|All Russian Amateur (1909)|
An undercard for the international tournament and the first major success for the sixteen-year-old Alexander Alekhine. The original entry list included:|
Alexander Alekhine; Anatoly Alekseevich Chepurnov;
Moisei Zakharovich Elyashov;
Peter Artemievich Evtifeev; V Goldfarb;
Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev;
Boris Evgenievich Maliutin;
Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky;
Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz;
Vasily I Rozanov;
Nikolay Semenovich Tereshchenko;
The games are notable for the fighting spirit of the players. Members of the Never Resign! School will find much food for thought here.
With an odd number of players originally and two early withdrawals, each player received in effect three byes, which makes the current player standings hard to track. However, by round 11 it was clear this was going to be a two-man race between Alekhine and Rotlewi, who shared the lead despite having already had their three non-counting rounds. Thereafter they bounced back and forth until round 17 when Alekhine defeated Rotlewi to take a 1.5 point lead that stood up. Bernhard Gregory was a close 3rd in the crosstable, but was never quite able to break into the top group.
The original collection, Game Collection: All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909), contains a complete list of round-by-round pairings, with details on byes, cancelled, unplayed, and unavailable games.
Original collection: Game Collection: All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909), by User: Phony Benoni.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Alekhine * 1 1 0 1 1 = 1 1 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 13.0
2 Rotlewi 0 * 1 = = 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0
3 Gregory 0 0 * 1 0 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5
4 Daniuszewski 1 = 0 * 1 = = 1 = 1 1 1 = 0 0 = = 9.5
5 Elyashov 0 = 1 0 * 1 1 = 1 = 1 = 0 0 = 1 1 9.5
6 Maliutin 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 9.5
7 Lebedev = 1 = = 0 0 * = 0 1 = 1 = 1 1 0 1 9.0
8 Rosenkrantz 0 0 0 0 = 0 = * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 9.0
9 Tereshchenko 0 1 1 = 0 0 1 0 * 0 = = 1 1 0 = = 7.5
10 Romanovsky 1 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 0 1 = 1 7.0
11 Verlinsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 7.0
12 Evtifeev 0 0 0 0 = = 0 0 = 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 6.5
13 Izbinsky 0 0 0 = 1 0 = 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 6.0
14 Chepurnov = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 5.5
15 Viakirev 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 * = 0 5.0
16 Helbach 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 = = 0 1 0 0 = * = 5.0
17 Nikolaev 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 1 1 = * 3.5
Rozanov 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - - 1 = - - - - - 0 *games cancelled*
Goldfarb 0 - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - - - *games concelled*
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. P Evtifeev vs N Tereshchenko
||½-½||21||1909||All Russian Amateur||C23 Bishop's Opening|
|2. G Helbach vs Viakhirev
|| ||½-½||68||1909||All Russian Amateur||B20 Sicilian|
|3. V Rozanov vs B Verlinsky
|| ||½-½||40||1909||All Russian Amateur||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|4. D Daniuszewski vs V Nikolaev
|| ||½-½||35||1909||All Russian Amateur||D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|5. S F Lebedev vs D Daniuszewski
|| ||½-½||37||1909||All Russian Amateur||D00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|6. A Chepurnov vs Alekhine
||½-½||68||1909||All Russian Amateur||C00 French Defense|
|7. B Verlinsky vs N Tereshchenko
|| ||½-½||48||1909||All Russian Amateur||C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange|
|8. S F Lebedev vs S Izbinsky
|| ||½-½||55||1909||All Russian Amateur||D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|9. D Daniuszewski vs G Helbach
|| ||½-½||50||1909||All Russian Amateur||D55 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. Rotlewi vs D Daniuszewski
|| ||½-½||49||1909||All Russian Amateur||D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|11. G Helbach vs B Maliutin
|| ||½-½||15||1909||All Russian Amateur||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|12. M Elyashiv vs P Evtifeev
||½-½||83||1909||All Russian Amateur||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|13. V Nikolaev vs N Tereshchenko
|| ||½-½||59||1909||All Russian Amateur||B01 Scandinavian|
|14. D Daniuszewski vs B Maliutin
|| ||½-½||51||1909||All Russian Amateur||D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit|
|15. S Izbinsky vs D Daniuszewski
|| ||½-½||54||1909||All Russian Amateur||C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|16. S F Lebedev vs B Gregory
|| ||½-½||58||1909||All Russian Amateur||D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|17. B Verlinsky vs S F Lebedev
|| ||½-½||23||1909||All Russian Amateur||C15 French, Winawer|
|18. P Romanovsky vs M Elyashiv
|| ||½-½||49||1909||All Russian Amateur||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|19. S F Lebedev vs Alekhine
||½-½||53||1909||All Russian Amateur||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|20. G Helbach vs N Tereshchenko
|| ||½-½||24||1909||All Russian Amateur||C70 Ruy Lopez|
|21. B Maliutin vs P Evtifeev
||½-½||64||1909||All Russian Amateur||C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit|
|22. D Daniuszewski vs N Tereshchenko
|| ||½-½||45||1909||All Russian Amateur||D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit|
|23. M Elyashiv vs Viakhirev
|| ||½-½||58||1909||All Russian Amateur||C82 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|24. G Helbach vs P Romanovsky
|| ||½-½||28||1909||All Russian Amateur||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|25. K Rosenkrantz vs M Elyashiv
|| ||½-½||71||1909||All Russian Amateur||B15 Caro-Kann|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
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|Jan-29-14|| ||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: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
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
|Jul-24-17|| ||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?|
|Jun-02-18|| ||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.
