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Sergey Urusov
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1851 to 1894

Overall record: +10 -12 =4 (46.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Urusov vs Bihn, 1851 1-0
   S Urusov vs Ben, 1862 1-0
   S Urusov vs C Jaenisch, 1854 1-0

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(born Aug-03-1827, died Nov-20-1897, 70 years old) Russia

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Brother of Dmitry Urusov, Prince Sergey Urusov (sometimes rendered "Urusoff" or "Ouroussoff"), was a friend of Tolstoy and one of the strongest Russian players of the mid-nineteenth century, after Alexander Petrov.

His legacy lives on today, as the gambit 1.e4 e5 2.♗c4 ♘f6 3.d4!? is widely known as the "Urusov Gambit."

Wikipedia article: Sergey Urusov

Last updated: 2022-02-13 09:50:12

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Urusov vs Bihn 1-0221851MoscowC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. S Urusov vs Bihn 1-0241851MoscowC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A Petrov vs S Urusov  ½-½501853MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
4. A Petrov vs S Urusov ½-½791853MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
5. S Urusov vs A Petrov  0-1621853MatchC45 Scotch Game
6. S Urusov vs A Petrov 0-1281853St Petersburg m2C54 Giuoco Piano
7. A Petrov vs S Urusov 1-0571853St Petersburg m2C53 Giuoco Piano
8. S Urusov vs A Petrov 0-1531853St Petersburg m2C45 Scotch Game
9. S Urusov vs C Jaenisch 1-0251854St Petersburg m2C45 Scotch Game
10. C Jaenisch vs S Urusov 1-0341854St Petersburg m2C70 Ruy Lopez
11. C Jaenisch vs S Urusov  1-0281854St PetersburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
12. S Urusov vs A Petrov 0-1481859Warsaw m corrC56 Two Knights
13. S Urusov vs Ben 1-0211862MoscowC52 Evans Gambit
14. S Urusov vs Kolisch 0-1421862RUSC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Kolisch vs S Urusov 1-03618621C56 Two Knights
16. S Urusov vs Kolisch  0-1311862RUSC52 Evans Gambit
17. S Urusov vs Kolisch 1-0321866MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Hirschfeld vs S Urusov  0-1221866Hirschfeld - Urusov MatchC51 Evans Gambit
19. S Urusov vs Hirschfeld  ½-½461866Hirschfeld - Urusov MatchC45 Scotch Game
20. Hirschfeld vs S Urusov 1-0161866Hirschfeld - Urusov MatchC29 Vienna Gambit
21. S Urusov vs Hirschfeld  1-0291866Hirschfeld - Urusov MatchB40 Sicilian
22. Hirschfeld vs S Urusov  ½-½441866Hirschfeld - Urusov MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
23. F Amelung vs S Urusov 1-0361869MoscowC24 Bishop's Opening
24. Apolonov vs S Urusov  0-1371883crC77 Ruy Lopez
25. S Urusov vs Apolonov  1-0331883crC28 Vienna Game
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Premium Chessgames Member Does anybody know... Is this player the same as Dmitri Semenovich Urusov or are they kin?
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  Honza Cervenka: They were brothers.
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  Honza Cervenka: Sergey was born in 1827 and died in 1897. After him the Urusov Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4!?) got its name. His brother Dmitri was born in 1829 and died in 1903.
Feb-24-05  cuendillar: Wouldn't that make Dmitri Semenovich Urusov a prince as well?
Aug-03-08  artyom2008: happy birthday prince Urusov
Aug-03-08  Knight13: So he's a prince?
Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .


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  whiteshark: <Urusov Gambit> in the Opening Explorer
Aug-03-09  Winter: It's your birthday, supposedly...

A very good Gambit

Aug-03-10  eightsquare: Happy Birthday!!!
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  Honza Cervenka: <So he's a prince?> Yes, Urusovs were descendants of Nogai Horde's royal dynasty of its founder Edigu. They were direct progeny of Khan Urus of Nogai Horde and Tzar of Kasimov and they became Russian princes Urusovs after conversion from Islam to Orthodox Christianity in the late 16th or early 17th century. One prince Peter Urusov killed False Dmitry II in 1610. Btw, Yusupovs (though as far as I know with no connection to Artur Yusupov) and some other Russian noble families are descendants of Nogai Horde royal dynasty as well.
Oct-01-11  Ropitybopity: That's not the Urusov gambit, it's the Ponziani gambit, which usually continues with 3...exd4 4.Qxd4. The Urusov gambit occurs on move four with 3...exd4 4.Nf3!? gambitting the pawn on e4.
Jan-13-16  zanzibar: Damn, this name was a bit hard to find (see Ourousoff in following)...

<At length the Committee were able to announce that Messrs. Anderssen, De Biviere, Paulsen, Steinitz, Dubois, and <Prince Sergius Ourousoff> would take part in the Tournament. Mr. Anderssen was the winner in the Tourna
ment of 1851 M. De Riviere stands in the first rank of French players Mr. Paulsen, whose reputation acquired an America had preceded him to this country, had proved himself the winner at the Bristol Meeting Mr. Steinitz was young player but lately known to fame as the prize holder in Tournament at the Vienna Club Mr. Dubois
had long been the foremost player of Italy and <Prince Ourousoff is one of the most skilful amateurs of Russia>. In other quarters the Committee were not successful, and had to regret the absence of Messrs. Heydebrand, Morphy, Petroff, Jaenisch, Harrwitz, Kolisch, St. Amant, Journoud, Laroche, and Max Lange, who, for various reasons, were prevented from taking part in the contests. With regard to British players, the Committee did not know until
the last moment the names of those who intended to com pete. The list comprised Messrs. Barnes, Blackburne,
Deacon, V. Green, Hannah, Lowenthal, M'Donnell, Mongredien, Owen, and Eobey. At length, on the 7th June,
the subscriptions having reached the sum of £570, and all arrangements being, as far as possible, complete, the Committee issued the following as their final programme<<>>>

From p xilv of Lowenthal's <The Chess Congress of 1862>.

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  Honza Cervenka: <zanzibar: Damn, this name was a bit hard to find (see Ourousoff in following)...> This is quite usual problem with Russian names and their transcription from Cyrillic into Latin in different languages, which are not written phonetically and are using very different way of recording of pronunciation. In original the name is "Сергей Семенович Урусов".
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  Honza Cervenka: Here is his portrait from times of Crimean War:
Jan-13-16  zanzibar: Thanks <Honza Cervenka>. I wish we could put Cyrillic names in the intro.

Ourousoff is a name I was very unfamiliar with (same for Urusov).

I'm somewhat aware of the dangers of transliteration by now, but this is a rather extreme example.

It would be nice if <CG> searches recognized such names, and did redirects. As it was, I searched for all Prince's and eventually found him.

Jul-15-16  truepacifism: Urusov gambit is opening of the day for 7/15/16
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  Once: Don't we have any games of Prince Urusov playing the Urusov gambit? That seems a shame.
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<Batgirl> article on the Urosovs and also Viktor Mikhailov :

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