Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky

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Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky

Alexander Fyodorovich Ilyin (Russian: Алекса́ндр Фёдорович Ильи́н-Жене́вский; November 28, 1894 – September 3, 1941), known with the party name Zhenevsky, "the Genevan" because he joined the Bolshevik group of Russian émigrés while exiled in that city, was a Soviet chess master and organizer, one of founders of the Soviet chess school, an Old-Guard Bolshevik cadre, a writer, a military organizer, a historian and a diplomat. He was born in Saint Petersburg and was the younger brother of Red Navy leader Fedor Raskolnikov.

Ilyin-Zhenevsky promoted the usage of chess as an instrument for developing tactical and strategical comprehension during military training and he was the main responsible for the spreading of chess as a way to teach the basics of scientific and rational thought. The first Soviet Championship in 1920 and the 1933 match Mikhail BotvinnikSalo Flohr were organized by him. He was three times chess champion of Leningrad (now again Saint Petersburg) in 1925 (jointly), 1926, and 1929. In 1925, he won one game against José Raúl Capablanca, making him one of a handful of players to have an even score (+1 =0 −1) against Capablanca.

A variation of the Dutch Defence, characterized by the moves 1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 Qe8, is named after him.[1][2]

Being personally associated with many oppositionists since Civil War times, he suffered persecution in the Joseph Stalin era. According to Botvinnik and official sources he died in a Nazi air raid on Lake Ladoga on a ship during the siege of Leningrad, but it is believed by some that he fell victim to the Great Purge along with the majority of the Old Guard of revolutionists.

Political works[edit]

  • From February to the Conquest of Power
  • The Bolsheviks in Power - Reminiscences of the Year 1918, New Park, ISBN 0-86151-011-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ECO A97: Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky variation". 365Chess.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  2. ^ Wall, Bill. "Opening Names". Bill Wall's Chess Page. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

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