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Nikolai Krylenko vs Lykum
URS (1925)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  1-0



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  kingscrusher: Considering Krylenko's importance in the evolution of Chess style - more important possibly than any world champion - it is amazing this game isn't commented on much. I am doing a video on it soon.

Without Krylenko, I don't think there would have been as many USSR World champions.

Aug-30-11  BobCrisp: By that logic, maybe you should do a video on <Krylenko>'s parents.
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  kingscrusher: <BobCrisp> Why do you think there were so many USSR World chess champions?!
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  kingscrusher: Check this blog post out for some initial background reading:

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  kingscrusher: Game video annotated with some background comments to Krylenko's impact on Chess Style:

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  kingscrusher: From Wiki:

" In the 1930s Krylenko headed the Soviet chess, checkers and mountain climbing associations. He was one of the pioneers of the Pamirs mountain climbing, leading the Soviet half of a joint Soviet-German expedition in 1928 as well as expeditions to the Eastern Pamirs in 1931 and to the Lenin Peak in 1934 [4]. Krylenko used his positions to carry out the Stalinist line of total control and politicization of all areas of public life: We must finish once and for all with the neutrality of chess. We must condemn once and for all the formula "chess for the sake of chess", like the formula "art for art's sake". We must organize shockbrigades of chess-players, and begin immediate realization of a Five-Year Plan for chess. [5]


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  perfidious: <kingscrusher> I quite agree with your assessment of Krylenko's place in the chess firmament-without his efforts, Soviet chess would have had a much harder road.

As to using any sort of logic with your compatriot <Crispy Critter>, best of luck-you're much in need of it!

Would Lykum have survived long, had he won this game?

Aug-30-11  JoergWalter: without Krylenko chess in the soviet union may have been different. his support for Botvinnik was unique - see the posts under Bohartrychuk and Izmailov for example. However, is it not strange that chess became a measure of comparison between soviet and western systems? Without the so called "sojus shock" chess would not have come to that prominence.
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  kingscrusher: A page with key growth stats:

The match in the context of Russian chess player statistics :-

1922 1,000 registered chessplayers
1924 The Russian state took over control of chess with the formation of the All-Union Chess Section of the Supreme Council for Physical Culture 1929 150,000 players
1934 500,000 players
1966 3,540,000 players
1970 USSR vs Rest of World match
1990's over 5 million

Sep-02-11  JoergWalter: @kingscrusher

do you have any numbers for 1960?
(before wostok I?)

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  kingscrusher: <JoergWalter> No maybe it is somewhere though on the Internet

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