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Georg Salwe
Number of games in database: 307
Years covered: 1903 to 1914

Overall record: +102 -101 =104 (50.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04 A40
 Giuoco Piano (18) 
    C50 C54
 Tarrasch Defense (18) 
    D32 D33
 Four Knights (13) 
 Semi-Tarrasch Defense (8) 
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D60 D61 D52 D55 D50
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C66 C84 C77 C87 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C84 C87 C98 C86 C96
 Four Knights (16) 
    C49 C48
 Tarrasch Defense (16) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Orthodox Defense (13) 
    D50 D60 D62 D51 D61
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C29 C25 C26 C27
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 1/2-1/2
   Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1909 0-1
   Salwe vs Tartakower, 1910 1-0
   Spielmann vs Salwe, 1909 1/2-1/2
   F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Salwe, 1903 0-1
   Salwe vs Olland, 1907 1-0
   Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1907 1/2-1/2
   J Mieses vs Salwe, 1909 0-1
   Chigorin vs Salwe, 1907 1/2-1/2
   Salwe vs Schlechter, 1911 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th All Russian Tournament (1906)
   16th DSB Kongress (1908)
   Lodz (1908)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Prague (1908)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Bad Pistyan (1912)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli

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(born Oct-24-1862, died Dec-15-1920, 58 years old) Poland

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Georg Henryk Salomonovich Salwe was born in Warsaw. He did not learn to play chess until about the age of 20 and his first major tournament was in Kiev 1903 when he was 40. His best result was at St. Petersburg in 1906 at the All-Russia Championship where he gained 1st prize ahead of Akiba Rubinstein, Benjamin Markovich Blumenfeld and Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky amongst others. He was also 2nd at Düsseldorf in 1908. He inspired many younger Polish players but gave up competitve chess in his 54th year. He passed away in Lodz in 1920.

Wikipedia article: Gersz Salwe

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0321903MatchD05 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Salwe vs Rubinstein 1-0301903MatchB56 Sicilian
3. Salwe vs Rubinstein 1-0491903ConsultationC55 Two Knights Defense
4. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-1141903LodzC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Salwe vs Chigorin 0-11819033rd Russian National TournamentC50 Giuoco Piano
6. S F Lebedev vs Salwe  0-14719033rd Russian National TournamentD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Salwe vs Rubinstein ½-½3919033rd Russian National TournamentD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Salwe vs Schiffers  0-15519033rd Russian National TournamentC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Salwe vs W Von Stamm 1-03619033rd Russian National TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Rabinovich vs Salwe 0-12519033rd Russian National TournamentC44 King's Pawn Game
11. V Nikolaev vs Salwe 0-12719033rd Russian National TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Salwe vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-05919033rd Russian National TournamentB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. P P Benko vs Salwe 0-11919033rd Russian National TournamentC49 Four Knights
14. V N Kulomzin vs Salwe  0-13919033rd Russian National TournamentC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. S Levitsky vs Salwe  1-04519033rd Russian National TournamentC30 King's Gambit Declined
16. F Duz-Khotimirsky vs Salwe 0-13619033rd Russian National TournamentC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. O Bernstein vs Salwe ½-½5319033rd Russian National TournamentC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Salwe vs N E Kalinsky  ½-½4519033rd Russian National TournamentB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. Salwe vs S Izbinsky 1-06019033rd Russian National TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Salwe vs Yurevich  ½-½3919033rd Russian National TournamentB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Salwe vs M Lowcki  1-06719033rd Russian National TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Rubinstein vs Salwe 0-1191904LodzC25 Vienna
23. Chigorin vs Salwe 1-0421904LodzC00 French Defense
24. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0371904Second MatchD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Rubinstein vs Salwe 0-1311904Second MatchD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
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  Chessical: Georg Salwe 1862 - 1920.
Marshall said of Salwe, "(he) was a very interesting type: a natural player, full of self-reliance and with little knowledge of the books. He had a knack of worming out of bad positions...".

Salwe was a strong player but he seems to have started late in life and then been cut off from tournament opportunities by the First World War.

He twice played the emergent Rubinstein in matches in 1903 scoring a credible =5-5=0, and then +3-5=2. He also played a match with Chigorin in 1906 scoring +5-7=3.

He won the Russian Championship (St Petersburg 1906), and was 9th in the very strong St Petersburg tournament of 1909.

Apr-06-05  Runemaster: It's easy to forget players like Salwe who might often be remembered for famous losses of theirs, but he was clearly very strong. A partial list from the database includes wins against Rubinstein (2, although admittedly also a lot of losses against him), Chigorin (2), Tarrasch, Mieses (4), Tartakower (3), Janowski (2), Schlechter (2), Spielmann (3), Reti, Marshall, Nimzovich.

