Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Moisei Elyashiv
M Elyashiv 
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1902 to 1914

Overall record: +21 -20 =6 (51.1%)*
   * 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 (11) 
    C71 C78 C66 C82 C79
 French Defense (4) 
    C02 C05 C01 C11
With the Black pieces:
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rotlewi vs M Elyashiv, 1909 1/2-1/2
   S F Lebedev vs M Elyashiv, 1909 0-1
   M Elyashiv vs P Evtifeev, 1909 1/2-1/2
   E Farago vs M Elyashiv, 1904 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   All Russian Amateur (1909)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909) by Phony Benoni
   All Russian Amateur (St. Petersburg, 1909) by theArtist

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Moisei Elyashiv
Search Google for Moisei Elyashiv

(born Apr-06-1869, died 1919, 50 years old) Lithuania

[what is this?]

Moisei Elyashiv (Elyashov, Eljaschoff) was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on 6 April, 1869. He was one of 10 children in a well established Jewish family. His father Zalkind Shlomo Kalman Elyashiv was a tradesman in Kaunas. The other nine children raised by his mother Khaia Sora Elyashiv were: Rachel Berlin, Khiena Shteinberg, Aron Elyashiv, Israel Isidor Elyashiv, Sheyna Fridman, Yirmiya Elyashiv, Yudel Marcus Elyashiv, Dr. Ester (Esfir) Gurliand Veiskorth, and Baruch Elyashiv. Moisei was the older brother of Dr. Israel Isidor Elyashiv, the first Yiddish literary critic, born in Kaunas, Lithuania on 31 August, 1871. (1)

In 1894, Moisei moved from Kaunas to Dvinsk, Russian Empire (since 1920: Daugavpils, Latvia). He became a member of the city chess club (founded in 1891), and shortly, together with local player Abelman, became one of its two best players. He took part in the Daugavpils telegraph match against the Riga chess club. (2) Later, Moisei Elyashiv moved to Switzerland and studied at the University of Bern. He participated in the Swiss championship in Basel (1898), and ended 7th. (3) On 4-7 February, 1898, in Davos, Switzerland held an International chess tournament. Eighteen players participated in three semifinal groups, two players from each advancing to a final 6-player tournament, which Elyashiv won with 4.5/5. Second was Dr. Karl Karstens (Kiel) (4/5), and 3rd was Leon Pasternak from Zürich (3/5). (3, 4) In the Swiss championship in Lausanne (1899), Elyashiv was 3rd. (3) In August 1900, Elyashiv won the Nebenturnier A of the 12th DSB (German Chess Federation) Congress in Munich. (5) On 8-9 June 1901, in the 11th Swiss championship in St. Gallen, he was 5th with 3/5. Max Pestalozzi, Dr. Eugen Meyer, Hans Duhm, and Andreas Duhm shared 1st place (3.5/6). (6) In March 1902, Elyashiv won a tournament in Munich, after defeating Kullmann in the tie-break. (7) In 1902, in Berlin, he won a match against Carl Johan Margot Carls (+3 -1 =0). (8) The 13th DSB Congress was held in Hanover, 21 July to 11 August 1902. Elyashiv had now already settled in Munich. The 28 players in Hauptturnier B were divided in four groups. Elyashiv played in Group 4, and was 1st with 5.5/6. The two best in each group then played in a Siegergruppe (winners group), which was won by Leo Fleischmann Forgacs (5/7), ahead of Max Lange (4/5). Elyashiv shared 3rd place with Johannes Esser, Paul Fiebig and Alfred Ehrhardt Post (3.5/7). (9) In the Swiss championship in Zürich (1903), he took a shared 2nd place. (3) The 14th DSB Congress was held in Coburg, 18 July - 1 August 1904. Elyashiv played in Hauptturnier B, and was 2nd with 8/10, behind Hans Fahrni. (9) On 7-28 November 1904, a double-round 4-player tournament was held in Munich. Rudolf Spielmann won (7/9), Friedrich Koehnlein was 2nd (5.5/9), and Elyashiv was 3rd (4/9). (10) In June 1906, at the 16th Swiss Chess Federation congress in Basel (Hauptturnier A), 1st place was shared between Walter Henneberger and Moriz Henneberger (4 pts). Elyashiv shared 3rd, with Walter Preiswerk (3 pts). (11) In June/July 1906 in Ostend (Hauptturnier B), Elyashiv was 1st with 13/17. (12) On 6-24 November 1906, the Altmunchen chess club held a 6-player masters tournament in Munich. First was Aron Nimzowitsch (8.5/10), 2nd was Rudolf Spielmann (6.5/10), and Elyashiv shared 3rd with Erich Cohn and David Przepiorka (5/10). (13) In the Ostend International Amateur tournament, 30 March - 13 April 1907, Elyashiv was 13th with 9/19. Georg Schories won with 14.5/19. (14) In 1908, Elyashiv participated in the Prague International tournament (18 May - 12 June). The 32 players in the Hauptturnier played in three sections, eight players in each. Elyashiv shared 5th place in section C with J. Musil (3.5/7). The win was shared between Jaroslav Engler and Bernhard Kagan (5/7). (15) At the 16th DSB Congress, Düsseldorf 3-19 August 1908, Elyashiv was 2nd in Hauptturnier B (10.5/13), after Kurt Moll (12/13). (16)

