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Andrew Soltis
Number of games in database: 261
Years covered: 1964 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2407
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +85 -66 =105 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (69) 
    B23 B89 B87 B53 B88
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C85 C73 C77 C91 C67
 French Defense (10) 
    C05 C16 C07 C10 C17
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 Alekhine's Defense (7) 
    B03 B02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C85 C91
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (34) 
    E62 E95 E94 E69 E80
 Robatsch (26) 
 Sicilian (20) 
    B77 B33 B27 B56 B53
 Old Indian (7) 
 Pirc (6) 
    B08 B07
 Modern Defense (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Soltis vs D Gurevich, 1981 1-0
   Soltis vs Browne, 1970 1-0
   Soltis vs Romanishin, 1989 1-0
   Soltis vs A Whiteley, 1967 1-0
   Soltis vs Suttles, 1973 1-0
   K G Shirazi vs Soltis, 1988 0-1
   Soltis vs Browne, 1965 1-0
   K Commons vs Soltis, 1974 0-1
   Soltis vs Quinteros, 1975 1-0
   Browne vs Soltis, 1964 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1971/72 (1971)
   Reggio Emilia 1970/71 (1971)
   Norristown (1973)
   United States Championship (1983)
   United States Championship (1978)
   New York GHI (1977)
   Marshall Open (1979)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)
   Lone Pine (1979)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1996 Bermuda by gauer

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(born May-28-1947, 75 years old) United States of America

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Andrew Eden Soltis was born on the 28th of May 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1974.

In 1970, he played second board on the gold-medal winning US team in the 17th World Student Team Championship and tied for the best overall score, 8–1. He was also a member of the silver-medal winning US teams in the 14th and the 18th World Student Team Championships.

Soltis won the annual international tournament at Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1972 and was awarded the International Master title two years later. His first-place finishes in New York international tournaments in 1977 and 1980 resulted in his being awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1980.

He won the championship of the prestigious Marshall Chess Club a record nine times, in 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1986, and 1989.He also competed in four US (closed) Championships, in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1983. He tied for first prize in the 1977 and 1982 US Open Championships.

Soltis has been inactive in tournaments since 2002. He reached his playing peak as a competitive player when he was rated the 74th best player in the world, in January 1971.

He is also known as a writer and author on the game. Married to Marcy Soltis.

Wikipedia article: Andrew Soltis

Last updated: 2022-03-25 16:53:54

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 275  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Kussack vs Soltis  0-1441964New York jr chB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Browne vs Soltis 0-1351964New York jr chC01 French, Exchange
3. Soltis vs Browne 1-0341965Marshall CC tC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. Soltis vs T Mueller  1-0211965Marshall CC opB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
5. Soltis vs E McCormick  1-0321966Marshall CC chB01 Scandinavian
6. Soltis vs A Whiteley 1-0271967WchT U26 14thC00 French Defense
7. Soltis vs Porter  1-0311967New YorkC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. L Day vs Soltis  ½-½191967Atlantic OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. Soltis vs Plachetka  1-0391968WchT U26 15th qual-EB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. Plachetka vs Soltis  1-0411968WchT U26 15th fin-AE61 King's Indian
11. Huebner vs Soltis 1-0331968WchT U26 15th fin-AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Soltis vs M Schoeneberg  ½-½711968WchT U26 15th fin-AC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
13. Soltis vs N Halper 1-0451969Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. Tseshkovsky vs Soltis ½-½401969WchT U26 fin-A 16thB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Soltis vs M Schoeneberg  ½-½431969WchT U26 fin-A 16thB07 Pirc
16. Soltis vs Bisguier  0-1401970New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Soltis vs Browne 1-0151970Eastern Experts OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
18. Soltis vs J Jacobs  1-0401970Greater NY OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. Soltis vs J Halfdanarson  1-034197017th StudWTCh finalC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. Soltis vs Benko  ½-½111970Reggio Emilia 1970/71B53 Sicilian
21. M Mihaljcisin vs Soltis  ½-½171970Reggio Emilia 1970/71B22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. Soltis vs E Paoli  ½-½341970Reggio Emilia 1970/71B89 Sicilian
23. M Czerniak vs Soltis  0-1551970Reggio Emilia 1970/71B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Soltis vs Y Mashian  ½-½161970Reggio Emilia 1970/71C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. Damjanovic vs Soltis  ½-½201970Reggio Emilia 1970/71B53 Sicilian
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  Domdaniel: <tranquilsimplicity> Thanks. Drop by my forum anytime - though I confess I've also become less active.
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  HeMateMe: Phil Mushnick is an untalented idiot. His beat for many years at the Post was specifically to report on sports as it is covered on television. For example, it the commentating is horrible, or if certain cities have bad camera set ups, or the sound quality is bad at certain arenas he would write a column on these topics---completely boring drivel. I rarely read his column.

