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Alla Kushnir
Number of games in database: 108
Years covered: 1959 to 1978
Highest rating achieved in database: 2430

Overall record: +39 -34 =35 (52.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E69 E60 E61 E73 E84
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D87 D86 D93 D85
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
 English (5) 
    A16 A14 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A40 E00 D02
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    D27 D24 D25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B83 B44 B40 B22 B45
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C84 C87 C91 C61 C77
 Sicilian Scheveningen (7) 
    B83 B81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C84 C92 C87 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1-0
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1-0
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs J Bellin, 1972 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs Larry Evans, 1975 1-0
   R Haring vs A Kushnir, 1976 0-1
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir, 1965 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Haifa Olympiad (Women) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1976 Roosendaal (women's) Interzonal by gauer

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(born Aug-11-1941, died Aug-02-2013, 71 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Israel)

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Alla Shulimovna Kushnir was born in Moscow, USSR. Awarded the WIM title in 1962 and the WGM title in 1976, she was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1965, 1969 and 1972. She was also USSR Women's Champion in 1970 (winning the play-off against Maaja Ranniku) before moving to Israel in 1973.

Kushnir died on August 2, 2013 in Tel Aviv.

Wikipedia article: Alla Kushnir

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kushnir vs E Bishard  1-0261959Leningrad-MoscowA16 English
2. G Archakova vs A Kushnir  0-1341959Moscow-BelarusB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. L Volpert vs A Kushnir  0-1331961Match-Tournament (Team)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A Kushnir vs Spikiene  1-0281962URS-chTA16 English
5. A Kushnir vs S Rootare  ½-½401962URS-chTD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. K Jovanovic-Blagojevic vs A Kushnir  1-0371965YUG-URSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  1-0431965Wch (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½721965Wch (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  0-1421965Wch (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
10. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1411965Wch (Women)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1491965Wch (Women)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
12. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  0-1411965Wch (Women)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½321965Wch (Women)D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
14. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  1-0321965Wch (Women)C48 Four Knights
15. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1441965Wch (Women)B06 Robatsch
16. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1771965Wch (Women)D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir 0-1471965Wch (Women)B32 Sicilian
18. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  ½-½301965Wch (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1521965Wch (Women)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Karpov vs A Kushnir 1-0301966Yalta trainingC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. T Stadler vs A Kushnir 0-1441966URS-YUGA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
22. N Gaprindashvili vs A Kushnir  ½-½581966URS-chTC87 Ruy Lopez
23. O Rubtsova vs A Kushnir 1-0391966URS-chTC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. T Stadler vs A Kushnir  0-1521967Women's CandidatesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili  0-127196710th Soviet Team-ch qual group 1A30 English, Symmetrical
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-31-05  skyman: hi there ive just drawn with thinking machine 4, its got a nice graphic design it makes you think how a brain is, and undoubtedly the best machine ever created but not by humans..! is Alla a good player?! i guess she's.
Jürgen Kläus....
Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Alla Kushnir


Aug-11-07  unluckythirtyfive: Praise alla!
Aug-11-07  xeroxmachine: alla akbar
Aug-11-07  Larsker: Alla carbonara
Sep-07-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in English):

Photo (1975):

Oct-13-09  Caissanist: When Kushnir left the Soviet Union for Israel, reportedly a condition for allowing her to emigrate was that she not participate in the upcoming women's world championship cycle.
Feb-21-11  BLarsen1967: Alla Kushnir scored 5 out of 10 in Lone Pine 1975 (Vladimir Liberzon came clear first) - Here's an article on that charming tournament
Aug-11-11  brankat: Happy Birthday Alla!
Aug-14-11  gulliver: Below are two links to tactics by Alla Kushnir . Credit to Chess Today Magazine and to the Susan Polgar Blog. Thanks both to Susan and to Alex Baburin and all the crew of the Chess today magazine for their wonderful job of promoting chess.

Happy birthday to Alla! She represented Israel in the Olympiad in Haifa in 1973 , I believe. I think she played on board 1. And the Israeli women team made history by taking the first place. Luba Kristol was also in the Israeli team. I will never forget this honor to the Jewish people and to the state of Israel that these women gave. Again Best wishes for Alla Kushnir's Birthday!!!

Aug-14-11  polarmis: There was a quick news item on her 70th birthday here: (I translated it from the Russian and it was also translated into French)
Aug-11-12  brankat: Wishing You a very Happy Birthday!
Aug-11-13  stanleys: Sad news: Alla Kushnir has died on 2 August 2013. RIP
Aug-11-13  brankat: Sad news indeed. R.I.P. Alla.
Aug-11-13  twinlark: R.I.P. Alla Kushnir.
Aug-25-13  Karpova: Obituary in the 'BCM':
Jun-27-14  siggemannen: RIP, Alla!
Jan-30-16  Eastfrisian: Wasn't she married to Grandmaster Leonid Stein ?
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  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> Stein was married with Liliya Kvecher since Sep. 22, 1962. There's a wedding photo in Gufeld's biography on <Leonid Stein - Master of Risk Strategy> on p. 53

They had at least one daughter, Alla,* but that is accidental.

*photo of her w/Stein on p. 80, ibid

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  perfidious: Aged fourteen, I well remember reading that Fischer rang a colleague to ask how Larry Melvyn Evans 'could lose to a woman': A Kushnir vs Larry Evans, 1975.
Aug-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alla Kushnir.
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  sachistu: Although it does not appear any of the games from her match with Maaja Ranniku are currently on this site, 7 games are given by ChessBase. However, ChessBase lists the year as 1967. I've been able to confirm that at least 3 of the games are from the 1970 playoff match following the Soviet women's championship. I suspect all 7 are part of the 1970 match. re: the Soviet newspaper Shakhmatny Moscow 1971 Issue 3.
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  sachistu: Just a follow up on my previous post... The 7 games ChessBase lists are all from the 1970 playoff match. I happened to notice Wikipedia listed the score as 4.5-3.5 with a note 'citation needed'. In fact, there were only 7 games played with Kushnir winning 4-3. See Shakhmatny Moscow 1971, Issue 5.
Aug-12-19  Ironmanth: RIP, Alla. We thank and remember you for your fighting spirit.

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