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Isaac Lipnitsky
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1947 to 1955
Overall record: +20 -24 =23 (47.0%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
Sicilian (6)
B56 B90 B43 B92 B88
Ruy Lopez (5)
C61 C98 C70 C73
Nimzo Indian (4)
E30 E36 E33 E40
King's Indian (4)
E70 E68 E65 E77
With the Black pieces:
Nimzo Indian (8)
E46 E34 E48 E26 E40
English (5)
A13 A15 A17
Ruy Lopez (4)
C78 C79 C92
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1950 1-0
Lipnitsky vs Smyslov, 1952 1/2-1/2
Kotov vs Lipnitsky, 1951 0-1
Lipnitsky vs Petrosian, 1950 1-0
Lipnitsky vs G Borisenko, 1950 1-0
Lipnitsky vs Bronstein, 1952 1/2-1/2
Suetin vs Lipnitsky, 1952 0-1
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
USSR Championship (1950)
USSR Championship (1951)
USSR Championship (1952)
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ISAAC LIPNITSKY
(born Sep-19-1923, died Mar-
25-1959) Ukraine
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
Issak Oskarovich Lipnitzky was Ukrainian champion in 1949 and 1956. In 1950 he finished 2nd=
in the USSR Championship and he wrote a significant book on chess openings which has yet to
be translated into other languages. In 1959, he passed away of leukaemia in his hometown of
Kiev.
Wikipedia article: Isaac Lipnitsky
page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67
Game Result Moves Year Event/Locale Opening
1. Petrosian vs Lipnitsky 1-0 35 1947 Tbilisi A04 Reti Opening
2. Lipnitsky vs Smirnov 1-0 12 1949 URS C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. Lipnitsky vs Bondarevsky

½-½ 42 1950
USSR
Championship
C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. Alatortsev vs Lipnitsky

1-0 58 1950
USSR
Championship
E46 Nimzo-Indian
5. Lipnitsky vs Aronin

1-0 52 1950
USSR
Championship
B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Keres vs Lipnitsky

½-½ 41 1950
USSR
Championship
E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
7. Lipnitsky vs Petrosian 1-0 81 1950
USSR
Championship
E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Flohr vs Lipnitsky

½-½ 60 1950
USSR
Championship
D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-
Tarrasch
9. Sokolsky vs Lipnitsky 0-1 85 1950
USSR
Championship
C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Lipnitsky vs Smyslov 1-0 42 1950
USSR
Championship
D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav,
Exchange Variation
11. Lipnitsky vs
Boleslavsky

½-½ 36 1950
USSR
Championship
B56 Sicilian
12. V Mikenas vs Lipnitsky

½-½ 70 1950
USSR
Championship
D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Konstantinopolsky vs
Lipnitsky

1-0 41 1950
USSR
Championship
A13 English
14. Lipnitsky vs Tolush

½-½ 65 1950
USSR
Championship
E10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Lipnitsky vs Geller

1-0 71 1950
USSR
Championship
E70 King's Indian
16. Lipnitsky vs G
Borisenko

1-0 66 1950
USSR
Championship
E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. Suetin vs Lipnitsky

1-0 48 1950
USSR
Championship
C78 Ruy Lopez
18. Averbakh vs Lipnitsky

0-1 73 1950
USSR
Championship
D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox,
Rubinstein Attack
19. V Liublinsky vs
Lipnitsky
0-1 30 1950
USSR
Championship
C45 Scotch Game
20. Lipnitsky vs Flohr

½-½ 34 1951
USSR
Championship
B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. O Moiseev vs Lipnitsky

½-½ 30 1951
USSR
Championship
E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
22. Botvinnik vs Lipnitsky

1-0 41 1951
USSR
Championship
E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Lipnitsky vs K Klaman 1-0 37 1951 URS-ch sf A53 Old Indian
24. Taimanov vs Lipnitsky 1-0 43 1951 USSR D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. Lipnitsky vs
Bondarevsky

1-0 56 1951
USSR
Championship
D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67
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Sep-10-03

PVS: Born ~1922. He was a Ukrainian theoretician and
professional teacher. He fought at Stalingrad and was
decorated four times. He finished 15/16 in the 1951 USSR
championship.
Sep-10-03

pawntificator: Chess players named Isaac are the coolest of
all ;)
Sep-10-03

Sneaky: Wasn't it the biblical Isaac who swindled Noah on the
ark with that sneaky Ruy Lopez trap? ;-)
Sep-12-03

pawntificator: Yes, if I remember my Sunday School lessons
correctly, I think you are right. What I didn't learn until much
later, reading the works of the later Catholic Saints, was that
Noah came out with a Sicilian Dragon in the next game, and
Isaac skewered that bad boy too. In a fit of pique, Noah killed
one of the dragons on the ark, and after 500 years the other
one died, and with no way to reproduce, that is how they went
extinct.
Sep-17-03

Benzol: <PVS> Still in dark on how Lipnitsky died.
Sep-17-03

PVS: I have no facts on his death. You might ask Kulla
Tierchen if he comes online.
Sep-17-03

Benzol: <PVS> Thanks for that.
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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_...
although the circumstances of his early dead aren't further
mentionend there, too.
Nov-19-07

Benzol: <whiteshark> Thanks. The circumstances
surrounding his death seem to be a mystery.
Feb-08-08

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:
http://www.qualitychessbooks.com/pr... 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...
May-11-08

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...
Nov-28-08

ketchuplover: He reportedly succumbed to leukemia. His
book "Questions of Modern Chess Theory" is out now.
Aug-24-09

Benzol: The 1954 USSR Spartak Team Champions included
Lipnitsky and some other later well known names.
http://chess.vl.ru/lib/play/img/sim...
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.
Jul-07-10

GrahamClayton: <ketchuplover>His book "Questions of
Modern Chess Theory" is out now.
<ketchuplover>,
Here is a review of "Questions of Modern Chess Theory".
According to legend, Bobby Fischer learned Russian so that he
could read this book.
http://www.chessvibes.com/reviews/r...
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
LIPNITSKY, Isaak
http://www.bidmonfa.com/lipnitsky.htm
_
Sep-19-13

DoctorD: Perhaps the bio should be changed now that his
book is available in English.
Sep-19-13 Penguincw: R.I.P. Lipnitsky
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