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Erwin Voellmy
E Voellmy 
Photograph courtesy of Hans Rudolf 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 in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D51 D52
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 A46 D02
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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Voellmy vs Maracini  1-0211920SMX LuganoC29 Vienna Gambit
2. E Voellmy vs G Cenni  1-0231922ITA-SUID63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. G Cenni vs E Voellmy  1-0291922ITA-SUIB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. J A Seitz vs E Voellmy  ½-½211923SUI-South GermanyD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. E Voellmy vs J A Seitz  ½-½361923SUI-South GermanyD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. E Voellmy vs D Daniuszewski 1-0291924Paris f-BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. E Voellmy vs J Schulz Sr  1-0401924Paris ol (Men) f-BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. G Renaud vs E Voellmy  0-1261924Paris ol (Men) prel-8A48 King's Indian
9. D Reca vs E Voellmy  ½-½501924Paris ol (Men) f-BD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. J J O'Hanlon vs E Voellmy  0-1241924Paris ol (Men) f-BC45 Scotch Game
11. R Rey Ardid vs E Voellmy  ½-½331924Paris ol (Men) prel-8D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. E Voellmy vs F Lazard  ½-½651924Paris ol (Men) f-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. R Grau vs E Voellmy  ½-½151924Paris ol (Men) f-BD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-1461924Paris ol (Men) f-BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-1331925Bromley prel CD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. J Storr-Best vs E Voellmy 0-1181925Bromley prel CB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. J H Morrison vs E Voellmy  0-1451925Bromley prel CB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. E Voellmy vs Alekhine 1-0301925Clock simul, 10bC12 French, McCutcheon
19. E Voellmy vs Factor  1-0341928OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Koltanowski vs E Voellmy 1-0411928OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. V Fernandez Coria vs E Voellmy  ½-½321928OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. E Voellmy vs E Hellmann  1-0391928OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
23. M Brody vs E Voellmy  1-0341928OlympiadD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. V Marin y Llovet vs E Voellmy  0-1391928OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. G Leal vs E Voellmy  1-0321930SUI-ch 34thE12 Queen's Indian
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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


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  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

White to play and mate in 2

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Sep-09-13  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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