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Salo Landau
S Landau 
Number of games in database: 345
Years covered: 1925 to 1941

Overall record: +119 -119 =105 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E46 E44 E56 E25 E20
 Orthodox Defense (34) 
    D52 D55 D67 D51 D66
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D82 D73 D95 D85 D83
 Slav (13) 
    D15 D12 D17 D11
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    E00 D04 A46 D02 D05
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    D28 D26 D21 D29
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B72 B73 B54 B24 B55
 Alekhine's Defense (21) 
    B02 B03 B04 B05
 French Defense (19) 
    C01 C17 C11 C07 C02
 Slav (19) 
    D12 D19 D15 D14 D10
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D05 A46 D04 E10 A50
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D54 D55 D68 D61 D51
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Landau vs E E Book, 1937 1-0
   S Landau vs T ten Kate, 1929 1-0
   Noteboom vs S Landau, 1931 0-1
   S Landau vs Feigin, 1937 1-0
   Colle vs S Landau, 1931 0-1
   E G Sergeant vs S Landau, 1938 0-1
   Prins vs S Landau, 1936 0-1
   S Landau vs K Ozols, 1937 1-0
   S Landau vs Rellstab, 1937 1-0
   S Landau vs Flohr, 1939 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   Bournemouth (1939)
   Noordwijk (1938)
   Zandvoort (1936)
   Kemeri (1937)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zandvoort 1936 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1938/39 by sneaky pete
   Noordwijk 1938 by sneaky pete
   Amsterdam 1936 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam 1931 by suenteus po 147

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(born Apr-01-1903, died 1944, 41 years old) Netherlands

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Samuel (Salo) Landau was born in Bochnia*. In 1914, the Landau family fled the Russians to Vienna--young Salo was sent to friends in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. For some years, he was the Dutch number two, behind Max Euwe. He won a small double-round tournament in Rotterdam, 1931, surpassing Edgar Colle, Savielly Tartakower and Akiba Rubinstein. In 1936 he became Dutch champion when Euwe, then World Champion, did not defend his national title.

In September of 1942, he tried to escape the Nazis by fleeing to Switzerland with his family, but they were caught in Breda, southern Holland. He was sent to a forced-labor camp in Gräditz; his wife and daughter to Auschwitz. None survived the war.

*Wikipedia article: Bochnia

Wikipedia article: Salo Landau

Last updated: 2017-11-19 14:40:55

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 345  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs S Landau ½-½361925Simul, 30bB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. S Landau vs G Reid  1-0181926Scarborough-AA34 English, Symmetrical
3. C Y C Dawbarn vs S Landau 0-1281926Scarborough-AB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. S Landau vs S Seidel  1-0251926Antwerp-RotterdamD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S Seidel vs S Landau  ½-½371926Antwerp-RotterdamB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. S Landau vs Loman  ½-½351926DD-NRSVD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. G Oskam vs S Landau 1-091926RotterdamB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. G A Thomas vs S Landau  1-0261926Scarborough Premier (A)D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
9. Alekhine vs S Landau  1-0441926Scarborough Premier (A)A34 English, Symmetrical
10. R Calapso vs S Landau  1-0251926LivornoB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. J Davidson vs S Landau  1-0441926LivornoA15 English
12. S Landau vs R Noordijk  1-0381926RotterdamD04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Euwe vs S Landau ½-½621926NRSV-VASB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. R Noordijk vs S Landau  1-0131927RotterdamB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. J Goud vs S Landau  1-0561927Den BoschB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Reti vs S Landau  ½-½311927Rotterdam mE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. S Landau vs Reti  ½-½271927Rotterdam mD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
18. Reti vs S Landau  1-0631927Rotterdam mA50 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S Landau vs Reti 0-1181927Rotterdam mA28 English
20. Reti vs S Landau  1-0371927Rotterdam mE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. S Landau vs Reti  0-1321927Rotterdam mE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Reti vs S Landau  ½-½281927Rotterdam mA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
23. S Landau vs Reti  0-1321927Rotterdam mA28 English
24. Olland vs S Landau  0-1361927NRSV-UtrechtB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. S Landau vs Euwe  0-1341928NRSV-ASCD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  GrahamClayton: The Landau variation of the Slav Defence is 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. ♘f3 ♘f6 4. e3 ♗f5 5. cd5 cd5 6. ♕b3 ♕c8 7. ♗d2 eg 8. ♘a3

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

Nov-27-08  Karpova: He won a small tournament in Baarn, 1940:

1. Landau 2.0/4
2-3. Euwe 1.5/4
2-3. Kmoch 1.5/4
4. Kramer 1.0/4

Landau beat Euwe and drew the other two games.


