|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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: . . .
|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|
|Aug-08-12|| ||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|