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Joseph Platz
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1920 to 1977
Overall record: +15 -15 =7 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-11-1905, died Dec-30-1981, 76 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Dr. Joseph Platz learned the game at thirteen in Cologne, Germany. Improving rapidly, by sixteen he was considered one of the strongest players in that city. He won the Cologne Chess Club Championship seven consecutive times, and in 1928 won a match against Rudolf Spielmann (+2 -1 =2). After Hitler ascended to power in 1933, Platz emigrated to the United States, where he studied under Emanuel Lasker and remained active in local tournaments in New York and Connecticut for many years.

Platz was a USCF Master Emeritus. He finished 14th in the United States Championship (1948), won by Herman Steiner. Between 1954 and 1972, he won the Western Massachusetts & Connecticut Valley Open Championship 14 times. Platz won the Connecticut Championship thrice, and tied for the New England Championship four times. He wrote the book "Chess Memoirs: The Chess Career of a Physician and Lasker Pupil" (1979).

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Last updated: 2022-11-10 22:30:17

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Heider vs J Platz 1-0121920CologneC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Rellstab vs J Platz  1-0241929Duisburg-BC00 French Defense
3. J Platz vs Kashdan  0-1481934Manhattan CC-chC42 Petrov Defense
4. Kashdan vs J Platz  1-0251936Manhattan CC-chD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. D MacMurray vs J Platz  1-0361938NYSCA ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
6. J Platz vs Chernev 1-0291939New York chE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
7. Kashdan vs J Platz  1-0381939New York State-chD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. Landau vs J Platz 0-1241941New YorkC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. J Platz vs Jack Fulop 1-0201942Metropolitan Chess LeagueC13 French
10. Koltanowski vs J Platz  0-1331944Blindfold SimulC55 Two Knights Defense
11. Kashdan vs J Platz 1-0391944Manhattan CC-ch 1944/45D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. S Rubinow vs J Platz  0-1401948United States ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. J Platz vs Kashdan  ½-½371948United States ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
14. W Janes vs J Platz  1-0461948United States ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
15. J Platz vs Santasiere  ½-½601948United States ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
16. S E Almgren vs J Platz  0-1511948United States ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Platz vs F Howard ½-½611948United States ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
18. N Whitaker vs J Platz  ½-½291948United States ChampionshipC00 French Defense
19. J Platz vs W Adams 0-1541948United States ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
20. P Poschel vs J Platz  ½-½511948United States ChampionshipA25 English
21. J Platz vs G Kramer 0-1381948United States ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. A Sandrin vs J Platz  0-1471948United States ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
23. H Steiner vs J Platz  1-0511948United States ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. J Platz vs Shainswit  ½-½651948United States ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
25. I Heitner vs J Platz  0-1321948United States ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-04  fgh: This guy is pretty good.
Sep-15-04  fgh: He beated Fischer 2 - 0.
Sep-15-04  offramp: No, he beat Fischer once; the game is a repeat.
Sep-19-05  sneaky pete: Dr Joseph Platz, b. April 11,1905 (Cologne, Germany); d. December 30, 1981 (USA). Friend and student of Lasker, after both men fled for Hitler to the USA. (Re-)inventor of 2... Nc6 in the From's Gambit - it had been played once before by Schlechter, I believe. Author of "Chess Memoirs", 1979. On his (lucky) win against Fischer he wrote: "My victory over Fischer gave me a double satisfaction, inasmuch as I avenged Dr Lasker whom Fischer does not even rate among the ten greatest players of all time, and whom Fischer calls <a weak player>. Indeed, for 27 years he was a very weak player!"
Sep-19-05  who: The game was against Fischer was a simul.
Sep-19-05  RookFile: Dr. Platz also invented a line in the Four Knights game. I'm not an expert in that opening, but I remember a master talking about that during a lecture once.
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  whiteshark: You get some sixty thousand hits for <Kaiser <Josef Platz>>. :D
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  GrahamClayton: Excellent biography can be found at:

Mar-21-11  Caissanist: The link given by Graham Clayton is dead now, I believe it is the article "Biography of a Chess Master" by Art Breen, which can also be found here:
Aug-10-12  wordfunph: Chess Memoirs by Dr. Joseph Platz

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  perfidious: Just tracked down Dr Platz' missing game from the 1948 US Championship (vs Anthony Santasiere). Submitted to CG.
Jun-03-14  grasser: I took a few lessons from Dr. Platz in the late 70's. He was very kind and taught me for free as my Dad was to cheap to pay him. I have paid it forward for many years now, teaching kids 6 days a week in Bergen County New Jersey.
Oct-03-14  master of defence: Apparently, there's a game of Dr. Joseph Platz against a guy called 'Just' that took place in Germany(Not sure which is the city), 1972, which isn't on so far.

After several moves, this position has been reached:

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Then, Dr. Platz has showed off his skills and pulled off a mate in 8 with 1.Qxh7+! Kxh7 2.Rh1+ Kg8 3.Nh6+ Kh8/h7 4.Nf7+ Kg8 5.Rh8+ Kxf7 6.Rh7+ Kg8 7.Rg7+ Kh8 8.Rh1#.

Does anyone have the complete score of this game, in order to sumbit it here? Thanks in advance.

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  perfidious: If 1972 is the correct year, it may well have been Hans Platz who played White, for Dr Platz had long since emigrated from Germany.
Oct-03-14  master of defence: You may be indeed correct <perfidious>, given that after 1933, when Adolf Hitler become the 'F├╝hrer', Dr. Platz has moved from Germany to United States, as indicates his biography here.

But looking at Hans Platz's profile here, he also doesn't have the game from 1972 I mentioned. If we'd just have the complete game score, it would be great.

Sep-08-15  wrap99: <grasser> saw you mention platz in another thread and now I see that you mention your dad was "too cheap" to pay for lessons. Though years later, I am horrified at the possibility that your dad welshed on an agreement. He didn't, right: He just said he wouldn't pay for lessons? The thought that an old man who needed money and supported himself through chess being cheated is more than I can bear.
Apr-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Joseph Platz.

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