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Bedrich Thelen
Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1925 to 1945

Overall record: +10 -21 =9 (36.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E12 E19 E18
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C79 C86 C62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Thelen vs NN, 1930 1-0
   B Thelen vs F Treybal, 1927 1-0
   B Thelen vs K Skalicka, 1927 1-0

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(born May-25-1905, died Jul-12-1972, 67 years old)

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Bedrich Thelen died in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Thelen vs F J Prokop  1-0381925Bratislava-AA06 Reti Opening
2. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  0-1321925Bratislava-AA53 Old Indian
3. Novak vs B Thelen 1-0231925Bratislava-AB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. B Thelen vs J Rasovsky 0-1321925Bratislava-AA43 Old Benoni
5. J Schulz Sr vs B Thelen 1-0291926Kautsky mem3B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. Z Vecsey vs B Thelen  0-1451926Kautsky mem 3rdB32 Sicilian
7. B Thelen vs Hromadka  0-1421926Prague-chD94 Grunfeld
8. B Thelen vs Hromadka  1-0681927Prague EvonyA81 Dutch
9. B Thelen vs J Rejfir  0-1491927Prague EvonyB83 Sicilian
10. Prokes vs B Thelen 1-0231927Prague EvonyE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
11. F J Prokop vs B Thelen  0-1301927Prague EvonyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Flohr vs B Thelen 0-1471927Kautsky mem 4thE12 Queen's Indian
13. Hromadka vs B Thelen  1-0311927Kautsky mem 4thC26 Vienna
14. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  1-0351927Prague EvonyE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
15. B Thelen vs F Treybal 1-0491927Prague EvonyD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. B Thelen vs K Skalicka  1-0241927Prague EvonyC67 Ruy Lopez
17. B Thelen vs J Schulz Sr  0-1201927Prague EvonyB15 Caro-Kann
18. Flohr vs B Thelen 1-0311928Prague EvonyC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. B Thelen vs Flohr 0-1371928Kautsky mem 5thA30 English, Symmetrical
20. B Thelen vs NN 1-081930BerlinB30 Sicilian
21. K Treybal vs B Thelen  1-0251931Kautsky mem 8thC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. M Katetov vs B Thelen  ½-½391942ChocenA15 English
23. B Thelen vs Sajtar  ½-½361942ChocenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
24. B Thelen vs Hromadka  0-1291942ChocenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. J Rejfir vs B Thelen  ½-½461942Duras 60 memD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  Chessical: Thelen appears to been a strong Czech (or Slovak?) player who survived WW2 but little was heard of him after 1943. He played in Prague in 1945, but did he give up chess, or did he have problems with the post-war Communist government?
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  Gypsy: <Chessical> Thelen was Czech. The little I know of him generally comes from the positive role he played in the story of Max Dietze. (More details there.) Thelen was a pre-WW2 member of Czechoslovak Communist Party and, it seems, a generally decent man.
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  GrahamClayton: A Bedrich Thelen played on board 7 for Czechoslovakia against Belgium in 1954 in Brussels. Is this the same player?
Nov-13-13  Karpova: Dr. Thelen won the 1921 Breslau Championship.

From pages 348-349 of the December 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Apr-11-14  thomastonk: Is anything known that he played using a pseudonym?
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  perfidious: <thomastonk> Never heard that about Thelen.
Apr-11-14  GumboGambit: Grammar Police: According to the Bio, he died twice.
Apr-12-14  GumboGambit: The Grammar Police appreciates the correction. Carry on.
Apr-12-14  thomastonk: <Karpova> Dr. Thelen from Breslau is most probably another player. The birth year of this Thelen made me curius, and then I found (among others) this article:
Apr-12-14  Karpova: <thomas>

thanks for the interesting article! It's also important with regards to Bedrich Thelen, as the authors gives this game B Thelen vs NN, 1930 as having been played by <H. Thelen>. This doesn't come unexpected, considering that the playing venue is Berlin.

Apr-12-14  thomastonk: <Karpova: Thelen/Berlin> The Czech Thelen was however related to Breslau by Walter Korn! Please, see

There is this sentence: "As corroborated by their compatriots Dobiáš, Hromádka, Pokorný, Thelen, and other Czechs who had also been to Breslau, what really happened was the paying of a bet." The part <"who had also been to Breslau"> seems to be meanigless for the assertion/whole story.

Apr-12-14  Karpova: <thomastonk>

They are probably still different persons, as Bedřich is the Czech version of Friedrich and not of a forename starting with H (e. g. Hermann = Heřman). Perhaps they were related to each other, though.

In C.N. 6131 is a picture of <Bedřich Thelen> sitting next to Pirc:

Apr-12-14  thomastonk: <Karpova: They are probably still different persons> I didn't change my mind: they are different persons, of course.

My point was to illustrate that any relation to a city for a selective event is rather arbitrarily, taking into account that one of them lived in Breslau, and the other one visited Breslau (according to these sources). It was just a remark.

Another remark, again unrelated: I know a lot of Germans named 'Thelen', but the distribution of that name in Germany was rather surprising to me: (and tells you approximately where I live).

<Karpova: In C.N. 6131 ...> When I saw this picture this morning I first checked Thelen's year of birth in Gaige's, because he looks there much older than 31, I would say. ;-)

PS: <perfidious> Answering my own question of yesterday: B.Thelen tried to use a pseudonym once in a tournament in Prague, but he was uncovered. The story is known, and not quite interesting.

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  Stonehenge: < thomastonk: Is anything known that he played using a pseudonym? >

He used the pseudonym Linke to reflect his leftist political views:

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  cro777: Bedřich Thelen was a Czech chess master and author.

He worked on a three-volume book "A Comprehensive Treatise on Chess" (Zevrubné pojednání o šachu).

Regrettably, only Part I. Fundamentals. Endgame technique. (Základy. Technika her končících.) was published in 1929 in Prague.

Part II on middlegame and Part III on openings, although announced, were not published.

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