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Sven Elias Almgren
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1939 to 1961
Overall record: +25 -33 =3 (43.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-14-1900, died Jan-31-1973, 72 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Sven Almgren, born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, was a strong American amateur who participated in the U.S. Championships of 1944 and 1948. In 1954, he won the individual championship of the Los Angeles County Chess League.

Last updated: 2020-10-25 11:17:59

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Michael Neckermann vs S E Almgren  1-0321939Match gameD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Santasiere vs S E Almgren 1-0461942NYSCA ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
3. S E Almgren vs Fine  0-1341944USA-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. W Adams vs S E Almgren  1-0561944USA-chC13 French
5. Denker vs S E Almgren  1-0411944USA-chA15 English
6. J Rauch vs S E Almgren  1-028194647th US OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
7. H Berliner vs S E Almgren 1-035194647th US OpenC11 French
8. S E Almgren vs M N Grant  1-023194647th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
9. S E Almgren vs L W Stephens  1-055194647th US OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. S E Almgren vs J Paal  0-132194647th US OpenC13 French
11. F H Stoppel vs S E Almgren  0-158194647th US OpenC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. S E Almgren vs A Spitzer  1-053194647th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
13. M Surgies vs S E Almgren  0-137194647th US OpenD90 Grunfeld
14. Evans vs S E Almgren 0-132194647th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. S E Almgren vs Santasiere  ½-½60194647th US OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. S E Almgren vs R Byrne 1-026194647th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. G Kramer vs S E Almgren  1-064194647th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Forster vs S E Almgren  0-148194647th US OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S E Almgren vs H Gordon 1-039194647th US OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. S E Almgren vs M Aleman Dovo  0-136194647th US OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. W Adams vs S E Almgren  1-031194647th US OpenC13 French
22. E Levin vs S E Almgren  0-138194647th US OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
23. S E Almgren vs W Adams  0-1451948United States ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. P Poschel vs S E Almgren  ½-½641948United States ChampionshipE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. S E Almgren vs G Kramer  0-1361948United States ChampionshipC20 King's Pawn Game
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Nov-20-05  Resignation Trap: S Almgren = Almgren .

Sven Almgren was a strong American amateur who was born in Eskilstuna Sweden on May 14, 1900.

He was strong enough to participate in two US Championships. In 1944: and again in 1948: .

He died at his home in Los Angeles on January 31, 1973.

Jun-30-13  DoctorD: Almgren was also a composer of chess problems. One of his games, with reference to his skills as a problem composer, is given in an article by Hilbert on the 1930 Metropolitan Chess League:

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: <DoctorD>'s link is stale. Too bad.

A suggestion for all such future postings.

Just take a moment or two and copy the FEN into your comment. That way, we at least have the actual composition preserved despite cyber-vissitudes.

(At least as long as <CG> shines the light)

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: BTW- anybody know what year he emigrated to the US?
Dec-07-14  zanzibar: Is this him?

(It's the right dob/dod)

But it's in Conn (CT), whereas it seems he died in Calif (CA):

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: Found this game of his, where he lost to J. Piatigorsky:

<Dutch A92
Sven Almgren–Jacqueline Piatigorsky
Los Angeles County Championship 1952

1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.d5 d6 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.b3 Na6 11.Ng5 Bf7 12.Qc2 Bg6 13.Ne6 Rf7 14.f4 Ng4 15.h3 Bf6 16.hxg4 Qxe6 17.g5 Bd4+ 18.Kh2 h6 19.gxh6 Bh5 20.Bf3 Qxh6 21.Kg2 Bxf3+ 22.Rxf3 Re8 23.e3 g6!

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Initiating an overwhelming attack against the white king.


If 24.exd4, Rh7 wins quickly. But White has no satisfactory defense in any case.

24...Rh7 25.Qd3 Qh2+ 26.Kf1 Qxb2 0–1

White cannot meet Black’s threats, not the least of which is ...Rh1 mate. An extraordinary game for a player of so little experience! San Francisco Argonaut, February 22, 1952.>

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: According to
he was living in Brooklyn in 1944. Ten years later he was located in LA (see <2nd PanAm (1954)>

He was also in Brooklyn in 1937:

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: Here's an endgame composition by Almgren

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(White to move and draw)

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: And this one, from 1925:

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(White to mate-in-3)

Dec-07-14  zanzibar: And one more for the road - from Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1937-03-18:

<Chess Problem No. 1543
Sven Almgren Brooklyn, NY>

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Given as <(White to move and draw)>

But Stockfish gives this as Black win with eval (-7.17/30).

Who's right?

Feb-11-16  andrewjsacks: Mr. Almgren was also very interested in endgame studies, and I believe that he composed some. In his later years he lived in Southern California. Interesting and likable character, he.
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  valiant: <zanzibar: BTW- anybody know what year he emigrated to the US?>

There is a story about Sven Almgren in Tidskrift för schack nr 3, mars 1949 (page 70-71)

He took part in a match between Los Angeles and San Francisco 1948 (score: 28,5 - 28,5). Almgren played vs Fink (picture on page 71).

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  MissScarlett: <BTW- anybody know what year he emigrated to the US?>

According to https://www.libertyellisfoundation...., he arrived in April 1927 from Gothenburg on the S.S. Stockholm, aged 26 and listed as a general worker. His place of birth is given as Enköping, not Eskilstuna (as above).

He was one of 47 boards facing Capablanca in February 1928 (<BDE>, 1928.02.12), and by 1932 is Western Pennsylvania's defending champion (<Pittsburgh Press>, 1932.11.27).

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