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Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich
L Shamkovich 
 
Number of games in database: 926
Years covered: 1950 to 1998
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +323 -270 =333 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (117) 
    B20 B33 B32 B67 B46
 Ruy Lopez (67) 
    C78 C67 C87 C95 C83
 King's Indian (39) 
    E61 E80 E92 E81 E67
 French Defense (38) 
    C05 C04 C07 C18 C09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (33) 
    C95 C87 C93 C97 C99
 French Tarrasch (26) 
    C05 C07 C04 C09 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (135) 
    B42 B89 B40 B21 B80
 English (28) 
    A16 A14 A15 A10 A18
 English, 1 c4 c5 (26) 
    A30 A36 A34 A37 A39
 Sicilian Kan (24) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D85 D80 D91 D97 D82
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E41 E52 E44 E46 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Shamkovich vs A Anguiano, 1978 1-0
   L Shamkovich vs V Zheliandinov, 1959 1-0
   L Shamkovich vs Benko, 1978 1-0
   L Shamkovich vs Kholmov, 1961 1-0
   I Platonov vs L Shamkovich, 1971 0-1
   L Shamkovich vs G Lebredo, 1978 1-0
   L Shamkovich vs V Tukmakov, 1970 1-0
   Taimanov vs L Shamkovich, 1954 1/2-1/2
   L Shamkovich vs Joel Benjamin, 1976 1-0
   Fedorowicz vs L Shamkovich, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1964/65 (1964)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1980)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1980 by suenteus po 147


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LEONID ALEXANDROVICH SHAMKOVICH
(born Jun-01-1923, died Apr-22-2005, 81 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich was born in Rostov-on-Don in the Soviet Union. Awarded the GM title in 1965 he emigrated to the USA via Israel and Canada. He was 5th= in the 32nd USSR Championship 1964-65 and in other tournaments he finished 1st= at Sochi 1967, 1st= at Timisoara 1972, 1st at Calgary 1975 (Canadian open), 1st= at New York 1976, 1st= in the 1976 US Open and 1st= at New York 1977. He was also a well known chess author. He passed away in his home in Brooklyn, New York in 2005.

source: "Leonid Shamkovich, 81, Ex-Soviet Chess Grandmaster, Is Dead" by Dylan Loeb McClain - http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/07/n...

Wikipedia article: Leonid Shamkovich


 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 926  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Shamkovich vs D Rovner  ½-½531950URS-ch sfA25 English
2. A Bannik vs L Shamkovich 1-0461950URS-ch sfA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Novotelnov vs L Shamkovich 1-0531950URS-ch sfD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. N Aratovsky vs L Shamkovich 0-132195111th RSFSR ChD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Taimanov vs L Shamkovich 1-0281951Chigorin MemorialC18 French, Winawer
6. L Shamkovich vs Simagin 0-1271951Chigorin MemorialD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
7. N Aratovsky vs L Shamkovich  0-132195111th RSFSR ChD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Krogius vs L Shamkovich 1-030195111th RSFSR ChA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
9. Estrin vs L Shamkovich  1-0361951URS-ch sfB50 Sicilian
10. L Shamkovich vs Taimanov  1-0501951URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Lilienthal vs L Shamkovich 1-0191951URS-ch sfD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. L Shamkovich vs G Goldberg  1-0681951URS-ch sfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. L Shamkovich vs S Zhukhovitsky  1-0371951URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
14. L Shamkovich vs V Tarasov  1-0361951URS-ch sfB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. Konstantinopolsky vs L Shamkovich  0-1371952URS-ch02 corr5255D85 Grunfeld
16. L Shamkovich vs J I Zilber 1-0291953RigaD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. L Shamkovich vs Kholmov  0-1511953URS-ch sfE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
18. Y Shaposhnikov vs L Shamkovich  1-0231953Correspondence GameA16 English
19. Gurgenidze vs L Shamkovich  0-14619533rd Soviet Team-ch finalA04 Reti Opening
20. Chekhover vs L Shamkovich  1-06019533rd Soviet Team-ch finalE70 King's Indian
21. G Ilivitsky vs L Shamkovich  0-1541954Kiev (Ukraine)D85 Grunfeld
22. Taimanov vs L Shamkovich ½-½411954URS-ch sfA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
23. L Shamkovich vs Spassky ½-½591954URS-ch sfE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
24. L Shamkovich vs E Kuzminykh  1-0501954URS-ch sfB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. L Shamkovich vs Skotorenko  0-1401954URS-ch sfE60 King's Indian Defense
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 926  PGN Download
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Jun-10-10
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  whiteshark: Leonid Shamkovich was born on June1,1923 in Rostov-on-Don, USSR, and began playing chess at the age of nine. In 1941, at the beginning of World War II, his family was evacuated to Tbilisi in Soviet Georgia, where young Leonid became a Candidate Master.

After the war, Shamkovich moved to Leningrad, where he graduated from the university with a degree in physics and earned his Master's title in three years. Soon he abandoned all pursuit of a ''mainstream'' career to become a chess professional, combining tremendous activity as a player with internationally recognized work as a theoretician.

