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Max Blau
Number of games in database: 195
Years covered: 1944 to 1984

Overall record: +58 -72 =65 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B31 B27 B52 B51 B28
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C85 C84 C82 C73 C66
 French Defense (11) 
    C18 C11 C12 C14 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C85 C84
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (7) 
 French (5) 
    C12 C11 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C67 C99 C76 C86 C78
 Slav (13) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D16
 Sicilian (12) 
    B92 B93 B59 B28 B90
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) 
    D25 D20
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B93 B92 B91 B90
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A21 A25 A23 A20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Blau vs J H Donner, 1958 1-0
   Blau vs Smyslov, 1956 1/2-1/2
   Blau vs P Trifunovic, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Blau vs Fazekas, 1957 1-0
   Blau vs O'Kelly, 1947 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Havana Olympiad Final-B (1966)
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   Hilversum Zonal (1947)
   Varna Olympiad qual-2 (1962)
   Moscow Olympiad qual-1 (1956)
   Moscow Olympiad Final-A (1956)
   Munich Olympiad qual-4 (1958)
   Varna Olympiad Final-B (1962)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-C (1964)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-B (1954)
   Munich Olympiad Final-A (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-19-1918, died Aug-25-1984, 65 years old) Germany (federation/nationality Switzerland)

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Max Blau was born in Munich, Germany. Awarded the IM title in 1953, he was Swiss champion in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1967 (Maschian took 1st, but was not a Swiss national). He played for Switzerland in all Olympiads from 1952 to 1968 and his best tournament result was 1st at Lucerne 1949.

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Last updated: 2017-08-05 08:29:09

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 213  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blau vs M Christoffel 1-0481944BernC29 Vienna Gambit
2. Blau vs A Muffang  1-0611946FRA-SUIC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Muffang vs Blau  1-0351946FRA-SUID15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Blau vs P Trifunovic  ½-½561947Hilversum ZonalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. V Castaldi vs Blau  1-0491947Hilversum ZonalA25 English
6. Blau vs C H Alexander  ½-½611947Hilversum ZonalC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. Szabo vs Blau  ½-½261947Hilversum ZonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Blau vs A Tsvetkov 1-0341947Hilversum ZonalB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
9. Pachman vs Blau  1-0711947Hilversum ZonalC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
10. Blau vs T D van Scheltinga  0-1421947Hilversum ZonalC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
11. Rossolimo vs Blau  1-0481947Hilversum ZonalA04 Reti Opening
12. Blau vs K Plater  1-0351947Hilversum ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. B O'Sullivan vs Blau  0-1371947Hilversum ZonalA47 Queen's Indian
14. C Doerner vs Blau 0-11111947Hilversum ZonalD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Blau vs O'Kelly  ½-½491947Hilversum ZonalC70 Ruy Lopez
16. Y Porat vs Blau  ½-½301947Hilversum ZonalE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Blau vs P Leepin  0-1321949ZurichB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
18. Blau vs Grob  1-0411949LucerneA04 Reti Opening
19. S Tordion vs Blau  0-1541949LucerneD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Blau vs Unzicker  0-1641949LucerneC18 French, Winawer
21. P Leepin vs Blau  0-1461950SUI-chC49 Four Knights
22. P Mueller-Breil vs Blau  ½-½301950SUI-chC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Blau vs O Naegeli  1-0611950SUI-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
24. Euwe vs Blau  1-0271950LucerneD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. G Pfeiffer vs Blau 1-0261952SUI-GERC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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  Benzol: Max Blau
Born 19th December 1918 in Munich
Died 1984
Awarded the IM title in 1953 he won the Swiss championship 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1967.
Oct-27-05  Eastfrisian: He died on 25.08.1984 in Bern. His profession was probably a drawing-teacher.
Aug-25-08  myschkin: . . .

Blau at the 33rd Annual International Chess Congress at Hastings

(30th December 1957)

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  Resignation Trap: <myschkin> Thanks for all of you information in recent weeks. Unfortunately, many of your photo links aren't working for me.

Is anybody else having this same problem?

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

Hey <mysche> that is not funny! I get the same prob's here ... *** to you have to convert them ?? Dork!


ERROR: Please do not use the term *** on this site. Thank you.

Cool feature ;)

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

to both of you - you will (hopefully) find Max here:

Pardon me

PS: to <myschkin> **** **** **** :)

Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . .

you better lernen English better ... <prob's> is just *** hilarious


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  whiteshark: <müsche> blau ???
Dec-19-09  BIDMONFA: Max Blau


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  whiteshark: <myschkin>, where art thou?

