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Alexander Ivanovich Konstantinov
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1936 to 1962
Overall record: +0 -6 =2 (12.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1909, died 1998, 89 years old) Russia

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He was awarded the Soviet Master of Sports title in 1950.

Last updated: 2019-02-28 09:50:26

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nezhmetdinov vs A Konstantinov 1-0141936Rostov-on-Don 1st categoryC02 French, Advance
2. M Stolberg vs A Konstantinov  1-0321937ch SK SpartakA57 Benko Gambit
3. A Konstantinov vs Levenfish  0-1371950URS-ch sfC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. A Bannik vs A Konstantinov ½-½301951URS-ch sfC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
5. Novotelnov vs A Konstantinov 1-0351951Ch RussiaC58 Two Knights
6. Ufimtsev vs A Konstantinov  1-0301951URS-ch sfD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Konstantinov vs Lutikov 0-1231954URS-ch sfC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
8. A Konstantinov vs M Mukhitdinov  ½-½201962URS-ch30 sfB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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  Jean Defuse: ...

<Konstantinov in Dachau> (1938-1945)

1970 berichtete Professor Konstantinov, ein ehemaliger Insasse eines deutschen Konzentrationslagers, im russischen Fernsehen über ein Ereignis aus dem Jahr 1944...

Ein deutscher SS-Offizier, der von Konstantinovs Schachstärke gehört hatte, betrat die Baracke der Gefangenen, setzte sich schroff ans Schachbrett, öffnete dabei seinen Pistolengürtel und sprach die kurzen Worte: „Du hast Schwarz.“ <*>

Um den zwanzigsten Zug herum sah Konstantinov, so seine Erinnerung, ein Matt in drei Zügen. Die umstehenden Zeugen des Matches flüsterten ihm, fahl vor Schrecken, ihre ängstlichen Warnungen zu. Allen war klar, dass in diesen Sekunden der Partieentscheidung zugleich das Leben des Schachmeisters auf dem Spiel stand. Doch alles zögerliche Bangen der Kameraden war vergeblich, denn Konstantinovs Stolz als Schachspieler siegte über seine Angst als gepeinigte Kreatur. Er machte den ersten, den zweiten Zug … Und in diesem Augenblick stand der SS-Scherge auf, murmelte die schwer verständlichen Worte: „Du hast Glück, Mensch“ und verließ ohne weiteren Kommentar die Baracke. In stiller Erleichterung stürzten sich alle Lagerinsassen auf ihren geschockten Helden, dem wohl erst in diesem Moment bewusst geworden war, dass er nur einen Zug vom „Matt seines Lebens“ entfernt gewesen war.

<*> Ehn & Kastner - Alles über Schach, p. 413 gives Konstantinov a win with the white piece.


The following game was handed down:

[Event "KZ"]
[Site "Dachau"]
[Date "1944.??.??"]
[White "SS-Officer"]
[Black "Konstantinov, Alexander Ivanovich"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C15"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd3 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c4 7. Be2 dxe4 8. Bxc4 Qc7 9. Qe2 Nd7 10. Bb2 Ngf6 11. f3 b5 12. Bxb5 Rb8 13. O-O-O O-O 14. fxe4 Qa5 15. c4 Ba6 16. Bxa6 Qxa6 17. e5 Nb6 18. exf6 Nxc4 19. Qg4 g6 20. Qg5 Rxb2 21. Qh6 Rb1+ 22. Kxb1 Rb8+ 0-1

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Feb-28-19  cunctatorg: An English translation of the text in German, if you mind!...
Feb-28-19  machak: Google translate:

In 1970, Professor Konstantinov, a former inmate of a German concentration camp, reported on Russian television about an event in 1944 ...

A German SS officer who had heard of Konstantinov's chess strength entered the prisoners' barracks, sat down abruptly on the chessboard, opened his pistol belt and said the short words: "You have black." <*>

Around the twentieth turn, Konstantinov saw, he recalled, a mate in three moves. The surrounding witnesses of the match whispered to him, pale with terror, their anxious warnings. It was clear to everyone that in these seconds of the game decision at the same time the life of the chess master was at stake. But all hesitant fears of the comrades was in vain, because Konstantinov's pride as a chess player won over his fear as a tormented creature. He made the first, the second move ... And at that moment the SS henchman got up, muttering the words that were difficult to understand: "You're lucky, human," and left the barracks without further comment. In silent relief, all the camp inmates rushed at their shocked hero, who had probably only then realized that he had been only one move away from the "mate of his life".

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  whiteshark: † 1998

acc2 his Russian wiki page

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