Boris Kostić

24 February 1887 - 03 November 1963

1920 Glasgow

British Chess Magazine 1920, p 143

Mr Boris Kostich fulfilled a highly successful engagement with Glasgow Chess Club during the whole week, April 12th to 17th, both dates inclusive. The Serbian master proved a great favourite and, besides playing much off-hand chess during each day with the members and expounding many very interesting points with great lucidity, he gave special evening displays, which drew excellent attendances of members and friends. On April 12th he gave a fine exhibition of blindfold chess, contesting 6 games simultaneously against an exceptionally strong team for such an arduous performance. Mr Kostich won 2 games, drew 2, and lost 1 game, and 1 game was cancelled owing to a curious misunderstanding about the opening moves given by the "teller" and not discovered till the 14th move, which actually lost a piece in the real position. White understood he was attacking in a "Lopez," whereas Black had played 2...N-KB3, "Petroff"! Hence the mistake

On April 13th Mr Kostich played 20 games simultaneously, winning 14, drawing 5, and losing 1 (to Mr Wardhaugh). On April 14th he drew 2 consultation games, neither being quite finished, against Messrs. W. Gibson and J.R. Longwill at one board and against Messrs. A.J. Neilson and C. Wardhaugh at the other.

On April 15th he contested 19 games simultaneously, winning 14 games and drawing 5. On both occasions at least 2 of the draws were obtained by lady-guests of the club in the simultaneous displays.

A special evening for lady-players, under the auspices of the Ladies' CC [Glasgow Ladies' CC], was arranged at Glasgow CC on Friday, April 16th, when Mr Kostich played 24 boards, of which he won the big majority, there being a few draws only, and 1 game he lost nicely to Miss E. Gibb.

On April 17th he played 2 consultation games, to close the engagement, winning both, against Messrs. A. Murray and C. Wardhaugh at one and Messrs. Chas. Macdonald and Neilson at the other.

On behalf of the club, Mr C. Macdonald thanked Mr Kostich for the very pleasant and instructive week's chess he had given the members, and the master genially responded.

1922 Dundee and Edinburgh

Kostić visited in March. At Dundee CC, he played 20 games simultaneously, winning 11, drawing 8, and losing 1 to C.B. Heath. He also played a simultaneous exhibition at Edinburgh CC, losing 2 games.

C.B. Heath - B. Kostić [B05] Dundee CC (Simul), 1922 (Source: Glasgow Herald)
1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.c4 Nb6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.0-0 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nc6 11.Qe2 dxe5 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.dxe5 Qc8 14.Rad1 Qa6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Qg4 Kh8 17.Bg5 Bxg5 18.Qxg5 Rxd1 19.Rxd1 f6 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Qh6 Qc8 22.Ne4 Rf7 23.Nxf6 Qf8 24.Qxf8+ Rxf8 25.Ne4 Kg7 26.f3 h6 27.Kf2 Kf7 28.Ke3 Ke7 29.Nc5 a5 30.a4 Rf5 31.Ne4 Nd7 32.g4 Rf8 33.f4 Nf6 34.Nxf6 Rxf6 35.Ke4 c5 36.Ke5 Rf8 37.Rd3 Rg8 38.Rh3 Rg6 39.Rh5 Kd7 40.h3 [40.g5 would have won in a few moves] 40...Ke7 41.Ke4 Kd6 42.f5 exf5+ 43.gxf5 Rg3 44.Rxh6+ Kd7 45.Kd5 Rxb3 46.Rh7+ Kd8 47.Kc6 Rb6+ 48.Kxc5 Rf6 49.Rh5 Kd7 50.Kb5 The game was prolonged for 26 moves, but the end was inevitable. 1-0

BCM 1920, p 143; 1922, pp 197 and 269; The Story of Dundee Chess Club (1984); J. Ken MacDonald

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland