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K Richter 
Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter
Number of games in database: 246
Years covered: 1918 to 1957
Overall record: +118 -49 =79 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A45 D01 D00 D04 D05
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C84 C73 C80 C71
 French Defense (23) 
    C13 C10 C00 C12 C18
 French (21) 
    C13 C10 C00 C12 C11
 Sicilian (20) 
    B73 B29 B84 B50 B63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A46 D02 E10 A40 A45
 Budapest Gambit (16) 
    A51 A52
 Scandinavian (11) 
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D96 D74 D79 D95
 Sicilian (6) 
    B37 B72 B32 B74 B73
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs K Richter, 1942 0-1
   K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 1-0
   K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930 1-0
   K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1937 1-0
   K Richter vs Saemisch, 1933 1-0
   K Richter vs G G Alexandrescu, 1936 1-0
   M Brunoehler vs K Richter, 1941 0-1
   B Rabar vs K Richter, 1941 0-1
   K Richter vs Baratz, 1931 1-0
   G van Doesburgh vs K Richter, 1936 0-1

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   99_Munich 1941 by whiteshark
   98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4) by whiteshark
   99_Munich 1942 by whiteshark

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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 10; games 1-25 of 246  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kipke vs K Richter 0-123 1918 BerlinC26 Vienna
2. K Richter vs S Rotenstein  0-121 1920 Berlin CLC46 Three Knights
3. W Schlage vs K Richter  1-048 1920 20th Congress of the German Chess FederationA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. K Richter vs Hohensee  1-022 1924 BerlinB07 Pirc
5. K Richter vs Saemisch  0-129 1928 It Cafe KoenigC41 Philidor Defense
6. K Richter vs Steuber 1-020 1928 BerlinC13 French
7. K Richter vs K Helling  0-165 1928 It Cafe KoenigB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. K Richter vs Ahues 1-036 1928 It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. P F Johner vs K Richter  ½-½74 1928 It Cafe KoenigE15 Queen's Indian
10. W Von Holzhausen vs K Richter  1-075 1928 It Cafe KoenigC42 Petrov Defense
11. K Richter vs Gruenfeld 1-032 1928 It Cafe KoenigA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. K Richter vs Bogoljubov  0-177 1928 It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. S Rotenstein vs K Richter 0-156 1928 It Cafe KoenigA52 Budapest Gambit
14. B Kostic vs K Richter 1-048 1928 It Cafe KoenigA04 Reti Opening
15. K Richter vs P M List  1-059 1928 It Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. L Steiner vs K Richter  0-140 1928 It Cafe KoenigB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
17. K Richter vs W Orbach  1-041 1929 DSB-26.KongressD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Richter vs Stoltz  0-133 1930 Swinemuende GERC56 Two Knights
19. K Richter vs L Abramavicius 1-023 1930 Hamburg ol (Men)C11 French
20. K Richter vs B Koch  1-037 1930 Swinemuende GERD04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. K Richter vs E Andersen 1-042 1930 Swinemuende GERC42 Petrov Defense
22. Flohr vs K Richter 1-056 1930 Hamburg olA52 Budapest Gambit
23. Stahlberg vs K Richter  0-146 1930 Swinemuende GERA52 Budapest Gambit
24. Flohr vs K Richter  ½-½69 1930 Swinemuende GERA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. K Richter vs Rellstab 0-140 1930 Swinemuende GERC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  Pawn and Two: A series of articles, titled "Lessons in Chess - Advanced School of Combination" was started in the periodical "Schach" in No. 1 of the 1952 volume by Bertold Koch. It was taken over the following year (No. 5, 1953) by Kurt Richter. Since that time, Richter supplied 309 articles, with some 3,600 diagrams in an unbroken series. The last article was published after Richter's untimely death, in No. 1 of the 1970 volume.

Richter's articles provide some of the most interesting and entertaining examples of chess combinations and positions that one can find anywhere.

The positions were usually selected from actual games, and you could count on Richter to provide some witty remark to help illustrate the problem. The solution to the problem would often also have one or more surprising turns before the solution was clear.

Richter said he wanted to make the chess problem popular, and I believe he succeeded. His problems are entertaining, instructive, but are still a challenge to players of all levels.

Fortunately for us, a collection of Kurt Richter's fine articles were published under the title, "Chess Combination As A Fine Art" - Editors - Werner Golz & Paul Keres. I highly recommend this fine book.

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  Pawn and Two: At the Prague Olympics of 1931, Kurt Richter finished 3rd on board 4, with a score of 10.5 - 4.5 (+7=7-1).

In that tournament, Richter scored a nice win: K Richter vs A Vajda, 1931. In that game, after 14...b4, Richter found the brilliant and winning 15.Rxd5!!.

