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Vitaly Tseshkovsky
From the Agzamov Memorial, 2008 (photo by Jamshid Begmatov)  
Number of games in database: 1,908
Years covered: 1963 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2460
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +699 -366 =819 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 24 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (443) 
    B92 B90 B23 B43 B30
 Ruy Lopez (186) 
    C92 C91 C67 C90 C78
 French Defense (132) 
    C11 C18 C10 C07 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (105) 
    C92 C91 C90 C88 C99
 Sicilian Najdorf (95) 
    B92 B90 B93 B91
 Caro-Kann (59) 
    B17 B19 B15 B12 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (112) 
    D85 D91 D93 D87 D80
 Sicilian (110) 
    B52 B30 B94 B62 B92
 Ruy Lopez (108) 
    C78 C88 C84 C92 C89
 Pirc (99) 
    B08 B09 B07
 Robatsch (65) 
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (58) 
    C88 C84 C92 C89 C90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I D Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978 0-1
   Kouatly vs Tseshkovsky, 1988 0-1
   Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar, 1964 1-0
   Igor Ivanov vs Tseshkovsky, 1977 0-1
   Tseshkovsky vs Savon, 1977 1-0
   Tseshkovsky vs Browne, 1976 1-0
   Tseshkovsky vs Lutikov, 1968 1-0
   Tseshkovsky vs Alburt, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Kupreichik vs Tseshkovsky, 1982 0-1
   Tseshkovsky vs B Itkis, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   57th Russian Championship Qualifier (2004)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   58th Russian Championship Semifinals (2005)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   Aeroflot Open (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Petrosian Memorial 1999 by Phony Benoni

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(born Sep-25-1944, died Dec-24-2011, 67 years old) Russia

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Vitaly Valerianovich Tseshkovsky was born in Omsk, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1973 and the GM title in 1975, he was USSR Champion in 1978 [rusbase-1] (jointly with Mikhail Tal) and 1986 [rusbase-2].

Internationally he finished first at Bucharest 1974, Leipzig 1975, Dubna 1976, Banja Luka 1981, Sochi 1981 and Minsk 1982. Tseshkovsky was the European Senior champion in 2009 and 2010.

In December 2011, while playing in the first round of a rapid tournament in Krasnodar, Tseshkovsky became ill, dying on December 24 of that year.

In addition to his achievements as a player, Tseshkovsky was also a well-regarded chess coach. Several of his former students, including Vladimir Kramnik and Vugar Gashimov, wrote online tributes to him after his death.

Wikipedia article: Vitaly Tseshkovsky

 page 1 of 77; games 1-25 of 1,908  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Szekely vs Tseshkovsky  1-056 1963 HUN-RSFSRC50 Giuoco Piano
2. Tseshkovsky vs V Voskanian  ½-½58 1963 URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. M Szekely vs Tseshkovsky  1-042 1963 HUN-RSFSRC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Tseshkovsky vs Bukhover  1-048 1963 URSB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Tseshkovsky vs M Szekely  0-135 1963 HUN-RSFSRC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. I Nemet vs Tseshkovsky  0-186 1963 YUG-URSC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. Tseshkovsky vs M Szekely  1-033 1963 HUN-RSFSRC41 Philidor Defense
8. B Zlotnik vs Tseshkovsky  0-138 1963 URS-ch U26C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
9. Tseshkovsky vs I Nemet  0-135 1963 YUG-URSB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  1-039 1964 RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
11. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar  1-035 1964 RSFSR-HUNB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. E S Stoliar vs Tseshkovsky  1-042 1964 Burevestnik CC-chA25 English
13. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar 1-030 1964 RSFSR-HUNC00 French Defense
14. A Roshal vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½43 1964 Burevestnik CC-chA04 Reti Opening
15. Tseshkovsky vs N Zilberman  0-144 1964 URSC05 French, Tarrasch
16. Tseshkovsky vs F Cheremisin  1-036 1964 Burevestnik CC-chB83 Sicilian
17. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  0-157 1964 RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
18. N Levin vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½36 1966 Ch URS (team)C28 Vienna Game
19. S Giterman vs Tseshkovsky  0-139 1966 Ch URS (team)C29 Vienna Gambit
20. J Yuchtman vs Tseshkovsky  1-041 1966 URS-chTA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Tseshkovsky vs Y Sakharov 0-141 1967 USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. Khodos vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½44 1967 RUS SpartakiadE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. V Zilberstein vs Tseshkovsky  0-134 1967 URS olC46 Three Knights
24. Tseshkovsky vs Cherepkov  1-032 1967 USSR ChampionshipB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. A Lukin vs Tseshkovsky  0-135 1967 USSR ChampionshipC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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  Tabanus: Yesterday in Thessaloniki, Greece he was also European senior champion 2010:, congratulations!

