Resignation Trap: This player's name has been spelled so many different ways that perhaps even Viktor Korchnoi would be envious. Apart from the spelling on this page, I've found Seleznyov, Seleznyev, Selesniev, Selesnieff, Selesniew and Selesnev. There are probably more!
Selezniev was born in the Russian city of Tambov in 1888. The son of wealthy merchants, he was a graduate from Moscow University's law faculty.
He and Efim Bogoljubov had careers that followed similar paths. Both players were interned in Triberg Germany for the duration of World War I, and decided to stay there until 1924. That year, both players were sent invitations to participate in the third USSR Championship, and somehow Nikolai Vasilyevich Krylenko convinced them to play and stay in the USSR. Selezniev had his best results in Germany in the 1920's, and became recognized as a master to all.
Selezniev participated in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth USSR Championships (1924, 1925, 1927 and 1929), but had only mediocre results each time. In the 1929 event, he was eliminated in the quarter-final of play.
After this last event, his active playing career ended.
He was living in the Ukranian city of Donetsk when it was overrun by Nazis.
Bogoljubov helped him get transferred to Triberg, and he eventually made his way to France.
He died, half-forgotten in Bordeaux in June 1967.