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Grigory Sanakoev

Number of games in database: 97
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2232
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595
Overall record: +34 -24 =39 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (17) 
    B90 B99 B27 B76 B47
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C92 C80 C93 C79 C89
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C92 C93 C90 C89 C94
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B99 B97
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B49 B46 B45 B47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B99 B90 B97 B83 B51
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B99 B90 B97 B96 B93
 Sicilian Scheveningen (6) 
    B83 B81 B84 B80 B85
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E15 E17
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E42 E21 E32 E41 E30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S P Tanin vs G Sanakoev, 1960 0-1
   G Sanakoev vs G David, 1992 1-0
   H Berliner vs G Sanakoev, 2001 1/2-1/2
   J Cordovil vs G Sanakoev, 1994 0-1
   J Sloth vs G Sanakoev, 1992 0-1
   W Stern vs G Sanakoev, 1994 0-1
   G Sanakoev vs K E Engel, 1978 1-0
   G Sanakoev vs O Ekebjaerg, 1994 1/2-1/2
   J S Morgado vs G Sanakoev, 1978 1/2-1/2
   G Sanakoev vs V Palciauskas, 1978 1/2-1/2

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   6th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   1978 World correspondence chess championship by gauer
   10th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   14th Correspondence Chess World Championship by crawfb5
   14th Correspondence Chess World Championship by Sleeping kitten
   1984-90 World correspondence chess championship by gauer

   🏆 POR75/A (POR)
   G Mueller vs G Sanakoev (Dec-01-12) 1-0, correspondence

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(born Apr-17-1935, died Oct-08-2021, 86 years old) Russia

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Grigory Konstantinovich Sanakoev was born in Voronezh, USSR. Awarded the IMC title in 1971 and the GMC title in 1984, he became the 12th World Correspondence Champion in 1990.

Wikipedia article: Grigory Sanakoev

Last updated: 2021-10-11 10:37:10

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 97  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Baturin vs G Sanakoev  0-1241960cr-gameC18 French, Winawer
2. S P Tanin vs G Sanakoev 0-1341960URS-ch6 sf corrC18 French, Winawer
3. G Sanakoev vs V Terentiev  0-1301961corrB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. E Belokurov vs G Sanakoev 1-0201962All-Russia Tt of Candidate MastersB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. G Sanakoev vs A Bannik  1-0511963URS-ch06 corr6364B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. G Sanakoev vs Y Shaposhnikov  1-0271963URS-ch06B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. G Sanakoev vs Simagin  ½-½3419636th USSR CC ChB32 Sicilian
8. Estrin vs G Sanakoev ½-½3519686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. R Kauranen vs G Sanakoev  ½-½4019686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. J Kellner vs G Sanakoev  0-13619686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
11. S Nyman vs G Sanakoev  0-15619686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
12. S Aarseth vs G Sanakoev  1-04019686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
13. H Rittner vs G Sanakoev  ½-½3819686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
14. G Sanakoev vs J Hybl  ½-½3519686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. G Sanakoev vs C Jansen 1-02119686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
16. G Sanakoev vs N Karker  ½-½3419686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. G Sanakoev vs J Ljungdahl  1-04019686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. H de Carbonnel vs G Sanakoev  ½-½1819686th Correspondence World ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
19. G Sanakoev vs R Sevecek 1-03719686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
20. G Sanakoev vs D Stern 0-14819686th Correspondence World ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. G Sanakoev vs V Zagorovsky  ½-½5219686th Correspondence World ChampionshipC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
22. E Thiele vs G Sanakoev  1-04119686th Correspondence World ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
23. G Sanakoev vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½391971VoronezhB06 Robatsch
24. G Sanakoev vs Mueller  1-0351973corr 1.EU ttB27 Sicilian
25. G Sanakoev vs W A Stilling  1-0301973corr 1.EU ttC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  Honza Cervenka: Grigory Sanakoev
Mar-02-04  shr0pshire: The 12th World Correspondence Chess Champion of the World!

