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Boris Verlinsky
Number of games in database: 149
Years covered: 1909 to 1947
Overall record: +61 -67 =20 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C79 C68 C76 C97 C91
 French Defense (9) 
    C18 C11 C15 C12 C04
 Sicilian (8) 
    B23 B84 B58 B40
 Reti System (6) 
    A06 A04
 French Winawer (5) 
    C18 C15 C17
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E38 E23
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D63 D51 D64 D61 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D37 D31 D30
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C68 C84 C79 C88 C75
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 A40 A46 E00 D00
 French Defense (6) 
    C12 C11 C14
 Sicilian (6) 
    B80 B40 B45 B85 B20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Rusakov vs Verlinsky, 1947 0-1
   Verlinsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 1-0
   Capablanca vs Verlinsky, 1925 0-1
   Geiler vs Verlinsky, 1928 0-1
   Verlinsky vs Bogoljubov, 1925 1-0
   N Grigoriev vs Verlinsky, 1929 0-1
   Verlinsky vs V Sozin, 1925 1-0
   Verlinsky vs V G Kirillov, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1931)
   USSR Championship (1929)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   All Russian Amateur (1909)
   Moscow (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1929 by Phony Benoni

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(born Jan-08-1888, died Oct-30-1950, 62 years old) Ukraine

[what is this?]
Boris Markovich Verlinsky was born in Bakhmut*. He was Moscow champion in 1928 (1) and USSR Champion in 1929 (2) . Because of this, Verlinsky was awarded the title of Soviet Grandmaster, but this was taken away from him in 1931 when the title was abolished. Later, it was thought more politically correct to make Mikhail Botvinnik the first Soviet GM. In recognition of his past achievements, Verlinsky was awarded the IM title in 1950.

Wikipedia article: Boris Verlinsky; *Wikipedia article: Bakhmut; (1) [rusbase-1]; (2) [rusbase-2]; (3)

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 149  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P A Evtifeev vs Verlinsky 1-038 1909 All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
2. Verlinsky vs Rotlewi  0-139 1909 All Russian AmateurC11 French
3. Verlinsky vs M Elyashov  0-147 1909 All Russian AmateurD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. V Rozanov vs Verlinsky  ½-½40 1909 All Russian AmateurD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. Verlinsky vs A Chepurnov 1-035 1909 All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
6. G Helbach vs Verlinsky 0-166 1909 All Russian AmateurC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. P Romanovsky vs Verlinsky  0-152 1909 All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
8. Verlinsky vs V Goldfarb  1-047 1909 All Russian AmateurC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
9. Verlinsky vs K Rosenkrantz  0-169 1909 All Russian AmateurC42 Petrov Defense
10. B Gregory vs Verlinsky 1-049 1909 All Russian AmateurD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Verlinsky vs B Maliutin 0-128 1909 All Russian AmateurD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Verlinsky vs Alekhine 0-128 1909 All Russian AmateurC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
13. Verlinsky vs S F Lebedev  ½-½23 1909 All Russian AmateurC15 French, Winawer
14. Verlinsky vs N Tereshchenko  ½-½48 1909 All Russian AmateurC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
15. D Daniuszewski vs Verlinsky 1-039 1909 All Russian AmateurD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. Viakhirev vs Verlinsky 0-128 1909 All Russian AmateurC27 Vienna Game
17. V Nikolaev vs Verlinsky  0-136 1909 All Russian AmateurC14 French, Classical
18. Verlinsky vs Alekhine ½-½16 1916 Odessa simC46 Three Knights
19. Verlinsky vs Alekhine 1-027 1916 OdessaC45 Scotch Game
20. Verlinsky vs Alekhine 1-038 1918 Odessa consultC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
21. Verlinsky vs Alekhine 0-149 1918 OdessaC38 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Alekhine vs Verlinsky 1-041 1918 OdessaC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. Alekhine vs Verlinsky 1-042 1918 OdessaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Alekhine vs Verlinsky 1-026 1918 OdessaC21 Center Game
25. Alekhine vs Verlinsky 1-024 1918 OdessaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Someone called this player a patzer on the Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 thread, but this is being a little unkind. He was the first Soviet Grandmaster, a title that was awarded to him for becoming Soviet Champion in 1929. It was taken away from him in 1931 when the title was abolished. By that stage his health and results had declined but in his heyday he was a force to be reckoned with.
Mar-28-04  Lawrence: Some patzer, he beat Capa, Alekhine, Rubinstein, Bronstein, Lilienthal, Dus Chotimirsky and Ilyin Zhenevsky among others.
Apr-19-05  lopium: He got is IM title in 1950, but the more recent game in the database is from 1947. It could means two things : He didn't played after 1947 or He played after 1947 but the games are not in the database of
Apr-19-05  iron maiden: He didn't play competitively after 1947, but FIDE awarded a lot of GM and IM titles in the 1950's on the basis of earlier results.
Sep-10-05  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Boris's games:
Dec-04-05  THE pawn: A patzer beating Capablanca, Alekhine rubinstein and bronstein is not a patzer.

