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Adolf Georg Olland
Number of games in database: 330
Years covered: 1887 to 1933

Overall record: +142 -146 =41 (49.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (71) 
    C66 C67 C84 C83 C80
 French Defense (24) 
    C14 C11 C01 C00 C12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C84 C87 C91
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B15 B18 B12 B17 B13
 Sicilian (13) 
    B83 B88 B45 B21 B56
 Ruy Lopez, Open (13) 
    C83 C80 C82
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (25) 
    C01 C14 C12 C13 C00
 Petrov (17) 
    C42 C43
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D63 D50 D52 D68 D64
 Tarrasch Defense (16) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D30 D37 D06 D35
 French (12) 
    C12 C13 C00 C11 C10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Olland vs H Wolf, 1902 1-0
   Olland vs J Esser, 1901 1-0
   P F Johner vs Olland, 1907 0-1
   Olland vs Euwe, 1920 1-0
   Olland vs H Langborg, 1912 1-0
   C Trimborn vs Olland, 1899 0-1
   Olland vs F W Pelzer, 1899 1-0
   Olland vs H Wolf, 1907 1-0
   Olland vs W Meiners, 1899 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   DCA Congress 27th (1899)
   Scheveningen (1913)
   Stockholm (1912)
   Hastings (1919)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Gothenburg B (1920)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam 1899 by Phony Benoni
   Scheveningen 1913 by Phony Benoni
   Stockholm 1912 (Nordic Chess Congress) by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-13-1867, died Jul-22-1933, 66 years old) Netherlands

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Adolf Georg Olland was born in Utrecht. He was unofficial Dutch champion in 1895 and 1901, and official champion in 1909. He died of a heart attack while playing the game Olland vs A Hamming, 1933 in the 1933 Dutch Championship at The Hague. Pseudonym: "Mat".

Wikipedia article: Adolf Georg Olland

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 330  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Messemaker vs Olland  ½-½711887DCA Congress 15thC53 Giuoco Piano
2. J D Tresling vs Olland  1-0471887DCA Congress 15thC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Loman vs Olland  0-1281887DCA Congress 15thC55 Two Knights Defense
4. S Suesholz vs Olland  0-1461887DCA Congress 15thC21 Center Game
5. H Kothe vs Olland  1-0551887DCA Congress 15thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Olland vs D van Foreest  0-1431887DCA Congress 15thC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Olland vs J Pinedo  1-0271887DCA Congress 15thC55 Two Knights Defense
8. Olland vs L Benima  1-0431887DCA Congress 15thC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Olland vs W Pollock 1-0361887SimulC51 Evans Gambit
10. Olland vs A van Foreest  1-0531887DCA Congress 15thC50 Giuoco Piano
11. Olland vs F van den Berg  1-0241889Amsterdam-BC51 Evans Gambit
12. Olland vs A Prange  1-0261889Amsterdam-BB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. Olland vs J Pinedo  1-0361889Amsterdam-BC50 Giuoco Piano
14. N Miniati vs Olland  ½-½411889Amsterdam-BC10 French
15. A de Boer vs Olland  0-1301889Amsterdam-BC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Olland vs T Fennema  1-0261889Amsterdam-BC45 Scotch Game
17. A van Foreest vs Olland  0-1721891DCA Congress 19thC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Olland vs Loman  0-1521891DCA Congress 19thC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
19. Olland vs J F Heemskerk  ½-½451891DCA Congress 19thC67 Ruy Lopez
20. A van Rhijn vs Olland  0-1291891DCA Congress 19thC54 Giuoco Piano
21. Loman vs Olland  0-1531891DCA Congress 19thC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. Olland vs A van Rhijn  1-0531891DCA Congress 19thC66 Ruy Lopez
23. Olland vs A van Foreest  ½-½561891DCA Congress 19thC67 Ruy Lopez
24. J F Heemskerk vs Olland  0-1391891DCA Congress 19thA21 English
25. Olland vs J F Heemskerk  1-0481892DCA Congress 20thC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Apr-13-12  newzild: Okay, rather than just complain about another poor bio, I will submit my own effort for this guy:

"Adolf Georg Olland was a Utrecht-born doctor and chess master, considered one of the strongest Dutch players of his time.

"He was a noted match player, beating most of his important Dutch contemporaries except Euwe. In tournaments, he won at Amsterdam 1889 (shared), Arnheim 1895 (shared), Haarlem 1901 and Leiden 1909 (shared).

"He died of a heart attack at the Hague while playing in the 1933 Dutch championship."

Apr-13-12  waustad: WC Fields?
Sep-16-12  Kinan: How come his win against Ewue in 1920 isn't a notable game of his?
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  Phony Benoni: <Kinan> Which one? We have three:

Olland vs Euwe, 1920

Olland vs Euwe, 1920

Olland vs Euwe, 1920

At any rate, "Notable Games" are just a reflection of how often a game appears in members' games collections. These are assembled for various reasons, not necessarily quality.

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Sep-16-12  Kinan: Wow, this guy was a nightmare for Euwe it seems.
Sep-17-12  thomastonk: <Kinan> Chessgames holds currently 25 games between Olland and Euwe, and Euwe won 14 and lost 6.

Olland was considered to be the best chess player in the Netherlands 1919/20 followed by Abraham Speijer. This information is taken from a report of the national championship held in December 1919, where both didn't play. Max Marchand won the championship ahead of Euwe.

At the beginning of 1920, a match between Olland and Richard Reti was played, which Réti won "only" 6:4 (+5,-3,=2).

