SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
February 28,1950 to September 24, 2011
At age 61 GM Konstantin Lerner passed away in Israel this past Saturday, following a lengthly illness. He leaves his wife Sara and son Andrei. Konstantin Zaivelevich Lerner was born in Odessa and emigrated to Israel in 2001. Champion of the Ukraine in 1978 and 1982, he was awarded the GM title in 1986.
Lerner won many international tournaments when he was younger, perhaps his best result being a 2nd place finish in the 1984 USSR ch , behind Andrei Sokolov. He was a solid player who built his position based on sound foundations and was very strong in both the attack and counter-attack. Lerner’s Sicilian defence with the Black pieces made him quite well known. Many of his best games are excellent models of classical chess. With the White pieces Lerner preferred 1.d4 and was almost unbeatable.
POSITION AFTER 21 MOVES
The opening featured secondary-line of the Queens Gambit Decline that is only today becoming popular. White sacrificed a pawn for some small positional considerations and after some murky complications the following position arose. The Black King is stuck in the centre and his pieces are temporarily misplaced, especially his Queen. This gave Lerner the opportunity to strike while the iron is hot:
And the Black position collapsed like a house of cards