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Erich Eliskases
Number of games in database: 1,002
Years covered: 1928 to 1976
Highest rating achieved in database: 2430

Overall record: +390 -122 =490 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (60) 
    E67 E69 E60 E95 E62
 English (58) 
    A15 A13 A16 A14 A10
 Reti System (43) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E23 E34 E44 E38 E37
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D51 D55 D63 D60 D57
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A46 D05 D04 A40 E00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B80 B71 B72 B40 B50
 Nimzo Indian (58) 
    E33 E54 E52 E55 E21
 King's Indian (49) 
    E67 E80 E64 E63 E90
 Orthodox Defense (42) 
    D56 D63 D57 D61 D51
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C99 C84 C67 C77 C90
 French Defense (28) 
    C07 C14 C10 C18 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 1-0
   Keres vs Eliskases, 1938 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Eliskases, 1932 0-1
   Eliskases vs Capablanca, 1937 1-0
   Kozelek vs Eliskases, 1928 0-1
   Eliskases vs Hoelzl, 1929 1-0
   Eliskases vs Fischer, 1960 1-0
   Eliskases vs L Laurine, 1935 1-0
   Eliskases vs Bogoljubov, 1939 1/2-1/2
   C Canoba vs Eliskases, 1957 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   German Championship (1938)
   Noordwijk (1938)
   German Championship (1939)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1951)
   Mar del Plata (1948)
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Rio de Janeiro (1952)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Mar del Plata (1947)
   Argentine Championship (1955)
   Havana (1952)
   Mar del Plata (1958)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Mar del Plata / Buenos Aires Zonal (1954)
   Podebrady (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Bogoljubov - Eliskases 1939 by Chessical
   Bogoljubov - Eliskases 1939 by Pawn and Two
   Eliskases and Book: The Forgotten by Runemaster
   Mar del Plata 1947 by ozmikey
   German Championship 1938 by chesshistoryinterest
   5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by Pawn and Two
   German Championship 1939 by Tabanus
   Lodz 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   6th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1939 by Pawn and Two
   German Championship 1938 by Tabanus

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(born Feb-15-1913, died Feb-02-1997, 83 years old) Austria (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Erich Gottlieb Eliskases was born in Innsbruck, Austria. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1952, he was joint Austrian Champion in 1929, Hungarian Champion in 1934 and German Champion in 1938 and 1939. He was stranded in South America following the outbreak of the Second World War.

He did not fare well at Moscow (1936), nor at Semmering/Baden (1937) but he did defeat both Paul Keres and Jose Raul Capablanca in the second round robin of the latter tournament, and he had a good win at Noordwijk (1938). He was also 1st at Sao Paulo 1941, 1st at Sao Paulo 1947, 1st at Mar del Plata 1948, 2nd at Mar del Plata 1948, 2nd= at Mar del Plata 1949, 1st at Punta del Este 1951, 1st= at the 1951 South American Zonal (jointly) and 1st= at Cordoba 1959. Sub-champion of Argentina in 1957 behind Raul Sanguineti and 2nd at Wijk aan Zee, 1966 behind Fridrik Olafsson.

In Olympiads he played for Austria in 1930, 1933 and 1935, for Germany in 1939 and for Argentina in 1952, 1958, 1960 and 1964.

In matches he beat Rudolf Spielmann three times, in 1932 (+3, =5, -2), in 1936 (+2, =7, -1), in 1937 (+2, =8, -0) and Efim Bogoljubov (+6, =11, -3) in 1939.

Wikipedia article: Erich Eliskases

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,010  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kozelek vs Eliskases 0-1171928CorrespondenceC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Br Meyer vs Eliskases  0-1271928CorrespondenceC40 King's Knight Opening
3. Josef Lob vs Eliskases  1-0281929CorrespondenceC40 King's Knight Opening
4. Josef Lob vs Eliskases  0-1201929Correspondence (friendly)C40 King's Knight Opening
5. Eliskases vs Hoelzl 1-0431929InnsbruckD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Eliskases vs R Duehrssen 0-1631930EbenseeA00 Uncommon Opening
7. E Dyckhoff vs Eliskases 0-1851930EbenseeE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. Eliskases vs A Becker  1-0301930EbenseeA00 Uncommon Opening
9. J Engel vs Eliskases  0-1521930Stubnianske TepliceA47 Queen's Indian
10. F Kunert vs Eliskases  0-1331930EbenseeC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
11. Eliskases vs S Gruber  1-0321930EbenseeA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Flohr vs Eliskases 1-0641930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Eliskases vs I Rahm  1-0401930Hamburg OlympiadE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. Przepiorka vs Eliskases 0-1401930Hamburg OlympiadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Eliskases vs I Vistaneckis  1-0261930Hamburg OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Petrov vs Eliskases  ½-½421930Hamburg OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
17. Eliskases vs Flohr  0-1491930Stubnianske TepliceA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Spielmann vs Eliskases ½-½661932Spielmann - EliskasesC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Eliskases vs Spielmann 1-0361932Spielmann - EliskasesD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Spielmann vs Eliskases ½-½321932Spielmann - EliskasesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. Eliskases vs Spielmann  ½-½221932Spielmann - EliskasesA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Spielmann vs Eliskases 1-0371932Spielmann - EliskasesD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. Eliskases vs Spielmann ½-½521932Spielmann - EliskasesC01 French, Exchange
24. Spielmann vs Eliskases 0-1321932Spielmann - EliskasesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Eliskases vs Spielmann ½-½391932Spielmann - EliskasesE12 Queen's Indian
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Dec-15-14  Abdel Irada: <MissScarlett: <I suspect he had some either Jewish or Slavic ancestry...>

