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Charles I Kalme
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 1954 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2330

Overall record: +10 -12 =13 (47.1%)*
   * 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:
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (9) 
    E61 E66 E60 E65 E81
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C98 C84 C92 C86
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C92 C84 C86 C98
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   C Kalme vs Fischer, 1957 1-0
   Fischer vs C Kalme, 1960 1/2-1/2
   C Kalme vs Benko, 1960 1-0
   C Kalme vs R Weinstein, 1961 1-0

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   US Championship 1960/61 by suenteus po 147

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(born Nov-15-1939, died Mar-20-2002, 62 years old) Latvia

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Charles Ivars Kalme was born in Riga, Latvia. At the conclusion of World War II, Kalme and what was left of his family fled Latvia, lived for years in a Displaced Persons Camp in Germany and finally arrived in Philadelphia in the United States in 1951.

Kalme won the U.S. Junior Chess Championship in both 1954 and 1955. In 1957, he won the U.S. Intercollegiate Championship. In 1960, he played on the U.S. Team in the World Student Team Championship in Leningrad, USSR. The U.S. team won the World Championship, the only time the U.S. has ever won that event. Kalme won two gold medals.

Kalme also became a master of contract bridge. He had a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He had a Ph.D. degree in mathematics and became a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. When the Republic of Latvia gained independence from Soviet rule, Kalme returned to his homeland.

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Last updated: 2018-10-14 20:22:23

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Evans vs C Kalme 1-03719542nd Pan-American Chess CongressE61 King's Indian
2. Alexander Einhorn vs C Kalme  0-14119542nd Pan-American Chess CongressE60 King's Indian Defense
3. M Bain vs C Kalme 1-04019542nd Pan-American Chess CongressA05 Reti Opening
4. C Kalme vs S E Almgren  0-15419542nd Pan-American Chess CongressD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
5. C Kalme vs Remlinger  1-0341955US Junior ChampionshipE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Euwe vs C Kalme 0-1351955Clock simul, 6bD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
7. C Kalme vs Fischer 1-0451957North Central OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. T Weinberger vs C Kalme  1-0461958New Jersey State Open ChampionshipE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
9. C Kalme vs R Weinstein  ½-½671958US Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. Bisguier vs C Kalme  1-0491958US Championship 1958/59C49 Four Knights
11. C Kalme vs Evans  ½-½511958US Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
12. Reshevsky vs C Kalme  1-0341958US Championship 1958/59E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
13. R Byrne vs C Kalme  ½-½301958US Championship 1958/59E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
14. Fischer vs C Kalme 1-0571958US Championship 1958/59C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. C Kalme vs Lombardy ½-½341958US Championship 1958/59A04 Reti Opening
16. J Sherwin vs C Kalme  ½-½271958US Championship 1958/59C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. C Kalme vs Benko ½-½501958US Championship 1958/59D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. J Cross vs C Kalme 0-1401959West Orange Log Cabin TournamentE61 King's Indian
19. D Byrne vs C Kalme  ½-½261959US Championship 1958/59A15 English
20. C Kalme vs Mednis  ½-½431959US Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. Vukcevich vs C Kalme 1-0321960WchT U26 07thC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. C Kalme vs S Momo  1-0341960WchT U26 07thE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. C Kalme vs Reshevsky  ½-½281960USA-chE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
24. Fischer vs C Kalme ½-½271960USA-chC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. C Kalme vs H Seidman  ½-½411960USA-chA04 Reti Opening
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you!
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you! =)
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  GrahamClayton: "CHESS" of 26 May 1956 featured a full-page article called "Young American shows genius for chess", which included:

"Philadelphia has a young player of 16 who is showing evety sign of developing into a world champion: Charles Kalme."

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  GrahamClayton: Source: CN 2630 Edward Winter, "A Chess Omnibus", Russell Enterprises, 2003
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday Charles! =)
Sep-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Kalme!

Oh, oh!

You can Kalme, Kalme anytime!


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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Charles!
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  wordfunph: IM James Sherwin on Charles Kalme..

<He has a solid positional style and prefers not to take too many chances (which accounts for his very few losses and many draws - he was undefeated in three recent tournaments). He is remarkably modest for a strong chess player and is always announcing that the best he can do is draw - only when a Rook ahead does he admit there are some winning chances. And unfortunately, he is a good poker player. This deprives him of needed sleep during most tournaments in return for pocket money. It's hard to see what is more necessary. As soon as he begins to take his games more seriously he should become a master.>

Source: The Unknown Bobby Fischer by Donaldson & Tangborn

May-26-13  dumbgai: Kalme was Fischer's travel companion for the 1955 US Juniors. Bobby was 12 years old and it was one of his first major tournaments.
Nov-21-13  Petrosianic: <chancho>: <21.4% winning percentage. Ouch!>

LOL. (Or were you serious?) A person could have a 0% winning percentage if they only put defeats into the database. The 21.4 was meaningless. It's 46.7 now. That's meaningless too. If I dug up 3 Kalme wins from 1950's Chess Lifes (which would be very easy for me to do), and submitted them, then he'd be over 50%. And the number would still be meaningless. Because we're dealing with selected games in all scenarios.

