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Igor Platonov
Number of games in database: 240
Years covered: 1958 to 1980

Overall record: +69 -88 =83 (46.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B22 B97 B61 B81 B92
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C85 C77 C95 C70 C86
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E14 E12
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 E10 D01 A40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C85 C93 C86 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B97 B92 B93 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B84 B52 B47 B97 B95
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E46 E55 E32 E59 E41
 Sicilian Scheveningen (11) 
    B84 B81 B85
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A58 A57 A59 A78
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B97 B95 B90
 Benko Gambit (8) 
    A58 A57 A59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Platonov vs Savon, 1968 1-0
   Tal vs I Platonov, 1969 0-1
   I Platonov vs Tseshkovsky, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Karpov, 1971 1/2-1/2
   L Grigorian vs I Platonov, 1974 1/2-1/2
   I Platonov vs Smyslov, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Tal, 1969 1-0
   I Platonov vs Geller, 1969 1-0
   Lutikov vs I Platonov, 1969 1/2-1/2
   I Platonov vs Tal, 1971 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   Ukrainian Championship (1963)
   Kiev (1978)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   USSR Championship (1970)

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(born Jan-18-1934, died Nov-13-1994, 60 years old) Ukraine

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Igor Vladimirovich Platonov was born in Odessa and attained the Soviet Grandmaster title, though FIDE never awarded him a title. Nine players at the 1964 Trade Union Championship in Moscow eventually became Grandmasters. World Champion Tigran V Petrosian won the event, while Platonov scored 9/15 for a very impressive tied 3rd-4th place. This was his best result so far.

Platonov qualified for his first Soviet final at Kharkov 1967 (URS-ch35). The event, USSR Championship (1967), was run on a Swiss format with 130 players. He finished with 9.5 out of 13, just half a point behind the joint winners Mikhail Tal and Lev Polugaevsky. His performance was good enough to make the team for the USSR's match against Bulgaria, Sofia 1967.

In the USSR Championship (1968/69) in Moscow (URS-ch37), a Zonal, Platonov finished with 12.5/22, tying for 7th-9th places. Tigran V Petrosian and Lev Polugaevsky won. Platonov missed qualifying for the Interzonal by one point. The following year, at the USSR Championship (1970) (URS-ch37), he had a disappointing result, scoring 7.5 out of 21.

At Novosibirsk 1971, Platonov again qualified for the championship final at Leningrad, USSR Championship (1971) (URS-ch39). There, he finished with 10/21 for a tied 12th-13th place, as Vladimir Savon won. At Cienfuegos 1972 (Capablanca Memorial), he had one of his best career results, placing 2nd with 13/19, behind only Anatoly Lein.

In November of 1994, he found two thieves in his apartment and they murdered him.

Wikipedia article: Igor Platonov

Last updated: 2021-09-12 02:40:34

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 257  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Zamikhovsky vs I Platonov 0-1611958UKR-chA33 English, Symmetrical
2. I Platonov vs A Zamikhovsky  1-0291958Kiev-chC00 French Defense
3. A Bannik vs I Platonov  ½-½251958UKR-chC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Boleslavsky vs I Platonov  ½-½261958Kiev-chD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. N Levin vs I Platonov  1-0261958UKR-chC15 French, Winawer
6. Furman vs I Platonov  1-0281960VladimirD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
7. A Zaitsev vs I Platonov  1-0571962Spartak-chE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Kirilow vs I Platonov  1-0241962MinskB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. I Platonov vs Kholmov  ½-½431962Spartak-chC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
10. A Bannik vs I Platonov  1-0401962Spartak-chB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. I Platonov vs A Zamikhovsky  0-1561963Kiev-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. V Shiyanovsky vs I Platonov  1-0301963Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. Y Kots vs I Platonov  ½-½501963Ukrainian ChampionshipA78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6
14. I Platonov vs A Bukhover 1-0521963Ukrainian ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Y Sakharov vs I Platonov  1-0431963Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
16. I Platonov vs B M Kogan 1-0661963Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. I Platonov vs A Kostiuchenko  ½-½371963Ukrainian ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. V Berezhnoi vs I Platonov  1-0411963Ukrainian ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
19. A Zamikhovsky vs I Platonov  ½-½361963Ukrainian ChampionshipA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
20. Y Nikolaevsky vs I Platonov  ½-½461963Ukrainian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. I Platonov vs V A Tokarev  1-0831963Ukrainian ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
22. Gufeld vs I Platonov  ½-½301963Ukrainian ChampionshipA13 English
23. N Levin vs I Platonov  ½-½441963Ukrainian ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
24. I Platonov vs Tukmakov 0-1281963Ukrainian ChampionshipB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
25. I Platonov vs R Romanovsky  ½-½481963Ukrainian ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-05-03  Resignation Trap: The death of this Grandmaster is a tragedy. In November of 1994, he found two thieves in his apartment. They murdered him.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Igor's games:
Sep-25-05  sharkbenjamin: If any more history can be obtained please post thank you.
Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: Igor Vladimirovich Platonov was born in Odessa, Ukraine on January 18, 1934. He first gained the attention of the public by his fine debut at the 1967 USSR Championship (the Swiss System event). He also played in the next four USSR Championships, his best performance was in the 37th annual event when he scored 12.5/22 and tied for 7th-9th.
Dec-01-05  PivotalAnorak: Platonov vs Cortlever, 1970 In this game, his opponent presented him with a gift of 1/2 point.
Dec-27-05  lopium: Who murdered him? And why.
Jun-28-09  myschkin: . . .

