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|Jan-24-14|| ||Chessical: <DEATH OF A CHESS MASTER>. |
The death is announced of Louis Paulsen, who, next to Anderssen, has been regarded the foremost of the great chess players of the last generation, whose names became most familiar the occasion of the first World's Tournament in 1851, and that of the British Chess Association in 1862. Of the list of recognised masters of that time, numbered at 36, there are but six dating back 1846, and another to 1849. Reckoning the five great masters that have sprung up since 1862, we have not quite a third of the leading class of representatives which we could boast 30 years ago.
Paulsen was most distinguished player, but the slowest of all the masters ; his amiability and modesty were his marked characteristics, and it is marvel that he was universal favourite. He won first prizes Bristol in 1861, and in one of the early German tournaments, that at Leipsic, about 15 years later, in the American tournament 1857 he came out second, Morphy alone beating him in the London tournament 1862 Anderssen, the 1851 winner, was again first, Paulsen being next.
Paulsen was the first who played blindfold chess on its present scale, a feat frequently and successfully accomplished in more recent years by Blackburn and Zukertort; two games played Philidor at a time intervals from 1783 - 1795 being considered too remarkable ever to be believed in future ages. During 1855-56-57 Paulsen,in the West of America, played ten games once on at least three occasions; and at Simpson's, London, in 1861, met the strongest team ever encountered by a player without sight of board or men.
Source: <Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 26 August 1891, p.2>
|Jan-24-14|| ||thomastonk: <Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 26 August 1891, p.2> Beware! This obituary contains mistakes.|
|Jan-15-15|| ||akiba82: Paulsen also contributed to the french defense. The move 3 Nc3 is supposed to derive from Paulsen as well as the move 3 e5 which denotes the french advance.|
|Jan-15-15|| ||yureesystem: Paulsen a chess genius, because of his contribution in the opening, his defensive techniques.|
|Jan-15-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Louis!!|
|Jan-15-16|| ||Petrosianic: You don't want him to rip?|
|Jan-15-16|| ||TheFocus: Not until August.|
|Jan-20-16|| ||zanzibar: <Herr Wilfred Paulsen, the brother of the late Louis Paulsen, and also one of the leading German Chess masters, sends the following most interesting reminiscence of his brother and an account of his last days to Deutsch's Woehenschach;|
<"Louis Paulsen lived very simple and regularly; he only drank water—no spirits, coffee or tea—he did not smoke, and apparently he had conserved himself very well. In March he suffered from influenza. Regularly he came daily from Blomberg to Nassengtund (the residence of Wilfred Paulsen). In the beginning of May he ceased coming on account of his suffering from swollen feet, and he had to keep his room, where, however, he did his usual work.
(Louis Paulsen was engaged as a manager of an estate belonging to his brother, who writes this letter).
About the end of May I proposed to make a journey with him to the Hartz,which, however, he declined. In July he at last attempted a journey for his recuperation, but he was al ready too weak for the purpose. He stopped in Kassel, whence after a ten-days', stay he wrote to request that one of his relatives should visit him. My brother Ernst made the journey and brought him back to Blomberg. He positively refused to take medical advice. During his last days his strength failed most rapidly.
On August 18 he slept during the evening as quietly as a healthy man, but at a quarter to 12 o'clock he ceased to breathe. The physician, Dr. Theopold, who viewed the body next day, considered it probable after the account which we gave him about the symptoms of illness and habits of life of our brother, that the cause of death was diabetes mellitus, which generally ends with consumption. His features were not altered in the least. He looked as if he were sleeping.
On August 22, at 10 a.m., the funeral took place with a numerous participation. A great number of laurel wreaths had been sent and the coffin was not visible under their cover. He had no enemy and no differences with any one. His life was simple and unassuming; in spite of his economical habits he rewarded services that were done for him very generously, and gladly gave alms to the poor. Strict rectitude, conscientiousness, punctuality and love of truth were his special distinctions.
For us his death is a great loss. His bookkeeping was so careful and exact that mistakes were totally excluded. With such energy he kept himself up that only during his last day he was confined to his bed."><<>>>
From <Intl Chess Magazine v7 July, 1891> p207:
|Jan-24-16|| ||zanzibar: There is one of Paulsen's blindfold simul games played against Raphael while in NY for the 1st American Chess Congress.|
It's from <NY Daily Tribune> 1857-11-09 p3, a 25 move Sicilian won by Paulsen as Black, who opened 1.e4 (yes, you read that right; remember, it's 1857).
