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|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?
|Jun-22-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Some more photos:
|Feb-06-11|| ||Lil Swine: lillienthal forged fischer's name.|
|May-05-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the oldest chess player I ever knew!|
|May-05-11|| ||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!!|
|May-06-11|| ||HeMateMe: In one of his last tweets, he said "I'm gonna show that young pup Korchnoi how this game is played!"|
|May-25-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Andor Lilienthal>
Correct pronunciation of his name-
Audio/visual file: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuX9...
|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"]
[White "Karper, J.G."]
[Black "Lilienthal, Andor"]
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'
|May-05-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. GM Lilienthal.|
|May-05-14|| ||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.
|May-05-14|| ||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?|
|Oct-18-16|| ||whiteshark: Here's an obituary / a tribute by Mark Crowther
http://theweekinchess.com/chessnews... with many crosstables and annotated games|
|May-05-17|| ||carpetshark: I have his autobiography in Hungarian and it would be worth translating as it's full of interesting anecdotes and stories and analyses. I just never had the time. Perhaps some time in the future.|
|Feb-10-18|| ||morfishine: Great player. Only 602 games archived for him? Seems like a small amount|
|Feb-11-18|| ||whiteshark: <morfishine> There are 812 game of Andor Lilienthal in Megabase 2018.|
For example there are 331 games here until 1945 whereas Megabase has 412 of them.
I saw -on a quick review- games missing for
2 matches vs Tartakover in 1933, Barcelona 1934,
Trade Unions Ch 1936, Trade Unions Ch 1938 (only 2/21 here), Kuibyshev 1942 (4/11), a few Semi-Final Ch games.
It all mounts up...
|Feb-11-18|| ||morfishine: Thanks <whiteshark>! I've noticed the "modern" GM's have way more games recorded than the old greats. For example, Carlsen has 2,802 games, Kasparov 2,386 & Anand 3,287, while Botvinnik has a "mere" 1,184 games archived at <CG>|
|Feb-11-18|| ||whiteshark: <morfishine>
Lilienthal learned chess at the age of 15, and started tournament play at the age of 19 (1930).
1st: Compared with todays 'prodigies' that's as old as the hills.
From 1951 until 1960 he was also Tigran Petrosian's trainer
2nd: with reduced tournament play.
And 3rd: you won't find a flood of rapid and blitz games
|Feb-12-18|| ||Telemus: <whiteshark: Lilienthal learned chess at the age of 15> In his biography Lilienthal wrote that his brother introduced him to chess around 1924. Furthermore he gave 1926 as the year, when he gave already odds to his opponents.|
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