Elyashiv returned to Kaunas in 1909. He represented Kaunas in the All Russian Amateur tournament in St. Petersburg (15 February - 12 March), sharing 4th place with Dawid Daniuszewski and Boris Evgenievich Maliutin (9.5/16). The winner was 16-year-old Alexander Alekhine (13/16). (17) The year after, Elyashiv participated in the 17th DSB (German Chess Federation) Congress in Hamburg (18 July - 6 August). He played in Hauptturnier B, which consisted of 60 players in six groups (10 players in each), and came 2nd in Group 3 (6/9), advancing to Siegergruppe 2 (which consisted of the six 2nd place takers). Hans Johner won this (3.5/5), and Elyashiv shared 5th with Rudolf Duhrssen (1.5/5). (18) In 1911, at the All Russian Amateur tournament in St. Petersburg (October/November), Elyashiv represented Kovno (Kaunas), as one of the 22 players from 13 cities of the Russian Empire. The winner was Stefan Levitsky (16.5/21). Elyashiv was ill and had to undergo an operation after the tournament ended. He scored 6.5/20 and finished 20th. (19) In 1912, the 18th German Chess Federation Congress was held in Breslau (14 July to 7 August). Elyashiv played in Hauptturnier A, sharing 7th place with Lajos Asztalos (9/16). The winner was Bernhard Gregory (11.5/16). (20) Shortly after, in the All-Russian Masters tournament in Vilnius (19 August to 17 September), he was 17th in the International Main tournament (5.5/19). The winner was Karel Hromadka (15/19). (21) In 1913/1914, Elyashiv tied for 17th with Bernhard Gregory (3.5/17) at the All-Russian Masters Tournament in St. Petersburg (8th Russian championship). Alexander Alekhine and Aron Nimzowitsch shared 1st place with 13.5/17. (22)

The 19th DSB Chess Congress started in Mannheim on Sunday 19 July 1914. About 100 players participated, and Elyashiv attended as a correspondent for Russian newspapers. During Round 11, there was the Russian-German declaration of war, and trouble had started for the Russian nationals. On Friday 31 July, Elyashiv was arrested while swimmimg in the Rhine near the railway bridge. The bridge was of strategic importance, being on the main line connecting Strasburg and Metz (France). Elyashiv was suspected of espionage, and brought by four soldiers to the main guard of the Castle where he spent the Friday and Saturday nights. It was not until Sunday morning that Peter Saburov, the president of St. Petersburg Chess Club convinced the Germans to release him. Next evening he was brought to the headquarters of the chess congress by two security agents. Elyashiv was then sent to Baden-Baden in a good hotel, as the Germans still believed he was a Russian general playing the role of a chess correspondent (due to the strange figures in his telegrams). Eventually, the intervention of the American consul led to the liberation of all the Russian masters, and of Elyashiv, who was able to make the journey to Zürich, Switzerland. (23)


