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Albin 
 
Adolf Albin
Number of games in database: 275
Years covered: 1890 to 1914
Overall record: +79 -133 =63 (40.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (34) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C65 C77 C67 C68 C70
 French Defense (13) 
    C01 C10 C02 C11 C13
 Sicilian (10) 
    B23 B34 B45 B43 B22
 King's Gambit Declined (10) 
    C30
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D05 D02 D00 A46 A40
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (33) 
    C13 C01 C14 C10 C11
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C82 C77 C70 C65 C67
 French (20) 
    C13 C00 C11 C10 C12
 Ruy Lopez, Open (10) 
    C82 C80 C83
 King's Gambit Declined (8) 
    C30
 Dutch Defense (7) 
    A84 A81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Albin vs Csank, 1890 1/2-1/2
   A Schwarz vs Albin, 1899 0-1
   Albin vs Tarrasch, 1892 1-0
   D G Baird vs Albin, 1894 0-1
   Albin vs F J Lee, 1893 1-0
   Albin vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 1/2-1/2
   Teichmann vs Albin, 1902 1/2-1/2
   Albin vs J Mieses, 1895 1-0
   Albin vs Lasker, 1895 1/2-1/2
   Janowski vs Albin, 1895 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Showalter - Albin (1894)
   2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894)
   Albin - Marco (1901)
   Buffalo (1894)
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   Kolisch Memorial (1890)
   Budapest (1896)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Hastings (1895)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament by Calli
   1894 2nd City Chess Club Tournament by TheFocus
   1893 1st City Chess Club Tournament by TheFocus
   New York 1893 Masters Tournament by crawfb5

GAMES ANNOTATED BY ALBIN: [what is this?]
   Bird vs B Vergani, 1895
   Blackburne vs Pillsbury, 1895
   Gunsberg vs W Pollock, 1895
   Bird vs Chigorin, 1895
   Teichmann vs K A Walbrodt, 1895

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ADOLF ALBIN
(born Sep-14-1848, died Feb-01-1920, 71 years old) Romania (federation/nationality Austria)

[what is this?]

Adolf Albin, born in 1848 in Romania, was successful in Dresden 1892 and finished 2nd to Emanuel Lasker in New York in 1893 and 2nd to Wilhelm Steinitz in New York 1894. But in the events of the subsequent decade (Hastings 1895, Nuremberg and Budapest 1896, Berlin 1897, Cologne 1898, Monte Carlo 1902 and 1903) he was not so successful. He is primarily known for the Albin Counter Gambit* 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 when he played against Lasker at New York (see Lasker vs Albin, 1893) although it had been known earlier. In 1872, he authored the first chess book in Romanian, Amiculu Jocului de Schach. He played in his first international tournament at the age of 43 (Vienna 1891).

Albin spent much of his early career as a translator/assistant to Dr. Bethel Henry Baron von Stroussberg described in the Hastings Tournament Book as "the German Railway King". He lost this job with the latter's bankruptcy in 1875.

He died of tuberculosis in Vienna on 1 February 1920.

*Wikipedia article: Albin Countergambit

Wikipedia article: Adolf Albin


 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 275  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Albin vs Von Popiel  1-021 1890 Kolisch MemorialC27 Vienna Game
2. Meitner vs Albin  0-141 1890 Kolisch MemorialC10 French
3. Albin vs Englisch ½-½53 1890 Kolisch MemorialC51 Evans Gambit
4. J Bauer vs Albin 1-051 1890 Kolisch MemorialB06 Robatsch
5. Albin vs Max Weiss 0-175 1890 Kolisch MemorialC29 Vienna Gambit
6. J Holzwarth vs Albin  0-128 1890 Kolisch MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Albin vs Csank ½-½89 1890 Kolisch MemorialC13 French
8. B Fleissig vs Albin  1-028 1890 Kolisch MemorialC41 Philidor Defense
9. Albin vs G Marco  1-018 1890 Kolisch MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. J Schwarz vs Albin  ½-½50 1890 Kolisch MemorialC00 French Defense
11. Englisch vs Albin 1-031 1890 Kolisch MemorialC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Albin vs B Fleissig  0-121 1890 Kolisch MemorialC44 King's Pawn Game
13. G Marco vs Albin  ½-½66 1890 Kolisch MemorialC01 French, Exchange
14. Albin vs J Schwarz  0-141 1890 Kolisch MemorialC51 Evans Gambit
15. Max Weiss vs Albin 1-048 1890 Kolisch MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Albin vs J Bauer  0-127 1890 Kolisch MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
17. Csank vs Albin 1-016 1890 Kolisch MemorialC00 French Defense
18. S Pollak vs Albin  0-196 1892 ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
19. Albin vs Csank ½-½33 1892 Master Tt WSgD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Albin vs Von Bardeleben 0-193 1892 DSB-07.KongressB06 Robatsch
21. Blackburne vs Albin  1-071 1892 07.DSB-KongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. A Schottlaender vs Albin  0-128 1892 DresdenC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Albin vs Tarrasch 1-035 1892 7th DSB CongressC54 Giuoco Piano
24. Loman vs Albin  0-157 1892 DresdenB06 Robatsch
25. Albin vs W Paulsen 1-054 1892 DSB-07.KongressB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
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Sep-14-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Well... He played the opening named after him only in 4 games.