<[This game waa played by Mr. Paulsen, simultaneously with two others; his antagonists being Dr. Raphael, Mr. Thos. Frere of Brooklyn, and Mr. W. J. A. Faller of New-York ]
The latter game had lasted from 7:30 p m, 11 o'clock, when Dr. Raphael resigned any further continuance of the struggle. The question was put to Mr. Paulsen whether he would consider the contest terminated, or allow some other gentlemen to go on with it, and he chose the latter; namely, requesting that one of the strongest players present would take the Doctor's seat. In accordance with the wish of all in the room, Frederick Perrin, esq., Secretary of the New-York Chess Club, came forward, and after a quarter of an hour's analysis of the situation, resigned the contest, stating that although the struggle might be prolonged a short time, yet defeat must eventually ensue; an opinion concurred in by the other members of the Club>
The game itself lasted 3 1/2 hours.
|Jan-24-16|| ||zanzibar: RE: Paulsen slow cooking
<NY Daily Tribune> Oct 11, 1860 p7:
<When they first met at the tournament in 1857, Paulson displayed a power of analysis and skill which was so much the more surprizing that he poseeessd scarcely any book knowledge, had never encountered a single firtt-class player, and was literally obliged to invent nearly all the moves and defenses which his more learned opponents had gathered from Chess treaties. Hence his slow play and close game.>
Paulsen's famous for driving Morphy up the wall with his slow play during their match in 1857. The article goes on to say:
<And yet he not only took the second prize, but made a bolder stand, perbaps than any of the celebrities who played with Morphy in Europe. Since, Paulsen has devoted much time to books, and may be said to be now both skillful and erudite; he plays boldly, rapidly and openly.>
Somehow, I had the different impression that Paulsen was always a bit of a slow player throughout his lifetime.
|Jan-26-16|| ||zanzibar: Lyons NY Wayne Democratic Press 1857-12-02 p1
Pierce Pudgent of the N. Y. Daily
News, thus touches a scene in the "Pleasures
Our Aunt Pearl, has lately been so much
interested in the proceedings of the Chess
Congress, that she knows the names of the
principal players by heart. But the astonishment
became supreme, when she read that
Mr. Paulsen played chess with five persons all
at once blindfolded. Laying down the
Daily News she said, "Nephew, do you be-
lieve that possible?" "Certainly," I replied.
"I think it a tempting Providence," returned
Aunty." I bet he'll next attempt to walk
Broadway with his eyes shut.""Many a
man is luckier with his eyes shut," we ob-
served, "than when they are open. We
found it so; for playing blind man's buff once
we had in our arms once the loveliest girl in
all New Jersey, We caught her when we
were 'blind man.' Alas!, we never had a
chance of doing so when we could see — she
wouldn't let us. No dear Aunty, we go in
for playing blindfolded. Ah! to have that
angelic Mary in our arms forever, we would
have been a second Milton, "blind for life!" —
And as we said it we sighed, and our soul
rushed back forty years, and in a stretch of
golden memory pressed that beautiful blooming
creature once more to our heart, and we
threw off in that inspiring thought, the ac-
cumulated rheumatism of half a century!
|Jan-15-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day Louis Paulsen.|
|Jan-15-17|| ||ColeTrane: Fight Club: "His name was Louis Paulsen...." ad infinitum.|
|Jan-15-17|| ||Dionysius1: Blimey <Zanzibar>! That's beautiful, and a bit eye-watering to a man in his 61st year. Nostalgia rules ok!|
|Jul-04-17|| ||zanzibar: Now here's a much better bio than the above, or the canonical wiki for that matter:|
|Feb-17-18|| ||MissScarlett: <Urcan Questions Validity of Paulsen’s Simul Blindfold 12- and 15-Board World Records in 1858-59>|
|Sep-24-18|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
... Regular contributions by Paulsen could also be found in the chess column of the Clipper. Paulsen had the habit of sending batches of games to friended chess editors (like Hazeltine and Löwenthal), so that several of his games were only published in England and the States – and not in Germany. The following game is such an example.
In a small introduction, Paulsen wrote how he had received Adolf Anderssen at the estate of his family.
On Pentecost [9 and 10 June 1878] we had the pleasure of a visit from him here [at Nassengrund], on which occasion my brother and myself played a few games with him. Of three games with Wilfried, Prof. A. won two and lost one; with me, his score was just reversed.
Only one of the three games between Anderssen and Paulsen was published. It is not a particularly impressive one, but nevertheless worth mentioning here.
[White "Anderssen, Adolf"]
[Black "Paulsen, Louis"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb6 5. a4 a6 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O d6 8. a5
Ba7 9. c3 Ne5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Qb3 Qf6 12. f4 Nh6 13. h3 O-O 14. Kh1 Qh4 15.
cxd4 Bxd4 16. Ra2 Ng4 17. Qf3 Nf6 18. Nd2 Nh5 19. f5 Ng3+ 20. Kh2 Nxf1+ 21.
