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Rudolf Rezso Charousek
Number of games in database: 183
Years covered: 1890 to 1899

Overall record: +115 -33 =30 (73.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (16) 
    C33 C36 C37 C34 C39
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C30 C32 C31
 French Defense (11) 
    C13 C14 C11
 Giuoco Piano (9) 
    C50 C53
 French (7) 
    C13 C11
 King's Pawn Game (7) 
    C44 C20
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C60 C67 C78 C64 C77
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Two Knights (6) 
    C55 C59
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D66 D60 D50 D55
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C47 C49
 Sicilian (4) 
    B40 B30 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 1-0
   Charousek vs Englander, 1894 1-0
   Maroczy vs Charousek, 1896 0-1
   D Hermann vs Charousek, 1896 0-1
   Charousek vs J Wollner, 1895 1-0
   Charousek vs Lasker, 1896 1-0
   Charousek vs G V R Exner, 1897 1-0
   Charousek vs K Schneider, 1891 1-0
   Charousek vs Skultety, 1891 1-0
   Charousek vs Pillsbury, 1896 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Berlin (1897)
   11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898)
   Budapest (1896)
   Nuremberg (1896)

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(born Sep-19-1873, died Apr-18-1900, 26 years old) Hungary
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Rezső (Rudolf) Charousek was born in Prague. He learned to play chess in his early teenage years, and his international debut came at the Nuremberg Tournament of 1896. Although he failed to win a prize, he defeated World Champion Emanuel Lasker in their individual encounter. Later that year he tied Mikhail Chigorin for first place at Budapest, and then took clear first place in the Berlin tournament of 1897. After these and other successes, Lasker remarked, "I shall have to play a championship match with this man someday." This did not happen, however, due to Charousek's death from tuberculosis on April 18, 1900, at the age of twenty-six.

User: jessicafischerqueen's YouTube documentary of Charousek:

Wikipedia article: Rudolf Charousek

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Pap vs Charousek 0-1271890MiskolcB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Charousek vs K Schneider 1-0211891MiskolcC37 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Charousek vs Skultety 1-0191891MiskolcC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Brosztel vs Charousek 0-1211892KaschauB30 Sicilian
5. Brosztel vs Charousek 0-1201892KaschauC52 Evans Gambit
6. Tyrnauer vs Charousek  0-1281892KaschauC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. J N Berger vs Charousek 0-1441892KaschauC52 Evans Gambit
8. Englander vs Charousek 0-1341892KaschauC50 Giuoco Piano
9. J N Berger vs Charousek 0-1231892KaschauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Charousek vs Englander 1-0291892KaschauC41 Philidor Defense
11. Charousek vs Englander 1-0321892KaschauC33 King's Gambit Accepted
12. N Konjovic vs Charousek  0-1471893BudapestA03 Bird's Opening
13. Charousek vs G Kanyurszky 1-0241893crC50 Giuoco Piano
14. Mihaly Beu vs Charousek 0-1191893corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Charousek vs Csipkes 1-0551893crC14 French, Classical
16. Vertes vs Charousek 0-1351893crC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0221893casual gameB01 Scandinavian
18. J Bartsch vs Charousek 0-1321893crC24 Bishop's Opening
19. Charousek vs A Niedermann ½-½291893crC14 French, Classical
20. Charousek vs Mayer 1-0401893crC51 Evans Gambit
21. Charousek vs Kozmata  1-0411893crC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Charousek vs J Wollner 1-0191893KaschauC21 Center Game
23. G Makovetz vs Charousek 1-0491893MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
24. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-0131893BudapestC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. Charousek vs G Makovetz ½-½531893MatchC13 French
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
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  zanzibar: Our own <JFQ> has an entire page on him here:

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> I wasn't actively actively searching for Charousek games, just putting forth a piece of information. But to answer your question, I don't recall any replies.
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  zanzibar: <Phony> thanks for the update. Too bad there's no follow-up on your lead.
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  offramp: There is a book about him called "Chess Comet Charousek" by Victor A. Charuchin.

