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Pyotr Izmailov
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1929 to 1931
Overall record: +2 -2 =0 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-13-1906, died Apr-28-1937, 30 years old) Russia

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On September 10, 1936, he was arrested for "participating in a counterrevolutionary Trotskyist-fascist terrorist organization," and on April 28, 1937 he was sentenced to death and shot. He was married to Galina Efimovna Kozmina, who received eight years in Kolyma as "wife of the enemy of the people". They had a son, Nicholas.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Izmailov vs Botvinnik 1-0141929USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. P Izmailov vs Botvinnik 1-0451931MoscowA47 Queen's Indian
3. P Izmailov vs D D Grigorenko  0-1401931Ch URS (1/2 final)E91 King's Indian
4. P Izmailov vs Kasparian  0-1471931Ch URS (1/2 final)E60 King's Indian Defense
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Apr-01-10  Sem: If only I had a two-games CV like that...
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  wordfunph: 2-0 against Botvinnik? whoaaa!
Apr-24-11  BobCrisp: <Soltis>: <Kazan-born Pyotr Izmailov, who won the first <Russian Federation> championship at age 21 in 1928, died before a firing squad in April 1937. Izmailov, later of Tomsk, was another talented player who lacked the advantage of living in Moscow or Leningrad and had a more promising career outside chess. As an engineer-geophysicist, he often went on field trips in the taiga, leaving him less and less time for chess. After qualifying for the finals of the Sixth Soviet Championship, Izmailov's leave from teaching expired and he had to return to Tomsk.

Five months after his final tournament, in April 1936, Izmailov was arrested for plotting with other "Trotskyite Fascists" to kill <Stalin>. He was convicted after a 20-minute "trial." His wife was sentenced to eight years at the harsh camp at Kolyma beause she was "a member of the family of a traitor." Izmailov's rehabilitation in 1957 was "due to the absence of a crime," documents showed.>

Jun-25-11  JoergWalter: <2-0 against Botvinnik? whoaaa!> a clear CLM (career limiting move)
Jun-30-11  JoergWalter: Another case, not that dramatic as the above, but very telling ... Bohatirchuk vs. Botwinnik: 3,5 - 0,5

<GrahamClayton: A thorough biography can be seen at:;

<Almost any player is able to find an impressive set of Bohatirchuk's games in various databases, so, I have attached below the only game with his own brief annotations - this game was included in an article entitled Fedor Bohatirchuk: The Forgotten Champion by E.Sztein and L.Cavallaro, Chess Life, January 1984, pp. 22-23, several months before Bohatirchuk's death (please click: Bohatirchuk-Botvinnik,1935 to view the game in java replay, RPM). Bohatirchuk has mentioned in his autobiographic book (printed in Russian in San Francisco in 1978) that just after this game a head of Soviet chess organisation, well-known Minister of Justice Krylenko, approached him and said, "You will never beat Botvinnik again!" Indeed Bohatirchuk never had another chance to play Botvinnik. In particular he was not invited to the Moscow International the following year.>

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  brankat: No doubt a talented master, Pyotr Izmailov. Lived and died during some unfortunate times and circumstances.

R.I.P. master Izmailov.

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  GrahamClayton: Izmailov qualified for the 4-player double round-robin finals tournament for the 1929 USSR Championship at Odessa, but had to withdraw due to school exams.
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