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Alexey Sokolsky
Number of games in database: 202
Years covered: 1933 to 1971

Overall record: +60 -69 =73 (47.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (38) 
 Sicilian (15) 
    B51 B80 B52 B59 B91
 English (8) 
    A16 A19 A15
 King's Indian (7) 
    E71 E80 E81 E60
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B10 B11
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D85 D86 D87 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E40 E52 E26 E37
 French Defense (17) 
    C16 C18 C15 C07 C19
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B10 B16 B18 B12
 French Winawer (11) 
    C15 C16 C18 C19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D38 D39
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C89 C81 C72 C82 C92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sokolsky vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Navrodsky, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Krupski, 1960 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Strugatsch, 1958 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Flohr, 1953 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Chekhover, 1938 1-0
   Sokolsky vs A Lukin, 1960 1-0
   A Roizman vs Sokolsky, 1961 0-1
   Sokolsky vs Simagin, 1959 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sokolsky's games on his own opening by Francio
   docIII's favorite games by docIII

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(born Nov-03-1908, died Dec-27-1969, 61 years old) Russia

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Alexey Pavolovich Sokolsky from Belarus was a player of IM strength. He specialised in the move 1.b4 which became known as 'Sokolsky's Opening' in the USSR. He passed away in late 1969.

Wikipedia article: Alexey Sokolsky

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 202  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kamisov vs Sokolsky 1-012 1933 LeningradD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
2. Lilienthal vs Sokolsky 1-020 1936 chC15 French, Winawer
3. Tolush vs Sokolsky 0-136 1936 USSRE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
4. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Sokolsky  1-046 1937 MatchC07 French, Tarrasch
5. Sokolsky vs Kotov ½-½36 1938 Leningrad-chA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Sokolsky vs N Kopaev 1-023 1938 Trade UnionsE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. Sokolsky vs Ragozin  ½-½31 1938 Leningrad (Russia)E60 King's Indian Defense
8. Sokolsky vs Lilienthal  0-131 1938 Leningrad-chC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. Sokolsky vs Chekhover  ½-½30 1938 Trade UnionsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Sokolsky vs Kotov 1-028 1938 LeningradA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Sokolsky vs Botvinnik 0-140 1938 URS-ch sfD94 Grunfeld
12. A Poliak vs Sokolsky  0-149 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalB10 Caro-Kann
13. Sokolsky vs Veresov 1-032 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. I Rabinovich vs Sokolsky  ½-½61 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalC18 French, Winawer
15. Sokolsky vs S Gotthilf  ½-½58 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalC48 Four Knights
16. Lisitsin vs Sokolsky  1-039 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalA15 English
17. Sokolsky vs Tolush ½-½27 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. V Makogonov vs Sokolsky 1-057 1938 URS-ch sfE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Sokolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-053 1938 URS-ch sfA28 English
20. Sokolsky vs Bondarevsky  0-156 1938 URS-ch sfA16 English
21. P Romanovsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½41 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
22. Sokolsky vs Chekhover 1-070 1938 URS-ch sfA00 Uncommon Opening
23. M David vs Sokolsky  0-137 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalA02 Bird's Opening
24. Sokolsky vs Kasparian  1-051 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalC49 Four Knights
25. I Mazel vs Sokolsky  ½-½42 1938 11th USSR Championship SemifinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Knight13: This guy is really good at playing 1. b4. This opening name should name after him. Like Sokolsky's Opening.
Apr-15-05  Eatman: <Knight13> I believe in old Soviet Union it was in fact called Sokolsky's Opening.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Knight13: <Eatman> Oh. I didn't know that. Thank you for telling me that.


Nov-26-05  WMD: Died 27 December 1969.
Feb-12-06  Belezky: Taken from

"... Alexey Pavlovich Sokolsky (1908 – 1969), the well-known chess master (since 1938), twice champion of Ukraine (1947/48, over-the-board), and runner-up of the 1st Soviet correspondence chess championship (1948/51).

The name of Sokolsky is known now mostly due to his opening research and developments, and one can read more about him elsewhere (see [1] and references therein). Sokolsky was a recognized trainer; he taught chess since 1936, was a permanent second of his close friend I. Boleslavsky since 1945 (including FIDE Candidates tournaments 1950, 1953), head coach of the Belarus national team, and an arbiter. He was an author of a dozen books, some of which have been translated into European languages, but we would like to mention his accomplishments [2] in addition to citations of [1]. Being interested in various chess features, he was a composer of problems and endgames studies. Finally, he was a Godfather of Belarus postal chess, he headed the Belarus postal chess commission to organise the 1st correspondence chess championship of Belarus in 1964/65."

Feb-12-06  Belezky: References

1. T.Harding, How Sokolsky played the Sokolsky (2003) -

2. A. Sokolsky, Pawns in Movement (Moscow, 1962), in Russian.

3. L. Bondar, E. Mochalov (eds.), Sokolsky Memorials (Polymia, Minsk, 1989), in Russian.

4. T. Harding (ed.), MegaCorr CD (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 1999).

5. S. Grodzensky, T. Harding, Red Letters (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 2003).

Oct-24-06  mack: What a dire Solosky has on this site - could somebody sort it out, please?
Mar-15-07  erad1288: this dude is crazy!!! He definitely has my respect even though his attacks would probably be quickly refuted by computers. His games show a great sense of attack and he could mix it up with anyone.
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  wordfunph: Sokolsky books..

+ 1.b4 Sokolsky Opening by David Levy

+ Play 1.b4! by Lapshun & Conticello

+ 1.b4 - Theory and Practice of Sokolsky Opening by Konikowski & Soszynski


Mar-14-12  laurenttizano: Sokolsky Memorial , Tal , Fischer , Good Nyt ! Ave Maria!!
Mar-14-12  laurenttizano: I will remember the Sokolsky Memorial as long as I Live.-GM Gary Kasparov!
Mar-14-12  AlanPardew: Garry should fund a Sokolsky Memorial Memorial event.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Alexey Sokolsky: Creater of 1.b4.
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: SOKOLSKY BOOKS

Bickford - Sokolsky Gambit
Bickford - Polish with 1. ...e5
Elwert - Gewinnt mit 1. b4!
Gillian - Sokolsky Opening
Grund - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Harding - Dynamic Chess Openings
Hildebrand - 1. b2-b4 (German)
Ivanov - Orangutan 1. b4
Koniwosky -Theory and Practice of the Sokolsky
Lapshun -Play 1. b2-b4
Levy - b4 Sokolsky’s Opening
Lonsdale - Sokolsky Opening: Birmingham Gambit
Lonsdale: Sokolsky Opening: Symmetrical Variation
Pallister - Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Santesiere - The Futuristic Chess Opening
Schiffler - Orang-Utan
Sokolsky - 1. b2-b4
Soltis - 1. P-QN4
Soltjar / Kadratjew - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Tangborn - Beating the Flank Openings
The Moravian Series (1-4)
Wall - Orangutan
Yakovyev- Debyut Sokolskova (Kiev 1958)

Levy's book is actually an English translation of Sokolsky's work with some updates.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexey Sokolsky.
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