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Vladimir Ostrogsky
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1903 to 1913
Overall record: +22 -8 =11 (67.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1877, died 1917, 40 years old) Russia

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Mysterious Ostrogsky

Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky is best remembered for a 23 board blind seance he conducted in Moscow on February 15, 1904. He scored +9-5=9, breaking the previous world blindfold record held by Harry Nelson Pillsbury. His tournament record, spanning just over a decade, was uneven with a few notable highlights. But what he really loved to do was play blindfold chess.

Few details about Ostrogsky's life are known with any certitude. To say he was born in 1877 and died in 1917 is admittedly an "approximation" by chess historians A. Kentler and V. Faibisovich. A. Kentler, V. Faibisovich "First Match of Two Capitals" In 1902, Ostrogsky was a student at Moscow Technical College, where he won his first chess prize in a puzzle contest. He solved two difficult chess problems in 35 minutes, winning the book "Chess Evenings." A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) In the same year, he finished 2nd in a Moscow tournament behind Budberg, ahead of A N Storozenko , V. Tikhomirov, Viacheslav Kalashnikov, Apollon Viakhirev and Alexey Goncharov. [rusbase-1] This was an achievement of some merit, given that he had learned the moves of chess just two years earlier, and possessed only a 3rd Category rank. A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) He then accomplished something else at his school that would presage the achievement he is best known for: he scored a combined +3-2=1 in two blindfold exhibitions. A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) At the end of 1903, Ostrogsky won the Moscow Technical College chess championship, earning the 2nd Category rank.[rusbase-2] He followed this success by scoring +5-1=3 in a blindfold exhibition at the Moscow Chess Club.A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) Just a week later, Ostrogsky scored +5-1=4 on 10 boards, equaling the Russian blindfold record Mikhail Chigorin had set in St. Petersburg in 1885. A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) On November 22, Ostrogsky conducted yet another seance at the Moscow Chess Club, in a bid to break Johannes Zukertort 's blindfold record of 16 boards. In a 10 hour session, he scored +6-3=8 on 17 boards. <64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye> lauded this achievement, noting that although Ostrogsky was only 2nd Category, "...he played 1st Category strength." A. Matsukevich, "Forgotton Champion" 64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye (No.8, 1985) Ostrogsky faced some stiff opposition in this seance, scoring a notable draw against A Sholtz, who had won a Moscow Handicap tournament just a few weeks earlier. [rusbase-3] Ostrogsky and Sholtz subsequently played a 10 game match at the end of 1903, which was drawn 5:5. [rusbase-4] In January 1904, Ostrogsky finished 3rd at the Moscow Chess Club tournament, behind Apollon Viakhirev and V G Veler, but ahead of 13 others, including two previous Moscow chess champions: Alexey Goncharov (shared 1st 1901) and Vladimir A Boyarkov (1902). Ostrogsky handily defeated Boyarkov in their individual encounter: V Ostrogsky vs V A Boyarkov, 1904. [rusbase-5]

The World Record

In early 1904, Ostrogsky revealed to the world what he had been planning- an assault on Harry Nelson Pillsbury 's blindfold world record of 22 boards. On February 28, 1904 Ostrogsky began his exhibition against 23 sighted boards at 1 p.m. in the Moscow Chess Club. Unusually, these 23 boards were manned by only 10 players! Almost all of his opponents played multiple boards: J I Rymsa (3 boards); L V Genika (2 boards); A N Storozenko (3 boards); V G Veler (3 boards); Krause (4 boards); Smirnov (2 boards); Pazuchin (2 boards); Pantusov (2 boards); Nikolay Nikolaevich Rudnev (1 board) and Samossky (1 board). From 4:50 pm to 6:30 pm Ostrogsky rested, then resumed play until 2:00 am. After 11 1/2 hours of play, two of his opponents had to leave. The score at this point was +8-5=7, and it was agreed that the positions of the unfinished three boards would be adjudicated. Both games against Pantusov on boards 20 and 21 were judged draws, and the game against Samossky on board 23 was awarded to Ostrogsky. The final score was therefore calculated to be +9-5=9 from 23 boards: a new world blindfold record.La Strategie 1904, p.116

Board 20 vs Pantusov, adjudicated 1/2-1/2 after 24.b4: "In this exciting and complex position Pantusov apparently had to leave..." Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" p.244

