Vasily Osipovich Smyslov
Born in Astrakhan, in the Volga Delta, he studied at the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology, and became an economic engineer. He was a strong chess player, and once defeated Alexander Alekhine, at St. Petersburg 1912 (Winter tournament). He finished 5th at St. Petersburg 1903 (N.A. Panchenko won) and tied for 4–6th at Moscow 1929.
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