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Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin
Number of games in database: 130
Years covered: 1927 to 1938
Overall record: +47 -34 =49 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-05-1908, died Nov-17-1942, 34 years old) Russia
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Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin was born in Moscow, Russia. He was Moscow Champion three times in 1931 [rusbase-1], 1933 [rusbase-2], and 1934 [rusbase-3]. In 1931 he won a match against Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev (+6, =1, -1) and played in four USSR Championships achieving his best result, 2nd after Mikhail Botvinnik in 1931. Their individual encounter in the 15th round on the evening of November 9th was the turning point in determining the final placings.

Mikhail Botvinnik wrote of him "... a master of complicated and doubled-edged positions. He, undoubtedly, was one of the strongest representatives of the younger generation of chess masters. He loved chess passionately and he was a very pleasant man. When our fierce tournament battle was over, he congratulated me in a very sportsmanlike manner".

His best International result was at Leningrad (1934) where he shared 2nd place with Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky, half a point behind Mikhail Botvinnik, and ahead of Max Euwe. Ill health started to affect him in 1936 and he passed away in Omsk, Siberia in 1942 from tuberculosis.

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Last updated: 2018-09-05 11:30:36

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 130  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Riumin vs V Musatov  1-0531927Ch MoscowC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. N Zubarev vs Riumin  1-0331928Ch MoscowC14 French, Classical
3. Rozenkrantz vs Riumin  0-1251928Ch MoscowC13 French
4. Bernstein vs Riumin  0-1291928Ch MoscowC13 French
5. Riumin vs Rauzer 0-1261929USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
6. Popov vs Riumin 0-1301929MoskouE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
7. Riumin vs A Poliak 0-1171929USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Botvinnik vs Riumin 1-0501929USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Kiselev vs Riumin  0-1281931Ch URS (1/2 final)A90 Dutch
10. Riumin vs Tanin 1-0231931Moscow City ChC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Adrianovsky vs Riumin  0-1461931Ch URS (1/2 final)E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
12. Lisitsin vs Riumin 0-1461931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
13. Riumin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-0601931USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. N Sorokin vs Riumin 0-1461931USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Riumin vs Kasparian  1-0561931USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. Goglidze vs Riumin  ½-½291931USSR ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
17. Riumin vs A Budo 1-0251931USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Mazel vs Riumin  ½-½201931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
19. Riumin vs V Sozin 1-0341931USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Alatortsev vs Riumin  ½-½521931USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Riumin vs B Verlinsky 1-0291931USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Kan vs Riumin  ½-½271931USSR ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
23. Riumin vs Zamikhovsky 1-0731931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
24. F Bohatirchuk vs Riumin 0-1391931USSR ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Riumin vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½451931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
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Jun-08-04  Tigran Petrosian: Riumin had a lifetime plus record against Capablanca and Euwe.
May-14-05  paladin at large: <Tigran Petrosian> Not true, Capablanca was two wins and one loss against Riumin. But Riumin blundered away his queen in a complex game in one of his losses, so overall he played Capa pretty tough. His games deserve attention.

Ryumin is a more common transliteration from the Cyrillic, I believe.

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  Calli: BCM offers a book on Ryumin and Belavenyets. Scroll down the page a bit to see it.

They also spelled the name with a "y".

May-15-05  paladin at large: <Calli> Thanks!
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  WannaBe: Nikolai's children becomes Riumin-lans.

Okay, someone shoot me now, just get it over with.

Nov-12-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Nikolai's games:
Nov-21-05  Koster: What did he to do to get sent to Siberia? Was it dropping his queen to Capablanca?
Mar-22-06  paladin at large: <Koster><What did he to do to get sent to Siberia?> There were a lot of Russians regrouping in Siberia in 1942. You would not have wanted to be a Russian in western (German-occupied) Russia in those days.
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  Gypsy: <In 1935 he won a match against Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev (+6, =1, -1)...> Kotov/Yudovich give 1931 as the date for this match.
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  Benzol: <Gypsy> You're quite right. Thanks I'll fix that.
Sep-05-06  BIDMONFA: Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin

RIUMIN, Nikolay N.

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  brankat: Second behind Botvinnik twice (only 1/2 point), wins against Capablanca, Euwe, Stahlberg, 3 times Moscow Champ, which in itself was no small feat!

All this while still in his twenties. Must have been a very talented, and strong master. Pity, he died so young. Could have gone far.

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  whiteshark: player of the day
Sep-05-07  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo with him from the 1933 USSR Championship: : Left to right: Ilia Abramovich Kan , Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin , Mikhail M Yudovich Sr. and Nikolai Sorokin .
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Riumin.
Apr-20-09  DWINS: This guy was a fantastic attacker. Chernev says that "so bewildering were his conceptions that they once caused even the great Capablanca to lose his bearings and forfeit a game to him on time limit!"
Sep-05-09  laskereshevsky: <Mikhail Botvinnik wrote of him "... ...He, undoubtedly, was one of the strongest representatives of the younger generation of chess masters. He loved chess passionately and he was a very pleasant man...>

Thisis to be frame!... Thought never read so gently words about another chess-player from BOT....



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  whiteshark: I wonder if friends wrote him as NN on the score sheet?
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  whiteshark: Never touch a riumin' system!
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  wordfunph: "If you want to become a master, you must learn to lose, you must learn to withstand a blow, so that in the game following a defeat you play as if nothing had happened!"

- Nikolai Riumin (to the young Yuri Averbakh)

Source: Averbakh's Selected Games

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  brankat: R.I.P. master Riumin.
Sep-05-13  Abdel Irada: Why do I find it so easy to imagine a young Riumin knocking about St. Petersburg, having frequent conversations with Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov and moodily standing on bridges staring into the reeking waters of the Neva?

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin.

Not too bad of a player, as he beat 2 world champions: Capablanca and Euwe (obviously with white and when they weren't champion, but still impressive) and also women's champ Menchik with black.

Sep-05-14  ColeTrane: "get a ruimin" (room) or "cruisin' for a riumin" . "raging riumin" . "is there any riumin the back?" etc. ... just so this guy gets a GOTD
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  tpstar: Riumin vs Euwe, 1934
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