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Yuri Razuvaev
Number of games in database: 1,404
Years covered: 1963 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2540
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545

Overall record: +467 -165 =758 (60.9%)*
   * 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:
 King's Indian (95) 
    E81 E84 E80 E88 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    E00 A41 A46 E10 D02
 Catalan (59) 
    E04 E06 E02 E08 E01
 Modern Benoni (54) 
    A62 A57 A56 A64 A58
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E19
 Slav (39) 
    D18 D10 D17 D15 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (128) 
    B83 B22 B46 B81 B47
 Queen's Indian (105) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Ruy Lopez (82) 
    C92 C84 C62 C85 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (63) 
    C92 C84 C85 C90 C93
 Nimzo Indian (57) 
    E32 E41 E55 E52 E21
 English (46) 
    A17 A13 A14 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Razuvaev vs I Farago, 1979 1-0
   Razuvaev vs Geller, 1988 1-0
   Razuvaev vs Ree, 1975 1-0
   Razuvaev vs Z Mestrovic, 1981 1-0
   Razuvaev vs D Gurevich, 1996 1-0
   Razuvaev vs Lputian, 1979 1-0
   M Knezevic vs Razuvaev, 1968 0-1
   Razuvaev vs L Gutman, 1976 1-0
   Razuvaev vs Bagirov, 1982 1-0
   Razuvaev vs I Stohl, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rubinstein Memorial (1979)
   Dubna (1979)
   Zala Cup (1981)
   7th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1983)
   Dortmund (1985)
   Frunze (1979)
   Chigorin Memorial (1986)
   Palma de Mallorca Open (1991)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Moscow (1982)
   Bern Open (1993)
   GMA World Cup Open (1988)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)
   Rome Open (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1976 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   1975 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   1980 Capablanca memorial by gauer

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(born Oct-10-1945, died Mar-21-2012, 66 years old) Russia

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IM (1973); GM (1976). Yuri Sergeyevich Razuvayev was born in Moscow just after the end of World War II. He was joint USSR Young Master's Champion in 1971 with Gennady Kuzmin. He had mediocre results in the always-strong USSR Championships, with his best results being just under 50%.

Razuvaev had many fine results in international tournaments, including =1st at Dubna (1979), 1st at Rubinstein Memorial (1979), 1st at Polanica Zdroj 1979, Zala Cup (1981), =1st at Keszthely 1981, =1st at 7th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1983), =1st at Dortmund (1985), =1st at Jurmala (1987), =1st (with 9 others!) at the Reykjavik Open (1990), =1st at the Palma de Mallorca Open (1991), =1st at Reggio Emilia (1995/96), 1st at San Sebastian 1996, and =1st at the Aosta Valley Open (2000). He played for the Soviet team at the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984), drawing all four of his games against the much higher rated Robert Huebner.

He was on the FIDE committee involved with the training of coaches and young players, including Alexandra Kosteniuk - who became Women's World Champion - and Evgeny Tomashevsky who went on to win the European Championship. He wrote a successful monograph about Akiba Rubinstein.

Kosteniuk's eulogy:; FIDE's tribute:; Chessbase review of his career and a eulogy by Boris Gulko

Wikipedia article: Yuri Razuvaev

Last updated: 2022-12-27 14:04:17

 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,431  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Bakulin vs Razuvaev ½-½261963MoscowB06 Robatsch
2. Shamkovich vs Razuvaev 0-1451963URS SpartakiadE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
3. Razuvaev vs G Gaspariants  1-0701963MoscowB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
4. Razuvaev vs G Kuzmin 1-02719644th Soviet Team CupE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
5. Razuvaev vs M Beilin  1-0211966MoscowB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Razuvaev vs Gulko 0-1331966MoscowC00 French Defense
7. V Glotov vs Razuvaev  0-1621966Moscow Central CC-chA07 King's Indian Attack
8. A Roshal vs Razuvaev 1-0301966MoscowC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. Razuvaev vs V M Goldin  1-0331966MoscowE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Razuvaev vs A Zaitsev  0-1241967Central Chess Club-chE61 King's Indian
11. A Alexeev vs Razuvaev  0-1401967Moscow CCC-chA48 King's Indian
12. A Gusev vs Razuvaev  1-0301967Central Chess Club-chB06 Robatsch
13. Razuvaev vs V Leonidov  1-0241967Moscow CCC-chC71 Ruy Lopez
14. Estrin vs Razuvaev  ½-½421967Central Chess Club-chB06 Robatsch
15. Razuvaev vs Antoshin  ½-½311967Moscow JubileeC41 Philidor Defense
16. Lilienthal vs Razuvaev 0-1171967Moscow JubileeE73 King's Indian
17. Razuvaev vs V Liberzon  ½-½291967Moscow JubileeB83 Sicilian
18. Razuvaev vs Smyslov  ½-½191967Moscow JubileeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Polugaevsky vs Razuvaev  1-0291967Moscow JubileeE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. Balashov vs Razuvaev  ½-½571967Moscow JubileeE12 Queen's Indian
21. Razuvaev vs G A Ageichenko  1-0561967Moscow JubileeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Razuvaev vs Shamkovich  1-0391967Moscow JubileeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Simagin vs Razuvaev 1-0321967Moscow JubileeE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
24. Razuvaev vs I A Zaitsev  1-0541967Moscow JubileeE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Bronstein vs Razuvaev  1-0591967Moscow JubileeA00 Uncommon Opening
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Oct-10-08  Lizard King: Nice picture of Yuri..
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  whiteshark: Quote Of The Day

