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Andrew Soltis
Number of games in database: 162
Years covered: 1967 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2407
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445
Overall record: +43 -52 =64 (47.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B23 B89 B57 B88 B87
 Vienna Opening (10) 
    C26 C25
 Sicilian Dragon (6) 
    B34 B70 B78 B71
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B11
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B03 B02
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B46 B47
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (20) 
    E94 E62 E69 E92 E76
 Robatsch (18) 
 Old Indian (8) 
 Modern Defense (6) 
 Sicilian (5) 
    B31 B33 B90 B56 B77
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B10 B15 B13 B12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Soltis vs D Gurevich, 1981 1-0
   Soltis vs Browne, 1970 1-0
   Soltis vs K Burger, 1981 1-0
   K Commons vs Soltis, 1974 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1981)

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(born May-28-1947, 67 years old) United States of America

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Andrew Eden Soltis was born on the 28th of May 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1974 he became a GM in 1980. He finished 1st at Reggio Emilia 1971-72 and 1st= at New York 1977. He is also known as a writer and author on the game.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Day vs Soltis  ½-½19 1967 Atlantic OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Soltis vs A J Whiteley 1-027 1967 WchT U26 14thC00 French Defense
3. Huebner vs Soltis 1-033 1968 WchT U26B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Plachetka vs Soltis  1-041 1968 WchT U26 15th fin-AE61 King's Indian
5. Soltis vs Plachetka  1-039 1968 WchT U26 15th qual-EB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
6. Tseshkovsky vs Soltis ½-½40 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. Soltis vs E Paoli  ½-½34 1970 Reggio EmiliaB89 Sicilian
8. Soltis vs Browne 1-015 1970 New York (USA)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. M Czerniak vs Soltis  0-155 1970 Reggio EmiliaB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Fischer vs Soltis 1-025 1971 Manhattan blitzB33 Sicilian
11. Soltis vs P Travnicek  1-042 1971 Reggio EmiliaB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
12. R Cosulich vs Soltis 0-114 1971 Reggio Emilia [SoltiB15 Caro-Kann
13. Soltis vs Suttles 1-057 1973 ChicagoB06 Robatsch
14. Pilnik vs Soltis 1-028 1973 NorristownB06 Robatsch
15. E Paoli vs Soltis  ½-½18 1973 NorristownB08 Pirc, Classical
16. Bisguier vs Soltis ½-½15 1974 US ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. Tarjan vs Soltis  ½-½23 1974 Los AngelesC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Soltis vs J Grefe  ½-½21 1974 US ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
19. Soltis vs A Karklins  ½-½15 1974 US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. Larry Evans vs Soltis  1-043 1974 US ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
21. Soltis vs N Weinstein  ½-½23 1974 US ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
22. L C Gilden vs Soltis 1-040 1974 US ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
23. K Rogoff vs Soltis  ½-½14 1974 US ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. Soltis vs Reshevsky  ½-½12 1974 US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
25. Soltis vs Benko  ½-½13 1974 US ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
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May-29-10  I play the Fred: <<I play the Fred>, i reposted your Los Voraces review in <ChessBookForum>. Thank you..>

Thanks! I wish I knew that was coming, though - I would have written something more substantial.

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  wordfunph: <I play the Fred> hope you visit <ChessBookForum> more often and share your thoughts on books you read...see you there!

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May-30-10  Vollmer: What's this , no pic of Mr. Soltis ? <headshake>
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  wordfunph: i read somewhere..

GM Andrew Soltis was once asked by his wife Marcy with simple and obvious question, "When you play blindfold, do you see colors?" What Marcy was asking was what kind of pieces he sees in mental analysis just like, "Are the black ones really black?".

GM Soltis replied: "I have no idea."

