|Dec-29-04|| ||Benzol: Alfred Flatow
Born 28th August 1937 in Berlin
He was Australian champion in 1969-70.
|Jan-21-09|| ||Mibelz: <Benzol> Is Alfred Flatow (chess player) a kinsman of Alfred Flatow (1869-1942) and Gustav Flatow (1875-1945), both famous German gymnastics?|
|Jan-21-09|| ||TheAlchemist: Like <Mibelz>, I also recognized the name, maybe it is the son of one of the two.|
|Jan-21-09|| ||laskereshevsky: A father of 62 years old? or another of 68? (...in the 30's....) Maybe is possible, but not very probable.|
|Jan-21-09|| ||Benzol: <Mibelz> <TheAlchemist> Alfred might be related to Alfred (Senior) or Gustav but unfortunately I haven't any further information about him. Maybe <Resignation Trap> or <phony benoni> can help out.|
|Jan-21-09|| ||TheAlchemist: <laskereshevsky> Oops, I guess I meant grandson. My fingers are faster than my brain :-)|
|Jan-21-09|| ||laskereshevsky: <TheAlchemist> You are lucky man.... I should b happy just that my fingers are (scarcely) connected to my brain... :-)|
|Jan-21-09|| ||Phony Benoni: I've looked around a bit, but can't find any information about the families of the gymnasts.|
It would be interesting to know when the younger Alfred emigrated to Australia. The elder began to suffer anti-Semitic persecution after the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and was arrested in Berlin during the latter part of 1938. If the younger Alfred was his grandson, he may have been lucky to survive.
|Feb-28-10|| ||Knightfort: The younger Alfred is the grandson of Leo Flatow,whose brother,Gustav Felix Flatow represented Germany in the 1896 Olympic Games.The other gymnast was the older Alfred Flatow ,cousin of Gustav,who gained a gold medal.In 1996,the centenary of the first modern Olympics,Germany acknowledged the 2 gymnasts by bringing out a stamp in their honour.
The younger Alfred,with Parents Kurt and Margot,migrated to Shanghai just before WW2,and then to Sydney after WW2.|
|Sep-10-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a link to a newspaper article about the 1950 New South Wales junior championship, with 3 pictures of a 13 year old Fred:|
|Nov-19-10|| ||Knightfort: That was the first competition Fred (Alfred) played in. He won that event, and subsequently also the NSW U16 and U18.But not the Aust.Junior U18. He still plays at club level at the Canterbury Leagues Club Chess Club, which meets Monday nights in Sydney.|
|Jun-27-11|| ||ozmikey: <GrahamClayton> Thanks for that link! As <Knightfort> says, he still plays for Canterbury where he was my team captain in the Sydney club competition for years. He's a wonderful man, generous to a fault and impeccably behaved at the board.|
Doug Hamilton, among others, has described Fred as probably the greatest "natural" player Australia has produced (OK, he was born in Germany, but...). I don't think he's ever studied much but his tactical eye was still very sharp even in his sixties (when I got to know him a bit better).
|Aug-28-12|| ||franksp: Fred's father, Kurt, was a good chess player. I joined Ashfield Chess Club shortly after I had learned the game. I asked the club president who was the best player in the club. He pointed out Kurt Flatow. So I challenged Kurt to a game of chess. He beat me. I played many games against Kurt while I belonged to Ashfield Chess Club. He beat me every time, a perfect score. I sometimes offered him a draw and he used to just say I was very funny.|
|Aug-28-14|| ||optimal play: An important & hard-fought win by Alfred Flatow during the 1968 Chess Olympiad held in Lugano:-|
[Event "18th Chess Olympiad"]
[Site "Lugano, Switzerland"]
[Round "6, C-Final"]
[White "Alfred Flatow"]
[Black "Piet Kroon"]
1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Bg2 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nxd5 Qxd5 10. Be3 Qd6 11. Rc1 Nd4 12. Nxd4 cxd4 13. Bd2 Qb6 14. Qb3 Bg4 15. Qxb6 axb6 16. f3 Bd7 17. a3 Bc6 18. f4 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Rfc8 20. Rxc8+ Rxc8 21. Rc1 Rxc1 22. Bxc1 b5 23. b3 f5 24. Bb2 Kf7 25. Kf3 Ke6 26. e4 Kd6 27. h3 e6 28. g4 Kc6 29. b4 Kd6 30. Bc1 Kc6 31. Bd2 Kd6 32. Be1 Kc6 33. Bf2 Kd6 34. Bh4 Kd7 35. Bg5 Ke8 36. Bh4 Kd7 37. e5 Kc6 38. Be7 Kd5 39. g5 h5 40. Bd6 b6 41. Ke2 Kc6 42. Kd2 Kd5 43. Kc2 Kc6 44. Kb3 Bh8 45. a4 bxa4+ 46. Kxa4 Bg7 47. b5+ Kd5 48. Bc7 Kc5 49. Bd6 Kd5 50. Kb3 Bh8 51. Bf8 Bxe5 52. fxe5 f4 53. Bb4 Kxe5 54. Kc4 Kf5 55. Kxd4 Kxg5 56. Ke4 Kh4 57. Be1+ Kxh3 58. Kxf4 Kg2 59. Bh4 Kf1 60. Kf3 e5 61. Bd8 Ke1 62. Bxb6 1-0
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Flatow scored 5½/7 [+4 =3 -0] on board 4 in the C-Final contributing to Australia finishing in 1st place (29th overall).
|Nov-03-16|| ||optimal play: <Doug Hamilton, among others, has described Fred as probably the greatest "natural" player Australia has produced ...>|
Fred Flatow and Doug Hamilton shared in a two-way tie for 2nd place in the 1969 Australian Championship (won by Walter Browne).
It was Flatow who ended up with bragging rights, defeating Hamilton in the 4th round...
[Event "Australian Championship"]
[White "Hamilton, Douglas Gibson"]
[Black "Flatow, Alfred"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 Na5 11. dxe5 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 dxe5 13. Bc2 Nc4 14. Bc1 Nd7 15. Rd1 Nd6 16. b4 Bg5 17. Nd2 Qf6 18. a4 Bxd2 19. Bxd2 Qxf3 20. gxf3 Nb6 21. f4 Nbc4 22. fxe5 Nxe5 23. Bf4 f6 24. Bb3+ Kh8 25. Bd5 Rad8 26. Kg2 g5 27. Bg3 h5 28. axb5 axb5 29. Re1 Rfe8 30. Ra7 Rd7 31. Rea1 h4 32. Bxe5 Rxe5 33. Ra8+ Kg7 34. Rg8+ Kh7 35. Raa8 Nxe4 36. Bc6 Rd2 37. Rh8+ Kg6 38. Rhg8+ Kf5 39. Kg1 Nxf2 40. Rge8 Nh3+ 41. Kh1 Rd1+ 42. Kg2 Rxe8 0-1
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13/15 [+11/=04/-00] clear 1st Browne
11/15 [+09/=04/-02] =2nd Hamilton
11/15 [+08/=06/-01] =2nd Flatow