Jan Foltys
Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 1933 to 1951
Overall record: +108 -63 =131 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B72 B32 B58 B73 B62
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C75 C77 C64 C84 C99
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D62 D55 D53 D57 D59
 French Defense (11) 
    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 Pawn Game (7) 
    D05 D04 A45 D02
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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 Keres, 1943 1/2-1/2
   Foltys vs P Michel, 1939 1-0
   Foltys vs E Eliskases, 1936 1-0
   Foltys vs Rossolimo, 1950 1/2-1/2
   K Richter vs Foltys, 1942 1/2-1/2

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

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

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(born Oct-13-1908, died Mar-11-1952) Czech Republic

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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 Alexander 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 13; games 1-25 of 302  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. Foltys vs E Eliskases  1-033 1933 Moravska OstravaC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Foltys vs E Canal  0-121 1933 Moravska OstravaD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Gilg vs Foltys  ½-½31 1933 Moravska OstravaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. J Rejfir vs Foltys  0-160 1933 Moravska OstravaD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Foltys vs Opocensky  0-137 1935 LuhacoviceB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
13. Pelikan vs Foltys  0-137 1935 LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
14. Foltys vs Fazekas  ½-½42 1935 LuhacoviceC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. E Zinner vs Foltys  ½-½40 1935 LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
16. J Rejfir vs Foltys 1-026 1935 LuhacoviceC11 French
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 K Skalicka  1-066 1936 PodebradyB32 Sicilian
20. Foltys vs G van Doesburgh  1-038 1936 Munich OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. K Treybal vs Foltys 0-19 1936 PodebradyC02 French, Advance
22. Pirc vs Foltys  ½-½37 1936 PodebradyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Foltys vs G Geshev  1-068 1936 Munich OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Foltys vs Opocensky  ½-½51 1936 PodebradyC18 French, Winawer
25. Foltys vs Book 1-021 1936 Munich ol (Men)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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.
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  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.
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  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:
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  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.

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.
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  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.
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  Gypsy: <south.charles> Thanks for the clarification.

Btw, this (, 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.
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  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.
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  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:
Oct-13-11  BIDMONFA: Jan Foltys


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  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
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