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|Oct-12-06|| ||anandrulez: happy birthday
|Oct-12-06|| ||sfm: Lycka till!|
|Oct-12-06|| ||waddayaplay: He was known as Folke Ekström.
Died 2000-01-28 in Saltsjöbaden, 93 years old. Obituary notice http://www.abc.se/~m225/litteratur/...
An obituary was written in Tidskrift för Schack, 2/2000 by Lars Grahn.
|Dec-16-06|| ||Lovisa: I'm Folke's granddaughter. It's fun to see that my granddad's remembered! I was in Cuba some years ago and came across a chess tournament in Cienfuegos. I mentioned Folke's name and they remembered him too!|
I don't know too much about Folke's chess games but would like to know more. If you know something about him, post a comment!
|Dec-16-06|| ||Benzol: <Lovisa> Welcome to the site. Perhaps your Dad can fill out a few more details about your Grandfather for you.
Drawing with Paul Keres and beating Laszlo Szabo shows that he was quite a strong player.|
|Dec-16-06|| ||Sneaky: Lovisa, your granddad beat Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Arnold Denker, Laszlo Szabo, and Lodewijk Prins, all heavyweight chess masters of that era. From that alone, I can tell you that he was not to be taken lightly over the chessboard.|
|Dec-16-06|| ||Ziggurat: He also beat Euwe, a former world champion!|
|Dec-16-06|| ||Sneaky: Oh, I missed that one!! N Folke Ekstroem vs Euwe, 1945|
|Dec-16-06|| ||Ziggurat: Here's something that may be of interest:
It's written in Swedish. Among other things, it says that Ekström, much to the chagrin of the Swedish chess association, chose to pursue a civil career instead of becoming a chess professional. Also, the Hastings tournament where he ended second and beat Euwe was his first international tournament!
|Dec-16-06|| ||Chessdreamer: Lovisa, your granddad participated in the 7th correspondence chess worldchampionshiptournament (1972-76)! This event was won by Y.Estrin (SU) with 12 points, followed by J.Boey (B) 11½, V.Zagorovsky (SU) and K.Richardson (GB) 11, J. Krzyszton (PL) and M.Yudovich (SU) 9½, F.Brglez (YU) and F.Ekstroem (S) 9, A.Sundin (S), E.Thiele (DDR) and P.Dubinin (SU) 8½, H.Cording (D) 7½, M.Zagorovsky (SU) 7, J.Zapletal (CS) 5, S.Letic (Y) 4½, J.Nielsen (DK) 3 and Z.Necesany (CS) 1.|
|Dec-17-06|| ||Chessdreamer: More info,
Search with birthday "October 12"
|Oct-12-07|| ||Eastfrisian: Is he in 2007 still alive? I don't think so.|
|Oct-12-07|| ||BIDMONFA: Nils Johan Folke Ekstroem|
FOLKE EKSTROM, Nils J.
|Oct-13-07|| ||Eastfrisian: Sometimes Bidmonfa is useful. And now chessgames.com should update his bio.|
|Oct-13-07|| ||Calli: "Bidmonfa is useful"
Not really. <waddayaplay> posted the information last year. Look down about 10 posts on this page.
|Oct-14-07|| ||Eastfrisian: Oops, you are right. I should read all, before I post.|
|Dec-13-07|| ||Gypsy: Folke Ekstrom (*1906 +2000)
Best World Rank: #9 (1946/1947)
Highest Rating: 2714
|Dec-13-07|| ||Ziggurat: <Gypsy> That is surprising. He must be one of the least well-known Chessmetrics top tens (and 2700+s!). According to Chessmetrics he was clearly better at his peak than Erik Lundin, who is a much more well-known Swedish player.|
|Dec-13-07|| ||nescio: <Ziggurat> While I don't deny that he was apparently a very strong player, the successes of Ekström cannot really be compared to the achievements of his contempories Stoltz, Lundin, and Stahlberg. They were around for decades, while Ekström played only a few international tournaments. His rating of 1946/47 is probably based on the tournaments in Hastings '45/46 and Zaandam '46. He scored an amazing 17,5 out of 22, but I don't think 22 games is sufficient for a reliable rating.|
|Dec-13-07|| ||Ziggurat: <nescio> Yes, I agree. Didn't realize the sample was so small.|
|Oct-05-08|| ||Agent Bouncy: I have seen a number of strange ratings on Chessmetrics, but none so bizarre as Ekstrom's! The problem here is not only a small rating sample, but an irrational way of calculating ratings as well. According to Chessmetrics, Ekstrom's highest rating was 2714 in Jan 1947, while his highest performance rating in any single event of his entire chess career was 144 points lower: 2570 in his 1944 match loss to Keres! In fact, again according to Chessmetrics, Ekstrom never had another performance rating above 2500, and yet we see him in 1947 ranked #9 in the world. Clearly this is nonsense. I do not mean to disparage Ekstrom in any way -- he is certainly not to blame for the results of an absurd rating system.|
|Oct-12-09|| ||Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Nils Johan Folke Ekstroem!!!|
|Oct-12-10|| ||whiteshark: crosstable of the <7th CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL>: http://tables.iccf.com/world/wcfin/...|
|Oct-12-10|| ||rapidcitychess: Wow, a very strong player.
And I've never heard of him. He deserves a lot more attention
|Nov-09-14|| ||ljfyffe: Won European Correspondence Championship V
(1967-73) ahead of J. Boey of Belgian, and A. Anton of Romania.
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