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Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter
K Richter 
Number of games in database: 253
Years covered: 1918 to 1958

Overall record: +123 -51 =79 (64.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A45 D01 D00 A46 D05
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C84 C73 C80 C71
 French Defense (23) 
    C13 C10 C12 C00 C18
 French (21) 
    C13 C10 C00 C12 C11
 Sicilian (19) 
    B73 B29 B84 B50 B62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    A46 D02 E10 D00 A40
 Budapest Gambit (16) 
    A51 A52
 Scandinavian (11) 
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D74 D95 D96 D79
 Sicilian (6) 
    B60 B20 B73 B72 B74
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs K Richter, 1942 0-1
   K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1937 1-0
   K Richter vs G G Alexandrescu, 1936 1-0
   K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 1-0
   K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930 1-0
   M Brunoehler vs K Richter, 1941 0-1
   K Richter vs W Jurgschat, 1952 1-0
   Saemisch vs K Richter, 1941 0-1
   K Richter vs Saemisch, 1933 1-0
   K Richter vs Vladimir Petrov, 1936 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Munich (1942)
   Munich (1941)
   Podebrady (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4) by whiteshark
   endgame masterclass by obrit

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(born Nov-24-1900, died Dec-29-1969, 69 years old) Germany

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Kurt Richter was born in Berlin. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1950 on its first designation of titleholders. He was a sharp attacking player and theoretician. The Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60) and Richter-Veresov Attack (D01) are both named for him. His most successful year was 1935, when he won the German Championship and shared 1st place with Efim Bogoljubov at a category 8 tournament in Berlin. After World War II he largely gave up playing for writing. He died in Berlin in 1969.

Wikipedia article: Kurt Richter

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 253  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Kipke vs K Richter 0-1231918BerlinA07 King's Indian Attack
2. W Schlage vs K Richter  1-048192020th Congress of the German Chess FederationA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. K Richter vs S Rotenstein 0-1211920Berlin CLC46 Three Knights
4. W Kretzschmar vs K Richter 0-1261920Berlin CLC48 Four Knights
5. K Richter vs Herbert Hohensee 1-0221924Springer Chess Club Winter tournamentB07 Pirc
6. K Richter vs W Kretzschmar  1-0361925Berlin-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. K Richter vs Steuber 1-0201928BerlinC13 French
8. K Richter vs K Helling  0-1651928It Cafe KoenigA07 King's Indian Attack
9. K Richter vs P List  1-0591928It Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. S Rotenstein vs K Richter 0-1561928It Cafe KoenigA52 Budapest Gambit
11. K Richter vs Gruenfeld 1-0321928It Cafe KoenigA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. P F Johner vs K Richter  ½-½741928It Cafe KoenigE15 Queen's Indian
13. K Richter vs Saemisch  0-1291928It Cafe KoenigC41 Philidor Defense
14. B Kostic vs K Richter 1-0481928It Cafe KoenigA04 Reti Opening
15. K Richter vs Bogoljubov  0-1771928It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. W Von Holzhausen vs K Richter  1-0751928It Cafe KoenigC42 Petrov Defense
17. K Richter vs Ahues 1-0361928It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. L Steiner vs K Richter  0-1401928It Cafe KoenigB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. K Richter vs W Orbach  1-0411929DSB-26.KongressD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. K Richter vs H Wagner  ½-½301930SwinemuendeD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
21. Flohr vs K Richter  ½-½691930SwinemuendeA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. K Richter vs Erik Andersen 1-0421930SwinemuendeC42 Petrov Defense
23. K Richter vs Stoltz  0-1331930SwinemuendeC56 Two Knights
24. Saemisch vs K Richter  1-0411930SwinemuendeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. K Richter vs Rellstab 0-1401930SwinemuendeC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  hemy: <Scuvy> I'm in touch with Alan McGowan from November 2013, when he was already working on this project. Can't wait to get this book.

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  Scuvy: Hi, Hemy: looks like the release date from Amazon has been moved up to June 15.
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  hemy: <Scuvy> thanks. Will be in touch with Alan McGowan. Not sure if he was updated by Amazon.
May-10-18  Telemus: <Scuvy, hemy> And only four days later amazon has moved the date to August 8.