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  perfidious: <wordfunph> Those times I've played blindfold, I never gave it any thought, but there was always a vague distinction between the White and Black pieces. Visualisation is a funny thing.
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  Shams: I bet if Marcy Soltis asked, say, Koltanowski, she'd get a different answer. My sense is that playing blindfold chess is like having perfect pitch in music-- you're either born with the gift or you learn how to fake it.
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  wordfunph: According to GM Andrew Soltis book Grandmaster Secrets: Endings, the estimated odds of your:

Ever Going Bald (if male) = 1 in 2.5

Ever Dying of a Heart Attack = 1 in 5

Ever Playing R+B+K vs. R+K = 1 in 40

Being Robbed This Year = 1 in 500

Playing Out K+B+N vs. K This Year = 1 in 3,000

Being Diagnosed with Lung Cancer This Year = 1 in 7,500

Playing Q+N+P+K vs.Q+K = 1 in 8,000

Being murdered This Year = 1 in 12,000

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  perfidious: Odds of B+N vs bare king 1:3000? Interesting. I had that ending twice in my career, which was well over 2000 serious games.

Had R+B vs R once, and am headed for baldness, along with the other 40% of my peers.

Feb-26-11  I play the Fred: One of the things I enjoy about Soltis' books is his voice. It's definitely serious, authoritative, with a sliver of pretense thrown in.

It's easy to imagine this guy at a party being some know-it-all that you want to slap around, but 1) you're a nice person who says no to violence and 2) this guy <really does> seem to know it all. The end result is that you claim to loathe the guy but deep down, you realize that he's the most interesting person there.

Then I heard Soltis on John Watson's Chess podcast, and lo and behold, he sounds just like a regular schlub. Cool contrast between his speaking and writing styles. Some writers sound the same on or off the page.

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  perfidious: At Labour Day weekend 1976, I played in the U-1800 section of the NY State Championship in Albany and had someone ask to use my set to do a post-mortem on a game: it was Andy Soltis, and he acted ordinary-not at all pretentious, as one might have expected.

It still gives me a start now and again when I see his byline under all sorts of things in the NY Post, none of which have anything to do with chess.

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  HeMateMe: Andy is good, but he didn't write this great 1982 front pager for the Post:


The killer whose gruesome rampage of horror spawned The Post's most famous headline, <"Headless Body in Topless Bar,"> will remain behind bars -- at least for now.

Charles Dingle, 51, was denied parole this month, for the third time in 27 years.

But in an exclusive interview with The Post at Elmira State Prison, the convicted murderer recently vowed that his fight for freedom was far from over.

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  Shams: When I was a complete fish I sent Soltis a question about the famous Reti where white's king on h8 draws against black's runaway h-pawn. He wrote back a very kind handwritten letter. Fan for life.
Sep-26-11  pazzed paun: anybody read that Soltis article about the 8 year rule-- where a player continues to improve in rating until about 8 years after learning the game then hit a plateau-- it is not that they cannot get better it is that they usually don't comments?
Sep-27-11  King of Nothing: <pazzed paun> There was something he wrote in one of his books about a player needing an average of 9 years to become a Master.

Me? I wouldn't know. I like the game, but I never got that good.

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  ketchuplover: Due out 4-3-12 is What It Takes to Become A Chess Master.
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  ketchuplover: Due out 3-12-12 is The United States Chess Championship,1845-2011,3d ed.
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  HeMateMe: Famed chess author also writes abouts johns and hos:


Feb-23-12  RookFile: <Due out 4-3-12 is What It Takes to Become A Chess Master. >

This sounds kind of interesting.

Apr-04-12  pazzed paun: i had a chance to skim what it takes to be a chess master sort of a book 2 to what to study in chess---be curious to find out if any former class A players use it to get a big jump in playing strength
Feb-08-13  Wyatt Gwyon: I didn't realize he wrote non-chess stuff until I saw his byline today on a Post article linked from Drudge.
Mar-11-14  jerseybob: Wyatt Gwyon: Andy Soltis has worked for the N.Y. Post for over 40 years, his wife Marcy nearly that long, and chess writing has been only a small part of his excellent output. But sadly, I read in Phil Mushnick's column of Sunday 3/9/14 that the two are are hanging it up after a total of 84 years and nine months at the Post. I pray he'll at least continue the chess column.
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  perfidious: Nice touch from Mushnick at the end of that day's column:

<Couple of quitters.>

Mar-12-14  capafischer1: I find some of his books helpful. What I can't stand is when he only gives game fragments rather than showing the whole game. I like to see how they got to that position even if it has no notes.
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  perfidious: It is possible that Soltis gave portions of those games due to restrictions placed on the length of the book by his publisher.
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  chancho: Andrew Soltis.

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