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Erwin Nievergelt
Number of games in database: 60
Years covered: 1953 to 1965
Overall record: +17 -34 =9 (35.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-29-1929, died Aug-04-2018, 89 years old) Switzerland

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs E Nievergelt  1-0481953Mitropa CupE14 Queen's Indian
2. L Schmid vs E Nievergelt  0-1551954ZuerichC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. Euwe vs E Nievergelt  ½-½531954ZuerichE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. E Nievergelt vs Golombek  0-1381954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-DE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. E Nievergelt vs A Neu  1-0471954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-DE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. E Nievergelt vs L Schmid  0-1321954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-DA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
7. A Franck vs E Nievergelt  0-1241954Amsterdam ol (Men) qual-DC44 King's Pawn Game
8. E Weichselbaumer vs E Nievergelt  0-1271954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Larsen vs E Nievergelt 1-0371954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
10. A Prameshuber vs E Nievergelt  0-1401954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE15 Queen's Indian
11. E Nievergelt vs I Anagnostou  0-1291954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. P Lindblom vs E Nievergelt  0-1311954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
13. P Vaitonis vs E Nievergelt 0-1431954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BA04 Reti Opening
14. E Nievergelt vs B De Greiff  1-0501954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
15. E Nievergelt vs V Bergraser  1-0271954Amsterdam ol (Men) fin-BD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. E Nievergelt vs Pilnik  0-1431954BelgradeA53 Old Indian
17. Petrosian vs E Nievergelt 1-0231954BelgradeA47 Queen's Indian
18. E Nievergelt vs Bronstein 0-1521954BelgradeE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
19. Ivkov vs E Nievergelt  1-0231954BelgradeB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. E Nievergelt vs Gligoric  ½-½401954BelgradeE61 King's Indian
21. E Nievergelt vs M Czerniak  0-1451954BelgradeB07 Pirc
22. E Nievergelt vs H Johner 1-0291955Switzerland chB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. E Herter vs E Nievergelt  1-0201957Stuttgart, GermanyC02 French, Advance
24. E Nievergelt vs E Paoli  0-1571957Clare Benedict Cup 4thB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
25. A Kinzel vs E Nievergelt  1-0311957Clare Benedict Cup 4thB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Mar-13-08  Sem: A brave player, Nievergelt, see also his famous loss to Tal.
Apr-08-13  Stonehenge: According to NicBase born on the 9th of April. Born on the 29th of April according to http://www.editorial-club-universit....
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  diagonal: Erwin Nievergelt died in Spain at age of 89. R.I.P.


<His most memorable tournament was certainly the Clare Benedict Cup in 1954 in Zürich. It was the first and only *individual* tournament in the history of the event series.

The line-up was strong, with two GMs and four IMs, very impressive those years. In total, there were 12 players from 7 different countries, as Switzerland, the home nation featured six players.

The Netherlands were represented by ex-World Champion Euwe, Yugoslavia - the only communist nation ever taking part in Clare Benedict tourney - sent GM Trifunovic, Italy and Spain fielded two mature, experienced IMs (among them legendary Canal) while West Germany were represented by then 26-year young Lothar Schmid.

Lothar Schmid triumphed half a point ahead of Erwin Nievergelt who took surprise sole second position. Max Euwe was third half a point behind Nievergelt. Esteban Canal finished in shared 5th position. Petar Trifunovic gave a rather disappointing display at mere 50%.

Nievergelt had beaten the eventual winner, Schmid, and had drawn Euwe.

Schmid's success here resulted in an otb GM title awarded by FIDE to him for this victory later in the year 1959.>

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  diagonal: <A brave player, Nievergelt, see also his famous loss to Tal>

An admirable game from both players, and an eternal cg. pun:

Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959

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