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Erich Cohn
E Cohn 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  

Number of games in database: 214
Years covered: 1902 to 1914
Overall record: +66 -87 =60 (45.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C84 C87 C63 C97 C80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C84 C87 C97
 French Defense (12) 
    C01 C12 C11 C14 C00
 Four Knights (10) 
    C49 C48
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D60 D50 D55 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 A46 D05
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C65 C77 C66 C87 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D02 D05 E00 A40 D04
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C29 C26
 French Defense (8) 
    C01 C10 C12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C87 C84 C96
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D55 D51 D63 D60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Cohn vs Chigorin, 1907 1-0
   E Cohn vs Burn, 1909 1/2-1/2
   E Cohn vs Duras, 1909 1-0
   F Englund vs E Cohn, 1905 0-1
   Znosko-Borovsky vs E Cohn, 1909 0-1
   E Cohn vs Tartakower, 1909 1-0
   E Cohn vs Vidmar, 1909 1/2-1/2
   E Cohn vs J Mieses, 1908 1-0
   E Cohn vs Burn, 1911 1-0
   Vidmar vs E Cohn, 1911 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm (1912)
   Abbazia (1912)
   Barmen Hauptturnier-A (1905)
   Berlin Jubilee (1907)
   15th DSB Congress, Nuremberg (1906)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   18th DSB Congress, Breslau (1912)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm 1912 (Nordic Chess Congress) by Phony Benoni
   yy_Early Passer Meeting - The Morbid Collection by whiteshark

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(born Mar-01-1884, died Aug-28-1918, 34 years old) Germany

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Erich Cohn was a talented player whose results were hampered by a frail constitution. He won short contests like the Berlin Four Master tourneys of 1909 (1st=), 1911 (1st) and 1914 (1st=) but was seldom able to show in longer events. However, he did have some fine results at Abbazia (1912) where he was 3rd behind Rudolf Spielmann and Oldrich Duras, and second at Stockholm (1912), behind Alexander Alekhine. In matches he defeated Carl Johan Margot Carls and Alfred Ehrhardt Post. He was killed late in the First World War.

Wikipedia article: Erich Cohn

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 214  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Edelheim vs E Cohn  1-0311902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. E Cohn vs R Loman  1-0351902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
3. E Cohn vs E Heilmann  1-0311902Berlin Cafe KerkauC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
4. E Cohn vs H Liebenstein  0-1411902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC54 Giuoco Piano
5. S F Smith vs E Cohn 1-091902Hauptturnier AC21 Center Game
6. Lasker vs E Cohn 1-0231902Simul. 21bC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. E Cohn vs Spielmann 1-0291904Coburg-AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch 0-130190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
9. E Cohn vs Vidmar  ½-½41190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
10. E Cohn vs P Kaegbein 1-039190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. F Englund vs E Cohn 0-1121905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC29 Vienna Gambit
12. E Cohn vs F Benima  1-0311905Barmen Hauptturnier-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. D Bleijkmans vs E Cohn  ½-½411905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. E Cohn vs Duras 0-1431905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. E Cohn vs E Heilmann  1-0451905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. Rubinstein vs E Cohn ½-½701905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Gajdos vs E Cohn  0-1331905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. E Cohn vs Moewig 1-0441905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Sartori vs E Cohn  0-1391905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC29 Vienna Gambit
20. E Cohn vs R K Kieseritsky  1-0631905Barmen Hauptturnier-AB01 Scandinavian
21. K Petzold vs E Cohn  ½-½531905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. E Cohn vs W Kunze  1-0331905Barmen Hauptturnier-AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. L Loewy Sr vs E Cohn  1-0411905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. E Cohn vs Vidmar 1-0231905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. E Cohn vs E E Middleton ½-½581905Barmen Hauptturnier-AD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Nov-22-04  InfinityCircuit: I'm trying to find a mystery game E. Cohn vs. Nimzowitsch. It comes from "My System" and starts in a set position. However, I can't find it in any database online or in Fritz. Does anyone know where it is? I want to get all the moves.
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  Chessical: <InfinityCircuit> I know of the following E. Cohn vs. Nimzowitsch games:

Munich 1906
Carlsbad 1907
Ostende 1907
Carlsbad 1911

As I do not have a copy of "My System" the respective game lengths were: 65, 20, 29 and 100 according to my source.

Nov-22-04  sneaky pete: <Chessical> <IC> is questioning about either the Munich 1906 game, in "My system" given from 39.Qe5 .. until the end (65... Kd3) or about an unidentified game (no date/event) starting with 16... Qd7 and lasting over 30 moves. The diagrammed position might have arisen from a Steinitz defence against the Ruy Lopez, with black having played Nf6-g4x(B)e3, leaving white with an isolated doubled pawn after fxe3 ... (theme: doubled pawn and "Hemmung"). AN writes "after ... 31.exf5 .. the win could be forced by 31... Kh8 (etc)", implying that he missed the win.

