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Who is Igor Ivano?

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Dear Sam-
He was one of nicest player chess community ever had.
he passed away this month.
YOu can ready several articles about him on several websites.
Sincerely yours

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Dear Sam-
He was one of nicest player chess community ever had.
he passed away this month.
YOu can ready several articles about him on several websites.
Sincerely yours

Karim, he is neither Sam nor Sloan but you mispelled the name of Igor

Here is another story on Igor Ivanov from TWiC by John Donaldson :

Igor Ivanov 1947-2005

Igor passed away on November 17th 2005 in St. George, Utah. The
following tribute was written a month ago for ChessBase magazine and will
appear with photographs of Igor and 160 of his best games. Igor played
somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 games in his career. Unfortunately he
was not a good record keeper and most of them are not available. If you
played Igor and the game is not in Mega 2005 I would be very grateful if you
could send me a copy at .

A funeral will be held for Igor in St. George on November 29 and there
will be a tribute to him at the St. George Chess Club the evening of
December 16. A tournament will be held in his honor the following day.
Contact Alan Crooks at
for more information.

Grand Master Igor Ivanov by John Donaldson

Igor Ivanov was born in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) on January
8, 1947. At age 5 his mother taught him to play chess and it was not long
before he could beat her. Igor's first book was one on chess and even at a
very young age he could remember his games. By age 8 Igor was an
accomplished player, attending the chess palace daily where he was singled
out as one of the most promising young talents, but this potential was to
lay dormant for some time. Igor's mother wished him to be a concert pianist
and asked her son to emphasize his musical abilities rather than play chess.
It was only when she died when he was 14 and left an orphan that he started
to play again. His music talent (piano and cello) earned him special
privileges and his own room in the orphanage but it was chess that he loved
more. At 18 he matriculated at the University of Leningrad, but soon gave up
the study of mathematics to pursue a career as a chess professional.

Initially Igor had a job as the manager of an army chess club in
Leningrad. The work was fine but did not allow him much time to play so when
he was offered a position as a professional player in Tajikistan he quickly
accepted. Igor stayed there only a year before moving to Uzbekistan where he
played first board for the republic in the annual Spartakiad. It was in such
a competition that he first came to the attention of the entire chess world
when he beat reigning World Champion Anatoly Karpov in 1979. Soviet players
had become familiar with Igor's name years earlier, but particularly in 1978
and 1979. Playing throughout the Soviet empire Igor not only won several
important competitions but did it in such a dominating fashion that he
couldn't help but be noticed: 1st in the Zaitsev Memorial in Vladivostock in
1978, 1st at Yaroslavl 1979 and again first at the Tashli Tailiev Memorial
in Ashkhabad at the end of 1979. His score in the latter was 12 from 13 (!),
three points ahead of second place finisher Kakageldyev. Regrettably few of
the games from these events are preserved. You can find some here and there
in Shakhmaty Bulletin, Shakhmaty Riga, Shakhmaty v SSR and lesser known
Soviet chess journals, but never complete bulletins for the events, the game
scores of which were likely lost long ago.

The victory over Karpov earned Igor his first trip abroad to play in
the Capablanca Memorial in Cuba in 1980. The return trip home to the Soviet
Union made a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland, where Igor asked for
and was granted political asylum by the Canadian government. This move had,
as one might expect, profound changes on Igor's life. An increase in
personal freedom was balanced by a lack of economic security. As a
professional player in the Soviet Union Igor did quite well, but such an
occupation barely existed in North America in 1980, especially in Canada.
Igor also had to adapt as a chess player. Playing in Swiss System events
over a weekend with two or three games a day is not quite the same thing as
a 16 player round robin that lasts three weeks. Nor is having to score
almost 100 percent to win a prize.

Igor settled in Montreal and quickly picked up French and English. He
and the rapidly improving Kevin Spraggett would dominate Canadian chess over
much of the next decade. Igor won the Closed Championship of his newly
adopted country four times in five tries from 1981 to 1987. In 1985 he tied
for first place in both Canadian Open and Canadian Closed Chess
Championships at Edmonton, Alberta, while playing his games simultaneously!
Igor played for Canada in the 1984 and 1988 Olympiads and represented the
nation in the 1982 Interzonal in Toluca, Mexico. This event was to prove to
be a heartbreaker for Igor, though he didn't know it at the time. Scoring
7.5 from 13 he was fourth on tiebreak, but the GM norm - good for the title
in an Interzonal - was 7.8. Certainly the way Igor was playing he probably
thought the title was just around the corner, but it would be 24 years
before he would become a GM. One can't help but wonder how that title might
have made his life easier with more invitations and better conditions.

Canada is a very nice country, and one that has produced some good
chess players (Yanofsky, Anderson, Suttles, Biyiasas, Spraggett, Lesiege,
Charbonneau and Bluvstein) but it is not a promising place to be a
professional. It is no accident than former Candidate Kevin Spraggett lives
in Europe nor that Igor moved to the United States. There is no pot of gold
for professional chess players in the USA but if you are willing to travel
there is always someplace holding an event with a first prize of $300 on up.
Chess players from around the world are familiar with the World and National
Opens, massive events often with over 1000 players participating and five
figures for first place. Such tournaments are few and far between and the
competition is such that no one can be certain to win. To survive as a
professional in North America on a diet of just playing requires one find
smaller events where the chances of winning are highly likely. Igor hit this
trail in earnest in the 1980s and by 1997 he had won 9 of the US Chess
Federation's Grand Prix series. This yearly competition, where points are
awarded each event on the basis of the amount of prize money available ($300
first might equal six points, saw Igor reach close to 500 points in a single
year. This does not equal many weekends off! At the end of the year Igor
would often have to make long journeys to play in small events to secure his
victory in the Grand Prix. One time he traveled back and forth to Atlanta
from Los Angeles (roundtrip close to 6,000 miles or 10,000 kilometers) in
less than a week by bus!

Igor started to play less frequently in the late 1990s turning his
attention to coaching. He had worked in the past as a second for Viktor
Kortchnoi in the 1981 World Championship, but he was most successful in his
job at the Shelby School in Arizona, where he coached them to two national
championships. More recently Igor relocated first to Central and then St.
George, Utah. He is the Grandmaster-in-Residence (he got the GM title in
2005 for norms that he made in the early 1990s and was unaware of) at the
St. George Chess School and lives in the the mountains of southern Utah with
his wife Elizabeth, a retired teacher. He teaches chess, runs a chess camp
every summer, give piano recitals at the St. George Tabernacle , takes care
of Petruska and Sasha (two very spoiled cats) and is an avid gardener and
reader. Igor is much liked by the many chess players that appreciate his
excellent sense of humor, kindness towards animals and love of life. The
author of this piece is confident that Igor and his games will be remembered
for a long time.

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