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Peter Romanovsky
P Romanovsky 

Number of games in database: 350
Years covered: 1909 to 1956
Overall record: +166 -103 =80 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C68 C84 C73 C66 C79
 Reti System (25) 
    A04 A06
 Sicilian (22) 
    B30 B72 B23 B58 B50
 French Defense (14) 
    C15 C12 C14 C02 C16
 English (13) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B15 B16 B10 B12 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C65 C66 C79 C64 C77
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E34 E33 E22 E23 E43
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 D02 A41 D05
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E17 E16 E15 E18 E12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30 D38 D31 D35
 English (8) 
    A15 A14 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Zagoryansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943 0-1
   Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927 0-1
   P Romanovsky vs A Smorodsky, 1924 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 1-0
   V Nenarokov vs P Romanovsky, 1927 0-1
   P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner, 1927 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs N Grigoriev, 1924 1-0
   P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner, 1923 1-0
   I Rabinovich vs P Romanovsky, 1925 0-1
   P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1935 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leningrad (1925)
   USSR Championship (1923)
   USSR Championship (1927)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   Leningrad (1927)
   Leningrad Championship 1930/31 (1930)
   USSR Championship (1920)
   Leningrad (1934)
   URS-sf Moscow (1945)
   Moscow (1925)
   Moscow (1935)
   All Russian Amateur (1909)
   URS-ch sf Kharkiv (1956)
   USSR Championship (1945)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Peter Romanovsky by nizmo11
   Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Phili by fredthebear
   USSR Championship 1927 by Phony Benoni
   Masterpieces and Dramas of Soviet ch, part I by nizmo11
   USSR Championship 1925 by Phony Benoni
   Leningrad 1934 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1924 by Phony Benoni

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(born Jul-29-1892, died Mar-01-1964, 71 years old) Russia

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Peter Arsenyevich Romanovsky was born on the 29th of July 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and named an International Arbiter in 1951, he was USSR Champion in 1923 [rusbase-1] and 1927 [rusbase-2] (jointly) as well as Leningrad Champion in 1925 (jointly). His best international result was in Leningrad 1934, finishing 2nd= with Nikolai Riumin behind Mikhail Botvinnik. Around this period he began to devote more time to teaching, writing and publishing about the game. In 1934, Romanovsky became the first Soviet chess player to be awarded the title of Honoured Master of Sport. Both of his brothers Yevgeny and Alexander Romanovsky also played chess. He passed away in Moscow in 1964.

Wikipedia article: Peter Romanovsky

Last updated: 2023-11-17 09:22:58

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 351  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Romanovsky vs B Maliutin 1-0601909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
2. S Izbinsky vs P Romanovsky  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. V Rozanov vs P Romanovsky  1-0311909All Russian AmateurD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. P Romanovsky vs A Chepurnov  0-1241909All Russian AmateurB01 Scandinavian
5. P Evtifeev vs P Romanovsky 0-1601909All Russian AmateurC22 Center Game
6. P Romanovsky vs N Tereshchenko  1-0411909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
7. B Gregory vs P Romanovsky  1-0411909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. P Romanovsky vs B Verlinsky 0-1521909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
9. Alekhine vs P Romanovsky 0-1411909All Russian AmateurC26 Vienna
10. P Romanovsky vs M Elyashiv  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. B Nikolaev vs P Romanovsky  0-1591909All Russian AmateurC44 King's Pawn Game
12. P Romanovsky vs S F Lebedev  0-1371909All Russian AmateurD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
13. Viakhirev vs P Romanovsky  0-1431909All Russian AmateurC26 Vienna
14. P Romanovsky vs K Rosenkrantz  0-1321909All Russian AmateurD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. G Helbach vs P Romanovsky  ½-½281909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
16. P Romanovsky vs Rotlewi 0-1301909All Russian AmateurD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. D Daniuszewski vs P Romanovsky 1-0591909All Russian AmateurD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Lasker vs P Romanovsky 0-1341909Simul, 25bC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. P Romanovsky vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0281912Moscow-St PetersburgC42 Petrov Defense
20. P Romanovsky vs V Gonsiorovsky  1-0261914Tournament (VUZ) sfC41 Philidor Defense
21. P Romanovsky vs Flamberg  1-0161915TribergC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. P Romanovsky vs E Talvik  1-0261916National tournamentC77 Ruy Lopez
23. L Travin vs P Romanovsky  0-1291919National tournamentA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs P Romanovsky 0-1411919MoscowC67 Ruy Lopez
25. P Romanovsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  1-0361920PetrogradB15 Caro-Kann
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 351  PGN Download
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Jul-29-09  WhiteRook48: with 4 Qb3 going crazy
Jun-13-11  wordfunph: "Oh, because in life there are many attractions which I did not want to pass by…." (when asked why he did not put more effort into becoming a Grandmaster)

- IM Peter Romanovsky

(taken from his book Chess Middlegame Planning)

Jul-29-11  brankat: I found his memoires quite fascinating, particularly the part about his encounters with A.A.Alekhine.
Feb-11-12  wordfunph: from the book Queen Sacrifice by Iakov Neishtadt..

