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Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky

Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky
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Full name
Alexander Fyodorovich Ilyin
Nov 28, 1894 - Sep 3, 1941 (age 46)‎
Place of birth
Saint Petersburg, Russia, USSR


Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky was a Soviet chess master and one of the forefathers of the Soviet school of chess. As a player, he won the Geneva Championship in 1914 and the Leningrad Championship in 1925, 1926, and 1929. He also defeated former world champion Jose Raul Capablanca in a game and was one of the few players to have an even score against the Cuban legend.

Ilyin-Genevsky helped to organize the first Soviet Championship in 1920 as well as the 1933 match between GM Mikhail Botvinnik and GM Salo Flohr. In addition, he also has a line of the Fianchetto variation of the Dutch Defense named after him.

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