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Internationaal Schaaktoernooi in Zevenaar, November 12 1961
Dutch National Archives, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo)
Gideon Stahlberg
Number of games in database: 831
Years covered: 1928 to 1967
Overall record: +275 -172 =384 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (61) 
    E67 E64 E60 E62 E95
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E22 E23 E21 E38 E29
 Orthodox Defense (48) 
    D63 D68 D56 D55 D58
 Slav (34) 
    D11 D15 D12 D19 D14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D30 D37 D38 D31 D06
 Grunfeld (24) 
    D97 D84 D75 D72 D99
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (104) 
    C11 C14 C07 C13 C02
 Sicilian (49) 
    B45 B88 B84 B80 B91
 Orthodox Defense (46) 
    D60 D68 D61 D63 D62
 French (42) 
    C11 C13 C00 C12
 French Tarrasch (30) 
    C07 C09 C03 C05 C08
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    D05 D02 D00 E00 D04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stahlberg vs Najdorf, 1947 1-0
   Stahlberg vs A Becker, 1944 1-0
   Bronstein vs Stahlberg, 1950 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Nimzowitsch, 1934 1-0
   T van Scheltinga vs Stahlberg, 1950 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Gligoric, 1949 1-0
   K Havasi vs Stahlberg, 1934 1/2-1/2
   E R Lundin vs Stahlberg, 1948 0-1
   G van Doesburgh vs Stahlberg, 1936 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Boleslavsky, 1953 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch - Stahlberg (1934)
   Buenos Aires (1939)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Dresden (1936)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Budapest (1952)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Zurich (1934)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Bucharest (1954)
   Alekhine Memorial (1956)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Moscow (1935)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Gideon Ståhlberg by 64rutor
   Mar del Plata 1947 by ozmikey
   Zurich 1934 by suenteus po 147
   Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956 by Resignation Trap

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(born Jan-26-1908, died May-26-1967, 59 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Anders Gideon Tom Ståhlberg was born in Sweden in 1908. His greatest successes came in the 1930s with a match victory over Aron Nimzowitsch and a record 11 consecutive Swedish championships. After the Buenos Aires Olympiad of 1939 (he played board one for Sweden), when the World War II broke out, Ståhlberg was one of the players who elected to stay in Argentina.*

In 1949, he lost a close fought match 5.5 to 6.5 to Svetozar Gligoric -Gligoric - Ståhlberg match (1949). Ståhlberg came seventh in the Budapest Candidates (1950). That year he was one of the 27 players upon whom were first bestowed the Grandmaster title by FIDE.

He also qualified for the Zurich Candidates (1953) but finished in last place.

Ståhlberg acted as arbiter in the World Championship matches from 1954 to 1963:

Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954)
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Return Match (1957)
Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Rematch (1958)
Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960)
Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Return Match (1961)
Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963)

He died of a liver ailment in Leningrad on May 26, 1967 (some sources say May 27, 1967). He had just participated in the drawing of lots at the 1967 Leningrad International when he became ill and died several days later at the age of 59.

Wikipedia article: Gideon St%C3%A5hlberg *Wikipedia article: 8th Chess Olympiad

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 831  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Stahlberg vs J Aguilera Bernabe 1-026 1928 OlympiadC11 French
2. E Hellmann vs Stahlberg  1-036 1928 OlympiadA02 Bird's Opening
3. H Steiner vs Stahlberg  ½-½19 1928 OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
4. Stahlberg vs C H Maderna  0-141 1928 OlympiadA03 Bird's Opening
5. Stahlberg vs W F Wertheim  ½-½40 1928 OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
6. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-146 1929 SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-148 1929 SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. Stahlberg vs A Nilsson  1-041 1929 SWE-ch 9th playoffD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Stahlberg vs K Richter  0-146 1930 Swinemuende GERA52 Budapest Gambit
10. V Marin y Llovet vs Stahlberg  ½-½29 1930 Hamburg(ol)D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
11. Stahlberg vs Kashdan 0-125 1930 HamburgE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
12. E Andersen vs Stahlberg  1-052 1930 Swinemuende GERD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  1-034 1930 MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Flohr vs Stahlberg  ½-½30 1930 Swinemuende GERD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Stahlberg vs Flohr  0-151 1930 Hamburg(ol)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. Kashdan vs Stahlberg ½-½13 1930 StockholmC11 French
17. Rellstab vs Stahlberg  ½-½30 1930 Swinemuende GERC00 French Defense
18. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-145 1930 MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Stahlberg vs H Wagner  ½-½30 1930 Swinemuende GERD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Stahlberg vs Saemisch 1-038 1930 Swinemuende GERC28 Vienna Game
21. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  ½-½59 1930 MatchC11 French
22. Stahlberg vs Weenink  ½-½29 1930 Hamburg(ol)C24 Bishop's Opening
23. K Pahl vs Stahlberg  ½-½36 1930 Swinemuende GERC11 French
24. Stoltz vs Stahlberg  ½-½37 1930 Swinemuende GERC00 French Defense
25. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-145 1930 Stockholm training matchC28 Vienna Game
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Jan-28-07  nescio: Stahlberg was also arbiter at all World Championship matches from Botvinnik-Smyslov 1954 to Botvinnik-Petrosian 1963.
Apr-01-07  barbababa: Å also means a river in Swedish and ö means an island.
Apr-01-07  Chessdreamer: Stahlberg's win over Tigran V Petrosian (Budapest 1952): 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Bg5 Qa5+ 5.c3 Ne4 6.Nbd2 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 h6 8.Ngf3 d6 9.e4 Nd7 10.a4 bxa4 11.Rxa4 Qc7 12.Qa1 Nb6 13.Bb5+ Bd7 14.Bxd7+ Qxd7 15.Ra6 Nc8 16.0-0 e5 17.dxe6 fxe6 18.Nh4 Kf7 19.f4 Qd8 20.Nhf3 Qe8 21.f5 exf5 22.Qa2+ Qe6 23.Ne5+ Ke7 24.Nc6+ Kd7 25.Qa4 Ke8 26.exf5 Qe3+ 27.Kh1 1-0
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  whiteshark: Work is the curse of the drinking classes
Aug-12-07  brankat: B.Larsen called G.Stahlberg the best "combination" player ever. According to Larsen, nobody combined Chess and alcohol like Stahlberg did :-)
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  notyetagm: Anyone have <PGN> for <Stahlberg-Lundin 1937>? I cannot find the game in any online database.

