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Ruben Shocron Article #1 “Standing Not All at Stake!”



Standing Not All At Stake

By Ken Elkins


Only the game of chess would attract 45 people to a weekend of quiet, indoor competition in Columbus with little more at stake but the standing among other chess devotees.


Well, maybe the money has something to do with it.


The players, one from as far away as Tennessee, gathered Saturday for a Piggly Wiggly grocery store sponsored chess tournament at the Martinique Motor Inn.


At stake, other than their standing with the United States Chess Federation is $1,500 in cash prizes.


One Gerogia player who is taking part in the two-day contest is a man who gave chess champion Bobby Fischer one of his most memorable matches.


Ruben Shocron, a 57 year old technical director for a Milledgeville, GA, knitting mill, had won his first match Saturday when he took a few minutes out to talk about his hobby.  


What attracts the mild mannered Argentina-born man on Super Bowl weekend to a game that’s seemingly lacking in exhilaration’.


“I guess it’s the logical part of the game”, Shocron admitted. “It is mental challenge to find out a solution to a problem” in a chess game.


Shocron attends three or four weekend chess tournaments a year to keep his playing skills sharp.


But has his playing improved sin he played Fischer, who later would become world chess champion?


“Sometimes I think so”, Shocron said.  “The results have been good lately.


But it was apparent Saturday that Shocron was top seeded for the Columbus tournament.  After winning his first game Saturday during a four hour duel, his opponent asked Shocron if at any time during the match he would have considered the match draw.


“No.” the chess master answered politely.  And he gave his defeated opponent some pointers in the game.


The competition crawled on Saturday afternoon for the players, whose hobby revolves around whether Fischer will agree to play again. 


A trade magazine on a nearby table announces that Fischer, who lost the world chess championship because he refused to defend his title, will play again in March.  From that televised game, played with a South American Chess grandmaster, Fischer will get $1Million.



Ruben Shocron Article #2 –


Chess Master Questions
Game's Constructiveness


Telegroph·News Bureou


MILLEDGEVILLE - Ruben Shocron is the top- ranked chess player in Georgia. This places him in a position similar to the top-ranked gunslinger in the Old West. He's the man to beat.


Meanwhile, Shocron is having second thoughts about the game - not because he's scared, but because there are other things to do.


"I'm not sure it's a really constructive discipline,"says the 56-year-old Chess Master.


"To study language or math is perhaps more constructive." During a recent interview at his home in Milledgeville, the greatest compliment he gave the game is that it promotes friendship between players from different countries.


He readily admits, however, that in his youth he was addicted to chess.


As a student at the University of Buenos Aires in his native Argentina, he played every weekend and often weekday nights.


"I was fascinated," he recalls. "I went over the games of the Great Masters," including the Russian, Alekhine; the Cuban, Capablanca; the German, Lasker; and Marshall of the United States.


In 1958, Shocron was no longer studying the Grand Masters. A master himself, he was pitted against America's chess prodigy, Robert Fischer.


The sixth chapter in Fischer's book, "60 Memorable Games," is entitled, "Shoeron Outfoxes Himself."


Fischer's analysis of Shocron's game follows:


"Thinking he has seen one move ahead of his adversary, he provokes a combination. But his vision is one move short. In consequence, though otherwise it had
withstood all of Fischer's assaults, his game crumbles."


Today Shocron is philosophical about the loss. He can even remember Fischer's visit to Argentina with amusement.


"He was always in the same clothes. We wondered why he had a bag and then we found out that it was for all his chess books."


Nevertheless, he says in a slightly vexed tone, "I should have won."


His sharpest rebuke was for the attitude attributed to Fischer that chess is fun, or interesting, because it provides an opportunity to humiliate an opponent and break
his ego.


Jonatban Add Jeton, Telegraph staff writer, was one of 36 people who pitted their chess playing skills against the Chess Master last week at Macon Mall.
He tells about his experience on Page 2E.


"I don't care about the person during a game," Shoocron says. "I care about the positions. I could care less who is in front of me."


