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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
 French (4) 
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C25 C26
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
   Falkbeer vs Anderssen, 1851 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Zytogorski, 1856 1-0
   K Moll vs Falkbeer, 1864 0-1
   Falkbeer vs Bird, 1856 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 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

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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 Schachzeitung in 1855. A few months later he went to London and played two 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 in 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 later returned to Vienna and edited a chess column in the Neue Illustrirte 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

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs NN 1-010 1847 Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Hamppe vs Falkbeer 0-131 1849 ViennaC26 Vienna
3. Falkbeer vs R Schurig 1-025 1850 LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-140 1851 BerlinC23 Bishop's Opening
5. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-132 1851 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-041 1851 BerlinC58 Two Knights
7. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-026 1851 BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 1-030 1851 BerlinC25 Vienna
9. C Bayer vs Falkbeer 0-123 1852 ViennaC52 Evans Gambit
10. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-125 1853 ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-117 1854 WienC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Schlesinger vs Falkbeer 0-134 1854 UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. R Brien vs Falkbeer  0-136 1855 LondonC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Falkbeer vs R Brien ½-½51 1855 London mC45 Scotch Game
15. R Brien vs Falkbeer  1-050 1855 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
16. Falkbeer vs R Brien  0-156 1855 London mC01 French, Exchange
17. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-063 1855 LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Falkbeer vs R Brien  ½-½28 1855 London mC01 French, Exchange
19. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-031 1855 LondonC01 French, Exchange
20. R Brien vs Falkbeer  0-153 1855 London mD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Falkbeer vs R Brien  ½-½51 1855 11C25 Vienna
22. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-023 1855 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
23. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-056 1855 London mC01 French, Exchange
24. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-019 1855 5C25 Vienna
25. Falkbeer vs R Brien 0-142 1855 LondonC53 Giuoco Piano
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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?
Aug-01-07  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.
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  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!
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