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|May-11-05|| ||gabrielr: On uscf.org:
Charles Kalme was born in Riga, Latvia, home of many fine chessplayers, including world champion Mikhail Tal. After the war his family fled to Germany, where they lived for several years in Displaced Persons Camps in the Allied zone.
“It was here that Charley learned chess, though he didn’t play seriously until his high school days in Philadelphia, where his family settled in 1951. He was the city’s leading player for several years. He is a former U.S. Junior and U.S. Intercollegiate titleholder, having won the former title twice, in 1954 and 1955, and the latter in 1957. He tied for first place in the North Central Open in 1957, in which he defeated Bobby Fischer, a feat which has not since been duplicated in an American chess tourney.” (CL, March 1961 by Charles Henin)
A math professor, he returned to action at the World Open a few years ago, still playing his favorite king’s fianchettoes, then emigrated to his native Latvia, where he died (details unknown).
The 1960 World Student Championship victory in Leningrad remains the only win ever by a U.S. team over the USSR. Kalme was avenging his father, a high-placed victim of Stalin’s conquest of Latvia, and scored 11˝ out of 13 on second board. (Bill Lombardy, on first, scored a sterling 12-1, defeating Boris Spassky. His other teammates were Ray Weinstein, Edmar Mednis, Anthony Saidy, and Eliot Hearst. The captain was USCF Pres. Jerry Spann.) — IM Anthony Saidy
|Aug-26-06|| ||chancho: 21.4% winning percentage. Ouch!|
|Nov-15-06|| ||WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you!|
|Nov-15-07|| ||WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you! =)|
|Aug-28-08|| ||GrahamClayton: "CHESS" of 26 May 1956 featured a full-page article called "Young American shows genius for chess", which included:|
"Philadelphia has a young player of 16 who is showing evety sign of developing into a world champion: Charles Kalme."
|Sep-02-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Source: CN 2630 Edward Winter, "A Chess Omnibus", Russell Enterprises, 2003|
|Nov-15-08|| ||WannaBe: Happy Birthday Charles! =)|
|Sep-01-09|| ||Dredge Rivers: Kalme!
You can Kalme, Kalme anytime!
|Nov-15-09|| ||WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Charles!|
|Aug-17-12|| ||wordfunph: IM James Sherwin on Charles Kalme..
<He has a solid positional style and prefers not to take too many
chances (which accounts for his very few losses and many draws - he
was undefeated in three recent tournaments). He is remarkably modest
for a strong chess player and is always announcing that the best he can do is draw - only when a Rook ahead does he admit there are some winning chances. And unfortunately, he is a good poker player. This deprives him of needed sleep during most tournaments in return for pocket money. It's hard to see what is more necessary. As soon as he begins to take his games more seriously he should become a master.>
Source: The Unknown Bobby Fischer by Donaldson & Tangborn
|May-26-13|| ||dumbgai: Kalme was Fischer's travel companion for the 1955 US Juniors. Bobby was 12 years old and it was one of his first major tournaments.|
|Nov-21-13|| ||Petrosianic: <chancho>: <21.4% winning percentage. Ouch!>|
LOL. (Or were you serious?) A person could have a 0% winning percentage if they only put defeats into the database. The 21.4 was meaningless. It's 46.7 now. That's meaningless too. If I dug up 3 Kalme wins from 1950's Chess Lifes (which would be very easy for me to do), and submitted them, then he'd be over 50%. And the number would still be meaningless. Because we're dealing with selected games in all scenarios.
|Jun-28-14|| ||offramp: A fellow Latvian-American was Edmar J Mednis, born Mar-22-1937, died Feb-13-2002.|
Kalme's dates are born Nov-15-1939, died Mar-20-2002.
