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Gideon Stahlberg
Stahlberg 
Internationaal Schaaktoernooi in Zevenaar, November 12 1961
Dutch National Archives, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo)
 
Number of games in database: 833
Years covered: 1928 to 1967

Overall record: +276 -172 =385 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 D56 D68 D58 D55
 Slav (34) 
    D11 D15 D12 D19 D14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D30 D37 D38 D06 D31
 Grunfeld (24) 
    D97 D84 D75 D72 D71
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (104) 
    C11 C14 C07 C13 C02
 Sicilian (49) 
    B84 B88 B45 B83 B80
 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) 
    D02 D05 D00 E00 A46
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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
   Stahlberg vs Boleslavsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Stahlberg, 1953 0-1
   Averbakh vs Stahlberg, 1953 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Smyslov, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Stahlberg vs A Matanovic, 1956 1-0
   Stahlberg vs Geller, 1953 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Gideon Ståhlberg by 64rutor


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GIDEON STAHLBERG
(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 1941, he played 400 games at Buenos Aires, in an exhibition which started at 10:00 P.M. Friday, August 29th, and ended at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday. He wound up with the score of 354 wins, 14 draws, and 22 losses.

In 1949, he lost a close fought match 5.5 to 6.5 to Svetozar Gligoric -Gligoric - Stahlberg (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 Ståhlberg *Wikipedia article: 8th Chess Olympiad

Last updated: 2017-01-26 12:46:29

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 833  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Stahlberg vs E R Lundin 1-0581928SWE-chA03 Bird's Opening
2. Stahlberg vs W F Wertheim  ½-½401928OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
3. Stahlberg vs J Aguilera Bernabe 1-0261928OlympiadC11 French
4. H Steiner vs Stahlberg  ½-½191928OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
5. Stahlberg vs C H Maderna  0-1411928OlympiadA03 Bird's Opening
6. E Hellmann vs Stahlberg  1-0361928OlympiadA02 Bird's Opening
7. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-1461929SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-1481929SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. Stahlberg vs A Nilsson  1-0411929SWE-ch 9th playoffD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-1451930Stockholm training matchC28 Vienna Game
11. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-1381930StockholmD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  1-0341930MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-1451930MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  ½-½591930MatchC11 French
15. Rellstab vs Stahlberg  ½-½301930SwinemuendeC00 French Defense
16. Erik Andersen vs Stahlberg 1-0521930SwinemuendeD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. Stahlberg vs B Koch  0-1361930SwinemuendeD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. K Pahl vs Stahlberg  ½-½361930SwinemuendeC11 French
19. Stahlberg vs H Wagner  ½-½301930SwinemuendeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Flohr vs Stahlberg  ½-½301930SwinemuendeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Stahlberg vs K Richter  0-1461930SwinemuendeA52 Budapest Gambit
22. Stoltz vs Stahlberg  ½-½371930SwinemuendeC00 French Defense
23. Stahlberg vs Saemisch 1-0381930SwinemuendeC28 Vienna Game
24. Stahlberg vs Flohr  0-1511930Hamburg(ol)B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. V Marin y Llovet vs Stahlberg  ½-½291930Hamburg(ol)D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de
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Jul-22-07
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  whiteshark: Work is the curse of the drinking classes
Aug-12-07
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  brankat: B.Larsen called G.Stahlberg the best "combination" player ever. According to Larsen, nobody combined Chess and alcohol like Stahlberg did :-)
Sep-24-07
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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.

Thanks.

Sep-24-07
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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

Dec-23-08
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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.

Jun-23-10
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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
Link: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Feb-12-11  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
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  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

Oct-12-12
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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> This source:

http://energetika.13s.hu/pub/csabin...

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.

Jan-26-14  waustad: Here is the game Domdaniel mentioned at olimpbase http://www.olimpbase.org/pgn4web/an...

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

Jan-26-14  railway: french defense player
Jan-26-14
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Gideon Stahlberg.
Jan-26-14
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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.
Jan-26-16
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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!!

Jan-26-16  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.
Jan-26-17
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Gideon Stahlberg.

I have been reviewing some of his games.

Jan-26-17
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  Nosnibor: I understand that he was diabetic but never took care of his health by imbibing in drink. R.I.P. GM Stahlberg.
Nov-02-17
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  perfidious: <waustad: (Stahlberg) was a much stronger player than Heikki Westerinen, who also has such a reputation....>

Stahlberg was indeed a tough out for even the top players in his best days.

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