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Gideon Stahlberg
Internationaal Schaaktoernooi in Zevenaar, November 12 1961
Dutch National Archives, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo)
Number of games in database: 1,023
Years covered: 1928 to 1967

Overall record: +363 -186 =473 (58.7%)*
   * 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:
 King's Indian (80) 
    E64 E67 E60 E62 E70
 Orthodox Defense (63) 
    D63 D56 D68 D55 D51
 Nimzo Indian (53) 
    E22 E23 E21 E38 E32
 Slav (39) 
    D11 D15 D12 D18 D14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (35) 
    D30 D37 D38 D06 D31
 English (30) 
    A15 A14 A16 A12 A13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (130) 
    C14 C11 C07 C13 C02
 Sicilian (58) 
    B45 B88 B84 B30 B91
 Orthodox Defense (52) 
    D60 D68 D61 D63 D62
 French (46) 
    C11 C13 C00 C12
 French Tarrasch (36) 
    C07 C05 C09 C03 C04
 English (31) 
    A13 A14 A15 A17 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stahlberg vs Najdorf, 1947 1-0
   Stahlberg vs A Becker, 1944 1-0
   Averbakh vs Stahlberg, 1953 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Boleslavsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Stahlberg vs Smyslov, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Stahlberg vs Nimzowitsch, 1934 1-0
   Kotov vs Stahlberg, 1953 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Averbakh, 1953 1-0
   T van Scheltinga vs Stahlberg, 1950 0-1
   Stahlberg vs Geller, 1953 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires Circulo (1941)
   Mar del Plata (1941)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   Mar del Plata (1943)
   Kemeri (1939)
   Mar del Plata (1948)
   Mar del Plata (1946)
   Mar del Plata (1942)
   Mar del Plata (1947)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Nimzowitsch Memorial (1960)
   Podebrady (1936)
   Budapest (1952)
   Prague / Marianske Lazne Zonal (1954)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Gideon Ståhlberg by solander
   IGM Gideon Ståhlberg by 64rutor

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(born Jan-26-1908, died May-26-1967, 59 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Anders Gideon Tom Ståhlberg was born in Sweden in 1908. His greatest successes came in the 1930s with a match victory over Aron Nimzowitsch and a record 11 consecutive Swedish championships. After the Buenos Aires Olympiad of 1939 (he played board one for Sweden), when the World War II broke out, Ståhlberg was one of the players who elected to stay in Argentina.*

In 1941, he played 400 games at Buenos Aires, in an exhibition which started at 10:00 P.M. Friday, August 29th, and ended at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday. He wound up with the score of 354 wins, 14 draws, and 22 losses.

In 1949, he lost a close fought match 5.5 to 6.5 to Svetozar Gligoric -Gligoric - Stahlberg (1949). Ståhlberg came seventh in the Budapest Candidates (1950). That year he was one of the 27 players upon whom were first bestowed the Grandmaster title by FIDE.

He also qualified for the Zurich Candidates (1953) but finished in last place.

Ståhlberg acted as arbiter in the World Championship matches from 1954 to 1963:

Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Match (1954) Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Return Match (1957) Botvinnik - Smyslov World Championship Rematch (1958) Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960) Tal - Botvinnik World Championship Return Match (1961) Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963)

He died of a liver ailment in Leningrad on May 26, 1967 (some sources say May 27, 1967). He had just participated in the drawing of lots at the 1967 Leningrad International when he became ill and died several days later at the age of 59.

Wikipedia article: Gideon Ståhlberg *Wikipedia article: 8th Chess Olympiad

Last updated: 2017-01-26 12:46:29

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,023  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Stahlberg vs E Lundin  1-0581928SWE-chA03 Bird's Opening
2. Stahlberg vs W F Wertheim  ½-½401928The Hague OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
3. Stahlberg vs J Aguilera Bernabe 1-0261928The Hague OlympiadC11 French
4. H Steiner vs Stahlberg  ½-½191928The Hague OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
5. Stahlberg vs C H Maderna  0-1411928The Hague OlympiadA03 Bird's Opening
6. E Hellmann vs Stahlberg 1-0361928The Hague OlympiadA02 Bird's Opening
7. Stahlberg vs A Nilsson  1-0411929SWE-ch 9th playoffD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-1461929SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. A Nilsson vs Stahlberg  0-1481929SWE-ch 9th playoffD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  ½-½591930Bogoljubov - Stahlberg MatchC11 French
11. Bogoljubov vs Stahlberg  1-0341930Bogoljubov - Stahlberg MatchD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov  0-1451930Bogoljubov - Stahlberg MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Stahlberg vs Bogoljubov 0-1451930Bogoljubov - Stahlberg MatchC28 Vienna Game
14. Rellstab vs Stahlberg  ½-½301930SwinemuendeC00 French Defense
15. E Andersen vs Stahlberg 1-0521930SwinemuendeD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
16. Stahlberg vs B Koch  0-1361930SwinemuendeD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. K Pahl vs Stahlberg  ½-½361930SwinemuendeC11 French
18. Stahlberg vs H Wagner  ½-½301930SwinemuendeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Flohr vs Stahlberg  ½-½301930SwinemuendeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Stahlberg vs K Richter  0-1461930SwinemuendeA52 Budapest Gambit
21. G Stoltz vs Stahlberg  ½-½371930SwinemuendeC00 French Defense
22. Stahlberg vs Saemisch 1-0381930SwinemuendeC28 Vienna Game
23. Stahlberg vs Flohr  0-1511930Hamburg OlympiadB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. V Marin y Llovet vs Stahlberg  ½-½291930Hamburg OlympiadD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
25. Stahlberg vs Alekhine 0-1311930Hamburg OlympiadE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
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Jan-20-10  percyblakeney: <Ståhlberg, who beat everyone from Nimzowitsch to Smyslov -- then one more link takes us back to 19th century masters>

One more link isn't even needed there since Ståhlberg won also against Lasker.

