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Wilhelm Hanstein
W Hanstein 
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Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 1837 to 1848

Overall record: +17 -16 =10 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    C37 C38 C39
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    C38 C39 C35 C34 C33
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   W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 1/2-1/2
   W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1841 1-0
   Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein, 1840 0-1
   Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein, 1841 0-1
   W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1843 1-0

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(born Aug-03-1811, died Oct-14-1850, 39 years old) Germany

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Wilhelm Hanstein was a German player of about IM strength who helped found the magazine Deutsche Schachzeitung and was one of the Berlin Pleiades.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Mayet vs W Hanstein 1-0201837BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Mayet vs W Hanstein 1-0381837MatchC40 King's Knight Opening
3. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 1-0621839BerlinC41 Philidor Defense
4. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  ½-½291839?C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 0-1331839BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½491839?C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0281839BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
8. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½341839?B01 Scandinavian
9. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  0-1261839BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
10. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 0-1361839?B01 Scandinavian
11. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein ½-½451839BerlinC41 Philidor Defense
12. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 0-1331840BerlinC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
13. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0241840BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 1-0461840BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 1-0291841?C34 King's Gambit Accepted
16. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  ½-½521841BerlinC45 Scotch Game
17. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  0-1311841BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein ½-½131841BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0321841BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 0-1381841?C39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0391841BerlinC45 Scotch Game
22. Mayet vs W Hanstein  ½-½451841BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
23. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½681841BerlinC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 1-0231841BerlinA44 Old Benoni Defense
25. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0351841BerlinC45 Scotch Game
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-26-05  Knight13: He lived for only a short period of time. That's sad. He died in an age of 39. :( He was a great player, too.
Mar-18-06  DeepBlade: This is the KGA: Hanstein Defence, named after Wilhelm Hanstein. 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.0-0 h6
Mar-18-06  DeepBlade: as you can see in this game
Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1839
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  brankat: Mr.Hanstein must have been very selective when choosing his opponents :-) A good page to study KGA though.
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  whiteshark: Imagine the historical context:

- Who was playing chess at that time ?
- I guess Paris was the only chess center than ..
- Known theory or chess literature at that time ? Tend to be zero.

- Information transfer ?
- Strong players ?
- Tournaments/Matches ?

= Berlin around 1840: A desert for playing chess.

Aug-13-07  waddayaplay: I think it is funny to say he was of IM strength. Difficult to compare like that.
Aug-03-08  artyom2008: happy birthday dude
Feb-06-09  Eastfrisian: Wilhelm Hanstein was a cousin to Carl Mayet, another player of the Berlin "plejades".
Feb-06-09  Karpova: <whiteshark: = Berlin around 1840: A desert for playing chess.>

No, Berlin was definitely not <a desert for playing chess> just because important players like Julius Mendheim are largely forgotten now. And what about Dr. Ludwig Bledow, Paul Rudolf von Bilguer and Bernhard Horwitz ? I'd say that it was quite the opposite of a desert with the German chess scene developping and growing. It's more like a meadow at springtime.

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  whiteshark: <K> Hehe, you took my conclusion from its context.

Maybe we see the situation just from a different angle?


Feb-06-09  Karpova: <whiteshark>
Or I'm simply disagreeing with your premises and your conclusion.
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  whiteshark: o.k., maybe my information were 'incomplete'...

I just found this lively description:

Aug-03-10  eightsquare: Happy Birthday!!
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