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Erich Cohn
E Cohn 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 205
Years covered: 1902 to 1914

Overall record: +62 -84 =58 (44.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C84 C63 C87 C97 C80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C84 C87 C97
 French Defense (11) 
    C12 C01 C11 C13 C00
 Four Knights (10) 
    C49 C48
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D50 D60 D55 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 A46 D05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C65 C77 C66 C87 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04 A40
 French Defense (8) 
    C01 C10 C12
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C29 C26
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D55 D51 D60 D63
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C33 C39 C37 C36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Cohn vs Chigorin, 1907 1-0
   E Cohn vs Burn, 1909 1/2-1/2
   E Cohn vs Duras, 1909 1-0
   Znosko-Borovsky vs E Cohn, 1909 0-1
   E Cohn vs Tartakower, 1909 1-0
   F Englund vs E Cohn, 1905 0-1
   E Cohn vs Vidmar, 1909 1/2-1/2
   E Cohn vs Burn, 1911 1-0
   E Cohn vs Leonhardt, 1907 1-0
   E Cohn vs P F Johner, 1912 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm (1912)
   Abbazia (1912)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm 1912 (Nordic Chess Congress) by Phony Benoni
   yy_Early Passer Meeting - The Morbid Collection by whiteshark

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(born Mar-01-1884, died Aug-28-1918, 34 years old) Germany

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Erich Cohn was a talented player whose results were hampered by a frail constitution. He won short contests like the Berlin Four Master tourneys of 1909 (1st=), 1911 (1st) and 1914 (1st=) but was seldom able to show in longer events. However, he did have some fine results at Abbazia (1912) where he was 3rd behind Rudolf Spielmann and Oldrich Duras, and second at Stockholm (1912), behind Alexander Alekhine. In matches he defeated Carl Johan Margot Carls and Alfred Ehrhardt Post. He was killed late in the First World War.

Wikipedia article: Erich Cohn

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Edelheim vs E Cohn  1-0311902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. S F Smith vs E Cohn 1-091902HanoverC21 Center Game
3. E Cohn vs Loman  1-0351902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. E Cohn vs H Liebenstein  0-1411902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Lasker vs E Cohn 1-0231902USA tour simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. E Cohn vs Spielmann 1-0291904Coburg-AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch 0-130190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
8. E Cohn vs Vidmar  ½-½411904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
9. E Cohn vs P Kaegbein 1-0391904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. F Englund vs E Cohn 0-1121905Barmen (Germany)C29 Vienna Gambit
11. D Bleijkmans vs E Cohn  ½-½411905Barmen Main A, GERD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. E Cohn vs Moewig 1-0441905Barmen Main A, GERD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. L Loewy Sr vs E Cohn  1-0411905Barmen Main A, GERD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. E Cohn vs F Benima  1-0311905Barmen Main A, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. Gajdos vs E Cohn  0-1331905Barmen Main A, GERC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. E Cohn vs W Kunze  1-0331905Barmen Main A, GERC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Rubinstein vs E Cohn ½-½701905Barmen Main A, GERD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. K Petzold vs E Cohn  ½-½531905Barmen Main A, GERC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. E Cohn vs E Heilmann  1-0451905Barmen Main A, GERD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. E Cohn vs R K Kieseritsky  1-0631905Barmen Main A, GERB01 Scandinavian
21. E Cohn vs E E Middleton ½-½581905Barmen Main A, GERD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. E Cohn vs Duras 0-1431905Barmen Main A, GERC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. A Sartori vs E Cohn  0-1391905Barmen Main A, GERC29 Vienna Gambit
24. E Cohn vs Vidmar 1-0231905Barmen Main A, GERD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. E Cohn vs Salwe  1-026190615th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)C87 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 205  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Erich Cohn was born in 1884. He certainly did not play the game with Tarrasch in 1882. The games from London 1899 were played by Wilhelm Cohn.
Nov-22-04  InfinityCircuit: I'm trying to find a mystery game E. Cohn vs. Nimzowitsch. It comes from "My System" and starts in a set position. However, I can't find it in any database online or in Fritz. Does anyone know where it is? I want to get all the moves.
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  Chessical: <InfinityCircuit> I know of the following E. Cohn vs. Nimzowitsch games:

Munich 1906
Carlsbad 1907
Ostende 1907
Carlsbad 1911

As I do not have a copy of "My System" the respective game lengths were: 65, 20, 29 and 100 according to my source.

Nov-22-04  sneaky pete: <Chessical> <IC> is questioning about either the Munich 1906 game, in "My system" given from 39.Qe5 .. until the end (65... Kd3) or about an unidentified game (no date/event) starting with 16... Qd7 and lasting over 30 moves. The diagrammed position might have arisen from a Steinitz defence against the Ruy Lopez, with black having played Nf6-g4x(B)e3, leaving white with an isolated doubled pawn after fxe3 ... (theme: doubled pawn and "Hemmung"). AN writes "after ... 31.exf5 .. the win could be forced by 31... Kh8 (etc)", implying that he missed the win.

I'm afraid this is the mystery game <IC> is looking for.

Dec-17-07  Karpova: Erich Cohn (1884-1918) was a doctor of medicine.
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  whiteshark: Bio: (German) (English)

He died in the western front, <as a field doctor>, at the end of World War I.

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  brankat: Born 125 years ago, and left us so very much prematurely.

R.I.P. Dr.Cohn.

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  whiteshark: R.I.P. Schachmeister Cohn

† August 28, 1918 (supposably)

Jan-24-11  Ken Chamberlain: I like this players games.
Jan-24-11  Raisin Death Ray: Not as mean as his cousin Roy! :)
Feb-09-11  BIDMONFA: Erich Cohn

COHN, Erich

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  whiteshark: Edward Winter's C.N. 7213 shows a picture and the booklet dedicated to him.

<Scarce (many copies were destroyed by the Nazis because Cohn was Jewish). This was a little 18-page booklet dedicated to his memory since he was killed in action for Germany on 28 August 1918 after three years’ service.>

Link: Photo:

Aug-23-12  Karpova: The 4-Masters double-round robin Tournament in Berlin in 1909* began November 18.

1-2. E. Cohn 3.5
1-2. Teichmann 3.5
3. Spielmann 3.0
4. Von Bardeleben 2.0

Cohn and Teichmann shared the combined 1st and 2nd prizes (500 + 300 Mark), Spielmann got 250 Mark and Von Bardeleben 150 Mark.

From page 212 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

*Could the date in the Bio be mistaken (1910) as it was reported in 1910 but took place in 1909.

Mar-01-13  Abdel Irada: The tragedy of this wide-ranging intellect (note the guitar and the shelves filled with books), constrained by ill health and destroyed at the age of 34 by a senseless war, underscores the larger social catastrophe: that it is not our talents, our skills, our hard strivings to advance, even our genius, that determine our fates, but the decisions made in our name and "for our own good" by a tiny cadre of self-appointed aristocrats deaf to the voice of conscience.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> For a later example of genius constrained by a petty mind, have a go at this:

Mar-01-13  Abdel Irada: <perfidious>: That reminds me of something attributed to Stephen Jay Gould:

<I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.>

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> That quote fits, right enough.
Feb-15-14  Karpova: 30-board Simul in Berlin on October 9, 1909: +23 -4 =3

Source: Page 17 of the January 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-20-14  Marcelo Bruno: <Infinity Circuit> Can you provide me the position in Forsyth Notation, please?
Aug-07-14  Marcelo Bruno: <sneaky pete> Can you provide me the position in Forsyth Notation, please?
Aug-07-14  sneaky pete: <Marcelo Bruno> The Munich 1906 game is (now) in this database: E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch, 1906

The position in the mystery game (diagram 145 page 197 of the German edition of My System)

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Black (Nimzowitsch) to make his 16th move.

I'm not sure I know what Forsyth notation means, but when I give the position in what I think it is, the thing is turned on this site into this funny picture.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Erich Cohn.
Mar-01-19  Caissanist: Updated link to Winter's ChessNote 7213: .
Mar-01-19  WTHarvey: Here are 7 mates and combinations from Erich Cohn's games: Find the winning moves.
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