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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 C39 C37 C34
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C30 C32 C31
 French Defense (11) 
    C13 C14 C11
 Giuoco Piano (9) 
    C50 C53
 King's Pawn Game (7) 
    C44 C20
 French (7) 
    C13 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C60 C67 C77 C64 C78
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Two Knights (6) 
    C55 C59
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D66 D60 D55 D50
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C49 C47
 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?]
   11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898)
   Berlin (1897)
   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 Skultety 1-0191891MiskolcC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Charousek vs K Schneider 1-0211891MiskolcC37 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. Mihaly Beu vs Charousek 0-1191893corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Charousek vs Csipkes 1-0551893crC14 French, Classical
14. Vertes vs Charousek 0-1351893crC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Charousek vs Maroczy 1-0221893casual gameB01 Scandinavian
16. J Bartsch vs Charousek 0-1321893crC24 Bishop's Opening
17. Charousek vs A Niedermann ½-½291893crC14 French, Classical
18. Charousek vs Mayer 1-0401893crC51 Evans Gambit
19. Charousek vs Kozmata  1-0411893crC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. N Konjovic vs Charousek  0-1471893BudapestA03 Bird's Opening
21. Charousek vs G Kanyurszky 1-0241893crC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Charousek vs J Wollner 1-0191893KaschauC21 Center Game
23. Charousek vs G Makovetz ½-½531893MatchC13 French
24. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-0131893BudapestC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. G Makovetz vs Charousek ½-½581893MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
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Nov-17-18  Telemus: About the third game (C30, 59 moves, draw) in your first post of Nov-14-18: I have it in three databases, always with Charousek playing the white(!) pieces.

One of these databases is the CG download (see Charousek vs G V R Exner, 1896). There it differs from the two other databases with respect to site (a match in Budapest vs the match in Szekesfehervar),

The game is also contained in Charuchin's book, page 80, again Charousek as White and belonging to the match in Szekesfehervar. The other two databases give - as CG - the 2nd April 1896 as date. Charuchin has neither round number nor date. And nowhere a primary source ...

Btw, Charuchin's book contains 250 Charousek games, but only three of the ten games from the match in Szekesfehervar.

Nov-17-18  Telemus: About the first game (C41, 40 moves, 1-0) from your second post of Nov-14-18. This game is also here, but with 1897: Charousek vs G Makovetz, 1897. There the game is said to belong to a match.

Charuchin, page 1896 has "Budapest 1896", no match mentioned. Two other databses (which should count as one, because they depend on each other anyway) have "Budapest casual, 1896". And once again: far and wide no primary source.

Nov-17-18  Telemus: One can find Charuchin's bibliography and seemingly the whole book by means of Google ... but, oh boy, I stay away from it for legal reasons (I have a printed copy).

Charuchin gives Budapesti Sakkszemle 1889-1893 as soure 22. So, we should assume that he knew all Charousek games published there. The Kalniczky game is indeed there (game no. 14), but with the year 1891. And some games with Engländer are there, too, but none with the year 1893, though Budapesti Sakkszemle seems to be clear-cut. Confusing.

Okay, I've enough of this.

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Yes, the games in "Budapesti Sakk-Szemle" - 1. Charousek v Englander 1-0 (37) C28 & 2. Englander v Charousek 0-1 (20) C54 - wasn't exact dated.

This games played a bit earlier, as a part of the 1891/92 Match:

Magyar Sakktortenet Vol. 3, p. 43-44, dated game 1. <20.3.1892> & p. 43, game 2. <10.2.1892>


Nov-17-18  Telemus: Thank you very much, <Jean Defuse>!

So, two of the five games between Charousek and Englander, which I posted above (the first and the last one), are in Charuchin's book and wrongly dated in Budapesti Sakkszemle.

The player index of Charuchin's book lists six games between Charousek and Engländer. Apart of the two games mentioned by <JD> these are:

Game 16: Ch-E 1-0, 33, Evans Gambit (1891-92)

Game 17: Ch-E 1-0, 32, King's Gambit Accepted (1891-92)

Game 41: Ch-E 1-0, 33, King's pawn game (1894)

Game 200: Ch-E 1-0, 31, Ruy Lopez (1898).

