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Borislav Kostic
B Kostic 
Detail from a group photograph in Brno 1928, taken by Jan Kalendovský.  
Number of games in database: 466
Years covered: 1904 to 1962

Overall record: +169 -98 =178 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B24 B32 B74 B20 B60
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B12 B17 B14 B15 B18
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D63 D64 D67 D52 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 D02 D05 A45 D01
 French Defense (14) 
    C12 C17 C15 C13 C11
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C78 C73 C77 C83 C84
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    D02 D00 D04 A46 E10
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C63 C83 C65 C68 C66
 Petrov (14) 
    C42 C43
 Albin Countergambit (13) 
    D08 D09
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30
 Dutch Defense (13) 
    A81 A88 A92 A95 A85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Muhlock vs B Kostic, 1911 0-1
   B Kostic vs Noteboom, 1931 1-0
   B Kostic vs H Wolf, 1922 1-0
   L Asztalos vs B Kostic, 1931 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs Breyer, 1920 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs Alekhine, 1921 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs Tartakower, 1931 1-0
   B Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 1-0
   A Vajda vs B Kostic, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Bogoljubov vs B Kostic, 1920 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York (1918)
   Hastings (1919)
   Budapest (1921)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   The Hague (1921)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Yugoslav Chess Triumphs, Part 1 by Chessdreamer
   New York 1916 (Rice Memorial) by Phony Benoni
   Gothenburg 1920 by Tabanus
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by Tabanus
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1918 by crawfb5
   Budapest 1921 by suenteus po 147
   Nice 1930 by Pawn and Two
   US Open 1918, Chicago = 19th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1919 by Phony Benoni
   Kostic versus the Aussies by optimal play
   The Hague 1921 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-24-1887, died Nov-03-1963, 76 years old) Yugoslavia

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Borislav Kostić was born in Vrsac in what was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was awarded the GM title in 1950. He won the Yugoslav Championship in 1935 (jointly) and 1938, and played on four Yugoslav Olympiad teams between 1927 and 1937. In tournaments he was 1st at the 1918 U.S. Open, 2nd to Jose Raul Capablanca at New York 1918, 2nd to Capablanca at Hastings 1919, 3rd= at Budapest 1921, 1st at Trencianske Teplice 1928 and 1st at Ljubjana 1938. In matches he defeated Jackson Whipps Showalter (+7, =5, -2) in 1916 and lost to Capablanca (+0, =0, -5) in 1919. He passed away in 1963 in Belgrade.

Wikipedia article: Boris Kostić

Last updated: 2017-01-16 06:54:16

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 466  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Kostic vs W John  ½-½311904Vienna GambitC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. B Kostic vs Maroczy  1-0221908BudapestC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Tartakower vs B Kostic  0-1531909St. PetersburgA22 English
4. Marshall vs B Kostic 0-1331911Marshall - Kostic mC10 French
5. B Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½501911Marshall - Kostic mD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Marshall vs B Kostic ½-½311911Marshall - Kostic mC00 French Defense
7. Muhlock vs B Kostic 0-171911KolnC50 Giuoco Piano
8. S Rosselli del Turco vs B Kostic  1-0301911San RemoC44 King's Pawn Game
9. Fahrni vs B Kostic  ½-½231911San RemoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. G Wiarda vs B Kostic 0-1251911CologneC49 Four Knights
11. B Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½311911KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. Tartakower vs B Kostic 1-0631911KarlsbadA00 Uncommon Opening
13. B Kostic vs Burn  ½-½251911KarlsbadA53 Old Indian
14. Schlechter vs B Kostic  1-0471911KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. B Kostic vs H Suechting 1-0571911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Salwe vs B Kostic  ½-½451911KarlsbadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. B Kostic vs Alapin 1-0561911KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. P F Johner vs B Kostic  1-0381911KarlsbadB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
19. B Kostic vs Spielmann ½-½521911KarlsbadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Levenfish vs B Kostic  1-0381911KarlsbadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. B Kostic vs C Jaffe 1-0961911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. O Chajes vs B Kostic 0-1341911KarlsbadA20 English
23. B Kostic vs J Perlis  ½-½781911KarlsbadA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. Dus Chotimirsky vs B Kostic  ½-½531911KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. B Kostic vs Teichmann  0-1271911KarlsbadD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
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  Stonehenge: Thanks <CG>, nice work!
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  brankat: <Stonehenge> You ARE CG? :-)
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  WannaBe: Nice sox! =)
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  brankat: <WannBe> Very perceptive! I've not even noticed :-)
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  wordfunph: <wordfunph: in 3 years, i bet $1k.>

