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Iossif Dorfman

Number of games in database: 958
Years covered: 1973 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2540 (2514 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2610
Overall record: +242 -104 =592 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 20 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (57) 
    E94 E60 E91 E62 E97
 English (46) 
    A15 A13 A14 A16 A17
 Queen's Indian (37) 
    E15 E17 E19 E12 E16
 Sicilian (30) 
    B22 B40 B23 B44 B31
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D76 D85 D79 D83 D78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35 D36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B22 B90 B42 B52 B51
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C92 C65 C95 C77 C78
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (38) 
    C92 C95 C96 C85 C91
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D85 D94 D97 D82 D79
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 E00
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E15 E12 E17 E18 E14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Velikov vs Dorfman, 1989 0-1
   Dorfman vs J Nogueiras, 1990 1-0
   Gelfand vs Dorfman, 1986 0-1
   Dorfman vs Razuvaev, 1992 1-0
   Dorfman vs Taimanov, 1976 1-0
   Dorfman vs Bronstein, 1975 1-0
   Dorfman vs K Grigorian, 1977 1-0
   Vaganian vs Dorfman, 1976 0-1
   Romanishin vs Dorfman, 1976 0-1
   Dorfman vs Kupreichik, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1977)
   New Delhi (1982)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1983)
   Sarajevo (1988)
   Cannes Open (1990)
   French Championship (1998)
   Sao Paulo (1978)
   Lvov (1983)
   Lvov (1984)
   Ukrainian Championship (1976)
   ESP-URS (1991)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Cannes Martinez Open (1996)
   URS-ch sf Mykolaiv (1983)
   Cannes Open (1989)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1977 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 French Team Championship
   P Villegas vs Dorfman (Jun-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   Dorfman vs J Riff (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   C Vernay vs Dorfman (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   Dorfman vs S Feller (Jun-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Geenen vs Dorfman (Jun-01-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-01-1952, 71 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality France)

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Josif (Iosif) Davidovich Dorfman was born in Zhytomyr (Ukraine, then part of the USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1978, he was joint USSR Champion with Boris Gulko in 1977 [rusbase-1]. The subsequent play-off match was drawn (+1, =4, -1). In tournaments he was 1st= at Lvov 1984, 1st at Moscow 1985 and 5th= at Minsk 1986. He acted as one of Garry Kasparov 's seconds in his first four World Championship matches against Anatoly Karpov. He now plays for the French Federation. Dorfman is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Josif Dorfman

Last updated: 2017-09-25 12:38:25

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 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 959  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kuindzhy vs Dorfman  1-0491973URS-ch sf FrunzeB56 Sicilian
2. Averkin vs Dorfman  1-0701973URS-ch sf FrunzeD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Razuvaev vs Dorfman  1-0471973URS-ch sf FrunzeD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Dorfman vs L Maslov  1-0291973URS-ch sf FrunzeE15 Queen's Indian
5. Dorfman vs Alburt  0-1401974Ukrainian ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Bronstein vs Dorfman  ½-½26197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
7. Tseitlin vs Dorfman  0-1411975URS-ch otborC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Taimanov vs Dorfman  0-148197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueA04 Reti Opening
9. Tukmakov vs Dorfman 0-1451975URS-chT ArmiesC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Klovans vs Dorfman  1-042197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueC78 Ruy Lopez
11. K Grigorian vs Dorfman  1-030197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Dorfman vs A Panchenko  ½-½27197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Gipslis vs Dorfman  1-0491975URSC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Dorfman vs Tseitlin  1-0431975URS-chT ArmiesA22 English
15. G Borisenko vs Dorfman 0-1491975URS-ch otborD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Savon vs Dorfman  0-130197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. Chekhov vs Dorfman  ½-½26197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Dorfman vs G Timoscenko  1-035197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueA05 Reti Opening
19. Tseshkovsky vs Dorfman  ½-½24197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
20. Gufeld vs Dorfman  ½-½40197543rd USSR ch-1st LeagueB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
21. Balashov vs Dorfman 1-041197543rd USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. Dorfman vs M Dvoretzky  1-063197543rd USSR ChampionshipA15 English
23. Petrosian vs Dorfman 1-041197543rd USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Dorfman vs Gulko  0-138197543rd USSR ChampionshipE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
25. Dorfman vs Tal  ½-½41197543rd USSR ChampionshipA13 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-23-04  WMD: Dorfman in the Toils by Bernard Cafferty (BCM, October, 1993):

Iosif Dorfman was the principal target of a very long accusatory article 'Chess in the Toils of Spying' which appeared in issue 28 of the Russian popular weekly Ogonyok. The allegation was strongly made by a former KGB employee from Azerbaidjan and by an associate of Kasparov that considerable leakage of information had taken place in the various matches between Kasparov and Karpov.

