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🏆 All Russian Amateur (1909) Chess Event Description
An undercard for the international tournament and the first major success for the sixteen-year-old Alexander Alekhine. The original entry list included: ... [more]

Player: Moisei Elyashiv

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Elyashiv vs D Daniuszewski  0-1471909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. B Maliutin vs M Elyashiv 0-1261909All Russian AmateurB15 Caro-Kann
3. M Elyashiv vs S Izbinsky  0-1581909All Russian AmateurB44 Sicilian
4. M Elyashiv vs V Rozanov  1-0601909All Russian AmateurB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. A Chepurnov vs M Elyashiv 1-0381909All Russian AmateurB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. M Elyashiv vs P Evtifeev ½-½831909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
7. N Tereshchenko vs M Elyashiv 0-1381909All Russian AmateurC44 King's Pawn Game
8. M Elyashiv vs B Gregory  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
9. B Verlinsky vs M Elyashiv  0-1471909All Russian AmateurD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. M Elyashiv vs Alekhine 0-1201909All Russian AmateurC01 French, Exchange
11. P Romanovsky vs M Elyashiv  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. M Elyashiv vs V Nikolaev  1-0621909All Russian AmateurC02 French, Advance
13. S F Lebedev vs M Elyashiv  0-1691909All Russian AmateurD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M Elyashiv vs Viakhirev  ½-½581909All Russian AmateurC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. K Rosenkrantz vs M Elyashiv  ½-½711909All Russian AmateurB15 Caro-Kann
16. M Elyashiv vs G Helbach 1-0811909All Russian AmateurC71 Ruy Lopez
17. Rotlewi vs M Elyashiv ½-½161909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
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Aug-29-13  Karpova: Brilliancy prize winner: S Izbinsky vs Viakhirev, 1909

Source: Page 253 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-29-13  JimNorCal: An early result in Peter Romanovsky's career.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Alekhine> earned the title of <Russian National Master> for this victory.

He also won a "cut glass vase valued at 650 roubles."

-Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven, "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946," McFarland 1998, p.34

Jan-29-14  john barleycorn: <WCC Editing Project:

He also won a "cut glass vase valued at 650 roubles.">

637 rbl according to the tournament book :-)

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  Stonehenge: Picture and I've translated the names here:

Moisei Zakharovich Elyashov

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  WCC Editing Project: <JB> Well a bit of a black eye for old Andy then eh? We can even quantify it- a level "13" black eye.

<Stony> incredible work on identifying everyone in that historic photo. Fabulous. I have added your fine work to my enormous "Johnny Alekhine" folder.

Here's Johnny with his prize:

Johnny Alekhine hauled that <Sevres Vase> around with him his whole life. It was even with him in his hotel room in Estoril when he died.

On a somewhat related topic, <Vasily Smyslov> kept the tournament chess table he played on when he won the following event, which he told <Genna Sosonko> was the "biggest success" of his life. Like Johnny with his vase, Vasya kept that table till his dying day. Sadly, I can't find a photo of it, but I think it's out there somewhere.

This is the event, with 16 year old <Smyslov> putting up a clean score:

<Moskvoretsky House of Pioneers Championship 1937> (Fall) 1st, 11-0.

Smyslov had previously earned the <1st Category rank> in the fall of 1936

-Genna Sosonko "The World Champions I Knew." (New in Chess 2013), pp.126-27

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  Phony Benoni: The missing games from this tournament were submitted some time ago by an Unknown Benefactor. This has just come to my attention, so I have updated my personal collection and sent in correction slips to have the games added to this page. There will be 141 in all.
Jun-01-18  zanzibar: <Phony> what source(s) did you use for this tournament?
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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> This was one of my earliest collections, and I have no recognition of any sources. I probably got the games from files at some place like Rusbase or 365Chess.

I'm sure I didn't do much actual research, if only because I don't know Russian. That list of pairings in the collection is surely just another of my pairing reconstructions.

Nor did I ever find out who submitted the missing games.

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Here is what I posted after hearing about the submitted missing games:

P Romanovsky vs B Maliutin, 1909 (kibitz #2)

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  Phony Benoni: <Zanzibar> One probably source just game to mind.

