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Folke Ekstrom
Number of games in database: 47
Years covered: 1944 to 1972
Overall record: +25 -12 =10 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-12-1906, died Jan-25-2000, 93 years old) Sweden

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Nils Johan Folke Ekström was born in Lund. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the IMC title in 1971, he was Swedish Champion in 1947 and 1948, and Swedish Correspondence Champion in 1941, 1964 and 1971. He finished second at Hastings (1945/46) with an outstanding 9-2 score, a half point behind Savielly Tartakower, and two points ahead of former world champion Max Euwe and Arnold Denker, both of whom he beat.

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Last updated: 2020-10-21 05:48:29

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs F Ekstrom  ½-½551944Stockholm mB20 Sicilian
2. F Ekstrom vs Keres  ½-½391944Stockholm mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Keres vs F Ekstrom  1-0531944Stockholm mA13 English
4. F Ekstrom vs Keres 0-1411944Stockholm mE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Keres vs F Ekstrom 1-0191944Stockholm mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. F Ekstrom vs Keres  0-1481944Stockholm mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Denker vs F Ekstrom 0-1341945Hastings 1945/46D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. F Ekstrom vs H Steiner  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A04 Reti Opening
9. J Aitken vs F Ekstrom  0-1601945Hastings 1945/46B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. E E Book vs F Ekstrom  ½-½451946Stockholm 4647D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. F Ekstrom vs J Mieses  1-0281946Hastings 1945/46D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
12. Tartakower vs F Ekstrom 1-0351946Hastings 1945/46B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. P Devos vs F Ekstrom  0-1291946Hastings 1945/46A06 Reti Opening
14. F Ekstrom vs Euwe 1-0801946Hastings 1945/46C47 Four Knights
15. F Ekstrom vs G A Thomas 1-0361946Hastings 1945/46D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F Ekstrom vs E G Sergeant  1-0351946Hastings 1945/46A08 King's Indian Attack
17. M Christoffel vs F Ekstrom  0-1321946Hastings 1945/46B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
18. F Ekstrom vs Prins 1-0361946Hastings 1945/46E60 King's Indian Defense
19. F Ekstrom vs G Wood  1-0341946ZaanstreekC58 Two Knights
20. H Kramer vs F Ekstrom  0-1521946ZaanstreekD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. F Ekstrom vs Szabo  1-0591946ZaanstreekD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Stoltz vs F Ekstrom  1-0581946ZaanstreekC17 French, Winawer, Advance
23. Euwe vs F Ekstrom ½-½241946ZaanstreekE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. G A Thomas vs F Ekstrom  ½-½601946ZaanstreekA07 King's Indian Attack
25. F Ekstrom vs V Soultanbeieff 1-0261946ZaanstreekD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Oct-12-06  anandrulez: happy birthday
Oct-12-06  sfm: Lycka till!
Oct-12-06  waddayaplay: He was known as Folke Ekström.

Died 2000-01-28 in Saltsjöbaden, 93 years old. Obituary notice

An obituary was written in Tidskrift för Schack, 2/2000 by Lars Grahn.

Dec-16-06  Lovisa: I'm Folke's granddaughter. It's fun to see that my granddad's remembered! I was in Cuba some years ago and came across a chess tournament in Cienfuegos. I mentioned Folke's name and they remembered him too!

I don't know too much about Folke's chess games but would like to know more. If you know something about him, post a comment!

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  Benzol: <Lovisa> Welcome to the site. Perhaps your Dad can fill out a few more details about your Grandfather for you. Drawing with Paul Keres and beating Laszlo Szabo shows that he was quite a strong player.
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  Sneaky: Lovisa, your granddad beat Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Arnold Denker, Laszlo Szabo, and Lodewijk Prins, all heavyweight chess masters of that era. From that alone, I can tell you that he was not to be taken lightly over the chessboard.
Dec-16-06  Ziggurat: He also beat Euwe, a former world champion!
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  Sneaky: Oh, I missed that one!! N Folke Ekstroem vs Euwe, 1945
Dec-16-06  Ziggurat: Here's something that may be of interest:

It's written in Swedish. Among other things, it says that Ekström, much to the chagrin of the Swedish chess association, chose to pursue a civil career instead of becoming a chess professional. Also, the Hastings tournament where he ended second and beat Euwe was his first international tournament!

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  Chessdreamer: Lovisa, your granddad participated in the 7th correspondence chess worldchampionshiptournament (1972-76)! This event was won by Y.Estrin (SU) with 12 points, followed by J.Boey (B) 11½, V.Zagorovsky (SU) and K.Richardson (GB) 11, J. Krzyszton (PL) and M.Yudovich (SU) 9½, F.Brglez (YU) and F.Ekstroem (S) 9, A.Sundin (S), E.Thiele (DDR) and P.Dubinin (SU) 8½, H.Cording (D) 7½, M.Zagorovsky (SU) 7, J.Zapletal (CS) 5, S.Letic (Y) 4½, J.Nielsen (DK) 3 and Z.Necesany (CS) 1.
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  Chessdreamer: More info,
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Oct-12-07  Eastfrisian: Is he in 2007 still alive? I don't think so.
Oct-12-07  BIDMONFA: Nils Johan Folke Ekstroem


Oct-13-07  Eastfrisian: Sometimes Bidmonfa is useful. And now should update his bio.
Oct-13-07  Calli: "Bidmonfa is useful"

Not really. <waddayaplay> posted the information last year. Look down about 10 posts on this page.

Oct-14-07  Eastfrisian: Oops, you are right. I should read all, before I post.
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  Gypsy: Folke Ekstrom (*1906 +2000)

Chessmetrics data:

Best World Rank: #9 (1946/1947)

Highest Rating: 2714

Dec-13-07  Ziggurat: <Gypsy> That is surprising. He must be one of the least well-known Chessmetrics top tens (and 2700+s!). According to Chessmetrics he was clearly better at his peak than Erik Lundin, who is a much more well-known Swedish player.
Dec-13-07  nescio: <Ziggurat> While I don't deny that he was apparently a very strong player, the successes of Ekström cannot really be compared to the achievements of his contempories Stoltz, Lundin, and Stahlberg. They were around for decades, while Ekström played only a few international tournaments. His rating of 1946/47 is probably based on the tournaments in Hastings '45/46 and Zaandam '46. He scored an amazing 17,5 out of 22, but I don't think 22 games is sufficient for a reliable rating.
Dec-13-07  Ziggurat: <nescio> Yes, I agree. Didn't realize the sample was so small.
Oct-05-08  Agent Bouncy: I have seen a number of strange ratings on Chessmetrics, but none so bizarre as Ekstrom's! The problem here is not only a small rating sample, but an irrational way of calculating ratings as well. According to Chessmetrics, Ekstrom's highest rating was 2714 in Jan 1947, while his highest performance rating in any single event of his entire chess career was 144 points lower: 2570 in his 1944 match loss to Keres! In fact, again according to Chessmetrics, Ekstrom never had another performance rating above 2500, and yet we see him in 1947 ranked #9 in the world. Clearly this is nonsense. I do not mean to disparage Ekstrom in any way -- he is certainly not to blame for the results of an absurd rating system.
Oct-12-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Nils Johan Folke Ekstroem!!!
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  whiteshark: crosstable of the <7th CC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL>:
Oct-12-10  rapidcitychess: Wow, a very strong player.

And I've never heard of him. He deserves a lot more attention

Nov-09-14  ljfyffe: Won European Correspondence Championship V
(1967-73) ahead of J. Boey of Belgian, and A. Anton of Romania.
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