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Genrikh Kasparian
Number of games in database: 157
Years covered: 1931 to 1968
Overall record: +33 -73 =51 (37.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B23 B20 B51 B31 B64
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B11 B12 B13 B18 B15
 French Defense (6) 
    C00 C01 C10 C11
 Reti System (6) 
    A04 A06
 French (4) 
    C00 C10 C11
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
    A07
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B10 B11 B12 B19 B13
 King's Indian (13) 
    E69 E87 E60 E72 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E00 A40 D02 A46 A45
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C75 C78 C71 C73 C72
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chekhover vs Kasparian, 1936 0-1
   Kasparian vs Bronstein, 1947 1-0
   Lisitsin vs Kasparian, 1931 0-1
   Kasparian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Kasparian, 1953 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1931)

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GENRIKH KASPARIAN
(born Feb-27-1910, died Dec-27-1995, 85 years old) Armenia

[what is this?]
Genrikh Moiseyevich Kasparian was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (then Russian Empire). He was awarded the IM title in 1950, International Judge of Chess Compositions title in 1956 and Grandmaster of Chess Compositions title in 1972. As a player he was ten times Armenian Champion and defeated Vitaly Chekhover (+6, =7, -4) in a match in 1936. He was also an author, analyst and composer. In the field of endgame studies he is best known, regarded by many as the greatest study composer of all time. He passed away in Yerevan in 1995.

Wikipedia article: Genrikh Kasparyan


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 157  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparian vs I Mazel 0-156 1931 USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Zamikhovsky vs Kasparian  1-066 1931 USSR ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Kasparian vs F Bohatirchuk 0-170 1931 USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kasparian  ½-½31 1931 USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. P Izmailov vs Kasparian  0-147 1931 Ch URS (1/2 final)E60 King's Indian Defense
6. Kasparian vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-126 1931 USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Kasparian vs V G Kirillov  0-133 1931 USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Riumin vs Kasparian  1-056 1931 USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. N Sorokin vs Kasparian  ½-½33 1931 USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. D Grigorenko vs Kasparian  ½-½49 1931 Ch URS (1/2 final)E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
11. Kasparian vs Alatortsev 1-053 1931 USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Kasparian vs Kan  0-156 1931 USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. Kasparian vs Botvinnik 0-147 1931 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
14. Lisitsin vs Kasparian  0-128 1931 USSR ChampionshipA15 English
15. Verlinsky vs Kasparian  ½-½70 1931 USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-143 1931 USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
17. Botvinnik vs Kasparian 1-035 1931 RussiaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Kasparian vs Rauzer  ½-½32 1931 USSR ChampionshipA13 English
19. V Sozin vs Kasparian  ½-½53 1931 USSR ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
20. A Budo vs Kasparian  ½-½60 1931 USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
21. B Blumenfeld vs Kasparian  0-155 1931 Ch URS (1/2 final)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-142 1933 TiflisE17 Queen's Indian
23. Chekhover vs Kasparian 0-133 1936 Erevan, MatchE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Kasparian ½-½48 1937 URS-ch10C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. Kasparian vs Kan  ½-½49 1937 URS-ch10B20 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-06-08  arsen387: <tpstar> A fascinating composition!!! Thanks for posting it and it's solution.
Apr-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Still trying to find <Sneaky>'s elusive puzzle. This might be it.

It's an end-game study by Kasparian from 1935 and published in the magazine '64'.


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White to play and draw

Solution :

1.Qc8+ Ka7
2.Qc7+ Ka6
3.Qxe7 Qg6+
4.Kxh4 Qh6+
5.Kg3 f1=Q
6.Qe2+ Qxe2 stalemate!

May-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <Benzol> That is a beautiful composition, but not it.

Let me try to recollect more about the position in my memory. In the one that I saw (published in Chess Life sometime in the 1990's) it starts off with the White king "frozen" and without move. So White, who was obviously losing and desperate for a draw, offering the white Queen and the Black king kept running away from her since any capture would lead to stalemate. But then, the tables turned, and Black was finally able to get out of check by offering the Black queen. Not merely "blocking with the Queen" but offering it, free for the taking. But White couldn't take it--because then White would take the offering with one last check and go on to lose the game. (I forget the details of exactly why and how, but that was the concept).

So the unforgettable nature of the position, is that the motif switched from White with the "Crazy Queen" to one where Black had the "Crazy Queen". The only position I've ever seen like that in my life.