If you have it, please post it in my forum.


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  notyetagm: The game I am looking for ends as follows:

1 Re1-d1! <piles on the PINNED Black d4-queen> Qd4xQc3 2 Rd1xRd7+ (<zwischenschach>) and 3 b2xc3 wins a whole rook

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  Domdaniel: Ståhlberg lost to the Irish international Eamon (or Edward) Keogh at an olympiad in the early 1960s - I've seen the game elsewhere, but it's not yet in the CG database.

It's a key game from a "six degrees of chess separation" point of view, because Keogh still plays regularly in Irish tournaments - I've never played him myself, but we've been on adjacent boards countless times.

Their combined years of chess activity cover eight decades from 1928 to 2008, hopefully with more to come.

I've beaten several people who beat Keogh; Keogh beat Ståhlberg, who beat everyone from Nimzowitsch to Smyslov -- then one more link takes us back to 19th century masters or forward to more recent champions such as Kasparov.

Dec-27-08  Stolberg: Ståhlberg´s loss to Keogh was at the olympiad in Tel Aviv 1964, round 6. Ståhlberg played +5-4=6 there.
Jan-20-10  percyblakeney: <Ståhlberg, who beat everyone from Nimzowitsch to Smyslov -- then one more link takes us back to 19th century masters>

One more link isn't even needed there since Ståhlberg won also against Lasker.

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  GrahamClayton: In September 1941, Stahlberg gave a simultaneous exhibition in Buenos Aires where he faced 400 opponents, scoring +364, +14, -22. He played on 40 boards, with a new player taking up a board when the previous game was finished. The display took just over 36 hours to complete. Every 4 hours Stahlberg was entitled to a 10 minute break from play. The display had a major effect on Stahlberg, as he took a couple of months to recover and play chess at his normal standard.
Jul-25-10  64rutor: Game Collection: IGM Gideon Ståhlberg
Feb-12-11  Karpova: From the obituary in the August 1967 BCM (pages 230-231).

Harry Golombek: <‘... It is apparent that he was one of the most active and successful tournament players of our time and certainly the most successful Swedish player of all time. But more important is the style in which he played and achieved these results. Style is the operative word in his case; elegant, cultivated, correct, and always with an additional spice of imagination and originality, his was a style that was at once pleasing and effective.’>

Found in Chess Note 6947

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  Shams: In his Zurich book Bronstein speaks approvingly of Ståhlberg's pet queen pawn defence, involving an early...Nb8-d7-f8-e6. Has anyone else of note played this system?
Feb-13-11  unsound: <Shams> It seems to have been played earlier by someone of note, on an important occasion: Botvinnik vs Keres, 1941 And then it's perhaps unfair to mention Ian Rogers in that company: Kaidanov vs I Rogers, 1988
Jan-26-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Stahlberg.
Oct-12-12  master of defence: About Stahlberg, someone knows if there is this position in a game of him?

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Ps: It´s turn of white, and was played 1.h4 a5 2.h5 a4 3.Kd2 b5 4.d5+ Kd7 5.h6 a3 6.Kc2 b4 7.hxg7 b3+ 8.Kb1 a2+ 9.Ka1 c3 10.g8=Q 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> This source:

Gives the position as coming from a game Stahlberg - Tartakower, Offhand game, 1934, but does not give the full score. The story actually begins on the previous move, in this position with Black to move:

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Tartakower played <1...dxc4?>, leading to the position you posted, and lost to the line you gave. Black also loses after <1...a5? 2.h4 a4 3.cxd5+ Kxd5 4.Kd3 a3 5.Kc3 a2 6.Kb2 Kxd4 7.h5 Ke5 8.h6 Kf6 9.h7>.

However, Black should win with <1...Kf5! 2.cxd5 Kxg6> followed by Kf7-e7-d6.

I haven't found the score in a quick sweep; perhaps one of our more assiduous searchers can help. However, it's possible that Tartakower used the position as an example in something he wrote, and that the full game was never published.

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  waustad: Here is the game Domdaniel mentioned at olimpbase

It is now available here too: E Keogh vs Stahlberg, 1964

Jan-26-14  railway: french defense player
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Gideon Stahlberg.
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  parisattack: His little book - 'Chess and Chess Masters' is an excellent read! The original is htf but it was reprinted a few years back.
Sep-26-14  Mr. V: I can't quite describe why - perhaps another Stahlberg enthusiast understands - but I find his games have a mysterious beauty to them.
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  TheFocus: <Aug-12-07> <brankat: B.Larsen called G.Stahlberg the best "combination" player ever. According to Larsen, nobody combined Chess and alcohol like Stahlberg did :-)>

Happy birthday, GM Stahlberg!!

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  waustad: He was a much stronger player than Heikki Westerinen, who also has such a reputation. Most of out 107th b'days will not be remembered.
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