|Jun-07-05|| ||lululass: I entered a tournament to begin in July with the opening called From's Gambit. It begins with F4 C5. I have looked high and low for this opening and game and can find neither. I have checked both From's and the opening is not listed for either of them. Can anyone tell me about From's Gambit?|
|Jun-07-05|| ||ughaibu: If this link Opening Explorer doesn't work for you, try A02.|
|Jun-07-05|| ||ughaibu: Here are a couple of examples: J Shenkein vs Spielmann, 1910 Bird vs Lasker, 1892|
|Jun-07-05|| ||WannaBe: http://www.playchess.de/thematics.c...|
|Jul-06-06|| ||Poulsen: Martin Severin Janus From was a danish chessplayer. He came from a rather poor family, but tried from about 1845 to pursue a career as a poet (with help from Hans Christian Andersen among others).|
This failed however and in 1849 he volunteered for the war against the preussians - participating in the battle at Fredericia july-06-1849. After the war he had different jobs, but ended up being a prison employee - and later on prison inspector in a prison for women. In 1891 he received the order Ridder af Danneborg - which is the second most important danish order.
As chessplayer his name is attached to Froms Gambit 1.f4,e5 - due to this game M Mollerstrom vs M S From, 1862, which was puplished in Schachzeitung in july-august 1862.
He participated in Paris 1867 - but his unsound aggressive play did not fare well against Steinitz and other strong chessplayers, se games.
|Jul-06-06|| ||Poulsen: M Mollerstrom vs M S From, 1862|
|Jul-06-06|| ||ganstaman: Is it sad that I hate this man just because I find his gambit annoying and I don't know how to deal with it? Playing the Bird's Opening would be so much more enjoyable if 1...e5 didn't exist. Maybe if Mollerstrom had won that game, people would have lost interest in the gambit and deemed it unsound. No, wait, calling something unsound probably would attract more practitioners. Hmmmm, quite a problem From's created for me here. I hate him for that.|
|May-08-07|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Not much of a drawing master, was he?|
|May-08-07|| ||Plato: <ganstaman> If you'd rather gambit a pawn yourself, study the King's Gambit and in the future you can respond with 2.e4. This might have some surprise value, too, because against 1.e4 your opponent might not be an ...e5 player.|
|May-08-07|| ||gus inn: f4-e5.2fxe5-d6.3.Nf3-Nc6.4.e4 (!) with Bb5 to follow is a very good try vs Froms.And the blackplayer(s) dont like it , I can asure you !.Next to that <Platos>
old advice , the KG is a good idea .
This reminds me a bit of 1.e3 !? - e5.2.d4 - exd4.3.exd4 with equality , more or less.But let us asume I played it vs Kasparov i a simul.And I would have a point , that I tricked him into playing french with the black pieces !?
|May-08-07|| ||Troller: Oh, nice to see a Dane as Player of the Day. Apart from his own gambit against Bird, I believe he also popularized the "Danish Gambit" 1.e4,e5 2.d4,ed 3.c3,dc 4.Lc4|
For reasons unbeknownst to me, this is called "Nordic Gambit" in Denmark.
|Jul-11-08|| ||Calli: from the Tidsskrift for Skak, translated for the B.C.M.|
MARTIN SEVERIN JANUS FROM, inspector of the penitentiary of
Christianshavn, Denmark, was born at Nakskov, 8th April. 1828, and received
his first instruction at the grammar school of Nykjöbing. He was gifted with
a rare intelligence, and made rapid progress in his studies; but through
his precocious and strongly developed independence of character he became
involved in a dispute with his teachers, and left school without passing his
examinations for the University. On the breaking-out, soon after, of the
war with Germany for the possession of Schleswig, he entered the army as
a volunteer, served in the brigade of Colonel Rye. of the 6th battalion,
and, among other actions, was present at the battle foujht for the redoubt
of Trelde, on the 6th of July, 1849, at Fredericia.
At the end of the war he settled at Copenhagen, where he was
employed in the Statistical Bureau, and shortly afterwards in the office for
prison management, and to the central office of that institution he remained
attached for the rest of his life. His work there was marked by singular
ability, zeal, and interest, and, as we are told from the most competent
quarters, "was combined with an unrivalled knowledge of every detail of the
history of our prison system." From the year 1890 , he was inspector of
the penitentiary of Christianshavn.
|Jul-11-08|| ||Calli: Part II
While in the Statistical Office From made the acquaintance of 0.
Möllerström, who then (1851) was the strongest chess player of Copenhagen,
and by him he was initiated into the mysteries of the chess board
It was soon apparent that he was possessed of no common aptitude for
the game, and, to the great surprise of his instructor, after the lapse of but
one year, he turned out more than a match for him. From that moment
and during the course of the following twenty years, the period within
which his career as a chess player properly falls, he was without a rival
among the chess players of the North, and when in the year 1865 the new
Copenhagen Chess Club was organised, he, as a matter of course, became
its president. Among Danish players who at this time came nearest to
him may be cited G. Nielsen, S. A. Sörensen, and Ludvig With. He never
chanced to break a lance with H. Möller, who left Copenhagen in the same
year, 1851, and went to Jutland.
From's play showed an acute eye for position; it was always spirited,
often ingenious, and, as a rule, of a strongly aggressive nature, in the style
of Morphy. Like this prince of the chess board, and in opposition to the
principles of Philidor, From had a preference for the open game, and, in
the opening, considered the Pawns rather as an obstacle than as a support
in the attack of the pieces. One Pawn, however, the King's Bishop's Pawn,
was a favourite with both of them — it is spared and protected, later on to be
brought forward as a sacrifice or a menace, alike pernicious to the adversary,
on f 5 (f 4), and the art with which this is accomplished is often admirable.
|Jul-11-08|| ||Calli: Part III - (last)
It is therefore very characteristic that From, like Morphy, scarcely ever
plays King's Gamhit, neither Knight nor Bishop Gambit, whereas gambits
on the Queen's side occur constantly. From's play combined rapidity with soundness, and he very seldom committed a blunder. However, the energetic braimvork which he put into his play affected his nerves, and after a protracted game with an able adversary he was not quite in good form. With the constructive theory of chess he occupied himself only as far as it interested him to discover new points of view, and to enter upon a new course, but his general knowledge
of the theory of the openings was altogether very limited. It may be owing
to these circumstances that at the great tournament in Paris, 1867, he did
not arrive at a result corresponding to his real strength, such as it appeared
in single combats with v. Heydebrand u. d. Lasa, and other prominent
Among From's excursions into the department of theory may be
particularly noticed the strengthening of the defence against " the Muzio
Gambit," analysed by friends of his in Deutsche Schachzeititng, 1862; the
valuable variations which principally through his games have been won for
our " Northern Gambit," but more especially the remarkable play in the
counter gambit i P — К В 4, P — К 4, which bears his name, and has
rendered it celebrated far and wide in the chess world.* He died at
Copenhagen, on the 6th of May, 1895, aged 67.
|Jan-03-09|| ||Benzol: Great to finally see a photo of him.|
|Jan-03-09|| ||Calli: Yes, many thanks to User: martin moller who is doing much needed research in Danish chess. See his website http://www.skakjournal.dk/ for more.|
|Jan-08-09|| ||brankat: A very fine photo indeed. Thanks Martin!|
|Apr-12-09|| ||Stonehenge: What's up with those sideburns? Did he hide pocket-Fritz in it?|
|Apr-12-09|| ||Calli: You name is <Stonehenge> and you don't understand styles from different eras?|
|May-08-10|| ||BIDMONFA: Martin Severin From|
FROM, Martin Severin J.
|May-08-10|| ||wordfunph: thanks <BIDMONFA>...others may hate your posts but i do appreciate it. Keep it coming!|
|May-08-10|| ||The Famous Chess Cat: <Stonehenge> Haha, fantastic!|
|Aug-30-10|| ||Nightsurfer: In case somebody would like to get some more information about M.S. From, herewith an interview with an expert who has written a Danish-language biography about M.S. From, please see "Who has invented From's Gambit" by surfing to http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten.... That is a German-language interview, however, but I am sure that the contents and the facts can be got by the help of a translating device, apart from that I think that the text is pretty self-explanatory because of many photos.|
|Sep-23-11|| ||BIDMONFA: Martin Severin From|
|May-08-13|| ||Nightsurfer: The German-language interview on <Martin Severin From> and <From's Gambit> that has been published by <ChessBase> has a new link now: http://de.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/...|