Shocron's sportsmanship was apparent Saturday when he simultaneously defeated 35 out of 36 opponents in an exhibition at the Macon Mall.


Instead of attributing his only loss to his divided atten- tion on the other games, he said of Mercer. University freshman Ted Todd's victory. "He pressed me from the
beginning, he played well."


Although Shocron does not play chess in Milledgeville where he says, "There's nobody to play," he occasionally goes to Atlanta to participate in "Swiss tournaments,"


He calls these weekend bouts during which he may face five capable opponents in two days "a grueling experience,' although perhaps not as wearing as a championship match.


"I get sick Saturday every time I play," he says. "But by Sunday I am feeling better again."


"It's hard to keep a good rating when your opponents are not rated higher. If I want to play a higher ranked player I must go to New York. Even if I draw, I lose points. I must play for a win, a draw is no good."


After arriving in the United States in 1960 in search of work, he moved to Milledgeville where he is a technical
director for Concord Fabrics, Inc. Since his arrival here, he says he hasn't had much time to even think about the game,


"The only way to make progress is to devote time," he says, explaining that the best players are from Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe.


"It's partly the weather. The more you go to the North the better are the players. They don't go outside much."


As he talked, he held a golf club in his hands. His mind may have been on a difficult shot. He wasn't thinking about chess any more.




Ruben Shocron Article #3 -


The official publication of the New Mexico Chess Organization
From October 2005


The Coronado Chess Club

Some Reflections
by Richard Sherman


For nearly fifteen years of its quarter-century existence, the Coronado Chess Club
has been meeting Wednesday nights at the Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque.
Since Gary Collard founded the Club in 1980, the basic format has never varied:
two nonrated half-hour games.


At one time or another, many very strong players have been active at the Club. In
the early years it was Ruben Shocron, Stephen Sandager, and Ronald Kensek (then
on extended summer sojourns from Michigan). At the end of the 1980's, Richard
Wood, many-time Oregon Champion, spent a year in Albuquerque and appeared
frequently at the Club. In the 1990's, the Club saw much of Spencer Lower, Steve
Stubenrauch (both now in Arizona) and the redoubtable attorney John Cline. In
recent years, the Club has benefited from multiple visits by Robert Haines and the
German master Uwe Schenk.


The Shocron period, 1981-84, was a golden era for the Club. In those years, Ruben
lived in the Albuquerque area and seldom missed a Club meeting. Shocron was a
native of Argentina. In 1952 he won the Argentine championship. This was no
small feat; in the 1930's, many prominent European players fled the Holocaust and
settled in Shocron played many offhand games). In 1959, at Mar del Plata, Shocron
played a celebrated game with Bobby Fischer, richly annotated in Fischer's
Sixty Memorable Games
(Elsa Shocron gleefully related how Fischer arrived at the
hotel with a bulging suitcase: no clothes, all chess books).


Shocron seldom lost at the Coronado Chess Club, even when up against the
formidable opposition of Kensek and Sandager. But the great blessing of Shocron
was that, though he appreciated strong opponents, he so loved to compete that he
was willing to play anyone, making the job easier for the pairing director.
Accordingly, a very wide range of players had the opportunity to learn from him.




Ruben Shocron Article #4 –



Local chess players to compete at national level

By Les Powell


Four local chess players will compete for a national team championship this weekend in a telephone/ computer tournament sanctioned by the U.S. Chess Federation.


The team members are Rubin Shocron or Harrisburg, David Rublnsky of Susquehanna Twp., and Vladimir Rubenchik and his son. Rodion, of Lower Paxton Twp.


They are part of a chess group that plays informally every Saturday at the B'nai B'rith Apartments. Their team monicker, drawn from their names, is "Rube."


They will play teams from Orlando, Fla., St. Louis, Mo., and Santa Monica, Calif., in the round-robin tournament. The matches will begin at 7 tonight, 6 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday.


The local quartet qualified by winning the Eastern U.S. Amateur Tournament recently in Somerset County, N.J., emerging as the only unbeaten team among 224 entries.


"I thought we had a good chance to win, but I didn't know there would be more than 200 teams," said Rubinsky, a computer systems analyst. "We won because some of .the good teams [played to draws] against other good teams."


Shocron, the team's second-ranked player, "had six wins and no losses," Rubinsky said. "He got a special award for that."


Shocron, who is retired from the textile industry, is ranked second in the nation among players 65 and older. He is mentioned by Bobby Fischer in the chess immortal's book about his most memorable matches.


Rodion Rubenchik, a student at Central Dauphin East High School, won five of his matches. Vladimir Rubenchlk, a
computer mathematics consultant and the team's top-ranked player, had two wins, two losses and two draws against the opposing teams' best players.
Rubinsky had one win, one loss and four draws.


"To win a match," Rubinsky explained, "8 team has to score 2-'l/2 Points [two individual wins and a draw] or more."


Rubinsky said he and his teammates wouldn't "do anything special" to prepare for this weekend's tournament.


"For months, we've been playing five-minute games [each player has five minutes to complete his moves] every Saturday," he said.


In this weekend's tournament, players will be required to make 40 moves within the first hour and 20 moves each half-hour thereafter.


Winning the Eastern tournament "was almost more important" than winning the national event would be, he said. "Those other tournaments haven't grown to the stature of [the Eastern event). We had more than twice as many teams as the other three put together."

Asked to assess his team's chances of winning this weekend, he said, "I have a lot of confidence, but 1 wouldn't say we're the ravorltes."


In amateur chess competition, he noted, putting a team together doesn't necessarily mean getting "the four strongest players" you can find. A team can't have four players of "master" rank.


"Our team is fairly well balanced," he said. "Shocron and Vladimir are masters; Rodion and I are experts.


"It makes me proud that we could set up a team like this."




Ruben Shocron Article #5a –


Editor Chess Life


Once a year, amateur chess - normally a solitary sport - brings the glitter, glitz, and drama of team competition to hundreds of players around the country. Under the direction of Denis Barry, originator and enthusiastic booster of the amateur team concept, this year's Amateur Team East Championship hosted a record 222 teams and 946 players, kicking off the official U.s. Chess 50th Anniversary celebration.


Rube, a team of linguistically linked players from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Vladimir Rubenchik, Ruben Shocron, David Rubinsky, and Rodion Rubenchik] initially ranked 17th, carried the field with a perfect 6-0 performance. They were followed closely by the Loch Chess Monsters (Alex Sherzer, Robert Eberlein, Denis Strenzwilk, and Norman Constantine) of Maryland and the Merrill Lynch Raging Bulls (Dimitri London, Brian McCarthy, Isidore Rothman, and Robert Feldstein) of New York at 51/2.


As the oldest and largest regional Amateur Team event, the East was approved to stage the first official celebration of the 50th Anniversary of U.S. Chess, including a special U.S. Postal Service cancellation booth commemorating the Anniversary, a special U.S. 24 CHESS LIFE J JUNE 1989 Chess Hall of Fame and Museum display of historic American chess artifacts provided by Hanon Russell, editor of The International Chess Calendar, and Anniversary historical lectures delivered by GM Michael Rohde and GM Arthur Bisguier. Mrs. Anthony Buzzoni provided a special layer cake marking this historic anniversary. 'TWo nights before the main event, New Jersey also hosted former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who played a 30-board simultaneous exhibition in Thms River, conceding a single draw while winning 29 games.


Special awards were given for the Best Team Name (TIvo Knights, Let It Be Lowen- thal) and the Best Team Promotional Idea (Thrks Head Piscivor Society). Individual Board honors went to Howard Mouzon, Board 1 (6-0); Chris Chase, David Floreen, Ruben Shocron, Wayne Roricht, Ken Plesset, and Sunil Weeramantry, Board 2 (6-0); Israel Silverman, Board 3 (6-0); Sam Waldner, Karl Schleinkoffer, and Sharon Burtman, Board 4 (6-0). Retiring Asbury Park Press chess columnist Harry Conover was recognized for outstanding contributions to New Jersey Chess. A special "Life Expert" certificate was presented to Aida Costa, a lifelong New Jersey chess activist currently winning his second bout with a serious illness.