2) Chess history of Dinaburg (since 1993: Dvinsk) - article of Wolf Rubinchik at and
3) Article of Dmitry Gorodin, History of International chess tournaments in Swiss, at
4) Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung, 27 February 1898, p. 203. Dr. Karl Karstens, oceanographer, was a member of of the Imperial-Royal Geographical Society. Source: Dr. J. M. Juttner in Mittheilungen der kaiserlich-königlichen Geographischen Gesellschaft, Vienna, p. 604.
5) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, August/September 1900, Nr. 8/9, p. 180, and Wikipedia article: Swiss Chess Championship.
6) Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 6 July 1901, p. 18, and Wikipedia article: Swiss Chess Championship.
7) Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 29 March 1902, p. 14.
8) Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 23, and Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, p. 32.
9) Altonaer Nachrichten, 1 August 1902, p. 7, Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 2 August 1902, Wiener Schach-Zeitung, September 1902, p. 185, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 16.
10) Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 17 December 1904, p. 20, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 43.
11) Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 30 June 1906, p. 18, and Wikipedia article: Swiss Chess Championship.
12) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, September 1906, p. 309, Gaige, Chess Tournament Crosstables II, p. 263, and Sergeant, Century of British Chess, p. 247.
13) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 11/12, November/December 1906, p. 373, Neue Hamburger Zeitung, 15 December 1906, p. 22, and Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung, 8 December 1906, p. 1505.
14) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 5/6, May/July 1907, p. 164, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 96.
15) Prager Tagblatt, Nr. 142, 23 May 1908, p. 7, Neues Wiener Tagblatt, 28 May 1908, p. 11, and Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 5/6, May/June 1908, p. 180.
16) Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 105.
17) All Russian Amateur (1909), and Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 11/12, June 1909, pp. 193-194.
18) Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung, 21 August 1910, p. 1123, Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, pp. 140-141, and Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 14/16, July/August 1910, p. 338.
19) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, Nr. 21/24, November/December 1911, p. 351, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 164.
20) Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 172.
21) Wiener Schach-Zeitung, February/May 1914, p. 129, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 184.
22) Game Collection: St Petersburg 1914 All-Russian Championship, and Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 217.
23) Schweizerische Schachzeitung, Nr. 2, February 1915, p. 17, and article of Sergei Voronkov, Russian Sphinx, at

Last updated: 2020-10-05 22:35:05

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Koring vs M Elyashiv  0-1201902Munich Chess Club Winter tC26 Vienna
2. Pillsbury vs M Elyashiv 0-1341902Kaiser-Cafe, Blindfold Simul 21bC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. Spielmann vs M Elyashiv 1-0291903MunichC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. M Elyashiv vs H Fahrni  0-1511904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. O Farago vs M Elyashiv  0-1211904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BC46 Three Knights
6. H Appunn vs M Elyashiv  ½-½411904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BC49 Four Knights
7. M Elyashiv vs O Wegemund  1-0331904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Koehnlein vs M Elyashiv  1-0321904MunichC29 Vienna Gambit
9. M Elyashiv vs Nimzowitsch 0-1181906Altmunchen Club tournamentC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
10. M Elyashiv vs Spielmann  0-1301906Altmunchen Club tournamentC71 Ruy Lopez
11. D Przepiorka vs M Elyashiv  0-1661906Altmunchen Club tournamentC45 Scotch Game
12. Spielmann vs M Elyashiv  1-0291906Altmunchen Club tournamentC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. M Elyashiv vs D Daniuszewski  0-1471909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. B Maliutin vs M Elyashiv 0-1261909All Russian AmateurB15 Caro-Kann
15. M Elyashiv vs S Izbinsky  0-1581909All Russian AmateurB44 Sicilian
16. M Elyashiv vs V Rozanov 1-0601909All Russian AmateurB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. A Chepurnov vs M Elyashiv 1-0381909All Russian AmateurB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. M Elyashiv vs P Evtifeev ½-½831909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
19. N Tereshchenko vs M Elyashiv 0-1381909All Russian AmateurC44 King's Pawn Game
20. M Elyashiv vs B Gregory  1-0631909All Russian AmateurC66 Ruy Lopez
21. B Verlinsky vs M Elyashiv  0-1471909All Russian AmateurD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Elyashiv vs Alekhine 0-1201909All Russian AmateurC01 French, Exchange
23. P Romanovsky vs M Elyashiv  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. M Elyashiv vs B Nikolaev  1-0621909All Russian AmateurC02 French, Advance
25. S F Lebedev vs M Elyashiv  0-1691909All Russian AmateurD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Elyashiv wins | Elyashiv loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member

Thanks <hemy>.

I wonder why <Goncharov> could not play in the tournament. Unless <WS> made a mistake, and just listed the wrong player by accident in the first part of that article.

I would like to know how they decided to invite <Ostrogsky>, but as you know information about him is so scarce.

On the Russian wiki page you linked, he is the only player whose name is not a "live link."

Here is the first page of the <WS> article:


On that Russian player index I found a few more games for the 1911 tournament, and also a few new games by Moisei Elyashiv in other tournaments. The player index also has more Paul List games from other events.

I didn't upload any of them yet though.