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  perfidious: <Caissianist> Tseshkovsky was definitely a top player, as stated; his only crack at the WC series wasn't terribly successful, but that could be said of Walter Browne as well. We're talking about someone who was strong enough to get invited to some decent foreign events, which was no mean feat if you weren't one of the past or present World Champions. He was ~2550, maybe higher, in the late 1970s, on the lists published at the time. While not quite a contender for the title, Tseshkovsky was an interesting and strong player.
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  perfidious: One more note re Tseshkovsky: his rating on the official FIDE list published 1.1.77 was 2590, good for equal 18th with Geller and Timman.

He could play a little.

Sep-25-11  BIDMONFA: Vitaly Tseshkovsky


Dec-24-11  Eastfrisian: He died today, only 67 years old. R.I.P.
Dec-24-11  stanleys: Yes,it's true,what a sad news :( He died during a tournament

R.I.P GM Tseshkovsky

Dec-24-11  King Death: A very strong player who made a name for himself although he was never in the very first rank of Soviet GMs with all of that talent they had.


Dec-24-11  Petrosianic: He was a 2-time Soviet champion. Don't sell him short.
Dec-24-11  Prugno: Reading of his death at a relatively early age is not the happiest way to start Christmas Day :-(

I greatly admired both Tseshkovsky's strength (positional and tactical) and his style of play. It would be nice if this was the occasion to have another look at some of his best games.

"Sit terra tibi levis"

Dec-24-11  King Death: <Petrosianic: He was a 2-time Soviet champion. Don't sell him short.>

Did I?

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  Phony Benoni: This final-round game boosted him to the first of those Soviet championships. I like the unusual finish, with the king delivering two consecutive discovered checks and the elegant mate.

Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978

Please ignore the incorrect result; it should be <0-1>.

Dec-28-11  bronkenstein: bronkenstein: Few excerpts from Kramnik`s tribute to his late coach ( , on Russian):

<The number of unconditionally devoted chessman , as Vitaly Valeryevich was , is small and getting smaller. He was also independent , proud , he didnt like any kind of pressure and behind-the-scenes stuff. Most likely for that reason he wasnt getting to play much international tournaments , because in those times you had to `oil the machine` here and there , a smile , a small present on the right place ... He really was above that , so he was not playing much abroad.

In that sense he belonged to `The Lost Generation`.I believe that , if he could go abroad as Korchnoi , he would become top player , the level of , Lessay, Timman , he would be constantly in top 10. Although its very hard to me to imagine Vitaly abroad , he was so much ours , so connected to the Russian culture and heritage.

Here , he rusted a bit : talent without tournaments. He was even telling me that at some point he lost the interest to building serious chess career. He understood that he is not big name as Karpov , who was `given` all the possible tournaments , and without serious play you cant really raise your level. He , in a way , capitulated and decided to simply play the game for his own pleasure.>

<In 1994. our cooperation ended , because at that point chess started changing drastically. The computers emerged , and Vitaly Valeryevich was working the way he used to for decades , falling behind the enormously growing amount of data.

He analysed unbelieveably deep , but in slow , classical manner. I had the feeling that i can`t accomplish enough in preparation , deciding that its better to sacrifice a bit of depth for the `width`. So I started working with younger folks that were better in computer work.With Vitaly Valeryevich I never had any personal problems , but our ways silently parted.

