Leonid Shamkovich

Leonid Alexandrovich Schamkowitsch (Russian Леонид Александрович Шамкович; born June 1, 1923 in Rostov-on- Don, South Russia, † April 22, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York City ) was a Soviet and later American chess player.


Leonid Schamkowitsch studied in Leningrad engineering sciences, but interrupted his studies nearing completion now and devoted himself to chess. However, since his tournament results were staggering and he could not establish itself at the very top of the Soviet players, he was rarely deny tournaments in the West.

In 1962 he was awarded the title of FIDE International Master in 1965 awarded the title of Grandmaster. In 1974 he emigrated, as a third Soviet grandmaster to Vladimir Liberson and Anatoly Lein, to Israel. From there he went to Canada in 1975, but received no permanent residence. Finally, he settled in 1976 in the United States, where he worked as a writer and chess coach. His best Historical Elo rating was 2675 in January 1966.

Schamkowitsch age suffered from cancer and Parkinson's disease. He was married three times and had a son.

Tournament successes

  • Moscow City Championship 1961: 2nd place after Tie against Bronstein
  • USSR Championship 1965: 5/6 space
  • Marienbad 1965: 3rd place
  • Salgótarján 1967: 1st - 3rd Place with Bilek and Barczay
  • Sochi 1967: 1st - 5th Place with Zaitsev, Simagin, Krogius and Spassky
  • Constanta 1969: 1st Place
  • Canadian Open 1975: 1st Place
  • New York 1976: 1st Place
  • U.S. Championship 1978: 3 / 4 space


Schamkowitsch also appeared as an author of chess books in publication. His 1971 book published in Russian in 1976 Schertwa w sacrifices under the title of Chess (ISBN 0900928999 ) translated into English schachmatach. Later, he wrote several books along with Eric Schiller: Play the Tarrasch (1984, ISBN 008029748X ), Spanish gambits (1986, ISBN 0020290209 ), Kasparov 's opening repertoire (1990, ISBN 0020298110 ) and World champion tactics (1999, ISBN 1580420052 ). Together with Michael Khodarkovsky he published A new era. How Garry Kasparov changed the world of chess (1997, ISBN 034540890X ).