Apr-01-10  wordfunph: During the 1937 Chess Olympiad Dutch player Salo Landua fell asleep at the board after making his 11th move against Belgian player Arthur Dunkelblum. Dunkelbum sportingly shook Landau by the arm to wake him up, and suggested a draw, which Landau immediately accepted.

happy birthday Master Landau..

Aug-07-10  suenteus po 147: Landau's first major international success: Game Collection: Rotterdam 1931
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  brankat: Is this the same Landau who was A.Alekhine's second in the first match with Dr.Euwe, 1935? Thank You.
Nov-23-10  nescio: <brankat: Is this the same Landau who was A.Alekhine's second in the first match with Dr.Euwe, 1935? Thank You.>


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  brankat: <nescio> Thank You.

I remember reading somewhere, years ago, that sometime during the match Alekhine asked S.Landau who was he really rooting for. and Landau replied something like: "Being Your second I wish You success, but being a Dutch I can't help it but hope for Euwe's victory".

Nov-23-10  nescio: <brankat> Rumour has it that in the later stages of the match Alyekkhin and Landau had some disagreement and during the last few games Alyekhin was assisted by Ernst Ludwig Klein.

Euwe's second was his good friend Maroczy who was of course more an equal than a servant, chesswise.

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  brankat: <nescio> Thanks for the information.
Sep-08-12  Karpova: Zandvoort 1934:

1. Landau 2.0
2. Koltanowski 1.5
3. Mühring 1.0
4. Prins 0.5

From page 333 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-08-12  sneaky pete: 5 points in a 6 games tournament isn't very likely, unless Kmoch is the tournament director, and he wasn't on this occasion. The correct score is 1. Landau 2,5 2. Koltanowski 1,5 3/4. Mühring and Prins 1.

Zandvoort 1934 was a weekend tournament (one game on Saturday September 15, two games on Sunday September 16). Two foreign masters were matched in the 2 top groups with 3 strong Dutch players. In the other group Lilienthal scored 3 points and the cannon fodder (Fontein, Hamming and Oskam) 2 draws each.

Dec-16-12  thomastonk: I have just uploaded some newspaper pictures of Landau. Here with Réti in 1927:, and the others can be found on the game pages: S Landau vs Rubinstein, 1930 and Spielmann vs S Landau, 1936.
Dec-16-12  parisattack: <thomastonk: I have just uploaded some newspaper pictures of Landau. >

Wonderful! Thanks much for those.

Landau could play some very smooth, elegant chess.

Sep-21-13  Zonszein: I've read on My Great Predecessors Vol. II that Euwe wrote to Alekhine (twice) requesting his help in saving Salo Landau. The letters were unanswered...
Sep-22-13  aliejin: "his help in saving..."

In the third Reich nobody could save anyone
except for very rare events ......

Alekhine, who once protested
the execution of Pzepiorka and not having a good time, could save lives, was a fantasy ...

Sep-22-13  Zonszein: "....nobody could save anyone.." etc
I agree
But he didn't even answer those letters!
Letters that Euwe in the other hand, had the courage to write...
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  Castleinthesky: It always brings me sadness when I read Landau's biography. However, I am thankful that the immortal game of chess can keep him in our memories.
Apr-01-14  Howard: Apparently Wolf and Treybal were not, most unfortunately, the only well-known chess players of their day to perish at the hands of the Nazi's.
Apr-01-14  RedShield: It used to be said that Landau died at Auschwitz. Anyone know what source of information was responsible for the revision?
Apr-01-14  Refused: Wild guess from his biography.
<He was sent to a forced-labor camp in Gräditz; his wife and daughter to Auschwitz>

I assume it has to do with his family dieing in Auschwitz, and people might conclude he died there too.

Apr-01-14  RedShield: Do you understand the meaning of the word 'revision'?
Apr-01-14  Refused: I misunderstood your post, sorry my bad.
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  diagonal: site to commemorate Samuel 'Salo' Landau and his family: (in english) (in dutch)
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  Stonehenge: "Their little daughter Renee <Henriette Renee, Amsterdam, 28 Nov 1938 - Auschwitz, 14 Oct 1944> was arrested in November and went to the nursery near the Dutch Theater*. There she was rescued, and via Max Euwe's house, she went to her second safehouse."


Feb-23-17  The Kings Domain: Such a sad story. This is where individual tragedy trumps statistics.
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