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Andre Muffang
Number of games in database: 65
Years covered: 1913 to 1957
Overall record: +22 -24 =19 (48.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(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: André Muffang

Last updated: 2018-07-25 05:35:43

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 65  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A de Poplawski vs A Muffang  0-1511913ParisC22 Center Game
2. Capablanca vs A Muffang 1-0501914Clock simulD04 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Muffang vs Alekhine  0-1471914Quadrangular tC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. A Suren vs A Muffang  0-1211919StrasbourgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. M Romi vs A Muffang  1-0371922ParisA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. A Muffang vs Capablanca 1-0381922Casual gameC46 Three Knights
7. Znosko-Borovsky vs A Muffang  ½-½421923ParisC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Alekhine vs A Muffang 1-0401923Training matchD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Muffang vs Alekhine 0-1441923Training matchC02 French, Advance
10. Alekhine vs A Muffang 1-0301923MargateD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. A Muffang vs Bogoljubov  1-0511923MargateC87 Ruy Lopez
12. A Muffang vs R P Michell  ½-½301923MargateA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. O C Mueller vs A Muffang  0-1201923MargateD85 Grunfeld
14. E E Colman vs A Muffang  0-1581923MargateA84 Dutch
15. Reti vs A Muffang  ½-½411923MargateA05 Reti Opening
16. Euwe vs A Muffang 1-0301924FRA-NEDC53 Giuoco Piano
17. H Bertrand vs A Muffang  1-0471924FRA-ch 2ndB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. A Muffang vs Weenink 1-05119271st olm finalB83 Sicilian
19. G Nagy vs A Muffang  ½-½3219271st olm finalC66 Ruy Lopez
20. V Marin y Llovet vs A Muffang  0-12219271st olm finalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Muffang vs Yates  ½-½3219271st olm finalC87 Ruy Lopez
22. A Muffang vs H N Hansen  ½-½2919271st olm finalD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
23. A Muffang vs J M Rivarola  ½-½4019271st olm finalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Reti vs A Muffang 1-03719271st olm finalA14 English
25. A Nilsson vs A Muffang 1-04519271st olm finalC66 Ruy Lopez
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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?!

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  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 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.
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  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  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: (scroll down to 5233)
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  whiteshark: Bio in French + picture
Nov-02-07  Karpova: Reconstruction of the opening phase:

<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: (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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