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Anthony C Kosten
Number of games in database: 432
Years covered: 1980 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2369 (2401 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542

Overall record: +163 -101 =165 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B33 B81 B93 B23 B92
 English (36) 
    A13 A10 A16 A14 A11
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C92 C84 C75 C90 C80
 English, 1 c4 e5 (20) 
    A20 A28 A29 A25 A22
 Two Knights (15) 
 Giuoco Piano (13) 
    C53 C50 C54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B90 B96 B56 B62 B31
 French Defense (26) 
    C18 C05 C07 C11 C00
 Bogo Indian (24) 
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E21 E20 E33 E55
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A46 E00 A45 A40 D05
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C67 C70 C65 C77 C64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 1/2-1/2
   Kosten vs G Lilley, 1999 1-0
   Kosten vs P Mercs, 2013 1-0
   A H Williams vs Kosten, 1982 0-1
   Kosten vs Hebden, 1982 1-0
   Kosten vs Hebden, 1987 1-0
   Kosten vs E Schiller, 1981 1-0
   Kosten vs E El Gindy, 2003 1/2-1/2
   K Berg vs Kosten, 1981 0-1
   Kosten vs O Kirsanov, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   BCF-ch (1982)
   British Championship (2007)
   BCF-ch (1999)
   13th North Sea Cup (1988)
   BCF-ch (1988)
   BCF-ch (1985)
   BCF-ch (1983)
   British Championship (2013)
   BCF-ch (1984)
   BCF-ch (1986)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   European Club Cup (2004)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Team Championship (2014)

   🏆 French Team Championship
   Kosten vs A Kveinys (Jun-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   D Wagner vs Kosten (Jun-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Ragger vs Kosten (Jun-02-18) 1-0
   Kosten vs V Malakhov (Jun-01-18) 0-1
   Fedorchuk vs Kosten (May-31-18) 1-0

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(born Jul-24-1958, 63 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality France)

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Anthony Cornelis Kosten was born on 24th of July 1958. He was awarded the IM title in 1984 and is now a GM (1990).

Wikipedia article: Anthony Kosten

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 432  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kosten vs Kurajica 1-0381980Evening Standard Chess CongressB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
2. K Berg vs Kosten 0-1131981Lewisham opC29 Vienna Gambit
3. Kosten vs E Schiller 1-0411981It (open)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. Kosten vs A Kuligowski 0-1291981Lewisham opB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Kosten vs J Arnason  0-1431981Manchester Benedictine op 4thB40 Sicilian
6. A H Williams vs Kosten 0-1241982London League matchA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
7. Kosten vs A Whiteley  1-0341982London League matchD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
8. F Parr vs Kosten  ½-½431982BCF-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Kosten vs David A Phillips  1-0391982BCF-chC42 Petrov Defense
10. S Taulbut vs Kosten  ½-½181982BCF-chC24 Bishop's Opening
11. Kosten vs D King  1-0541982BCF-chB33 Sicilian
12. Hartston vs Kosten  1-0591982BCF-chD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Kosten vs G James  1-0401982BCF-chC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. C Pritchett vs Kosten  0-1491982BCF-chC42 Petrov Defense
15. Kosten vs V W Knox  1-0581982BCF-chC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. Miles vs Kosten 1-0541982BCF-chA13 English
17. Kosten vs Hebden 1-0361982BCF-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. Kosten vs Speelman ½-½71982BCF-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. Korchnoi vs Kosten  1-03919826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. S Knott vs Kosten  1-0571983BCF-chA28 English
21. Kosten vs A F Brameld  1-0361983BCF-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. G A Waddingham vs Kosten  0-1511983BCF-chC42 Petrov Defense
23. Kosten vs J J Ady  1-0271983BCF-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. J Littlewood vs Kosten  1-0471983BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Kosten vs A D Martin  0-1451983BCF-chC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
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Sep-11-06  Brown: <HolyKnight> If I had a bood, I'd back it too! The Classical Dutch. Does Webb play the Bird as white?
Jun-30-07  FICSwoodpusher: I see that this nice game is not yet in the database:

[Event "4NCL 2006-07"]
[Site "Coventry ENG"]
[Date "2007.01.13"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Kosten, A"]
[Black "Rudd, J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2534"]
[BlackElo "2359"]
[ECO "A36"]
[Opening "English, Ultra-Symmetrical V"]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. a3 e5 6. b4 cxb4 7. axb4 Nxb4 8. Ba3 Nc6 9. Nb5 Nge7 10. Bd6 O-O 11. Bc7 Qe8 12. Nd6 Nf5 13. Nxe8 Rxe8 14. c5 e4 15. Ra4 Nfd4 16. e3 Ne6 17. Bd6 1-0