McFarland is more stable: "Summer-Fall 2018" (see

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Missing Richter v Helling games:

[Event "BSG Championship"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1932.??.??"]
[White "Helling, Karl"]
[Black "Richter, Kurt"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B23"]
[PlyCount "80"]

1. f4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. e4 Nc6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Qe2 Be7 7. e5 dxe5 8. fxe5 Nd5 9. O-O O-O 10. Qe4 f5 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. Bxe6+ Kh8 13. Qe1 Nd4 14. Bxc8 Rxc8 15. Qd1 Ng4 16. d3 Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 Bd6 18. f4 Qh4 19. Qe2 Rf6 20. Rf3 Nxh2 21. Rf2 Ng4 22. Rg2 Rh6 23. Kf1 Nh2+ 24. Kg1 Nf3+ 25. Kf1 Bxf4 26. Qxf3 Bxc1 27. Ne4 Bxb2 28. Re1 Bc3 29. Rd1 Kg8 30.
Nf2 Rf8 31. Qd5+ Kh8 32. Qxc5 Rxf2+ 33. Rxf2 Qh1+ 34. Ke2 Re6+ 35. Qe3 Qh5+ 36. Rf3 Rxe3+ 37. Kxe3 Bd4+ 38. Ke2 Qh2+ 39. Ke1 Qh1+ 40. Rf1 Qh4+ 0-1

Source: Brinckmann - Kurt Richters beste Partien, Berlin 1961, pp. 92-93.


[Event "BEM Championship"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1926.??.??"]
[White "Helling, Karl"]
[Black "Richter, Kurt"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A40"]
[PlyCount "66"]

1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bd3 Nf6 4. Qe2 e6 5. f4 Nc6 6. Nf3 Nb4 7. O-O c5 8. e5 c4 9. Bxc4 bxc4 10. exf6 gxf6 11. Nc3 Rg8 12. Rf2 f5 13. a3 Nd5 14. Qxc4 Rc8 15. Qd3 Nxc3 16. bxc3 Be4 17. Qe3 Qc7 18. Rb1 Bd6 19. Ng5 Rxg5 20. fxg5 Bxh2+ 21. Kh1 Bg3 22. Re2 d5 23. Qg1 f4 24. Qf1 f6 25. Kg1 fxg5 26. Rxe4 dxe4 27. Qb5+ Kf8 28. Qxg5 e3 29. Bxe3 fxe3 30. Qxe3 Kg7 31. Qxe6 Rf8 32. Qe4 Rf6 33. Rb7 Bh2+ 0-1

Source: Brinckmann - Kurt Richters beste Partien, Berlin 1961, pp. 112-114.


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  Jean Defuse: ...

[Event "BSG Championship"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1931.11.27"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Helling, Karl"]
[Black "Richter, Kurt"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "62"]

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Qd2 Ne4 6. Qe3 c5 7. Rd1 Qa5 8. Bh6 Bf6 9. g3 Nc6 10. Bg2 Bg4 11. O-O Bxf3 12. Nxd5 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 cxd4 14. Qxe4 O-O-O 15. Qg4+ Rd7 16. Nxf6 exf6 17. c3 f5 18. Qf3 Ne5 19. Qf4 d3 20. exd3 Qd5+ 21. f3 Nxd3 22. Qe3 b6 23. c4 Qd6 24. b4 Rhd8 25. Bg5 f6 26. c5 bxc5 27. bxc5 Qc6 28. Bxf6 Qxf6 29. c6 Qxc6 30. Rc1 Nxc1 31. Rxc1 Rd2+ 0-1

Source: Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger, 05.12.1931 (Peter Anderberg).


Aug-29-18  Telemus: Update for the Richter book: currently McFarland announces it for "FALL 2018", while amazon gives "25. October 2018" (until recently they still had 8 August).
Oct-31-18  Telemus: Update for the Richter book: currently McFarland announces it for "WINTER 2018-2019", while according gives two dates: 31. Oktober 2018 (today, but no hurrah) in the title and 21. November 2018 in the product description.
Oct-31-18  Telemus: Merde, meeeeerde, merde! What did I write there?!

