Karpova: More info provided by P. P. Saburov:
After his 1st place at the All-Russian Hauptturnier in St. Petersburg 1911,* the committee of the German Chess Federation decided to acknowledge him as a Master (Gebhardt told that to P. P. Saburov). Furthermore, the Breslau committee in principle agreed to admit him to 18th DSB Kongress (1912).
Stefan Levitsky was born on April 13/25, 1876 in Sadonsk (Gouvernement Voronezh). He learned to play chess around the age of 11. His first chance to play against a strong player arose at the end of 1891, when his family moved to Serpukhov (Gouvernement Moscow), where he met K. Wöhrmann - one of the strongest players in Moscow back then. The 15-year old Levitsky had an equal score against him.
Later he studied at the Moscow University, where he got the chance to play against the strongest players of Moscow and even foreign masters. When Schiffers travelled to Rostov on Don for his match against Steinitz (1896), Levitsky scored excellently in free games against him. Many considered him to be the most promising, young Russian player.
At the end of 1896, he went to Greece as a volunteer in the war against Turkey. On his travel back, he visited Kiev and played with great success against the strong players there.
In 1899, he came in 3rd in the 1st All-Russian tournament in Moscow (1st Chigorin, 2nd Schiffers). But then Levitsky moved to the far away <Nischni-Turinski-Fabrik> in the Gourvernement Perm. This was very detrimental to his chess development, although at first he could play there with the strong Moscow player Dmitry Nikolaevich Pavlov.
Rarely did he visit more civilized regions, i. e. in case of tournaments, but he didn't meet the expectations. In the 3rd All-Russian tournament (Kiev 1903) he reached a succès d'estime with his 8th place among 19 players (ahead of Schiffers, Duz Chotimirsky and Rabinovich). In the 4th All-Russian tournament (St. Petersburg 1905-1906), he played a fantastic game against Blumenfeld (will be submitted) and many other good games, but only came in 11th.
He was successful in the local St. Petersburg tournaments at the end of 1906 / beginning of 1907 (1st Znosko-Borovsky, 2nd Levitsky, then Alapin, Evtifeev, von Freymann, etc.). At the beginning of 1907, Levitsky played a match against Alapin which went very bad for him,** but only now it has become known, that he was in dire material needs back then. Since then, i. e. 4.5 years, Levitsky didn't have a chance to play against an equal opponent.
Source: Pages 349-351 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
* See http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...
** See http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m148...