A;exander Alekhine / edited by Alexander Khalifman. Sofia, Bulgaria : Chess Start, 2002.

A three-volume collection of Alekhine's game, with scores and annotation in language-less algebraic. The general editor of the series of Sergei Soloviov.

This provided Alekhine's games as round as the round dat4s. There is no information about the tournament itself, however. In fact, the series ctains no narrative at all: just crosstables, games, and annotations.

Jun-02-18  zanzibar: Thanks <Phony>, given that you identified rounds/dates I thought there should at least be a hint.


Jun-02-18  zanzibar: <Phony> I think the Russian version of the tournament -

<"Международный Шахматный Конгресс в память М.И. Чигорина" (1910)>

co-authored by E. Lasker + E. Znosko-Borovsky

has both the full coverage of the International + Amateur sections.

I haven't fully explored this assertion, but it makes sense given full coverage + all games being available.

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Do you actually have access to the book? It sounds to me simply a Russian translation of Lasker's tournament gook for St. Petersburg (1909).

That tournament was held ten months earlier than the Amateur, so it's hard to imagine the two tournaments being sections of the same event.

Though I suppose anything is possible.

I would suspect Znosko-Gorovsky's name got in there as a translator of Lasker's text.

Jun-03-18  The Kings Domain: Fascinating tournament.
Jun-03-18  zanzibar: <phony> well, legally the original Russian version was published in 1910, so there should be a PD version somewhere out there.

I couldn't find a good one, maybe because of my lack of language skills, or maybe because the 1980 reprint reissue is shading it (?)

Anyways, there's an extensive preview available in this ebook-for-sale version:

One can see that it's quite different from the Lasker en-version. E.g. Alekhine's famous vase is pictured in the L+Z-B version.

Anways, from the preview it appears to be 365 pages, even if we can't view them all, whereas the Lasker version is 192 pages.

That, plus where else would all the games come from?

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  hemy: <zanzibar> <phony> You can upload this book from my dropbox:

Jun-03-18  zanzibar: <hemy> thanks, I'll have a look.

But just to confirm, it does have all the amateur games correct?

Just curious - does RUSbase have them too? I don't think my version does.

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Now that I see the actual Google page, there's a statement (apparently a subtitle) in Russian under the words ") reviews"

<The collection of parties of the international tournament of the maestro and the tournament of Russian amateurs.>

So it does look helpful. However, I couldn't figure out how to upload it from <henry>'s link, though. Need to try harder.

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  hemy: <zanzibar> The table of published games numbers of the amateur games is on the page 359. From the notes under the table: games that were not played, because one of the players didn't come to play, are marked with "*)".

On the page 227 a note about the game Gregory - Rozanov: "the score is missing".

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  hemy: <Phony Benoni> It shouldn't be a problem to download it. After the page will be open from the link I provided, you will found a button "Download". Click on this button will open small window (file dialog) with option to save file. If this will not working for you, I can temporarily add my email address on my profile page and you may contact me. I will send the file (12.5 Mb) by email as attachment.
Jun-03-18  zanzibar: RE: dropbox download

Cancel out the popup dialogue asking for you to register, and it should be fairly straight-forward to find the path (buttons) to download.

This version is from 1980, so the situation isn't as clear as if it were before 1973. For completeness one can consult here for a start:

To tell the truth I would love to find more unencumbered Russian material - I wonder if the Russian + other academic libraries would consider collaborating with Google Books like the US libraries did.

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  Phony Benoni: <hemy> Thnk you for the offer, but I don't know if it will be much help. I was able to download the file -- I think -- but my computer refuses to open it. Apparently, I do not have the necessary software.
Jun-03-18  faulty: well, Rotlewi seems to be a 'short' guy. I have never seen a case at this level of tournaments that a player has 4(!!!!) decisive games under twenty moves (and this is 1909, but not 1860-something), in this case, winning in 13 and 15, and losing in 14 and 20. Sadly, his life was so short... i really like watching the games of this forgotten Master
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  hemy: <Phony Benoni> You need to install djvu reader. You can download it from
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