|Mar-27-04|| ||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 chessgame.com. |
|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: http://www.wtharvey.com/verl.html|
|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|
VERLINSKY, Boris M.
|Mar-12-06|| ||Resignation Trap: For a photo if Verlinsky in 1929, click here: http://www.chesspro.ru/pict/rc29-6.... .|
|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
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)>.
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.
|Jan-08-09|| ||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...|
|Jan-08-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy 134th birthday!|
|Jan-08-12|| ||brankat: Actually it would be 124th Birthday :-)
R.I.P. master Verlinsky.
|Jan-09-12|| ||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?|
|Feb-18-13|| ||Phony Benoni: FIDE has never upgraded players posthumously, including the likes of Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, and Alekhine.|
|Feb-21-13|| ||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.