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Andre Lilienthal
Number of games in database: 599
Years covered: 1929 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2385

Overall record: +206 -121 =271 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (39) 
    E24 E40 E26 E28 E46
 Orthodox Defense (34) 
    D51 D61 D59 D62 D55
 King's Indian (28) 
    E80 E60 E72 E90 E70
 Slav (25) 
    D19 D11 D13 D10 D18
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D98 D94 D97 D93 D85
 French Defense (20) 
    C13 C07 C12 C15 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C98 C92 C82 C86 C91
 French Defense (43) 
    C14 C11 C13 C01 C00
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D97 D95 D98 D81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C98 C92 C86 C89 C91
 King's Indian (27) 
    E67 E60 E69 E95 E90
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E38 E33 E46 E30 E49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Najdorf, 1948 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940 1-0
   Koblents vs Lilienthal, 1945 0-1
   Lilienthal vs Kan, 1936 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Smyslov, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs Bondarevsky, 1940 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Tolush, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs G Negyesy, 1931 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Menchik, 1933 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1940)
   Hastings 1933/34 (1933)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   Moscow (1936)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   USSR Absolute Championship (1941)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Moscow (1935)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   Budapest Candidates (1950)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   USSR Championship (1949)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Moscow 1936 by suenteus po 147
   TITANS vs. GIANTS by laskereshevsky
   Lilienthal! by FSR
   Hastings 1933/34 by Phony Benoni

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(born May-05-1911, died May-08-2010, 99 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Hungary)
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Andre Arnoldovich Lilienthal was born in Moscow to Hungarian parents. He was taken to Hungary at the age of two, but emigrated to the Soviet Union in 1935.

Awarded the GM title in 1950 he won the Moscow Championship 1939-40 and became (jointly with Igor Bondarevsky) USSR Champion in 1940 [rusbase-1] ahead of Vasily Smyslov, Paul Keres, Isaac Boleslavsky and Mikhail Botvinnik. He retired in 1976, returned to Hungary and remained well liked and respected.

He has the distinction of having met or played every World Chess Champion (with the exception of Steinitz) and was the world's oldest living grandmaster for quite some time.

Wikipedia article: Andor Lilienthal

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 599  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lilienthal vs Kertesz 1-031 1929 BudapestA50 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-160 1930 Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
3. T Regedzinski vs Lilienthal  1-042 1930 Stubnanske TepliceA15 English
4. Lilienthal vs D May 1-032 1930 Stubnanske TepliceC13 French
5. J Mieses vs Lilienthal 1-016 1930 ParisC01 French, Exchange
6. Lilienthal vs Tartakower 1-042 1930 Int TtB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Lilienthal vs R Pikler  1-052 1931 BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. Lilienthal vs S Gruber  1-028 1931 HUN-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Lilienthal vs M Szigeti  1-025 1931 HUN-chD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy 1-025 1931 BudapestD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Maroczy vs Lilienthal  ½-½35 1931 HUN-chC46 Three Knights
12. Lilienthal vs J Szekely 0-136 1931 BudapestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. L Wiesel vs Lilienthal  0-123 1931 BudapestA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Lovas vs Lilienthal  0-132 1931 HUN-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Lilienthal vs E Steiner  ½-½36 1931 BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. J Michlo vs Lilienthal 0-177 1931 BudapestD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. K Havasi vs Lilienthal  1-035 1931 HUN-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. L Steiner vs Lilienthal  1-044 1931 BudapestC14 French, Classical
19. Lilienthal vs P Rethy  1-053 1931 BudapestD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. K Sterk vs Lilienthal  ½-½31 1931 HUN-chC01 French, Exchange
21. Lilienthal vs G Lovas  1-040 1932 BudapestE16 Queen's Indian
22. Lilienthal vs M Szigeti  1-061 1932 BudapestC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
23. L Steiner vs Lilienthal  0-170 1932 BudapestC00 French Defense
24. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy  1-042 1932 BudapestD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. E Steiner vs Lilienthal  1-051 1932 BudapestC17 French, Winawer, Advance
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 599  PGN Download
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May-10-10  KingsPawns: Thank you for everything, GM Lilienthal. RIP.
May-10-10  zanshin: Rest in Peace GM Lilienthal.
May-10-10  wolfmaster: I am good at predicting deaths of grandmasters! Who should be my next target...
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  Honza Cervenka: R.I.P., Andrey Arnoldovich!
May-10-10  thegoodanarchist: <wolfmaster: I am good at predicting deaths of grandmasters! Who should be my next target...>

Careful now, I wouldn't take this too far. Could be offensive to a lot of people...

May-10-10  Katu: What the...? Died? Oh my god, another hess legend...

Rest in peace.

May-11-10  njchess: Andor Lilienthal, chess grandmaster, dies at 99

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Andor Lilienthal, the last surviving member of 27 original grandmaster chess players, died Saturday in Budapest at the age of 99, the Hungarian Chess Federation said.

Lilienthal died at his home after a long illness, the federation's communications director Zsuzsa Veroci told The Associated Press.

