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Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Englander
Kaschau (1892), Kassa (Kosice) AUH, Jan-03
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Maurian Defense (C33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-14-06  erad1288: what a game! Charousek absolutely destroyed the man. Sac, Sac, Mate.
Sep-14-06  Whitehat1963: Yes, very nice game, but it looks double-edged. I wonder about the multitude of improvements for black.
Sep-02-08  ppeti84: It's like some game of Adolf Andersen...briliant romantic stuff!
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  jessicafischerqueen: This was the second game in a Match between Charousek and Englander, played 1891-1892.

At this time, Englander was considered the strongest player in Kashau (Kosice).

Charousek won +4 -0 =3

May-31-10  Boomie: Englander messed up the opening, which is odd since best play was known for about 50 years.

3...d5 appears best for black. This move was first played by Staunton in 1841 and was adopted by Morphy. The results have been great for black.

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No matter which way white takes on d5, black plays Qh4+ with advantage.

4. Bxd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1
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4. exd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 Bd6
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In either case, white is almost busted according to the statistics.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Boomie> what an excellent comment and thanks for posting it.

One of the clues about this mystery is that in Kosice 1891 there were no professional chess players. In fact, there were no chess clubs either.

<Englander> was the strongest of the group, but none of them ever studied opening theory. They just played chess all the time. <Englander>, <Charousek> and dozens more of these players attended the <Academy of Laws> in Kosice at this time.

Among the local players and Kibbutzers, the <Charousek-Englander> match had "King of Kosice" as its only stake.

<Charousek> was the first in Kosice to make an exhaustive study of extant opening theory, which he was able to do because his mother had given him a copy of the fabled <Handbuch des Schachspiel> for a graduation present.

<Charousek> carried it everywhere with him, and he filled countless notebooks with variations and ideas drawn from the book.

This later led to the wholly apocryphal story that he had "copied all of the Handbuch out by hand, because he was too poor to buy one."

One of the reasons <Charousek> gravitated to Budapest was to find tougher opposition.

Budapest had a chess club- a very large, and very excellent chess club.

This would be the beginning of a momentous journey that climaxed, arguably, with him beating the World Champion of chess over the board at the great Nurnberg Tournament:

Charousek vs Lasker, 1896

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  GrahamClayton: <jessicafischerqueen>, Thank you for the history lesson and clearing up the myth of Charousek copying the "Handbuch" by hand.
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  jessicafischerqueen: You're very welcome <GrahamClayton> I am glad you are interested in Charousek too.
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  jessicafischerqueen: This game is <Round Two> of the <Charousek-Englander> Match

Košice (aka Kassa, Kaschau) 1891-92

<Charousek> won +4 -0 =3

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  mifralu: <jessicafischerqueen: This game is <Round Two> of the <Charousek-Englander> Match>

Probably <Moriz Engländer> !! Problem composer.

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