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E Voellmy 
Photograph courtesy of Hans Rudolf Voellmy.  
Erwin Voellmy
Number of games in database: 55
Years covered: 1920 to 1936
Overall record: +20 -22 =12 (48.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D51 D52
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D05 A50 D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D51 D61
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(born Sep-09-1886, died Jan-15-1951, 64 years old) Switzerland

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Dr. Erwin Voellmy was born in Herzogenbuchsee, Switzerland.

He was Swiss Champion in 1911 (jointly), 1920 and 1922. A mathematics teacher by profession he edited for 40 years the chess column in "Basler Nachrichten" and was the Swiss representative at the first FIDE (World Chess Federation) meeting in 1924. He also was the chief editor of the Swiss Chess Magazine and wrote various chess books as well as mathematics textbooks and tables of logarithms.

Apart from chess he was a talented illustrator, watercolorist and woodcarver. He passed away in Basel in 1951.

Wikipedia article: Erwin Voellmy

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Voellmy vs Maracini  1-021 1920 SMX LuganoC29 Vienna Gambit
2. E Voellmy vs G Cenni  1-023 1922 ITA-SUI mD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. G Cenni vs E Voellmy  1-029 1922 ITA-SUI mB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. E Voellmy vs J A Seitz  ½-½36 1923 SUI-South GermanyD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. J A Seitz vs E Voellmy  ½-½21 1923 SUI-South GermanyD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. E Voellmy vs D Daniuszewski 1-029 1924 Paris f-BA50 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E Voellmy vs F Lazard  ½-½65 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Reca vs E Voellmy  ½-½50 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-146 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. J O'Hanlon vs E Voellmy  0-124 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BC45 Scotch Game
11. G Renaud vs E Voellmy  0-126 1924 Paris ol (Men) prel-8A48 King's Indian
12. E Voellmy vs J Schulz Sr  1-040 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. R Rey Ardid vs E Voellmy  ½-½33 1924 Paris ol (Men) prel-8D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. R Grau vs E Voellmy  ½-½15 1924 Paris ol (Men) f-BD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. J Storr-Best vs E Voellmy 0-118 1925 Bromley prel CB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. J H Morrison vs E Voellmy  0-145 1925 Bromley prel CB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. E Voellmy vs Alekhine 1-030 1925 Clock simul, 10bC12 French, McCutcheon
18. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-133 1925 Bromley prel CD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. E Voellmy vs Factor  1-034 1928 OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. V Marin y Llovet vs E Voellmy  0-139 1928 OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. M Brody vs E Voellmy  1-034 1928 OlympiadD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. E Voellmy vs E Hellmann  1-039 1928 OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
23. Koltanowski vs E Voellmy 1-041 1928 den HaagD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. V Fernandez Coria vs E Voellmy  ½-½32 1928 OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. F Gygli vs E Voellmy  0-143 1930 SUI-ch 34thD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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Mar-06-05  fgh: Does anybody have some information about this guy?
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  cu8sfan: Yes I do. He's my boss' grandfather. I already asked him to supply some information for his biography. Erwin Voellmy was also a writer of chess books.
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  Calli: <cu8sfan> Ein neues Buch auf Doktor Voellmy:

Mar-12-05  nikolaas: His name sounds like some Dutch origins, more precisely the netherlands. Is that true?
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  Calli: Ich weis nicht. Posted the link, thinking that someone might order the booklet and we would get more info.
Sep-03-06  BIDMONFA: Dr. Erwin Voellmy


Sep-03-07  brankat: An interesting character, Dr.Voellmy. A man of many talents.
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  whiteshark: Link to the title of his disertation in 1916:
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  Ron: <whiteshark> Thanks for the link. From the link I found the title of the dissertation of a math professor who plays chess with me sometimes. One can also find dissertation titles for Euwe and Lasker. It seems Lasker studied under David Hilbert, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time.
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  whiteshark: <Ron> Hey, that's great! I also posted the links for Max Euwe and Emanuel Lasker. Maybe some else will be inspired by them, like you. :D
Sep-03-08  DoctorD: Erwin Voellmy

The Problemist, 1912

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  Nosnibor: He wrote an excellent elementary book on the game Die Anfangsgundre des Scachspiels which went through many editions.His chief work however was a four volume book on the middle game entitled Schachtaktik
Sep-09-13  lentil: <DoctorD> Looks like 1. Qe3 is the solution: (1. ... Rxh8 2. Qxa7#; 1. ... b6 2. Qe4#; 1. ... N moves or ... Ra1; 2. Bh2#)
Sep-09-13  detritus: I think 1. Qe3 is spoiled by 1. ... Ng3. I believe 1. Qh2 does the trick, then 1. ... Rxh2 2. Bxh2#, or if the knight moves for discovered check, 2. Be5 is mate.
Sep-09-13  DoctorD: The second chapter of Sacking the Citadel by Jon Edwards has as its basis Voellmy's article (Vom Rochadeangriff:Ein Beitrag zum Theorie des Mittelspiels, Schweizerische Schachzeitung 1911) and credits Voellmy with the first taxonomical classification of the Greek gift sacrifice.
Sep-09-13  DoctorD: <Detritus> is correct, the key is the clearance 1. Qh2.
Sep-09-13  jhelix70: <<The second chapter of Sacking the Citadel by Jon Edwards ... credits Voellmy with the first taxonomical classification of the Greek gift sacrifice.>>

Vukovic does the same thing in his classic "The Art of Attack"

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