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Genrikh Kasparian
Postage stamp "Birth Centenary of Henrik Kasparyan", issued in Armenia on Feb 27, 2010.  
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 in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B23 B20 B64 B59 B24
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B11 B13 B18 B15 B12
 French Defense (6) 
    C01 C00 C11 C10
 Reti System (6) 
    A04 A06
 French (4) 
    C00 C10 C11
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B10 B11 B19 B13 B12
 King's Indian (13) 
    E60 E69 E87 E72 E90
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E00 A46 D02 A45 A40
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C75 C78 C73 C71 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
   Korchnoi vs Kasparian, 1953 0-1
   Kasparian vs M Stolberg, 1940 1-0
   Kasparian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949 1-0
   J Yuchtman vs Kasparian, 1956 1/2-1/2

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

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

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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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D D Grigorenko vs Kasparian  ½-½491931Ch URS (1/2 final)E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
2. B Blumenfeld vs Kasparian 0-1551931Ch URS (1/2 final)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Botvinnik vs Kasparian 1-0351931RussiaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. P Izmailov vs Kasparian  0-1471931Ch URS (1/2 final)E60 King's Indian Defense
5. Kasparian vs F Bohatirchuk 0-1701931USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. M Yudovich Sr. vs Kasparian  ½-½311931USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
7. Kasparian vs Botvinnik 0-1471931USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
8. Riumin vs Kasparian  1-0561931USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Kasparian vs V G Kirillov  0-1331931USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Lisitsin vs Kasparian 0-1281931USSR ChampionshipA15 English
11. Kasparian vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1261931USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. N Sorokin vs Kasparian  ½-½331931USSR ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Kasparian vs Rauzer  ½-½321931USSR ChampionshipA13 English
14. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-1431931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
15. A Budo vs Kasparian  ½-½601931USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Kasparian vs I Mazel 0-1561931USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. V Sozin vs Kasparian  ½-½531931USSR ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
18. Kasparian vs Alatortsev 1-0531931USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. B Verlinsky vs Kasparian  ½-½701931USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
20. Kasparian vs Kan  0-1561931USSR ChampionshipE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
21. Zamikhovsky vs Kasparian  1-0661931USSR ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Kasparian vs Goglidze  0-1421933TiflisE17 Queen's Indian
23. Chekhover vs Kasparian 0-1331936Erevan, MatchE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Kasparian vs Kotov 0-1401937USSRD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. Kasparian vs A Ebralidze  ½-½421937URS-ch10A03 Bird's Opening
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Oct-07-06  syracrophy: <Aspirador> I'm not convinced. I think that after 1.Qf5 fxg6 2.Qd7+ Kb8 3.b4 Black's winning or drawing.

Ideas or opinions? Anyone?

Oct-08-06  Aspirador: <syracrophy> You are very sceptical. 1.Qf5 fxg6 2.Qd7+ Kb8 3.b4 is an easy win for white, Re5 and Nd2 are both in trouble. Did you download the engines I told you about? Check it out, it's a great help for checking studies, syracrophy.
Oct-08-06  syracrophy: <Aspirador> I'll maybe download it later
May-06-07  blackburne: Genrikh Kasparian

article in spanish:

Compositions in:


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  tpstar: Another neat Kasparian composition:

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White to Play and Win

Feb-16-08  arsen387: His son is also a chess player (though far from being that succesful) and a was a co-presenter of a popular chess program on one of armenian TV channels 2-3 years ago.
Feb-27-08  pawnofdoom: <tpstar> If you ever come by this page again do you mind giving me the solution? I can't find the winning move.
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  whiteshark: player of the day

<acirce> His great collection <Domination in 2545 Endgame Studies> is one of my favourite (endgame) books!

This worldwide anthology of endgame studies is divided into thematic sections in which white wins by trapping pieces. The studies were selected with a view to presenting a clear picture of the rise and development of different ideas and enabling the reader to appraise the past and present of endgame composition in the sphere of piece-trapping.

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  Phony Benoni: <pawnofdoom> For the solution, check here: Phony Benoni chessforum
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  tpstar: "The diagram is a setting for an endgame composed by G.M. Kasparyan. White is to play and win. This one could very well have come up in actual play."

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"Though White is two pieces ahead, Black threatens 1 ... fxg2# as well as 1 ... e1=Q. It appears that Black's threats are more potent than White's plus in material. On an open board, however, a Bishop may prove to be more powerful than a Queen. Here is how it is done: <1. Bh2+ Kh4> Not 1 ... Kf2 2. gxf3, and Black is helpless since his Pawn at e2, being pinned, cannot move. <2. Rxe2 fxe2 3. Bc7!> Paradoxical; it forces Black to Queen with check. <3 ... e1=Q+> If 3 .. g4 4. Bxa5 wins. <4. Kh2> White has another threat: 5. g3+. Black makes the only move. <5 .. Qf2> Now White's Pawn at g2 is immobilized. <5. Bd6!> Black is in Zugzwang - compelled to move against his will. Otherwise, he might survive. <5 ... Qf4+ 6. g3+ Qxg3+ 7. Bxg3#> The final setting is an elegant example of the triumph of the spiritual over the material, illustrating that a Bishop on the right track is superior to a Queen that is derailed."

I.A. Horowitz, "All About Chess"

Mar-06-08  arsen387: <tpstar> A fascinating composition!!! Thanks for posting it and it's solution.
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  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!

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  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?

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  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.


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  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 :) )

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  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.
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  Benzol: Good to see him as POTD. Still haven't found <Sneaky>'s elusive puzzle as yet.
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  Penguincw: This player's name looks a lot like Kasparov.
Feb-27-11  Caissanist: Kasparian was Kasparov's mother's maiden name. When his father died his name was changed to the Russified version of that name.
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  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.
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