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Anthony Cornelis Kosten
Number of games in database: 347
Years covered: 1980 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2461
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542
Overall record: +129 -75 =140 (57.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (32) 
    A13 A16 A10 A14 A15
 Sicilian (25) 
    B82 B33 B81 B96 B23
 English, 1 c4 e5 (21) 
    A20 A29 A25 A28 A22
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C88 C80 C92 C90 C77
 Two Knights (14) 
 Giuoco Piano (12) 
    C50 C53
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B90 B56 B96 B93 B83
 Bogo Indian (21) 
 French Defense (17) 
    C18 C11 C05 C01 C07
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E32 E21 E33 E20 E56
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 E00 A40 A45 A41
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C70 C65 C64 C97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 1/2-1/2
   A Howell Williams vs A Kosten, 1982 0-1
   A Kosten vs Hebden, 1982 1-0
   K Berg vs A Kosten, 1981 0-1
   A Kosten vs E El Gindy, 2003 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs Hebden, 1987 1-0
   A Kosten vs O Kirsanov, 2001 1-0
   A Kosten vs I Farago, 1992 1-0
   A Kosten vs J Rudd, 2007 1-0
   A Kosten vs E Schiller, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2007)
   20th European Club Cup (2004)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Team Championship (2014)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   100th British Championship (2013)

   S Maze vs A Kosten (Nov-27-16) 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs F Libiszewski (Nov-27-16) 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs B Lalic (Nov-26-16) 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs P Velten (Jun-03-14) 1-0
   A Kosten vs S Boyd (Jun-01-14) 1-0

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(born Jul-24-1958, 58 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality France)

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Anthony Cornelis Kosten was born on 24th of July 1958. He was awarded the IM title in 1984 and is now a GM (1990).

Wikipedia article: Anthony Kosten

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 347  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Kosten vs Kurajica 1-038 1980 Evening Standard Chess CongressB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
2. K Berg vs A Kosten 0-113 1981 LewishamC29 Vienna Gambit
3. A Kosten vs A Kuligowski  0-129 1981 Lewisham opB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. A Kosten vs E Schiller  1-041 1981 It (open)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. Korchnoi vs A Kosten  1-039 1982 London LBE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Kosten vs A J Whiteley  1-034 1982 London League matchD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
7. A Howell Williams vs A Kosten  0-124 1982 London League matchA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. A Kosten vs Hebden 1-036 1982 Torquay ch-ENGA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
9. A Kosten vs Speelman ½-½7 1982 BCF-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
10. Miles vs A Kosten 1-054 1982 BCF-chA13 English
11. Hebden vs A Kosten  1-059 1983 Southport ch70-BCFB83 Sicilian
12. J Horner vs A Kosten  ½-½69 1984 Robert Silk YMC16 French, Winawer
13. A Kosten vs Miles 0-145 1984 BCF-chA47 Queen's Indian
14. A Kosten vs Chandler  0-140 1985 EnglandB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
15. A Kosten vs Miles  ½-½40 1985 ?B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. E Schiller vs A Kosten  0-177 1985 London (England)C15 French, Winawer
17. A Kosten vs Barbero  1-039 1986 It (open)C66 Ruy Lopez
18. Balashov vs A Kosten 1-026 1986 Minsk 42/366C18 French, Winawer
19. A Kosten vs Psakhis  ½-½47 1986 MinskB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. Khalifman vs A Kosten  0-148 1986 It (cat.9)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Kupreichik vs A Kosten  0-134 1986 MinskC18 French, Winawer
22. Gelfand vs A Kosten  0-137 1986 It (cat.9)C05 French, Tarrasch
23. Kupreichik vs A Kosten  0-134 1986 MinskC18 French, Winawer
24. Barbero vs A Kosten  ½-½44 1987 Kecskemet (Hungary)E16 Queen's Indian
25. Hort vs A Kosten  0-131 1987 GenevaB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Aug-21-06  HolyKnight: book sorry not bood
Sep-11-06  Brown: <HolyKnight> If I had a bood, I'd back it too! The Classical Dutch. Does Webb play the Bird as white?
Jun-30-07  FICSwoodpusher: I see that this nice game is not yet in the database:

[Event "4NCL 2006-07"]
[Site "Coventry ENG"]
[Date "2007.01.13"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Kosten, A"]
[Black "Rudd, J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2534"]
[BlackElo "2359"]
[ECO "A36"]
[Opening "English, Ultra-Symmetrical V"]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. a3 e5 6. b4 cxb4 7. axb4 Nxb4 8. Ba3 Nc6 9. Nb5 Nge7 10. Bd6 O-O 11. Bc7 Qe8 12. Nd6 Nf5 13. Nxe8 Rxe8 14. c5 e4 15. Ra4 Nfd4 16. e3 Ne6 17. Bd6 1-0

