|Nov-15-04|| ||refutor: fantastic finish! |
|Mar-14-07|| ||Whitehat1963: Here's a good midweek puzzle after 19. Qg6.|
|Mar-14-07|| ||TrueFiendish: Black played some tremendous moves here, especially the last, with queen en prise to two pieces.|
|Mar-14-07|| ||sambo: delightful. I concur with whitehat.|
|Mar-14-07|| ||TrueFiendish: Has anyone heard of Soldatenkoff before? Only one game on this database for one capable of such play...I hope this isn't a "paste diamond"!|
|Mar-15-07|| ||Albertan: Soldatenkoff is the french variant of Soldatenkov (Russian). In my Mega chessbase database I found games with the surname Soldatenkov, however, none of them had a player with a first name which started with the letter B. I also discovered that in my database not a single game exists of Marshall's from 1928 in which New York was the playing site.|
|Mar-15-07|| ||Calli: My DB gives Basil Soldatenkoff. Basil? Maybe someone is playing a little joke.|
|Mar-15-07|| ||TrueFiendish: To me the game just seems a little too neat.|
|Mar-15-07|| ||mig55: This is a joke from Marshall...|
|Mar-16-07|| ||Calli: Turns out there really was a Basil Soldatenkov who was in New York in the teens. He was a diplomat for the Czar. Have not been able to place him there in the late twenties, but certainly he might have played Marshall at some point.|
Is he a different Soldatenkov than the one who played consulting against Lasker in 1909: Lasker / Taubenhaus vs Janowski / Soldatenkow, 1909 ? Whyld lists him as V. Soldatenkov, but Lasker also describes him as diplomat.
|Mar-16-07|| ||shalgo: There was a Basil Soldatenkov (Soldatenkoff) who was a well-known race-car driver in early twentieth-century Russia. He is mentioned in the memoirs of Prince Felix Yusupov, "the man who killed Rasputin."|
Could it be the same person? Race-car driver, chess player, diplomat--it sounds like there is a story there.
And if he had been a diplomat for the tsarist government, he presumably would have been in exile by 1928.
|Mar-16-07|| ||Calli: <shalgo> Thanks for the tip!|
A Russian site translated by Google:
They start out saying that Vasily Soldatenkov has been misnamed as Alexander or Alexei in the history books. He was employed in the Russian Embassy in Rome and this agrees with Lasker's story, so Vasily is very likely the player in the Lasker/Janofsky game.
The Russian site then introduces "Basile" into story without much explanation. Is this the same person? Vasily(russian)/Basil(greek)
|Jun-28-08|| ||sneaky pete: Ken Whylds <V> may be a prefix taken for an initial. Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, September/October 1928, has this game as played "some time ago" in the Marshall Chess Cafe by <von Soldatenkoff>.|
|Jun-28-08|| ||DCP23: Basil = Vasiliy, it's the same name. Thus his appearance with either B. or V. initial.|
|Jun-30-08|| ||Golfmasta: Hi, i was just googleing my name and i found this, my last name is Soldatenkov and my first is Aleksey... you think any relation???|
|Dec-21-08|| ||sneaky pete: From the British Chess Magazine, November 1928
NN vs B. Soldatenko<ff>, Nice, May 1928
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3 Qa5 7.Qb3 Ne4 8.Bf4 Nxc3 9.Bd3 Ne4+ 10.Ke2 Qd2+ 11.Kf3 Qxf2+ 12.Kxe4 Qxg2+ 13.Nf3 Qg6+ 14.Ke5 Qf6+ 15.Kd6 Qe7+ 16.Ke5 d6+ 17.Ke4 f5#
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