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Karl Behting
  
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1894 to 1925
Overall record: +15 -6 =3 (68.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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KARL BEHTING
(born Oct-27-1867, died Mar-28-1943, 75 years old) Latvia

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Karl Behting (also spelled Karlis Betins) was a Latvian chess master and composer of studies. A member of the formidable correspondence team of the Riga Chess Club, he was co-editor with Paul Kerkovius of the Baltische Schachblätter in 1902-1910.

He tied for 3rd-5th at Riga 1899 (the 1st Baltic Congress, Robert Behting won), took 3rd at Riga 1900 (won by T Muller), won at Riga 1900/01, shared 1st with Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz, W. Sohn and Wilhelm Von Stamm at Dorpat (Tartu) 1901 (the 2nd Baltic Congress), and tied for 3rd-4th at Reval (Tallin) 1904 (Bernhard Gregory won).

After World War I, he took 3rd, behind Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Fricis Apsenieks at Riga 1924 (1st LAT-ch). Behting played for Latvia in 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris 1924 (+7 –4 =2); his his team took 4th place, and he tied for 4-7th in Consolation Cup (individual; Karel Hromadka won).

The Latvian Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5) is named in honor of Behting and other Latvian analysts who studied it extensively in the early 20th century.

source: Wikipedia article: K%C4%81rlis B%C4%93ti%C5%86%C5%A1


 page 1 of 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Romashkevich vs K Behting  1-0261894CorrespondenceC52 Evans Gambit
2. K Behting vs Schiffers  1-03918944. Shakhmatny Zhurnal CC tourC42 Petrov Defense
3. Schiffers vs K Behting  0-1311896CorrC77 Ruy Lopez
4. K Behting vs T Muller 1-0471899RigaC29 Vienna Gambit
5. K Behting vs A Khardin  1-0451899corrC46 Three Knights
6. K Behting vs P Kerkovius  ½-½471899RigaC29 Vienna Gambit
7. K Behting vs K Rosenkrantz 1-0351899RigaC29 Vienna Gambit
8. Chigorin vs K Behting 0-1391900CorrespondnceC00 French Defense
9. I A Zybin vs K Behting  0-1481900CorrespondnceC54 Giuoco Piano
10. K Behting vs A Romashkevich  1-0331900CorrespondnceB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. P Otto vs K Behting  0-1291900CorrespondnceD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. S Tolstoy vs K Behting  0-1351900CorrespondnceC78 Ruy Lopez
13. K Behting vs Chigorin  ½-½591900CorrespondnceC77 Ruy Lopez
14. G G Bartoszkiewicz vs K Behting  0-1361901CorrespondenceC77 Ruy Lopez
15. A Lueth vs K Behting 0-1281907CorrespondenceC26 Vienna
16. K Behting vs Nimzowitsch 0-1501910Training gameB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. K Behting vs Nimzowitsch 1-0241912corrC41 Philidor Defense
18. Nimzowitsch vs K Behting 1-0271919RigaC40 King's Knight Opening
19. I Gudju vs K Behting 0-1321924London MatchC40 King's Knight Opening
20. K Behting vs Hromadka  ½-½281924OlympiadC27 Vienna Game
21. K Behting vs S Kohn  1-0421924OlympiadC27 Vienna Game
22. K Behting vs E Steiner  0-1521924Paris prel-4B20 Sicilian
23. Colle vs K Behting  1-0481924ParisE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. K Behting vs Kupffer  0-1341925RigaC29 Vienna Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Karl Behting > (Karlis Betins, Kārlis Bētiņš) (*27 October 1867, Bērzmuiža † 28 March 1943, Riga) was a Latvian chess master and composer of studies.

He tied for 3rd-5th at Riga 1899 (the 1st Baltic Congress, Robert Behting won), took 3rd at Riga 1900 (won by T Muller), won at Riga 1900/01, shared 1st with Karl Wilhelm Rosenkrantz, W. Sohn and Wilhelm Von Stamm at Dorpat (Tartu) 1901 (the 2nd Baltic Congress), and tied for 3rd-4th at Reval (Tallin) 1904 (Bernhard Gregory won).

In 1902–1910, he was co-editor with Paul Kerkovius of the Baltische Schachblätter.

After World War I, he took 3rd, behind Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Fricis Apsenieks, at Riga 1924 (1st LAT-ch). Behting played for Latvia in 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris 1924 (+7 –4 =2), where he took 4th place (team) and tied for 4-7th in Consolation Cup (individual; Karel Hromadka won).

The <Latvian Gambit <(1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5)>> was named as a tribute to Karl Behting, who analyzed it in the early part of the 20th century.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C4%8...

Feb-14-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Picture of the Riga Chess Club Gang: http://picasaweb.google.com/Caissa1...

Thanks to User: Calli for uploading it.

