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Gregory Simon Koshnitsky
Number of games in database: 84
Years covered: 1925 to 1969

Overall record: +34 -30 =18 (52.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A06
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A25 A27 A28 A29
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D04 A45 D02 E00
 English (4) 
    A15 A17
 King's Indian (4) 
    E98 E67 E80
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E60 E76 E94 E90 E72
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D85 D80 D94 D82 D92
 French Defense (4) 
    C17 C02 C01
 Sicilian (4) 
    B20 B67 B21
 Robatsch (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy, 1932 1-0
   C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky, 1932 0-1
   G Koshnitsky vs Hewitt, 1945 1-0
   G Koshnitsky vs A Wolfers, 1945 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lugano Olympiad Final-C (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New South Wales Championship Games (various) by optimal play
   Australian Championship Games (various) by optimal play

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(born Oct-06-1907, died Sep-17-1999, 91 years old) Moldova (federation/nationality Australia)

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Gregory (Garry) Simon Koshnitsky was born in Kishinev*. He was Australian champion in 1932-33 and 1938-39 and awarded the IMC title in 1972. In 1934 he set a new Australian record for simultaneous play when he played 143 opponents, winning 104, drawing 33, and losing 6. In 1966, he won the South Australia championship and his wife, Evelyn, took the women's title.

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Wikipedia article: Gary Koshnitsky

Last updated: 2020-09-14 10:22:11

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 86  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Koshnitsky vs Kostic  1-0281925Simul, 6bD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. G Koshnitsky vs C Boyce  1-0291926Interclub matchA28 English
3. E Westbrook vs G Koshnitsky 0-1111930NSW-chB20 Sicilian
4. G R Lamparter vs G Koshnitsky  0-1331930New South Wales-ch playoff1C53 Giuoco Piano
5. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  1-0391932SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
6. F Crowl vs G Koshnitsky 0-1111932Quadrangular tournamentB20 Sicilian
7. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy 1-0221932SydneyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
8. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky 0-1471932SydneyA13 English
9. S Crakanthorp vs G Koshnitsky 1-0211933NSW-chC01 French, Exchange
10. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  1-0361934Practice mA25 English
11. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0451934Practice mD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G R Lamparter vs G Koshnitsky  0-1321934AUS-ch 1934/35A13 English
13. L Steiner vs G Koshnitsky  0-1281936Simultaneous clock exhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
14. G Koshnitsky vs F M Hallman  ½-½171937AUS corr-chA27 English, Three Knights System
15. G Koshnitsky vs G Lindley 1-0211937AUS-ch01 corrD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
16. L Steiner vs G Koshnitsky  1-0301937AUS-chC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. A W Gyles vs G Koshnitsky 0-1351938Australian ChampionshipC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. G Koshnitsky vs E W Brose ½-½351940City of Sydney-corr chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. G Koshnitsky vs Hewitt 1-0171945CorrespondenceA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. G Koshnitsky vs A Wolfers 1-0351945Australian Correspondence Chess ChA52 Budapest Gambit
21. G Koshnitsky vs C Purdy  ½-½401945AUS-corr chA17 English
22. C G M Watson vs G Koshnitsky 1-0401945AUS chD94 Grunfeld
23. C Boutteville vs G Koshnitsky ½-½291946Australia versus France Radio MatchD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. H Klass vs G Koshnitsky 1-0311946New South Wales ChE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
25. C Purdy vs G Koshnitsky  1-0271946Interclub MatchE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
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  GrahamClayton: Here is the obituary notice for Koshnitsky, taken from the Australian Chess Federation bulletin #35 of September 1999



Garry Koshnitsky MBE - Chess Master and Administrator. Born: 6.10.1907 - Died: 17.9.1999

Garry Koshnitsky, along with Cecil Purdy the most prominent figure in Australian Chess this century, has passed away in Adelaide at the age of 91 years.

The "Grand Old Man of Australian Chess", Grigory Semienovich Koshnitsky (Garry) was born in Kishenev, Russia, in 1907 but his family moved to Shanghai and Kosh joined his first chess club coming to prominence by beating touring Master Boris Kostich in a simul.

In 1926 he moved to Australia, settled in Brisbane and won a hat trick of Queensland Championships in 1926, 1927 and 1928. He moved to Sydney to find better competition and met the young Cecil Purdy who became his life-long friend and rival. Kosh won the Australian Championship at his third attempt in 1933 and was successful again in 1939 with a record score of 12.5 points out of 13 games.

Kosh enlisted during the war and was soon moved to the education section to teach chess to the troops. He gave simuls and lectures throughout Queensland, New South Wales and New Guinea and was promoted to Lieutenant.

After the war Kosh's first marriage broke up and in 1947 he started a chess academy at Anthony Horden's store in Sydney which ran till 1960. In 1950 he married Evelyn Esau, herself a keen chess player and organiser, and together they formed a unique partnership in world chess which culminated in 1993 with them both being awarded Honorary Membership of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

In 1961 the Koshnitskys moved to Adelaide and Kosh began his involvement with FIDE as President of Zone 10 (South-East Asia and the Pacific). He was soon elected to the FIDE Central Committee and was Australia's delegate to FIDE for many years and captain of our Olympiad Team in 1964, 1968 and 1970.

The Koshnitskys organised many International Tournaments in Adelaide, starting with the Karlis Lidums International in 1971 and including the World Junior Championship in 1988 when he was a mere 81 years of age! In 1979, when the Australian Chess Federation instituted the office of President, Kosh was elected as the inaugural President and in 1994 both Garry and Evelyn were presented with the "ACF Distinguished Service Award".

