Sunday, November 20, 2005

In Memoriam

GM Dragutin Sahovic has passed away of aneuryzmae at the age 66. Born on 08.08.1940 in Kraljevo, he spent his childhood in Nis and later moved to Belgrade where he lived for the rest of his life.

Sale or Sah was big chess enthusiast. Interesting, his last name was quite symbolic - "Sah" (pronounced Shach) is serbian word for chess. He was great practical player and has won more then 100 tournaments in Yugoslavia, Italy, France, USSR, Germany, Bulgaria, USA, Greece...

His other love was literature. Unfortunetly he wrote two novels only - "Tamerlan" and "Destiny on the chess board". He was also editor of chess column in "Nin", one of the two most popular weekly magazines.

May his soul rest in piece.

Here is his fine win over Geler in Novi Sad.

Geler-Sahovic, Novi Sad 1978
1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 c5 5.O-O cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Qg4 g6 10.Qg3 Nf6 11.Bh6 Nh5 12.Qe3 d6 13.Be2 Nf6 14.Rad1 a6 15.f4 Qc7 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd7 18.Qf4 Ndxe5 19.Ne4 f5 20.Bg7 Rg8 21.Nf6+ Bxf6 22.Bxf6 Rc8 23.Qh4 Rf8 24.Rfe1 Kf7 25.Bxa6 Bxa6 26.Bxe5 Nxe5 27.Rxe5 Kg8 28.Rxe6 Qxc2 29.Rd2 Qc4 30.Qxc4 Bxc4 31.Rxb6+ Rfe8 32.Kf2 Re4 33.Rb4 Rf4+ 34.Kg3 Rg4+ 35.Kh3 Re8 36.Nd4 Re3+ 37.Nf3 Rxf3!+ 0-1

GM Igor Ivanov (born on 1947) has passed away on Thursday, November 17 at 1:00 pm in St. George, Utah.

Homage from IM Brian Hartman

I played Igor around 12 times in varous events in the mid-80s. We also travelled to several CDN and US tournaments and competed in same. During the 1987 CDN Closed in Baie Comeau (btw, the best run event I have ever attended), Igor was watching soap operas on TV to improve his English - I visited him one afternoon at his room ,and he asked "Hartman, what does it mean "nonchalant"- The ironic point was I always thought of Igor in that term. During the same event, he was showing me some games from the recently completed Russian Championship - in one particularly difficult endgame, I suggested an idea to Igor - he exclaimed "Hartman, this is not the Canadian Championship!".

The funniest time was when Igor and I (it was his idea) played in both the 1985 CDN Closed and Opens simultaneously in Edmonton to maximize our potential earnings (it worked). We would play a move in one end of the hall in the Closed, then go to the Open game, etc. Amazingly, Igor tied for first in both! I vividly remember Igor struggling in the first few rounds of the Open, all the while trying to solve the expanded Rubik's cube...the next morning I arrived at my games, and saw the Rubik's cube at Igor's board solved! He started winning game after game thereafter...

From my perspective, Igor was the most talented chessplayer I have ever met and had the pleasure of analysing with. His visualization in the endings was incomparable.

I have lost two great chess comrades, Bryon Nickoloff and Igor will never be the same.

Igor Ivanov became famous over his win against World Champion Karpov in USSR team competition

Ivanov,Igor (2415) - Karpov,Anatoly (2705) [B43]
Spartakiada Moscow (1), 1979

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.O-O Ne7 8.Kh1 Nec6 9.Nxc6 Nxc6 10.Qg4 h5 11.Qe2 Ne5 12.f4 Ng4 13.Rf3 Qh4 14.h3 Bc5 15.Bd2 g6 16.Raf1 Qe7 17.a3 f5 18.Re1 Qf8 19.b4 Bd4 20.a4 Rc8 21.Nd1 Qf6 22.c3 Ba7 23.axb5 axb5 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Bxb5 Bxf3 26.Qxf3 Rc7 27.c4 Bd4 28.Qd5 Kd8 29.Qd6 Nf2+ 30.Nxf2 Bxf2

31.Be3! Bxe3 32.Rxe3 Qe7 33.Qd2 Ke8 34.Qd4 Rg8 35.Qb6 Qg7 36.Qxe6+ Kd8 37.Qd5 Ra7 38.Rd3 Ra1+ 39.Kh2 Ra2 40.Bc6 Ra7 41.Qc5 Rc7 42.Qb6 1-0

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