok, but however, I can live and "outlive" with that. ;]
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  perfidious: This comment is ridiculous beyond words, though:

<kostich in time: Nikitin was no great shakes as a player....>

The fish only managed to qualify for some Soviet championships, facing the cream of the crop, with events full of top grandmasters. Y'know, those guys who can play a little.

While I am an ordinary player by FIDE standards, I am sure that, in anything like his prime, Mr No Great Shakes would have crushed the poster who thus dubbed him.

Jan-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Aleksander Nikitin, trainer of champions.
Jul-26-17  Eagle41257: He isn't an international master, just a USSR master (1952).
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  FSR: FIDE is reporting that he has died.
Jun-05-22  Albertan: Alexander Nikitin (1935-2022):

Jun-07-22  BIDMONFA: Aleksander Nikitin

NIKITIN, Aleksander

Jun-07-22  Albertan: GM Emil Sutovsky writes an obituary of Nikitin at the Chessbase website:

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  0ZeR0: Rest in Peace, IM Aleksander Nikitin, a fine player and well-respected trainer.

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