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Ernst Ludwig Klein
Number of games in database: 60
Years covered: 1930 to 1973

Overall record: +19 -19 =22 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E41 E26 E33 E37
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D61 D55 D63
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Klein vs Capablanca, 1935 1/2-1/2
   E Klein vs Reshevsky, 1935 1/2-1/2
   E Klein vs Keres, 1946 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bournemouth (1939)
   Margate (1935)
   Hastings 1938/39 (1938)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1938/39 by sneaky pete
   Margate 1935 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-29-1910, died Aug-22-1990, 80 years old) Austria (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Ernst Ludwig Klein was born in Vienna, Austria. He was British champion in 1951.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Steiner vs E Klein  ½-½311930GyorA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E Klein vs E Gereben  1-0361930GyorD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
3. E Klein vs L Reich  1-0651930GyorA56 Benoni Defense
4. B Hoenlinger vs E Klein  ½-½491930GyorE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. F Meller vs E Klein  0-1281930GyorB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. E Klein vs S Boros  ½-½351930GyorA53 Old Indian
7. E Klein vs B Szijjarto Szabo  0-1721930GyorD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
8. Kashdan vs E Klein 1-0481930GyorB15 Caro-Kann
9. E Klein vs J Balogh  ½-½271930GyorD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Tartakower vs E Klein  1-0591935ParisD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Tartakower vs E Klein  1-0391935ParisD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Klein vs Menchik 1-0491935MargateA48 King's Indian
13. J Mieses vs E Klein  ½-½301935MargateC01 French, Exchange
14. E Klein vs Reshevsky  ½-½991935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. B P Reilly vs E Klein 1-0491935MargateD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. E Klein vs E G Sergeant  ½-½341935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Milner-Barry vs E Klein 1-0421935MargateB15 Caro-Kann
18. E Klein vs G A Thomas  ½-½351935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. E Klein vs Capablanca  ½-½341935MargateD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. W Fairhurst vs E Klein  0-1421935MargateA84 Dutch
21. Graf-Stevenson vs E Klein 1-0611936Major OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
22. Golombek vs E Klein  ½-½511938Hastings 1938/39A22 English
23. E Klein vs Szabo  0-1331938Hastings 1938/39D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
24. Pirc vs E Klein  0-1491938Hastings 1938/39A04 Reti Opening
25. E Klein vs Tylor  ½-½551938Hastings 1938/39D80 Grunfeld
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  Benzol: Anyone know what the dispute was with the BCF that lead to Klein withdrawing from serious chess?
Aug-18-07  Karpova: <1938: Ernst Klein (C.N. 1602)

A photograph caption on page 361 of CHESS, 14 June 1938 described Ernst Klein as having ‘achieved satisfaction in his libel action’, and the April 1940 issue of the same magazine (page 168) referred back to this matter:

‘One hundred years ago, chess masters used freely to print things about each other which would lead to an instant and successful libel action today. E. Klein, the ex-Austrian master, entered on such an action when most of the visiting chess masters at Margate, a couple of years ago, signed and published a petition complaining about his “unfair and obnoxious behaviour” and stating their unwillingness to have him competing with them ever again; and he obtained redress.’>

Nov-19-07  Karpova: <From Steve Wrinn (Homer, NY, USA):

‘With regard to Ernst Klein and his involvement with the 1935 world championship match, and in particular his expulsion from the playing-hall during the 28th game, here are two quotes from books on that match.

1) The first comes from Recueil des parties du championnat du monde (Alekhine-Euwe) 1935, (Brussels, undated). The introduction to the 28th game (page 82) strongly suggests that Klein’s status as Alekhine’s “trainer” was unofficial>

<2) Hans Kmoch, in his Tagebuch vom Wettkampf Aljechin-Euwe (Vienna 1936), does not mention Klein by name but does refer to an incident during the 28th game in which a young chess master was asked to leave the playing-hall. The result was physical violence and police intervention. On pages 70-71 Kmoch wrote [...]>

Dec-14-07  Karpova: (scroll down to 5326)

<‘An unpleasant incident during the 28th game of the Euwe-Alekhine match

During this very important (given the current situation of the match) game an unpleasant incident occurred.

