chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Max Blau
  
Number of games in database: 137
Years covered: 1944 to 1984

Overall record: +38 -58 =41 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B31 B80 B51 B43 B90
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C85 C73 C77 C70 C63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C85 C84
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C18 C12 C00 C14
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (6) 
    C85
 French (4) 
    C11 C00 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C99 C76 C73 C67 C83
 Slav (11) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D16
 King's Indian (5) 
    E69 E67 E78 E75
 Sicilian (5) 
    B92 B24 B28 B93
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    D25 D20
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A21 A20 A25
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Blau vs J H Donner, 1958 1-0
   Blau vs Smyslov, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Blau vs Keres, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Blau vs P Trifunovic, 1947 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni


Search Sacrifice Explorer for Max Blau
Search Google for Max Blau


MAX BLAU
(born Dec-19-1918, died Aug-25-1984, 65 years old) Germany (federation/nationality Switzerland)

[what is this?]

Max Blau was born in Munich, Germany. Awarded the IM title in 1953, he was Swiss champion in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1967 (Maschian took 1st, but was not a Swiss national). He played for Switzerland in all Olympiads from 1952 to 1968 and his best tournament result was 1st at Lucerne 1949.

Wikipedia article: Max Blau

Last updated: 2017-08-05 08:29:09

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 137  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blau vs M Christoffel 1-0481944BernC29 Vienna Gambit
2. Blau vs A Muffang  1-0611946FRA-SUIC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Muffang vs Blau  1-0351946FRA-SUID15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Blau vs P Trifunovic  ½-½561947Hilversum ZonalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. V Castaldi vs Blau  1-0491947Hilversum ZonalA25 English
6. Blau vs C H Alexander  ½-½611947Hilversum ZonalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Szabo vs Blau  ½-½261947Hilversum ZonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Blau vs A Tsvetkov 1-0341947Hilversum ZonalB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
9. Pachman vs Blau  1-0711947Hilversum ZonalC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
10. Blau vs T van Scheltinga  0-1421947Hilversum ZonalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Rossolimo vs Blau  1-0481947Hilversum ZonalA04 Reti Opening
12. Blau vs K Plater  1-0351947Hilversum ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. B O'Sullivan vs Blau  0-1371947Hilversum ZonalA47 Queen's Indian
14. C Doerner vs Blau 0-11111947Hilversum ZonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Blau vs O'Kelly  ½-½491947Hilversum ZonalC70 Ruy Lopez
16. Y Porat vs Blau  ½-½301947Hilversum ZonalE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. P Leepin vs Blau  0-1461950SUI-chC49 Four Knights
18. P Mueller-Breil vs Blau  ½-½301950SUI-chC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Blau vs O Naegeli  1-0611950SUI-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. Euwe vs Blau  1-0271950LucerneD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. G Pfeiffer vs Blau  1-0261952SUI-GERC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. Tylor vs Blau  0-1351952Hastings 1952/53E01 Catalan, Closed
23. Blau vs W Fairhurst  ½-½521952Hastings 1952/53A08 King's Indian Attack
24. J A Seitz vs Blau  ½-½481953Hastings 1952/53D02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Blau vs A Medina Garcia 1-0651953Hastings 1952/53C50 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 137  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Blau wins | Blau loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-22-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Max Blau
Born 19th December 1918 in Munich
Died 1984
Awarded the IM title in 1953 he won the Swiss championship 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1967.
Oct-27-05  Eastfrisian: He died on 25.08.1984 in Bern. His profession was probably a drawing-teacher.
Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .

Photo:
Blau at the 33rd Annual International Chess Congress at Hastings

http://tinyurl.com/6xp7dr

(30th December 1957)

Aug-25-08  Resignation Trap: <myschkin> Thanks for all of you information in recent weeks. Unfortunately, many of your photo links aren't working for me.

Is anybody else having this same problem?

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

Hey <mysche> that is not funny! I get the same prob's here ... *** to you have to convert them ?? Dork!

Cheers

ERROR: Please do not use the term *** on this site. Thank you.

Cool feature ;)

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

Sorry,
to both of you - you will (hopefully) find Max here:

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/325...

Pardon me

PS: to <myschkin> **** **** **** :)

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

<müsche>
you better lernen English better ... <prob's> is just *** hilarious

Fin

Dec-19-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <müsche> blau ???
Dec-19-09  BIDMONFA: Max Blau

BLAU, Max
http://www.bidmonfa.com/blau_max.htm
_

Dec-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <myschkin>, where art thou?

♪ alle Jahre wieder....♪

Dec-19-09  WhiteRook48: where art blau?
Jan-01-10  myschkin: °.^

„Yf they say the mone is blewe
We must believe that it is true.“

(source: Rede Me and Be Not Wroth ~1528, author unknown)

+ Frohes neues 2010 +

Dec-19-12  Kikoman: Rest In Peace IM Max Blau.
Dec-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: The little-known Max Blau defeated - God knows how -
The famous Kazimierz Plater And Miroslav Filip (a little later).
Dec-19-14  The17thPawn: A pity none of his Lucerne 1949 victories are here since he won the tournament.
Dec-19-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <Lucerne 1949>, International Invitation Tournament, pretty strong field back then:

1. Max Blau 5/7
(His biggest tournament cap)

2.-4.
Braslav Rabar 4.5
(Yugoslavia hosted the first Olympiad after World War II in Dubrovnik in 1950. The host team finished first, and Rabar, with the score of eight wins and two draws (90%), won an individual board Gold medal)

Wolfgang Unzicker 4.5
(Rapidly rising German, an elite player for decades, Lucerne tournament title defender from 1948, and again winner at Lucerne in 1951)

Henry Grob 4.5
(Winner at Ostende 1937 as best on tie-break, together with Fine and Keres; first Swiss player to be awarded as an IM in 1950 at its FIDE title inauguration; today remembered for popularizing "Grob's Attack" 1.g4, ... well, 1.g3 seems perfectly sound)

5. Hans Müller
(Austrian Author and multiple player at the Olympiads between 1928 and 1950)

6.-7.
Haije Kramer
(Back then a strong Dutchman, regular player for The Netherlands at the Olympiads between 1950 and 1962; today best known perhaps for co-authoring 'The Middle Game' with Max Euwe)

Eugène Znosko-Borovsky
(Apparently the last major tournament of legendary Znosko-Borovsky, then playing for France)

8. Serge Tordion
(Swiss Champion that year 1949, surprising winner in 1947, the first edition of the Lucerne series wasn't as strong as the follows-up)

The International Lucerne series lasted annually from 1947 to 1953, most prominent winner was Max Euwe in 1950 (joint with Pilnik).

Further prominent players at Lucerne, amongst others: Kottnauer (who won in 1952), Sämisch, Paoli, Barden, Prameshuber, Chantal Chaudé de Silans, and from Switzerland Martin Christoffel, Josef Kupper, Edwin Bhend or Peter Leepin (winner in 1953).

Unfortunately, no games from the winner, Max Blau.
A notable game from that event: B Rabar vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1949

Dec-20-15  thomastonk: <diagonal> Dutch newspapers gave a slightly different result: Blau 5, Rabar & Unzicker 4.5, <Grob 4>, Müller 3.5, Kramer & Znosko-Borovsky 3, and Tordion 0.5. Looks complete. A corresponding crosstable is given in Chessbase's MegaDB.
Dec-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <thomastonk> Thanks for your correction!

My source was the Golden Book of Swiss Chess "100 Jahre Schweizerischer Schachverband 1889-1989", they give exactly the same points as you based on Dutch Newspapers / Chessbase for every player, except for Grob, but counting all points together in the Swiss chess jubilee book, then the total sum is half a point too much: Grob on 4 points (not 4.5) must be right and confirmed by the crosstable in the MegaDB.

A nice tournament win for Blau, ahead of joint Rabar / Unzicker.

Jul-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: CN 7988 ('Quiz question') shows 2 Max Blau pictures in unusual surroundings.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC