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Alexander M Levin
Number of games in database: 18
Years covered: 1892 to 1902
Overall record: +5 -6 =7 (47.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-15-1871, died May-01-1929, 57 years old) Russia

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Wikipedia article: Aleksandr Mitrofanovich Levin

 page 1 of 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A M Levin vs Bilenkin 1-0241892?C39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. A M Levin vs W Napier  1-063190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C67 Ruy Lopez
3. A M Levin vs Marshall  0-136190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. A M Levin vs Janowski 0-145190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. H Wolf vs A M Levin  ½-½56190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. A M Levin vs W Cohn  1-066190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C50 Giuoco Piano
7. H E Atkins vs A M Levin 1-032190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Mason vs A M Levin  ½-½62190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C78 Ruy Lopez
9. Von Bardeleben vs A M Levin  ½-½20190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Olland vs A M Levin  0-173190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C42 Petrov Defense
11. A M Levin vs J Mieses  ½-½25190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. A M Levin vs Chigorin  ½-½75190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C46 Three Knights
13. Pillsbury vs A M Levin 1-025190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
14. Von Popiel vs A M Levin 1-011190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C44 King's Pawn Game
15. A M Levin vs H Suechting  ½-½29190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C49 Four Knights
16. A M Levin vs Gunsberg  ½-½24190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C49 Four Knights
17. A M Levin vs Swiderski 1-034190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C14 French, Classical
18. Von Gottschall vs A M Levin 1-014190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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  whiteshark: <Alexander M Levin> (* 15-5-1871 - 1-5-1929)
from St. Petersburg


Feb-14-11  Dredge Rivers: I prefer his brother, P M!
Apr-06-14  Karpova: <A. Lewin> played this game as White in St. Petersburg:

White to move:

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Black had prepared for the ♗ sacrifice on g6 and was sure to refute it with ...Qe5+ and ....Ng5+. However, the game went

1.Bxg6 Qe5+ 2.Kf3 Ng5+ 3.Qxg5 Qxg5 4.f7+ Kg7 5.f8=Q+ Kxg6 6.Qg8+ Kf5 7.Qxg5#

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', July-August 1910, p. 249

Black was correct in assuming that the ♗ sacrifice was incorrect, however his refutation is refuted itself by the nice ♕ sacrifice. First of all, 1....e5+ is much stronger than the ♕ check (1...e5+ 2.Kf5 Qd3+). Secondly, with 2...Ng5+ Black gives away his advantage. Instead, Black seems winning after 2...Kh8 3.Be4 Ng5+ eliminating the possibility of a successful ♕ sacrifice (note that 3.Bxf7 is even worse for White after 3...Rd3+ and Black checkmates first).

Apart from that, the ♕ sacrifice is really beautiful!

(actually, the 6th move for Black is given as <K beliebig>, i. e. <K any>)

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