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Borislav Kostic
B Kostic 
Detail from a group photograph in Brno 1928, taken by Jan Kalendovský.  
Number of games in database: 473
Years covered: 1904 to 1962

Overall record: +171 -100 =178 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 24 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B12 B17 B14 B18 B15
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D63 D67 D61 D52 D64
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 D02 D01 A41 D05
 Sicilian (18) 
    B32 B20 B60 B74 B73
 King's Indian Attack (16) 
 French Defense (14) 
    C12 C17 C11 C14 C15
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D00 A46 D04 A45
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C63 C65 C83 C66 C68
 French Defense (14) 
    C01 C11 C12 C00 C07
 Petrov (13) 
    C42 C43
 Dutch Defense (13) 
    A81 A88 A92 A95 A85
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D38 D37 D39 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Muhlock vs B Kostic, 1911 0-1
   B Kostic vs E Steiner, 1921 1-0
   B Kostic vs Noteboom, 1931 1-0
   B Kostic vs H Wolf, 1922 1-0
   L Asztalos vs B Kostic, 1931 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs Breyer, 1920 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 1-0
   N Voinov vs B Kostic, 1936 0-1
   E Cohn vs B Kostic, 1911 0-1
   B Kostic vs D Avirovic, 1945 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York (1918)
   Hastings (1919)
   Budapest (1921)
   The Hague (1921)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1916 (Rice Memorial) by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1918 by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1919 by Phony Benoni
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by Tabanus
   Gothenburg 1920 by Tabanus
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by suenteus po 147
   New York 1918 by crawfb5
   Nice 1930 by Pawn and Two
   Budapest 1921 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1918, Chicago = 19th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1919 by Phony Benoni
   Kostic versus the Aussies by optimal play

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(born Feb-24-1887, died Nov-03-1963, 76 years old) Yugoslavia

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Borislav Kostić was born in Vrsac in what was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was awarded the GM title in 1950. He won the Yugoslav Championship in 1935 (jointly) and 1938, and played on four Yugoslav Olympiad teams between 1927 and 1937. In tournaments, he won the 1918 Western championship, was 2nd to Jose Raul Capablanca at New York 1918, 2nd to Capablanca at Hastings 1919, 3rd= at Budapest 1921, 1st at Trencianske Teplice 1928 and 1st at Ljubjana 1938. In matches, he defeated Jackson Whipps Showalter (+7 =5 -2) in 1916 and lost to Capablanca (+0, =0, -5) in 1919. He passed away in 1963 in Belgrade.

Wikipedia article: Boris Kostić

Last updated: 2018-01-20 08:18:29

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 473  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Kostic vs W John  ½-½311904Vienna GambitC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. B Kostic vs Maroczy 1-0221908BudapestC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Tartakower vs B Kostic 0-1531909St. PetersburgA22 English
4. L Merenyi vs B Kostic  0-1621909BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
5. Muhlock vs B Kostic 0-171911KolnC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Fahrni vs B Kostic  ½-½231911San RemoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. S Rosselli del Turco vs B Kostic 1-0301911San RemoC44 King's Pawn Game
8. G Wiarda vs B Kostic 0-1251911CologneC49 Four Knights
9. Marshall vs B Kostic ½-½311911Marshall - Kostic mC00 French Defense
10. B Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½501911Marshall - Kostic mD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Marshall vs B Kostic 0-1331911Marshall - Kostic mC10 French
12. B Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½311911KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Tartakower vs B Kostic 1-0631911KarlsbadA00 Uncommon Opening
14. B Kostic vs Burn  ½-½251911KarlsbadA53 Old Indian
15. Schlechter vs B Kostic  1-0471911KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. B Kostic vs H Suechting 1-0571911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Salwe vs B Kostic  ½-½451911KarlsbadD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. B Kostic vs Alapin 1-0561911KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. P F Johner vs B Kostic  1-0381911KarlsbadB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
20. B Kostic vs Spielmann ½-½521911KarlsbadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Levenfish vs B Kostic 1-0381911KarlsbadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. B Kostic vs C Jaffe 1-0961911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. O Chajes vs B Kostic 0-1341911KarlsbadA20 English
24. B Kostic vs J Perlis  ½-½781911KarlsbadA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. Dus Chotimirsky vs B Kostic ½-½531911KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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  wordfunph: <wordfunph: in 3 years, i bet $1k.>

lost $1k :(

won the photo :)

thanks CG.

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  brankat: <wordfunph> For everything You lose, You gain something :-)
Jul-15-12  Karpova: In Cologne, April 1911, Kostic played a match against Georg Jakob Wiarda where this game is from G Wiarda vs B Kostic, 1911.

