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Alexander Flamberg
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1900 to 1919

Overall record: +26 -27 =12 (49.2%)*
   * 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:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C84 C87 C82 C68 C66
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C84 C87
 King's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    C33 C36 C34
 Ruy Lopez, Open (4) 
    C82 C80 C83
 French Defense (4) 
    C02 C10 C11 C14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C68 C84 C83 C66
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C37 C33 C39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rubinstein vs Flamberg, 1919 0-1
   Leonhardt vs Flamberg, 1912 0-1
   Flamberg vs Rubinstein, 1910 1-0
   Flamberg vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vilnius All-Russian Masters (1912)
   Abbazia (1912)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Abbazia 1912 by sneaky pete
   All Russian Masters St Petersburg 1914 by Mrs. Alekhine

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(born 1880, died Jan-24-1926, 45 years old) Poland

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Alexander Davidovich Flamberg was Warsaw champion in 1901, 1902 and 1910. In other tournaments he was 2nd at St Petersburg 1911, 5th at Vilna 1912, 1st at Warsaw 1913, 3rd at St Petersburg 1913-14 (half a point behind Aron Nimzowitsch and Alexander Alekhine), 1st at Baden-Baden 1914 and 2nd at Warsaw 1919. In two matches in 1910 he beat Efim Bogoljubov (+3, =0, -0) and lost to Akiba Rubinstein (+0, =1, -4).

Wikipedia article: Alexander Flamberg

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flamberg vs Winawer 0-1741900Odds game000 Chess variants
2. Rubinstein vs Flamberg 1-0411906Four cycles tournamentD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Rubinstein vs Flamberg ½-½751906LodzD05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Flamberg vs Rubinstein 0-1381906LodzC87 Ruy Lopez
5. Flamberg vs Salwe  1-0311906LodzC87 Ruy Lopez
6. Chigorin vs Flamberg  ½-½221906LodzC49 Four Knights
7. Flamberg vs Salwe 0-1361906LodzC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. Chigorin vs Flamberg  0-1271906LodzC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Flamberg vs Chigorin  0-1501906Lodz (Match)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Salwe vs Flamberg  ½-½601906Lodz (Poland)C50 Giuoco Piano
11. Flamberg vs Rubinstein 1-0401910Warsaw-ccC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Flamberg vs Rubinstein 0-1291910Warsaw City Championship MatchC29 Vienna Gambit
13. Rubinstein vs Flamberg  1-0311910Warsaw City Championship MatchD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Flamberg vs Rubinstein  ½-½321910WTZGSz 10th anniversary tournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Flamberg vs Rubinstein 0-1421911Warsaw City Championship 1912C11 French
16. Flamberg vs B M Konstansky 1-0291911?C10 French
17. Flamberg vs Spielmann 0-1411912AbbaziaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Leonhardt vs Flamberg 0-1271912AbbaziaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Flamberg vs G Nyholm  1-0291912AbbaziaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Reti vs Flamberg 1-0371912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
21. E Cohn vs Flamberg  0-1261912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Duras vs Flamberg 0-1221912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Flamberg vs J Szekely  0-1301912AbbaziaC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
24. S Rosselli del Turco vs Flamberg  0-1221912AbbaziaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Spielmann vs Flamberg  1-0391912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
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Aug-15-03  AgentRgent: A Flamberg is a sword.


Aug-15-03  AgentRgent: Ok, are my eyes are playing tricks on me, or did someone just change this to Aleksander in the last few min?
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  Calli: Flamberg (1880-1926) died relatively young in his native Warsaw. Therefore the last four games here are played by some other Flamberg.
Aug-16-03  PVS: 1910 was his big year. He won the Warsaw championship ahead of Rubinstein and beat Bogoljubov in a match +4=1.
Aug-21-03  AgentRgent: "Ok, are my eyes are playing tricks on me, or did someone just change this to Aleksander in the last few min?"

<Admins never sleep ;-)> Damn, you're sneaky!

Aug-21-03  Sylvester: <AgentRgent> I wanted to tell how much I enjoyed our game but they would not let me send a message to you though their system because I have not paid my fee yet. Just send me a challenge when you are ready to play again. Thanks again for playing me.
Apr-04-05  aragorn69: <chessgames> As <Calli> already mentioned quite some time ago, Alexander Flamberg died in 1926 : all posterior games are either by somebody else or by his ghost.

