Selection out of 167 studies composed

by Leopold Adamovich Mitrofanov

(Russia, 2.7.1932 - 26.11.1992)

An article about him see: EG108.


Katnelson, Gurgenidze and Mitrofanov.

Gurgenidze, Mitrofabov, Fokin, Katnelson and ...

"Mr. Mitrofanov Leopold Adamovich was born at the second of July, 1932 in Leningrad. Now he is a Russian chess composer, an international chess-master (1980) and an international judge of chess composition.

He is a chemical engineer. Since the 1950s he has published more than threehundred chess studies. Forty of these were awarded with first prizes. He took part in the finals of seven individual chess championships of the USSR (1955-1985).
Jointly with V. Korolkov he was awarded three gold medals in the FIDE competitions.
He aspires to create sharp, original studies, in which the queens play the main role.
He is a brilliant master of chess composition and it is always very pleasant to make the acquaintance with his work.

His highest achievement is the first prize in the chess competition in honour of the 800-years birthday of Shota Rustavelly of Tbilisy, 1967.

Mitrofanov lived and worked in St. Petersburg. (V. Tolstov)." (See also EBUR/4/2000).

Also more information about him can be found on Wikipedia.

(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden database V (31-12-2015) ).


The first study showed below is the most well known study by Mitrofanov and is considered as a masterpiece.

On the blog can be found a detailed commentary of this famous study.

[pgn autoplayMode=none] [Event ""] [Date "1971"] [White "Leopold Mitrofanov and Kuindzhi,A"] [Black ""] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/P1N5/3r4/p2Np2k/1p2B1pp/8/7K w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "29"] [EventDate "1971"] 1. a7 (1. Bc1 $2 e3 2. a7 e2 3. Nxe2 Rd1+ 4. Ng1 h2 5. Be3 hxg1=Q+ 6. Bxg1 Kh3 7. a8=Q g2#) 1... Rd8 2. Nf5+ (2. Nxd8 $2 b2 3. a8=Q b1=Q+ 4. Bg1 h2 5. Nf3+ exf3 6. Qxa4+ Qb4 $1 7. Qxb4+ Kh3 8. Bxh2 f2) 2... Kg4 3. Nxg3 Kxg3 (3... b2 4. Kh2 Kf3 5. Bd2 Rxd2+ 6. Kxh3 b1=Q 7. Ne5+ (7. a8=Q $2 Rh2+ 8. Kxh2 Qa2+) 7... Kf4 8. a8=Q Kxe5 9. Qh8+) 4. Nxd8 b2 5. a8=Q b1=Q+ 6. Bg1 Qb2 7. Qb8+ Qxb8 8. Bh2+ Kg4 9. Bxb8 e3 10. Nc6 e2 11. Ne5+ Kf4 12. Nd3+ Ke4 13. Ne1 a3 14. Bg3 a2 15. Nc2 1/2-1/2 [/pgn