Berthold Koch

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Berthold Koch
Born22 February 1899
Died2 May 1988(1988-05-02) (aged 89)

Berthold Koch (22 February 1899 – 2 May 1988) was a German chess master and journalist.

Early life[edit]

Koch was born in Berlin on 22 February 1899.[1]

Chess career[edit]

Koch won four times the Berlin Championship in 1927, 1933 (joint), 1946, and 1951.[2] He also won the Soviet zone-ch at Leipzig 1946 and twice (joint) GDR Championship in 1952 and 1953.

Before World War II, he played in German championships at Bad Pyrmont 1933 (Efim Bogoljubow won), at Bad Aachen 1935 (Kurt Richter won), and at Bad Oeynhausen 1938 (Erich Eliskases won). After the war, he shared 11th at Düsseldorf 1951 (GER-ch, Rudolf Teschner won), and took 3rd at Leipzig 1953 (GER-ch, Wolfgang Unzicker won).[3][4]

Koch played twice for GDR in Chess Olympiads at Helsinki 1952 and Moscow 1956.[5]

He was awarded the International Master title in 1950,[6] and the ICCF title in 1959.


  1. ^ "The chess games of B. Koch". Chess Games. Retrieved 5 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Berliner Schachverband :: Sieger Berliner Einzelmeisterschaft Archived 2 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Deutscher Schachbund / Schacholympiade Dresden 2008 Archived 8 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Welcome to the Chessmetrics site Archived 14 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ OlimpBase, the encyclopaedia of team chess
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link). Chess Mile. Retrieved 5 June 2013