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Isaac Lipnitsky
I Lipnitsky 
Number of games in database: 129
Years covered: 1939 to 1958

Overall record: +58 -35 =36 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B60 B58 B70 B92 B91
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C61 C75 C99 C98 C92
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E59 E30 E40 E36 E33
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B17 B18 B15 B12
 King's Indian (5) 
    E64 E77 E70 E65 E68
 French Defense (4) 
    C07 C13 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C95 C94 C78 C92 C75
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E46 E34 E48 E37 E40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C95 C92 C94 C91
 English (6) 
    A13 A15 A17
 Reti System (6) 
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B17 B10 B12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1950 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Lipnitsky vs Tal, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Furman vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
   Lipnitsky vs Smirnov, 1949 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs Averbakh, 1951 1-0
   Lipnitsky vs K Klaman, 1951 1-0
   M Beilin vs Lipnitsky, 1950 0-1
   Suetin vs Lipnitsky, 1952 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1950)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Baku 1951 19th USSR ch semifinal by jessicafischerqueen

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(born Jun-25-1923, died Mar-25-1959, 35 years old) Ukraine
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Issak Oskarovich Lipnitsky was Ukrainian champion in 1949 and 1956. In 1950, he finished second ex aequo in the USSR Championship, and wrote 'Questions of Modern Chess Theory', an important book on chess openings. In 1959, Lipnitsky passed away of leukaemia in his hometown of Kiev.

Wikipedia article: Isaac Lipnitsky

Last updated: 2020-12-06 11:19:01

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 147  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs I Lipnitsky 1-0261939Kiev ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. B Ratner vs I Lipnitsky  1-0451939Ukrainian ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
3. Y Kaem vs I Lipnitsky  1-0431939Ukrainian ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. I Lipnitsky vs M Neckermann 1-0381946Soviet-US Military Admin matchB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Petrosian vs I Lipnitsky 1-0351947URS-ch qfA04 Reti Opening
6. I Lipnitsky vs A Khavin  0-1291948Ukrainian ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
7. Y Polyak vs I Lipnitsky  0-1311948Ukrainian ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
8. I Pogrebissky vs I Lipnitsky  0-1361948Ukrainian ChampionshipC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. N Kopaev vs I Lipnitsky  0-1401948Ukrainian ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. I Lipnitsky vs A Akshanov  1-0681948Ukrainian ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. I Lipnitsky vs Smirnov 1-0121949URSC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. I Lipnitsky vs B Ratner  1-0611949Ukrainian ChampionshipE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
13. I Lipnitsky vs Sokolsky  1-0431949Ukrainian ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
14. I Lipnitsky vs V Skotorenko  1-0431949Ukrainian ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. I Lipnitsky vs Y Sakharov  1-0181949Ukrainian ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
16. N Kopaev vs I Lipnitsky  1-0371950URS-ch sf KievC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. I Lipnitsky vs Pavlov  1-0491950URS-ch sf KievC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. I Lipnitsky vs Panov  1-0231950URS-ch sf KievB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
19. N Aratovsky vs I Lipnitsky  1-0181950URS-ch sf KievD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. I Lipnitsky vs V Tarasov  1-0741950URS-ch sf KievC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. I Lipnitsky vs Sokolsky  1-0351950URS-ch sf KievB15 Caro-Kann
22. Geller vs I Lipnitsky  1-0561950URS-ch sf KievC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. V Saigin vs I Lipnitsky  ½-½531950URS-ch sf KievC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. I Vatnikov vs I Lipnitsky  0-1411950URS-ch sf KievA15 English
25. I Lipnitsky vs A Chistiakov  1-0771950URS-ch sf KievC07 French, Tarrasch
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Jun-17-04  henrilin: Wow! What a guy. He was second after Keres in the USSR ch 1950 and smashed opponets like Smyslov, Geller Petrosian and Averbakh. according to Jeff Sonas he was among the top 10-15 from 1950 upto 1954 when he died 32 yeras old.

He was probably as good as Geller and Gligoric by then, but never got the chance to climp into the real elite. Does anybody at this forum have more facts about him?

Nov-19-07  whiteshark: <Benzol> there is a longer bio:

although the circumstances of his early dead aren't further mentionend there, too.

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  Benzol: <whiteshark> Thanks. The circumstances surrounding his death seem to be a mystery.
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  Gypsy: < ... I analysed a game by Kiev's candidate master Lipnitsky with his annotatations. I think he is chessplayer with a great future. ...> Botvinnik, 1949.

Further per Kotov/Yudovich:

A pupil of Konstantinopolsky.

