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Kristian Skold
Number of games in database: 144
Years covered: 1943 to 1971

Overall record: +36 -52 =56 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B40 B20 B50 B62 B32
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C84 C91 C77 C89 C67
 French Defense (7) 
    C18 C15 C19 C14 C13
 French Winawer (5) 
    C18 C15 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C84 C89 C91
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B05 B02 B04
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C92 C63 C83 C87 C99
 King's Indian (8) 
    E80 E60 E90 E70 E67
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A97 A89 A84 A81
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E49 E58 E39 E56 E24
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C92 C99 C87 C97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A21 A29
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Skold vs K Arnstam, 1963 1-0
   S Nyman vs K Skold, 1943 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Swedish Championship (1966)
   Helsinki Olympiad qual-2 (1952)
   Swedish Championship (1970)
   Varna Olympiad qual-1 (1962)
   Leipzig Olympiad Final-B (1960)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Moscow Olympiad Final-B (1956)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-B (1964)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)

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(born Sep-26-1911, died May-15-1988, 76 years old) Sweden

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Kristian Sköld was born in Stockholm. He was Swedish champion in 1949, 1950, 1959 and 1963.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 152  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Nyman vs K Skold 0-1271943StockholmC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. E E Book vs K Skold 1-0501946Stockholm 4647C50 Giuoco Piano
3. K Skold vs E Lundin 0-1331947StockholmB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. K Skold vs K S Ojanen  1-0401950Dubrovnik OlympiadB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. Unzicker vs K Skold 1-0221950Dubrovnik OlympiadE61 King's Indian
6. K Skold vs E Myhre  ½-½801950Dubrovnik OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Gligoric vs K Skold  1-0361950Dubrovnik OlympiadD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. K Skold vs M Castillo  1-0471950Dubrovnik OlympiadB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
9. K Skold vs F Mastichiadis  1-0641950Dubrovnik OlympiadA16 English
10. K Skold vs E Canal  0-1401950Dubrovnik OlympiadD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. A Beni vs K Skold  ½-½411950Dubrovnik OlympiadE90 King's Indian
12. K Skold vs Reshevsky 0-1331950Dubrovnik OlympiadB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
13. Euwe vs K Skold 1-0321950Dubrovnik OlympiadE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. K Skold vs V Castaldi  ½-½661950Dubrovnik OlympiadB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Najdorf vs K Skold  1-0371950Dubrovnik OlympiadD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. K Skold vs C Poulsen  ½-½411950Dubrovnik OlympiadC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
17. K Skold vs E Pedersen  1-0381951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
18. K Skold vs Szabo  ½-½411951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Benko vs K Skold  1-0471951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA80 Dutch
20. O Barda vs K Skold  ½-½631951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC03 French, Tarrasch
21. K Skold vs S Basjuni  0-1701951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
22. J A Fred vs K Skold 1-0291951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC03 French, Tarrasch
23. A Tsvetkov vs K Skold  1-0411951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE60 King's Indian Defense
24. K Skold vs Barcza  ½-½621951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalB83 Sicilian
25. A Pytlakowski vs K Skold  1-0271951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-08-06  Whitehat1963: Perhaps his real name is Christian Scold, but he noticed how important it is to have a "K" in your name if you want to succeed in chess:

Lasker, Botvinnik, Keres, Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Kramnik, Leko, Karjakin, etc.

Oct-08-06  Whitehat1963: Sounds like a Krusader worthy of G.W. Bush!
Oct-08-06  babakova: Kristian Sköld, I read a book by him once. I think it was called "schackpärlor" or something like that...
Oct-08-06  acirce: Yep, that was one of my first chess books after learning the game as a kid. Found it quite entertaining, I think.
Sep-26-09  kramputz: 98 years old !! Chess kept him live long, same as Lilienthal he was born in 1911 also. I would like to see Skold and Lilianthal play a match.
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day

<Kristian Sköld>

He played at 7 chess Olympiads between 1950 and 1968.

Pictures: Det svenska OS-laget 1956. Fr.v. Jakob Ekelund (ledare), Ståhlberg, Åke Stenborg, <Kristian Sköld>, Backlund, Manne Joffe, Ljungqvist och Olle Carlberg (ledare). Jönköping 1949. Ståhlbergs första turnering i Sverige efter vistelsen i Sydamerika. Fr.v. Sven Johansson, Ståhlberg, <Kristan Sköld>, Stora hotellets hovmästare Olsson och hustrun till Jönköpings SS ordförande körsnär H. Gavelli.

Sep-26-09  waddayaplay: (pdf), page 4.

I think it says he died in 1988.

