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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Klaus Junge
Jugendschachwoche Furstenwalde (1939), Furstenwalde GER, Aug-11
Spanish Game: Open. Malkin Variation (C83)  ·  1-0


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Apr-07-08  grasser: Why was Unzicker not at the front with Junge?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Maybe he was. Junge, a 21-year-old officer, died weeks before the war ended. Unzicker, born one year after Junge, probably would have been sent to the front soon if he was not there already. Germany was fast running out of young men to die. Maybe someone here who was around at the time and place knows.

What a waste.

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  whiteshark: The game was played at a <chess training camp> for young talents ('Jugendschachwoche')

Here is a picture of it:

Trainer: Willi Schlage

young players:
Klaus Junge
Wolfgang Unzicker
Edith Keller-Hermann

There are no games from Karl Krbavac and Rudolf Kunath, only E Kunath (don't know if there is a relationship).

Apr-08-08  FHBradley: <grasser:> The scoresheet says the game was played on August, the 11th, 1939 (if I decipher it correctly). The war hadn't broken out, yet.
Apr-09-08  grasser: Well I meant in 1945 of course. I was half joking anyway. Trust me, if someone put me at the front with 5% of what I needed to do battle I'd quit. Knights Cross or no Knights Cross.
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  pawn to QB4: <Why was Unzicker not at the front with Junge?> wikipedia (German version) has it that he was discharged from the Wehrmacht in 1944 after basic training because of a weak heart. Good result for him - and chess - especially since he went on to live into his eighties.
Apr-09-08  Hafen Slawkenbergius: Why not 33.Rg1?
Apr-13-08  grasser: Yes. Anyone who played the opening that well should have found 33.Rg1.
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  Calli: Unzicker's heart problem was apparently serious. He stayed away from cigarettes. coffee, alcohol (only on occasion), exercised regularly etc:

Im August 1944 ist seine Militärlaufbahn endgültig zu Ende. Die Ärzte prophezeien ihm ein kurzes Leben. Doch er bekommt seine Herzschwäche in den Griff. Viel Disziplin ist dazu nötig. Sein Leben lang wird er die Finger von Zigaretten lassen, keinen Kaffee und nur zu ganz besonderen Anlässen einmal einen Schluck Alkohol trinken. Außerdem bewegt er sich viel, macht regelmäßig Morgengymnastik, Wanderungen, Radtouren. Vielleicht lehrt ihn nicht zuletzt auch seine gesundheitliche Indisposition jene Disziplin, die später nötig ist, um beruflich wie schachlich überaus erfolgreich zu sein.

His brother Gerhard like Junge did die near the end of war. His father cursed Hitler:

Im folgenden Jahr trifft ihn das Schicksal mit voller Wucht, verursacht durch den Krieg, der für ihn fast schon vorbei schien: der geliebte Bruder Gerhard kommt ums Leben, als seine Einheit aus der Luft angegriffen wird. Als Vater Eugen am 1. März 1945 die Todesnachricht bei der Gartenarbeit überbracht wird, schlägt er mit dem Beil in einen Holzblock und ruft: ‚Das hat der Sauhund [Hitler] auch noch fertiggebracht!’

From KARL 2/7

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