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Board 21 vs Pantusov, adjudicated 1/2-1/2 after 27.f3: "As noted for the previous game, Pantusov had to leave at this point..." Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" p.245

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Board 23 vs Samossky, adjudicated 1-0 after 23.Qd3: "Ostrogsky was awarded the win after Samossky departed." This is almost certainly not the final position that was judged in Ostrogsky's favour. See Hearst and Knott for a detailed explanation of the difficulty in recreating this game score.Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" p.245

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Biographical information about Ostrogsky has traditionally been so scarce that some have doubted that he broke Pillsbury's blindfold record. In his 1993 book on blindfold chess, Steinkohl mentions that Ostrogsky "may" have broken the record, but this was in doubt because no further mention of his blindfold play could be found. Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" pp.59-60 This, and the inability of Jeremy Gaige to discover Ostrogsky's birth/death dates, led Hearst and Knott to declaim "It is as if Ostrogsky and his achievements have literally vanished from the earth." Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" p.60 Nevertheless, Vlatismil Fiala discovered all 23 game scores from Ostrogsky's blind seance in <64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye Feb-March 1904>, and subsequently republished them in <Cesko Slovensky Sachovy Bulletin 12 (1993)>. Hearst and Knott "Blindfold Chess" pp.63

Baltic Champion

Less than a month later, Ostrogsky entered the major tournament of the 3rd Baltic Congress at Reval (Tallinn), Estonia. This was perhaps an unexpected turn of events, given that Ostrogsky was still only a 2nd Category player. Perhaps he was accepted on the strength of his world blindfold record. In Reval, Ostrogsky competed against strong international competition for the first time. Theodore Germann (Estonia) was a champion of Tallinn Wikipedia article: Teodors Germans , and Karl Behting (Riga) had earned the Baltic Master title by winning the 2nd Baltic Chess Congress in Dorpat (Tartu) 1901. Bernhard Gregory (Berlin, Riga) would soon become a German Master. S Lurie (Riga) would go on to share first at the 4th Baltic Congress in Dorpat (Tartu) 1907. Ostrogsky proved more than up to the challenge, scoring +4-0=5 on his way to a shared 1st with Bernhard Gregory. He drew his games against Gregory, Germann and Lurie, and posted a fine win over Karl Behting: V Ostrogsky vs K Behting, 1904 . A playoff with Gregory to decide the championship began with a drawn game, but for unknown reasons the match was not finished.[rusbase-6] So ended another unlikely chapter in Ostrogsky's career- the story of how a 2nd Category player from Moscow became the undefeated Baltic co-champion.


Ostrogsky apparently played only one more event in 1904 before "disappearing" for three years. In May 1904 he finished 3rd at a Moscow Handicap tournament, behind Boris Vasilievich Lyubimov and Apollon Viakhirev, ahead of Dmitry Nikolaevich Pavlov, Krol, Moiseev, Gringaut, A. Sholtz and J I Rymsa. [rusbase-7] He did not appear again until the Moscow Chess Club tournament in April 1907.[rusbase-8] According to Russian Chess Base, Moscow did not host any tournaments during this three year span, though there were many other events held throughout the Russian Empire- notably in St. Petersburg, Lodz, Riga, Reval (Tallinn), Warsaw, Odessa, Kiev, and Kazan.[rusbase-9] It seems that either Ostrogsky chose not to attend any of these events, or he was not invited. Perhaps he was unable to leave Moscow for financial or other reasons. At any rate, Ostrogsky's return to chess was disastrous. In 1907, the Moscow Chess Club organized a major tournament in honor of the visiting master Mikhail Chigorin, who faced off in a double round robin against Moscow champions Alexey Goncharov and Vladimir Nenarokov, Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky from Kiev, and world blindfold record holder Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky. It is testament to Ostrogsky's reputation in Moscow that he was included in such august company, but he did not show well. Apart from a draw with Goncharov, he lost every game in the worst tournament performance of his career.Wiener Schachzeitung 1907, p.172

