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Jan Foltys
Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1933 to 1951
Overall record: +108 -57 =128 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B72 B32 B58 B73 B62
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C75 C77 C64 C84 C99
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D62 D55 D57 D59 D52
 French Defense (10) 
    C03 C10 C18 C05 C13
 Sicilian Dragon (8) 
    B72 B73
 Semi-Slav (7) 
    D43 D45 D49 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B45 B20 B72 B74 B22
 Orthodox Defense (20) 
    D53 D50 D62 D68 D55
 French Defense (18) 
    C11 C10 C13 C18 C02
 Semi-Slav (16) 
    D45 D47 D44 D49
 French (15) 
    C11 C10 C13
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    D22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 1-0
   K Prucha vs Foltys, 1943 0-1
   K Treybal vs Foltys, 1936 0-1
   Foltys vs P Michel, 1939 1-0
   Foltys vs Keres, 1943 1/2-1/2
   Foltys vs E Eliskases, 1936 1-0
   Foltys vs Rossolimo, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Foltys vs Book, 1936 1-0
   K Richter vs Foltys, 1942 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Podebrady (1936)
   Munich (1942)
   Margate (1937)
   Munich (1941)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   99_Munich 1941 by whiteshark
   Zlin (1943) by zanzibar
   99_Munich 1942 by whiteshark
   Margate 1937 by suenteus po 147

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JAN FOLTYS
(born Oct-13-1908, died Mar-11-1952, 43 years old) Czech Republic

[what is this?]
Jan Foltys was born in Svinov*. He was Czech champion in 1940 (Ch of Bohemia and Moravia) and awarded the IM title in 1950. A leading Czech player from 1936 until his death, he took 3rd place after Salomon Flohr and Alexander Alekhine at Podebrady in 1936, was 3rd at Prague 1942 behind Alekhine and Klaus Junge and had his best tournament result at Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne in 1948. He played board 2 for Czechoslovakia in the Olympiads of 1937 and 1939. He also qualified in 1951 for the interzonal of Saltsjobaden 1952, but he died tragically of cancer before it took place. A sarcoma in his leg that later metastasized into his brain took his life at Ostrava in 1952.

*Wikipedia article: Svinov

Wikipedia article: Jan Foltys


 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Foltys vs L Steiner  0-174 1933 Moravska OstravaB32 Sicilian
2. Gruenfeld vs Foltys  1-053 1933 Moravska OstravaA90 Dutch
3. Pirc vs Foltys  0-149 1933 Moravska OstravaD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
4. Foltys vs V Petrov  ½-½55 1933 Moravska OstravaB58 Sicilian
5. E Zinner vs Foltys  ½-½39 1933 Moravska OstravaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Foltys vs F Herzog  1-039 1933 Moravska OstravaB58 Sicilian
7. R Pitschak vs Foltys  0-159 1933 Moravska OstravaA22 English
8. Gilg vs Foltys  ½-½31 1933 Moravska OstravaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Foltys vs E Eliskases  1-033 1933 Moravska OstravaC50 Giuoco Piano
10. J Rejfir vs Foltys  0-160 1933 Moravska OstravaD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Foltys vs E Canal  0-121 1933 Moravska OstravaD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
12. J Rejfir vs Foltys 1-026 1935 LuhacoviceC11 French
13. Pelikan vs Foltys  0-137 1935 LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
14. Foltys vs Opocensky  0-137 1935 LuhacoviceB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
15. Foltys vs Fazekas  ½-½42 1935 LuhacoviceC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. E Zinner vs Foltys  ½-½40 1935 LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
17. Foltys vs I V Rohacek  1-056 1935 LuhacoviceD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Foltys vs V Olexa 0-127 1935 LuhacoviceD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
19. Foltys vs Stahlberg  ½-½23 1936 PodebradyD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. Foltys vs G van Doesburgh  1-038 1936 Munich OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Foltys vs Book 1-021 1936 Munich ol (Men)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Alekhine vs Foltys 1-048 1936 PodebradyD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. Flohr vs Foltys  ½-½75 1936 PodebradyD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. Foltys vs G Geshev  1-068 1936 Munich OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Foltys vs Pelikan  1-042 1936 PodebradyB72 Sicilian, Dragon
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-07-04  WhoKeres: Does anyone have any details about the career and early death of Foltys? He was apparently an IM strength player who played most of the strong players of the 30's and 40's. He lost a famous game to Alekhine that Alekhine annotated in his Best Games book.
Mar-07-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <WhoKeres> Jan Foltys was born in 1908 and was awarded the IM title in 1950. He was a leading Czech player from 1936 until his death. He took 3rd place at Podebrady in 1936 behind Flohr and Alyekhin and played 2nd board for his country in the Olympiads of 1937 and 1939. During WWII he won third prize at Prague 1942 behind Alyekhin and Junge, and his best tournament victory came at Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne in 1948. In 1951 he qualified for the Interzonal Tournament of Saltsjobaden 1952 but sadly, died of leukaemia in 1952 before it took place.
Dec-29-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Born 13th October 1908 in Svinov
Died 11th March 1952 in Ostrava
Awarded the IM title in 1950 he won also won the Czech championship in 1940 and 1943 (joint).
Sep-18-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Jan's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/folt.html
Sep-04-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: I think that the games:

