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Georg Salwe
Number of games in database: 299
Years covered: 1903 to 1914

Overall record: +99 -99 =101 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04 A40
 Giuoco Piano (18) 
    C50 C54
 Tarrasch Defense (15) 
    D32 D33
 Four Knights (13) 
 Semi-Tarrasch Defense (9) 
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D60 D61 D55 D53 D52
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C66 C77 C88 C87 C98
 Four Knights (18) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C88 C87 C98 C96 C97
 Tarrasch Defense (15) 
    D32 D33
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D60 D53 D62 D55 D51
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C25 C29 C26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 1/2-1/2
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1909 0-1
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Salwe, 1903 0-1
   Salwe vs Tartakower, 1910 1-0
   Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 1-0
   Salwe vs H Wolf, 1908 1/2-1/2
   Salwe vs Schlechter, 1911 1-0
   Salwe vs Tarrasch, 1906 1-0
   Salwe vs Burn, 1909 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Salwe, 1909 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Lodz (1908)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Prague (1908)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Bad Pistyan (1912)
   Vienna (1908)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli

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(born Oct-24-1862, died Dec-15-1920, 58 years old) Poland

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Georg Henryk Salomonovich Salwe was born in Warsaw. He did not learn to play chess until about the age of 20 and his first major tournament was in Kiev 1903 when he was 40. His best result was at St. Petersburg in 1906 at the All-Russia Championship where he gained 1st prize ahead of Akiba Rubinstein, Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld and Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky amongst others. He was also 2nd at Düsseldorf in 1908. He inspired many younger Polish players but gave up competitve chess in his 54th year. He passed away in Lodz in 1920.

Wikipedia article: Gersz Salwe

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P P Benko vs Salwe  0-119 1903 RUS-ch03C49 Four Knights
2. Salwe vs S Izbinsky  1-060 1903 RUS-ch03B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. Salwe vs Rubinstein ½-½39 1903 RUS-ch03D02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Salwe vs N E Kalinsky  ½-½45 1903 RUS-ch03B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-059 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. O Bernstein vs Salwe ½-½53 1903 RUS-ch03C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. V Nikolaev vs Salwe 0-127 1903 RUS-ch03C53 Giuoco Piano
8. Salwe vs M Lowcki  1-067 1903 RUS-ch03B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-032 1903 Lodz mD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Rabinovich vs Salwe 0-125 1903 RUS-ch03C44 King's Pawn Game
11. Salwe vs Chigorin 0-118 1903 RUS-ch03C50 Giuoco Piano
12. Salwe vs Schiffers  0-155 1903 RUS-ch03C50 Giuoco Piano
13. V N Kulomzin vs Salwe  0-139 1903 RUS-ch03C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Salwe vs Rubinstein 1-030 1903 Lodz mB57 Sicilian
15. S Levitsky vs Salwe  1-045 1903 RUS-ch03C30 King's Gambit Declined
16. Salwe vs W Von Stamm 1-036 1903 RUS-ch03B24 Sicilian, Closed
17. S F Lebedev vs Salwe  0-147 1903 RUS-ch03D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Dus Chotimirsky vs Salwe 0-136 1903 RUS-ch03C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Salwe vs Yurevich  ½-½39 1903 RUS-ch03B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. Salwe vs Rubinstein 1-049 1903 ConsultationC55 Two Knights Defense
21. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-114 1903 LodzC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Chigorin vs Salwe 1-042 1904 LodzC00 French Defense
23. Rubinstein vs Salwe 0-119 1904 LodzC25 Vienna
24. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-037 1904 Second MatchD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Rubinstein vs Salwe 0-131 1904 Second MatchD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299  PGN Download
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  Chessical: Georg Salwe 1862 - 1920.
Marshall said of Salwe, "(he) was a very interesting type: a natural player, full of self-reliance and with little knowledge of the books. He had a knack of worming out of bad positions...".

Salwe was a strong player but he seems to have started late in life and then been cut off from tournament opportunities by the First World War.

