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Mikhail Shereshevsky

Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1967 to 1992
Last FIDE rating: 2475
Overall record: +18 -26 =31 (44.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A45 D05 D02 A40 D00
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (10) 
    C12 C03 C11 C01 C07
 French (5) 
    C12 C11
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D38 D31 D39
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E20 E33 E32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Shereshevsky vs Y Gusev, 1977 1-0
   T Oim vs M Shereshevsky, 1967 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Sokolsky Memorial 1988/89 (1988)
   Sokolsky Memorial (1978)
   Sokolsky Memorial (1981)
   46th URS-ch selection (1978)

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(born Apr-21-1950, 73 years old) Belarus (federation/nationality Bulgaria)

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Mikhail Izrailevich Shereshevsky was born in Minsk. Since 1990 he has been living in Bulgaria. He is the author of the books "Endgame Strategy," "The Soviet Chess Conveyor," and "The Shereshevsky Method."

Last updated: 2022-10-27 04:11:39

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Oim vs M Shereshevsky 0-1331967USSR ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
2. V Mikenas vs M Shereshevsky  1-0421969Baltic and Belarus ChE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
3. A Vitolinsh vs M Shereshevsky  1-0341972KuldigaB01 Scandinavian
4. M Shereshevsky vs Vasiukov  1-0461973URSE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
5. Tseitlin vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½431973USSR Army ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. A Buslaev vs M Shereshevsky  1-0401973USSR Cup 1/32E91 King's Indian
7. Alburt vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½591973USSR Cup 1/8A04 Reti Opening
8. Alburt vs M Shereshevsky  1-0401973USSR Cup 1/8A16 English
9. M Shereshevsky vs Alburt  0-1351973USSR Cup 1/8A57 Benko Gambit
10. Gufeld vs M Shereshevsky  0-1371973USSR Cup 1/16D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. M Shereshevsky vs Gufeld  ½-½451973USSR Cup 1/16E73 King's Indian
12. M Shereshevsky vs Alburt  ½-½501973USSR Cup 1/8A59 Benko Gambit
13. Bagirov vs M Shereshevsky  1-0281975BakuA57 Benko Gambit
14. M Shereshevsky vs Kupreichik 0-1191976BLR-chD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. M Shereshevsky vs Y Gusev 1-0131977URSA43 Old Benoni
16. Kupreichik vs M Shereshevsky  1-0351978MinskC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. M Shereshevsky vs B Maryasin  1-0411978Sokolsky MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Shereshevsky vs A I Zakharov  1-0411978Sokolsky MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. M Shereshevsky vs Kasparov 0-1321978Sokolsky MemorialA48 King's Indian
20. Kupreichik vs M Shereshevsky  1-0351978Sokolsky MemorialC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Klovans vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½571978Sokolsky MemorialC12 French, McCutcheon
22. M Shereshevsky vs Gufeld  0-142197846th URS-ch selectionA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Kataev vs M Shereshevsky  ½-½30197846th URS-ch selectionA13 English
24. Kholmov vs M Shereshevsky  1-041197846th URS-ch selectionC03 French, Tarrasch
25. M Shereshevsky vs Yurtaev  1-033197846th URS-ch selectionA43 Old Benoni
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-28-05  Isolani: An excellent book to acquire, if you can find it, is Endgame Strategy written by Mr. Shereshevski himself. Do not confuse this book with other classics such as Basic Chess Endings or A Guide to Chess Endings however. This book goes over the "principles" of strategy and tactics in the endgame as opposed to the R+P vs. R, general pawn endings or basic mate patterns, for example, that you would find in the two that I just listed. In other words it explains what to do in the very late middlegame/early endgame stage of the game.
Jun-25-09  Petrosianic: I always thought Shereshevsky was Sammy's wife.
Jun-25-09  Jim Bartle: Sammy married Cher?
Feb-15-10  whiteshark: <Petrosianic: <I always thought Shereshevsky was Sammy's wife.>>



Aug-30-10  jakaiden: Don't forget Mastering the Endgame 1 & 2. 1 - is 1.e4 openings, 2 - is 1.d4 openings. Also excellent books 2 acquire.
Oct-17-10  VladimirOo: What about Soviet Chess Conveyor?
Apr-22-13  thomastonk: I bought his book, when it was quite difficult to find a copy. And I was not too impressed. A funny collection, that's all.