They are pretty similar. I am glad that Kalme managed to return to the land of his birth before his death.
|Dec-01-14|| ||zanzibar: There is an interesting exchange between George Mirijanian and Sam Sloan concerning Saidy's obit of this player:|
|Dec-01-14|| ||perfidious: <Petrosianic> If I were to submit all my games, I should have a winning percentage well over .500 here at CG (if not on a par with the renowned Life Master) rather than the slight minus which it currently is, but refuse to send on wins in which my opponent played weakly, simply to boost the numbers.|
|Dec-01-14|| ||Petrosianic: Right, that's the point. The numbers are basically meaningless, especially for anyone other than top flight GM's. Kalme also played hundreds of games and had a healthy winning score in his lifetime. So, anyone trying to draw conclusions about his ability on the basis of a handful of games in the database (both the games and the winning percentage have increased since the comment was made, by the way), is making a mistake.|
|Dec-01-14|| ||TheFocus: My winning percentage here is better than the Life Master's. |
Mine is just a measly 100%.
Now as long as no one submits any of my losses, I will remain on the leader board.
|Dec-01-14|| ||zanzibar: From Brady (9780307463906) p44/45
<The plan was for Bobby to take the train to Philadelphia and meet another player, Charles Kalme, who was also going to attend the U.S. Junior. The two could then travel the almost 1400 miles together. [...]
Charles Kalme, a Latvian-born sixteen-year-old, was a handsome and polite boy who'd spent years in a displaced persons' camp and was the reigning U.S. Junior champion. He and Bobby played dozens of fast games during the two-day trip and analyzed openings and endgame positions. Kalme, considerably stronger, was respectful of Bobby's passion.
His traveling companion, Charles Kalme, repeated his win of the previous year and was crowned the champion once again. He didn't return to the East Coast right after the tournament, so Bobby journeyed alone, this by bus [...]>
|Dec-01-14|| ||Petrosianic: Deschapelles, obviously the greatest world champion of all (and if you don't believe it, ask him yourself) also has a 100% record.|
Actually, no. He used to be +2-0=0, but since then two losses and a draw have been added to the database, bumping him down from best world champion to worst. Easy come, easy go.
|Dec-01-14|| ||Petrosianic: I submitted a very odd Kalme game to the database once, but they never added it.|
It was from an advert for chess computers from the early 70's. The ad had a full game score between Kalme and a computer, but they didn't tell you who was who, and asked you to guess. I figured obviously Kalme was on the winning side (because if the computer had beaten him, they'd REALLY have bragged about that), and submitted the game. But it's not here.
|Dec-01-14|| ||perfidious: <Petrosianic> Even the percentages of elite GMs nowadays are diluted to an extent, as so many of the top fifteen or thereabouts play the vast majority of their games against one another; gone are the days of 16-20 player events which might have featured the world champion, two or three contenders, a smattering of players of international standard, followed by lesser lights who in some cases were no stronger than you or me.|
|Dec-13-16|| ||MissScarlett: <But the greatest US player left out of either edition [of
The Oxford Companion to Chess] was Charles Kalme of Philadelphia whose talent was at least as great as Fischer's. Had he not opted to become a professional mathematician instead of a professional chessplayer, we likely would have had a totally different twist to chess history.> http://www.chessbookstore.com/home/...|
|Dec-13-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: <perfidious>
Since the 90s the status of chess has tumbled down. In the old days the champ was a respected person.
It's ironic that a narcissistic guy like Kasparov has their name written all over Scisys and Saitek chess computers of the 80s and 90s. And that these chess computers -there are dozens of them- are not so strong because it would *depress* the average buyer..
As if it would hurt US chesslovers when Kasparov loses a game against a 2200 player in some simultan.
My first chess computer (1984!):
"I wish you enjoyment and satisfaction from your Scisys chess computer - and who knows, maybe we'll meet in combat across the chess board in the future!
Now comes the hard part: as you can see the Scisys Turbostar was presented in 1984. Kasparov became worldchampion in 1985, but what does the *occasional player* care? I'll show you 😊
It's a *riddle*.. right?
|Dec-13-16|| ||Howard: Miss Scarlet, don't you think you're being overpresumptious (sp) regarding Kalme? His professional career was pretty short, and it was hardly long enough to make an intelligent guess as to his potential.|
|Dec-13-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: The best captains do avoid water.|
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