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Arvid Kubbel
A Kubbel 
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Number of games in database: 54
Years covered: 1910 to 1934

Overall record: +29 -15 =10 (63.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B24 B20
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B03 B02 B05 B04
 Four Knights (4) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C64 C66 C83 C60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kubbel vs E Kubbel, 1914 1-0
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel, 1925 0-1
   P List vs A Kubbel, 1911 0-1
   A Kubbel vs K Vygodchikov, 1923 1-0
   F Duz-Khotimirsky vs A Kubbel, 1925 0-1
   Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel, 1920 0-1
   F Duz-Khotimirsky vs A Kubbel, 1923 1/2-1/2

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. He was a brother of Evgeny Kubbel and Leonid Kubbel. Their father was born in Latvia, of Baltic German descent. He played in relatively few tournaments, but was among the stronger players of the early Soviet Union.

In Moscow in 1920, he tied for fifth through seventh place at the first Soviet Chess Championship, won by Alexander Alekhine. At the second Soviet Championship in Petrograd 1923, he took sixth place behind Peter Romanovsky. He took fifth place at the Leningrad City Chess Championship in 1924 (won by Grigory Levenfish), tied for 11-13th at the fourth Soviet championship at Leningrad 1925 (won by Efim Bogoljubov), and tied for eighth and ninth place at the 1928 Leningrad City championship (won by Ilya Rabinovich).

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

Wikipedia article: Куббель, Арвид Иванович

Last updated: 2022-09-12 10:43:25

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kubbel vs Kamkin  1-0301910Handicap tournamentC50 Giuoco Piano
2. A Kubbel vs Bogoljubov  1-0461911All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)C66 Ruy Lopez
3. A Kubbel vs M Elyashiv  1-0311911All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)C77 Ruy Lopez
4. P List vs A Kubbel 0-1241911All-Russian Chess Congress (Main Tournament)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. A Kubbel vs A Vaits  0-12819115th Baltic Chess Congress- MajorB01 Scandinavian
6. A Kubbel vs E Kubbel 1-0141914RussiaC41 Philidor Defense
7. L Travin vs A Kubbel  ½-½321916Tournament - AD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Kubbel  0-1451920USSR ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
9. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0621920USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
10. N Zubarev vs A Kubbel  ½-½451920USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
11. Alekhine vs A Kubbel 1-0201920USSR ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. A Kubbel vs N Tselikov  1-0451920USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
13. A Kubbel vs N Grigoriev  0-1261920USSR ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
14. D N Pavlov vs A Kubbel 0-1261920USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
15. A Kubbel vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0521920USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
16. A Kubbel vs K Vygodchikov 1-0211923USSR ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
17. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich 1-0531923USSR ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
18. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs A Kubbel  ½-½281923USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Kubbel vs F Bohatirchuk 1-0501923USSR ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
20. V Nenarokov vs A Kubbel  0-1451923USSR ChampionshipA81 Dutch
21. Bogoljubov vs A Kubbel  0-1161924Casual gameC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
22. P Romanovsky vs A Kubbel  0-1351924Ch LeningradC15 French, Winawer
23. I Rabinovich vs A Kubbel  1-0391924Ch LeningradA81 Dutch
24. Bogoljubov vs A Kubbel  ½-½281925USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Sozin vs A Kubbel  ½-½371925USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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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..

Aug-03-10  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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[Event "Tournament-gandikap"]
[Site "St. Petersburg (Russia)"]
[Date "1910.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kubbel Arvid"]
[Black "Kamkin (URS)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark ""]

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bc5 5.O-O d6 6.d3 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.g4 Rg8 11.Kh1 Bg6 12.Nh2 Nd4 13.f4 exf4 14.Rxf4 c6 15.Qf1 Nxc2 16.Rxf6 Qe7 17.Rc1 Ne3 18.Qf4 Nxc4 19.dxc4 Bd4 20.Rxd6 Be5 21.Rxg6 Bxf4 22.Rxg8+ Kd7 23.Rd1+ Ke6 24.Rxa8 Qh4 25.Re8+ Kf6 26.Ne2 Be3 27.Rf1+ Kg7 28.Kg2 h5 29.Ng3 Qg5 30.Nxh5+ 1-0

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[Event "Tournament-A"]
[Site "Petrograd (Russia)"]
[Date "1916.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Travin (RUS)"]
[Black "Kubbel Arvid"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D34"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark ""]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.g3 Be6 7.Bg2 Nf6 8.O-O Be7 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.a3 O-O 11.b4 Be7 12.Bf4 Rc8 13.Rc1 a5 14.b5 Na7 15.Be3 b6 16.Na4 Rxc1 17.Qxc1 Nxb5 18.Bxb6 Qa8 19.Bc5 Rc8 20.Nb6 Rxc5 21.Nxa8 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Bxa3 23.Rb1 Bb4 24.Nb6 Nc3 25.Rb2 Nfe4 26.e3 Bc5 27.Nd4 a4 28.Bxe4 a3 29.Rc2 a2 30.Nb3 dxe4 31.Rxa2 Nxa2 32.Nxc5 1/2-1/2

Jun-27-22  lonchaney: Chess composer

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