Lviv chess history
Lviv chess history
  • In November 25th, 1894 the 1st chess club in Ukraine was registered in Lviv

Successful interwar period

  • In 1922, after World War I Lviv chess club resumed its activity
  • In 1926 Lviv chess players create Ukrainian chess players society, Chess Club “Hetman” and a number of other clubs that took part in the popular in the city team championships
  • The strongest Ukrainian chess player was Stepan Popiel from Lviv, later three-time champion of Paris, winner of several tournaments in the US
  • Top Lviv chess players in the national team of Poland successfully performed at World Chess Olympiad: Henrich Friedman won a bronze medal in 1935, Xavier Sulik – silver in 1939
  • After the Soviet troops took Halychyna, all sport clubs and in particular chess clubs were eliminated
  • During the German occupation sport activity came alive slightly. There were held series of tournaments that gathered the strongest players of the Western Ukraine

The birth of GMs

  • After World War II the Soviets took a course on mass development of chess
  • In the 50th there were several masters and candidates for master of sports in Lviv, and in 1962 Leonid Stein became the 1st grandmaster in Lviv, later three-time champion of the USSR.
  • In 1974 Lviv Institute of Physical Culture opened 1st in Ukraine chess faculty
  • Lviv coaches Viktor Kart and Viktor Zhelyandinov developed an entire galaxy of talent masters: Adrian Mikhalchishin (USSR Youth champion 1971; he was a coach of world’s champion Anatoliy Karpov in the match against Garry Kasparov in 1984, Vice President of Ukrainian Chess Federation 1998-2001, FIDE Senior Trainer from 2002, FIDE Trainers Commision Chairman from 2009), Martha Litynska (USSR champion in 1972), Alexander Beliavsky (USSR champion in 1974, 1980, 1987, 1990), Oleg Romanishin (Europe Youth champion in 1973), Josif Dorfman (USSR champion in 1977)

Lviv chess players’ achievements in the independent Ukraine

  • The champions of independent Ukraine are Orest Gritsak (1993), Andrei Volokitin (2004, 2015), Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2013), and among women – Martha Litynska (1995), Anna Muzychuk (2003, 2014) and Mariya Muzychuk (2014)
  • Vasyly Ivanchuk is one of the world strongest chess players during last twenty years. He is the leader of Ukraine’s national chess team, champion of Europe and lots of international tournaments
  • Vladimir Grabinsky is outstanding coach who has trained 11 international grandmasters

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