Konstantinopolsky vs Dokshitsky, 1947
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Alexander Konstantinopolsky (Kiev,1910-Moscow 1990)
”Alexander Konstantinopolsky , one of the most distinguished Soviet methodologists and theorists, first began playing in tournaments in Kiev in 1930, when he was 20 years old.
Two years later he won the Kiev championship, leaving behind many well-know masters. In 1933 he was again champion of Kiev. He was awarded the title of Master in that year for his successes in Ukrainian tournaments.
In the years that followed, Alexander Konstantinopolsky registered many impressive victories. He tied for third place with Lilienthal in the Trade-Union Championship in 1936, tied for second place with Ragozin in the USSR Championship of 1937, and tied for 4th place with Bondarevsky and Kotov in the USSR Championship of 1945….
Alexander Konstantinopolsky is an active positional player; he defends himself superbly and carries through the end-game with precision. He rarely misses an opportunity to put through an unexpected combinational thrust.
He is known to Soviet chessists as a fine teacher. Among his pupils are such prominent players as Bronstein and Lipnitsky
Konstantinopolsky has played in the finals of many USSR championships. In 1950 FIDE made him an International Master.
He is the author of many valuable studies and articles on opening theory. A member of the Presidium of the USSR Chess Federation, he takes an active part in Soviet chess affairs.” —From ‘The Soviet School of Chess’
To this one can add that he was awarded an honorary GM title in 1983. And that Konstantinopolsky was an excellent correspondence player, having won the first Soviet Correspondence Championship in 1951.Finally, he was one of David Bronstein’s trainers for his world championship match against Botvinnik in 1951.
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