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Igor Nikolayev
I Nikolayev 
Photograph courtesy of Igor Nikolayev.  
Number of games in database: 539
Years covered: 1977 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2368
Highest rating achieved in database: 2414

Overall record: +401 -23 =115 (85.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (109) 
    B22 B21 B40 B50 B30
 French Defense (38) 
    C01 C00 C11 C12 C10
 King's Pawn Game (29) 
 French (18) 
    C00 C11 C12 C10 C13
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B18 B10 B13 B16 B15
 Scandinavian (12) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C65 C64 C63 C78 C69
 Modern Benoni (29) 
    A58 A57 A56
 Benko Gambit (28) 
    A58 A57
 Budapest Gambit (21) 
    A52 A51
 Giuoco Piano (16) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 A45 D02 D00 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Nikolayev vs B Makovetsky, 1979 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs A Dunne, 2002 1-0
   Zolotukhin vs I Nikolayev, 1981 0-1
   I Nikolayev vs A Yakunov, 1989 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs R Ferguson, 2004 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs K Mannisto, 1990 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs M Gregory, 2007 1-0
   Pigalev vs I Nikolayev, 1979 0-1
   I Nikolayev vs R Burnett, 1998 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs Jevgenij Sutorikhin, 1988 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nikolayev Gambit by LjuboSubotic
   Modern Ponziani Charmingly by LjuboSubotic

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   Ethan Yung vs I Nikolayev (Aug-15-15) 0-1
   Jacob Chen vs I Nikolayev (Jun-20-15) 0-1
   Lev Paciorkowski vs I Nikolayev (May-09-15) 0-1
   I Nikolayev vs Fred Harris (May-02-15) 1-0
   I Nikolayev vs James Francis (Mar-15-15) 1-0

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(born Dec-01-1962, 58 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Igor Aleksandrovich Nikolayev was born in Borovichi of Novgorod Region, USSR (Novgorod is one of the most important historic cities in Russia and its original capital over a millennium ago). He started playing chess at age 10. He achieved the title of FIDE Master in 1990.

He was Novgorod joint champion in 1982, co-winner of Russia NW Spartakiada in Smolensk, 1982, and played at the Russia Spartakiada Final in Krasnodar in 1983, which was topped by leading Soviet grandmasters Lev Polugaevsky, Vitaly Tseshkovsky and Yuri Razuvaev. In 1988, Nikolayev was Khabarovsk champion (Khabarovsk is the largest city of Russian Far East). He won the Russia Championship Quarter-Final in Cherepovets in 1989 and tied for 2nd-3rd next year in Belgorod, and had a positive score in the Russia Championship Semi-Finals, 1989, 1990,1991. In 1991, he left competitive chess to devote himself entirely to his profession.

Nikolayev moved to the United States in 1996 on a business contract, as a software engineer, and later became a naturalized US citizen. In 2013, he tied for 1st-2nd at the New York State Championship. (1)

In 2004, he was 2nd-3rd, after GM Hikaru Nakamura, whom he drew in the penultimate round. (2) In 2005, he was 2nd-3rd, after GM Gata Kamsky (3) He also won the New York State Class Championship in 2002. (4) He was joint winner of the 4th and 6th International Bad Ragazer Oster-Open in 2009 and 2011, Switzerland (5, 6).

Igor is also the winner of hundreds of smaller local tournaments in Rochester and upstate NY.

He is a member of Chessgames as User: Igornikus.


Last updated: 2019-07-27 12:52:36

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 539  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Nikolayev vs Ulyanchenko  1-0191977Russia Belaya Ladya FinalC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Petukhov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½231977Russia Belaya Ladiya FinalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. I Nikolayev vs I Zakharevich  ½-½301977Novgorod Region Junior ChampionshipD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
4. V Utemov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½641977Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. Kolosov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½411977Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Yuriy Stepanov vs I Nikolayev  0-1341977Novgorod Region Spartak ChampionshipB07 Pirc
7. I Nikolayev vs V Nasonov  1-0221978Russia Junior Championship North-WestA34 English, Symmetrical
8. Georgiy Glukhikh vs I Nikolayev  0-1261978Borovichi CupD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. I Zakharevich vs I Nikolayev  ½-½251978Novgorod Region Pioneer Palaces Champ.C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
10. Yuriy Stepanov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½271978Novgorod Region Spartak ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
11. I Nikolayev vs Aleksandr Rusakov  1-0211978Novgorod Region Spartak ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. I Nikolayev vs Aleksandr Troitskiy  1-0211979Novgorod Region Scholastic CupB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. I Nikolayev vs V Krutikov  1-0341979Candidate Master TournamentA25 English
14. I Nikolayev vs B Makovetsky 1-0281979Candidate Master TournamentC00 French Defense
15. I Nikolayev vs A Melnikov  1-0281979Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
16. Pigalev vs I Nikolayev 0-1281979Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. I Nikolayev vs A Dolya  1-0301979Russia Junior Championship Semi-FinalC00 French Defense
18. B Makovetsky vs I Nikolayev  0-1191981Novgorod Region ChampionshipC57 Two Knights
19. Zolotukhin vs I Nikolayev 0-1291981Novgorod Region Zenit ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. I Levada vs I Nikolayev  ½-½331982Novgorod City ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. V Grigoriev vs I Nikolayev  0-1341982Novgorod ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. Polyakov vs I Nikolayev  ½-½341982Russia Youth ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Sander vs I Nikolayev  0-1301982Russia Youth ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. I Nikolayev vs Luchinkin  1-0381982Russia Youth ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
25. I Nikolayev vs I Levada  1-0421982Novgorod Region ChampionshipE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
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Jun-08-04  dac1990: This man is currently the highest-rated player in Rochester, only he and Isay Golyak has had a USCF of over 2400. He's attended all but three of the non-scholastic tournaments I've been to.

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