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Instead of 15...Nd7, Black had other unsatisfactory tries: 15...exd5 16.Nxd5 Qa7 17.Nf6+ Ke7 18.Bf3 Bf5 19.Qc4! Rf8 20.Bxa8; or 15...bxc3 16.Rxc5 cxb2+ 17.Kb1 0-0 18.Ne4 Kg7 19.Nd6!; or 15...Bxf2 16.Nce4 exd5 17.Nf6+ Kf8 18.Nxd5 Bg3 19.Qxg3.

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  whiteshark: <Karpova's> mentioned article on <Dr. Zabel>, CN 5229 (+ answer CN 5243), can be found now here:
Sep-27-09  birthtimes: There's 377 of his games on this database...

Dec-12-09  Dredge Rivers: Any relation to Andy?
Apr-28-10  badenbaden: Pawn and Two: <Fortunately for us, a collection of Kurt Richter's fine articles were published under the title, "Chess Combination As A Fine Art" - Editors - Werner Golz & Paul Keres. I highly recommend this fine book.>

"Combinaciones en Ajedrez"

Sep-08-10  ughaibu: As given, Richter lost.
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  Pawn and Two: In the book, "The Chess of Bobby Fischer", by Robert Burger, the following wonderful ending by Kurt Richter is given. If anyone has the full gamescore, please submit it to

The ending is from the game, Kurt Richter vs Doernte, Berlin, 1939:

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The above book stated: <Two connected passed Pawns on the sixth can't be stopped by a Rook unless one of the Pawns is already under attack. What has Black to fear?>

It certainly looks hopeless for White, but Richter found the win!

1.Kd6! d2 2.Kc7 d1Q 3.Ra6+! bxa6 4.b6+ Ka8 5.b7+ Ka7 6.b8Q+ - checkmate!

<ughaibu> Thanks for the alert. I corrected, to show Richter as White.

Dec-19-10  Alan McGowan: The position quoted by 'Pawn and Two'did not involve Kurt Richter. It was played between Erik Richter and Dörnte (Doernte)in 1939, in Berlin. The position is given by Kurt Richter in 'Schachmatt'(1950), referenced in the Foreword and on page 60.
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  GrahamClayton: An example of the "Executioner" at his attacking best:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1932.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Richter, Kurt Paul Otto Joseph"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 ♘f6 2. e5 ♘d5 3. ♗c4 ♘b6 4. ♗b3 c5 5. ♘a3 ♘c6 6. ♘f3 g6 7. ♕e2 ♗g7 8. h4 h6 9. d4 cxd4 10. h5 g5 11. ♘b5 O-O 12. ♗xg5 a6

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13. ♘d6 ♕c7 14. ♗xh6 exd6 15. ♕c4 ♔h8 16. ♘g5 f5 17. exf6 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Alekhine Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Moon Township, Pennsylvania, 1994

Nov-24-11  Antiochus: Had he made an international career, he could be considered sucessor of Rudolf Spielmann as "The Last Romantic". Richter's taste in openings was nearly
to the wild and their sacrifices were noisy, but his career was restricted to the Germany.

He was a prolific author-as can be seen
in his biography on German wikipedia - but only one work was published in English language
"Chess combination as a fine art".

Nov-24-11  JoergWalter: <Antiochus> Kurt Richter nicknamed "Der Scharfrichter" = "the executioner".

His books are good and entertaining.

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  wordfunph: <JoergWalter>

..or another version --- "Executioner of Berlin"

Nov-24-11  JoergWalter: <wordfunph: "Executioner of Berlin">

right, "Scharfrichter von Berlin"

Nov-24-11  HeMateMe: I looked him up on Amazon, some chess books, nothing titled "Executioner of Berlin". Is this a book?
Nov-24-11  JoergWalter: <HeMateMe> "executioner of Berlin" was his nickname I am not aware of a book with that title by K. Richter. But his collection of shortgames ("666 shortgames of chess") and combinations ("the fine art of chess combination") are excellent. (I'm not sure about the english titles which are my translation)
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  whiteshark: <H#M: Is this a book?> No, it's just a <nickname> and not a job description. It's coming from a wordplay in German.

<scharf> (= sharp, spicy, hot, subtle, caustic, aggressive) to name a few of its meanings)


<Richter> (= judge) is a common name in Germany


<Scharfrichter> = executioner

Nov-24-11  blackburne: No "Notable games" of Kurt Richter... uuuuffff

See this:

Nov-24-11  JoergWalter: One of my first games when I learned chess (Pachmann, Mittelspielpraxis):

K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930

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  Penguincw: Well it's been about 111 years since he was born.
Jan-29-12  Antiochus: "Everything is very simple, but you have to see it on the chessboard"

Kurt Richter.

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  wordfunph: "Wherever there are chess players, there will be mistakes and if this should ever be different, it will be the end of chess."

- IM Kurt Richter

Jun-29-12  HeMateMe: This guy has enough names to be the Beatles. I'm almost certain that somebody, somewhere, has had their name legally changed to John Paul George Ringo...maybe the surname is Fab? Dunno...
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  Cemoblanca: This man had certainly Brazilian roots! :D
Nov-24-12  brankat: R.I.P. Herr Richter.
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