The title is actually a pun. There was a famous comet named Kahoutek.

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  Jim Bartle: Unfortunately Kohoutek was a giant fizzle as a public spectacle.
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  offramp: Rezso peace.
Apr-18-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Rudolph Charousek.
Sep-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Rudolf Charousek.
Sep-19-16  hashtag: WhomZeGodsLoveDiesYoung.
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  zanzibar: I believe the source of the photo is ACM v1 N5 (Oct 1897) (front cover) p259/281.
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  MissScarlett: Eastern Daily Press, June 5th 1902, p.8:

<Mr. W. E. Napier, in his column of the "Pittsburg Despatch,” writes :- "One of the most interesting topics of conversation among the masters assembled at Monte Carlo was the genius of the lamented Charousek. It was roundly asserted by those whose intimacy with him qualified them to judge that he would unquestionably have defeated Dr. Lasker had he lived and felt the refining influence in his chess that time alone can lend. I remember Teichmann saying how marvellously quick of insight was the Hungarian, and that in most trying situations in tournament games he scarcely seated himself before replying to his opponent's move. He continually walked about the room watching the other games, playing them all simultaueously, as it were. At the end of a day’s play he knew the entire set of games by heart, and was frequently to be seen at some cafe or chess resort exhibiting them to an astonished audience with copious and remarkably accurate criticisms. It is everywhere agreed that Charousek was at once the most radical and least tedious chess player of his time; yet it should not be thought for this reason that he had no skill in chess usury, by which I mean the grinding, squeezing style of play, so well adapted to the Ruy Lopez. A leaning he had, to be sure, towards brilliancy; but this was purely a matter of temperament, and when urged by some consideration of policy or score he played as deliberately, as coolly, as conservatively, as Dr. Lasker.">

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  MissScarlett: <There is a book about him called "Chess Comet Charousek" by Victor A. Charuchin.

The title is actually a pun. There was a famous comet named Kahoutek.>

I assume you're joking, but there was another famous comet, Donati, which coincided rather nicely with Morphy's European tour of 1858-59:

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  zanzibar: Some details here (sorry if it's a repeat):

Broaching again the topic of the Hoffer manuscript - what is the source that Hoffer did indeed obtain such a manuscript?

I've found notes in one of my sources referring to a handwritten notes by "the genius" whose games were communicated to the publication from London, apparently after Charousek's death - suggesting Hoffer as the source.

The chessmaster link I gave contains this,

<Although the grandmaster stopped playing chess, chess wasn't forgotten. Just like in his student's years he began to make abstract notes of games of famous masters. Kalniczky wrote that in Charousek's notebooks 317 games were contained. A scorebook that has not come to the public's daylight, yet, but will be published by our company soon:It was recently found in Hungary and will be published as a second volume to this piece of work... (23).>

But footnote 23 is nowhere to be found, suggesting the text was crimped from elsewhere (likely not wiki though, as it uses square brackets).

Who's the "our company" being referred to, I wonder?

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  MissScarlett: <I wonder?>

Stop wondering? Start wondering.

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  zanzibar: <Missy> monotone-ing again?

I wonder, wonder about you...

(Hopefully I'm not getting between you and <Hazz> again)


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  zanzibar: There is some tenuous connection between Charousek and <Der Golem>, that I haven't really fleshed out. But I did find this:

(direct jpg)

<The Student Charousek>

Hugo Steiner-Prag

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  zanzibar: Translation of a previous post:



<Article in the Berliner Zeitung of 5 April 1997>

<Also, this chess game I have just until the last move. This time it will be a king's knight's gambit. There is not a single move to the bitter end, against which I would not know a pernicious answer. Whoever joins me in such a king's gambit hangs in the air, I tell you, like a helpless puppet on fine threads, which I stalk - well, listen, and I steal with his free will.

