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Andre Muffang
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1913 to 1957
Overall record: +21 -23 =19 (48.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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C87 Ruy Lopez (3 games)
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B03 Alekhine's Defense (2 games)
D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
C66 Ruy Lopez (2 games)
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ANDRE MUFFANG
(born Jul-25-1897, died Mar-01-1989, 91 years old) France

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André Muffang was born in St. Brieuc. He was French champion in 1931 and awarded the IM title in 1950.

Wikipedia article: Andr%C3%A9 Muffang


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A de Poplawski vs A Muffang  0-151 1913 ParisC22 Center Game
2. Capablanca vs A Muffang  1-050 1914 Paris casualD04 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Muffang vs Alekhine  0-147 1914 Paris QuadC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. A Suren vs A Muffang  0-121 1919 StrasbourgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. A Muffang vs Capablanca  1-038 1922 Paris casualC46 Three Knights
6. M Romi vs A Muffang  1-037 1922 ParigiA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. A Muffang vs Bogoljubov  1-051 1923 MargateC87 Ruy Lopez
8. A Muffang vs R P Michell  ½-½30 1923 MargateA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A Muffang vs Alekhine 0-144 1923 ParisC02 French, Advance
10. O C Mueller vs A Muffang  0-120 1923 MargateD85 Grunfeld
11. Alekhine vs A Muffang 1-040 1923 ParisD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E E Colman vs A Muffang  0-158 1923 MargateA84 Dutch
13. Alekhine vs A Muffang 1-030 1923 Margate (01)D64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
14. Znosko-Borovsky vs A Muffang  ½-½42 1923 ParisC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Reti vs A Muffang  ½-½41 1923 MargateA05 Reti Opening
16. Euwe vs A Muffang 1-030 1924 FRA-NEDC53 Giuoco Piano
17. G Nagy vs A Muffang  ½-½32 1927 1st olm finalC66 Ruy Lopez
18. Reti vs A Muffang  1-037 1927 1st olm finalA14 English
19. A Muffang vs Weenink 1-051 1927 1st olm finalB83 Sicilian
20. A Muffang vs H N Hansen  ½-½29 1927 1st olm finalD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
21. A Muffang vs O Zimmermann  1-022 1927 1st olm finalA15 English
22. A Muffang vs Yates  ½-½32 1927 1st olm finalC87 Ruy Lopez
23. A Nilsson vs A Muffang 1-045 1927 1st olm finalC66 Ruy Lopez
24. V Marin y Llovet vs A Muffang  0-122 1927 1st olm finalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Muffang vs J Rivarola  ½-½40 1927 1st olm finalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-28-07  paladin at large: Isn't this the fella who as a youngster nearly swindled Capablanca in a simul ? and - is he still living?!

Sep-28-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Yep, he's 110 and a still terror at blitz. Actually, he died in 1989 and even then most were not aware that he was still alive in an assisted living residence and that he still followed chess. An interview shortly before his death was published in the french yearbook of chess for 1988. The blog http://echecs64.blog.20minutes.fr/a... tells the story of getting the interview.

It would be great to get an english translation of it.

Sep-29-07  paladin at large: <Calli> Thanks for the link. I believe it mentions that Muffang was the only Frenchman, apart from Alekhine (French citizen), who ever beat Capablanca at blitz chess. I could translate (slowly) the interview if anyone can get a hold of it.
Sep-29-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <paladin at large> Thanks. Maybe someone will see our request. I wish they mentioned Apicella's opponent in that Fr Chmp game. Don't think it is here on CG. It could be this one that that I found at NIC.

[Event "Paris"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1988.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Timmer, Robert"]
[Black "Apicella, Manuel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[NIC "FR 11.4.5"]
[ECO "C19"]
[PlyCount "58"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 Ne7 5. a3 Bxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Qg4 O-O 8. Bd3 c4 9. Bh6 Ng6 10. Bxg6 fxg6 11. Be3 Nc6 12. h4 Qe8 13. h5 gxh5 14. Rxh5 Ne7 15. Nf3 Rf5 16. Rh2 Qg6 17. Qh4 Nc6 18. O-O-O Bd7 19. Rdh1 h6 20. Rh3 Rxf3 21. gxf3 Nb4 22. Kd2 Qxc2 23. Ke1 Qb1 24. Bc1 Qxc1 25. Ke2 Qxc3 26. Kf1 Nd3 27. Rg3 Qe1 28. Kg2 Qxf2 29. Kh3 Rf8 0-1

Note 21...Nb4!! with the threat of Ba4

Oct-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: He played against Reshevsky at Easter 1920 and won - the game was a secret since Reshevsky's manager didn't want it to be published if Reshevsky didn't win: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (scroll down to 5233)
Oct-22-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio in French + picture http://heritageechecsfra.free.fr/mu...
Nov-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Reconstruction of the opening phase:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

<1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 d4 Bd7 5 Nc3 Nf6 6 Bg5 exd4 7 Nxd4 Be7 8 O-O O-O 9 f4 h6 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 Nf3 Re8 12 Re1 a6 13 Bd3 b5 14 Rb1 (Dominique Thimognier, St Cyr sur Loire, France)>

<1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 O-O Nf6 5 d4 Bd7 6 Nc3 exd4 7 Nxd4 Be7 8 Bg5 O-O 9 f4 h6 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 Nf3 Re8 12 Re1 a6 13 Bd3 b5 14 Rb1 (Eduardo Bauzá Mercére, New York, NY, USA)>

other possibilities exist.

Then it went on like that:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (scroll down to 5233)

Dec-21-07  paladin at large: The former French champion had a problem with not castling:

M Monticelli vs A Muffang, 1935

Euwe vs A Muffang, 1957

It is a shame there are not more games available showing him in a better light.

Dec-21-07  paladin at large: <whiteshark><bio in French> thanks - it notes that he played very little outside of Olympiads. However, at Margate 1923 he did come tied 2nd through 4th with Alekhine and Bogoljubov, behind Gruenfeld. Muffang also won the blitz competition there ahead of Alekhine.
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