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Alexander Konstantinopolsky
Number of games in database: 292
Years covered: 1931 to 1983
Overall record: +88 -73 =131 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (21) 
    A06 A04
 Sicilian (21) 
    B76 B80 B69 B94 B40
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A14
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C97 C89 C74 C79 C88
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C97 C89 C92 C84 C99
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D94 D85 D95 D78
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B10 B13 B14 B16 B15
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D63 D51 D60 D56 D50
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C83 C97 C87 C79
 Sicilian (13) 
    B40 B24 B84 B58 B56
 Old Indian (9) 
    A54 A53
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A40 A41 A45 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Frank, 1935 1-0
   Konstantinopolsky vs Panov, 1936 1-0
   Levenfish vs Konstantinopolsky, 1947 0-1
   Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky, 1931 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Tolush, 1936 1-0
   Petrosian vs Konstantinopolsky, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Kan vs Konstantinopolsky, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Kan vs Konstantinopolsky, 1936 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Byvshev, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sverdlovsk (1943)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1952)

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(born Feb-19-1910, died Sep-21-1990, 80 years old) Ukraine

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Alexander Markovich Konstantinopolsky was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine. USSR Correspondence Champion in 1951, he was awarded the titles of IM in 1950, IMC in 1966 and honorary (emeritus) GM in 1983. He helped train David Bronstein for a World Championship match. One of his many opening contributions was: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3, the Konstantinopolsky Opening.

reference: The Oxford Companion to Chess, 2nd edition.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Konstantinopolsky

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 292  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 0-179 1931 Moscow ch-SU sfA84 Dutch
2. Konstantinopolsky vs A Khodzhaev  0-137 1931 Ch URS (1/2 final)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
3. Konstantinopolsky vs Samychowsky  0-147 1932 Kiev-LeningradA06 Reti Opening
4. Nenarokov vs Konstantinopolsky  1-039 1932 Kiev-LeningradA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer  ½-½22 1932 LeningradD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Kmoch vs Konstantinopolsky  0-135 1934 Ch URS (1/2 final)D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Konstantinopolsky vs A Akshanov 1-051 1934 URS corrB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
8. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer 1-019 1935 corrC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. Konstantinopolsky vs Chistiakov  1-032 1935 URS Masters corrB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
10. Konstantinopolsky vs Frank 1-028 1935 Leningrad corrA04 Reti Opening
11. Konstantinopolsky vs S Von Freymann  1-033 1936 TournamentA04 Reti Opening
12. Ragozin vs Konstantinopolsky  1-033 1936 TournamentD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Konstantinopolsky vs O Rubtsova 1-044 1936 Trade UnionsA15 English
14. Rauzer vs Konstantinopolsky  1-046 1936 All-Union YMC10 French
15. Nenarokov vs Konstantinopolsky  1-023 1936 TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
16. Konstantinopolsky vs Ragozin 1-027 1936 TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Konstantinopolsky vs G Stepanov (Schneideman)  1-025 1936 Trade UnionsB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Kan vs Konstantinopolsky 0-138 1936 All-Union YMA95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. Konstantinopolsky vs Nenarokov  ½-½41 1936 TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer  ½-½22 1936 All-Union YMD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Konstantinopolsky vs Chekhover  ½-½49 1936 All-Union YME94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Riumin vs Konstantinopolsky  1-043 1936 All-Union YMB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Alatortsev vs Konstantinopolsky  0-138 1936 All-Union YMD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Konstantinopolsky vs Kan  ½-½32 1936 All-Union YMA04 Reti Opening
25. Konstantinopolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-134 1936 TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
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Aug-15-06  Karpova: <walker>, Vasilios Kotronias
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  Knight13: So he's that freakin' strong soviet player that never got publicized in the western world, huh.
Aug-09-08  Helios727: How did he become a grandmaster at age 73?
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  pawn to QB4: Given it as an honorary title, and IMHO well worth it. He finished in the top six of the Soviet Championship four times; one of the world's top players in the 40s; especially noted as the trainer of Bronstein and Boleslavsky. So his group displaced Smyslov and Keres as Botvinnik's closest challengers in the early 50s, and made terrific imaginative contributions in the openings and middlegame. Their revival of the King's Indian alone was worth GM titles all round, after the QGD stodge of earlier times. Pity we never saw Alekhine play their systems, for or against, for instance.
Feb-19-09  WhiteRook48: I would think that someone who played from 1931 to 1983 would have more than 300 games.
Jul-22-09  myschkin: . . .