lost $1k :(

won the photo :)

thanks CG.

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  brankat: <wordfunph> For everything You lose, You gain something :-)
Jul-15-12  Karpova: In Cologne, April 1911, Kostic played a match against Georg Jakob Wiarda where this game is from G Wiarda vs B Kostic, 1911.

Game 1: Kostic with White played the Queen's Gambit and it ended with a perpetual check.

Game 2: Wiarda played the Ruy Lopez and the endgame was drawn.

Game 3: Kostic played the Ruy Lopez and won the endgame thanks to his free h-pawn.

Game 4: Wiarda faced Kostic's French and attacked on the King's side, while Kostic attacked on the Queen's side. But Wiarda blundered the exchange and Kostic won.

Game 5: Kostic went for the Queen's Gambit again and won a pawn but it was not enough to win the game.

Game 6: Wiarda facing the Petroff blundered a piece and resigned after 10 moves (apparently he got the move order wrong).

Game 7: A Queen's Gambit again and this time Kostic managed to win after Wiarda made a mistake in time trouble.

Game 8: G Wiarda vs B Kostic, 1911

So Kostic won +5 =3 -0

Source: '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', 1911, pages 233-234.

Jul-29-12  Karpova: Wer ist ihr Lieblingsglossator?

Dr. Savielly Tartakower: <Kostitsch, der stets seine Seele ausschüttet, was sehr amüsant und lehrreich ist.>

From page 169 of the 1929 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-05-12  Karpova: Edward Winter's C.N. 7744 addresses Stefan Zweig's playing strength. I will post it here since there is no other fitting page and Kostic seems to be the most likely inspiration for Mirko Czentovic from the 'Schachnovelle' so this might be of some interest.

Oliver Beck (Seattle) found it in Ernst Feder's contribution to 'Stefan Zweig: A Tribute to his Life and Work' where Feder describes his visit to the Zweigs shortly before they committed suicide:

<At the time I didn’t know ... why his wife gave him a long astonished look when he agreed to play a game of chess with me. I suggested this because I hoped that the game he enjoyed so much would divert him from his gloomy thoughts. In itself it was no pleasure to be his opponent on the black-and-white board. I am a poor player myself but he knew so little about chess that I had difficulty in wangling an occasional win for him.>


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  brankat: Very interesting indeed!
Aug-21-12  Karpova: He won the Budapest Winter tournament in 1909 (?):

1. Kostic 12.0
2-3. J. Gajdos 11.5
2-3. G. Petenyi 11.5
4-5. K. Mattusch 10.0
4-5. K. Sterk 10.0
6-7. L. Merenyi 9.0
6-7. M. Neumann 9.0
8. A. W. Donegan ?

Information is a bit scarce, e. g. it is said that Gajdos came in 2nd and Petenyi 3rd but both had the same amount of points so either there was a tie-break system or a typo (perhaps Petenyi scored only 10.5). It's not said how many points Donegan scored. Also, it's not clear how many rounds were actually played and I'm not sure when it took place.

From page 244 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  cro777: 17th Bora Kostic Memorial starts today in Vrsac, Serbia. (Kostic, the first serbian grandmaster, was born on 24 February 1887 in Vrsac).

Rating favorite is Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev (2660).