Surprise awards present their own special headaches, according to TD Glenn Petersen. This year, the awards committee planned in advance to reward the special contributions of The Ko's: Ben, Gul, S080n and T [john Whitfield, Craig Griffin, Charles Miller, Bruce Szablak, and George Arons), who "pretty much originated the concept of purchasing new T-shirts each year to herald their team witticisms." The last laugh? This year, for the first time, they didn't buy team shirts! They were awarded clocks anyway, and a permanent place in the annals of the U.S. Amateur Team Championship.


Five years ago, The Turks Head Piscivor Society made its first appearance on Amateur Team East wall charts, just another unheralded nonsense name. This year, the truth scratched its way out of the bag. Established in 1684 by Bodpo Ceshone, a Transylvanian emigre, and 63 other chess-loving Transylvanians, the Piscivors taught chess to the Lenai Lenape Indians, got George Washington elected President, and (most recently) persuaded USCF founders to hold a tournament every year on George Washington's Birthday to celebrate the joy and friendship of chess-for-fun. All of which is neatly documented in "A Brief History" distributed at the tournament site.


A significant part of this year's tournament population were children, including eight versions of The Collins Kids and multiple entries from the Geller Kids, Sunil's Stauntons, and the West Orange Chess Club. Finally, a little electronic spice was added to the brew with the entry of a stacked computer team, Future Schach (Deep Thought, Hitech, Fidelity 2335, and B-Il). Clocks awarded to teams drawing or beating the computer team were collected by Franklin Mercantile's Satanic
(win), the Monmouth County Dutch Masters [draw], and the Collins Kids Yuppies (draw).


This year's remarkably smooth tournament can be credited to the Somerset Hilton and Denis Barry's efficient tournament staff (Steve Doyle, Carol Jarecki, Sophia
Rohde, Doris Barry, Robert Schatzle, Bernadette Salandra, Glenn Petersen, and Matthew, Cassandra, Jennifer, and Gloria Cottell).





Amateur. Team East C~ampions II.eft to right: David Rubinsky, Ruben Shocron, Rodion Rubenchlk, and Vladimir Rubenchik) celebrate in the lobby of the Somerset Hilton Hotel.



Ruben Shocron Article #5b

1.                 left, Rubin Shocron of Harrisburg, David Rubinsky of Susquehanna Twp., Rodion Rubenchik


Ruben Shocron Article #6




Harrisburq chess devotee Rubin Shocron studies his opponent's strategy at Saturday's chess tournament.



Ruben Shocron Article #7





Page: B-1

Sunday News (Lancaster, PA)

Published: August 27,1995


LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - "He's down to the seven square! He's going for the queen!" Rick Knauss, 37, mimics the voice of Howard Cosell as he calls a make-believe chess move. Then he shrugs. "I guess, for someone who isn't into the game, it's definitely not a spectator sport. It's more like watching paint dry." \Knauss stood outside the ballroom of the Hotel Brunswick, looking in at the long white-cloth-draped tables where most of the 82 participants in the Pennsylvania State Chess Federation Championships sat in intense concentration Saturday afternoon. Knauss had beaten his own opponent early, and had time to kill before the evening round. "I play because it keeps me sharp," said the Allentown mailman, "and for the sense of accomplishment I get from winning. Besides, once you sit down at the board, you can tune everything out."


Indeed, the carpeted ballroom was eerily quiet. The only sounds were an occasional whispered comment and the faint ticking of the chess clocks, two to a table.


The boards themselves were mainly paper or vinyl cloth, the pieces plastic or wood of the most basic design. Opponents sat with heads bent, chin often resting on hands. Older players sipped coffee from a Thermos brought from home. Younger players chugged Gatorade directly from the plastic bottle.


"Length of play varies from 30 minutes to a maximum of about four hours," explained Alan Gilbert, a Lancaster attorney and the state tournament's principal organizer.


According to Gilbert, last year's state champ, a Pittsburgh grandmaster, didn't attend this year, so the way was cleared for other Pennsylvania players, as well as devotees from Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio, to win the $350 grand prize or the $225 reserve prize.


