Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Englander
Kaschau (1892), Kassa (Kosice) AUH, Jan-03
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Maurian Defense (C33)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Charousek/Englander games
sac: 30.Bxb5+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You should register a free account to activate some of's coolest and most powerful features.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-14-06  erad1288: what a game! Charousek absolutely destroyed the man. Sac, Sac, Mate.
Sep-14-06  Whitehat1963: Yes, very nice game, but it looks double-edged. I wonder about the multitude of improvements for black.
Sep-02-08  ppeti84: It's like some game of Adolf Andersen...briliant romantic stuff!
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: This was the second game in a Match between Charousek and Englander, played 1891-1892.

At this time, Englander was considered the strongest player in Kashau (Kosice).

Charousek won +4 -0 =3

May-31-10  Boomie: Englander messed up the opening, which is odd since best play was known for about 50 years.

3...d5 appears best for black. This move was first played by Staunton in 1841 and was adopted by Morphy. The results have been great for black.

Opening Explorer

No matter which way white takes on d5, black plays Qh4+ with advantage.

4. Bxd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1
Opening Explorer

4. exd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 Bd6
Opening Explorer

In either case, white is almost busted according to the statistics.

Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: <Boomie> what an excellent comment and thanks for posting it.

One of the clues about this mystery is that in Kosice 1891 there were no professional chess players. In fact, there were no chess clubs either.

<Englander> was the strongest of the group, but none of them ever studied opening theory. They just played chess all the time. <Englander>, <Charousek> and dozens more of these players attended the <Academy of Laws> in Kosice at this time.

Among the local players and Kibbutzers, the <Charousek-Englander> match had "King of Kosice" as its only stake.

<Charousek> was the first in Kosice to make an exhaustive study of extant opening theory, which he was able to do because his mother had given him a copy of the fabled <Handbuch des Schachspiel> for a graduation present.

<Charousek> carried it everywhere with him, and he filled countless notebooks with variations and ideas drawn from the book.

This later led to the wholly apocryphal story that he had "copied all of the Handbuch out by hand, because he was too poor to buy one."

One of the reasons <Charousek> gravitated to Budapest was to find tougher opposition.

Budapest had a chess club- a very large, and very excellent chess club.

This would be the beginning of a momentous journey that climaxed, arguably, with him beating the World Champion of chess over the board at the great Nurnberg Tournament:

Charousek vs Lasker, 1896

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <jessicafischerqueen>, Thank you for the history lesson and clearing up the myth of Charousek copying the "Handbuch" by hand.
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: You're very welcome <GrahamClayton> I am glad you are interested in Charousek too.
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: This game is <Round Two> of the <Charousek-Englander> Match

Košice (aka Kassa, Kaschau) 1891-92

<Charousek> won +4 -0 =3

Premium Chessgames Member
  mifralu: <jessicafischerqueen: This game is <Round Two> of the <Charousek-Englander> Match>

Probably <Moriz Engländer> !! Problem composer.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
1. Charousek-Englander Match ROUND TWO
from Charousek: Match Play by jessicafischerqueen
KGA. Bishop's Gambit Maurian Def (C33) 1-0 Pretty Qside #
from N Checkmate (& Traps) More Collected Fredthebear by fredthebear
KGA. Bishop's Gambit Maurian Def (C33) 1-0 Pretty Qside #
from Attacks a2/a7, b2/b7 and c2/c7 ECO C by FTB by fredthebear
Charousek Comets
by chocobonbon
KGA. Bishop's Gambit. Maurian Defense.
from MKD's King's Gambit by MKD
from Mate on 64 Squares (under construction) by sleepyirv
Match Kaschau 1892 Rd.2
from Rudolf Rezso Charousek by wanabe2000

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC