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Anatoly Lutikov

Number of games in database: 740
Years covered: 1949 to 1986
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545
Overall record: +255 -175 =302 (55.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (122) 
    B45 B30 B31 B42 B90
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C78 C90 C68 C77 C73
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E20 E41 E59 E55 E42
 French Defense (20) 
    C15 C10 C05 C07 C00
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B11 B12 B13 B10 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B97 B95 B98 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C92 C74 C62 C72 C79
 Sicilian (26) 
    B32 B83 B60 B88 B43
 King's Indian (24) 
    E64 E69 E92 E67 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 A50 A41 D01 A46
 Uncommon Opening (20) 
    B00 A00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C92 C85 C87 C95 C96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lutikov vs Korchnoi, 1951 1-0
   Lutikov vs Tal, 1955 1-0
   Lutikov vs Y Sakharov, 1969 1-0
   Lutikov vs Velimirovic, 1966 1-0
   Lutikov vs V Osnos, 1965 1-0
   Lutikov vs Tal, 1965 1-0
   Lutikov vs E Ermenkov, 1976 1-0
   Lutikov vs Lisitsin, 1951 1-0
   Lutikov vs F Silva, 1976 1-0
   Lutikov vs B Malisov, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   URS-ch sf Moscow (1958)
   2nd Soviet Team Cup (1954)
   Hoogovens (1967)
   Leipzig DSV (1973)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   Kislovodsk (1966)
   RSFSR Championship (1960)
   EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965)
   Sokolsky Memorial (1981)
   URS-ch sf Leningrad (1955)
   Moscow Championship (1982)
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   URS-ch sf Sverdlovsk (1957)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   URS-ch sf Leningrad (1954)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Chess Heritage of Anatoly Lutikov by Resignation Trap
   1967 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Univertal by StuporMundi

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(born Feb-05-1933, died Oct-15-1989, 56 years old) Russia

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Anatoly Stepanovich Lutikov was born in Leningrad, USSR. He was awarded the IM title in 1967 and the GM title in 1974. Lutikov joined the ranks of the Soviet army and achieved his first high-profile victories there: champion of the Armed Forces (1954), champion of Russia (1955), Master of Sport of the USSR (1954) and champion of the youth world championship as part of the USSR national team (1956). After serving in the army, Lutikov ended up in Moscow, where in 1958 his famous blitz match with the junior US champion Robert Fischer took place. He later recalled that they played about thirty games, of which he won approximately two-thirds. In 1959, Lutikov again won the championship of the RSFSR, made his debut in the final of the USSR championship and played in the Alexander Alekhine memorial super tournament in Moscow, however, unsuccessfully - he shared last place with Bent Larsen. Nevertheless, Lutikov performed creditably in the championships of the Union and was even included in the USSR national team for the 1965 European team championship. He performed well - 6.5 out of 8, as the USSR team also won.

Lutikov finished third in the USSR Championship 1968-69, second (after Boris Spassky ) at Wijk aan Zee 1967, first at Dubna 1971, first ex aequo at Leipzig 1973 and first at Albena 1976. He was Moldovan champion in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1977. Lutikov passed away in Tiraspol, Moldova in 1989.

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Lutikov

Last updated: 2023-03-20 09:06:32

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 740  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lutikov vs Hamerman 1-0131949URSC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. Lutikov vs G Shakh-Zade  1-0231950TashkentC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Lutikov vs M Zvirbulis 1-0251951USSR Trade Unions T-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Lutikov vs Tolush  1-0281951Leningrad-chA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Lutikov vs Taimanov 1-0371951LeningradA47 Queen's Indian
6. Aronin vs Lutikov  0-1471951Leningrad-chC03 French, Tarrasch
7. Lutikov vs Korchnoi 1-0241951Chigorin MemorialC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
8. Lutikov vs Estrin  0-1331951Chigorin MemorialC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. Lutikov vs Bondarevsky  0-1411951URS-ch sf LeningradC07 French, Tarrasch
10. Lutikov vs Lisitsin 1-0471951URS-ch sf LeningradC44 King's Pawn Game
11. Korchnoi vs Lutikov  1-0601952URS-ch sf MinskA56 Benoni Defense
12. Lutikov vs Suetin  0-1411952URS-ch sf MinskB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
13. Lutikov vs Flohr  ½-½221952URS-ch sf MinskD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. I Lipnitsky vs Lutikov  1-0331952URS-chTE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
15. Lutikov vs R Nezhmetdinov  1-0371952Ch URS (1/4 final)C45 Scotch Game
16. K Klaman vs Lutikov  0-1391954URS-ch sf LeningradC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Ragozin vs Lutikov  0-1241954URS-ch sf LeningradA10 English
18. Lutikov vs V Shcherbakov  0-1481954URS-ch sf LeningradE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
19. Lutikov vs Tolush  1-0561954URS-ch sf LeningradE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
20. Lutikov vs P Kondratiev  0-1461954URS-ch sf LeningradA00 Uncommon Opening
21. Lutikov vs Spassky  ½-½431954URS-ch sf LeningradA60 Benoni Defense
22. Kholmov vs Lutikov 0-1621954URS-ch sf LeningradE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
23. Taimanov vs Lutikov 1-0361954URS-ch sf LeningradA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
24. Shamkovich vs Lutikov  ½-½411954URS-ch sf LeningradE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Lutikov vs V Zurakhov  0-1541954URS-ch sf LeningradB25 Sicilian, Closed
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Feb-05-07  Resignation Trap: <TheAlchemist> You must be referring to this game: Lutikov vs Korchnoi, 1951 .
Jul-03-07  parisattack: Lutikov played some interesting games. His Nimzovitch Defense to the KP was outstanding. He played the 1. e4, Nc6; 2. d4, d6; 3. Nf3, Bg4 variation well before Tony Miles popularized it. I'd like to see the Alburt-Lutikov Gunderdam Defense game if you're still around, monopole2313.
Feb-04-08  Resignation Trap: Here's another photo of Lutikov, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of his birth: .
Feb-05-08  whiteshark: Player of the Day

