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Leonid Yurtaev
Number of games in database: 664
Years covered: 1973 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2472
Highest rating achieved in database: 2543

Overall record: +241 -181 =241 (54.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (108) 
    B33 B93 B30 B32 B43
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C92 C77 C76 C78 C82
 French Defense (37) 
    C18 C07 C11 C05 C10
 King's Indian Attack (25) 
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B93 B95 B92 B90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C92 C96 C93 C95 C99
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (126) 
    E92 E67 E94 E81 E90
 Sicilian (43) 
    B33 B76 B70 B31 B22
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C84 C69 C89 C78 C77
 Sicilian Dragon (18) 
    B76 B70 B74 B78 B39
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C84 C89 C96 C95 C91
 English (13) 
    A10 A15 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Azmaiparashvili vs Yurtaev, 1983 0-1
   Kasparov vs Yurtaev, 1975 0-1
   Yurtaev vs Gulko, 1994 1-0
   K Grigorian vs Yurtaev, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Psakhis vs Yurtaev, 1980 0-1
   T Kosintseva vs Yurtaev, 2002 0-1
   Yurtaev vs S Matveeva, 1987 1-0
   Yurtaev vs Dolmatov, 1983 1-0
   R Wieser vs Yurtaev, 1991 0-1
   Yurtaev vs Temirbayev, 1998 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Frunze (1979)
   Goodricke Open (2000)
   Sochi (1997)
   Seversk (1997)
   Frunze (1983)
   Zaitsev Memorial (1995)
   Agzamov Memorial (1986)
   USSR Championship First League (1979)
   Helsinki Open (1992)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   GMA World Cup Open (1989)
   Moscow Olympiad (1994)
   USSR Championship (1991)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)

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(born Apr-03-1959, died Jun-02-2011, 52 years old) Kyrgyzstan

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GM (1986) Leonid Nikolayevich Yurtaev defeated many strong players like Tal, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, (the young) Kasparov, and Aronian. He played in 6 Olympiads and was a Reserve player in another Olympiad, but did not play. He was the first GM from Kyrgyzstan.

Wikipedia article: Leonid Yurtaev

Last updated: 2019-11-17 20:32:43

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 673  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yurtaev vs Kengis  1-0271973URS-chT JuniorsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-1441975BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
3. Tsamriuk vs Yurtaev  ½-½44197513th Soviet Team Championship qual-2A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
4. Yurtaev vs Ballyev  1-049197513th Soviet Team Championship qual-2A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Yurtaev vs S Begun  1-053197513th Soviet Team Championship qual-2A07 King's Indian Attack
6. V Vorotnikov vs Yurtaev 0-136197513th Soviet Team Championship qual-2B06 Robatsch
7. Sveshnikov vs Yurtaev 1-043197513th Soviet Team Championship qual-2B22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. V Mordvintsev vs Yurtaev  0-160197513th Soviet Team Championship Final-CA10 English
9. Y M Nikitin vs Yurtaev  1-036197513th Soviet Team Championship Final-CA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
10. Yurtaev vs Lputian  ½-½24197513th Soviet Team Championship Final-CC00 French Defense
11. Yusupov vs Yurtaev 1-0301976MoscowB33 Sicilian
12. Yurtaev vs Kasparov 0-1461976URS Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. Yurtaev vs A Shurs  1-05319769th Soviet Team CupB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. Yurtaev vs A Kochyev  0-16919769th Soviet Team CupB89 Sicilian
15. Lutikov vs Yurtaev 0-1341977URS-ch otborA68 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack
16. V Osnos vs Yurtaev  ½-½351977URS-ch otborA04 Reti Opening
17. S Yuferov vs Yurtaev  1-0311977URS-ch otborA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Yurtaev vs V Karasev  ½-½431977URS 24/188B08 Pirc, Classical
19. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 1-0301977URSA65 Benoni, 6.e4
20. Yurtaev vs S Zhukhovitsky  1-0291977URS-ch otborA06 Reti Opening
21. Yurtaev vs Chekhov  1-0431977URS-ch otborA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Yurtaev vs V S Zhidkov  ½-½271978URS 25/434B89 Sicilian
23. Psakhis vs Yurtaev  1-0421978Sochi YMA04 Reti Opening
24. Yurtaev vs Psakhis  0-1251978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
25. Yurtaev vs Vladimirov  ½-½431978USSR Young Masters ChampionshipC47 Four Knights
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Sep-27-11  DrMAL: Thanx gents it's just the kind of topic I've been looking for to further improve my attacking abilities, cheers.
Sep-27-11  Shams: <whiteshark> Definitely add this game to that collection: Capablanca vs A Chase, 1922
Sep-27-11  DrMAL: <Shams> That's a great one thanx for pointing it out.
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  whiteshark: <Shams> Yes, indeed! Thank you very much!!
Sep-27-11  Shams: <whiteshark> I was surprised it wasn't in there! A great game for your nice collection. I think these are the sorts of games to play over before tournaments. Inspiring.
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  whiteshark: <Shams> There is a small chapter on this topic in the most entertaining and highly recommended chess book <The joys of chess> by <Christian Hesse> called <The new chess doctrine>, p.281 et seq.

One of those books you can not put down!

Sep-27-11  DrMAL: <whiteshark> Looks like a fun book to buy. Some people snob out on Hesse because he is not a master, I think he is full of great stuff who cares what his rating is?
Sep-27-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<DrMal>, <shams>, <whiteshark>

apropos the discussion...Boris Gelfand won a nice game on the theme today at the Euro Teams!