Game 1: Kostic with White played the Queen's Gambit and it ended with a perpetual check.

Game 2: Wiarda played the Ruy Lopez and the endgame was drawn.

Game 3: Kostic played the Ruy Lopez and won the endgame thanks to his free h-pawn.

Game 4: Wiarda faced Kostic's French and attacked on the King's side, while Kostic attacked on the Queen's side. But Wiarda blundered the exchange and Kostic won.

Game 5: Kostic went for the Queen's Gambit again and won a pawn but it was not enough to win the game.

Game 6: Wiarda facing the Petroff blundered a piece and resigned after 10 moves (apparently he got the move order wrong).

Game 7: A Queen's Gambit again and this time Kostic managed to win after Wiarda made a mistake in time trouble.

Game 8: G Wiarda vs B Kostic, 1911

So Kostic won +5 =3 -0

Source: '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', 1911, pages 233-234.

Jul-29-12  Karpova: Wer ist ihr Lieblingsglossator?

Dr. Savielly Tartakower: <Kostitsch, der stets seine Seele ausschüttet, was sehr amüsant und lehrreich ist.>

From page 169 of the 1929 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-05-12  Karpova: Edward Winter's C.N. 7744 addresses Stefan Zweig's playing strength. I will post it here since there is no other fitting page and Kostic seems to be the most likely inspiration for Mirko Czentovic from the 'Schachnovelle' so this might be of some interest.

Oliver Beck (Seattle) found it in Ernst Feder's contribution to 'Stefan Zweig: A Tribute to his Life and Work' where Feder describes his visit to the Zweigs shortly before they committed suicide:

<At the time I didn’t know ... why his wife gave him a long astonished look when he agreed to play a game of chess with me. I suggested this because I hoped that the game he enjoyed so much would divert him from his gloomy thoughts. In itself it was no pleasure to be his opponent on the black-and-white board. I am a poor player myself but he knew so little about chess that I had difficulty in wangling an occasional win for him.>


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  brankat: Very interesting indeed!
Aug-21-12  Karpova: He won the Budapest Winter tournament in 1909 (?):

1. Kostic 12.0
2-3. J. Gajdos 11.5
2-3. G. Petenyi 11.5
4-5. K. Mattusch 10.0
4-5. K. Sterk 10.0
6-7. L. Merenyi 9.0
6-7. M. Neumann 9.0
8. A. W. Donegan ?

Information is a bit scarce, e. g. it is said that Gajdos came in 2nd and Petenyi 3rd but both had the same amount of points so either there was a tie-break system or a typo (perhaps Petenyi scored only 10.5). It's not said how many points Donegan scored. Also, it's not clear how many rounds were actually played and I'm not sure when it took place.

From page 244 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  cro777: 17th Bora Kostic Memorial starts today in Vrsac, Serbia. (Kostic, the first serbian grandmaster, was born on 24 February 1887 in Vrsac).

Rating favorite is Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev (2660).

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  offramp: The photo of him is such a good one. We had waited so long I was expecting a loch Ness Monster-style daguerreotype.
Oct-17-13  Abdel Irada: Does everyone named Borislav have footwear issues? This one has the left shoe partly off, exposing socks of ... unusual ... design. The other daren't remove his shoes at all.

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  Stonehenge: Does anyone know something about the following game:

Kostic didn't play at the 1950 Olympiad and Najdorf didn't lose any games there.

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  Stonehenge: is also strange. Was this an offhand game?
Feb-24-14  optimal play: <<<CHESS CHAMPION KOSTICH ENTERTAINED.>

Sir Arthur Rickard, president of the Millions Club, was chairman last night at a complimentary dinner tendered by chess players, under the auspices of the N.S.W. Chess Association, to Boris Kostich, the Serbian champion.

Sir Arthur was supported by Messrs. H. B. Bignold, F. J. Wallis, E. T. Calvert, S, Henderson, and A. T. D'Arcy-Irvine. Nearly 80 ardent chess players attended.

The chairman proposed the toast of the guest, and referred to Kostich's feat in playing 20 games blindfold, simultaneously, in New York, when he won 19, and drew one.

Responding, Kostich said he was overwhelmed with the kindness shown him by New South Wales players.

He desired to instil a greater love for chess in Australia, and a better style of play.

Kostich, in his final remarks, mentioned, incidentally, that he had fought in three campaigns, against Turkey in 1912; Bulgaria 1913; and was twice wounded in the Great War, receiving recognition by being appointed a captain of the Serbian Army. (Cheers.)

