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Lev Psakhis
Number of games in database: 1,570
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2517 (2535 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625
Overall record: +535 -198 =779 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      58 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B40 B30 B76 B92 B42
 French Defense (63) 
    C07 C18 C09 C11 C05
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C92 C96 C90 C60 C68
 Queen's Indian (42) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16
 English, 1 c4 e5 (41) 
    A20 A22 A21 A28 A25
 English (40) 
    A10 A15 A13 A17 A16
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (124) 
    C07 C11 C18 C01 C16
 Sicilian (103) 
    B81 B42 B80 B40 B82
 Queen's Indian (101) 
    E15 E12 E18 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (73) 
    E00 A46 E10 A40 D05
 Nimzo Indian (72) 
    E32 E42 E21 E41 E44
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C92 C95 C84 C69 C93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Psakhis vs A Kochyev, 1990 1-0
   Psakhis vs Lputian, 1979 1-0
   Psakhis vs Smirin, 1995 1-0
   Psakhis vs Paunovic, 1986 1-0
   E Piankov vs Psakhis, 1977 0-1
   Psakhis vs V Malaniuk, 1987 1-0
   G Zaichik vs Psakhis, 1980 0-1
   V Malaniuk vs Psakhis, 1983 0-1
   Psakhis vs Bareev, 1988 1-0
   Psakhis vs N Mitkov, 1997 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   Las Palmas Interzonal (1982)
   Cappelle la Grande (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   White's Repertoire by thommy65

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(born Nov-29-1958, 56 years old) Russia (citizen of Israel)

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Lev Borisovich Psakhis was born in Kalinin* (not Krasnoyarsk as Wikipedia states). Awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1982, he was joint USSR Champion in 1980-81 [rusbase-1] and 1981 [rusbase-2]. In tournaments he was 1st= at Sarajevo 1986, 1st at Szirak 1986 and 2nd= at Trnava 1988. In July 1982 he was ranked =7th in the world. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

*Wikipedia article: Tver

Wikipedia article: Lev Psakhis

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,570  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Namgilov vs Psakhis  1-039 1977 RostovA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
2. A Zakharov vs Psakhis 0-141 1977 VolgogradA65 Benoni, 6.e4
3. Portnyagin vs Psakhis  ½-½35 1977 KrasnoyarskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
4. E Riabchonok vs Psakhis 1-025 1977 VolgogradB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Romanov vs Psakhis  0-137 1977 IrkutskA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
6. Rashkovsky vs Psakhis  0-138 1977 VolgogradE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Botvinnik vs Psakhis 1-023 1977 RussiaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. E Piankov vs Psakhis 0-135 1977 IrkutskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
9. V N Kozlov vs Psakhis  ½-½23 1977 VolgogradA04 Reti Opening
10. O Vasilchenko vs Psakhis  ½-½42 1978 TashkentA30 English, Symmetrical
11. Nikitin vs Psakhis  ½-½28 1978 Alma AtaA04 Reti Opening
12. Suetin vs Psakhis  1-045 1978 SverdlovskC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Psakhis vs Yusupov  ½-½55 1978 URS-ch U26C42 Petrov Defense
14. Psakhis vs E Magerramov 0-140 1978 USSR 26/55A15 English
15. M Gurevich vs Psakhis  0-150 1978 BakuA34 English, Symmetrical
16. A N Panchenko vs Psakhis 1-027 1978 USSR 25/369B27 Sicilian
17. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-037 1978 Zaitsev memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Psakhis vs A Noskov  1-049 1978 Alma AtaA92 Dutch
19. E Vladimirov vs Psakhis  ½-½46 1978 TashkentA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
20. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-030 1978 URS-ch U26C44 King's Pawn Game
21. Psakhis vs E Vladimirov  0-139 1978 URS-ch U26A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. Psakhis vs D Kaiumov  ½-½19 1978 Alma AtaA15 English
23. Psakhis vs A N Panchenko  1-058 1979 SochiB33 Sicilian
24. Palatnik vs Psakhis 0-132 1979 BeltsiA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
25. Psakhis vs Vasiukov  1-046 1979 USSR 28/564A07 King's Indian Attack
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Sep-02-06  Albertan: <Nikita Smirnov: I like his reportiore in French he plays the advanced variation against french or the Winawer? I have forgotten. >

