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Stefan Izbinsky
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1903 to 1911
Overall record: +20 -25 =7 (45.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-17-1884, died Apr-28-1912, 27 years old) Ukraine

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Stefan Konstantinovich Izbinsky was born and died in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1911, he won a match against Efim Bogoljubov (+4 -2 =2).

Wikipedia article: Stefan Izbinsky

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 52  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chigorin vs S Izbinsky  ½-½3219033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
2. P P Benko vs S Izbinsky  1-04719033rd Russian National TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. S Izbinsky vs N E Kalinsky  1-03119033rd Russian National TournamentC70 Ruy Lopez
4. A Rabinovich vs S Izbinsky 0-13019033rd Russian National TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. S Izbinsky vs Rubinstein 0-13619033rd Russian National TournamentC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
6. V Breev vs S Izbinsky  0-11819033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. Salwe vs S Izbinsky 1-06019033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. S Izbinsky vs O Bernstein  ½-½6019033rd Russian National TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Schiffers vs S Izbinsky 0-13619033rd Russian National TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. S Izbinsky vs S Levitsky  1-06319033rd Russian National TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
11. S Izbinsky vs V N Kulomzin  0-13819033rd Russian National TournamentC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. S Izbinsky vs Yurevich  1-03319033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. S F Lebedev vs S Izbinsky 1-01519033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. S Izbinsky vs M Lowcki  0-13319033rd Russian National TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs S Izbinsky  1-03319033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. S Izbinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-04619033rd Russian National TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
17. S Izbinsky vs W Von Stamm  1-03319033rd Russian National TournamentC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. V Nikolaev vs S Izbinsky  ½-½5719033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. S Izbinsky vs A Romanovsky  0-14919064th All Russian TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. B Blumenfeld vs S Izbinsky 1-06319064th All Russian TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. S Izbinsky vs Alapin 1-04319064th All Russian TournamentC14 French, Classical
22. S Levitsky vs S Izbinsky  1-03419064th All Russian TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. S Izbinsky vs Chigorin 0-13719064th All Russian TournamentA80 Dutch
24. Salwe vs S Izbinsky  1-07219064th All Russian TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. S Izbinsky vs B Maliutin  1-06019064th All Russian TournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
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Sep-14-04  Mingrelian: I read his name was Stepan Isaakevich Izbinsky. He was Kiev Champion several times, beat Bogolyubov in a match shortly before he died(1912). His first big tournament was when the All-Russian Ch was held in his hometown in 1903. He had made himself noticed before that by scoring +3=0-1 in simuls against Chigorin. He died young of TB, iirc.
I wonder how representative these games are of his playing style. Might he have had a part in influencing the formation of the dynamic Ukrainian school/style of chess evolved by Bogolyubov, Bohatirchuk, Vilner, Konstantinopolsky, Rauzer, Boleslavsky, Bronstein, Geller, Stein and others? A lot of the propaganda about the "Soviet Style" of chess ignores that a great deal of it was born in the cafes of Kiev and Odessa in Tsarist times.
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  whiteshark: I would like to see his match games vs Bogoljubov here.
Jul-17-12  brankat: A pity master Izbinsky died so young. A promising talent, he did beat not only Bogoljubov, but also Z-Borovsky, Pyotr Romanovsky (later the USSR champion), drew against Chigorin and Bernstein.

R.I.P. master Izbinsky.

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  whiteshark: The wiki-link actually states that he

< shared 1st with Efim Bogoljubow and lost a play-off match against him (+0 –2 =0) at Kiev 1911 >.

Was there a second match between them in 1911?

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  whiteshark: Here's a picure from 3rd All Russian Tournament, 1903 in Kiev with Ibinsky standing 2nd to the left:

backrow: Rabinovich,<Izbinsky>, Kylomzin, Lebedev, Znosko-Borovsky, Levitsky, Kalinsky, Ben'ko, Lowtzky

frontrow: Rubinstein, Vengerov, Salwe, Chigorin, Loxting, Count Plater, Yurevich, Bernstein, Schiffers, Duz-Chotimirsky

Plater was the tournament patron, Loxting and Vengerov were tournament officials.


Jul-17-12  brankat: <whiteshark> As well informed as ever!

Thank You for the links.

I don't know whether there was a second match. The games vs. Bogoljubov are not listed in the database. Nothing beyond 1909.

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  whiteshark: <brankat> You are welcome!
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  Phony Benoni: <brankat> <whiteshark> Gino Di Felice's <Chess Results, 1901-1920> lists the results of a second match between Izbinsky and Bogoljubov in 1911 as given in the biography, but gives no other details.
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  tamar: Quite a decent player. I found this stunning game on Chess Tempo. Is it genuine? There were of course no ratings in that day.

Izbinsky, Stefan (2535) vs Bogoljubow, Efim (2610)
Date: 1909
Event: Odessa UKR, Odessa UKR
Round: ?
Result: 1-0
Opening: Spanish Game, Cozio Defense, General (C60)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O g6 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 Bg7 7. c3 O-O 8. Bg5 h6 9. Be3 Kh7 10. f4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 12. Qxd4 c6 13. Bd3 Qb6 14. Qxb6 axb6 15. f5 gxf5 16. exf5 f6 17. Nd2 d5 18. Rae1 Rf7 19. a3 Bd7 20. Nf3 c5 21. Nh4 Nc8 22. Ng6 Nd6 23. Ne7 c4 24. Bc2 Ra5 25. Rf4 Ne8 26. Re3 Rc5 27. Rd4 Ng7 28. g4 Bc6 29. g5

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29...Rf8 30. g6+ Kh8 31. Rh3 h5 32. Rdh4 Re8

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  Phony Benoni: <Tamar> Di Felice lists a tournament in Odessa beginning 1910.01.10 where Izbinsky defeated Bogoljubov. If that represents the "New Style" calendar date (which Di Felice consistently uses), the starting date would be 1909.12.28 under the "Old Style" calendar.

There are a few other events where Izbinsky defeated Bogolyubov around this time. They appeared to have been well matched.

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  tamar: <Phony Benoni> thanks, perhaps the games were not preserved.
Feb-10-14  Karpova: The match against Bogoljubov (+4 -2 =2) took place right after the Kiev City Championship 1911.

Source: Page 341 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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