He twice played the emergent Rubinstein in matches in 1903 scoring a credible =5-5=0, and then +3-5=2. He also played a match with Chigorin in 1906 scoring +5-7=3.

He won the Russian Championship (St Petersburg 1906), and was 9th in the very strong St Petersburg tournament of 1909.

Apr-06-05  Runemaster: It's easy to forget players like Salwe who might often be remembered for famous losses of theirs, but he was clearly very strong. A partial list from the database includes wins against Rubinstein (2, although admittedly also a lot of losses against him), Chigorin (2), Tarrasch, Mieses (4), Tartakower (3), Janowski (2), Schlechter (2), Spielmann (3), Reti, Marshall, Nimzovich.

Salwe also seems to have had a plus score against quite a few of the above players.

Jan-18-06  Ludamad: yay a polish player ^____^
Nov-23-07  Karpova: From "The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Incrowned King" by IM Donaldson and IM Minev (p. 19-20):

<Rubinstein's greatest rival for much of his early career was Georg Henryk Solomonowicz Salwe (1862-1920). Salwe was born on October 24, 1862 (Gaige; Szachy od A do Z gives Dec. 12) in Warsaw and, unlike Rubinstein, who grew up in poverty, came from a wealthy family. While he was already considered one of Warsaw's best players by 1882, it wasn't until Salwe moved to Lodz in 1894 that he found real opportunities to test his skills. There, in 1899, he split a pair of games against Dawid Janovsky, during the latter's visit to Lodz that year. When the Lodz Chess Society was formed in 1903, he and Rubinstein benefitted enormously.

Salwe didn't play his first real tournament until he was 40 (Kiev 1903) but this late start didn't prevent him from achieving some excellent results, including a victory in the fourth All-Russian tournament in Saint Petersburg in 1906. Salwe played three matches against Rubinstein, drawing in 1903 (7-7), losing in 1904 (4-6), and getting shellacked in 1907 (6-16).

A businessman by profession, Salwe found time to edit the short-lived Yiddish language chess magazine Shakh-Zaytung (1913), which numbered Rubinstein among its contributors. During a brief career, which for all intents and purposes lasted from 1903 to 1914, Salwe was Poland's number-two player, reaching a five-year peak average rating of 2500, according to the Elo system.>

Oct-24-09  BIDMONFA: Georg Salwe

SALWE, George H. S.

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  GrahamClayton: An interesting career - what are the chances of a current player competing in their first international tournament in their mid-40s?
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  brankat: His main claim to fame seems to be games he played against A.Rubinstein.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice combination by Salwe against NN in 1906:

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1.♖xd4 ♕xd4 2.♕d8+ ♗g8 3.♕h4+! 1-0

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3...♕xh4 4.♗e5#; 3...♔g7 4.♕xd4+ ♖xd4 5.♗e5+

May-30-13  Karpova: <G. Salwe, der Lodzer Meister, ist eine Art Spezialität im Spieltypus, der sehr gesund und stark ist. Tiefe Kombinationen liegen ihm nicht, aber an seiner Festigkeit hat sich schon mancher den Kopf eingerannt. Er spielt nur wenig Eröffnungen, meist nur Damenbauerspiel, aber dieses Instrument behandelt er virtuos, denn er kennt jede, auch die verborgenste Nuance, die ihn in Vorteil bringen könnte.>

From page 352 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Dionysius1: <GrahamClayton> Very entertaining combination - many thanks.
Aug-25-14  shallowred: “We first learn from misfortune. This maxim
applies as well to chess players. Many grandmasters, in situations of misfortune become less – much less – while others, to whom otherwise little has been given in the way of alertness, when submitting to the blows of fate grow in stature and reveal themselves as heroes. Salwe has to be assigned to this latter class of character. He never loses his cool self-possession. Good fortune does not make him exuberant, ill fortune does not cause him to lose heart, and although by playing every move he hopes for the best, he is always prepared for the worst.” (Marco and Schlechter) Karlsbad 1907 T.B.; excerpt from

This, to me, is what chess is all about. A playground where we can practice balancing emotion and logic.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Georg Salwe.

I hate seeing George spelled without the final "e."

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