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Sandor Takacs
Number of games in database: 85
Years covered: 1920 to 1932

Overall record: +28 -29 =26 (49.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (14) 
    A15 A14 A13 A12
 Reti System (5) 
    A04 A06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A34 A30 A39
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A20 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Alekhine's Defense (9) 
    B05 B02 B03
 Sicilian (5) 
    B32 B73 B20 B43 B83
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E12 E17 E15
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    E00 D01 E10
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E34 E20 E42 E37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Takacs vs Rubinstein, 1929 1-0
   Marshall vs S Takacs, 1928 1/2-1/2
   V Vukovic vs S Takacs, 1922 0-1
   E G Sergeant vs S Takacs, 1928 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   Vienna (1923)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Vienna (1922)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1928/29 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-10-1893, died Apr-22-1932, 39 years old) Hungary

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Sándor Takács, born Károly Sydlauer, was a Hungarian master. He finished 1st= at Hastings 1928-29 and 4th= at Hastings 1929-30.

Wikipedia article: S%C3%A1ndor Tak%C3%A1cs

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 85  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Krejcik vs S Takacs 1-061920Wenen rapidA06 Reti Opening
2. S Takacs vs J Krejcik 0-161920Wenen blitzA52 Budapest Gambit
3. Rubinstein vs S Takacs 1-0241922International TournamentE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Rubinstein vs S Takacs 1-0241922ViennaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. S Takacs vs Tartakower 0-1381922ViennaD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
6. Maroczy vs S Takacs 1-0751922ViennaE17 Queen's Indian
7. S Takacs vs Alekhine 0-1351922ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
8. H Wolf vs S Takacs  1-0651922ViennaB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. S Takacs vs Spielmann  0-1321922ViennaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Reti vs S Takacs  1-0761922ViennaC00 French Defense
11. S Takacs vs Kmoch  ½-½341922ViennaD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. Saemisch vs S Takacs 1-0451922ViennaA22 English
13. S Takacs vs Gruenfeld 1-0771922ViennaA15 English
14. Bogoljubov vs S Takacs  ½-½871922ViennaB32 Sicilian
15. S Takacs vs Tarrasch  ½-½371922ViennaC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
16. V Vukovic vs S Takacs 0-1371922ViennaE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. S Takacs vs I Koenig  ½-½301922ViennaA15 English
18. W Fick vs S Takacs  0-1451923Holland vs Hakoah Chess ClubA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Haida vs S Takacs 0-1411923Vienna CC Schlechter vs Brno CCA15 English
20. S R Wolf vs S Takacs  0-1621923ViennaB20 Sicilian
21. S Takacs vs Gruenfeld  ½-½461923ViennaA20 English
22. T Gruber vs S Takacs  0-1461923ViennaA12 English with b3
23. S Takacs vs A Becker  0-1361923ViennaA12 English with b3
24. L Steiner vs S Takacs  1-0481923ViennaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. S Takacs vs Tartakower  0-1411923ViennaA20 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  nasmichael: I was curious about who Takacs was. In a brief search, I found the name in a list of people liberated from Bergen-Belsen "concentration camp" (technically recognized as a transit center and not officially given concentration camp status) in Lower Saxony, by a Rezsö Kasztner. This Takacs, a Hungarian, was born in 1902, and was a doctor. Is this the same person who played Rubenstein?
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  nasmichael: 1922? Rubinstein vs S Takacs, 1922
Nov-26-04  sneaky pete: <nasmichael> No. The chessplayer Sandor (or Alexander) Takacs, born in Miskolc (Hungary) February 10, 1893, died in Antwerp (Belgium) April 22, 1932.
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  nasmichael: Many thanks, <sneaky Pete>. What can you tell me about his life? What did he pursue in his life other than chess? Of what did he die? What brought him to Antwerp?
Feb-10-06  BIDMONFA: Sandor Takacs

TAKACS, Sandor

Feb-11-06  Eastfrisian: <nasmichael> It is told, that his former name was Karl Sydlauer. I don't know, why he changed his name. In WW 1 he was heavy injured, but he was a good businessman and later he became a wealthy man. As next he was in love to a woman, but not with a good end. He shot himself in the breast, survived, but his lounge was injured for the rest of his life.

When life in Hungary became harder (political problems) he settled over to Vienna, where he lost the rest of his money. He played brige and Billard very good, but turned over to chess, when he won some smaller tournaments.

Why he turned then over to Belgium is not known, but here he had no money and was too proud to ask his relatives for money. His injured lounge and the stavration, in which he lived, should have been the reasons of his death.

I can't confirm this all, but I have it from German Chess Writer Helmut Wieteck, Andernach, written in "Europa-Rochade" 1986.

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  whiteshark: Player of the Day:

Playing at Meran 1924: and at Budapest 1926:

Can you identify/spot Takacs on these pictures ?

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  Calli: In the Meran picture, he is standing in the center of the back row looking to his right. For the complete key to the photo see Chess Note 4669. Scroll above
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  whiteshark: Thank you, <Calli>!
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  Calli: But where is he in the Budapest picture? Maybe 5th from left wearing glasses?
Mar-21-10  Eastfrisian: I would say he is the third from right (back row)
Feb-10-11  bravado1: It's said in Wikipedia that he died in Budapest. Now, where does the Antwerp story fit? Also, there's no mention of his love affair and later bankruptcy.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P <Sandor Takacs>.B.T.W.,Congratz for being <Player of the Day> for Thursday February 10th,2011.
Aug-01-12  Karpova: According to page 146 of the 1932 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', Takacs remained in a hospital at least from autumn 1931 onwards. Once his condition became so bad that he knew he would soon die, he was transferred back to Budapest where he died one week later ('Erst als der Tod an sein Krankenlager trat, ließ sich zurück nach Budapest bringen, wo er eine Woche später starb').
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  perfidious: <Karpova> The year 1932 was an annus horribilis for chess players: besides Takacs, we lost Frederick D Yates, Daniel Noteboom, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Rudolf Johannes Loman et al.
Nov-10-13  Karpova: 48-board Simul on October 10, 1924, in Vienna lasting 4 hours with the score +43 -2 =3.

On November 14, 1924, he played a 14-board Blind Simul and scored in 5 hours +11 -1 =2

From page 332 of the November 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  MissScarlett: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23rd June 1932, p.28:

<The recent death at Budapest of Alexander Takacs has removed from European chess circles an interesting figure, who, while he never took rank as a grand master, yet made his presence felt whenever he participated in an important tournament. Because of his restless energy he was one of the most dangerous of opponents. [...]

Until he returned to his home in April he had been staying at a sanatorium near Antwerp for nearly a year, suffering from lung trouble. Takacs was a Hungarian by birth, but gained his chess experience in Vienna. He was 39 years of age.>

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sandor Takacs.
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