He was the man of different generation, it was very hard for him to re-orient on computer preparation. He loved chess as game much more than as profession. And in those times preparation became highly professional business. I was already in top 10 , I had to play various positions no matter if I liked them or not. For example , finding clear ways of drawing the weaker endgames that emerged by force in some opening lines ...Vitaly Valeryevich wasn`t mentally prepared for such ways of work , he loved chess creatively , artistically.

I perfectly understand and support such POW , but such approach was insufficient , impractical for reaching the top. We talked few more times since then , anyway our cooperation was very useful to me.>

<It is highy symbolical that he died at the board. He played till the very end , simply because he liked the game so much...

Farewell , Vitaly Valeryevich !>.

RIP Vitaly.

Dec-28-11  Paint My Dragon: <Bronkenstein> Thanks for posting.
Dec-28-11  bronkenstein: Eyewitnesses on Vitaly`s last minutes (and chessgame) - , tribute (whychess) , also is much better translation + of the whole Kramnik`s tribute ( which I was obviously unaware of ) and Spassky also stopped to say a word about his friend -
Jan-01-12  Albertan: <Bronkenstein> thanks for sharing the articles with us! Great Work. RIP GM Tseshkovsky!!
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  wordfunph: rest in peace GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky..

here's one from Bobby Ang..

Sep-25-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Tseshkovsky, today you are remembered!


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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Tseshkovshy.
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  Fusilli: "He died on December 24, without ever regaining consciousness."

There is something odd about this sentence.

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  chancho: <Fusilli> Yep.

Expecting him to regain consciousness the day before Christmas is too much to ask of old St Nick.


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  Fusilli: <chancho> lol.

How about "He never regained consciousness and died on December 24." Not ideal either, since it was not said he lost consciousness in the first place. I would prefer to say that he became ill and lost consciousness. Then that he died on December 24. Forget the regaining bit. It's implied.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky.
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  TheFocus: <Tseshkovsky was a very interesting, original and unconventional chess player. Above all, he really loved chess. He was one of those rare people who could analyze any position. I remember his favorite pose: half-lying on the bed, supporting his head in his hands; in front of him—a magnetic chess set from Riga, which he always took with him.

At junior championships when I returned to the room I could find him, for example, analyzing some game from the “64” magazine; let’s say, Rodriguez–Gutierrez from the Colombian Championship. If a position caught his interest he could analyze it for three or four hours. He moved the pieces, had a think, moved the pieces, and again had a think... That seemed a little strange to me and I once said: if you like analyzing so much perhaps it would be better to take some position from your repertoire? But he was ready to study any idea that caught his interest. That, of course, is a rare quality, found only among people who genuinely love chess> - Vladimir Kramnik, remembering his old coach.

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  zydeco: Vladimir Tukmakov on Tseshkovsky, from Profession Chessplayer:

"Vitaly was a very interesting, deep chessplayer with a good sense of dynamic play, but his desire to calculate until the end often led to time pressure, sometimes really terrible. In addition, both in life and chess, he completely lacked pragmatism, and his game had too little stability despite his enormous talent. In my opinion, he also lacked self-confidence and ambition....Oddly enough, his victories and his losses had the same nature: the desire to follow the logic of a position, instead of the proverbial tournament strategy. When Vitaly is on top of his game, this maximalism gives his game a completeness close to perfection....But there were also bad times, when the pursuit of truth at the expense of tournament pragmatism led to hurtful failures. He never realized his enormous chess potential, but remained true to himself and his creative principles."

Tukmakov was Tseshkovsky's second at the 1976 Interzonal, when Tseshkovsky had a very good opportunity to qualify for the Candidates but failed to do so. Other grandmasters were in awe of Tseshkovsky (I know that Suba and Dvoretsky say some very complimentary things about him). There was a feeling that when he was on, he played as well as anybody in the world.

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  perfidious: Tseshkovsky was a strong player I well remember reading of from my youth, and something of an anomaly at that; for it was not an everyday occurrence for strong Soviet GMs who were not perennial candidates to receive foreign invitations.

The reminiscences of Kramnik and Tukmakov explain a great deal; had Tseshkovsky been from anywhere else, he would likely have played top tournaments on a regular basis as a borderline top twenty player, at his peak in the seventies.

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