Transylvanian would be my guess. He looked like Bela Lugosi's brother.>

By this reasoning, he might have been Egyptian. He was a dead ringer for Hosni Mubarak.

Dec-28-14  diagonal: Obituary with selection of tournaments and games, published 1997 in the <Wiener Zeitung> (in german language): <>
Jan-21-15  zanzibar: I may have (or somebody else might have) posted this before, but it's good enough for a repeat:

<Alekhine + Siamese cat -- Eliskases>

Jan-21-15  zanzibar: This site also notes the omission of Eliskases as analyst for Euwe in his first match with Alekhine:

The followign site duplicates my earlier Spanish ref on this, but is signed by an author - Raúl Grosso

Feb-18-15  Andrijadj: Eliskases probably makes top 5 endgame players of all times. Together with Capablanca, Fischer, Karpov and Carlsen.
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  keypusher: <Andrijadj: Eliskases probably makes top 5 endgame players of all times. Together with Capablanca, Fischer, Karpov and Carlsen.>

Akiba Rubinstein just crawled out of the grave and brained you with a rook. Not to mention Lasker, Smyslov, Korchnoi, Kramnik...the latter two aren't even dead.

All such lists are pointless anyway. Here, I'll quote myself.

Jose Raul Capablanca

<I can never take these sorts of lists seriously, because there are no common criteria.

Endgames are even more cumulative than other aspects of chess; every great endgame player owes a debt to his predecessors. Assuming that, say, Kramnik makes fewer endgame errors than Rubinstein, how do we judge between the two?

Also, do we make an adjustment for players before 1990 because they had adjournments to help them analyze?

Selection bias is an even bigger problem in these kind of lists than it usually is. Anyone who has an endgame book has seen endings by Lasker and Capablanca, but how much do most of us know about the endgames of players in the past 20 years, or the past 50? This endgame blew me away when I saw it unfold (Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005) it seemed equal or better than any classic. But for all I know Topalov, Anand, Kramnik etc. have 50 endgames each that good.

Finally, Morphy? I can think of two good endgames he played, against Harrwitz. If that is enough to get him on the all-time list, then we are just wasting our time.>

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  keypusher: Stepping down from the WC and near WCs...why is Eliskases on your list and not Ulf Andersson?
Feb-19-15  Andrijadj: I am a bit biased towards Eliskases probably-my first chess trainer, when I was a kid, was a big fan of his play because he knew him personally (the trainer is now 80+ if he is alive) and always told us kids that Eliskases' endgames were a model of correct endgame play. Therefore I analysed a lot of his games when I was young and a lot of it stuck. Eliskazes was really brilliant endgame player. Of course, all the people you mentioned were/are too. I mean, you cannot become a WC or a WC challenger without comprehensive endgame mastery. But Eliskases had an uncanny ability to conjure wins in endgames out of nothing and draws out of completely lost positions (I am not referring just to famous game vs Keres). In addition, he was commended by his peers (that included Rubinstein, Lasker, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Flohr...) precisely for his endgame play, as well as for ability to reach&switch to favourable endgame from middlegame. That is why I put him up there.

Other players you mentioned-of course, all of them were/are great endgame players. I would not put Smyslov and Kramnik there though-I think they are more of an universal positional players than endgame players. Opening preparation plays a great role with Kramnik too-he excells in endgames that he analyses out of openings, but he is not into deliberately switching into endgames in order to outplay opponent there, like Carlsen or Karpov do or like Eliskases or Capablanca did. That is why I put him there-of course, it is valid only for endgame play-Kramnik or Smyslov are overall better players than Eliskases, of course.

Korchnoi wasn't that famous for endgame mastery, was he? Complicated middlegames and tenacious defending were his forte. Same goes for Lasker- As for Ulf Andersson, I must admit I don't know much about the guy. I never studied his games that much. I know he made lots of draws and beat Karpov with a hedgehog and that's it, really.

