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Arvid Kubbel
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1914 to 1934

Overall record: +17 -13 =5 (55.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (4) 
    B24 B20 B83
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C64 C83 C60
 Reti System (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kubbel vs K Vygodchikov, 1923 1-0
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel, 1920 0-1
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel, 1925 0-1
   Dus Chotimirsky vs A Kubbel, 1925 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1920)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1923)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1920 by Matula
   USSR Championship 1920 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1923 by Phony Benoni

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(born Sep-12-1889, died Jan-11-1938, 48 years old) Russia

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Arvid Kubbel was a noted player and problemist, and among the strongest players in the early Soviet Union.

In November 1937, Kubbel was arrested under Article 58 of the RSFSR Penal Code for treason. Lubomir Kavalek has written that this was due to Kubbel having sent compositions to foreign newspapers. On January 11, 1938, Kubbel was executed by firing squad.

Wikipedia article: Arvid Kubbel

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kubbel vs E Kubbel  1-0141914RussiaC41 Philidor Defense
2. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel  0-1451920USSR ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
3. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0621920USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
4. N Zubarev vs A Kubbel  ½-½451920USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
5. Alekhine vs A Kubbel 1-0201920USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. A Kubbel vs N Tselikov  1-0451920USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
7. A Kubbel vs N Grigoriev  0-1261920USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
8. D N Pavlov vs A Kubbel 0-1261920USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
9. A Kubbel vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0521920USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
10. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich 0-1351922Ch LeningradB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. A Kubbel vs K Vygodchikov 1-0211923USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
12. Dus Chotimirsky vs A Kubbel  ½-½281923USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Nenarokov vs A Kubbel  0-1451923USSR ChampionshipA81 Dutch
14. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0531923USSR ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
15. A Kubbel vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0501923USSR ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
16. I Rabinovich vs A Kubbel  1-0391924Ch LeningradA81 Dutch
17. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0431925USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Bogoljubov vs A Kubbel  ½-½281925USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel 0-1351925Leningrad-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. V Sozin vs A Kubbel  ½-½371925USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. P Romanovsky vs A Kubbel  1-0411925USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. A Kubbel vs A Rabinovich  1-0331925USSR ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
23. Dus Chotimirsky vs A Kubbel 0-1341925USSR ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
24. Botvinnik vs A Kubbel  1-0401930Leningrad mastersE72 King's Indian
25. A Kubbel vs S Slonim  0-1361931Ch URS (1/2 final)A06 Reti Opening
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Mar-20-04  Lawrence: <Honza>, do you have any veridical info on the fate of the Kubbel brothers? The websites I've seen so far seem to mix them up.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Lawrence> I know that there were three brothers Kubbels - Arvid, Leonid and Evgeni. All were well-known chess composers and Arvid was also quite good practical player. I have read somewhere that Arvid Kubbel was executed by Stalin's secret police in 1938 because he sent some of his compositions to a foreign press for publication and they considered him to be a spy sending a cryptic intelligence report abroad. Leonid and Evgeni died during the siege of Leningrad.
Jul-13-05  gendalf: <Honza Cervenka> Sadly, I think this is true.
Sep-04-08  myschkin: . . .

In the late thirties our chess composers suffered heavy losses. One of the leading Soviet composers of studies, Sergei Kaminer (1908-1938), working as an engineer in the chemical industry, uas executed. Together with his mother, the problemist Petr Moussoury (1911-1937) was executed. One of the brothers Platov, Mikhail (1883-1942), was convicted as "enemy of the people" and died in the Gulag. <In 1938, one of the brothers Kubbel, Arvid (1889-1938), was executed.> Later, in 1941, Mikhail Barulin (1897-1943) was arrested and died in the Gulag. After Stalin's death, all of them were posthumously rehabilitated.