From the 25 games here, 23 were played in 1920-22 with +12, -6, =5 in Euwe's favour, showing his rise in those years.

Dec-03-15  ljfyffe: Olland had 5.5 points at the 1932-33 IFSB, having finished 7 of the 12 games.
Jan-18-18  zanzibar: <<thomastonk> At the beginning of 1920, a match between Olland and Richard Reti was played, which Réti won "only" 6:4 (+5,-3,=2).>

A source for this would be nice.

<CG> seems to only have 8 of the match games.

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  Retireborn: <z> Chessbase Big 2002 does have all 10 of the Olland-Reti match games, as well as three games (present on here) of a Reti-G.Filep match also played in Utrecht, presumably around the same time.

Unfortunately no details about dates or round numbers.

Jan-19-18  zanzibar: <RB> right, likely those games found there way here.

It's another Delpher project - I came across a lot of those games during my Reti--Euwe (1920) research.

But <thomastonk> is a historian, and given the importance of the final result, I expected to see a ref...

Jan-19-18  zanzibar: I can't help but note the resemblance, between Olland and Wimpy (from Popeye). Just add a little bowler hat:

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  Retireborn: <z> Looks as if <Thomas> hasn't posted on here for 2 years now.
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  Telemus: <zanzibar/Retireborn> It takes two minutes to find a reference for the final result of the Reti/Olland match, even if you don't have Kalendovský's biography:

There are dozens of reports on that match in the Dutch newspapers, and putting together round numbers and dates should be a finger exercise.

The match Reti/Filep, which was played thereafter in Utrecht too (May/June), can be treated similarly.

Feb-18-18  zanzibar: <<Telemus> <zanzibar/Retireborn> It takes two minutes to find a reference for the final result of the Reti/Olland match ... >

Agreed, but my comment was directed at <thomastonk>'s lack of providing it.

It's a curious oversight.

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  Telemus: <zanzibar> Stupid Telemus took your <A source for this would be nice.> too literally. Sorry, my fault!

BTW, you call this guy a <historian>. Is this approved? There are not so many historians in chess history. Only the name Harding comes to my mind (and that doesn't protect him from making mistakes).

Feb-19-18  zanzibar: <<Telemus> BTW, you call this guy a <historian>.>

Yes, that is a statement of fact. I don't toss the appellation off that casually, though I'd say I'm more liberal than some in applying it.

I'm actually thinking of actually doing a blog post about the subject of what a chess historian is - maybe someday in the future. I'd like, at the very least, to document some of my techniques and general methods in the hopes that others consider their adoption.

<Is this approved?>

Not sure whose approval decides (sorry <Focus> - it's not you!). There's no issuing authority afaik.

But if you had followed <CG> when <thomastonk> was active, I'd suspect you'd be inclined to agree with me.

There are many others who would qualify as well. Many of whom, unlike me, have a narrower focus on the historical aspects.

Let me list a few who aren't so active these days, but whose posts still reflect their good work in various aspects of chess history:

User: Honza Cervenka
User: jnpope
User: karpova
User: sbc
User: thomastonk

(sorry for any/all omissions)

I could post more about the Age of Titans (those who got <CG> tournaments going), or the present-day historians, both those who have earned the "approved" appellation via "Best Historian" Caissar, or those who didn't but should have.

<There are not so many historians in chess history. Only the name Harding comes to my mind (and that doesn't protect him from making mistakes).>

I agree with everything after "the name Harding". But "only"!?

Here's a list of names off the top of my head - Edward Winter, Tony Gillam, H.J.R. Murray, J.N. Pope, P.W. Sergeant, H. Kmoch, and all the McFarland series author's, all qualified chess historians in one way or another, imo.

Not to mention David Hoop and Kenneth Whyld, Harry Golombek, or even Anne Sannucks [Anne Mothersill].

Feb-20-18  TheFocus: As other good historians, I would add John Hilbert, John Donaldson, Nikolai Brunni, Vlastimil Fiala, Dale Brandreth, Ivan Bottlik, Jan Kalendovsky, and Jimmy Adams.
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  Telemus: <zanzibar> Because we left the topic of this page, I moved to my forum.
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  wwall: I did an article on chess historians awhile back. Looks like I need to update it.

Jun-29-19  mulde: As an early example for an historian / chessmaster, Mr. Henry Thomas Buckle comes into my mind:
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  MissScarlett: There's a strong resemblance to <Winston Wolf>:

Did Olland solve problems, too?

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  Retireborn: <MissS> Depressing that Keitel's still playing that character in TV ads, 25 years after Pulp Fiction.
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  MissScarlett: <Robert DeNiro divided fans as he became the face of Warburtons, promoting bread and bagels in a gangster-filled advert. And Piers Morgan didn’t quite slice his words about the clip, taking a second to express his disappointment in the Meet The Parents star.

Guess he’s well and truly out of the circle of trust…

During a segment on Good Morning Britain, the 54-year-old fumed: ‘If you watch DeNiro in any of the great films he’s been in over the years, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas… And now he’s in a Warburtons bread ad…’

‘I don’t know how much dough rolled in for you, Bobby, but seriously… Really?

‘One of the greatest actors of my lifetime is reduced to making bread commercials in a spoof?’

Read more:>

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  Retireborn: <MissS> Yes, I read about that. Al Pacino has done TV ads for Sky, I think, and Kevin Bacon and George Clooney have done several ads.

US stars are more relaxed about doing ads, it seems.

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