What about the 1922 game, he is not the only player who played after his death according to this database.

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Player of the day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_...

German:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_...

He was author of the first chess book in Romanian, <Amiculŭ Joculu de Scachu Teoreticu şi Practicu>, published in Bucharest in 1872

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Player of the day:

Here is an interesting report about
<Adolf Albin: The Teacher of Nimzovich?>

http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...

Sep-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Player of the day:

More findings:

a pdf: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

a book review: http://chesshistory.com/books/index...

essay in Swedish: http://www.jora.se/essayer/albin.htm

Apr-10-10
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  wordfunph: more info on Master Adolf Albin in the book "Adolf Albin in America" by Olimpiu Urcan..

http://www.ukgamesshop.com/Merchant...

Sep-14-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Died in 1920, played his last game in 1922. Very common in this DBase.

Either way, R.I.P. Master Albin.

Oct-01-10  Marcelo Brasileiro: Please correct the second word of Albin's book in Rumanian: Jocului.
Dec-31-10
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  Chessical: According to the Swedish essay Albin (snr) died in 1913, although every other source I can find states he died in 1920.

"Adolf Albin, died in 1913, but his son Max Adolf Albin Jr who was born in 1870 in Bucharest and died 1 February 1920.

Adolf Albin's death is shrouded in mystery, but it is clear that he in 1913 went into an ever deeper depression, which seems to have had to do with his family circumstances.

Max Adolf Albin Jr. was born in 1870 in Bucharest and came at a young age with his family to Vienna. After completing studies, he served as professor of linguistics at the University of Vienna. He fell ill, however, with lung disease and left his post to devote himself entirely to playing chess.

Among the tournaments in which Max Adolf Albin participated include Vienna 1915.

He died in Vienna on 1 February 1920".

Albin appears to have spent much of his early career as a translator/assistant to Dr. Bethel Henry Baron von Stroussberg described in the Hastings Tournament Book as "the German Railway King". He lost this job with the latter's bankruptcy in 1875. Dr Stroussberg seems to have a very colourful high-fying career including a scandalous affair involving the Bank of Commerce of Moscow

Here is a translation of a Czech site with a lot of background about Albin's colourful employer:

http://translate.googleusercontent....

Mar-31-12
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  Tabanus: <whiteshark: http://www.jora.se/essayer/albin.htm>

Would you have seen. I think we have have to rewrite history? It seems that Albin died in 1913, and that his son <Max Adolf Albin Jr.>, who was also a strong player, is the one who died in 1920.

Mar-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Hi, <Tabanus: <I think we have have to rewrite history?>> It seems so though I'm not a chessgames.com biographer at all.

<Max Adolf Albin Jr.>'s Swedish simultan as 'replacement for his father' is indeed somehow whimsical. I have no doubt that <Sthig Jonasson> research is trustable.

So <Max Adolf Albin Jr.> needs a players page, for the three '1914' games at least.

He also played a mini-match against Reti in 1918 (1-1) - so enough work for the wiki-pages to correct it, too.

Mar-31-12
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  Tabanus: <I have no doubt that <Sthig Jonasson> research is trustable.> Neither have I. He gives no sources except this piece by Rolf Littorin: http://hem.passagen.se/sthig/meddel... in which it becomes clear (by reference to original sources) that the simul round trip in Sweden January 1914 was by Albin Jr.

