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L Forgacs 
 
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs
Number of games in database: 123
Years covered: 1902 to 1913
Overall record: +38 -35 =50 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C68 C66 C78 C62 C63
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A46
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D63 D62 D53 D61 D50
 Four Knights (6) 
    C49
 King's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    C39
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C12 C13 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C62 C77 C66 C84 C79
 Four Knights (9) 
    C49 C47
 Tarrasch Defense (7) 
    D32 D33
 King's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    C39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 1-0
   L Forgacs vs Spielmann, 1909 1-0
   L Forgacs vs E Cohn, 1909 1-0
   L Forgacs vs Teichmann, 1909 1/2-1/2
   L Forgacs vs O Bernstein, 1904 1/2-1/2
   L Forgacs vs Swiderski, 1904 1-0
   Mieses vs L Forgacs, 1904 1/2-1/2
   L Forgacs vs O Bernstein, 1909 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Monte Carlo (1904)
   Hamburg (1910)
   St Petersburg (1909)

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LEO FLEISCHMANN FORGACS
(born Oct-05-1881, died Aug-17-1930, 48 years old) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
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Leo Forgacs (ne Fleischmann) was born in Budapest, Hungary. Always playing in tournaments under the name Fleischmann he was Hungarian champion in 1907. He first came to notice when he won 1st prize at Barmen (minor tournament) 1905 ahead of Rudolf Spielmann and Aron Nimzowitsch. He was 3rd= at Nuremberg 1906, 5th at Ostend 1907 and had 3rd placings at San Remo 1911, Budapest 1912 and Budapest 1913. Strangely, after this entirely gave up competitive chess. He passed away in Berettyóújfalu in 1930.

Wikipedia article: Leó Forgács


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 123  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Forgacs vs A E Post  1-038 1902 HannoverC29 Vienna Gambit
2. L Forgacs vs Maroczy 0-127 1902 BudapestB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. L Forgacs vs Maroczy  0-137 1902 BudapestC11 French
4. H Suechting vs L Forgacs  ½-½30 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C49 Four Knights
5. L Forgacs vs Mieses ½-½54 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Swiderski vs L Forgacs 1-025 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Von Bardeleben vs L Forgacs  ½-½24 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C49 Four Knights
8. G Marco vs L Forgacs  1-056 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
9. L Forgacs vs J N Berger  ½-½33 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
10. Von Scheve vs L Forgacs 0-134 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. L Forgacs vs W John  ½-½23 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C55 Two Knights Defense
12. L Forgacs vs O Bernstein  ½-½61 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. G Marco vs L Forgacs  ½-½30 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C42 Petrov Defense
14. L Forgacs vs G Marco  ½-½37 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Swiderski vs L Forgacs  1-031 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)A28 English
16. Mieses vs L Forgacs ½-½75 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C44 King's Pawn Game
17. L Forgacs vs H Wolf  ½-½30 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C60 Ruy Lopez
18. L Forgacs vs Marshall  0-138 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
19. M Brody vs L Forgacs  1-046 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
20. L Forgacs vs Swiderski 1-023 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Schlechter vs L Forgacs  ½-½30 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)A20 English
22. L Forgacs vs Von Gottschall  ½-½41 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. Mieses vs L Forgacs  1-036 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Marshall vs L Forgacs 1-034 1904 Monte CarloC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. L Forgacs vs H Caro 0-120 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-05-03  Drstrangelove: This guy beat Alekhine, Spielmann,Tartakower, and Nimzowitsch. Kind of impressive.
Sep-05-03  MichaelJHuman: He did well with playing QGD as white.
Dec-13-03
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  Chessical: Fleischmann was the German surname sometimes used by Leo Forgacs

L Fleischmann

Dec-13-03
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  chessgames.com: OK, we'll merge the player records in that case.
Dec-13-03
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  Chessical: <Calli: I believe Leo Fleischmann was his real name, he just played under the name Forgacs. Don't know why. Anti-semitism?> Maybe. German was the ruling class language in the Dual Monarchy (Austro-Hungary), but the Hungarians had secured a lot more political clout than the Czechs, Poles, Slovaks, etc. (See the Czech classic "The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War" by Jaroslav Hasek for a humerous account of this patchwork empire). I therefore don't think it would be to disguise his Hungarian roots that he felt the need to sometimes use a German surname.
Dec-13-03
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  Calli: <Chessical> Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll put it on my Amazon wishlist. I actually have some Austro-Hungric roots dating to the 19th century. So Forgacs is a Hungarian name? At some point, Fleischmann decided that politically it was better to Hungarian.
Jun-17-04
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  Infohunter: Yes, <Calli>, "Forgács" is a Hungarian name, the English equivalent of which could be "Shaver" or "Turner," reference being to one who works on either a wood or a metal lathe. Note that this is not equivalent to the German "Fleischmann" (English equivalent "Butcher"), the cognate of which ("Fleshman") we have as two individual words, but not as the compound in quotes.

Just so that I don't omit to say something "on-topic" here, I should like to mention that Forgács' win against Tartakower at St. Petersburg in 1909 is one of my favorites.

