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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 C84 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, 1866 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1860 1-0
   G Neumann vs Zukertort, 1864 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Minckwitz, 1870 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Schulten, 1865 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?]
   Paris (1867)
   Dundee Congress (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
   Olanovich's favorite games 1851-1893 by Olanovich
   Evan's Gambit (Normal Position) 9. Nc3 by e4 resigns

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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. Mayet vs G Neumann  0-119 1863 BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
4. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-017 1863 Berlin Congress GCFC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. G Neumann vs S Mieses 1-024 1863 GermanyB20 Sicilian
6. G Neumann vs H Wernich 1-021 1863 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 0-123 1863 Berlin m/2C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. G Neumann vs A Lichtenstein 1-022 1863 BerlinC01 French, Exchange
9. Dufresne vs G Neumann 0-124 1863 Berlin (Germany)C51 Evans Gambit
10. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-026 1863 BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
11. G Neumann vs E Schallopp  1-025 1863 ?C51 Evans Gambit
12. G Neumann vs Mayet 1-018 1863 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 1-019 1863 UnknownC53 Giuoco Piano
14. De Riviere vs G Neumann  0-135 1864 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
15. G Neumann vs Anderssen  ½-½41 1864 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
16. A Gohle vs G Neumann 1-034 1864 Berlin (Germany)C51 Evans Gambit
17. G Neumann vs Paulsen 0-145 1864 Berlin m3C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. G Neumann vs Anderssen 0-118 1864 BerlinC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-015 1864 BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
20. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-134 1864 BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
21. G Neumann vs Anderssen 0-125 1864 BreslauC60 Ruy Lopez
22. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-038 1864 BerlinC67 Ruy Lopez
23. G Neumann vs Paulsen  ½-½21 1864 Berlin m3C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-127 1864 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
25. De Riviere vs G Neumann  0-129 1864 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 242  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Gustav Neumann was very strong player. He lived in Berlin where he was a frequent opponent of Adolf Anderssen. But he proved his strenght not only playing with famous A.A. but also in Dundee 1867 (1st place), in Paris 1967 (4th place after Kolisch, Winawer and Steinitz) and in Baden-Baden 1870 (3rd place together with Blackburne, after Anderssen and Steinitz).

See Paris 1867

Dundee 1867

Badan-Baden 1970

(There are many games missing in the database.)

Premium Chessgames Member Honza, thank you for your links, and for sharing your broad historical chess knowledge. We have now imported the PGN games from those pages, which gave us 40 more games by Gustav Neumann and many more that we were missing, including some from the famous Baden-Baden tournament of 1870.

Also, re: your comment at the Kibitzer Cafe, we reattributed the game in 1899 to the generic "Neumann" since apparently it cannot be Gustav.

Thank you for your help, and enjoy the new games.

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  Sneaky: I never knew Jesse James played chess! =)
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  Honza Cervenka: I am glad that I can help to complete the database.:-) I've found out that is an excellent source of games played in important tournaments and matches during 19th century. Of course, many of these games are already in the database but many events are missed partially or even completely. With regard to G. Neumann you can find there games from his matches

with Paulsen (Berlin 1864)


with Rosenthal


with Winawer


with Golmayo Zupide (all three matches played in Paris 1867)


again with Rosenthal (two matches played in Paris 1869)



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  Sneaky: Wow that really is a good site, Honza. I never checked it out because I always thought it was written in German.
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.
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