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Sergey Belavenets
S Belavenets 
Number of games in database: 141
Years covered: 1928 to 1941

Overall record: +59 -32 =49 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D63 D51 D62 D69 D52
 Slav (8) 
    D11 D19 D17 D12
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E34 E32 E39 E33 E23
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    E00 D02 A40 A50
 French Defense (5) 
    C12 C19 C14 C16
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (9) 
    C18 C07 C11 C12 C17
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E24 E59 E46 E21
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D56 D50 D61 D55
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D45 D49 D46
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B17 B13 B10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D37 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Belavenets vs Botvinnik, 1934 1/2-1/2
   S Belavenets vs Ragozin, 1934 1-0
   S Belavenets vs Lisitsin, 1937 1-0
   S Belavenets vs Botvinnik, 1939 1/2-1/2
   S Belavenets vs Veresov, 1934 1-0
   S Belavenets vs V Goglidze, 1939 1/2-1/2
   S Belavenets vs Levenfish, 1937 1-0
   S Belavenets vs Ragozin, 1939 1-0
   E Zagoryansky vs S Belavenets, 1936 0-1
   B Verlinsky vs S Belavenets, 1938 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1939)
   URS-ch10 (1937)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sergey Belavenyets by Benzol
   Master Sergey Belavenets by Resignation Trap

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(born Jul-18-1910, died Mar-06-1942, 31 years old) Russia

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Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets was born in 1910.

He was joint Moscow Champion in 1932 [rusbase-1], 1937 [rusbase-2] with Vladimir Alatortsev and 1938 [rusbase-3] with Vasily Smyslov. He also was Russian Champion of 1934 [rusbase-4]. Belavenets' best over the board result was a third place finish in the 1939 USSR Championship.

Fighting for the Soviet army in World War II, he was killed at the Battle of Novgorod in 1942.

Belavenets was the father of Liudmila Belavenets and the nephew of Konstantin Vygodchikov.

Wikipedia article: Sergey Belavenets

Last updated: 2022-09-11 04:04:57

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 148  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Yudovich Sr. vs S Belavenets  1-0251928Ch SmolenskB40 Sicilian
2. S Belavenets vs K Vygodchikov 1-0571929USSRD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. S Belavenets vs L Grigoriev 1-0251929USSRD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. S Belavenets vs Vladimir Borisovich Yuriev  1-0411929Moscow - Leningrad MetallurgistsD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S Belavenets vs A Zhivtsov  1-0271929Ch Trade Unions (team)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. S Belavenets vs M Yudovich Sr.  0-1261932Ch MoscowA48 King's Indian
7. S Belavenets vs N Riumin  0-1371933Ch MoscowA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. S Belavenets vs S Nemlikher  1-0241933Ch MoscowE17 Queen's Indian
9. Panov vs S Belavenets  1-0391933Ch MoscowC17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. S Belavenets vs L Grigoriev  1-02519344th Ch RSFSR (sf-A)D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. S Belavenets vs Botvinnik ½-½401934LeningradE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
12. S Belavenets vs K Vygodchikov  1-05819344th Ch RSFSR (final)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. S Belavenets vs Kotov  1-02319344th Ch RSFSR (final)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Botvinnik vs S Belavenets 1-0251934RussiaD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
15. F Bohatirchuk vs S Belavenets  ½-½451934USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
16. S Belavenets vs Ragozin 1-0391934USSR Championship 1934/35E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. I Mazel vs S Belavenets  ½-½221934USSR Championship 1934/35A02 Bird's Opening
18. L Savitsky vs S Belavenets  ½-½191934USSR Championship 1934/35D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. S Belavenets vs Veresov 1-0281934USSR Championship 1934/35D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. N Riumin vs S Belavenets ½-½351934USSR Championship 1934/35B10 Caro-Kann
21. S Belavenets vs V Makogonov  ½-½371934USSR Championship 1934/35E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
22. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs S Belavenets  0-1451934USSR Championship 1934/35B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. S Belavenets vs Panov  0-1431934USSR Championship 1934/35C49 Four Knights
24. S von Freymann vs S Belavenets  ½-½491934USSR Championship 1934/35D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. S Belavenets vs V Rauzer  ½-½191934USSR Championship 1934/35A13 English
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  Benzol: Sergey Vsevolodovich Belavenets
Born 1910 in Russia?
Died 7th March 1942 in Novgorod
He was joint Moscow champion in 1932, 1937 and 1938.
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  Gypsy: < This game [ S Belavenets vs Bronstein, 1941 ] with Sergey Belavets -- one of the most talented Soviet players and a wonderful man -- I give with a heavy heart. At the very time when the participants in the Rostov Semifinal of the USSR Championship were sitting at the board and considering their moves, on the Western boarders of our State the German soldier were awaiting the order to invade. And it followed very soon... That was cost many more lives than are reccorded in the history books. My partner never again returned to the chess board. He perished in battle in the first year of the War. > Bronstein on the King's Indian.

