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Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
Photograph circa 1920 from The Art Of Chess Combination
by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, 1936
Number of games in database: 273
Years covered: 1899 to 1949

Overall record: +89 -107 =72 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C83 C97 C88 C81 C90
 Sicilian (18) 
    B83 B24 B84 B40 B45
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C26 C25 C29 C28
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 D04 D05 D00 A46
 Ruy Lopez, Open (9) 
    C83 C82 C81 C80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C97 C88 C87 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C77 C78 C88 C74 C75
 French Defense (17) 
    C12 C10 C11 C01 C14
 French (15) 
    C12 C10 C11
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D61 D66 D53 D64 D63
 Tarrasch Defense (12) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D05 D02 A46 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1925 1/2-1/2
   L Van Vliet vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1907 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 1/2-1/2
   Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 0-1
   Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Rubinstein, 1907 1-0
   C Mansfield vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1928 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs NN, 1932 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs A J Mackenzie, 1924 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs M Lewitt, 1906 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston (1924)
   Paris (1925)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   London (1922)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   St. Petersburg (1909)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Weston 1924 by Tabanus
   Paris 1925 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-16-1884, died Dec-31-1954, 70 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)

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Eugene Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky, born 1884 in Russia and after 1920 living in France, was both a player and author. He fought and was wounded in both the 1905 Russo-Japanese war and World War I. He also fought for the White forces during the Russian revolution and was evacuated to France. He was 3rd= in the All Russian Championship of 1908, 3rd at Nice 1930 and 1st at Paris 1930. He was a literary and music critic.

note: Eugene played consultation chess on the teams of Alekhine / Znosko-Borovsky & Znosko-Borovsky / Koya

Wikipedia article: Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 273  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Znosko-Borovsky vs B Maliutin 1-025 1899 corrC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. P A Saburov vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-024 1900 St PetersburgC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. N Znosko-Borovsky vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-129 1900 4-player TtC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Znosko-Borovsky vs Chigorin 1-028 1902 St PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs W Luce 1-020 1902 St. Petersburg RUSC25 Vienna
6. Znosko-Borovsky vs P A Saburov 1-038 1902 Private TtC25 Vienna
7. J Sybin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-025 1902 Private Chess Circle TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. Yurevich vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-034 1903 Kiev All-Russian chA02 Bird's Opening
9. Schiffers vs Znosko-Borovsky  ½-½62 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC78 Ruy Lopez
10. N E Kalinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-054 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC58 Two Knights
11. Znosko-Borovsky vs V Nikolaev 1-028 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Znosko-Borovsky vs S Levitsky 1-024 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB01 Scandinavian
13. Znosko-Borovsky vs A Rabinovich  1-027 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC29 Vienna Gambit
14. W Von Stamm vs Znosko-Borovsky  0-141 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Znosko-Borovsky vs V N Kulomzin  1-036 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC26 Vienna
16. Rubinstein vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½24 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Znosko-Borovsky vs H Seyboth 1-030 1903 St PetersburgC55 Two Knights Defense
18. S Izbinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-046 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC78 Ruy Lopez
19. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-059 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. Znosko-Borovsky vs P P Benko  1-039 1903 RUS-ch03C14 French, Classical
21. M Lowcki vs Znosko-Borovsky  ½-½75 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Znosko-Borovsky vs J Sybin  1-038 1903 LeningradC25 Vienna
23. Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-031 1903 KievC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. Znosko-Borovsky vs S F Lebedev  ½-½68 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC10 French
25. Znosko-Borovsky vs O Bernstein 1-020 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB24 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 273  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: <All chess players know what a combination is. Whether one makes it oneself, or is its victim, or reads of it, it stands out from the rest of the game and stirs one's admiration> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: < though combinations are without number, the number of ideas are limited> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: < All conceptions in the inner game of chess have a geometrical basis> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: <Inexperienced players have a fear of this piece, which seems to them enigmatic, mysterious, and astonishing in its power. We must admit that it has remarkable characteristics which compel respect and occasionally surprise the most wary players> (speaking about the knight) - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: <It would be idle, and presumptuous, to wish to imitate the achievements of a Morphy or an Alekhine; but their methods and their manner of expressing themselves are within the reach of all> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: <A defeatist spirit must inevitably lead to disaster.> - Eugene Znosko-Borovski.
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  TheFocus: <The middlegame I repeat is chess itself, chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
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  TheFocus: <It is unjust, and sometimes very untrue, though it is a common theory, to hold that it is sacrifices which make the beauty of a combination, and that the combination is prettier by the magnitude of the sacrifices> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
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  TheFocus: <It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
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  TheFocus: <One despairs when one thinks of all the effort expended on the study of chess, and of the poverty of results. Year after year the same elementary mistakes are repeated, the same antediluvian traps claim their victims. It is almost incredible, yet so it is...> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, in How Not to Play Chess (first published in 1931).
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  TheFocus: <The middlegame I repeat is chess itself; chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc.> Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
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  Nosnibor: According to Wikipedia his birthdate was August 16th 1884 and this is also confirmed by the obituary in the B.C.M.1955,page 102.An amendment is required to the bio.
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  NeverAgain: Corrections should be submitted via the "suggest your correction" link under the "Leave a comment!" text box. You can't expect the admins to keep pace with all the comments on the thousands of game and player pages.
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  Stonehenge: It may be just a Julian/Gregorian Calendar thingy.
Aug-28-15  wrap99: Looked through the kibitzing can't find this mentioned and maybe it is a different player who suffered a head injury and had to relearn the game and was a master afterwards. If it isn't Z-B,who is it?
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  NeverAgain: That was Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky , who went on to beat Capablanca at the Moscow 1925 with a Queen sacrifice.
Aug-28-15  wrap99: <NeverAgain> Ah, thanks, a similar-sounding (in memory) name.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Eugene.
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  zanzibar: Correction to the bio:

