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All Russian Amateur Tournament

Alexander Alekhine13/16(+12 -2 =2)[games]
Georg Rotlewi12/16(+11 -3 =2)[games]
Bernhard Gregory11.5/16(+11 -4 =1)[games]
Dawid Daniuszewski9.5/16(+6 -3 =7)[games]
Moisei Elyashiv9.5/16(+7 -4 =5)[games]
Boris Evgenievich Maliutin9.5/16(+8 -5 =3)[games]
Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev9/16(+6 -4 =6)[games]
Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz9/16(+8 -6 =2)[games]
Nikolay Semenovich Tereshchenko7.5/16(+5 -6 =5)[games]
Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky7/16(+6 -8 =2)[games]
Boris Verlinsky7/16(+6 -8 =2)[games]
Peter Artemievich Evtifeev6.5/16(+5 -8 =3)[games]
Stefan Izbinsky6/16(+5 -9 =2)[games]
Anatoly Alekseevich Chepurnov5.5/16(+5 -10 =1)[games]
Apollon Viakhirev5/16(+4 -10 =2)[games]
Grigory Helbach5/16(+2 -8 =6)[games]
Viktor Nikolaev3.5/16(+2 -11 =3)[games]
Vasily I Rozanov1.5/7(+1 -5 =1)[games]
V Goldfarb0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
All Russian Amateur (1909)
An undercard for the international tournament and the first major success for the sixteen-year-old Alexander Alekhine. The original entry list included:

Alexander Alekhine; Anatoly Alekseevich Chepurnov; Dawid Daniuszewski; Moisei Zakharovich Elyashov; Peter Artemievich Evtifeev; V Goldfarb; Bernhard Gregory; Grigory Helbach; Stefan Izbinsky; Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev; Boris Evgenievich Maliutin; Viktor Nikolaev; Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky; Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz; Georg Rotlewi; Vasily I Rozanov; Nikolay Semenovich Tereshchenko; Boris Verlinsky; Apollon Viakhirev.

The games are notable for the fighting spirit of the players. Members of the Never Resign! School will find much food for thought here.

With an odd number of players originally and two early withdrawals, each player received in effect three byes, which makes the current player standings hard to track. However, by round 11 it was clear this was going to be a two-man race between Alekhine and Rotlewi, who shared the lead despite having already had their three non-counting rounds. Thereafter they bounced back and forth until round 17 when Alekhine defeated Rotlewi to take a 1.5 point lead that stood up. Bernhard Gregory was a close 3rd in the crosstable, but was never quite able to break into the top group.

The original collection, Game Collection: All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909), contains a complete list of round-by-round pairings, with details on byes, cancelled, unplayed, and unavailable games.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 Alekhine * 1 1 0 1 1 = 1 1 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 13.0 2 Rotlewi 0 * 1 = = 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 3 Gregory 0 0 * 1 0 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 4 Daniuszewski 1 = 0 * 1 = = 1 = 1 1 1 = 0 0 = = 9.5 5 Elyashov 0 = 1 0 * 1 1 = 1 = 1 = 0 0 = 1 1 9.5 6 Maliutin 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 9.5 7 Lebedev = 1 = = 0 0 * = 0 1 = 1 = 1 1 0 1 9.0 8 Rosenkrantz 0 0 0 0 = 0 = * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 9.0 9 Tereshchenko 0 1 1 = 0 0 1 0 * 0 = = 1 1 0 = = 7.5 10 Romanovsky 1 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 = 1 7.0 11 Verlinsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 12 Evtifeev 0 0 0 0 = = 0 0 = 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 6.5 13 Izbinsky 0 0 0 = 1 0 = 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 6.0 14 Chepurnov = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 5.5 15 Viakirev 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 * = 0 5.0 16 Helbach 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 = = 0 1 0 0 = * = 5.0 17 Nikolaev 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 1 1 = * 3.5 Rozanov 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - - 1 = - - - - - 0 *games cancelled* Goldfarb 0 - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - - - *games concelled*