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  offramp: A fellow Latvian-American was Edmar J Mednis, born Mar-22-1937, died Feb-13-2002.

Kalme's dates are born Nov-15-1939, died Mar-20-2002.

They are pretty similar. I am glad that Kalme managed to return to the land of his birth before his death.

Dec-01-14  zanzibar: There is an interesting exchange between George Mirijanian and Sam Sloan concerning Saidy's obit of this player:

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  perfidious: <Petrosianic> If I were to submit all my games, I should have a winning percentage well over .500 here at CG (if not on a par with the renowned Life Master) rather than the slight minus which it currently is, but refuse to send on wins in which my opponent played weakly, simply to boost the numbers.
Dec-01-14  Petrosianic: Right, that's the point. The numbers are basically meaningless, especially for anyone other than top flight GM's. Kalme also played hundreds of games and had a healthy winning score in his lifetime. So, anyone trying to draw conclusions about his ability on the basis of a handful of games in the database (both the games and the winning percentage have increased since the comment was made, by the way), is making a mistake.
Dec-01-14  TheFocus: My winning percentage here is better than the Life Master's.

Mine is just a measly 100%.

Now as long as no one submits any of my losses, I will remain on the leader board.

Dec-01-14  zanzibar: From Brady (9780307463906) p44/45

<The plan was for Bobby to take the train to Philadelphia and meet another player, Charles Kalme, who was also going to attend the U.S. Junior. The two could then travel the almost 1400 miles together. [...]

Charles Kalme, a Latvian-born sixteen-year-old, was a handsome and polite boy who'd spent years in a displaced persons' camp and was the reigning U.S. Junior champion. He and Bobby played dozens of fast games during the two-day trip and analyzed openings and endgame positions. Kalme, considerably stronger, was respectful of Bobby's passion.


His traveling companion, Charles Kalme, repeated his win of the previous year and was crowned the champion once again. He didn't return to the East Coast right after the tournament, so Bobby journeyed alone, this by bus [...]>

Dec-01-14  Petrosianic: Deschapelles, obviously the greatest world champion of all (and if you don't believe it, ask him yourself) also has a 100% record.

Actually, no. He used to be +2-0=0, but since then two losses and a draw have been added to the database, bumping him down from best world champion to worst. Easy come, easy go.

Dec-01-14  Petrosianic: I submitted a very odd Kalme game to the database once, but they never added it.

It was from an advert for chess computers from the early 70's. The ad had a full game score between Kalme and a computer, but they didn't tell you who was who, and asked you to guess. I figured obviously Kalme was on the winning side (because if the computer had beaten him, they'd REALLY have bragged about that), and submitted the game. But it's not here.

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  perfidious: <Petrosianic> Even the percentages of elite GMs nowadays are diluted to an extent, as so many of the top fifteen or thereabouts play the vast majority of their games against one another; gone are the days of 16-20 player events which might have featured the world champion, two or three contenders, a smattering of players of international standard, followed by lesser lights who in some cases were no stronger than you or me.
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  MissScarlett: <But the greatest US player left out of either edition [of The Oxford Companion to Chess] was Charles Kalme of Philadelphia whose talent was at least as great as Fischer's. Had he not opted to become a professional mathematician instead of a professional chessplayer, we likely would have had a totally different twist to chess history.>
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  WorstPlayerEver: <perfidious>

Since the 90s the status of chess has tumbled down. In the old days the champ was a respected person.

It's ironic that a narcissistic guy like Kasparov has their name written all over Scisys and Saitek chess computers of the 80s and 90s. And that these chess computers -there are dozens of them- are not so strong because it would *depress* the average buyer..

As if it would hurt US chesslovers when Kasparov loses a game against a 2200 player in some simultan.

My first chess computer (1984!):

"I wish you enjoyment and satisfaction from your Scisys chess computer - and who knows, maybe we'll meet in combat across the chess board in the future!

Good luck!"

~Garry Kasparov

Now comes the hard part: as you can see the Scisys Turbostar was presented in 1984. Kasparov became worldchampion in 1985, but what does the *occasional player* care? I'll show you 😊

It's a *riddle*.. right?

Dec-13-16  Howard: Miss Scarlet, don't you think you're being overpresumptious (sp) regarding Kalme? His professional career was pretty short, and it was hardly long enough to make an intelligent guess as to his potential.
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  WorstPlayerEver: The best captains do avoid water.
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  MissScarlett: Donaldson's new book on Fischer quotes <Chess Life>, November 2010, p.31:

<[Kalme] died a mysterious death in Latvia at the age of sixty-two, which some reliable sources say may have been the result of a brutal mugging he suffered on the streets of Riga.>

Jan-06-21  Granny O Doul: I hadn't heard that about Kalme. I was surprised at the time by his relatively early death, as he seemed in good shape when I saw him not many years earlier, but people do sometimes die and you don't know why. It reminds me of Yermo's story, item #8 on this list: .

I'm not suggesting Kalme was set up, but sometimes you shouldn't go home again even if you can.

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