< ... In my opinion, that evening White was thinking about something more important than a game of chess.

...The descriptions of this game stirred in my memory some personal recollections of those distant years. In the Ukrainian Championship of 1940 I finished second, achieved a master norm, and should have become the youngest (at the time) chess master in the USSR. But the procedure for awarding titles was not then a formality. The Supreme Qualification Commision headed by Belavenets (his deputy was Smyslov) made a serious study of my games and came to a positive decision. And here, as Segey Belavets sat with his head in his hands, surveying his wrecked position, he sudenly exclaimed: 'Yes, we were right to award you the master title!', and he stopped the clocks. >

Nov-14-05  paladin at large: <Gypsy> Many thanks for the anecdote. Kotov also wrote fondly of Belavenets and had high regard for his ending play:

"Ever since then (watching Capablanca play in 1936 in Moscow), I have watched carefully how the great endgame players play, or rather, regard the ending. I gained a great deal from my friendship with Sergei Belavenets, who just before the war wrote with me a study of the middle game and ending which was subsequently lost in transcript. I saw how Belavenets always thought in the ending in terms of schemes, in terms of the layout of one's forces........As soon as the ending is reached you should forget about tactics. A new phase of the game is starting and it is quite different from the previous one. Here you have to think of schemes and deal in terms of cool, calm analysis."

'I advise every player, if he has enough time left on his clock, to spend a few minutes calming his nerves after the excitement of the middle game' writes Belavenets. 'This slight expenditure of time will be recouped later on when the player thinks about the ending in the right way.''"

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  pawn to QB4: Remembrance Sunday here in Britain and many other countries. Best regards to family of Sergei Belavenets, chess master, engineer, war hero; as to all remembering those we lost.
Apr-08-07  vonKrolock: His uncle K Vygodchikov teached him the basic rules when he was seven. At fourteen, he won the championship of Bielo-Russia (Belarus) - an achievement that include him in the class of the prodigies. One year later, he visited the International Tournament in Moscow, playing the simuls of Lasker, Reti and Torre with good results. Living in Smolensk (I can not assert in moment if this was his native city) until 1930, and then, in Moscow as Engineering student (he specialized in Agricultural Electrification). Sixth in USSR ch 1937 and Third in 1939. Prolific writer of articles (Analisis of Games, Openings, Endgames Theory etc)
Aug-25-07  whiteshark: One Picture:
Oct-05-07  Antiochus: The best and most important(theorically) win of Belavenets, tragically, is the last.Downloadable in chesslab:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1941.??.??"]
[White "Zagorjansky"]
[Black "Belavenets"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E49"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3
d5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 c5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. O-O
dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 11. Qe2 e5 12. d5 Na5 13. e4
Nxc4 14. Qxc4 b5 15. Qxb5 Nxe4 16. Qe2 Nf6 17. c4
e4 18. Nd2 Qe5 19. Rb1 Ng4 20. f4 Qd4+ 21. Kh1
e3 22. Nb3 Qe4 23. Ra1 Rb8 24. Na5 Nf2+ 25. Kg1
Bh3 26. Rxf2 exf2+ 27. Qxf2 Bxg2 28. Nc6 Rbe8 29. Bb2 Bf3 30. Ne5 Bh5 31. Nd7 Qf5 32. Nxf8 Re2 33. Qh4
Rxb2 34. Nd7 f6 35. Nxc5 Bf3 36. Kf1 Qc2 37. Qg3
Qxc4+ 0-1

Jan-22-10  whiteshark: The following quote from <Belavenets> appears in the endgame section of <Kotov's <'Think Like a Grandmaster'>>, which is good advice for a would-be torturer and well worth being aware of if you're the victim.