Comparing the remaining three games I posted above with this list, it seems that they are not in Charuchin's book. Hence he overlooked these three games?!? Still confusing.

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  sachistu: Thanks for the additional information <Telemus and Jean Defuse>. Regarding the '3rd game' (C30 1/2 in 59)... this is actually the first game of the match per your feedback. My copy came several years ago from the online database Chesslab. It does not surprise me the colors were reversed. Now that I have sorted the match games with the game number included, it's easy to agree Charousek was White as Exner had White in game 2.

By the way, as you no doubt saw, Rod Edwards (EDO) site indicated Feenstra Kuiper 100 Jahr Schachzweikampfe gave the location as Budapest.

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  sachistu: Why do I suddenly sense a can of worms opening? The EDO site shows different reports about the result of the match. EDO (apparently using Di Felice) has it 7.5 - 2.5 (+6-1=3). Feenstra Kuiper had it +6-3=1 (which seems dubious). Di Felice has it this way...

G1 1/2
G2 0-1 (Exner)
G3 1-0 (RRC)
G4 1-0 (RRC)
G5 1-0 (RRC)
G6 1/2
G7 1/2
G8 1-0 (RRC)
G9 1-0 (RRC)
G10 1-0 (RRC)
note: 1-0 or 0-1 does not indicate color, just who won.

Here is how I have it in my database.
Charousek,R - Exner,G [C30] g1 1/2 59
Exner,G - Charousek,R [C79] g2 1-0 50
Charousek,R - Exner,G [C44] g3 1-0 47
Exner,G - Charousek,R [B40] g4 0-1 23
Charousek,R - Exner,G [C30] g5 1-0 23
Exner,G - Charousek,R [C31] g6 0-1 28
Charousek,R - Exner,G [C25] g7 1/2 34
Exner,G - Charousek,R [C33] g8 0-1 22
Charousek,R - Exner,G [C22] g9 1/2 42
Exner,G - Charousek,R [C50] g10 1-0 24

This cannot right. Game 10, (C50 1-0 in 24) which I changed to Exner-Charousek due to color assignments, is a win for White, but if that was Charousek, it means he had White for both games 9 and 10. <Telemus> you apparently have all the game scores, game numbers and color assignments. What does your source say? I should mention, game 6 (C31 0-1 in 28) was listed elsewhere as a draw, but Black seems to be clearly winning, so I have it as 0-1. Regardless, This still doesn't give a 7.5 - 2.5 result. Evidently, you were right in your earlier kibitz about the numbers being different.

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  sachistu: <Telemus> I failed to go back far enough in our thread to recall your earlier response about Charousek-Exner match. It looks like our game numbers do match. However, the colors and results appear to be a different story. Hopefully, the breakdown I sent will provide an answer to the match result discrepancy.
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  sachistu: <Telemus> I changed game 10 (C56 1-0 in 24) back to have Charousek as White. This is how it was originally listed in my database. This now gives the 7.5 - 2.5 match result I was expecting. However, if the color assignments, results, and scores are as listed in my recent kibitz, then Charousek had White in both games 9 and 10, which seems odd. Sorry if I am adding to the confusion.
Nov-18-18  Telemus: <but if that was Charousek, it means he had White for both games 9 and 10.> That's exactly what I have. Looks suspicious.
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  sachistu: Thanks for the information <Jean Dufuse> However, Charuchin's data seems suspicious. First, assuming the game number is what you meant for '1' and '3', they would have had to play more than one game a day e.g. when was game 2 played? Both games 1 and 2 were 50+ moves, so it's hard to believe they would play 3 games in two days. Second, if the '10' means game 10, this is questionable as to the result, as it seems Black is winning. This would also mean the Di Felice (Chess Results) order of the games is wrong.
Nov-18-18  Telemus: <JD> And I obviously missed the chapter "Uncommented Games" ...

For me it's high time to stop with Charousek and do something else.

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  zanzibar: <<Telemus> For me it's high time to stop with Charousek and do something else.>

It was good while it lasted!

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  Jean Defuse: ...

<zanzibar> ;-)

<sachistu> <Game 10> played in the Budapest match befor - <Game 6 is> in reality <Game 10> (result 1/2) & <Game 6> of the match <is unknown>...

