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Joel Fridlizius
J Fridlizius 
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1898 to 1920
Overall record: +6 -7 =0 (46.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-31-1869, died Jan-06-1963, 93 years old) Sweden

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Joel Fridlizius was born 31 December 1869. He was a chess problem composer who specialized in bohemian style three-movers, some of which can be found in the book 370 Udvalda Svenska Schackproblem by Johan August Ros (Stockholm 1901). His best known problem was in St. Petersburger Zeitung 15 March 1898 (1st prize) - White mates in 3:

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Fridlizius was also a correspondence chess (CC) player, and he won the first CC tournament in Sweden (1897-1900) initiated by Johan August Ros right after the 1st Nordic Championship (Stockholm 1897). After this he was also a winner of the 1st Nordic CC tournament (1900-1902) arranged by the Gothenburg Chess Club (source:

Fridlizius' finest achievement as an over-the-board player was perhaps second place at the 3rd Nordic Championship in Gothenburg 1901 (behind Jorgen Moeller). He also played in the 8th Nordic Championship in Stockholm 1912, where he finished eighth with six losses, but scored notable wins vs Alexander Alekhine, Rudolf Spielmann, Johannes Hjalmar Giersing and Gustaf Nyholm (crosstable:

Fridlizius was editor of the chess column in the newspaper Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfarts-Tidning. When he defeated Frank James Marshall in his simul in Gothenburg 2 January 1912 (+13 =6 –11) he was one of the too strong players for such an event. In later years he lived in Skara (Sweden) where he was club champion as late as in 1954, at the age of 85.

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 page 1 of 1; 13 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Axelson vs J Fridlizius 0-1311898Aftonbladet tournament -99C45 Scotch Game
2. S Abersten vs J Fridlizius 0-1451901Nordic CongressC50 Giuoco Piano
3. J Fridlizius vs E Cohn  0-1411912StockholmC77 Ruy Lopez
4. H Langborg vs J Fridlizius  1-0291912StockholmC53 Giuoco Piano
5. J Fridlizius vs Alekhine 1-0411912StockholmC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Olland vs J Fridlizius 1-0591912StockholmC78 Ruy Lopez
7. J Fridlizius vs Spielmann 1-0391912StockholmC78 Ruy Lopez
8. F Englund vs J Fridlizius  1-0621912StockholmC28 Vienna Game
9. J Fridlizius vs G Nyholm  1-0401912StockholmC55 Two Knights Defense
10. J Giersing vs J Fridlizius  0-1321912StockholmC49 Four Knights
11. J Fridlizius vs V Sjoberg  0-1551912StockholmB72 Sicilian, Dragon
12. G Marco vs J Fridlizius  1-0311912StockholmC70 Ruy Lopez
13. Rubinstein vs J Fridlizius  1-0241920Winter TournamentC34 King's Gambit Accepted
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  Tabanus: Joel Fridlizius (1869-1963), Swedish chess master.

May-28-09  myschkin: . . .

Frank J.Marshall - Joel Fridlizius (Göteborg, 1912), skotsk gambit:

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qh5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Bg5 Bb4 11.c3 Ba5 12.b4 Bb6 13.cxd4 h6 14.Bf6 0–0 15.Ng3 Dd5 16.Be5 f6 17.Bf4 Bg4 18.Be3 (En lång resa för löparen: g5, f6, e5, f4, e3 – och på e3 står den inte så bra heller.) 18.– Rad8 19.Qd3 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Ne5 21.Qc2 Nxf3† 22.Kf1 Nxh2† 23.Kg1 Nf3† 24.Kf1 Nxe1 25.Rxe1 f5 26.f4 Bxd4 27.Bxd4 Qxd4 28.Qxc7 Rfe8 29.Rxe8 Rxe8 30.Qc1 Qd3† 31.Kf2 b5 32.Qc5 h5! 33.Qxf5 Qd2† varefter svart förklarade matt i sex drag. (0–1)

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a brilliant mating attack by Fridlizius in a correspondence game against G Axelson in 1899:

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18...♗f2+! 19. ♔g2 ♕h3+! 20. ♔h3 ♘f4+ 21. ♔h4 ♘g2+ 22. ♔h5 g6+ 23. ♔h6 ♗c5! 24. ♕g6 fg6 25. ♖d5 ♗f8+ 26. ♔g5 ♗e6 27. ♗e4 ♗e7 28. ♔h6 ♖f8 29. a4 ♖f2 30. ♖d7, and Black announced mate starting with 30...♗f8+.

Source: "Learn Chess from the Greats", Peter J. Tamburro, Courier Dover Publications, 2000

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  Domdaniel: Anyone got the opening moves of Axelson-Fridlizius? Beautiful combination - especially the non-checking moves, as Tamburro also says.

It'd make a fine addition to the database.

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  Sastre: The complete Axelson-Fridlizius game:

[Event "Aftonbladet tournament 1898-99"]
[Site "corr Sweden"]
[Date "1898.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Axelson, G (SWE)."]
[Black "Fridlizius, Joel (SWE)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C45"]
[EventDate "1898.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bd3 d5 7. Qe2 Be7 8. e5 Nd7 9. O-O O-O 10. c4 Nc5 11. Bc2 Re8 12. b4 Ne6 13. Rd1 Bxb4 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Qb5 Bc5 16. Nc3 Bd7 17. Qd3 Qh4 18. g3 Bxf2+ 19. Kg2 Qh3+ 20. Kxh3 Nf4+ 21. Kh4 Ng2+ 22. Kh5 g6+ 23. Kh6 Bc5 24. Qxg6+ fxg6 25. Rxd5 Bf8+ 26. Kg5 Be6 27. Be4 Be7+ 28. Kh6 Rf8 29. a4 Rf2 30. Rd7 Bf8+ 31. Kg5 Bxd7 0-1

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  Domdaniel: <Sastre> Thanks. A fascinating game from correspondence history. According to Tamburro, Fridlizius announced mate starting with 30...Bf8+. After 31...Bxd7 it's mate in 4.
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  Tabanus: He was very talented.

[Event "Nordic Congress 5th"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "1912.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Fridlizius, Joel"]
[Black "Spielmann, Rudolf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "SWE"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Be7 6. O-O b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a4 Bg4 9. axb5 Nd4 10. Rxa6 Rxa6 11. bxa6 O-O 12. d3 Qc8 13. Be3 Nxf3+ 14. gxf3 Bh5 15. Kg2 Qxa6 16. Rg1 h6 17. Ne2 g5 18. Ng3 Bg6 19. h3 Nh5 20. Kh2 Kh7 21. Nxh5 Bxh5 22. Rg3 Qb7 23. Bc1 f5 24. Bd5 c6 25. Be6 f4 26. Rg2 Ra8 27. Bf5+ Kh8 28. Bg4 Bf7 29. Rg1 Ra1 30. Qd2 Qa7 31. Kg2 Bd8 32. Rh1 Kg7 33. c3 Bb6 34. h4 h5 35. Bf5 gxh4 36. d4 Qe7 37. Kh2 Ra8 38. Rg1+ Kh6 39. Qxf4+ 1-0

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  Tabanus: <[Event "Nordic Congress 5th"]> Actually the 8th Nordic championship and the 6th Nordic Congress. The two are confused in pgn's - it depends on when to start counting the congresses: 1897, 1899 or 1901. I think the best would be to use the term Nordic Championship: 1st in 1897 (Stockholm), 2nd in 1899 (Copenhagen), 3rd in 1901 (Gothenburg), 4th in 1903 (Kristiania (now Oslo)), 5th in 1905 (Stockholm), 6th in 1907 (Copenhagen), etc.

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