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Igor Bondarevsky
Number of games in database: 434
Years covered: 1930 to 1964

Overall record: +132 -117 =184 (51.7%)*
   * 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:
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D60 D52 D56 D63 D55
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    D02 A46 A45 E00 D05
 Slav (20) 
    D11 D15 D12 D13 D16
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E32 E20 E25 E48 E29
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D30 D37 D39 D06
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D85 D87 D99 D80 D95
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C18 C04 C15 C07
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C72 C75 C67 C73 C74
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D50 D59 D58 D51 D55
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C04 C07 C03 C09 C05
 French Winawer (15) 
    C18 C15 C17
 French (13) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936 0-1
   Panov vs Bondarevsky, 1937 0-1
   Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs V Mikenas, 1950 1-0
   Smyslov vs Bondarevsky, 1940 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs Keres, 1939 1/2-1/2
   Bondarevsky vs Aronin, 1951 1-0
   Bondarevsky vs Lisitsin, 1940 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Bondarevsky, 1941 0-1
   Tolush vs Bondarevsky, 1945 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1940)
   Moscow-Prague (1946)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   USSR Absolute Championship (1941)
   Moscow Championship 1944/45 (1945)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1950)
   URS-ch10 (1937)
   Moscow Championship (1946)
   Moscow (1947)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1950)

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(born May-12-1913, died Jun-14-1979, 66 years old) Russia
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Igor Zakharovich Bondarevsky was born in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia. Awarded the GM title in 1950 and the Grandmaster of Correspondence Chess (GMC) title in 1961, he was also an International Arbiter (1954). He finished 1st= with Andre Lilienthal in the USSR Championship of 1940 [rusbase-1] and qualified for the 1950 Candidates tournament but due to illness was unable to play. He played in nine USSR Championships between 1937 and 1963. Later he turned to writing, teaching and training and acted as Boris Spassky 's second in his World Title Matches against Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. His wife, Valentina Kozlovskaya, was one of the world's leading women players. He was an economist. He passed away in Piatigorsk in 1979.

Wikipedia article: Igor Bondarevsky

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 469  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bondarevsky vs Belenky  1-02519301st CategoryD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
2. N Grigoriev vs Bondarevsky  1-03519301st CategoryB83 Sicilian
3. Bondarevsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½1919355th Ch RSFSRE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. G Goldberg vs Bondarevsky  0-1511936All-Union 1st CategoryA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-1271936All-Union 1st CategoryA90 Dutch
6. Kasparian vs Bondarevsky  ½-½681937Baku championshipC11 French
7. Fine vs Bondarevsky 1-0281937MoscowA90 Dutch
8. Bondarevsky vs Kasparian 1-0241937URS-ch10B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Levenfish vs Bondarevsky  ½-½551937URS-ch10A14 English
10. Bondarevsky vs Chekhover 1-0401937URS-ch10E17 Queen's Indian
11. A Ebralidze vs Bondarevsky ½-½661937URS-ch10A84 Dutch
12. Bondarevsky vs A Konstantinopolsky  ½-½301937URS-ch10D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. S Belavenets vs Bondarevsky  ½-½331937URS-ch10C12 French, McCutcheon
14. Bondarevsky vs Lisitsin  0-1311937URS-ch10B72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. M Yudovich Sr. vs Bondarevsky  1-0481937URS-ch10E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
16. Bondarevsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-0251937URS-ch10A99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
17. I Kan vs Bondarevsky 1-0541937URS-ch10C07 French, Tarrasch
18. Bondarevsky vs Rauzer  1-0301937URS-ch10D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. I Rabinovich vs Bondarevsky  ½-½351937URS-ch10D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. Bondarevsky vs V Goglidze  ½-½271937URS-ch10B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Panov vs Bondarevsky 0-1301937URS-ch10C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
22. Bondarevsky vs Ragozin  ½-½361937URS-ch10D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. A Budo vs Bondarevsky  ½-½481937URS-ch10E16 Queen's Indian
24. Bondarevsky vs Alatortsev  0-1341937URS-ch10B72 Sicilian, Dragon
25. Bondarevsky vs Lilienthal  ½-½281937URS-ch10C53 Giuoco Piano
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Igor's games:
Jul-17-05  calman543: What is the "GMC" title?
Jul-17-05  hintza: Grandmaster in Correspondence chess.
Dec-19-05  WhoKeres: I read somehwere where Bondarevsky's "illness" that prevented his playing in the 1950 Candidates Tournament was alcoholism. Can anyone support or refute this claim? Thanks.
Dec-26-05  dakgootje: HUGE differance in age with his wife! If the information of both birthdays (and year) is right, he played his first game (well here his first game, not the first one of his least i guess ;-) 2 years before she even was being born (probably wrong tense, but who cares...)!!!!!!
Dec-26-05  szunzein: spassky had parted with bondarevsky before his match against fischer in 1972 (not that it would have changed the outcome, but it didn't help)
Dec-26-05  chesscrazy: <dakgootje> That was very confusing, but...okay. At least I understood (not understand) what you were talking about.
May-12-06  BIDMONFA: Igor Bondarevsky


May-14-06  DeepBlade: Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst (D58)
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  Gypsy: Bondarevsky-Ufimcev, 1936; <1...Bg2?> and White wins:

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This comes from the same 1936 1st-Class-Player Tournament that saw Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936. After Ufimcev blundered by playing the 'natural' <1...Bg2?>, Bondarevsky won thus: 2.Rh8+ Kf7 3.Be8+!! Nxe8 4.Kg5!...

