Igor-Alexandre Nataf

Igor-Alexandre Nataf (born 2 May 1978) is a French chess player. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1998.

Igor-Alexandre Nataf
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Nataf in 2008
CountryFrance
Born (1978-05-02) 2 May 1978 (age 42)
Paris
TitleInternational Master (1997)
Grandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating2506 (August 2020)
Peak rating2596 (April 2007)
Peak rankingNo. 161 (July 2006)[1]

Chess careerEdit

Nataf represented France at the European Team Chess Championship in 1999[2] and at Olympiads in 2000 and 2004.[3] In the 2000 FIDE World Championship, he beat Emil Sutovsky and Nigel Short before losing to the Brazilian grandmaster Rafael Leitão in round 3.[4] He was less successful in the 2001–02 World Championship, beating Viktor Bologan in round 1 but losing to Konstantin Sakaev in round 2.[5]

Notable gamesEdit

Nataf's win against John Nunn at the 1999 French Team championship was voted best game in Chess Informant 76 in 1999.

Nunn vs. Nataf, 1999
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Position after 14.Be2


Sicilian Defence, Kalashnikov Variation (ECO B32)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 f5 9.Bd3 f4 10.g3 Nf6 11.gxf4 exf4 12.Bxf4 0-0 13.Bg3 Ng4 14.Be2 (diagram) Nxf2!! 15.Qd5+ Kh8 16.Bxf2 Nb4 17.Qh5 Rxf2 18.Kxf2 Bh4+ 19.Kg2 g6 20.Qf3 Qg5+ 21.Kf1 Bh3+ 22.Qxh3 Rf8+ 23.Bf3 Qe3 24.Qxh4 Nd3 25.Nd5 Qxf3+ 26.Kg1 Nf2 27.Kf1 Qxh1+ 28.Ke2 Qxa1 0–1[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nataf, Igor-Alexandre". benoni.de.
  2. ^ "Nataf, Igor-Alexandre; European Men's Team Chess Championship". OlimpBase.
  3. ^ "Nataf, Igor-Alexandre; Men's Chess Olympiads". OlimpBase.
  4. ^ "World Chess Championship 2000 FIDE Knockout Matches". Mark Weeks.
  5. ^ "World Chess Championship 2001-02 FIDE Knockout Matches". Mark Weeks.
  6. ^ Nigel Short (20 July 2003). "The Sunday chess column". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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