There was a time when the Post and the Daily News were each 25 cents, so you bought one or both of them every day, just to get the street news--find out who got bludgeoned to death, rumors or facts on politician graft, police brutality, public nudity, stuff like that. Give it a five minute skim, then throw it in the garbage. It covered things that the Times didn't, so it was worth a quick look. Since the cost of the paper went up to $1 daily, I stopped buying the Post. I'm surprised Mushnick still has a job there.

Nov-25-14  Jim Bartle: I disagree, <hmm>. He's a very talented idiot. But an idiot nonetheless.
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  HeMateMe: JB have you been reading the on line NY Post or News, over the years?
Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: I like Mushnick's column, though it does get repetitive. He used to sometimes get on announcers for insulting the intelligence of the viewers, and he'd give a quote from the announcer and then explain just why the statement was insulting to viewers' intelligence. BUT he doesn't do that anymore.

At any rate, he is a whole lot better than his would-be imitator Bob Raissman in the Daily News, who once praised the "great" (sic) Warner Wolf (former ABC then CBS local sports news guy), and credited him for not spoiling results of tape-delayed broadcast games. When in fact, not only DID Wolf regularly spoil, he even held up cardboard signs with late scores at the end of the broadcast, to the consternation of all who thought themselves safe for having turned the sound off.

Nov-27-14  Jim Bartle: <hmm> I've read Mushnick a lot over the years, for entertainment. And I used to read Peter Vecsey on the NBA all the time. He was arrogant and sometimes offensive, but he knew his stuff.
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  HeMateMe: I remember watching Warner Wolf maybe 20 years ago. I assume he's long retired. He's a local guy--why would you be familiar with the local news personalities in NYC? He had a following here, but I think top ratings went to nbc every single year, who had Marv Albert doing both the 5pm and 11:00 news here for many years, as well as announcing every possible game, from here to Madagascar. Give Marv some credit. Not many men would recover from having to explain red panties and sodomy in a Virginia court of law, and regain their place at the top of network newscasters.

When Marv left local news here he was replaced by Len Berman, who I think had worked as a high school intern for Albert, going way back. Berman gets some international exposure because he has always been part of the NBC team when they cover the Olympics.

I always liked Peter Vesey's columns. He might be a bit too opinionated for some, but his stuff is usually not dull. He worked out less well as a tv commentator. Just not a camera-viable friendly looking guy.

If you're familiar with Peter Vesey then surely you're familiar with Dick Young and his sports column "Young Ideas." His was a sort of Larry King type column, all over the place, a little bit racist in spots (I think he was one of the old guard that resented the new dominance of African Americans in sports). One supposed letter from a fan read: Q: "How can we stop dunking in the NBA?" [Young thought dunking should have been banned.]

A: "glue broken glass on edges of the rim!"

Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: After Young's death, the Village Voice ran a series of "Dick Young from Hell" columns titled "Terminally Young Ideas". Unfortunately I missed most of them because the Voice wasn't free then.

Jerry Girard on WPIX-11 was the local guy who actually did give viewers a chance to look away before seeing scores of to-be-aired-later games, in very marked contrast to Wolf.