Return to Form

Ostrogsky continued to struggle in Moscow tournaments, but he began showing signs of improved form. In the Moscow Chess Club Autumn-Winter tournament 1908-1909 he scored only 3.5/10 on his way to an 8th place finish, but he drew against the winner Alexander Alekhine and defeated the runner up Boris Vasilievich Lyubimov .[rusbase-10] Ostrogsky then shared 2nd with Alexei Alekhine and V. Dekhterev, behind Dmitry Nikolaevich Pavlov at a Moscow Handicap tournament 1910-1911.[rusbase-11] He played this tournament concurrently with his first Moscow Championship, a grueling 15 player event played over three months from December 14, 1910 to March 15, 1911. Ostrogsky finished in the middle of the field, a distant 7th place behind the new Moscow champion Ossip Bernstein [rusbase-12] During the latter half of the Moscow championship, Ostrogsky played another concurrent Moscow Handicap tournament on 5-17 January 1911. Here, Ostrogsky managed his best result since his victory in the 1907 Baltic Congress, finishing in 2nd place just 1.5 points behind Alexander Alekhine , ahead of Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld and 11 others.[rusbase-13] It is likely that Ostrogsky achieved the 1st Category rating at this time, if it had not already been awarded.Konstantin Novikov "Chess Life in Tula" p.228 In 1911 Pavel Pavlovich Bobrov organized the 1st Moscow - St.Petersburg match, which was played on April 23. Ostrogsky was one of only two Muscovites who managed to win his game, defeating Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev on 6th board. St. Petersburg won the match 6:3. Two side events had been planned for the day after the match: an alternating move simultaneous exhibition featuring Alekhine and Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld, and a blindfold exhibition by Ostrogsky. The first event was canceled because not enough people signed up, but Ostrogsky's blind seance proceeded according to plan. He faced 12 "fairly strong players" and scored +7-2=3 in just 4 hours.'Rech', May 15th, 1911 In October 1911, the St. Petersburg Chess Club organized a major 22 player event in honor of their late co-founder Sergei Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky. The St. Petersburg All-Russian Congress invited "all Russian chess lovers" who were not yet Masters to join in the Hauptturnier. Ostrogsky shared 15th place with Paul List, behind Stefan Levitsky, Alexander Flamberg, Boris Verlinsky, Efim Bogoljubov and others. Ostrogsky was not among the prize winners, but the victor Stephan Levitzky received a princely sum of 300 rubles and subsequent recognition as a Master by the German Chess Federation.Wiener Schachzeitung 1911, pp.348-351

Simultaneous Exhibitions and Blind Seances

From 1911 - 1913 Ostrogsky maintained a regular schedule of both sighted and unsighted simultaneous exhibitions, both in Moscow and various other Russian cities. On 26-28 February he completed three blindfold simuls in Serpukhov. In the first he scored +8-3=3. In the 2nd and 3rd, he made a combined score of +21-1=1. 'Shakhmaty'(Odessa), August, 1911, Issue no.2, p. 57 On 9 March he scored +4-3=4 in a blind seance at the Moscow Chess Circle.'Rech', April 3, 1911 He returned to the Circle for another blind seance on 30 March, but only managed to score +2-5=3. According to <Shakmaty (Odessa)>, this poor result was the result of illness.'Shakhmaty'(Odessa), July, 1911, Issue no.1, page 23 On 24 September Ostrogsky scored +7-2=0 in a sighted simultaneous exhibition at the St. Petersburg Chess Assembly.'Rech', Oct. 9, 1911 He returned to Serpukhov twice more in 1912 to give sighted simuls at the local chess club, but the scores of these events is not known.'Shakhmatny Vestnik', Jan. 15, 1913, Issue no.2, p. 30

In February 1912, the Tula Chess Association invited Ostrogsky to conduct three days of blind seances in their city. Interest was high. Initially, the unsighted exhibitions were scheduled for three successive days, in which Ostrogsky would face members of each body of the Tula Government: the Tula Public Assembly (Feb 20), the Tula Nobles Assembly (Feb 21) and the Tula Merchant Assembly (Feb 22). After Ostrogsky had accepted these dates, the Chess Association convinced him to perform an extra seance on February 21 in the Tula Men's Secondary School. All of the exhibitions were well attended, with the local press faithfully reporting each day on the contestants who managed to draw or defeat Ostrogsky. At the Tula Public Assembly Ostrogsky scored +16-2=2 in three hours. The next day at the Nobles Assembly he scored +8-2=1 in four hours. Later that afternoon he scored +17-2=0 against the students at the Men's Secondary School. On the final day Ostrogsky scored +7-2=2 in four hours at the Merchant Assembly. A planned consultation game against the strongest local chess players was canceled due to lack of time.Konstantin Novikov, "The History of Chess Life in the Tula Region" pp.228-229

