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|Apr-19-11|| ||GrahamClayton: <brankat>Unlike Alekhine and Bogoljubov in the '20s, Levenfish opted to stay in the USSR, which may have been a mistake.|
The April 2011 issueo of "CHESS" magazine has an excellent article by Leonard Barden about the 1947 Britain-USSR match held in London.
Levenfish was one of the USSR reserves, and during the match he was re-united with Paul M List, who had last played Levenfish way back in 1912 in the All-Russian championship, before emigrating to England in the late 1930's after residing in Germany since the 1920's.
List had represented Britain in a 1946 radio between Britain and the USSR, but was deemed ineligible for the 1947 match. Levenfish warmly greeted his old friend, but this was noted by the security man who always travelled with any USSR representatives playing abroad. As a result, Levenfish was never again allowed to travel to the West for tournaments.
|Dec-14-11|| ||FSR: I hear that after Fischer swept the 1963-64 U.S. Championship, the Soviets pooh-poohed the achievement, saying that Fischer had merely beaten 'leven fish.|
|Dec-14-11|| ||WannaBe: Groan...|
|Dec-14-11|| ||FSR: Hey, bad puns are what this site is all about.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||brankat: One of the original 27 Grandmasters of 1950.
Happy Birthday GM Levenfish.
|Mar-09-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P.|
|Mar-09-12|| ||RookFile: < FSR: I hear that after Fischer swept the 1963-64 U.S. Championship, the Soviets pooh-poohed the achievement, saying that Fischer had merely beaten 'leven fish. >|
|Aug-22-12|| ||Karpova: He won the Spring Tournament in St. Petersburg 1909:|
1. Levenfish 12.0
2. Platz 10.0
3. P. A. Romanovsky 9.0
4-5. Helbach 8.5
4-5. Heukhusen 8.5
6. Kamkin 8.0
7-8. K. Rausch von Taubenburg 7.0
7-8. A. Chepurnov 7.0
From page 372 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Mar-07-13|| ||Stonehenge: According to Russian Wiki he was born on the 7th (19th) of March.|
|Mar-07-13|| ||Absentee: What kind of fish was Levenfish? A barracuda or a pampered goldfish?|
|Mar-07-13|| ||nimh: Levenfish is a Russian transliteration of the German word 'L÷wenfisch' (a lionfish). |
An '÷' in German texts is transliterated as an 'e' in the cyrillic script.
|Nov-01-13|| ||Karpova: Double round-robin Leningrad Championship tournament 1924:|
1. L÷wenfisch 8.5
2. Rabinowicz 7.5
3. Romanowski 4.5
4. Jl. Zenewski 4.0
5. A. Kubbel 3.0
6. Gotthilf 2.5
Levenfish remained undefeated with +7 -0 =3, winning all his mini-matches.
They say that it just ended, so it was concluded at the end of April.
From page 141 of the April-May 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Mar-09-14|| ||gars: <Phony Benoni> and <botvinnik64>: chessgames.com may rotate the players as much as it wants, but March 9th SHOULD BE Bobby Fischer's Day forever, along with November 9th (Tal), November 19th (Capablanca) and Morphy's birthday.|
|Mar-09-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Grigory Levenfish.|
|Mar-09-14|| ||Phony Benoni: <gars> Why restrict the honor to so few players? Why not April 13 for Garry Kasprov Day? May 23 for Anatoly Karpov Day? December 24 for Emanuel Lasker Day? June 22 for Milan Vidmar Day?|
Picking another player for March 9 is no slight against Fischer, but a chance to give a lesser-known but still great player some recognition. Why should Levenfish suffer because Fischer happened to be born on his birthday?
|Mar-09-14|| ||Shams: Are there any famous players born on Feb. 29th?|
|May-12-14|| ||wwall: On Feb 29, 1812, Hermann Hirschbach was born in Berlin. He is famous for the Hirschbach variation.|
|Jan-13-15|| ||zanzibar: <Romanovsky later remembered: 'Attempts to associate chess mastery
with pedagogical mastery are a great delusion. Only one person combines
high pedagogy with great mastery - Levenfish.'>|
From <Russian Silhouettes> by Sosonko.
|Jan-15-15|| ||Poisonpawns: Was his Jewish heritage the reason he was treated so harshly by the Soviet Chess establishment or other reasons? I read he was the only Soviet master without a stipend,and that he was not allowed to travel abroad, although he was the Russian champion.|
|Jan-15-15|| ||beatgiant: <Poisonpawns>
Botvinnik was of Jewish heritage and got plenty of support. I think the more likely explanation is the authorities did not trust Levenfish's political position. They might have expected that if allowed to travel abroad, he would not return.
|Jan-15-15|| ||perfidious: <beatgiant> Botvinnik, as is well known, epitomised Soviet Man--his Jewish heritage was simply an accident of birth, as he played the role of establishmentarian to a tee.|
|Jan-15-15|| ||beatgiant: I think the more important accident of birth was Levenfish being born too many years before the revolution, making it harder to present himself as a New Soviet Man.|
|Jan-16-15|| ||Petrosianic: Yeah, when you're nearly as old as Lenin or Stalin, how can you hope to be taken seriously as a Soviet Man?|
|Jan-16-15|| ||beatgiant: <Petrosianic>
<how can you hope to be taken seriously>
Probably by having supported the revolution before it succeeded.
|Mar-09-15|| ||Benzol: Another great player whose birthday is today.
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