(... I can upload my Charousek books - if it is of interest...)


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  sachistu: Hi <Jean Defuse>. Have been occupied elsewhere the past couple of days. Sorry to see <Telemus> is dropping out. Regarding your message of Nov 19... it would help if you could briefly identify a little more about the games you listed e.g. ECO code, result, and who was White or Black. This would help in trying to resolve the match results. Thanks!

re: your offer to upload your Charousek books... I'm always interested in new material and locating additional sources. However, that sounds like a lot of volume. To what location were you thinking of uploading the materiel?

Nov-24-18  Telemus: There is a pawn ending from a game Charousek vs Kosterka (simul, Prague 1897), which for example can be found in Awerbach's "Bauernendspiele":

click for larger view

The usual solution (due to Dr.Josef Kvicala and Jan Kvicala from Prague, published in "Ceske listy sachove" 1897, pages 49-51) starts with 1.♔e4 ♔e8 2.♔f3 and has as one of its variations 2.. ♔d7 3.♔g3, all with more or less exclamation marks. But tablebases show that these eccentric manoeuvres have less surprising alternatives I understood more easily.

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Yuri Averbakh:

This interesting position was saved from oblivion by Dedrle (1950). It was reached in a simultaneous display, and after unsuccessful attempts to win, Charousek agreed to a draw. But analysis by Josef and Johann Kvicala demonstrated the possibility of a win.

<1. Ke4!> With the key squares being c6, d6 and e6, the main file is the d-file. If White's chances lay only in taking the opposition on the main file, he would be unable to achieve anything. He wins only by combining this threat with the appropriate preparation of h3-h4.

<Ke8! 2. Kf3!> Now Black is in dilemma: after 2... Ke7 he loses the opposition, while if 2... Kf7 or 2... Kd7, White succeeds in playing h3-h4.

For example:

2... Kf7 3. h4! (with the threat of 4. h5; with the king at e7 or d7 this does not work due to 3... gh 4. g5 Kd6 and 5... Ke5, but now the king does not have the e6 square) gxh4 4. g5 Ke7 5. Kg4 Kd6 6. Kxh4 Ke5 7. Kg4 Kd6 8. Kf4 and 9. g6

2... Kd7 (the king is now so far away that White has time for a necessary preparatory move) 3. Kg3! Ke7 4. h4 gxh4+ 5. Kxh4 Kf6 (otherwise 6. Kg5) 6. Kh5 and wins.

<2... Ke7 3. Ke3 Kd7 4. Kd3 Ke7 5. Kc4 Kd8 6. Kd4 Ke8 7. Kc5 Kd7 8. Kd5 Ke7 9. Kc6> 9. Ke5 (this is quicker than Kf7) <9... Kf6 10. Kd6 Kf7 11. Kd7 Kf8 12. Ke6 Ke8 13. f6 g6 14.f7+ Kf8 15. Kd6! Kxf7 16. Kd7> winning. A valuable analysis!


Nov-26-18  Telemus: <JD> English edition?
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  Jean Defuse: ...

<Telemus> Averbakh's analysis above is from a digital edition (by Convekta) of 'Comprehensive Chess Endings', with minimal difference to the original book - 'Pawn Endings', p. 171-172(Batsford; First edition, 1974).


Charousek's opponent in the simul on the Prague Chess Club (22.2.1897) was probably the little know Problem composer <Zdeněk Kosterka> ...?

The following miniature is missing in Kalendovsky's book 'The Complete Games of Oldrich Duras':

[Event "CSpS"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "1902.??.??"]
[White "Kosterka"]
[Black "Duras, Oldrich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C33"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. Bxd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 g5 6. Nf3 Qh5 7. h4 Bg7 8. Nc3 Ne7 9. d4 Nbc6 10. Bxc6+ Nxc6 11. d5 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Ne5 13. Ba3 Bg4 14. Qd4 Nxf3 15. gxf3 Bxf3 16. Qe5+ Kd7 17. Qe7+ Kc8 18. d6 1-0


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  Jean Defuse: ...

'More from Prague'

Simultaneous games:

(Charousek scored +20 -1 =7)

Charousek vs K Vocasek, 1897 (Source: Ceske listy sachove 1897, p. 38-39.)