Vanished from the Earth

In March 1912 at Moscow Ostrogsky finished sole 1st, winning a tournament for only the second time of his career. He prevailed over a strong lineup, including Nikolay Pavlov-Pianov , S Simson , A M Favorsky , and Lazar I Estrin . [rusbase-14] On 13 April 1912, Ostrogsky scored +0-0=1 against R. Plats on 6th board in the 2nd Moscow-St. Petersburg match. Moscow won the match 5.5:4.5 [rusbase-15]. In 1913, Ostrogsky competed in his 2nd Moscow championship, sharing 6th with K Isakov in a 12 man field. Peter Konstantinovich Yurdansky beat Dmitry Nikolaevich Pavlov +2-1=0 in a playoff match to win the championship. At Moscow 1913, Ostrogsky finished 7th in a selection tournament for the upcoming All Russian championship. [rusbase-16] This was his last known tournament or match appearance.

Nobody really knows what happened to Vladimir Ostrogsky. A. Kentler and V. Faibisovich claim that he committed suicide, but they provide no primary source, and to date their claim has yet to be substantiated by any other publication. They also guess that he died in 1917, again failing to provide a source. But perhaps the most mysterious aspect of Ostrogsky's life and chess career is just how thoroughly, and quickly, he was forgotten. In "The Oxford Companion to Chess" Hooper and Whyld do not mention Ostrogsky or Borislav Kostic in their entry on blindfold chess, though they seem to have remembered everyone else: Jubair, Buzecca, Yusuf Cheiebi, Ruy Lopez de Segura , Paolo Boi , Alfonso Cerón, Alessandro Salvio , Giovanni Saccheri, François André Philidor , Paul Morphy , Joseph Henry Blackburne , Johannes Zukertort , Harry Nelson Pillsbury , Gyula Breyer , Richard Reti , Alexander Alekhine and Georges Koltanowski .David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "The Oxford Companion to Chess" (Oxford University Press 1992), p. 45 Ostrogsky's absence in the lists of blindfold players began early, suggesting that he was either not remembered, or that his world record seance of 23 games was deemed inauthentic, or even chimerical. Hearst and Knott remark that when Richard Reti established a new blindfold record of 24 boards in 1919, "The accepted record at that time was Pillsbury's 22 board exhibition in Moscow in 1902."Hearst and Knott, p.66 Despite this, Reti himself almost certainly knew of Ostrogsky's 23 board seance, since he chose to break the record with 24 boards- not just the 23 necessary to eclipse Pillsbury's mark.

Although so many of the details of his life and career remain in the shadows, there is no doubt that Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky was a dedicated and talented chess player. He may never have risen above 1st Category, but his career record suggests that he loved to play blindfold chess- with a fervor perhaps unparalleled before or since.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Omeliansky vs V Ostrogsky  0-1271903Technical college tC59 Two Knights
2. V Ostrogsky vs J I Rymsa  1-0191903Blind simul 9bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. V Ostrogsky vs A N Storozenko  1-0241903Blind simul 10bC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
4. V Ostrogsky vs Skolnik  1-0221903Blind simul 10bC41 Philidor Defense
5. V Ostrogsky vs J I Rymsa  0-1321903Blind simul 17bB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. V Ostrogsky vs A Sholtz  ½-½281903Blind simul 17bD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. V Ostrogsky vs Bugaev  1-0281903Blind simul 17bD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
8. V Ostrogsky vs V A Boyarkov  1-0221904Moscow Chess Club tC39 King's Gambit Accepted
9. V Ostrogsky vs N Rudnev  0-1231904Blind simul 23bC26 Vienna
10. V Ostrogsky vs Pantusov  ½-½271904Blind simul 23bC44 King's Pawn Game
11. V Ostrogsky vs Pantusov  ½-½241904Blind simul 23bB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. V Ostrogsky vs Pazuchin  0-1181904Blind simul 23bC37 King's Gambit Accepted
13. V Ostrogsky vs Pazuchin  1-0431904Blind simul 23bC10 French
14. V Ostrogsky vs Smirnov  1-0171904Blind simul 23bC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. V Ostrogsky vs Smirnov  1-0121904Blind simul 23bC55 Two Knights Defense
16. V Ostrogsky vs Krause  1-0201904Blind simul 23bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. V Ostrogsky vs Krause  ½-½201904Blind simul 23bD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. V Ostrogsky vs Krause  0-1241904Blind simul 23bC66 Ruy Lopez
19. V Ostrogsky vs Krause  ½-½201904Blind simul 23bC51 Evans Gambit
20. V Ostrogsky vs V G Veler  1-0301904Blind simul 23bC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. V Ostrogsky vs V G Veler  1-0201904Blind simul 23bC27 Vienna Game
22. V Ostrogsky vs V G Veler  ½-½271904Blind simul 23bC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. V Ostrogsky vs A N Storozenko  ½-½461904Blind simul 23bC51 Evans Gambit
24. V Ostrogsky vs A N Storozenko  ½-½191904Blind simul 23bC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. V Ostrogsky vs A N Storozenko  ½-½521904Blind simul 23bD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
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<hemy> Thank you for valuable information and generous offer.