It is known that the world champion has been analysing lately with the young Viennese master Ernest Klein, who is representing several foreign papers as a journalist and is therefore attending the match. In Friday’s game in this city [The Hague – the 27th match-game] Alekhine played, at Klein’s instigation, the Vienna Opening. This he is fully entitled to do. Euwe consults with Flohr and Maróczy. However, that happens outside the playing-room and not while a game is being played.

It seems that yesterday evening Alekhine consulted with Klein, who had just previously told other press representatives that the world champion was playing a variation analysed with him.

Klein was not sitting at the press-table; he had taken his seat in the area reserved for officials. During play, Alekhine, who became more and more excited – he smiled several times – went to Klein on more than one occasion and talked to him, and when he had entered the middle-game with a good position he shook hands warmly with Klein.

One of the Committee members pointed out to the Viennese master that it is improper to talk to a player during the game. If Klein would not stop doing so, the Committee member added, the Committee would have no option but to expel him from the playing-hall and forbid him access to the other games.

Klein protested that he could not stop the world champion talking to him.

As a result, he was told to leave the room and to hand in his press-card. This request he answered by slapping the official’s face, after which the police became involved.

Mr Klein’s conduct is clearly not correct, so we can – as far as we are able to judge from the facts – understand the Committee’s reaction.

However, there is one matter that we do not understand. Should not the Committee have first informed the world champion of his incorrect behaviour? Even if not a word was spoken about the game, Dr Alekhine should have prevented anyone from thinking otherwise.’>

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935

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  keypusher: Gerald Abrahams' book referred to Klein "keeping the minor masters of the chess world in subjection" with his excellent technique.
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  GrahamClayton: <Benzol> Anyone know what the dispute was with the BCF that lead to Klein withdrawing from serious chess?

According to the "Encycploedia of Chess" by Anne Sunnucks:

"Klein disappeared from the chess scene after a dispute with the British Chess Federation following his withdrawal from a radio match against O Barda of Norway".

Here is the game in question:

E Klein vs O Barda, 1952

Jul-09-12  Karpova: C.N. 7725 deals with Ernst Ludwig Klein and is very long - most interesting for those wanting to know more about him:

One quote:

Tony Klein: <His own account of the 1935 Alekhine-Euwe match incident (discussed in C.N.s 5214, 5281 & 5326) was that he felt betrayed by Alekhine when the latter congratulated, or thanked, him, openly and quite inappropriately. He never even intimated the story of unacceptably violent behaviour on his own part during the incident in question. He maintained a bitter grudge against Alekhine, while never uttering anything but unreserved admiration for his stature as a chess genius.>

Jan-10-14  RedShield: <A photograph caption on page 361 of CHESS, 14 June 1938 described Ernst Klein as having ‘achieved satisfaction in his libel action’, and the April 1940 issue of the same magazine (page 168) referred back to this matter:

[...] E. Klein, the ex-Austrian master, entered on such an action when most of the visiting chess masters at Margate, a couple of years ago,[...]>

This could lead one to think that Margate (1938) was meant, but a note in Winter's <Chess Explorations> makes clear it was 1937:

<Pages 78-79 of CHESS, 14 November 1937 reported: 'A writ claiming damages for alleged libel has been issued by Ernst Klein, the Austrian chess master now living at Clanricarde Gardens, Bayswater, London, against Dr Alekhine, Miss Menchik, G. Koltanowski, E. Cox, L. Prins, Reuben Fine, W.A.T. Schelfhout, S. Landau and G. van Doesburgh... The action is concerned with a document prepared at Margate during the Easter congress in which certain allegations were made concerning Mr. Klein's desirability as an opponent.'>

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  offramp: What this website needs is four or five Kleins.
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  john barleycorn: < offramp: What this website needs is four or five Kleins.>

They have plenty:

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  offramp: I was paraphrasing Pol Pot.
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  john barleycorn: and I wasn't serious
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