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Gennadi Sosonko
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Number of games in database: 1,095
Years covered: 1957 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2520
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +259 -150 =660 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 26 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (98) 
    E00 A40 A46 A41 D02
 Catalan (81) 
    E06 E04 E08 E01 E02
 King's Indian (70) 
    E98 E97 E95 E94 E91
 Modern Benoni (54) 
    A62 A56 A57 A58 A60
 Grunfeld (53) 
    D97 D99 D98 D96 D78
 Queen's Indian (37) 
    E15 E17 E19 E16 E18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (184) 
    B63 B32 B70 B22 B77
 Sicilian Dragon (72) 
    B70 B76 B77 B78 B72
 Queen's Gambit Declined (60) 
    D38 D31 D39 D30 D37
 Nimzo Indian (51) 
    E42 E41 E53 E59 E34
 Queen's Indian (38) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17 E18
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (35) 
    B63 B64 B65 B60 B67
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Zuidema vs Sosonko, 1976 0-1
   L Barczay vs Sosonko, 1977 0-1
   E Torre vs Sosonko, 1987 0-1
   Sosonko vs Huebner, 1979 1-0
   F Mendez Camarasa vs Sosonko, 1990 0-1
   E van den Doel vs Sosonko, 1997 0-1
   Sosonko vs L A Schneider, 1978 1-0
   Karpov vs Sosonko, 1980 1/2-1/2
   P Ostermeyer vs Sosonko, 1975 0-1
   Sosonko vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Geneva (1977)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1980)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Hoogovens (1975)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Phillips & Drew Kings 1980 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1987 by suenteus po 147
   London Phillips & Drew 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Geneva 1977 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1986 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1979 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1981 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-18-1943, 76 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Netherlands)

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GM (1976) & IM (1974) Gennady Borisovich Sosonko was born in Troitsk*. He moved to The Netherlands via Israel in 1972, and won the Dutch Championship in 1973 and 1978 (=Jan Timman). In tournaments he was 1st= at Wijk aan Zee 1977, 1st= at Nijmegen 1978, 3rd at Amsterdam 1980, 1st= at Wijk aan Zee 1981, 3rd= at Tilburg 1982 and 4th= at Haninge 1988. He also drew a match with Jan Timman (+1, =0, -1) in 1984.

He has also authored the books "Russian Silhouettes" (2001), "The Reliable Past" (2003) and "Smart Chip from St. Petersburg" (2006) to critical acclaim, each work containing a series of biographical essays told from an anecdotal and personal point of view about players Sosonko knew in both the Soviet Union and the West. Sosonko is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2004).

*Wikipedia article: Troitsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast

Wikipedia article: Gennadi Sosonko

Last updated: 2018-03-13 18:21:18

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,095  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sosonko vs A Pavlov 1-0391957LeningradB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. V Liberzon vs Sosonko  1-0441964URSB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
3. O Chernikov vs Sosonko  ½-½431964LeningradB32 Sicilian
4. Sosonko vs V Osnos  0-1321964URSE15 Queen's Indian
5. Sosonko vs Antoshin  0-1331964URSA27 English, Three Knights System
6. A Roshal vs Sosonko  0-1401964URSA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Sosonko vs Y Smolsky  0-1281965LeningradD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
8. I Kudinov vs Sosonko  ½-½271966LeningradB32 Sicilian
9. Sosonko vs B Buchman  ½-½341966MoscowD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Sosonko vs Yakshevic  1-0271966LeningradD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Sosonko vs Boris Khropov  1-0301966LeningradD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Sosonko vs L Novikov 1-0331967LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Sosonko vs Ivanov  1-0401967LeningradE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
14. V Zelevinsky vs Sosonko  1-0351967LeningradA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Alburt vs Sosonko  ½-½451967USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
16. Sosonko vs Y Gusev  1-0341967USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Sosonko vs M D Tseitlin  ½-½341970LeningradD97 Grunfeld, Russian
18. Sosonko vs M Stean  0-1571972Islington opD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. Sosonko vs Timman 1-0281973NijmegenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
20. Sosonko vs T van Scheltinga  1-0311973NED-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. R Hartoch vs Sosonko  ½-½451973NED-chB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
22. Sosonko vs E Scholl  1-0401973NED-chD97 Grunfeld, Russian
23. Sosonko vs C Zuidema  ½-½221973NED-chE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
24. B Enklaar vs Sosonko  ½-½601973NED-chB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. Sosonko vs J van Baarle  ½-½211973NED-chB08 Pirc, Classical
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  wordfunph: more books to come!

happy birthday GM Sosonko..

