Soviet chess learn who played within the Soviet Chess Tournament finals nine occasions only to later on turn into a chess organizer, instructor, and coach. He performed perfectly in the 1931 Soviet Chess Tournament. He was Chairman from the USSR Chess Federation from 1959 to 1961 and in 1983 he was granted an Honorary Emeritus Grandmaster name by FIDE. He was created and elevated in Moscow, Russia. He was overshadowed by his rival Mikhail Botvinik for a lot of his career.