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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 B88 B89 B57 B87
 Vienna Opening (10) 
    C25 C26
 Sicilian Dragon (6) 
    B34 B78 B71 B70
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B11
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B03 B02
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B47 B46
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (20) 
    E94 E62 E69 E92 E76
 Robatsch (18) 
 Old Indian (8) 
 Modern Defense (6) 
 Sicilian (5) 
    B31 B90 B33 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 Suttles, 1973 1-0
   Soltis vs A J Goldsby, 1981 1-0

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

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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.

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 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. Soltis vs Plachetka  1-039 1968 WchT U26 15th qual-EB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
4. Huebner vs Soltis 1-033 1968 WchT U26B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. Plachetka vs Soltis  1-041 1968 WchT U26 15th fin-AE61 King's Indian
6. Tseshkovsky vs Soltis ½-½40 1969 WchT U26 fin-A 16thB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
7. M Czerniak vs Soltis  0-155 1970 Reggio EmiliaB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Soltis vs E Paoli  ½-½34 1970 Reggio EmiliaB89 Sicilian
9. Soltis vs Browne 1-015 1970 New York (USA)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
10. R Cosulich vs Soltis 0-114 1971 Reggio Emilia [SoltiB15 Caro-Kann
11. Fischer vs Soltis 1-025 1971 Manhattan blitzB33 Sicilian
12. Soltis vs P Travnicek  1-042 1971 Reggio EmiliaB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. Pilnik vs Soltis 1-028 1973 NorristownB06 Robatsch
14. E Paoli vs Soltis  ½-½18 1973 NorristownB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Soltis vs Suttles 1-057 1973 ChicagoB06 Robatsch
16. Zuckerman vs Soltis  ½-½22 1974 US ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
17. K Commons vs Soltis 0-139 1974 US ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Soltis vs Korchnoi 0-141 1974 New York blitzC16 French, Winawer
19. Saidy vs Soltis  ½-½22 1974 US ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
20. Bisguier vs Soltis ½-½15 1974 US ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
21. Soltis vs J Grefe  ½-½21 1974 US ChampionshipB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
22. Soltis vs A Karklins  ½-½15 1974 US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
23. Larry Evans vs Soltis  1-043 1974 US ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
24. Tarjan vs Soltis  ½-½23 1974 Los AngelesC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Soltis vs N Weinstein  ½-½23 1974 US ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
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Mar-01-11  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.

Nov-27-11  ketchuplover: Due out 4-3-12 is What It Takes to Become A Chess Master.
Nov-27-11  ketchuplover: Due out 3-12-12 is The United States Chess Championship,1845-2011,3d ed.
Feb-22-12  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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  Domdaniel: Andrew Soltis = Win Loss Trade = Drawn Loss Tie.
Nov-23-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Domdaniel> You possess one of the most interesting profiles; jocular, intelligent, enlightening and eccentric. Just my style though I've recently turned very quiet. And therefore mine falls under the "Peregrine Ng" category. He..he..he..#
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  Domdaniel: <tranquilsimplicity> Thanks. Drop by my forum anytime - though I confess I've also become less active.
Nov-25-14  HeMateMe: Phil Mushnick is an untalented idiot. His beat for many years at the Post was specifically to report on sports as it is covered on television. For example, it the commentating is horrible, or if certain cities have bad camera set ups, or the sound quality is bad at certain arenas he would write a column on these topics---completely boring drivel. I rarely read his column.

There was a time when the Post and the Daily News were each 25 cents, so you bought one or both of them every day, just to get the street news--find out who got bludgeoned to death, rumors or facts on politician graft, police brutality, public nudity, stuff like that. Give it a five minute skim, then throw it in the garbage. It covered things that the Times didn't, so it was worth a quick look. Since the cost of the paper went up to $1 daily, I stopped buying the Post. I'm surprised Mushnick still has a job there.

Nov-25-14  Jim Bartle: I disagree, <hmm>. He's a very talented idiot. But an idiot nonetheless.
Nov-26-14  HeMateMe: JB have you been reading the on line NY Post or News, over the years?
Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: I like Mushnick's column, though it does get repetitive. He used to sometimes get on announcers for insulting the intelligence of the viewers, and he'd give a quote from the announcer and then explain just why the statement was insulting to viewers' intelligence. BUT he doesn't do that anymore.

At any rate, he is a whole lot better than his would-be imitator Bob Raissman in the Daily News, who once praised the "great" (sic) Warner Wolf (former ABC then CBS local sports news guy), and credited him for not spoiling results of tape-delayed broadcast games. When in fact, not only DID Wolf regularly spoil, he even held up cardboard signs with late scores at the end of the broadcast, to the consternation of all who thought themselves safe for having turned the sound off.

Nov-27-14  Jim Bartle: <hmm> I've read Mushnick a lot over the years, for entertainment. And I used to read Peter Vecsey on the NBA all the time. He was arrogant and sometimes offensive, but he knew his stuff.
Nov-27-14  HeMateMe: I remember watching Warner Wolf maybe 20 years ago. I assume he's long retired. He's a local guy--why would you be familiar with the local news personalities in NYC? He had a following here, but I think top ratings went to nbc every single year, who had Marv Albert doing both the 5pm and 11:00 news here for many years, as well as announcing every possible game, from here to Madagascar. Give Marv some credit. Not many men would recover from having to explain red panties and sodomy in a Virginia court of law, and regain their place at the top of network newscasters.

When Marv left local news here he was replaced by Len Berman, who I think had worked as a high school intern for Albert, going way back. Berman gets some international exposure because he has always been part of the NBC team when they cover the Olympics.

I always liked Peter Vesey's columns. He might be a bit too opinionated for some, but his stuff is usually not dull. He worked out less well as a tv commentator. Just not a camera-viable friendly looking guy.

If you're familiar with Peter Vesey then surely you're familiar with Dick Young and his sports column "Young Ideas." His was a sort of Larry King type column, all over the place, a little bit racist in spots (I think he was one of the old guard that resented the new dominance of African Americans in sports). One supposed letter from a fan read: Q: "How can we stop dunking in the NBA?" [Young thought dunking should have been banned.]

A: "glue broken glass on edges of the rim!"

Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: After Young's death, the Village Voice ran a series of "Dick Young from Hell" columns titled "Terminally Young Ideas". Unfortunately I missed most of them because the Voice wasn't free then.

Jerry Girard on WPIX-11 was the local guy who actually did give viewers a chance to look away before seeing scores of to-be-aired-later games, in very marked contrast to Wolf.

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