Picture when he was younger

In 1967, the year he received the IM-title, he was placed 2nd behind Spassky but ahead of e.g. Larsen at Hoogovenstoernooi (Wijk aan Zee) ... Final standings:


Feb-05-08  whiteshark: In his book, <The Reliable Past> Genna Sosonko quotes a Russian militia report from the times that the Soviet Union still existed: <"Citizen <A.S. Lutikov> in a state of extreme alcoholic intoxication was found dragging on his back another citizen, who was later found to be M.N. Tal.">

Here is the whole story by <Hans Ree>:

Feb-05-08  whiteshark: In a book review of Genna Sosonko's <The Reliable Past> I found some more stuff about Lutikov:

The best players of course live a good life, but professionals like e.g. <Anatoly Lutikov <(Luka)>> has a very tough life and their difficulties increases with age. Take a look at this excerpt from the portrait of <Luka>:

"Colleagues, friends, drinking companions. Lengthy drinking sessions. Merriment, exchanges of views, and conversations, the content of which was impossible to remember on the following murky morning. He possessed a rare constitution, and in his younger days he could calmly down a litre of vodka in an evening, or perhaps even more. In such a state he would become heavy, and the evening could end anywhere and at any unearthly hour. An extract from the militia records of those years. 'Citizen A.S. Lutikov in a state of extreme alcoholic intoxication was found dragging on his bag another citizen, who later was found to be M.N. Tal.'.....

..... The last period of his life was a difficult one. Deficiencies, camouflaged in youth by optimism and energy, become more evident in old age. In his case this occurred on the background of a severe, debilitating illness: the sugar content in his blood exceeded all permissible levels. He could no longer drink: his head would begin to swim after the first glass. He could no longer concentrate at the board, and his hands, which previously used to choose the required squares for his pieces, would now dispatch them into premature, cavalier attacks, easily parried by his opponents. Lutikov's attacks on the chess board began more to resemble ventures, the victim of which he became himself."


Aug-21-08  Woody Wood Pusher: This guy sounds like a legend, cheers Lutikov!
Aug-21-08  Alphastar: I don't understand all the fuss about BIDMONFA. There are loads of player pages on where there is no picture, however BIDMONFA's link does provide one. He usually also provides extra information like tournament wins.
Aug-21-08  zooter: Nice....Came from the page where he beat Tal and this guy looks like he could be a great player. Too sad that he didn't live more than 51
Aug-21-08  Alphastar: <zooter> Well, if he was born in 1933 and he died in 1989 as the biography above says, he lived longer than 51.
Aug-21-08  mastrocira: BIDMONFA seems to me interesting and
Aug-21-08  zooter: <Alphastar: <zooter> Well, if he was born in 1933 and he died in 1989 as the biography above says, he lived longer than 51.>

*cough* *cough* -- I mean 56. Still a young age to die

Feb-05-09  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Lutikov.
Jul-21-09  hedgeh0g: User: BIDMONFA

BIDMONFA, Bidmonfa

Aug-30-09  outsider: I remember, when he died, [russian] "Chess Bulletin" (Shachmatnyj biuljetenj") 1989 No. 3 wrote that he committed a suicide
Feb-05-10  Broon Bottle: Outsider. You are one of the best present-day undiscovered talents. I thank you for showing a glimmer of light into what we are missing. ch-cheers
Feb-05-11  alfiepa: Another imagine of a young Lutikov there is in his obituary in the magazine " new in chess" 1992 - number 2 96 the title of the article is
The early creations of Anatoly Lutikov"
authors : Yuri Markov - Boris Shipkov.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <Anatoly S Lutikov>.
Feb-05-15  Caissanist: <outsider> If this is true, then Lutikov was by no means the only one. He was one of many middle-aged former Soviet chess professionals who, in Genna Sosonko's words, "simply did not have the means to exist". Others who committed suicide in the midst of horrific poverty included Alvis Vitolinsh and Karen Ashotovich Grigorian .
May-27-15  TheFocus: <There were quite a few in the chess world who had a sober outlook on life; but while taking this sober look at the world they could not help but start drinking> - Viktor Kortchnoi speaking about Anatoly Lutikov's love of the bottle in the Soviet Union.
Feb-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Anatoly Lutikov.
Feb-05-17  Marmot PFL: Another Soviet GM who played hard and died young.
Feb-05-23  Nosnibor: All of his notable games shown appear to be when playing White.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: His bio needs editing. It has minor problems and a grammar blunder. I have to run and can't do it now. Maybe another editor can?
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  Fusilli: Thanks for the edit, <perf>
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