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Alexander Koblents
  
Number of games in database: 254
Years covered: 1935 to 1972

Overall record: +69 -81 =104 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E64 E69 E95 E61 E67
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E32 E26 E27 E45 E24
 Sicilian (9) 
    B72 B84 B92 B83 B39
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D69 D57 D54 D50
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C74 C79 C86 C67 C91
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D97 D94 D96 D75 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B22 B48 B63 B30 B92
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E29 E34 E46 E40
 English (8) 
    A13 A12 A15 A10 A17
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C67 C78 C97 C61 C68
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B67 B63 B68 B62
 French Defense (6) 
    C11 C07 C01 C18
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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
   L Steiner vs Koblents, 1937 0-1
   Tal vs Koblents, 1960 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Riga 1948 Latvian Championship by jessicafischerqueen
   1st Latvian SSR Chess Congress by jessicafischerqueen
   Chessdreamer List of pgns CORRECTED by jessicafischerqueen


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

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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.

English Wikipedia article: Alexander Koblencs Latvian Wikipedia article: Aleksandrs Koblencs

Last updated: 2019-07-05 19:04:52

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 254  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Koblents  1-0251935RosasE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. F Cardona vs Koblents  0-1321935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Koltanowski vs Koblents  ½-½421935MolletD04 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Koblents vs P Cherta Clos  0-1501935MolletB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Koblents vs J Calduch  ½-½361935MolletA15 English
6. J Almeda vs Koblents  0-1441935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Koblents vs J V Pinol  ½-½461935MolletD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. V Kahn vs Koblents 1-0191935MolletA48 King's Indian
9. Koblents vs J Molisch  ½-½1001937BrnoA09 Reti Opening
10. P Herman vs Koblents  0-1451937BrnoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Koblents vs L Ehrlich  ½-½601937BrnoD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. G Bezruchko vs Koblents  0-13819376th Lat. congress grp.1E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Koblents vs J Barta  1-0641937BrnoD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Z Hostinsky vs Koblents  ½-½511937BrnoA12 English with b3
15. Koblents vs T Bergs 0-1401937National Team TrainingD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. Koblents vs A Haida  1-0601937BrnoE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Koblents vs Nils Elisons 1-0271937National Team TrainingA04 Reti Opening
18. K Ozols vs Koblents  1-04819376th Lat. congress grp.1A13 English
19. Koblents vs Josef Koska  1-0351937BrnoA33 English, Symmetrical
20. J Florian vs Koblents  0-1381937BrnoA09 Reti Opening
21. Koblents vs Ernests Gize  ½-½2819376th Lat. congress grp.1D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. M Feigin vs Koblents  1-0411937National Team TrainingE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Koblents vs B Urban  1-0451937BrnoA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. D May vs Koblents  ½-½181937BrnoD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. Alberts Melnbardis vs Koblents  1-06619376th Lat. congress grp.1B40 Sicilian
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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