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|May-24-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Blumenfeld.|
|Oct-03-12|| ||wordfunph: entertaining anecdote by D. Bjelica from his book Grandmaster in Profile..|
<GM Lev Polugaevsky told us a story to Dimitri Bjelica from a Moscow tournament when master Blumenfeld's opponent persistently looked at his rival's notebook. Blemenfeld was
annoyed by this and so he wrote, "I am rather worried about the sacrifice of the queen of f7". Afterwards he went off for a walk. When he returned he saw that his opponent had played
exactly that move. Blumenfeld sat at the board and calmly wrote in the book: "As I suspected the sacrifice was incorrect.">
rest in peace, master Blumenfeld..
|Aug-25-16|| ||hemy: Wrong picture of B.M.Blumenfeld on CG and Wikipedia. It is a picture of Isadore Blumenfeld:
Here is the picture of B.M.Blumenfeld:
|Aug-26-16|| ||hemy: Profile picture for B.M.Blumenfeld is a mistake, it belongs to the "Jewish Al Capone" Isadore Blumenfeld (aka Kid Cann), the most notorious mobster in the history of Minnesota.
|Aug-26-16|| ||hemy: German language page of Wikipedia displaying the right picture of B.M.Blumenfeld:
|Sep-01-16|| ||Annie K.: Thanks, <hemy>. :)|
|Sep-01-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.>I'm glad the picture of mobster removed and replaced by right picture of chess master.|
Wikipedia English language page of Benjamin Blumenfeld have wrong place of his birth:"Volkovysk, today Vawkavysk, Belarus".
According to Russian language page his birthday place was Lithuanian town Vilkavikis which before 1917 was belonging to Russian Empire.
Sure the translation from Russian to English vent wrong.
On the page 58 of the book "ydai Lietuvos achmatų istorijoje" you will found picture of Benjaminas Blumenfeldas passport issued in Kaunas, December 1921. The birthday place ("gimimo vieta") - Vilkavikis.
Unfortunately the picture on the page 56 is the same wrong picture that was replaced on CG. In the next edition of the book it will be replaced by the right picture taken from proint.narod.ru website.
At end of 1921 after Blumenfeld returned to Kaunas it was advertised that he will play match for Lithuania championship title with Antanas Gustaitis - first Lithuanian champion, but the match was delayed many times and in 1922 he moved to Russia.
|Sep-01-16|| ||Annie K.: <hemy> you know so many wonderful anecdotes and interesting facts about otherwise little-known players... would you like to join our editor group and help write biographies for them? :)|
|Sep-01-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.>I can not commit too much time for this task. Beside this English isn't my best language, I learned it at age of 50.|
At school I learned German and Lithuanian, but my best languages are Russian and Hebrew.
I can share my knowledge and write short biographies of some players, but someone will have to edit them.
|Sep-01-16|| ||Annie K.: <hemy> that's very good too! If you would like to have anything you write edited, you can either post it to the Biographer Bistro, or post it to the relevant player page, and just notify us about it at the Bistro, so we don't miss it. |
You can also speak in Hebrew with me, if it helps. :)
|Sep-01-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.> OK. I will try to do my best.|
|Sep-02-16|| ||Annie K.: Great! There's no hurry, just do whatever you feel like. :)|
|Sep-02-16|| ||hemy: Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld (born May-24-1884, died Mar-05-1947, 62 years old) Lithuania, Russia.
Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld was born in Vilkavikis (Vilkavishkis), small town in Southern Lithuania which before 1917 was belonging to Russian Empire.
He was introduced to chess in early age while learning in traditional Jewish school "kheyder".
In 1901 he took part in a local tournament in Libau (today Liepaja, Latvia)
The next year at age of 18 Blumenfeld went to Germany to study law at the university of Berlin. Here he frequently visited chess café "Kaiserhof" and became strong chess player. As a member of the student chess society he was admitted to the Berlin championship in 1903. Blumenfeld took 5th place in this strong tournament, which included masters Karo, Kon, Bernstein and Spielman.
At the end of 1905 Blumenfeld was invited to St. Petersburg to participate in the fourth Russian championship. In this tournament (December 22th 1905 - January 16th 1906) he tied for second/third with Akiba Rubinstein (12 from16), one point behind Gersz Salwe. For this result he was awarded master title.