Verlinsky vs Alekhine, 1916

Jan-09-06  BIDMONFA: Boris Verlinsky


Mar-12-06  Resignation Trap: For a photo if Verlinsky in 1929, click here: .
Aug-15-08  myschkin: . . .
"Verlinsky was exceptionally strong in the classical openings with both colours. At his peak, he was a formidable tactician who could provide a stiff battle for the very best players, as his wins over Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Efim Bogolyubov, Grigory Levenfish, Akiba Rubinstein, Rudolf Spielmann, and David Bronstein, among others, attest. His physical disability of being a deaf mute, and success at overcoming this in chess, is impressive. He was Jewish, another disadvantage in the Soviet Union. Verlinsky never got a chance to compete outside the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union."

"In 1927, the Soviet Union's Chess Federation established the title of Grandmaster of the Soviet Union, for their own players, since at that time Soviets were not competing outside their own country. This title was abolished in 1931, after having been awarded to Boris Verlinsky, who won the 1929 Soviet Championship. The title was brought back in 1935, and awarded to Mikhail Botvinnik, who thus became the first "official" Grandmaster of the USSR. Verlinsky did not get his title back."

Jan-08-09  brankat: Born 120 years ago.

After M.Chigorin, and together with A.Alekhine, only the second Russian/Soviet player of a true GM strength. An exceptionally talented master, who, due to a number of unfortunate circumstances, never got to shine fully in the chess arena. But a lot of Boris Verlinsky's games give more than just glimpse of his potential.

R.I.P. master Verlinsky.

Jan-08-09  Karpova: C.N. 3795

In 1910, he won a tournament in Odessa ahead of Bogoljubov


C.N. 3802

There's an article on him <entitled ‘First Russian Grandmaster of Chess’, in the August 1998 issue of "Deaf History Journal" (published by the British Deaf History Society)> and <it reports that he was deaf from birth (but learned to speak in his teens)>.


C.N. 3893

Rick Kennedy (Columbus, OH, USA) mentions that Sergei Salov wrote an article about Verlinsky in "Chessarchive" (1/1999):

- Became acquainted with chess at the age of 13. He became one of the strongest chessplayers of Odessa soon.

- His first tournament was the Amateur tournament at St. Petersburg 1909 (parallel to the main tournament). He shared tenth place with P. Romanovsky.



Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <After M.Chigorin, and together with A.Alekhine, only the second Russian/Soviet player of a true GM strength.>

Well, it is a matter of discussion, but at least Petrov, Schiffers and Alapin were other players of GM rank.

Jan-08-09  WhiteRook48: what's confusing is he got the IM title and died the same year. Sad story...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 134th birthday!
Jan-08-12  brankat: Actually it would be 124th Birthday :-)

R.I.P. master Verlinsky.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Whoops. It will be 134 in 10 years. :)
Aug-26-12  Karpova: He won the South-Russian Tournament at Odessa 1910 ahead of players like Jankovich, Izbinsky and Bogoljubov.

From page 347 of the 1911 'Wiener Schcahzeitung'

Feb-18-13  erniecohen: Is there any way to upgrade him to GM? Or does the FIDE not do that anymore?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: FIDE has never upgraded players posthumously, including the likes of Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, and Alekhine.
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  perfidious: Igor Ivanov was lucky to get his title very late in life, though he was already GM strength when he mistakenly deplaned at Gander in 1980.

It is clear that Verlinsky was very strong at one time, but FIDE were not handing out a lot of GM titles in those early days.

Sep-25-15  zanzibar: According to <CG>'s Opening Explorer, he was the first to play 7.Qg4 in the Winawer, and Sergeiev the first to play 7...O-O in the same 1929 game:

Verlinsky vs A Sergeiev, 1928

Worth noting I think. Of course I'd be interested in hearing of earlier examples.

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