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Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon
Number of games in database: 449
Years covered: 1955 to 1989
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +113 -90 =246 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B92 B81 B32 B62 B78
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C92 C95 C84 C94 C63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C92 C95 C84 C94 C98
 French Defense (25) 
    C18 C05 C16 C11 C07
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B92 B97 B93 B90 B99
 Pirc (16) 
    B08 B07 B09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B44 B81 B42 B83 B47
 King's Indian (37) 
    E73 E87 E92 E97 E94
 English, 1 c4 e5 (20) 
    A25 A26 A21 A27 A28
 Sicilian Scheveningen (17) 
    B81 B83 B80 B82 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (13) 
    B47 B45 B46 B49
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D58 D57 D55 D56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Liberzon vs A Geller, 1960 1-0
   V Liberzon vs Petrosian, 1964 1-0
   Spassky vs V Liberzon, 1960 1/2-1/2
   V Liberzon vs Smyslov, 1976 1/2-1/2
   V Liberzon vs I Radulov, 1969 1-0
   V Liberzon vs Gurgenidze, 1969 1-0
   V Liberzon vs Korchnoi, 1979 1/2-1/2
   V Liberzon vs G Sigurjonsson, 1975 1-0
   V Liberzon vs Suetin, 1967 1-0
   Miles vs V Liberzon, 1979 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   USSR Championship 1968/69 (1968)
   Yerevan (1965)
   Buenos Aires (Konex) (1979)
   Moscow (1963)
   Geneva (1977)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   USSR Championship (1970)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Moscow 1963 by sneaky pete
   Sukhumi 1972 by WCC Editing Project
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1969 by suenteus po 147
   Yerevan 1965 by suenteus po 147
   Tallinn 1969 by Chessdreamer
   Buenos Aires (Konex) 1979 by Tabanus
   Geneva 1977 by Tabanus

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(born Mar-23-1937, died Aug-04-1996, 59 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon was born in Moscow, USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1963 and GM title in 1965, he won the National Championship of his adopted country Israel in 1974. In other tournaments he was 1st at Zinnowitz 1967, 1st at Debrecen 1968, 1st at Venice 1974, 1st at Lone Pine 1975, 1st= at Beer-Sheva 1976, 1st= at Natanya 1977, 1st= at Lone Pine 1979 and 4th= at Beer-Sheva 1984.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Liberzon

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 449  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Livshin vs V Liberzon 0-1381955MoscowA14 English
2. Estrin vs V Liberzon 1-071959MoscowC50 Giuoco Piano
3. V Liberzon vs Boleslavsky 0-129196028th USSR Ch Semi-finalE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
4. V Liberzon vs A Geller 1-0141960MoscowC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. Spassky vs V Liberzon  1-0411960RostovB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. Taimanov vs V Liberzon  1-0301960USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
7. V Liberzon vs Y Sakharov  1-0501960USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. I Nei vs V Liberzon  0-1311960USSR ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
9. V Liberzon vs Smyslov  ½-½371960USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. Simagin vs V Liberzon  1-0381960USSR ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. V Liberzon vs L Shamkovich  1-0581960USSR ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. Gufeld vs V Liberzon  1-0461960USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Polugaevsky vs V Liberzon  ½-½471960USSR ChampionshipE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. V Liberzon vs Korchnoi 0-1281960USSR ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Bronstein vs V Liberzon 1-0551960USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
16. V Liberzon vs Petrosian 0-1731960USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Gurgenidze vs V Liberzon 1-0431960USSR ChampionshipB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
18. V Liberzon vs Averbakh  ½-½781960USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Spassky vs V Liberzon ½-½341960USSR ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
20. V Liberzon vs Bagirov  ½-½181960USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
21. Krogius vs V Liberzon  ½-½411960USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. V Liberzon vs Geller 0-1331960USSR ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. Suetin vs V Liberzon  1-0761960USSR ChampionshipC11 French
24. V Liberzon vs Lutikov  ½-½331960USSR ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
25. V Liberzon vs Savon  0-1561962YaltaE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
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Feb-15-07  HannibalSchlecter: I would amend the quote to "A patzer without a burning desire to become great must realize he will never become a GM" The quote as it was originally written is hogwash.
Mar-19-07  erimiro1: Liberzon passed away 11 years ago. Good reason for not playing anymore...
Apr-21-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: since 99.5% of the chess playing public isn't titled,i guess there's a lot of patzer's out there,right?
Sep-03-07  TheaN: <erimiro1: Liberzon passed away 11 years ago. Good reason for not playing anymore...>

Liberzon indeed passed away in 1996. The exact date is hard to find, however.

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day (again)

" A patzer must realize that he will not become a GM. "

-- Vladimir Liberzon

Oh, nooooo! How disillusioning.