Thus speaks the poor student, who reveals the machinations of the ophthalmologist Wassory in Gustav Meyrink's grim novel Der Golem (1915). Meyrink's role model for the character was the Hungarian master Rudolf Charousek. Born in Böhmen in 1873, the fiery, nervous Hungarian, as described by Berliner Tagblatt 100 years ago, grew up in Hungary and studied law at the University of Budapest. In truth, he studied chess. Today he is almost forgotten, because his chess career took less than four years, he played only four major tournaments. Charousek, however, was a genius of the attack and left behind numerous brilliant games. On good days, he was able to sweep even the strongest champions like Emanuel Lasker off the board.

The peak of his career was the international Berlin tournament 1897, one of the highlights of the Golden Berlin chess times. Alapin, Schiffers and the mighty Chigorin from St. Petersburg, from Vienna Albin, English, Marco and Schlechter, Janowski from Paris, "Black Death" Blackburn, Caro and Teichmann had come from London and Charousek from Budapest. The giant tournament with 20 participants was played in the rooms of the architect's house in the Wilhelmstraße, the entrance was then just 60 pennies, the main prize at least 2,000 marks. Charousek won after an exciting fight before the Berlin champions Walbrod, Blackburn and Janowski. The Berlin tournament in 1897 is a hinge in chess history: the principles of the old romantic masters were still alive, the innovators were already knocking on the door and demanding entry. Charousek himself was no longer to experience the avant-garde revolution. He died of tuberculosis three years later. A Meyrinksches king's gambit from the first to the last train he succeeded in this tournament against Erich Cohn.


Rudolf Rezso Charousek (kibitz #51)

And requoting another post:


<capanegra:> It is little known that Rudolf Charousek was the model for one of the characters of the classic novel “The Golem”, written by Gustav Meyrink in 1915. It is a very difficult and dark book (I read it last year, and it took me a lot work to understand probably no more than the 20% of the content), with lots of symbols and Jewish mysticism, e.g. the Kabbalah. The story takes place in a Jewish ghetto of Prague, and one of the main characters is a man called Charousek, who dies young from tuberculosis, just like the chess master. It is said that Meyrink was very fond of chess, and the game certainly is mentioned more than once in the novel. Those who read it, may recall Charousek -the character- using chess moves in his description of Dr. Wassory’s downfall and his remark to Pernath: “Everything in the world is a game of chess, Pernath, everything.”


Rudolf Rezso Charousek (kibitz #8)

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  zanzibar: <Réti's thoughts/comments on Charousek>

Mar-31-18  Jean Defuse: ...

<Need some help:>

...the following games I found in an old database, unfortunately without any information...


[White "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Black "Judd, Max"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O Nf6 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5 Qd5 10. Nc3 Qf5 11. Nce4 Bb6 12. Ng3 Qg6 13. fxg7 Rg8 14. Qh5 O-O-O 15. Qxg6 hxg6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Bh6 d3 18. c3 d2 19. Red1 Ne5 20. Ne4 Ng4 21. Bxd2 Rxg7 22. h3 Nxf2 23. Nxf2 Rgd7 24. Be3 Bxe3 25. Rxd7 Rxd7 26. Re1 Bb6 27. Re2 Rf7 28. g3 Kd7 29. Kg2 Rxf2+ 30. Rxf2 Bxf2 31. Kxf2 1-0

[White "Reichardt, D."]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. h3 Be7 7. a3 O-O 8. Bd2 Kh8 9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Bd6 11. O-O Bd7 12. Qe2 f6 13. Rad1 Qe8 14. Qe4 Ne7 15. d4 Bf5 16. Qe2 Ng6 17. d5 Bd7 18. Bd2 e4 19. Ne1 f5 20. Qh5 Qe5 21. g3 f4 22. Qxe5 Nxe5 23. Bb3 Bxh3 24. gxf4 Bxf1 25. fxe5 Bc5 26. Be3 Bxe3 27. fxe3 Be2 28. Ra1 Rf1+ 29. Kg2 Raf8 30. e6 R8f5 0-1