You will also find the score of one of his best games (arguably of historical significance !) in Edward Winter's C.N. 3692, at

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  Calli: OK, corrected. Thank you CG!
Dec-15-07  Karpova: Donaldson/Minev:
<Alexander Flamberg (1880-1926) is not well known today, but he was one of the strongest Polish players of his time, eclipsed only by Rubinstein, Janowsky, and Salwe, of those who came up before the First World War. Born in Warsaw, Flamberg moved to England as a youngster. There he learned the game and was taught its fine points by Richard Teichmann. When he returned to Warsaw at the turn of the century he was immediately considered one of its best players, a status he confirmed by winning the city championships in 1901 and 1902. Later highlights included winning a match against Bogolyubov (+4, -0, =1) in 1910 and finishing third behind Alekhine and Nimzovitch at St. Petersburg 1914. The latter was a qualification event for the great St. Petersburg tournament of that year (won by Lasker); Flamberg missed his chance to play by only half a point.

In 1914, he played in Mannheim, Germany, and when war commenced he was interned along with other Russian players. He played in five tournaments arranged by the internees, and in one of them, a double-round event at Baden-Baden in 1914, he won first prize ahead of Bogolyubov, I. L. Rabinovich, and Romanovsky.

Around 1916 Flamberg was allowed to return to Warsaw and promptly played in its 1916 event. He also played in Warsaw 1917 and 1919, and was active in domestic tournaments right up until the end of his life. He died on January 24, 1926, in Warsaw.>

"The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Uncrowned King" by IM Donaldson and IM Minev, page 213.

Jan-18-09  Karpova: From C.N. 5952

<The writer of the article, Tomasz Lissowski (Warsaw), tells us:

‘Flamberg used the “modern” form of his forename, Aleksander, but the inscription on his grave at the Jewish Cemetery, Okopowa Str., Warsaw states that his first name was Avrohom.’>


There's also a picture of Flamberg's grave.

Jan-21-09  Karpova: From C.N. 5963

According to Avital Pilpel (Haifa, Israel) Flamberg had two forenames - Avrohom and Aleksander - to make assimilation easier.

Translation of what is written on the gravestone in Hebrew:

<“Here is buried
The bachelor Avrohom Alexander
Son of David Flamberg
Died on the tenth of the month of Shvat 5686
Aged 45 years
[mourned by] His parents and sisters.”>


Jul-21-12  Karpova: Flamberg won a double-round robin tournament played by the russian prisoners of war at the beginning of WWI in Baden-Baden (in December they had to leave for Triberg):

Final Standing (after 12 rounds)

1. Flamberg 9.0
2. Bogoljubov 8.0
3. Rabinovich 6.0
4-5. Romanovsky 5.5
4-5. Selezniev 5.5
6. Maliutin 5.0
7. Weinstein 3.0

Source: Page 33 of the '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung' 1915

May-30-13  Karpova: According to page 276 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung', Flamberg played a match against Theodor von Scheve in Warsaw, December 1901. No result is given.

<Flamberg ist übrigens kein homo novus. Er hat bereits in einem Wettkampf gegen Th. von Scheve (Warschau, 1901, Dezember) mit Auszeichnung gekämpft.>

May-30-13  Karpova: Additional information on the match against von Scheve are provided on page 345 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

<A. Flamberg gewann in einem unbeendeten Wettkampfe gegen Meister v. Scheve, Warschau Anfang 1902, eine Partie ex 3.>

Together with the above post the following can be reconstructed:

Match between Theodor von Scheve and Alexander Flamberg in Warsaw, December 1901 to January 1902. The match was not finished but it appears that 3 games were played in January alone and he won 1 of those games.

Jan-11-14  Karpova: In April 1913, Oldrich Duras conducted a chess tour through Russia, and on this occasion played a small double-round robin tournament in Warsaw:

1. Flamberg 3.0
2. Duras 2.0
3. Lewitzky 1.0

Flamberg vs Duras +1 -1
Flamberg vs Lewitzky +2
Duras vs Lewitzky =2

Source: Page 203 of the July 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Alexander Flamberg!!
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