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Sven Elias Almgren
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1942 to 1961
Overall record: +23 -31 =3 (43.0%)*
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      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born May-14-1900, died Jan-31-1973, 72 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Sven Almgren, born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, was a strong American amateur who participated in the U.S. Championships of 1944 and 1948.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Santasiere vs S E Almgren 1-046 1942 CasenoviaA06 Reti Opening
2. Denker vs S E Almgren  1-041 1944 USA chA15 English
3. W Adams vs S E Almgren  1-056 1944 USA chC13 French
4. S E Almgren vs Fine  0-134 1944 USA chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S E Almgren vs M N Grant  1-023 1946 47th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Eugene Levin vs S E Almgren  0-138 1946 47th US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
7. M Surgies vs S E Almgren  0-137 1946 47th US OpenD90 Grunfeld
8. Larry Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132 1946 47th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J Rauch vs S E Almgren  1-028 1946 47th US OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. S E Almgren vs M Aleman Dovo  0-136 1946 47th US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. S E Almgren vs A Spitzer  1-053 1946 47th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
12. S E Almgren vs J Paal  0-132 1946 47th US OpenC13 French
13. S E Almgren vs Robert E Byrne 1-026 1946 47th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. W Adams vs S E Almgren  1-031 1946 47th US OpenC13 French
15. F H Stoppel vs S E Almgren  0-158 1946 47th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. Berliner vs S E Almgren 1-035 1946 47th US OpenC11 French
17. S E Almgren vs H Gordon 1-039 1946 47th US OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Forster vs S E Almgren  0-148 1946 47th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S E Almgren vs L W Stephens  1-055 1946 47th US OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. G Kramer vs S E Almgren  1-064 1946 47th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. S E Almgren vs Santasiere  ½-½60 1946 47th US OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. S E Almgren vs G Kramer  0-136 1948 USA-chC20 King's Pawn Game
23. S E Almgren vs S Rubinow 0-128 1948 USA-chC18 French, Winawer
24. S E Almgren vs I Heitner  1-024 1948 USA-chB10 Caro-Kann
25. N Whitaker vs S E Almgren  ½-½64 1948 USA-chC53 Giuoco Piano
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Nov-20-05  Resignation Trap: S Almgren = Almgren .

Sven Almgren was a strong American amateur who was born in Eskilstuna Sweden on May 14, 1900.

He was strong enough to participate in two US Championships. In 1944: and again in 1948: .

He died at his home in Los Angeles on January 31, 1973.

Jun-30-13  DoctorD: Almgren was also a composer of chess problems. One of his games, with reference to his skills as a problem composer, is given in an article by Hilbert on the 1930 Metropolitan Chess League:

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  zanzibar: <DoctorD>'s link is stale. Too bad.

A suggestion for all such future postings.

Just take a moment or two and copy the FEN into your comment. That way, we at least have the actual composition preserved despite cyber-vissitudes.

(At least as long as <CG> shines the light)

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  zanzibar: BTW- anybody know what year he emigrated to the US?
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  zanzibar: Is this him?

(It's the right dob/dod)

But it's in Conn (CT), whereas it seems he died in Calif (CA):

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  zanzibar: Found this game of his, where he lost to J. Piatigorsky:

<Dutch A92
Sven Almgren–Jacqueline Piatigorsky
Los Angeles County Championship 1952

1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 d6 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.b3 Na6 11.Ng5 Bf7 12.Qc2 Bg6 13.Ne6 Rf7 14.f4 Ng4 15.h3 Bf6 16.hxg4 Qxe6 17.g5 Bd4+ 18.Kh2 h6 19.gxh6 Bh5 20.Bf3 Qxh6 21.Kg2 Bxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Re8 23.e3 g6!

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Initiating an overwhelming attack against the white king.


If 24.exd4, Rh7 wins quickly. But White has no satisfactory defense in any case.

24...Rh7 25.Qd3 Qh2+ 26.Kf1 Qxb2 0–1

White cannot meet Black’s threats, not the least of which is ...Rh1 mate. An extraordinary game for a player of so little experience! San Francisco Argonaut, February 22, 1952.>

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  zanzibar: According to
he was living in Brooklyn in 1944. Ten years later he was located in LA (see <2nd PanAm (1954)>

He was also in Brooklyn in 1937:

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  zanzibar: Here's an endgame composition by Almgren

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(White to move and draw)

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  zanzibar: And this one, from 1925:

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(White to mate-in-3)

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  zanzibar: And one more for the road - from Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1937-03-18:

<Chess Problem No. 1543
Sven Almgren Brooklyn, NY>

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Given as <(White to move and draw)>

But Stockfish gives this as Black win with eval (-7.17/30).

Who's right?

Feb-11-16  andrewjsacks: Mr. Almgren was also very interested in endgame studies, and I believe that he composed some. In his later years he lived in Southern California. Interesting and likable character, he.
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