No he doesn't. According to my chessbase database Psakhis plays the Tarrasch variation versus the French: 1.e4 e6 2.Nd2

Sep-02-06  Nikita Smirnov: Ok!Well i play the Winawer
Sep-02-06  Albertan: Psakhis plays the French Defense-Winawer variation in 48 games in my chessbase database:

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5

He also plays 3...c5 vrs the Tarrasch variation of the French Defense: 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 c5

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  Tabanus: Apparently a peaceful player, see and scroll down.

Oct-03-06  AlexandraThess: Lev Psahis is one of the best specialists ,if not the best, in King's Indian Attack and French defence
Nov-29-06  BIDMONFA: Lev Psakhis


Jan-31-07  WTHarvey: Here are some winning combinations from Lev's games:
Feb-02-07  who: <WTHarvey> in in the game Tal-Kiriakov it should say Qg6+ not Kg6+. Btw that is the best chess website I've seen (well maybe second to
Nov-29-08  Resignation Trap: Happy 50th birthday, Lev Borisovich!

See also: .

Aug-25-09  Archswindler: <Psakhis has a wealth of training experience having been a pupil at the Botvinnik school and worked with the likes of Kasparov and Yusupov in the late eighties.>

I read somewhere he got thrown out of the Botvinnik school for playing the Cochrane gambit.

Nov-29-09  Red October: no kibitzing for the POTD today ?
Nov-29-09  potsie: Happy Birthday Lev! :)
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  whiteshark: His classic French Manuals are still on my wish list.
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  wordfunph: trivia on GM Lev Psakhis..

+ GM Lev Psakhis claimed that he reached world-class status by memorizing the games of Bobby Fischer.

+ GM Lev Psakhis does not call himself a chess fanatic though he says that he does not grow weary even after many hours of playing chess provided he has a comfortable chair and nice pop-music playing. Psakhis grew a thick beard which he says his lucky charm, which is probably so, as ever since he has never come worse than third in a chess tournament!

+ At Aruba 1992, GM Lev Psakhis defeated all three Polgar sisters.

happy 52nd birthday GM Psakhis!

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  wordfunph: just read from Chess U.K. mag that GM Psakhis <is dangerously ill and awaiting a liver transplant>, hope he feels better soon.
Nov-27-11  ketchuplover: Due out 2-1-12 is Advanced Chess Tactics.

Get well soon Lev.

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  lost in space: Is Lev well after the liver transplantation?
Nov-29-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Lev is, touch wood, in far better health and on the mend now, the last I heard.
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  Domdaniel: Lev - my contemporary - was close to death a year ago, after picking up lethal diseases in a Russian blood transfusion. Now, after a liver transplant in Israel - he's reportedly much better.

Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.

Keep on going, Lev.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Insight, leavened with a nice dash of humour.

Psakhis' books are worthwhile reading.

We played two events together in July 1992, but never met. That would have been enjoyable indeed.

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  parisattack: <Domdaniel...Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.>

Yes, awesome books on the French! Good to hear he is recovering.

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  offramp: Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.
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  perfidious: <offramp> Lovely--never heard that one!!
Dec-30-14  john barleycorn: Psakhis should have attended the Tal chess school. Always wondered why he and Romanishin for example would not climb higher on the ladder. Bad luck being sandwiched between the established Karpov and the rising Kasparov, probably.
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  perfidious: <john b> That bad luck thwarted the title aspirations of an entire generation. The two Ks were too dang good.
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