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Jan Foltys
Marianske Lazne 1951 tournament book  

Number of games in database: 469
Years covered: 1933 to 1951
Overall record: +190 -77 =202 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B73 B72 B32 B58 B62
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C64 C77 C84 C75 C89
 Orthodox Defense (18) 
    D61 D62 D50 D55 D52
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E33 E37 E32 E34 E36
 French Defense (14) 
    C03 C05 C10 C07 C18
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B72 B73 B74
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B45 B20 B58 B74 B22
 Orthodox Defense (27) 
    D50 D51 D55 D58 D62
 French Defense (24) 
    C11 C10 C01 C13 C07
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D48
 French (18) 
    C11 C10 C13
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    D22 D26 D23 D20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 1-0
   Foltys vs Mohyla, 1940 1-0
   K Treybal vs Foltys, 1936 0-1
   Foltys vs Keres, 1943 1/2-1/2
   K Prucha vs Foltys, 1943 0-1
   Foltys vs Rossolimo, 1950 1/2-1/2
   Foltys vs G Stoltz, 1942 1-0
   Foltys vs E E Book, 1936 1-0
   K Galia vs Foltys, 1949 0-1
   Foltys vs Golombek, 1950 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Polish Championship (1937)
   Karlovy Vary / Marianske Lazne (1948)
   Schlechter Memorial (1949)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Budapest (1948)
   Munich (1942)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   Prague (1946)
   Venice (1949)
   Marianske Lazne / Prague Zonal (1951)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   Moravska Ostrava (1933)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1950)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Prague 1946 by crawfb5
   Moravska Ostrava 1933 by jessicafischerqueen
   Margate 1937 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-13-1908, died Mar-11-1952, 43 years old)

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Jan Foltys was born in Svinov*. He was Czech champion in 1940 (Ch of Bohemia and Moravia) and awarded the IM title in 1950. A leading Czech player from 1936 until his death, Foltys took third place after Salomon Flohr and Alexander Alekhine at Podebrady in 1936, was third at Prague 1942 behind Alekhine and Klaus Junge and had his best tournament result at Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne in 1948. He played board 2 for Czechoslovakia in the Olympiads of 1937 and 1939. Foltys also qualified in 1951 for the interzonal of Saltsjobaden 1952, but he died tragically of cancer before it took place. A sarcoma in his leg that later metastasized into his brain took his life at Ostrava in 1952.

*Wikipedia article: Svinov

Wikipedia article: Jan Foltys

Last updated: 2022-05-28 11:44:19

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 469  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Pitschak vs Foltys  0-1591933Moravska OstravaA22 English
2. Gilg vs Foltys  ½-½311933Moravska OstravaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Foltys vs Petrov  ½-½551933Moravska OstravaB58 Sicilian
4. E Zinner vs Foltys  ½-½391933Moravska OstravaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Foltys vs E Canal  0-1211933Moravska OstravaD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. J Rejfir vs Foltys  0-1601933Moravska OstravaD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Foltys vs Eliskases 1-0331933Moravska OstravaC50 Giuoco Piano
8. Gruenfeld vs Foltys  1-0531933Moravska OstravaA90 Dutch
9. Foltys vs F Herzog  1-0391933Moravska OstravaB58 Sicilian
10. Pirc vs Foltys 0-1491933Moravska OstravaD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Foltys vs L Steiner  0-1741933Moravska OstravaB32 Sicilian
12. J Rejfir vs Foltys 1-0261935LuhacoviceC11 French
13. J Pelikan vs Foltys 0-1371935LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
14. Foltys vs S Fazekas  ½-½421935LuhacoviceC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. Foltys vs I V Rohacek  1-0561935LuhacoviceD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Foltys vs K Opocensky 0-1371935LuhacoviceB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
17. E Zinner vs Foltys  ½-½401935LuhacoviceD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
18. Foltys vs V Olexa 0-1271935LuhacoviceD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
19. S Fazekas vs Foltys  0-1321936PodebradyC11 French
20. K Treybal vs Foltys 0-191936PodebradyC02 French, Advance
21. Foltys vs K Skalicka  1-0661936PodebradyB32 Sicilian
22. P Frydman vs Foltys  1-0411936PodebradyA84 Dutch
23. Foltys vs J Pelikan 1-0421936PodebradyB72 Sicilian, Dragon
24. Pirc vs Foltys  ½-½371936PodebradyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Foltys vs K Opocensky  ½-½511936PodebradyC18 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-07-04  WhoKeres: Does anyone have any details about the career and early death of Foltys? He was apparently an IM strength player who played most of the strong players of the 30's and 40's. He lost a famous game to Alekhine that Alekhine annotated in his Best Games book.
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  Benzol: <WhoKeres> Jan Foltys was born in 1908 and was awarded the IM title in 1950. He was a leading Czech player from 1936 until his death. He took 3rd place at Podebrady in 1936 behind Flohr and Alyekhin and played 2nd board for his country in the Olympiads of 1937 and 1939. During WWII he won third prize at Prague 1942 behind Alyekhin and Junge, and his best tournament victory came at Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne in 1948. In 1951 he qualified for the Interzonal Tournament of Saltsjobaden 1952 but sadly, died of leukaemia in 1952 before it took place.
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  Benzol: Born 13th October 1908 in Svinov
Died 11th March 1952 in Ostrava
Awarded the IM title in 1950 he won also won the Czech championship in 1940 and 1943 (joint).
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  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Jan's games:
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  Gypsy: I think that the games:

A Pokorny vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs F Vasicek, 1943

Foltys vs Hromadka, 1943

J Holas vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs Pachman, 1943

V Petrik vs Foltys, 1943

C Kottnauer vs Foltys, 1943

Foltys vs Hromadka, 1943

Foltys vs J Fichtl, 1943

Foltys vs F Zita, 1943

Foltys vs K Prucha, 1943

belong to Miroslav Foltys (M Foltys), rather than to Jan Foltys. Both played in Zlin 1943; Jan scored +6, Miloslav -5.

