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Gruenfeld 
 
Ernst Gruenfeld
Number of games in database: 558
Years covered: 1913 to 1961
Overall record: +188 -85 =285 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (57) 
    D52 D64 D67 D63 D68
 Queen's Indian (29) 
    E16 E15 E12 E17 E14
 King's Indian (25) 
    E60 E67 E62 E64 E69
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A50 A40 A46 A41 E10
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    D46 D45 D48 D43 D47
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D30 D31 D37 D06 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C77 C88 C78 C84 C90
 Alekhine's Defense (29) 
    B02 B03 B05 B04
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D04 A46 A50 D02 A45
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C88 C84 C90 C99 C86
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (17) 
    D28 D27 D21 D26 D20
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E34 E24 E38 E47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 1/2-1/2
   Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1922 0-1
   Gruenfeld vs J Schenkein, 1915 1-0
   O Chajes vs Gruenfeld, 1923 0-1
   B Kostic vs Gruenfeld, 1922 0-1
   Gruenfeld vs Maroczy, 1922 1-0
   Gruenfeld vs Bogoljubov, 1922 1-0
   Gruenfeld vs G Nagy, 1924 1-0
   Gruenfeld vs Tartakower, 1923 1-0
   H Wolf vs Gruenfeld, 1922 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Budapest (1921)
   Maehrisch - Ostrau (1923)
   Berlin (1926)
   Vienna (1923)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Debrecen (1925)
   Vienna (1922)
   Breslau (1925)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Semmering (1926)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Moscow (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B 1920 by Tabanus
   Marienbad 1925 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1922 by Archives
   Mährisch-Ostrau 1923 by suenteus po 147
   Debrecen 1925 by Phony Benoni
   Teplitz-Schönau 1922 by suenteus po 147
   99_Scarborough 1930 by whiteshark
   Zandvoort 1936 by suenteus po 147
   1925 Breslau by TheFocus
   Vienna 1923 by suenteus po 147
   Budapest 1921 by suenteus po 147

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ERNST GRUENFELD
(born Nov-21-1893, died Apr-03-1962) Austria

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Ernst Franz Grünfeld was born in Vienna. He lost a leg in an early childhood which was beset by poverty. However, he discovered chess, studied intensely, and quickly earned a reputation as a skilled player at the local chess club, the Wiener Schach-Klub.

He was German champion in 1923 and awarded the GM title in 1950. For a short period after the First World War he was among the World's best eight or nine players. His best tournament results were Meran 1924 1st ahead of Rudolf Spielmann and Akiba Rubinstein, Budapest 1926 1st with Mario Monticelli ahead of Rubinstein, Richard Reti and Savielly Tartakower, Vienna 1928 1st with Sandor Takacs and 1st at Mahrisch-Ostrau 1933. He played for Austria in four Olympiads from 1927 to 1935 but is best known as an openings theoretician and published a book on the Queen's Gambit in 1924. The Grunfeld (D80) Defense, one of the hypermodern openings, is named after him. He introduced this opening to the world by defeating Alexander Alekhine with it in 1922. See Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1922.

He passed away in Vienna in 1962.

Wikipedia article: Ernst Gr%C3%BCnfeld


 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 558  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Wolf vs Gruenfeld  0-155 1913 corresp.C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. A Ritzen vs Gruenfeld  0-146 1914 Match corrC27 Vienna Game
3. A Ritzen vs Gruenfeld  0-148 1914 corrC23 Bishop's Opening
4. Gruenfeld vs J Schenkein 1-023 1915 ViennaD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. S Wolf vs Gruenfeld 1-0105 1915 Landtstrasser TtC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Gruenfeld vs A Ritzen  1-026 1916 corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Gruenfeld vs L Asztalos 1-017 1918 KosiceD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Reti vs Gruenfeld  ½-½25 1918 KosiceC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
9. Gruenfeld vs L Godal 1-028 1918 WienD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Breyer vs Gruenfeld 1-017 1918 KosiceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Gruenfeld vs Z von Balla  1-043 1918 KosiceA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Gruenfeld vs Mieses  ½-½37 1918 KosiceC10 French
13. T Gerbec vs Gruenfeld  0-131 1919 Vienna, AustriaC78 Ruy Lopez
14. T Gerbec vs Gruenfeld  0-144 1919 Vienna, AustriaC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Gruenfeld vs E Jacobson ½-½35 1920 Gothenburg BD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Gruenfeld vs M Marchand 1-030 1920 Gothenburg BA53 Old Indian
17. Gruenfeld vs W John 1-085 1920 Gothenburg BA93 Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
18. V Sjoberg vs Gruenfeld  ½-½38 1920 Gothenburg BD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. H Von Hennig vs Gruenfeld  ½-½60 1920 Gothenburg BA03 Bird's Opening
20. Breyer vs Gruenfeld 1-020 1920 Vienna AUTC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. A Larsson vs Gruenfeld  0-143 1920 Gothenburg BC47 Four Knights
22. Gruenfeld vs A Nilsson  ½-½82 1920 Gothenburg BD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. A Olsson vs Gruenfeld  ½-½60 1920 Gothenburg BC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. Gruenfeld vs K Kullberg  ½-½27 1920 Gothenburg BE12 Queen's Indian
25. Gruenfeld vs P F Johner  0-128 1920 Gothenburg BD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 558  PGN Download
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Jul-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <sneaky, <Meister Gehirnfehlt>>

Du <ungekrönter Dampfplauderer> :-)

Jul-08-07  John Thornton: From the biography: <...but is best known as an Openings theoretician having an opening named after him: Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70).>

How about the Grunfeld Defence (D85)?

Sep-03-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Neo-Gruenfeld sounds more sophisticated :-)
Nov-29-07  Larsker: Yes, it's Grünfeld, not Gruenfeld. How come it hasn't been corrected ages ago.
Feb-03-08  Tomlinsky: Re the Bio. "best known as an Openings theoretician having an opening named after him: Neo-Grunfeld Defense (D70)"

The origins of the Neo (Anti) Grunfeld should more accurately be credited to Alekhine I believe. Grunfeld himself is best known for, well, the Grunfeld Defence! (Other spellings may randomly apply) :)

Feb-04-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: If E.Grunfeld came up with the idea of the Neo-Grunfeld, then, I wonder who was the originator of the Grunfeld. :-) Alekhine?
Sep-11-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: C. N. 5750

Edward Winter received information from Michael Ehn:

<‘His birth certificate says that he was baptized “Grünfeld Ernest Franz”. The rather exotic “e” was subsequently omitted for the sake of simplicity.’>

(from "Ernst Franz Grünfeld" (Vienna, 1993) - the original text in German: <‘Seine Geburtsurkunde besagt, daß er als “Grünfeld Ernest Franz” getauft wurde. Das etwas exotische “e” ließ man später der Einfachheit halber weg.’>)

Source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Nov-23-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: 115 since E.Gruenfeld's birth.

R.I.P. Master Gruenfeld.

Mar-28-09  Andrijadj: This guy was fascinating...He had extensive opening knowledge and nice tactical style of play...If he had been born in let's say 1972(instead of 1892) and equipped with rybka and other monsters,he would be easily top 5...His style reminds me of aronian...
Mar-28-09  Andrijadj: and he had equal scores with Capablanca and Lasker,and beat Euwe 3:1...
Jun-09-09  WhiteRook48: "I never make a mistake on the first move!"
-Gruenfeld, who never played 1. e4
Jul-03-10  Sydro: <"I never make a mistake on the first move!" -Gruenfeld, who never played 1. e4>

3 times according to chessgames.com

Gruenfeld vs Capablanca, 1929
Gruenfeld vs Mieses, 1918
Gruenfeld vs Taimanov, 1950

Nov-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: All chess players owe You a debt of gratitude!

R.I.P. master Gruenfeld.

Nov-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Your defense still rocks!!
Apr-21-12  JohnDahl: Must have been a big bloke. Alekhine was about 6'2" but Grunfeld puts him in the shade:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Pic from Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1931.

Apr-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: He was sitting on a booster chair. :-))
Apr-21-12  JohnDahl: Karlis Ozols could be the tallest chess player ever: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

He looks about 8 foot tall; that or he's standing on some steps.

Aug-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: This photograph was taken at Meran 1924 with no caption provided in my source:

http://xoomer.virgilio.it/cserica/s...

How many of these players can be identified? There are several obvious ones, but I'm completely stumped on some.

Nov-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. master Gruenfeld.
Aug-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: <perfidious>

the site has moved and this is the new link: http://storiascacchi.altervista.org...

Oct-31-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Dr. Lasker: <Für Grünfeld empfinde ich eine gewisse Achtung. Er wird sich sehr langsam, aber umso sicherer entwickeln. Er erinnert sehr an Max Weiss und nicht, wie allgemein behauptet wird, an Schlechter.>

(I feel a certain respect for Gruenfeld. He will very slowly, but all the more definitely develop. He reminds me very much of Max Weiss and not, as is commonly claimed, of Schlechter.)

From an interview in 'Schachmaty', reprinted on page 87 of the March 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Tour through Germany:

26-board Simul in Berlin: +13 -3 =8

Consultation game against E Post in Berlin which he won.

Hamburg Chess Club: +17 -3 =6

Hamburg selected team: +12 -11 =1

Munich: +11 -1 =11

Breslau: +17 -0 =7

Dresden: +25 -2 =3

Ölsnitz: +19 -0 =0

From page 332 of the November 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-21-13  LoveThatJoker: Two awesome posts were posted on this page on November 21st, 2011.

I couldn't say it any better myself.

Thank you, Master Gruenfeld!!

LTJ

Nov-21-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Ernst Gruenfeld.
Dec-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Some details from Georg Marco 's short article on Grünfeld on p. 81 of the May 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung':

- Grünfeld only started to occupy himself with chess in 1910

- Siegfried Reginald Wolf could be called his mentor. They played about 300 or 400 games against each other. Thereby, Grünfeld became quite strong quickly. That's also why Grünfeld's play is characterised by correctness.

- In 1912, he came in 2nd at a handicap tournament of the <Landstrasser> Chess Association.

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