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Martin Christoffel
M Christoffel 
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1944 to 1996
Overall record: +30 -61 =15 (35.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-02-1922, died Apr-03-2001, 78 years old) Switzerland

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Martin Christoffel was born in Basel. He was Swiss champion in 1943, 1945, 1948 and 1952, and was awarded the IM title in 1952. He became an IMC in 1989 and a Senior IMC in 2000. He finished second at London B (1946) behind Max Euwe.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Blau vs M Christoffel 1-0481944BernC29 Vienna Gambit
2. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas  1-0431945Hastings 1945/46C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. M Christoffel vs Prins  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A16 English
4. Denker vs M Christoffel  ½-½391945Hastings 1945/46A15 English
5. M Christoffel vs H Steiner 1-0451946Hastings 1945/46C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. J M Aitken vs M Christoffel  1-0361946Hastings 1945/46C02 French, Advance
7. M Christoffel vs J Mieses 0-1281946Hastings 1945/46A35 English, Symmetrical
8. Tartakower vs M Christoffel 1-0531946Hastings 1945/46A40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M Christoffel vs Euwe 0-1241946Hastings 1945/46C29 Vienna Gambit
10. P Devos vs M Christoffel  0-1311946Hastings 1945/46A04 Reti Opening
11. M Christoffel vs F Ekstrom  0-1321946Hastings 1945/46B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
12. E G Sergeant vs M Christoffel  1-0501946Hastings 1945/46B02 Alekhine's Defense
13. G Abrahams vs M Christoffel  0-1741946London-BE16 Queen's Indian
14. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas 1-0301946London-BC25 Vienna
15. A Medina Garcia vs M Christoffel  0-1271946London-BB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. M Christoffel vs P Devos  1-0311946London-BB58 Sicilian
17. R H Newman vs M Christoffel 0-1451946London-BC13 French
18. M Christoffel vs G J Wood  1-0431946London-BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. I Koenig vs M Christoffel  1-0411946London-BD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
20. M Christoffel vs W Winter 1-0181946London-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Denker vs M Christoffel  1-0441946London-BD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. F Lupi vs M Christoffel  0-1421946London-BB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. M Christoffel vs Euwe 0-1271946London-BD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Znosko-Borovsky vs M Christoffel  1-0451946ZaanstreekB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas  1-0351946ZaanstreekC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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  Benzol: Martin Christoffel
Born 2nd September 1922 in Basel
Awarded the IM title in 1952 he was also Swiss champion in 1942 (joint), 1943, 1945, 1948 and 1952.
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  BishopBerkeley: Wow! Mr. Christoffel has one of the most impressive lists of lost games I've seen for a relatively little-known player! He has the distinction of having lost to Mieses, Euwe, Tartakower, Znosko-Borovsky, Smyslov, Najdorf, Keres, Larsen, and Kasparov: a legacy of losses anyone could be proud of!

I'm happy to see that he won games against Kotov and Vidmar and drew games against Yanofsky and Denker.

I suspect the reality is that he won far more Chessgames than he lost in his career and was probably the best player in the room in the great majority of clubs he entered. I suspect he played solid, Grandmaster level Chess.

But he was *just good enough* to get a chance to compete with some of the greatest players of his time, but *not quite good enough* to keep from getting whomped by them!

Even so, I say sincerely, and without any irony at all, "Bravo Mr. Christoffel !!"

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Nihil obstat.

May-01-05  offramp: 10 draws in 52 years is notable.
Sep-02-06  BIDMONFA: Martin Christoffel


Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to BIDMONFA for locating this photograph of Christoffel.
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  whiteshark: Bio:

Book about top-class <CHRISTOFFEL-MEMORIAL> corr tournament:

Apr-03-16  diagonal: <BishopBerkeley> Thanks for the empathic and original portrait of IM Martin Christoffel, who also served as president of the Swiss Chess Federation (1987-1991).

Maybe his best tournament result was in 1952 at the International Swiss Championship in Zurich, as joint 2nd/3rd alongside with Euwe behind winner Erik Lundin, ahead of 4th Blau, 5th Canal, 6th Udovcic, 7th Toran Albero, 8th Grob, etc. (14 players).

At Groningen in 1946 (today you would certainly call that a supertournament), won by Botvinnik, Martin Christoffel finished last - but in touch with a bunch of strong players and beating Kotov, Vidmar, and Bernstein!

Best wishes from diagonal to ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗

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