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Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky
P Romanovsky 
 
Number of games in database: 256
Years covered: 1909 to 1963

Overall record: +103 -81 =71 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C84 C68 C90 C79 C73
 Reti System (22) 
    A04 A06
 Sicilian (15) 
    B30 B50 B23 B58 B88
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C84 C90 C88 C91
 French Defense (10) 
    C15 C12 C14 C16 C02
 English (8) 
    A15 A12 A13 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C65 C66 C79 C85 C67
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E33 E34 E23 E22 E43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 D02 A41
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E17 E16 E19 E12 E18
 English (7) 
    A15 A14 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927 0-1
   Nenarokov vs P Romanovsky, 1927 0-1
   P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs A A Smorodsky, 1924 1-0
   E Zagorjansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943 0-1
   I Rabinovich vs P Romanovsky, 1925 0-1
   P Romanovsky vs N Grigoriev, 1924 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner, 1927 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1935 1-0
   G Stepanov (Schneideman) vs P Romanovsky, 1926 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1923)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1927)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   USSR Championship (1920)
   Leningrad (1934)
   Moscow (1925)
   All Russian Amateur (1909)
   Moscow (1935)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1927 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1925 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1924 by Phony Benoni
   Leningrad 1934 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1923 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1920 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1920 by Matula
   Romans by fredthebear


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PETER ARSENIEVICH ROMANOVSKY
(born Jul-29-1892, died Mar-01-1964, 71 years old) Russia

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Peter Arsenyevich Romanovsky was born on the 29th of July 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and named an International Arbiter in 1951, he was USSR Champion in 1923 [rusbase-1] and 1927 [rusbase-2] (jointly) as well as Leningrad Champion in 1925 (jointly). His best international result was in Leningrad 1934, finshing 2nd= with Nikolai Nikolaevich Riumin behind Mikhail Botvinnik. Around this period he began to devote more time to teaching, writing and publishing about the game. In 1934, Romanovsky became the first Soviet chess player to be awarded the title of Honoured Master of Sport. Both of his brothers Yevgeny and Alexander Arsenievich Romanovsky also played chess. He passed away in Moscow in 1964.

Wikipedia article: Peter Romanovsky

Last updated: 2016-07-29 22:14:27

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 256  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Romanovsky vs B Maliutin 1-0601909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
2. S Izbinsky vs P Romanovsky  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. V Rozanov vs P Romanovsky  1-0311909All Russian AmateurD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. P Romanovsky vs A Chepurnov  0-1241909All Russian AmateurB01 Scandinavian
5. P A Evtifeev vs P Romanovsky 0-1601909All Russian AmateurC22 Center Game
6. P Romanovsky vs N Tereshchenko  1-0411909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
7. B Gregory vs P Romanovsky  1-0411909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. P Romanovsky vs B Verlinsky  0-1521909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
9. Alekhine vs P Romanovsky 0-1411909All Russian AmateurC26 Vienna
10. P Romanovsky vs M Elyashiv  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. V Nikolaev vs P Romanovsky  0-1591909All Russian AmateurC44 King's Pawn Game
12. P Romanovsky vs S F Lebedev  0-1371909All Russian AmateurD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
13. Viakhirev vs P Romanovsky  0-1431909All Russian AmateurC26 Vienna
14. P Romanovsky vs K Rosenkrantz  0-1321909All Russian AmateurD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. G Helbach vs P Romanovsky  ½-½281909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
16. P Romanovsky vs Rotlewi 0-1301909All Russian AmateurD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. D Daniuszewski vs P Romanovsky 1-0591909All Russian AmateurD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Lasker vs P Romanovsky 0-1341909Simul, 25bC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs P Romanovsky 0-1411919MoscowC67 Ruy Lopez
20. P Romanovsky vs Levenfish 1-0421920USSR ChampionshipB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
21. N Tselikov vs P Romanovsky  0-1321920USSR ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. P Romanovsky vs A Rabinovich  1-0291920USSR ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
23. N Pavlov-Pianov vs P Romanovsky  1-0601920USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. P Romanovsky vs Alekhine ½-½91920USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
25. P Romanovsky vs A Mundt  1-0271920USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 256  PGN Download
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Jun-23-08  notyetagm: Does anyone have <PGN> for this game, <Stepanov-Romanovskij, Leningrad 1926>?

The incredible tactical finish is so -INSTRUCTIVE- that it is given as the only example on the Wikipedia page for the topic <Combination (chess)>: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combin....

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< The position below begins a combination which illustrates several forks and skewers.

Stepanov-Romanovskij, Leningrad 1926.

Black to play.

Black played 1... Rxf3+! White dare not take the rook with 2.Kxf3 because of the royal fork 2... Nd4+, which would win the white queen. Retreating with 2.Ke2 instead would run into the same fork. The move 2.Kd2 looks more promising, but after 2...Rf2+ (skewering the white king and queen) 3.Be2 Rxe2+ 4.Kxe2 Nd4+ the white queen will be lost anyway. Therefore White was forced to play 2.Ke4.