Game Collection: St. Petersburg 1911 All Russian Haupturnier



Premium Chessgames Member


On Moisei Elyashiv the new Russian player database entry provides some additional information, although most of that seems to be taken from <Edo Chess>.

<Moisei Elyashiv> entry: https://xn--80aaa5asd7agcy5a.xn--p1...

<Additonal Information>: https://xn--80aaa5asd7agcy5a.xn--p1...

One of the best features of this database for non-Russian speakers is that you can download all of the information they supply, and the pgns seem to be in English language so far.

Other pdf files they have on offer I can download and then cut and paste into the Google translator.

In addition to pdf files, they also offer downloads in .7z file format.

Sadly, I cannot seem to find a program that will extract these .7z files. When I try to extract them, I always end up getting a download of <chessbase 2014 edition> instead. When I download <WinZip> to try to open the .7z files, it does not seem to function on my computer for some reason.

<chessbase 2014 edition> is very useful to have of course, but I would like to be able to open the .7z files properly as well.

Aug-29-20  hemy: <JFQ> <I would like to be able to open the .7z files>

I placed <.7z> software installation file in "Hemy" folder of your Dropbox.

Rename it after downloading to your computer - change the extension ".JFQ" to ".msi". You will be able to install ".7z" software.

I changed original file name extension because Dropbox may block some file types downloading.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> Thank you for passing me that application and telling me how to open it from drop box.

I was able to do this successfully. The application is much better than the one I had been using before, but it still won't open any of the files from the https://шахм... pages.

More precisely, it will open them, but the games are not there- instead, <Chessbase 14> appears. I already have <Chessbase 14>. Does this mean that the "all games" files I have been trying to open gives me <Cb 14> because all the games from a given player are on <Cb 14>?

Did you try to open any of the "all games" files with the application you passed me? If so, what did the file have in it when you opened it and looked at it?

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> Also I harvested some more <Moisei Elyashiv> games and put them in this collection here: Game Collection: Moisei Elyashiv games .

I have submitted them all to as well, but they may not get published for a while.

On one of the games I couldn't figure out which event it was played at:

<Munich 1902>

[Event "?"]
[Site "Munich GER"]
[Date "1902.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "G Koring"]
[Black "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Source "Shamatistam.RF"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 d6 5. Nge2 Ng4 6. O-O h5 7. Na4 h4 8. Nxc5 dxc5 9. h3 Nh6 10. g4 Nc6 11. f4 exf4 12. Nxf4 Ne5 13. d3 Nhxg4 14. hxg4 Bxg4 15. Qe1 h3 16. Bh1 h2+ 17. Kf2 Qf6 18. Ke3 g5 19. Nh5 Nc4+ 20. dxc4 Qd4# 0-1

I guess it is from <"In March 1902, Elyashiv won a tournament in Munich, after defeating Kullmann in the tie-break. (7)">

The <Munich 1902> tournament is not listed on Elyashiv's Edo Chess page, so I wasn't able to confirm the participation of "G Koring."

I guess I could just write "Munich" in the event field after the game is published.

I would like to know more about this event though- I couldn't find anything on "G Koring" or "Kullmann".

Sep-23-20  hemy: <JFQ> I just tried to download games from the link "Все партии" on the website https://шахм...

The games were compress with the "Express Zip" software, which I had to install from the link to the Free version.
Decompressed files were be stored in "documents" folder.
Click on "XXX.cbh" file opened file dialog to choose file name and to create new database in the "ChessBase" folder (choosen by me).\

This didn't work for me. The new database wasn't created. The "XXX.cbh" file was corrupted. It may be something wrong was with the downloaded file or the file created by the "Express Zip" software.

If you will get the database, you may to create pgn files. Select (highlight) game in database and right click on mouse. Choose Output, Selection to Text File, PGN, Standard. New file dialog will be open. Select file name and choose location to save the pgn.

I will check about the <"G Koring> later.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> ok thank you for testing.

Especially thank you for telling me how to create pgn files from chessbase!

I have been manually typing out the moves to create my own pgns until now.

Sep-23-20  hemy: <JFQ> I couldn't find the chess player <G. Koring> in internet resources, except in the same game with Elyashiv in internet chess base
This event was the "Winter tournament of Munich chess club" ("Neue Hamburger Zeitung", 29 March 1902, p. 14).

<Kullmann> can be a wrong name of <Kuhlmann>, who's name is mentioned on many pages of the book "Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games".

