He Who Seeks, Always Finds

Время публикации: 27.05.2013 18:28 | Последнее обновление: 27.05.2013 23:34

Igor Zaitsev is 75, but he retains juvenile enthusiasm in chess

Today is the 75th anniversary of the outstanding chess analyst and Grandmaster Igor Zaitsev. That's how he prefers to define himself: analyst, and not coach. Although it is obvious that it is only a matter of terminology: Zaitsev, as a coach and a second, led such renowned players as Tigran Petrosian and Anatoly Karpov towards the crown. Igor Arkadievich is tied by a close long-term cooperation with the twelfth World Champion,  as he had already worked in the coaching team during Karpov's legendary matches against Korchnoi and Kasparov. Zaitsev is not only the author of a series of original ideas, but also of entire opening systems that carry his name and are relevant to this day. He was nominated honored trainer of the USSR (1978) and FIDE (2006).

Another trainer, Sergey Yanovsky, joined Chess-News in order to express his congratulations:

"I think of Igor Arkadevich with great appreciation, as he is a remarkable man. During his work as head coach of the junior national team of Russia, I have been drawing many talented children to his classes, because I had - and still have - a very high awe for his coaching talent. He has paid personalized attention to Ian Nepomniachtchi, held several training sessions with the Kosintseva sisters - this was before their acquaintance with Dohoyan. He played blindfold blitz with them - he thinks it's a good way to practice. Tanya and Nadia were in admiration: in his already fairly advanced age, Igor Arkadievich was full of juvenile enthusiasm while playing.

All those who worked with him experienced delight. And that is not surprising: Zaitsev genuinely, devotedly loves chess. He lives them, and this can not bribe. Besides being a unique analyst, he also possesses enormous erudition.

Zaitsev is a phenomenon in the world of chess! He's a man who made ​​a great contribution to our game, and is highly respected by all colleagues for his devotion to chess. And what impressed me even more, is his obvious poetic talent. Very often, on the anniversaries of his colleagues, he would write, in my opinion, very witty congratulations in verse.

Unfortunately in the past years, I have met Igor Arkadievich only on rare occasions. But I can assure that he is constantly wondering what is happening in modern chess. He always seeks and finds new, interesting ideas and continues to analyze all kinds of positions. Undoubtedly, this is the key to longevity. Therefore, I foremost want to wish Igor Zaitsev to maintain this youthful interest in his beloved game. I wish you and your family much health and success in all fields!"


Some of victories by Igor Zaitsev as a player:

