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Yuri V Nikolaevsky
Number of games in database: 143
Years covered: 1957 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2315
Overall record: +43 -53 =47 (46.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-14-1937, died 2004, 67 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Ukraine)

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sokolsky vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0411957URS-ch sfA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Y Nikolaevsky vs Flohr  0-1361957UKR-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Y Nikolaevsky vs Boleslavsky  0-1441957URS-ch sfE70 King's Indian
4. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Reshko  ½-½511957URS-ch sfE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
5. Y Nikolaevsky vs Vasiukov  0-1381957URS-ch sfE70 King's Indian
6. Geller vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0341957URS-ch sfD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Bannik  ½-½281957URS-ch sfC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Y Nikolaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov  1-0441957URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
9. Y Nikolaevsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½191958Kiev-chA15 English
10. A Bannik vs Y Nikolaevsky 1-0541958UKR-chE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Taimanov vs Y Nikolaevsky 1-0261958URS-ch sfD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. Y Nikolaevsky vs Zamikhovsky  1-0411958UKR-chD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
13. Zamikhovsky vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½181958Kiev-chB07 Pirc
14. Y Nikolaevsky vs Savon  ½-½201959UKR-chD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
15. Taimanov vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½791959MoscowE91 King's Indian
16. A Bannik vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½551959UKR-chB07 Pirc
17. Zamikhovsky vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½241959UKR-chA56 Benoni Defense
18. Kostiuchenko vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1471959KievB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Y Nikolaevsky vs Y N Sakharov  1-0521959KievB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
20. Y Nikolaevsky vs Geller  0-1461959KievB89 Sicilian
21. Smyslov vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½2919592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual-1C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
22. Gipslis vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½2419592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
23. Y Nikolaevsky vs Polugaevsky  1-06419592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Y Nikolaevsky vs M Mukhitdinov  1-03519592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual-1E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Bannik  0-1341960UKR-ch sfE91 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-27-04  S4NKT: This guy drawed with kasparov in a winning position.
Oct-26-05  sitzkrieg: Anyone something to say about this guy? He won some tournaments and I noticed he frequently outclassed the young Stein in competitions in the late 50s.
May-22-09  Volcanus:
Dec-31-11  Cibator: In 1967, UK's "Chess" magazine printed the amusing stalemate finish to Nikolaevsky's game against Taimanov in that year's USSR championship. It described him as a "philosopher and boxer". A pretty unusual combination of accomplishments!
Jul-26-17  Eagle41257: He played for the Ukraine.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

Alexey Zakharov (Spektrowski) tell a remarkable anecdote about Nikolaevsky:


<Chess Boxing>


"In Summer 1965, Nikolaevsky qualified for the Soviet championship. He led the semi-final for the whole distance, but in the penultimate round, he lost to grandmaster Evgeny Vasiukov. So, Nikolaevsky, young master Gennady Kuzmin from Lugansk and Vasiukov all scored 10/14. Nikolaevsky and Kuzmin had better tie-breaks, but an unfortunate accident barred him from playing in the final.

The accident was quite extraordinary, to say the least. It involved a fistfight between five local sailors and two chess players. The sailors, as they say, were drunk. I think that the chess players were drunk too - Yuri Vasilyevich most probably celebrated his success. Another chess player involved was Ustinov, candidate master from Kyrgyz SSR, Nikolaevsky's friend. The sailors who assaulted the chess players, of course, didn't know that they both were boxers as well: Ustinov was a featherweight (and Master of Sports), and Nikolaevsky was a light heavyweight (and had a category).

And so, the chess players beat up the sailors so hard that one of them was hospitalized. And our heroes were taken to jail. The late Efim Lazarev, another participant of that tournament, said that Viktor Zhelyandinov helped the chess players - he was friends with the police higher-ups. He managed to break them free.

But still, Nikolaevsky didn't get away with that. Vasiukov immediately publicized the story, it was even covered in Sovetsky Sport. The Sports Committee decided to punish Nikolaevsky for "systematic violations of sporting regime", excluded him from the USSR championship final (replacing him, of course, with Vasiukov) and recommended to strip the master's title from him.

Efim Lazarev tells the rest of the story: "After the sailor who was knocked out came to in the hospital, he said that he had no grievances against those who beat him up. So, Yuri got back home without any problem. And concerning his master's title... I went to Moscow on a trip, and Mikhail Beilin, the Soviet Chess Federation vice-president, told me: "Do not worry and pass our sincere congratulations to Yurochka in Kiev. He and Ustinov are our heroes! The entire Sports Committee went nuts: two chess players beat up five sailors! We did all we could to save Yura's place in the final, but... Vasiukov is from Moscow, you see. But they'll never take away Yura's master title!"


Nikolaevsky's death was quite sad. He was very happy with his second wife, but she was hit by a trolley-bus and died. After that, he was deeply depressed, rarely left his home and died there. His body wasn't found immediately, so nobody even knows exactly when he died.


Source: (see comments) / Spektrowski's Blog:


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