JUBILEES AND MEMORABLE DATES OF THE SAINT PETERSBURG PLAYERS IN 2007
January 4 The 60th birthday of Natalia Chernova, the
January 7 The 45th birthday of GM Sergey Ionov, the runner-up in the
January 8 The 60th anniversary of the birth of GM Igor Ivanov (1947-2005).
January 27 The 60th anniversary of the birth of Viacheslav Varlamov (1947-1995), the Master of Sports.
January 30 The 70th birthday of Boris Spassky, the tenth World Champion, the USSR Champion in 1961 and 1973, the
February 1 The 175th anniversary of the birth of Grigoriy Kushelev-Bezborodko (1832-1870), a writer and a patron of art, the publisher of “Chess Paper”
February 1 The 70th birthday of Boris Nikitinykh, the Master of Sports.
February 4 The 20th birthday of Nikita Vitiugov, the 2006 Junior’s World Vice-Champion, the prize winner of the Saint Petersburg championships in 2005 and 2006 гг.
February 6 The 55th birthday of Mikhail Pukshansky, the Master of Sports, the Merited Trainer of Russia.
February 18 The 85th anniversary of the birth of Vassily Byvshev (1922-1998), the Master of Sports, the Merited Trainer of Russia.
February 18 The 70th birthday of Victor Razumenko, the Master of Sports in chess composition.
February 21 The 60th birthday of Leonid Kalupin, the Republican category arbiter.
February 24 The 80th birthday of Alexander Rutman, the Republican category arbiter, the participant of four
February 26 The 140th anniversary of the birth of Vassily Omelyansky (1867-1928), the participant of the 1905 All-Russian tournament, the Academician (microbiology).
March 6 The 75th birthday of Vladimir Bykov, the Master of Sports, the prize winner of the Leningrad championships in 1967, 1968 and 1975.
March 7 The 225th anniversary of the birth of Ivan Butrimov (1782-1851), the author of the first Russian chess book published in
March 11 The 50th birthday of WGM Elena Akhmylovskaya, the participant of the 1986 World Championship match who was born in
March 21 The 70th birthday of Sergey Korolev, the Master of Sports, the ICCF Grandmaster, professor, Doctor of Technical Science.
April 12 The 60th birthday of IM Nikolai Monin
April 14 The 60th birthday of Viacheslav Shishmarev, the Master of Sports, the Merited Trainer of Russia.
May 7 The 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergey Freiman (1882-1946), the maestro, the runner-up in the 1929 USSR Championship.
May 9 The 80th birthday of Maria Genne, the Republican category arbiter.
May 22 The 60th birthday of Gennady Nesis, the ICCF Grandmaster, the Merited Trainer of Russia.
May 25 The 85th birthday of Georgy Borisenko, the Master of Sports, the participant of 8 USSR Championships, the prize winner of the Leningrad championship in 1953, the ICCF Grandmaster.
June 1 The 70th birthday of Boris Kurkhinen, the International Arbiter.
July 2 The 75th anniversary of the birth of Leopold Mitrofanov (1932-1992), the International Master in chess composition.
July 3 The 70th birthday of Anatoly Fershter, the Master of Sports.
July 4 The 60th birthday of IM Isaac Radashkovich, who shared places 2-
July 17 The 115th anniversary of the birth of Peter Romanovsky (1892-1964), the Merited Master of Sports, the Merited Trainer of Russia, the1923 and 1927 USSR Champion.
August 12 The 55th birthday of IM Vladimir Shushpanov.
August 13 The 75th birthday of Semen Fischer, the International Arbiter.
August 17 The 60th birthday of GM Vladislav Vorotnikov who shared the first place in the 1979 and 1985
August 29 The 35th birthday of Maria Rakitskaya, the 1998
August 29 The 80th anniversary of the birth of Anantoly Krutiansky (1927-1994), the prize-winner of the
September 5 The 25th birthday of WGM Irina Sudakova, the 2001
September 13 The 50th birthday of IM Alexey Yuneev, the 1989
October 31 The 115th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946), the fourth World Champion who graduated from the
November 7 The 100th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Korolkov (1907-1987), the Grandmaster and the International Arbiter in chess composition.
November 8 The 80th anniversary of the birth of Aron Reshko (1927-1984), the Master of Sports, the participant of the tournaments that was held during the Leningrad Blockade.
December 23 The 90th anniversary of the birth of Konstantin Klaman (1917-1985), the Master of Sports, the 1962
POSTFACE TO THE LIST
We included in this list the jubilees starting with the age of 50. The exceptions are made for the Grandmasters (Vitiugov will be awarded the title this month) and the champions of our city.
Not presented in this list are Lidia Ageeva, the Leningrad champion in 1933 and 1934, the runner-up of the USSR Championships in 1927 and 1934 whose 100th anniversary will be celebrated this year but unfortunately the date of her birth is unknown as well as her fate since the beginning of the war, and Ivan Golubev (1892-1942) - the 115th anniversary of the birth, he was the runner-up in the first Petrograd championship in 1920 and took part in the first national championship that same year and also organized tournaments in Saint Petersburg. His date of birth is also unknown to me.
There is one more date which should me marked out. The 10th of February is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kira Talvik, grand-niece of Emanuel Schiffers, the daughter of the participant of the 4th All-Russian tournament Edward Talvik (he was the son of Josephina Schiffers, the sister of the famous 19th century player). Kira Talvik’s daughter Tatiana Pruzhinina is a well-known chessplayer, chess teacher and the Republican category arbiter. Therefore Kira Edwardovna bears relation to the three centuries of chess development in her native city.
I accept that some mistakes may slip into the list even though I tried to verify the dates by all sources which are at my disposal. Unfortunately sometimes they are in discordance with each other. For example the 1990 Chess Encyclopaedia gives the date of birth of N.Novotelnov (1911-2006) who died several days ago, as December 1 while J.Gage’s "Chess Personaliа" gives December 9 and S.Bystrov who have been in contact with the veteran in the last year of his life gives December 14. Apart from it all dates associated with the players who lived in the 18th - 19th century should be verified as in the post-war chess literature they didn’t convert Old Style into New Style. For example I’m sure about the dates of birth of Kushelev-Bezborodko (in Chess Encyclopaedia they give another one) and Freiman while the ones of Omelyansky and Butrimov raise doubts and may quite well be 10th and 19th of March respectively.