Hopefully the picture here is of Albin Sr. I'll not be the one to rewrite!

Apr-02-12
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  Tabanus: Picture of Albin Jr. in Stockholm 1914: http://www.schack08.se/klubbhistori...
Sep-14-12
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Albin.
Jun-07-13  Karpova: I don't think that Adolf Albin died in 1913. I find no obituary in the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' of that time, furthermore he participated in the VI. Leopold Trebitsch Memorial held from 1914.11.12 to 1914.12.31 and he is called <Altmeister Albin> two times on page 216 of the 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung' and it was also said that he fought with <bewunderungswürdiger Rüstigkeit> (Rüstigkeit = lustiness) which are all indications of his old age so that it is most likely Adolf Albin and not his son Max Adolf Albin Junior.
Jun-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Wikipedia: <He was born in Bucharest to a wealthy family. His forefathers, however, sprang from Hamburg, Germany and settled in Zhitomir, Ukraine in the 19th century, but later moved to Romania.[1] After completing his studies in Vienna, he went back to Romania, where he ran the Frothier Printing House in Bucharest. Soon he became associated with Dr. Bethel Henry Baron von Stroussberg, working as a translator for the influential railroad tycoon who was nicknamed "The King of Railways." Stroussberg's financial bankruptcy in 1875 led to Albin's exile in Vienna once again, together with his wife and 3 children. He died at age 72 in a Vienna sanatorium.>

Death date is February 1, 1920.

Jun-08-13  Karpova: Jeremy Gaige also has 1920.02.01.
Jun-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <American Chess Bulletin> has the date as 1920.
Sep-14-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P Albin.
Jan-07-14  Karpova: 14-board Simul in the Vienna Chess Club on October 28, 1914, against single opponents and consulting teams. Score after 2 hours: +10 -0 =4.

Source: Page 233 of the September-November 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-29-14  Karpova: Simul in the Vienna Chess Club on January 21, 1911.

He faced 14 opponents: V Schiffer, S Steiner, Alfred Pink, O Strobl, k. Rat Viktor Harpner, Heinrich Kuhn, Dr. Konstantin Mandrila, Dr. Albert Mittler, Carl Schoham, Martin Kirschen, Erwin Kaufmann, Seidenstein, Otto Sternberg and Rittmeister Baron Döry von Jobahaza.

Already after one hour, Albin had checkmated an enemy ♔ on e4. Then he forced Steiner's resignation. Even Baron Döry, wo so far had managed to draw every Simul game (even one against Dr. Lasker), couldn't hold the game after his daring sacrifice had been refuted. Only Dr. Konstantin Mandrila managed to draw, despite being down a piece. Martin Kirschen even managed to win due to a sacrificial combination Albin didn't parry in time, or else the game would also have ended drawn. The last game was the one against Seidenstein, who finally resigned after a lively ♖ endgame.

So the final score is +12 -1 =1.

Source: Pages 44-45 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-29-14
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  Tabanus: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f..., him?
May-17-15
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  TheFocus: <If cunning alone were needed to excel, women would be the best chess players> - Adolf Albin.
Jun-23-16
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  zanzibar: This page must have the greatest number of stale links of almost any on <CG>.

<Tab>'s find-a-grave link is good, although it's too bad there isn't an actual photograph of his gravestone (assuming he has one).

* * * * *

Albin wrote a book, which gave rise to a June/July 1903 set of articles entitled: <Albin's Aphorisms>

https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2016...

Here's a few well-known sayings which we can credit to him:

<Chess-masters hope in vain to be admired (bewundert) by their colleagues. For the true master possesses the sense of beauty and greatness, nothing is new to him : he admires little, he only approves.>

<Oh, the Herr Doctor! [Tarrasch]. He is less deep than methodical ; he depends on his memory, and writes condescendingly of other players. If you show him one of your best games, he will speak to you of his own.>

<Those who play for drawn games are great lovers of nature ; they delight in the sound of falling wood.>

<The chess-master often has this experience, that the move which he has sought for long without finding, when he finally discovers it, is just the simplest and most obvious, and had been suggested to him at the very first.>

And perhaps the most famous:

<Nothing is harder than to win—a won game.>

Sep-14-16
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Adolf Albin.
Sep-14-16
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  TheFocus: Hmmm, and Player of the Day?

I don't have that book about you yet, but I will.

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