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Erik Lundin
E Lundin 
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Number of games in database: 275
Years covered: 1928 to 1986

Overall record: +112 -84 =78 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B21 B54 B50 B84 B58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E19 E16 E12 E18 E15
 King's Indian (9) 
    E67 E91 E95 E72 E92
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A22 A28 A25 A26
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D60 D58 D56 D50 D51
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B72 B58 B84 B50 B74
 Semi-Slav (23) 
    D47 D45 D44 D43 D48
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C84 C77 C67 C72 C92
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    D22 D27 D23 D20 D25
 English (10) 
    A13 A12 A14 A17 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 D05 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Hanssen vs E Lundin, 1928 0-1
   E Lundin vs Smyslov, 1946 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs E Lundin, 1948 0-1
   Szabo vs E Lundin, 1946 0-1
   E Lundin vs P Johner, 1936 1-0
   Opocensky vs E Lundin, 1939 0-1
   E Lundin vs I Raud, 1939 1-0
   E Lundin vs Yanofsky, 1946 1-0
   E Lundin vs Tartakower, 1946 1-0
   Flohr vs E Lundin, 1946 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Munich (1941)
   Margate (1936)
   Helsinki Olympiad qual-2 (1952)
   Amsterdam Olympiad qual-3 (1954)
   Groningen (1946)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4 (1939)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-3 (1960)
   Folkestone Olympiad (1933)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-A (1954)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nordic Zonal, Helsinki 1947 by Chessdreamer
   Margate 1936 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-02-1904, died Dec-05-1988, 84 years old) Sweden

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Erik Ruben Lundin was born in Stockholm. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and an Emeritus GM title in 1983, he was Nordic Champion in 1936 and 1939 (jointly). He also won the Swedish Championship on ten occasions - 1932 (jointly), 1934, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1960, 1961 and 1964. Between 1932 and 1960 he played on nine Swedish Olympiad teams and in tournaments he was 1st= at Göteborg 1931, 2nd after Alexander Alekhine at Örebro 1935, 1st at Ostend 1936, 2nd= with Alekhine at Munich 1941, 1st at Bad Gastein 1948 and 1st at Zürich 1952. In a match in 1933 he defeated Rudolf Spielmann (+1, =5, -0).

Lundin is widely credited for introducing the Benko Gambit (A57) into tournament play (e.g. see Szabo vs E R Lundin, 1948 and Bronstein vs E R Lundin, 1948) but the opening fell into disrepute until later revitalized by Pal Benko.

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Last updated: 2017-09-23 06:41:05

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 284  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Hanssen vs E Lundin 0-1191928OsloC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
2. Stahlberg vs E Lundin  1-0581928SWE-chA03 Bird's Opening
3. Capablanca vs E Lundin 1-0291928Clock simul, 7bC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. E Lundin vs Reti  0-1301928StockholmB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. Reti vs E Lundin  1-0331928StockholmC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. G Stoltz vs E Lundin  1-0261930Stockholm Championship PlayoffC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. E Lundin vs G Stoltz  1-0451930Stockholm Championship PlayoffE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
8. E Lundin vs G Stoltz  ½-½711930Stockholm Championship PlayoffD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. J Rejfir vs E Lundin 1-0201930Hamburg OlympiadD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. E Lundin vs P Soler  ½-½411930Hamburg OlympiadD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. A Voisin vs E Lundin  0-1331930Hamburg OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Lundin vs K Makarczyk  0-1481930Hamburg OlympiadC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. E Lundin vs H Mueller  1-0431930Hamburg OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
14. Kashdan vs E Lundin 1-0431930StockholmC70 Ruy Lopez
15. Rellstab vs E Lundin  1-0551930StockholmC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. E Lundin vs Bogoljubov 0-1341930StockholmD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. E Lundin vs Spielmann 0-1451930Spielmann - LundinD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. E Lundin vs Spielmann 0-1721930Spielmann - LundinA22 English
19. E Lundin vs K Opocensky  ½-½411931Prague OlympiadE16 Queen's Indian
20. I Koenig vs E Lundin 1-0381931Prague OlympiadD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
21. H Steiner vs E Lundin  1-0241931Prague OlympiadD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. G van Doesburgh vs E Lundin  0-1451931Prague OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. E Lundin vs K Helling  ½-½221931Prague OlympiadD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
24. M Wechsler vs E Lundin  0-1261931Prague OlympiadD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. O Larsen vs E Lundin  0-1431931Prague OlympiadD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
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  Gypsy: It looks like Lundin has a good claim to be considered the true father of "Benko" Gambit!

Consider Szabo vs E R Lundin, 1948. This clearly is a successful "Benko" treatment (considered distinct from Volga treatment) of Benoni in a high level tournament against a top oposition!

