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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
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (16) 
    C33 C36 C39 C34 C37
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C30 C32 C31
 French Defense (11) 
    C13 C14 C11
 Giuoco Piano (10) 
    C50 C53
 French (7) 
    C13 C11
 King's Pawn Game (7) 
    C44 C20
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C60 C67 C77 C64 C68
 Two Knights (7) 
    C55 C59
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C49 C47
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D66 D55 D60
 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 Pillsbury, 1896 1-0
   Charousek vs M Porges, 1896 1-0
   Charousek vs Skultety, 1891 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Charousek Comets by chocobonbon
   Rudolf Rezso Charousek by wanabe2000
   Budapest 1896 by suenteus po 147
   1898 11th DSB Kongress (Cologne) by TheFocus
   Charousek! by notyetagm
   Reszoe's favorite games by Reszoe

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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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Pap vs Charousek 0-127 1890 MiskolcB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. Charousek vs Skultety 1-019 1891 MiskolcC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Charousek vs K Schneider 1-021 1891 MiskolcC37 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Charousek vs Englander 1-029 1892 KaschauC41 Philidor Defense
5. Brosztel vs Charousek 0-121 1892 KaschauB30 Sicilian
6. Tyrnauer vs Charousek  0-128 1892 KaschauC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. Brosztel vs Charousek 0-120 1892 KaschauC52 Evans Gambit
8. Englander vs Charousek  0-134 1892 KaschauC50 Giuoco Piano
9. J N Berger vs Charousek 0-144 1892 KaschauC52 Evans Gambit
10. Charousek vs Englander 1-032 1892 KaschauC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. J N Berger vs Charousek 0-123 1892 KaschauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Charousek vs Csipkes 1-055 1893 crC14 French, Classical
13. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-013 1893 BudapestC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Charousek vs A Niedermann ½-½29 1893 crC14 French, Classical
15. Charousek vs G Makovetz 0-117 1893 MatchC22 Center Game
16. Mihaly Beu vs Charousek 0-119 1893 corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. J Bartsch vs Charousek 0-132 1893 crC24 Bishop's Opening
18. Charousek vs Mayer 1-040 1893 crC51 Evans Gambit
19. G Makovetz vs Charousek 1-049 1893 MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
20. Charousek vs J Wollner 1-019 1893 KaschauC21 Center Game
21. Charousek vs Kozmata 1-041 1893 crC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Charousek vs G Makovetz ½-½53 1893 MatchC13 French
23. G Makovetz vs Charousek ½-½58 1893 MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
24. G Makovetz vs Charousek ½-½31 1893 BudapestC60 Ruy Lopez
25. Charousek vs G Kanyurszky 1-024 1893 crC50 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
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Sep-22-11  Cemoblanca: Rudolf Rezso "Magic Mate[s]" Charousek! 1 of my favorite players of all time! RIP!
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  Nosnibor: I have comments concerning two games.
Game 25 This was not a formal march game between Charousek and Makovetz which is stated by jessicafischerqueen in her wonderful picture/music posts of Charousek,but a game whereby Charousek gave odds of a Queens Knight to Makovetz. You will note that there is no move by White of this piece.Souce:Chess-players Compendium by William Cook. Game 149 between Charousek and Maroczy was not played in Budapest but at Nagy Teteny on New Years Eve 1897.Source:Dreindhart Schackpartien by Maroczy.
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  Nosnibor: Apologies! My last post should have read games21 and 120
Nov-24-11  Sho: Nosnibor, better would be to use the game identification number, the seven-digit number at the end of the URL.

If new games are added, "game 120" would become a different game.

Jan-12-12  LoveThatJoker: What a great Chess player, man!

God bless, GM Charousek!


Jan-12-12  iking: <Atking: You did a remarquable work on Charousek <Jessica> - Beautifull as your avatar -. I guess you should put all the moves until the end (It seems you stopped at Kd6) in the game Charousek-Horiato Caro (Berlin Tournament) for a proper understanding. Really beautiful. <ughaibu: I dont understand the amount of praise Charousek gets, unless it's due to him dying relatively young. Looking at what he actually achieved, he wasn't that great.> If you can't appreciate the games at their real value (Many are subtle and quite complicated) I suggest to have a look on what strong players (among them Nigel Short) said about Charousek in the last <youtube> that Jessica has realized for us. >

nice post!!!

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  Morten: In terms of results and statisctics Charousek may not count for much in comparison with Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine etc. But he is a player who sparks the imagination, because he clearly had THE GIFT and you can't help wonder what might have been had he been allowed to continue.
Aug-12-12  Conrad93: This guy is definitely a great attacking player.

He should be in the same league as Morphy or Capablanca.

Every move he makes is designed for attack.

Kind of reminds me of a pit bull.

Sep-19-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Charousek.
Sep-19-12  Llawdogg: Happy Birthday!
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  Nosnibor: Here is a game not in the database played 115 years ago by one of the supreme attacking players of all time and certainly one of my favourite players.White:R Charousek Black:J Lehner,Budapest,1897.Evans Gambit Declined.1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bc4 Bc5 4b4 Bb6 5a4 a5 6b5 Nd4 7c3 Nxf3+ 8Qxf3 Qe7 90-0 d6 10d3 h6 11Na3 Nf6 12Bb3 Bg4 13Qg3 g5 14Nc4 Ba7 15Ne3 Bd7 16Rb1 Nh5 17Qf3 Nf4 18Nd5 Qd8 19b6 Bxb6 20Nxb6 g4 21Qd1 gxf3 22Ba3 Qf6 23Bc4 and wins 1-0
Feb-07-13  IndigoViolet: <Here is a game not in the database...>

Charousek vs Lehner, 1897

That took 30 seconds to find. What's wrong with people?

The database of Charousek's games in <Quarterly for Chess History, Spring 1/1999> lists 271 games (including fragments). Oh boy...

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  Nosnibor: 140 years ago today was born a chess genius.R.I.P. Master Charousek!
Oct-24-14  ljfyffe: Jointly, with Maroczy, won first at the Hungarian
individual Correspondence Chess Tournament held from 1893 to 1897, organized by the Budapest Chess Review.
Feb-20-15  zanzibar: <The Literary Digest, Volume 13 (1896) p862> gives his dob at Sept 10 (or 20), 1873:

<Rudolph Charousek, who suddenly leaped to the front among Chess-players, was born at Prague, Bohemia on Sept 10, 1873, and is, therefore, 23 years old. When 5 years old his parents emigrated to Hungary, and he learned Chess at college at Kaschen in 1891. [...]>

A late starter, early bloomer.


Feb-20-15  zanzibar: <Lasker's Chess Magazine>, Aug 1905, also gives dob as Sept 10, 1873 for <Charousek>.

It also adds this:

<Only seven years elapsed from learning the moves to- the end of his career, and he was under 27 when he played his last game.>

Could a biographer please look into the matter a little more?

(The <Literary Digest> probably copied from Lasker)

Feb-20-15  zanzibar: <Phony> I read your post inquiring about additional Charousek games:

Rudolf Rezso Charousek (kibitz #71)

It doesn't seem that anybody on <CG> answered your question (if they did I missed it).

Did you ever find out yourself?


Feb-20-15  zanzibar: Spraggett has a rather nice article on Charousek here:



Feb-20-15  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.
Feb-21-15  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.

May-18-15  Jim Bartle: Unfortunately Kohoutek was a giant fizzle as a public spectacle.
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  offramp: Rezso peace.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Rudolph Charousek.
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