Number of games in database: 87
Years covered: 1944 to 1996
Overall record: +27 -47 =13 (38.5%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.
Most played openings
|C29|| ||Vienna Gambit (4 games)||C13|| ||French (4 games)||A07|| ||King's Indian Attack (3 games)||E67|| ||King's Indian, Fianchetto (3 games)||E95|| ||King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1 (3 games)||C02|| ||French, Advance (3 games)||C17|| ||French, Winawer, Advance (2 games)||E94|| ||King's Indian, Orthodox (2 games)||D44|| ||Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (2 games)||C72|| ||Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O (2 games)|
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(born Sep-02-1922, died Apr-03-2001, 78 years old) Switzerland
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Martin Christoffel was born in Basel. He was Swiss champion in 1943, 1945, 1948 and 1952, and was awarded the IM title in 1952. He became an IMC in 1989 and a Senior IMC in 2000. He finished second at London B (1946) behind Max Euwe.
Wikipedia article: Martin Christoffel
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|1. Blau vs M Christoffel
||1-0||48||1944||Bern||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|2. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas
|| ||1-0||43||1945||Hastings 1945/46||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
|3. M Christoffel vs Prins
|| ||0-1||34||1945||Hastings 1945/46||A16 English|
|4. Denker vs M Christoffel
|| ||½-½||39||1945||Hastings 1945/46||A15 English|
|5. M Christoffel vs H Steiner
||1-0||45||1946||Hastings 1945/46||C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall|
|6. J Aitken vs M Christoffel
|| ||1-0||36||1946||Hastings 1945/46||C02 French, Advance|
|7. M Christoffel vs J Mieses
||0-1||28||1946||Hastings 1945/46||A35 English, Symmetrical|
|8. Tartakower vs M Christoffel
||1-0||53||1946||Hastings 1945/46||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|9. M Christoffel vs Euwe
||0-1||24||1946||Hastings 1945/46||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|10. P Devos vs M Christoffel
|| ||0-1||31||1946||Hastings 1945/46||A04 Reti Opening|
|11. M Christoffel vs F Ekstrom
|| ||0-1||32||1946||Hastings 1945/46||B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4|
|12. E G Sergeant vs M Christoffel
|| ||1-0||50||1946||Hastings 1945/46||B02 Alekhine's Defense|
|13. G Abrahams vs M Christoffel
|| ||0-1||74||1946||London B||E16 Queen's Indian|
|14. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas
||1-0||30||1946||London B||C25 Vienna|
|15. A Medina Garcia vs M Christoffel
|| ||0-1||27||1946||London B||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|16. M Christoffel vs P Devos
|| ||1-0||31||1946||London B||B58 Sicilian|
|17. R H Newman vs M Christoffel
|| ||0-1||45||1946||London B||C13 French|
|18. M Christoffel vs G Wood
|| ||1-0||43||1946||London B||D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|19. I Koenig vs M Christoffel
|| ||1-0||41||1946||London B||D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O|
|20. M Christoffel vs W Winter
|| ||1-0||18||1946||London B||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|21. Denker vs M Christoffel
|| ||1-0||44||1946||London B||D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|22. F Lupi vs M Christoffel
|| ||0-1||42||1946||London B||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|23. M Christoffel vs Euwe
||0-1||27||1946||London B||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|24. Znosko-Borovsky vs M Christoffel
|| ||1-0||45||1946||Zaanstreek||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|25. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas
|| ||1-0||35||1946||Zaanstreek||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
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|Dec-26-04|| ||Benzol: Martin Christoffel
Born 2nd September 1922 in Basel
Awarded the IM title in 1952 he was also Swiss champion in 1942 (joint), 1943, 1945, 1948 and 1952.
|May-01-05|| ||BishopBerkeley: Wow! Mr. Christoffel has one of the most impressive lists of lost games I've seen for a relatively little-known player! He has the distinction of having lost to Mieses, Euwe, Tartakower, Znosko-Borovsky, Smyslov, Najdorf, Keres, Larsen, and Kasparov: a legacy of losses anyone could be proud of!|
I'm happy to see that he won games against Kotov and Vidmar and drew games against Yanofsky and Denker.
I suspect the reality is that he won far more Chessgames than he lost in his career and was probably the best player in the room in the great majority of clubs he entered. I suspect he played solid, Grandmaster level Chess.
But he was *just good enough* to get a chance to compete with some of the greatest players of his time, but *not quite good enough* to keep from getting whomped by them!
Even so, I say sincerely, and without any irony at all, "Bravo Mr. Christoffel !!"
(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)
|May-01-05|| ||offramp: 10 draws in 52 years is notable.|
|Sep-02-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Martin Christoffel|
|Sep-02-08|| ||chessgames.com: Thanks to BIDMONFA for locating this photograph of Christoffel.|
|Sep-02-08|| ||whiteshark: Bio: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin...|
Book about top-class <CHRISTOFFEL-MEMORIAL> corr tournament: http://www.bdf-fernschachbund.de/se...
|Apr-03-16|| ||diagonal: <BishopBerkeley> Thanks for the empathic and original portrait of IM Martin Christoffel, who also served as president of the Swiss Chess Federation (1987-1991).|
Maybe his best tournament result was in 1952 at the International Swiss Championship in Zurich, as joint 2nd/3rd alongside with Euwe behind winner Erik Lundin, ahead of 4th Blau, 5th Canal, 6th Udovcic, 7th Toran Albero, 8th Grob, etc. (14 players).
At Groningen in 1946 (today you would certainly call that a supertournament), won by Botvinnik, Martin Christoffel finished last - but in touch with a bunch of strong players and beating Kotov, Vidmar, and Bernstein!
Best wishes from diagonal to ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗
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