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Alexander Konstantinopolsky
Number of games in database: 296
Years covered: 1931 to 1983

Overall record: +91 -74 =131 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (20) 
    A06 A04
 Sicilian (20) 
    B76 B80 B91 B67 B21
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A14
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C89 C97 C79 C88 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C97 C89 C92 C98 C88
 French Defense (8) 
    C00 C16 C18 C11 C09
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B10 B13 B16 B14 B18
 Orthodox Defense (16) 
    D63 D51 D60 D50 D61
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C97 C83 C87 C79
 Sicilian (13) 
    B40 B24 B84 B58 B56
 Old Indian (8) 
    A54 A53
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A41 A40 D02 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Frank, 1935 1-0
   E Zagorjansky vs Konstantinopolsky, 1943 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Panov, 1936 1-0
   Konstantinopolsky vs Bronstein, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Levenfish vs Konstantinopolsky, 1947 0-1
   Konstantinopolsky vs Korchnoi, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Konstantinopolsky vs Tolush, 1936 1-0
   Konstantinopolsky vs Lipnitsky, 1950 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky, 1931 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Sverdlovsk (1943)
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship (1940)
   USSR Championship (1952)

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(born Feb-19-1910, died Sep-21-1990, 80 years old) Ukraine

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Alexander Markovich Konstantinopolsky was born in Zhitomir, Ukraine. USSR Correspondence Champion in 1951, he was awarded the titles of IM in 1950, IMC in 1966 and honorary (emeritus) GM in 1983. He helped train David Bronstein for a World Championship match. One of his many opening contributions was: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3, the Konstantinopolsky Opening.

reference: The Oxford Companion to Chess, 2nd edition.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Konstantinopolsky

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 296  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Konstantinopolsky vs A Khodzhaev  0-1371931Ch URS (1/2 final)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Botvinnik vs Konstantinopolsky 0-1791931URS-ch sf4 7thA84 Dutch
3. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer  ½-½221932LeningradD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Konstantinopolsky vs Samychowsky  0-1471932Kiev-LeningradA06 Reti Opening
5. Nenarokov vs Konstantinopolsky  1-0391932Kiev-LeningradA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Kmoch vs Konstantinopolsky  0-1351934TbilisiD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Konstantinopolsky vs A Akshanov 1-0511934URS corrB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
8. Konstantinopolsky vs Frank 1-0281935Leningrad corrA04 Reti Opening
9. Konstantinopolsky vs Rauzer 1-0191935corrC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
10. Konstantinopolsky vs Chistiakov  1-0321935URS Masters corrB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. Konstantinopolsky vs Kan  ½-½321936All-Union YMA04 Reti Opening
12. Konstantinopolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1341936TournamentD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
13. Goglidze vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½211936All-Union YMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Konstantinopolsky vs Goglidze 1-0301936All-Union YMA06 Reti Opening
15. S Von Freymann vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½361936TournamentC10 French
16. Konstantinopolsky vs Chekhover  ½-½491936All-Union YME94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. Konstantinopolsky vs Lilienthal  1-0381936Ch ~~quote~~Trade Unions~~quote~~C14 French, Classical
18. Riumin vs Konstantinopolsky  1-0431936All-Union YMB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Konstantinopolsky vs Tolush 1-0231936MoscowA47 Queen's Indian
20. Konstantinopolsky vs Alatortsev  ½-½271936All-Union YMD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Konstantinopolsky vs S Von Freymann  1-0331936TournamentA04 Reti Opening
22. Ragozin vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0331936All-Union YMD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. Chekhover vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½311936All-Union YMB01 Scandinavian
24. Konstantinopolsky vs Riumin  ½-½351936All-Union YMA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
25. Konstantinopolsky vs Panov  1-0351936LeningradA53 Old Indian
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Aug-09-08  Helios727: How did he become a grandmaster at age 73?
Aug-09-08  pawn to QB4: Given it as an honorary title, and IMHO well worth it. He finished in the top six of the Soviet Championship four times; one of the world's top players in the 40s; especially noted as the trainer of Bronstein and Boleslavsky. So his group displaced Smyslov and Keres as Botvinnik's closest challengers in the early 50s, and made terrific imaginative contributions in the openings and middlegame. Their revival of the King's Indian alone was worth GM titles all round, after the QGD stodge of earlier times. Pity we never saw Alekhine play their systems, for or against, for instance.
Feb-19-09  WhiteRook48: I would think that someone who played from 1931 to 1983 would have more than 300 games.
Jul-22-09  myschkin: . . .