I actually forget the final outcome with best play. It suppose, based on my description, it must have been "White to play and draw."

I have boxes of old Chess Lifes, and sometimes I flip through them looking for the position, but never with any luck. I am almost sure it was Pal Benko's "Endgame Laboratory" column.

May-28-08  zooter: Somebody presented me "Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies" -- I'm just an amateur player improving (everyday)...Is this book any good and useful to me?

I go to a chess club headed by a reputed international player and when I mentioned this book to him, he said that even after I become a good player, i'll not understand this book :)

Is it true?

May-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Sneaky> <<Benzol> That is a beautiful composition, but not it.>

OK <Sneaky> I'll keep looking. I feel sure one of us will nail it eventually.

:)

May-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <zooter> I neither know your nor the <reputed international player>, but maybe you like to know something Mark Dvoretzky wrote concerning this matter:

" By solving or playing studies, we train our imagination and our ability to decipher the opponent's ideas, as well as the calculation of variations and the rapid taking of decisions by the method of elimination. Some studies expand our understanding of the endgame.

...

In studies there is an absence of positional evaluation. Hence the conclusion: you can and should, by solving studies, train your imagination and calculation. But to develop your positional understanding in this way is not possible. Moreover, even for improvement in tactical, calculating play your should not restrict yourself to studies alone. It is also useful to test your powers in finding 'inexact combinations', with an interlacing of calculation and evaluation, in which chess is so rich."

I hope it helps you further! :D

Jun-03-08  zooter: <whiteshark>

Thanks! I'll definitely give this book a try after I finish the other chess books in my queue (don't seem to find the time to go through them :) )

Jun-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  DarthStapler: Wasn't Kasparov's mother's name originalyl Kasparian? I wonder if they're related
Jul-28-08  ravel5184: Since we're talking about puzzles here, see one of my compositions (warning: very easy)

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Black to play and draw (original study - all rights reserved)

1 ... Ra8+
2. Kb3 Ra3+
3. Kxa3 Qa8+
4. Kb3 Qa3+
5. Kxa3 Ra8+
6. Kb3 Ra3+
7. Kxa3 stalemate!!>

Jan-24-11  kevins55555: <DarthStapler>

It is not a misprint. A NSWJCL magazine said not a misprint. The game was in 1937 and it said Kasparov wasn't known and also wasn't born!

Jan-25-11  arsen387: <CG> He was Armenian, why is it written Georgia under his name? I think the country where he was born is not that much important to write near his name with the dates of his birth and death, but rather the country where he is from, where he also lived, worked and died.
Feb-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Good to see him as POTD. Still haven't found <Sneaky>'s elusive puzzle as yet.
Feb-27-11  Penguincw: This player's name looks a lot like Kasparov.
Feb-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Kasparian was Kasparov's mother's maiden name. When his father died his name was changed to the Russified version of that name.
Feb-27-11  Penguincw: < Caissanist: Kasparian was Kasparov's mother's maiden name. When his father died his name was changed to the Russified version of that name. > Thanks for the info.
Mar-11-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <Benzol: Good to see him as POTD. Still haven't found <Sneaky>'s elusive puzzle as yet.> I'm glad you remember that! One day I am going to have a giant stack of Chess Life magazines from the 1990's and I swear I'm going to go through every single one. I think it's in Benko's Endgame Lab.

The amazing characteristic of the problem was, if I can explain it clearly, that Black starts the problem with a "crazy queen", trying to give up his queen so that he becomes stalemated and not checkmated. The amazing twist is that White, somehow, turns the table on him--when his own queen goes bonkers and starts to throw herself at the enemy monarch. We've all seen "crazy queens" before, but never in my life have I seen a game where both sides have crazy queens.

While I'm posting, now's as good a time as any to shamelessly promote my favorite Game Collection: Crazy Rooks. ^^

Aug-21-11  fischer2009: http://filetram.com/download/mediaf... I saw many people badly wanting this book in their kibitzes.Its all i can do.
Aug-21-11  fischer2009: KASPARIAN's DOMINATION IN 2545 ENDGAME STUDIES;http://filetram.com/download/mediaf...
Apr-20-12  Antiochus: Article about his missed Immortal by GM Schwartzman: http://dimagic.altervista.org/kaspa...
Sep-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Today I am as giddy as a schoolchild! You all remember back in 2004 (!) when I posted this request?