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  offramp: The photo of him is such a good one. We had waited so long I was expecting a loch Ness Monster-style daguerreotype.
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  Abdel Irada: Does everyone named Borislav have footwear issues? This one has the left shoe partly off, exposing socks of ... unusual ... design. The other daren't remove his shoes at all.

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  Stonehenge: Does anyone know something about the following game:

Kostic didn't play at the 1950 Olympiad and Najdorf didn't lose any games there.

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  Stonehenge: is also strange. Was this an offhand game?
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Sir Arthur Rickard, president of the Millions Club, was chairman last night at a complimentary dinner tendered by chess players, under the auspices of the N.S.W. Chess Association, to Boris Kostich, the Serbian champion.

Sir Arthur was supported by Messrs. H. B. Bignold, F. J. Wallis, E. T. Calvert, S, Henderson, and A. T. D'Arcy-Irvine. Nearly 80 ardent chess players attended.

The chairman proposed the toast of the guest, and referred to Kostich's feat in playing 20 games blindfold, simultaneously, in New York, when he won 19, and drew one.

Responding, Kostich said he was overwhelmed with the kindness shown him by New South Wales players.

He desired to instil a greater love for chess in Australia, and a better style of play.

Kostich, in his final remarks, mentioned, incidentally, that he had fought in three campaigns, against Turkey in 1912; Bulgaria 1913; and was twice wounded in the Great War, receiving recognition by being appointed a captain of the Serbian Army. (Cheers.)

It was announced that Kostich would give a simultaneous performance to-night at the Sydney Chess Club, starting at 7 o'clock; a blindfold exhibition to-morrow night; a lecturette on Thursday night, simultaneous play on Friday, and a blindfold exhibition on Saturday.

Next week he will give exhibitions at the Sydney School of Arts Chess Club, Pitt street.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Tuesday 3 June 1924>

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  optimal play: <<<LECTURE BY BORIS KOSTICH>

Last night, in the rooms of the Queensland Chess Association, School of Arts, Ann-street, Mr. Boris Kostich lectured to an audience which well filled the room. The gathering included one lady.

For over two hours he held the intense interest of his audience, whilst he discoursed on the Ruy Lopez and King's Gambit openings.

Every move in the games was thoroughly explained, and traps were exposed.

Questions upon the why and wherefore of certain moves were asked and freely answered by the master, frequently in a humorous manner, and it was with regret that it was found that time did not allow of the Queen's Pawn opening being explained.

This evening Mr. Kostich will play a simultaneous match against all comers in the School of Arts Hall.

Any player desirous of taking a board is cordially invited to be present. A small fee will he charged.

Those unable to be present, or desirous of another game, may avail themselves of a similar opportunity on Monday night.>

- The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) issue Saturday 27 September 1924>

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. to Borislav Kostic, one of the 27 original grandmasters.
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  offramp: <At the closing ceremony of that tournament, Kostić, that inveterate enfant terrible, caused some further painful embarrassment by calling from his end of the table to the other end

“Herr Alekhine!”. He always called him “Herr.” “What was it that made you so drunk yesterday, cognac or klekovača?”

Alekhine mumbled some denial, but Kostić persisted. “Of course you were drunk! How else could I have beaten you seven to one? I’m very good at skittles, that’s true, but seven to one is too much!”>

A little later Kostić shouted out, “Hey, Herr Sasha! A patzer says what?”

Alekhine mumbled, “What?” General laughter.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Borislav Kostic.
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  brankat: Quite a character, Mr.Kostic!
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Boris Kostic.
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  Joshka: For those of you who get the monthly USCF magazine, there is a very good article on this player with some of his games and 6 quiz problems!! Had never heard of this player before!!
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  Joshka: Little side note that I'll tell here, when Capablanca was invited to the Bad Kissingen 1928 tourney, he set one condition for his participation. That Kostic would NOT be invited!! He wasn't.!;-)
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