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  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday Genna!
Jun-21-12  achieve: Brankat missed three years, but Gennadi is a powerhouse analyst and commentator, my second favorite to Hans Ree as a Dutch enthusiast.

Approaching 70 years of age no doubt in some style.

Dec-27-12  achieve: Surprisingly the cg database doesn't include the games Sosonko played for his club <En Passant>, Bunschoten, from 2009 onwards. Sosonko is "by far" the most senior active GM in the Netherlands, followed by Jan Timman and John van der Wiel, who find themselves among a new group of players born around 1985- 1990 that have in recent years added to the number of active GMs in Holland.
Dec-27-12  Caissanist: In fact he's the most senior GM in the Netherlands active or inactive. In Sosonko's prime it was much harder to get the GM title than it is today, and none of his contemporaries did.
Dec-27-12  achieve: Except for Hans Ree (whom I'd overlooked, apologies), I'm sure, about the same age as Sosonko, who, if I am not mistaken, already had become a GM prior to acquiring Dutch citizenship?

Need to check up on that.

Dec-27-12  achieve: Gennadi did in fact become a GM in 1974, two years after "defecting" to Holland. Hard to believe he'll hit 70 years of age in a few months; he looks mentally and physically quite a bit younger, very fit.
Dec-27-12  Caissanist: I stand corrected, tx. I knew that Ree is a GM but not that he was only a year younger.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Sosonko!
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  FSR: I just read his book "The World Champions I Knew." Weirdly, it goes from Capablanca through Petrosian. He didn't literally know Capablanca and Alekhine, of course, but interviewed people who had known them (such as Capablanca's widow Olga Capablanca Clark). Not sure why he stopped with Petrosian.
Jul-15-13  talisman: <FSR> I just saw this book and was thinking about getting it. do you recommend it?
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  FSR: <talisman> It's pretty good. Struck me as not quite as good as some of his prior books. I was a little disappointed that he stopped with Petrosian.
Jul-16-13  talisman: thanks <FSR>...i'll think i'll get it.
Jul-17-13  Caissanist: Sosonko seems to prefer to write about people who are no longer alive, so he can write more honestly. He and Spassky apparently knew each other fairly well, I am sure he will have plenty to say after Spassky is gone.
Nov-03-13  Conrad93: His names gets mentioned often when it comes to the Winanwer.
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  perfidious: Sosonko has no games with the Winawer French in this DB-what are you maundering on about now? He has always played the Sicilian.
Apr-22-14  Conrad93: Many books mention Sosonko when referring to the Winawer.
Apr-22-14  Conrad93: The fact that the database is small, and the fact your are unfamiliar with the French is not my problem.
Apr-22-14  N0B0DY: <perfidious> Oh, I see 'the idiot' is making untenable assertions once again.

For the facts:

Sosonko has played only two French games:

Tseshkovsky vs Sosonko, 1977 <Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)>

and R Ravisekhar vs Sosonko, 1984 a <Classical C13 French> by transposition

based on the latest chessbase database with 5.79 million games.

Dec-31-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Most consecutive games unbeaten at Chess Olympiads:
1) Tigran Petrosian:94
2) Boris Spassky: 86
3) Vasily Ivanchuk: 84
4) Paul Keres: 76
5) Zoltan Ribli: 67
6) Vladimir Kramnik: 64
7) Mikhail Tal: 62
8) Borislav Ivkov: 51
9) Julio Bolbochán: 50
10) Gennady Sosonko: 47
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Sosonko!
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  TheFocus: <The Soviet Chess School had wonderful coaches who worked constantly with the young. That was its defining characteristic. Compare that to the 1960s and 70s in Holland, for example, when there weren’t any professional coaches. But the computerisation of that sphere has made it possible to rapidly learn what previously required months and sometimes even years. In many ways that explains Carlsen’s success as well. The best coach now is the computer, if you use it correctly. I doubt Carlsen has read Nimzowitsch’s books. He learns from the games he replays> - This was Dutch GM Genna Sosonko’s response to the question of why ex-Soviet players have failed to dominate the World Championship since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
May-18-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster!
Nov-06-18  Caissanist: Has anyone read his recent biographies (or "biographies") of Bronstein and Korchnoi? I like Sosonko's writing a lot, but they seem kind of pricey.
Nov-06-18  hemy: "Siluetas del ajedrez ruso" - Spanish language book of Sosonko.

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