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> that is outstanding research- now when the game is published we can add the correct tournament title to the event field.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> good news has published the new Elyashiv games.

Now I am able to change the Event Tag on this one to the correct historical event, as per your research:

G Koring vs M Elyashiv, 1902

Oct-03-20  hemy: <JFQ> This is indeed good news.

Does Annie returned to admin the CG?

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> I don't think Annie returned to CG, but I have no hard information.

The forum told us that there are two admins, <Sargon> and a new man <stevemcd87>.

If I understand the recent postings on the cg forum, I believe <Sargon> has been busy working on processing pgn uploads and possibly correction slips.

<stevemcd87> may be doing that work as well at the moment.

The best news in my opinion is that cg is currently building a page for volunteer editors to publish their own pgn uploads, and also process their own correction slips.

This is the page they made but it is only at the beginning of construction.

Since you are an editor, when you click on that page and then click on "show submissions" box, you will be able to see all of your unpublished pgns that you may have submitted. If you don't have any unpublished pgns waiting to be processed, the page will show "No Submissions."

In future, we will be able to use this page to publish our own pgns directly to the database.

On the bottom half of the page you will see a list of pending corrections. I don't think they have worked out the exact details on how we will process our own correction slips, but I believe it will involve editor voting. Maybe something like the voting system we have for the <Tournament Index>.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> On note <22> of your Elyashiv biography you list: Game Collection: All Russian Masters St Petersburg 1914 .

I started that collection a long time ago under my <Mrs. Alekhine> account. I think you should replace that link with my current games collection on that event: Game Collection: St Petersburg 1914 All-Russian Championship

I will delete the old collection soon- I would have already but I cannot remember the password. I will have to email to help me retrieve my <Mrs Alekhine> password.

Meanwhile on the more recent collection for this event I have found additional games from various sources, including <Elyashiv's> games against Flamberg and Levitsky. I have not uploaded those games and the others I found yet.

Also on the dating of the event <1913 - 1914>. It seems that the main tournament began on <4 January 1914>.

So why do some sources list <1913 - 1914>?

I believe that there was an amateur qualifying tournament at the end of 1913 in which the top two finishers would earn a spot in the main tournament.

If you look at the rusbase crosstables you can see that <Evenson> and <Smorodsky> finished 1-2 and were admitted into the main event:

So these two games, which I have not uploaded yet, would be from that qualifying event, not the main tournament:

[Event "Amateur Qualifying"]
[Site "St. Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1913.12.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Evenson A"]
[Black "Rozanov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "rusbase"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qe2 Nd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. c3 Bg4 11. Qe1 Qd3 12. f3 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Bf5 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bh4 Be3 16. Na3 Bd2 17. Qd1 g5 18. Bf2 g4 19. fxg4 Be4 20. Bh4 Rg8 21. Rf2 Qh3 22. Qxd2 Qxh4 23. Rd1 Qxg4 24. Nc4 Ke7 25. Ne3 Qh3 26. Qd4 Rgd8 27. Qxe4 Qxe3 28. Rxf7+ Ke8 29. Qg6 1-0


[Event "Amateur Qualifying"]
[Site "St. Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1913.12.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rozanov"]
[Black "Verlinsky Boris (RUS)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "rusbase"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 d6 3. e4 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 e6 6. c4 Ne7 7. Bd3 exd5 8. cxd5 O-O 9. Nc3 Nd7 10. O-O a6 11. a4 h6 12. Kh1 Kh7 13. g4 Nf6 14. f5 Nxg4 15. Ng5+ hxg5 16. Qxg4 gxf5 17. exf5 f6 18. Bxg5 Rh8 19. Rf3 Qf8 20. Bf4 b6 21. Bxd6 Ra7 22. Re1 Qf7 23. Rh3+ Kg8 24. Rhe3 Nxd5 25. Re8+ Kh7 26. Qh4+ Bh6 27. Rxh8+ 1-0

Oct-05-20  hemy: <JFQ> The <1913 - 1914> tournament was held from December 22, 1913 to January 17, 1914 by Julian calendar (January 4 - January 30, 1914 by Gregorian calendar).

Rusbase is using wrong Julian date of beginning of tournament - December 23, 1913 instead of December 22.
"шахматный вестник" (chess messenger), Nr1, January 1, 1914, p.13:
"On December 22 started All-Russian maestro tournament ..."

"шахматный вестник" Nr2, January 15, 1914 and Nr3, February 1, 1914 are dedicated to this tournament.

