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Anthony Cornelis Kosten
Number of games in database: 367
Years covered: 1980 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2369 (2401 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542

Overall record: +134 -84 =146 (56.9%)*
   * 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:
 English (36) 
    A13 A10 A16 A14 A11
 Sicilian (28) 
    B23 B33 B81 B32 B96
 English, 1 c4 e5 (20) 
    A20 A28 A29 A25 A22
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C92 C84 C90 C80 C96
 Two Knights (14) 
 Giuoco Piano (13) 
    C53 C50 C54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B90 B96 B56 B45 B66
 Bogo Indian (21) 
 French Defense (18) 
    C18 C11 C05 C07 C12
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E21 E33 E20 E55
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 E00 A40 A41 A45
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C67 C65 C70 C64 C97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 1/2-1/2
   A Kosten vs G Lilley, 1999 1-0
   A Kosten vs P Mercs, 2013 1-0
   A Kosten vs Hebden, 1982 1-0
   A Kosten vs Hebden, 1987 1-0
   A Howell Williams vs A Kosten, 1982 0-1
   A Kosten vs E Schiller, 1981 1-0
   A Kosten vs E El Gindy, 2003 1/2-1/2
   K Berg vs A Kosten, 1981 0-1
   A Kosten vs H Tiemann, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2007)
   European Club Cup (2004)
   British Championship (2013)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   French Team Championship (2014)

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

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(born Jul-24-1958, 62 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 15; games 1-25 of 367  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kosten vs Kurajica 1-0381980Evening Standard Chess CongressB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
2. A Kosten vs A Kuligowski 0-1291981Lewisham opB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. K Berg vs A Kosten 0-1131981LewishamC29 Vienna Gambit
4. A Kosten vs E Schiller 1-0411981It (open)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. A Kosten vs J L Arnason  0-1431981Manchester Benedictine op 4thB40 Sicilian
6. A Kosten vs A J Whiteley  1-0341982London League matchD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
7. A Howell Williams vs A Kosten  0-1241982London League matchA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. Miles vs A Kosten 1-0541982BCF-chA13 English
9. A Kosten vs Hebden 1-0361982BCF-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. A Kosten vs Speelman ½-½71982BCF-chB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
11. Korchnoi vs A Kosten  1-03919826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Hebden vs A Kosten  1-0591983BCF-chB83 Sicilian
13. J Horner vs A Kosten  ½-½691984Robert Silk YMC16 French, Winawer
14. A Kosten vs Miles 0-1451984BCF-chA47 Queen's Indian
15. E Schiller vs A Kosten  0-1771985London Nat West Team mC15 French, Winawer
16. S Jackson vs A Kosten  0-1351985LondonC05 French, Tarrasch
17. A Kosten vs Chandler  0-1401985EnglandB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
18. J Emms vs A Kosten  0-1321985BCF-chC05 French, Tarrasch
19. A Kosten vs Miles  ½-½401985BCF-chB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. A Kosten vs Barbero  1-0391986GenevaC66 Ruy Lopez
21. Kupreichik vs A Kosten  0-1341986MinskC18 French, Winawer
22. Gelfand vs A Kosten  0-1371986MinskC05 French, Tarrasch
23. Khalifman vs A Kosten  0-1481986MinskE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Balashov vs A Kosten 1-0261986MinskC18 French, Winawer
25. A Kosten vs Psakhis  ½-½471986MinskB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
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Mar-12-04  Benjamin Lau: Is this the same person as GM Tony Kosten? He (Tony Kosten) has a really cool site I just discovered, wish I saw it earlier. (
Mar-19-04  Benjamin Lau: Hmmmm, but GM Tony Kosten plays the English and other assorted flank moves as white, no such opening here so I guess this isn't him. But I can't find any other Kostens in this database, I guess Tony isn't in here.
Mar-20-04  sleepkid: It might be Tony Kosten, but with only 156 games in the database, you probably aren't seeing a wide selection of his openings.
Mar-20-04  ughaibu: Looking at the dates and opponents of the early games it seems certain to be the same Tony Kosten (how common a name is it?).
Mar-20-04  Benjamin Lau: I guess you guys are right, but he plays the English very consistently in tournaments, yet there is not a single English game in this db attributed to him as white! He wrote a famous book on that opening "The Dynamic English" which most people use as the main guide.
Mar-21-04  Dudley: Concerning Tony Kosten's games- there are at least 5 games in his collection where he is playing the English as white: see games 133,137, 139,143,and 149.
Mar-21-04  Benjamin Lau: Dudley, you're quite right, I don't know how I missed them earlier, I thought I had tried using the search, I guess I must have inputted the wrong fields. Here are the rest Still, that's not a whole lot of games out of 156.
May-04-04  Everett: I think Kosten started playing the English heavily, almost solely, over the past 5 years or so, allowing him to quickly become well-versed in the ins and outs of the opening.

I'd play the English but the Symmetrical variation drives me up a wall.

Jun-16-06  BIDMONFA: Anthony Cornelius Kosten

KOSTEN, Anthony C.

Aug-21-06  HolyKnight: I looked at Kosten's recent games. To me he is playing a Reti/English or e4 as white. He is not playing 1.c4, 2. g3 as white as his book recommends you to play. Simon Williams is still playing the Clasical Dutch now in 2006! I guess which author backs his bood best?
Aug-21-06  HolyKnight: book sorry not bood
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

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