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Gosta Stoltz
G Stoltz 
Tidskrift för Schack, Oct-Nov 1931, p. 173.
Number of games in database: 487
Years covered: 1926 to 1961

Overall record: +170 -147 =168 (52.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B50 B20 B21 B80 B30
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C71 C81 C86 C70 C64
 French Defense (23) 
    C00 C17 C01 C14 C02
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D45 D48 D43 D44
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D37 D30 D38
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E38 E32 E40 E20 E41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B39 B58 B32 B54 B73
 Tarrasch Defense (27) 
    D33 D32 D34
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C86 C71 C84 C78 C72
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E40 E38 E56 E23 E34
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D05 D02 A46 D04 D01
 Slav (14) 
    D15 D11 D18 D17 D10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 1-0
   Stoltz vs Saemisch, 1932 1-0
   Spielmann vs Stoltz, 1930 0-1
   B Rabar vs Stoltz, 1941 0-1
   Stoltz vs K Richter, 1941 1-0
   Stoltz vs Rellstab, 1932 1-0
   Stoltz vs Spielmann, 1932 1-0
   Stoltz vs Tartakower, 1931 1-0
   Marshall vs Stoltz, 1935 0-1
   Stoltz vs R G Wade, 1952 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Brandenburg Congress - Master Tournament (1932)
   Munich (1941)
   Hoogovens (1946)
   Prague (1946)
   Marianske Lazne / Prague Zonal (1951)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Bad Nauheim (1935)
   Aalborg (1947)
   Bled (1931)
   Groningen (1946)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Belgrade (1952)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Secret Hero Stoltz & Levenfish by Gottschalk
   Bled 1931 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Bled 1931 international tournament part 2 by cuendillar
   Prague 1946 by crawfb5
   Nordic Zonal, Helsinki 1947 by Chessdreamer
   Zaanstreek 1946 by sneaky pete
   Bad Nauheim 1935 by Pawn and Two
   Bad Nauheim 1935 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens 1946 by Tabanus

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(born May-09-1904, died Jul-25-1963, 59 years old) Sweden

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Gösta Leonard Stoltz (from 1924–29 he used his stepfather's surname Hallgren) was born in Stockholm. He was an automobile mechanic at age 15, but eventually became a full-time chess professional.

Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1954, he was Swedish Champion in 1951, 1952 and 1953 and also joint Nordic Champion in 1947. He played for Sweden in nine Olympiads from 1927 to 1954. His best international results were 2nd= at Stockholm (1930), 4th= at Bled (1931), 1st at Munich (1941) ahead of Alexander Alekhine and Efim Bogoljubov, and =2nd at Prague (1946). In the 1930's he was the equal of Aron Nimzowitsch, Rudolf Spielmann, Isaac Kashdan and Salomon Flohr in short matches.

Wikipedia article: Gösta Stoltz

Last updated: 2022-11-03 06:31:17

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Stoltz vs H Ljunggren  1-0411925Stockholm ttC47 Four Knights
2. G Stoltz vs Botvinnik ½-½331926Stockholm-Leningrad MatchC45 Scotch Game
3. Botvinnik vs G Stoltz 1-0311926Stockholm-Leningrad MatchD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Sjostam vs G Stoltz  1-0351927Stockholm-chD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. K Ruben vs G Stoltz ½-½421927London OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. L Palau vs G Stoltz  1-0811927London OlympiadD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. G Stoltz vs M Censer  1-0261927London OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
8. H Wagner vs G Stoltz  ½-½301927London OlympiadD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. J Terho vs G Stoltz  ½-½631927London OlympiadB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
10. G Stoltz vs G Kroone  0-1501927London OlympiadB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. A Cheron vs G Stoltz  0-1391927London OlympiadE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. G Stoltz vs S R Wolf  1-0241927London OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
13. H E Atkins vs G Stoltz  1-0431927London OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
14. Bogoljubov vs G Stoltz 0-1201928TribergC26 Vienna
15. G Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch 0-1611928Berlin BSGA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Brinckmann vs G Stoltz  ½-½491928Berlin BSGC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
17. G Stoltz vs W Schlage 1-0401928Berlin BSGC49 Four Knights
18. Reti vs G Stoltz 1-0501928Berlin BSGA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
19. G Stoltz vs L Steiner  ½-½661928Berlin BSGE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. K Helling vs G Stoltz  1-0631928Berlin BSGA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. G Stoltz vs Saemisch 0-1291928Berlin BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
22. Ahues vs G Stoltz  ½-½501928Berlin BSGD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. G Stoltz vs Tartakower  ½-½501928Berlin BSGC01 French, Exchange
24. G Stoltz vs B Koch 1-0301928Berlin BSGD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. P Johner vs G Stoltz  ½-½511928Berlin BSGE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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Oct-16-07  acirce: Har ni kaffe?
Oct-16-07  xeroxmachine: Brukar du ta honung i kaffet?
Oct-19-07  FHBradley: What a silly question. Who would combine the two? Perhaps only a Swede.
Dec-23-07  IngoBingo: (parisattack) As stated above Stoltz with time became a heavy alcoholic. Signs showed at the Stockholm Chess OL in 1937, already, when he resigned from playing in a scandalous way (he was banned from international matches for a year by the Swedish Chess Federation), and in the 40's it began to take its toll in a severe way. His triump in Munich was thus followed by several internation fiascos. In the last two decades of his life he was a wreck, although he now and then managed to play a few fantastic games.
May-09-08  brankat: Bent Larsen called Stahlberg the best "combination player", apparently because he combined Chess and alcohol better than anybody else, except maybe Stolz :-)
May-09-08  whiteshark: Bios in English: German: Swedish:
May-09-09  whiteshark: Vila i frid, stormästare Stoltz
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  Pawn and Two: Stoltz was a last minute replacement for Rubinstein at Bled 1931.

