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Vladimir Simagin

Number of games in database: 791
Years covered: 1935 to 1968
Overall record: +277 -195 =319 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C96 C92 C98 C99 C73
 Sicilian (35) 
    B30 B40 B44 B63 B31
 King's Indian (34) 
    E92 E94 E91 E67 E61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (29) 
    C96 C92 C98 C99 C89
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D94 D97 D91 D90 D96
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E21 E34 E59 E53 E51
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B62 B32 B92 B89 B84
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D85 D90 D94 D97 D92
 Caro-Kann (31) 
    B11 B15 B12 B16 B13
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E46 E20 E21 E47 E26
 King's Indian (23) 
    E60 E62 E67 E86 E70
 English (20) 
    A16 A14 A10 A13 A19
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 0-1
   Tolush vs Simagin, 1952 0-1
   Panov vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
   Barcza vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
   H Neergaard vs Simagin, 1965 0-1
   O Moiseev vs Simagin, 1951 0-1
   Simagin vs Bibikov, 1944 1-0
   G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 0-1
   Simagin vs Petrosian, 1956 1-0
   G Fuster vs Simagin, 1949 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Championship (1946)
   URS-ch sf Vilnius (1960)
   Moscow Championship (1949)
   URS-ch sf Lvov (1951)
   Moscow Championship (1952)
   URS-ch sf Gorky (1954)
   Maroczy Memorial (1961)
   Asztalos Memorial (1967)
   URS-ch sf Vilnius (1949)
   Moscow (1963)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1950)
   URS-ch sf Sverdlovsk (1957)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Moscow Championship (1961)

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   Vladimir Simagin by igiene
   Vladimir Simagin by Benzol
   Simagin-Positional Style by Gottschalk
   Simagin-Positional Style by igiene
   Vladimir Simagin - Mihail Marin by Metrocles
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete

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(born Jun-21-1919, died Sep-25-1968, 49 years old) Russia
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Vladimir Pavlovich Simagin was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). He was awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1962 and the IMC title in 1965. USSR Correspondence Champion in 1964, Simagin was also Moscow Champion in 1947 (after a play-off), 1956 (jointly) and 1959. His best international results were at Sarajevo 1963 2nd= and Sochi 1967 1st=. Simagin made a number of contributions to the Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70) and Sicilian (B20) Defences, some of which are named after him. Whilst playing in a tournament at Kislovodsk in 1968 he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Simagin

Last updated: 2021-12-04 10:17:34

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 805  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Lyublinsky vs Simagin  1-0291935Moscow Jr. ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
2. Simagin vs Leonovich 1-0351936URSE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. Simagin vs Yacubovich 1-0261936MoscowA44 Old Benoni Defense
4. S Belavenets vs Simagin 0-1191937MoscowA80 Dutch
5. Koliakov vs Simagin  0-152193919th Ch Moscow (sf-2)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
6. V Lyublinsky vs Simagin 0-1231939MatchC46 Three Knights
7. Simagin vs B Verlinsky 1-028193919th Ch MoscowD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Simagin vs M Yudovich Sr.  0-142193919th Ch MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Simagin  1-035194020th Ch MoscowD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Simagin vs Panov  0-140194020th Ch Moscow (sf-1)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. S Belavenets vs Simagin  ½-½28194020th Ch MoscowE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. A Altgauzen vs Simagin  0-125194020th Ch MoscowB32 Sicilian
13. I Mazel vs Simagin  1-047194020th Ch MoscowB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. Panov vs Simagin 0-131194323rd Ch MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Ragozin vs Simagin  ½-½331944IvanovoC11 French
16. Simagin vs F Duz-Khotimirsky  1-0491944IvanovoA53 Old Indian
17. A Batuev vs Simagin  ½-½401944IvanovoA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
18. Simagin vs E Zagoryansky  1-0561944IvanovoA25 English
19. N Ovechkin vs Simagin  0-1411944IvanovoD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Simagin vs Bibikov 1-0231944Spartak ChampionshipC00 French Defense
21. Simagin vs Ragozin  ½-½521945Moscow Championship 1944/45D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Simagin vs Panov 0-1641945Moscow Championship 1944/45D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Simagin vs Smyslov  ½-½521945Moscow Championship 1944/45C45 Scotch Game
24. Lilienthal vs Simagin 1-0611945Moscow Championship 1944/45D90 Grunfeld
25. Simagin vs A Zhivtsov 1-0411945Moscow Championship 1944/45A16 English
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Jun-23-08  whiteshark: <humangraymatter>

Maybe it's Simagin vs Chistiakov, 1946 with

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where Simagin played <34.Rxd7>.

