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Vladimir Sournin
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1896 to 1929

Overall record: +6 -13 =4 (34.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A45 D00
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C61 C91 C64 C77
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Sournin vs Factor, 1921 1-0
   N Whitaker vs V Sournin, 1921 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   9th American Chess Congress (1923)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Atlantic City 1921 by crawfb5

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(born Aug-01-1875, died Aug-21-1942, 67 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Wikipedia article: Vladimir Sournin

 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Sournin vs Marshall 0-1341896New YorkA80 Dutch
2. Pillsbury vs V Sournin  0-1381903Simul, 19bC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. Marshall vs V Sournin  1-0301906OstendD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. V Sournin vs A E Post  0-1661906OstendD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. B Maliutin vs V Sournin  0-1271906OstendC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. V Sournin vs H Suechting  0-1261906OstendC26 Vienna
7. V Sournin vs J Mieses  0-1651906OstendD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
8. M Lewitt vs V Sournin 0-1591906OstendC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. Lasker vs V Sournin 0-1271910Simul, 29bC26 Vienna
10. S T Sharp vs V Sournin  1-04319218th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
11. N Whitaker vs V Sournin  0-13019218th American Chess CongressC29 Vienna Gambit
12. V Sournin vs Marshall  0-11619218th American Chess CongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. I S Turover vs V Sournin  ½-½3419218th American Chess CongressD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. V Sournin vs Factor  1-04919218th American Chess CongressA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
15. E S Jackson vs V Sournin  ½-½5019218th American Chess CongressC45 Scotch Game
16. V Sournin vs Ed. Lasker  1-06119239th American Chess CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Kupchik vs V Sournin 1-05119239th American Chess CongressC48 Four Knights
18. V Sournin vs Janowski  0-14119239th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M A Schapiro vs V Sournin  1-04619239th American Chess CongressC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. V Sournin vs O Chajes  0-14719239th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M C Palmer vs V Sournin  0-14319239th American Chess CongressC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. V Sournin vs R T Black 0-19119239th American Chess CongressA53 Old Indian
23. Marshall vs V Sournin 1-01819239th American Chess CongressD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. V Sournin vs H H Hahlbohm  ½-½60192930th Western ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. V Sournin vs N Whitaker  ½-½51192930th Western ChampionshipA80 Dutch
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Dec-05-06  Resignation Trap: For a good article on this player, go here: .
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  HeMateMe: Interesting fellow, a chessplayer who makes news while away from the board:

Vladimir Sournin was born on August 1, 1875 in Mstislavl, Russia. His earlier moments with the game of chess were recounted by a chess column in the September 1, 1901 issue of the Washington Post: "When but a child Mr. Sournin watched the game of Caissa as fought by some of the greatest players of the world. At St. Petersburg he made acquaintance of Lasker, and in a way he might be called a student of that celebrity." According to the same source, during one of his visits to Paris in late 1890s, Sournin met Emanuel Schiffers and became his protégé. The December 24, 1905 Washington Times noted that "as a favorite pupil of the Russian chess master Tarrasch for several years [Sournin] held the chess honors of St. Petersburg." Caution is necessary with such stories; though they were probably told by Sournin himself once he arrived in America.

It was also noted that while in Paris, Sournin learned about the Spanish-American war preparations. He volunteered to fight the war on the American side. In 1897 he was in New York. Various newspaper accounts indicate he was an active player in the rooms of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Chess Clubs being known as a "young Russian expert." As shown by John S. Hilbert's Young Marshall (Olomouc: Moravian Chess, 2002), Sournin lost a match -7+2=2 to Frank J. Marshall in the spring of that year.

After World War I, Vladimir collaborated with General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, leader of the American Expeditionary Force in the Great War, to create a map identifying Native Americans' contributions to the war effort. The famed American Indian photographer Joseph K. Dixon personally supervised the map project and the department store magnate Rodman Wannamaker, the Sam Walton of his day, funded the effort. Vladimir proudly sent Lura some of his own correspondence with Dixon, which remains in the collection.

Dec-05-09  Karpova: <HeMateMe> you forgot to mention the source where you copied your information from (word for word): Olimpiu G. Urcan's "Past Pieces" from November 28, 2009 headed <"Suspicious Character": Vladimir Sournin (1875-1942)>.

Here's the link:

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  HeMateMe: <anatoly> My Vista system doesn't allow me to cut and paste links, for some reason. Otherwise i would just use the links, instead of cut and paste text.

Of course it's another source, w/f/w. Who would have such info and dialogue on the tip of their toungue?

Dec-05-09  zanshin: <HeMateMe> You still have that problem? As others have said (<Wannabe>?), you should be able to highlight and use control-C as in previous OSs. Alternatively, you can highlight the link, right-click, then select from the list. If neither method works, there is something funky going on with your PC. (I also use Vista at home.)
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  zanzibar: Sept 15, 1901 Washington Post supposedly has a detailed article about him. Some of the highlights found there way here:

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