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Vladimir Alatortsev
Number of games in database: 314
Years covered: 1929 to 1965

Overall record: +89 -109 =116 (46.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E21 E34 E53 E37 E46
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D50 D51 D63 D55 D64
 Catalan (11) 
    E01 E06 E02 E04 E08
 Old Indian (10) 
    A54 A53
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37 D30 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    E00 A41 A40 A46 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D13 D16 D12 D15
 French Defense (19) 
    C18 C11 C01 C05 C17
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C82 C98 C77 C87 C81
 English, 1 c4 e5 (12) 
    A25 A27 A22 A28 A20
 Sicilian (10) 
    B84 B40 B83 B29 B95
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E43 E26 E34 E32 E41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bronstein vs Alatortsev, 1944 0-1
   Alatortsev vs Kholmov, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Alatortsev vs Chekhover, 1937 1-0
   Alatortsev vs Lilienthal, 1935 1-0
   Chekhover vs Alatortsev, 1940 0-1
   Rauzer vs Alatortsev, 1934 0-1
   Alatortsev vs Riumin, 1935 1-0
   Alatortsev vs G Goldberg, 1932 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs Alatortsev, 1947 0-1
   Keres vs Alatortsev, 1950 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leningrad Championship (1932)
   USSR Championship (1931)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   Leningrad (1934)
   Moscow (1935)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1948)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess a la Torte: Games of Vladimir Alatortsev by Resignation Trap
   Leningrad Championship 1932 by Phony Benoni

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(born May-15-1909, died Jan-13-1987, 77 years old) Russia

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Vladimir Alexeyevich Alatortsev was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Emeritus GM title in 1983, he was joint Leningrad Champion in 1933-34 and joint Moscow Champion in 1936 and 1937. He also competed 'hors concours' in the Latvian Championship of 1945, which he also won. He came to the fore in Soviet Chess in the early 1930's and finished 2nd to Mikhail Botvinnik in the 1933 USSR Championship. He drew a match with Andre Lilienthal (+4, =4, -4) in 1935 and became a chess organiser and teacher. From 1954 - 1961 he was head of the Soviet chess organization. He played in nine USSR Championships from 1931 to 1950.

Wikipedia article: Vladimir Alatortsev

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alatortsev vs Rokhlin  0-1361929LeningradD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Rokhlin vs Alatortsev 1-0391929LeningradA44 Old Benoni Defense
3. A Batuyev vs Alatortsev  0-1311929LeningradD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. Alatortsev vs Botvinnik 0-1321930Leningrad chcE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
5. Alatortsev vs N Sorokin  ½-½491931Ch URS (1/2 final)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
6. Alatortsev vs F Bohatirchuk  ½-½631931Ch URS (1/2 final)A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
7. Alatortsev vs P Romanovsky  0-1531931Leningrad-chE16 Queen's Indian
8. V Sozin vs Alatortsev  ½-½671931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
9. Rauzer vs Alatortsev  ½-½691931USSR ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
10. Alatortsev vs B Verlinsky  ½-½571931USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Kan vs Alatortsev  ½-½471931USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
12. Alatortsev vs Zamikhovsky 1-0271931USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. F Bohatirchuk vs Alatortsev 1-0281931USSR ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
14. Alatortsev vs M Yudovich Sr.  1-0271931USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
15. Botvinnik vs Alatortsev 1-0271931USSR ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
16. Alatortsev vs Riumin  ½-½521931USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. V G Kirillov vs Alatortsev  ½-½741931USSR ChampionshipA25 English
18. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin 0-1311931USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
19. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Alatortsev  0-1501931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
20. Alatortsev vs N Sorokin  1-0231931USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Kasparian vs Alatortsev 1-0531931USSR ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Alatortsev vs Goglidze 1-0341931USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. A Budo vs Alatortsev  0-1421931USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Alatortsev vs I Mazel 1-0221931USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Alatortsev vs Lisitsin 1-0721932Leningrad ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-09-04  waddayaplay: Vladimir Alatortsev (14.05 1909 - ? )

He wrote a chess book in 1960 called something like Modern Chess Theory. Its first part deals with the development of style, spanning from Morphy to Tal. The second part (the largest part) is about piece development, pawn structures, space, etc. Many examples from contemporary games. Also examples from older games by Chigorin, Steinitz and Morphy. 401 diagrams, 335 pages.

