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Isaak Mazel
Number of games in database: 97
Years covered: 1925 to 1941
Overall record: +35 -37 =25 (49.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1911, died Mar-31-1945, 33 years old) Belarus (federation/nationality Uzbekistan)

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He married Olga Rubtsova and served as a Lieutenant in Tashkent in World War II.

He shared 2nd, behind Nikolai Riumin, in Moscow City Chess Championship in 1933/34, and won ahead of Vladimirs Petrovs in Moscow City-ch in 1941/42. He died from typhus.

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Last updated: 2022-07-01 04:18:29

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kaspersky vs I Mazel 1-0201925MinskC13 French
2. Edelman vs I Mazel 0-1171928MinskC57 Two Knights
3. I Mazel vs S Tanin  1-0561931URS-ch sfA04 Reti Opening
4. S von Freymann vs I Mazel  ½-½321931URS-ch sfC11 French
5. I Mazel vs B Verlinsky  0-1441931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
6. I Kan vs I Mazel  0-1401931USSR ChampionshipA15 English
7. I Mazel vs A Zamikhovsky 0-1331931USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
8. F Bohatirchuk vs I Mazel 0-1531931USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
9. I Mazel vs M Yudovich Sr.  0-1441931USSR ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
10. Botvinnik vs I Mazel 1-0361931USSR ChampionshipE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
11. I Mazel vs N Riumin  ½-½351931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
12. V Kirillov vs I Mazel  0-1231931USSR ChampionshipC00 French Defense
13. I Mazel vs Lisitsin  ½-½271931USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs I Mazel  0-1521931USSR ChampionshipC11 French
15. I Mazel vs N Sorokin  0-1501931USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
16. Kasparian vs I Mazel 0-1561931USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. I Mazel vs V Goglidze  ½-½331931USSR ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
18. A Budo vs I Mazel  ½-½471931USSR ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. I Mazel vs V Rauzer 1-0221931USSR ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
20. I Mazel vs V Sozin  1-0461931USSR ChampionshipA13 English
21. Alatortsev vs I Mazel 1-0221931USSR ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Ragozin vs I Mazel  ½-½131934USSR Championship 1934/35E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
23. L Savitsky vs I Mazel  0-1411934USSR Championship 1934/35E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
24. I Mazel vs S Belavenets  ½-½221934USSR Championship 1934/35A02 Bird's Opening
25. Veresov vs I Mazel 0-1321934USSR Championship 1934/35A40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Dec-13-04  cade: An interesting player, he seems to enjoy creating bizzare positions on the chessboard rather than winning. A shame he wasnt more into playing seriously since he is able to create some very good combinations in some of his games.
Jul-03-07  whiteshark: Isaac Mazel (1911-1943)

Source: footnote XXXV

Oct-19-08  Mibelz: Izaak Mazel, born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1911, won Moscow City championship in 1941/42, and died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1943.
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  xenophon: was he in 'internal exile' by any chance?
Mar-26-10  UUDD: He wasn't.

From a Soviet military order:

'Lieutenant MAZEL Isaak Yakovlevich - platoon commander, stayed for treatment at Tashkent Military Hospital 340. Died of disease 31.3.1945.

1911 y. Wife RUBTSOVA Olga Nikolayevna [Address]'

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  GrahamClayton: <Nibelz>...won Moscow City championship in 1941/42

Mazel defeated some good players in that tournament - Panov, Petrov, Alatortsev, Yudovich and Zubarev, amongst others. Mazel was serving in the Red Army on the front near Moscow, and was given permission by his commander to come back into the city to play his games.

Oct-22-14  Ke2: I think Edelman - Mazel is pretty notable.
Sep-12-15  zanzibar: There is a fantastic photo of of a very healthy young Mazel, from the 1938 All-Lenin ch here:

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  MissScarlett: He'd escaped my dragnet.
Sep-14-15  zanzibar: <MS> There is no escape...
Aug-08-22  wrap99: WW2 was a bad time for chess players. I wonder how many masters died from starvation, disease and murder during WW2. The nazis flat out sent chess masters, mathematicians and other academics to concentration camps with apparently rare exceptions for hard-to-believe reasons. Typhus is not an unusual cause of death during the war, caused by crowding and I think malnutrition can make it one more vulnerable. Many were starving for years in USSR during the war.
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  perfidious: <wrap99>, Article 58 of the RSFSR penal code was a wonderful catchall to rid the Soviet regime of anyone they regarded as undesirable. Solzhenitsyn, Petrov and Bronstein's father, amongst many others, fell victim to these laws.
Aug-08-22  wrap99: <perfidious> I suspect it was WW2 side-effects, supply chain destruction (maybe too modern a term but that's what happens in wars) that caused Mazel's death. As I mentioned, sending accomplished people to concentration where best case they were subject to incredible privations not to mention what happened after liberation, was just sickening. I wonder if there is a book about the scientists/artists/sportspeople whose lives were obliterated by the nazis -- if not, there ought to be.
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  perfidious: <wrap99>, of course being amongst the intelligentsia (which also often meant one was Jewish, as Mazel was) was a guarantee to be sent away.

Make no mistake: the wholesale roundup, and often murder, of those who did not fit in with the regime's plans was indeed vile, and a continuation of the practice begun after the Bolshevik takeover.

Aug-08-22  Noah Parking: Much the same thing here.
Aug-10-22  wrap99: <perfidious> I don't want to get too far afield from chess, but the commies, while they did some terrible things, were not racist or genocidal. I am not a fan of torturing poets and even admit that Stalin was in fact an antisemite, but communism is certainly at its heart antiracist.
Aug-10-22  Little Caezarz: Communism has no heart. It murders its own people. Try to find overcrowded prisons in a communist country. If one, it is likely a forced labor camp.
Aug-10-22  Little Caezarz: After this post last night, LC was placed back on <RESTRICTED KIBITZING>.

What is wrong with this post? Some disagree, but the post is not foul.

Were the other posters above put on <RESTRICTED KIBITZING>?

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