|Jun-02-18|| ||Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Here is what I posted after hearing about the submitted missing games:|
P Romanovsky vs B Maliutin, 1909 (kibitz #2)
|Jun-02-18|| ||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.
|Jun-03-18|| ||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?
|Jun-03-18|| ||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.
|Jun-03-18|| ||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.
|Jun-03-18|| ||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".
|Jun-03-18|| ||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.
|Jun-03-18|| ||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|
|Jun-03-18|| ||hemy: <Phony Benoni> You need to install djvu reader.
You can download it from
|Jun-03-18|| ||zanzibar: djvu is useful, especially for a lot of Russian stuff, as they seem to have a preference for it.|
I haven't used it too much lately, and am once again wondering if it supports image/text overlays?
In other words, does it do like PDF does, and allow OCR text to be selected and copied into the clipboard.
The <Chigorin Memorial> seems to be non-OCR.
BTW- there's an export option in djview that allows conversion to PDF file format.
|Jun-03-18|| ||hemy: The size of djvu file is at least by 50% smaller than pdf of the same book.
Since email attachment have limited size,
sometimes pdf can be too big for sending by email.
Unfortunately it is not allowing OCR text to be selected and copied into the clipboard.
Russian books and magazines are mostly using djvu format.
Others probably less. In my Spanish language books collection are 1086 pdf and only 112 djvu books.
|Jun-03-18|| ||zanzibar: Thanks again <hemy>, for confirming the format stats, and the unfortunate lack of OCR in djvu.|
Not having a text layer is really limiting - because you can't just search out key phrases. Very deliberating for a non-Russian speaker, since each page has to be scanned by eye for interesting tidbits.
* * * * *
As for the Russian version of the tb:
<парти турнира любителей
Подъ редакцей Б. Е. Малбютина.>
begins on p238/383...
<party tournament amateurs
Edited by B.E. Malbutin.>
So, we should credit Malbutin for the amateur tournament account.
Or should it be this guy?
Boris Evgenievich Maliutin
(I think I like <Maljutin, Boris E.>, to better match the literature of the time)
|Jun-03-18|| ||hemy: <zanzibar> You are right. It is Б. Е. Малютин - B. E. Maliutin (Maljutin).
"Под редакцией Б. Е. Малютина" (Edited by B. E. Maliutin).|
|Jun-04-18|| ||TheFocus: Here is a description of the St. Petersburg 1909 book (Russian edition)It includes both tournaments. I don't own a copy though.|
<ST. PETERSBURG 1909, Lasker, Znosko-Borovsky & Malyutin; St. Petersburg, 1910. Russian. Quite scarce. This edition, unlike the English & German editions, includes the games of the amateur tourney won by Alekhine in his first tournament victory (excluding minor local events) ifo Rotlevi, Gregory,... 367p. L/N 5296. Includes some nice photos of Alekhine and others incl. Chigorin. Has some history of prior Russian chess events. h, good with original paper covers bd in. rebd, spine strip is worn, contents exc, h, vg, title page is stained. With 9 leaves in xerox tipped in to replace the missing original pages.>
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