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Ilya Shumov
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1845 to 1876
Overall record: +18 -30 =4 (38.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C53 Giuoco Piano (10 games)
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C55 Two Knights Defense (3 games)
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(born Jun-28-1819, died Jul-1881, 62 years old) Russia

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Ilya Stepanovich Shumov.

Wikipedia article: Ilya Shumov

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 52  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shumov vs Jaenisch 0-1181845St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Shumov vs Yenotov 1-0341847RUS corrB01 Scandinavian
3. Shumov vs Jaenisch  0-1491849UnknownC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Jaenisch vs Shumov  0-1521849UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Shumov vs Jaenisch  0-1341849Russia mC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Shumov vs Kirejevski 1-0281850RUS corrC45 Scotch Game
7. Shumov vs Jaenisch 1-0201850RussiaC44 King's Pawn Game
8. Jaenisch vs Shumov 1-0441850RussiaB20 Sicilian
9. Jaenisch vs Shumov 0-1281850RussiaB20 Sicilian
10. D Urusov vs Shumov 1-0361851MoscowC30 King's Gambit Declined
11. Shumov vs Jaenisch 1-0291851St Petersburg mC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Shumov vs Jaenisch 1-0251851St Petersburg mB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Shumov vs Jaenisch 0-1381851St PetersburgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Shumov vs Jaenisch  0-1261852St PetersburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Shumov vs Jaenisch ½-½401852St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Shumov vs Jaenisch  ½-½461852St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
17. D Urusov vs Shumov 1-0361853St Petersburg mC01 French, Exchange
18. Shumov vs D Urusov 1-0371853St Petersburg mC50 Giuoco Piano
19. D Urusov vs Shumov  0-1371853St Petersburg mB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. Shumov vs D Urusov 0-1471853St Petersburg mC53 Giuoco Piano
21. D Urusov vs Shumov 1-0251853St Petersburg mB40 Sicilian
22. Shumov vs D Urusov  1-0281853St Petersburg mC44 King's Pawn Game
23. D Urusov vs Shumov 0-1411853St Petersburg mC01 French, Exchange
24. Shumov vs D Urusov 0-1351853St Petersburg mC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Shumov vs D Urusov 0-1311853PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
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Feb-10-07  wolfmaster: I think Shumov was the first serious Russian chess player.
Dec-25-07  Karpova: Shumov's match record:

St. Petersburg
Carl Friedrich Von Jaenisch

St. Petersburg
Ignatz Von Kolisch

St. Petersburg
Simon Winawer

Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .
He was a Russian chess master and composer.

In 1867, Ilya Shumov published the first book in the world about chess compositions. It was published in St. Petersburg.

"... After the death of Alexander Petrov [ ] in 1867, Ilya Shumov was considered as the best chess player of Russia. ..."

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  GrahamClayton: Shumov received an invitation to compete in the 1851 London international tournament, but could not arrive in time to participate.
Jun-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Ilya Shumov, today you are remembered!


Oct-09-13  Karpova: <Russia - We omitted in our last, for want of space, to record with much regret the death of his Excellence M. Schumoff which, as we are informed by the 'Strategie', took place at Sebastopol, whither he had gone last summer on account of ill health. M. Schumoff was born in 1819 of a noble family, and passed the earlier years of his life as an officer in the Russian navy. In 1847 he obtained an appointment at the Ministry of Marine, and afterwards held other Government offices. In 1881 he retired with the rank of Privy Councillor, which gave him the title of Excellency. M. Schumoff was one of the few Chess-players who have succeeded in combining excellence in play with proficiency in problem composition, and he also shone as an editor, having for some years conducted with much ability a chess column in a weekly Russian illustrated newspaper. In 1867 he published a collection of letter problems, of which the 'Chess Player' Chronicle' has lately been giving specimens, and up to 1874 he contributed problems to the 'Strategie' and other periodicals, but latterly he devoted himself more to practice over the board, and since the deaths of Messrs. Petroff and Jaenisch, whose intimate friend he was, he has always been considered the champion of Russian Chess. In private life he was loved for his amiable manners, his cheerfullness, and his 'jeux d'esprit'. He was fond of showing his games and conditional problems, of which last he used to give the solution in Russian verse, and was about to issue a collection of his problems when death overtook him.>

From page 16 of the January 1882 'British Chess Magazine'

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  zanzibar: A portrait of his is available on p13 of Bojo's(?) bio of Chigorin:


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  zanzibar: Grikov bio.
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  zanzibar: Actually, Wiki has a perfectly acceptable portrait (actually the same), which <CG> should just copy over.
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