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Alla Kushnir
A Kushnir 
Number of games in database: 128
Years covered: 1959 to 1978
Highest rating achieved in database: 2430

Overall record: +47 -41 =40 (52.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E73 E60 E69 E61 E64
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D87 D86 D93 D85
 English (6) 
    A16 A19 A15 A14
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A40 E00 D02
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    D27 D25 D24
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B83 B44 B40 B22 B45
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C84 C91 C77 C68 C92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (8) 
    B83 B81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C84 C91 C87 C92 C86
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B17 B16 B10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1-0
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1-0
   A Kushnir vs Evans, 1975 1-0
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs J Bellin, 1972 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs I Bilek, 1975 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir, 1965 0-1
   R Haring vs A Kushnir, 1976 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-A (1972)
   Haifa Olympiad (Women) (1976)
   URS-YUG (1962)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1976 Roosendaal (women's) Interzonal by gauer

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(born Aug-11-1941, died Aug-02-2013, 71 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Alla Shulimovna Kushnir was born in Moscow, USSR. Awarded the WIM title in 1962 and the WGM title in 1976, she was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1965, 1969 and 1972. She was also USSR Women's Champion in 1970 (winning the play-off against Maaja Ranniku) before moving to Israel in 1973.

Kushnir died on August 2, 2013 in Tel Aviv.

Wikipedia article: Alla Kushnir

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Archakova vs A Kushnir  0-1341959Moscow-BelarusB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. A Kushnir vs E Bishard  1-0261959Leningrad-MoscowA16 English
3. E Bishard vs A Kushnir  ½-½191959Leningrad-MoscowB10 Caro-Kann
4. A Kushnir vs N Grigorieva  1-0271960Leningrad-Moscow MatchE73 King's Indian
5. L Volpert vs A Kushnir  0-1331961Match-Tournament (Team)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
6. M Lazarevic vs A Kushnir  1-0341962URS-YUGA07 King's Indian Attack
7. K Blagojevic vs A Kushnir  0-1291962URS-YUGB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
8. A Kushnir vs M Vospernik  1-0251962URS-YUGA04 Reti Opening
9. M Lazarevic vs A Kushnir  1-0331962URS-YUGA07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Kushnir vs Spikiene  1-0281962URS-chTA16 English
11. A Kushnir vs S Rootare  ½-½401962URS-chTD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. A Kushnir vs V Nedeljkovic  ½-½571963YUG-URSA37 English, Symmetrical
13. A Kushnir vs M Lazarevic  1-0441963YUG-URSA80 Dutch
14. V Nedeljkovic vs A Kushnir  1-0321963YUG-URSB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. A Kushnir vs V Nedeljkovic  1-0301963YUG-URSA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-13319639th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A04 Reti Opening
17. K Blagojevic vs A Kushnir  1-0371965YUG-URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir 1-0431965Wch (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1411965Wch (Women)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½721965Wch (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  0-1421965Wch (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
22. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1441965Wch (Women)B06 Robatsch
23. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1491965Wch (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1771965Wch (Women)D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½321965Wch (Women)D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-31-05  skyman: hi there ive just drawn with thinking machine 4, its got a nice graphic design it makes you think how a brain is, and undoubtedly the best machine ever created but not by humans..! is Alla a good player?! i guess she's.
Jürgen Kläus....
Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Alla Kushnir


Aug-11-07  unluckythirtyfive: Praise alla!
Aug-11-07  xeroxmachine: alla akbar
Aug-11-07  Larsker: Alla carbonara
Sep-07-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in English):

Photo (1975):

Oct-13-09  Caissanist: When Kushnir left the Soviet Union for Israel, reportedly a condition for allowing her to emigrate was that she not participate in the upcoming women's world championship cycle.
Feb-21-11  BLarsen1967: Alla Kushnir scored 5 out of 10 in Lone Pine 1975 (Vladimir Liberzon came clear first) - Here's an article on that charming tournament
Aug-11-11  brankat: Happy Birthday Alla!
Aug-14-11  gulliver: Below are two links to tactics by Alla Kushnir . Credit to Chess Today Magazine and to the Susan Polgar Blog. Thanks both to Susan and to Alex Baburin and all the crew of the Chess today magazine for their wonderful job of promoting chess.

Happy birthday to Alla! She represented Israel in the Olympiad in Haifa in 1973 , I believe. I think she played on board 1. And the Israeli women team made history by taking the first place. Luba Kristol was also in the Israeli team. I will never forget this honor to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel that these women gave. Again Best wishes for Alla Kushnir's Birthday!!!

Aug-14-11  polarmis: There was a quick news item on her 70th birthday here: (I translated it from the Russian and it was also translated into French)
Aug-11-12  brankat: Wishing You a very Happy Birthday!
Aug-11-13  stanleys: Sad news: Alla Kushnir has died on 2 August 2013. RIP
Aug-11-13  brankat: Sad news indeed. R.I.P. Alla.
Aug-11-13  twinlark: R.I.P. Alla Kushnir.
Aug-25-13  Karpova: Obituary in the 'BCM':
Jun-27-14  siggemannen: RIP, Alla!
Jan-30-16  Eastfrisian: Wasn't she married to Grandmaster Leonid Stein ?
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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> Stein was married with Liliya Kvecher since Sep. 22, 1962. There's a wedding photo in Gufeld's biography on <Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy> on p. 53

They had at least one daughter, Alla,* but that is accidental.

*photo of her w/Stein on p. 80, ibid

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  perfidious: Aged fourteen, I well remember reading that Fischer rang a colleague to ask how Larry Melvyn Evans 'could lose to a woman': A Kushnir vs Larry Evans, 1975.
Aug-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alla Kushnir.
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  sachistu: Although it does not appear any of the games from her match with Maaja Ranniku are currently on this site, 7 games are given by ChessBase. However, ChessBase lists the year as 1967. I've been able to confirm that at least 3 of the games are from the 1970 playoff match following the Soviet women's championship. I suspect all 7 are part of the 1970 match. re: the Soviet newspaper Shakhmatny Moscow 1971 Issue 3.
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  sachistu: Just a follow up on my previous post... The 7 games ChessBase lists are all from the 1970 playoff match. I happened to notice Wikipedia listed the score as 4.5-3.5 with a note 'citation needed'. In fact, there were only 7 games played with Kushnir winning 4-3. See Shakhmatny Moscow 1971, Issue 5.
Aug-12-19  Ironmanth: RIP, Alla. We thank and remember you for your fighting spirit.

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