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Borislav Ivkov
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Number of games in database: 2,604
Years covered: 1947 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2402
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +790 -315 =1465 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (152) 
    E92 E60 E62 E69 E90
 Sicilian (135) 
    B32 B92 B36 B30 B45
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C84 C95 C93 C72 C96
 English (114) 
    A15 A13 A14 A12 A16
 Queen's Indian (102) 
    E19 E15 E17 E12 E16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (64) 
    C84 C95 C93 C96 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (215) 
    C97 C92 C72 C84 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (149) 
    C97 C92 C84 C91 C96
 French Defense (122) 
    C07 C16 C19 C02 C15
 Sicilian (115) 
    B92 B32 B43 B30 B62
 King's Indian (81) 
    E75 E62 E67 E86 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (67) 
    A40 E00 A41 D02 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ivkov vs Portisch, 1961 1-0
   Ivkov vs Ciric, 1963 1-0
   Najdorf vs Ivkov, 1955 1/2-1/2
   E Cobo Arteaga vs Ivkov, 1963 0-1
   Radic vs Ivkov, 1948 0-1
   Szabo vs Ivkov, 1964 0-1
   Ivkov vs I Kanko, 1963 1-0
   R Cardoso vs Ivkov, 1973 0-1
   Fischer vs Ivkov, 1959 0-1
   Fischer vs Ivkov, 1965 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Santiago (1959)
   Yugoslav Championship (1963)
   Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962)
   Zagreb (1965)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   Havana (1965)
   Raach Zonal (1969)
   Zagreb (1955)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Yugoslav Championship (1955)
   Hoogovens (1964)
   Sao Paulo (1978)
   Hoogovens (1963)
   Capablanca Memorial 2nd (1963)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   English by kefchess
   Havana 1962 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Snowdrops - Oldhands
   A Kashlinskaya vs Ivkov (Dec-06-13) 1-0
   Ivkov vs Cmilyte (Dec-05-13) 1/2-1/2
   Ivkov vs M Muzychuk (Dec-03-13) 1/2-1/2
   N Ziaziulkina vs Ivkov (Dec-02-13) 1/2-1/2
   Ivkov vs A Kashlinskaya (Dec-01-13) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-12-1933, 88 years old) Yugoslavia (federation/nationality Serbia)
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Borislav Ivkov was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He was awarded the Yugoslav National Master title in 1949, the IM title in 1954 and the GM title in 1955.

Tournaments: Ivkov won the Yugoslav Championship in 1958 (jointly with Svetozar Gligoric) with 12.5/19, 1963 (jointly with the late Mijo Udovcic) with 15/21, finally as sole winner in 1972 with 12/19.

His tournament wins include Mar del Plata 1955 with 11.5/15, ahead of Miguel Najdorf, Gligoric, Laszlo Szabo, Ludek Pachman, Oscar Panno and Herman Pilnik and Buenos Aires 1955 with 13/17, ahead of Gligoric, Pilnik, Szabó, Arthur Bisguier, Pachman, Hector Decio Rossetto, Panno and Jan Hein Donner, which was also the year he won his GM title. Other tournament wins and near wins include Sarajevo 1958 with 7/11, Belgrade 1959 by 2.5 points with 9/11, =1st Lima 1959 with Pachman on 10.5/13, =1st at Santiago 1959 with Pachman, =1st at Beverwijk 1961 with Bent Larsen on 7.5/9; =2nd at Belgrade 1964; =1st at Zagreb 1965 with Wolfgang Uhlmann on 13.5/19, ahead of then World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Lajos Portisch, Larsen, and David Bronstein, 2nd at Havana in 1965, Venice 1966 with 5/7, Eersel 1966 with 4/5, the 1966 Open Canadian Chess Championship, =1st at Sarajevo 1967 on 10.5/15 with Leonid Stein, =1st at Málaga 1968 with Drazen Marovic on 7.5/11, Stockholm 1970 with 6.5/9, =2nd at Wijk aan Zee 1971 behind Viktor Korchnoi, =1st at Amsterdam 1974 on 10/15 with Vlastimil Jansa and Vladimir Borisovich Tukmakov, 2nd at Štip 1977 with 8.5/13, behind Vlastimil Hort, Cienfuegos 1985 with 10/13, =1st with Portisch at the Tigran Petrosian Memorial at Moscow 1999 with 5/9. He won the European Senior Championship in 2006 and came =3rd in the same event in 2008.

Ivkov remains an active tournament competitor and at age 73, he played successfully in the 2007 Canadian Open in Ottawa scoring 6/10 and in the 2008 Canadian Open in 2008 with 5/9. His most recent participation in competitions was in the Belgrade Premier Leagues in October 2008 when he scored 4 points in 5 rounds (+3 =2 -0), in October 2010 (2.5/4) and October 2011 (1/1), the last when he was nearly 78.