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  MissScarlett: The seeming lack of Russian Soviet-era newspaper archives online is interesting. I doubt they have much commercial appeal, although that would apply to many smaller countries, so perhaps the Russian authorities prefer to keep them under wraps. State propaganda tends toward the infantile - just try reading the BBC.
Aug-02-20  carpovius: <jessicafischerqueen> no information about mysterious Ostrogsky is available in Russian besides of А.Кентлер, В.Файбисович article. Looks like the mystery will remain unsolved for a while.
Aug-02-20  carpovius: <MissScarlett> a lot of Soviet chess archives is available online (all in Russian). Try to find them instead of building consipancy theories and reading the BBC propaganda))
Aug-03-20  hemy: <carpovius>
<a lot of Soviet chess archives is available online>

<MissScarlett> asked about newspaper archives.
Russian/Soviet chess archives online are mostly collections of books and magazines, not of newspapers, nothing like Latvian newspapers archive

Regarding building "consipancy theories" (I guess you meant to say "conspiracy theories") and reading BBC propaganda, you accusing <MissScarlett> - no need for conspiracy, Soviet and Russian State propaganda is even worse.

Aug-03-20  carpovius: To my best knowledge there weren't Soviet chess newspapers in Russian except one 64. Шахматно-шашечная газета (64. Chess-checkers newspaper). Its last issue was published in 1941. Since then only periodical chess publications were magazines. Unfortunately 64 newspaper isn't available online.
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  MissScarlett: Russians are good, Russians with excellent English comprehension skills, even better.
Aug-03-20  hemy: <MissScarlett> I hope you are not including me in category of Russians. I'm a "Litvak", Lithuanian Jew, who is living in Canada since 1995. Russian is among my 2 best languages (together with Hebrew). English is only 3rd-4th (with Lithuanian). 5th-6th are German and Polish, languages that I can read and translate from.
Aug-03-20  carpovius: olly sit... es vis a chess site?!?
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  MissScarlett: <In 1988 the Soviet Union published more than 8,000 daily newspapers in approximately sixty languages, with a combined circulation of about 170 million. Every all-union newspaper was circulated in its Russian language version. Nearly 3,000 newspapers, however, reached the population in non-Russian languages, constituting roughly 25 percent of the total circulation, although non-Russians made up almost 50 percent of the population. >

Let's say just 1% had their own dedicated (i.e. not syndicated) regular chess column. Think how many rare gems from, say, Murmansk tank factory championships we're missing out on.

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I wonder what information А.Кентлер and В.Файбисович used to estimate Ostrogsky's death year to be 1917?

Kind of a portentous year in that all hell would shortly break loose all over Russian and Europe.

Aug-16-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

<JFQ> You could email the Bauman Moscow State Technical University ( and ask them to pull up Ostrogsky's student record which should have his birthdate and other personal information.

In a report on one of Alekhine's blindfold simuls in the Kiev newspaper 'Proletarskaya Pravda'(April 20th, 1924), Dr. Fedor Bohatyrchuk claimed that Ostrogsky "...ended his days in a colony for the mentally ill" (this is quoted in Vol. 1 of S. Voronkov's book about Bohatyrchuk).