Salwe also seems to have had a plus score against quite a few of the above players.

Jan-18-06  Ludamad: yay a polish player ^____^
Nov-23-07  Karpova: From "The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Incrowned King" by IM Donaldson and IM Minev (p. 19-20):

<Rubinstein's greatest rival for much of his early career was Georg Henryk Solomonowicz Salwe (1862-1920). Salwe was born on October 24, 1862 (Gaige; Szachy od A do Z gives Dec. 12) in Warsaw and, unlike Rubinstein, who grew up in poverty, came from a wealthy family. While he was already considered one of Warsaw's best players by 1882, it wasn't until Salwe moved to Lodz in 1894 that he found real opportunities to test his skills. There, in 1899, he split a pair of games against Dawid Janovsky, during the latter's visit to Lodz that year. When the Lodz Chess Society was formed in 1903, he and Rubinstein benefitted enormously.

Salwe didn't play his first real tournament until he was 40 (Kiev 1903) but this late start didn't prevent him from achieving some excellent results, including a victory in the fourth All-Russian tournament in Saint Petersburg in 1906. Salwe played three matches against Rubinstein, drawing in 1903 (7-7), losing in 1904 (4-6), and getting shellacked in 1907 (6-16).

A businessman by profession, Salwe found time to edit the short-lived Yiddish language chess magazine Shakh-Zaytung (1913), which numbered Rubinstein among its contributors. During a brief career, which for all intents and purposes lasted from 1903 to 1914, Salwe was Poland's number-two player, reaching a five-year peak average rating of 2500, according to the Elo system.>

Oct-24-09  BIDMONFA: Georg Salwe

SALWE, George H. S.

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  GrahamClayton: An interesting career - what are the chances of a current player competing in their first international tournament in their mid-40s?
Oct-24-11  brankat: His main claim to fame seems to be games he played against A.Rubinstein.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice combination by Salwe against NN in 1906:

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1.♖xd4 ♕xd4 2.♕d8+ ♗g8 3.♕h4+! 1-0

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3...♕xh4 4.♗e5#; 3...♔g7 4.♕xd4+ ♖xd4 5.♗e5+

May-30-13  Karpova: <G. Salwe, der Lodzer Meister, ist eine Art Spezialität im Spieltypus, der sehr gesund und stark ist. Tiefe Kombinationen liegen ihm nicht, aber an seiner Festigkeit hat sich schon mancher den Kopf eingerannt. Er spielt nur wenig Eröffnungen, meist nur Damenbauerspiel, aber dieses Instrument behandelt er virtuos, denn er kennt jede, auch die verborgenste Nuance, die ihn in Vorteil bringen könnte.>

From page 352 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Dionysius1: <GrahamClayton> Very entertaining combination - many thanks.
Aug-25-14  shallowred: “We first learn from misfortune. This maxim
applies as well to chess players. Many grandmasters, in situations of misfortune become less – much less – while others, to whom otherwise little has been given in the way of alertness, when submitting to the blows of fate grow in stature and reveal themselves as heroes. Salwe has to be assigned to this latter class of character. He never loses his cool self-possession. Good fortune does not make him exuberant, ill fortune does not cause him to lose heart, and although by playing every move he hopes for the best, he is always prepared for the worst.” (Marco and Schlechter) Karlsbad 1907 T.B.; excerpt from

This, to me, is what chess is all about. A playground where we can practice balancing emotion and logic.

Oct-24-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Georg Salwe.

I hate seeing George spelled without the final "e."

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  Bubo bubo: Hooray, it's October 24, and we have a very reputable <POTD> at last!

RIP Georg Salwe - I wonder how good you could have been if you had learnt to play chess earlier in your life.

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  SteinitzLives: Anecdote about Salwe from the newly translated book: Soviet Outcast - The Life and Games of Grigory Levenfish: "In 1907 he (Salwe) had played in a tournament in the resort of Ostend. At the entrance of the administration building, on the bottom step of the staircase there was carved the Latin inscription `Salve` (welcome). Teichmann without particular difficulty convinced Salwe that the inscription was in his honour, and the master from Lodz was very flattered by the attention paid to him by the Belgian administration.
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  perfidious: That recalls the (possibly apocryphal) story of Salo Flohr playing at Nottingham 1936, and being aboard the lift, with the lift boy calling off, as they ascended: 'First floor! Second floor! Third floor!'.
Oct-24-22  offramp:
🎵🎼Follow me, follow
Down to the hollow
And there let us Georg Salwe in glorious mud...🎵

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