".. During the late 1930s, Alexander Konstantinopolsky trained young players and amateurs in Kiev, at the Palace of Young Pioneers. He was widely regarded as a friendly and kindly man. .."

Bio (in English):

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
Feb-19-12  Xeroxx: Awesome name for a player
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Konstantinopolsky.
Feb-22-13  Yopo: Konstantinopolsky was only 41 years old when he saw his pupil at chess, Bronstein, contest for the world title. Thing to proud any couch, though it must have been difficult to "Konstantino" motivate yourself to keep playing. He must had been even more stunned when he read the book Bronstein wrote on the 1953 candidates tournament. How good lessons the teacher should have learnt from the student!
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  offramp: I always project his name as Stromboli did in Pinocchio.
Apr-07-14  madlydeeply: kolty broke Alekhine's blindfold record once, that should be in the biography, jyez?
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  Sally Simpson: Are you not thinking of this lad.

Georges Koltanowski

Apr-07-14  Nosnibor: His finest result in the USSR Championships was sharing second place in the 1937 event with Ragozin with 12/19 and only losing one game (Rauser)There are a number of fine games which he won missing from the database and I intend to submit a few when time permits.In particular a brilliant win over Panov in the 1946 Moscow Championship.
Feb-19-15  gars: He and his greatest pupil David Bronstein were born at the same day, February 19th. Isn't that curious?
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  offramp: I thought that Constantinople was a Macedonian city, not a Greek city.

Like Alexander the Great, Macedonian, not Greek.

Feb-19-15  disasterion: <offramp> The original city on the site, Byzantium, was an early Greek colonial outpost founded several centuries before Macedonia had any influence over the area. And Constantinople itself was founded by the Roman emporer Constantine, so I suppose it's either Greek or Roman, but not Macedonian.
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  sachistu: There is some question if Konstantinopolsky played in the 1939 Ukraine chp (at Dnepropetrovsk). Sources like Di Felice list him there (finishing 3rd).

However, in Romanov's book on Konstantinopolsky, there is no mention of the 1939 UKR-ch. Moreover, in SvSSSR, 1940 (Jan) the tournament cross table shows Konstantinovsky (from Dnepropetrvsk). It was my understanding Konstantinopolsky resided in Kiev at that time.

In a later crosstable (for a different event), Konstantinopolsky is listed as being from Kiev. There was a A.Konstantinov listed in a correspondence event, but he was a Category 1 player and unlikely to finish 3rd (with only one loss!) in such a strong tournament as the UKR-ch.

So far, I have been unable to find any other references to 'Konstaninov' around that time. Anyone have more information on that tournament?

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  sachistu: In subsequent research, I have found A.Konstantinov in other Russian events, so it's beginning to look like Konstantinopolsky was not at 1939 UKR-ch.
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  HeMateMe: where do you suppose his ancestors came from?
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  WannaBe: Well, if you believe in evolution, Africa, else Adam & Eve. =))
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: Well, if you believe in evolution,...>

"Belief" is for matters of faith. For science, we don't "believe", we "accept" the science or we don't accept it.

Dec-03-15  ljfyffe: Konstantinopolsky scored 4 points for the 35.5 point, 6-member Soviet winning team in the CC Olympiad III Final (1958-1961).
Feb-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Konstantinopolsky.

I played your variation with success. However, I had poor results with your variation in the Ruy Lopez.

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  tpstar: No player picture, but once again <BIDMONFA> to the rescue!
Jun-20-19  The17thPawn: The fact that this man only received an emeritus GM title is a travesty. Even a cursory review of his notable games reveals his strength.
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  perfidious: Standard stuff: very few GM titles (27) were bestowed by FIDE when those awards were made in 1950, and most of those were to then-elite players: world champion Botvinnik and all those who had qualified or were seeded into the candidates event at Budapest. Konstantinopolsky apparently also never played outside USSR, which, same as many another strong player, guaranteed he would never make GM--and would not have even received the IM title had it not originally gone his way.
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