In the tournament book, Hans Kmoch, the manager of the tournament, tells how he was responsible for inviting, negotiating, and getting the commitment from the 14 participants.

Euwe had declined to play because of lack of time, and Sultan Khan also declined because the Bled tournament would conflict with the British championship.

Rubinstein was not satisfied with the ordinary letter of invitation, and wanted a printed program of the tournament, and time for reflection before deciding.

The tournament committee had recommended as additional candidates, Gosta Stoltz and Lajos Steiner.

The tournament was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m, Sunday, August 23rd. When Rubinstein had not confirmed his invitation by 11:30 on the evening of the 16th, Kmoch sent an invitation by telegram to Stoltz in Sweden.

On the morning of the 17th, Stoltz confirmed by telegram his agreement to play. On the evening of the 17th, Rubinstein confirmed his agreement to play. Unfortunately for Rubinstein, it was too late. Stoltz received the final spot in the tournament, and then had to make a hurried trip to Bled, in order to arrive in time for the first round.

Kmoch replied to Rubinstein by telegram that he was too late. He noted this was a very upsetting incident, but he believed they had no choice but to give the final place to Stoltz.

Kmoch noted that, <it turned out that the invitation of the young Swedish master was a fortunate occurrence, since he achieved an outstanding result.>

Bled 1931 was a good tournament for Stoltz. He was one of the prizewinners, finishing 4th/7th with Flohr, Kashdan and Vidmar, behind Alekhine, Bogoljubov, and Nimzowitsch. Stoltz had a score of +8 -7 =11.

Two of his wins at Bled were against Tartakover.

In round 4, Stoltz vs Tartakower, 1931 was a tense struggle that was equal at the end of the first break. The time control at Bled was 2 1/2 hours for the first 35 moves, and 15 moves per hour thereafter. The first session began at 9 a.m. and finshed at 2 p.m.. The second session started at 4:30 p.m.

At the end of the first session Stoltz sealed the move 39.Re6!.

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The rook cannot be captured, however Fritz indicates the position is equal after either 39....Qd4 or 39...Qc3. The move 39...Qg5 is also approximately equal.

Tartakover played 39...Qd4, but considered this move to be an error. He recommended 39...Qc3. In the game, after 39...Qd4 40.Qc6, Kmoch indicated that 40...Bb6 was a serious error. He recommended 40...Bf6, and stated that Black would not be faced with any threats, and the game should result in a draw.

Fritz prefers 40...Bf6 with an equal position, but indicates that 40...Bb6 was also adequate for the draw.

After 41.Re8! (threat 42.Qg6+!), Black had only one move to hold the draw, and that was 41...Qd6! 42.Qxb5 Rd8.

After 41...Qxf2+?? 42.Kh3 Qf1+ 43.Kh4, Stoltz will win decisive material. After 47.Qe4+, if 47...Kxg8, it is mate in three.

In round 17, Tartakover lost another game to Stoltz Tartakower vs Stoltz, 1931. Tartakover had a winning position early on, and as Kmoch noted, could simply have won by proceeding with 17.Ne6!. If then 17...Kd7 or 17...Rc8, White can reply 18.Bc5!.