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  GrahamClayton: In September 1941, Stahlberg gave a simultaneous exhibition in Buenos Aires where he faced 400 opponents, scoring +364, +14, -22. He played on 40 boards, with a new player taking up a board when the previous game was finished. The display took just over 36 hours to complete. Every 4 hours Stahlberg was entitled to a 10 minute break from play. The display had a major effect on Stahlberg, as he took a couple of months to recover and play chess at his normal standard.
Jul-25-10  64rutor: Game Collection: IGM Gideon Ståhlberg
Feb-12-11  Karpova: From the obituary in the August 1967 BCM (pages 230-231).

Harry Golombek: <‘... It is apparent that he was one of the most active and successful tournament players of our time and certainly the most successful Swedish player of all time. But more important is the style in which he played and achieved these results. Style is the operative word in his case; elegant, cultivated, correct, and always with an additional spice of imagination and originality, his was a style that was at once pleasing and effective.’>

Found in Chess Note 6947

Feb-12-11  Shams: In his Zurich book Bronstein speaks approvingly of Ståhlberg's pet queen pawn defence, involving an early...Nb8-d7-f8-e6. Has anyone else of note played this system?
Feb-13-11  unsound: <Shams> It seems to have been played earlier by someone of note, on an important occasion: Botvinnik vs Keres, 1941 And then it's perhaps unfair to mention Ian Rogers in that company: Kaidanov vs I Rogers, 1988
Jan-26-12  brankat: R.I.P. GM Stahlberg.
Oct-12-12  master of defence: About Stahlberg, someone knows if there is this position in a game of him?

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Ps: It´s turn of white, and was played 1.h4 a5 2.h5 a4 3.Kd2 b5 4.d5+ Kd7 5.h6 a3 6.Kc2 b4 7.hxg7 b3+ 8.Kb1 a2+ 9.Ka1 c3 10.g8=Q 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <master of defence> This source:

Gives the position as coming from a game Stahlberg - Tartakower, Offhand game, 1934, but does not give the full score. The story actually begins on the previous move, in this position with Black to move:

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Tartakower played <1...dxc4?>, leading to the position you posted, and lost to the line you gave. Black also loses after <1...a5? 2.h4 a4 3.cxd5+ Kxd5 4.Kd3 a3 5.Kc3 a2 6.Kb2 Kxd4 7.h5 Ke5 8.h6 Kf6 9.h7>.

However, Black should win with <1...Kf5! 2.cxd5 Kxg6> followed by Kf7-e7-d6.

I haven't found the score in a quick sweep; perhaps one of our more assiduous searchers can help. However, it's possible that Tartakower used the position as an example in something he wrote, and that the full game was never published.

Jan-26-14  waustad: Here is the game Domdaniel mentioned at olimpbase

It is now available here too: E Keogh vs Stahlberg, 1964

Jan-26-14  railway: french defense player
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Gideon Stahlberg.
Jan-26-14  parisattack: His little book - 'Chess and Chess Masters' is an excellent read! The original is htf but it was reprinted a few years back.
Sep-26-14  Mr. V: I can't quite describe why - perhaps another Stahlberg enthusiast understands - but I find his games have a mysterious beauty to them.
Jan-26-16  TheFocus: <Aug-12-07> <brankat: B.Larsen called G.Stahlberg the best "combination" player ever. According to Larsen, nobody combined Chess and alcohol like Stahlberg did :-)>

Happy birthday, GM Stahlberg!!

Jan-26-16  waustad: He was a much stronger player than Heikki Westerinen, who also has such a reputation. Most of out 107th b'days will not be remembered.
Jan-26-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Gideon Stahlberg.

I have been reviewing some of his games.

Jan-26-17  Nosnibor: I understand that he was diabetic but never took care of his health by imbibing in drink. R.I.P. GM Stahlberg.
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  perfidious: <waustad: (Stahlberg) was a much stronger player than Heikki Westerinen, who also has such a reputation....>

Stahlberg was indeed a tough out for even the top players in his best days.

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  Penguincw: Surprised this guy has no "Notable Games". He seems famous enough to have a bunch of his games in many game collections.
Jan-28-19  vonKrolock: Penguincw <"Surprised this guy has no "Notable Games". He seems famous enough to have a bunch of his games in many game collections."> Sure, for instance this one Stahlberg vs Najdorf, 1947
Jan-28-19  vonKrolock: And more, for instance here
Game Collection: IGM Gideon Ståhlberg
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  Penguincw: <vonKrolock>

Ah yes, I see that. Unfortunately, they're not popular <enough> for <cg> to automatically trigger the "Notable Games" feature.

Seems to be the same case for players like Georges Koltanowski as well.

May-28-23  Synchsynch: I thought his most notable win in fact, was Bronstein vs Stahlberg 1950, Budapest Candidates. Because it's often quoted in openings manuals. Where Stahlberg used a supposedly inferior line of the French defence, and won, though Bronstein was clearly better according to Stockfish. Alekhine said he liked to exchange pieces off, and then use his skills in the defence of more simplified positions.
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  perfidious: <Synchsynch>, notability here at CG is a function of how many members' collections have a particular game in them.

Bronstein-Stahlberg appears in 18 game collections, whilst the last listed game above is in 23 such collections.

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