Apr-07-05  Resignation Trap: Date of death: January 13, 1987.
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  Benzol: <Resignation Trap> Thanks mate!
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  Gypsy: Trener of Smyslov in late 1940's. His theoretical speciality was utilization of weak collor-complexes in middle game. (ref. Kotov-Yudovich)
Jul-26-05  euripides: <utilization of weak collor-complexes in middle game> As in Alatortsev vs Capablanca, 1935
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  Gypsy: <euripides> Smooth play by Black and rather dis-harmonious by White. Maybe this game inspired Alatorcev to study such things. Of course, it is easy to like an idiot when losing to Capablanca.
Jul-27-05  euripides: <gypsy> very true.
Aug-22-08  myschkin: . . .

aka <V. Alatorcev> never got the opportunity to compete outside the Soviet Union. He was awarded an Honorary Emeritus Grandmaster title by FIDE in 1983. This was clearly well deserved, since his win at Leningrad 1938 and his second place in the Soviet Championship 1933 were definitely strong Grandmaster results.

E-Book "Interaction of figures and pawns in chess"
(1956, in Russian, Format: DjVu)

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  GrahamClayton: <myschkin>He was awarded an Honorary Emeritus Grandmaster title by FIDE in 1983.

Very interesting. Have there been any other players who have also been awarded an Honorary GM title by FIDE?

Apr-22-10  HSOL: GrahamClayton:
I'm quite certain FIDE awarded several Grandmaster Emeritus titles in the early-mid-80s.

I've found on wikipedia Jonathan Penrose and Harry Golombek mentioned as Grandmaster Emeritus.

Another one is Erik Lundin who got the GM title in 1983, probably at least 20 years after he was last competitive internationally.

I guess Alexander Konstantinopolsky also is one considered he got the GM title in 1983 while being born 1910.

Lodewijk Prins and Raul Sanguinetti got the GM title retroactive in 1982. FIDE's own wording according to an Informator.

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  wordfunph: GM Vladimir Alatortsev is a hydraulic engineer.
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  whiteshark: "Alatortsev Vladimir Alekseevich (was born in 1909) - chessmaster USSR since 1931, international master from the moment of establishment of a rank, international arbitrator since 1953. The engineer - hydraulic. The candidate of pedagogical sciences. Moscow. "Burevestnik". Alatortsev took part in many large competitions. For the first time by playing in a championship of Leningrad in 1929, he in 1931 has occupied 3 place, in 1932 -2, and in 1933-34 -1-2.

From performances in championships of Moscow are most successful 1936 and 1937 (1-2), 1943-44 (3-4), 1946 (3-6). Alatortsev divided 1-2 places in the Transcaucasian tournament 1933, championship ACSTS 1938. In the second Moscow international tournament 1935 has divided 11-14 p. In this year has played by draw a match with Lilienthal (+ 4-4 = 4), but in 1940 has lost to Levenfish (+ 2 -5 =7). In 1945 has won off contest a championship of Latvian SSR. The nine-multiple participant of championships USSR (7-10, 8-16, 18), best has played in 7 - 3-6p, 8 - 2p, 9 -5-8 p, 18 - 7-10.

Last years Alatortsev seldom acts in competitions. He has finished graduate school under the theory and technique of teaching of a chess CCIRFC, and in 1956 has upheld the dissertation " About some questions of the general theory of a chess (to understanding of bases of modern strategy) ", now is the senior scientific employee of this institute. During a years of time Alatortsev was by the chairman of chess section, after federation a USSR. "The Mark of honour " is awarded by an award for merits in the field of a chess. The editor of a chess department of the newspaper " Evening Moscow ", author of the several books and many articles.

Chess dictionary,1964 "


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  GrahamClayton: Alatortsev was Vassily Smyslov's second for the 1948 Moscow/Hague world championship tournament.
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