Garry Koshnitsky also excelled at correspondence chess, twice finishing second in the Australian Championship and achieving the International Master title in overseas play. He was President of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia from 1937 to 1953.

Kosh wrote his first chess column in 1933 in the "Sydney Sun" and has contributed numerous columns to various papers over the years, including a brief stint of over 45 years as editor of the chess column in the Sydney "Sun Herald" from 1949.

In his long life there has not been an area of Australian chess in which Garry Koshnitsky has not made a significant contribution, whether it be organising junior chess, women's chess, correspondence chess, national or international chess or as a champion chess player in his own right. His contribution will never be equalled.

Koshnitsky co-authored with Cecil Pursy the introductory work "Chess Made Easy", which is considered one of the best introductory books about the game ever written. First written in 1942, over 25 revised editions have been created.

Jan-27-11  mulde: "... in 1907 but his family moved to Shanghai and Kosh joined his first chess club ..."

Luckily enough for young Koshnitsky, the 'Shanghai Chess Club' has been founded just two years before, in 1905. A century later, its most famous member should become Grandmaster Ni Hua, Elo 2724 in April 2009, and Nr.21 in the world.

Indeed, Koshnitsky seemed to be next to Cecil Purdy the most important Australian Corr-chess player ever, even he seems to be nearly forgotten nowadays.

Feb-05-11  SvetlanaBabe: He will never be forgotten, as long as this body draws breath. Nobody comes close to his inspiration, zeal charisma and dignity. There would be little in the way of Australian Chess without him. He was a top notch chess player as well!
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  GrahamClayton: Here is an excellent report of one of the simultaneous exhibitions that Koshnitsky gave to Allied troops during the Second World War, taken from the 'Townsville Daily Bulletin', dated 7 April 1943:

"A very interesting event in chess circles took place on Monday night at the Parish Hall, when Lt G Koshnitsky, the champion chess player of Australasia, gave a display of simultaneous chess against 51 players, the highest number in one display in Queensland history. His opponents were drawn from all arms of the Allied Forces and civilians, 50 men and one woman, Mrs F Molloy.

Lt Koshnitsky scored the remarkable result of 48 wins and 3 losses. The winners were Capt J Cooper (USA), Sgt A Hardy (Aust. Army) and Sgt E Zweigenthal (USA). Some idea of the physical effort involved can be seen from the fact that the match lasted from 7.30 pm to after midnight, during the whole of which time the champion was walking from board to board.

Half way in the match the light failed for half an hour. Car headlights and torches were brought into play, but their efforts were not equal to the higher lights of the game.

As a result of Lt Koshnitsky's interest and good work, it is hoped that a strong chess club may be formed in Townsville. This will be warmly welcomed by chess players of the Armed Forces. Arising out of the interest created and the success of the American players, a challenge match - Australian v American Forces has been arranged to be played at the Australian Comfort Funds Cafe (near GPO) on Wednesday, 14th April, at 7.30 pm."

Oct-06-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

R.I.P. Sir Gregory Simon Koshnitsky.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Gregory Simon Koshnitsky.
Oct-06-13  BIDMONFA: Gregory Simon Koshnitsky


Aug-21-14  optimal play: This game is from the 16th Chess Olympiad played in Tel Aviv 1964

D-Final; 2nd round; 14th November

Gregory Simon Koshnitsky (Australia) vs Kurt Dreyer (South Africa)

[Event "16th Chess Olympiad"]
[Site "Tel Aviv, Israel"]
[Date "1964.11.14"]
[EventDate "1964.11.02"]
[Round "2, D-Final"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Gregory Simon Koshnitsky"]
[Black "Kurt Dreyer"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. c4 c6 7. b3 d5 8. Ba3 Bxa3 9. Nxa3 Qe7 10. Nc2 Bd7 11. Ne5 Be8 12. Ne1 Nbd7 13. N1d3 Rd8 14. Qc2 Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Nd7 16. Nd3 Qf6 17. e3 Bf7 18. cxd5 exd5 19. b4 a6 20. a4 Nb8 21. Qb3 b5 22. Rfc1 Be8 23. Ne5 Rd6 24. axb5 axb5 25. Ra7 Kh8 26. Qc3 Nd7 27. Rb7 Qe6 28. Nxc6 Nf6 29. Ne5 Ne4 30. Qc8 Qf6 31. Nf7+ Kg8 32. Nxd6 1-0

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Koshnitsky was on board 1 and played in four out of six games in the qualifying group stage, unfortunately without success.

The rest of the team didn't do much better, finishing 7th out of 7 and thus relegated to the D-Final.

In the D-Final Koshnitsky played in three out of the seven games and did better scoring 1½/3 which included the above win.

That effort contributed to Australia coming 1st in the D-Final.

Dec-03-14  ljfyffe: Played for the Australian team that finished 5th
in the CC Olympiad VI (1968-1972) -Final.
Oct-06-16  brankat: He did beat some strong players.
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  GrahamClayton: When Koshnitsky moved to Sydney from Brisbane in 1929, he earned a living by selling brushes on commission door-to-door. He did this for a year, before selling washing machines in the same manner. He then opened a laundromat, but sold that business and joined Maurice Goldstein in his watch repair business.

In 1932 he persuaded the Sydney retailers Anthony Hordern & Sons to set up a chess club in their store. On the 3rd of June, the Metropolitan Chess Club opened its doors, with Koshnitsky being manager-instructor. The club was for casual players, who would drop in for a game, a cup of coffee and some shopping in the store. Over 100 people joined the club in the first ten days after the opening, and by July there were 150 members, including 30 women. By December membership had swollen to 500, forcing the club to move to a larger hall within the department store.

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