Grigory Levenfish

Ranked #23 on the list Best Chess Player of All Time

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About Grigory Levenfish

Grigory Yakovlevich Levenfish (March 21, 1889 [O.S. March 9], Piotrków – February 9, 1961, Moscow) was a leading Jewish Russian chess grandmaster of the 1920s and 1930s. He was twice Soviet champion - in 1934 (jointly with Ilya Rabinovich) and 1937. In 1937 he tied a match against future world champion Mikhail Botvinnik. Levenfish was also a well-regarded chess writer. Born in Poland, then part of the Russian Empire, he spent most of his formative years in St. Petersburg, where he attended the university and studied chemical engineering. His earliest recognition as a prominent chess player came when he won the St. Petersburg chess championship of 1909, and played in the strong Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary) tournament of 1911, although he made a minus score in the very strong field. His play at the time was compared to that of the great master Chigorin. Into the next decade, he continued to perform well in local tournaments, most notably winning the Leningrad Championships of 1922, 1924, and 1925 (jointly). At a national level too, he enjoyed an excellent record at the Soviet Championship; third in 1920, second in 1923, co-champion at Leningrad in 1934 (tied with Ilya Rabinovich at

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