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Alexey Sokolsky
Number of games in database: 219
Years covered: 1928 to 1971

Overall record: +66 -75 =78 (47.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (38) 
 Sicilian (15) 
    B51 B80 B52 B63 B91
 English (9) 
    A16 A19 A18 A15
 King's Indian (7) 
    E71 E80 E81 E60
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B11
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D85 D87 D86 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E40 E26 E52 E46
 French Defense (17) 
    C16 C15 C07 C18 C19
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B10 B16 B18 B12
 French Winawer (11) 
    C18 C16 C15 C19
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C72 C89 C82 C74 C80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D39 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sokolsky vs Navrodsky, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Strugatsch, 1958 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Krupski, 1960 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Flohr, 1953 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Simagin, 1959 1-0
   Sokolsky vs A Lukin, 1960 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Tolush, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Sokolsky's games on his own opening by Francio
   docIII's favorite games by docIII

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(born Nov-03-1908, died Dec-27-1969, 61 years old) Russia

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Alexey Pavolovich Sokolsky from Belarus was a player of IM strength. He specialised in the move 1.b4 which became known as 'Sokolsky's Opening' in the USSR. 1.b4 is also known as the 'Polish Opening.' He passed away in late 1969.

Wikipedia article: Alexey Sokolsky

Last updated: 2019-03-16 10:51:49

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 219  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Szebarszin vs Sokolsky  1-0331928First RSFSR ChD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
2. Kamisov vs Sokolsky 1-0121933LeningradD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
3. Lilienthal vs Sokolsky 1-0201936Trade UnionsC15 French, Winawer
4. Tolush vs Sokolsky 0-1361936USSRE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
5. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Sokolsky  1-0461937MatchC07 French, Tarrasch
6. Sokolsky vs Kotov ½-½361938Trade UnionsA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Sokolsky vs N Kopaev 1-0231938Trade UnionsE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Sokolsky vs Chekhover  ½-½301938Trade UnionsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Sokolsky vs Ragozin  ½-½311938Trade UnionsE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Sokolsky vs Lilienthal  0-1311938Trade UnionsC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. Sokolsky vs Kotov 1-0281938LeningradA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Sokolsky vs Botvinnik 0-140193811th USSR Championship SemifinalD94 Grunfeld
13. A Poliak vs Sokolsky  0-149193811th USSR Championship SemifinalB10 Caro-Kann
14. Sokolsky vs Veresov 1-032193811th USSR Championship SemifinalB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. I Rabinovich vs Sokolsky  ½-½61193811th USSR Championship SemifinalC18 French, Winawer
16. Sokolsky vs S B Gotthilf  ½-½58193811th USSR Championship SemifinalC48 Four Knights
17. Lisitsin vs Sokolsky  1-039193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA15 English
18. Sokolsky vs Tolush ½-½27193811th USSR Championship SemifinalD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. V Makogonov vs Sokolsky 1-057193811th USSR Championship SemifinalE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Sokolsky vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 1-053193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA28 English
21. Sokolsky vs Bondarevsky  0-156193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA16 English
22. P Romanovsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½41193811th USSR Championship SemifinalD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Sokolsky vs Chekhover 1-070193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA00 Uncommon Opening
24. M David vs Sokolsky  0-137193811th USSR Championship SemifinalA02 Bird's Opening
25. Sokolsky vs Kasparian  1-051193811th USSR Championship SemifinalC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-15-05  Knight13: This guy is really good at playing 1. b4. This opening name should name after him. Like Sokolsky's Opening.
Apr-15-05  Eatman: <Knight13> I believe in old Soviet Union it was in fact called Sokolsky's Opening.
Apr-15-05  Knight13: <Eatman> Oh. I didn't know that. Thank you for telling me that.


Nov-26-05  WMD: Died 27 December 1969.
Feb-12-06  Belezky: Taken from

"... Alexey Pavlovich Sokolsky (1908 – 1969), the well-known chess master (since 1938), twice champion of Ukraine (1947/48, over-the-board), and runner-up of the 1st Soviet correspondence chess championship (1948/51).

