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Veniamin Sozin
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1923 to 1939

Overall record: +20 -18 =10 (52.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B29 B88 B80
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C68 C83 C77 C80
 Tarrasch Defense (4) 
    D33 D32 D34
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 D05 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Sozin vs Nekrasov, 1931 1-0
   Nenarokov vs V Sozin, 1925 0-1
   Botvinnik vs V Sozin, 1929 1/2-1/2
   A Sergeiev vs V Sozin, 1924 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs V Sozin, 1924 1/2-1/2
   Karelin vs V Sozin, 1939 0-1
   Ragozin vs V Sozin, 1937 0-1
   V Sozin vs Botvinnik, 1931 1-0
   S Rozental vs V Sozin, 1924 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   USSR Championship (1931)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1924 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1925 by Phony Benoni

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(born 1896, died 1956, 60 years old) Russia

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Veniamin Innokentevich Sozin was born in 1896 in Russia. He specialized in openings and around 1930 advocated a variation of the Sicilian (B20) Defence first analyzed by Paul Saladin Leonhardt before the First World War and later made popular by Robert James Fischer in the 1950's and 60's.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Sozin vs B Koyalovich  1-0261923NovgorodC13 French
2. A Selezniev vs V Sozin  ½-½401924USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. V Sozin vs A Rabinovich  1-0341924USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
4. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs V Sozin  ½-½451924USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
5. V Sozin vs S Von Freymann 1-0271924USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
6. A Sergeiev vs V Sozin 0-1171924USSR ChampionshipA20 English
7. S Rozental vs V Sozin  0-1581924USSR ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Bogoljubov vs V Sozin ½-½621924USSR ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. N Grigoriev vs V Sozin  1-0571924USSR ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
10. Levenfish vs V Sozin  1-0581924USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. V Sozin vs P Romanovsky 1-0461924USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
12. N Grigoriev vs V Sozin 1-0501925USSR ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
13. V Sozin vs N Kutuzov  1-0501925USSR ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
14. V Sozin vs Y Vilner  1-0411925USSR ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
15. B Verlinsky vs V Sozin  1-0251925USSR ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Nenarokov vs V Sozin 0-1301925USSR ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. V Sozin vs P Romanovsky 0-1251925USSR ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
18. V Sozin vs A Kubbel  ½-½371925USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. A Kaspersky vs V Sozin  0-1321925USSR ChampionshipD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. A S Bernshteyn vs V Sozin  0-1261929USSR ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Botvinnik vs V Sozin ½-½631929Krechevitsa-NovgorodD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. G Podolny vs V Sozin  0-1631931Ch URS (1/2 final)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
23. D Bogdanov vs V Sozin  0-1271931Ch URS (1/2 final)A09 Reti Opening
24. A Kaspersky vs V Sozin  0-1391931Ch URS (1/2 final)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. B Verlinsky vs V Sozin  1-0381931Ch URS (1/2 final)D48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-21-05  lopium: Is it the one who invent the Fischer-Sozin Attack ? With Fischer? Or someone know more about him?
Jan-26-05  Alaric: I think it was Sozin who created it, and Fischer who made it popular!
Oct-17-06  piroflip: amusing though, that a game played
twelve years before Bobby was born
has an opening named after him.
Jun-04-07  timhortons: id go over the games and there was no game ever won by sozin on sicilian sozin attack....fischer did polish it....castling on queenside and his sac on castled black h file...his notable games was played as black piece player...seems he was not successfull with the attack attributed to him
Aug-11-09  WhiteRook48: the other inventor of the Fischer Attack
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Picture taken during 4th Soviet Championship in 1925: (Sozin is in the back row, 2nd to left (Source:

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