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Lev Psakhis
Number of games in database: 1,581
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2450 (2517 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2625

Overall record: +536 -199 =786 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 60 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (141) 
    B30 B76 B92 B42 B93
 French Defense (62) 
    C07 C18 C09 C11 C05
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C92 C90 C96 C60 C68
 English, 1 c4 e5 (44) 
    A20 A22 A21 A25 A29
 King's Indian (42) 
    E81 E80 E97 E94 E71
 English (42) 
    A10 A13 A15 A16 A14
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (127) 
    C07 C11 C01 C18 C16
 Queen's Indian (103) 
    E15 E12 E18 E17 E16
 Sicilian (94) 
    B42 B81 B80 B93 B97
 Nimzo Indian (75) 
    E32 E42 E21 E41 E20
 Modern Benoni (65) 
    A70 A61 A64 A75 A65
 Queen's Pawn Game (63) 
    E00 A46 A40 E10 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Psakhis vs A Kochyev, 1990 1-0
   Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 0-1
   Psakhis vs Paunovic, 1986 1-0
   Psakhis vs V Malaniuk, 1987 1-0
   Psakhis vs Smirin, 1995 1-0
   Psakhis vs Martinovsky, 1989 1-0
   Kholmov vs Psakhis, 1984 0-1
   Tiviakov vs Psakhis, 1993 0-1
   V Malaniuk vs Psakhis, 1983 0-1
   Psakhis vs Lputian, 1979 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   48th USSR Championship (1980)
   Szirak (1986)
   Groningen op (1993)
   Dortmund (1982)
   Yerevan Zonal (1982)
   Tallinn (1987)
   GMA World Cup Open (1988)
   Minsk (1982)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   Dortmund-A (1989)
   URS-ch 52nd / Zonal (1985)
   Chigorin Memorial (1982)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   EUR-chT (Men) 12th (1999)
   European Championship (2001)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chigorin MT * Sochi 1988 (selected) by vonKrolock
   Tallinn 1987 by Chessdreamer
   Szirak 1986 by Tabanus
   1983 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer

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(born Nov-29-1958, 62 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Lev Borisovich Psakhis was born in Kalinin*. Awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1982, he was joint USSR Champion in 1980-81 [rusbase-1] and 1981 [rusbase-2]. In tournaments he was 1st= at Sarajevo 1986, 1st at Szirak 1986 and 2nd= at Trnava 1988. In July 1982 he was ranked =7th in the world. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer.

*Wikipedia article: Tver

Wikipedia article: Lev Psakhis

Last updated: 2018-11-29 11:14:24

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,581  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V N Kozlov vs Psakhis  ½-½231977VolgogradA04 Reti Opening
2. S Namgilov vs Psakhis  1-0391977RostovA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
3. Portnyagin vs Psakhis  ½-½351977KrasnoyarskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
4. A Zakharov vs Psakhis 0-1411977VolgogradA65 Benoni, 6.e4
5. Romanov vs Psakhis 0-1371977IrkutskA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
6. E Riabchonok vs Psakhis 1-0251977VolgogradB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. G Botterill vs Psakhis 1-0231977RussiaE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. E Piankov vs Psakhis 0-1351977IrkutskA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
9. N Rashkovsky vs Psakhis  0-1381977VolgogradE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Psakhis vs D Kaiumov  ½-½191978Alma AtaA15 English
11. Vladimirov vs Psakhis  ½-½461978TashkentA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
12. Nikitin vs Psakhis  ½-½281978Alma AtaA04 Reti Opening
13. O Vasilchenko vs Psakhis  ½-½421978TashkentA30 English, Symmetrical
14. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-0371978Zaitsev memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
15. M Gurevich vs Psakhis  0-1501978BakuA34 English, Symmetrical
16. Psakhis vs E Magerramov 0-1401978USSR 26/55A15 English
17. Psakhis vs A Noskov  1-0491978Alma AtaA92 Dutch
18. A N Panchenko vs Psakhis 1-0271978USSR 25/369B27 Sicilian
19. Psakhis vs Vladimirov  0-1391978URS-ch U26A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
20. Chekhov vs Psakhis  1-0301978URS-ch U26C44 King's Pawn Game
21. Psakhis vs Yusupov ½-½551978URS-ch U26C42 Petrov Defense
22. Z Sturua vs Psakhis  ½-½361979BakuA15 English
23. Psakhis vs V Zhuravliov  ½-½241979URSA09 Reti Opening
24. Psakhis vs Chekhov  ½-½401979BakuB33 Sicilian
25. V Malaniuk vs Psakhis  1-0531979URSB12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,581  PGN Download
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Nov-29-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Lev is, touch wood, in far better health and on the mend now, the last I heard.
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  Domdaniel: Lev - my contemporary - was close to death a year ago, after picking up lethal diseases in a Russian blood transfusion. Now, after a liver transplant in Israel - he's reportedly much better.

Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.

Keep on going, Lev.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Insight, leavened with a nice dash of humour.

Psakhis' books are worthwhile reading.

We played two events together in July 1992, but never met. That would have been enjoyable indeed.

Nov-29-12  parisattack: <Domdaniel...Nobody has ever written with more insight on the French ... but hey, staying alive matters too.>

Yes, awesome books on the French! Good to hear he is recovering.

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  offramp: Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.
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  perfidious: <offramp> Lovely--never heard that one!!
Dec-30-14  john barleycorn: Psakhis should have attended the Tal chess school. Always wondered why he and Romanishin for example would not climb higher on the ladder. Bad luck being sandwiched between the established Karpov and the rising Kasparov, probably.
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  perfidious: <john b> That bad luck thwarted the title aspirations of an entire generation. The two Ks were too dang good.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <The principle of my play at that time was analogous to the Brazilian approach to soccer: our opponents will score as much as they can, and we will score as much as we have to> - Lev Psakhis (discussing his play around the time he won consecutive Soviet Championships).
May-24-15  TheFocus: <In chess there are three results and two of them are good> - Lev Psakhis.
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  Eggman: Happy birthday to this former world number 7!
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  offramp: In the 40th year of Jaws ... Lev Psakhis!
Nov-29-16  Marmot PFL: <Dvoretsky says that Psakhis was expelled by Botvinnik from his chess school because he played the Cochrane Gambit in a training game.>

Gambits are very useful, for learning both attacking and defensive play and improving tactical ability. Even if you don't play these lines you still have to be able to meet them.

Nov-29-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lev Phakhis.
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  saffuna: The USSR took first place at the 1981 World Student Team Championship.

"After the tournament, Lev Psakhis and Juoian Hodgson got into a deep discussion. Fairly inebriated, Julian asked what would have happened if the Russians had not taken first place.

"'I would have gone to Siberia,' Lev replied. Julian expressed shock and dismay, but Lev let the hammer drop. "It's not so bad. I live in Siberia."

(Joel Benjamin)

May-24-17  Howard: Hard to believe that Psakhas was tied for 7th in the world on the July, 1982 rating list, but....he was ! His rating had shot up 70 points since the last list.
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  ketchuplover: At least one humanoid claims Lev has a 120 game unbeaten streak. Anyone have specific dates for this? tyia
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  whiteshark: <ketchuplover>

"But I can add a further twist to the saga, as I am also aware of the fact that <GM Lev Psakhis>, formerly the world No.7 and a two-time USSR co-champion from the early 1980s, went on an unbeaten run streak of 120 games that <stretched through late 1996 to mid-1998.>"

-- one humanoid

Nov-29-18  SChesshevsky: Seems a shame he didn't seem to get out of the Soviet Union much in what was maybe his prime years.

But the guy sure could play chess:

Psakhis vs Seirawan, 1990

Korchnoi vs Psakhis, 1993

Psakhis vs Korchnoi, 2001

Oct-09-19  PJs Studio: In 64 games, Lev had 31 wins and only SIX loses (during his entire professional career(!)) with the Modern Benoni.

That is damn Inspirational

Oct-10-19  parisattack: He mentions in his book, The Complete Benoni (1995) he (now) only plays it against an early Nf3 for White to avoid the Taimanov.

If you decide to tread the Benoni waters - May the Force be with you.

Oct-31-19  PJs Studio: The Benoni was my first love. I totally donít mind playing against the Taimanov. White usually over extends himself. (I understand itís very good for white, but black has moves to counter.) Other white lines of the Benoni seem to cramp black even further.
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  wordfunph: gm lev psakhis in now my friend in facebok.
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  Messiah: <wordfunph: gm lev psakhis in now my friend in facebok.>


Jul-20-20  PJs Studio: Iím friends with Shirov on Facebook. But itís not like we chat frequently. Man what a super player he was!
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