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Erwin Voellmy
E Voellmy 
Photograph courtesy of Hans Rudolf Voellmy.  

Number of games in database: 58
Years covered: 1920 to 1936
Overall record: +21 -24 =12 (47.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D51 D52
 Slav (4) 
    D10 D13 D15 D14
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D51 D61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Voellmy vs Alekhine, 1925 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs E Voellmy, 1932 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paris Unofficial Olympiad (1924)
   Berne (1932)
   The Hague Olympiad (1928)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

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(born Sep-09-1886, died Jan-15-1951, 64 years old) Switzerland

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Dr. Erwin Voellmy was born in Herzogenbuchsee, Switzerland.

He was Swiss Champion in 1911 (jointly), 1920 and 1922. A mathematics teacher by profession, Voellmy edited the chess column in "Basler Nachrichten" for forty years, and was the Swiss representative at the first FIDE (World Chess Federation) meeting in 1924.

He also was the chief editor of the Swiss Chess Magazine and wrote various chess books as well as mathematics textbooks and tables of logarithms.

Apart from chess, Voellmy was a talented illustrator, watercolorist and woodcarver. He passed away in Basel in 1951.

Wikipedia article: Erwin Voellmy

Last updated: 2022-07-08 05:45:28

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 58  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Voellmy vs Maracini 1-0211920SMX LuganoC29 Vienna Gambit
2. G Cenni vs E Voellmy  1-0291922ITA-SUIB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. E Voellmy vs G Cenni  1-0231922ITA-SUID63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. E Voellmy vs J A Seitz  ½-½361923SUI-South GermanyD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. J A Seitz vs E Voellmy  ½-½211923SUI-South GermanyD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. E Voellmy vs F Lazard  ½-½651924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-1461924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. E Voellmy vs J Schulz Sr  1-0401924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. D Reca vs E Voellmy  ½-½501924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. J J O'Hanlon vs E Voellmy  0-1241924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
11. R Rey Ardid vs E Voellmy  ½-½331924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. G Renaud vs E Voellmy  0-1261924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA48 King's Indian
13. E Voellmy vs D Daniuszewski 1-0291924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. E Voellmy vs E Lancel  1-0411924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. R Grau vs E Voellmy  ½-½151924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. J Storr-Best vs E Voellmy 0-1181925Bromley prel CB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. J H Morrison vs E Voellmy  0-1451925Bromley prel CB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. E Voellmy vs Hromadka  0-1331925Bromley prel CD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. E Voellmy vs Alekhine 1-0301925Clock simul, 10bC12 French, McCutcheon
20. E Voellmy vs S Factor  1-0341928The Hague OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Koltanowski vs E Voellmy 1-0411928The Hague OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. V Fernandez Coria vs E Voellmy  ½-½321928The Hague OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. E Voellmy vs E Hellmann  1-0391928The Hague OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
24. M Brody vs E Voellmy  1-0341928The Hague OlympiadD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. V Marin y Llovet vs E Voellmy  0-1391928The Hague OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Mar-06-05  fgh: Does anybody have some information about this guy?
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  cu8sfan: Yes I do. He's my boss' grandfather. I already asked him to supply some information for his biography. Erwin Voellmy was also a writer of chess books.
Mar-12-05  Calli: <cu8sfan> Ein neues Buch auf Doktor Voellmy:

Mar-12-05  nikolaas: His name sounds like some Dutch origins, more precisely the netherlands. Is that true?
Mar-12-05  Calli: Ich weis nicht. Posted the link, thinking that someone might order the booklet and we would get more info.
Sep-03-06  BIDMONFA: Dr. Erwin Voellmy


Sep-03-07  brankat: An interesting character, Dr.Voellmy. A man of many talents.
Sep-03-07  whiteshark: Link to the title of his disertation in 1916:
Sep-03-07  Ron: <whiteshark> Thanks for the link. From the link I found the title of the dissertation of a math professor who plays chess with me sometimes. One can also find dissertation titles for Euwe and Lasker. It seems Lasker studied under David Hilbert, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time.
Sep-03-07  whiteshark: <Ron> Hey, that's great! I also posted the links for Max Euwe and Emanuel Lasker. Maybe some else will be inspired by them, like you. :D
Sep-03-08  DoctorD: Erwin Voellmy

The Problemist, 1912

White to play and mate in 2

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Sep-09-13  Nosnibor: He wrote an excellent elementary book on the game Die Anfangsgundre des Scachspiels which went through many editions.His chief work however was a four volume book on the middle game entitled Schachtaktik
Sep-09-13  lentil: <DoctorD> Looks like 1. Qe3 is the solution: (1. ... Rxh8 2. Qxa7#; 1. ... b6 2. Qe4#; 1. ... N moves or ... Ra1; 2. Bh2#)
Sep-09-13  detritus: I think 1. Qe3 is spoiled by 1. ... Ng3. I believe 1. Qh2 does the trick, then 1. ... Rxh2 2. Bxh2#, or if the knight moves for discovered check, 2. Be5 is mate.
Sep-09-13  DoctorD: The second chapter of Sacking the Citadel by Jon Edwards has as its basis Voellmy's article (Vom Rochadeangriff:Ein Beitrag zum Theorie des Mittelspiels, Schweizerische Schachzeitung 1911) and credits Voellmy with the first taxonomical classification of the Greek gift sacrifice.
Sep-09-13  DoctorD: <Detritus> is correct, the key is the clearance 1. Qh2.
Sep-09-13  jhelix70: <<The second chapter of Sacking the Citadel by Jon Edwards ... credits Voellmy with the first taxonomical classification of the Greek gift sacrifice.>>

Vukovic does the same thing in his classic "The Art of Attack"

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  FSR: Erwin Voellmy died at the chessic age of 64, like Robert James Fischer, Wilhelm Steinitz, Howard Staunton, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Vladimir Savon, Pedro Damiano, Albin Planinc, Vladimir Antoshin, Edmar Mednis, Vitaly Halberstadt, Giulio Cesare Polerio, Octavio Troianescu, Maximilian Ujtelky, Solomon Gotthilf, Paul Tautvaisas, Claude Frizzel Bloodgood, Larry Tamarkin, and Karl Marx.

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