|Jan-01-05|| ||Benzol: Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev
Born 14th August 1895 in Moscow
Died 10th November 1938 also in Moscow
He was Moscow champion in 1921-22, 1922-23, 1923, 1924 and 1929.
He was also a noted endgame study composer.
|Jan-01-05|| ||drukenknight: Probably more famous for the compositions. He has quite a few that appear in Dvoretsky's book. |
|Jan-09-05|| ||Gypsy: As for compositions, Grigoriev was particularly known for his pawn endgames. |
|Jan-10-05|| ||Benzol: "His rook and pawn studies are fantastic" - Mikhail Botvinnik. |
|Jan-10-05|| ||Gypsy: Zubarev-Grigoriev, Ch USSR 1925, game fragment: Kf7 Pa4 b3 c2 f3; Ka6 Pa5 b6 c5 d4, Black to play wins.|
<1...b5 2.axb5+ Kb6!> (surprise but 2...Kxb5? only draws) <3.Ke6 a4!> (3...c4? runs into some serious problems) <4.bxa4 c4 5.f4 d3 6.cxd3 cxd3 7.f5 d2 8.f6 d1Q 9.f7 Qd8 10.Kf5 Qd6 0-1.> (Incidentally, Black 3...a4! would have, after some 20 moves, also won after 3.Ke7.)
|Jul-05-05|| ||gendalf: Somebody knows an online collection of Grigoriev's studies?|
|Oct-23-05|| ||Gypsy: Zubarev-Grigoriev (1925, Ch USSR). Game fragment: Black to play wins.|
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<1...b5 2.axb5+ Kb6!> (surprise but 2...Kxb5? only draws) <3.Ke6 a4!> (3...c4? runs into some serious problems) <4.bxa4 c4 5.f4 d3 6.cxd3 cxd3 7.f5 d2 8.f6 d1Q 9.f7 Qd8 10.Kf5 Qd6 0-1.>
If 3.Ke7, then 3...a4! 4.bxa4 c4 5.f4 d3 6.cxd3 cxd3 7.f5 d2 8.f6 d1Q wins again: 9.f7 Qe2+ 10.Kd7 Qf3 11.Ke7 Qe4+ 12.Kd7 Qf5+ 13.Ke7 Qe5+ 14.Kd7 Qf6 15.a5+ Kxb5! 16.Ke8 Qe6+ 17.Kf8 Kc6 18.a6 Kd7 19.a7 Qd5 20.Kg7 Qg2 ...
|Dec-13-05|| ||gendalf: I collected some of Grigoriev studies here: www.silverpawn.com
On the site, go to "64 Browser" section and after that select "Collections" in the vertical menu. Look for "Collections with selected positions".|
|Dec-01-06|| ||Benzol: A Study by Grigoriev from 1917
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The White Queen and King cannot similtaneously attack the a6 square, and assist the advance of the a-pawn. Since the pawn is a rook's pawn White can't transpose into a pawn ending to win. The Black Rook has two safe squares, a6 and d6. It also can't be forced off the sixth rank so the White King can't break through to attack the Black pawn.
A possible variation :
3.♕f5 ♔b7 Black must prevent ♕c8
and White cannot improve his position. Therefore 1/2-1/2.
This ending had practical application in two games :
Averbakh vs Bondarevsky, 1948
Flohr vs Lilienthal, 1950
|Aug-14-08|| ||whiteshark: Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola...
Endgame Explorations 9: <Grigoriev> by Noam Elkies: http://home.comcast.net/~wdjoyner/c...
He died after an operation for appendicitis
|Aug-14-08|| ||Marmot PFL: Did Russian sources ever reveal how he died? Seems it was about the same time as Krylenko.|
|Nov-12-08|| ||Resignation Trap: An article about Grigoriev's career and 27 of his studies can be found here: http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2008... (in Russian).|
|Jul-17-11|| ||Chessical: From the above article, it seems that Grigoriev's health and life was destroyed by imprisonment by the Soviet secret police during a purge of 1937.|
"In early October 1937, Grigoriev returned from a trip to the Far East and Siberia, where he gave lectures and played. The NKVD militia on the train arrested him".