Team events: The quintessential team player, Ivkov first represented Yugoslavia at the Student Olympiad in 1956 when he helped the team win bronze. Subsequently he represented his country 12 times in open Olympic competition between 1956 and 1980, winning 15 medals (6 team silvers, 4 team bronzes, 2 board golds, 2 board silvers and 1 board bronze). He also represented his country six times in European Team Championships, winning 3 team silver medals, a team bronze and a board gold.

World championship cycle: He was the first World Junior Champion in 1951. He subsequently played in 5 Interzonal tournaments in 1964, 1967, 1970, 1973, and 1979. His result in the 1964 Interzonal in Amsterdam qualified him for the 1965 Candidates where he lost to Larsen 5.5-2.5. He just missed qualifying for the Candidates on the basis of his 1979 results.

Ranking: Ivkov was world number 9 in 1956, and was in the world’s top forty between 1955 and 1975. He was also long time Yugoslavian number two after Gligoric.

Ivkov was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1986 and is preparing his autobiography.

He is married to a former "Miss Argentina."

Wikipedia article: Borislav Ivkov

Last updated: 2017-01-15 05:11:53

 page 1 of 107; games 1-25 of 2,666  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivkov vs B Milenkovic  1-0321947Serbian Youth ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Radic vs Ivkov 0-1131948YUGD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. NN vs Ivkov 0-1461949YUGE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
4. D Avirovic vs Ivkov  0-1441949YUG-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-1361949YUG-chC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. B Simonovic vs Ivkov  ½-½271949YUG-chC49 Four Knights
7. Ivkov vs Puc 1-0491949YUG-chB33 Sicilian
8. Ivkov vs Pirc ½-½281949YUG-chB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. B Tot vs Ivkov  0-1421949YUG-chD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
10. Gligoric vs Ivkov  ½-½401949YUG-chC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Ivkov vs Kostic  ½-½421949YUG-chD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. B Milic vs Ivkov  1-0461949YUG-chE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. B Rabar vs Ivkov  ½-½381949YUG-chD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
14. Ivkov vs P Trifunovic  ½-½491949YUG-chC05 French, Tarrasch
15. Ivkov vs Bisguier  0-1601950USA - Yugoslavia Radio MatchC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Bisguier vs Ivkov  ½-½471950USA - Yugoslavia Radio MatchB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
17. Ivkov vs C B van den Berg  1-0451950NED-YUGB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
18. C B van den Berg vs Ivkov  0-1331950NED-YUGE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
19. Ivkov vs A Fuderer  0-1301950BledB58 Sicilian
20. Tartakower vs Ivkov  ½-½381950BledB08 Pirc, Classical
21. Najdorf vs Ivkov 1-0351950BledA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
22. Ivkov vs Stoltz  ½-½471950BledB32 Sicilian
23. A Matanovic vs Ivkov  ½-½411950BledB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Ivkov vs Pirc  1-0341950BledE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. B Milic vs Ivkov  ½-½401950BledA80 Dutch
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Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <brankat> , the book was named simply `Endgames` as part of `Chess in schools` program in Yugoslavia somewhere around 1978-9-80.

Ivkov was author of it together with `Strategy and Tactics` , `Openings - Open Games` and `Openings - Closed Games` (paraphrasing these 3 titles by memory). `The Endgame` was printed in only 2000 copies ( I was surprised by so small number ) , and I don`t remember that I ever saw newer or different issue of it.

PS <Skakalec> should be Slovenian word for the chess knight , also the name of the poster who posted few posts up on this page : <Skakalec: It's not a common knowledge, but he wrote a book about endings, which was my first of that art. It was so easy to read that I didn't use the board. I read it before going to bed! That book alone doubled my strength, and soon I was a top player in my home town, easily beating (or drawing if necessary)older "masters" with no theoretical knowledge. After that, I realized, that learning chess starts with endings, not openings!>.

Nov-13-11  brankat: <bronkenstein> Thank You. Then, I assume, the books didn't have an English edition.

Yes, I thought the word was Slovenian for <Knight>. In Serbian/Croatian it would be <Skakac>, where the <c> is pronounced as a <ch> in English. The word actually means "Jumper".

But then, it seems like You do understand Croatian/Serbian :-)

Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <But then, it seems like You do understand Croatian/Serbian :-)> or any other way anyone might prefer to call that language(s) o,O

PS we had it (or one of it`s 4-5-6 fractions) further separated into Serbian and Montenegrian recently , ink wars about that silly thing are still going on.

PPS springer , laufer etc - the names seem to be simply translated from German. Some people are virtually using the word laufer for bishop here.

Nov-13-11  brankat: <bronkenstein> Yes, I know. I've even heard an expression "Bosnian" language. I suppose "Herzegovian" is next.