After 2...d5+!, White resigned. White still could not take the black rook without losing his queen, but the alternative 3.cxd5 exd5+ 4. Kxd5 Be6+ would leave White with no good defense. Taking the bishop with 5.Kxe6 allows the long-threatened fork 5...Nd4+, while taking the knight with 5.Kxc6 allows the skewer 5...Rc8+ followed by 6...Rxc2. Retreating with 5.Ke4 permits the black bishop to skewer the white king and queen with 5...Bf5+, so White has only one option left: 5.Kd6.

After 5.Kd6, Black would have played 5... Rd8+. White couldn't take the bishop or the knight for exactly the same reasons as before (after 6.Kxe6 Nd4+ 7. Ke7, Black comes out a rook ahead with 7... Nxc2 8.Kxd8 Nxa1), which leaves one legal move, namely 6.Kc7, but then 6... Rf7+ absolutely forces the white king to take the black knight, allowing the skewer 7... Rc8+ followed by 8...Rxc2.>

Aug-27-08  ravel5184: Please!
Aug-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <notyetagm> <ravel5184>

I have submitted the game into the DB but if you can't wait until it appears here is the gamescore.

White: G. Stepanov

Black: P. A. Romanovsky

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 c5 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.Bd2 Nxc5 8.Qc2 f5 9.a3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 0-0 11.b4 Ne4 12.Bb2 b6 13.g4 Nxf2 14.Kxf2 fxg4 15.Rg1 Qh4+ 16.Ke3 Qh6+ 17.Kd3 gxf3 18.Rxg7+ Qxg7 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.exf3 Rxf3+ 21.Ke4 d5+ 0-1.

Aug-28-08  ravel5184: Thank you sooo much!!!
Jul-29-09  WhiteRook48: with 4 Qb3 going crazy
Jun-13-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "Oh, because in life there are many attractions which I did not want to pass by…." (when asked why he did not put more effort into becoming a Grandmaster)

- IM Peter Romanovsky

(taken from his book Chess Middlegame Planning)

Jul-29-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: I found his memoires quite fascinating, particularly the part about his encounters with A.A.Alekhine.
Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from the book Queen Sacrifice by Iakov Neishtadt..

<Pyotr Romanovsky, a future USSR Champion, was then iη his twentieth year. Many years later, when chairing a qualification commission, after examining the games of a young player seeking the grade of candidate master, he asked him: "How many times have you sacrificed your queen?". And he added: "Α genuine chess player must have sacrificed it not less than ten times...">

Jul-29-12  SimonWebbsTiger: One of the great teachers of chess. I heartily recommend his books "Chess Middlegame Planning" and "Chess Middlegame Combinations" (both published by American Chess Promotions, 1990 and 1991 respectively).

A quote from him:

<In the chess struggle, enterprise and forethought, boldness and composure, daring and persistence, ingenuity in imagination and accuracy of calculation, allow the scientific process of the chess game to become creative....The present book calls upon chessplayers to strive for creativity. In addition it calls for a deep respect and study of chess theory...."

(p.226, Chess Middlegame Planning)

Jul-29-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. master Romanovsky.
Jul-29-12  backrank: Romanovsky's immortal:

Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927

Other great games by him:

P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925

E Zagorjansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943

Aug-02-12  backrank: And a further remarkable one: V Baturinsky vs P Romanovsky, 1945
Jul-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Today You are remembered Master Romanovsky.
May-19-14  Karpova: On 1 March 1909, Dr. Lasker gave a Simul in St. Petersburg, scoring +20 -1 =4. The only loss was against 16 year old Romanovsky (<16 Jahre alte Romanowski>), so most likely Peter Arsenievich.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', June 1909, p. 179

Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM and USSR Champion Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky.
Jul-29-14  blackburne: Biography of Piotr Romanovsky (spanish)

http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/04%2...

Jan-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: A picture of Alekhine and Romanovsky from 1920 can be found on this Spanish language bio:

http://ajedrezmagistralmundial.blog...

Feb-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Just started Romanovsky's Soviet Middlegame Technique, which combines his two classic works: Middlegame Planning and Middlegame Combinations.

Wow, so far in the book, I have to say this guy could really write about some chess, and his examples are truly instructive.

The story behind the book and his having to recreate the updated version of it from memory when the manuscript was lost during WWII shows his love of teaching and writing. Romanovsky is a real unsung hero of chess education (hopefully only outside of Russia).

Mar-01-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Peter Romanovsky.
Jul-29-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Peter Romanovsky.
Jul-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <TheFocus> Do us all a favor, and stop wishing "Happy Birthday" to corpses

These posts are just a cheap way for you to increase your post total

best always, morf

Oh, and drop the "RIP" posts too

these serve no purpose other than to showcase that you are following players dates of death

thanks

*****

Jul-29-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

If <The Focus> really wants to increase his post count as fast as possible, he should just change his username to <Jim Bartle>. :-D

Jul-29-17  ColeTrane: That morph its actually a pretty funny dude....
Jul-29-17  JimNorCal: <Jan 13 2015 zanzibar > Very interesting picture. Both players look very stressed. Alekhine in particular doesn't look like other photos I've seen.
Jun-03-18  HeMateMe: all his children perished in the siege of Leningrad? Horrific times. I'm assuming he's no relation to the Romanovskys who were executed by Stalin's crew?
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