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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 (10) 
    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 C54 C53
 Two Knights (7) 
    C55 C59
 Sicilian (4) 
    B40 B30 B45
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D66 D60 D55 D50
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C47 C49
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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 Lasker, 1896 1-0
   Charousek vs J Wollner, 1895 1-0
   Charousek vs G V R Exner, 1897 1-0
   Charousek vs Pillsbury, 1896 1-0
   Charousek vs M Porges, 1896 1-0
   Maroczy vs Charousek, 1895 0-1

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 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 0-1351893crC77 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 ½-½531893MatchC13 French
25. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-0131893BudapestC30 King's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 183  PGN Download
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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!


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  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!!!

Jan-12-12  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.

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  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.
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  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.


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  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)

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  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?


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  zanzibar: Spraggett has a rather nice article on Charousek here:



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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.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Rudolph Charousek.
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  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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