[Event "28-board simultaneous display"]
[Site "Prague, CC"]
[Date "1897.02.22"]
[White "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Black "Popov, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C29"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Qf3 $1 Nxc3 6. dxc3 c6 7. Bd3 Qb6 8. Ne2 Be6 9. Nd4 Nd7 10. Nxe6 fxe6 11. Qh5+ Kd8 12. Bg5+ Kc7 13. O-O-O Bc5 14. Rhf1 g6 15. Qh3 h6 16. Bf6 Rae8 $2 17. Bxh8 Rxh8 18. Rf7 $1 1-0

Source: Svetozor 5.3.1897


Exhibition games:

Svejda/Kotrc/Kvicala v Charousek/Moucka/Tuzar

(Kotrc / Kvicala / Svedja vs Charousek, 1897 - <missing Charousek's allies>)

Source: Charuchin - Chess Comet Rudolf Charousek, p. 214.


[Event "Prague"]
[Date "1897.02.19"]
[White "Kotrc, Jan"]
[Black "Charousek, Rudolf Rezso"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C66"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. O-O a6 8. Ba4 O-O 9. a3 b5 10. Bb3 Bg4 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Ne2 Bxf3 13. gxf3 Qd7 14. Bd5 Kh8 15. Bxc6 Qxc6 16. Ng3 Rg8 17. Kh1 Rg5 18. d5 Qd7 19. Nf5 Rag8 20. Qd3 Bf8 21. Rg1 R5g6 22. Rg3 Bh6 23. Nxh6 Rxh6 24. Rag1 Rhg6 25. Qe3 f5 26. Rxg6 Rxg6 27. Rxg6 f4 28. Qa7 hxg6 29. Kg2 f5 30. Qxa6 fxe4 31. fxe4 Qg4+ 32. Kf1 Qd1+ 33. Kg2 Qxc2 34. Qxb5 Qxe4+ 35. f3 Qc2+ 36. Kh3 Qf5+ 37. Kg2 Kg7 38. Qe8 1/2-1/2

Source: Jan Kotrč - Aus meiner Mappe, Arbeiter Schachzeitung - Wien, 1927, No. 3, p. 73.


See: Jan Kalendovsky - Historie šachu v Čechách, p. 49-50 (


Nov-29-18  Straclonoor: <There is a pawn ending from a game Charousek vs Kosterka (simul, Prague 1897)>

Lomonosov TB7 gives

1. Ke4 Ke8 2. Ke3 Kd7 3. Kd3 Kc7 4. Ke4 Kd6 5. Kd4 Ke7 6. Kc5 Kd7 7. Kd5 Ke7 8. Kc6 Ke8 9. Kd6 Kf7 10. Kd7 Kf8 11. Ke6 Ke8 12. f6 g6 13. f7+ Kf8 14. Kd6 Kxf7 15. Kd7 Kf6 16. Ke8 Kg7 17. Ke7 Kh7 18. Kf7 Kh6 19. Kf6 Kh7 20. Kxg5 Kg7 21. h4 Kf7 22. Kh6 Kf6 23. g5+ Kf5 24. Kh7 Ke5 25. Kxg6 Kd5 26. h5 Kc5 27. h6 Kb5 28. h7 Ka5 29. h8=Q Kb5 30. Qe5+ Kb4 31. Kf6 Ka4 32. g6 Kb4 33. g7 Ka4 34. g8=Q Kb4 35. Qgb8+ Ka4 36. Qa1#

I don't know is it only one way to win or not, but it looks different that pointed by Averbakh.

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  sachistu: Regarding the kibitz from Nov-27-18 <Jean Defuse> Was the date in the score (1902) a typo? The text above seems to indicate this was from a simul at Prague chess club 22.2.1897.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

<'Rare Charousek stuff'>

A photography with Steinitz - 'Masters analyze the Cologne games':

Source: Magyar Sakkélet, 1951 p. 225


& A chess-problem by Charousek:


Dec-23-18  Nosnibor: <sachistu> The date referred to is in respect of the Duras game and not Charousek.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

sorry <sachistu> I overlook your question - thanks to <Nosnibor>!


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