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Andre Lilienthal
Number of games in database: 600
Years covered: 1929 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2385

Overall record: +207 -121 =271 (57.2%)*
   * 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 E46 E28
 Orthodox Defense (34) 
    D51 D61 D59 D62 D55
 King's Indian (29) 
    E80 E60 E67 E72 E90
 Slav (25) 
    D19 D11 D10 D13 D18
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D94 D97 D98 D85 D86
 French Defense (20) 
    C13 C07 C12 C15 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C98 C92 C82 C86 C89
 French Defense (43) 
    C14 C11 C01 C13 C00
 Grunfeld (36) 
    D85 D97 D98 D95 D81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C98 C92 C86 C89 C91
 King's Indian (27) 
    E67 E60 E69 E68 E95
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E38 E33 E46 E30 E24
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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
   Lilienthal vs Kan, 1936 1-0
   Koblents vs Lilienthal, 1945 0-1
   Lilienthal vs Bondarevsky, 1940 1-0
   Lilienthal vs Tolush, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs Smyslov, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs Zamikhovsky, 1942 1-0
   Lilienthal vs G Negyesy, 1931 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 (1945)
   USSR Championship (1947)
   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 1934/35 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 600  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lilienthal vs Kertesz 1-0311929BudapestA50 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Mieses vs Lilienthal 1-0161930ParisC01 French, Exchange
3. Pirc vs Lilienthal  0-1601930Stubnanske TepliceE16 Queen's Indian
4. T Regedzinski vs Lilienthal  1-0421930Stubnanske TepliceA15 English
5. Lilienthal vs D May 1-0321930Stubnanske TepliceC13 French
6. Lilienthal vs Tartakower 1-0421930Int TtB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
7. Lilienthal vs S Gruber  1-0281931HUN-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Lilienthal vs R Pikler  1-0521931BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Lilienthal vs M Szigeti  1-0251931HUN-chD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy 1-0251931BudapestD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Maroczy vs Lilienthal  ½-½351931HUN-chC46 Three Knights
12. Lilienthal vs J Szekely 0-1361931BudapestD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. G Lovas vs Lilienthal  0-1321931HUN-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. L Wiesel vs Lilienthal  0-1231931BudapestA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Lilienthal vs E Steiner  ½-½361931BudapestE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. K Havasi vs Lilienthal  1-0351931HUN-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Michlo vs Lilienthal 0-1771931BudapestD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. L Steiner vs Lilienthal  1-0441931BudapestC14 French, Classical
19. K Sterk vs Lilienthal  ½-½311931HUN-chC01 French, Exchange
20. Lilienthal vs P Rethy  1-0531931BudapestD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Szekely vs Lilienthal  0-1491932BudapestE12 Queen's Indian
22. Lilienthal vs G Lovas  1-0401932BudapestE16 Queen's Indian
23. Lilienthal vs M Szigeti  1-0611932BudapestC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
24. L Steiner vs Lilienthal  0-1701932BudapestC00 French Defense
25. Lilienthal vs G Negyesy  1-0421932BudapestD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 600  PGN Download
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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!
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  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:

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  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
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.
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