<Pyotr Romanovsky, a future USSR Champion, was then iη his twentieth year. Many years later, when chairing a qualification commission, after examining the games of a young player seeking the grade of candidate master, he asked him: "How many times have you sacrificed your queen?". And he added: "Α genuine chess player must have sacrificed it not less than ten times...">

Jul-29-12  SimonWebbsTiger: One of the great teachers of chess. I heartily recommend his books "Chess Middlegame Planning" and "Chess Middlegame Combinations" (both published by American Chess Promotions, 1990 and 1991 respectively).

A quote from him:

<In the chess struggle, enterprise and forethought, boldness and composure, daring and persistence, ingenuity in imagination and accuracy of calculation, allow the scientific process of the chess game to become creative....The present book calls upon chessplayers to strive for creativity. In addition it calls for a deep respect and study of chess theory...."

(p.226, Chess Middlegame Planning)

Jul-29-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Romanovsky.
Jul-29-12  backrank: Romanovsky's immortal:

Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927

Other great games by him:

P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925

E Zagorjansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943

Aug-02-12  backrank: And a further remarkable one: V Baturinsky vs P Romanovsky, 1945
Jul-29-13  brankat: Today You are remembered Master Romanovsky.
May-19-14  Karpova: On 1 March 1909, Dr. Lasker gave a Simul in St. Petersburg, scoring +20 -1 =4. The only loss was against 16 year old Romanovsky (<16 Jahre alte Romanowski>), so most likely Peter Arsenievich.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', June 1909, p. 179

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM and USSR Champion Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky.
Jul-29-14  blackburne: Biography of Piotr Romanovsky (spanish)

Jan-13-15  zanzibar: A picture of Alekhine and Romanovsky from 1920 can be found on this Spanish language bio:

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  SteinitzLives: Just started Romanovsky's Soviet Middlegame Technique, which combines his two classic works: Middlegame Planning and Middlegame Combinations.

Wow, so far in the book, I have to say this guy could really write about some chess, and his examples are truly instructive.

The story behind the book and his having to recreate the updated version of it from memory when the manuscript was lost during WWII shows his love of teaching and writing. Romanovsky is a real unsung hero of chess education (hopefully only outside of Russia).

Mar-01-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Peter Romanovsky.
Jul-29-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Peter Romanovsky.
Jul-29-16  morfishine: <TheFocus> Do us all a favor, and stop wishing "Happy Birthday" to corpses

These posts are just a cheap way for you to increase your post total

best always, morf

Oh, and drop the "RIP" posts too

these serve no purpose other than to showcase that you are following players dates of death



Jul-29-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

If <The Focus> really wants to increase his post count as fast as possible, he should just change his username to <Jim Bartle>. :-D

Jul-29-17  ColeTrane: That morph its actually a pretty funny dude....
Jul-29-17  JimNorCal: <Jan 13 2015 zanzibar > Very interesting picture. Both players look very stressed. Alekhine in particular doesn't look like other photos I've seen.
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  HeMateMe: all his children perished in the siege of Leningrad? Horrific times. I'm assuming he's no relation to the Romanovskys who were executed by Stalin's crew?
Feb-03-19  ChessHigherCat: < HeMateMe: all his children perished in the siege of Leningrad? Horrific times. I'm assuming he's no relation to the Romanovskys who were executed by Stalin's crew?>

This was the branch of the family that had the skis so they could escape (hence the name).

This guy's fantastic, 1923 USSR Champion and I never even hoyd of de guy.


<HMM> BTW, this is a great fact-based novel about the Siege of Leningrad if you haven't read it yet:

Feb-04-19  Straclonoor: <all his children perished in the siege of Leningrad?> Wife and 4 daughters (Kira, Svetlana, Rogneda, Anna)... It was in horrific Siege winter 41/42.

After War Romanovsky married one more time and had son Viktor and daughter Vera.

Nov-02-21  Jean Defuse: ...

<The early Peter Romanovsky>

[Event "St Petersburg"]
[Date "1907.??.??"]
[White "Romanovsky, Peter Arsenievich"]
[Black "Romanovsky, Alexander Arsenievich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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1. Qh6 Nh5 2. Qxh5 gxh5 3. Nh6+ Kh8 4. Rg1 1-0

Source: Pachman - Wie überliste ich meinen Gegner, No. 30


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