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Yurij Lapshun
Number of games in database: 104
Years covered: 1987 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2403 (2429 rapid, 2384 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2458

Overall record: +36 -29 =39 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B70 B40 B90 B25 B76
 Uncommon Opening (6) 
 Sicilian Dragon (5) 
    B70 B77 B76 B72
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D02 E00
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B90 B99 B96
 French Defense (4) 
    C02 C05
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B40 B44 B20 B98 B90
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 A45 D05 D00 A41
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C91 C95 C80 C69 C88
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C91 C88 C95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Fedorowicz vs Lapshun, 1997 0-1
   Lapshun vs L Rasin, 2001 1-0
   Lapshun vs F H Brock, 2001 1-0
   Lapshun vs A Del Mundo, 2001 1-0
   Lapshun vs Paschall, 2003 1-0
   Lapshun vs M Sinn, 2003 1-0
   Lapshun vs V Moskalenko, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   39th World Open (2011)
   US Championships 2003 (2003)
   Chessmaster US Championships 2005 (2004)
   World Open: Open Section (2003)

   Lapshun vs Yudasin (Jul-04-11) 1/2-1/2
   M Bluvshtein vs Lapshun (Jul-04-11) 0-1
   Lapshun vs R Sapozhnikov (Jul-03-11) 1-0
   T Gelashvili vs Lapshun (Jul-03-11) 1/2-1/2
   Lapshun vs E Rosen (Jul-02-11) 1-0

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(born Mar-20-1972, 45 years old) United States of America

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He is an IM.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 104  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lapshun vs M Golubev 0-133 1987 Odessa ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Lapshun vs M Golubev 0-126 1988 Odessa City and Region Ch 87-88B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Bisguier vs Lapshun  ½-½50 1992 04D94 Grunfeld
4. Lapshun vs Wojtkiewicz  0-127 1993 New York opB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Lapshun vs Blatny  ½-½66 1995 Philadelphia USAC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Ashley vs Lapshun  1-050 1997 Ch Manhatten Chess Club, New York (USA)C45 Scotch Game
7. Fedorowicz vs Lapshun 0-124 1997 Manhatten CCC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Lapshun vs I Nikolayev  0-128 1998 120th New York State ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
9. Waitzkin vs Lapshun  1-068 1999 It 'Fan Adams International'B06 Robatsch
10. Lapshun vs B Reichstein  1-033 2000 World OpenB40 Sicilian
11. Lapshun vs M Dougherty  1-046 2000 World OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. R Koepcke vs Lapshun  0-120 2001 US Amateur Team EastD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
13. J Bonin vs Lapshun  1-037 2001 US Amateur Team EastD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Lapshun vs G C De Fotis  1-040 2001 29th World OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
15. L Filatov vs Lapshun  0-135 2001 29th World OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. J Fang vs Lapshun 1-027 2001 29th World OpenA17 English
17. Lapshun vs F H Brock 1-026 2001 US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. B Downing vs Lapshun  0-144 2001 US OpenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Lapshun vs A Del Mundo 1-039 2001 US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
20. R Anderson vs Lapshun  0-138 2001 US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Lapshun vs L Rasin 1-032 2001 US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
22. Fishbein vs Lapshun  ½-½37 2001 US OpenB58 Sicilian
23. Lapshun vs Yudasin  ½-½47 2001 US OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. Seirawan vs Lapshun  ½-½48 2002 ch-USAD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Lapshun vs Serper  ½-½19 2002 ch-USAD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 104  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-10-07  Warrush: This guy is awesome, he plays the oragitang against gms.
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: Anybody know how to contact Lapshun? I have a question for him. Playing the Orangutang, how would he procede in this case: 1. b4, c6 2. Bb2, d5?
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: His book on the Sokolsky is the best modern primer. Study it along with Levy's translation and update of Sokolsky's b2-b4 tome.

