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Alexey Sokolsky
Number of games in database: 297
Years covered: 1927 to 1971

Overall record: +109 -92 =96 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (41) 
 Sicilian (20) 
    B80 B51 B52 B64 B43
 English (14) 
    A16 A15 A19 A18
 King's Indian (9) 
    E71 E80 E70 E81 E60
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B10 B11
 Four Knights (6) 
    C48 C49
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E40 E52 E37 E26
 French Defense (24) 
    C16 C18 C07 C15 C02
 French Winawer (16) 
    C16 C18 C15 C17 C19
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B10 B16 B15 B18 B12
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C92 C82 C73 C81 C75
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D38 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Sokolsky vs Kotov, 1949 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Navrodsky, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Strugatsch, 1958 1-0
   Sokolsky vs G Krupsky, 1960 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Simagin, 1959 1-0
   Sokolsky vs Flohr, 1953 1-0
   Sokolsky vs A Lukin, 1960 1-0
   Sokolsky vs N Zhuravliov, 1971 1-0
   A Roizman vs Sokolsky, 1961 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1944)
   URS-ch sf (1954)
   USSR Championship (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sverdlovsk 1942 National Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Sokolsky's games on his own opening by FrankTheTank
   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', or Orangutan.

In 1935, he took second in the RSFSR Championship. He won the Ukrainian Chess Championship twice, in 1947 and 1948, and was the runner-up in the 1958 Belarusian Chess Championship.He also played in the 13th Soviet Championship in 1944, finishing with 7½/16 (tie for 8th–10th place); the 17th Championship in 1949, finishing with 8½/19 (12th place); and the 21st Championship in 1954, finishing last with 5/19.

He was the first Soviet Correspondence Chess Champion (1948–1951). He passed away in late 1969.

Wikipedia article: Alexey Sokolsky

Last updated: 2022-07-01 02:32:05

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 366  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sokolsky vs Remin  1-0201927Ch LokomotivA38 English, Symmetrical
2. Sokolsky vs G Stepanov (Schneideman)  1-0351928Ch Volga RegionA90 Dutch
3. M Szebarszin vs Sokolsky  1-03319283rd Ch RSFSRD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
4. M Kamyshov vs Sokolsky 1-0121933Trade Unions Team championshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. G Ravinsky vs Sokolsky  1-0391933Trade Unions Team championshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
6. Alatortsev vs Sokolsky  1-042193410th Ch LeningradD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. Sokolsky vs Lisitsin  0-119193410th Ch LeningradB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
8. M Kamyshov vs Sokolsky  0-1341935Match Moscow-Leningrad (1 category)E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Sokolsky vs A Chistiakov  1-04519355th Ch RSFSR (sf-A)A28 English
10. Bondarevsky vs Sokolsky  ½-½1919355th Ch RSFSRE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Tolush vs Sokolsky 0-13619355th Ch RSFSRE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
12. G Stepanov (Schneideman) vs Sokolsky  0-1391936All-Union 1st CategoryA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Lilienthal vs Sokolsky 1-0201936Trade Unions ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
14. S Rozental vs Sokolsky  0-1241936Trade Unions Championship+C17 French, Winawer, Advance
15. S Pimenov vs Sokolsky  0-1401936Trade Unions ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
16. Sokolsky vs D Rovner  1-0361936Trade Unions ChampionshipA15 English
17. M Yudovich Sr. vs Sokolsky  1-0451936Trade Unions ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Sokolsky vs I Mazel  0-1301936Trade Unions ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Lisitsin vs Sokolsky 0-1691936Trade Unions ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
20. Sokolsky vs Panov  1-0401936Trade Unions ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
21. Lisitsin vs Sokolsky  0-131193712th Ch LeningradD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Tolush vs Sokolsky  0-134193712th Ch LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
23. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Sokolsky  1-0461937MatchC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Sokolsky vs N Kopaev 1-0231938Trade Unions ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. Sokolsky vs Lilienthal  0-1311938Trade Unions ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
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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.
Nov-03-10  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.
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  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

Jun-12-20  wordfunph: Sokolsky's last book before he died was The Modern Openings in Theory and Practice.

rest in peace, master Sokolsky..

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  woldsmandriffield: ?A player of IM strength?. One of the strongest IMs ever?

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