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Nikolay Novotelnov
N Novotelnov 
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Number of games in database: 127
Years covered: 1937 to 1967
Overall record: +47 -50 =30 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (9) 
    E69 E68 E70 E62 E60
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D74 D98 D76 D77 D96
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E42 E46 E23 E56
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C71 C75 C79 C78 C84
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D49 D48 D44 D45 D46
 Catalan (4) 
    E03 E08 E06
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C96 C97 C83 C91
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D98 D94 D83 D74 D77
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C96 C91 C97 C98 C99
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E45 E22 E34 E46 E39
 Sicilian (5) 
    B23 B83 B95 B88
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D30 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Geller vs N Novotelnov, 1949 0-1
   N Novotelnov vs Smyslov, 1951 1-0
   N Novotelnov vs Keres, 1947 1-0
   N Novotelnov vs Spassky, 1956 1-0
   Kholmov vs N Novotelnov, 1947 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   RSFSR Championship (1947)
   URS-ch sf Tbilisi (1949)
   URS-ch sf Tartu (1950)
   URS-ch sf Sverdlovsk (1947)
   Moscow (1947)
   URS-ch sf Baku (1951)
   URS-ch sf Leningrad (1956)
   URS-ch sf Sochi (1952)
   USSR Championship (1951)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Moscow 1947 by suenteus po 147

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(born Dec-14-1911, died Dec-30-2006, 95 years old) Russia
[what is this?]
Nikolay Alexandrovich Novotelnov was born on the 14th (not on the 9th as some other sources state) of December 1911. He was awarded the IM title in 1951. He was RSFSR (Russian Federative Republic) champion in 1947.


Wikipedia article: Nikolay Novotelnov

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 127  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Novotelnov vs E Zagoryansky  0-1241937Ch Trade Unions (1/2 Final)E72 King's Indian
2. N Novotelnov vs Furman  1-026194015th Ch LeningradC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. V A Vasiliev vs N Novotelnov  1-031194015th Ch LeningradE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
4. N Novotelnov vs I Rabinovich  ½-½27194015th Ch LeningradC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. N Novotelnov vs D Rovner 0-1291946URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
6. Furman vs N Novotelnov  1-0411947URS-ch sf SverdlovskD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
7. A Chistiakov vs N Novotelnov  0-1521947URS-ch sf SverdlovskC77 Ruy Lopez
8. N Novotelnov vs P Dubinin  1-0421947RSFSR ChampionshipD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
9. N Novotelnov vs A Ivashin  1-0631947RSFSR ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
10. I Lyskov vs N Novotelnov  0-1571947RSFSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
11. N Novotelnov vs G Ilivitsky  1-0451947RSFSR ChampionshipD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
12. N Aratovsky vs N Novotelnov  0-1401947RSFSR ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. N Novotelnov vs Aronin  ½-½211947RSFSR ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. P Yasvoin vs N Novotelnov  0-1641947RSFSR ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
15. N Novotelnov vs R Nezhmetdinov  1-0411947RSFSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
16. L Shamaev vs N Novotelnov 0-1401947URS-ch sf SverdlovskA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
17. N Novotelnov vs V Saigin  0-1441947URS-ch sf SverdlovskE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. P Trifunovic vs N Novotelnov  1-0321947MoscowE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
19. N Novotelnov vs Bondarevsky ½-½881947MoscowE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
20. C Kottnauer vs N Novotelnov 0-1261947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
21. N Novotelnov vs Gligoric 1-0321947MoscowD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
22. Botvinnik vs N Novotelnov 1-0551947MoscowD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
23. Kotov vs N Novotelnov 1-0571947MoscowD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
24. N Novotelnov vs K Plater  1-0691947MoscowA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Tsvetkov vs N Novotelnov  0-1381947MoscowD98 Grunfeld, Russian
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 127  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-05  Runemaster: The winner of today's game of the day had victories against Smyslov, Spassky, Gligoric, Keres, Geller and Flohr, as well as various other GMs. Quite a who's-who!
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  offramp: I once stayed at a Novotel. Don't think I saw him, though.
Apr-04-05  sneaky pete: <offramp> That's why he's called Novotel?no!
Dec-14-06  stanleys: Better later than never - Nikolay Novotelnov celebrated his 95 birthday recently.Want to wish him all the best!

Jun-25-08  vonKrolock: quote: <" Do You know that You are included into the list of the champions of Russia, beginning from A.Alekhine up to Peter <sic> Suidler? You were still the champion of the RSFSR in 1947!

- Yes? Wherefore should we remember it? It seems to me nobody needs it.

- Well, why do you say so? You are a living legend beside Andre Liliental and therefore any reminiscences are needed for the history of chess...

- What is your attitude towards poetry? - He has asked us suddenly. "> Interview (not dated), with a photo, and sample of N.N.'s poetry online here

Dec-09-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Novotelnov!
Jun-06-09  myschkin: . . .

"Poetry is the same as radium output.
A year of work, labors in a gramme.
You are processing for the sake of one only word,
thousand tons of verbal ore!"

Interview (not dated), with a photo, and sample of N.N.'s poetry online here:

thx to captain <krolock> ;)

Dec-09-10  BIDMONFA: Nikolay Novotelnov


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  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a photo of <Novotyelnov> playing <Lisitsin> in Leningrad, 1941- during the German blockade of the city.

<Novotyelnov> is on the right:

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Nikolay Novotelnov>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

Audio/visual file:

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  GrahamClayton: In his only international appearance (Moscow, 1947), Novotelnov acquitted himself well, scoring 9/15 (+6 -3 =6), and finishing equal with Paul Keres.

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