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Isaac Lipnitsky
Number of games in database: 96
Years covered: 1939 to 1958

Overall record: +35 -33 =28 (51.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B91 B58 B43 B88 B92
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C75 C61 C70 C73 C98
 King's Indian (5) 
    E70 E64 E65 E68 E77
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E33 E40 E36 E30 E59
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E46 E34 E48 E26 E37
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C78 C73 C75 C79 C94
 English (6) 
    A13 A15 A17
 Catalan (4) 
    E02 E03
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B17 B10 B12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1950 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Lipnitsky vs Tal, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Furman vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Lipnitsky vs Averbakh, 1951 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs K Klaman, 1951 1-0
   Suetin vs Lipnitsky, 1952 0-1
   Lipnitsky vs Bronstein, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Lipnitsky vs Kan, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1951 19th USSR ch semifinal by jessicafischerqueen

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(born Jun-25-1923, died Mar-25-1959, 35 years old) Ukraine
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Issak Oskarovich Lipnitsky was Ukrainian champion in 1949 and 1956. In 1950, he finished second ex aequo in the USSR Championship, and wrote 'Questions of Modern Chess Theory', an important book on chess openings. In 1959, Lipnitsky passed away of leukaemia in his hometown of Kiev.

Wikipedia article: Isaac Lipnitsky

Last updated: 2020-12-06 11:19:01

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 128  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Lipnitsky 1-0261939Kiev-chC19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. B Ratner vs Lipnitsky  1-0451939Ukrainian ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
3. Y Kaem vs Lipnitsky  1-0431939Ukrainian ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Lipnitsky vs Michael Neckermann 1-0381946Soviet-US Military Admin matchB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Petrosian vs Lipnitsky 1-0351947URS-ch qfA04 Reti Opening
6. Lipnitsky vs A Khavin  0-129194817th Ch UkraineB15 Caro-Kann
7. Y Polyak vs Lipnitsky  0-131194817th Ch UkraineC49 Four Knights
8. I Pogrebissky vs Lipnitsky  0-136194817th Ch UkraineC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. Lipnitsky vs A Akshanov  1-068194817th Ch UkraineB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. N Kopaev vs Lipnitsky  0-140194817th Ch UkraineC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Lipnitsky vs Smirnov 1-0121949URSC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. Lipnitsky vs Sokolsky  1-043194918th Ch UkraineE16 Queen's Indian
13. Lipnitsky vs B Ratner  1-061194918th Ch UkraineE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Lipnitsky vs Y Sakharov  1-018194918th Ch UkraineB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Lipnitsky vs V Skotorenko  1-043194918th Ch UkraineB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. E Kogan vs Lipnitsky  0-120195019th Ch UkraineD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Lipnitsky vs S Kotlerman  1-025195019th Ch UkraineB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
18. M Beilin vs Lipnitsky 0-1241950Spartak CC ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Keres vs Lipnitsky  ½-½411950USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
20. Lipnitsky vs Bondarevsky  ½-½421950USSR ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
21. Suetin vs Lipnitsky 1-0481950USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
22. Lipnitsky vs Tolush ½-½651950USSR ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. V Mikenas vs Lipnitsky  ½-½701950USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Lipnitsky vs G Borisenko 1-0661950USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Sokolsky vs Lipnitsky 0-1851950USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  Benzol: <PVS> Still in dark on how Lipnitsky died.
Sep-17-03  PVS: I have no facts on his death. You might ask Kulla Tierchen if he comes online.
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  Benzol: <PVS> Thanks for that.
Jun-17-04  henrilin: Wow! What a guy. He was second after Keres in the USSR ch 1950 and smashed opponets like Smyslov, Geller Petrosian and Averbakh. according to Jeff Sonas he was among the top 10-15 from 1950 upto 1954 when he died 32 yeras old.

He was probably as good as Geller and Gligoric by then, but never got the chance to climp into the real elite. Does anybody at this forum have more facts about him?

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  whiteshark: <Benzol> there is a longer bio:

although the circumstances of his early dead aren't further mentionend there, too.

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  Benzol: <whiteshark> Thanks. The circumstances surrounding his death seem to be a mystery.
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  Gypsy: < ... I analysed a game by Kiev's candidate master Lipnitsky with his annotatations. I think he is chessplayer with a great future. ...> Botvinnik, 1949.