Gelfand vs Jobava, 2011

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  whiteshark: Right, <DrMAL>, who cares! :D

There are four article on - which gives you a 'light' foretaste of the widely varied topics and his entertaining style of writing:

<Chess is more complete than life>

<Chess: the ultimate invisible game>

<Humor in Chess>

<A great moment in chess (Part 4)>

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  whiteshark: <SimonWebbsTiger:> Thanks, that's up-to-the-minute!

Well, people with great minds often think alike. :D

Sep-30-11  DrMAL: On topic of books I am re-reading (it's been awhile) "Dynamics of Chess Strategy" by Vlastimil Jansa, I think it is maybe the best "opening book" ever written, cheers.
Oct-02-11  Shams: <whiteshark> Another for the collection!

Rudnew vs Drosd, 1977

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  whiteshark: <Shams> Thank you! :D
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  whiteshark: <DrMAL: ... <"Dynamics of Chess Strategy" by Vlastimil Jansa, I think it is maybe the best "opening book" ever written, cheers.>> Jansa explores the stages of play between the opening and the planning in the early middlegame, an area in which most club and tournament players would like to improve. And quite entertaiung to read. :D
Oct-02-11  DrMAL: It's an area even GMs look to improve, most important area in chess. Seems like you read it, great! :-) I recommend very highly for anyone beyond 1500 or the likes, at my level it is more like entertainment but very useful still, great reminders, cheers.
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  Everett: <SimonWebbsTiger: you're welcome. Another famous KID Q for 2 bits sac is from

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1956

The variation is pretty much busted today but trust the imaginative David Bronstein to try it out!>

Didn't realize it was busted. What line refutes it? For example Seirawan would have gotten the better game if he played his original plan against someone who knows a thing or two about the KID. Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1989

Oct-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @Everett

I had in mind this game where 18. Nd3 improved on Kasparov's play

J Levitt vs A Martin, 1989

Busted is probably hyperbole; I note ECO E assesses the line as only

Funnily enough, I saw the line essayed in a game in the recent Copenhagen Championship (which black won, but that wasn't down to the opening).

Oct-26-11  DrMAL: <SWT> and <Everett> Interesting discussion I will post on both games when time allows, presently too busy so computer is deeply evaluating various options (including obvious 10.Bh6!) on move 10 of Kasparov vs Short, 1988.
Nov-05-11  DrMAL: <whiteshark: <Shams> There is a small chapter on this topic in the most entertaining and highly recommended chess book <The joys of chess> by <Christian Hesse>> Forgot to mention friend who saw post gave me copy two weekends ago at tournament. It is very fun book, thanx for making post!
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  whiteshark: <DrMal> I'm glad to hear you enjoyed reading it! And you have a very attentive friend, too! :D Sidenote: You sound a bit like <Than Phan> in your last post, but thanks, anyway. ;)
Nov-12-11  DrMAL: <whiteshark> Well, it is not my first language (fourth or fifth depending on how you count), neither is it for her. I often get help from friend with posts (actually, real DrMAL who basically stopped posting in summer, he still does at times) but I still often have trouble with wording. On subject of books, another friend gave me copy of this new one he wrote, I very much recommend it is even in Kindle version, cheers.
Jul-22-13  notyetagm: Yurtaev vs S Matveeva, 1987

29 ?

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29 ♕h1-h8+! <double attack: c8 & e8,g8,g7>

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29 ... ♗g5-d8

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30 ♗b5-e8! 1-0 <trapped piece: g6-queen>

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A *fantastic* tactical conception by White (Yurtaev).

29 ♕h1-h8+! is a <DOUBLE ATTACK>. One <TACTICAL TARGET> is the <CHECK> to the Black c8-king. The second <TACTICAL TARGET> is the squares e8 (<SUPPORT/COORDINATE>), g8 (<DENIAL>), and g7 (<DENIAL>).

Now the Black g6-queen is <TRAPPED> along the e8-h5 diagonals (<ONE DEGREE OF MOBILITY (ODOM)>) so 30 ♗b5-e8! 1-0 forces instant resignation as Her Majesty has nowhere to run!

It is *astonishing* to me that in the initial position White can force Black's resignation in just 2 moves! Such is the power of <TRAPPING PIECES>, of <LACKING MOBLITY>, of not having enough <FLIGHT SQUARES>.

It is just *unbelievable* that in the starting position Black is going to resign in two moves(!!) because her queen gets <TRAPPED> on her side of the board!!!

Aug-14-14  Christoforus Polacco: I've found this interesting and very nice game in the russian book about king's gambit :

Yurtaev - Chernov, Frunze 1975
1,e4 e5 2.f4 ef 3.Nf3 Be7 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 Ng4 6.O-O d5 7.ed B:d6 8.Re1+ Kf8 9.d4 Nc6 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.Ne4 B:e4 12.R:e4 Qf6 13.Qd3 Rd8 14.Bd2 g5 15.Rae1 Rg8 16.Re6! Qg7 17.Bc3 fe 18.R:e6 Ne7 19.h3 Ne5 Bc5+ 21.Bd4 Ke8 22.B:c5 R:d3 Kd8 24.R:e7 Qg5 25.Nd4 with winning position for white

Apr-03-20  lonchaney: Don't miss his beauty performance against Mike Tal Yurtaev vs Tal, 1979
Jan-15-21  tessathedog: Thanks Ionchaney. I've found another one (this guy could really play). His game with Sveshnikov in 1990, ending in a draw (Informant 50 #370). On several occasions in the one game, really profound tactical ideas (one really needs Sveshnikov's notes handy to appreciate the play fully). I found myself thinking "that's the way I would LIKE to play, if I possibly could".
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