Like we have not had experienced enough catastrophies already. And that's just in last 20 years, not to mention somewhat older ones. Unfortunately, they never seem to become too old.

Yes, I remember laufer instead of "lovac", "kraljica" for "dama", (although it is "queen" in English notation), "kula" instead of "top, "pijun" (pawn?) for "pje(sh)ak :-)

Myself, I stopped using the "popular" phraseology while still a kid, so now they sound kinda silly.

Mostly. I haven't really been following news from the old country because they made me sick. For all intents and purposes, what I consider to be my "old country" doesn't exist any more.

Nov-13-11  bronkenstein: <brankat> , all these wars had some good side effects , one of which is - B. Ivkov is getting few posts closer to (woot woot) 3rd page . Think positive!
Nov-13-11  brankat: <bronkenstein> Why didn't I think of that :-)
Dec-20-11  brankat: May You have happy and enjoyable Holidays!
Dec-20-11  timhortons: this guy is really a gentleman,you can observed it by his demeanor.

im so happy id seen him in person last few years ago.

Apr-10-12  brankat: The updated Biography is quite an impressive one. I had almost forgotten just how much tournament success had Ivkov had in his younger days.
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  wordfunph: from D. Bjelica's book Grandmasters in Profile..

<Fischer once said:

"Ivkov is a good player but he is always getting short of time."

and Ivkov remarked:

"Fischer is a good player and he never gets short of time.">


Oct-01-12  RookFile: I like Ivkov's games. A real fighter, capable of beating anybody on a good day.
Oct-23-12  brankat: <wordfunph> You actually have the book?! And I thought nobody has even ever heard of it. I still have the original edition, 1967, in Serbo-Croatian.
Jul-03-14  zydeco: Other grandmasters thought very highly of Ivkov, who was apparently a wonderful talent. In his autobiography, Tal mentions that he and his seconds (along with most experts) were convinced that Ivkov was going to win his 1965 match against Larsen -- before Larsen demolished him. Larsen, for his part, lists Ivkov among the eight best players in the world in 1968, ahead of Geller, Keres, Gligoric, and Stein:

Ivkov may be one of the all-time great underachievers. He was pegged to be in the world's elite for a long time, and occasionally had a dominating tournament (especially Zagreb 1965) but never put together a really consistent string of results, especially in the world-title cycle.

In his autobiography, Gligoric in part blames Ivkov for his own poor result at Buenos Aires 1960. Gligoric claims that Ivkov, his roommate for the tournament, "forced upon me his own way of life - in bed until 2 o'clock, a quick lunch, and then play at 3."

May-11-15  TheFocus: <To prevent the threatened Marshall Gambit I always play this move. If Fischer on principle always allows the gambit, which has been revived by Spassky, I avoid it - also on principle!> - upon playing 8.a4 - Borislav Ivkov.
Mar-18-16  offramp: Have you ever thought about his name?

It's basically BOR followed by about 10 suffixes.

Apr-28-16  diagonal: This man is a legend and forever the first World Junior Chess Champion, 1951 in Birmingham, clear first in a swiss system:
Aug-04-16  brankat: Didn't he also win the World Senior's Championship some 55 years later, ahead of Korchnoi?
Nov-12-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster. Long time fan. Many happy returns of the day, sir!
Nov-12-18  Marmot PFL: Is Ivkov the world's oldest GM now? Probably not but I can't recall an older one offhand.
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  paulalbert: GM Yuri Averbakh, 96 years old, is still alive.

After Ivkov, Boris Spassky, 81, is maybe the next oldest of the world class GMs.

Perhaps I have forgotten someone but, not too many left from the pre Fischer, Soviet and Eastern Europe dominated period of chess.

Nov-12-18  Marmot PFL: Benko is 90, should have remembered him too.
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  paulalbert: You're right!! I forgot Pal Benko and his being of Hungarian origin, I should have been reminded to also think of GM Lajos Portisch, 81, definitely among the elite players when at his peak.
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  alexmagnus: Ivkov is not even close to the oldest GM. I always track the top 3 - currently these are Averbakh, Benko and Matanovic.

Ivkov is though, after Averbakh and Benko, the third oldest living Candidate.

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  alexmagnus: Top 10 oldest living GMs:

1. Averbakh
2. Benko
3. Matanovic
4. Krogius
5. Nikolac
6. Kraidman
7. Padevsky
8. Penrose
9. Ivkov
10. Darga

Top 10 oldest living Candidates:

1. Averbakh
2. Benko
3. Ivkov
4. Olafsson
5. Panno
6. Uhlmann
7. Spassky
8. Portisch
9. Hort
10. Hübner

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  gezafan: Ivkov was name checked on an episode of Mr. Ed in which Mr. Ed names the participants of the 1965 Candidate's Matches.
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