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Victor Knorre
V Knorre 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 46
Years covered: 1863 to 1880

Overall record: +19 -26 =1 (42.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (11) 
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C67 C87 C65 C71 C84
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C54 C53
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (8) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C67 C65 C66
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   V Knorre vs G Neumann, 1864 1-0
   V Knorre vs Oskar Cordel / Reinhold Bergell, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs V Knorre, 1865 0-1
   V Knorre vs Anderssen, 1865 1-0

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(born Oct-04-1840, died Aug-25-1919, 78 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Germany)

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Viktor Knorre was a Russian astronomer of German ethnic origin. In 1892 he was appointed Professor of Astronomy. Knorre took an interest in the improvement of astronomical equipment, and published papers on an improved equatorial telescope mount, referred to as the "Knorre & Heele" mount.

Wikipedia article: Viktor Knorre

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 46  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Knorre vs P Schwengers  0-1461863WSB-03.Kongress prelC45 Scotch Game
2. V Knorre vs Anderssen  1-0241864BerlinC53 Giuoco Piano
3. G Neumann vs V Knorre 1-0191864BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
4. V Knorre vs Paulsen 1-0351864BerlinC87 Ruy Lopez
5. V Knorre vs Anderssen  0-1281864BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
6. V Knorre vs G Neumann 1-0271864BerlinC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Anderssen vs V Knorre  1-0291864BerlinC45 Scotch Game
8. V Knorre vs B Suhle 0-1251864Cafe de BelvedereC51 Evans Gambit
9. V Knorre vs B Suhle  0-1351864Cafe de BelvedereC71 Ruy Lopez
10. V Knorre vs Anderssen 0-1291865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
11. Paulsen vs V Knorre 1-0291865LeipzigC50 Giuoco Piano
12. V Knorre vs R Bergell 1-0321865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
13. V Knorre vs Anderssen 1-0331865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
14. G Neumann vs V Knorre 1-0251865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
15. G Neumann vs V Knorre  1-0271865BerlinC66 Ruy Lopez
16. V Knorre vs K Hoeing ½-½221865WSB-05.KongressC42 Petrov Defense
17. V Knorre vs E Schallopp 1-0341865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
18. V Knorre vs Cordel / Raaz  1-0331865BerlinC01 French, Exchange
19. V Knorre vs G Neumann  0-1351865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
20. V Knorre vs Oskar Cordel / Reinhold Bergell 1-0331865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
21. Anderssen vs V Knorre 1-0341865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
22. V Knorre vs G Neumann  0-1371865BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
23. V Knorre vs T Lichtenhein  1-0451865BerlinC01 French, Exchange
24. Anderssen vs V Knorre 1-0401865BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. G Neumann vs V Knorre 0-1181865Berlin m4C67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 46  PGN Download
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  Gypsy: Any info on this guy? Back in 1860's he was 'ranked' as high as #2 in the World;
Dec-24-04  acirce: Seems not unlikely to be the same person as the astronomer with the same name! :-) See

"In 1862 he left for Berlin"

"while working in the garden or playing Chess"

Perhaps one of our historians can confirm or deny.

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  Gypsy: It must be the same guy. It is astonishing however, that a player who had the tallent and resuts to be a #2-3 for a few years is now so completely ignored by chess history. Many less accomplished players of the same era are still household names (well, in chess-afficionado households :-)).
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  vonKrolock: He was the eminent astronomer, born in Russia, that became Director of the Berlin Observatory and discovered many asteroids associated perenely to his name. As he was a regular adversary of such greats as Anderssen, Neumann, Zukertort, his fame as a Chess player is assured too, althought he must to be regarded just as a "strong amateur"
Sep-29-05  rvade: Strong amateur? Mmm... tied Zukertort 6-6 and lost against Anderssen 3-5 according to this database. Although I have not tried analyzing this game, he looks pretty good in it: Zukertort vs Knorre, 1866.
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  vonKrolock: Even if it was not a question of him playing or not in the 'number one' group then, he appears in the photo from the Leipzig 1877 Congress, together with the elite of Chess, image kindly placed by <Calli> on-line, with a link in following page Calli's Game Collections
Jun-06-09  myschkin: . . .

Viktor was born - the fifth one of fifteen children - in Nikolayev (now Mykolayiv, Ukraine). He moved to Berlin in 1862 to study astronomy with Wilhelm Julius Foerster. He worked at Pulkovo Observatory in 1867 as an astronomical calculator and then at Berlin Observatory, where his father moved circa 1871.

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  GrahamClayton: Knorre has variations in the Ruy Lopez and Two Knights Defence named after him:

Oct-04-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Victor Knorre.

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  offramp: Knorre was from German stock.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Victor Knorre.
Mar-20-14  waustad: <off>Good one. I was thinking if I found a good game to submit something about "in the soup", but you've beaten me to the idea.
Mar-20-14  waustad: For that matter, voters would likely be unaware of the Nore mutiny, removing another possible pun.
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  TheTamale: Love him or hate him, you can't igknorre him.
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  offramp: When you say this chap's name in your head, or out loud when conversing with friends about 19th century chess in Star@#$%'s, remember that since he was German he would pronounce the K in Knorre. It does not have a silent K like <knife> has; the Germans don't do that.
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  brankat: Quite a character, and a player.
Out of 46 games listed here only 1 draw!

Something like A.Giri :-)

Oct-04-16  john barleycorn: <brankat: ...

Something like A.Giri :-)>

Let us call him Knirri

Oct-04-18  Parachessus: Knorre has been ranked as high as number two player in the world in the 1860's? He should no longer be igknorred by us.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

Knorre's highest ranking was number 22 (in 1866) at EDO:


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  vonKrolock: Gentleman, Scientist, Chess player: He was from the stock of the personalities who, excelling in their main activities, could also stand alongside with the strongest dedicated players (being therefore "amateurs" in the best sense - the paradigmatic example in this category is Euwe, 🤔 another name that comes to mind is Milan Vukcevich...)
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