Szabo finished the tournament in the second place, one point behind Bronstein. Since Lundin also used the gambit unsuccessfully against Bronstein Szabo vs E R Lundin, 1948, the gambit de-facto desided the winner of the tournament.

In turn, Bronstein successfully used Lundin's idea against Taimanov in Zurich, 1953 Candidates Tournament, Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1953, and laid out the key strategic motives of the gambit in his famous book; this completed its genesis.

Jun-04-05  Ziggurat: Interesting observation! Since I happen to have Ståhlberg's tournament book about the Saltsjöbaden Tournament (published in 1949), I decided to look up his comments to these games.

Ståhlberg comments Black's fifth move (5...b5, initiating the gambit) in the Bronstein-Lundin game thus:

<A pawn sacrifice, which has been used in this position and similar ones by the Czech master Opocensky. In Sweden, the variation has been subjected to thorough analysis by Fritz Kaijser, who has also successfully used it in his own games. Even though it cannot be considered completely sound, it nevertheless gives black good practical chances and leads to a complicated game.>

Jun-04-05  Ziggurat: I looked around on this site to find any examples of Opocensky playing a "Benko"-like opening and found these:

Keres vs Opocensky, 1937

J Dobias vs Opocensky, 1934

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  Gypsy: Opocensky (his Czech nickname was Opo) was definitely an iconoclast when it came to openings -- he co-invented the e7-e5 Sicilians, was an early devotee of Tromp. Opo's Dobias game anticipates the 'Volga Gambit' lines of Benoni, where the white center is weakened from the side by b7-b5, but is then destroyed head on by e7-e6. However, Opo's Keres game is unmistakeably a Nxa6-variation of 'Benko' -- a lesser cousin of of the main 'Bxa6-Benko' variation.

Conceptually, for Opo the b7-b5 counterstrike surely was a variant of Hromadka System/Indian (= d6 Benoni).

Jun-05-05  WMD: Is Erik the most popular boy's name in Sweden?
Jun-05-05  Saruman: <WMD> It's popular, however not necessarily the most popular. I remember a few years ago Oskar was the most popular.
Jun-05-05  acirce: It's the most common man's name, but not the most popular among newly born, although one of the most.

In Malmö, Sweden's third biggest city, the most popular name among newly born boys is Mohammed.

Jun-05-05  WMD: Well, the whites just aren't having the kids.
Jul-02-06  BIDMONFA: Erik Ruben Lundin


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  plang: It was Szabos loss to Lundin near the end of the Saltsjobaden Interzonal in 1948 that led to Bronstein finishing a point ahead of Szabo.
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  whiteshark: Here's a picture av Gosta Stoltz och <Lundin> with Aljechin :

Scroll down.

Feb-04-08  Jesspatrick: Lundin is also credited with a line in the semi-slav Meran, ECO code (D47).

Here's an example: I Pleci vs E R Lundin, 1935

Jul-02-08  brankat: R.I.P. GM Lundin.
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  GrahamClayton: The Lundin Defence is 1. d4 ♘c6

Source: "Unorthodox Openings", Eric Schiller and Joel Benjamin, Batsford, 1987

Jul-02-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday
Jul-02-10  wordfunph: Three of the rooms in the Stockholm Chess Club have been named after Gideon Stahlberg, Geza Stoltz and Erik Lundin, who were the three best chess players in Sweden in the middle part of the 20th century. They were collectively known as the "Three Musketeers".
Jul-02-10  getnacke: You mean Gösta Stoltz.?
Jul-02-10  Klas Recke: <wordfunph: Three of the rooms in the Stockholm Chess Club have been named after Gideon Stahlberg, Geza Stoltz and Erik Lundin, who were the three best chess players in Sweden in the middle part of the 20th century. They were collectively known as the "Three Musketeers".>

And I believe Gosta Danielsson was called D'Artagnan

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  Eric Schiller: I played Lundin in a Gausdal tournament. It was a draw.
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  GrahamClayton: When Rudolf Spielmann fled Germany in 1939, he moved to Sweden, and was cared by Lundin and his family until his death in August 1942. Lundin was the chief editor of "Tidskrift för Schack:, and in 1940 Spielmann contributed an article for the magazine called "Chess curiosities and Wonders dished up on the Christmas dinner-table".
Dec-05-15  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Eric Lundin.
Jul-02-18  offramp: It is his birthday today. He would have been 113 if he had continued to live, or failed to die.

He was obviously someone who thought creatively about chess openings, probably like Sveshnikov.

I am sure that he had one famous loss, but I can't remember it. It doesn't appear in his notable games, of course; that is for wins/draws only.

Aug-19-21  Nosnibor: Did he have a son called Gotte Eric Lundin who also lived in Stockholm and played chess in both Denmark and Sweden?
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  Check It Out: Lots of interesting Lundin games in the comments with his use of the proto-Benko Gambit. It could have been called the Lundin gambit.
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