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Mikhail Markovich Umansky
M Umansky 
Photograph courtesy of Mikhail Umansky
Number of games in database: 368
Years covered: 1966 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2437
Highest rating achieved in database: 2481

Overall record: +166 -81 =99 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 22 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Catalan (31) 
    E04 E06 E01 E07 E05
 King's Indian (24) 
    E62 E69 E63 E80 E94
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    E00 D02 A40 A41 D04
 Modern Benoni (14) 
    A62 A56 A57 A63
 Slav (13) 
    D15 D11 D17 D10
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D43 D44 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (42) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A46 A45 D02 E10
 Pirc (14) 
    B09 B08
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C95 C69 C90 C91 C84
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E38 E41 E20 E42 E26
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C95 C90 C91 C84 C85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Umansky vs Berliner, 2002 1-0
   M Umansky vs The World, 2009 1/2-1/2
   G Timmerman vs M Umansky, 2005 0-1
   M Umansky vs G Timmerman, 2005 1/2-1/2
   V Palciauskas vs M Umansky, 1989 0-1
   M Pavlovic vs M Umansky, 2003 0-1
   M Umansky vs H Rittner, 2003 1-0
   H Rittner vs M Umansky, 1995 1/2-1/2
   G Sanakoev vs M Umansky, 2003 0-1
   Ribli vs M Umansky, 1968 0-1

   M Umansky vs Berliner, 2002

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(born Jan-21-1952, died Dec-17-2010, 58 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Germany)

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GMC Mikhail Markovich Umansky was born on the 21st of January 1952 in Stavropol, USSR. As a youth, he placed 2nd in the Russian Junior Championships of 1965 and 1966. In 1968 he achieved the title of National Master, and in 1997 he achieved the title of IM in over-the-board chess. However, Umansky's real specialty was correspondence. In 1978 he became USSR Correspondence Champion, and in 1995 he became the 13th World Correspondence Champion. He placed first in the ICCF 50 Years World Champion Jubilee, a special invitational correspondence tournament involving all living former ICCF World Champions. See 50th World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2003).

In 2009 he accepted the Chessgames Challenge, and was able to secure a draw in 36 moves. That was the best performance attained at the time against the powerful collaborative Chessgames World Team. (See M Umansky vs The World, 2009).

Umansky died of a heart disease in Augsburg, in 2010.

Wikipedia article: Mikhail Umansky

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 368  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Umansky vs D Kudischewitsch  0-1261966URS-chTD04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E Turunen vs M Umansky  0-1211968URS-Scandinavia U20B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
3. Adorjan vs M Umansky  1-0361968URS-HUNB06 Robatsch
4. Ribli vs M Umansky 0-1551968URS-HUNB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. M Umansky vs Adorjan  ½-½201968URS-HUNA15 English
6. Adorjan vs M Umansky ½-½311968URS-HUNB06 Robatsch
7. M Umansky vs Ribli  0-1391968URS-HUNB53 Sicilian
8. M Umansky vs Ribli 0-1381968URS-HUNA16 English
9. M Umansky vs O Shuvalov  ½-½351977URS-ch13 corr7778A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. J F Kutianin vs M Umansky  0-1611977URS-ch13 corr7778C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
11. M Umansky vs MV Shishlov  ½-½311977URS-ch13 corr7778E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
12. I Kudinov vs M Umansky  0-1311977URS-ch13 corr7778C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
13. M Umansky vs E P Balendo  1-035197713th USSR CC ChampionshipE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
14. M Umansky vs J Konoval  1-0351977URS-ch13 corr7778D94 Grunfeld
15. G Kotenko vs M Umansky 0-1361977URS-ch13 corr7778E41 Nimzo-Indian
16. N Poleshchuk vs M Umansky  0-1701977URS-ch13 corr7778C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
17. M Umansky vs B Kolker  ½-½161977URS-ch13 corr7778A14 English
18. M Umansky vs D Veytsel  1-0401977URS-ch13 corr7778A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. L Aronson vs M Umansky 0-1351977URS-ch13 corr7778C51 Evans Gambit
20. A B Podolsky vs M Umansky  0-1381977URS-ch13 corr7778C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
21. M Umansky vs B M Kogan  ½-½181977URS-ch13 corr7778A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. M Umansky vs A Y Vasilyev  1-0241977URS-ch13 corr7778A10 English
23. G Nesis vs M Umansky  ½-½181977URS-ch13 corr7778E17 Queen's Indian
24. M Umansky vs I Foygel 1-0211977URS-ch13 corr7778E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
25. H Burger vs M Umansky ½-½281982olm10 qual GP2 B1 corrE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Dec-20-10  jusmail: May his sould rest in peace
Dec-20-10  ketchuplover: ditto
Dec-20-10  bharatiy: R.I.P. GM Umansky
Dec-20-10  jmactas: May your soul rest in peace.
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  ajile: A credit to the game of chess.
Dec-21-10  MrBlueLake: R.I.P. GM Umansky.
Dec-21-10  Llawdogg: RIP Chess GM
Dec-21-10  Birthday Boy: this is a sad news...

RIP Mikhail Umansky

Dec-21-10  chukcha96: R.I.P. GM Umansky.
Dec-21-10  drpoundsign: probably smoked
Dec-21-10  Ezzy: A World chess champion! People close to you must be so proud.

Your name is etched in history forever. RIP GM Umansky.

Dec-21-10  karnak64: How sad. Rest in Peace, champ.
Dec-21-10  theodor: Misha was,perhaps, the last warrior in the pre-rybka era! in those years correspondence chess was the highest level of chess analysis, the hardest wark! I hate machines! I love your endeavour, Misha. I hope there will be chess, in heavens, otherwise it will be boring to death! get ready with the chess board, we are arriving! see you soon: Theodor
Premium Chessgames Member When Chessgames hired Umansky to participate in the Chessgames Challenge I confess I had never really heard of him. But his credentials were impeccable, and after seeing some of his games it was clear to me that he didn't become World Champion by some kind of fluke. No sir, he was the real deal.

He wasn't that easy to get in touch with, but after speaking with a very nice man at the ICCF I was able to send a message to him in our behalf. I was delighted to receive a reply back, and found that he was keenly interested in the idea of a correspondence exhibition game.

In all of our dealings with him he showed nothing but class. During the pre-game negotiations, it seemed to me that his main concern was the quality of the chess to be played, more than any other detail, including the money. He was perfectly happy to take either the white or black pieces, but when it came to the subject of time control, he had a lot to say. He advocated a 3 day period for each half-move, longer than we've allowed in any previous Chessgames Challenge, and explained that even that would be a strenuously quick pace. He consented to the time control because he knew that for an exhibition game the normal ICCF pace would be untenable.

His humility was positively astonishing. I explained that we were planning to bill him as a giant of the chess world, a name to list among the OTB champions like Kramnik and Anand. He didn't particularly like that. He knew that for marketing purposes it's the inevitable thing to do, but I got the impression that he was somewhat embarrassed being labeled a World Champion.

If I could summarize what I know of Mr. Umansky from my brief dealings with him, I'd say this: Here is a man who loved chess for the beauty of its stark truth. The fact that his passion for the game happened to bring to him the title of World Champion was just a mere happenstance. He derived no thrill from accolades--but the chess itself, that's what thrilled him.

Dec-21-10  theagenbiteofinwit: It would be nice if the ICCF would post something online about the loss. I believe that Timmerman moved in two exhibition games against him after his passing.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: The bio on this page says : "In 1978 he became USSR Correspondence Champion, and in 1995 he became the 13th World Correspondence Champion."

That is an important achievement in chess for he did that before the "rise of the machines."

Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: That's a very nice post, <chessgames>, thank you.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: RIP...Mikhail will remain in the hearts of people who knew, respected and loved him, including the participants of the matches at ChessGames.
Dec-30-10  karnak64: <> Thanks so much for that tribute. It was really a thrill to participate in a game against a player of his caliber and character. We'll miss him.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Is it too late to say bye? Well,R.I.P. .
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  Check It Out: What a chess giant.
Dec-28-11  Nemesistic: What a really nice guy Mr Umansky seemed to be,well liked by all..I'm embarassed to say id never heard of him..


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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Mikhail Umansky.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mikhail Umansky.
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