"Grigoriev was frail; he "lost consciousness immediately after the use of force, and his throat began to constantly bleed. After an interrogation, the interrogators had to wash down the room".
"An unexpected illness (which no surprise after living in the basement of the NKVD! - Auth. ) confined him to bed. Severe complications required immediate surgery. The patient was severely weakened (officially Grigoriev had an unsuccessful operation on his thyroid gland. - Auth. ), and he developed lung cancer.
|Aug-14-11|| ||Eastfrisian: Any photo of him?|
|Aug-14-11|| ||whiteshark: The link to <Endgame Explorations 9: <Grigoriev> by Noam Elkies>: has been changed to: http://www.permutationpuzzles.org/c...|
|Aug-14-11|| ||whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> the above given chesspro.ru link offers some, e.g. |
|Aug-16-11|| ||Eastfrisian: Thank you <whiteshark>|
|Aug-14-12|| ||brankat: A strong master and a brilliant end game studies composer. An excerpt from the article <whiteshark> provided the link to:|
"Nikolai Dmitriyevich Grigoriev, who thorough investigations of both the artistic and the practical aspects of pawn endgames form the basis of the modern theory of these endgames.
In The Oxford Companion to Chess (by D. Hooper and K. Whyld, Oxford University Press 1984) we find that Grigoriev, born in 1895, was also a very strong tournament player, winning the Moscow Championship four times during the 1920's and coming fifth in the 1920 USSR Championship.
But it is in endgame composition and analysis that Grigoriev made his most enduring contributions, and in his specialty, the pure pawn endgame, he had no equal."
R.I.P. master Grigoriev.
|Nov-01-13|| ||Karpova: Single round-robin Moscow Championship tournament 1924, wherein 17 strong amateurs participated. Final standings of the six winners:|
1. Grigorjew 14.5
2. Werlinsky 13.5
3. Nenarokow 11.5
4. Slonim 11.0
5. Subarew 10.0
6. Sergejew 9.5
Nenarokow challenged Grigorjew to a match.
From page 141 of the April-May 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Aug-14-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev.|
|Oct-09-16|| ||tpstar: <Sustained play by the pawns can arise in either the opening of the game, or in the endgame. We'll begin with an endgame first examined by the Russian composer Grigoriev in 1930. White to Move and Win:>|
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<If White starts with 1. h4, Black's king is too far away to catch it, so he'll have to counter with 1 ... d5. Then both players will make a queen, White first, but Black with check. The result will only be a draw. If he starts with his f-pawn, 1. f4, he threatens to queen with check at f8. That will force the black king to come back, 1 ... Kb4, in order to catch up with the pawn. This establishes the basic formula. When White moves his h-pawn, Black advances his d-pawn, and when White moves his f-pawn, Black comes back with his king. Astutely jockeying both pawns enables White to win.> 1. f4 Kb4 2. h4 d5 3. f5 Kc5 4. h5 d4 5. f6 Kd6 6. h6 d3 7. f7 Ke7 8. h7 d2 9. f8=Q+ <This is what it's all about, sacrificing the f-pawn so that the h-pawn can queen with check:> 9 ... Kxf8 10. h8=Q+ Ke7 11. Qd4 <White gathers up the d-pawn and wins easily.>
Bruce Alberston, "Chess Mazes." Russell Enterprises, INC, Milford, 2004.
|Nov-10-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Nikolai Grigoriev.|
|Feb-08-17|| ||TheNige: For the nonce, there is an online library that includes a large collection of Grigoriev's games and studies (in Russian). Once you extract the file, you can read it using, for example, a program like Sumatra.pdf or such, as it is a djv-type of file. The book is something like "Analysis, Theoretical Studies, and Selected Games."|
|Feb-08-17|| ||TheNige: "Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev
Number of games in database: 56
Years covered: 1910 to 1945"
Grigoriev passed away in 1938. An editorial correction should be made in his biographical entry.
|Aug-14-17|| ||BIDMONFA: Nikolay Dmitrievich Grigoriev|
GRIGORIEV, Nikolay D.