Shortly after this tournament Blumenfeld moved to Moscow where he completed law study in Moscow University. At this time period Blumenfeld dedicated most of his time to professional activity and rarely played in chess tournaments.
In 1907 he tied for second/third with Georg Marco, behind Mikhail Chigorin, in Moscow masters tournament.
In 1920 he took eighth in Moscow (Russian Chess Olympiad). This event was won by Alexander Alekhine. Later this tournament was recognized as a 1st URS championship.
At end of 1921 Blumenfeld moved to Kaunas (Lithuania). It was advertised that he will play match for Lithuania championship title with Antanas Gustaitis - first Lithuanian champion, but the match was delayed many times and in 1922 he moved back to Russia.
In 1925 he tied for second/third with Boris Verlinsky, in the Moscow championship. In 1930 Blumenfeld took 3-5 place in Moscow masters tournament and in 1934 3-5 place in Moscow championship.
At this time period Blumenfeld also researched and published his works related to different aspects of chess battle.
The most important contribution of Blumenfeld to theory of chess was Blumenfeld gambit, opening that was later adopted by Alexander Alekhine.
In 1945, 2 years before he passed away Blumenfeld successfully defended his phd thesis,
an original academic research on psychology, based on chess intellection.|
|Sep-03-16|| ||Annie K.: <hemy> a couple of questions, please? :)|
<In 1925 he tied for second/third with Boris Verlinsky, in the Moscow championship.>
I am looking at USSR Championship (1925) and Moscow (1925), but I don't see Blumenfeld in either of them, nor Verlinsky on second place?
<based on chess intellection>
It's unclear what "intellection" means. Could you use a different word, or explain in Hebrew?
Also, please check if all the links in the bio are going to the right players / events, and let me know where I should place the reference numbers in the text for your sources 1-4. :)
|Sep-03-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.><but I don't see Blumenfeld in either of them, nor Verlinsky on second place>
Moscow championship 1925:
1.Sergeev Alexandr (13 from 17)
2-3 Blumenfeld Beniamin, Verlinsky Boris (12 from 17).
January 11 - February 25, 1925.
References in this article are to magazine "64 shachmati i shashki v rabochem klube" 1925 numbers 1,2,3,4 and "Chess encyclopedia" Karpov, 1990, page 552, page 624.
On other subjects I will respond later.
|Sep-03-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.><It's unclear what "intellection" means. Could you use a different word, or explain in Hebrew?>|
I tried to explain his phd thesis subject using notion "intellection".
The definition "Intellection" could be found on http://www.dictionary.com/browse/in...
1. the action or process of understanding; the exercise of the intellect; reasoning.
2. a particular act of the intellect.
3. a conception or idea as the result of such an act; notion; thought.
In Russian language it was
"Проблемы психологии наглядно действенного мышления на базе шахматного материала".
"Problems of psychology of visually effective thinking on the basis of chess material".
|Sep-03-16|| ||Annie K.: Oh, ok, I think we can use "cognition" then. It means about same thing, but is a better-known term. :)|
About the sources, I copied the ones you gave at the Bistro, I could add the ones you name here too, but I am asking where in the text of the article you would like to put the numbers that are referenced in the footnotes? For example, look at footnote number 5, the Blumenfeld Gambit; there is a (5) in the text itself that references this footnote. It's not really essential, but would clarify which source gives what information in the article. :)
|Sep-03-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.>I understood this. I will work on this tomorrow. Today me and my wife are going to "Ashkenaz festival".
|Sep-03-16|| ||Annie K.: No hurry. :). Have fun!!|
|Sep-04-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.> Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld was born in Vilkavikis (Vilkavishkis), a small town in Southern Lithuania, which before 1917 belonged to the Russian Empire. (3)|
He was introduced to chess at an early age, while learning in a traditional Jewish school ("kheyder"). (1)
In 1901, he took part in a local tournament in Libau (today Liepaja, Latvia) and took 1st place (4).
The next year, at the age of 18, Blumenfeld moved to Germany to study law at the University of Berlin. Here he frequently visited the "Kaiserhof" chess café, and became a strong chess player. As a member of the student chess society, he was admitted to the Berlin championship in 1903.(1)
Blumenfeld took 5th place in this strong tournament, which included masters Horatio Caro, Marcus Kann, Ossip Bernstein, and Rudolf Spielmann.
