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Evgeny Zagoryansky
Number of games in database: 220
Years covered: 1935 to 1960
Overall record: +77 -90 =53 (47.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-17-1910, died Sep-25-1961, 51 years old) Russia

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Evgeny Alexandrovich Zagoryansky was born in Yerevan, Armenia. He frequently competed in the Moscow Championships.

He wrote: "The Story of Morphy, the life and fate of a chess genius" (Повесть о Морфи жизнь и судьба гения).

Last updated: 2022-01-22 16:14:52

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Zagoryansky vs Chernikov  1-0411935Match Moscow-Leningrad (1 category)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. E Zagoryansky vs S Kogan  0-1341936Ch Moscow (sf-A)D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
3. G Ravinsky vs E Zagoryansky  1-0381936All-Union 1st CategoryD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. S Orlov vs E Zagoryansky  0-1291936Ch Moscow (sf-A)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. E Zagoryansky vs Vainshtein  1-0301936All Union Selected 1st catD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
6. A Chistiakov vs E Zagoryansky  1-0181936Ch Moscow (sf-A)C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. E Zagoryansky vs D Rovner  0-1471936Trade Unions ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. E Zagoryansky vs I Rudakovsky  0-1351936Trade Unions ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. E Zagoryansky vs S Belavenets 0-1231936Trade Unions ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
10. S Rozental vs E Zagoryansky  0-1351936Trade Unions Championship+C14 French, Classical
11. E Zagoryansky vs V Silich  1-0251936Trade Unions ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. I Mazel vs E Zagoryansky  1-0361936Trade Unions ChampionshipA21 English
13. Panov vs E Zagoryansky  1-0441936Trade Unions ChampionshipC13 French
14. E Zagoryansky vs V Gergenreder  1-0411936Trade Unions ChampionshipA22 English
15. Lisitsin vs E Zagoryansky  1-0351936Trade Unions ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. V Chekhover vs E Zagoryansky  1-0401936Trade Unions ChampionshipD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. Tolush vs E Zagoryansky  1-0411936Trade Unions ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
18. E Zagoryansky vs M Yudovich Sr.  ½-½411936Trade Unions ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
19. E Zagoryansky vs G Stepanov (Schneideman)  0-1271936Trade Unions ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
20. S Pimenov vs E Zagoryansky  1-0251936Trade Unions ChampionshipC13 French
21. P Izmailov vs E Zagoryansky  0-1451936All-Union 1st CategoryD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. E Zagoryansky vs Rekach  1-0531937Ch Moscow (sf-1)E46 Nimzo-Indian
23. E Zagoryansky vs S Gotthilf  1-0301937Ch Trade Unions (1/2 Final)D81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
24. D Petrov vs E Zagoryansky  0-1251937Ch Trade Unions (1/2 Final)D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Dokshytsky vs E Zagoryansky  0-12619371st Category group 3C11 French
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Apr-11-13  PhilFeeley: They need the Tolush-Zagorjansky game cited by Spraggett today (10-4-2013):

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Tolush-Zagorjansky, Moscow 1936 (no pgn)

As Kevin says: "White to play and crush black."

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  perfidious: <PhilFeeley>: Game discovered and submitted.
Feb-05-16  tjipa: His book about Morphy is actually a quite good read, I wonder if it has been or will ever be translated into English.
May-07-16  wrap99: <tjipa> It is interesting that a book about an American player would be written in Russian -- can you describe the book?
Aug-17-16  TheFocus: I wish his Morphy book was translated to English.

Happy birthday, Evgeny Zagorjansky.

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  saffuna: He was a prince. His family lost everything in the Revolution. Bronstein writes that because of his background he was not permitted to go to college and sometimes had to work as a laborer.
Jun-26-19  BUNA: <saffuna: He was a prince. His family lost everything in the Revolution.> His nickname was prince. His family probably belonged to the nobility but even Lenin's family did.

If his family owned land he would have lost it because in 1918 all land was nationalized. All russian socialist parties, even those opposed to the bolscheviks, and 80% of the population were in favour of nationalisation. <Bronstein writes that because of his background he was not permitted to go to college and sometimes had to work as a laborer.> That's strange, because he became an engineer and later a playwright. As an engineer you'd actually need some sort of education.

During the Moscow (1925) tournament teenager Zagorjansky worked the demonstration boards.

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  saffuna: Bronstein said he was a prince, and could not get into a college. That's all I know.

Bronstein also praises his book on Morphy.

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  keypusher: <saffuna: Bronstein said he was a prince, and could not get into a college. That's all I know.>

No land wars in Asia, no going in against Sicilians when death is on the line (ask Giri), and no trusting Bronstein re anything except annotations. Even then, use an engine. Not because he's Bronstein, but because he's human.

Jan-22-22  Z truth 000000001: In Cyrillic his name is:

<Загорянский, Евгений Александрович>

which google translates to:

<Zagoryansky, Eugene Alexandrovich>

Please note the yansky ending vs <CG>'s jansky ending.

I believe Soltis gives his name as "Zhenya Zagoryansky" in his Soviet Chess book.

Jan-22-22  Z truth 000000001: Later, Soltis gives his name as <Yevgeny Zagoryansky> and has this to say about his beginning:

<~, the author of the Morphy article that got German into trouble [ed- huh?], was by birth a prince, whose family owned a village outside Moscow but lost it all after 1917. Bronstein said Zagoryansky could not attend college because of his family history "and sometimes had to work as a ditch digger".>

Soviet Chess 1917-1991 - "Joining the World" p183

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