1942-1947 Red Army; combat from Stalingrad to Berlin; 4 decorations, 3 medals.

1949 - Champion of Ukraine

1950 - 2nd in Ukraine Ch. (> Geller, Ragozin, Sokolsky, Panov, ...)

1950 - 1-2 "Spartak" Ch. (> Furman, Cholmov, Ufimcev, ...) Becomes master.

1950 - 1-2 Kiev Semifinal of USSR Ch. (=Sokolsky)

1950 - 2-4 in USSR Ch. (1.Keres +6; 2-4.Lipnitsky, Aronin, Tolush +5; 5-6.Konstantinopolsky, Smyslov +3; 7-10.Boleslavsky, Flohr, Geller, Alatorcev +1; 11.Mikenas =; 12-13.Bondarevsky, Petrosian -1; Averbakh, Borisenko, Suetin, Lubinsky, Sokolsky.)

Featured game: Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1950

May-11-08  eremite: Lipnitsky was an author of a very instructive book entitled "Problems of Contemporary Chess Theory" (in Russian, Kiev, 1956). The 1st part of this book is very useful for studying positional play, the 2nd one represents quite comprehensive analysis of Ragozin defence on a basis of the 1st part. This book has influenced Fischer. Recently the 1st part was published again in Moscow, but 2nd part was replaced by Lipnitsky's selected games. This book should appear in English in June 2008: Lipnitsky (similar to Bronstein) was a part of Kiev chess school, listening to the lectures of Bohatirchuk, Konstantinopolsky, et al. Since early 50th he suffered serious illness of blood...
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  Benzol: <eremite> I will welcome its appearence. It's long overdue. Do you happen to know what caused Lipnitsky's death. He wasn't that old.
May-14-08  eremite: That was polycythaemia, a kind of chronic leucosis. It was mentioned in a small, but interesting book "Isaak Lipnitsky" by Vadim Teplitsky (Israel, 1993, in Russian). According to this book, an author was the last person, who visited Lipnitsky at the hospital. The book about Lipnitsky, as well as the book by Konstantinopolsky about Vsevolod Rauzer, just another famous master from Kiev, were planned by Physcultura & Sport Publishing (Moscow) for 1991 or 1992...
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  ketchuplover: He reportedly succumbed to leukemia. His book "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is out now.
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  Benzol: The 1954 USSR Spartak Team Champions included Lipnitsky and some other later well known names.

Seated in front is Tigran Petrosian flanked by two ladies.

Standing left to right are unknown, Semyon Furman, Vladimir Simagin, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, Ratmir Kholmov and Isaak Lipnitsky.

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  GrahamClayton: <ketchuplover>His book "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is out now.

Here is a review of "Questions of Modern Chess Theory". According to legend, Bobby Fischer learned Russian so that he could read this book.

Jul-30-11  64rutor: A wonderful game is Beylin-Lipnitsky, Dzintari 1950. (Page 188-190 Questions of Modern Chess Theory)
Jul-08-12  wordfunph: "He played like a grandmaster and wrote like a grandmaster."

- GM Eduard Gufeld (on Isaak Lipnitsky)

rest in peace, master Lipnitsky..

Aug-21-12  Polerio: "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is undoubtedly one of the best chess books ever written!
Sep-19-12  brankat: A very talented player. A master candidate in '49, and then shared second in the very strong field of the USSR championship!

A great author. It is really incredible that it took more then 50 years to have his work translated.

Sep-19-13  Abdel Irada: <Benzol: <PVS> Still in dark on how Lipnitsky died.>

Roasted by the remaining dragon, I believe.

Sep-19-13  BIDMONFA: Isaac Lipnitsky


Sep-19-13  DoctorD: Perhaps the bio should be changed now that his book is available in English.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Lipnitsky
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The goal of analysis is to arrive at a position that is not "critical' but 'settled' in character> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
May-24-15  TheFocus: <The art of evaluation-cum-analysis is the decisive factor in a chessplayer's practical strength> - Isaac Lipnitsky.
Dec-06-20  cameosis: the correct birth date is june 25 1923:

Dec-06-20  cameosis: tombstone and extensive info:

Oct-06-22  pazzed paun: RJFischer was the only western player to have mentioned studying this book for decades! It gave him quite the edge
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  fredthebear: I believe you <pazzed paun>.

Here's what Arnie Chipmunk wrote of IL's book:

Oct-07-22  pazzed paun: Very nice
There are some amazing pictures of
Major Lipinitsky assigned to the Red Army in Berlin. His duties included giving chess lectures to expert level players and above and organizing tournaments
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