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Jens Enevoldsen
Number of games in database: 176
Years covered: 1933 to 1972
Overall record: +50 -68 =58 (44.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-23-1907, died May-23-1980, 72 years old) Denmark

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Jens Enevoldsen was born in Aalborg, Denmark. He was Danish champion in 1940 (after a play-off), 1943, 1947 (after a play-off), 1948 and 1960. He was an International Master.

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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 176  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch 1-0401933CopenhagenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Stahlberg vs J Enevoldsen  ½-½241933Copenhagen PolitikenD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. A Vajda vs J Enevoldsen 1-0261933OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. G Page vs J Enevoldsen 0-1251933OlympiadC11 French
5. J Enevoldsen vs Tartakower  0-1491933OlympiadD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. J Enevoldsen vs Fine ½-½371933OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. J Enevoldsen vs G A Thomas  0-1541933OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
8. A Dunkelblum vs J Enevoldsen  0-1391933OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. J Enevoldsen vs E R Lundin  0-1331934Nordisk SkakforbundD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. B Kostic vs J Enevoldsen  1-0381935OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
11. E Eliskases vs J Enevoldsen  1-0251935OlympiadD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
12. J Enevoldsen vs B Rasmusson  1-0271935OlympiadD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. L Laurine vs J Enevoldsen  1-0381935OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. J Enevoldsen vs V Winz 1-0431935OlympiadA44 Old Benoni Defense
15. J Enevoldsen vs M Brody  ½-½431935OlympiadE61 King's Indian
16. J Enevoldsen vs H E Atkins  1-0361935OlympiadE61 King's Indian
17. J Rejfir vs J Enevoldsen 1-0271935OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
18. J Enevoldsen vs Dake  ½-½321935OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
19. K Havasi vs J Enevoldsen  1-0261935OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. J Enevoldsen vs E R Lundin  0-1311935OlympiadB72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. S Rosselli del Turco vs J Enevoldsen  ½-½251935OlympiadD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. A Muffang vs J Enevoldsen  ½-½401935OlympiadD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. F van Seters vs J Enevoldsen  1-0401936Hastings 35/36 Premier ReservesD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
24. J Enevoldsen vs S Landau  0-1321936Hastings 35/36 Premier ReservesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J Enevoldsen vs Erik Andersen 1-0261937Ch DENE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
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May-04-04  Poulsen: IM Jens Enevoldsen was the no. 1 player in Denmark before IGM Bent Larsen.

Famous game: J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933

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  Benzol: Jens Enevoldsen
Born 23rd September 1907 in Copenhagen
Died 23rd May 1980
Danish champion in 1940 (after playoff), 1943, 1947 (after playoff), 1948 and 1960.
Oct-26-07  sfm: Jens Enevoldsen was an excellent and brillant chess writer. His chess self-biography "30 years at the chess board" and "World's best chess", vol.1+2 (In danish, never translated) are outstanding works.
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  Benzol: "Jens Enevoldsen died on May 23rd, 1980, aged 72.

Jens would probably be unknown to New Zealanders except Ortvin Sarapu and myself. My debt to Jens is almost the same as it is to Bill Reindler, for Jens gave 3 players the chance to lay the groundwork for their chess career - IGM Bent Larsen, IGM Walter Browne and myself. Each of us was able to live in his little attic flat in the middle of Copenhagen for a year, with no rent to pay and just chess to play. If the Danes deserve their reputation as "characters" then Jens helped get it for them. Cigar-smoking, brandy-drinking, music-loving and good-living were Jen's trademarks, along with his open-top Triumph Herald in a country of Volvo's, Volkswagens and Saabs. He earned his living with words, being Denmark's top writer on bridge and chess for many years. It is easy to dismiss lesser-known International Masters as being just that. Jen's achievements in chess were more than minor. He was an original endgame theorist, his work on R+P vs B being freely cribbed by Russians and others. He beat Tartakower in a match. He played in 10 Olympiads. His proudest chess exploit was beating Nimzowitsch with 6 consecutive knight sacrifices.....and all this was done as a dedicated chess amateur - he refused to take chess seriously in case he lost his love of it". - A personal appreciation by Ewen Green.

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  Gypsy: <... He was an original endgame theorist, his work on R+P vs B being freely cribbed by Russians and others. ...>

Enevoldsen, 1949. White wins.

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Enevoldsen, 1949. White wins.

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  brankat: Only a few days ago I read somewhere on these pages that Mr.Jens Enevoldsen was buried right next to his old friend and teacher A.Nimzowitsch.

And yes, then I found the link and saw the photo of their grave-site.