[White "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Black "Maroczy, Geza"]

1. e4 c5 2. f4 e6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Be2 d5 5. e5 Be7 6. O-O Nh6 7. c3 O-O 8. d3 Bd7 9. Be3 b5 10. Kh1 a5 11. d4 c4 12. b3 Na7 13. h3 Qc7 14. g4 f5 15. g5 Nf7 16. Rg1 g6 17. h4 Rfc8 18. h5 b4 19. bxc4 dxc4 20. Nh4 Kg7 21. d5 Nb5 22. d6 Nfxd6 23. exd6 Bxd6 24. Bf3 Rab8 25. Qd2 e5 26. Rd1 Rd8 27. Qh2 gxh5 28. Ng2 Be8 29. Bxh5 Bc6 30. Qh3 exf4 31. Bd4+ Nxd4 32. cxd4 c3 33. Rf1 Be7 34. Bf3 Bxf3 35. Qh6+ Kh8 36. Rxf3 Rb6 37. g6 Rxg6 38. Qxf4 Bd6 39. Qxf5 Rdg8 40. Rf2 Qb7 0-1

[White "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Black "Brody, Miklos"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 c6 6. O-O Qd8 7. Nc3 Bd6 8. Bg5 Nbd7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Ne5 Qb6 11. Nc4 Qc7 12. f4 b6 13. Ne5 Bb7 14. Rf3 c5 15. Nb5 Bxf3 16. Qxf3 Qb8 17. Nc6 Qc8 18. Nxd6 Qc7 19. Nb5 1-0

[White "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Black "Brody, Miklos"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bd3 Bd6 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 c6 8. Ne2 Ng4 9. c4 f5 10. Nc3 Bc7 11. Qb3 Nf6 12. Bg5 dxc4 13. Bxc4+ Kh8 14. Ne5 Qe8 15. Nf7+ Rxf7 16. Bxf7 Qf8 17. Rae1 Nbd7 18. Re2 b6 19. Rfe1 Bb7 20. Re7 Rd8 21. Qe6 1-0

[White "Exner, Gyozo Victor Regocz"]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. Bxd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 g5 6. d4 Bg7 7. Nf3 Qh5 8. h4 Ne7 9. Nc3 h6 10. Kg1 Qg6 11. Qd3 c6 12. Bb3 Bg4 13. Ne2 Nd7 14. c3 O-O-O 15. Bc2 f5 16. e5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Bd2 Bc7 19. Re1 Nd5 20. c4 Nf6 21. Bc3 Ne4 22. hxg5 hxg5 0-1

[White "Exner, Gyozo Victor Regocz"]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Nde2 Nxe3 10. fxe3 Qb6 11. Qd2 Bc5 12. Nd1 Ne5 13. O-O O-O 14. Ng3 f5 15. Kh1 Bd7 16. e4 Rad8 17. Nf2 f4 18. Nh5 Be8 19. g4 Bxf2 20. Rxf2 Nxg4 21. Rg2 Bxh5 22. Rag1 f3 23. Rxg4 f2 0-1

[White "Exner, Gyozo Victor Regocz"]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exf4 4. Bc4 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 Bd6 6. Nf3 Qh5 7. d4 Nf6 8. Qe1+ Kd8 9. Nc3 Bg4 10. Qf2 Nbd7 11. Nb5 Nb6 12. Nxd6 cxd6 13. Bb3 Nbxd5 14. c4 Ne4 15. Qh4+ Qxh4 16. Nxh4 Ne3+ 17. Bxe3 fxe3 18. Nf3 f5 19. Ke2 f4 20. Rhe1 Ke7 21. Kf1 Bxf3 22. gxf3 Nd2+ 23. Ke2 Rhc8 24. Rac1 a5 25. c5 dxc5 26. dxc5 Rc7 27. Rc3 Nxb3 28. axb3 Rd8 1/2-1/2