Jul-17-07  alter: Kosten's book "The Dynamic English" has to be one of the best repertoire books ever written. Also, his articles in Kingpin are highly recommended.
Sep-09-07  tammany: Mr. Kosten. I've owned your "Easy Guide to the Najdorf" for at least a year now. I love the Najdorf. If it didn't exist I honestly don't know if I would love chess as much or even at all. I will soon take up the mantle for the KID in my repertoire and I hope to say the same then. Happy Trails to you....
Sep-09-07  tammany: ... and How do you know when you're ready for the poison pawn?
Sep-09-07  tammany: And Gata Kamsky was on ICC earlier tonight chatting in 103 and then playing regular people 3 2 from his laptop. It felt special. Thank You Gata.
Jun-07-08  Zygalski: If you can get hold of a copy, Kosten's "Latvian Gambit Lives!" is the definitive guide to this ultra-sharp opening. 224 pages of incredibly detailed analysis covering all likely lines. I suggest going to amazon then using the "used & new" section. You should be able to get a new copy for under $10 US or around £5.
Jun-07-08  Nikita Smirnov: I like his book The Latvian Gmabit.
Premium Chessgames Member We found some sources indicate that Tony's birthday is July 24th (not the 27th as shown above). For example, Polish Wikipedia ( as well as our prolific kibitzer BIDMONFA.

Can anybody confirm the true birthday?

Jun-07-08  Karpova: <>
Jeremy Gaige gives his birthday as July 24th also.
Jun-09-08  Nikita Smirnov: <Can anybody confirm the true birthday?>

Yes,he himself.
But if I'm right there are some books where it is written 24th July.I don't remember which book.Bur I think it was written by a person who knows him well.

Jul-24-08  rjfsworstnightmare: Happy Birthday Tony! I like your book on the Philidor, how White can favorably open up the semiclosed position to advantage... Winning doesn't suck!! Thanks!!!
Jul-24-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Anthony!
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  TheAlchemist: Too bad his game against Farago isn't in the database, I'll upload it. Anyway, here it is:

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bb4 5.d3 d6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Bg2 Nd4 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.h3 Be6 10.f4 c6 11.Ne2 Bc5 12.Bf3 Qb6 13.Kf1 Be3 14.Kg2 exf4 15.gxf4 Bxc1 16.Qxc1 d5 17.f5 dxe4 18.dxe4 Bd7 19.e5 Ng8 20.c5 Qc7 21.e6 fxe6 22.fxe6 Bxe6 23.Nd4 Bd7 24.Qg5 Nf6 25.Rae1+ Kf8 26.Rhf1 h5 27.Bd5 (27.Re6) Rh6 (27...Qd8 28.Re8!!) 28.Qxh6 gxh6 29.Rxf6+ Kg7 30.Rf7+ Kg6 31.Bb3 (31.Ne6) Qa5 32.Nf3 Re8 33.Rxe8 Bxe8 34.Ne5+ Kg5 35.h4+ Kxh4 36.Nf3+ (36...Kg4 37.Be6#) 1-0

Jul-25-08  twinlark: I have his book on the Latvian Gambit also. Very interesting little volume it is, too.
Oct-12-08  deadlyking: some people say that when he plays the english, he doesnt play what he wrote in his book "The Dymanic English", but he does in his more recent games, like after he wrote his book
Sep-08-09  whiskeyrebel: We can only hold him to it for so long. Where ever you are Tony, you've proven your point.
Sep-28-09  WhiteRook48: the Zelcic game is so famous
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  wordfunph: scanning his books, i read that French GM Tony Kosten's first chess hero was Bobby Fischer.

happy birthday Tony!

Jul-16-12  Wyatt Gwyon: What are your thoughts on "The Dynamic English"?
Jul-24-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Kosten!
Nov-07-14  parisattack: On the '100 Most Searched for out-of-print books' Kosten's Advance French is #31.

Seems to run $3-$10 on Abe and Amazon...

Nov-09-15  PhilFeeley: It seems a number of his games aren't here. One from 1992 against his main nemesis Norwood is in Jon Watson's book "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy" (at least up to move 23. For the rest, search the world!)
Jan-03-17  diagonal: Perhaps the most memorable tournament triumph of Anthony Kosten was at the 1st Geneva Open Festival of 1986 (170 players, including several grandmasters, among them Anthony Miles, Miguel Quinteros or Armenian Smbat Lputian from the Soviet Union).

The event was nine rounds and Kosten won all of his first eight games. This was sufficient to already guarantee him first place ahead of a strong international field. In the final round game, Anthony Kosten accepted an offer of a draw from his compatriot, Glenn Flear. He agreed after some half an hour´s deliberation, for the position was lost for Flear. That acceptance prevented Kosten from achieving a perfect 9/9 score.

Then IM Kosten won the first Geneva Open, "Championnat internationale d'échecs de Genève" (FIDE president Florencio Campomanes was member of the Comité de Patronage; Anatoly Karpov visited the event for a private dinner with the organizers), outright a full point ahead of sole second GM Lars Karlsson.

Wikipedia, and DIE SCHACHWOCHE, no.5 and no. 6 /1986

Feb-08-21  Nosnibor: I recall playing Tony Kosten in round one of the Kent Open held in Folkestone in April 1977. Funnily enough there was snow falling on the beach that April! I first of all played against his Modern Defence and obtained a clear advantage which was not converted. Then after making my 28th move I was offered a draw which I spurned and eventually lost the game. Kosten went on to win the tournament, but was very happy to go through the game with me afterwards to show me the errors of my ways.
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