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Igor A Zaitsev
I A Zaitsev 

Number of games in database: 1,148
Years covered: 1960 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2361 (2369 rapid, 2374 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490
Overall record: +321 -298 =515 (51.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (216) 
    B40 B31 B52 B30 B95
 Ruy Lopez (82) 
    C91 C80 C92 C65 C69
 French Defense (80) 
    C02 C15 C11 C10 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (40) 
    C91 C92 C93 C95 C87
 Caro-Kann (38) 
    B10 B12 B11 B18 B14
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B95 B90 B97 B99 B94
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (151) 
    E62 E83 E97 E60 E77
 Ruy Lopez (127) 
    C92 C84 C69 C90 C85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (92) 
    C92 C84 C90 C85 C86
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (27) 
    C69 C85 C68
 Sicilian (21) 
    B50 B77 B32 B76 B61
 English (19) 
    A15 A14 A13 A10 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I A Zaitsev vs Karpov, 1966 1/2-1/2
   Apartsev vs I A Zaitsev, 1963 0-1
   Estrin vs I A Zaitsev, 1969 0-1
   I A Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 1-0
   I A Zaitsev vs NN, 1970 1-0
   I A Zaitsev vs V Storozhenko, 1970 1-0
   I A Zaitsev vs J Pokojowczyk, 1976 1-0
   Tal vs I A Zaitsev, 1968 0-1
   I A Zaitsev vs Khenkin, 1988 1-0
   I A Zaitsev vs Y Sakharov, 1969 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow (1968)
   Dubna (1976)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1970)
   Moscow Championship (1968)
   Podolsk (1991)
   Moscow Jubilee (1967)
   Chigorin Memorial (1976)
   Graz (1979)
   Chigorin Memorial (1977)
   URS-ch sf Rostov-on-Don (1960)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   Moscow Open Championship (1996)
   MK Cafe Open-A (1997)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)

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(born May-27-1938, 85 years old) Russia

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Igor Arkadyevich Zaitsev was born in Ramenskoe, Russia (formerly USSR). He was Moscow Champion in 1969 by defeating Yakov Estrin, and awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1976.

Zaitsev played in six USSR Chess Championships (1962, 1967, 1968–69, 1969, 1970, 1991), his best finish being joint 1st (coming 2nd after a play-off) in 1968-69.

His results in international tournaments include 2nd at Polanica-Zdrój 1970; 2nd at Dubna 1976; 1st at Quito 1976.

Wikipedia article: Igor Zaitsev

Last updated: 2022-07-20 13:19:58

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,148  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Liberzon vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½421960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. I A Zaitsev vs A Khasin  0-1411960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonE20 Nimzo-Indian
3. Gaisert vs I A Zaitsev  0-1201960URSD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. I A Zaitsev vs B Naglis  ½-½431960URS-chTC02 French, Advance
5. I A Zaitsev vs A Reshko  0-1341960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonB01 Scandinavian
6. I A Zaitsev vs B Gurgenidze  1-0391960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. E Mnatsakanian vs I A Zaitsev  1-0251960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
8. I A Zaitsev vs Suetin  0-1281960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonC44 King's Pawn Game
9. I A Zaitsev vs H Luik  1-0291960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. A Kuznetsov vs I A Zaitsev  0-1671960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
11. B Katalymov vs I A Zaitsev  1-0411960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonA00 Uncommon Opening
12. V Shishkin vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½281960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonC47 Four Knights
13. I A Zaitsev vs Bondarevsky  0-1291960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonB08 Pirc, Classical
14. I A Zaitsev vs A Volovich  1-0471960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonC11 French
15. M Nurmamedov vs I A Zaitsev  1-0401960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
16. I A Zaitsev vs Spassky 1-0231960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. A Bannik vs I A Zaitsev  1-0541960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
18. I A Zaitsev vs Boleslavsky  ½-½441960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
19. Kholmov vs I A Zaitsev  1-0541960URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonA26 English
20. I A Zaitsev vs V Dommes  0-1531960Leningrad-Moscow MatchC49 Four Knights
21. V Liavdansky vs I A Zaitsev  1-0291960Moscow-Leningrad MatchE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. I A Zaitsev vs V Liavdansky  1-0581960Moscow-Leningrad MatchB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
23. I A Zaitsev vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-0311962URS-ch sf DnipropetrovskB32 Sicilian
24. I A Zaitsev vs Taimanov  0-1371962USSR ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. G Khodos vs I A Zaitsev  ½-½421962USSR ChampionshipE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
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May-26-06  BIDMONFA: Igor A Zaitsev


May-27-08  brankat: Igor A.Zaitsev has been better known as an analyst/second than as a practical player. Worked as one of A.Karpov's seconds.
May-27-08  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Zaitsev!
Jul-02-08  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary. >

-- Igor Zaitsev

May-27-09  WhiteRook48: invented the Zaitsev variation?
May-27-09  fref: Yep, for sure.
May-27-10  wordfunph: "Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary."

