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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
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 D02 D04 A45 D01
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D63 D67 D52 D61 D64
 Sicilian (18) 
    B32 B60 B74 B20 B80
 King's Indian Attack (16) 
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C78 C84 C73 C83 C77
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 E10
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C63 C65 C83 C66 C68
 French Defense (14) 
    C01 C11 C12 C00 C07
 Dutch Defense (13) 
    A81 A88 A92 A95 A85
 Petrov (13) 
    C42 C43
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D50 D55 D63 D67 D56
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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 Euwe, 1921 1-0
   B Kostic vs Breyer, 1920 1/2-1/2
   B Kostic vs D Avirovic, 1945 1-0
   B Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 1-0
   N Voinov vs B Kostic, 1936 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York (1918)
   Hastings (1919)
   Budapest (1921)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   The Hague (1921)
   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 suenteus po 147
   Gothenburg 1920 by Tabanus
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by Tabanus
   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. L Merenyi vs B Kostic  0-1621909BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
4. Tartakower vs B Kostic 0-1531909St. PetersburgA22 English
5. Muhlock vs B Kostic 0-171911KolnC50 Giuoco Piano
6. S Rosselli del Turco vs B Kostic 1-0301911San RemoC44 King's Pawn Game
7. Fahrni vs B Kostic  ½-½231911San RemoD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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Oct-05-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: One of the original 27 GMs of 1950.

I have just posted a couple of stories about Kostic on the Morphy page in the middle of a discussion, before I thought of putting them here.

Nov-15-04  kostich in time: Kostic had a very colorful, if checkered, chess career. He started out as a club player, and gained fame for winning several short matches against strong players, including Marshall and Leonhardt. He was unique among masters, in that he won the US "western" Championship in 1916, the "baltic Championship" in 1913, and the Yugoslav championship in 1938. The period of his greatest strength was betwen 1916 and 1922, when he was one of the worlds top ten, at least according to Kostich had emigrated to America, and after working briefly in a bank, toured the country giving simultaneous displays and blindfold exhibitions.He also played matches with many state champions, crushing all of them. In 1917, he beat Showalter in a match by a lopsided score, and had afine second to Capablanca at New York 1918. THis was, in fact a pretty strong tournament, which included Marshall, Janowski and Kupchick. Dizzy with sucess, Kostic challenged Capablanca to a match. Capablanca won the first five games, and the Yugoslav master resigned the match. This did not crush his spirit, and he had a number of solid results in international tournaments between 1918 and 1923. there were a number of gaps in Kostichs tournament record, largely because he was touring the world, playing local champions, giving simultaneous displays, and popularizing Chess. He had good wins at Rogaska Slatina in 1926, and at Ljublianja in 1938. He also played in a number of olympiads for Yugoslavia. Together with the stronger, but less colorful Vidmar, he essentially founded chess in Yugoslavia.His best games were probably his win against Nimzozich at Goteborg, 1919-1920, his win against Euwe at Budapest 1921, anbd the previously mentioned game against Marshall. Reinfeld, in Chess Mastery by Question and Answer, called him a player of the old school who adapted himself to the new theories.
Dec-07-04  kostich in time: I have to make a few corrections and amendations to this. Fist of all, he also won the RUMANIAN championship in 34. Secondly, he didnt win at Rogaska Slatina, but at( I hope Im spelling this right) Trentschie Teplice.
Dec-09-04  Resignation Trap: You can find more on Kostic by going here: .
Dec-09-04  kostich in time: Very nice short biography of Kostic. There is alonger Yugoslav biography of the Grandmaster called "Ambassador de Sah"-Chess Ambassador-which contains over a hundred games.
Jan-24-05  FHBradley: I seem to remember reading somewhere that the chess master Mirko Czentovic featuring in "Schachnovelle" by Stefan Zweig was modelled upon Bora Kostic. If so, he appears not to have been a very likeable person! Can anyone confirm/disconfirm this. I mean about Zweig, not about Kostic's personality!
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  Willem Wallekers: < FHBradley >
Welcome to this global village.
In my opinion Bora Kostic and Mirko Czentovic have nothing in common except being Yugoslav chessplayers.
Feb-11-05  MidnightDuffer: On page 174 of the 1972 reprint of "Pawn Power"; it is Lajos Astalos vs. Boris Kostich (spelled that way in Kmoch's book), Bled, 1931!

L Asztalos vs B Kostic, 1931 , one of the games between these two is in their.