(according to

Arvid Kubbel was a noted chess problemist. For over 30 years, the Soviets said he died in the siege of Leningrad. <Instead, he died of nephritis in a Soviet gulag.>

(according to *)

* In 1942 Ilya Rabinovich, Leonid Kubbel, Mikhail Kogan (chess historian), Samuil Vainshtein (chief arbiter), and Alexei Troitzky starved to death during the siege of Leningrad.

May-08-09  myschkin: . . .

"Weiß begeht zunächst Selbstmord und setzt dann aus dem Jenseits noch matt"

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(composed by Leonid Kubbel 1922)

white to move

Jun-08-09  sultanmir: <myschkin> the above study is brilliant (its white to move and win) ... A video analysis can be found at youtube..

I also saw this study on Leonid Kubbel page at wikipedia..

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  vonKrolock: Leonid I. Kubbel
"Shakhmaty v SSSR", 1950 or 1948?

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mate in 7

after white's second move

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(three white units blocks the g8-c4 line)

position after black's five move

click for larger view it's mate in two - the line g8-c4 is free, and the black Rook 'e4' is paralized, blocked by black units!!

A striking and highly original conception!

***** Complete solution & more spectacular Chess problems presented in Edward Winter's chessbase column "Chess Explorations" number 45, selected and commented by Michael McDowell

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  GrahamClayton: A brief bio of Leonid plus compositions by Leonid and Arvid:

Jan-04-11  Crocomule: Someone told me that Vladimir Ilyich actually solved a Platov bros. composition? Anyone know...
Aug-26-12  Karpova: Arvid won the 5th Baltic Main Tournament at Liepāja 1911, thereby becoming Champion of the Baltic Chess Union.

From page 347 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-08-14  Karpova: 5th Baltic Main tournament at Liepāja 1911. Welcoming on April 9 at 1100 in the Hotel St. Petersburg. As there were so many participants (16 in the Main, 4 in the Minor tournament) they decided to increase playing time per day from 8 to 9 hours. The number of prizes was incrased from 4 to 5. The arbiters were (decided by election): Freymann, Fu ckner, Lüth, Korn junior and Kubbel. There was also a rest day on April 17 with a banquet.*

1. Kubbel 12.0
2-3. K Grünthal 11.0
2-3. H Oehrn 11.0
4-5. A Wait 9.5
4-5. Dr. Blumenfeldt 9.5
6. Ungern-Sternberg 8.5
7. Fuc kner 8.0
8-9. Brilowski 7.5
8-9. Wilde 7.5
10. Wittekopf 7.0
11. Dr. Wankin 6.5
12-13. Lüth 6.0
12-13. Strasding 6.0
14. Owen 5.5
15. Grünlaub 2.5
16. Feigensohn 2.0

Prizes (in <Rbl.>): 1st Arvid Kubbel (Petersburg) <150> and Baltic Champion, 2nd-3rd K Grünthal (Riga) and H Oehrn (Dorpat) sharing <100+70>, 4th-5th A Wait (Riga) and Dr. Blumenfeldt (Mitau) sharing <50+25>, 6th Baron Ungern-Sternberg of Werro (consolation prize) <10>.

Kubbel scored +10 -1 =4 (losing to Wait), Grünthal +9 -2 =4 and Oehrn +8 -1 =6.

The Minor tournament ended on Tuesday evening:

1. Friedrich Korn 4.0
2. Alexander Both 3.5
3. Herman Alperowitsch 2.5
4. J Tontego 2.0

Prizes (in <Rbl.>): Korn <35> and Both <25>.

Mainly responsible for the arrangement of the tournament was E Korn senior.

Source: Pages 227-228 of the July-August 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

* Conjecture: it seems that play commenced on April 10, with 15 rounds and a rest day on April 17 - this would mean play from April 10 to 16 and 18 to 25.

Oct-10-14  Lovuschka: Inquiring on the murder of Arvid Kubbel, what information is available about the firing squad? Special interest goes to the name of the higher officials who ordererd the murder, but also the names of the people in that squad would be of interest.
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