Further per Kotov/Yudovich:

A pupil of Konstantinopolsky.

1942-1947 Red Army; combat from Stalingrad to Berlin; 4 decorations, 3 medals.

1949 - Champion of Ukraine

1950 - 2nd in Ukraine Ch. (> Geller, Ragozin, Sokolsky, Panov, ...)

1950 - 1-2 "Spartak" Ch. (> Furman, Cholmov, Ufimcev, ...) Becomes master.

1950 - 1-2 Kiev Semifinal of USSR Ch. (=Sokolsky)

1950 - 2-4 in USSR Ch. (1.Keres +6; 2-4.Lipnitsky, Aronin, Tolush +5; 5-6.Konstantinopolsky, Smyslov +3; 7-10.Boleslavsky, Flohr, Geller, Alatorcev +1; 11.Mikenas =; 12-13.Bondarevsky, Petrosian -1; Averbakh, Borisenko, Suetin, Lubinsky, Sokolsky.)

Featured game: Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1950

May-11-08  eremite: Lipnitsky was an author of a very instructive book entitled "Problems of Contemporary Chess Theory" (in Russian, Kiev, 1956). The 1st part of this book is very useful for studying positional play, the 2nd one represents quite comprehensive analysis of Ragozin defence on a basis of the 1st part. This book has influenced Fischer. Recently the 1st part was published again in Moscow, but 2nd part was replaced by Lipnitsky's selected games. This book should appear in English in June 2008: Lipnitsky (similar to Bronstein) was a part of Kiev chess school, listening to the lectures of Bohatirchuk, Konstantinopolsky, et al. Since early 50th he suffered serious illness of blood...
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  Benzol: <eremite> I will welcome its appearence. It's long overdue. Do you happen to know what caused Lipnitsky's death. He wasn't that old.
May-14-08  eremite: That was polycythaemia, a kind of chronic leucosis. It was mentioned in a small, but interesting book "Isaak Lipnitsky" by Vadim Teplitsky (Israel, 1993, in Russian). According to this book, an author was the last person, who visited Lipnitsky at the hospital. The book about Lipnitsky, as well as the book by Konstantinopolsky about Vsevolod Rauzer, just another famous master from Kiev, were planned by Physcultura & Sport Publishing (Moscow) for 1991 or 1992...
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  ketchuplover: He reportedly succumbed to leukemia. His book "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is out now.
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  Benzol: The 1954 USSR Spartak Team Champions included Lipnitsky and some other later well known names.

Seated in front is Tigran Petrosian flanked by two ladies.

Standing left to right are unknown, Semyon Furman, Vladimir Simagin, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Ratmir Kholmov and Isaak Lipnitsky.

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  GrahamClayton: <ketchuplover>His book "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is out now.

Here is a review of "Questions of Modern Chess Theory". According to legend, Bobby Fischer learned Russian so that he could read this book.

Jul-30-11  64rutor: A wonderful game is Beylin-Lipnitsky, Dzintari 1950. (Page 188-190 Questions of Modern Chess Theory)
Jul-08-12  wordfunph: "He played like a grandmaster and wrote like a grandmaster."

- GM Eduard Gufeld (on Isaak Lipnitsky)

rest in peace, master Lipnitsky..

Aug-21-12  Polerio: "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is undoubtedly one of the best chess books ever written!
Sep-19-12  brankat: A very talented player. A master candidate in '49, and then shared second in the very strong field of the USSR championship!

A great author. It is really incredible that it took more then 50 years to have his work translated.

Sep-19-13  Abdel Irada: <Benzol: <PVS> Still in dark on how Lipnitsky died.>

Roasted by the remaining dragon, I believe.

Sep-19-13  BIDMONFA: Isaac Lipnitsky


Sep-19-13  DoctorD: Perhaps the bio should be changed now that his book is available in English.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Lipnitsky
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The goal of analysis is to arrive at a position that is not "critical' but 'settled' in character> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The art of evaluation-cum-analysis is the decisive factor in a chessplayer's practical strength> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
Dec-06-20  cameosis: the correct birth date is june 25 1923:

Dec-06-20  cameosis: tombstone and extensive info:

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