Jan-15-08  TheBB: <His proudest chess exploit was beating Nimzowitsch with 6 consecutive knight sacrifices>

J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933

I only count five knight offers. And they're not consecutive.

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  brankat: <TheBB> Aren't we ever fussy today :-)
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  Benzol: <Gypsy> I'm hoping you eventually post the solutions to those two problems. :)

<TheBB> Ewen's memory might be slightly at fault. Actually he wrote that in 1980. However, imagine what it was like to be with and playing chess with Jens Enevolsen, Bent Larsen and Walter Browne!

Jan-15-08  TheBB: <brankat> What?! I was promised <six consecutive> sacrifices. My chess heart was pounding wilder than ever before. But I was let down :(.
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  Gypsy: <Benzol: ... I'm hoping you eventually post the solutions to those two problems.> Yeah, I will get to it at some point. Presently, I am still exhausted from transcribing the Russian follow ups -- Baranov, 1954 and especially Majzelis, 1963 -- which can be found with yesterday's Live Game, Radjabov vs Van Wely, 2008.
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  brankat: <Gypsy> <I am still exhausted from transcribing the Russian follow ups -- Baranov, 1954 and especially Majzelis, 1963 ,,>

This kind of a work seems to be even more tiring than mountaineering :-)

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  Gypsy: It does <brankat>. I am just about to post the solution to the simpler of the Enevoldsen's studies, and I am about as tired as if I were leading over some full six pitches of rock. :-)
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  Gypsy: <Enevoldsen, 1949.> White wins.

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Before White can play Rxa7, Black king has to be pushed farther away: <1.Kc6 Bb6 2.Rd7+ Ke6> (If 2...Ke8 3.Kd6!, then either 3...Kf8 4.Ke6 Kg8 5.Rf7! and Rf1 and the White king decisively returns to the Pa7; or the bishop moves and White wins according to a process known from J. Berger, 1889 given bellow.) <3.Rb7! Be3> (3...Bf2 4.Rb2...; 3...Bd4 4.Rb4 Ke5 5.Rxe5!...) <3.Rb2!...> (The hits on the bishop gain time.) <3...Bg1 5.Re2+ Kf7 6.Kb7...> (Black king is now far enough. Still, all has to be meticulously set up.) <6...Kf8 7.Ka8! Kf7 8.Rg2!...> (Again, rook needs to reach 7-th rank with the help of a hit on the bishop.) <8...Bd4> (8...Bd4 9.Rd2... and 10.Rd7+) <9.Rg3!...> (The bishop now has to leave the files e,f, and g.) <9...Bd4 10.Rd3 Bg1 11.Rd7+ Ke8 12.Rxa7...> and wins.

Here is the auxiliary study by <J. Berger, 1889>. White wins (Black draws).

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<1.Ke6!> (Threatens to simultaneously hit the bishop and create mating threats; e.g., 1...Be3 2.Rd3!...) <1...Kf8 2.Rf7+! Kg8> (2...Ke8 3.Rb7...) <3.Kf6 and 4.Kg6> with a win.

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White plan is to force Black bishop to move so that it eventually can not run for a mat. <6.Rf1 Bh2 7.Rf2 Bg3> (A new motive appears after 7...Bd6 8.Rd2 Be7: 9.Ra2! Kf8 10.Ra8+...; if 7...Bg1, then 8.Rg2...) <8.Rg2...> and wins. If 8...Bf4, then 9.Kf5+... If 8...Bh4, then 9.Kh5+... And in all other cases the basic theme of concurrently hitting the bishop and threatening a back rank mate comes to play.

Btw, Black-to-play has a defense in the Berger position : 1...Kf8! 2.Ke6 Kg8! 3.Kf6... (If 3.Rf7 Bd4!, then White king can not get to g6.) 3...Kf8! =. For instance, 4.Rd6 Ba5! 5.Ra6 Bc3+. However, this defense does not apply to the Enevoldsen position because of the extra pawns.

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  whiteshark: A pleasant picture of Jens Enevoldsen:
Sep-23-09  BIDMONFA: Jens Enevoldsen


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  Benzol: A photo of two famous players that I've not seen before

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  brankat: R.I.P. master Enevoldsen.
Sep-23-12  sfm: 3 games

J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933
J Enevoldsen vs E Andersen, 1937
J Enevoldsen vs Keres, 1937

Sep-23-12  SimonWebbsTiger: good old Master Jens. His horn rimmed glasses and cigar in mouth meant much to Danish chess, like Nimzo, Larsen and Peter Heine.
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  TheFocus: <Besides playing chess, there is nothing more delightful than reading about chess> - Jens Enevoldsen.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jens Enevoldsen.
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