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Wilhelm Hanstein
W Hanstein 
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Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1837 to 1848

Overall record: +17 -16 =11 (51.1%)*
   * 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.

Wikipedia article: Wilhelm Hanstein

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  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. Mayet vs W Hanstein  ½-½341837BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
4. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 1-0621839BerlinC41 Philidor Defense
5. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  ½-½291839?C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 0-1331839BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½491839?C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0281839BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
9. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½341839?B01 Scandinavian
10. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  0-1261839BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
11. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 0-1361839?B01 Scandinavian
12. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein ½-½451839BerlinC41 Philidor Defense
13. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 0-1331840BerlinC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0241840BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 1-0461840BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
16. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0321841BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein 0-1381841?C39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  1-0391841BerlinC45 Scotch Game
19. Mayet vs W Hanstein  ½-½451841BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
20. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa ½-½681841BerlinC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
21. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 1-0231841BerlinA44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0351841BerlinC45 Scotch Game
23. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa  0-1281841BerlinC38 King's Gambit Accepted
24. W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa 0-1261841BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
25. Von Der Lasa vs W Hanstein  1-0351841BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  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!!
Apr-15-19  Atking: I would not evaluate this player is of IM strength. Let say he did pretty well in his match with Von der Lasa who did well against Staunton... How one can say the latter is of MI strength?
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