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G Neumann 
Gustav Richard Neumann
Number of games in database: 242
Years covered: 1860 to 1872
Overall record: +150 -62 =30 (68.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (37) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C65 C60 C78 C64
 King's Gambit Accepted (19) 
    C33 C37 C38
 Sicilian (6) 
    B20 B23 B40
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C59
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C31 C30
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    C38 C33 C37 C39 C34
 Evans Gambit (28) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C65 C60 C67 C77 C66
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53
 King's Pawn Game (7) 
 Scotch Game (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Neumann vs Dufresne, 1863 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Schulten, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1866 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Minckwitz, 1870 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1860 1-0
   G Neumann vs Zukertort, 1864 1-0
   Beer vs G Neumann, 1866 0-1
   C T Goering vs G Neumann, 1872 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dundee Congress (1867)
   Paris (1867)
   Baden-Baden (1870)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Paris 1867 by suenteus po 147
   Baden-Baden 1870 by suenteus po 147
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli
   1867 Dundee Congress by TheFocus
   Evan's Gambit (Normal Position) 9. Nc3 by e4 resigns
   NDSC-3e Altona GER (1872) by zanzibar

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(born Dec-15-1838, died Feb-16-1881, 42 years old) Germany

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Gustav Richard Ludwig Neumann was born in Gleiwitz (now Gliwice, Poland) in 1838 and died in Allenberg in 1881. During the late 1860s, he was among the five strongest players in the world. Neumann co-founded, with Adolf Anderssen, and edited the 'Neue Berliner Schachzeitung'. In tournament play, he finished 1st at Dundee in 1867 and 3rd at Baden-Baden 1870. In matches, Neumann lost to Louis Paulsen (+3, =3, -5) in 1864 and defeated Simon Winawer (+3, =0, -0) in 1867. However, severe mental illness stopped him playing after 1872.

Wikipedia article: Gustav Neumann

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 242  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-021 1860 BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
2. Paulsen vs G Neumann 1-024 1861 ?C51 Evans Gambit
3. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-026 1863 BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. G Neumann vs E Schallopp  1-025 1863 ?C51 Evans Gambit
5. G Neumann vs Mayet 1-018 1863 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 1-019 1863 UnknownC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Mayet vs G Neumann  0-119 1863 BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-017 1863 Berlin Congress GCFC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. G Neumann vs S Mieses 1-024 1863 GermanyB20 Sicilian
10. G Neumann vs H Wernich 1-021 1863 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 0-123 1863 Berlin m/2C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. G Neumann vs A Lichtenstein 1-022 1863 BerlinC01 French, Exchange
13. Dufresne vs G Neumann 0-124 1863 Berlin (Germany)C51 Evans Gambit
14. E Schallopp vs G Neumann  0-135 1864 BerlinA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
15. G Neumann vs Zukertort 1-018 1864 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
16. Anderssen vs G Neumann  0-135 1864 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
17. G Neumann vs Paulsen 0-143 1864 Berlin m3C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-026 1864 BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
19. G Neumann vs V Knorre 1-019 1864 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
20. G Neumann vs Zukertort  0-136 1864 BreslauB40 Sicilian
21. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-124 1864 BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Anderssen vs G Neumann  1-029 1864 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
23. G Neumann vs de Riviere  1-033 1864 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. G Neumann vs Paulsen  ½-½35 1864 Berlin m3C78 Ruy Lopez
25. Anderssen vs G Neumann  1-031 1864 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
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Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: How could you know these links?
Oct-19-02  Danilomagalhaes: Wow! I can see that Neuman liked to use Evans Gambit, he played it 52 times!! I don´t like this opening, it has a good strategy, because you gain a time, but I don´t know if it´s a good idea...
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  Hanada: <>

Have you ever seen the Pitt Chess Archive? They have an FTP server set up and have an immense number of PGN games ordered by player, opening, event, collection, and demo.

Here is the main link:

Just click on the PGN button to get to the pgn files.

Feb-06-05  azaris: Gustav Richard Neumann beat Adolf Anderssen 34 to 27, with 8 draws. Out of their Evans games, AA managed +1. Interestingly Neumann was strong on both sides of the Evans.
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  Ron: Does anyone know if there is a book about this excellent player? If not, I think that his life and games would be an excellent subject for a chess book.
Aug-13-06  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from Neumann's games:
Oct-04-07  pawnofdoom: The only player to have ever beaten Beer!
Aug-10-08  myschkin: . . .

about Baden-Baden 1870 (in German):

Dec-15-08  brankat: A very strong player indeed. G.R.Neumann had wins against the likes of A.Anderssen, L.Paulsen, S.Winawer, Mieses, J.Zuckertort.

