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Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1904 to 1910

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(born 1877, died 1917, 40 years old) Russia

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Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky from Moscow held the Blindfold World Record by simultaneously playing 23 games in February 1904 at Moscow.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Ostrogsky vs Rumsha 1-0191904URS chC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Alekhine vs V Ostrogsky 1-0241910Simul, 22bD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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  GrahamClayton: According to a report in the New York Times dated April 3, 1904, a player from Moscow named WF Ostrogski had played 23 games simultaneously blindfolded, beating the existing record of 22 held by Harry Pillsbury.

The Otago Witness stated that Ostrogski's score was +8, =7, -5, with the display taking over 14 hours.

Aug-19-12  Karpova: Since Chigorin visited the Moscow Chess Club from 1907.04.04 to 1907.04.18 a tournament was held (among other activities) where mysterious Ostrogski participated (it began on April 5th):

1. Chigorin 6.0
2. Goncharov 5.5
3. Dus Chotimirsky 4.5
4. Nenarokov 3.5
5. Ostrogski 0.5

His only draw was against Goncharov.

From page 172 of the 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Calli: The BCM reported M.V. Ostrogski

Correction submitted.

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  Calli: Correction to my correction. I realize now that the BCM confuses matters by using "M." before all Russian names. I guess this is the French M. for Monsieur. So the players should be

White: V. Ostrogski
Black: Rumsha

Aug-21-12  Karpova: Ostrogski participated in a Moscow Chess Club tournament in 1909 which was won by Alekhine:

1. Alekhine 6.5
2. Ljubimow 6.0
3-4. Katalymow 5.5
3-4. Rosanow 5.5
5-7. Gerzug 4.5
5-7. Pawlow 4.5
5-7. Selezniev 4.5
8. Ostrogski 4.0
9. Faworski 2.5
10. Zjelikow 1.5

Ostrogski scored +2 =4 -3 but drew Alekhine and beat the runner-up Ljubimow. The report says that Alekhine was lucky as Pawlow over-pressed against him in a drawn endgame and lost, else Ljubimow would shared 1st place with him.

From page 179 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-25-12  Karpova: At St. Petersburg a Sergey Aleksandrovich Snosko-Boravsky Memorial Tournament was held in 1911 for the strongest chess lovers (i. e. those without a master title) from Russia. The winner would receive the master title.

Final Standing after 22 rounds:

1. Levitzky 16.5
2. Flamberg 14.5
3. Izbinsky 13.5
4-5. Rosenthal 13.0
4-5. Langleben
6-8. Verlinsky 12.5
6-8. Lurje 12.5
6-8. Schapiro 12.5
9-10. Kubbel 12.0
9-10. Bogoljubov 12.0
11. A. A. Romanovsky Sr. 11.0
12-13. Maliutin 10.0
12-13. Lebedev 10.0
14. Rosenkrantz 9.5
15-16. Ostrogski 9.0
15-16. List 9.0
17-18. Fränkel 8.0
17-18. Kossolapow 8.0
19. Surnin 7.5
20. Elyashov 6.5
21. Evtifeev 5.5
22. Konstanski 5.0

Ostrogski scored +5 =8 -8 beating Langleben.

From pages 338-339 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Stonehenge: Name: Ostrogsky, Vladimir Fedorovich

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  Stonehenge: V.F.Ostrogsky

In the next couple of distinguished figure, the curiously left out of the national chess history. Vladimir F. Ostrogski (estimated life years 1877 - 1917) - a real phenomenon. He played a great blind. For the year before Ostrogski 28 (15) February 1904 broke the world record for Harry Nelson Pillsbury (of 23 parties won 8, lost 5, drawn 7, three parties have not been completed after 14 hours of play), he had a third category! In 1904 Ostrogski shared first prize in the Baltic tournament.

Typical bar, as reported by "Review theaters":

"Moscow fans were in St. Petersburg on April 24, when the Chess Meeting was supposed to give two simultaneous display turns maestro A.Alehina II and V.M.Blyumenfelda and playing blind V.F.Ostrogskogo. However, the public meeting was to be so small that the first session could not take place at all (write only 9 people), played one V.F.Ostrogsky not looking at the board 12 games. Played brilliantly and gave excellent results, winning one after 4.5 hours of play lost 7, with 2 and 3 draws. "

Unfortunately, VF an alcoholic and voluntarily gave up his life.

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  Stonehenge: The most important event of the Tula chess life in 1912, of course, was the performance of the informal world of the time on the game blindly VF Ostrogski...


Feb-11-14  Karpova: Ostrogsky of Moscow shared 1st prize with Gregory at the 3rd Baltic Main tournament, Tallinn 1904, after a drawn play-off game.

Source: Page 348 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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