[Event "Yerevan zt"] [Site "Yerevan"] [Date "1982"] [Round "14"] [White "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Black "Kupreichik, Viktor D"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2465"] [BlackElo "2570"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "1982"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "15"] [EventCountry "URS"] [EventCategory "12"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.07.01"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 O-O 7. d4 cxd4 8. cxd4 a6 9. Bd3 Nb4 10. Bf1 d5 11. e5 Ne4 12. Nc3 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Nc6 14. h3 Na5 15. Nh2 Qc7 16. Ng4 Be6 17. Bg5 Rac8 18. Rc1 Qd7 19. Qf3 Rc7 20. Qg3 Rfc8 21. Qh4 Bxg4 22. hxg4 Rxc3 23. Rxc3 Rxc3 24. Bxe7 Nc6 25. Bf6 Qe6 26. f4 Nxd4 27. f5 Qb6 28. Kh1 Nc2 29. Bxg7 Nxe1 30. e6 Nf3 31. gxf3 Rc1 32. Kg2 Rc2+ 33. Kh3 Qc7 34. Bg2 fxe6 35. fxg6 Kxg7 36. Qxh7+ Kf6 37. g7 Qxg7 38. Qxc2 Qh6+ 39. Kg3 e5 40. Kf2 Qf4 41. Qb2 Kg5 42. Qc3 d4 43. Qd3 b5 44. Bf1 b4 45. Qxa6 Kh4 46. Qd3 Qg3+ 47. Ke2 Qh2+ 48. Ke1 Qxa2 49. Be2 b3 50. Kf2 Qc2 51. Qf5 1-0 [Event "Moscow-ch qual KO"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "2006.03.20"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Black "Savchenko, Boris"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B31"] [WhiteElo "2419"] [BlackElo "2569"] [PlyCount "97"] [EventDate "2006.03.20"] [EventType "k.o."] [EventRounds "2"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2006.05.09"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. O-O Bg7 5. c3 Nf6 6. e5 Nd5 7. d4 cxd4 8. cxd4 O-O 9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 d6 11. Ba3 dxe5 12. d5 Na5 13. d6 exd6 14. Bxd6 e4 15. Bxf8 Qxf8 16. Nd2 Bf5 17. Qa4 Bxc3 18. Rad1 a6 19. Be2 b5 20. Qc2 Qb4 21. Nb1 Bf6 22. g4 Be6 23. a3 Qa4 24. Qxa4 bxa4 25. Rd6 Nb3 26. Rxa6 Rxa6 27. Bxa6 Bxg4 28. Re1 Bf3 29. Bb5 Nd4 30. Bxa4 Bd8 31. Bd1 g5 32. Rf1 g4 33. Nd2 f5 34. Bxf3 gxf3 35. Rd1 Be7 36. a4 Kf7 37. Kf1 Bc5 38. Rc1 Bd6 39. a5 Ke6 40. a6 Bb8 41. Rc7 Bxc7 42. a7 Bxh2 43. a8=Q Be5 44. Qg8+ Ke7 45. Qxh7+ Ke6 46. Qg8+ Ke7 47. Nc4 Bf6 48. Ne3 Be5 49. Qg6 1-0 [Event "Minsk op"] [Site "Minsk"] [Date "1997"] [Round "6"] [White "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Black "Kharlov, Andrei"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B45"] [WhiteElo "2450"] [BlackElo "2555"] [PlyCount "53"] [EventDate "1997"] [EventType "game"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "BLR"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.11.16"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8. Nd5 Nxd5 9. exd5 exf4 10. dxc6 bxc6 11. Qf3 d5 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Qc3 cxb5 14. Qxg7 Bf6 15. Bxb5+ Ke7 16. Rhe1+ Be6 17. Rxe6+ Kxe6 18. Re1+ Kd6 19. Qxf7 Kc5 20. Re6 Be7 21. Rxe7 Rf8 22. Qe6 Qb6 23. Qe5 Rac8 24. a4 Qf6 25. Rc7+ Rxc7 26. Qxc7+ Kb4 27. c3+ 1-0 [Event "Rostov on Don tt"] [Site "Rostov on Don"] [Date "1980"] [Round "?"] [White "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Black "Kupreichik, Viktor D"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B30"] [BlackElo "2535"] [PlyCount "156"] [EventDate "1980"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "URS"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1998.11.10"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. b3 d6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 a6 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Nd2 Ng6 11. f4 c5 12. Ne2 Qd7 13. Ng3 O-O-O 14. Nc4 Kb8 15. f5 exf5 16. exf5 Ne7 17. f6 gxf6 18. Rxf6 Nc8 19. Qh5 Bg7 20. Rxf7 Qc6 21. Rf2 Bxb2 22. Nxb2 Rhf8 23. Raf1 Rxf2 24. Rxf2 Rf8 25. Qe2 Re8 26. Qd2 d5 27. Nd3 Nd6 28. Qa5 c4 29. Nc5 Bc8 30. Qb4+ Ka7 31. Rf6 Qb5 32. Qxb5 Nxb5 33. bxc4 dxc4 34. Nge4 Re7 35. a4 Nd4 36. c3 Nb3 37. Nd6 Bg4 38. Nce4 Kb8 39. h3 Bd7 40. Rf4 Bc6 41. Nf6 Nd2 42. h4 Kc7 43. Nxc4 Re2 44. Nxd2 Rxg2+ 45. Kf1 Rxd2 46. Nxh7 Rc2 47. Rc4 Kd6 48. Nf6 Bf3 49. Rd4+ Ke6 50. Ne4 Ke5 51. Nd2 Rxc3 52. Nxf3+ Rxf3+ 53. Kg2 Rb3 54. Rc4 Kf5 55. h5 Kg5 56. Rc5+ Kg4 57. h6 Rb2+ 58. Kg1 Rb6 59. h7 Rh6 60. Rc7 Kf3 61. a5 Rg6+ 62. Kf1 Rh6 63. Rf7+ Ke4 64. Kf2 Kd5 65. Kg3 Ke6 66. Ra7 Kf5 67. Kf2 Rh3 68. Ke2 Ke4 69. Re7+ Kf5 70. Kf2 Kg6 71. Re6+ Kf5 72. Re7 Kg6 73. Ra7 Rxh7 74. Rxa6+ Kf5 75. Ra8 Rh2+ 76. Ke3 Ra2 77. a6 Kf6 78. Kd4 Ra5 1-0 [Event "St Petersburg Seniors"] [Site "St Petersburg"] [Date "1995"] [Round "?"] [White "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Black "Vasiukov, Evgeni"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2470"] [BlackElo "2515"] [PlyCount "144"] [EventDate "1995"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [EventCategory "9"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1997.11.17"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg4 6. Be2 Nf6 7. d4 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. Ne5 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 Qxd4 11. Rd1 Qb6 12. Nh5 O-O 13. Bg5 Qc7 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Nxf6+ gxf6 16. Ng4 Qf4 17. Qe4 Qxe4 18. Nxf6+ Kg7 19. Nxe4 Na6 20. Rd7 b6 21. Rad1 Nb4 22. c3 Nd5 23. c4 Nf6 24. Nxf6 Kxf6 25. R1d3 c5 26. Kf1 h6 27. Ke2 a6 28. Kd2 b5 29. Kc3 bxc4 30. Kxc4 Rab8 31. b3 a5 32. a3 a4 33. Rf3+ Ke5 34. bxa4 Ra8 35. Re3+ Kf6 36. Rf3+ Ke5 37. Rfxf7 Rxa4+ 38. Kxc5 Rc8+ 39. Rc7 Rxc7+ 40. Rxc7 Rxa3 41. Kc4 Kf6 42. Kd4 Ra2 43. Ke3 Ra3+ 44. Kd2 Ra4 45. Rc3 Rh4 46. h3 Ra4 47. Ke3 Rb4 48. Kf3 Ra4 49. g3 Rb4 50. Re3 Ra4 51. Re4 Ra2 52. g4 Ra3+ 53. Re3 Ra5 54. Kf4 Rb5 55. h4 Rb4+ 56. Re4 e5+ 57. Kf3 Rb3+ 58. Re3 Rb4 59. Re4 Rb3+ 60. Kg2 Ra3 61. h5 Ra6 62. Kg3 Ra3+ 63. f3 Rb3 64. Ra4 Kg7 65. Ra7+ Kf8 66. Kf2 Rb6 67. Ke3 Re6 68. Ke4 Rf6 69. Ra3 Rf4+ 70. Kxe5 Rb4 71. Ra8+ Kg7 72. Ra7+ Kg8 1-0 [Event "Heart of Finland op 04th"] [Site "Jyvaskyla"] [Date "1994"] [Round "?"] [White "Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander"] [Black "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E62"] [WhiteElo "2560"] [BlackElo "2460"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "1994.07"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "FIN"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1996.11.15"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 e5 8. h3 Bf5 9. d5 e4 10. Nh4 Ne5 11. Nxf5 gxf5 12. b3 Nh5 13. Bd2 e3 14. Bxe3 f4 15. Bxf4 Nxf4 16. gxf4 Ng6 17. Rc1 Nxf4 18. e3 Ng6 19. f4 f5 20. Kh2 Qe7 21. Qd2 Rae8 22. Rce1 Qh4 23. Nb5 Re7 24. Nxa7 Rfe8 25. Nb5 Bh6 26. Nd4 Rxe3 27. Rxe3 Bxf4+ 28. Kh1 Bxe3 0-1 [Event "Moscow7 op"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "1991"] [Round "?"] [White "Glek, Igor V"] [Black "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C47"] [WhiteElo "2530"] [BlackElo "2405"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "1991"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "URS"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1999.11.16"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. d3 Bxc3 8. bxc3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Ng5 h6 11. Ne4 f5 12. c4 Nf6 13. Nc5 Qd6 14. Ba3 e4 15. dxe4 Qxd1 16. Raxd1 fxe4 17. Rfe1 Bf5 18. Nxb7 Ne5 19. Bb2 Nf3+ 20. Bxf3 exf3 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Rd8 Rxd8 24. Nxd8 Bxc2 25. Ne6 Bd3 26. c5 Bc4 27. Nxc7 Bxa2 28. c6 Kf8 29. Kf1 Bb3 30. Ke1 Ke7 31. Kd2 a5 32. Kc3 Bf7 33. Nb5 Bd5 34. Nd4 Kd6 35. Nf5+ Kxc6 36. Nxh6 Be6 0-1 [Event "Moscow-ch 61st"] [Site "Moscow"] [Date "1983"] [Round "?"] [White "Bronstein, David I"] [Black "Zaitsev, Igor A"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D54"] [WhiteElo "2490"] [BlackElo "2445"] [PlyCount "116"] [EventDate "1983"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "17"] [EventCountry "URS"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2001.11.25"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 h6 7. Bh4 b6 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Qf3 Bb7 11. Bc4 c6 12. Bb3 Na6 13. Nge2 Nc7 14. O-O Ne6 15. Rfd1 Qe7 16. Bc2 Rad8 17. a3 c5 18. dxc5 Ng5 19. Qg4 bxc5 20. Nf4 d4 21. exd4 Bxd4 22. h4 Ne6 23. Nh5 f5 24. Qg3 Qf7 25. Re1 Rde8 26. Bb3 Qxh5 27. Bxe6+ Kh8 28. Nb5 f4 29. Qh3 Bxb2 30. Rb1 Be5 31. Nxa7 Bxg2 32. Kxg2 f3+ 33. Kf1 Rxe6 34. Re4 Qg6 35. Qg4 Qxg4 36. Rxg4 Bd4 37. Nb5 Rb8 38. Rf4 Rf6 39. Re4 Ra6 40. Rb3 Bf6 41. h5 Rc6 42. Rc4 Rd6 43. Ke1 Rd5 44. a4 Re8+ 45. Re3 Rxe3+ 46. fxe3 Rxh5 47. Rf4 Rh3 48. Nd6 Bh4+ 49. Kd2 g5 50. Rf5 g4 51. a5 Rh2+ 52. Kd3 Ra2 53. Nf7+ Kg7 54. Ne5 Rxa5 55. Rf4 Bg5 56. Rf7+ Kg8 57. Rf5 Ra4 58. e4 Rd4+ 0-1 

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