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Ferenc Erkel
F Erkel 
Painting by Alajos Györgyi Giergl (1850s)
Hungarian National Museum
Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1845 to 1858

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(born Nov-07-1810, died Jun-15-1893, 82 years old) Hungary

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Ferenc Erkel was born on the 7th of November 1810 in the town of Gyula, in Hungary. He was the vice president of the first officially registered Hungarian chess organization in 1864, the Pesti Sakk-kör then the president of the same from 1865 till his death.

Erkel was a composer of musics, conductor of orchestra, virtuous pianist and musical leader. He created the foundations of Hungarian opera playing and his own composed operas are the classical works of art of Hungarian art of music. Erkel composed the music of Himnusz, the Hungarian National Anthem, in 1844. In 1853 he founded the Hungarian Philharmonic Society. Between 1875-1886 he was the director and piano tutor of the Music Academy of Budapest founded by Ferenc Liszt. He was the first musical director of the Opera House of Budapest opened in 1884.

His memories are preserved by a museum in his town of birth and all over in the country there are musical institutions named after him, as well as, the highest musical award, Erkel Ferenc Díj.

His chess playing and chess life organizing activities are remembered by the Erkel Ferenc Sakk Emlékverseny (Erkel Ferenc Chess Memorial Tourney) organized annually in Hungary giving wide opportunity to school aged chess talents.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Erkel vs Szen 1-0331845BudapestC51 Evans Gambit
2. F Erkel vs L Spitzer ½-½391858BudapestC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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  cu8sfan: <> If we have such a beautiful picture of him, why don't you put it up here?
Dec-20-07  sneaky pete: Born Gyula (Békés), November 7,1810. Died Budapest, June 15, 1893. Composer and director. Considered founder of national Hungarian opera. See
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  TheFocus: Steve's grandfather.
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