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Stefan Levitsky
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1896 to 1914
Overall record: +21 -34 =11 (40.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
 Sicilian (4) 
    B23 B22 B44
With the Black pieces:
 Vienna Opening (5) 
    C25 C29 C27 C26
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 D04 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Levitsky vs S Izbinsky, 1905 1-0
   S Levitsky vs Alekhine, 1913 1-0
   S Levitsky vs Rubinstein, 1912 1/2-1/2
   Chigorin vs S Levitsky, 1899 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Alekhine - Levitsky (1913)
   Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vilnius 1912 (All-Russian Masters) by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-25-1876, died Mar-21-1924, 47 years old) Russia

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Stepan Mikhailovich Levitsky was born in Serpukhov, Russia. A contemporary of Mikhail Chigorin, he was Russian champion in 1911. He passed away in Glubokaya in 1924.

Wikipedia article: Stepan Levitsky

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs S Levitsky 1-048 1896 Moscow simC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Steinitz vs S Levitsky  0-128 1896 Moscow sim2D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. S Levitsky vs Steinitz  0-121 1896 Moscow exhC46 Three Knights
4. Chigorin vs S Levitsky 0-119 1899 Moscow cgC29 Vienna Gambit
5. S Levitsky vs B Yankovich  0-143 1899 MoscowC29 Vienna Gambit
6. S Levitsky vs Chigorin 0-142 1899 MoscowC66 Ruy Lopez
7. S Levitsky vs Schiffers  ½-½26 1899 MoscowC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. S Levitsky vs P P Benko  0-139 1903 RUS-ch03B44 Sicilian
9. S Levitsky vs B Nikolaev  1-031 1903 RUS-ch03C28 Vienna Game
10. M Lowcki vs S Levitsky  ½-½50 1903 RUS-ch03D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. S Izbinsky vs S Levitsky  1-063 1903 RUS-ch03C41 Philidor Defense
12. Rubinstein vs S Levitsky ½-½38 1903 Third All-Russian ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. S Levitsky vs Salwe  1-045 1903 RUS-ch03C30 King's Gambit Declined
14. S Levitsky vs Schiffers  1-053 1903 RUS-ch03C70 Ruy Lopez
15. Znosko-Borovsky vs S Levitsky 1-024 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB01 Scandinavian
16. S Levitsky vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-032 1903 RUS-ch03B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. S Levitsky vs P A Evtifeev 1-032 1905 St PetersburgA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Salwe vs S Levitsky  ½-½70 1905 St PetersburgA84 Dutch
19. S Levitsky vs S Izbinsky  1-034 1905 St PetersburgB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. S Levitsky vs G Helbach  1-026 1905 St PetersburgB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. S Levitsky vs E Talvik  0-137 1905 St PetersburgC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. B Maliutin vs S Levitsky  1-022 1905 St PetersburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. S Levitsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  0-125 1905 St Petersburg itC10 French
24. Dus Chotimirsky vs S Levitsky  1-026 1905 St PetersburgD04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. S Levitsky vs Chigorin  0-154 1906 PetersburgA25 English
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-04-05  Hidden Skillz: i guess not too bad result in the match against young alekhine..
Nov-04-05  rexeterna: Is this the same guy who created the Levitsky Attack (Opening of The Day Today)?
Aug-17-07  vonKrolock: He scored +3=0-7 in his St. Petersburg 1913 match against A A Alekhine. One of the games deeply analised and a Levitsky photo in this article by Voronkov here on-line (in Russian) on Alekhine's youth
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  sfm: What a star parade of opponents! Scoring 35% is world-class.
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  Phony Benoni: I fear Levitsky is doomed to negative immortality, forever watching gold pieces shower down on the final position of S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912.

Besides the Russian Championship victory in 1911 (16.5/21 against a relatively weak field), his best results were probably 3rd places in the championships of 1899 (behind Chigorin and Schiffers) and 1912 ( behind Rubinstein and Bernstein, but ahead of Nimzowitsch and Alekhine, defeating the latter twice).

Apr-25-09  WhiteRook48: it seems he's only known as a victim of the ...Qg3!!! against Marshall
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  technical draw: <Nov-04-05<rexeterna: Is this the same guy who created the Levitsky Attack (Opening of The Day Today)?>>

Let me answer you 5 1/2 years later:


Apr-25-12  Llawdogg: Hey, the guy took part in one of the greatest games of chess ever played.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: Master Levitsky played against some serious heavyweights - as evinced by the games in this database. The games that comprise the match between Alekhine and himself are very instructive.

You are remembered today, Master Levitsky!


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  mike1: There are certainly a lot of his games missing/lost. Guess that his percentage would be much higher than 40 with these included.
Apr-25-12  LoveThatJoker: <mike1> Yeah, man. I wonder if a database like say Mega Database 2012 has more games of his...probably. It would be good to get them on here for sure!


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  Karpova: In 1900, Levitsky beat Kulomsin by the score of 5.5-3.5 in a match in Moscow.

Source: Page 44 of the 1900 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: A picture of Levitsky during St. Petersburg 1911:

Left to Right: Levitsky, Sossnitzky, P. P. Saburov, Flamberg

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  Karpova: Stefan Levitsky was born in 1876 in the gouvernement Voronezh and started to play chess at the age of 11.

His debut in 1899 (the 1st Russian National tournament) ended with a 3rd place behind Chigorin and Schiffers. He was less fortunate during the 3rd and 4th Russian tournament. At St.Petersburg (1907), he won 2nd place behind Znosko-Borovsky, but ahead of Alapin and von Freymann.

Source: Pages 339-340 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  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'

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