Petrov, A.D. – Kopiev, A.D. 1814

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Petrov, Alexander    2192 (206) 4.5/
Kopiev, Aleksei    2104 (212) 2.5/
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Saint Petersburg
Start date: 1814
End date: 1814
Played when Petrov was 15 years old, according to most sources. Geert Van der Wulp pointed me to the likely source of this information. It seems to come from Petrov's reminiscences in Shakhmatniy Listok (Oct. 1860), where he describes his first games with his grandfather at age 12 (on p.268) and then says that a year later, at age 13, he got the best of his grandfather playing on even terms (p.269). Finally, he says that two years later he played the match against Kopiev (p.270), therefore at age 15. This has usually been interpreted to mean 1809, since Petrov's year of birth is usually given as 1794. However, Geert van der Wulp has pointed out to me that recent evidence from church records shows that he was born 13-02-1799, so he was 15 years old in 1814. Van der Wulp has translated Petrov's account of this event in Shakhmatniy Listok, and says that although it took place at Baranov's house, Petrov's opponent was Kopiev and the result was +4-2=1 for Petrov. Van der Wulp suspects that Wade simply misinterpreted this and thought that Petrov played Baranov, in citing the +4-2 result between them in his book, Soviet Chess.
   Wade, Soviet Chess, page 15
   [SLk], vol. 2, no. 22, Oct. 1860, page 270
   Sarah.  [Petroff]
   [The Northern Phildor - Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov]

Match information updated: 6 Mar. 2021