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Ludvig Oskar Svenonius
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1875 to 1913
Overall record: +5 -0 =0 (100.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-08-1853, died Feb-02-1926, 72 years old) Sweden

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Svenonius vs P G Boren  1-0281875UppsalaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. L Svenonius vs M Levertin 1-0301876StockholmC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
3. L Svenonius vs L Krause  1-0331883StockholmC51 Evans Gambit
4. L Svenonius vs F Englund  1-0211902StockholmC42 Petrov Defense
5. NN vs L Svenonius 0-1131913SVE corrC21 Center Game
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  Phony Benoni: I got curious about this guy after seeing his name pop up in several opening variations--French Exchange, Four Knights, King's Gambit, etc.

Turns out he was a Swedish player from the province of Jamtland. His full name was Ludvig Oskar Svenonius, he lived from 1853-1926, and may have been a doctor. Someone whose Swedish is better than mine should be able to get more information from this site:

And a wild and crazy chess player to boot. Check out these games:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Uppsala"]
[Date "1875.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round ""]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Svenonius, L. O."]
[Black "Borén, P. G."]
[ECO "C33"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo ""]
[PlyCount "56"]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 d5 4.Bxd5 Qh4+ 5.Kf1 g5 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.d4 Ne7 8.Nf3 Qh5 9.h4 h6 10.Kg1 g4 11.Ne5 Bxe5 12.dxe5 Ng6 13.Qf1 f3 14.g3 Nxe5 15.Bf4 Nbc6 16.Qb5 f6 17.Kf2 a6 18.Qc5 Bd7 19.a4 O-O-O 20.Rhd1 Ng6 21.Bxc7 Kxc7 22.Nb5+ axb5 23.axb5 Rc8 24.bxc6 Bxc6 25.Qa5+ Kb8 26.Qa7+ Kc7 27.Bxc6 Kxc6 28.Rd5 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "1876.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round ""]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Svenonius, L. O."]
[Black "Levertin, M."]
[ECO "C36"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo ""]
[PlyCount "60"]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qh5 6.Be2 Bg4 7.O-O Nc6 8.d4 O-O-O 9.Bxf4 f6 10.Ne4 Qg6 11.Bd3 Qf7 12.c3 Qd7 13.b4 Bxf3 14.Rxf3 g5 15.Bg3 Kb8 16.Bb5 Qd5 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.bxc5 h5 19.Qa4 g4 20.Rd3 h4 21.Rb1 Nge7 22.Bc4 Qe4 23.Qa6 Nxd4 24.cxd4 hxg3 25.d5 gxh2+ 26.Kh1 Qxg2+ 27.Kxg2 h1=Q+ 28.Rxh1 bxa6 29.Rb1+ Kc8 30.d6 1-0

The other games from the site are just as much fun. I'm submitting them to the database.

Feb-01-07  Cyphelium: <Phony Benoni> This is a short summary of what the page you mention has to say about Svenonius:

Ludvig Oskar Svenonius was born in the province of Jämtland, but studied medicine in Uppsala and Stockholm in the 1870:s. During these years, he devoted a lot of time to chess playing and got a reputation as one of the top players in Sweden. After finishing his studies he moved north again, where he, after some provisional work along the east coast, finally settled in the province of Härjedalen. As those familiar with Sweden know, that’s about as far out in the forest you can get. This isolation in the wilderness meant that he seldom played any chess. To get a game, he had to travel ca 50 km, where he could meet the fellow chessplayer Rev. Linderdahl, who is described as a ‘fairly strong blitzplayer’. Thus, Svenonius never got play any of the celebrities from abroad in a serious game. In 1902, the famous chess master Jacques Mieses visited Stockholm, but Svenonius missed him, arriving shortly after he had left. At last, in 1913 when Svenonius was 60 years, he got play a star when Siegbert Tarrasch visited Sweden. Tarrasch held a simultaneous exhibition with 33 players. Only two of them won, but one of those was Svenonius.

Feb-20-07  Ziggurat: From Karlsson and Linder, "Svenska schacktriumfer":

<Gideon Ståhlberg writes [...] that Svenonius was a genius, with a deep and original grasp [of the game] and that he became our [Sweden's] first great theoretician. Quoting Ståhlberg, 'He could also have become our first grandmaster, but his profession and possibly lack of ambition put obstacles in his path.' [...] According to Ståhlberg, Svenonius was also a very strong practical palyer, but he never participated in a major tournament. When he was at his strongest, he was supposed to participate in the Paris tournament of 1878, but he lacked money for the passage, food and lodging. >

Aug-17-11  MartijnvanWingerden: According to the openingsdatabase Mister Svenonius has a line in the Danish Gambit. <1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Ne7>
May-08-15  Eastfrisian: A photo of him in poor quality can be found here:
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