"He was a phenomenon," said Veroci, also a FIDE woman grandmaster. "It may sound like an exaggeration, but he had no enemies, just friends. He loved chess and was always helping other players."

Lilienthal was born in Moscow to Hungarian Jewish parents on May 5, 1911, but moved to Budapest with his mother. He eventually competed for Hungary in three Chess Olympiads in the 1930s and later continued his career in the Soviet Union.

He trained world champion Tigran Petrosian from 1951 to 1963, and was the second to Vasily Smyslov during his successful world championship matches against Mikhail Botvinnik.

During his career, Lilienthal won matches against six world champions — Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Botvinnik, Max Euwe, Emanuel Lasker and Smyslov.

In 1950, FIDE, the international chess federation, included Lilienthal on its inaugural list of grandmasters, a title awarded to the world's strongest players. The list also included, among others, Soviet Alexander Kotov, American Reuben Fine and Miguel Najdorf, a Polish-born Argentine.

Lilienthal retired from tournament play in 1965 and returned to Budapest in 1976, staying active in the chess world until recently, Veroci said.

Lilienthal is survived by his wife, Olga. Funeral details were not immediately available.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

May-12-10  Albertan: An obituary of GM Lilienthal has been published at the New York Times website. The link to the obituary is
May-12-10  SirChrislov: Most of this is memory now
Have we gone too far to turn back now
We're maybe not quite what we thought we were
But then again, we're maybe more

The blood-words promised, we've spoken
Releasing the names from the circle
Maybe we can leave here now and
Transcend the boundaries

For now we're standing here
and awaiting some grand transition
The future is but past forgotten
When you're on the road to madness

I wonder where we're going?

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  GrahamClayton: Some more photos:

Feb-06-11  Lil Swine: lillienthal forged fischer's name.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the oldest chess player I ever knew!
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  eternaloptimist: wow what a long life...he almost made it to 100 years old!! From his cg profile: "He has the distinction of having met or played every World Chess Champion (with the exception of Steinitz) and was the world's oldest living grandmaster for quite some time". that had to be really enjoyable 4 him. he saw A LOT of chess theory & ideas evolve over that span of time which i'm sure he contributed many ideas to as well. he was truly a great player. i'm surprised that he has only 532 games in the cg database considering he played in tourneys 4 a REALLY long time.
May-05-11  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday!!
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  HeMateMe: In one of his last tweets, he said "I'm gonna show that young pup Korchnoi how this game is played!"
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Andor Lilienthal>

Correct pronunciation of his name-

Audio/visual file:

Jan-13-12  Petrosianic: <Lil Swine> <lillienthal forged fischer's name.>

...and arranged to have Kirsan hand Fischer a briefcase full of money...

Wait a minute, run that by me again???

May-03-12  thomastonk: I have found the following game in a newspaper from September 1934, which is from the first round of a 4-player event hosted of the Amsterdamsche Schaakclub in occasion of Lilienthal's visit.

The player with the white pieces is still unknown here, and the other participants were H Van Hartingsvelt and F Wackers.

[Event "4-Player-Event A.S.C"]
[Site "Amsterdam"]
[Date "1934.08.27"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Karper, J.G."]
[Black "Lilienthal, Andor"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E38"]
[Annotator "thomastonk"]
[PlyCount "58"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. e3 cxd4 6. exd4 Nc6 7. Nf3 d5 8. a3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 11. O-O Bd7 12. Re1 Ne7 13. Bd3 Rc8 14. Bd2 Ned5 15. Re5 h6 16. Qb3 Qb6 17. Qxb6 Nxb6 18. Ra5 Ra8 19. Ne5 O-O 20. Rb1 Rfd8 21. Nxd7 Nfxd7 22. c4 Nf6 23. Be3 Rac8 24. c5 Nbd7 25. Rxb7 Nxc5 26. dxc5 Rxd3 27. h3 Nd5 28. Raxa7 Nxe3 29. fxe3 Rxc5 1/2-1/2

White almost won!

Sep-07-12  Karpova: Milan, 1934 or 1933

1. Lilienthal 4.5
2. Karlin 4.0
3. Gandolfi 3.5
4. Napoli 2.0
5. Biava 1.0
6. Ferrantes 0.0

This tournament was played because of the three guests (Lilienthal from Hungary, Karlin from Sweden and Ferranets from Argentina) visiting Milan.

From page 29 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  brankat: R.I.P. GM Lilienthal.
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  offramp: His name is rather beautiful; it means Lily of the valley.
May-05-14  Refused: Wouldn't it be <valley of lilies>?

At least that's would sound like the natural translation to me.

Yours would be Tallilie.

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  offramp: < Refused:.. Yours would be Tallilie.>

That is indeed the Latvian for Offramp.

Aug-19-14  Mr. V: Does anyone know if his autobiography and game collection was ever translated into the English language?
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  whiteshark: Here's an obituary / a tribute by Mark Crowther with many crosstables and annotated games
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