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Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
Photograph circa 1920 from The Art Of Chess Combination
by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, 1936
Number of games in database: 314
Years covered: 1899 to 1949

Overall record: +112 -117 =79 (49.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C83 C84 C97 C71 C78
 Sicilian (16) 
    B83 B84 B73 B24 B58
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 D04 D05 A46
 French Defense (9) 
    C10 C01 C14
 Four Knights (9) 
    C49 C48
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C29 C28 C25 C26
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C77 C74 C78 C97 C84
 French Defense (20) 
    C12 C10 C11 C01 C14
 French (17) 
    C12 C11 C10
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D63 D50 D61 D51 D52
 Tarrasch Defense (13) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D05 A46 D02 D00 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Van Vliet vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1907 0-1
   Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Alekhine, 1925 1/2-1/2
   Znosko-Borovsky vs A J Mackenzie, 1924 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs NN, 1932 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 1/2-1/2
   Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 0-1
   C Mansfield vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1928 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Rubinstein, 1907 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs J S Morrison, 1922 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th All Russian Tournament (1906)
   Paris (1929)
   Weston-super-Mare (1924)
   Nice (1930)
   Paris (1925)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Scheveningen (1923)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   London (1922)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Tatatovaros (1935)
   St. Petersburg (1909)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nice 1930 by Pawn and Two
   Nice 1930 by jessicafischerqueen
   Weston 1924 by Tabanus
   Paris 1925 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-16-1884, died Dec-31-1954, 70 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)

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Eugene Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky, born 1884 in Russia and after 1920 living in France, was both a player and author. He fought and was wounded in both the 1905 Russo-Japanese war and World War I. He also fought for the White forces during the Russian revolution and was evacuated to Constantinople, and from there he and his family proceeded to Paris. He was 3rd= in the All Russian Championship of 1908, 3rd at Nice 1930 and 1st at Paris 1930. He was a literary and music critic.

note: Eugene played consultation chess on the teams of Alekhine / Znosko-Borovsky & Znosko-Borovsky / Koya

Wikipedia article: Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

Last updated: 2019-05-29 07:50:07

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 317  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Znosko-Borovsky vs B Maliutin 1-0251899corrC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. N Znosko-Borovsky vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-12919004-player TtC77 Ruy Lopez
3. P A Saburov vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-0241900St PetersburgC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Znosko-Borovsky vs W Luce 1-0201902St. PetersburgC25 Vienna
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs P A Saburov 1-0381902Private TtC25 Vienna
6. Znosko-Borovsky vs Chigorin 1-0281902St PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. I A Zybin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-0251902Private Chess Circle TtC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. Znosko-Borovsky vs I A Zybin  1-0381903St. Petersburg Chess CommunityA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Znosko-Borovsky vs H Seyboth 1-0301903St. Petersburg Chess CommunityC46 Three Knights
10. Znosko-Borovsky vs B Maliutin 0-1341903St. Petersburg Chess CommunityC29 Vienna Gambit
11. Znosko-Borovsky vs S Levitsky 1-02419033rd Russian National TournamentB01 Scandinavian
12. Rubinstein vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½2419033rd Russian National TournamentD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Znosko-Borovsky vs O Bernstein 1-02019033rd Russian National TournamentB24 Sicilian, Closed
14. Znosko-Borovsky vs V Nikolaev 1-02819033rd Russian National TournamentC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Schiffers vs Znosko-Borovsky  ½-½6219033rd Russian National TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Znosko-Borovsky vs F Duz-Khotimirsky 1-03419033rd Russian National TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-03119033rd Russian National TournamentC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. W Von Stamm vs Znosko-Borovsky  0-14119033rd Russian National TournamentD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-05919033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
20. Znosko-Borovsky vs V N Kulomzin  1-03619033rd Russian National TournamentC28 Vienna Game
21. Znosko-Borovsky vs P P Benko 1-03919033rd Russian National TournamentC14 French, Classical
22. Znosko-Borovsky vs S F Lebedev  ½-½6819033rd Russian National TournamentC10 French
23. Yurevich vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-03419033rd Russian National TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
24. S Izbinsky vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-04619033rd Russian National TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
25. M Lowcki vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½7519033rd Russian National TournamentD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 317  PGN Download
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May-10-15  TheFocus: <Inexperienced players have a fear of this piece, which seems to them enigmatic, mysterious, and astonishing in its power. We must admit that it has remarkable characteristics which compel respect and occasionally surprise the most wary players> (speaking about the knight) - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <It would be idle, and presumptuous, to wish to imitate the achievements of a Morphy or an Alekhine; but their methods and their manner of expressing themselves are within the reach of all> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <A defeatist spirit must inevitably lead to disaster.> - Eugene Znosko-Borovski.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <The middlegame I repeat is chess itself, chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <It is unjust, and sometimes very untrue, though it is a common theory, to hold that it is sacrifices which make the beauty of a combination, and that the combination is prettier by the magnitude of the sacrifices> - Eugene Znosko-Borowski.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <It is not a move, even the best move that you must seek, but a realizable plan> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <One despairs when one thinks of all the effort expended on the study of chess, and of the poverty of results. Year after year the same elementary mistakes are repeated, the same antediluvian traps claim their victims. It is almost incredible, yet so it is...> - Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, in How Not to Play Chess (first published in 1931).
Jun-01-15  TheFocus: <The middlegame I repeat is chess itself; chess with all its possibilities, its attacks, defences, sacrifices, etc.> – Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
Aug-28-15  Nosnibor: According to Wikipedia his birthdate was August 16th 1884 and this is also confirmed by the obituary in the B.C.M.1955,page 102.An amendment is required to the bio.
Aug-28-15  NeverAgain: Corrections should be submitted via the "suggest your correction" link under the "Leave a comment!" text box. You can't expect the admins to keep pace with all the comments on the thousands of game and player pages.
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  Stonehenge: It may be just a Julian/Gregorian Calendar thingy.
Aug-28-15  wrap99: Looked through the kibitzing can't find this mentioned and maybe it is a different player who suffered a head injury and had to relearn the game and was a master afterwards. If it isn't Z-B,who is it?
Aug-28-15  NeverAgain: That was Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky , who went on to beat Capablanca at the Moscow 1925 with a Queen sacrifice.
Aug-28-15  wrap99: <NeverAgain> Ah, thanks, a similar-sounding (in memory) name.
Dec-31-15  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Eugene.
Mar-03-16  zanzibar: Correction to the bio:

He was evacuated to Constantinople, and from there he and his family proceeded to Paris.

From p ix of Introduction (the original intro, not Reinfeld's - Dover Edition).

Aug-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.
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  wwall: In Chernev's book, 'Wonders and Curiosities of Chess,' he wrote "In a tournament held in St. Petersburg in 1903, no less than three Znosko-Borovskys won prizes." There is no tournament like that listed in Gino Di Felice's book, 'Chess Results 1901-1920.' Assuming that two of them were Evgeny Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky (1884-1954) and his brother, Sergey Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky (1879-1911), who is the third Znosko-Borovsky? And is this story true and is there a better source than Chernev? There is no other Znosky-Borovsky mentioned in Gaige's book 'Chess Personalia.'
Jan-09-17  Nosnibor: >wwall> But there was also N.A.Znosko-Borovsky where a game is shown in this database Methinks that this is the third man referred to by Chernev
Jan-09-17  Nosnibor: Further to my last post N A Z-B may well be another relative. He cannot be the brother mentioned who died in 1911 because N A Z-B was in attendance at the 1914 St Petersburg Tournament.
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  wwall: <Nosnibor> You are right! Seems to be a Nikolay Alexandrovich Znosko-Borovsky. Perhaps the father of the other two. Looks like Amos Burn played all three at one time. I found a fourth one - Alexander F. Znosko-Borovsky (1908-1983) who was a musician. And a book on Stalin mentions a Prince Znosko-Borovsky.
Jan-12-17  Straclonoor: Znosko-Borovsky was big family of literators and intellectuals.

Father - Alexander Eduardovich (son of Edward) Z-B - episodically wrote in "History courier" in 1900s

Eugene - theater critic, dramauturgist, author of stories and biographist some Russian writers (M.Kuzmin etc.). Chess player of course.

Alexander Alexandrovich Z-B - oldest Eugene's brother - bureaucrat in Russian land ministry before revolution.

Nikolay Alexandrovich Z-B (twin brother of Eugene?) - accountant in ministry of education in Russia before revolution.

Sergey Alexandrovich Z-B (1879-1911) - chess organizer

Konstantin Alexandrovich Z-B - geography teacher in Saint-Peterburg, executed by firing squad in 1921

Sister - Nadezhda Alexandrovna Z-B - actress, wife of writer Sergey Auslender

Jul-03-17  brimarern: "To avoid mistakes is the beginning, as it is the end, of mastery in chess." -GM Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
Jun-12-18  zanzibar: As already mentioned, but with a few more details:

<The well-known Russian master, Eugene Znosko-Borowski, is at present resident in Constantinople, having been, like so many of his compatriots, driven from Russia by the deplorable events which have befallen there, resulting, among other things, in the complete dis- appearance and feared death of that other brilliant master, Aljechin. Mr. Znosko-Borowski, who is by profession an author and in particu- larly interested in dramatic affairs, would like to pay a visit u, England, and, could it be arranged, to give a simultaneous exhibition or two. We are sure that British chessplayers would welcome the idea if the visit comes off. In the B.C.M for June, 1917, page 172, there appeared some details of Mr. Znosko-Borowski's chess achieve- ments, the most noted of which was his first participation in an international masters' tournament at Ostend in 1906. Here, at the age of 22, he only just failed to qualify for the final section of 9 players.>

BCM v40 (1920)

Apr-14-22  Canadian chesser: <blacksburg> I wonder if you shouldn't ask for your 7 bits back. That sequence is just the start of the Cambridge Springs Defence of the QGD and completely legit for Black. According to Neil McDonald's guide to the QGD, it continues 5. e3 c6 6. Nf3 Qa5 7. Nd2 and then it branches: 7...exd5 or 7...Bb4 8. Qc2 0-0, or 8...Ne4 (page 188).
How can the author that is the subject of this Kibitz claim players of Black playing 4...Nbd7 "do not realize they are offering to sacrifice their Q, and they would be greatly astonished if anyone told them that this was the case"?
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