Tartakover retained the advantage for several additional moves, but eventually the game became near equal, and then Stoltz gained the advantage.

At move 37, necessary was 37.Nf4, 37...Rf2 38.Bc1, or 37.Rd3, 37...Rxg2 38.Bf4, with drawing chances. Instead, Tartakover played 37.cxd6??. The tournament book indicated he was expecting 37...cxd6 38.Nf4 Rf2 39.Nd3!, with equal chances.

In this position,

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Stoltz found the only winning move, 37...c5!!. If 38.Rd3, then 38...c4 39.Rd4 c5 40.Rd5 c3 wins. Tartakover tried 38.Nf2 Rf2 39.Re4, but after 39...Rxd2 he was clearly lost.

May-09-09  parisattack: <Pawn and Two: Stoltz was a last minute replacement for Rubinstein at Bled 1931.>

Thanks much for the very interesting post!

May-09-09  parisattack: Both games, BTW, annotated in Schackmastaren Gosta Stoltz by Eero Book.
May-09-09  wordfunph: Happy birthday Swede GM Gosta Stoltz!!!
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  Morten: Bent Larsen (or Jens Enevoldsen) relays a nice anecdote about Stoltz and his drinking. Stoltz was to play Najdorf in a tournament. Before the round, Najdorf and his wife were having lunch in the restaurant when Stoltz walked in. They invited him to join them. He declined the offer of food but accepted to have a drink, and another, and another and...

At one point Najdorf's wife remarked to him (in Spanish so Stoltz did not understand) that it was not really sporting to get his opponent drunk before the game in that way.

The game got going and soon Najdorf found himself in a terrible position. Stoltz then offered a draw! Najdorf gladly accepted. Stoltz explained that he felt sorry for Najdorf since Najdorf had no way of knowing that he (Stoltz) played much better when he had had a few drinks....

May-09-10  wordfunph: <Morten> nice anecdote! :-)
May-09-12  YoungEd: The biography states that Stoltz was an automobile mechanic, which interests me. I think we typically associate chess with more academic professions: lawyer, teacher, linguist, etc. Does anyone else know of GMs whose trade was more of the "working class" variety?
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  WannaBe: <YoungEd> To answer your question, I will ask you a question:

How/What profession, would you qualify Bobby Fischer, or Kasparov? Maybe even possibly Morphy?

May-09-12  Petrosianic: Morphy
Wanted to be: Lawyer.
Actually Was: Bum.

Rossolimo drove a taxi for a while. That's working class. Petrosian once worked as a street sweeper, though I don't know if you'd call that his "profession", exactly. In Russia during the war, you did whatever you had to do.

Ed Lasker had one of the best jobs. He helped develop a breast pump.

May-09-12  wordfunph: <YoungEd>

Chepukaitis as electric welder

Sep-26-14  parisattack: <YoungEd: The biography states that Stoltz was an automobile mechanic, which interests me. I think we typically associate chess with more academic professions: lawyer, teacher, linguist, etc. Does anyone else know of GMs whose trade was more of the "working class" variety?>

Rossolimo was a cab driver - at least until he opened the famous Chess Studio Rossolimo in NYC.

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  perfidious: <brankat: Bent Larsen called Stahlberg the best "combination player", apparently because he combined Chess and alcohol better than anybody else, except maybe Stolz :-)>

Had long known that Stoltz' duelled with the bottle, but had no idea that Stahlberg fought it at as well.

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  keypusher: Albin Planinc worked in a bike factory.
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  offramp: <keypusher: Albin Planinc worked in a bike factory.>

He was in the Forward Planning office.

May-09-18  Caissanist: Julio Granda Zuniga was for many years a farmer.
May-09-18  JimNorCal: Petrosianic: "Ed Lasker had one of the best jobs. He helped develop a breast pump."

Lasker said friends referred to him as the "chest" player. He saved a lot of lives, though. Something to be proud of.

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  perfidious: The story related by <Morten> is reminiscent of late WSOP champion Bill Smith, as noted by TJ Cloutier in one of his works.

Cloutier related how, when sober, Smith played very tightly, and that when he had had a few too many, Smith was simply giving his money away. Cloutier noted, however, that there was a middle ground in all the imbibing, when Smith was a fantastic player.

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  technical draw: Gosta Schultz had some pretty big names on his win column:

Richter Scale
Mieses Pieces
Petrov Opening
Larry Evans

And let's not for get the great Puc.

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