Feb-12-05  MidnightDuffer: "Together with the stronger, but less colorful Vidmar, he essentially founded chess in Yugoslavia."

Maybe founded the Jugoslavijan Chess School is a more proper description.

I wonder how true this statement is; when there exists the Cultural Ties between the Russians and Serbs and in general, the whole Slavic world; why do so many Bulgarians and for non-Slavic relations, Greeks, Romanians, Hungarians play chess?

This would take expert opinions of course.

Mar-19-05  Karpova: <FHBradley: I seem to remember reading somewhere that the chess master Mirko Czentovic featuring in "Schachnovelle" by Stefan Zweig was modelled upon Bora Kostic. If so, he appears not to have been a very likeable person!>

i once read that czentovic was either based on kostic or on rubinstein but both suggestion seem very unlikely to me. if zweig had really based this character on either one of them he would have exposed himself as ignorant.

rubinstein would have matched dr. b's description rather.

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  WTHarvey: Here are some wins and mates from Borislav's games:
Feb-24-06  BIDMONFA: Borislav Kostic

KOSTIC, Borislav

Jun-20-07  Petrosianic: How many games would have been in the Capablanca-Kostic match if it hadn't been resigned prematurely?
Jun-21-07  nescio: <Petrosianic: How many games would have been in the Capablanca-Kostic match if it hadn't been resigned prematurely?>

Winter, in his chapter on Capa, in his book 'World Chess Champions' (Pergamon 1981): "At New York, 1918, the Yugoslav master Boris Kostic(h) had managed to draw both his games (with Capa) and now had the temerity to challenge Capablanca to a match. There was a purse of 2500 dollars and the first to win eight games would be the winner."

Jun-21-07  Petrosianic: Whew. $2500 would be $32,000 in 2006 dollars. That's a lotta lettuce to risk in the first place. And then to quit early without trying to get at least one Capablanca scalp out of the deal...
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  Gypsy: <brankat: <Gypsy> You are probably familiar with Borislav Kostic biography.

During his 5 (or 6) year world tour in the 1920s, he played, among other places, in the Himalayas and the Equator in the middle of Africa!

You would not be contemplating something similar :-)>

Cool! I knew of him as of a fine GM of his era, but did not know of his "wandering ways". What a great character he was!

Feb-24-08  popski: Oh, he passed away on today's day.

R.I.P. GM!

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  whiteshark: "...was one of the greatest travelers in chess history, circling the globe in the days before the beginning of commercial aviation."


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  ganso: Capablanca remarks that Kostic had memorized every master game that had been played in the last 25 years (this was in 1919, at the time of their match). Does any other source confirm this or mention Kostic's prodigious memory? Thanks.
Feb-24-08  popski: <ganso> That's quite possible since it's known that he was a very strong in a simultaneous blindfold chess.
Feb-24-08  slomarko: i doubt it. Kostic was a punching bag for Capablanca in their match. then he had all the interest to paint Kostic as exceptional. something on the lines of "he memorised every master game that had been played in the last 25 and yet i whitewashed him"
Mar-12-08  Potos: In later years, old Kostic used to say that he played with Capa 5:5. Means 5 draws and 5 defeats. He's got lot of homour. And yes, it's true that he was an inspiration for Zweig, they travelled on the same ship to Argentina before the World War I. Anything else including bad characterizing of Czentovic was artist's freedom and imagination, book was writen more than 20 years later.
Mar-17-08  brankat: From wikipedia page: <At New York in 1916, he once played twenty opponents without sight of a board and won nineteen games and drew one, while engaging in polite conversation with opponents and spectators.>

It has been a well known fact Kostic was possessed of a brilliant memory. Perhaps Capablanca exaggerated a little, but certainly not much.

Kostic also played and won matches against Marshall, Showalter and Leonhardt.

To be beaten convincingly by Capablanca was not a disgrace. Around that time, 1918-1921, everybody was Capa's victim, including Dr.Lasker. But prior to the match, Kostic drew Capa 5 in a row. Not many managed to do that either.

Overall Kostic was exceptionally talented, not only chess-wise. Due to strong interests in various matters he never fully devoted himself to the study and practice of the game. Otherwise, he would have accomplished more.

Apr-06-08  nimh: I once read a funny anecdote about Kostic.
In a tournament, whilst having a difficult position, he went to WC and analyzed it there for half an hour altogether.
Apr-06-08  MichAdams: So what was the funny anecdote?
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