♪ alle Jahre wieder....♪

Dec-19-09  WhiteRook48: where art blau?
Jan-01-10  myschkin: °.^

„Yf they say the mone is blewe
We must believe that it is true.“

(source: Rede Me and Be Not Wroth ~1528, author unknown)

+ Frohes neues 2010 +

Dec-19-12  Kikoman: Rest In Peace IM Max Blau.
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  offramp: The little-known Max Blau defeated - God knows how -
The famous Kazimierz Plater And Miroslav Filip (a little later).
Dec-19-14  The17thPawn: A pity none of his Lucerne 1949 victories are here since he won the tournament.
Dec-19-15  diagonal: <Lucerne 1949>, International Invitation Tournament, pretty strong field back then:

1. Max Blau 5/7
(His biggest tournament cap)

Braslav Rabar 4.5
(Yugoslavia hosted the first Olympiad after World War II in Dubrovnik in 1950. The host team finished first, and Rabar, with the score of eight wins and two draws (90%), won an individual board Gold medal)

Wolfgang Unzicker 4.5
(Rapidly rising German, an elite player for decades, Lucerne tournament title defender from 1948, and again winner at Lucerne in 1951)

Henry Grob 4.5
(Winner at Ostende 1937 as best on tie-break, together with Fine and Keres; first Swiss player to be awarded as an IM in 1950 at its FIDE title inauguration; today remembered for popularizing "Grob's Attack" 1.g4, ... well, 1.g3 seems perfectly sound)

5. Hans Müller
(Austrian Author and multiple player at the Olympiads between 1928 and 1950)

Haije Kramer
(Back then a strong Dutchman, regular player for The Netherlands at the Olympiads between 1950 and 1962; today best known perhaps for co-authoring 'The Middle Game' with Max Euwe)

Eugène Znosko-Borovsky
(Apparently the last major tournament of legendary Znosko-Borovsky, then playing for France)

8. Serge Tordion
(Swiss Champion that year 1949, surprising winner in 1947, the first edition of the Lucerne series wasn't as strong as the follows-up)

The International Lucerne series lasted annually from 1947 to 1953, most prominent winner was Max Euwe in 1950 (joint with Pilnik).

Further prominent players at Lucerne, amongst others: Kottnauer (who won in 1952), Sämisch, Paoli, Barden, Prameshuber, Chantal Chaudé de Silans, and from Switzerland Martin Christoffel, Josef Kupper, Edwin Bhend or Peter Leepin (winner in 1953).

Unfortunately, no games from the winner, Max Blau.
A notable game from that event: B Rabar vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1949

Dec-20-15  thomastonk: <diagonal> Dutch newspapers gave a slightly different result: Blau 5, Rabar & Unzicker 4.5, <Grob 4>, Müller 3.5, Kramer & Znosko-Borovsky 3, and Tordion 0.5. Looks complete. A corresponding crosstable is given in Chessbase's MegaDB.
Dec-20-15  diagonal: <thomastonk> Thanks for your correction!

My source was the Golden Book of Swiss Chess "100 Jahre Schweizerischer Schachverband 1889-1989", they give exactly the same points as you based on Dutch Newspapers / Chessbase for every player, except for Grob, but counting all points together in the Swiss chess jubilee book, then the total sum is half a point too much: Grob on 4 points (not 4.5) must be right and confirmed by the crosstable in the MegaDB.

A nice tournament win for Blau, ahead of joint Rabar / Unzicker.

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  whiteshark: CN 7988 ('Quiz question') shows 2 Max Blau pictures in unusual surroundings.
Dec-19-17  diagonal: International <Max Blau Memorial at Bern in 1987>: Campora and Geller won, ahead of swiss student Giancarlo Franzoni, making his final IM norm, followed by Cebalo, Unzicker, young (then) IM Danny King, today esteemed presenter, and septuagenarian Szabo on seventh place, twelve players in a cozy little generation mix.

1987 I. Internationale Berner Schachtage: Max Blau – Memorial: Grossmeisterturnier mit SVB-Open

IM Max Blau (1918 – 1984) prägte über Jahrzehnte das Berner Schachleben. Zu seinen Ehren organisierte der Schachklub Bern, unterstützt von der Schweizer Volksbank (SVB), unter der kompetenten Leitung von Jo Zahner, ein Memorial mit alten Rivalen wie Unzicker (*1925), Geller (*1925) und Szabo (*1917), jungen Talenten wie IM Daniel King (*1963) aus England und Daniel Campora (*1957, Spielertrainer des SK Bern) aus Argentinien, ebenso nationale Weggefährten wie IM Edwin Bhend (*1931) und IM Martin Christoffel (*1922) sowie Nachwuchsspielern wie Giancarlo Franzoni (*1961) oder Christian Flückiger (*1962), total 12 Teilnehmer.

Bern 1987 sah so die erste Begegnung am Brett zwischen Szabo und Unzicker seit Lugano 1970, und die erste zwischen Geller und Szabo seit Hilversum (AVRO) 1973!

Parallel lief ein stark besetztes Volksbank Open, welches vom jungen Amerikaner GM Maxim Dlugy (*1966), Junioren-WM von 1985, ungeteilt mit 7.5/9 gewonnen wurde.

Bern Einladungsturnier Max Blau Memorial: Sieger Campora, nach Feinwertung, und Geller, 3. Franzoni, 4.-6. Cebalo, Unzicker, King 7. Szabo, etc.

Sieger Open: Dlugy (100 Teilnehmer). Dritte IM-Norm und IM-Titel für Giancarlo Franzoni (aus GM-Turnier) und IM-Norm für Hansjörg Kaenel (aus Open).

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