<Only a good bishop can be sacrificed, a bad bishop can only be lost.>

--Yuri Razuvayev

(from Kelly Atkins) -->

Jul-19-09  Karpova: Reggio Emilia 1995/96 was a memorable tournament for him: He shared first place with Dreev and Epishin. He scored +2 -0 =7. They finished ahead of strong players like Beliavsky, Azmaiparashvili, Vaganian and Dautov.


Jul-19-09  myschkin: . . .


<Karpova> Glückwunsch und Glück auf ;)

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  GrahamClayton: A Yuri Razuvaev game not in the database:

[Event "19th Student Olympiad"]
[Site "Mayaguez, Puerto Rico"]
[Date "1971.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Razuvaev, Yuri"]
[Black "Koski, Avraham"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. cxd5 Bxf3 5. dxc6 Bxc6 6. Nc3 e6 7. e4 Bb4 8. f3 f5 9. Bc4 fxe4 10. O-O exf3 11. Bxe6 Qf6 12. d5 f2+ 13. Kh1 Bxc3 14. dxc6 Qxe6 15. cxb7 Rd8 16. Qxd8+ 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Queen’s Gambit Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

Oct-10-11  brankat: A very good chess coach.

Happy Birthday!

Oct-10-11  theodor: be happy, daragoy Yuri Sergeyevich
Mar-22-12  Catfriend: According to, Y.S. Razuvaev died yesterday at the age of 66. Rest In Peace!
Mar-22-12  stanleys: How sad :( R.I.P GM Razuvaev
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  whiteshark: That's a sad news. May he rest in peace.
Mar-22-12  Karpova: Eulogy by Boris Gulko:
Mar-22-12  Eastfrisian: R.I.P. GM Razuvaev.
Mar-22-12  Lovuschka: Pictures of Mr. Razuvaev with his pupil Alexandra Kosteniuk:
Mar-22-12  Birthday Boy: R.I.P. GM Yuri Razuvaev ...
Mar-22-12  ozmikey: RIP. An underrated figure, in my opinion.
Mar-22-12  wordfunph: <In the autumn of 1958, a little boy stood in the library with thousands of chess books looking through the books and quite unable to make a choice. "Take this one, you won't regret it," suggested a voice, and he was handed The Art of Sacrifice by Spielmann. The voice was David Bronstein's, who in the same library had gone over several games that the boy had played, engraving that day for ever on the memory of future Grandmaster Yury Razuvaev.>

rest in peace, GM Razuvaev..

Mar-23-12  ozmikey: <wordfunph> Nice story. Where is it from?
Mar-23-12  ketchuplover: RIP and thanks for your contribution to chess history.
Mar-29-12  talisman: R.I.P. Yuri.
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  WTHarvey: Here are 27 critical positions from Yuri's games:
Apr-08-12  Albertan: "The Russian GM Yuri Razuvaev has died in Moscow at the age of 66. He was an immensely strong player with a straightforward attacking style". source:
Aug-09-13  csmath: Razuvaev's game (win) in Grunfeld exchange from 1987 against Lputian is missing from database. It is a sideline that is relevant for the theory.
Mar-21-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Yuri Razuvaev.
Mar-21-16  cro777: Rest in piece Chess Academician!

Last year, on the occasion of marking Razuvaev's 70th anniversary, the Russian Chess Federation published the book "Chess Academician Yuri Razuvaev" (Moscow 2015, 384 pp). The book consists of his selected games (deeply annotated), his articles and memoirs of contemporaries.

"His contribution to the treasury of world’s chess culture is huge … Already having won the world title, I loved to call him after any tournament and ask about his impressions. I always appreciated his opinion. Everyone knows that he trained Tomashevsky, made a world champion Kosteniuk, but for me and Gelfand few people know. We listened very carefully to his advice. It is a pity that he left us too early." (From the foreword by Vladimir Kramnik)

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  naresb: <His contribution to the treasury of world’s chess culture is huge … Already having won the world title, I loved to call him>It would be interesting to listen from Yuri Razuvaev whose advise he was listening in his chess career.
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