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Carl Johan Margot Carls
Number of games in database: 147
Years covered: 1898 to 1949
Overall record: +54 -50 =43 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (27) 
    A21 A25 A29 A22 A28
 English (27) 
    A13 A18 A10 A11 A15
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A36 A34 A38 A30
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B13 B15 B16 B12 B10
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D94 D93 D90 D72
 Sicilian (7) 
    B27 B50 B34 B73 B23
 Slav (7) 
    D10 D15 D11
 King's Indian (6) 
    E60 E85 E75
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A45 D01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C F Schultz vs Carls, 1900 0-1
   Schuster vs Carls, 1914 0-1
   Carls vs Spielmann, 1912 1-0
   Carls vs Bogoljubov, 1927 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B (1920)
   Mannheim (1914)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   99_Bremen 1927 by whiteshark

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CARL JOHAN MARGOT CARLS
(born Sep-16-1880, died Sep-11-1958, 77 years old) Germany

[what is this?]
Carl Johan Margot Carls was born in Varel. Awarded the IM title in 1950, he was German champion in 1934.

A successful banker in Bremen with little time for tournament play or study, Carls specialized in the English Opening <1.c4> to help neutralize his relative lack of opening knowledge. Several variations bear his name or that of his city; for example, English, Bremen System, Keres Variation (A23) and English, Bremen System with ...g6 (A24).

Wikipedia article: Carl Carls


 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 147  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carls vs F Gutmayer 1-024 1898 GER corrC44 King's Pawn Game
2. A Zinkl vs Carls  ½-½45 1898 corrC38 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Carls vs P Fiebig  1-047 1899 corrC14 French, Classical
4. C F Schultz vs Carls 0-128 1900 Hannover GERC45 Scotch Game
5. Carls vs Teichmann 1-065 1905 75 years Jubilee TtB24 Sicilian, Closed
6. M Bier vs Carls  0-130 1905 HamburgB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
7. M Gladig vs Carls 1-040 1910 Hamburg Hauptturnier-AD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Schlechter vs Carls 1-044 1912 18th DSB KongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Przepiorka vs Carls  1-039 1912 18th DSB KongressD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. K Treybal vs Carls 0-138 1912 18th DSB KongressB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. Carls vs Spielmann 1-027 1912 18th DSB KongressA25 English
12. Teichmann vs Carls  ½-½55 1912 18th DSB KongressB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. M Lowcki vs Carls  ½-½48 1912 18th DSB KongressD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Carls vs Marshall 0-163 1912 18th DSB KongressA13 English
15. Carls vs Tarrasch 1-034 1912 18th DSB KongressA13 English
16. Burn vs Carls  ½-½69 1912 18th DSB KongressD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Carls vs Z Barasz  ½-½72 1912 18th DSB KongressA25 English
18. Carls vs Duras  0-149 1912 18th DSB KongressA10 English
19. Carls vs Rubinstein 0-160 1912 18th DSB KongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Tarrasch vs Carls 1-028 1914 MannheimD94 Grunfeld
21. Schuster vs Carls 0-111 1914 Weekend tournamentB15 Caro-Kann
22. P Krueger vs Carls  ½-½35 1914 MannheimD94 Grunfeld
23. Carls vs Flamberg  ½-½49 1914 MannheimA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. Carls vs Alekhine 0-131 1914 MannheimA13 English
25. Bogoljubov vs Carls 1-020 1914 MannheimD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 147  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-03-04  731: This Carls guy seems to like 1.c4. I think c4 (english) is called Bremerparti in germany thanks to him.

Notice the way he always fianchetto's the kings bishop and plays d3, if you go through his games it seems like e6 is the most common reply to his c4, the best reply against his system they figured, I guess.

The staunton-system is similiar, where c4, Nc3, g3, Bg2 are also played, but the king's knight goes to e2 after playing e3 in the staunton-system and then 0-0.

Does anyone know why the staunton system isn't very popular?

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
http://www.bidmonfa.com/carls_carl....
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Oct-20-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Famous game:

[Event "Weekend tournament"]
[Site "Oldenburg, Germany"]
[Date "1914.03.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Schuster"]
[Black "Carls, Carl Johan Margot"]
[ECO "B15"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

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

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

A similar game exists:
NN vs Carlos Torre, 1928

Nov-04-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: More on the Schuster--Carls game:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
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.Qd2 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Some more biographical details about him
http://www.nwn.de/skvarel/sk_gester... (in German)
Sep-16-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Phony Benoni:>

Good work; thanks for that!

Sep-16-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <parisattack: <Phony Benoni:> Good work; thanks for that!>

I'd like to agree about everything. Phantastic elaboration!!

Feb-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

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