I'm afraid this is the mystery game <IC> is looking for.

Dec-17-07  Karpova: Erich Cohn (1884-1918) was a doctor of medicine.
May-20-08  whiteshark: Bio: (German) (English)

He died in the western front, <as a field doctor>, at the end of World War I.

Mar-01-09  brankat: Born 125 years ago, and left us so very much prematurely.

R.I.P. Dr.Cohn.

Mar-01-10  whiteshark: R.I.P. Schachmeister Cohn

† August 28, 1918 (supposably)

Jan-24-11  Ken Chamberlain: I like this players games.
Jan-24-11  Raisin Death Ray: Not as mean as his cousin Roy! :)
Feb-09-11  BIDMONFA: Erich Cohn

COHN, Erich

Aug-19-11  whiteshark: Edward Winter's C.N. 7213 shows a picture and the booklet dedicated to him.

<Scarce (many copies were destroyed by the Nazis because Cohn was Jewish). This was a little 18-page booklet dedicated to his memory since he was killed in action for Germany on 28 August 1918 after three years’ service.>

Link: Photo:

Aug-23-12  Karpova: The 4-Masters double-round robin Tournament in Berlin in 1909* began November 18.

1-2. E. Cohn 3.5
1-2. Teichmann 3.5
3. Spielmann 3.0
4. Von Bardeleben 2.0

Cohn and Teichmann shared the combined 1st and 2nd prizes (500 + 300 Mark), Spielmann got 250 Mark and Von Bardeleben 150 Mark.

From page 212 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

*Could the date in the Bio be mistaken (1910) as it was reported in 1910 but took place in 1909.

Mar-01-13  Abdel Irada: The tragedy of this wide-ranging intellect (note the guitar and the shelves filled with books), constrained by ill health and destroyed at the age of 34 by a senseless war, underscores the larger social catastrophe: that it is not our talents, our skills, our hard strivings to advance, even our genius, that determine our fates, but the decisions made in our name and "for our own good" by a tiny cadre of self-appointed aristocrats deaf to the voice of conscience.
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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> For a later example of genius constrained by a petty mind, have a go at this:

Mar-01-13  Abdel Irada: <perfidious>: That reminds me of something attributed to Stephen Jay Gould:

<I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.>

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> That quote fits, right enough.
Feb-15-14  Karpova: 30-board Simul in Berlin on October 9, 1909: +23 -4 =3

Source: Page 17 of the January 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-20-14  Marcelo Bruno: <Infinity Circuit> Can you provide me the position in Forsyth Notation, please?
Aug-07-14  Marcelo Bruno: <sneaky pete> Can you provide me the position in Forsyth Notation, please?
Aug-07-14  sneaky pete: <Marcelo Bruno> The Munich 1906 game is (now) in this database: E Cohn vs Nimzowitsch, 1906

The position in the mystery game (diagram 145 page 197 of the German edition of My System)

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Black (Nimzowitsch) to make his 16th move.

I'm not sure I know what Forsyth notation means, but when I give the position in what I think it is, the thing is turned on this site into this funny picture.

Mar-01-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Erich Cohn.
Mar-01-19  Caissanist: Updated link to Winter's ChessNote 7213: .
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  WTHarvey: Here are 7 mates and combinations from Erich Cohn's games: Find the winning moves.
Aug-14-21  Bartleby: Erich Cohn had a memorable vignette of the man described by Edward Lasker in his classic memoir/game collection "Chess Secrets I Learned From the Masters":

"Erich Cohn was a highly gifted young man, of a family too poor to send him to the University. However, he had found a patron who offered to pay his way through college to enable him to get his degree of Doctor of Philosophy, so that he could obtain a teaching position in his favorite field, the History of Art. Cohn was as handsome as a "Greek God," withal very modest and serious, interested in every phase of intellectual endeavor. But chess proved his undoing. After winning the Master title he could not withstand the temptation to travel to the many master tournaments which were organized in Germany and the adjoining countries. He was not as lucky as I, who possessed three friends to help fight the demon, the habit-forming mental opiate which chess can be to young, impressionable, ambitious boys. Cohn gradually neglected his studies, he did not graduate in proper time, and his patron withdrew his support. Thus he was reduced to playing chess professionally. But without the driving energy of a Mieses and the towering strength of a Teichmann, Cohn drifted from bad to straitened circumstances, and when he was killed in the early days of the first world war, many of his friends thought of the proverb: "Whom the Gods love, they from the earth in his youth."

Which reminds me of Carl Schlechter, also a victim of WWI, while not on the battlefield, but apparently himself drifted from "bad to straitened circumstances" upon the oubreak of the war to eventually end up dying penniless, starved, and alone shortly after it was over.

Jul-23-23  whiteshark: had Ed. Lasker's quote and still some, beyond that to report.
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