Although only a Keystone state can hold the Pennsylvania trophy, anyone is eligible to play for the cash. Registration fees range from $25 to $40. The tournament concludes today, after five rounds of play.


"I'm better than my dad," bragged 8-year-old Oliver Traldi of Easton, the youngest player at the event. "Well, equal, actually." The precocious third grader, rated among the top 50 in his age group in the U.S., lisped as he spoke. With a mop of light brown hair and an inclination to kneel on his chair, sitting on his feet, Traldi played just one table over from his dad, Lorenzo, 40, a math professor, and within view of his older brothers Matthew, 10, and Arthur, 14, who were also playing in the championship.


In fact, Oliver's "rating," a method of overall scoring against other players, was 1150 compared to his dad's 1300. Arthur held a -1500 while Matthew led the clan with a 1700. (Bobby Fischer's rating was 2780.) Mom Sharon, on hand as a spectator, is writing a children's book about chess. Sister Rebecca, 5, didn't play Saturday, although she did just join the United States Chess Federation.


"It's nice for a family to have something they do together," offered Lorenzo Traldi, by way of trying to explain his family's passion for pawns.


"Oliver has beaten me before," allowed Joseph Brown, 14, of Sheatown in Luzerne County. Brown, just entering his freshman year in high school, took the 8-year-old whiz kid in a hard-fought, two-hour match. "He's good. It doesn't matter to me if he's 8. It's no different than playing a 35-year-old. Chess is the great equalizer."


Besides the age span of almost 70 years, players' 'backgrounds ranged from retired neurosurgeon (the tournament's oldest player, Helmut Schmidt, 76, of Lancaster) , to dairy farmers, to restaurant workers. Twenty-three members of the host organization, the Red Rose Chess Club, took part. Pairings were based both on ratings and rounds won at the tournament. All players were encouraged to play all five rounds, finishing up with a game this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. and the announcement of winners around 7:30 p.m.


"I used to beat guys in their 70s," said Red Rose Chess Club president Frank Socoloski, a retired RCA systems analyst and now 70 himself. He chuckled wryly as he spoke.


And no wonder. Fourteen-year-old Rich Kurilla, a straight-A high school freshman from Luzerne County, had just beat Socoloski in a long game that saw the elder chess statesman forgetting to hit his time clock and the young upstart chewing hard on his fingernails.


"It's fun. That's why I play," said Kurilla, not gloating, but obviously satisfied with his victory. "I like the thinking part." "I learned to play when I was about his age," reminisced Socoloski. "I was in high school and misbehaved, and the teacher in detention taught me to play. I still love the game. It just shuts everyone else out. All that exists is those 64 squares and your opponent. The whole world disappears when you play chess."



Lancaster's Red Rose Chess Club meets every Thursday, around 7 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center, 2120 Oregon Pike. Membership is free. The 50-year-old club will sponsor an "Autumn Open" tournament at Franklin & Marshall College on Nov. 4- 5. Call 295-9381 for information. The Professional Chess Association will stage a world championship match on Sept. 11 on the observation deck of the World Trade Center in New York City, in which Garry Kasparov of Russia (generally considered the current top player) will face Viswanathan Anand of India.



Ruben Shocron Article #8


Player recalls love of game, Fischer loss


A crowd gathers to watch Ryan Woods, 11, of York, left, beat Andrew Bryant, 14, of York, in a warm-up game at the chess championships.



right leg bouncing up and down. The only spectator stood outside the room, peering through a window partially covered by a map of Antarctica that's taped to the glass.


Chess fans reminded him of his game against Fischer, a game Shocron acknowledges with the irony of a baseball pitcher who gave up a home run to Babe Ruth. He was a 38-year-old master when he lost to the teenage Fischer, then a rising star in chess. "It's better to be known," he said; though he doesn't speak glowingly of Fischer, whose anti-Semitic remarks and applause for the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in inter-
views have angered some chess fans.


