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Eliahu Avraham Mandelbaum
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1914 to 1952
Overall record: +3 -1 =5 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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He played at the 1952 Olympiad.

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E A Mandelbaum vs H Weisz 1-0121914ViennaD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. E A Mandelbaum vs Bisguier  0-1531952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CA51 Budapest Gambit
3. Cortlever vs E A Mandelbaum  0-1391952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. E A Mandelbaum vs J A Fred  ½-½511952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-CA47 Queen's Indian
5. E A Mandelbaum vs K U Mueller  ½-½711952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
6. G Primavera vs E A Mandelbaum  ½-½221952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BA47 Queen's Indian
7. L Barden vs E A Mandelbaum  ½-½281952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. E A Mandelbaum vs R Ortega  1-0381952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. E A Mandelbaum vs K Palda  ½-½381952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-BE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Dec-15-13  Karpova: Reminiscences by Georg Marco:

Marco spent many enjoyable hours with Albert Mandelbaum on match- and tournament games and analyses. Mandelbaum's single moves seemed innocuous, but the whole sequence of moves was threatening and his opponents found out only too late, when they were already encircled. Simplicity and Clarity were his characteristics, also in chess. He joined the <Wiener Schachgesellschaft> in 1873. Back then, he was registered as a <Beamter der Hypothekar-Rentenbank>, living in the 1st floor, Franz Josefs-Kai 25. He still lives there today *, but one floor higher as he has a great view on the <Kahlenberg> and its surroundings from there. He inherited a large fortune, but his classical simplicity and frugality brought him his freedom and independency. He still lives like a spartan, having been a rigorous vegetarian for 32 years now.

* March 1913

Source: Pages 9-10 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-23-13  Karpova: A theoretical article on the French defense, which focuses on Albert Mandelbaum:

He already played chess at the age of 8 and was so good, that he was regarded as a prodigy.

He found out that he did worse when answering 1.e4 with e5 and overcame his difficulties when switching to 1...e6. He went on to regard 1...e6 as the antidote to 1.e4.

He not only concluded that 1...e5 was a mistake, but also that 1.e4 was a mistake - this escaped the attention of the public due to the even bigger mistake 1...e5.

White can't gain an advantage, neither with the exchange variation (3.exd5 exd5) which violates the <Parallitätsprinzip> (probably a principle of parallelism), nor the thrust 4.e5 which violates Philidor's rule that a pawn should not be pushed onto the 5th rank in the opening.

Mandelbaum's trick is to forego short castling - either at all or at least to delay it for as long as possible. The ♔ is safer on e8 than g8.

Then follows a chart on which Mandelbaum worked with the author during the winter months of 1912, 1913 and 1914.

Source: Pages 34-36 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-08-18  hemy: The name "Albert" was probably taken from The using wrong name of the Israeli chess player (Albert Mandelbaum). His name was Eliahu Avraham Mandelbaum מנדלבאום אליעהו אברהם.

In the list of Israeli chess masters on the http://jewishchesshistory.blogspot.... we can found Eliyahu Mandelbaum.

Eliahu Avraham Mandelbaum in 1958 published a book "Israel in Chess Olympiads" ישראל באולימפיאדות / מנדלבאום אליהו אברהם ‬ (1958)

In in Hebrew his name is אליהו מנדלבאום (Eliahu Mandelbaum).

Feb-08-18  zanzibar: Who then played the 1914 Vienna game?
Feb-08-18  zanzibar: There's two Alberts ...

(or should that be, there's at least one Albert?)

Feb-08-18  hemy: The Albert Mandelbaum, to who referred <Karpova>, played the game in Vienna in 1914. This is not the Israeli chess player Eliahu Avraham Mandelbaum. I was noted about this by Alan McGowan before checking the Israeli sources.

This is the link to the web page with description about the book I mentioned in previous comment:
The title is "ישראל באולימפיאדות / מנדלבאום אליהו אברהם ‬ (1958)" ("Israel in Chess Olympiads, Eliahu Avraham Mandelbaum, 1958)"

Feb-08-18  zanzibar: <Hemy> have to wonder when <CG> added the olympiad games.

Di Felice also used <Mandelbaum, Albert>, attributing his source to <Arpad Fodeak: Chess Olympiads 1927-1968> (scroll to bottom of page)

But we know from <Tal--Tarve (1965)> that Di Felice sometimes gets things wrong.

One of the reasons I like open sourced sources is that they allow checks on what information is actually present in the referenced source. In this case, Di Felice's source, Fodeak, is available in preview, allowing us to see the actual xtab:

It's unclear it the full name is listed elsewhere, but it appears that Fodeak only gives Mandelbaum.

<hemy>'s 1956 source is in English, and is authoritative: (about 3/4 of the way down)

Feb-08-18  hemy: <zanzibar> You can trust my Hebrew. I lived in Israel from 1972 to 2005 and worked as a head of Electronics and Computer departments in colleges.

On the same page, you mentioned as a source in English, bellow the list of masters, was published an article about the telephone match Tel Aviv - Jerusalem. I downloaded the newspaper Davar, Jan. 4th, 1952 and placed in my Dropbox the page 22 and separately the picture of Eliahu Mandelbaum (with his name in Hebrew).

Feb-08-18  zanzibar: <<hemy> You can trust my Hebrew>

Ah <hemy>, I've glad you bring this up.

