Igor Bondarevsky

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Igor Zakharovich Bondarevsky () (May 12, 1913, Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia – June 14, 1979, Pyatigorsk) was a Soviet Russian chess Grandmaster in both over-the-board and correspondence chess, an International Arbiter, trainer, and chess author. Bondarevsky shared the 1940 Soviet title, and later coached World Champion Boris Spassky.

Early years

Igor Bondarevsky played in the 5th Russian Championship, Gorky 1935, scoring 4/9 for a tied 6-7th place; the winner was Alexander Tolush. The next year, he won an All-Union first category tournament in Leningrad, with 11.5/14, unbeaten, by two points. This result earned him an invitation to the Soviet championship to be played the next year.A. Chicco, G. Porreca, Dizionario encicopedico degli scacchi, Mursia, Milan 1937, page 59. At Moscow 1937, his first international event, Bondarevsky struggled with just 2.5/7, for a tied 7-8th place; the winner was Reuben Fine; however, he recovered with a solid performance in his first Soviet Chess Championship (URS-ch10, Tbilisi 1937), with 9.5/19 and a shared 10-12th place; the winner was Grigory Levenfish. Bondarevsky qualified from the URS-ch11 semifinal 1938 with 10.5/17, for a shared 3rd-4th place; the winner was Mikhail Botvinnik. Another disappointing performance followed at the very strong international Leningrad-Moscow event in 1939 with only 5/17 for 17th place; the winner was Salo Flohr.

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