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Vladimir Yurevich
Number of games in database: 12
Years covered: 1892 to 1903
Overall record: +8 -3 =1 (70.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-15-1869, died Oct-02-1907, 38 years old) Russia

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Vladimir Nikolaevich Yurevich

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schiffers vs Yurevich  1-0161892St. PetersburgC52 Evans Gambit
2. Schiffers vs Yurevich  0-14519033rd Russian National TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Yurevich vs N E Kalinsky 1-01919033rd Russian National TournamentC21 Center Game
4. Yurevich vs Rubinstein 0-16419033rd Russian National TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
5. Yurevich vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-03419033rd Russian National TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
6. P P Benko vs Yurevich 0-14419033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. Yurevich vs M Lowcki 1-05319033rd Russian National TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
8. Chigorin vs Yurevich 0-14019033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
9. Dus Chotimirsky vs Yurevich  0-15519033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. Yurevich vs S F Lebedev  1-02419033rd Russian National TournamentC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
11. Salwe vs Yurevich  ½-½3919033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. S Izbinsky vs Yurevich  1-03319033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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May-26-07  WilhelmThe2nd: I have transcribed this article from the British Chess Magazine February, 1904 pgs. 52-53 converting the original descriptive notation into algebraic.:


JUDGING from reports which have reached us recently from Russian sources, the last National Tournament contested at Kieff, seems likely to provide work for Russian lawyers. The raison d'etre is the following game, which we extract with M. Tchigorin's notes from Novoe Vremya. It appears that a prize of 100 roubles was offered by M. M. N. Bostansholgo, of Moscow, to the winner of the most brilliant Ruy Lopez won by White, and it is stated that M. M. V. R. Yurevitch and Lebedieff concocted the appended game for the purpose of securing the prize.

Game No. 2,373

Played (?) in the 17th round of the Kieff Tourney.

Ruy Lopez

White: M. Yurevitch.
Black: M. Lebedieff

1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.Bb5 f5
4.d4 exd4
5.e5 Bb4+
6.c3 dxc3
7.bxc3 Be7

….The opening of the coming “brilliant” game was obligingly shown to me some few days before it was “played”.

8.Qd5 Nh6
9.Bxh6 gxh6
10.g4 …..

Who would take it into his head to make such an absurd sacrifice of a P and then a N?

12. ….. fxg4
11.Nbd2 gxf3
12.Ne4 d6

......The uselessness of White's sacrifice of N becomes palpable if 12. ...Bg5. M. Lebedieff moved 12. ...d6 with the evident purpose of weakening his N's defence.Without this move it would have been impossible to carry out the "brilliant" combination mutually planned.

13.Rg1 Bg5

……It would not have "profited” M. Lebedieff to play 13...Bf5 and allow the continuation 14. Rg8+ (14 exd6 Bxe4)Rxg8 15. Qxg8+ Kd7 16. Nc5+ Kc8; because, you see, it would gave lead to the defeat of his “opponent”.

14.Nxg5 …..

M. Yurevitch had thoroughly weighed in his mind that if he won the game by the combination 14. h4 Bxh4 15. Rg7 Rf8 16. exd6 (threatening Qh5+, and also Bxc6+), he must lose all hope of the " brilliancy" prize. White could also win by playing 14 exd6; but, for the same reason, such a simple victory as this did not enter into the calculations of the not-friendly friends.

14. …. hxg5
15.0-0-0 a6

........And now by the move 15.. Bf5, Black could have won the game. If 16. exd6 (or 16 Re1 Kf8) then …Qf6 and, by compelling White to defend himself from mate (…Qxc3); Black would gain the time necessary to enable him to defend himself from any form of attack whatever. If, for example, 17. Bxc6+ bxc6 18. Qxc6+ Kf7 19. Qxc7+ Kg6 20. d7 and Black could sacrifice a Rook playing 20. …Rhc8.

16.exd6 Qxd6

……….I see no reason why Black should not have taken the B or the P with P. Even by playing 16…Qf6 17. d7+ Bxd7 18. Qxd7+ Kf8 Black would not have lost.

17. Rge1+ …..

This is the way the game was continued according to M. Lebedieff's note of it. I made a copy of M. Yurevitch's score sheet which was given in to the members of the Committee immediately on the conclusion of the game. Either I copied it erroneouslv, or M. Yurevitch wrongly put down the following combination 17. Qxg5 Qa3+ 18. Kb1 Qxc3; however, it does not alter the essentials of the game.

17. …. Kf8
18.Qxg5 Qa3+
19.Kb1 Qxc3

Overlooking, in the pursuit of brilliancy, the mate in four, beginning Qf4+.

20. … Kf7

If 20...Nxd8; then 21. Qe7+ and 22. Rg1+. The only sound sacrifice in the whole course of the game.

21.Qf4+ Qf6
22.Bc4+ Kg6
23.Rg1+ Kh5
24.Bf7+ Resigns.


May-26-07  WilhelmThe2nd:

This game you see, has been finished by unskilful hands. Nevertheless Mr. Yurevitch had the audacity to claim in print, in a letter to the publisher of the ‘Moscow Journal’, that he "considered it worthy of' a special prize." Apparently, he was not aware that his friend had given him and himself away. It was announced in the ‘St. Petersburger Zeitung’ that M. Lebedieff had been simple enough, or had been so brazen (to say the least of it) as to publicly boast in St. Petersburg of the affair.

After the appearance of this game, M. Yurevitch addressed the following, communication to the editor of ‘Novoe Vremya’:-

"In the chess section of ‘Novoe Vremya’ of November 24th [i.e., 7th December, N.S ]. M Tchigorin accuses me of having composed my game with M. Lebedieff in the recent Kieff Tournament, and asserts that the inception of the future brilliant combination was shown to him some days earlier. As circumstances over which I have no control compel me to remain for an indefinite time at Kieff, I am debarred from taking immediate steps to teach M. Tchigorin in a legal way the practical inconvenience of libelling in print. The lesson would be all the easier to convey from the fact that if my game, as M. Tchigorin asserts, was put together ‘by incapable hands’ his libel has been concocted by a most incapable head. A court of law will ultimately decide the facts of the case; but, meanwhile, in view of the circulation of the N. V., allow me to remind the Kieff players, through the medium of your valuable paper, that this question was gone into by a Kieff Tourney committee, consisting of seven totally disinterested persons and decided in my favour. The immediate cause of this discreditable move appears to have been the game I won against M. Tchigorin in the tourney, and my flatly scornful rejection of a certain arrangement proposed to me by him during an interval of the game, when my victory was completely assured. In regard to M. Tchigorin's statement that M. Lebedieff affirmed the fact of an agreement, I can only say, if this is not another libel, that I envy M. Lebedieff's frolicsome disposition. The same M. Lebedieff constantly asserted here in Kieff that he ‘sold very profitably’ his tourney game with M. Tchigorin-a statement that seems to gain in credibility from the fact that he has beaten M. Tchigorin in every tournament game they have played up to now.”[END]

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