|Dec-09-03|| ||Chessical: Georg Salwe 1862 - 1920.
Marshall said of Salwe, "(he) was a very interesting type: a natural player, full of self-reliance and with little knowledge of the books. He had a knack of worming out of bad positions...".
Salwe was a strong player but he seems to have started late in life and then been cut off from tournament opportunities by the First World War.
He twice played the emergent Rubinstein in matches in 1903 scoring a credible =5-5=0, and then +3-5=2.
He also played a match with Chigorin in 1906 scoring +5-7=3.
He won the Russian Championship (St Petersburg 1906), and was 9th in the very strong St Petersburg tournament of 1909.
|Apr-06-05|| ||Runemaster: It's easy to forget players like Salwe who might often be remembered for famous losses of theirs, but he was clearly very strong. A partial list from the database includes wins against Rubinstein (2, although admittedly also a lot of losses against him), Chigorin (2), Tarrasch, Mieses (4), Tartakower (3), Janowski (2), Schlechter (2), Spielmann (3), Reti, Marshall, Nimzovich.|
Salwe also seems to have had a plus score against quite a few of the above players.
|Jan-18-06|| ||Ludamad: yay a polish player ^____^|
|Nov-23-07|| ||Karpova: From "The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Incrowned King" by IM Donaldson and IM Minev (p. 19-20):|
<Rubinstein's greatest rival for much of his early career was Georg Henryk Solomonowicz Salwe (1862-1920). Salwe was born on October 24, 1862 (Gaige; Szachy od A do Z gives Dec. 12) in Warsaw and, unlike Rubinstein, who grew up in poverty, came from a wealthy family. While he was already considered one of Warsaw's best players by 1882, it wasn't until Salwe moved to Lodz in 1894 that he found real opportunities to test his skills. There, in 1899, he split a pair of games against Dawid Janovsky, during the latter's visit to Lodz that year. When the Lodz Chess Society was formed in 1903, he and Rubinstein benefitted enormously.
Salwe didn't play his first real tournament until he was 40 (Kiev 1903) but this late start didn't prevent him from achieving some excellent results, including a victory in the fourth All-Russian tournament in Saint Petersburg in 1906. Salwe played three matches against Rubinstein, drawing in 1903 (7-7), losing in 1904 (4-6), and getting shellacked in 1907 (6-16).
A businessman by profession, Salwe found time to edit the short-lived Yiddish language chess magazine Shakh-Zaytung (1913), which numbered Rubinstein among its contributors. During a brief career, which for all intents and purposes lasted from 1903 to 1914, Salwe was Poland's number-two player, reaching a five-year peak average rating of 2500, according to the Elo system.>
|Oct-24-09|| ||BIDMONFA: Georg Salwe|
SALWE, George H. S.
|May-24-10|| ||GrahamClayton: An interesting career - what are the chances of a current player competing in their first international tournament in their mid-40s?|
|Oct-24-11|| ||brankat: His main claim to fame seems to be games he played against A.Rubinstein.|
|Dec-13-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a nice combination by Salwe against NN in 1906:|
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1.♖xd4 ♕xd4 2.♕d8+ ♗g8 3.♕h4+! 1-0
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3...♕xh4 4.♗e5#; 3...♔g7 4.♕xd4+ ♖xd4 5.♗e5+
|May-30-13|| ||Karpova: <G. Salwe, der Lodzer Meister, ist eine Art Spezialität im Spieltypus, der sehr gesund und stark ist. Tiefe Kombinationen liegen ihm nicht, aber an seiner Festigkeit hat sich schon mancher den Kopf eingerannt. Er spielt nur wenig Eröffnungen, meist nur Damenbauerspiel, aber dieses Instrument behandelt er virtuos, denn er kennt jede, auch die verborgenste Nuance, die ihn in Vorteil bringen könnte.>|
From page 352 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|May-30-13|| ||Dionysius1: <GrahamClayton> Very entertaining combination - many thanks.|
|Aug-25-14|| ||shallowred: “We first learn from misfortune. This maxim
applies as well to chess players. Many grandmasters, in situations of misfortune become
less – much less – while others, to whom otherwise little has been given in the way of alertness, when submitting to the blows of fate grow in stature and reveal themselves as heroes. Salwe has to be assigned to this latter class of character. He never loses his cool self-possession. Good fortune does not make him exuberant, ill fortune does not cause him to lose heart, and although by playing every move he hopes for the best, he is always prepared for the worst.” (Marco and Schlechter) Karlsbad 1907 T.B.; excerpt from chesscafe.com
This, to me, is what chess is all about. A playground where we can practice balancing emotion and logic.
|Oct-24-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Georg Salwe.
I hate seeing George spelled without the final "e."
|Oct-24-18|| ||Bubo bubo: Hooray, it's October 24, and we have a very reputable <POTD> at last!|
RIP Georg Salwe - I wonder how good you could have been if you had learnt to play chess earlier in your life.