Jul-11-11  wordfunph: 5 long years without any kibz here..

"What can one say about Tal? His aggressive style is well known throughout the chess world ...he plays quickly and easily. When the situation on the board heats up, he circles around the table like a vulture."

- GM Igor Bondarevsky (from the book The Magic of Tal)

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  HeMateMe: Bondarevsky trained Spassky. How many drunks can say that? certainly not the ones wearing Mets or Man U T-shirts.
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  Everett: Dec-26-05    <szunzein: spassky had parted with bondarevsky before his match against fischer in 1972 (not that it would have changed the outcome, but it didn't help)>

Had not realized this. How did it all go down?

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  OhioChessFan: Keres certainly thought a lot of him. Here's his assessment of the WC situation in 1941:

<Of course, it is possible that besides the seven contenders who have been in the forefront now for several years, new ones may soon appear. A step forward in this direction was marked by the last championship of the USSR. Bondarevsky, Lilienthal and Smyslov have shown themselves as masters seriously to be reckoned with. But it would be premature immediately after a first success to place any master in the group of championship candidates.>

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May-12-13  tjipa: Bondarevsky - 100 years anniversary today!
Dec-29-13  zydeco: <WhoKeres> Not so! According to Averbakh, the Soviets wanted to keep Trifunovic out of the tournament in the midst of the USSR-Yugoslavia fallout, so they 'sacrificed' Bondarevsky, claiming that he had an illness, and persuaded FIDE to drop Trifunovic to keep numbers even. In return, Bondarevsky was allowed to travel to Budapest as a spectator. There's an implication that Bondarevsky was in political disfavor - he had been behind enemy lines in Rostov during the war and played a match with the Romanian Troianescu.
Oct-29-14  ljfyffe: Bondarevsky was part of the Russian team that won the 1958-1961 CC Olympiad III.
May-29-15  zydeco: His games are really fun to play through -- there's a spirit of adventure with him and an approach where he seeks out complications without knowing necessarily if the position is better for him or for his opponent.

Interesting article about him: I was surprised to read that he was a "sincere anti-Semite" and that some of his attitudes were passed on to Spassky as well. Curious if anybody can corroborate this?

May-12-16  Sally Simpson: What a shame, player of the day and not one post.

Igor Bondarevsky was one of the 'Glorious 27' the first players to be awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE in 1950.

The 27 were:

Mikhail Botvinnik
Isaac Boleslavsky
Igor Bondarevsky
David Bronstein
Max Euwe
Reuben Fine
Salo Flohr
Paul Keres
Alexander Kotov
Andor Lilienthal
Miguel Najdorf
Samuel Reshevsky
Vasily Smyslov
Gideon Stahlberg
László Szabó.

This next group were deemed past their best but as they were still alive and in the past had demonstrated their great skill at the game they too were awarded the International Grandmaster title.

Ossip Bernstein,
Oldøich Duras
Ernst Grünfeld
Borislav Kostiæ
Grigory Levenfish
Géza Maróczy
Jacques Mieses
Viacheslav Ragozin
Akiba Rubinstein
Friedrich Sämisch
Savielly Tartakower
Milan Vidmar.

Good title for a book that one 'The Glorious 27'.

A brief bio followed by two what you consider are the best games by each player (one with White, one with Black.) 54 games.

No cheating you must make them pre-1950 games. Should be good fun researching and awaiting you are all those games by players whose games you have rarely played over. You might find a hidden or forgotten gem.

I'd first seek out their obituaries, usually this is accompanied with a good game they have played.

Send it to Edward Winter to proof read and you are on a winner.

Aug-31-17  Cibator: <Good title for a book that one 'The Glorious 27'.> As long as people don't think it refers to the notorious "27 Club".

Incidentally, that photo of Igor B at the Bidmonfa site makes him look rather like a Kray* brother. And wasn't he supposed to have been a high-ranking KGB officer? Definitely not one to mess with!

*The Kray twins were much-feared London gangsters in the 1950s and 60s.

Mar-30-18  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Add 'Super Nez' and you get "The Glorious 28'

A pity only 366 games remain for Bondarevsky. What a brilliant player!


Mar-30-18  Marmot PFL: Spassky was coached by Bondarevsky in the period of his rise to winning the world championship. Bondarevsky is credited with providing Spassky the necessary stability to achieve the highest honors. ””Bondarevsky did a lot not only for my chess knowledge and understanding of positions, but also for my character. I admired him less as a grandmaster than I did Tolush. Bondarevsky used to be a combination player, but then he decided to become like Capablanca and now his chess is rather dull. But when I first got to know him well, I was drawn to him, felt a great respect and saw that this man was a very interesting man.”
Sep-23-18  reti: I wonder if Emanuel Lasker trained these Soviet players.
Oct-25-19  ewan14: When Boris was winning his Candidates Matches , especially 1968 , is it known how much of his playing style was due to Bondarevsky ? ( for Geller 1968 Boris said the plan was to attack , attack and attack again. Was this down to Boris and / or Bondarevsky ? ) Also before their candidates final match Korchnoi said Boris was letting Geller and Larsen '' beat themselves ''
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