He was evacuated to Constantinople, and from there he and his family proceeded to Paris.

From p ix of Introduction (the original intro, not Reinfeld's - Dover Edition).

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
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  wwall: In Chernev's book, 'Wonders and Curiosities of Chess,' he wrote "In a tournament held in St. Petersburg in 1903, no less than three Znosko-Borovskys won prizes." There is no tournament like that listed in Gino Di Felice's book, 'Chess Results 1901-1920.' Assuming that two of them were Evgeny Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky (1884-1954) and his brother, Sergey Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky (1879-1911), who is the third Znosko-Borovsky? And is this story true and is there a better source than Chernev? There is no other Znosky-Borovsky mentioned in Gaige's book 'Chess Personalia.'
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  Nosnibor: >wwall> But there was also N.A.Znosko-Borovsky where a game is shown in this database Methinks that this is the third man referred to by Chernev
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  Nosnibor: Further to my last post N A Z-B may well be another relative. He cannot be the brother mentioned who died in 1911 because N A Z-B was in attendance at the 1914 St Petersburg Tournament.
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  wwall: <Nosnibor> You are right! Seems to be a Nikolay Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky. Perhaps the father of the other two. Looks like Amos Burn played all three at one time. I found a fourth one - Alexander F. Znosko-Borovsky (1908-1983) who was a musician. And a book on Stalin mentions a Prince Znosko-Borovsky.
Jan-12-17  Straclonoor: Znosko-Borovsky was big family of literators and intellectuals.

Father - Alexander Eduardovich (son of Edward) Z-B - episodically wrote in "History courier" in 1900s

Eugene - theater critic, dramauturgist, author of stories and biographist some Russian writers (M.Kuzmin etc.). Chess player of course.

Alexander Alexandrovich Z-B - oldest Eugene's brother - bureaucrat in Russian land ministry before revolution.

Nikolay Alexandrovich Z-B (twin brother of Eugene?) - accountant in ministry of education in Russia before revolution.

Sergey Alexandrovich Z-B (1879-1911) - chess organizer

Konstantin Alexandrovich Z-B - geography teacher in Saint-Peterburg, executed by firing squad in 1921

Sister - Nadezhda Alexandrovna Z-B - actress, wife of writer Sergey Auslender

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