" <<The basic rule of ending is not to hurry.> If you have the chance to advance a pawn one square or two, have a good look round, and only then play it forward one more square. Repeating moves in an ending can be very useful. Apart from the obvious gain of time on the clock one notices that the side with the advantage gains psychological benefit. The defender who has the inferior position often cannot stand the strain and makes new concessions so easing his opponent's task. Apart from this, repetitions clarify the position in your mind to the greatest possible extent.>"

Oct-02-10  I play the Fred: In "Soviet Chess", it was said of Belavenets that in post mortems he would offer up reams of promising, head-spinning variations that he passed up during the game. Belavenets explained that he preferred the quieter play, that it was "simpler and easier" to win with.

Seirawan tells a similar story about Kasparov in "Chess Duels". After he lost a game to Spassky, Kasparov reeled off some mind blowing lines in the post mortem, basically leaving Spassky speechless. Seirawan said that if he had had a camera handy, he could have sold many copies of this video for a huge profit.

Oct-09-10  Ostap Bender jr: I believe that the following game is illustrative for his systematic thinking in the ending. You will not find it in any database; I just saw it in an old book with selected games of his.

[Event "Moscow-Leningrad"]
[Site "Moscu"]
[Date "1939.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Belavenets"]
[Black "Rauzer"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "D62"]
[Annotator "Bob"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "1969.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[SourceDate "2003.01.01"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Bd3 g6 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. O-O Be6 14. Rac1 Rac8 15. Nd4 Nxd3 16. Qxd3 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 Rc8 18. Rxc8+ Bxc8 19. Qb5 Be6 20. Qa5 b6 21. Qb5 Qd7 22. a3 Qxb5 23. Nxb5 Bd7 24. Nc3 Bc6 25. Kf1 Kf8 26. f3 Ke7 27. Ke2 Ke6 28. Kd3 Ke5 29. f4+ Ke6 30. Kd4 Kd6 31. b4 Ke6 32. b5 Bb7 33. Na2 Kd6 34. Nb4 Ke6 35. g4 f5 36. g5 Kd6 37. h3 Ke6 38. Na2 Kd6 39. Nc3 Ke6 40. h4 Kd6 41. Ne2 Bc8 42. Ng3 Bd7 43. a4 Ke6 44. h5 Be8 45. h6 Kd6 46. Ne2 *

There is a long analysis here, justifying Black's decision to resign.

Oct-13-11  wordfunph: <paladin at large: <Gypsy> Many thanks for the anecdote. Kotov also wrote fondly of Belavenets and had high regard for his ending play:>

exactly! in the book Tragicomedy by Mark Dvoretsky he mentioned Belavenets' famous dictum on endgames --- "Do not rush."

Oct-13-11  bronkenstein: M.Sereshevsky is opening his ´Endgame strategy´ with short article of Belavenets´s ´Basic principles of endgames´ , which Sergey illustrated on the example of Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1936 .

PS Already mentioned ´...dont rush...´ quote is from that article.

Nov-29-11  The17thPawn: I'm glad that researching the opening of the day lead me to this fellow's games. Never heard of him before but seeing the scalps he collected before an early death he was definitely a serious talent.
Jun-25-12  whiteshark: Sketch of <Sergey Belavenets>, being the frontispiece to the monograph on his career (Moscow, 1963).

Source: / C.N. 4938. Who?

Jul-18-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Belavenets.
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't <Leave it to Belavenets> a Russian sitcom, in the 1960s?
May-09-15  TheFocus: <Repeating moves in an ending can be very useful. Apart from the obvious gain of time on the clock one notices that the side with the advantage gains psychological benefit> - Sergey Belavenets.
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  MissScarlett: You sexy thang: (from C.N. 11658 or Winter will blow a gasket)

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