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Sergey Mihailovich Kaminer
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1924 to 1925

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(born Aug-26-1908, died Nov-02-1938, 30 years old) Russia

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Sergey Mikhailovich Kaminer was a Soviet study composer, born in 1908 in Nizhny Novgorod. He studied in Moscow and qualified as an engineer - chemist, later he lived in Leningrad and Moscow .

Kaminer's first problem was published in 1924. In total, he devised 65 compositions, 27 of them were awarded high prizes in competition, and 15 received the highest prize . 12 of his studies were included in the "FIDE Album".

In 1932 - 1938 years Kaminer and E . Somov - Nasimovich were editors of the problem section of the chess newspaper "64". Kaminer was shot during the Great Terror". (1)

In October or November 1937, he gave Mikhail Botvinnik a notebook containing all his work on his studies. Botvinnik wrote, "His presentiment turned out to be correct", and only revealed the existence of the notebook after Stalin's death.

(1). From

Rafael Moiseevich Kofman 's Izbrannye etjudy (1981) contains 75 of his studies.

Last updated: 2018-01-14 07:18:24

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs S Kaminer 0-1411924Training GameE90 King's Indian
2. S Kaminer vs Botvinnik 1-0281924Training GameD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Botvinnik vs S Kaminer 1-0391925Leningradd catD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Oct-11-07  eyalbd: White to play and win (Kaminer, 1925)

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Here's the solution:
1.♖c2 ♕xc2 2.♗d8+ g5 3.♗a5 ♕e2 4.♗c7 ♕f2 5.♗d6 ♕f4+ 6.g3+ ♕xg3+ 7.♗xg3#

(Crafty couldn't find it)

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  whiteshark: <Sergej M. Kaminer <(* 26.8.1908 - † 2.11.1938)>>

"Er war mit dem drei Jahre jüngeren <Botwinnik> befreundet und gewann gegen den damals 13-Jährigen alle drei Partien eines kleinen Wettkampfs.

Später (1926) wunderte sich Kaminer, weshalb alle gegen ihn (den späteren WM) verloren. Ohne die Freundschaft der beiden wären vielleicht viele der Kaminer-Studien verstreut, denn Botwinnik berichtet im Vorwort der 1981 von R. Kofman herausgegebenen Sammlung von Kaminers und Liburkins Studien, dass Kaminer ihm 1937, ein Jahr bevor er der großen Stalinschen "Säuberungsaktion" zum Opfer fiel, ein Heft überreichte, in dem alle seine Studien, einige noch nicht bis zum Ende ausgearbeitet, enthalten waren; er fürchtete, sie würden ihm verloren gehen. Dieses Heft wurde dann in den 50er Jahren zur Basis des Kaminer-Buchs."

Source: issue 232, August 2008

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  perfidious: From Botvinnik's comment in this composer's bio, I infer that Kaminer expected to disappear in the purges and did in due course, but that is not altogether clear.
Jan-13-18  eyalbd: From wikipedia (translated from German by google translate):

<At the age of thirty, Kaminer fell victim to Stalin's Great Terror. On August 17, 1938, he was arrested and accused of belonging to a counterrevolutionary terrorist organization. On September 27, 1938, he was sentenced to death by shooting by the Military Division of the Supreme Court of the USSR and shot dead the same day. The grave is located on the shooting range Kommunarka. On July 11, 1956 Kaminer was rehabilitated by the Military Department of the Supreme Court of the USSR.>

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  alexmagnus: Wikipedia, both German and Russian, give September 27 as the date of death, while our bio says November 2.

Russian Wikipedia gives this website as a source. Quite a common source for the Great Terror. The website gives "Moscow, shooting lists - Kommunarka" as the source in Kaminer's entry.

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  alexmagnus: But I suspect strongly that Wikipedia picked the wrong Kaminer from that Memorial list.

The Kaminer on the list was born in 1906 in Romanovo-Borisoglebsk. The chess player was born in 1908 in Nizhni Novgorod.

Jan-13-18  Stonehenge: November 2 here:

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  MissScarlett: Make your bleeding minds up!
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  alexmagnus: Most probably the Kaminer on the Memorial page is just a full namesake of "our" Kaminer.

Which is quite rare - while given name Sergey and patronymic Mikhaylovich are both quite common, the family name Kaminer is not quite that common. And both fell victims to the Great Terror (which lasted only two years)! Within a bit more than a month...

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