"He was a great chess player, but a lousy person," Shocron said. Fischer, who defeated Borris Spas sky in 1972 for the world championship, did invite Shocron to his home in New York to play chess. Several times. "I never went," Shocron said. "I didn't know he was going to be world champion. If I knew he was going to be world champion, I would have gone."


Shocron worked his way up to number 140 in the world chess rankings, but stopped playing after he moved to the United States in the 1960s. He was ranked number 254 in the world when he dropped out of international chess in 1962.


He returned to win state championships in Georgia in 1972 and New Mexico in 1982 before winning the Pennsylvania title after he moved to Hershey about 10 years ago. He's currently ranked 12th among chess players age 65 and older in the United States by the U.S. Chess Federation.


"I didn't want to travel to tournaments anymore," Shocron said. "Now this one is here, so 1 couldn't refuse."


Shocron wasn't nervous when he sat down to play Fischer in the seventh of l4 rounds at the Mar del Plata tournament. "Had 1 known he was going to be world champion, I would have been nervous," he said.


Fischer was a strange kid who always seemed to wear the same clothes, Shocron remembered. After the tournament, Shocron and Fischer formed teams with two others and played a game on the train trip from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires. Shocron's team had just moved a piece when Fischer suddenly said, "Oh! 1 have to see this move."


"What?" Shocron replied.


"What do you mean you have to see it?"


Fischer opened his suitcase. Shocron had wondered what could be in it, since Fischer always wore the same shirt and pants.


It was full of chess books. Fischer pulled one out and looked up the move. That was why Shocron never wanted to be a world champion.


"You have to study every day," he said. "You had to dedicate your life to chess. I knew my limitations. There were other things in life I like to do. Golf - I'm not good, but I like it." Now Shocron plays chess daily on the Internet on his personal computer. Computer chess games may be one reason why SQ many kids find the game popular today. Of the 104 players in the state tournament, which continues today at the library, 37 are youngsters entered in the scholastic division. At last year's tournament, 12 were entered, The Internet has sharpened the skills of today's chess players, Shocron said.


"There are so many good players because of computers," he said. "Used to be you'd play the first or second round in a tournament and it was easy. Not anymore. It's tough." At these tournaments, there's always at least one chess fan who recognizes Shocron as the opponent in Fischer’s sixth-favorite game. To him, it's bittersweet. "It's not supposed to be your favorite game if you
lose," he said



Some of the following games were incomplete or the result or game information was not clearly marked as we must go to the Crosstables for Ruben Shocron at the USCF MSA online to see the result (post 1991, time loss or miraculous wins since Ruben is not with us to review his experiences). However, they are a curiosity for us to recognize the play of the day and how some of the positions can be viewed for the challenging positions that arise and the moves chosen when computer analysis was not so prevelent. I did my best to transcribe these historical documents(hand written scoresheets) into the Fritz 13 program for our use.


For more other complete games by Ruben there are always the Chessbase MegaDatabase or Chessgames.com for us to see more of Ruben’s Legacy.

Games were forwarded from Timothy Gathany via Rodion Rubenchik with the scoresheets copied to PDF and I wish to give them a special thanks for this contribution.


(1) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Rodion [D97]
Carlisle (3), 26.01.1976
[Davis Sr,Bruce R]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Na6 7.e4 0-0 8.Nf3 c5 9.d5 Nb4 10.Rc1 b6 11.a3 Ba6 12.Nb5 Bxb5 13.Qxb5 Nxe4 14.axb4 Bxb2 15.Rc2 Bc3+ 16.Bd2 Bxd2+ 17.Nxd2 Qxd5 18.Bc4 Qf5 19.Nf1 Nd6 20.Ne3 Nxb5 21.Nxf5 gxf5 22.Bxb5 a6 23.Bd3 Rfd8 24.Ke2 cxb4 25.Bxf5 Rd6 Notation Incomplete *



(2) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Rodion [D98]
[Davis Sr,Bruce R]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be3 Nfd7 9.Rd1 Nc6 10.Be2 Nb6 11.Qd3 Qc8 12.Nh4 Bxe2 13.Nxe2 Qg4 14.g3 Nb4 15.h3 Qh5 16.Qb1 No Result listed *