Sep-26-09  WhiteRook48: well that doesn't really make much difference
Sep-26-12  Abdel Irada: <acirce>: <Found it quite entertaining, I think.>

You aren't sure?

Sep-26-12  Cyphelium: <Abdel Irada> It was one of my first books as kid too and likewise, I found it quite entertaining, I think. I am not sure, because the faint memory of this book from my childhood is mixed with what I remember from reading it again in my late teens, when it didn’t seem so great. Sköld's annotations are light on variations, but instead we get a lot of comments like "Marvelous! Three pieces sacrificed on the Altar of Art!" The selection of games is slightly strange too. For example, he devotes a couple of pages to an exhibition game that he played against Gösta Stoltz in the 50’s. It was played outdoors using a giant chess set where all pieces were real people dressed as pawns, rooks etc. I am sure that this was a memorable occasion for those involved, but Sköld fails to convey this to the reader, partly because the game itself is completely lackluster. If I remember correctly, it was a boring Scotch were the queens came off really early (“and here the charming ladies had to leave the board, much to the chagrin of the ordinance”) and a draw was taken after 20 some moves. (Maybe Gösta had a hang-over.)
Sep-26-12  Abdel Irada: <Cyphelium>: Your description reminds me of the Halloween "human chess game" I introduced to UC Santa Cruz in 1982. That year, we played two games, pitting me (as representative of Kresge College) against another student whose name I have long since forgotten (as representative of adjacent Porter College, on whose quad the games were played).

We marked off squares (about two feet to a side) with masking tape, and the "pieces" stood on them until directed to move. Our side had a bit more élan, with the participants dressed to resemble, as best they could with improvised materials, the respective pieces they represented, and I'm happy to say I won both games, although they were certainly flawed.

I understand that the tradition remained for some time after I departed the university, although I don't know for how long.

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  OhioChessFan: "Isn't that special?"
Sep-26-12  TheFocus: With a name like this, he should put on a jacket or a sweater.
Sep-26-12  Abdel Irada: "Who could have caused Kristian Skold to lose all those games and never become world champion?

I'm sure *I* don't know!

Could it be [echo effect] SATAN?"

Aug-06-13  Abdel Irada: <kramputz: 98 years old !! Chess kept him live long, same as Lilienthal he was born in 1911 also. I would like to see Skold and Lilianthal play a match.>

Surely nothing could be so entertaining as a chess match between skeletons.

Aug-06-13  Abdel Irada: Side note: I think the name Skold has nothing to do with the English "scold" and everything to do with the old Viking "skald" or singer/minstrel.

Aug-06-13  Cyphelium: <AbdelIrada> The Swedish word "Sköld" means "shield". The "sk" in the beginning is pronounced similar to "sh" in "shield", whereas the "sk" in skald is pronounced as the "sc" in scold. I don't think the words are related, at least not closely.

Kristian quite possibly had an ancestor who joined the Swedish army between the 16th century and 19th century. When Swedish men joined the army, they had to change their last name to avoid the confusion of having many men in the same unit with the same patronymicon (Eriksson, Nilsson, Karlsson etc.). Ideally, each man in a particular unit would have a different last name from all the others. Swedish soldier's names are typically one-syllable words for weapons (Hjelm=helmet, Svärd=sword, Dolk=dagger etc.) or for character traits (for example Glad=happy, Modig=brave, Nöjd=content, Kvick=quick etc.).

Aug-06-13  Abdel Irada: <Cyphelium: <AbdelIrada> The Swedish word "Sköld" means "shield". The "sk" in the beginning is pronounced similar to "sh" in "shield", whereas the "sk" in skald is pronounced as the "sc" in scold. I don't think the words are related, at least not closely.>

Thank you for correcting my mistaken impression.

So, "Christian Shield" I suppose it is.

Nov-08-13  Eastfrisian: According to this: Site 196, Kristian Sköld died on May 15.
Jun-19-14  offramp: Of course Kristian Skold, he's from Sweden!
Sep-26-16  TheFocus: "I'll be glad when spring gets here. It's Skold!"
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  keypusher: An aggressive, entertaining player, and not afraid of anyone. This game made <Great Battles of the Chessboard> by Coles:

S Nyman vs K Skold, 1943

A stunning trap:

E E Book vs K Skold, 1956

Here he is going after a couple of world champions, though he falls short:

K Skold vs Botvinnik, 1962

Petrosian vs K Skold, 1962

But he didn't always fail against the giants:

K Skold vs Keres, 1961

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  keypusher: <keypusher>

<This game made <Great Battles of the Chessboard> by Coles>>

That's <Epic Battles of the Chessboard>, you ninny.

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