Jun-03-09  myschkin: . . .


Aug-13-09  south.charles: Hi guys...Jan Foltys was a brother of my Grandma. She remembered him often; she died only two years ago. But I remember she said he died of cancer, not leukaemia. He also had two brothers, both excellent chess players, though amateurs. I remember they taught me and played with me when I was a kid.
Aug-13-09  Calli: <south.charles> Thanks for the post. By the way, leukemia is cancer of the blood.
Aug-13-09  south.charles: Thanks. But he simply did not die of leukaemia. He died of a sarcoma in his leg that later metastasized into his brain. That is all, but the disease he died of is not so important. However, nowadays he perhaps might survive this disease.
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  Gypsy: <south.charles> Thanks for the clarification.

Btw, this (, that is) is a great place to record any and all further stories about Jan Foltys that you may still recall from your conversations with your mom. Jan Foltys was a wonderful and strong player, perhaps as high as one of World's Top 20 during his best years. Tidbits of information about his life should not go unnecessarily forgotten.

Aug-13-09  south.charles: Thank you very much for your kind words about my Grand-Uncle (?) :-) ! I promise to get back... after I will try to pump my elder relatives for some more info. There is not too much, though; Jan Foltys was apparently a rather difficult person, totally devoted to chess, and he did not have the best of relations with his family.
Aug-14-09  Calli: <south.charles> Thanks again. I have corrected the bio. One detail may seem meaningless, but often several inaccuracies combine to present a more significant misrepresentation of events.
Aug-14-09  south.charles: Calli - thank you very much. When I have some new relevant information about Jan Foltys, I will get back.
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  Gypsy: <south.charles> Thanks from all of us.
Oct-13-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Jan Foltys!!!
Aug-11-10  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of Foltys from Podebrady 1936:
Oct-13-11  BIDMONFA: Jan Foltys


Aug-08-12  Cemoblanca: Just playing through a game between Alekhine & Botvinnik & after the "opening ceremony" (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Nb3 Be6 9. f4 O-O 10. g4) Alekhine wrote: "I first saw this interesting move in a game of the talented Slovakian Master, Foltys, from the recent tournament at Podebrad but did not know that it had already experimented with in the Moscow Tournament. As the present game shows, the move permits White to force a quick draw - but no more." & after his comment I became interested in Foltys. Here's the game: Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936
Jun-23-14  zanzibar: What is the source of info for his cause of death?

As I've said before, quoting Wikipedia is problematic unless a timestamp is included - since Wiki articles ebb and flow, twisting and turning with each new edition.

(Biographical data should always point to a particular version of the page - <Switch> and others can provide details on how best to do this maybe? I use the <History> tab to look at diffs and old versions.)

Here's the current Wiki edit:

<but died of leukaemia at Ostrava in 1952 before it took place.>

Which agrees with this bio sketch: (in Czech, the author, Aleš Uhlíř, lived in the same neighborhood as the Foltys family - Miloslav, a judge, was his brother and also played competitive chess.)

Actually, despite the general validity of the above - the 2006 Wiki version also just mentions leukemia.

Where is the extra, detailed, info in the <CG> bio from?

* * * * *

OK - I see, from the discussion above. But <south.charles> hasn't returned, and his accounting, if used in the bio, should be qualified.

I'm sorry to say this, since all he said could be true. But it could also be clouded as a childhood memory. In any case, it's 2nd-hand from his Grandmother.

And it could also be accurate, but a slightly misleading description of a rarer manifestation of leukemia - such as Myeloid sarcoma.

(Luekemia, by destroying the immune system's White blood cells, typically leaves the patient vulnerable to infectious diseases, and these are generally the direct cause of death).

I'm sensitive to many of the issues here - but if the decision is to maintain the bio as is, then the referencing certainly should reflect the source. And the other account of cause-of-death should also be noted (<CG> being the only mention of sarcoma in connection with his death).

Dec-07-20  south.charles: To zanzibar: Hi, thank you for your comment...and sorry, have not visited this webpage for a decade. Regarding the info about the cause of death of Jan Foltys, I admit I have no official proof. However, I used to know all of his siblings - Jan's sister Vlasta, who was my Grandmother, who lived in Prerov, and his two brothers, Miloslav, who lived in Holesov, and Jaroslav of Brno, both excellent, though amateur chess players. They all are, obviously, deceased now, though both Miloslav and Vlasta went on living well into their nineties. They all always spoke about a sarcoma in Jan's leg as of the beginning of his untimely demise. As their father, as well as many other members of their family, was a M. D., I never doubted their info. However, I admit, that I do not, and probably never will, have his death certificate, so I am not in a position to really argue. Only wanted this info to be taken into consideration. Thank you for your interest in my forebear!
May-28-22  whiteshark: <south.charles> Thanks for sharing this with us.

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