At the end of 1905, Blumenfeld was invited to St. Petersburg to participate in the fourth Russian Championship. In this tournament (December 22th, 1905 - January 16th, 1906) he tied for second/third with Akiba Rubinstein (with 12/16), one point behind Georg Salwe. For this result, he was awarded the master title.
Shortly after this tournament Blumenfeld moved to Moscow, where he completed his law studies in the Moscow University. In this period, he dedicated most of his time to professional activity and rarely played in chess tournaments. (1)
In 1907 he tied for second/third with Georg Marco, behind Mikhail Chigorin, in the Moscow masters tournament. (Wikipedia article: Benjamin Blumenfeld)
In 1920, he took eighth place in the Russian Chess Olympiad in Moscow, which was won by Alexander Alekhine. Later this tournament was recognized as the first USSR championship. (USSR Championship (1920)) (2)
At the end of 1921, Blumenfeld moved to Kaunas (Lithuania). It was advertised that he would play a match for the Lithuanian championship title with Antanas Gustaitis, the first Lithuanian champion, but the match was delayed many times and in 1922 Blumenfeld moved back to Russia. (3)
In 1925 he tied for second/third with Boris Verlinsky, in the Moscow championship. (Wikipedia article: Benjamin Blumenfeld)
In 1930, Blumenfeld took shared 3rd-5th place in the Moscow masters tournament, and in 1934 shared 3rd-5th place in the Moscow championship.
During this time period, he also researched and published his works related to the different aspects of the battle of chess.(2)
His most important contribution chess theory was the Blumenfeld Gambit(5) (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 c5 4.d5 b5), an opening that was later adopted by Alexander Alekhine.
In 1945, two years before he passed away, Blumenfeld successfully defended his PhD thesis, an original academic research on psychology, based on cognition in chess.(2)
About the references:
1. "Shachmati v SSSR on Moscow championship" (special edition of Shachmati v SSSR) 1946, number 2, pages 37-39.
Article of B.M.Blumenfeld: "из воспоминаний старого мастера"
("memories of the old master")
2. "Shachmati v SSSR" 1947, number 4, page 97.
Article of Peter Romanovsky: "B.M.Blumenfeld - obituary"
3. "ydai Lietuvos achmatų istorijoje" ("Jews in Lithuania chess history"), Eugenijus Paleckis, Boris Rositsan, Vilnius, 2015, pages 56-68. The chapter related to B.M.Blumenfeld includes translated to Lithuanian language full text of the articles (1) and (2) and information taken from articles published in Lithuanian sources at different time periods. It also includes documents from Lithuanian National archives as well.
4. "Советская шахматная школа" ("Sovjet chess school"), Kotov, Judovich, Moscow, 1955, pages 97-98.
Includes results of Libau and Berlin tournaments. It mention that Libau tournament was the city championship and Blumenfeld took 1st place.
|Sep-04-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.> I have files of magazines "Shachmati v SSSR on Moscow championship" 1946-2 and "Shachmati v SSSR" 1947-4.
Also I have a pdf file of "СЛОВАРЬ ШАХМАТИСТА" (Dictionery of chess player), M.S.Kogan, L.I. Kubbel, G.Y.Levenfish, Y.G.Rochlin, V.I.Sozin, 1929. On the page 50 you will found article about Blumenfeld,
from where probably was taken the info in "Советская шахматная школа" ("Sovjet chess school"), Kotov, Judovich.
I can send it to you by email, if it is interesting for you.|
|Sep-04-16|| ||Annie K.: <hemy> thanks, but I'm not that much of a historian myself. I mainly just love chess, and this community; I like helping this site improve in every way I can, and helping the good people who also enjoy contributing to it. :)|
Brilliant work on the sources, this is going to be a first class biography! I'll get to work on it now - I want to renumber the sources so they appear in 1-4 order at their first mentions.
|Sep-04-16|| ||Annie K.: Ok, done - please check I didn't mix up the sources during renumbering? |
I decided the 1925 tournament crosstable page was a better reference to (5) than the general Wiki article, which doesn't really need to be numbered - it's just provided as a courtesy for most players. :)
|Sep-04-16|| ||hemy: <Annie K.>Perfect.|
|Sep-05-16|| ||Annie K.: Great, thanks! :)|
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