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Walter Niephaus
Number of games in database: 69
Years covered: 1942 to 1961

Overall record: +19 -24 =25 (46.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B45 B73 B64 B43 B72
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C97 C60 C96 C85 C70
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C97 C85 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B70 B55 B91 B92 B90
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E42 E56 E25 E50 E30
 French Defense (6) 
    C15 C05 C02 C14 C16
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   Niephaus vs Paul Schmidt, 1950 1-0
   G Maicherczyk vs Niephaus, 1949 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-30-1923, died Nov-02-1992, 69 years old) Germany

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Born in Mörs am Niederrhein (now Moers, Germany), he won Frankfurt City Championship in March 1942, won ahead of Fritz Sämisch and Ludwig Rellstab at Bad Elster in May 1942. He took 11th at Bad Oeynhausen 1942 (the 9th German Chess Championship, Rellstab won), and won ahead of Klaus Junge at Leipzig 1942.

In 1951, he played four matches: lost to Efim Bogoljubov (1-5) and Herbert Heinicke (2.5-3.5), and won against Wilhelm Schifferdecker (9-1) and Alberic O'Kelly de Galway (3.5-1.5).

Niephaus represented West Germany in 12th Chess Olympiad at Moscow 1956, scoring +5 –2 =3 at first reserve board.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 69  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Niephaus  0-1271942SimulC26 Vienna
2. F Bohatirchuk vs Niephaus  1-0301947StuttgartC15 French, Winawer
3. Niephaus vs Rautenberg  1-0331948BRD-chC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
4. Rautenberg vs Niephaus  1-0481948Bad NauheimD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. Niephaus vs G Stein  1-0301948Essen West German chB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. P Troeger vs Niephaus  1-0791948Essen West German chA53 Old Indian
7. Niephaus vs Czaya  1-0401948Essen West German chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. L Schmid vs Niephaus  1-0451948Essen West German chA55 Old Indian, Main line
9. Niephaus vs F Nuernberg  1-0351948Essen West German chC41 Philidor Defense
10. Kieninger vs Niephaus 1-0191948Essen West German chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
11. Niephaus vs G Machate  0-1731948Essen West German chC60 Ruy Lopez
12. Teschner vs Niephaus  0-1421948Essen West German chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Niephaus vs T Schuster  1-0551948Essen West German chC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. Rellstab vs Niephaus  0-1521948Essen West German chC15 French, Winawer
15. Niephaus vs H Greis  0-1401948Essen West German chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. W Sahlmann vs Niephaus  0-1511948Essen West German chB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
17. Niephaus vs W Ernst  1-0671948Essen West German chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Unzicker vs Niephaus  1-0361948Essen West German chC16 French, Winawer
19. L Schmid vs Niephaus  1-0541949HeidelbergC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. Rautenberg vs Niephaus  0-1281949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDC14 French, Classical
21. Niephaus vs P Siegel  ½-½441949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
22. G Maicherczyk vs Niephaus ½-½371949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDD85 Grunfeld
23. Niephaus vs P Troeger 0-1571949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDA21 English
24. Niephaus vs F Nuesken  1-0361949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. Niephaus vs G Pfeiffer  0-1451949Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  whiteshark: (* 30.03.1923 in Moers - † 02.11.1992 in Andernach) one of the strongest German chessplayers during 1940' and 1950'.

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  whiteshark: The above 2nd link (bio+picture) has been moved to: http://bezirk-frankfurt.schach-chro...
Mar-30-13  BIDMONFA: Walter Niephaus


Dec-13-18  Telemus: German Wikipedia states that he won 1942 against Alekhine two games in simuls:

<Mit 15 Jahren kam er nach Frankfurt am Main, wo er eine Banklehre absolvierte und von einem Onkel das Schachspielen erlernte. 1942 besiegte er in zwei Simultanpartien den auf einer Tournee befindlichen Schachweltmeister Alexander Aljechin, der in einem Schreiben an die Geschäftsführung des Großdeutschen Schachbundes über Niephaus äußerte: Nach Klaus Junge (Hamburg) habe ich in Deutschland noch keinen jungen Spieler ähnlicher Begabung getroffen.>

One game is here: Alekhine vs Niephaus, 1942 .

Did the other game survive?

(There is a third game (Ruy Lopez, 0-1, 37 moves) that Niephaus won against AA, but it was a consultaion game.)

Dec-13-18  Telemus: Meanwhile I have found four games that Niephaus played 1942 with Alekhine plus the mentioned consultation game. Some games were allegedly(*) played in a match. I wonder whether these games are known. E.g., do Skinner & Verhoeven mention any details?

(*) One source states that Niephaus published many years later one of the simul games as the first match game and the consultation game as third match game.

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  MissScarlett: < do Skinner & Verhoeven mention any details?>

Yes. The story is quite involved, but along the lines you allude to. You want chapter and verse?

Dec-14-18  Telemus: <MissScarlett> Thank you for the info.

<You want chapter and verse?> That's not necessary. I just browse through a newly acquired collection of old chess magazines.

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  Diademas: <MissScarlett> <You want chapter and verse?>

Please add for perpetuity.

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  MissScarlett: <Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902-1946> by L. Skinner & R. Verhoeven (Jefferson, 1998), p.678:

<On the 11 April and on the following days, Alekhine gave exhibitions in the Frankfurt Palmengarten. In the first of these he played simultaneously against 39 opponents and in 3 1/2 hours, scored 35 wins, one draw and three losses. On the next day, at the request of the Grossdeutscher Schachbund he gave a talk on Capablanca in which he explained three of the ex-world champion's games on a demonstration board. Then he played simultaneously, six games with clocks against consulting opponents. In two hours he won three games, drew one and lost two. The winning teams were: Linnmann and Jung, and Schlensker, Werner, Lingel and Westphal. One of the players in the group that drew was W Niephaus a very promising player who was in his last year at school. In the displays at Frankfurt he scored 2 1/2 points from Alekhine. He also played a number of speed games with Alekhine and did quite well. Alekhine was very complimentary about his play and said: "I have played a large number of informal games with him in the last few days in which he acquitted himself very honourably. He has definitely reached master strength."

Eleven years later, under the heading "My Match with Dr Alekhine 1942," Niephaus annotated two games for <Schach-Echo> 1953, p180-1. He described them as the 1st and 3rd match games. Shortly after, Paul Schlensker, the magazine's collaborator from Frankfurt, who had also played in the displays in 1942, wrote in the magazine, ibid., p212, that these games had not been played in a match. The first was from a simultaneous display where Alekhine played against 40 opponents [11 April ?] and the second was a consultation game in which Alekhine and Schlensker played White against Niephaus and Rohrig. In his notes to this game, Niephaus had claimed that Alekhine was in great time trouble and had been very angry when he lost. Schlensker wrote that Alekhine was never in time trouble during the game and was in a happy mood throughout. Niephaus did not reply to this rebuttal of his claim to have played a match with Alekhine.>

<S&V> give the <Alekhine-Schlensker vs Niephaus-Rohrig> game from <Schach-Echo> - (0-1, 37).

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