Between 1954 and 1974, Shamkovich was extremely active in the USSR. He was twice Russian Republic Champion (1954,1957) and Moscow Co-Champion with David Bronstein in 1963, narrowly losing a playoff 2.5-1-5. He participated in the famous Kiev USSR Championship with a stellar field of Soviet grandmasters, including Korchnoi, Stein, Bronstein, Tal, Geller, Kholmov, Suetin and Vasyukov. He went on compete a total of six times in the USSR Championship, sharing 5th place in 1964. In 1962, Shamkovich competed in his first international tournament, the Moscow International, finishing equal third behind Averback and Vasyukov and earning an International Master norm. In Marianske Lazen (1965) he finished third behind Hort and Keres, achieving his first grandmaster norm. At Sochi (1967) he tied for first with Krogius, Simagin, Spassky and Zaitsev. During this same period, Shamkovich was also second and trainer to Tal (1965) and Stein (1972), publishing a prodigious number of theoretical works, including the book ''Sacrifice in Chess''. During 1969-1972 he won three international tournaments in Romania and Hungary.

In 1975 he emigrated to Israel, winning their Open Championship. The following year he came to the US via Canada and established permanent residence. He has been a US citizen since 1983. Since arriving in the US he has won the US Open twice (1976,1977), qualified for the 1979 Interzonal in Rio, and competed in the 1980 Malta Olympiad. Shamkovich is still playing strong chess, writing internationally recognized books and articles, and serving as one of America's most qualified and experienced coaches.

Shamkovich is a popular author. His book ''Sacrifice in Chess'' was translated for publication in the US. He has authored or co-authored works such as ''The Tactical World of Chess'', ''Fischer vs Spassky, 1992'' and ''The Schliemann Defense'', among others.''

(From the introduction of ''The Chess Terrorist's Handbook'', 1995) found here: http://kevinspraggett.blogspot.com/

Mar-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The first GM I ever faced in tournament play, in the third round of the New England Open in Merrimack, NH.

The night before, I'd had an 8.5 hour marathon with Danny Kopec; I went to the pairing sheet that Sunday morning of Labour Day weekend to find myself with an even tougher nut to crack this time round!

In the game itself, I played the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Ne2 Ba6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.b3; the 4....b6 line was one I would often play as Black through the 1990s.

While I don't remember any more specifics about this game, other than Shamkovich marching his king all the way into my position with heavy pieces still on the board, this is one of my games against GMs I shall not forget.

May-12-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marcelo Bruno: He and another writer did an excellent article about Jacob Yuchtman: they were awarded with the best prize for a chess biography.
May-12-11  I play the Fred: I read that article on Yuchtman. It was very interesting about a player I hadn't heard of before.
Jun-01-11  talisman: happy b'day leonid..RIP.
Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Another game for some reason <CG.com> does not have. Again, found on Kevin Spraggett's blog:


click for larger view

Shamkovitch - Kholmov, Baku, 1961.

White to play and win.

Nov-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Phil Feeley> Come again?

L Shamkovich vs Kholmov, 1961 fills the bill.

Oct-26-13  hedgeh0g: Related to <Shams>?
Apr-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Kevin did it again - extended biographical infos and memories + some nice tactical crumbs:

http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...

May-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <The endgame is an arena in which miraculous escapes are not uncommon> - Leonid Shamkovich.
May-10-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <In modern praxis lost positions are salvaged most often when the play is highly complicated with many sharp dynamic variations to be calculated> - Leonid Shamkovich.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <A real sacrifice involves a radical change in the character of a game which cannot be effected without foresight, fantasy, and the willingness to risk> - Leonid Shamkovich.
May-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Objectivity and presence of mind are essential in such positions where sacrificial temptations are not always resistible> - Leonid Shamkovich.
May-15-15
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  TheFocus: <The proper timing of an attacking plan is a difficult matter which places great strain on a player's nerves. Mastery of this art is required for success in the international arena, but perfect mastery eludes even the very best chessplayers!> - Leonid Shamkovich.
May-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <A great chess player always has a good memory> - Leonid Shamkovich.
Apr-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Leonid Shamkovich.
May-09-16  Howard: Agreed! He wrote some good articles for "Chess Life"---no doubt about it.
Jun-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Leonid Shamkovich.
Jun-02-16  Boomie: I was walking down the sidewalk at Lone Pine and saw GM Shamkovich walking toward me. He may have had an adjourned game because he was absorbed in thought. He was so absorbed, in fact, that he walked into a lamp post. Almost without losing a step, he proceeded as before.
Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I walked into a lamp post once. True story.
May-20-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Russian chessplayers some time in the 50s called Leonid Shamkovich "The Prince" because of his aristocratic chess style.

- Michael Khodarkovsky

Jun-01-20  SirChrislov: Happy birthday Mr Shamkovich - I consider your book on the Tarrasch defense an old classic!
Jun-01-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <wordfunph: Russian chessplayers some time in the 50s called Leonid Shamkovich "The Prince" because of his aristocratic chess style.>

... which prompts the question: what the heck is an aristocratic chess style??

Jun-01-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Curious; I had always thought Shamkovich earned that soubriquet due to his bearing.
Jun-08-20  SirChrislov: Fusilli: <wordfunph: Russian chessplayers some time in the 50s called Leonid Shamkovich "The Prince" because of his aristocratic chess style.

... which prompts the question: what the heck is an aristocratic chess style??>

good question. sounds fancy to me. like "distinguished."

- "hi honey, how did your game go?"

- not so well my dear. I was bested, though an enjoyable defeat. the gentleman beat me aristocratically.

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