Jun-29-08  stanleys: I don't know why the following brilliancy of Simagin is not included in the databases.Unfortunately don't have the complete score

Vladimir Zagorovsky - Simagin

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.f3 Qb6 9.Bb3 Ng4 10.Na4 Nxe3 11.Nxb6

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11...Bxd4 12.Qe2 Bxb6 13.Kd2 Na5 14.h4 Nxb3+ 15.ab3 d5 16.h5 de4 17.hg6 fg6 18.Ra4 Bf5 19.g4 Rac8 20.c3 ef3 21.Qh2

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21...Nf1+ 22.Rxf1 Rcd8+ 23.Ke1 f2+ 24.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 25.Qxf2 Bxg4

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26.Qxf8+ Kxf8 27.Rxg4... and black eventually won the endgame

Jun-29-08  humangraymatter: <whiteshark> thanks.I was confused with the names Smagin and Simagin.I found that game: Smagin-Sahovic 1990.Really interesting game, I advice every chessfriend to look at it.Though that is not a subject related to this page it is a good one
Aug-22-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio in Russian:


Jun-21-09  wordfunph: "GM Vladimir Simagin was a hypochondriac and was constantly terrified of catching diseases. Once at a tournament in Sochi, the Black Sea resort town, he spent a day on the beach wrapped in a heavy leather coat. He also suffered from agoraphobia." (Source: Sorcerer's Apprentice by David Bronstein)

Happy Birthday GM Vladimir Simagin!

Jun-21-09  talisman: happy birthday.i wonder when and where about the picture? mighty big chess pieces.
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  offramp: He was an idealist.

Hence the phrase, "Simagin, all the people living life in peace..."

Nov-17-09  Red October: Simagin there were no end games...
it's easy if you try
No pawn promotion or captures
And Knights couldn't fly...

Simagin all the pieces...
Moving like they did in draughts

Ooh ooh oh oh..

They say I'm a GM
And I'm not the only one...

I hope some day Magnus wins it..
And the Champ will be one...

Jun-21-10  wordfunph: Tal-Simagin 23rd Soviet Championship Leningrad 1956:

The game started as 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d6 and during the game, GM Vladimir Simagin joked to other players that he was too tired to push the d-pawn all the way to d5.

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  Benzol: I'm very pleased to announce that Game Collection: Vladimir Simagin is finally complete and ready for your enjoyment.
Jan-10-11  paavoh: @wordfunph: <...he spent a day on the beach wrapped in a heavy leather coat. He also suffered from agoraphobia>

How did he get on that beach?

Jun-21-11  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Simagin

SIMAGIN, Vladimir

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  Benzol: Good to see him as POTD.
Jan-27-12  stanleys: <i wonder when and where about the picture? mighty big chess pieces.>

Moscow championship,1949

Feb-03-12  wordfunph: Macauley Peterson on GM Vladimir Simagin..

<For artists, it is not only important to win, but to do so artistically. Each chess game is an opportunity for artistic expression. The Russian grandmaster Vladimir Simagin was one.>

Source: Chess Life February 2012

Jun-21-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Simagin, today you are remembered!


Jun-21-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Simagin.
Feb-02-13  otto80:

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Simagin - Bronstein, Moscow 1947
1 Bg5!! h1(Q) 2 Qe8+ Kg7 3 Qg6+ Kf8 4 Qxf6+ Kg8 5 Qd8+ Kg7 6 Qe7+ Kg8 7 Qe8+ 1-0 the complete score of this game is lost

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  offramp: Here is something very odd, from the top of this page:

<NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?] Tolush vs Simagin, 1952 0-1
Panov vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 0-1
Neergard vs Simagin, 1965 0-1
G Barcza vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
G Fuster vs Simagin, 1949 0-1
Althausen vs Simagin, 1943 0-1
O Moiseev vs Simagin, 1951 0-1
Korchnoi vs Simagin, 1960 0-1
Spassky vs Simagin, 1961 0-1>

Something odd stands out a mile!

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  Benzol: <offramp> He plays really well with Black?
Jul-20-14  whiteshark: At the age of five Vladimir Pavlovich heard the doctor saying to his mother that he had a 'weak heart'. Thus he said each morning: <Oops, I'm still alive! It will probably be a very nice day!>

reported by Bent larsen in German chess magazine <Kaissiber>, issue 18 (March-June 2002), p.17

Jun-21-17  Nosnibor: His best result would appear to be the 1961 USSR Championship where he finished in the top half and beat both Spassky and Stein. R.I.P. Grandmaster Simagin.
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  offramp: In all his Notable Games, except the win over Petrosian, he plays with the black pieces.
Apr-25-19  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He was an idealist.

Hence the phrase, "Simagin, all the people living life in peace...">

<Simagin Imagines> would make a great GOTD title. Feel free to use it.

Sep-29-20  AlexPomor: He was a prototype of the central character (Sergei Khlebnikov) in the soviet film "Grandmaster" (1972).
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