Apr-26-09  myschkin: . . .
Hai already did it ... good job!
Btw. have you "seen" his brother <Johann K. Bething> (1856 - 1945) somewhere?
Sep-26-09  sneaky pete: I don't know how many others have tried this before, but I have asked the administrators to merge this player's games with those of Karlis K Betins.


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White to play and win. Second prize International Endgame Study Tournament of Kagan's Publishing Company, 1922. Motto: Treibjacht (the hunt).

Mar-08-12  Stonehenge: According to NicBase, K Behting vs P Kerkovius, 1899 and K Behting vs K Rosenkrantz, 1899 were played by Robert Behting (Roberts Betins). He was born on March/09/1875.
Feb-10-14  Karpova: P. P. Saburov: Karl Behting didn't participate in the St. Petersburg 1911 Main tournament with regards to his health status, as it would have been too strenous for him.

Source: Page 344 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karl Behting.
May-31-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Besides the wiki photo, there is also this:

https://books.google.com/books?id=Z...

Nov-18-17  Jean Defuse: ...

KARLIS BETINS (1867-1943)

From “Sachs Latvija lidz 1940. Gadam”, “Chess in Latvia to 1940".

(Translation by K Grivainis)

Karlis was born 27 Oct 1867 on the family farm named “Betini” in the Berzmuiza Municipality. He was raised within a chessplaying circle, his both brothers being top players at the time.

The youngest Roberts Betins (1875-) won the Baltic Chess Champions Title in the first Baltic Chess Congress tournament in 1899, but he did not participate in tournaments later. He also composed some interesting Endings with a special “catch”.

The eldest, Janis (born 1856), became known within the European circles as one of the best composers of chess endings. The art was not too widespread in those days, and the only well known names were Kling and Horwitz. Around 1890 Janis started to break new ground in paying greater attention to the principles of economy, but in particular he took his problems to a greater depth. His problems, although quantitatively he did not produce too many, were acclaimed for their captivating development and depth, and were partly responsible for the subsequent growth of this branch of chess.

Many Rigans followed Janis enterprising talents. Dr. Phil. J. Zevers became a well known Endings composer and he published his work in a book. These Endings were lighter in style, but appealing. Then came the unforgettable H. Mattisons, whose creative Endings earned top prizes in many European tourneys (most of them being included in the book mentioned in the title). In addition, the brothers Platov and brothers Kubbel were acclaimed for their composing art. It is certain that the Rigans of those days were in forefront in developing the art of endgame compositions and from there it spread to the rest of the chess world.

Karlis Betins was introduced to chess at about 13, and he also started composing. Soon he was mastering the art and in about 1890 a “mate in 3" ending of his won a prize in a “Münchner Nachrichten” tournament. A delegation from the “First Riga Chess Club” (1. Rigas Sacha Biedriba) invited him to join. Here he was in touch with many of the best players of the time, and this gave Betins an excellent overall chess education. In the Club’s 10 year jubilee tournament 1900/1 he was ready and he came first. Second place went to P Bols, third/fourth P Kerkoviuss and St. Mikutovics, fifth T Germanis, and then V. Zamuels and E. Vagenheims. Karlis also kept progressing in his compositions, winning prizes regularly in the European tournaments.

Around this time he discovered his best field: correspondence chess. He lost some games to start with (vs. Romashkevich, Chardins, Schiffers), but later he never lost another game!! In matches he beat players like Chigorin, Schiffers, Nimzowitsch, Iljin Zhenevsky, etc. In team matches Betins became the leader of the teams.

In the 2nd Baltic Championship in Tartu 1901 he won. He had become a top openings analyst and his published analysis were particularly utilised by H. Mattisons, (e.g. vs L Steiner in the Olympiad in Hague; and A Alekhine in the Olympiad in Prague). And soon he started devoting all his available time to the one opening: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5. As a result, FIDE renamed this opening to become “The Latvian Gambit”.

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Source: http://latvian-gambit.blogspot.de/2...

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[Event "First Baltic Tournament - Major"]
[Site "Riga"]
[Date "1899.04.??"]
[White "Betins, Karlis Karlovich"]
[Black "Betins, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C43"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "1899.04.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Nd6 6. O-O Be6 7. b3 g6 8. Re1 Bg7 9. c4 O-O 10. Nc3 dxc4 11. bxc4 Nd7 12. Qb3 Bxe5 13. dxe5 Nc5 14. Qc2 Nxd3 15. Qxd3 Nf5 16. Nd5 Kg7 17. g4 Nh6 18. Qf3 Ng8 19. Nf6 Qd4 20. Be3 Qxc4 21. Rac1 Qa4 22. Nxg8 Kxg8 23. h3 f5 24. exf6 Rf7 25. Qxb7 Rd8 26. Rxc7 Bd5 27. Rxf7 Bxb7 28. Rg7+ Kh8 29. Rxb7 Qa5 30. Rc1 h5 31. Rxa7 Qe5 32. Bd2 1-0

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