Happy birthday!

Apr-22-13  JimNorCal: <thomastonk> Really? I thought the Engame Strategy book noted by <isolani> to be quite useful and unique in its coverage, although having a perhaps misleading title.
Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <JimNorCal: Really?> Yes, but now I don't like the word "funny" anymore. ;-)

I would say it depends all on the expectations: when I bought it, I thought it is a must read to get to the next level. But I had read lots of commented games, middlegames and endgames. I cannot remember any principle (as he calls them) that I learned from that book. Centralization of the king, "don't rush", the principle of two weaknesses and so on, I had heard this all before. It's not a bad book at all, even today.

Apr-23-13  whiteshark: The <Soviet Chess Conveyor>


Autour's preface 1
What would you start with? 4
Choosing your opening repertoire 5
The Tchigorin defence 29
The Budapest gambit 30
The queen's gambit 37
The queen's gambit accepted 89
The slav defence 100
The nimzo-indian defence 108
The king's indian defence 149
Openings arising after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c5 c5 3.d5 179
The Gruenfeld defence 197
The opening repertoire for black 207
The Ruy Lopez 214
The scottish gambit 228
The french defence 232
Closed openings 251
"One-game openings" 264
Studying the classics 324
Advantage in time 377
Advantage in space 383
Studying the endgame 445
How to analyse and comment your own games 509

Numbers refer to the page number. The book is 530 pages.

Some discussion here:

Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <whiteshark> A different book, of course. I wonder which edition they discuss at chesspub. The 1994 edition at amazon has much less pages.

BTW, 6 pages on "Advantage in time" and 61 pages on "Advantage in space" (and zero pages about "Advantage in material")?!

Apr-23-13  whiteshark: <thomastonk> The above contents is referring to the e-book (pdf) version.
Apr-23-13  thomastonk: <whiteshark> Thanks. I saw some people talking about expensive hard copies and the cheap e-book, but do you know whether it is a new edition or the old one with some extra stuff appended? If the openings are still from 1994, then only the second part could be interesting (for me).
Apr-26-13  JimNorCal: <thomastonk>: "It's not a bad book at all, even today." Yes, I can see your points. At the time I read the book, I was familiar with opening manuals, endgame manuals and game collections. But I had not considered the concept of specifically studying the place where a game transitions from the middlegame to the endgame. The thought of extracting just that section, taking it out, turning it around, examining it from multiple angles...well, this had just never occurred to me. I guess I was a simple guy then. :) You're right, none of the principles are themselves so deep or original. But I still find value in considering this a major decision point, and of consciously working to acquire this critical set of decision making skills: do I try to resolve things here in the middlegame? Or, after careful consideration, do I choose to push into the endgame? The concept, the ideas are perhaps not earthshaking, but I feel that by taking this and making a book out of it, Shereshevsky forced me to slow down and contemplate its importance.
Apr-26-13  thomastonk: <JimNorCal> One should never underestimate the simple things, that's very true. One example that changed my way of thinking significantly even at an ripe old age is "keep the structure". I heard this maybe three years ago, and since then I am decidedly more careful with certain pawn moves.
Apr-22-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mikhail Shereshevsky.
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  FSR: She-Reshevsky, my eye! He's actually a guy, and no relation to Samuel Reshevsky!
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  chancho: He condensed both books.
(Endgame Strategy and Soviet Chess Conveyor.)

Now it's called: <The Shereshevsky Method>

Nov-10-20  cameosis: birthday is april 21
Nov-10-20  cameosis: oddly enough, fide lists him as »not titled« …

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