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Lev Psakhis
Number of games in database: 1,555
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2455 (2517 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625

Overall record: +529 -197 =771 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 58 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (141) 
    B30 B76 B92 B42 B93
 French Defense (62) 
    C07 C18 C09 C11 C05
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C92 C96 C60 C90 C68
 English (42) 
    A13 A10 A15 A14 A17
 Queen's Indian (41) 
    E12 E17 E15 E16
 English, 1 c4 e5 (40) 
    A20 A22 A21 A25 A28
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (124) 
    C07 C11 C01 C18 C16
 Queen's Indian (100) 
    E15 E12 E18 E16 E17
 Sicilian (93) 
    B81 B42 B80 B93 B97
 Nimzo Indian (71) 
    E32 E42 E21 E44 E20
 Modern Benoni (64) 
    A70 A64 A61 A75 A65
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    E00 A46 A40 E10 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Psakhis vs A Kochyev, 1990 1-0
   Tiviakov vs Psakhis, 1993 0-1
   Psakhis vs Martinovsky, 1989 1-0
   Psakhis vs Paunovic, 1986 1-0
   Psakhis vs Smirin, 1995 1-0
   Psakhis vs Lputian, 1979 1-0
   Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 0-1
   G Zaichik vs Psakhis, 1980 0-1
   Kholmov vs Psakhis, 1984 0-1
   Psakhis vs Yusupov, 1980 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1987 by Chessdreamer
   1983 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   White's Repertoire by thommy65

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(born Nov-29-1958, 59 years old) Russia (federation/nationality 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 1,555  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Namgilov vs Psakhis  1-0391977RostovA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
2. Portnyagin vs Psakhis  ½-½351977KrasnoyarskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
3. A Zakharov vs Psakhis 0-1411977VolgogradA65 Benoni, 6.e4
4. Romanov vs Psakhis 0-1371977IrkutskA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
5. E Riabchonok vs Psakhis 1-0251977VolgogradB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. G Botterill vs Psakhis 1-0231977RussiaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E Piankov vs Psakhis 0-1351977IrkutskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
8. N Rashkovsky vs Psakhis  0-1381977VolgogradE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. V N Kozlov vs Psakhis  ½-½231977VolgogradA04 Reti Opening
10. E Vladimirov vs Psakhis  ½-½461978TashkentA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
11. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-0371978Zaitsev memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. Nikitin vs Psakhis  ½-½281978Alma AtaA04 Reti Opening
13. O Vasilchenko vs Psakhis  ½-½421978TashkentA30 English, Symmetrical
14. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-0301978URS-ch U26C44 King's Pawn Game
15. M Gurevich vs Psakhis  0-1501978BakuA34 English, Symmetrical
16. Psakhis vs E Vladimirov  0-1391978URS-ch U26A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. Psakhis vs E Magerramov 0-1401978USSR 26/55A15 English
18. Psakhis vs Yusupov  ½-½551978URS-ch U26C42 Petrov Defense
19. Psakhis vs A Noskov  1-0491978Alma AtaA92 Dutch
20. A N Panchenko vs Psakhis 1-0271978USSR 25/369B27 Sicilian
21. Psakhis vs D Kaiumov  ½-½191978Alma AtaA15 English
22. Psakhis vs Chekhov  ½-½401979BakuB33 Sicilian
23. V Malaniuk vs Psakhis  1-0531979URSB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. G Agzamov vs Psakhis  0-1411979BakuA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
25. Lputian vs Psakhis  0-1571979URSE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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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.

Nov-29-12  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.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <The principle of my play at that time was analogous to the Brazilian approach to soccer: our opponents will score as much as they can, and we will score as much as we have to> - Lev Psakhis (discussing his play around the time he won consecutive Soviet Championships).
May-24-15  TheFocus: <In chess there are three results and two of them are good> - Lev Psakhis.
Nov-29-15  Eggman: Happy birthday to this former world number 7!
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  offramp: In the 40th year of Jaws ... Lev Psakhis!
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  Marmot PFL: <Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.>

Gambits are very useful, for learning both attacking and defensive play and improving tactical ability. Even if you don't play these lines you still have to be able to meet them.

Nov-29-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lev Phakhis.
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  saffuna: The USSR took first place at the 1981 World Student Team Championship.

"After the tournament, Lev Psakhis and Juoian Hodgson got into a deep discussion. Fairly inebriated, Julian asked what would have happened if the Russians had not taken first place.

"'I would have gone to Siberia,' Lev replied. Julian expressed shock and dismay, but Lev let the hammer drop. "It's not so bad. I live in Siberia."

(Joel Benjamin)

May-24-17  Howard: Hard to believe that Psakhas was tied for 7th in the world on the July, 1982 rating list, but....he was ! His rating had shot up 70 points since the last list.
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