The wrong date was published in Russian language Wikipedia article, with references to the "Шахматный словарь" by Abramov, 1964; "Шахматы: энциклопедический словарь" by Karpov, 1990 and "Small Soviet Encyclopedia", 1990:

The article on the webpage of Central State Historical Archive of St. Petersburg (Центральный Государственный Исторический Архив Санкт-Петербурга) includes wrong starting tournament date in Julian calendar, but the right date in Gregorian calendar.

"The last event of the time period before WWI was the the All-Russian Chess Congress, dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the St. Petersburg Chess Assembly.

... Within the framework of the celebration, was planned to organize a number of tournaments with the involvement of the strongest Russian and foreign masters ("maestro").
The program of the congress included: the championship of higher educational institutions of St. Petersburg, the All-Russian Amateur Tournament, the All-Russian Maestro Tournament and the International Maestro Tournament.

... from December 1 to December 15 (December 13 to 28), 1913, the All-Russian Amateur Tournament was held. Participated 17 players, winners of qualifying tournaments from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Helsingfors (Helsinki), Riga, Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov and Lodz.
The winner was A.M. Evenson, who received the title of master and the right to participate in the All-Russian maestro tournament that was held in St. Petersburg from December 23, 1913 to January 17, 1914 (January 4-30, 1914).

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> Thank you for such wealth of information and documentation!

I downloaded from your drop box.

Oct-10-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

Regarding Eljaschoff's itinerary after he escaped Mannheim to Zurich in 1914:

In the Nov. 15th, 1915 issue of 'Shakhmatny Vestnik'(no.22, page 307), in a report on a tournament at the Moscow Chess Circle that started on October 9th (Old Style), it states that M. Z. Eljaschoff was living in Moscow then but could not be convinced to play in the event.

From the chess column of the St. Petersburg newspaper 'Novoe Vremya' of Jan. 8th (21st), 1916: "In Moscow 'refugees' can now be found: M. Z. Eljaschoff from Kovno, Master A. Rabinovich from Vilna, V. I. Rozanov from Warsaw, in Odessa - Kh. A. Lerner from Bialystok".

It seems likely from the above that Eljaschoff returned to Kaunas[Kovno] from Zurich and presumably he left there for Moscow around the time Kaunas was overrun by the Germans in the summer of 1915.

There are two conflicting reports on the date of Eljaschoff's death:

-'Listok Shakhmatnogo Kruzhka Petrogubkommuny', Aug. 21st, 1921, no.18, page 2: "Moscow...M. Z. Eljaschoff, a participant in many tournaments, died here last year"

-As state above, A. A. Smirnov's "Slovar' Shahkmatista" (Leningrad, 1929), page 506, gives the year of his death as 1919.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> More good news! Two more Elyashiv games published from Game Collection: St Petersburg 1914 All-Russian Masters .

I have a question though about the preliminary events that helped select the contestants for the <St. Petersburg All Russian 1914> tournament.

Did the organizers of the event consider <Elyashiv> to be a Lithuanian national master, who therefore did not have to win a qualifying event? I went through some of the sources you gave and it seems that the qualifying events were meant for contestants who were not yet recognized by the <St. Petersburg> organizers as master level.

On the <rusbase> page they list Peter Romanovsky as the winner of one of the qualifying events- <Championship of High Education Establishments>, but he was already recognized as a Russian master before this, if I'm not mistaken.

You can see <rusbase> also lists the qualifying <Amateurs Tournament- Petersburg 1913/4> that had Evenson and Smorodsky finishing 1-2.

But the source you gave says there 17 players in this qualifying event? Moisei Elyashiv (kibitz #43)

According to <rusbase> there were only 8, which is confirmed by <Di Felice> on p.203 (Chess Results 1901-1920). In the same volume <Di Felice> on p.202 also lists another St. Petersburg 1913 tournament with 10 players, won by Smorodsky ahead of Schwartzmann, Chepurnov and others. Was this also a qualifying event?

Anyways it seems that these two games were from the <St. Petersburg 1913/14> event listed on <rusbase>:

< <St Petersburg 1913> Amateur qualifying for 1914 All-Russian Championship

Top 2 finishers would be admitted to the St Petersburg 1914 All-Russian Championship.