A Pokorny vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs F Vasicek, 1943

Foltys vs Hromadka, 1943

J Holas vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs Pachman, 1943

V Petrik vs Foltys, 1943

C Kottnauer vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs Hromadka, 1943

Foltys vs J Fichtl, 1943

Foltys vs F Zita, 1943

Foltys vs K Prucha, 1943

belong to Miroslav Foltys (M Foltys), rather than to Jan Foltys. Both played in Zlin 1943; Jan scored +6, Miloslav -5. http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/Sing...

Jun-03-09  myschkin: . . .

Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Fo...

Aug-13-09  south.charles: Hi guys...Jan Foltys was a brother of my Grandma. She remembered him often; she died only two years ago. But I remember she said he died of cancer, not leukaemia. He also had two brothers, both excellent chess players, though amateurs. I remember they taught me and played with me when I was a kid.
Aug-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <south.charles> Thanks for the post. By the way, leukemia is cancer of the blood.
Aug-13-09  south.charles: Thanks. But he simply did not die of leukaemia. He died of a sarcoma in his leg that later metastasized into his brain. That is all, but the disease he died of is not so important. However, nowadays he perhaps might survive this disease.
Aug-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <south.charles> Thanks for the clarification.

Btw, this (cg.com, that is) is a great place to record any and all further stories about Jan Foltys that you may still recall from your conversations with your mom. Jan Foltys was a wonderful and strong player, perhaps as high as one of World's Top 20 during his best years. Tidbits of information about his life should not go unnecessarily forgotten.

Aug-13-09  south.charles: Thank you very much for your kind words about my Grand-Uncle (?) :-) ! I promise to get back... after I will try to pump my elder relatives for some more info. There is not too much, though; Jan Foltys was apparently a rather difficult person, totally devoted to chess, and he did not have the best of relations with his family.
Aug-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <south.charles> Thanks again. I have corrected the bio. One detail may seem meaningless, but often several inaccuracies combine to present a more significant misrepresentation of events.
Aug-14-09  south.charles: Calli - thank you very much. When I have some new relevant information about Jan Foltys, I will get back.
Aug-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <south.charles> Thanks from all of us.
Oct-13-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Jan Foltys!!!
Aug-11-10  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of Foltys from Podebrady 1936: http://smzsnzz.wz.cz/fotky1/0117.JPG
Oct-13-11  BIDMONFA: Jan Foltys

FOLTYS, Jan
http://www.bidmonfa.com/foltys_jan....
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Aug-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Cemoblanca: Just playing through a game between Alekhine & Botvinnik & after the "opening ceremony" (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Nb3 Be6 9. f4 O-O 10. g4) Alekhine wrote: "I first saw this interesting move in a game of the talented Slovakian Master, Foltys, from the recent tournament at Podebrad but did not know that it had already experimented with in the Moscow Tournament. As the present game shows, the move permits White to force a quick draw - but no more." & after his comment I became interested in Foltys. Here's the game: Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936
Jun-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: What is the source of info for his cause of death?

As I've said before, quoting Wikipedia is problematic unless a timestamp is included - since Wiki articles ebb and flow, twisting and turning with each new edition.

(Biographical data should always point to a particular version of the page - <Switch> and others can provide details on how best to do this maybe? I use the <History> tab to look at diffs and old versions.)

Here's the current Wiki edit:

<but died of leukaemia at Ostrava in 1952 before it took place.>

Which agrees with this bio sketch:

http://neviditelnypes.lidovky.cz/os... (in Czech, the author, Aleš Uhlíř, lived in the same neighborhood as the Foltys family - Miloslav, a judge, was his brother and also played competitive chess.)

Actually, despite the general validity of the above - the 2006 Wiki version also just mentions leukemia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php...

Where is the extra, detailed, info in the <CG> bio from?

* * * * *

OK - I see, from the discussion above. But <south.charles> hasn't returned, and his accounting, if used in the bio, should be qualified.

I'm sorry to say this, since all he said could be true. But it could also be clouded as a childhood memory. In any case, it's 2nd-hand from his Grandmother.

And it could also be accurate, but a slightly misleading description of a rarer manifestation of leukemia - such as Myeloid sarcoma.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myeloi...

(Luekemia, by destroying the immune system's White blood cells, typically leaves the patient vulnerable to infectious diseases, and these are generally the direct cause of death).

I'm sensitive to many of the issues here - but if the decision is to maintain the bio as is, then the referencing certainly should reflect the source. And the other account of cause-of-death should also be noted (<CG> being the only mention of sarcoma in connection with his death).

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