XV 1996-02 Gert Timmerman Netherlands
XIV 1994-99 Tonu Oim Estonia
XIII 1989-98 Mikhail Umansky Russia
XII 1984-90 Grigory Sanakoev USSR
XI 1981-87 Fritz Baumbach East Germany
X 1978-84 Victor Palciauskas USA
IX 1977-83 Tonu Oim USSR (Estonia)
VIII 1975-80 Jorn Sloth Denmark
VII 1972-76 Jakov Estrin USSR
VI 1968-71 Horst Rittner East Germany
V 1965-68 Hans Berliner USA
IV 1962-65 Vladimir Zagorovsky USSR
III 1959-62 Alberic O'Kelly de Galway Belgium
II 1956-59 Viacheslav Ragozin USSR
I 1950-53 Cecil (C.J.S.) Purdy Australia

Apr-15-04  Carnivore: I am reading his book 'World Champion at the third attempt'. Enjoyable so far.
Dec-16-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know if Sanakoev still plays the game competitvely or if he's retired from that aspect of the game?
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  Benzol: Sanakoev was born 17th April 1935 in Voronezh. He became a CIM in 1971 and got the CGM title in 1984 when he finished 3rd in the WCC Championship. He eventually got the WCC title in 1990 at the third attempt hence the name of his book.
Aug-04-05  Hesam7: <Carnivore> How was the book? Can you give your opinion?

Anyone else who has read the book "Third Attempt"?

Mar-18-09  whiteshark: <Hesam7: <Anyone else who has read the book "Third Attempt"?>> Why certainly!
Apr-17-09  YoungEd: I have read the book too (used to own a copy, got lost in a move or something). Pretty good, though really intended for someone considerably better than marginal class B player me.
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday
Apr-17-09  Alphastar: I believe he is the primary exponent of the Voronezh against Alekhine's Defence.
Apr-17-09  whiteshark: Happy Birthday, Grigorij!!

How about a "Fourth Attempt"?

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  GrahamClayton: Here is the position in the game between Sanakoeyev and Shaposhnikov from the 6th USSR Correspondence Chess championship, played between 1963 and 1964, after Black played 21...♘c4

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White appears to be in trouble, with 3 pieces "en prise", plus the threat of 22...♘e5, attacking the White Queen. How does White stop the threat of 22...♘e5?. White found the brilliant 22.♘c6!!!, putting a fourth piece "en prise". Analysis shows that none of the 4 pieces can be taken. Black tried his original idea of 22...♘e5, but after 23.♘e5 ♗b7 24.♕g7+ ♔g7 25.♖f7+ ♔h8 26.♖h7+ ♔g8 27.♘g4 resigned, due to the threat of ♘h6+

Apr-17-10  wordfunph: <Carnivore: I am reading his book 'World Champion at the third attempt'. Enjoyable so far.>

hmmm...title seems interesting but maybe it's all about CC by Sanakoev published by Gambit i guess.

Apr-17-12  whiteshark:
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  DrNyet: I hadn't heard of Sanakoev (or didn't recall the name) but stumbled across the book (World Champion at the Third Attempt) and am reading it. I think he is one of the better instructional writers I've come across and highly recommend the book, both for the prose and analysis.

It also contains what to me are interesting comments about Soviet life and chess, as well as the human side of his correspondence (and other chess) experiences and development.

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  DrNyet: If you Search Kibitzing on "sanakoev book" it finds at least one other recommendation and additional quotes from other forums or games.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <You can permit yourself any liberty in the opening except the luxury of a passive position> - Grigory Sanakoev (World CC Champion).
Jul-26-15  ljfyffe: Sanakooev placed 5th in the World Chess Championship VI Final (1968-1971)with 8 and a half pointsout if a possible 15;in the XII Final (1984-1991), he had 10 and a half out of a possible 14.
Apr-17-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, World Champion!!
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  Stonehenge: He died on October 8th:

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