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Lev Isaakovich Aptekar
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 1963 to 1983
Last FIDE rating: 2240
Overall record: +19 -16 =8 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-26-1936, 80 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality New Zealand)

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Lev Isaakovich Aptekar was born in Kiev, USSR in 1936. A noted trainer of young players he emigrated to New Zealand in 1975. He was joint New Zealand Champion with Murray Chandler and Ortvin Sarapu in 1975-76.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zamikhovsky vs L Aptekar 1-053 1963 Kiev-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
2. O Sarapu vs L Aptekar  ½-½7 1976 83rd New Zealand ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
3. L Aptekar vs B R Anderson  1-049 1977 84th New Zealand ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
4. L Aptekar vs P Garbett  ½-½45 1977 84th New Zealand ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
5. E M Green vs L Aptekar  0-129 1977 Howick-Pakuranga Open TtB33 Sicilian
6. A Carpinter vs L Aptekar 1-038 1977 Auckland Open ChA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. L Aptekar vs P E Hoffman  1-039 1977 Auckland Open ChD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
8. L Aptekar vs C Laird 1-023 1977 Labour Weekend TtB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. L Aptekar vs O Sarapu  0-131 1977 New Zealand ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
10. R Wansink vs L Aptekar  1-028 1977 Howick-Pakuranga Open TtB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
11. L Aptekar vs G Carter  1-031 1977 4th Winstones TtA17 English
12. E M Green vs L Aptekar  ½-½10 1977 4th Winstones TtA56 Benoni Defense
13. B R Watson vs L Aptekar  0-141 1978 Auckland Open ChB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. L Aptekar vs R W Smith  0-129 1978 Auckland Open ChE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
15. L Aptekar vs M Steadman  1-042 1978 Auckland Open ChA15 English
16. L Aptekar vs R K N Lanning  1-028 1978 North Island ChE92 King's Indian
17. P Goffin vs L Aptekar  ½-½70 1978 North Island ChB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. L Aptekar vs D Gollogly  1-022 1978 Auckland, New ZealandE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
19. T Spiller vs L Aptekar  0-158 1979 Queens Birthday Weekend TtA56 Benoni Defense
20. L Aptekar vs A Feneridis 0-152 1979 Queens Birthday Weekend TtA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. L Aptekar vs J Sarfati 1-021 1979 Queens Birthday Weekend TtD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. J N Metge vs L Aptekar  1-043 1979 87th New Zealand ChA44 Old Benoni Defense
23. P W Stuart vs L Aptekar  0-144 1979 87th New Zealand ChA10 English
24. L Aptekar vs V Small  0-149 1979 87th New Zealand ChB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. R Nokes vs L Aptekar  1-022 1979 New Zealand ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  Benzol: Happy Birthday Lev.
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  Benzol: From round 10 of the 87th NZ Ch held in Upper Hutt.

A L Carpinter vesus L I Aptekar

Position after White's 36th move:

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37.Rxa7 Nd3
38.f4 exf4
39.Qd2 Ne5
40.R7a3 Nc4
41.Qe2 Ne3+
42.Rxe3 fxe3
43.Re1 Rc3
44.Qf3 f6
45.Re2 Kh6
46.Re1 Kg6
47.Re2 f5
48.exf5+ Qxf5
49.Rxe3 Rxe3


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  Benzol: I wonder if he's related to David Bronstein?
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  whiteshark: <Benzol> Whatever gave you that idea?

What is his book <Wisdom in Chess> about?

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  Benzol: <whiteshark> <<Benzol> Whatever gave you that idea?>

His father was Iokhonon Bronstein and his mother was Ester-Malka Aptekar.

His book "Wisdom In Chess" I know of but I've never actually seen. <Richard Taylor> might be a better person to ask there. The last time I spoke to Bob Mitchell he said Lev was preparing another book for chess students. As far as I know it hasn't appeared yet but it isn't too far away.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: I once owned /Wisdom in Chess/. IIRC, it was a lot of tactical training, but really needs a competent teacher to explain it properly.
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  diagonal: The <NZL Championships in 1975/76> saw a triple tie for the title (without play-off), after 15 and a half years young Murray Chandler lost in the final round to William Fairhurst (multiple Scottish Champion) thus allowing record title holder Ortvin Sarapu (born in Estonia, known in New Zealand as "Mr Chess") and Lev Aptekar (ex-USSR), to catch up. First-timer (in alphabetical order) Aptekar, Chandler, and Sarapu:

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