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|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...
|Sep-19-13|| ||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:|
|Feb-20-15|| ||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.|
|May-18-15|| ||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.|
|Aug-15-15|| ||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.|
|Feb-26-17|| ||zanzibar: I believe the source of the photo is ACM v1 N5 (Oct 1897) (front cover) p259/281.|
|Jan-14-18|| ||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.">
|Jan-15-18|| ||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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet...
|Feb-28-18|| ||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?
|Mar-01-18|| ||MissScarlett: <I wonder?>
Stop wondering? Start wondering.
|Mar-01-18|| ||zanzibar: <Missy> monotone-ing again?|
I wonder, wonder about you...
(Hopefully I'm not getting between you and <Hazz> again)
|Mar-04-18|| ||zanzibar: There is some tenuous connection between Charousek and <Der Golem>, that I haven't really fleshed out. But I did find this:|
<The Student Charousek>
|Mar-04-18|| ||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)
|Mar-05-18|| ||zanzibar: <Réti's thoughts/comments on Charousek>|
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