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Erling Tholfsen
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1923 to 1974
Overall record: +10 -15 =4 (41.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-12-1904, died Dec-06-1996, 92 years old) United States of America

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Erling Tholfsen won the Marshall Chess Club championship in 1923, 1924, and 1931. He scored 50% (+4 =5 -4) on 4th board for the United States team at the 2nd Olympiad, The Hague, 1928.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Schroeder vs E Tholfsen  1-0461923New York Metropolitan ttC44 King's Pawn Game
2. E Tholfsen vs Marshall 0-1231924Dimock themeC45 Scotch Game
3. E Norwood vs E Tholfsen  0-1511924New York Vienna theme 2425C29 Vienna Gambit
4. Marshall vs E Tholfsen  1-0321924Dimock themeC24 Bishop's Opening
5. Santasiere vs E Tholfsen 0-1461924Dimock Theme 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4C56 Two Knights
6. Carlos Torre vs E Tholfsen  0-1321924New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
7. E Tholfsen vs Carlos Torre  0-1341924New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
8. Capablanca vs E Tholfsen 1-0291924Simul, 33bC66 Ruy Lopez
9. Kevitz vs E Tholfsen  ½-½251925New York Metropolitan ttA13 English
10. Marshall vs E Tholfsen  ½-½321926Dimock Theme TournamentC51 Evans Gambit
11. Rubinstein vs E Tholfsen 0-1201928Simul, 24bE14 Queen's Indian
12. K Havasi vs E Tholfsen  ½-½621928The Hague OlympiadD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. E Tholfsen vs S R Wolf  1-0301928The Hague OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. E Tholfsen vs F Apsenieks  0-1391928The Hague OlympiadD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. Koltanowski vs E Tholfsen  1-0411928OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. E Tholfsen vs W F Wertheim  ½-½311928The Hague OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. E Tholfsen vs Erik Andersen  1-0361928The Hague OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. E Tholfsen vs H R Bigelow  1-0311929Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
19. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld  1-0291929Dimock TournamentA20 English
20. E Tholfsen vs F Reinfeld 1-0741930Marshall CC ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Kupchik vs E Tholfsen  1-0761934SyracuseA15 English
22. E Tholfsen vs Santasiere  0-1321934SyracuseA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
23. Dake vs E Tholfsen  1-0261934SyracuseD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. E Tholfsen vs Denker  1-0351934SyracuseE60 King's Indian Defense
25. Kashdan vs E Tholfsen  1-0381934SyracuseC10 French
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Dec-09-09  jerseybob: I remember Horowitz featured one of Tholfsen's games in the NY Times around '64 or '65 and mentioned he was an old-timer who could still play. Could he ever.
Apr-03-10  thegoldenband: According to E. Winter, Tholfsen has a simul win over Rubinstein. Any chance the game could be uploaded here? (Apparently it appears on p. 261 of Donaldson and Minev's "Akiba Rubinstein: The Early Years".)
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  Tabanus: Found this in Chessbase:

[Event "Dimock Theme Tournament"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1926.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Marshall, Frank James"]
[Black "Tholfsen, Erling"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. O-O Nf6 6. d4 Nxe4 7. dxe5 O-O 8. Qd5 Nc3 9. Nxc3 Bxc3 10. Ba3 Bxa1 11. Bxf8 Qxf8 12. Rxa1 d6 13. exd6 Be6 14. Qe4 Bxc4 15. Ng5 g6 16. Qxc4 cxd6 17. Rd1 Re8 18. Qh4 h5 19. h3 Qe7 20. Qf4 Ne5 21. Ne4 Rd8 22. c4 Qe6 23. Qg5 Nc6 24. Nf6+ Kf8 25. c5 dxc5 26. Qxc5+ Kg7 27. Rxd8 Nxd8 28. Nxh5+ gxh5 29. Qg5+ Kh7 30. Qxd8 Qe1+ 31. Kh2 Qxf2 32. Qd5 1/2-1/2

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  GrahamClayton: Biography can be found here:

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  Phony Benoni: <"Do whatever you can to discourage him, Mrs. Fischer.">--Erling Tholfsen
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