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Znosko-Borovsky 
 
Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
Number of games in database: 265
Years covered: 1899 to 1949
Overall record: +86 -103 =73 (46.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C83 C88 C97 C78 C61
 Sicilian (18) 
    B24 B83 B84 B58 B45
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C29 C25 C26 C28
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D04 D02 D05 D00 A46
 Ruy Lopez, Open (9) 
    C83 C81 C82 C80
 Four Knights (8) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C77 C88 C74 C84 C83
 French Defense (17) 
    C12 C10 C11 C00 C01
 French (15) 
    C12 C10 C11 C00
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D63 D64 D53 D66 D61
 Tarrasch Defense (12) 
    D32 D34 D33
 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
   Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs NN, 1932 1-0
   Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 0-1
   C Mansfield vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1928 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs A J Mackenzie, 1924 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs M Lewitt, 1906 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Rubinstein, 1907 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Weston 1924 by Tabanus
   Paris 1925 by suenteus po 147
   Ramsgate 1929 team tournament by crawfb5

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EUGENE ALEKSANDROVICH ZNOSKO-BOROVSKY
(born Aug-28-1884, died Dec-31-1954, 70 years old) Russia (citizen of 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 265  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 W Luce 1-020 1902 St. Petersburg RUSC25 Vienna
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs P A Saburov 1-038 1902 Private TtC25 Vienna
6. J Sybin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-025 1902 Private Chess Circle TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. Znosko-Borovsky vs Chigorin 1-028 1902 St PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Znosko-Borovsky vs S Levitsky 1-024 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB01 Scandinavian
9. Znosko-Borovsky vs H Seyboth 1-030 1903 St PetersburgC55 Two Knights Defense
10. B Koyalovich vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-134 1903 St. PetersburgC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. Znosko-Borovsky vs P P Benko  1-039 1903 RUS-ch03C14 French, Classical
12. Znosko-Borovsky vs V Nikolaev 1-028 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Rubinstein vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½24 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Znosko-Borovsky vs V N Kulomzin  1-036 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC26 Vienna
15. Znosko-Borovsky vs J Sybin  1-038 1903 LeningradC25 Vienna
16. W Von Stamm vs Znosko-Borovsky  0-141 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-059 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-031 1903 KievC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. S Izbinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-046 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Znosko-Borovsky vs B Maliutin 1-034 1903 LeningradC29 Vienna Gambit
21. Znosko-Borovsky vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-034 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Znosko-Borovsky vs O Bernstein 1-020 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB24 Sicilian, Closed
23. Znosko-Borovsky vs S F Lebedev  ½-½68 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC10 French
24. N E Kalinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-054 1903 Kiev All-Russian chC58 Two Knights
25. M Lowcki vs Znosko-Borovsky  ½-½75 1903 Kiev All-Russian chD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 265  PGN Download
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Sep-12-09  karnak64: Heh -- about 40 years ago I bought a copy of his "How Not to Play Chess," and I remember that its first chapter had the following useful advice: "avoid mistakes."

Thanks, Eugene. Really helpful ...

Sep-25-09  e4forme: Reading "How to play the Chess Openings" raised my Chess rating by a Hundred Points or better. He had a gift for writing, very lucid. He could take a complex Idea and present it simply.
Oct-30-10  Knight13: Znosko-Borovsky's "The Art of Chess Combinations" is extremely good. "Winning Chess Tactics" by Seirawan is nothing compared to Znosko-Borovsky's work.
May-07-11  DanielBryant: <I would wager that 99 out of every 100 players in making the move 4...Nbd7 do not realize they are offering to sacrifice their Q, and they would be greatly astonished if anyone told them that this was the case.>

Can somebody explain what he meant by this?