<...does anyone have further information about these games like date, location or occasion...? >



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  Telemus: Ch. v Judd: Berlin casual 09.1897

Reichardt v Ch.: Kassa casual 1895

Ch. v Maroczy: Budapest match 1898

Ch. v Brody I & II: Budapest casual 1897

Exner v Ch.: Szekesfehervar match(8) 1896

Exner v Ch.: Szekesfehervar match(4) 1896

Exner v Ch.: Szekesfehervar match(6) 1896

Mar-31-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Incredible! thanks a lot Telemus for the quick help!


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  MissScarlett: <Broaching again the topic of the Hoffer manuscript - what is the source that Hoffer did indeed obtain such a manuscript?>

Shipley in the <Philadelphia Inquirer> of January 28th 1912 gives the game A Kaufmann vs Charousek, 1899 along with Hoffer's notes. <The following game was taken from the manuscript collection of Charousek's games, in the possession of L Hoffer, the editor of the London Field.>

A survey thereof would be needed to determine when Hoffer started posting such games, how many were published, and whether their appearance ceased completely with Hoffer's death in 1913.

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  MissScarlett: <Phony Benoni: Going through the journal <Checkmate> (published in Ontario from 1901-1903, and recently available through Google Books), I found this statement in the January 1901 number:

<"The MS collection of games played by the late Hungarian player Charousek contains over 400 games. The whole collection has been forwarded to L. Hoffer of London, who will analyse the games with the intention of publishing the collection in book form.">

What happened to that manuscript? I no longer have a copy of Sergeant's collection of Charousek's games, but I remember it purported to be complete but contained considerably fewer than 400 games.> Rudolf Rezso Charousek (kibitz #71)

This is echoed in the the <New-York Daily Tribune> of January 27th 1901, p.10:

<The famous London critic L. Hoffer has been appointed to analyze the games of the late Charousek. A collection of four hundred games in manuscript was forwarded to Hoffer, and he is now engaged in sorting the material with the intention of publishing the matter in book form. Following are the scores of three games, which were copied from the originals: [...]> The games are the ones posted by <PB>.

I presume a search of the <Field> for December 1900 or January 1901 would turn up Hoffer's original pronouncement. As it happens, the <Field> columns for several months of 1902 are available online:

It didn't take long to find a Charousek game:

Sep-05-18  Jean Defuse: ...

The Charousek game above in Algebraic Notation:

[Event "Kosice"]
[Site "Kosice"]
[Date "1892.??.??"]
[White "Englaender, Mor"]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. h3 Ne7 7. Be3 Bb6 8. Nc3 c6 9. Bb3 h6 10. Ne2 g5 11. Nh2 Ng6 12. Ng3 Nf4 13. Bxf4 gxf4 14. Nh5 Rg8 15. Nxf6+ Qxf6 16. Kh1 Bd7 17. Qe2 O-O-O 18. Nf3 Qg6 19. Rg1 Qh5 20. Rae1 Rg7 21. c3 Rdg8 22. Bd1 Bxh3 23. gxh3 Qxh3+ 24. Nh2 Rg2 25. Qg4+ R8xg4 26. Bxg4+ Rxg4 27. Rxg4 Bxf2 28. Rg8+ Kc7 29. Re2 Bg3 30. Rg7 Bxh2 31. Rxh2 Qf1+ 32. Rg1 Qxd3 33. Re1 d5 34. exd5 Qxd5+ 35. Kg1 e4 0-1

Source: The Field 11.01.1902.


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  Telemus: <JD> What about this one: Englander vs Charousek, 1892?

I found the game in three databases, two times with the shorter end 34.. e4, and these databases mention that it was a casual game. So, there might be another source than "The Field". I didn't find it in the "Budapesti Sakk-szemle" 1892-93, though there are several more games between Englaender and Charousek.

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