The name of Sokolsky is known now mostly due to his opening research and developments, and one can read more about him elsewhere (see [1] and references therein). Sokolsky was a recognized trainer; he taught chess since 1936, was a permanent second of his close friend I. Boleslavsky since 1945 (including FIDE Candidates tournaments 1950, 1953), head coach of the Belarus national team, and an arbiter. He was an author of a dozen books, some of which have been translated into European languages, but we would like to mention his accomplishments [2] in addition to citations of [1]. Being interested in various chess features, he was a composer of problems and endgames studies. Finally, he was a Godfather of Belarus postal chess, he headed the Belarus postal chess commission to organise the 1st correspondence chess championship of Belarus in 1964/65."

Feb-12-06  Belezky: References

1. T.Harding, How Sokolsky played the Sokolsky (2003) -

2. A. Sokolsky, Pawns in Movement (Moscow, 1962), in Russian.

3. L. Bondar, E. Mochalov (eds.), Sokolsky Memorials (Polymia, Minsk, 1989), in Russian.

4. T. Harding (ed.), MegaCorr CD (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 1999).

5. S. Grodzensky, T. Harding, Red Letters (ChessMail Ltd., Dublin, 2003).

Oct-24-06  mack: What a dire Solosky has on this site - could somebody sort it out, please?
Mar-15-07  erad1288: this dude is crazy!!! He definitely has my respect even though his attacks would probably be quickly refuted by computers. His games show a great sense of attack and he could mix it up with anyone.
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  wordfunph: Sokolsky books..

+ 1.b4 Sokolsky Opening by David Levy

+ Play 1.b4! by Lapshun & Conticello

+ 1.b4 - Theory and Practice of Sokolsky Opening by Konikowski & Soszynski


Mar-14-12  laurenttizano: Sokolsky Memorial , Tal , Fischer , Good Nyt ! Ave Maria!!
Mar-14-12  laurenttizano: I will remember the Sokolsky Memorial as long as I Live.-GM Gary Kasparov!
Mar-14-12  AlanPardew: Garry should fund a Sokolsky Memorial Memorial event.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Alexey Sokolsky: Creater of 1.b4.
Nov-03-13  parisattack: SOKOLSKY BOOKS

Bickford - Sokolsky Gambit
Bickford - Polish with 1. ...e5
Elwert - Gewinnt mit 1. b4!
Gillian - Sokolsky Opening
Grund - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Harding - Dynamic Chess Openings
Hildebrand - 1. b2-b4 (German)
Ivanov - Orangutan 1. b4
Koniwosky -Theory and Practice of the Sokolsky
Lapshun -Play 1. b2-b4
Levy - b4 Sokolsky’s Opening
Lonsdale - Sokolsky Opening: Birmingham Gambit
Lonsdale: Sokolsky Opening: Symmetrical Variation
Pallister - Beating Unusual Chess Openings
Santesiere - The Futuristic Chess Opening
Schiffler - Orang-Utan
Sokolsky - 1. b2-b4
Soltis - 1. P-QN4
Soltjar / Kadratjew - Sokolski-Eroffnung
Tangborn - Beating the Flank Openings
The Moravian Series (1-4)
Wall - Orangutan
Yakovyev- Debyut Sokolskova (Kiev 1958)

Levy's book is actually an English translation of Sokolsky's work with some updates.

Nov-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexey Sokolsky.
Oct-05-17  Troller: <As far as openings are concerned, more particularly White's first move, Henri Grob played more than 5000 corr-games with 1.g2-g4 which therefore bears his name. It is the worst of the 20 possibilities, an error! I am not sure I would call 1.f3 that, neither 1.Nh3. Both 1.h4 and 1.a4 are fine moves and the best second move depends on Black's answer. But what about the Orangutang or Sokolsky's Opening 1.b2-b4. It is perfectly all right!

It has been claimed that 1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 is good for Black. Complete nonsense!

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White has more central pawns and should get ready for a long game. It is not certain that the bishop should remain on the long diagonal. White's 4th move? For many years I have regarded 4.c4 as too ambitious. But after 4.e3, 4.h3 and 4.h4 I can see an initiative for White, also after 4.c3.>

-Bent Larsen 2008

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