|Dec-22-04|| ||Benzol: Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets
Born 1910 in Russia?
Died 7th March 1942 in Novgorod
He was joint Moscow champion in 1932, 1937 and 1938.
|Jul-28-05|| ||Gypsy: < This game [ S Belavenets vs Bronstein, 1941 ] with Sergey Belavets -- one of the most talented Soviet players and a wonderful man -- I give with a heavy heart. At the very time when the participants in the Rostov Semifinal of the USSR Championship were sitting at the board and considering their moves, on the Western boarders of our State the German soldier were awaiting the order to invade. And it followed very soon... That was cost many more lives than are reccorded in the history books. My partner never again returned to the chess board. He perished in battle in the first year of the War. > Bronstein on the King's Indian.|
< ... In my opinion, that evening White was thinking about something more important than a game of chess.
...The descriptions of this game stirred in my memory some personal recollections of those distant years. In the Ukrainian Championship of 1940 I finished second, achieved a master norm, and should have become the youngest (at the time) chess master in the USSR. But the procedure for awarding titles was not then a formality. The Supreme Qualification Commision headed by Belavenets (his deputy was Smyslov) made a serious study of my games and came to a positive decision. And here, as Segey Belavets sat with his head in his hands, surveying his wrecked position, he sudenly exclaimed: 'Yes, we were right to award you the master title!', and he stopped the clocks. >
|Nov-14-05|| ||paladin at large: <Gypsy> Many thanks for the anecdote. Kotov also wrote fondly of Belavenets and had high regard for his ending play:|
"Ever since then (watching Capablanca play in 1936 in Moscow), I have watched carefully how the great endgame players play, or rather, regard the ending. I gained a great deal from my friendship with Sergei Belavenets, who just before the war wrote with me a study of the middle game and ending which was subsequently lost in transcript. I saw how Belavenets always thought in the ending in terms of schemes, in terms of the layout of one's forces........As soon as the ending is reached you should forget about tactics. A new phase of the game is starting and it is quite different from the previous one. Here you have to think of schemes and deal in terms of cool, calm analysis."
'I advise every player, if he has enough time left on his clock, to spend a few minutes calming his nerves after the excitement of the middle game' writes Belavenets. 'This slight expenditure of time will be recouped later on when the player thinks about the ending in the right way.''"
|Nov-12-06|| ||pawn to QB4: Remembrance Sunday here in Britain and many other countries. Best regards to family of Sergei Belavenets, chess master, engineer, war hero; as to all remembering those we lost.|
|Apr-08-07|| ||vonKrolock: His uncle K Vygodchikov teached him the basic rules when he was seven. At fourteen, he won the championship of Bielo-Russia (Belarus) - an achievement that include him in the class of the prodigies. One year later, he visited the International Tournament in Moscow, playing the simuls of Lasker, Reti and Torre with good results. Living in Smolensk (I can not assert in moment if this was his native city) until 1930, and then, in Moscow as Engineering student (he specialized in Agricultural Electrification). Sixth in USSR ch 1937 and Third in 1939. Prolific writer of articles (Analisis of Games, Openings, Endgames Theory etc)|
|Aug-25-07|| ||whiteshark: One Picture:
|Oct-05-07|| ||Antiochus: The best and most important(theorically) win of Belavenets, tragically, is the last.Downloadable in chesslab:|
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3
d5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. O-O
dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 11. Qe2 e5 12. d5 Na5 13. e4
Nxc4 14. Qxc4 b5 15. Qxb5 Nxe4 16. Qe2 Nf6 17. c4
e4 18. Nd2 Qe5 19. Rb1 Ng4 20. f4 Qd4+ 21. Kh1
e3 22. Nb3 Qe4 23. Ra1 Rb8 24. Na5 Nf2+ 25. Kg1
Bh3 26. Rxf2 exf2+ 27. Qxf2 Bxg2 28. Nc6 Rbe8 29. Bb2
Bf3 30. Ne5 Bh5 31. Nd7 Qf5 32. Nxf8 Re2 33. Qh4
Rxb2 34. Nd7 f6 35. Nxc5 Bf3 36. Kf1 Qc2 37. Qg3
|Jan-22-10|| ||whiteshark: The following quote from <Belavenets> appears in the endgame section of <Kotov's <'Think Like a Grandmaster'>>, which is good advice for a would-be torturer and well worth being aware of if you're the victim. |
" <<The basic rule of ending is not to hurry.> If you have the chance to advance a pawn one square or two, have a good look round, and only then play it forward one more square. Repeating moves in an ending can be very useful. Apart from the obvious gain of time on the clock one notices that the side with the advantage gains psychological benefit. The defender who has the inferior position often cannot stand the strain and makes new concessions so easing his opponent's task. Apart from this, repetitions clarify the position in your mind to the greatest possible extent.>"
|Oct-02-10|| ||I play the Fred: In "Soviet Chess", it was said of Belavenets that in post mortems he would offer up reams of promising, head-spinning variations that he passed up during the game. Belavenets explained that he preferred the quieter play, that it was "simpler and easier" to win with.|
Seirawan tells a similar story about Kasparov in "Chess Duels". After he lost a game to Spassky, Kasparov reeled off some mind blowing lines in the post mortem, basically leaving Spassky speechless. Seirawan said that if he had had a camera handy, he could have sold many copies of this video for a huge profit.
|Oct-09-10|| ||Ostap Bender jr: I believe that the following game is illustrative for his systematic thinking in the ending. You will not find it in any database; I just saw it in an old book with selected games of his.|
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 8. cxd5
Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 g6 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. O-O Be6 14. Rac1
Rac8 15. Nd4 Nxd3 16. Qxd3 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 Rc8 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Qb5 Be6 20. Qa5
b6 21. Qb5 Qd7 22. a3 Qxb5 23. Nxb5 Bd7 24. Nc3 Bc6 25. Kf1 Kf8 26. f3 Ke7 27.
Ke2 Ke6 28. Kd3 Ke5 29. f4+ Ke6 30. Kd4 Kd6 31. b4 Ke6 32. b5 Bb7 33. Na2 Kd6
34. Nb4 Ke6 35. g4 f5 36. g5 Kd6 37. h3 Ke6 38. Na2 Kd6 39. Nc3 Ke6 40. h4 Kd6
41. Ne2 Bc8 42. Ng3 Bd7 43. a4 Ke6 44. h5 Be8 45. h6 Kd6 46. Ne2 *
There is a long analysis here, justifying Black's decision to resign.
|Oct-13-11|| ||wordfunph: <paladin at large: <Gypsy> Many thanks for the anecdote. Kotov also wrote fondly of Belavenets and had high regard for his ending play:>|
exactly! in the book Tragicomedy by Mark Dvoretsky he mentioned Belavenets' famous dictum on endgames --- "Do not rush."
|Oct-13-11|| ||bronkenstein: M.Sereshevsky is opening his ´Endgame strategy´ with short article of Belavenets´s ´Basic principles of endgames´ , which Sergey illustrated on the example of Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1936 . |
PS Already mentioned ´...dont rush...´ quote is from that article.
|Nov-29-11|| ||The17thPawn: I'm glad that researching the opening of the day lead me to this fellow's games. Never heard of him before but seeing the scalps he collected before an early death he was definitely a serious talent.|
|Jun-25-12|| ||whiteshark: Sketch of <Sergey Belavenets>, being the frontispiece to the monograph on his career (Moscow, 1963).
Source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... / C.N. 4938. Who?
|Jul-18-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Belavenets.|
|Jul-18-12|| ||HeMateMe: Wasn't <Leave it to Belavenets> a Russian sitcom, in the 1960s?|