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Andrew Soltis
A Soltis 

Number of games in database: 811
Years covered: 1963 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2407
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445
Overall record: +472 -105 =227 (72.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (186) 
    B23 B89 B57 B87 B53
 French Defense (49) 
    C05 C07 C04 C00 C02
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C85 C77 C69 C73 C91
 French Tarrasch (32) 
    C05 C07 C04 C03
 Vienna Opening (25) 
    C26 C25 C27 C28
 King's Indian Attack (24) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (87) 
    E62 E94 E95 E70 E69
 Sicilian (70) 
    B77 B35 B32 B63 B33
 Robatsch (70) 
 Sicilian Dragon (29) 
    B77 B35 B78 B76 B75
 Modern Defense (19) 
 Pirc (18) 
    B07 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Soltis vs D Gurevich, 1981 1-0
   A Soltis vs Browne, 1970 1-0
   A Soltis vs Romanishin, 1989 1-0
   K Shirazi vs A Soltis, 1988 0-1
   A Soltis vs A Whiteley, 1967 1-0
   K Commons vs A Soltis, 1974 0-1
   A Soltis vs Browne, 1964 1-0
   A Soltis vs Suttles, 1973 1-0
   A Soltis vs A J Goldsby, 1981 1-0
   A Soltis vs D Sheppard, 2002 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia 1971/72 (1971)
   CCA Summer International (1984)
   Reggio Emilia 1970/71 (1971)
   Norristown (1973)
   82nd US Open (1981)
   United States Championship (1983)
   New York Murphy-ACF (1994)
   New York GHI (1977)
   New York Open (1985)
   Marshall Open (1979)
   14th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1990)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   GMA Baleares Open (1989)
   New York Open (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1996 Bermuda by gauer
   US Open 1982, St. Paul, MN by ghost5

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(born May-28-1947, 76 years old) United States of America

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Andrew Eden Soltis was born on the 28th of May 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1974.

In 1970, he played second board on the gold-medal winning US team in the 17th World Student Team Championship and tied for the best overall score, 8–1. He was also a member of the silver-medal winning US teams in the 14th and the 18th World Student Team Championships.

Soltis won the annual international tournament at Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1972 and was awarded the International Master title two years later. His first-place finishes in New York international tournaments in 1977 and 1980 resulted in his being awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1980.

He won the championship of the prestigious Marshall Chess Club a record nine times, in 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1986, and 1989.He also competed in four US (closed) Championships, in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1983. He tied for first prize in the 1977 and 1982 US Open Championships.

Soltis has been inactive in tournaments since 2002. He reached his playing peak as a competitive player when he was rated the 74th best player in the world, in January 1971.

He is also known as a writer and author on the game. Married to Marcy Soltis.

Wikipedia article: Andrew Soltis

Last updated: 2023-02-08 22:23:53

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 812  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ed Eusebi vs A Soltis  0-1311963Marshall Junior ChampionshipA20 English
2. R Spital vs A Soltis  0-1381963NYC High School Team ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
3. A Soltis vs J Sherwin  0-1501963New York State OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. A Soltis vs H Ploss  1-0371964Marshall JuniorC02 French, Advance
5. G Rosenberg vs A Soltis  0-1161964Metropolitan LeagueA00 Uncommon Opening
6. A Soltis vs R Karp  1-0261964Marshall AmateurC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. A Kussack vs A Soltis  0-1441964New York jr chB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. A Soltis vs D Pader  1-0751964New York City Junior ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. A Soltis vs McClain  1-0211964New York City Junior ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
10. Browne vs A Soltis 0-1351964New York jr chC01 French, Exchange
11. A Soltis vs E J Allen  1-0261964US Junior ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
12. A Soltis vs L W Raschen  1-0371964Marshall TournamentC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
13. A Soltis vs P Stevens  1-0261964Marshall Championship PreliminariesA00 Uncommon Opening
14. A Soltis vs A Stern  1-0381964Marshall Championship PreliminariesC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
15. A Agree vs A Soltis  0-1371964Marshall Championship PreliminariesE70 King's Indian
16. A Soltis vs Browne 1-0341964Marshall CC PreliminariesC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. A Soltis vs P Robey  ½-½401964Marshall Championship PreliminariesB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. O Popovych vs A Soltis  1-0451964Marshall Championship PreliminariesB32 Sicilian
19. W Goichberg vs A Soltis  ½-½351964Marshall Championship PreliminariesB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. A Soltis vs W Goichberg  0-1401965Marshall ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. A Soltis vs A Hoffmann  1-0231965Marshall ChampionshipA66 Benoni
22. O Popovych vs A Soltis  0-1401965Marshall Championship FinalsB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. A Soltis vs H Avram  1-0381965New York OpenC02 French, Advance
24. B E Owens vs A Soltis  0-1271965New York OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
25. E McLaughlin vs A Soltis  0-1321965Metropolitan Intercollegiate Team TournamentE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
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  HeMateMe: Phil Mushnick is an untalented idiot. His beat for many years at the Post was specifically to report on sports as it is covered on television. For example, it the commentating is horrible, or if certain cities have bad camera set ups, or the sound quality is bad at certain arenas he would write a column on these topics---completely boring drivel. I rarely read his column.

