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Isaac Boleslavsky
Number of games in database: 816
Years covered: 1938 to 1971
Overall record: +317 -91 =407 (63.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (139) 
    C97 C99 C89 C77 C83
 Sicilian (88) 
    B32 B56 B85 B41 B40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (66) 
    C97 C99 C89 C92 C91
 French Defense (39) 
    C11 C15 C19 C16 C07
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E46 E53 E59 E54 E33
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B10 B11 B17 B15 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (115) 
    B65 B63 B59 B58 B88
 King's Indian (92) 
    E67 E87 E64 E81 E86
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (35) 
    B65 B63 B62 B60 B67
 Grunfeld (33) 
    D94 D81 D97 D85 D89
 French Defense (27) 
    C07 C19 C11 C15 C09
 English (20) 
    A15 A16 A10 A19 A17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 0-1
   Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Dzindzichashvili, 1967 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Kotov, 1953 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Fine, 1945 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Kasparian, 1947 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Lilienthal, 1941 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs Bronstein, 1950 1-0
   Boleslavsky vs B Goldenov, 1947 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Budapest Candidates (1950)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   Moscow (1947)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   USSR Absolute Championship (1941)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   Groningen (1946)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1956)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Isaac Boleslavsky - Selected Games by Benzol
   King's Indian pioneers by keywiz84
   WCC Index [Budapest 1950] by nescio2

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(born Jun-09-1919, died Feb-15-1977, 57 years old) Russia
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Isaac Efremovich Boleslavsky was born in Zolotonsha. He learned to play chess at the age of nine, but it was not until after World War Two that he first made a name for himself with second place in two consecutive Soviet championships. He continued his rise to the top in 1950, when he became the first player ever to go through a Candidates' tournament undefeated, tying David Bronstein for first place. To determine who would challenge Mikhail Botvinnik for the World Championship, Boleslavsky and Bronstein then contested a twelve-game playoff match; this was tied too. Finally Bronstein won the second tie-break game and gained the right to play Botvinnik.

After this near-miss, Boleslavsky played in another Candidates' tournament in 1953, and then devoted his chess ability more toward coaching and serving as a "second" to his fellow Soviet players. He left behind several contributions to theory for both the King's Indian Defense and Sicilian Defense openings.

Boleslavsky died in Minsk at age 57 after a fall on an icy sidewalk. He broke his hip and could not overcome an infection acquired during his hospitalization.

Wikipedia article: Isaac Boleslavsky

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 816  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Polyak vs Boleslavsky 0-123 1938 Ukraine ChC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Belakovsky vs Boleslavsky  0-131 1938 Ukraine ChA84 Dutch
3. Boleslavsky vs E Korchmar 1-040 1938 Ukraine ChC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. Boleslavsky vs A Budo  1-029 1939 Tournament of candidates and mastersE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Boleslavsky vs Batyev 1-051 1939 Tournament of candidates and mastersB10 Caro-Kann
6. Rudakovsky vs Boleslavsky  0-152 1940 Ukraine ChC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
7. Boleslavsky vs A Khavin 1-027 1940 Ukraine ChB10 Caro-Kann
8. Boleslavsky vs Polyak 1-034 1940 Exhibition TournamentB10 Caro-Kann
9. Boleslavsky vs Lilienthal  ½-½42 1940 USSR ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky 1-049 1940 USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. Boleslavsky vs I Rudakovsky  ½-½44 1940 USSR ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
12. Bondarevsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½34 1940 USSR ChampionshipC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
13. Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin ½-½28 1940 USSR ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
14. Boleslavsky vs Smyslov ½-½55 1940 USSR ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
15. Levenfish vs Boleslavsky 0-177 1940 USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
16. Boleslavsky vs P Dubinin 0-144 1940 USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
17. V Petrov vs Boleslavsky  0-152 1940 USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Boleslavsky vs M Stolberg  1-032 1940 USSR ChampionshipC11 French
19. Ragozin vs Boleslavsky  0-153 1940 USSR ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
20. Boleslavsky vs Panov  1-054 1940 USSR ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Veresov vs Boleslavsky  ½-½41 1940 USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Boleslavsky vs V Makogonov 1-036 1940 USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
23. Keres vs Boleslavsky  ½-½41 1940 USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
24. Boleslavsky vs Kotov 1-033 1940 USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
25. Konstantinopolsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½26 1940 USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 816  PGN Download
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  plang: <perfidious: The drop-down menu is a feature I rarely use, if ever, but I agree: Boleslavsky rates a spot as a prominent player.>