Of course it is Amazon presenting the two dates!

Oct-31-18  Nietzowitsch: I am utterly amazed, utterly enchanted! I have a precursor, and what a precursor!
Nov-01-18  Telemus: Google books already presents the book. As usual many sample pages are available.
Nov-19-18  Alan McGowan: My book about Richter is now available: Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games.
368 pages (8.5" x 11", 21.9 x 28.5 cm), many photos/illustrations, appendices, reviews of his openings, notes, bibliography etc.
Nov-19-18  JimNorCal: Congrats, Mr McGowan!
Thanks for your research and best wishes for the success of your book.
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  MissScarlett: <No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant.> C.N. 11108

For a free copy, I'll say it's brilliant too.

Nov-25-18  Telemus: I hope my copy is already on the way. Amazon (Germany) announces already a possible delivery after Christmas.
Dec-01-18  Alan McGowan: MissScarlett: <No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant.> C.N. 11108

For a free copy, I'll say it's brilliant too.

MissScarlett: subtle wording. What are you suggesting?

(Thanks to JimNorCal; your comment is much appreciated.)

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  MissScarlett: I'm suggesting the chess world is a little too incestuous for my liking.
Dec-01-18  Alan McGowan: You should tread more carefully, MissScarlett, especially when you talk about people you don't know. You seem to suggest that the quoted comment was only forthcoming because of a free copy. Your tone is cynical, and accusatory, and I don't appreciate it. Also, you should have surmised by now that Winter maintains an independent position, which allows him to criticize or lambast an author or a book - while occasionally praising one - without fear or favor. Just because you may have experienced some negative aspects of the chess world does not mean that everybody should be tarred with the same brush.
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  hemy: Today's visit of my friend Alan McGowan was special. The drive from Waterloo to Toronto in winter is an effort that is appreciated by me.

The great gift I received from Alan:

Dec-05-18  JimNorCal: The link to Mr Winter's ChessNote is not quite right. For anyone curious CN-11108 has a photo of the book (published by the well-regarded McFarland) and a brief but enthusiastic review: "No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant."
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  MissScarlett: <hemy>, how would you sum up the <Richter> book in one word?
Dec-05-18  JimNorCal: <MissScarlett>, let's give <hemy> a chance to read it first, eh?

And, c'mon, let's be appreciative that the tentacles of chess history have been extended to include documenting Kurt Richter. Surely you'll agree that there's reason for celebration there? A positive note from the often-cranky Mr Winter is sure to be a thrill to the author, why begrudge him that?

Finally, <Mr McGowan>, our <MissS> is not a douche nozzle. I'll vouch for that. Simply a confirmed cynic and wiseacre who managed to strike a wrong note in an intended bon mot.

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  hemy: <MissScarlett>

Starting in 1970-s Alan made fundamental research on Kurt Richter's biography. He contacted Kurt Richter's brother Gerhard Richter, living in East Berlin, who provided unique documents, photos, letters and games scoresheets. Alan contacted chess players, historians and other individuals from many countries, who provided information and photos of Kurt Richter and persons involved in Kurt Richter's life and his chess career.

I was following this project since 2013, after Alan contacted me regarding Lithuanian chess players Abramavicius, Mikenas and Macht, the partners of Kurt Richter in different tournaments.

In November 1913 I translated to Russian language letters of Alan to Russian Government archive and Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia with request to provide information about whereabouts of Richer in Soviet-controlled prison camp in 1945.

Alan knew that I'm making research for the book "Jews in Lithuania chess history" and sent me scans from the magazines and books from his library. Later we continue help each other.

I didn't finish reading the book, but I already can answer to your question (how would you sum up the <Richter> book in one word?) - fascinating!

I updated the scan of the <great gift I received from Alan> and since the link in my previous post is not working - this in the new one:

Since I started learning English at age 49, please do not criticize the style of my writing and mistakes I'm making.

Dec-07-18  Retireborn: <hemy> Your English is excellent and always comprehensible.
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  hemy: Oops, my misprint:

<In November 1913 I translated to Russian language letters of Alan to Russian Government archive and Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia>

It happen in November 2013, in 1913 I was not born yet.

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