(3) Rubinsky,David - Shocron,Ruben [C77]
HBG, 26.03.1994

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.0-0 Nxe4 7.d3 Nf6 8.Nxe5 Be7 9.Nd2 0-0 10.Ndf3 h6 11.b3 Re8 12.Bb2 a5 13.a4 Bb4 14.h3 Nd5 15.c4 Nf4 16.d4 Bf5 17.Bc1 Ne6 18.Bb2 f6 19.Nd3 Bf8 20.Re1 b6 21.Bc3 Qd7 22.Qd2 Rad8 23.Nf4 Ng5 24.Nxg5 hxg5 25.Rxe8 Qxe8 26.Ne2 Qg6 27.Re1 Bd6 28.Qb2 g4 29.hxg4 Qxg4 30.Qd2 Be4 31.Ng3 Bxg3 32.fxg3 Rd7 33.Qe3 f5 34.b4 axb4 35.Bxb4 c5 36.dxc5 Rd3 37.Qf4 Rxg3 38.Qxg4 Rxg4 39.Re2 bxc5 40.Bxc5 Bd3 41.Re8+ Kh7 *



(4) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Vladimir [E50]
Lancaster Fall Open (5), 09.11.1986

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Qc2 c5 7.Be2 Nc6 8.0-0 Qe7 9.a3 Ba5 10.b3 Rd8 11.Bb2 Bd7 12.d5 Ne5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.e4 exd5 15.exd5 e4 16.Rad1 Bf5 17.Rfe1 Rd7 18.Bf1 Re8 19.h3 Bg6 20.Qc1 a6 21.Re3 Qd6 22.g3 Rde7 23.Ne2 Bh5 24.Bg2 Bxe2 25.Rxe2 e3 26.Bxf6 Qxf6 27.d6 Bd2 28.Qc2 exf2+ 29.Rxf2 Re1+ 30.Bf1 Qxd6 31.Rfxd2 Qxg3+ 32.Rg2 Qe3+ 33.Rf2 Qg3+ 1/2-1/2



(5) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Vladimir [E42]
HBG (2), 23.10.1993
[Davis Sr,Bruce R]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 d6 6.a3 Ba5 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Bd2 Nc6 10.0-0-0 Ke7 11.Ng3 Rd8 12.Be2 Bd7 13.b3 Bc7 14.f4 a6 15.Nce4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 b6 17.Bc3 f6 18.Bf3 Be8 19.g4 e5 20.g5 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rd8 22.Rxd8 Nxd8 23.gxf6+ gxf6 24.f5 Bd7 25.Ng3 Kf7 26.Bd5+ Ke7 27.Be1 Nf7 28.e4 Be8 29.Kd1 Notation incomplete. 1-0



(6) Schocron,Ruben - Rubenchik [D19]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qe2 Nbd7 10.e4 Bg6 11.Bd3 Qc7 12.e5 Nd5 13.Bxg6 fxg6 14.Ne4 Rae8 15.Bd2 Nf4 16.Qc4 Bxd2 17.Nfxd2 Nb6 18.Qc5 Rd8 19.a5 Nc8 20.Nf3 Rd5 21.Qb4 Ne2+ 22.Kh1 Rxf3 23.gxf3 Nxd4 24.Qc3 Qxe5 25.Rad1 Qf4 26.Qe3 Qxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Nxf3 28.Nc3 Rd4 29.Kg2 Nh4+ 30.Kh3 Nf5 31.Rxd4 Nxd4 32.Rd1 c5 33.b4 b6 34.bxc5 bxc5 35.Ne4 Ne7 36.Nxc5 Nec6 37.a6 Kf7 38.Rc1 Ke7 39.Nb3 Kd6 40.Nxd4 Nxd4 41.Rc8 Nf5 42.Ra8 Kc6 43.Rxa7 Kb6 44.Ra8 h5 45.Kg2 g5 46.Kf3 Nh4+ 47.Ke4 g4 48.Kf4 Nf3 49.h3 g5+ 50.Kg3 Ne5 51.hxg4 h4+ 52.Kh3 Nd3 53.Rf8 Kxa6 54.f4 gxf4 1-0



