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Alexander Koblents
Number of games in database: 116
Years covered: 1935 to 1965
Overall record: +22 -44 =50 (40.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E64 E79 E78 E80 E61
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C92 C87 C86 C67 C91
 English (4) 
    A15 A11
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E45 E24
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D96 D70 D75 D91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C92 C87 C86 C91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B99 B63 B67 B43 B21
 French Defense (5) 
    C07 C11 C18
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D46 D44
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (4) 
    B63 B67
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E34 E46 E56
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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

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 116  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Koblents vs J Vallve  ½-½46 1935 MolletD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. F Cardona vs Koblents  0-132 1935 MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Flohr vs Koblents  1-025 1935 Rosas (Spain)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. Koltanowski vs Koblents  ½-½42 1935 MolletD04 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Koblents vs P Cherta Clos  0-150 1935 MolletB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. J Almeda vs Koblents  0-144 1935 MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Koblents vs J Calduch  ½-½36 1935 MolletA15 English
8. V Kahn vs Koblents 1-019 1935 MolletA48 King's Indian
9. D May vs Koblents  ½-½18 1937 BrnoD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
10. P Herman vs Koblents  0-145 1937 BrnoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Koblents vs A Haida  1-060 1937 BrnoE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Koblents vs J Molisch  ½-½100 1937 BrnoA09 Reti Opening
13. Koblents vs J Barta  1-064 1937 BrnoD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. J Florian vs Koblents  0-138 1937 BrnoA09 Reti Opening
15. Koblents vs L Ehrlich  ½-½60 1937 BrnoD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Koblents vs Josef Koska  1-035 1937 BrnoA33 English, Symmetrical
17. Koblents vs Bohumil Urban  1-045 1937 BrnoA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Z Hostinsky vs Koblents  ½-½51 1937 BrnoA12 English with b3
19. L Steiner vs Koblents  0-135 1937 BrnoB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. Koblents vs Z Solmanis  0-144 1939 KemeriD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
21. Koblents vs Flohr  0-157 1939 Kemeri (Latvia)D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
22. L Dreibergs vs Koblents  ½-½25 1939 KemeriB15 Caro-Kann
23. Koblents vs V Mikenas  ½-½60 1939 KemeriD75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
24. Szabo vs Koblents  1-051 1939 KemeriC07 French, Tarrasch
25. Book vs Koblents 0-134 1939 KemeriC07 French, Tarrasch
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Sep-03-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Koblents

KOBLENTS, Alexander N.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/koblents_al...
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday Maestro!
Dec-27-11  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> TalK 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "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..."

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