The last chess event I could find in which Ostrogsky participated was a February 11, 1914 Capablanca simul against 1st Category and strong 2nd Category players at the Moscow Chess Club. Capablanca scored (+13-5=3); Ostrogsky lost his game. (source: 'Shakhmatny Vestnik', February 1 [Old style], 1914, Issue no.3, page 47)

There was a consultation game involving Ostrogsky published in 'Shakhmatny Vestnik', May 15, 1913, Issue no.10, page 150:

I have posted a report about, as well as another game from, Ostrogsky's blindfold simul just after the 1911 St Petersburg-Moscow match here: V Ostrogsky vs Georg Volchenko, 1911 (kibitz #1)

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I cannot thank you enough for your valuable research.

Thanks to you, today I was able to correct a serious error in my biography of <Vladimir Ostrogsky>, stemming from my mis-translation of this Russian article: A. Kentler, V. Faibisovich. FIRST MATCH OF TWO CAPITALS

Also thanks to you, today I have sent in a correction slip that lists the player with the black pieces in V Ostrogsky vs Georg Volchenko, 1911 as <Voitenko>

V Ostrogsky vs Georg Volchenko, 1911 (kibitz #1)


In addition, I have now submitted the priceless new Ostrogsky game you found from the 1911 St. Petersburg blind seance, and I have just downloaded the new Ostrogsky consultation game you kindly provided today. I will transcribe the moves and prepare a pgn for uploading.


I will certainly act on your valuable advice to email a query about the birth/death dates of <Vladimir Ostrogsky>.

First I will draft a question in English, then ask Russian speaking friends if they might translate it for me. Then I will email it to the address you kindly supplied.


Also I must second the comment of <Jean Defuse>: V Ostrogsky vs Georg Volchenko, 1911 (kibitz #2)

I see from your profile that you have recently returned to posting history research at

I would like to thank you for your valuable service to by passing you a premium membership.

Aug-20-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

<JFQ> Thank you very much for the premium membership. I hardly think I am worthy of it, in so far as I usually only post here when I find something I think might be of interest to others. Due to the pandemic situation my internet access is very limited at the moment which has not only hindered my ability to post frequently but has also reduced my ability to do research. So I am not sure how much help I can provide here but I will certainly try to do so to the best of my ability.

Thank you also for uploading the blindfold simul game & the consultation game. I had tried many years ago to upload games but they never turned up in the database. Since then I have simply posted games and hoped someone else could get them into the database.

Incidentally, when you email the Bauman Moscow State Technical University you might want to ask them if they have a graduation photo of Ostrogsky they could provide a copy of. I have been unable to find a good photo of him anywhere.

Aug-20-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

Here is what I could find out about Ostrogsky's activities during the period 1911-12 that is not already mentioned in the biography above (all dates given in New Style):

<March 9, 1911>: The Moscow Chess Circle hosted a big chess night at which Ostrogsky gave a blindfold simul (+4-3=4). ('Rech', April 3, 1911)

<March 24, 1911>: At the Moscow Chess Circle annual general meeting Ostrogsky was appointed the club's manager of equipment. ('Rech', April 11, 1911)

<Sept. 24, 1911>: Ostrogsky gave a simul (otb) at the St. Petersburg Chess Assembly scoring (+7-2=1) ('Rech', Oct. 9, 1911)

<March 23 & 24, 1912>: Ostrogsky visited Ivanovo-Voznesensk (now named Ivanovo) and gave two exhibitions. On March 23rd, he gave a regular (otb) simul ('Rech' gives the result as +9-6=2; 'Novoe Vremya' says +10-6=2). On March 24th, he performed a blindfold simul (+2-3=2).('Rech', April 22, 1912; 'Novoe Vremya', May 1, 1912)

<In 1912>, Ostrogsky visited Serpukhov twice to gives exhibitions at the local chess club. ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', Jan. 15, 1913, Issue no.2, page 30)

I will give a summary of what I could find about Ostrogsky's later chess activities in another post soon.

Aug-23-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

A couple more items from 1911:

<Feb. 26-28, 1911>: Ostrogsky visited Serpukhov and gave three blindfold simuls. In one he scored (+8-3=3). In the other two, he played 23 games in total (15+8) with a combined score of (+21-1=1). ('Shakhmaty'(Odessa), August, 1911, Issue no.2, page 57)

<Mar. 30, 1911>: The Moscow Chess Circle hosted a big chess night at which Ostrogsky gave a blindfold simul (+2-5=3). The report states that Ostrogsky was ill which caused his poor result. ('Shakhmaty'(Odessa), July, 1911, Issue no.1, page 23)


Here is what I could find about Ostrogsky's activities after 1912:

<Jan. or Feb., 1913>: Ostrogsky gave a simul at the Moscow Chess Circle scoring (+10-3=3). ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', Feb. 15, 1913, Issue no.4, page 62)

<Mar. 15, 1913>: Ostrogsky gave a simul at the Moscow Chess Circle scoring (+6-6=5). ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', March 15, 1913, Issue no.6, page 95)

<Mar. 29 & 30, 1913>: (Given the significance attached to this report by Matsukevich, and Hearst & Knott's later reference to his discussion of it, I have translated it in full with the dates converted to New Style) "KALUGA. On the [29]th and [30]th of March, there took place an engagement of V. F. Ostrogsky at the Chess Circle at the local Railway Club. On the first day, there was a seance of 12 simultaneous games à l'aveugle which dragged on until a very late hour, in consequence of which 10 unfinished games, many of them with the superior position for V.F. Ostrogsky, were declared draws with the result: +1, -1, =10; on the second day, a seance of 22 games took place with the result: +19, -1, =2". ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', April 15, 1913, Issue no.8, pages 124-5)

<Apr. 18, 1913>: The Moscow Chess Circle hosted a big chess evening which included, among other events, a consultation game K.P. Vasilievsky & N.M. Pavlov vs. P.K. Yurdansky & V.F. Ostrogsky which was won by Black ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', April 15, 1913, Issue no.8, pages 122-3). The game appeared, with Ostrogsky's annotations, in 'Shakhmatny Vestnik', May 15, 1913, Issue no.10, pages 150-1. (Ostrogsky also annotated the game Breyer-Englund in the Dec. 1, 1913 issue of 'Shakhmatny Vestnik', #23, pages 364-5.)

<May 7, 1913>: On the occasion of a simultaneous exhibition by Oldrich Duras at Moscow's Hunting Club, a game between K.A. Vygodchikov & V.F. Ostrogsky (consulting) and Alexander Alekhine took place. The game, a Sicilian Defence, was won by Alekhine. ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', May 1, 1913, Issue no.9, page 134)

<Oct. 25 & 26, 1913>: Ostrogsky gave two simuls at the Serpukhov Chess Circle. The report states, "Unfortunately, V. F. was ill and unsuccessfully finished 6 games, in which he had winning positions". On the 25th, he scored (+12-3=3). On the 26th, 8 games were played and Ostrogsky won them all quickly. ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', Nov. 15, 1913, Issue no.22, page 351)

<Dec. 6, 1913>: At the Serpukhov Chess Circle, V.F. Ostrogsky gave a tandem simul with P.K. Yurdansky as his partner. They scored (+13-2=2). After the simul, a consultation game, which ended in a draw, was played between Ostrogsky, Kvashnin-Samarin & Litov as White and Yurdansky, Permyakov & Dyakov as Black. ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', Jan. 1, 1914, Issue no.1, page 13)

<Dec. 26, 1913>: Ostrogsky gave a simul at the Moscow Chess Circle scoring (+8-1=3). ('Shakhmatny Vestnik', Dec. 15, 1913, Issue no.24, page 385)

As mentioned above, the last chess appearance by Ostrogsky reported in 'Shakhmatny Vestnik' was a Feb. 11, 1914 simultaneous exhibition by Capablanca in Moscow.

The last mention of Ostrogsky in 'Shakhmatny Vestnik' was in a list of Russian, Polish & Finnish amateur chessplayers in the April 1-15, 1916 issue (#'s 7&8, page 104).

Aug-23-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

These are two games of Ostrogsky's that are given in Anatoly Matsukevich's article "Zabyty Chempion" ('Forgotten Champion') in '64-Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye' (April, 1985, Issue no.8) that are not already included in this database. (It is clear that Matsukevich gave Old Style dates in his article and I have converted the date for the Shtolts game into New Style.)