Baden-Baden 1970 can be viewed as the first "Super-Tournament" ever, so the third prize was quite a success. Justifiably amongst the strongest masters of the 1860s.

R.I.P. master Neumann.

Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: he also had a win against Lasker.
Jun-06-09  myschkin: . . .

Im Jahr 1869 entschloss er sich nach Paris überzusiedeln, um dort sein Studium zu beenden. Doch dazu sollte es nicht mehr kommen. Neumann erlitt im Dezember 1869 einen Nervenzusammenbruch und wurde in eine Pariser Nervenheilanstalt eingewiesen. Im März 1870 gelingt ihm, dank der Hilfe von Freunden, die Rückkehr nach Deutschland, doch blieb die Nervenerkrankung bestehen, und bis zum Ende seines Lebens standen ihm noch viele Schmerzen und Klinikaufenthalte bevor. Er nahm aber weiterhin, soweit ihm seine Krankheit dies erlaubte, an Schachturnieren teil: 1870 wurde er in Baden-Baden Dritter (er besiegte Adolf Anderssen 2-0). Sein letztes Turnier spielte er 1872 in Altona, wo er den zweiten Preis errang. Die Krankheit wurde nun übermächtig, und er musste das Schachspielen aufgeben. Er starb, nur 42-jährig, 1881 in Allenberg.

Bio (in English):

Feb-02-10  cgs: He played marvellous games. Sorry that he didn't play against Morphy.
Jun-03-11  Swapmeet: His wikipedia article claims he had the first perfect tournament score at Berlin 1865 with a whopping +34 -0 =0! Seems a tad too good to be true, anyone know anything about this?
Dec-07-11  markwell: Gustav Neumann was born in the Prussian Province of Silesia. Accordingly, he was not born in Poland. There was no Poland at the time. He was not Polish, he was German. Gleiwitz was not Polish, it was German. Yet more nauseating historical revisionism on this website. One is entitled to one's opionion, not one's own facts.
Jul-04-12  e4 resigns: Looks kinda like Chuck Norris...
May-02-14  RedShield: More like Orson Welles.
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  offramp: Yes! Always!
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  MissScarlett: This dude went 34-0 in a tournament. Allegedly.
Apr-30-15  Plato: Bobby Fischer's father was Paul Nemenyi. Fischer's grandfather's brother magyarized the family name from Neumann to Nemenyi in 1871. Maybe Gustav Neumann is one of Fischer's ancestors?!?!

"In top-class chess it is rare for a player to complete a tournament or match with a 100 percent score. This result was however achieved in tournaments by:

Gustav Neumann at Berlin in 1865 (34/34)[42]
Bobby Fischer at the US Championship of 1963/64 (11/11)"

May-17-15  siggemannen: I never knew that "man without a name" played chess
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  offramp: <Plato: ...Gustav Neumann at Berlin in 1865 (34/34)[42]...>

What does the <[42]> mean? Is it a new points system?

Apr-04-16  zanzibar: <offramp> if serious, check here:

Apr-04-16  zanzibar: A short obit:


The Field regrets to learn from the Berlin Sonntagsblatt the death of Herr G. R. Neumann. The deceased was one of the greatest players of our time, having first developed his fine gifts in practice with Anderssen, Dufresne, Paulsen, and other masters of the Berlin school. In the first Paris tournament of 1867, he only won the fourth prize, but immediately afterwards he beat the second winner, Herr Winawer, in a match of four games, without losing any. In the same year he won the chief prize of the first-class tournament in the Chess Congress held at Dundee. During his subsequent residence in Paris, he beat M Rosenthal in two matches, without losing a single game to his adversary, who only succeeded in scoring several draws. His last appearance in public took place in Baden in 1870, where he tied with Mr Blaokburne for the third prize. Herr Neumann was also a prolific author on the game, both in the German and French languages. He was editor of the Neue Berliner Schachzeitang for several years, and notable amongst his works are "Handbuch des Schachspiels," brought out in conjunction with Dr Suhle, and the book of the Paris Chess Congress of 1867, which he edited with M Arnous de Riviere. He had been suffering from mental affliction for several years, which caused his retirement from the game, and though his death took place in February last, it only became known to his German Chess friends a few weeks ago. His loss will be deeply regretted by lovers of the game all over the world.>

From <Chess Player's Chronicle v5 (2nd Aug 1881) p373/382>

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  offramp: <zanzibar: <offramp> if serious, check here...>

I wasn't serious. It irks me when people take paragraphs from Wikipedia and can't be bothered to remove the footnote numbers. It happens very often.

Apr-05-16  zanzibar: Guilty as charged...

Plus, it irks me I couldn't find anything funny, weird or informative with 42 points to set up a couplet.

Oh well... so long, and thanks for all the fish.

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