GM Igor Zaitsev

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  Fusilli: Are Igor and Alexander Zaitsev unrelated? They were born three years apart, but in different cities.
Aug-23-11  Dionysius1: <Wordfunph>. There's a man who doesn't do much computer based preparation perhaps? Top GMs say computer analysis teaches them new things about technique. Wish Zaitsev were right though.
Mar-23-12  stanleys: Very strong analyst,creative player with lot of interesting ideas in the openings (Karpov used many of them!)One of the most famous could be seen here

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978

Zaitsev worked with Petrossian as well in 1970-71

May-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Zaitsev!


May-27-12  talisman: happy birthday...korchnoi called your knight suggestion(game 10 or 11) vs karpov a "move you see once in a 100 years."
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  GrahamClayton: <Catfriend>,
There is a splendid queen-sac by I.Zaitsev absent in the db. I'm trying to locate and submit it. I mean the one where black's king gets killed on b6, with his pawns behind him, two black knights on a5,b5, and the white knights on a4, b4 do the mate.

Here is the game in question:
[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Round "1"]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[White "Zaitsev, Igor A"]
[Black "Storozhenko, Viktor"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.♗c4 cxb2 6.♗xb2 ♗b4+ 7.♘c3 ♘ge7 8.♘g5 ♘e5 9.♕h5 g6 10.♕h6 ♘xc4 11.♕g7 ♖f8 12.♘xh7 ♘c6 13.♘f6+ ♔e7 14.O-O-O ♗a3 15.♘cd5+ ♔e6 16.♘f4+ ♔e7 17.♘xg6+ ♔e6 18.♘f4+ ♔e7 19.♘4d5+ ♔e6

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20. ♕g4+ ♔d6 21. e5+ ♔c5 22. ♗xa3+ ♘xa3 23. ♘e4+ ♔b5 24. ♘ec3+ ♔a6 25. ♕a4+ ♘a5 26. ♕b5+ ♘xb5 27. ♘b4+ ♔b6 28. ♘a4#

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I have uploaded the game to the database.

Jun-20-13  jerseybob: There was a Zaitsev - forget his first name - attached to the Soviet embassy in D.C. back in the 60's, not in the league of Igor and Alex, but a strong master who played in several local tourneys.
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  Phony Benoni: <jerseybob> USCF rating lists beginning in 1965 have <Lev Zaitsev>, first from DC, then from Virginia, rated in the 2150-2250 range.
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  perfidious: Here is another diplomat who was a strong player (over 2300 back in the 1970s): Valentin Prahov.
Jun-24-13  jerseybob: Yes, Lev Zaitsev. That's the name I was looking for. I tried cross-referencing him in this database against various D.C.-area players of that era but found not a single sample of his play, even though many lesser players are represented numerous times.
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  offramp: I'll always be grateful to Igot Zaitsev for bringing some life to the Closed Spanish. Young players may have no idea how dull the Spanish Inquisition was. It became calcinated to an alarming degree; 20 opening moves were rattled out in minutes.
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  ketchuplover: Spend your $5000 wisely
Oct-10-14  Everett: Something in his bio on his work with Karpov and opening contributions would be most welcome.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <Many years experience in analysis have convinced me that in balanced, tense positions there cannot be more than one path to victory> - Igor Zaitsev.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary> - Igor Zaitsev.
May-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Igor Zaitsev.
Jul-26-17  Eagle41257: Coach of Tigran Petrosyan, Lev Polugaevsky in the matches of the Candidates, Anatoly Karpov in the matches for the world championship since 1978. He was second in 17 world championship matches, including 7 matches directly for the chess crown. As a coach he worked in a number of foreign countries. Honored coach of FIDE (2006). He has been working as a coach at the Karpov School since 1991.
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  Messiah: "Modern day technique is nothing other than the games of the past, old discoveries, that have been classified and become customary."

--- Igor Zaitsev

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