[Event "10-board blindfold display"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1903.11.??"]
[White "Ostrogsky, Vladimir Fedorovich"]
[Black "Storozenko"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C43"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. c4 c6 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 f5 10. Rb1 b6 11. f4 Ba6 12. Qb3 Bd6 13. Rf3 Bxe5 14. fxe5 Bxc4 15. Bxc4 dxc4 16. Qxc4+ Kh8 17. Ba3 c5 18. Rbf1 g6 19. g4 Qc8 20. gxf5 Rxf5 21. Rxf5 gxf5 22. Qf7 cxd4 23. Qf6+ Kg8 24. Rxf5 1-0

[Event "17-board blindfold display"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1903.12.05"]
[White "Ostrogsky, Vladimir Fedorovich"]
[Black "Shtolts, A."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D56"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bd3 h6 8. h4 Nb4 9. Ne5 Nxd3+ 10. Qxd3 dxc4 11. Nxc4 c5 12. Ne5 cxd4 13. exd4 Nh7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. f4 Qb4 16. O-O-O a5 17. g4 b6 18. g5 Ba6 19. Qf3 a4 20. gxh6 a3 21. b3 Rfc8 22. Rh3 Rxc3+ 23. Qxc3 Rc8 24. Nc4 Qxc3+ 25. Rxc3 b5 26. Rg1 g6 27. h5 bxc4 28. b4 1/2-1/2

Aug-23-20  hemy: < Theodore Germann (Estonia) was a Tallin Master> is a wrong translation from Latvian of <Teodors Germans bija Tallinas šaha meistars>
made from

This is a common mistake that happen when translation from Latvian and Lithuanian made using dictionary.

Yes, <meistars> = <master> or <the best>, but <Tallinn meistars> = Tallinn champion.

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<Moscow Hunt Club Consultation game>

N Pavlov/K Vasidevsky vs Vladimir Ostrogsky/Peter Yurdansky, 1913

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I have now finished adding all your invaluable information into Game Collection: Vladimir Ostrogsky games.

In addition, all of the new game scores you provided have been uploaded and published on the <Ostrogsky> page.

Thanks to you, we now have 37 of his games in our database!

I really can't thank you enough for your research.

Now I will tackle writing a letter in Russian to send to Ostrogsky's school, as per your suggestion.

Oct-01-20  WilhelmThe2nd:

<JFQ> Thank you for putting this material up.

Just a few corrections:

In the 1913 consultation game, Pavlov's partner was 'K. Vasilievsky' (not 'Vasidevsky').

The blindfold games against Storozenko & Shtolts that I gave above were played in 1903 (not 1904).

Ostrogsky's record-breaking blindfold simul took place on Feb. 28th, 1904 (New Style); Feb. 15th, 1904 is the Old Style date.

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Thank you so much for corrections!

I have made the corrections I could do as an editor, and sent a correction slip for

<In the 1913 consultation game, Pavlov's partner was 'K. Vasilievsky' (not 'Vasidevsky').>

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<Moscow Hunt Club Consultation Game> corrected:

N Pavlov/K Vasilievsky vs Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky/Pete, 1913

Aug-14-22  WilhelmThe2nd: There is a good photo of Ostrogsky in the February-March, 1904 issue of 'Shakhmatnoye Obozreniye' (page 62) which can be viewed here:

Aug-28-22  WilhelmThe2nd:

This game was published in the chess column of the St. Petersburg newspaper 'Zemshchina', Monday, May 9th, 1911 (Old Style).

[Event "Moscow-St. Petersburg match"]
[Site "St. Petersburg, RUS"]
[Date "1911.05.06"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Vladimir Fedorovich Ostrogsky"]
[Black "Sergey Fedorovich Lebedev"]
[ECO "C41"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nxe4 Be7 8.Ng5 Bxg5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qxg5 Qxg5 11.Bxg5 Bxe6 12.Nc3 Nd7 13.O-O-O c6 14.Bd3 Ngf6 15.Rde1 Kf7 16.Ne2 Nc5 17.Nd4 Nxd3+ 18.cxd3 Rae8 19.Re3 h6 20.Bxf6 Kxf6 21.Rhe1 Bd7 22.Kd2 Rxe3 23.Rxe3 Re8 24.Nf3 c5 25.d4 b6 26.Ra3 a5 27. dxc5 bxc5 28.Rxa5 Rc8 29.Ra6+ Be6 30.Ng1 Rb8 31.b3 Rb4 32.Ne2 Kf7 33.f3 h5 34.h3 h4 35.Ra5 c4 36.Kc3 Rb6 37.b4 Rd6 38.Kd4 Bf5 39.Nc3 Be6 40.Rc5 Rd8 41.a4 Ke8 42.a5 Bf5 43.Rxd5 Bd3 44.Rxd8+ Kxd8 45.Nd5 g5 46.Ne3 1-0

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