I agree - perhaps if we threaten to go on strike

Apr-30-15  knightour: Do not buy the book titled "Isaac Boleslavsky" by Jesse Russel and Ronald Cohn. It doesn't have any chess games of the grandmaster or anyone else for that matter. The worst chess book I ever bought.
Apr-30-15  Petrosianic: Ludek Pachman's book, Checkmate in Prague, doesn't have any games in it, either. It doesn't mean it's a bad book, necessarily.
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  offramp: <knightour: Do not buy the book titled "Isaac Boleslavsky" by Jesse Russel and Ronald Cohn...>

How much did that book cost?

Apr-30-15  knightour: The book currently costs $19.95 and $2.95 shipping.Perhaps someone can give a review of the book and point out the positive values. I bought the book to get some sort of collection of Boleslavsky's games.I no longer have the book.
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  offramp: I've bought it! I hope it's good!
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  offramp: It has just arrived! What a piece of @#$%! Who recommended that! Total and utter garbage. I want my money back!!
May-01-15  john barleycorn: <offramp> which part of the world are you from where they work on "labour day" delivering books?
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  offramp: I'm in Peking.
May-01-15  john barleycorn: good for Peking
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  offramp: I'm slightly unlucky in that I was born in Hong Kong to British parents but in 1997 I became a Chinese citizen and I was called up into the Chinese air force. I regret that I have killed about five thousand people.
May-01-15  john barleycorn: Your profile says:

<I was born and I live and work in London. My father was from Limerick and my mother is from Chorlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester.>

May-01-15  Olavi: The 1957 book by Boleslavsky on his selected games feels good, but I don't read Russian.
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  offramp: <john barleycorn: Your profile says:
<I was born and I live and work in London...>

Yes, indeed. Wonderful, wonderful days.

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  Benzol: <Olavi> You might not have to read Russian. Jimmy Adams did a translation of Boleslavsky's book that can still be obtained although it maybe a bit pricey these days. See Game Collection: Isaac Boleslavsky - Selected Games as a sampler.


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  zanzibar: The Russell-Cohn book is among a long list of books by the same:

For the Boleslavsky book there's this blurb:

<High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Isaac Yefremovich Boleslavsky (Ukrainian: Ісаак Єфремович Болеславський, Исаак Ефремович Болеславский) (June 9, 1919 Zolotonosha, Ukraine – February 15, 1977 Minsk) was a Soviet–Jewish chess Grandmaster.>

Many (most?) of the other books are also wiki reprints.

May-02-15  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: I'm in Peking.>

I recommend that you try the duck.

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  zanzibar: <offramp> you mean to say "I'm <off> in Peking" don't you?
May-02-15  john barleycorn: <zanzibar> is that <off> related to an opium den?
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  zanzibar: I don't really know where <offramp> draws his inspiration from. I always thought it a bit transcendental, but perhaps the source is indeed a bit more terrestrial.

Who knows?

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  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Isaac!!
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  zanzibar: A picture of the tombstone on his grave:

Is there a discrepancy for his dod?

<The picture features Boleslavsky’s son, Stanislaw, and his daughter, Tatiana (David Bronstein’s widow). Our correspondent mentions that Boleslavsky’s grave is about ten paces away from that of Bronstein, his son-in-law (see C.N. 5859).> (CN #6389)

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  offramp: <zanzibar: A picture of the tombstone on his grave: Is there a discrepancy for his dod? >

At first I thought you meant his month of death. The date of death looks like "14/11/77", but the middle numeral is a Roman II, i.e. 2.

But that is not the discrepancy: the date given in his bio here at is 15/2/77. A day later. I suppose he might have died overnight, in his sleep.

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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, GM Isaac Boleslavsky.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Isaac Boleslavsky.
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