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Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk vs Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky
USSR Championship (1923), Petrograd (Leningrad) URS, rd 5, Jul-08
Budapest Defense: Alekhine Variation (A52)  ·  1-0


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  Gypsy: Kotov atributes the opening used here,
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e4! Nxe5 5.f4 ..., to Alekhine. But Spielmann vs Reti, 1919, Yates vs Spielmann, 1923, and this game precede Alekhine. His victories are also quite entertainig Alekhine vs I Rabinovich, 1925, Alekhine vs J A Seitz, 1926, and Alekhine vs L Gallegos, 1944; as is Alekhine's loss Alekhine vs Gilg, 1926.

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  Calli: What? You mean Kotov trying to hype Alekhine? Unbelievable! Oh wait, thats right, he made a career out of it. :-)
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  Gypsy: One'd think that Kotov would know at least the games of the 2nd USSR Championship, would he not? But this is what Kotov wrote:

<Budapest Gambit. Alekhine showed an energetic way to refute this opening: 1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e5 3.d4xe5 Nf6-g4 (regarding Ne4 see Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1932, which saw 4.Nd2 Nc5 5.Ngf3 Nc6 6.g3 Qe7 7.Bg2 g6 8.Nb1!) 4.e2-e4! Ng4xe5 5.f2-f4 with a significant positional advantage for White. >

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  Calli: <Gypsy> Kotov probably knew the games but he had his own agenda.

<2nd USSR Championship> In 1920 Alekhine won the "All Russian Chess Olympiad". Sometime in the fifties during Alekhine's political rehab, the name was changed retroactively to the 1rst USSR Ch. A little history rewrite! All subsequent championships were re-numbered. I wonder if Kotov was responsible for this.

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  Gypsy: <Calli> Maybe he co-orchestrated the official line some. I always thought that Kotov was just mainly good in reading the tealeaves about which way to re-write the history at any given time.

But I should pass the the word to the grand-master himself. Here is what Kotov has to say about rewriting history in Kotov/Judowich "Soviet Chess School": <... on the pages of [British theoreticians'] book is up to one's nose of glorification for each unknown author from USA, England, or Holland, who strangely just became the originators of new variations and opening systems ... references to the variations of messrs Therkaz, Loman, Kaufman, Abrams, Milner-Barry [!] and others second rate chessplayers. ... Such is the "theory" of chess openings in the hands of those English masters. And such is the way theory is also put together in the textbooks by R. Fine (USA) and Euwe (Holland). But facts must not be twisted ...>

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  Phony Benoni: <Calli> <Gypsy> I don't think you can blame this one on Kotov; it looks like the numbering had assumed its current form long before Alekhine's rehabilitation. For instance, Levenfish's book on the 1934/35 Championship, the ninth in the current numbering, was published in 1937 with the title: <IX vsesoiuznoe shakhmatnoe pervenstvo : sbornik partii.>

My Russian's not very good, but that "IX" is telling.

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