Feb-12-08  blacksburg: i once heard a quote, i can't remember from whom, but it was along the lines of

"sometimes i think that the only chessplayers that actually ENJOY the game are total patzers."

i think it actually is important for us patzers to realize that we will never be GM's, and we should simply enjoy the game and forget about any ambitions to become world-class.

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Is the founder of the Russian project management consulting company <Spider Management Technologies> ( related to him ?

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  brankat: <whiteshark> <Oh, nooooo! How disillusioning.>

Mr.Liberzon was either joking, or else he was clearly wrong. So, don't give up yet :-)

Feb-12-08  arsen387: <blacksburg> very interesting point and I am also inclined to think so. But I don't agree with the last sentence. My opinion is:

i think it actually is important for us patzers to realize that if we really want to become GMs, then we should forget about the joy that this game can bring and start learning the dreadful theory, memorize thousands of games and positions and spend 90% of time over the board.

In my case, I haven't any far going professional plans in chess and can enjoy with all the beauty that I find almost every day in chess. And my "motto" in life is that diligence can break down every wall, so IMO every patzer can become a GM, if he really works in that direction.

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<A patzer must realize that he will not become a GM.>

-- Vladimir Liberzon

I can't, so I am not.


Aug-05-08  darook: No doubt he was joking. He had a wicked sense of humor. RIP (1996).
Mar-23-09  BIDMONFA: Vladimir Mikhailovich Liberzon

LIBERZON, Vladimir M.

Mar-23-09  kramputz:
Mar-23-09  WhiteRook48: how can a patzer never become a GM?
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  Phony Benoni: I think the idea is that <patzer> is not a temporary state, but a long-term fate. You don't become a patzer without years and years of effort.
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  tamar: Patzer is a loaded word like klutz, so it is like saying a klutz must realize he will never dance for the Bolshoi.

Ordinarily we don't call beginners patzers; it is reserved for those who play for a long time and do not improve.

I like Lasker's saying: We are all patzers in life.

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  laskereshevsky: <......A patzer must realize that he will not become a GM.....>

Rude humor, but 99% true....

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.
Mar-23-12  srag: <Phony Benoni> You are one hundred per cent right! I have been a patzer for thirty-nine years! ...
Dec-23-12  Caissanist: <blacksburg> may have been referring to the Alfred Kreymborg quote from "Chess Reclaims a Devotee": "The people who really enjoy chess are the dubs and duffers, the experts who have resigned their ambitions, and now play for the pastime, and the fraternity of kibitzers."
Mar-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Vladimir Liberzon.
Mar-23-16  hemy: R.I.P. Vladimir Liberzon.
Vladimir immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union in 1973. We played together in Israeli Premier League in "Bat Yam" team and became a friends.

Vladimir had mechanical engineer diploma and I helped him to get a job as a teacher of mechanical drawing in college "Yad Singalovski" in Tel Aviv. Vladimir left this job after few months, because he needed job with more flexibility of vacations, to participate in tournaments. In 1975 he left "Bat Yam" for "Hapoel" Rishon Le Zion team and I was promoted to the 1st board.

We had many meetings, mostly at my places, in Bat Yam, later in Eilat and Rechovot. We met also in Netanya during chess tournament 1984. He dragged me to his room to show his games. Once we played in "Bat Yam" - "Hapoel" Rishon Le Zion match. Vladimir won this game and published it in his book in Hebrew "עונג שחמט" ("Pleasure of Chess"). In December 1978 when I played in Rishon Le Zion Jubilee tournament Vladimir came to wish me luck just before my game with IM Shimon Kagan. I guess he was impressed with my win against GM Roman Dzindzichashvili a day before, since he told me "today you will win". I wish I would. My worst record in Israel was with Shimon Kagan - 0:3, even I had big advantage in one of the games.

Last time I met Vladimir in November 1993, before going to Russia as a head of Israel "Sohnut" office in Nizhny Novgorod (former Gorky) city. Vladimir asked me to pass envelope with letter and $400 to his friend in Moskva. I met his friend the second day I was in Moskva. At this time Vladimir was divorced, he had girlfriend, 30 years old newcomer from Russia and was happy.
I remember also his sensitivity for tea or coffee, he wouldn't sleep at night after having tea or coffee at lunch time. He liked to share with everyone jokes in Russian language and was loudly laughing while telling them.

Jul-25-16  posoo: dis man is TOO MEAN TO PEOPLE and his games shod be REMOVED from da site entiarly.

BUT i do not have any fath dat dat will happun. after all, if CHUSGUMBS dos not remoove da games of NIGLUS SHOAT after wat HE did, then dis man is probaly safe.


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  whiteshark: <hemy> Thanks for sharing!

There's also a fine article about Liberzon, here:

Jul-26-16  hemy: <whiteshark>thanks for posting the link to the article about Vladimir.

<In one of his books he posed the question, "What is the best variation of Alekhine's Defense?" Answer: "They are all bad."> I played Alekhine's Defense in our game he published in this book under the header "Using space advantage".

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