I trust your Hebrew, most certainly - but to quote myself from a rough draft I didn't post:

<I have a strong preference to follow the contemporaneous names in general, both to facilitate searching in the literature, and because it was very often the name the player used at the time.>

Take, for a contemporary example, <Vishy Anand>. That's not his real name, but it's the name he uses among his English-speaking friends, and it's widely used in the press.

<David Janowski> is another example. It's not really accurate - except for the fact that it completely reflects the actual usage in the contemporaneous English press of the time.

Moreover, it might be conceivable that a player used a nickname, one that was widely used in the press, to the point where it is practically the only name the player was known by in the literature. The PGN name should reflect this, relegating the fuller, and less-known explanation, to the bio.

Consider this example - Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal, which is the version of the name most of us know him by. But this version of his name isn't really accurate, as he's Latvian. It should be <Mihails Tāls>.

Our fidelity ultimately shouldn't be to nationalistic origins, but to the chessic common law.

Feb-08-18  zanzibar: And I admit that the <chessic common law> is heavily slanted to English, as it's our common working language, as well as being the default language of the site.

So, <Jussopow> and Kaschau or Munchen on a German site, <Yusupov> and Kassa or Munich on <CG>.

Feb-08-18  hemy: <zanzibar> Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal was a Jew, not a Latvian. "Mikhail Nekhemievich" is a Russian way to respectably call a person who's first name is Mikhail and fathers name Nechemia (Nekhemia). By me his name should be Mikhail Tal, like he was always called in USSR. His friends would call him "Misha".

The name Mikhail is a Russian version of the Hebrew name Moshe.

Feb-08-18  zanzibar: <hemy> wiki gives this:

<Mikhail Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls; Russian: Михаил Нехемьевич Таль, Mikhail Nekhem'evich Tal, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈiɫ nʲɪˈxʲemʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈtaɫ]; sometimes transliterated Mihails Tals or Mihail Tal; 9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992)[1] was a Soviet Latvian chess Grandmaster and the eighth World Chess Champion (from 1960 to 1961).>

Feb-09-18  hemy: <zanzibar> The title is "Mikhail Tal".
But nothing wrong with "Mikhail Nekhem'evich Tal". In the articles of chess tournaments he was always Mikhail Tal.
Feb-09-18  hemy: <zanzibar> I was lucky to meet Tal: Tal vs H Skuja, 1965 (kibitz #29)
Feb-09-18  zanzibar: <hemy> You're a lucky man to be crushed by Tal (who likely would have played just as well whether or not he liked your joke, or not!).

Speak of synchronicity - I see that there's a great photo of <Skuja, Harijs> in one of your links. I'm actually just now doing the <22e Latvian Ch - Riga (March 1965)> tournament which he was in, along with his brother Roberts.

I'm curious - do you know if, during the Soviet era, whether instruction was given in both Latvian and Russian in the grade schools and beyond? Or was only Russian used?

Tal seems to like Latvian best...

<Alexander Liepnieks was the best person to answer this question because not only did he know Tal personally being originally from Riga himself, but he was editor of a Latvian Chess Magazine and thus had access to the notes Tal had written in Latvian about these games>

Also, I forgot that Latvia was actually independent when Tal was born:

<Mikhail (Misha) Nekhemievich Tal (born Mihails Tals) was born in Riga, Latvia (then an independent country), on November 9, 1936.>

Feb-09-18  zanzibar: <hemy> I also see that we talked alot about the 1965 tournament - which I completely forgot about. I'm finally doing a complete treatment of that tournament - so perhaps getting me to remember is the real reason for the protracted discussion here.
Feb-09-18  hemy: <zanzibar> Latvia had Russian language schools and Lithuanian language schools. Lithuania had Russian, Lithuanian and also Polish schools in Vilnius.

In Lithuania and Latvia 90% of Jews choose Russian language schools. The main reason was to make it easier to be accepted to Universities in Moscow and Leningrad.

Lithuanian (Latvian in Latvia) language was a mandatory subject in Russian schools.

The "foreign" language could be chosen between English, German and French. I decided to learned German language, because Yiddish (which includes a lot of German words) was the main language of my parents. Under Soviet Union the Yiddish and Hebrew schools were closed.

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  offramp: It looks like Mr Mandelbaum used the name "Albert" when he was in Europe, but reverted to his proper birth-name when he emigrated to Israel.
Feb-09-18  zanzibar: <offramp> I looked but couldn't find any examples of that. I think the possibility exists that Albert was picked up from the older player.

If you can find an example of the Olympiad ever using the name Albert I'd be interested.

PS- I think the Israeli player should get a new pid and be split off - assuming Albert was in the can first, that is.

PPS- Many thanks for the informative post <hemy>. Though I'm now wondering how similar/different Latvian is from Lithuanian.

Feb-09-18  hemy: <zanzibar> Eastern Baltic languages group containing Latvian and Lithuanian languages. Many of words have similarity. Good morning in Lithuanian - "Labas rytas", in Latvian - "Labrīt".

The name of Mikhail Tal:
"Mihails Tāls" in Latvian, "Michailas Talis" (

Feb-10-18  hemy: <offramp>, <zanzibar> The name Albert was used in

Today I received an email message from Israeli chess player Izak Bar Ziv (Itzhak Bar Ziv) with scan of the Mandelbaum's book cover

<It looks like Mr Mandelbaum used the name "Albert" when he was in Europe> Itzhak Bar Ziv mentioned that it is possible that Mandelbaum used his middle name Avraham (as Albert), it was a common way in Eastern Europe, mostly in Romania.

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