<Sneaky: A long time ago I saw a composition by Kasparian which was one of the most incredible chess positions I've ever come across. ... >

Surfing through the interwebs today I happened to stumble upon an amazing little site called "Yet Another Chess Problem Database", http://www.yacpdb.org/

And guess what I found there?

THE FAMOUS KASPARIAN PUZZLE OF LORE!

I was afraid that when I finally found it, it would not be as astonishing as I remembered. Such is not the case: it's even MORE amazing than I recall!

With no more further ado,

White to Play and Draw:


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The complete solution, with detailed analysis, is here: http://www.yacpdb.org/?id=275674

Sep-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Sneaky> Yeah! I'm really pleased that you've finally found it. I'll play through the solution when I have a bit more time.

Cheers matey

:)

Sep-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: OK, let's walk through this composition with help of my handy PC chess engine.

White to play and Draw.


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<SPOILER ALERT> If you want to solve this on your own, stop reading now.

.

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A pretty realistic position for a composition. Black has more material and lots of threats, so White has to act immediately to avoid doom.

You might be tempted to give up the knight and try to find perpetual check with Qb3+, or Qc1+, but you'll find that Black can wriggle out of those naive attempts.

Some quiet queen moves like 1.Qf1? simply fail to the skewer 1...Ra1.

The key move is the one move that seems impossible: to release the protection that important g-pawn with

1.Nf4!!


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Now Black's hand is forced due to twin threats of Qd3# and Ne5#. (That's why the pin 1...Ra1 is no defense: 2.Ne5#!) So Black makes the one move that looks like it should work, 1...Qxg3+.


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White can now answer a check with a check: 2.Ng2+

2...Qxg2+? is no good because after 3.Bxg2 White simply has too much material. So Black must play 2...Ke4.

This opens up the door to a cute stalemate trick, 3.Qxa4!!


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If 3...bxa4 it's instantly a stalemate. The move 3...Qd6 looks pretty sensible, protecting both bishops, but I believe that 4.Ne1+ should be good to allow White to hold that position. (The analysis of that is pretty hairy and not the highlight of the problem, so let's gloss over that for now.)

So Black, faced with a queen-sac trick, shows that he has a queen-sac trick of his own, 3...Qh2+!!


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What is White to do? Certainly not 4.Kxh2? bxa4 where Black is clearly winning. Also certainly not 4.Kf1?? which leads to mate after ...bxa4+. So there is only one move, 4.Kf2.

Black's fun isn't over yet! Let's offer the queen again with 4...Qg1+!!


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Once again, taking the queen 5.Kxg1? is taboo because after ...bxa4 Black is winning. And of course 5.Ke2?? is suicidal. So 5.Kg3 it must be.

And then Black offers the queen yet again, 5...Qf2+!!


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6.Kh2 is forced, and then one last offer 6...Qg3+!!


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White is now forced to play 7.Kg1 and we have repeated position one time. Play ring-around-the-rosey two more times and we have achieved the draw!

I'm not going to say this is the greatest composition ever, but seeing the queen go g3+ h2+ g1+ f2+ three times is unforgettable. Seeing Black's queen-sac as the only reasonable reply to White's queen-sac is simply sublime.

Justly, Kasparian earned first place for this composition.

Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  heuristic: I'm not a composition maven; but ...

with the WN at g2, sliding the BQ along the g1-a7 diagonal is attractive. once the BB gets to the other diagonal, this flushes out the WN.

6...Qd4 7.Qxa6 Bd6 8.Nf4+ Kxf4 9.Qa2 Kf5+ 10.Kg2 Qe4+

eventually the two WHT pawns falls (with checks), then a Q exchange and finally march the pawns.

YMMV!

Aug-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <heuristic> I like it. So you're suggesting that Black "hops off the merry-go-round" and plays for a win at this point:

6...Qd4


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You're right that 7.Qxa6 lands White in hot water.

Maybe there is something else? Maybe Qc2+ leads to a perpetual? I should feed it to the mechanical monster, maybe you've busted a first-place prize winner.

Aug-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  heuristic: this is a fascinating composition. It looks like the merry-go-round can go either direction: i.e. 3...Qf2+

OTOH, in a followup to the 6..Qd4 attempt; after the Q exchange; you end up with :


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and this is a draw according to a Nalimov Endgame Tablebase. in my first post; I thought this would be a win despite the opposite-colored Bs.

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