Evanson finished 1st with 6.5/7, Smorodsky finished 2nd with 5/7

[Event "Amateur Qualifying"]
[Site "St. Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1913.12.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Evenson A"]
[Black "Rozanov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "rusbase"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qe2 Nd4 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. c3 Bg4 11. Qe1 Qd3 12. f3 Bc5+ 13. Kh1 Bf5 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bh4 Be3 16. Na3 Bd2 17. Qd1 g5 18. Bf2 g4 19. fxg4 Be4 20. Bh4 Rg8 21. Rf2 Qh3 22. Qxd2 Qxh4 23. Rd1 Qxg4 24. Nc4 Ke7 25. Ne3 Qh3 26. Qd4 Rgd8 27. Qxe4 Qxe3 28. Rxf7+ Ke8 29. Qg6 1-0


[Event "Amateur Qualifying"]
[Site "St. Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1913.12.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rozanov"]
[Black "Verlinsky Boris (RUS)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "rusbase"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 d6 3. e4 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 e6 6. c4 Ne7 7. Bd3 exd5 8. cxd5 O-O 9. Nc3 Nd7 10. O-O a6 11. a4 h6 12. Kh1 Kh7 13. g4 Nf6 14. f5 Nxg4 15. Ng5+ hxg5 16. Qxg4 gxf5 17. exf5 f6 18. Bxg5 Rh8 19. Rf3 Qf8 20. Bf4 b6 21. Bxd6 Ra7 22. Re1 Qf7 23. Rh3+ Kg8 24. Rhe3 Nxd5 25. Re8+ Kh7 26. Qh4+ Bh6 27. Rxh8+ 1-0>

Going by the information you passed me, it seems only <Evanson> qualified from this event and was given a master title.

So <Top 2 finishers would be admitted to the St Petersburg 1914 All-Russian Championship.> is wrong, right?

Maybe <Smorodsky> qualified for the event by winning the other St. Petersburg tournament in 1913?

I am pretty sure the two pgns I listed are both from the event <Evenson> won though.

What do you recommend I put in the event tag for these games?

["Amateur Qualifying"] or something else?

Oct-18-20  hemy: <JFQ> You made a good point about the <Amateurs Tournament- Petersburg 1913/4>.

I found the contemporary source - the Kharkov city daily newspaper "Utro" ("Morning"), December 19, 1913, p. 3.
The details of this tournament on the webpage of Central State Historical Archive of St. Petersburg are wrong.

The tournament details in the article "Ending of All-Russian amateur tournament" in the "Utro" are similar to published in "rusbase".
V. Rozanov, who shared 4-5 place in that tournament, was also an editor of chess column in the "Utro" newspaper.

<Did the organizers of the event consider <Elyashiv> to be a Lithuanian national master>. Lithuania as a part of Russian Empire didn't have "Lithuanian national masters".

<another St. Petersburg 1913 tournament> was not mentioned as a qualifying event in any sources I could find.

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> That is awesome thank you for digging up the information that solves the problem.

I will put the correct information in the games collection tomorrow.

Oct-24-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

A rough start for M.Z.E. in the Main Tournament of the All-Russian Chess Congress in Memory of S. A. Znosko-Borovsky (Oct. 18th-Nov. 17th, 1911) — three straight losses:

[Event "All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)"] [Site "St Petersburg RUE"] [Date "1911.10.18"]
[EventDate "1911.10.18"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Black "Alexander Flamberg"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C49"]
[Source "Rech (Oct. 24th, 1911)"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O O-O 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Nxe5 Re8 8. d4 c5 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. exd5 cxd4 11. Qxd4 Ba6 12. Nc4 Be7 13. Rd1 Bf6 14. Qc5 Re4 15. Ne3 Be2 16. Re1 Be7 17. d6 Bxd6 18. Qd5 Re5 19. Qd2 Bb5 20. Nf1 Bxf1 21. Kxf1 Qf6 22. Qd3 Rxe1+ 23. Kxe1 Qe5+ 24. Be3 Qxb2 25. Bd4 Qb7 26. Qh3 Qe4+ 27. Be3 Qxc2 28. Rc1 Qd3 29. f4 a5 30. Kf2 Rb8 0-1

[Event "All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)"] [Site "St Petersburg RUE"] [Date "1911.10.19"]
[EventDate "1911.10.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev"]
[Black "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]
[Source "Rech (Oct. 24th, 1911)"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Qb6 5. Qc2 e6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Bd2 Be7 8. Bd3 h6 9. Rd1 dxc4 10. Bxc4 O-O 11. O-O Nh7 12. e4 Ng5 13. Nxg5 hxg5 14. Be3 Qa5 15. a3 g4 16. e5 c5 17. Qe2 a6 18. Ba2 Qc7 19. Rfe1 cxd4 20. Bxd4 b5 21. Qxg4 Bb7 22. Rd3 g6 23. Bxe6 1-0