There was a time when the Post and the Daily News were each 25 cents, so you bought one or both of them every day, just to get the street news--find out who got bludgeoned to death, rumors or facts on politician graft, police brutality, public nudity, stuff like that. Give it a five minute skim, then throw it in the garbage. It covered things that the Times didn't, so it was worth a quick look. Since the cost of the paper went up to $1 daily, I stopped buying the Post. I'm surprised Mushnick still has a job there.

Nov-25-14  Jim Bartle: I disagree, <hmm>. He's a very talented idiot. But an idiot nonetheless.
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  HeMateMe: JB have you been reading the on line NY Post or News, over the years?
Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: I like Mushnick's column, though it does get repetitive. He used to sometimes get on announcers for insulting the intelligence of the viewers, and he'd give a quote from the announcer and then explain just why the statement was insulting to viewers' intelligence. BUT he doesn't do that anymore.

At any rate, he is a whole lot better than his would-be imitator Bob Raissman in the Daily News, who once praised the "great" (sic) Warner Wolf (former ABC then CBS local sports news guy), and credited him for not spoiling results of tape-delayed broadcast games. When in fact, not only DID Wolf regularly spoil, he even held up cardboard signs with late scores at the end of the broadcast, to the consternation of all who thought themselves safe for having turned the sound off.

Nov-27-14  Jim Bartle: <hmm> I've read Mushnick a lot over the years, for entertainment. And I used to read Peter Vecsey on the NBA all the time. He was arrogant and sometimes offensive, but he knew his stuff.
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  HeMateMe: I remember watching Warner Wolf maybe 20 years ago. I assume he's long retired. He's a local guy--why would you be familiar with the local news personalities in NYC? He had a following here, but I think top ratings went to nbc every single year, who had Marv Albert doing both the 5pm and 11:00 news here for many years, as well as announcing every possible game, from here to Madagascar. Give Marv some credit. Not many men would recover from having to explain red panties and sodomy in a Virginia court of law, and regain their place at the top of network newscasters.

When Marv left local news here he was replaced by Len Berman, who I think had worked as a high school intern for Albert, going way back. Berman gets some international exposure because he has always been part of the NBC team when they cover the Olympics.

I always liked Peter Vesey's columns. He might be a bit too opinionated for some, but his stuff is usually not dull. He worked out less well as a tv commentator. Just not a camera-viable friendly looking guy.

If you're familiar with Peter Vesey then surely you're familiar with Dick Young and his sports column "Young Ideas." His was a sort of Larry King type column, all over the place, a little bit racist in spots (I think he was one of the old guard that resented the new dominance of African Americans in sports). One supposed letter from a fan read: Q: "How can we stop dunking in the NBA?" [Young thought dunking should have been banned.]

A: "glue broken glass on edges of the rim!"

Nov-27-14  Granny O Doul: After Young's death, the Village Voice ran a series of "Dick Young from Hell" columns titled "Terminally Young Ideas". Unfortunately I missed most of them because the Voice wasn't free then.

Jerry Girard on WPIX-11 was the local guy who actually did give viewers a chance to look away before seeing scores of to-be-aired-later games, in very marked contrast to Wolf.

May-10-15  TheFocus: <Failing to open the center at the right moment - a common error by White in the Exchange Lopez - can allow Black an excellent game> - Andy Soltis.
May-21-15  zanzibar: Some editor beat me to it... his FIDE card must have just been added.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I don’t know when I was hooked, or why for that matter. Maybe it was for the reason Botvinnik gave: Some people like to think and chess is the best way to satisfy the urge> - GM Andy Soltis.
May-22-15  zanzibar: What's wrong with quantum gravity?
May-26-15  TheFocus: <Too often amateurs get the impression that grandmasters are calculating wizards who constantly think 10 and 15 moves ahead. Actually, there are few times in a game where you have to look more than 4 moves ahead> - Andy Soltis.
Jun-02-15  TheFocus: <Masters…know when to panic> - Andy Soltis.
Feb-02-18  Howard: The latest issue of CL has an interview with Soltis on the very last page, and in it he alludes to a game he played at a NY Open in which he a won position!

Any idea what game that was ?

Feb-02-18  Olavi: <Howard> Have a look here. Soltis' game isn't featured.

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  MissScarlett: Soltis and McFarland are threatening to release the book <Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi

A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games>.

Multibiography? God, that's horrible!

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  Sally Simpson: ***

"You can't visit my website. I don't have one.

You can't e-mail me. I don't have an address.

In fact I don't have a personal computer or a chess program.

I don't even have a toaster."

That is how Andrew Soltis began one of his entertaining columns in ‘Chess Life’, April 1999.

He reckons the time chess computers and a chessbase became a 'must have' was during this match and in particular this game.

Yusupov vs K Spraggett, 1989

Spraggett was using chessbase data files, Yusupov (and before him Sokolov) were using the old card index system held in the Moscow Chess Club. They had no Spraggett games on file.

This lack of technology helped Spraggett defeat Sokolov and nearly cost Yusupov the match.

In the above linked game. Andrew writes that Deep Thought here gave:

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Yusupov's 37.Rdd8 a ?? pointing out the mate with 37.g6+ Kxg6 38.Bf5+

Computers had muscled in and were here to stay.


May-09-20  Granny O Doul: Computers could not have helped Yusupov find that mate, unless his preparation was very deep. Possibly he saw the idea but didn't notice that ...Kh6 is met by the same 38. Bf5 (without check this time).
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Granny,

The point of the Soltis article is that everyone, the players and commentators missed it . The computer pointed it out right away.

My take on it that the move Yusupov played is also good. If there was not another attractive looking move in the position maybe Yusupov would have dug in and found it.

Why Soltis points to this match and computers is because of the databases.

Team Yusupov had no computer and it could not buy one as back then it was illegal to sell or even rent a computer to a Russian!

Kevin Spraggett explains it better here.


May-10-20  Olavi: Vesma Baltgailis puts the computer story rather differently in New in Chess 3/1989, explaining that the difficulties were purely logistical: a 500 dollar deposit was required for the rent... "Even the insistence of Mark Spraggett was to no avail."
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  perfidious: <Geoff>, I annotated that game for <Chess Horizons>: while I do not recall for certain, it is distinctly odds-on I overlooked the snap mate as well in my annotations.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Olavi,

It sounds like it's one of those differing tales from different sources.

Andrew's comes out 10 years later, Vesma Baltgallis at the time the game was played and another from Kevin Spraggett who was one of the players. (I do not have that particular NIC thank you for the heads up.)

Hi Perfidious,

In the old days, Chess B.C. (before computers) a lot of quick kills were missed. They used to be discovered by Russian schoolboys and of course Mr. A.R.B. Thomas Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (kibitz #9)


May-11-20  Olavi: Yusupov does give 37.g6+ Kh6 38.Bf5 in said NIC - it would be too much to miss it -, mentioning time trouble. After 37.Rdd8 he gives 37...g6 with just a big advantage.
May-28-22  Albertan: Congratulations,Andy Soltis turns 75:an interview:

Nov-27-22  jerseybob: Looking today through a stack of yellowed Al Horowitz columns from the NY Times, I found this gem, dated 11-26-1970: White: Soltis Black: (Karl?) Burger. 1.e4,Nf6 2.e5,Nd5 3.Nc3,Nxc3 4.bxc3,d6 5.f4,g6 6.Nf3,Bg7 7.d4,00 8.Be3,c5 9.Be2,Qa5 10.Bd2,Qa4 11.00,Nc6 12.d5,Na5 13.Bd3,Bg4(13..Nc4!? my question) 14.h3,Bxf3 15.Qxf3,Nc4(15..dxe5 16.f5 - Horowitz) 16.Be1,dxe5 17.Qe2,Na3 18.fxe5,c4 19.Be4,Bxe5 20.Bh4,Bxc3 21.Rad1,Rae8 22.Qf3,Nb5 23.d6,Nxd6 24.Bxe7,Rxe7 25.Rxd6,Be5 26.Bxg6!,f5 27.Qd5+,Kh8 28.Rxf5,Rxf5 29.Rd8+,Re8 30.Bxf5,Bf6 31.Qf7 1-0. I'm guessing an NYC game, @ the Marshall maybe. A shame to let games like this be forgotten.
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