Aug-16-12
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  Infohunter: I must say that I have never seen a better writer of chess instruction books than Znosko-Borovsky. I say this on the basis of forty years of collecting chess literature.
Aug-16-12
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  Infohunter: <DanielBryant: <I would wager that 99 out of every 100 players in making the move 4...Nbd7 do not realize they are offering to sacrifice their Q, and they would be greatly astonished if anyone told them that this was the case.>

Can somebody explain what he meant by this?>

Well, to answer your question that was posed well over a year ago, he means this: After 4...Nbd7 it looks as though White can win a Pawn, thanks to his Queen Bishop's pin on Black's Knight at f6, thus: 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nxd5. Black, however, refutes this with 6...Nxd5, thus sacrificing his Queen. However, after 7.Bxd8 comes 7...Bb4+! Now all White has is 8.Qd2, and after 8...Bxd2+ 9.Kxd2 Kxd8 it will be seen that the win of the Pawn has cost White a piece.

If White plays 5.e3 or 5.Nf3 then his threat to win the Pawn becomes real; Black therefore continues either 5...Be7 or 5...c6. Alternately, White can inaugurate the Exchange Variation with 5.cxd5 exd5 and then, not 6.Nxd5? but 6.e3.

That's what he meant.

Aug-16-12  brankat: A great author indeed. I got his "The Art of Chess Combinations" way back in 1966, one of my very first chess books, and to this day one of the most favourite ones.
Aug-16-12
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  Cemoblanca: Man, with this name he was definitely always in time trouble! :D
Aug-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: I'll repeat a post of mine from 2006, which I hope is still entertaining:

A famous story about Z-B and Capablanca is that Capablanca, upon learning that Z-B was going to write a book about Capablanca's worst games, said that he wanted to write a book about Z-B's greatest games, but couldn't find any.

Aug-16-12  karnak64: I first learned of this fellow when as a teen I read his little book, "How Not to Play Chess."

His first dictum: "Avoid mistakes."

Were it only so easy.

Aug-16-12  brankat: <karnak64> This reminds me of a Tartakower anecdote (and there are many) when he was staring intensly at the chessboard with the pieces still in the initial position. This went on for some time and a bystander asked something like: "Herr doctor what is so interesting about this position?"

Replied Tarta: "I'm looking at all the mistakes just waiting to be made." :-)

Aug-16-12
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  perfidious: <brankat> Wasn't one of the great master's aphorisms 'The mistakes are all there, waiting to be made'?
Aug-16-12  brankat: <perfidious> You are right. The one I posted may have been one of the Variations. After all Tartakower did introduce quite a few, in just about every Opening :-)

There have been so many anecdotes, aphorisms coming from Dr.Tartakower, and they have been told and retold over and over, that some of the original wordings have somewhat changed, but the essence, I think, has mostly been preserved.

Aug-16-12  Xeroxx: best name
Aug-16-12
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  GrahamClayton: I have the 2nd revised edition (published in 1937) of "How To Play The Chess Openings" in my library.
Aug-16-12
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  wordfunph: trivia on his book How Not to Play Chess..

<In Liverpool October 1926, while walking under the overhead railway and thinking over a lecture which he had been invited in that town, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky first came to his mind the title of his book "How Not To Play Chess".>

Sep-24-12  Chris1971: In my many years of playing there is none finer a writer than ZB. His teachings still hold true to this very day. If you are a class player take the time to study ZB's works.
Aug-28-13  brankat: Happy Birthday master Eugene!
Sep-17-13  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "It is not a move, even the best move, that you must seek, but a realisable plan." >

-Znosko-Borovsky

I guess it's called thinking ahead.

Dec-19-13  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "As a chess player one has to be able to control one's feelings; one has to be as cold as a machine." >

-Znosko-Borovsky

Dec-19-13  mbvklc: This quote is 100% Nakamura approved.
Jan-23-14
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  Karpova: Simul in Mannheim, Germany, conveyed by P P Saburov, on September 28, 1912. This was done to gain money for the Congress fund. Result: +25 -5 =3.

The winners were Dr. Demuth, Kadisch, Eser, Wiedemann and Heynen.

Draws were achieved by Dresdner, Teutsch and Grünbaum.

Znosko-Borovsky had already given Simuls on the two preceding evenings and, on the day of the Simul, he had been on the train for 12 hours.

