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Frans G Bengtsson
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1916
Overall record: +6 -4 =4 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-04-1894, died Dec-19-1954, 60 years old) Sweden

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Bengtsson vs O Loewenborg  1-0221916Skane-StockholmC25 Vienna
2. A Pritzel vs F Bengtsson  1-0401916Nordic Congress-B 7thC66 Ruy Lopez
3. F Bengtsson vs B Owesson  ½-½401916Nordic Congress-B 7thA07 King's Indian Attack
4. F Bengtsson vs B Rask 0-1401916Nordic Congress-B 7thC29 Vienna Gambit
5. E Olson vs F Bengtsson  ½-½301916Nordic Congress-B 7thD04 Queen's Pawn Game
6. O Nilsson vs F Bengtsson  ½-½651916Nordic Congress-B 7thC45 Scotch Game
7. F Bengtsson vs T Aalheim  1-0311916Nordic Congress-B 7thB01 Scandinavian
8. B Malmgren vs F Bengtsson  1-0301916Nordic Congress-B 7thD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. F Bengtsson vs H Nissen  1-0511916Nordic Congress-B 7thC26 Vienna
10. J A Brekke vs F Bengtsson  0-1701916Nordic Congress-B 7thD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. V Brodersen vs F Bengtsson  0-1181916Nordic Congress-B 7thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. F Bengtsson vs J Juhl  1-0501916Nordic Congress-B 7thC10 French
13. K Kullberg vs F Bengtsson  1-0221916Nordic Congress-B 7thC45 Scotch Game
14. F Bengtsson vs E Jacobsen  ½-½451916Nordic Chess CongressC56 Two Knights
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Mar-13-08  percyblakeney: Frans G. Bengtsson (1894-1954) was a Swedish author. He wrote among other things the very popular Röde Orm (English title: The Long Ships). He was also interested in chess, and one of his essays is on the subject (Schackspelare, from Sällskap för en eremit, 1938). Some freely translated quotes:

<Why I, for a long time filled with the strongest obsession, never became more than a simple amateur, was something I couldn’t understand myself. For years I exclusively spent my time with chess (even though it to the very last was claimed that I was studying at the University): I played chess, read chess, dreamed chess, had my head filled with openings, variations and master games, had memorised every prize winner in all the international tournaments from 1851 onwards, and saw Doctor Emanuel Lasker as the most noble flower of German culture, after Schopenhauer.>

<I probably had some talent for the game and could find fun combinations (of a simple sort); but what I lacked was strength of character, especially balance and patience. My wish was that the games would be romantic and sensational and be finished after fireworks already in the middlegame; and this happened often enough but not in the way I had planned; since it was usually I and not the opponent that was buried under the remains of the explosions.>

<Theoretically I realised full well that you should play serious games prosaically and solidly and be happy with being pawn up after 40 moves, to go on to win slowly in the endgame; but in practice I never managed to follow this philosophy, and the endgame seemed to me like a sad occupation, something meant for eunuchs, when the queens were gone.>

<To my great surprise I thus only reached an unsatisfactory position in the only Nordic tournament I ever participated in; and I realised that my life was a failure and slowly started to occupy myself with other things, without ever being able to totally obliterate the old passion.>

<The amateurs is a big group, mainly consisting of the violently chess intoxicated and endlessly hopeful young players that live with chess day and night but for some reason not yet have become masters. Every one of them is, according to their own objective proof, clearly stronger than the others in spite of many losses and one or two last spot finishes; and why he isn’t yet club champion, champion of the district, Swedish Champion, Nordic Champion, International Master or Grandmaster is in fact a very complicated story, filled with tragical twists of fate, that he likes to inform you about.>

F Bengtsson vs E Jacobsen, 1916 was played in the tournament mentioned in the second to last quote above, where Bengtsson finished sixth. The next year Jacobsen won the Danish Championship, while Bengtsson decided to become a writer rather than a chess player.

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