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Alexander Koblents
  
Number of games in database: 115
Years covered: 1935 to 1965

Overall record: +22 -43 =50 (40.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E64 E80 E78 E61 E79
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C67 C92 C91 C87 C86
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D96 D91 D70 D75
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A31 A33 A36 A37
 Sicilian (4) 
    B72 B83 B39 B84
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E45 E24
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B67 B63 B99 B43 B55
 French Defense (5) 
    C07 C11 C18
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E46 E56 E34 E32
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D46 D44
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (4) 
    B67 B63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koblents vs Tal, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Koblents vs V Zagorovsky, 1946 1-0
   Alatortsev vs Koblents, 1945 0-1
   Tal vs Koblents, 1952 0-1
   Tal vs Koblents, 1960 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1945)

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ALEXANDER KOBLENTS
(born Sep-03-1916, died Dec-08-1993, 77 years old) Latvia

[what is this?]
Aleksandrs Naftalyevich Koblencs (Koblents, Koblentz, Koblenz) was born in Riga. He won Brno 1937 and the Latvian Championship in 1941, 1945, 1946 and 1949 but is best known as the trainer of Mikhail Tal whom he trained from 1955 to 1979. His writings included the interesting book Study Chess with Tal which has training exercises based on Tal's finest games.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Koblencs


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 115  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koblents vs P Cherta Clos  0-1501935MolletB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Koblents vs J Calduch  ½-½361935MolletA15 English
3. J Almeda vs Koblents  0-1441935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Koblents vs J Vallve  ½-½461935MolletD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Flohr vs Koblents  1-0251935Rosas (Spain)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. V Kahn vs Koblents 1-0191935MolletA48 King's Indian
7. F Cardona vs Koblents  0-1321935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Koltanowski vs Koblents  ½-½421935MolletD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Koblents vs L Ehrlich  ½-½601937BrnoD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Koblents vs J Barta  1-0641937BrnoD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Koblents vs A Haida  1-0601937BrnoE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Z Hostinsky vs Koblents  ½-½511937BrnoA12 English with b3
13. Koblents vs Josef Koska  1-0351937BrnoA33 English, Symmetrical
14. J Florian vs Koblents  0-1381937BrnoA09 Reti Opening
15. Koblents vs B Urban  1-0451937BrnoA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. D May vs Koblents  ½-½181937BrnoD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. L Steiner vs Koblents  0-1351937BrnoB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Koblents vs J Molisch  ½-½1001937BrnoA09 Reti Opening
19. P Herman vs Koblents  0-1451937BrnoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Koblents vs Z Solmanis  0-1441939KemeriD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
21. Koblents vs V Mikenas  ½-½601939KemeriD75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
22. F Apsenieks vs Koblents  ½-½221939KemeriB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
23. Koblents vs Bogoljubov 0-1241939Kemeri (Latvia)E07 Catalan, Closed
24. Koblents vs Stahlberg  ½-½181939KemeriC14 French, Classical
25. Szabo vs Koblents  1-0511939KemeriC07 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 115  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-03-06  Albertan: His name is also spelled Koblencs.He held the IM title and died in 1997 at the age of 81.He finished first in the Brno 1937 tournament ahead of Steiner.

Sep-05-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Koblents

KOBLENCS, Alexander N.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/koblencs_al...
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Dec-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: 1st Dec 2007 <Quote of the Day>

"No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King." --- Koblents

from: <Kotow/Koblenz: Lehrbuch der Schachtaktik Vol.I+II>

Aug-02-08  mynameisrandy: The quote of the day "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers. ".

To whom does this quote refer?

Aug-02-08  blue wave: I don't know who this qoute refers to but for some reason Bobby Fischer springs to mind. I'd love to know too.
Aug-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: Yes, that quote is about Bobby Fischer.
Sep-03-08  Tessie Tura: <His name is also spelled Koblencs.>

Iíve also seen it spelled Koblenz, in addition to the alternate spellings listed by chessgames.com. Happy birthday to Talís beloved Maestro, however you spell it. :)

Jan-13-09  sleepyirv: <He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers.> Who was this dust brusher?
Jan-13-09  Alphastar: <sleepyirv> I seem to remember that the culprit was Robert James Fischer.
Jan-13-09  gus inn: There are some books on tactics by a certain Koblenz.Does anyone know if it is the same person ?
Jan-13-09  hedgeh0g: "Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers."

Was it a gangsta rap?

Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Alexander Koblents worked with Mikhail Tal as a seconds. His method involved repeating the phrase. "Misha, you are a genius!Ē :-)
Feb-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: According to GM Genna Sosonko, Mikhail Tal always used to call GM Alexander Koblenz as "Maestro".
Mar-06-11  Oliveira: Alexander Koblents

KOBLENTS, Alexander N.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/koblencs_al...

Mar-06-11  andrewjsacks: Since the spelling of his name is actually a transliteration, it is not a mystery that we see it spelled variously, as we do Viktor the Terrible's, for example.
Mar-06-11  Oliveira: It seems pretty clear to me that all these different transliterations are there to reflect the original pronunciation in the language they refer. "Koblencs" is the original in Latvian, while "Koblenz" is the german version and "Кобленц" the Russian one. So, the most accurate transliteration in English would be "Koblents".
Mar-06-11  andrewjsacks: Helpful post, Oliveira. Thank you.
Sep-03-11  talisman: happy birthday Maestro!
Dec-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers." >

Some chess players need to learn how to play chess like professionals...

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Is <He> Tal♔ about Mikhail Tal here?
Oct-30-12  stanleys: Najdorf, Petrosian, Koblents and historian Isaak Romanov during the Moscow Interzonal/1982

http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_...

Sep-04-13  Karpova: Chris Wainscott reviews 'Study Chess With Tal' by Mikhail Tal & Alexander Koblencs, Batsford 2013: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/revie...

<What sets this book apart from many of the books about the Wizard of Riga is that this one was written by his long time trainer Alexander Koblencs. Koblencs worked with Tal from when Tal was thirteen until he won the world championship in 1960. The book, originally published in the 1980s and now updated to modern notation, is based on Koblencs's diaries from their training sessions, and provides for a nice "insider" view of Tal's thinking process. In fact, Koblencs states that the majority of the analysis was taken from sessions conducted shortly after the games were played.>

The book is recommended (getting 5 stars out of 6).

Dec-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers." >

-Alexander Koblents

If [he] is Tal, then I'm guessing Petrosian also "told" him to break off these habits: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches....

Dec-06-13  cadwallon: <Penguincw: If [he] is Tal... > I came here looking for the answer to the same question. And here it is:

<chessgames.com: Yes, that quote is about Bobby Fischer.>

Which was very helpful of them. Even more helpful would be to reformulate the quote as "He (Bobby Fischer) had a funny habit..."

May-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King> Ė Alexander Koblents.
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