Dorfman, the article claims, had been approached in 1984 by an intermediary who had spun the yarn that he had contacts with a betting ring which could make big money if it knew such things as choice of openings, which sealed move had been made... At one stage the Ukrainian GM was promised a flat in Moscow within two days (a great prize, hardly attainable so quickly by senior figures) as well as a huge sum in roubles and foreign currency. Dorfman's rebuttal in the September issue of Europe Echecs does not contain a formal denial, merely a comment that no proof is given for the allegations. The Ukrainian, who now lives in Cannes, speculated that the article was to counter a comment he made that Etienne Bacrot played better at the age of ten than Kasparov did at 13.

It could also be a belated attempt at explaining why Kasparov had fallen 5-0 behind in the first match, or a riposte to Dorfman who might be suspected of feeding information to Fischer to support the American's project to write a book proving all the K-K matches had 'fixed' games. Dorfman was able to quote Clara Kasparov in the Ogonyok article to the effect that the second match was 'straight' as compared to the others. Asked about the article, Kasparov was quoted as confirming it as all correct. Karpov refused to comment other than that he would respond later.

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  Benzol: Iosif Davidovich Dorfman
Born 1st May 1952
Awarded the IM title in 1977 and GM title in 1978
He was joint USSR Champion in 1977.
Jun-18-05  vonKrolock: When i met Dorfman in 78, he was a young Soviet GM playing a strong Tournament in São Paulo, Brasil - for me it seemed that he was a very reserved person (or at least not so extroverted and approchable as his travel-mate Vassili V Smyslov, who also played there...) I still dont know which is the degree of parental relationship between him and the Dorfman family that lives in my city - i believe it's very near, they came also from Ukrania)

a tempo: tomorrow a ceremony will be take place here in memoriam of Moisés Dorfman (1919-2004), a fine furniture designer and music lover - the uncovering of his gravestone - pray for his soul

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  WannaBe: Dorfman was Tim Conway?
Feb-04-06  shor: which was covered on ICC by acz on the attacking part, and the game was won by dorfman i think.
Mar-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: He is said to know the entire Zurich 1953 tournament book by heart! If true, that's impressive..
May-01-06  BIDMONFA: Josif D Dorfman


May-01-09  wordfunph: GM Josif Dorfman's victories over great names like Bronstein, Furman, Taimanov, Dvoretsky, Timoshchenko, Tukmakov, Savon, etc. makes him one of the top GMs of yesteryears..

Happy Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!

May-01-09  whiteshark: Bio:
May-01-10  wordfunph: "In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition." GM Josif Dorfman

Happy 57th Birthday GM Josif Dorfman!

Aug-22-11  whiteshark: What do you expect to achieve by playing boring GM draws, Josif?
Sep-30-11  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

I can only reiterate what I have asked in the original question...

Jul-16-13  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" In chess, as in life, we are constantly subjected to tests. We are immersed in a world of struggle, which demands that we be constantly on the alert. We need to be able to carry out our ideas, to achieve recognition. "

-- Joseph Dorfman

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  GrahamClayton: Dorfman had an unusual performance in the 2010 French championship - +0, -0, =11, with his games being drawn in 21, 13, 30, 13, 12, 16, 30, 32, 43, 17 and 11 moves respectively. Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?
Dec-06-13  waustad: He has the first win for the men in this years Old Hands vs Snowdrops, haveing bested M. Muzychuk playing black in a Sicilian Najdorf.
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  Fusilli: <GrahamClayton: ... Did Dorfman give any explanation why he played so many short draws in the tournament?>

I don't know, but I guess he'd say: "Dude, I'm about 60, I get tired and I don't feel like fighting, and it seems the youngsters respect me and won't push me, so everyone's happy."

He's playing the ongoing French championship. +1 -1 =3 so far.

May-14-16  zydeco: Vladimir Tukmakov on Dorfman, from Profession Chessplayer:

"Dorfman's style surprisingly reminded me of Leonid Stein: both of their styles were strategically pure and clear, and at the same time dynamic and concrete. Both were born in small Ukrainian towns, then moved to Lvov, and the army played a significant role in both of their lives. They both broke into big chess rather late, but very swiftly. But if Stein lacked prudence and healthy pragmatism, Dorfman had more than enough of those qualities. Leonid, by the end of his life, had mastered only a simple calculator to count tournament points, but Iosif had been using a computer since his youth to take into account tenths of rating points. I think it was this excessive pragmatism that prevented Dorfman from realizing his potential completely."

Sep-25-17  jinkinson: Bio here says "(born May-01-1952, 65 years old)" but later says he was born May 1, 1953. Which is it?
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  Stonehenge: 1952, I have deleted 1953 from the bio. It's redundant anyway to write the DOB in the bio.

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