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Alexander Koblents
  
Number of games in database: 273
Years covered: 1934 to 1972

Overall record: +83 -86 =104 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (16) 
    E64 E69 E95 E67 E80
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E32 E26 E49 E51 E41
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 A46 D05 E10 E00
 Sicilian (9) 
    B84 B72 B92 B39 B83
 English (8) 
    A15 A11
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D97 D85 D94 D91 D70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B48 B22 B21 B67 B43
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E34 E46 E40 E29
 English (8) 
    A12 A13 A11 A17 A15
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C67 C68 C61 C78 C97
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (6) 
    B67 B63 B68 B62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koblents vs Tal, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Koblents vs V Zagorovsky, 1946 1-0
   Tal vs Koblents, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Koblents vs Graf-Stevenson, 1935 1-0
   Alatortsev vs Koblents, 1945 0-1
   Tal vs Koblents, 1952 0-1
   Koblents vs M Feigin, 1938 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1945)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Riga 1948 Latvian Championship by jessicafischerqueen
   1st Latvian SSR Chess Congress by jessicafischerqueen
   Chessdreamer List of pgns CORRECTED by jessicafischerqueen
   Riga 1938-1939 7th Latvian congress by jessicafischerqueen


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ALEXANDER KOBLENTS
(born Sep-03-1916, died Dec-08-1993, 77 years old) Latvia

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Aleksandrs Naftalyevich Koblencs (Koblents, Koblentz, Koblenz) was born in Riga. He won Brno 1937 and the Latvian Championship in 1941, 1945, 1946 and 1949 but is best known as the trainer of Mikhail Tal whom he trained from 1955 to 1979. His writings included the interesting book Study Chess with Tal which has training exercises based on Tal's finest games.

English Wikipedia article: Alexander Koblencs Latvian Wikipedia article: Aleksandrs Koblencs

Last updated: 2019-07-05 19:04:52

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 273  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koblents vs O Karlin  1-0351934Casual GameA04 Reti Opening
2. Koblents vs B H Wood  1-0271935Margate premier reserves prelim-AD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Koblents vs Graf-Stevenson 1-0331935Margate premier reserves final-AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Koblents vs Grob  1-0271935RosasA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. Flohr vs Koblents  1-0251935RosasE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. J Almeda vs Koblents  0-1441935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Koblents vs J V Pinol  ½-½461935MolletD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. V Kahn vs Koblents 1-0191935MolletA48 King's Indian
9. F Cardona vs Koblents  0-1321935MolletA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Koltanowski vs Koblents  ½-½421935MolletD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Koblents vs P Cherta Clos  0-1501935MolletB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. Koblents vs J Calduch  ½-½361935MolletA15 English
13. T de Jong vs Koblents  0-1331935Match Koblents - de JongC11 French
14. Koblents vs Z Kunins  1-0281936Hakoah clubA15 English
15. Koblents vs Francis Noel Jameson  1-0191936Margate premier reserves-BD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Koblents vs H Muiznieks  1-0271936Riga ch- Prelim 1A46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Janis Kruzkops vs Koblents  1-0451936Riga ch- Prelim 1E12 Queen's Indian
18. M Feigin vs Koblents  1-0411937National Team TrainingE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Koblents vs B Urban  1-0451937BrnoA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. D May vs Koblents  ½-½181937BrnoD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. Koblents vs F Apsenieks  1-0351937Riga ch- FinalD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
22. Koblents vs L Steiner 0-1351937BrnoB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. Koblents vs J Molisch  ½-½1001937BrnoA09 Reti Opening
24. P Herman vs Koblents  0-1451937BrnoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. Koblents vs L Ehrlich  ½-½601937BrnoD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Sep-03-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Albertan: His name is also spelled Koblencs.He held the IM title and died in 1997 at the age of 81.He finished first in the Brno 1937 tournament ahead of Steiner.

Sep-05-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Koblents

KOBLENCS, Alexander N.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/koblencs_al...
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Dec-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: 1st Dec 2007 <Quote of the Day>

"No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King." --- Koblents

from: <Kotow/Koblenz: Lehrbuch der Schachtaktik Vol.I+II>

Aug-02-08  mynameisrandy: The quote of the day "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers. ".

To whom does this quote refer?

Aug-02-08  blue wave: I don't know who this qoute refers to but for some reason Bobby Fischer springs to mind. I'd love to know too.
Aug-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: Yes, that quote is about Bobby Fischer.
Sep-03-08  Tessie Tura: <His name is also spelled Koblencs.>

Iíve also seen it spelled Koblenz, in addition to the alternate spellings listed by chessgames.com. Happy birthday to Talís beloved Maestro, however you spell it. :)

Jan-13-09  sleepyirv: <He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers.> Who was this dust brusher?
Jan-13-09  Alphastar: <sleepyirv> I seem to remember that the culprit was Robert James Fischer.
Jan-13-09  gus inn: There are some books on tactics by a certain Koblenz.Does anyone know if it is the same person ?
Jan-13-09  hedgeh0g: "Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers."

Was it a gangsta rap?

Mar-21-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Alexander Koblents worked with Mikhail Tal as a seconds. His method involved repeating the phrase. "Misha, you are a genius!Ē :-)
Feb-10-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: According to GM Genna Sosonko, Mikhail Tal always used to call GM Alexander Koblenz as "Maestro".
Mar-06-11  Oliveira: Alexander Koblents

KOBLENTS, Alexander N.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/koblencs_al...

Mar-06-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  andrewjsacks: Since the spelling of his name is actually a transliteration, it is not a mystery that we see it spelled variously, as we do Viktor the Terrible's, for example.
Mar-06-11  Oliveira: It seems pretty clear to me that all these different transliterations are there to reflect the original pronunciation in the language they refer. "Koblencs" is the original in Latvian, while "Koblenz" is the german version and "Кобленц" the Russian one. So, the most accurate transliteration in English would be "Koblents".
Mar-06-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  andrewjsacks: Helpful post, Oliveira. Thank you.
Sep-03-11  talisman: happy birthday Maestro!
Dec-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers." >

Some chess players need to learn how to play chess like professionals...

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Is <He> Tal♔ about Mikhail Tal here?
Oct-30-12  stanleys: Najdorf, Petrosian, Koblents and historian Isaak Romanov during the Moscow Interzonal/1982

http://chesspro.ru/_images/gal/all_...

Sep-04-13  Karpova: Chris Wainscott reviews 'Study Chess With Tal' by Mikhail Tal & Alexander Koblencs, Batsford 2013: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/revie...

<What sets this book apart from many of the books about the Wizard of Riga is that this one was written by his long time trainer Alexander Koblencs. Koblencs worked with Tal from when Tal was thirteen until he won the world championship in 1960. The book, originally published in the 1980s and now updated to modern notation, is based on Koblencs's diaries from their training sessions, and provides for a nice "insider" view of Tal's thinking process. In fact, Koblencs states that the majority of the analysis was taken from sessions conducted shortly after the games were played.>

The book is recommended (getting 5 stars out of 6).

Dec-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "He had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, Petrosian broke him of the habit by giving him a rap on the fingers." >

-Alexander Koblents

If [he] is Tal, then I'm guessing Petrosian also "told" him to break off these habits: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches....

Dec-06-13  cadwallon: <Penguincw: If [he] is Tal... > I came here looking for the answer to the same question. And here it is:

<chessgames.com: Yes, that quote is about Bobby Fischer.>

Which was very helpful of them. Even more helpful would be to reformulate the quote as "He (Bobby Fischer) had a funny habit..."

May-30-15  TheFocus: <No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King> Ė Alexander Koblents.
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