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Irving Chernev
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Number of games in database: 20
Years covered: 1921 to 1944
Overall record: +7 -12 =1 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-29-1900, died Sep-29-1981, 81 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Irving Chernev was born in Priluki in the Ukraine, and he came to Brooklyn, New York in 1905 with his parents and siblings. He was a noted chess author, with books aimed for the beginner to below master level. He passed away in San Francisco, California, USA in 1981.

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Last updated: 2023-01-29 04:19:24

 page 1 of 1; 20 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Reshevsky vs Chernev 1-0501921SimulC53 Giuoco Piano
2. A Miller vs Chernev 0-191928New YorkC45 Scotch Game
3. Chernev vs M L Hanauer 0-1151938USA-ch prel AD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. J Balint vs Chernev 1-0101938USA-ch prel AC57 Two Knights
5. J Balint vs Chernev 1-0341938USA-ch prel AA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
6. J Platz vs Chernev 1-0291939New York chE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Chernev vs E S Jackson 1-0221940New YorkD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Chernev vs W O Cruz 1-0221940New YorkA47 Queen's Indian
9. Chernev vs H Seidman  0-1501942United States ChampionshipD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Denker vs Chernev 1-0221942United States ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H Baker vs Chernev 0-1321942United States ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
12. Chernev vs H H Hahlbohm 1-0241942United States ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Reshevsky vs Chernev 1-0301942United States ChampionshipE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. Chernev vs Kashdan 0-1331942United States ChampionshipD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
15. Darby vs Chernev 0-1411943Grand National corrA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Chernev vs H Steiner 0-1271944USA-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. I A Horowitz vs Chernev 1-0351944New York ch-USAB83 Sicilian
18. Shainswit vs Chernev ½-½321944New York ch-USAE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
19. Chernev vs D Gladstone  1-0351944USA-chA04 Reti Opening
20. Chernev vs Denker 0-1381944USA-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
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Sep-06-14  ljfyffe: <offramp>Excuse the intrusion. "As per", most likely.
Sep-06-14  zanzibar: This usage is similar to apropos:

apropos [...]

prep. With regard to; concerning:

<Apropos our date for lunch, I can't go.>

* * * * *

per [...]

prep. 2. According to; by:

<Changes were made to the manuscript per the author's instructions.>

Usage has blended the two usages, and I think per is often used in place of apropos here is the US.

Sep-09-14  ljfyffe: Most over-rated personal opinions: Chernev.
May-02-15  TheFocus: <Chess is not for the timid> - Chernev, Irving.
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  offramp: He was the 142nd fastest gun in the west.
May-02-15  Howard: Chernev, granted, did have a tendency to over-embellish.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Every Chess master was once a beginner> - Irving Chernev.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <Play the move that forces the win in the simplest way. Leave the brilliancies to Alekhine, Keres and Tal> - Irving Chernev.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <If once a man delays castling and his king remains in the center, files will open up against him, bishops sweep the board, rooks will dominate the seventh rank, and pawns turn into queens> - Irving Chernev.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <The sign of a great master is his ability to win a won game quickly and painlessly> - Irving Chernev.
Jun-01-15  TheFocus: <A master looks at every move he would like to make, especially the impossible ones> - Irving Chernev.
Jan-29-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Irving Chernev!!

Thanks for some great books.

And some stinkers.

Feb-11-16  morfishine: Quite an interesting discussion on Lasker vs Capablanca. And all right here at Chernev's player page which seems fitting. Personally, I like Lasker for his longevity. He was 66 years old when he finished 3rd at Moscow 1935, a mere half point behind Botvinnik for crying out loud. Incredible
Jan-29-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Oiving!!
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  offramp: <morfishine: Lasker ...He was 66 years old when he finished 3rd at Moscow 1935, a mere half point behind Botvinnik for crying out loud.>

If they hadn't penalised him for crying out loud he might have won.

Mar-05-18  parmetd: Has anyone made a database of the most instructive games ever played?
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  Sally Simpson: Game Collection: The most instructive games of chess ever played
Mar-05-18  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Why do you answer that pompous blowhard <parmetd>? I forgot, you are a fine fellow and a good hearted soul

IMHO: This whole site should put him on ignore


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  keypusher: <morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Why do you answer that pompous blowhard <parmetd>? I forgot, you are a fine fellow and a good hearted soul IMHO: This whole site should put him on ignore >

Do you really think you make your <enemies> look bad with posts like that?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

The lad has never done me any harm, nobody here has and even if they thought they did they didn't.

Sometimes I despair at them all for getting sucked into some obscure and pointless argument or for posting some absolute trash about a chess player but I'm just as capable at posting nonsense along with the best of them.

If I have so called enemies then I'm too gullible to notice and too thick skinned to even care.

Feb-20-19  brimarern: ‘When I was a young player, I read The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev which made chess seem extremely easy. However, I then read Alekhine’s Best Games of Chess, which made chess seem impossibly difficult. I eventually discovered that the truth lies somewhere between the two.’ -GM John Nunn
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  FSR: Morphy the most overrated player?? Morphy was a god! A great genius, far ahead of his time. Personally, I'd name Capablanca the most overrrated player. Chernev would probably punch me if he were still around. Lasker unquestionably the most underrated ("Laziest"? What??). A lot of people seem to think of Lasker as a coffeehouse player who was somehow world champion for 27 years. He is a serious contender for greatest player of all time.
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  FSR: Chernev in <The Golden Dozen> (1976) claims that the greatest players of all time are Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Fischer, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Tal, Smyslov, Spassky, Bronstein, Rubinstein, and Nimzowitsch. As I explained in four June 22 comments on the Emanuel Lasker page, I consider Lasker a far greater player than Capablanca.
Jun-24-21  Schwartz: What about Keres, was he below Nimzowitsch? For that matter how do you rate him versus Capablanca?
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  FSR: <Schwartz> I don't know. It's very difficult to do these "greatest player" lists. So many variables to consider. Certainly Keres is one of the greats. For what it's worth (not much), GMs Jan Gustafsson and Peter Heine Nielsen came up with this list of the 50 greatest on

1. Kasparov
3. Fischer
4. Lasker
5. Alekhine
6. Karpov
7. Capablanca
8. Botvinnik
9. Anand
10. Morphy
11. Kramnik
12. Petrosian
13. Steinitz
14. Smyslov
15. Tal
16. Spassky
17. Euwe
18. Philidor
19. Caruana
20. Korchnoi
21. Topalov
22. Keres
23. Rubinstein
24. Staunton
25. Bronstein
26. Adolf Anderssen
27. Zukertort
28. La Bourdonnais
29. Larsen
30. Reshevsky
31. Bogoljubov
32. Fine
33. Aronian
34. Tarrasch
35. Ivanchuk
36. Schlechter
37. Pillsbury
38. Geller
39. Gelfand
40. Chigorin
41. Timman
42. Najdorf
43. Winawer
44. Leko
45. Maroczy
46. Kamsky
47. Polugaevsky
48. Portisch
49. Karjakin
50. Nimzowitsch

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