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Ilya Rabinovich
I Rabinovich 
Number of games in database: 308
Years covered: 1909 to 1941

Overall record: +118 -98 =92 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C07 C11 C18 C02
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C68 C99 C82 C64 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D05 A46 D02 A50 E00
 Sicilian (10) 
    B72 B58 B80 B74 B45
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D52 D63 D58 D67 D50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D30 D38 D37 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C66 C75 C71 C68 C84
 Orthodox Defense (15) 
    D55 D68 D52 D63 D64
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D00 A45 A50 D02 E10
 Sicilian (10) 
    B50 B88 B72 B20 B58
 Slav (10) 
    D11 D10 D12 D13 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D31 D30 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Rabinovich vs V Goglidze, 1939 1-0
   I Rabinovich vs L Savitsky, 1934 1-0
   S Belavenets vs I Rabinovich, 1934 0-1
   I Rabinovich vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1925 1-0
   I Rabinovich vs Bogoljubov, 1925 1-0
   Botvinnik vs I Rabinovich, 1926 1/2-1/2
   I Rabinovich vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1932 1-0
   I Rabinovich vs V Makogonov, 1939 1/2-1/2
   L Kubbel vs I Rabinovich, 1922 0-1
   F Duz-Khotimirsky vs I Rabinovich, 1924 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1934/35 (1934)
   USSR Championship (1933)
   Leningrad (1934)
   USSR Championship (1924)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   Leningrad Championship (1932)
   URS-ch10 (1937)
   USSR Championship (1927)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   Moscow (1935)
   Moscow (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1933 by Phony Benoni
   Leningrad 1934 by Phony Benoni
   USSR Championship 1924 by Phony Benoni

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(born May-11-1891, died Apr-23-1942, 50 years old) Russia

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Ilya Leontievich (aka Elias) Rabinovich was born in St. Petersburg. Joint USSR Champion in 1934, he also won the Leningrad Championship in 1920, 1925 (joint), 1928 and 1940-41.

Rabinovich played in nine USSR Championships during the period 1920-1939, sharing the title with Grigory Levenfish in 1934/5 [rusbase-1].

In 1927, he published the first original book in the Russian language devoted to the endgame. Rabinovich was primarily a positional player.

He perished from malnutrition in the siege of Leningrad in 1942.

Wikipedia article: Ilya Rabinovich

Last updated: 2022-09-12 23:50:23

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 318  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs I Rabinovich 0-1231909VilniusD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Salwe vs I Rabinovich 0-1441909VilniusD04 Queen's Pawn Game
3. I Rabinovich vs Salwe  1-0561909VilniusC44 King's Pawn Game
4. S von Freymann vs I Rabinovich 1-0341909VilniusC49 Four Knights
5. I Rabinovich vs Salwe  1-0331909VilniusC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. I Rabinovich vs S M Globus  1-0261912All Russian Amateur-BA84 Dutch
7. K Raush vs I Rabinovich 1-0261912All Russian Amateur-BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. L Estrin vs I Rabinovich  ½-½361912All Russian Amateur-BC66 Ruy Lopez
9. I Rabinovich vs Hromadka  ½-½491912All Russian Amateur-BB01 Scandinavian
10. P List vs I Rabinovich  1-0361912All Russian Amateur-BD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. I Rabinovich vs A Selezniev 1-0261914Triberg 1415C10 French
12. I Rabinovich vs S Vainshtein 1-0171914Triberg 1415C33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. I Rabinovich vs A Selezniev 1-0311914Triberg 1415C28 Vienna Game
14. I Rabinovich vs A Selezniev 1-0241914Triberg 1415B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
15. I Rabinovich vs Flamberg 0-1311914Triberg 1415C53 Giuoco Piano
16. I Rabinovich vs S Vainshtein  1-0471914Triberg 1415D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Alekhine vs I Rabinovich 0-1491914Exhibition gameC66 Ruy Lopez
18. I Rabinovich vs Bogoljubov 0-13219141st Tournament of Interned Russian PlayersC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Bogoljubov vs I Rabinovich 1-03719141st Tournament of Interned Russian PlayersC66 Ruy Lopez
20. Bogoljubov vs I Rabinovich  1-0351915TribergD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. I Rabinovich vs B Maliutin  1-0351916TribergD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. I Rabinovich vs H Fahrni 1-0501916TribergD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Bogoljubov vs I Rabinovich 1-0311917TribergE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
24. I Rabinovich vs A Selezniev 0-1261917Triberg tournamentE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. A Kubbel vs I Rabinovich  1-0621920USSR ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 318  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-20-06  BIDMONFA: Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich


Apr-20-06  offramp: I like this bit in the bio: "Primarily a positional player he perished in the siege of Leningrad in 1942."

Did the tactical players survive?

Apr-20-06  dbquintillion: <offramp> good question. you'd think that a long, slow squeeze like the siege of leningrad would be precisely the sort of thing a positional player would be prepared for. perhaps the tactical players sacced some of their colleagues to maneuver their way out.
Apr-20-06  MR. NIMZO: Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich beat George Salwe 3 to 0
Apr-20-06  MR. NIMZO: Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich -- NOTABLE GAMES:

Rubinstein vs I Rabinovich, 1925 0-1

Alekhine vs I Rabinovich, 1914 0-1

Botvinnik vs I Rabinovich, 1938 0-1

I Rabinovich vs Bogoljubov, 1925 1-0

Spielmann vs I Rabinovich, 1925 0-1

I Rabinovich vs Capablanca, 1925 1/2-1/2

Keres vs I Rabinovich, 1939 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs I Rabinovich, 1939 1/2-1/2

Apr-20-06  jonny: yo
Oct-19-08  Xeroxx: <yo>


Feb-01-09  Karpova: In 1920 he beat Peter Romanovsky in a match by the score of 6.0-2.0 (+5 -1 =2):
Mar-01-09  great uncle bulgaria: dude looks like a chick

damn hot though

Sep-08-12  Karpova: Rabinovich won a Leningrad Masters Tournament in 1934 (all Leningrad masters except for Botvinnik participated):

1. Rabinovich 10.5
2. Ragozin 9.0
3. Chekhover 8.0
4-7. Lisitsin 7.5
4-7. Levenfish 7.5
4-7. Romanovsky 7.5
4-7. Savitsky 7.5
8. Alatortsev 7.0
9-10. Duz Chotimirsky 5.5
9-10. Rosenthal 5.5
11. Sosin 5.0
12-13. Gotthilf 4.0
12-13. Model 4.0
14. Rokhlin 2.5

From page 237 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-08-13  Karpova: North-West-Russia Championship tournament in Leningrad, 1926:

1. I Rabinowitsch 8.0
2. Iljin-Schenewski 7.5
3. M Botvinnik 6.5
4. Model 3.5
5. Golubew 2.5
6. M Kagan 2.0

The games between the 1st 3 players ended all drawn. Their respective results against Model decided the final ranking.

From page 362 of the November-December 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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