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  keypusher: <Andrijadj> Thank you for that very interesting reply! I think if you look into it you will find that many rate Korchnoi and Lasker as among the greatest at the endgame, and that Andersson played many beautiful endings. I see I need to learn more about Eliskases.
Mar-06-15  Dr.Vulcan: Eliskases, when he had lived in Porto Alegre, state of Rio Grande do Sul (the same state where Mecking was born) - Brasil, told to my old friends, that his name came from the Basque Language (or Basque Tongue) of the Basque Country, at the north of Spain, from where came his ancestry to Tyrol (state) of Austria.This Basque Language is a derivation, like the Hungarian, of the old Celtic Language.
Mar-18-15  offramp: One of 4 players who beat both Capablanca and Fischer.
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  MissScarlett: From Wikipedia entry:

<However, Eliskases' defection to South America was badly timed, as documentary evidence later showed that the Nazi regime had scheduled him a 1941 match with the World Champion, but due to circumstances, had subsequently abandoned the idea.>

This relies on a <NIC> article:

<One cannot simply dismiss these statements as an attempt by Alekhine to please the Nazi regime, since several documents prove that as early as 1939 the plan of staging a world championship match between Alekhine and Eliskases in 1941 was being entertained by German chess circles.>

Anyone know anything about these documents? It'd also be interesting to learn how 'German chess circles' reacted to Eliskases and the other German players' decision to remain in South America. Presumably, their success in the Olympiad was celebrated in the media, but it can't exactly have gone unnoticed when none of the players took part in the 1940 German championship or other events. Did German chess magazines scrupulously avoid any politically sensitive topics?

Something else I didn't know: after the Olympiad, Capablanca was all set to employ Eliskases as a second for a return match with Alekhine:

Feb-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Erich Eliskases.
Apr-06-16  john barleycorn: "Die besten Anmerkungen macht Eliskases"
(Eliskases makes the best annotations)
Dr. Em. Lasker said to Kmoch.

Kmoch also mentions that Alekhine chose Eliskases as his second for the 1937 rematch with Euwe. The grateful Alekhine winning back the title awarded a golden cigarette case to Eliskases.

Kmoch who was Alekhine's second in the 1934 match with Bogolyubov received a goulash in the "Cafe Vaterland" from the equally grateful Alekhine.

Apr-06-16  diagonal: thanks!

btw: in the cg. bio are two typos - 2nd at Wijk aan Zee, 1966 is wrong, of course Erich Eliskases was <2nd at Beverwijk (Hoogovens), 1959> behind Fridrik Olafsson

Mar-17-17  ughaibu: I guess the other three are Euwe, Keres and Reshevsky(?)
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  MissScarlett: <Bogolyubov received a goulash in the "Cafe Vaterland">

Sounds painful.

May-19-20  Vidocq1: TO ZANZIBAR: The interview was done during Arco Tournament in Italy 1976, we spoke english between us, so it's pretty real! During the evening interview he was gentle and we stayed up till his wife stopped us saying that GM has to go to bed. We wrote each other for some years and he always mentioned his son and never about a daughter.
May-19-20  Vidocq1:

Here you can find the second part of the article/interview with a personal letter he sent to me.

Aug-10-20  Nosnibor: He beat Spielmann three times in matches and also won a match against Bogoljubov but was unable to overcome William Fairhurst an amateur player and Scottish Champion.,whereby he was only able to share honours.
Aug-10-20  Nosnibor: Apologies! Fairhurst did obtain the I.M. title in 1951.
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  MissScarlett: Kmoch in <Chess>, October 1945, p.10, claims that Eliskases returned to Germany during WW2:

<None of the outstanding German chess players came to Holland during the war, but a few days before five minutes past twelve, Euwe got a message from Eliskases, who passed through Amsterdam and tried to meet him. "Unfortunately I'm a soldier now" it began. Euwe had no time and we missed learning how Eliskases, who remained in the Argentine at least the first part of the war, had found his way to the Wehrmacht.>


<five minutes past twelve> Is this a cryptic reference I should know about?

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  keypusher: <Miss Scarlett>

From Hitler's speech on November 8, 1942:

<And all our opponents can be convinced that the Germany of former times laid down its arms at a quarter to twelve. On principle I have never quit before five minutes after twelve. >

So my first thought was that Eliskases' visit came a few days before April 30, 1945. My second thought was that surely German troops would have been gone from Amsterdam by then. But my third thought was to check, and what do you know -- they were still shooting on May 7. Civilians, admittedly.


As you doubtless know, the speech is famous because Hitler boasted of having all but captured Stalingrad, just before the Soviets encircled the Sixth Army.

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  Stonehenge: Victim of May 7 1945:

Carel Carsten

Aug-06-22  vonKrolock: Another of his tournament victories was <Porto Alegre 1954> Crosstable online, but a mere two of the games are available so far

Newly appeared online a footage showing (respectively): the arrival of the Argentinian players to the airport, the opening meeting in the "Renner Chess Club", aspects of the playing hall, and finally a few images of the departure. Those with a minimum knowledge of the imagery of Chess players will easily recognize through the film, besides of Erich Eliskases also Hector Rossetto and Herman Pilnik

The games: Eliskases vs <?!>; <?!> vs Rossetto; Pilnik vs Llamosas; Recalde vs Szentkiralyi Toth Vince Lukas (aka Vince Toth); two Brazilian clashes Menna Barreto vs Milo and Fernando Caldas Kruel vs Arrigo Prosdocimi ; and the fourth Argentinian Pedro Martin vs yet another (so far) unidentified Paraguayan <?!>


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