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Georgy Lisitsin
Number of games in database: 323
Years covered: 1930 to 1968
Overall record: +94 -94 =135 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-11-1909, died Mar-20-1972, 62 years old) Russia
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Georgy Mikhailovich Lisitsin was born in St Petersburg, Russia. He was Leningrad Champion in 1933-34 (jointly), 1939 and 1947 (jointly) and was awarded the IM title in 1950. He passed away in Leningrad.

The Lisitsin Gambit (1.Nf3 f5 2.e4) is named after him. A similar line starting 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 is sometimes called the Neo-Lisitsin.

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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 323  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin 1-0311930RussiaA53 Old Indian
2. Lisitsin vs Shumilin  1-0531931Ch URS (1/2 final)A12 English with b3
3. Lisitsin vs V B Yuryev  1-0541931Ch URS (1/2 final)D85 Grunfeld
4. Lisitsin vs Riumin 0-1461931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
5. V G Kirillov vs Lisitsin  1-0321931USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
6. Lisitsin vs Rauzer  ½-½391931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
7. Lisitsin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky ½-½341931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
8. N Sorokin vs Lisitsin  1-0551931USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Lisitsin vs Kasparian 0-1281931USSR ChampionshipA15 English
10. Goglidze vs Lisitsin  0-1421931USSR ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Lisitsin vs A Budo  ½-½541931USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
12. I Mazel vs Lisitsin  ½-½271931USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. Lisitsin vs V Sozin  1-0331931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
14. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin 0-1311931USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Lisitsin vs B Verlinsky 1-0351931USSR ChampionshipA13 English
16. Kan vs Lisitsin 0-11001931USSR ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
17. Lisitsin vs Zamikhovsky 0-1301931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
18. F Bohatirchuk vs Lisitsin  ½-½481931USSR ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
19. Lisitsin vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½771931USSR ChampionshipA15 English
20. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin ½-½311931USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin 1-0721932Leningrad ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Lisitsin vs Chekhover  0-1671932Leningrad ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
23. A Budo vs Lisitsin  ½-½501932Leningrad ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Lisitsin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  1-0501932Leningrad ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
25. A Y Model vs Lisitsin  ½-½571932Leningrad ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-16-06  FICSwoodpusher: Is 1. Nf3 f5 2. e4 ... the lisitsin gambit?
Jul-16-06  Resignation Trap: <FICSwoodpusher> Yes, but it is often hyphenated with the name of Vasja Pirc .
Jan-04-07  FICSwoodpusher: Another victim of the Lisitsin gambit:

[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2007.01.04"]
[Round "?"]
[White "lrzal"]
[Black "Gnasher"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1657"]
[BlackElo "1742"]
[ECO "A04"]
[TimeControl "300"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 exd3 5. Bxd3 e6 6. Nxh7 Bb4+ 7. c3 Be7 8. Bg6# Gnasher checkmated 1-0

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  GrahamClayton: Lisitsin also finished =1st with Vitaly Chekhover in the 1936 Trades Unions championship tournament in Moscow. He also played in 10 USSR Championship tournaments between 1931 and 1956, finishing =3rd in 1933 and =4th in 1954.

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd edition, OUP, 1992

During the 1954 championship, Lisitsin received a warning from the arbiters due to his constant adjusting of his pieces, which disurbed his opponent's concentration.

Source: Bernard Cafferty and Mark Taimanov, "The Soviet Championship", Cadogan Books, 1998

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  whiteshark: Bio:

photo Leningrad 1934:

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  whiteshark: <…the wise learn by Georgy Lisitsin >

--Proverbs 21:11

Feb-19-09  laskereshevsky: <Weißer Hai>

Nice Photo, but there is a mistake...

The two players sitting on the board are not Kmoch and Euwe, but instead Nimzowitsch and Systemsson, during a chess lesson with the theme "how to properly play the opening" to a group of Sovietic chess masters....

Notice the adouring faces of the Bolscevics until the two master are through the lesson by showing theyre famous game

Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927


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  whiteshark: Right, <laskereshevsky>!! You have hawkeyes and a *stinging tongue*. :D:D
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  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClyton: He also played in 10 USSR Championship tournaments between 1931 and 1956, finishing =3rd in 1933 and =4th in 1954.>

I believe Hooper and Whyld have miscounted. Lisitsin seems to have played in 11 USSR Championships:

1. 1931 (10-12)
2. 1933 (3-5)
3. 1934/5 (5-8)
4. 1937 (5-7)
5. 1939 (7)
6. 1940 (11-12)
7. 1944 (11-14)
8. 1948 (6-9)
9. 1954 (4-5)
10 1955 (15-16)
11 1956 (18)

This is taken from crosstables in the Cafferty/Taimnov book., and can be verified by looking at the collections of USSR Championships (see Game Collection: USSR Championship Tournament Index for a quick list).

Apr-19-10  Roemer: Is this the same Lisitsin who wrote a book Bobby Fischer had to read before the match with Spassky? How does that book compare to A. Suetin's "Lehrbuch fur Fortgeschrittene"?
Sep-28-13  Karpova: <GrahamClayton: Lisitsin also finished =1st with Vitaly Chekhover in the 1936 Trades Unions championship tournament in Moscow.>

The 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung' of May 1936 reports on p. 141 that they played a match in Moscow afterwards. It ended drawn +1 -1 =10.

Oct-05-17  Whitehat1963: Illicit sin. Great name.
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  whiteshark: Some fine read + compilation on this master:
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