".. During the late 1930s, Alexander Konstantinopolsky trained young players and amateurs in Kiev, at the Palace of Young Pioneers. He was widely regarded as a friendly and kindly man. .."

Bio (in English):

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Feb-19-12  Xeroxx: Awesome name for a player
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Konstantinopolsky.
Feb-22-13  Yopo: Konstantinopolsky was only 41 years old when he saw his pupil at chess, Bronstein, contest for the world title. Thing to proud any couch, though it must have been difficult to "Konstantino" motivate yourself to keep playing. He must had been even more stunned when he read the book Bronstein wrote on the 1953 candidates tournament. How good lessons the teacher should have learnt from the student!
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  offramp: I always project his name as Stromboli did in Pinocchio.
Apr-07-14  madlydeeply: kolty broke Alekhine's blindfold record once, that should be in the biography, jyez?
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  Sally Simpson: Are you not thinking of this lad.

Georges Koltanowski

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  Nosnibor: His finest result in the USSR Championships was sharing second place in the 1937 event with Ragozin with 12/19 and only losing one game (Rauser)There are a number of fine games which he won missing from the database and I intend to submit a few when time permits.In particular a brilliant win over Panov in the 1946 Moscow Championship.
Feb-19-15  gars: He and his greatest pupil David Bronstein were born at the same day, February 19th. Isn't that curious?
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  offramp: I thought that Constantinople was a Macedonian city, not a Greek city.

Like Alexander the Great, Macedonian, not Greek.

Feb-19-15  disasterion: <offramp> The original city on the site, Byzantium, was an early Greek colonial outpost founded several centuries before Macedonia had any influence over the area. And Constantinople itself was founded by the Roman emporer Constantine, so I suppose it's either Greek or Roman, but not Macedonian.
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  sachistu: There is some question if Konstantinopolsky played in the 1939 Ukraine chp (at Dnepropetrovsk). Sources like Di Felice list him there (finishing 3rd).

However, in Romanov's book on Konstantinopolsky, there is no mention of the 1939 UKR-ch. Moreover, in SvSSSR, 1940 (Jan) the tournament cross table shows Konstantinovsky (from Dnepropetrvsk). It was my understanding Konstantinopolsky resided in Kiev at that time.

In a later crosstable (for a different event), Konstantinopolsky is listed as being from Kiev. There was a A.Konstantinov listed in a correspondence event, but he was a Category 1 player and unlikely to finish 3rd (with only one loss!) in such a strong tournament as the UKR-ch.

So far, I have been unable to find any other references to 'Konstaninov' around that time. Anyone have more information on that tournament?

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  sachistu: In subsequent research, I have found A.Konstantinov in other Russian events, so it's beginning to look like Konstantinopolsky was not at 1939 UKR-ch.
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  HeMateMe: where do you suppose his ancestors came from?
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  WannaBe: Well, if you believe in evolution, Africa, else Adam & Eve. =))
Oct-04-15  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: Well, if you believe in evolution,...>

"Belief" is for matters of faith. For science, we don't "believe", we "accept" the science or we don't accept it.

Dec-03-15  ljfyffe: Konstantinopolsky scored 4 points for the 35.5 point, 6-member Soviet winning team in the CC Olympiad III Final (1958-1961).
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Konstantinopolsky.

I played your variation with success. However, I had poor results with your variation in the Ruy Lopez.

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  tpstar: No player picture, but once again <BIDMONFA> to the rescue!
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