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Isaac Lipnitsky
Number of games in database: 85
Years covered: 1939 to 1958

Overall record: +31 -29 =25 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B92 B91 B56 B88 B60
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C75 C61 C98 C70 C73
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E33 E40 E36 E59 E30
 King's Indian (4) 
    E70 E77 E65 E68
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E46 E34 E40 E48 E37
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C78 C75 C79 C92
 English (5) 
    A15 A13 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
   Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Furman vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Lipnitsky vs Tal, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Lipnitsky vs K Klaman, 1951 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs Averbakh, 1951 1-0
   Suetin vs Lipnitsky, 1952 0-1
   Lipnitsky vs Kan, 1952 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs Tolush, 1950 1/2-1/2

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 Sep-19-1923, 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: 2019-04-17 21:34:25

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 85  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Lipnitsky 1-0261939Kiev-chC19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. Lipnitsky vs Michael Neckermann 1-0381946Soviet-US Military Admin matchB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. Petrosian vs Lipnitsky 1-0351947URS-ch qfA04 Reti Opening
4. Lipnitsky vs Smirnov 1-0121949URSC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Belin vs Lipnitsky  0-1241950RigaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Keres vs Lipnitsky  ½-½411950USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
7. Lipnitsky vs Bondarevsky  ½-½421950USSR ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. Suetin vs Lipnitsky  1-0481950USSR ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Lipnitsky vs Tolush ½-½651950USSR ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V Mikenas vs Lipnitsky  ½-½701950USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Lipnitsky vs G Borisenko 1-0661950USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Sokolsky vs Lipnitsky 0-1851950USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Lipnitsky vs Aronin 1-0521950USSR ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. V Liublinsky vs Lipnitsky 0-1301950USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
15. Lipnitsky vs Boleslavsky  ½-½361950USSR ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
16. Flohr vs Lipnitsky  ½-½601950USSR ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Lipnitsky vs Petrosian 1-0811950USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. Averbakh vs Lipnitsky 0-1731950USSR ChampionshipD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
19. Alatortsev vs Lipnitsky 1-0581950USSR ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
20. Lipnitsky vs Smyslov 1-0421950USSR ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. Konstantinopolsky vs Lipnitsky 1-0411950USSR ChampionshipA13 English
22. Lipnitsky vs Geller 1-0711950USSR ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
23. Lipnitsky vs K Klaman 1-0371951URS-ch sfA53 Old Indian
24. Furman vs Lipnitsky 0-1381951URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
25. Lipnitsky vs G Goldberg  ½-½511951URS-ch sfB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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  Sneaky: Wasn't it the biblical Isaac who swindled Noah on the ark with that sneaky Ruy Lopez trap? ;-)
Sep-12-03  pawntificator: Yes, if I remember my Sunday School lessons correctly, I think you are right. What I didn't learn until much later, reading the works of the later Catholic Saints, was that Noah came out with a Sicilian Dragon in the next game, and Isaac skewered that bad boy too. In a fit of pique, Noah killed one of the dragons on the ark, and after 500 years the other one died, and with no way to reproduce, that is how they went extinct.
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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)
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  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
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  TheFocus: <The goal of analysis is to arrive at a position that is not "critical' but 'settled' in character> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
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  TheFocus: <The art of evaluation-cum-analysis is the decisive factor in a chessplayer's practical strength> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
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