A list of Sokolsky books is on my forum. I've played it in email chess for two years and have been satisfied with it although a lot I still do not understand. There is not often a 'small advantage to White' in the Sokolsky. Black either gets gutted early or a very dynamic equality results. You'll be amazed the trouble you can make on that semi-open b-file!

It is an opening with much potential, unexplored ideas and paths.

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  playground player: <parisattack> I got Lapshun's book, <Play 1.b4!>, and have learned a lot from it so far. I'm still learning: much of this opening is still unexplored territory.

I've been playing it online, and I find that 1.b4 gives me good games--mostly wins!--against players with much higher ratings than mine. At the same time, it seems to have little or no effect against weaker players. Hmm...

Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Not a dissimilar experience here <playground player>. I played 1. b4 on RedHotPawn for two years, about 20-25 games; lost one, draw a few.

Against weaker players don't get fancy. With this opening White can get seriously behind in development, especially against . ...e5. But I do like getting a central majority and the play on the 'a' and/or 'b' file can be long lasting.

If you'd like the 1. b4 list just let me know. Motherlode of 1. b4 databases is here -

Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <parisattack> Thanks, I would like that list.

I've visited that Marek site a few times before. <Bill Wall> recommended it, too.

It's just so much fun, on the board, to watch a strong player look on you with pity and contempt when he sees you play 1.b4, and then to watch his pity turn to horror and dismay...

Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <playground player: <parisattack> Thanks, I would like that list.>

HeHe. Yes, nice when they underestimate it. It has some real subtleties waiting for the unexpected defender.


Polish (1. b4) Opening Books

1) The Moravian Series (1-4)

2) Play 1. b2-b4 by Lapshun

3) Orangutan by Wall

4) 1. b2-b4 by Sokolsky

5) Orang-Utan by Schiffler

6) Theory and Practice of the Sokolsky by Konikowsky

7) Orangutan by Ivanov

8) Sokolsky’s Opening by Levy

9) 1. P-QN4 by Soltis

10) Sokolsky Gambit by Salome and Bickford

11) Sokolsky Opening by Gilliam

12) 1. b2-b4 by Hildebrand (German)

13) Sokolski-Eroffnung by Soltjar and Kndratjew

14) Gewinnt mit 1. b4! by Elwert

15) Sokolski-Eroffnung by Grund

16) The Futuristic Chess Opening - Santasiere

17) Beating Unusual Chess Openings - Pallister

There are a couple more, but my most current list eludes me the moment. Fellow in Canada, Dale Longsdale does short monographs on unusual opening variations and has several on Polish and Polish Defence/

Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: The <Lion from Leningrad> meets the <Orangutan>. Lapshun (author of "Play 1.b4! Shock your opponents with the Sokolsky") tried it also against Victor Korchnoi.

But mighty Victor faced such openings long time before all the books were written, before the engines were generated. Before the parents of his opponents were born. Quite possibly even before the big bang, or at least the creation of the Orangutans :)

[Event "Quebec Blitz"]
[Site "Montreal CAN"]
[Date "2004.07.24"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Lapshun,Y"]
[Black "Korchnoi,V"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2444"]
[BlackElo "2568"]
[ECO "A00"]

1.b4 d5 2.Bb2 c6 3.e3 Qb6 4.a3 Nf6 5.f4 e6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.c4 a5 8.Bd4 Qc7 9.Qb3 b6 10.b5 c5 11.Bb2 d4 12.exd4 Qxf4 13.Qe3 Bd6 14.Nc3 cxd4 15.Qxf4 Bxf4 16.Nxd4 Bb7 17.Be2 Bxg2 18.Rg1 Bb7 19.Rxg7 Kf8 20.Rg3 Bxg3+ 21.hxg3 Rc8 22.O-O-O Rg8 23.Rg1 Ne5 24.d3 Ke7 25.Na4 Nfd7 26.g4 h6 27.Nc3 Nc5 28.Kc2 Rgd8 29.Nb3 Ncxd3 30.Ba1 Nf4 31.Bd1 Nxc4 0-1

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