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Albert Becker
Number of games in database: 184
Years covered: 1921 to 1944

Overall record: +78 -49 =57 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (13) 
    C13 C11 C10 C02 C17
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D51 D64 D52 D67 D50
 French (7) 
    C13 C10 C11
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C78 C83 C86 C62 C79
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E51 E44 E46 E34 E42
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D51 D63 D52 D62 D56
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D37 D39 D30 D06 D31
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B20 B23 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D02 A46 A40 A45 D05
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E33 E21 E34 E47
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C88 C84 C71 C77
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Becker vs Tarrasch, 1925 1-0
   A Becker vs Vidmar, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs Euwe, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs H K Mattison, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs H N Hansen, 1936 1-0
   A Becker vs B Moritz, 1925 1/2-1/2
   A Becker vs Gruenfeld, 1922 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Vienna (1923)
   Breslau (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vienna 1923 by suenteus po 147
   1925 Breslau by TheFocus
   Gruenfeld - Becker, Vienna, 1922 by Karpova

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(born Sep-05-1896, died May-07-1984, 87 years old) Austria (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Georg Albert Becker was born in Vienna. He was (unofficial) Austrian champion in 1925 (=Siegfried Reginald Wolf) and awarded the IM title in 1953. He was 2nd at Vienna 1927, 2nd= with Bernhard Lichtenstein, Rudolf Spielmann and Savielly Tartakower at Vienna 1928, 1st at Vienna 1931, 1st at Vienna 1932, 1st= with Erich Eliskases at Linz 1934 and 1st at Vienna 1935. His greatest international achievement was at Carlsbad 1929 where he was 5th= with Max Euwe and Milan Vidmar. Following the Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939, he lived in Argentina. He collaborated with Ernst Gruenfeld on an excellent book of the Teplitz-Schönau Tournament of 1922 and contributed a great deal to opening literature. Becker passed away in 1984 in Vicente Lopez.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 184  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Albert Becker vs Lokvenc  1-033 1921 Vienna-BD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Albert Becker vs H Thanhofer 0-144 1921 Hauptturnier BC13 French
3. Felix Fischer vs Albert Becker 0-126 1922 Team MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker 1-051 1922 Grünfeld - BeckerD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Albert Becker vs Gruenfeld 1-042 1922 Grünfeld - BeckerA56 Benoni Defense
6. Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker ½-½32 1922 Grünfeld - BeckerD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Albert Becker vs Gruenfeld ½-½25 1922 Grünfeld - BeckerD85 Grunfeld
8. O Wegemund vs Albert Becker  ½-½28 1923 23. DSB KongressC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. B Moritz vs Albert Becker  ½-½25 1923 23. DSB KongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Albert Becker vs Gruenfeld  ½-½30 1923 23. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. Albert Becker vs Hilse  ½-½30 1923 23. DSB KongressB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. K Emmrich vs Albert Becker  0-134 1923 23. DSB KongressB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. Albert Becker vs A Brinckmann  1-029 1923 23. DSB KongressD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
14. A E Post vs Albert Becker  ½-½52 1923 23. DSB KongressC88 Ruy Lopez
15. Albert Becker vs P Krueger  0-128 1923 23. DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Albert Becker vs H Wagner  ½-½30 1923 23. DSB KongressD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Von Patay vs Albert Becker  ½-½54 1923 ViennaA48 King's Indian
18. Albert Becker vs Spielmann  ½-½28 1923 ViennaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Gruenfeld vs Albert Becker  ½-½27 1923 ViennaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. S Takacs vs Albert Becker  0-136 1923 ViennaA12 English with b3
21. Albert Becker vs Tartakower  ½-½44 1923 ViennaA44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Reti vs Albert Becker 1-030 1923 ViennaA38 English, Symmetrical
23. Albert Becker vs F Fischer  1-043 1923 ViennaA53 Old Indian
24. S R Wolf vs Albert Becker  0-177 1923 ViennaB20 Sicilian
25. Albert Becker vs T Gruber  1-037 1923 ViennaA53 Old Indian
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  Benzol: Georg Albert Becker
Born 5th September 1896 in Vienna
Died 7th May 1984 in Vicente Lopez
Awarded the IM title in 1953 he was joint Austrian champion in 1925.
Jul-07-05  WTHarvey: Here are some mates and wins from Albert's games:
Jul-07-05  sandyobrien: After talking with grandaunt I'm almost 90% sure that this my greatuncle.

Some of the information she gave me was that,

- He was once Austrian champion

- Had a opening variation named after him (in a primitive non-chess way of course, but after some research I found "the Becker Defense" 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Qd5)

- Time frame of birth matched well, but she wasn't sure about his death

- Finally, the name she gave me was dead-on except she said that they used to spell Becker, "Buecker".

I'm going to see what else I can find out from other family members. Wouldn't it be exciting if one of them had kept his old chess research/notation sheets/belongings?

Anyway, stay tuned while I check some ancestry resources ;)

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  cu8sfan: Is he the guy who yesterday defeated Andre Agassi?
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  NakoSonorense: <Is he the guy who yesterday defeated Andre Agassi?> How did you do that?? I was going to ask the exact same question! Lol
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  chessmoron: No sillies, that's Benjamin Becker.
Jan-08-07  Albertan: In 1929 Vera Menchik participated an an international tournament in Carlsbad. Albert Becker, who played in this event, said that anyone who lost to Menchik would have to be put into a Vera Menchik Club. He wanted to ridicule any master who lost to this woman. Becker was the first victim of Vera. LOL.
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  WannaBe: Ahhh... thanks <Albertan>, the founding father of the 'Vera Menchik Club'!


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  WannaBe: This is the game, I take it? Menchik vs A Becker, 1929
Jan-08-07  Albertan: Your welcome WannaBe :) Yes the game you mentioned in your post is the game which caused Becker to become the first member of the Vera Menchik Club. :) It must have been something to see the expression on both players faces after Becker played the blunder 39...Rd7?? and Menchik responded with 40.e6 :)
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  brankat: A very talented master and an influential theorist, particularly during the 1920s and '30s.

R.I.P. Mr.Backer.

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  brankat: From A.Becker's Biography: <He collaborated with Ernst Gruenfeld on an excellent book of the Teplitz-Schonau Tournament of 1922.>

I think the tournament took place in 1923. Dr.Lasker was the winner.

Sep-05-08  FHBradley: Schachkongress Teplitz-Schönau took place in October 1922. The tournament which Dr. Lasker won, the first in which he participated after his defeat against Capablanca, was organized in Mährisch-Ostrau the following year.
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day: <Albert Becker>>


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  Gypsy: Aparently, Euwe relyed heavily on Becker's opening files when he upstaged Alekhine in 1935.
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  brankat: <FHBradley> Yes, You're right. Thanks for the correction.
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  Calli: <Gypsy> Was Euwe following Becker's recommendations on the French defense? Euwe lost three of the first nine with the French and was lucky to escape with a draw in a fourth game.
Mar-29-09  wolfmaster: So sandy, I guess you haven't found anything in 3 3/4 years about Becker?
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  steunmar: The openingsystem of Albert Becker has been in the possession of The Max Euwe Center in Amsterdam (, which is a museum with the chess inheritance of dr Max Euwe, and a library of 10.000 items. The Becker-archive consisted of more than 100.000 handwritten cards. If anybody (Sandy for instance) is interested, I can find out who the present owner is.
Sep-05-10  BIDMONFA: Albert Becker

BECKER, George Albert

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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day: <Albert Becker>>

Bio in english:

Nov-05-13  Karpova: Right after the Master Tournament in Bremen 1924*, Becker won a match against Heinrich Wagner with +3 -1 =4.

From page 233 of the August 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

* see post Heinrich Wagner

Nov-24-13  Karpova: 5-Player Amateur tournament in Vienna, December 1924 (4 rounds):

1. Prof. Becker 3.0
2-3. E Post 2.5
2-3. Dr. Gruber 2.5
4. S R Wolf 1.5
5. Schara 0.5

Post was leading througout the tournament until Becker beat him with a fine exchange sacrifice.

From pages 359-360 of the December 1924 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Apr-02-14  thomastonk: <steunmar: The Becker-archive consisted of more than 100.000 handwritten cards. If anybody (Sandy for instance) is interested, I can find out who the present owner is.> I am interested in this information. Thank you in advance.
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  zanzibar: For a letter Becker wrote to Otto Zander, shortly after the Austrian Anschluss, see:

Otto Zander

and specifically:

Otto Zander

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