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Yakov Geraisimovich Rokhlin
Number of games in database: 42
Years covered: 1925 to 1965

Overall record: +8 -21 =13 (34.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B62 B23 B24 B32 B25
 Slav (6) 
    D11 D15
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(born Jan-27-1903, died 1996, 93 years old) Russia

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He was an IMC, and an International Arbiter since 1956.

Last updated: 2019-09-29 07:24:39

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rokhlin vs Levenfish  0-1321925Leningrad-chA12 English with b3
2. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Rokhlin  1-0411925Leningrad-chB32 Sicilian
3. Carlos Torre vs Rokhlin  ½-½371925LeningradA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Rokhlin vs Carlos Torre  ½-½351925LeningradD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Rokhlin vs Botvinnik 0-1521926RussiaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Rokhlin vs J Golubev  1-0301926Leningrad-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Botvinnik vs Rokhlin 1-0281927LeningradA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. P Romanovsky vs Rokhlin 1-0291927USSR ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Rokhlin vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1341927USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. N Pavlov-Pianov vs Rokhlin  1-0311927USSR ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Rokhlin vs S Von Freymann  1-0531927USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Rokhlin  1-0411928Leningrad-chB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Rokhlin vs Alatortsev 1-0391929LeningradA44 Old Benoni Defense
14. Alatortsev vs Rokhlin  0-1361929LeningradD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Rauzer vs Rokhlin 1-0351929USSR ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Rokhlin vs Botvinnik 0-1431930RussiaC49 Four Knights
17. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Rokhlin  1-0241930Leningrad-chC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. S B Gotthilf vs Rokhlin  ½-½371931Leningrad-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M Yudovich Sr. vs Rokhlin  1-0331931Ch URS (1/2 final)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Rokhlin vs Levenfish  ½-½381931Leningrad-chB40 Sicilian
21. A Y Model vs Rokhlin  0-1431931Leningrad-chD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Kubbel vs Rokhlin  0-1351931Leningrad-chB24 Sicilian, Closed
23. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Rokhlin  1-0241931Leningrad-chC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
24. Rokhlin vs Botvinnik  0-1391933Leningrad mastersA47 Queen's Indian
25. L Savitsky vs Rokhlin  1-0341934LeningradA50 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jan-13-05  kostich in time: Therre seems to have been an extremely long hiatus in Rokhlins career..where was he..the Gulag?
Jul-10-06  Karpova:

Russian master Yakov Rokhlin was born on 27th January 1905. He played in two Soviet championships (1927 and 1929), but was more known as a prolific chess author and energetic chess organiser and coach. Rokhlin became an International Arbiter in 1956. He was also an International Master at correspondence chess (1967).

Dec-18-11  Resignation Trap: Gaige gives his patronymic name as <Gerasimovich>.
Dec-18-11  King Death: So his father had the first name Gerasimov?
Oct-30-12  stanleys: Rokhlin with Botvinnik and Smyslov during the Moscow's Interzonal/1982

Oct-30-12  stanleys: Polugaevsky, Iosif Vatnikov, Smyslov, Najdorf, Botvinnik and Rokhlin

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  GrahamClayton: Here is Rokhlin turning the tables in a spectacular way against Vladislav Silich in 1929:

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1.♖f8+ ♔h7 2.♗e4+

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2...♕f5! and White resigned, due to either 3. ♖xf5 ♖xh4# or 3. ♗xc6 ♕xh3#.

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  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClayton> I remember this from the introduction to USSR Championship (1929). White could have won with the equally spectacular <2.Qe4+!>.

Oh, why can't we have the full game score?

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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>Oh, why can't we have the full game score?

The position was highlighted in a tactics book that I have, which didn't have the full score.

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  Phony Benoni: <Graham Clayton> I found it in a online series of reports on the USSR Championships, but no score either.
Jun-23-18  goser: This is his bio from the official site of Russian Chess Federation.
Sep-29-19  BUNA: Yakov Rokhlin was born in 1903. A russian site has a picture of his gravestone with the dates 1903 - 1996. >

Rokhlin beat Lasker in a simul game in february of 1924 when Lasker for the first time visited the Soviet Union (Leningrad). Here is the notation taken from Rokhlins "Book about Chess" (Moscow 1975).

[Event "Simultan Leningrad"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1924.02.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rokhlin, Yakov"]
[Black "Lasker, Emanuel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. Bg5 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 h6 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. O-O Nc6 10. e4 d6 11. Rc1 e5 12. d5 Ne7 13. Ne1 Ng6 14. Nd3 Bc8 15. Qh5 Re8 16. Kh1 Bd7 17. Ne2 Qc8 18. h3 Qa6 19. a3 Rac8 20. f4 c6 21. f5 Nf8 22. Nb4 Qb7 23. h4 cxd5 24. Nxd5 Nh7 25. Bf3 b5 26. Rg1 Rxc4 27. Rxc4 bxc4 28. g4 Bxh4 29. Qxh4 Ng5 30. Qg3 Qxb2 31. Nec3 f6 32. a4 Bc6 33. Bg2 Bxd5 34. exd5 e4 35. Qe3 Qc2 36. Re1 Re5 37. Re2 Qd3 38. Bxe4 Qxe3 39. Rxe3 h5 40. gxh5 Kh7 41. Kg2 Kh6 42. Re2 Kxh5 43. Bb1 Kg4 44. Rxe5 1-0

Although being only 8 years older Rokhlin was the first mentor of Botvinnik. He convinced Capablanca to travel to Leningrad to give a simul in 1925 and he made sure that the 14 years old Botvinnik could play against the champion. He also fought for Botvinnik's inclusion in the 1927 soviet championship.

He is said to have invented the Lenin quote "Chess is the gymnastics of the mind" to pressure unwilling officials for support.

And he devised some of the earliest soviet chess training courses. (Yusupovs "Boost your chess" book series is basically a modernized version of these soviet training courses.)

So Rokhlin is one of the earliest organizers of what came to be known as the "soviet chess school".

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