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Ilya Shumov

Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1845 to 1880
Overall record: +27 -39 =4 (41.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (11) 
    C53 C50
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C70 C78 C67 C84
 Sicilian (4) 
    B44 B40 B21
 King's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    C39 C33 C37
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C33 C34 C39
 Sicilian (5) 
    B20 B21 B40
 Petrov (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1850 1-0
   Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1851 1-0
   C Jaenisch vs Shumov, 1850 0-1
   Shumov vs Winawer, 1875 1-0
   Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1868 1-0
   Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1854 1-0
   C Jaenisch vs Shumov, 1854 1/2-1/2
   Kolisch vs Shumov, 1862 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Winawer - Shumov (1875)

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(born Jun-28-1819, died Jul-1881, 62 years old) Russia

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Ilya Stepanovich Shumov.

He served as an officer in the Russian Navy until 1847, then worked as a civil servant in Saint Petersburg. He was invited, along with two other Russian chess masters, Alexander Petrov and Carl Jaenisch, to participate in the London 1851 chess tournament but he did not arrive. He played several matches in Petersburg; lost to Dmitry Urusov (4–7) in 1853, lost and won against Jänisch (3–5 and 7–5) in 1854, lost to Ignatz von Kolisch (2–6) and Alexander Petrov (2–4) in 1862, and lost to Szymon Winawer (2–5) in 1875.

Wikipedia article: Ilya Shumov

Last updated: 2022-04-03 22:03:01

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 0-1181845St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
2. Shumov vs Yenotov 1-0341847RUS corrB01 Scandinavian
3. Shumov vs C Jaenisch  0-1341849Russia mC77 Ruy Lopez
4. C Jaenisch vs Shumov  0-1521849 Russia mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Shumov vs C Jaenisch  0-1491849 Russia mC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. C Jaenisch vs Shumov 1-0441850RussiaB20 Sicilian
7. Shumov vs Kirejevski 1-0281850RUS corrC45 Scotch Game
8. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 1-0201850RussiaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. C Jaenisch vs Shumov 0-1281850RussiaB20 Sicilian
10. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 1-0291851St Petersburg mC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 1-0251851St Petersburg mB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. C Jaenisch vs Shumov  0-1411851St. PetersburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 0-1381851St. PetersburgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. D Urusov vs Shumov 1-0361851MoscowC30 King's Gambit Declined
15. Shumov vs C Jaenisch ½-½401852St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Shumov vs C Jaenisch 0-1261852St. PetersburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Shumov vs C Jaenisch  ½-½461852St PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
18. Shumov vs D Urusov 1-0281853St Petersburg mC44 King's Pawn Game
19. Shumov vs D Urusov 0-1471853St Petersburg mC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Shumov vs D Urusov 1-0371853St Petersburg mC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Shumov vs D Urusov 0-1311853PetersburgC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Shumov vs D Urusov  0-1481853St Petersburg mC24 Bishop's Opening
23. D Urusov vs Shumov 1-0361853St Petersburg mC01 French, Exchange
24. D Urusov vs Shumov 0-1411853St Petersburg mC01 French, Exchange
25. D Urusov vs Shumov  1-0421853St Petersburg mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-10-07  wolfmaster: I think Shumov was the first serious Russian chess player.
Dec-25-07  Karpova: Shumov's match record:

St. Petersburg
Carl Friedrich Von Jaenisch

St. Petersburg
Ignatz Von Kolisch

St. Petersburg
Simon Winawer

Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .
He was a Russian chess master and composer.

In 1867, Ilya Shumov published the first book in the world about chess compositions. It was published in St. Petersburg.

"... After the death of Alexander Petrov [ ] in 1867, Ilya Shumov was considered as the best chess player of Russia. ..."

(small) Photo:

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  GrahamClayton: Shumov received an invitation to compete in the 1851 London international tournament, but could not arrive in time to participate.
Jun-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Ilya Shumov, today you are remembered!


Oct-09-13  Karpova: <Russia - We omitted in our last, for want of space, to record with much regret the death of his Excellence M. Schumoff which, as we are informed by the 'Strategie', took place at Sebastopol, whither he had gone last summer on account of ill health. M. Schumoff was born in 1819 of a noble family, and passed the earlier years of his life as an officer in the Russian navy. In 1847 he obtained an appointment at the Ministry of Marine, and afterwards held other Government offices. In 1881 he retired with the rank of Privy Councillor, which gave him the title of Excellency. M. Schumoff was one of the few Chess-players who have succeeded in combining excellence in play with proficiency in problem composition, and he also shone as an editor, having for some years conducted with much ability a chess column in a weekly Russian illustrated newspaper. In 1867 he published a collection of letter problems, of which the 'Chess Player' Chronicle' has lately been giving specimens, and up to 1874 he contributed problems to the 'Strategie' and other periodicals, but latterly he devoted himself more to practice over the board, and since the deaths of Messrs. Petroff and Jaenisch, whose intimate friend he was, he has always been considered the champion of Russian Chess. In private life he was loved for his amiable manners, his cheerfullness, and his 'jeux d'esprit'. He was fond of showing his games and conditional problems, of which last he used to give the solution in Russian verse, and was about to issue a collection of his problems when death overtook him.>

From page 16 of the January 1882 'British Chess Magazine'

Dec-15-17  zanzibar: A portrait of his is available on p13 of Bojo's(?) bio of Chigorin:


Dec-15-17  zanzibar: Grikov bio.
Dec-15-17  zanzibar: Actually, Wiki has a perfectly acceptable portrait (actually the same), which <CG> should just copy over.
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  Gottschalk: Positional sacrifice and torture as strategy in this surprising game.

[Event "St.Petersburg"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1854.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Shumov, Ilya"]
[Black "Jaenisch, Karl"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C54"]
[PlyCount "57"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. O-O d6 6. b4 Bb6 7. a4 a5 8. b5 Ne7 9. d4 exd4 10. e5 dxe5 11. Nxe5 O-O 12. Qb3 Qe8 13. Ba3 Ne4 14. Re1 Bf5 15. Rxe4 Bxe4 16. Nd2 Bg6 17. Re1 Qd8 18. Ndf3 Nf5 19. Bxf8 Qxf8 20. Nxg6 hxg6 21. Ne5 Nd6 22. Nxg6 Re8 23. Rd1 Nxc4 24. Nxf8 Nd2 25. Qc2 dxc3 26. Qh7+ Kxf8 27. Qh8+ Ke7 28. Re1+ Kf6 29. Qxe8 1-0

After 18.N2f3 what the move to liberation?
Jaenisch played the right 18...Nf5 and still lost!

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