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|Mar-03-04|| ||731: Maybe this is why ...
Ljubojevic vs Kasparov, 1987
|Mar-31-04|| ||niklas: What do you mean? A reason for unpopularity would be that it rendered a win against one of the best players ever?|
I play the Staunton almost exclusively, however I am but a novice, and often trips on blunders, but the system helps me lower the rate of them.
I think the Staunton system is not popular due to another reason: white does not try use his initial tempo in order to get an edge. Instead he calmly sets up his pieces almost ignoring black, and thereby black quickly gets an equal game.
|Mar-31-04|| ||dafish298: his name is Carl Carls lol. Almost like Carl Carlsen from the simpsons. |
|Aug-16-04|| ||Kaspy2: <731> you're right. Carl Carls invented English A24 "Bremen system". too bad, no game yet uploaded. He lived in the City of Bremen, Germany (30 km from here) and is the cities most famous chess son. |
|Aug-17-04|| ||Kaspy2: saying goes he never played anything but 1.e4. One time they glued the e2-pawn to the board, so he shattered the stuff all over the place... |
|Dec-26-04|| ||Benzol: Carl Johan Margot Carls
Born 16th September 1880 in Varel
Died 11th September 1958 in Bremen
An IM in 1951 he was German Champion in 1934.
|Sep-21-05|| ||Eastfrisian: <Kaspy2> It seems, that we don't live far from each other as you can see in my Nickname.|
|Oct-11-05|| ||WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Carls' games: http://www.wtharvey.com/carc.html|
|Oct-29-05|| ||rochade18: <Kaspy2> saying goes he never played anything but <1.c4>. One time they glued the <c2-pawn> to the board, so he shattered the stuff all over the place...|
|Jan-15-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Carl Johan Margot Carls|
CARLS, Carl Johan Margot
|Oct-20-07|| ||Karpova: Famous game:
[Event "Weekend tournament"]
[Site "Oldenburg, Germany"]
[Black "Carls, Carl Johan Margot"]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Ng3 h5 6.Bg5 h4 7.Bxf6 hxg3 8.Be5 Rxh2 9.Rxh2 Qa5+ 10.c3 Qxe5+ 11.dxe5 gxh2 0-1
A similar game exists:
NN vs Carlos Torre, 1928
|Nov-04-07|| ||Karpova: More on the Schuster--Carls game:
|Nov-04-07|| ||vonKrolock: Interesting - it seems that Emil Gelenczei refers to Carlos Torre as merely analising the Schuster-Carls game, and overlooking the variation 11.♕d2 gxf2!! as others did too. Curious, that I used to have the Martinez Roca Spanish edition of the Gelenczei work originally publihed in Hungary in 1958, but was not recalling immediatelly that it showed the featured game...|
|Nov-06-07|| ||whiteshark: Some more biographical details about him
http://www.nwn.de/skvarel/sk_gester... (in German)
|Sep-16-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
Obligatory bio link: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_C...
"A photograph of Carl Carls watching a game in Mannheim in 1914 between Ehrhardt Post and Savielly Tartakower": http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...,
which is of course 'posed' as Post had White in their game --> E Post vs Tartakower, 1914
|Sep-18-09|| ||LIFE Master AJ: This guy must have been a pretty decent player. The problem of the day, (C F Schultz vs Carls, 1900); features one his games. |
The finish is absolutely brilliant!!!!!
|Nov-03-09|| ||parisattack: Anyone know more about this player besides the German Wiki piece? |
I know he wrote a few books, including one on the 'Bremer System' (English with early White finachetto).
Apparently a minor hypermodern. Lots of flank openings. His game against Ernst (not in the DB) was perhaps the first Gurgenidze-like Robatsch.
|Nov-03-09|| ||Phony Benoni: I've looked up some tournament and match results for Carls. His first major event seems to have been the <Hauptturnier> (Master Candidate) tournament at Cologne, 1898, where he tied for 3rd-4th in his preliminary section and did not qualify for the final. Considering he was not quite 18 at the time, even this modest result indicates a player with some promise.|
In those days, one became a Master in Germany by winning a Hauptturnier. Carls came close with a second place finish at Hamburg 1910 (Rotlewi won), then broke through with a victory at Cologne 1911.