Original collection: Game Collection: All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909), by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Viakhirev vs K Rosenkrantz 1-0331909All Russian AmateurC27 Vienna Game
2. B Verlinsky vs V Goldfarb  1-0471909All Russian AmateurC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. V Nikolaev vs Rotlewi  0-1321909All Russian AmateurB01 Scandinavian
4. B Gregory vs V Rozanov  1-0481909All Russian AmateurA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. P Romanovsky vs B Maliutin 1-0601909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
6. M Elyashiv vs D Daniuszewski  0-1471909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. N Tereshchenko vs A Chepurnov  1-0411909All Russian AmateurC30 King's Gambit Declined
8. S F Lebedev vs G Helbach 0-1481909All Russian AmateurD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Alekhine vs S Izbinsky 1-0301909All Russian AmateurB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. G Helbach vs Viakhirev  ½-½681909All Russian AmateurB20 Sicilian
11. S Izbinsky vs P Romanovsky  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. D Daniuszewski vs V Nikolaev  ½-½351909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Rotlewi vs S F Lebedev 0-1141909All Russian AmateurD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Goldfarb vs Alekhine 0-1271909All Russian AmateurC01 French, Exchange
15. A Chepurnov vs B Gregory 0-1641909All Russian AmateurC50 Giuoco Piano
16. B Maliutin vs M Elyashiv  0-1261909All Russian AmateurB15 Caro-Kann
17. P A Evtifeev vs N Tereshchenko ½-½211909All Russian AmateurC27 Vienna Game
18. V Rozanov vs B Verlinsky  ½-½401909All Russian AmateurD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Alekhine vs V Rozanov 1-0221909All Russian AmateurA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. B Gregory vs P A Evtifeev 1-0261909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
21. B Verlinsky vs A Chepurnov 1-0351909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
22. V Nikolaev vs B Maliutin  0-1301909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
23. S F Lebedev vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½371909All Russian AmateurD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. M Elyashiv vs S Izbinsky  0-1581909All Russian AmateurB44 Sicilian
25. K Rosenkrantz vs G Helbach  1-0301909All Russian AmateurC10 French
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 141  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-29-13  Karpova: Brilliancy prize winner: S Izbinsky vs Viakhirev, 1909

Source: Page 253 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-29-13  JimNorCal: An early result in Peter Romanovsky's career.
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

<Alekhine> earned the title of <Russian National Master> for this victory.

He also won a "cut glass vase valued at 650 roubles."

-Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven, "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946," McFarland 1998, p.34

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <WCC Editing Project:

He also won a "cut glass vase valued at 650 roubles.">

637 rbl according to the tournament book :-)

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Picture and I've translated the names here:

Moisei Zakharovich Elyashov

Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project: <JB> Well a bit of a black eye for old Andy then eh? We can even quantify it- a level "13" black eye.

<Stony> incredible work on identifying everyone in that historic photo. Fabulous. I have added your fine work to my enormous "Johnny Alekhine" folder.

Here's Johnny with his prize: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Johnny Alekhine hauled that <Sevres Vase> around with him his whole life. It was even with him in his hotel room in Estoril when he died.

On a somewhat related topic, <Vasily Smyslov> kept the tournament chess table he played on when he won the following event, which he told <Genna Sosonko> was the "biggest success" of his life. Like Johnny with his vase, Vasya kept that table till his dying day. Sadly, I can't find a photo of it, but I think it's out there somewhere.

This is the event, with 16 year old <Smyslov> putting up a clean score:

<Moskvoretsky House of Pioneers Championship 1937> (Fall) 1st, 11-0.

Smyslov had previously earned the <1st Category rank> in the fall of 1936

-Genna Sosonko "The World Champions I Knew." (New in Chess 2013), pp.126-27

Jul-24-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: The missing games from this tournament were submitted some time ago by an Unknown Benefactor. This has just come to my attention, so I have updated my personal collection and sent in correction slips to have the games added to this page. There will be 141 in all.
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