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Rafail Gorenstein
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1939 to 1967
Overall record: +14 -17 =20 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-04-1923, died Sep-23-2012, 89 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)

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Rafail Yakovlevich Gorenstein was a chess trainer. He was awarded the Soviet Master of Sports title in 1958.

Last updated: 2022-05-10 12:03:59

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Gorenstein vs Bronstein  ½-½191939Ukrainian ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
2. Bronstein vs R Gorenstein ½-½151940KievC29 Vienna Gambit
3. Sokolsky vs R Gorenstein  1-0261947Ukrainian ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
4. M Levin vs R Gorenstein  0-1261954Ukrainian ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
5. V Tokarev vs R Gorenstein  1-0321954Ukrainian ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. R Gorenstein vs M Abramson  ½-½321954Ukrainian ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. R Gorenstein vs A Miroshnichenko  0-1291954Ukrainian ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. M Usachy vs R Gorenstein  0-1241955Ukrainian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
9. A Khavin vs R Gorenstein  ½-½171955Ukrainian ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
10. R Gorenstein vs Korchnoi  ½-½381956PoltavaD94 Grunfeld
11. R Gorenstein vs Stein  0-1401956Lvov ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Lutikov vs R Gorenstein  1-0401958URS-ch sf MoscowD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. R Gorenstein vs V Mikenas  ½-½601958URS-ch sf MoscowD94 Grunfeld
14. K Pitksaar vs R Gorenstein  0-1281958URS-ch sf MoscowC17 French, Winawer, Advance
15. R Gorenstein vs Vasiukov  0-1391958URS-ch sf MoscowA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
16. G Ravinsky vs R Gorenstein  0-1471958URS-ch sf MoscowC05 French, Tarrasch
17. R Gorenstein vs Furman  0-1381958URS-ch sf MoscowB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. Bondarevsky vs R Gorenstein  1-0251958URS-ch sf MoscowD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Suetin vs R Gorenstein  1-0271958URS-ch sf MoscowC05 French, Tarrasch
20. A Makarov vs R Gorenstein  ½-½501958Ukrainian ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
21. R Gorenstein vs A Bannik  ½-½211958Ukrainian ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
22. V Zurakhov vs R Gorenstein  ½-½281958Ukrainian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
23. R Gorenstein vs Y Kots  ½-½631958Ukrainian ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. V Shiyanovsky vs R Gorenstein  ½-½421958Ukrainian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
25. R Gorenstein vs A Vaisman  1-0411958Ukrainian ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
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Nov-30-10  oscarwilde: Who was Gorenstein? Does anybody know anything about him? He must have been a very good player, after all.
Jan-19-11  Gejewe: About 10 years ago I bought two books in Cappelle la Grande, in Russian, written by R.Y.Gorenstein : "Shakhmatny Mittelspilj" tome 1 and 2. It may have been Alexander Raetsky who told me that Gorenstein was a noted chesscoach. Strangely enough the picture on the back of the book is that of a young man, but my command of Russian is nonexistent so that makes it impossible to sort out the back text. On the other hand, tome 2 has a small part with a selection of Gorenstein's games f.e the ones with Zamikhovsky and Korchnoi mentioned on this page but also wins against Sokolski and Dorfman ( that one in later years). So you are right to presume he must have been a very strong player. Unfortunately that does not solve our quest for biographical information.. Did he switch to a chesstrainer career ?

[Event "Dnepropetrovsk"]
[Date "1972.??.??"]
[White "Gorenstein"]
[Black "Dorfman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B40"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Qc2 Qc7 5. g3 d5 6. d3 Nc6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 b6 10. Re1 Bb7 11. e5 Nd7 12. Bf4 Rfc8 13. h4 Nf8 14. h5 h6 15. Nbd2 Nh7 16. Nf1 Qd8 17. N1h2 Ng5 18. Qd2 Na5 19. Rad1 Bc6 20. b4 cxb4 21. cxb4 Nb7 22. b5 Bd7 23. Nd4 a6 24. Be3 axb5 25. axb5 Ra4 26. Rb1 Nc5 27. f4 Nh7 28. g4 Rca8 29. Bf1 Ra2 30. Rb2 Rxb2 31. Qxb2 Ra4 32. Nc6 Bxc6 33. bxc6 d4 34. Bf2 Qc7 35. Rb1 Qxc6 36. Qxb6 Qxb6 37. Rxb6 37... Ra3? 38. Rb8+ Bf8 (38... Nf8 39. Re8! Ra7 40. Bxd4) 39. Nf3 Nxd3 40. Bxd3 Rxd3 41. Nxd4 Rc3 42. Kf1 Ra3 43. Ke2 Ra6 44. f5 Ng5 45. Bh4 Ra2+ 46. Kd3 Ra3+ 47. Kc2 Ra5 48. Bg3 Ra2+ 49. Kb1 Ra4 50. Nc6 Rxg4 51. Ne7+ Kh7 52. Rxf8 Rxg3 (52... exf5 53. Nxf5 g6 54. e6! fxe6 55. Be5 gxh5 56. Ne7) 53. Ng6 1-0

May-18-11  oscarwilde: Thank you so much for your reply, which I only see today long after you wrote it. I must now play through the the game against Dortman! Perhaps we can find out more about Gorenstein in the future! oscarwilde
May-18-11  Nietzowitsch: < Р а ф а и л < Я к о в л е в и ч < Г о р е н ш т е й н >>>

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