May-10-15  TheFocus: <Failing to open the center at the right moment - a common error by White in the Exchange Lopez - can allow Black an excellent game> - Andy Soltis.
May-21-15  zanzibar: Some editor beat me to it... his FIDE card must have just been added.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I don’t know when I was hooked, or why for that matter. Maybe it was for the reason Botvinnik gave: Some people like to think and chess is the best way to satisfy the urge> - GM Andy Soltis.
May-22-15  zanzibar: What's wrong with quantum gravity?
May-26-15  TheFocus: <Too often amateurs get the impression that grandmasters are calculating wizards who constantly think 10 and 15 moves ahead. Actually, there are few times in a game where you have to look more than 4 moves ahead> - Andy Soltis.
Jun-02-15  TheFocus: <Masters…know when to panic> - Andy Soltis.
Feb-02-18  Howard: The latest issue of CL has an interview with Soltis on the very last page, and in it he alludes to a game he played at a NY Open in which he a won position!

Any idea what game that was ?

Feb-02-18  Olavi: <Howard> Have a look here. Soltis' game isn't featured.

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  MissScarlett: Soltis and McFarland are threatening to release the book <Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi

A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games>.

Multibiography? God, that's horrible!

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  Sally Simpson: ***

"You can't visit my website. I don't have one.

You can't e-mail me. I don't have an address.

In fact I don't have a personal computer or a chess program.

I don't even have a toaster."

That is how Andrew Soltis began one of his entertaining columns in ‘Chess Life’, April 1999.

He reckons the time chess computers and a chessbase became a 'must have' was during this match and in particular this game.

Yusupov vs K Spraggett, 1989

Spraggett was using chessbase data files, Yusupov (and before him Sokolov) were using the old card index system held in the Moscow Chess Club. They had no Spraggett games on file.

This lack of technology helped Spraggett defeat Sokolov and nearly cost Yusupov the match.

In the above linked game. Andrew writes that Deep Thought here gave:

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Yusupov's 37.Rdd8 a ?? pointing out the mate with 37.g6+ Kxg6 38.Bf5+

Computers had muscled in and were here to stay.


May-09-20  Granny O Doul: Computers could not have helped Yusupov find that mate, unless his preparation was very deep. Possibly he saw the idea but didn't notice that ...Kh6 is met by the same 38. Bf5 (without check this time).
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Granny,

The point of the Soltis article is that everyone, the players and commentators missed it . The computer pointed it out right away.

My take on it that the move Yusupov played is also good. If there was not another attractive looking move in the position maybe Yusupov would have dug in and found it.

Why Soltis points to this match and computers is because of the databases.

Team Yusupov had no computer and it could not buy one as back then it was illegal to sell or even rent a computer to a Russian!

Kevin Spraggett explains it better here.


May-10-20  Olavi: Vesma Baltgailis puts the computer story rather differently in New in Chess 3/1989, explaining that the difficulties were purely logistical: a 500 dollar deposit was required for the rent... "Even the insistence of Mark Spraggett was to no avail."
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  perfidious: <Geoff>, I annotated that game for <Chess Horizons>: while I do not recall for certain, it is distinctly odds-on I overlooked the snap mate as well in my annotations.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Olavi,

It sounds like it's one of those differing tales from different sources.

Andrew's comes out 10 years later, Vesma Baltgallis at the time the game was played and another from Kevin Spraggett who was one of the players. (I do not have that particular NIC thank you for the heads up.)

Hi Perfidious,

In the old days, Chess B.C. (before computers) a lot of quick kills were missed. They used to be discovered by Russian schoolboys and of course Mr. A.R.B. Thomas Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (kibitz #9)


May-11-20  Olavi: Yusupov does give 37.g6+ Kh6 38.Bf5 in said NIC - it would be too much to miss it -, mentioning time trouble. After 37.Rdd8 he gives 37...g6 with just a big advantage.
May-28-22  Albertan: Congratulations,Andy Soltis turns 75:an interview:

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