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Ernst Falkbeer
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1847 to 1885

Overall record: +28 -22 =9 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (11) 
    C01 C00
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C25 C26
 French (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C63 C60 C77 C80
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 0-1
   Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 1-0
   J Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1853 0-1
   K Moll vs Falkbeer, 1864 0-1
   Falkbeer vs Zytogorski, 1856 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Anderssen, 1851 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Bird, 1856 1-0
   Hamppe vs Falkbeer, 1849 0-1
   Falkbeer vs R Schurig, 1850 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   pre-Steinitz Era2: 1861 or before by Antiochus
   Birmingham 1858 by MissScarlett

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(born Jun-27-1819, died Dec-14-1885, 66 years old) Austria

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Ernst Karl Falkbeer was born in Brno* in 1819. A journalist, he founded Austria's first chess magazine Wiener Schach-Zeitung in 1855. A few months later he went to London and played matches with Henry Edward Bird, losing in 1856 (+1 =0 -2) and winning in 1856-57 (+5 =4 -4). He then played in a knock-out tournament in Birmingham (1858), defeating Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant (+2 =0 -1) in the second round and losing to Johann Jacob Loewenthal (+1 =4 -3) in the fourth round. He returned to Vienna and edited the chess column in the Neue Illustrierte Zeitung from 1877 to 1885. He is mainly remembered for the counter-gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 in the King's Gambit.**

*Wikipedia article: Brno **Wikipedia article: King's Gambit, Falkbeer Countergambit

Wikipedia article: Ernst Falkbeer

Last updated: 2017-07-07 05:59:22

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs NN 1-0101847Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Hamppe vs Falkbeer 0-1311849ViennaC26 Vienna
3. Falkbeer vs R Schurig 1-0251850LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-1321851BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-0411851BerlinC58 Two Knights
6. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-0261851BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 1-0301851BerlinC25 Vienna
8. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-1401851BerlinC23 Bishop's Opening
9. C Bayer vs Falkbeer 0-1231852ViennaC52 Evans Gambit
10. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-1251853ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Schlesinger vs Falkbeer 0-1341854UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-1171854WienC39 King's Gambit Accepted
13. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-0631855LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Falkbeer vs R Brien  ½-½281855London mC01 French, Exchange
15. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-0311855LondonC01 French, Exchange
16. R Brien vs Falkbeer  0-1531855London mD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Falkbeer vs R Brien  ½-½51185511C25 Vienna
18. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-0231855LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
19. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-0561855London mC01 French, Exchange
20. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-01918555C25 Vienna
21. Falkbeer vs R Brien 0-1421855LondonC53 Giuoco Piano
22. R Brien vs Falkbeer  1-0521855London mC60 Ruy Lopez
23. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-0511855LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Brien vs Falkbeer  0-1361855LondonC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Falkbeer vs R Brien ½-½511855London mC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-04  James D Knight: Not many games in the database for Falkbeer , but he played some good players including Anderssen , Staunton , Bird , St. Amant.
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  Knight13: Never knew this guy beat Henry Bird.
Jan-19-05  MidnightDuffer: I stumble on so many pages with a lot of writing and comments on them. I am surprised that there are not more comments on Falkbeer.

Face it, the Counter-Gambit named for him, is really very power for Black against the King's Gambit. It seems the way to go in fact.

Jan-19-05  nikolaas: <MidnightDuffer> I see more future in the classical defence.
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  Knight13: Hey. It's Falkbeer's birthday! COol!
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  ganstaman: I hate this man. Maybe if he hadn't looked at 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5, no one else would have for 1000 years or so. I take it no one writes on this page out of hate, too?
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  Edmemphis: Yeah, thanks for ruining the Kings' Gambit buddy.
Oct-09-07  Andoy: It's very nice for Ernst Falkbeer to break into King's Gambit in his time. Though the database presents only 2 games under his name for the counter-opening he devised, he loses both.

It maybe such ironic that the an opening has been named after you and yet you proved to be quite unsuccessful in defending so.

However, thanks for the name and a blowing 2. ...d5 push. You made the wild King's Gambit even wilder. Nice work for Player of the Day!

Oct-09-07  King mega: king gambit, falkbeer is a mirror of Queens gambit, alapin. one of them creates out of his own head, while the other just mirrors it.
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  playground player: The Albin Countergambit mirrors the Falkbeer Countergambit on the queen-side (sort of like the Grob mirrors the Polish Opening on the king-side); yet for all their similarity, the Albin seems a lot stronger than the Falkbeer. Why should that be? Simply because you have a little more room on the queen-side?
Oct-09-07  gorash: <playground player> I'm not that sure that the Albin is a lot stronger. I think neither of these two can be considered quite strong, but both of them are playable and can cause some surprise to the opposition.
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  ganstaman: The King's Gambit and Queen's Gambit are mirror images, yet expecting them to play the same is crazy. One involves exposing your own king and building up kingside pressure. The other doesn't.

And since the roots of the Albin and Falkbeer play out so differently, I couldn't imagine the two of them being comparable. After all, do you even try to say that 1.d4 and 1.e4 are similar?

The position of the queens and kings really makes openings that would otherwise be mirror images of each other almost complete opposites.

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  Gypsy: <playground player> I am not sure about this. I always understood Falkbeer and/or Falkbeer/Abbasia to be about as solid-yet-ambitious as you can do meeting KG. In turn, Albin's reputation is rather-ambitious-but-definitely-not-solid.
Jun-27-09  wordfunph: Thanks to Ernst Falkbeer for the counter-gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 in the King's Gambit.

Happy Birthday Master Falkbeer! Beer cheers!

Nov-14-09  manakin: falkbeer is one of the coolest actual names I've ever heard. Falkbeer. Should have been a big, cheerful Irish bar tender with the proper sideburns...
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  Rob Morrison: Bit of a downer that Falkbeer's "Notable Games" doesn't include a single Falkbeer Counter-Gambit.
Jun-27-11  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday! Ernst Falkbeer!
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Ernst Falkbeer, today you are remembered!


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  brankat: R.I.P. master Falkbeer.
Jun-27-12  Llawdogg: Happy Birthday Ernst Falkbeer!
Mar-20-17 Meet the Falkbeers!
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  Tabanus: is a picture of Mr. Falkbeer, apparently taken by Ernst Pitschel.
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