(7) Rubenchik,Rodion - Shocron,Ruben [C68]
HBG Open (3), 22.05.1993

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Ne7 6.Nxe5 Qd4 7.Qh5 g6 8.Nf3 Qxe4 9.Qa5 Bg4 10.Re1 Qd4 11.Qxc7 Bxf3 12.Re5 Qd7 13.Qxd7+ Kxd7 14.gxf3 Nf5 15.Re4 Bg7 16.c3 Rhe8 17.d4 Nh4 18.Nd2 Nxf3+ 19.Kg2 Nxd2 20.Rxe8 Rxe8 21.Bxd2 Kd6 22.Kf3 Kd5 23.b3 f5 24.c4+ Kd6 25.Re1 Re4 26.d5 Bd4 27.dxc6 Kxc6 28.Re2 b5 29.cxb5+ axb5 30.Be3 Bxe3 31.Rxe3 Rh4 32.Kg3 Rg4+ 33.Kf3 g5 34.Re7 h5 35.a3 Rg1 36.Ra7 Kb6 37.Rf7 Kc6 1/2-1/2


(8) Rubenchik,Rodion - Shocron,Ruben [D17]
Lancaster Open (2), 22.11.1997

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Rd8 11.Qc1 Nfd7 12.Qe3 f6 13.Rd1 Be7 14.Nxe5 fxe5 15.Bg5 Bxg5 16.Qxg5 0-0 17.Qe3 Nb6 18.Rxd8 Rxd8 19.Bg2 Rd4 20.0-0 Nc4 21.Qc1 Nd2 22.Nb5 Nxf1 23.Nxc7 Nd2 24.h4 Rd7 1-0



(9) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Rodion [E42]
HBG (4), 27.11.1997

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 cxd4 6.exd4 d5 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.Nxc3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Qf3 Qc7 12.Qxa8 Nc6 13.Bf4 Qd7 14.Bb5 Bb7 15.Qxa7 Nd5 16.Nxd5 1-0



(10) Rubenchik,Rodion - Shocron,Ruben [A34]
HBG Open (4), 28.12.1991
[Davis Sr,Bruce R]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb4 6.Bc4 N8c6 7.0-0 e6 8.d3 Bd6 9.a3 Na6 10.Be3 0-0 11.d4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 Qe7 14.Rfd1 Bc5 15.Qd3 Bxe3 16.Qxe3 b6 17.Bb5 Nb8 18.e5 Bb7 19.Rd6 a6 20.Ba4 b5 21.Bc2 Qh4 22.g3 Qh5 23.Be4 Bxe4 24.Qxe4 Ra7 25.Rad1 Qg5 26.Qd4 Rc7 27.Ne4 Qe7 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.Qh4 h6 30.Qf4 Rc4 31.Qe3 Nc6? [31...Rfc8] 32.b3 Nxe5 33.Qxe5 gxf6 34.Qh5 Rc7 35.Qxh6+ Kg8 36.R6d4 1-0



(11) Shocron,Ruben - Rubenchik,Rodion [E94]
Carlisle (1), 27.04.1996

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Re1 c6 9.Rb1 Bg4 10.Be3 exd4 11.Nxd4 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Nc5 13.f3 a5 14.Rbd1 Qc7 15.Qf2 a4 16.Rd2 Nfd7 17.Red1 Ne5 18.Qe2 Rfd8 19.Nc2 Qb6 20.Na3 Qb4 21.Bg5 f6 22.Be3 Nf7 23.Rb1 Re8 24.Nc2 Qb6 25.b4 axb3 26.axb3 f5 27.Nd4 fxe4 28.b4 exf3 29.Qxf3 Rxe3 30.Qxe3 Bh6 31.Qe2 Bxd2 32.bxc5 Qxc5 33.Qxd2 Qxc4 34.Rxb7 Ra3 35.Nde2 d5 36.Qb2 Qc5+ 37.Kf1 *




Articles sent in by Timothy Gathany from collection of Rubin Shocron’s clippings over the years.


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