It was announced that Kostich would give a simultaneous performance to-night at the Sydney Chess Club, starting at 7 o'clock; a blindfold exhibition to-morrow night; a lecturette on Thursday night, simultaneous play on Friday, and a blindfold exhibition on Saturday.

Next week he will give exhibitions at the Sydney School of Arts Chess Club, Pitt street.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Tuesday 3 June 1924>

Feb-24-14  optimal play: <<<LECTURE BY BORIS KOSTICH>

Last night, in the rooms of the Queensland Chess Association, School of Arts, Ann-street, Mr. Boris Kostich lectured to an audience which well filled the room. The gathering included one lady.

For over two hours he held the intense interest of his audience, whilst he discoursed on the Ruy Lopez and King's Gambit openings.

Every move in the games was thoroughly explained, and traps were exposed.

Questions upon the why and wherefore of certain moves were asked and freely answered by the master, frequently in a humorous manner, and it was with regret that it was found that time did not allow of the Queen's Pawn opening being explained.

This evening Mr. Kostich will play a simultaneous match against all comers in the School of Arts Hall.

Any player desirous of taking a board is cordially invited to be present. A small fee will he charged.

Those unable to be present, or desirous of another game, may avail themselves of a similar opportunity on Monday night.>

- The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) issue Saturday 27 September 1924>

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. to Borislav Kostic, one of the 27 original grandmasters.
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  offramp: <At the closing ceremony of that tournament, Kostić, that inveterate enfant terrible, caused some further painful embarrassment by calling from his end of the table to the other end

“Herr Alekhine!”. He always called him “Herr.” “What was it that made you so drunk yesterday, cognac or klekovača?”

Alekhine mumbled some denial, but Kostić persisted. “Of course you were drunk! How else could I have beaten you seven to one? I’m very good at skittles, that’s true, but seven to one is too much!”>

A little later Kostić shouted out, “Hey, Herr Sasha! A patzer says what?”

Alekhine mumbled, “What?” General laughter.

Feb-24-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Borislav Kostic.
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  brankat: Quite a character, Mr.Kostic!
Nov-03-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Boris Kostic.
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  Joshka: For those of you who get the monthly USCF magazine, there is a very good article on this player with some of his games and 6 quiz problems!! Had never heard of this player before!!
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  Joshka: Little side note that I'll tell here, when Capablanca was invited to the Bad Kissingen 1928 tourney, he set one condition for his participation. That Kostic would NOT be invited!! He wasn't.!;-)
Jan-19-18  zanzibar: he bio's on <CG> would be better served by listing alternative names that the players went by, especially the names used in the contemporaneous literature.

Case-in-point: Boris Kostich

A nice little bio from 1918.

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  MissScarlett: <when Capablanca was invited to the Bad Kissingen 1928 tourney, he set one condition for his participation. That Kostic would NOT be invited!!>

Source? If it's the USCF article mentioned, provide a proper citation, and also, in turn, their source, if given.

Jan-20-18  zanzibar: Hah, I got a little scare due to avatar confusion.

I first skimmed the above post thinking it was from <HMM>, which made me wonder what the heck happened?

E.g. if he had fallen asleep next to a pod or some over ill-fate.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Can add another Boris Kostic anecdote from the 1927 BCM.

In the first Chess Olympiad, London 1927, Great Britain (only England fielded a team) are playing Yugoslavia. On Board one it is Atkins v Kostic.

Kostic is in trouble and seals his 38th move. (time control was move 40 but for some reason Atkins with 7 minutes left on his clock lets it happen.)

After a while play resumes, Kostic's sealed move is played. Atkins saunters in to finish off his won game 10 minutes later only to find he has lost on time.

Despite the fact the game the game was adjourned Atkins did not make the 40th move in time so he lost.

A discussion followed and it was agreed that the game be annulled and they play another. This one was drawn. G.B won the match 3½ - ½.

(personally I think the result should stand, Kostic did do an illegal seal but Atkins let it happen. 'Touch Envelope.' )

Adjournment arguments - I miss them but not the actually adjournments, they where awful. In league games you had to travel at night across town to the opponents club and in one case of mine I played just one move and my opponent resigned.

Also in another I recall my opponent told me after the game he had help from Mike Basman in our adjourned game (this was legal) and Mike found this wonderful forced win. Luckily OTB I found a hole in it and won. (must dig it out - it's quite funny.)

Now where was I?...oh yes...Kostic.

Regarding Kostic's memory and Capablanca's claim:

‘He [Kostic] is said to know by heart “every master game played in the last century”

Purdy asked Kostic if it were true he replied that it was absolute nonsense and that Capablanca had wildly exaggerated in order to enhance the value of his easy victory over him in a match.


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