GM Igov Platonov (1934–1994) from Ukraine.


Oct-27-10  Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?
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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?> Unfortunately no success even for Игорь Плато нов. A second try was via tournament photos, especially Hoogovens 1970 and Capablanca Memorial in 1972 (his non-Russian tournaments). GDR magazine Schach 5/1972, p.131 shows the tournament hall but you can barely identify any players. Maybe you have more luck with the Dutch one.

Maybe User: Petrosianic and User: Resignation Tracould help with some other, more successsful re-sources / research methods

Sep-27-11  stanleys: Finally found a pic of him,it is from the 37th USSR championship -

I don't know why the CG underestimates his result at the 35th championship in 1967 - he shared the 3rd place with Vasiukov and Taimanov:

Jan-18-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Platonov.
Oct-16-13  kereru: Given that he had a "Soviet Grandmaster" title and a peak rating of 2515, it's odd that he never received even an IM title from FIDE. Some politics going on here?
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  perfidious: <kereru>: Platonov seldom played international chess, and during much of his active career, one had to make the norms necessary for a title within a rolling period of three years, else the oldest would lapse and it was back to square one.

In earlier days also, attaining a particular rating plus norms did not guarantee one a title, though it is clear that, had Platonov lived outside the Soviet Union, he would have eventually made GM.

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> So does the "GM" in his bio refer to a Soviet title? Shouldn't "GM" be reserved for FIDE GMs? Even if he probably deserved to earn the FIDE title, luck was against him, and "GM" in the bio seems misleading.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli> In my opinion as well, therefore I have modified the text; do not recall whether I had such privileges at the time of last year's post.
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Cool, while you are at it, you may want to edit Vitaly Tseshkovsky bio. See my comments there.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Platonov was one of the most profound thinkers and theoreticians in the old Soviet Union, which held a grip on the world chess championship for decades, as the title passed from one of its stars to another...
Oct-18-15  zanzibar: There's this book:

<Platonov's Chess Academy
Using Soviet-era methods to improve 21st-century openings by Lev Alburt, Sam Palatnik
Platonov's Chess Academy>

$ 16.95
Publisher: CIRC, 2012
Edition: Paperback small
ISBN: 978-1-889323-26-8
Pages : 176
Language: English

<Igor Platonov was one of the most profound thinkers and theoreticians in the old Soviet Union, which held a grip on the world chess championship for decades as the title passed from one of its stars to another.

Platonov's visionary insights, examined and explained here for the first time, provide you with the keys to understanding the foundation concepts of the game - and give you effective methods of training that will help you to find the most powerful moves.>

WikiCommons has a picture of him and Anderssen from Wijk aan Zee (1970):

Jan-18-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Igor Platanov.
Nov-21-19  mckmac: It is notable that when finishing 7th equal in the 1969 USSR Championship, GM Platonov won more games than any other competitor. His score (+9-6=7) included a win against Tal, and fine victories in the endgame against Smyslov and Geller.

USSR Championship (1969)

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <WikiCommons has a picture of him and Anderssen from Wijk aan Zee (1970):

Either that curtain goes or I do.

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  perfidious: The curtain is indeed dreadful.

Andersson looks barely old enough to sit at the board, rather like Judit Polgar at ten, the first time I played a tournament with her.

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  Benzol: Looks like the curtain was borrowed from somebody's shower.

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