[Event "All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)"] [Site "St Petersburg RUE"] [Date "1911.10.20"]
[EventDate "1911.10.18"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Black "Stefan Levitsky"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B41"]
[Source "Rech (Oct. 24th, 1911)"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Be2 Qc7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Bf3 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Be3 Be7 10. c4 d6 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Rc1 Nd7 13. Re1 Rb8 14. b3 Bb7 15. g3 Rfd8 16. Bg2 Bf6 17. f4 Bxc3 18. Rxc3 Qa5 19. Rc2 d5 20. exd5 cxd5 21. c5 Rbc8 22. Bd2 Qb5 23. b4 Nf6 24. Bc3 d4 25. Rd2 Bxg2 26. Kxg2 d3 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Qg4+ Kf8 29. f5 exf5 30. Qf4 Kg7 31. Qxf5 Qxb4 32. Rf2 Rc6 33. Re7 Qd4 34. Kh3 Rxc5 35. Qe6 Rh5+ 0-1

Oct-24-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

A couple of wins from later in the same tournament:

[Event "All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)"] [Site "St Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1911.10.25"]
[EventDate "1911.10.18"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Black "Boris Evgenievich Maliutin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[Source "Rech (Nov. 6th, 1911)"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. c3 e6 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. O-O Bd6 7. Bg5 O-O 8. e3 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nbd2 cxd4 11. exd4 Bd7 12. Re1 Qg6 13. Nh4 Qh7 14. f4 f5 15. Nhf3 Kh8 16. Nb3 Rae8 17. h4 b6 18. Nc1 Rg8 19. Nd3 Ref8 20. Kf2 g6 21. Rh1 Qe7 22. Qe2 Bc8 23. Rae1 Ba6 24. Qd1 Bxd3 25. Qxd3 Kg7 26. Qe3 Rf6 27. Rh3 Re8 28. h5 gxh5 29. Rxh5 Rh8 30. Reh1 Qf8 31. Ne5 Bxe5 32. fxe5 Rfg6 33. c4 Rg4 34. Bf3 Rxd4 35. cxd5 f4 36. gxf4 exd5 37. Rg1+ Kh7 38. f5 Rg8 39. Rgh1 1-0

[Event "All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)"] [Site "St Petersburg RUE"]
[Date "1911.11.04"]
[EventDate "1911.10.18"]
[Round "13"]
[White "Salomon A Langleben"]
[Black "Moisei Elyashiv"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C36"]
[Source "Rech (Nov. 14th, 1911)"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. exd5 exf4 5. Bc4 Bd6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. d4 g5 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Nbd7 11. a3 Kh8 12. g3 Rg8 13. gxf4 gxf4+ 14. Kf2 Rg3 15. Qh1 Nh5 16. Ne4 Qh4 17. Nxg3 Nxg3 18. Qf3 Nf5+ 19. Ke2 Nxd4+ 20. Kd1 Nxf3 "and wins" 0-1

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Ah yes, the <Russian Empire Championship (1911)> ;)
Premium Chessgames Member


Rusbase has Elyashiv playing in a <National Tournament- Moscow 1916/1917> event.

They say he finished shared 2nd with N. Zubarev, behind V. Nenarokov and ahead of J. Cukierman, N. Grigoriev, N. Pavlov-Pianov and 8 other players.

He finished with 9/13 points.

Sadly, rusbase gives no Elyashiv games for download. This was an impressive performance against some of the very best players from Moscow.

Can his participation in this event be confirmed from another source?

Jan-08-21  hemy: <JFQ> The source of the <Rusbase table> was an article of Pavlov-Pianov "From the past" in the "Шахматы в СССР" (Shachmati v SSSR), Nr. 7, July 1951.

"From the end 1916 during entire winter was held a tournament of the strongest Moscow chess players. The games were played in apartments of of the players, mostly at home of the most active organizer V. Nenarokov, who became the tournament winner with 11/13. 2nd - 3rd place with 9 points was shared by Zubarev and Elyashiv. The next 3 places were taken by J. Cukierman, N. Grigoriev and me."

Premium Chessgames Member

<hemy> I am glad you were able to look at the source material and share it, thank you.

It is too bad that no Moisei Elyashiv game scores are available from this strong event, played so late in his career. Particularly given the high placing he achieved in the tournament.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC