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Hans Kmoch
Number of games in database: 187
Years covered: 1921 to 1948
Overall record: +63 -67 =55 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D63 D51 D66 D50 D52
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 E00 A46 A40 E10
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E24 E22 E34 E27 E33
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E14 E17 E18 E12
 English (7) 
    A14 A13 A15 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D30 D37
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C79 C90 C88 C74
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E32 E48 E24 E36 E33
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E12 E18 E17 E19 E16
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D63 D64 D51 D52 D56
 French Defense (7) 
    C01 C12 C11 C00 C10
 Sicilian (6) 
    B29 B73 B83 B40 B34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Nagy vs Kmoch, 1925 0-1
   A Brinckmann vs Kmoch, 1927 0-1
   Kmoch vs Przepiorka, 1925 1-0
   Kmoch vs Rubinstein, 1930 1-0
   Kmoch vs L Steiner, 1925 1-0
   W Von Holzhausen vs Kmoch, 1928 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Debrecen (1925)
   Budapest (1928)
   Kecskemet (1927)
   Leningrad (1934)
   Amsterdam (1936)
   San Remo (1930)
   Semmering (1926)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Debrecen 1925 by Phony Benoni
   Budapest 1928 by Tabanus
   Giessen 1928 by suenteus po 147

   Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927

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(born Jul-25-1894, died Feb-13-1973, 78 years old) Austria (citizen of United States of America)

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Johann (Hans) Joseph Kmoch, of Czech parentage, was born in Austria in 1894. He moved to the Netherlands in the 1930s and then settled in the USA in 1947. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and became an International Arbiter in 1951. As a player he was 1st at Debrecen 1925 and played on the Austrian Olympiad teams of 1927, 1930 and 1931. However, he is best known for his work as a writer and author. He wrote regularly for the US 'Chess Review' and edited the Carlsbad 1929 tournament book. His main works are 'Die Kunst der Verteidigung' (1929), 'Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces' (1941) and 'Pawn Power in Chess' (1959).

He also served as the Secretary and manager of the Manhattan Chess Club in New York City from 1951 to 1973.

Wikipedia article: Hans Kmoch

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Antosch vs Kmoch  0-134 1921 Vienna-AC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Kmoch vs L Zimpel 0-126 1921 Vienna-AB06 Robatsch
3. Kmoch vs S Wolf  ½-½57 1921 Vienna-AC02 French, Advance
4. Kmoch vs J Krejcik  ½-½45 1921 Vienna-AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kmoch vs Spielmann 0-130 1922 ViennaA43 Old Benoni
6. Kmoch vs Tartakower  ½-½22 1922 ViennaC01 French, Exchange
7. Reti vs Kmoch 1-052 1922 ViennaC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
8. Kmoch vs Alekhine 0-120 1922 ViennaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Kmoch vs Gruenfeld 0-133 1922 ViennaC46 Three Knights
10. Kmoch vs I Koenig ½-½26 1922 ViennaC49 Four Knights
11. H Wolf vs Kmoch 1-021 1922 ViennaC88 Ruy Lopez
12. Kmoch vs Saemisch  0-130 1922 ViennaB24 Sicilian, Closed
13. V Vukovic vs Kmoch 1-028 1922 ViennaE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Kmoch vs Tarrasch  0-160 1922 ViennaC01 French, Exchange
15. Bogoljubov vs Kmoch 1-035 1922 ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Maroczy vs Kmoch  1-034 1922 ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Rubinstein vs Kmoch 1-033 1922 ViennaA90 Dutch
18. S Takacs vs Kmoch  ½-½34 1922 ViennaD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
19. V Olexa vs Kmoch  0-125 1923 Vienna CC Schlechter vs Brno CCD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. P F Johner vs Kmoch 1-020 1925 DebrecenB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. J A Seitz vs Kmoch  ½-½22 1925 DebrecenC01 French, Exchange
22. Kmoch vs Przepiorka  1-053 1925 DebrecenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. L Asztalos vs Kmoch  0-160 1925 DebrecenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Prokes vs Kmoch 0-148 1925 DebrecenC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Kmoch vs H K Mattison  1-062 1925 DebrecenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  stoy: I remember Hans Kmoch as manager of the Manhattan CC in the early 1960s when it was at the Henry Hudson Hotel. He tried to get each visitor to join the Manhattan CC. I did not, being already a Marshall CC member. Still, Hans made the visit memorable!
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  talisman: happy birthday(is it "han" or "hands"?) hans.
Jul-25-10  rapidcitychess: Happy birthday Kmoch!
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  thegoodanarchist: <MaxxLange: "Pawn Power in Chess" is a great book and is flawed only by the grotesque terminology that Kmoch invented and which no one ever used (example: "Leucopenia" for "light square weakness")>

I agree wholeheartedly! I wound up selling the book without ever finishing it. Maybe that's why I'm not a master!?

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  thegoodanarchist: < parisattack>

Did you give back one of the double order to Mr. Kmoch??

<just a kid: Isn't this the guy who came up with the Quart grip>

LOL Yes!!! I had forgotten about that one. Thanks for reminding me because it always makes me laugh..

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  Eric Schiller: I was fortunate to get some tips and go over some games with Kmoch when I was a junior at the Manhattan Chess Club but his vocabulary was sometimes hard to follow.
Jul-25-10  ketchuplover: Too bad he wasn't the guy who gave "the game of the century" its' name.
Jul-26-10  TheFocus: <ketchuplover> Who did, then?
Jul-31-10  BobCrisp: Did Kmoch really have published <Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces (1941)> during the German occupation of the Netherlands? If so, was this a Dutch or foreign language edition?
Aug-01-10  sneaky pete: <BobCrisp> Rubinstein Gewinnt! was published in Vienna in 1933. See

Only the American edtition, translated by Barnie Winkelman, dates from 1941.

Aug-01-10  BobCrisp: OK, thanks. It just struck me as a little strange that Kmoch could complain about the Alekhine PZ articles referring to his Jewish wife when he published a book on Rubinstein in the same year, but maybe I'm just being obtuse.

BTW, do you have Whyld's booklet of the complete Alekhine articles in your library?

Aug-01-10  sneaky pete: <BobCrisp> I don't know Whyld's booklet that you refer to, but I do have a 1983 edition published by the Grießhammer Verlag, with an introduction by Herbert Grießhammer.

The text is taken from the publication (in 3 parts, dated March 22 and 28, and April ??, 1942) in the Deutsche Zeitung in den Niederlanden.

It's very depressing literature, and I won't copy it all on the Alekhine page of this site. I might commit suicide before I can hit the <Kibitz!> button.

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  whiteshark: <The battle for the ultimate truth will never be won. And that's why chess is so fascinating.>

- Hans Kmoch

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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "The open file, being cleared of pawns, offers no permanent targets. The advantage of controlling an open file consists mainly in the chance of penetrating the enemy position and switching to horizontal activity." >

--- Kmoch

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  whiteshark: <laskereshevsky:

Yeah, Master Kmoch...

we all love to PENETRATE the enemy positon to have same HORIZONTAL activity.... >

I guess that's why it's repeated so often.

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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "The successful farmer is said to have a "green thumb" since everything he touches spring into fruitful bloom. In chess, Najdorf has a similar gift. Combinations blossom in his games like buds in a fertile garden." >

--- Kmoch

Jul-25-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Hans Kmoch, today you are rememebered!


Jul-25-12  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Kmoch.
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  Karpova: Strong performance at the 13th Leopold Trebitsch Memorial, Vienna 1930. He shared 1st place together with Spielmann and scored 12 points (+8 =8) with no losses. Mueller came in 3rd with 11 points while Gruenfeld disappointed with 10 points and a shared 5-6th place.

Source: Page 5 of the 1930 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Hans Kmoch visited the Netherlands from December 1933 to January 1934 with those results among others:

Match against Dr. Bergsma +3 =1 -0


1. Kmoch 3.0
2. Mulder 2.0
3. Speyer 1.0
4. Van Hoorn 0.0

From page 45 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-31-13  JimNorCal: Kmoch is one of my top 2 chess writers. I never finished Pawn Power, but his other books are terrific. I've lost track of how many times I would be reading along, think "I wonder what happens if Blacks play gxh?" and see a note "If gxh, White wins with ...". Kmoch's notes are pitched at the precise PERFECT level for my chess understanding. I wish a knowledgeable person would put a list of his books here so I could see what I've missed! :) Besides the Rubinstein classic, he did the notes for the Bled 1931 tournament book put out by Caissa Editions. Also, for the 1948 World Championship Match Tournament (World Chessmasters in Battle Royale).
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  WannaBe: <jimNorCal> Hey, do you want to meet up and push some wood around?? (I am terrible, by the way)

I am in San Mateo County, drop me a note in my forum, if you wish.

Sep-23-13  DoctorD: Hans Kmoch is quoted as saying,"Where there are four chess players, there are at least three enemies" in the January 5, 1958 Chess Life, Aben Rudy's regular column "Chess Life in New York".
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  Karpova: Blindfold Simul Tour in <Oberösterreich>:

Steyr: +9 -3* =0
Linz: +8 -1 =1
Wels: +6 -2 =2
Ebensee: +6 -4 =0
Braunau: +11 -0 =0

Overall score after 53 games: +40 -10 =3

* it says <(+9, 3)> but I deduced that it were 3 losses from the overall score

From page 109 of the April 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jun-06-14  NeoIndian: <"The advantage of controlling an open file consists mainly in the chance of penetrating the enemy position and switching to horizontal activity.">

This is my favourite chess quote of all time. I wonder whether he is smiling or groaning at us from up there.

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