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Borislav Kostic
Detail from a group photograph in Brno 1928, taken by Jan Kalendovský.  
Number of games in database: 508
Years covered: 1904 to 1962

Overall record: +184 -105 =190 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 29 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (23) 
    D63 D67 D61 D52 D64
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B12 B17 B14 B18 B15
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 D02 A41 D05 E10
 Sicilian (19) 
    B32 B60 B20 B74 B73
 King's Indian Attack (16) 
 French Defense (14) 
    C12 C17 C00 C11 C14
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D02 D00 D04 D05 E10
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C63 C83 C65 C68 C66
 Dutch Defense (16) 
    A81 A88 A92 A89 A95
 French Defense (14) 
    C01 C11 C12 C10 C00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D38 D37 D30 D39
 Sicilian (14) 
    B40 B29 B56 B32 B84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Muehlock vs Kostic, 1911 0-1
   Kostic vs E Steiner, 1921 1-0
   Kostic vs Noteboom, 1931 1-0
   Kostic vs H Wolf, 1922 1-0
   Kostic vs Euwe, 1921 1-0
   L Asztalos vs Kostic, 1931 1/2-1/2
   N Voinov vs Kostic, 1936 0-1
   Kostic vs Breyer, 1920 1/2-1/2
   Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 1-0
   Kostic vs A Selezniev, 1920 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1921)
   New York (1918)
   Hastings (1919)
   Budapest (1921)
   Nice (1930)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   Bardejov (1926)
   Merano (1926)
   Gothenburg (1920)
   Yugoslav Championship (1946)
   Bled (1931)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Yugoslav Championship (1945)
   Bled (1950)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1916 (Rice Memorial) by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1919 by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1918 by Phony Benoni
   Merano 1926 by jessicafischerqueen
   Gothenburg 1920 by Tabanus
   Bardejov 1926 International Tournament by jessicafischerqueen
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by suenteus po 147
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by Tabanus
   New York 1918 by crawfb5
   Nice 1930 by Pawn and Two
   Budapest 1921 by suenteus po 147
   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 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kostic vs W John  ½-½311904Vienna GambitC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Kostic vs Maroczy 1-0221908BudapestC40 King's Knight Opening
3. L Merenyi vs Kostic  0-1621909BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
4. Muehlock vs Kostic 0-171911CologneC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Kostic vs G J Brakkee  1-0561911Blindfold simul, 9bD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. S Rosselli del Turco vs Kostic 1-0301911San RemoC44 King's Pawn Game
7. H Fahrni vs Kostic  ½-½231911San RemoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. G Wiarda vs Kostic 0-1251911CologneC49 Four Knights
9. Marshall vs Kostic ½-½311911Marshall - Kostic mC00 French Defense
10. Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½501911Marshall - Kostic mD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Marshall vs Kostic 0-1331911Marshall - Kostic mC10 French
12. Kostic vs Marshall  ½-½311911KarlsbadD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Tartakower vs Kostic 1-0631911KarlsbadA03 Bird's Opening
14. Kostic vs Burn  ½-½251911KarlsbadA53 Old Indian
15. Schlechter vs Kostic 1-0471911KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Kostic vs H Suechting 1-0571911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Salwe vs Kostic  ½-½451911KarlsbadD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Kostic vs Alapin 1-0561911KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. P Johner vs Kostic  1-0381911KarlsbadB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
20. Kostic vs Spielmann ½-½521911KarlsbadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Levenfish vs Kostic 1-0381911KarlsbadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Kostic vs C Jaffe 1-0961911KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. O Chajes vs Kostic 0-1341911KarlsbadA20 English
24. Kostic vs J Perlis  ½-½781911KarlsbadA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
25. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Kostic ½-½531911KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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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'

Nov-20-12  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).

Jul-22-13  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.
Apr-28-14  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.
Jun-24-16  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.

May-15-19  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.