Jul-17-07  alter: Kosten's book "The Dynamic English" has to be one of the best repertoire books ever written. Also, his articles in Kingpin are highly recommended.
Sep-09-07  tammany: Mr. Kosten. I've owned your "Easy Guide to the Najdorf" for at least a year now. I love the Najdorf. If it didn't exist I honestly don't know if I would love chess as much or even at all. I will soon take up the mantle for the KID in my repertoire and I hope to say the same then. Happy Trails to you....
Sep-09-07  tammany: ... and How do you know when you're ready for the poison pawn?
Sep-09-07  tammany: And Gata Kamsky was on ICC earlier tonight chatting in 103 and then playing regular people 3 2 from his laptop. It felt special. Thank You Gata.
Jun-07-08  Zygalski: If you can get hold of a copy, Kosten's "Latvian Gambit Lives!" is the definitive guide to this ultra-sharp opening. 224 pages of incredibly detailed analysis covering all likely lines. I suggest going to amazon then using the "used & new" section. You should be able to get a new copy for under $10 US or around £5.
Jun-07-08  Nikita Smirnov: I like his book The Latvian Gmabit.
Premium Chessgames Member We found some sources indicate that Tony's birthday is July 24th (not the 27th as shown above). For example, Polish Wikipedia ( as well as our prolific kibitzer BIDMONFA.

Can anybody confirm the true birthday?

Jun-07-08  Karpova: <>
Jeremy Gaige gives his birthday as July 24th also.
Jun-09-08  Nikita Smirnov: <Can anybody confirm the true birthday?>

Yes,he himself.
But if I'm right there are some books where it is written 24th July.I don't remember which book.Bur I think it was written by a person who knows him well.

Jul-24-08  rjfsworstnightmare: Happy Birthday Tony! I like your book on the Philidor, how White can favorably open up the semiclosed position to advantage... Winning doesn't suck!! Thanks!!!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Anthony!
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  TheAlchemist: Too bad his game against Farago isn't in the database, I'll upload it. Anyway, here it is:

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Bg2 Nd4 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.h3 Be6 10.f4 c6 11.Ne2 Bc5 12.Bf3 Qb6 13.Kf1 Be3 14.Kg2 exf4 15.gxf4 Bxc1 16.Qxc1 d5 17.f5 dxe4 18.dxe4 Bd7 19.e5 Ng8 20.c5 Qc7 21.e6 fxe6 22.fxe6 Bxe6 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Qg5 Nf6 25.Rae1+ Kf8 26.Rhf1 h5 27.Bd5 (27.Re6) Rh6 (27...Qd8 28.Re8!!) 28.Qxh6 gxh6 29.Rxf6+ Kg7 30.Rf7+ Kg6 31.Bb3 (31.Ne6) Qa5 32.Nf3 Re8 33.Rxe8 Bxe8 34.Ne5+ Kg5 35.h4+ Kxh4 36.Nf3+ (36...Kg4 37.Be6#) 1-0

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  twinlark: I have his book on the Latvian Gambit also. Very interesting little volume it is, too.
Oct-12-08  deadlyking: some people say that when he plays the english, he doesnt play what he wrote in his book "The Dymanic English", but he does in his more recent games, like after he wrote his book
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  whiskeyrebel: We can only hold him to it for so long. Where ever you are Tony, you've proven your point.
Sep-28-09  WhiteRook48: the Zelcic game is so famous
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  wordfunph: scanning his books, i read that French GM Tony Kosten's first chess hero was Bobby Fischer.

happy birthday Tony!

Jul-16-12  Wyatt Gwyon: What are your thoughts on "The Dynamic English"?
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kosten!
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  parisattack: On the '100 Most Searched for out-of-print books' Kosten's Advance French is #31.

Seems to run $3-$10 on Abe and Amazon...

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  PhilFeeley: It seems a number of his games aren't here. One from 1992 against his main nemesis Norwood is in Jon Watson's book "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy" (at least up to move 23. For the rest, search the world!)
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  diagonal: Perhaps the most memorable tournament triumph of Anthony Kosten was at the 1st Geneva Open Festival of 1986 (170 players, including several grandmasters, among them Anthony Miles, Miguel Quinteros or Armenian Smbat Lputian from the Soviet Union).

The event was nine rounds and Kosten won all of his first eight games. This was sufficient to already guarantee him first place ahead of a strong international field. In the final round game, Anthony Kosten accepted an offer of a draw from his compatriot, Glenn Flear. He agreed after some half an hour´s deliberation, for the position was lost for Flear. That acceptance prevented Kosten from achieving a perfect 9/9 score.

Then IM Kosten won the first Geneva Open, "Championnat internationale d'échecs de Genève" (FIDE president Florencio Campomanes was member of the Comité de Patronage; Anatoly Karpov visited the event for a private dinner with the organizers), outright a full point ahead of sole second GM Lars Karlsson.

Wikipedia, and DIE SCHACHWOCHE, no.5 and no. 6 /1986

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