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Nils Johan Folke Ekstrom
Number of games in database: 47
Years covered: 1944 to 1972
Overall record: +25 -12 =10 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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NILS JOHAN FOLKE EKSTROM
(born Oct-12-1906, died Jan-25-2000, 93 years old) Sweden

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Nils Johan Folke Ekström was born in Lund. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the IMC title in 1971, he was Swedish Champion in 1947 and 1948, and Swedish Correspondence Champion in 1941, 1964 and 1971.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs N Folke Ekstrom  1-053 1944 Stockholm mA13 English
2. N Folke Ekstrom vs Keres  ½-½39 1944 Stockholm mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. N Folke Ekstrom vs Keres  0-148 1944 Stockholm mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Keres vs N Folke Ekstrom  ½-½55 1944 Stockholm mB20 Sicilian
5. Keres vs N Folke Ekstrom 1-019 1944 Stockholm mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. N Folke Ekstrom vs Keres 0-141 1944 Stockholm mE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. N Folke Ekstrom vs H Steiner  0-134 1945 Hastings 1945/46A04 Reti Opening
8. Denker vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-134 1945 Hastings 1945/46D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Aitken vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-160 1945 Hastings 1945/46B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Tartakower vs N Folke Ekstrom  1-035 1946 Hastings 1945/46B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. G A Thomas vs N Folke Ekstrom  ½-½60 1946 ZaanstreekB26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
12. N Folke Ekstrom vs Mieses  1-028 1946 Hastings 1945/46D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. N Folke Ekstrom vs Szabo  1-059 1946 ZaanstreekD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. M Christoffel vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-170 1946 ZaanstreekC19 French, Winawer, Advance
15. N Folke Ekstrom vs G A Thomas 1-036 1946 Hastings 1945/46D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Stoltz vs N Folke Ekstrom  1-058 1946 ZaanstreekC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. P Devos vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-129 1946 Hastings 1945/46A06 Reti Opening
18. W J Muhring vs N Folke Ekstrom  ½-½35 1946 ZaanstreekD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. H Kramer vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-152 1946 ZaanstreekD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. N Folke Ekstrom vs P M List  1-034 1946 ZaanstreekE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. N Folke Ekstrom vs E G Sergeant  1-035 1946 Hastings 1945/46A08 King's Indian Attack
22. Euwe vs N Folke Ekstrom ½-½24 1946 ZaanstreekE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. N Folke Ekstrom vs G Wood  1-034 1946 ZaanstreekC58 Two Knights
24. M Christoffel vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-132 1946 Hastings 1945/46B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
25. Book vs N Folke Ekstrom  ½-½45 1946 Stockholm 4647D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Oct-12-06  anandrulez: happy birthday
Oct-12-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Oh, I missed that one!! N Folke Ekstroem vs Euwe, 1945
Dec-16-06  Ziggurat: Here's something that may be of interest:

http://lass.no-ip.com/LASS/LM7/Folk...

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"
http://www.newinchess.com/NICBase/D...
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.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/folke_ekstr...
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Oct-13-07  Eastfrisian: Sometimes Bidmonfa is useful. And now chessgames.com should update his bio.
Oct-13-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Folke Ekstrom (*1906 +2000)

Chessmetrics data:

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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