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Lev Aronin
Aronin vs Furman, 17th USSR Championship, Moscow, rd 13, Nov 5, 1949.
Number of games in database: 243
Years covered: 1945 to 1969

Overall record: +64 -76 =103 (47.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B32 B23 B47 B24 B28
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C92 C97 C96 C83 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C92 C97 C96 C90 C99
 French Defense (13) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C15
 French Tarrasch (12) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B11 B12 B10 B18 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B62 B32 B90 B99 B93
 King's Indian (21) 
    E61 E60 E90 E94 E80
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B99 B93 B94 B92
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D30 D31
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D82 D83 D70 D80 D78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronin vs Kantarovich, 1960 1-0
   Tal vs Aronin, 1957 1/2-1/2
   V Mikenas vs Aronin, 1957 0-1
   Aronin vs Smyslov, 1951 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs Aronin, 1954 0-1
   Tal vs Aronin, 1962 0-1
   Aronin vs V Mikenas, 1951 1-0
   Aronin vs Bronstein, 1951 1-0
   Aronin vs Jurkov, 1965 1-0
   Aronin vs Petrosian, 1949 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1948)

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(born Jul-20-1920, died Oct-03-1983, 63 years old) Russia
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Lev Solomonovich Aronin was born on the 20th of July 1920 in Samara, Soviet Russia. In a Candidate Masters' tournament at Kaunas, 1946, Aronin won clear first place with 11/14, losing only one game. This earned him the Soviet Master title, and marked a big improvement in his play in just two years.

Aronin was awarded the International Master title in 1950 by FIDE, although his performances would indicate that he was on equal footing with his grandmaster colleagues.

Aronin played in eight USSR Chess Championships and placed as high as a tie for 2nd–4th places at the USSR Championship (1950). (1)

In Leningrad 1956, he tied for 1st place with 11.5/19, along with Boris Spassky, Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, Konstantin Klaman, and Abram Khasin. Aronin was selected for the Soviet team for the first European Team Championship, Vienna 1957, and scored 1.5/3 on the second reserve board. The Soviets won team gold, and in an utterly dominant performance, captured individual gold medals on each of the top nine boards. Aronin won the prestigious Moscow Championship in 1965.

Aronin's style tended to be positional in nature, with the tactics arising naturally out of the position rather than being forced, and he was one of the world's foremost authorities on the King's Indian Defence during the 1940s.

Wikipedia article: Lev Aronin

Last updated: 2018-07-21 22:12:00

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 243  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronin vs Bronstein ½-½461945Ch URS (1/2 final)A16 English
2. B Verlinsky vs Aronin  0-1461945URS-sfA06 Reti Opening
3. Aronin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½611945Ch URS (1/2 final)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. V G Kirillov vs Aronin  ½-½191947URS-ch sfB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. A Vasiljev vs Aronin  ½-½321947URS-ch sfD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
6. Aronin vs Chekhover  1-0371947URS-ch sfC41 Philidor Defense
7. Aronin vs K Klaman  1-0311947URS-ch sfC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. Aronin vs Nezhmetdinov 0-1251947RSFSR-chA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. Aronin vs Ragozin  ½-½351947USSR ChampionshipA22 English
10. K Klaman vs Aronin  0-1481947USSR ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
11. Aronin vs Lilienthal  ½-½341947USSR ChampionshipD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
12. P Dubinin vs Aronin 1-0501947USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. Aronin vs Smyslov 0-1581947USSR ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Bronstein vs Aronin  1-0631947USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Aronin vs Alatortsev  0-1441947USSR ChampionshipA22 English
16. M Yudovich Sr. vs Aronin 0-1421947USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Aronin vs Levenfish 0-1451947USSR ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
18. Kasparian vs Aronin  1-0411947USSR ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
19. Aronin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½721947USSR ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
20. V Makogonov vs Aronin  ½-½631947USSR ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
21. Aronin vs Boleslavsky  ½-½301947USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. Flohr vs Aronin 0-1431947USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. Aronin vs Tolush ½-½681947USSR ChampionshipC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. B Goldenov vs Aronin  ½-½471947USSR ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
25. Aronin vs Bondarevsky  0-1561947USSR ChampionshipC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
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Aug-31-08  Red October: so he knew which way the wind blew ? :)
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  GrahamClayton: Source: Andy Soltis "Chess Lists", 2nd edition, McFarland Publishing, 2002
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  sfm: Lev Aronin may have been one of the strongest IMs ever! He won the Moscow championship in '65. There's a list on and I see many famous GMs.
How many other "only IM"s on the list?
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day

Bio, it's worth reading.:

Jul-20-09  Ragh: When I saw this CG player of the day, for a moment, I thought it was Lev Aronian. Incidentally, Aronian was born in the same month (October) in which Aronin died (but with a year gap).
Jul-20-09  Knight13: <Lev Aronin may have been one of the strongest IMs ever> Tell a GM-strengh player to keep away from getting enough GM norms and reach 2700, and he'll become the "strongest IM ever."

No, I don't recognize this "strongest IM ever" title.

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  WannaBe: Question for the historians on this site, Lev was awarded the Soviet Master, was this an equivalent of GM? Or IM? FM? And was (back then) each country awarded their own chess title?
Jul-20-09  dx9293: <WannaBe> Soviet Master would probably be between today's FM and IM.

About "each country," I would think so, but I don't know for sure. Here in the USA, for instance, the master title ("National Master") is about 100 points weaker than FM.

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  WannaBe: <dx9293> Thanks!! That does bring to mind the title of Life Master for US, which I believe, have gone by the way of the do-do birds.
Jun-01-10  Ychromosome: His games are a great find.
Aug-04-10  BISHOP TAL: His pic page sure has a dark likeness.Why have a pic at all if u cant see um.
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  GrahamClayton: Was this brilliant attacking game played in the 1965 Moscow City Championship?

[Event "?"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1965.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Aronin, Lev"]
[Black "Jurkov"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Nxd4 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. f4 Ne7 10. f5 Bf6 11. Kh1 gxf5 12. exf5 c5 13. Ne6 Qc8 14. Ne4 Be5 15. Bf4 fxe6 16. Bxe5 dxe5 17. Qh5+ Kd8 18. fxe6 Bxe6 19. Rad1+ Bd5 20. Qxe5 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Ruy Lopez Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1986

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Lev Aronin> Here is a brief biography and photograph of the great Russian Master:

Soviet chess player, International Master (1950). An engineer-meteorologist. In the mid-60's got the right to play the match for the title of Grandmaster of the USSR. His competitor was Tigran Petrosyan, who won and went on to become a world champion. He played in eight USSR championships and was champion of Moscow in 1965. He was a member of USSR team that won the European Championship in European championship in 1957. He contributed to chess theory in the Ruy Lopez and the Sicilian. He died in Moscow on October 4, 1982. (translated from Russian text on the website)

Here is his photograph taken in 1920:

Here is the internet source (in Russian):

May-06-11  kevins55555: I think that <Lev Aronin> is actually a DUPLICATION of <Levon Aronian>, a top chess player in the 2800s.
May-06-11  kevins55555: What do you think <pavel.aronian> and <jessicafischerqueen> about my last post? =D
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  wordfunph: "Aronin was a truly strong player who had participated in the Soviet championship several times, and even finished equal second on one occasion. His main regret was never to have achieved the grandmaster title. This fact he supported badly, sometimes saying "Lev, if I don't merit the title, who else does, then?"

- GM Lev Polugaevsky (from the book Sicilian Love by Polugaevsky)

Mar-06-12  ughaibu: Jessicafischerqueen: you reckon that's a photo taken in 1920? The year of his birth!
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  HeMateMe: Thanks, <Jessica>. How can a player possibly be strong enough to compete eight times in the old USSR championship, and not be a GM? My guess is he was GM strength, but didn't play in enough events in the West to get the international GM title.
Jul-20-12  LoveThatJoker: It seems to me that Lev Aronin did deserve the title of GM!

GM Aronin, today you are remembered!


Aug-06-12  Caissanist: The competition at the top of Soviet chess in the fifties was mind boggling, it's not really surprising that Aronin never got many chances to play abroad. His performances in Soviet championship were good but not dominating, with the exception of 1950, when he tied for second. One of the players who tied with him was Isaac Lipnitsky, who never even got the IM title, much less GM.
Jul-11-14  jerseybob: HeMateMe: And why didn't he compete in enough events? Maybe he offended one of the powers-that-be by say, smiling -or maybe NOT smiling - at the wrong time.
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  perfidious: Commissar: You <must> lose to David Ionovich again today.

Aronin: I already lose twenty times to that scum Bronstein--why don't you make his pal Boleslavsky do it?

C: One more, throw this game or you go to GULAG.

A: Bronstein is nichevo. I play real, solid chess. But I don't like Siberia.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM and Olympiad gold medal winner Lev Aronin.
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  alexmagnus: Another case of a historical anachronism when it comes to the birthplace in the bio. Neither was the city called Kuibyshev (it was renamed that in 1935) now was there Soviet Union (founded in 1922) in 1920.

The correct birthplace is Samara, Soviet Russia (do not confuse Soviet Russia (1917-1922) with the Soviet Union (1922-1991)).

Aug-10-19  nummerzwei: Wikipedia now puts 4 October 1982 as Aronin's death date, exactly two days before the more famous Levon Aronian was born.
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