Jun-17-04
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  Gypsy: Two hypotheses: (1) Few players from around 1990 used pseudonyms; it was similar to stage-names of actors and pen-names of authors. (2) Titled roots were also still in vogue; Forgacz could have been a "noble" name, say, from the mother side of the family. Plain speculations on my part; just pointing a less sinister possibilities, rooted in vanity rather than in xenofobia or prejudice.
Jun-17-04  vonKrolock: Golombek declares that he "always entered in competitions whith the name Fleischmann", in the reports and prizes delivery from Nuremberg 1906 appears the form Forgácz-Fleischmann; in the game-scores and table shortly Forgácz (reinforce the hypothesis of a nom-de-plume) - in Ostend 1907 he appears as Forgácz 'tout-court' in almost all the Book - reveals a tendency to adopt preferably the magyarized form. (but, strangely enough, Fleischmann appears whithout the other surname in the table, and only there...)
Dec-29-04
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  Benzol: Leo Forgacs (ne Fleischmann)
Born 5th October 1881 in Budapest
Died 17th August 1930 in Berettyoufalju.
He was Hungarian champion in 1907.
Jun-01-05
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  Benzol: Why did he give playing after 1913?
Oct-05-06  BIDMONFA: Leo Fleischmann Forgacs

FORGACS, Leo
http://www.bidmonfa.com/forgacs_leo...
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Oct-05-06  LoFarkas: The name of the village where he died is mistyped in the bio. it's Berettyóújfalu not "-úfalju" Not that it matters much, and I'm not even hoping for accented letters;)
May-08-09  myschkin: . . .

Tief beeindruckt von dieser technischen Meisterleistung war der Schüler Leo Forgacs (1881-1930), <der bis 1904 Fleischmann hieß, bevor er seinen Namen hungarisierte.>

Source: http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner...

May-26-10  sneaky pete: "Leo Fleischmann of Budapest, who, under the name of Forgacs, represented the Forgacs Chess Club of his city in the last Nuremburg congress, dividing third and fourth prizes with Schlechter, won the rapid transit tournament at the Manhattan Chess Club, on March 7, against fifteen other contestants. The noted visitor, who has been in New York about a fortnight, defeated in succesive rounds Messrs. Levy, L.B. Meyer, L. Lichtenberg and J.R. Capablanca."

From the March 1907 issue of Lasker's Chess Magazine. No games are given.

Oct-05-10
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le%C3%...

Oct-05-10  Remizatorul: Here are some interesting informations :
http://www.impalapublications.com/b...
Oct-05-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Leo Fleischmann Forgacs.

Oct-05-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Leo Fleischmann Forgacs.
Oct-05-13  DoctorD: This player has an entry as author at both the Chess Problem Database Server and Yet Another Chess Problem Database but both databases also contain no problems by him at all!

Anyone know more?

Jul-22-14
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  Karpova: He won a tournament arranged by the Budapest Chess Club, wherein all of the strongest players of Budapest participated. It took place from November 15 to December 14, 1906. Time control was 18 moves per hour.

1. Forgacs 14.0
2-3. Zoltan Balla 12.0
2-3. Janos Gajdos 12.0
4. Istvan Abonyi 10.5
5. Aladar Erdey 9.5
6. Ferencz Kepes 9.0
7-8. Ignacz Langer 8.0
7-8. Lajos Merenyi 8.0
9. Zsigmond Barasz 7.5
10. Artur Peisner 6.5
11. Bernat Steiner 6.0
12-13. Mor Balazs 5.5
12-13. Janos Groß 5.5
14. Lajos Denes 3.5
15. Jeno Wettin 2.5
16. Sandor Voros 0.0

Prizes (in Kronen): Forgacs 150, Balla and Gajdos (100+60)/2, Abonyi 40, Erdey 30, Kepes 20.

Forgacs scored +13 -0 =2, drawing Erdey and Langer. Balla scored +11 -2 =2, Gajdos +12 -3 =0. Voros withdrew after the 6th round (after losing to Forgacs, Balla, Erdey, Barasz, Ballazs and Denes).

There is a short biography of Leo Forgacs (Leo Fleischmann prior to the <Magyarisirung> as a footnote says): He was born on 5 October 1881. After passing the <Maturitätsprüfung> in 1899 with honours, he completed the <orientalische Handelsakademie> (oriental commercial academy) in Budapest. He got acquainted with chess at the age of 14, but visited the Budapest Chess Club only from 1899 onwards. He had the opportunity to play against Charousek, Dr. Jacobi, Lehner, Maroczy and many others there. In 1902, he won the Hanover <Hauptturnier B> and the Master title of the German Chess Federation. He won the Barmen 1905 <Meisterturnier> ahead of strong players like Wilhelm Cohn, Dr. Julius Perlis and Rudolf Swiderski. The Ostend 1906 <Meisterturnier> was not such a success for him, since he devoted more attention to roulette. Only 3 weeks later, he shared 3rd-4th place together with Schlechter at Nuremberg, coming ahead of players like Janowski and Dr. Tarrasch.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', March-April 1907, pp. 89-90

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