Dec-22-20  Z4all: Oh, goodness gracious, poor FultonHistory's text scanner is a bit, er, challenged:

T h e Serbia n champion , Bori s Kosttcs,
recentl y returne d fro m a tou r throug h
Africa . India , Australi a an d Ne w Zea -
lan d t o participat e in a n internationa l
tournamen t a t Trenzin-Toeplitz . Th e
Serbia n is know n a s on e o f th e finest
blindfol d player s o f th e world . Durin g
h is sta y in this countr y h e gav e a num -
b e r o f simultaneou s blindfol d exhibitions.
T h e most notabl e perhap s wa s th e on e
a t th e Isaa c L. Ric e Progressiv e Chess
Clu b som e year s ago , whe n h e en -
countere d twenty-on e players, winnin g
twent y game s an d drawin g one . Wit h
t h e game s ove r an d whil e a t a lat e
dinne r he dictate d th e score s o f all th e
twenty-on e game s t o th e secretar y o f
t h e clu b an d It wa s foun d tha t h e di d
n o t mak e a singl e mistake . A t a n ex -
hibitio n a t a socia l clu b In Kingston ,
N . Y., he did a still mor e surprisin g
stunt . Afte r tw o hour s o f pla y h e wa s
aske d t o partak e o f dinner . H e ordere d
t h e player s t o pu t th e piece s o n th e
twent y board s in position s fo r startin g
t h e games . Bu t whe n h e resume d pla y
afte r a n absenc e o f abou t a n hou r o r
two , h e calle d ou t th e move s on all th e
twent y board s an d th e player s exper -
ence d difficult y in makin g th e move s
ove r th e board s s o quickl y wer e th e
play s calle d ou t h y Kostlcs .
Examinin g th e position s arrive d a t o n
t h e twent y board s it wa s foun d tha t
Kostlc s did no t mak e a solitar y mistake .
T h e enthusias m of th e player s an d spec -
tator s wa s s o grea t an d th e applaus e
s o lon g prolonge d tha t it too k full y half j a n hou r befor e Kostlc s coul d resum e
play . H e wo n all th e twent y game s o n
this occasion . >

NY Sun 1926-10-26 p28

Fulton had (has) such potential, but I rarely use it due to the various difficulties involved (searching, substandard OCR, non-date oriented indexing, etc. etc.)


Dec-22-20  Z4all: PS- In the contemporaneous English-language literature it's <Boris> and never <Borislav>.
Dec-30-20  cameosis: <z4all> pretty much the same way many people call robson fischer »bobby« instead of robert james.
Dec-30-20  areknames: <Adjournment arguments - I miss them but not the actually adjournments> If I was still playing OTB I probably would. I fondly remember spending a long evening trying to rescue a difficult endgame against a particularly unpleasant opponent and then quickly agreeing to a draw the following morning. I was aided by companions, as was my adversary. Romantic times.

<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. >

This sounds wonderfully anachronistic but also patently absurd and of course unsportsmanslike, <Sally Simpson>. In my day adjournments were only allowed in open tournaments where you played 8 or 9 rounds from weekend to weekend. In club or league games played mid-week in the evening one would get 30 mins or 1 hour each to finish the game after the 40 move time control and that was that. Quick draws or resignations would soon ensue.

Jan-08-21  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi areknames,

It's not as silly as it sounds. I spent ages looking at all kinds of move my opponent could have sealed. When the envelope was opened I saw a move I never even looked at.

It was a lemon, I spent a few minutes making sure I was right, played the move, he resigned. He said he made an error sealing but had to see if I would find the correct (and only move - if I missed it I would have lost.).

It was not too bad, we went over the game, I was happy, I won.

I was glad they abolished them in our league. Now it's something like 90 minutes each for 36 moves or 40 moves then 15 minutes allegro. I use to spin a few lost games around in that allegro finish , games I would never had won if they were adjourned.


May-04-21  Twocolors: Nice to see Kostic wearing happy socks.
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