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Irving Chernev
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. 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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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Reshevsky vs Chernev 1-0501921SimulC53 Giuoco Piano
2. A Miller vs Chernev 0-191928New YorkC45 Scotch Game
3. J Balint vs Chernev 1-0101938USA-ch prel AC57 Two Knights
4. Chernev vs M L Hanauer 0-1151938USA-ch prel AD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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 Cruz 1-0221940New YorkA47 Queen's Indian
9. Chernev vs Seidman  0-1501942USA-chD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Denker vs Chernev 1-0221942USA-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H Baker vs Chernev 0-1321942USA-chE17 Queen's Indian
12. Chernev vs H H Hahlbohm 1-0241942USA-chD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Reshevsky vs Chernev 1-0301942USA-chE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. Chernev vs Kashdan 0-1331942USA-chD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
15. Darby vs Chernev 0-1411943Grand National corrA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Shainswit vs Chernev ½-½321944New York ch-USAE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
17. Chernev vs H Steiner 0-1271944USA-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I A Horowitz vs Chernev 1-0351944New York ch-USAB83 Sicilian
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-05-14  Petrosianic: <that leads me to believe he'd say Alekhine as overrated as a pox for beating his hero.>

Not quite. In the same article, he named Alekhine as the most brilliant player ever.

Sep-05-14  Sally Simpson: The Chernev article of the Nov/Dec 1933 Chess Review.

‘The perfect game is Réti-Kostiæ, Teplitz, 1922.

The most important game. Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895.

The most exhaustive – and exhausting – annotator is Tartakower.

The laziest. Lasker and Teichmann.

The most interesting matches were Alekhine-Bogoljubow, 1929, Tarrasch-Schlechter, 1911, and Capablanca-Euwe, 1931.

The most interesting combinative game was Alekhine-Cohn, Stockholm, 1912.

The coolest player under fire is Kashdan.

The perfect annotators are Alekhine, Marco and Grünfeld.

The game most interestingly annotated is Bernstein-Nimzowitsch, St Petersburg, 1914, by Marco in the Wiener Schachzeitung.

The most brilliant move was move no. 36 R-Q5, in the game between Alekhine and Tartakower, Vienna, 1922.

Perhaps the most overrated player was Morphy.

The most underrated player was Teichmann.

The greatest “natural” player was Zukertort.’

As Phoney Benoni says this is 1933 so don't start weeping because Fischer, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen are not given a mention.

I think I can disagree with every one of Chernev's 1933 choices and everyone will disagree with mine.

Morphy must come out top at the greatest 'natural' player, I'd have John Cochrane or David Janowski as the most underrated players.

The most overrated....don't have a clue....if pushed.....Henry Bird.

But surely...

The most important game. was not Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895. It was the first game played with the 'new' pieces in the Spanish Court around about 1500. Just a little tweaking was required regarding pawn promotion and that was it. Perfection.

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  Phony Benoni: When I mentioned 1933, it was not to suggest Alekhine as the answer but to emphasize that these were relatively early opinions of Cnernev, and would not necessarily be those he evolved over the remaining 50 years of his life. Naming Reti vs B Kostic, 1922 "The Perfect Game" seems silly to us now, especially knowing his later choice of Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 as the "Greatest Ever".

But his choice of Morphy as most overrated is interesting. I think it's not so much a knock on Morphy as on the prevailing attitude about him. There are many competent critics and strong players who suggest that in a set match Morphy would beat any man living. Chernev apparently disagreed.

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  offramp: <OhioChessFan:... Per the ongoing discussion... >

What does per mean?

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?
Mar-05-18  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?

Mar-05-18  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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