After this he was qualified to play in the master section of the German Chess Congress, which was equivalent to a strong international tournament. His usual finish was around 15th in an 18-20 player field, but he did score some notable individual victories, such as defeating both Spielmann and Tarrasch at Breslau, 1912.
After the war, the German congresses were generally weaker and Carls' results improved: 5th-7th at Hamburg 1921, 2nd at Oyenhaousen 1922. His major international tournament came at Baden-Baden 1925, where he finished his usual 15th in a strong 21-player field.
He had solid results playing 3rd board for Germany in the Olympiads at London 1927 (63.3%) and Hamburg 1930 (67.9%). He also competed in the Amateur Championship at Hague 1928, finishing 7th.
After this, he confined his action mostly to local tournaments for the next decade. However, he did play in the first two German Championships, finishing 4th at Bad Pyrmont 1933 (Bogoljubow 1st) and winning the title at Aachen in 1934 (though it must be said it was a very weak field). Also, in the so-called "Extra Olympiad" at Munich 1936, he played fourth board for Germany and recorded his usual solid result with 58.8%.
He was jerked back into activity for some of the Nazi-sponsored tournaments during World War II, finishing 7th-10th at Krakow 1941, 1st at Rostock 1942 (ahead of Klaus Junge, but no other important players), then withdrawing after 8 rounds at Prague, 1943. After that, the only event I can find is the German Championship at Bad Pyrmont 1949, where finished well down in the crosstable with 4.5/12.
He was not very successful in match play, losing to Bernstein (+2 -6 =2), Eljaschoff (+1 -3 =0), E. Cohn (+1 -6 =1), and Suechting (+1 -2 =0). He did win several matches from fellow Bremen player Antze in the 1930s, but these may not have been totally serious affairs.
In short, he seems to have been another one of those players who lost his best years to World War I, though he probably would not have progressed beyond the second tier of Masters.
|Nov-08-09|| ||parisattack: <Phony Benoni:>
Good work; thanks for that!
|Sep-16-11|| ||whiteshark: The obove link posted Nov-06-07 with some more biographical details about him (in German) moved to http://chess.dehne.ws/?carl-carls,11|
|Sep-16-11|| ||whiteshark: <parisattack: <Phony Benoni:>
Good work; thanks for that!>
I'd like to agree about everything. Phantastic elaboration!!
|Feb-14-14|| ||Karpova: Cologne 1911
The Main tournament B consisted of 3 groups (9 players in groups I and II, 8 in group III). Carls played in Group I and shared 1st place with Arpad Bauer - both had 6.0 points (Carls scored +6 -2 =0, Bauer +5 =2 -1).
Both were allowed into the <Siegergruppe>, but while Bauer finished last (+0 -6 =2), Carls won 1st prize (+6 -0 =2). Carls got 250 <Mark> and the honorary cup of Cologne. Furthermore, he became German Champion.
Source: Pages 379-381 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Mar-07-14|| ||Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, August 20, 1912:
<Das Turnier zu Breslau hat nur einen bisher unbekannten deutschen Meister an die Oeffentlichkeit gebracht, Carls aus Hamburg. Die übrigen deutschen Teilnehmer, Cohn, Mieses, Dr. Tarrasch und Teichmann, sind längst erprobt. An den Leistungen des neuen Kämpen kann man sich eine ungefähre Vorstellung von der Stärke der jungen Schachgeneration machen. Danach zu urteilen verspricht sie nicht Genies zu produzieren, hat aber Sinn für Kraft und packt das Erreichbare mit fester Hand. Carls zeigte sich im besten Lichte gegen Spielmann und Dr. Tarrasch.>
(The Breslau tournament made only one so far unknown German master public, Carls of Hamburg. The rest of the German participants, Cohn, Mieses, Dr. Tarrasch and Teichmann, are time-tested. From the efforts of the new comptetitor, one can gather an approximate assessment of the strength of the new chess generation. Judging by that, she doesn't promise to produce geniuses, but has a sense for force and grabs the accessible with a firm hand. Carls was at his best against Spielmann and Dr. Tarrasch.)
Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.09.01, p. 8
|Sep-16-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Carl Carls.|
|Sep-19-17|| ||Domdaniel: Nimzowitsch had a copy of Carls' book on the English.|
About 8-9 years ago, some items from Nimzowitsch's personal library were offered for sale by auction in Sweden, this among them.
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