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Yuri Nikolaevsky
Y Nikolaevsky 
Number of games in database: 264
Years covered: 1957 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2315
Overall record: +94 -87 =83 (51.3%)*
   * 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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He won the Ukrainian Chess Championship three times (1963, 1967 (jointly), and 1977), and represented the Soviet Union three times in international student team competition, winning a total of four medals. He was of Grandmaster strength at his peak in the early 1960s, but never received an international chess title. He played in three Soviet finals (1966, 1967, 1971).

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Last updated: 2022-07-20 21:50:48

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 264  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sokolsky vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0411957URS-ch sfA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Y Nikolaevsky vs Furman  0-1261957URS-ch sfB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. E Stoliar vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0411957RUS-UKRB08 Pirc, Classical
4. A Chistiakov vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0761957URS-ch sfB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. Y Nikolaevsky vs E Stoliar  1-0411957RUS-UKRA06 Reti Opening
6. Geller vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0401957Ukrainian ChampionshipD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. Y Nikolaevsky vs V Zurakhov  0-1421957Ukrainian ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
8. E Lazarev vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1421957Ukrainian ChampionshipA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
9. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Bannik  ½-½411957Ukrainian ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
10. Lilienthal vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1721957Ukrainian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Y Nikolaevsky vs Y Sakharov  1-0451957Ukrainian ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. I Pogrebissky vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1371957Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Y Nikolaevsky vs Stein  1-0411957Ukrainian ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
14. E Kogan vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0631957Ukrainian ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Kostiuchenko  1-0411957Ukrainian ChampionshipA55 Old Indian, Main line
16. B Korsakov vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0521957Ukrainian ChampionshipE09 Catalan, Closed
17. Y Kots vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1811957Ukrainian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Y Nikolaevsky vs V Shiyanovsky  ½-½211957Ukrainian ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. M Usachy vs Y Nikolaevsky  0-1501957Ukrainian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
20. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Zamikhovsky  ½-½251957Ukrainian ChampionshipD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
21. A Makarov vs Y Nikolaevsky  ½-½651957Ukrainian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Y Nikolaevsky vs Flohr  0-1361957Ukrainian ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. Y Nikolaevsky vs Boleslavsky  0-1441957URS-ch sfE70 King's Indian
24. Y Nikolaevsky vs A Reshko  ½-½511957URS-ch sfE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. Y Nikolaevsky vs Vasiukov  0-1381957URS-ch sfE70 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.
Jan-19-21  Jean Defuse: ...

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


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"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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