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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
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (21) 
    A06 A04
 Sicilian (21) 
    B76 B80 B69 B21 B91
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A14
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C97 C89 C88 C75 C79
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C97 C89 C88 C98 C84
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D94 D85 D78 D95
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B10 B13 B16 B14 B15
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C83 C79 C97 C87
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D63 D51 D60 D61 D50
 Sicilian (13) 
    B40 B84 B24 B58 B50
 Old Indian (9) 
    A54 A53
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A40 A41 D02 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 0-1
   Levenfish vs Konstantinopolsky, 1947 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Panov, 1936 1-0
   Kan vs Konstantinopolsky, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky, 1931 0-1
   Kan vs Konstantinopolsky, 1936 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Tolush, 1936 1-0
   Petrosian vs Konstantinopolsky, 1947 1/2-1/2

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

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ALEXANDER KONSTANTINOPOLSKY
(born Feb-19-1910, died Sep-21-1990) 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. Konstantinopolsky vs A Khodzhaev  0-137 1931 Ch URS (1/2 final)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 0-179 1931 Moscow ch-SU sfA84 Dutch
3. Nenarokov vs Konstantinopolsky  1-039 1932 Kiev-LeningradA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer  ½-½22 1932 LeningradD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Konstantinopolsky vs Samychowsky  0-147 1932 Kiev-LeningradA06 Reti Opening
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 Chistiakov  1-032 1935 URS Masters corrB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
9. Konstantinopolsky vs Frank 1-028 1935 Leningrad corrA04 Reti Opening
10. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer 1-019 1935 corrC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. Konstantinopolsky vs Panov  1-035 1936 LeningradA53 Old Indian
12. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer  ½-½22 1936 All-Union YMD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Konstantinopolsky vs Nenarokov  ½-½41 1936 TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Kan vs Konstantinopolsky 0-138 1936 All-Union YMA95 Dutch, Stonewall
15. Konstantinopolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-134 1936 TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
16. Konstantinopolsky vs Kan  ½-½32 1936 All-Union YMA04 Reti Opening
17. Riumin vs Konstantinopolsky  1-043 1936 All-Union YMB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Konstantinopolsky vs O Rubtsova 1-044 1936 Trade UnionsA15 English
19. Alatortsev vs Konstantinopolsky  0-138 1936 All-Union YMD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. S Von Freymann vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½36 1936 TournamentC10 French
21. Konstantinopolsky vs Chekhover  ½-½49 1936 All-Union YME91 King's Indian
22. Konstantinopolsky vs Goglidze 1-030 1936 All-Union YMA06 Reti Opening
23. Konstantinopolsky vs Riumin  ½-½35 1936 All-Union YMA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. Goglidze vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½21 1936 All-Union YMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Konstantinopolsky vs S Von Freymann  1-033 1936 TournamentA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 292  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-02-06  AlexandraThess: Long live for the greek city of Konstantinoupolis!!!
Mar-08-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Konstantinopolski

KONSTANTINOPOLSKY, Alexander M.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/konstantino...
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Mar-29-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Long live for the greek city of Konstantinoupolis!!!>

<AlexandraThess> You might want to see the Greek movie "Politiki Kouzina".

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0378897/

Mar-30-06  AlexandraThess: Thanks <EmperorAtahualpa> . Indeed i have watched it not less than 6 times:)
Mar-30-06  AlexandraThess: Probably Alexander Konstantinopolski is the greatest greek player for all times!
Mar-30-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Interesting movie tip <EmperorAtahualpa>, I'll bookmarked it to look for (and at) it later.

I must admit I've have never heard about this player. Maybe his bio should be made more extensive if he is to be considered "the greatest greek player", as one gets the impression that he is all Ukrainian.

Also about the bio: did he really become a GM 73 years old? If so, it must be close to a world record.

Apr-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Thanks <EmperorAtahualpa> . Indeed i have watched it not less than 6 times:)>

<AlexandraThess> It's a shame this movie is not known internationally! I'm sure I'm one of the very few Dutchmen to own a DVD of this movie. I've watched it twice now.

By the way, does "Thess" in your name stand for Thessaloniki?

Apr-03-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Interesting movie tip <EmperorAtahualpa>, I'll bookmarked it to look for (and at) it later.>

<Appaz> I hope you will find this movie though, it's hard to find abroad!

Apr-04-06  AlexandraThess: <EmperorAtahualpa> By the way, does "Thess" in your name stand for Thessaloniki? Yep nice guess!
Apr-22-06  Whitehat1963: A contender for most syllables in a name?
Apr-22-06  walker: < AlexandraThess > Do you have a Greek GM? I have never heard of one. Sorry for my incompetence. I love Greek resorts and food, tho.
Aug-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: <walker>, Vasilios Kotronias
Jan-16-08  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?
Aug-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexan...

Feb-19-12  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Feb-19-12  Xeroxx: Awesome name for a player
Feb-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Jul-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?
Apr-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Are you not thinking of this lad.

Georges Koltanowski

Apr-07-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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