Source: Page 286of the September-Oktober 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-24-14
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  Karpova: Article on Znosko-Borovsky's Simul in the Vienna Chess Club against 23 opponents on October 5, 1912. Znosko-Borovsky scored +16 -3 =4 and the event lasted 4 hours.

This is compared with his other Simuls around that time and gives a nice overview:

Sep-26, Barmen, 33 games: +25 -6 =2
Sep-27, Enschede 31 games: +23 -6 =2
Sep-28, Mannheim, 33 games: +25 -5 =3
Sep-29, Koblenz, 13 games: +12 -0 =1
Oct-2, Altmünchen, 23 games: +11 -8 =4
Oct-3, Munich, 21 games: +16 -1 =4

Overall 154 games, scoring +112 -26 =16

After another Simul in the Vienna Workers' Chess Club (Wien XVI., Cafe "Arbeiterheim") on October 6, he travelled back home via Budweis, Prague, Poznan, Bromberg, Allenstein, Hohensalza, Königsberg and gave Simuls there also.

Here is the next chart:

Oct-5, Vienna CC, 23 games: +16 -3 =4
Oct-6, Vienna WCC, 31 games: +24 -5 =2
Oct-7, Budweis, 19 games: +10 -5 =4
Oct-8, Prague C Dobr, 29 gs: +11 -11 =7
Oct-9, Poznan C Pos, 24 gs: +19 -4 =1
Oct-10, Bromberg, 20 games: +15 -3 =2
Oct-11, Allenstein, 21 games: +20 -0 =1
Oct-12, Hohensalza, 17 games: +17 -0 =0
Oct-13, Königsberg, 21 games: +17 -1 =3

On October 9, in Poznan (Club Posnanski) he faced Kopa, who played in Barmen 1905, and Richter.

His tour through Germany and Austria lasted 18 days, with 16 Simuls and overall 391 games with a score of +283 -62 =46 (78.26%). He had a rough time in Prague, but it is mentioned that Capablanca had also and that Dr. Lasker suffered 8 losses each in two Simuls there.

Source: Pages 345-346 of the November-December 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-15-14
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  zanzibar: Maybe mentioned before, but Winter's CN 5227 contains more bio info:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

See also CN 6809 and 6810, both found here:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

In the last note we find this:

<Diggle wrote very similarly about the display in an article in the July 1977 Newsflash which was reproduced on page 24 of Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984):

‘Eugène Znosko-Borovsky (1884-1954), though one of the select few who once beat Capablanca, was never one of the greatest Masters of his time. His chess career was upset by wars and political upheavals – indeed his military career did him great honour; he was severely wounded both in the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 and again in the First World War. It is as “perhaps the greatest teacher of elementary chess of all time” (R.N. Coles) that he will be best remembered. >

Oct-15-14
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  zanzibar: Let me add two more paragraphs of Winter quoting Diggle:

<The BM well remembers a simultaneous display that Znosko-Borovsky gave in 1933 [1932, in fact] at Bury St Edmunds (30 wins, and one loss to S.D. Ward). A small unassuming man “not a bit like his name” (as a lady onlooker remarked), he glided unobtrusively round the room and played 1 P-K4 on every board except the 19th, whose occupant, a well-known local farmer, after witnessing 18 gentle pawn advances by the approaching Master, was utterly mesmerized by a sudden most uncalled for 1 N-KB3 on his Board, and turned upon the BM who was on the next Board a countenance of motley pallor, and gasped: “What on earth did he do it to me for?”

The display lasted nearly four hours, which sounds a long time against an agricultural opposition of those days; but (1) many of his adversaries had brought their own chess sets (at the sight of which Bobby Fischer would have fainted away) – the knights in some cases were “breathing over the heads of the very kings”; (2) “Znosko” in fact had wins all over the place after the first hour, only to find that he was up against the finest Bitterenders in England. But the amiable Master had no complaints afterwards. In an “interview” he said that, as to (1) the worst chess sets were manipulated by the worst players; (2) as to the Bitterenders: “They trouble me not – it is just that they like to see how one does the checkmate.”’ >

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