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Rabinovich, Ilya

Ilya Rabinovich (1891-1942) was the first Soviet master to be allowed to a major international chess tournament outside the USSR.  He played at Baden-Baden, Germany in 1925.  This tournament was won by Alekhine.  Rabinovich took 7th place.   In 1927 he wrote the first Russian chess book on endgames.  In 1934, he shared 1st place with Levenfish in the USSR Championship.  He was Leningrad champion in 1920, 1925, 1928, and 1940.  Rabinovich died of malnutrition during the siege of Leningrad.  He had been Leningrad champion 11 times.  He was Jewish.

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