Nxf1 Bd7 22. g3 Qd8 23. g4 Bb5 24. Bb3 c5 25. bxc5 Bxc5 26. Ng3 Qd3 27. Qxd3
Bxd3 28. Bd5 Rab8 29. g5 Kh8 30. Rd2 Bb5 31. Bb2 Be3 32. Rg2 Bf4 33. h4 f6 34.
Kh1 Bc6 35. Nh5 Bxd5 36. exd5 fxg5 37. Nxf4 exf4 38. Rxg5 Rf7 39. h5 h6 40. Rg6
Re8 41. Rxh6+ Kg8 42. Re6 Rd8 43. f6 f3 44. Kg1 gxf6 45. d6 Rfd7 46. Bxf6 Rxd6
47. Bxd8 Rxe6 48. Kf2 Rh6 49. Kxf3 Rxh5 50. Ke4 Kf7 51. Kd4 Ke8 52. Bb6 Kd7 53.
Kc4 Kc6 0-1 (and after a few moves prof. Anderssen resigned.)
This game was thus not published in Germany around the time it was played – and therefore is not present in the Anderssen biography by Von Gottschall. But by a curious twist it appeared into print in the Deutsche Schachzeitung in 1919. Otto Koch, a priest living in the small hamlet of Tröchtelborn (nowadays ca. 300 inhabitants), had undecked the game in the Clipper. Why and how he found out of this can only be guessed at.
|Oct-12-18|| ||micahtuhy: I just read the biographical data here on chessgames.com, and it says Paulsen placed second at Baden Baden 1870. This is incorrect, as Paulsen placed sole fifth behind Anderssen, Steinitz, Blackburne, and Gustav Neumann. Does anyone know where corrections may be submitted for errors like this?|
|Oct-12-18|| ||Boomie: <micahtuhy: Does anyone know where corrections may be submitted for errors like this?>|
|Dec-30-18|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
MissScarlett: <Urcan Questions Validity of Paulsen’s Simul Blindfold 12- and 15-Board World Records in 1858-59>
'An Interview with Hans Renette'
Did you discover new things regarding Paulsen's interest and statistics concerning blindfold chess?
I assembled a list of 39 blindfold exhibitions by Paulsen. He got known as a blindfold expert before the tournament of New York 1857. <Then he quickly raised the number of simultaneously played games to ten. On one occasion he began an exhibition against fifteen opponents. He would doubtlessly have succeeded in finishing this exhibition successfully, but after a dinner break his opponents were not eager to resume the games and so the exhibition was aborted.> That it would have been a record-breaking one was something that clearly didn't occupy the mind of Paulsen or his contemporaries. I was quite surprised by finding out that in 1862 Wilfried also played against nine opponents simultaneously. That made him the number two of his time in the field of blindfold chess.
The full Interview: https://www.patreon.com/posts/inter...
|Dec-30-18|| ||morfishine: Paulsen has almost as many games on record as Morphy|
|Jan-15-19|| ||The Kings Domain: Could have been a contenda, just wasn't quite there. One of the most notable masters of the time.|
|Jan-15-19|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
Probably played shortly after the American Chess Congress:
[Event "3-board blindfold exhibition"]
[Site "New York"]
[White "Paulsen, Louis"]
[Black "Raphael, Benjamin I"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e6 5. Be3 Nge7 6. Bd3 d5 7. Nc3 Nxd4 8.
Bxd4 Nc6 9. Bb5 a6 10. exd5 axb5 11. dxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bd6 13. Ne4 Bxh2+ 14.
Kxh2 Qh4+ 15. Kg1 Qxe4 16. Re1 Qg6 17. Re3 f6 18. Rg3 Qf7 19. Bc5 e5 20. Qd6
Qd7 21. Qxd7+ Bxd7 22. Rxg7 Rb8 23. a4 bxa4 24. Rxa4 Bf5 25. Raa7 1-0
click for larger view
'Die Brüderschaft' 1885, p. 138 reported:
'Die Partie hatte von 8-11 Uhr Abends gedauert, und Dr. Raphael gab weitere Versuche, das Spiel zu halten, auf. Es entstand die Frage, ob Herr Paulsen das Spiel als beendet betrachten, oder irgendeinem anderen Herrn erlauben wolle, es weiter zu führen. Er wählte das Letztere, bedingend, daß einer der stärksten anwesenden Spieler des Doktors Sitz einnehme. Dem Wunsche aller Anwesenden entsprechend, trat Fr. Perrin, Sekretair des N. Y. Schachklubs, vor. Nach einer viertelstündigen Analyse gab auch er die Partie auf, da dieselbe wohl einige Zeit fortgesetzt werden könne, aber schließlich verloren gehen müsse; eine Ansicht, die von allen Mitgliedern des Clubs geteilt wurde.'
Paulsen won all 3 games.
Source: Fiske & Morphy - The Chess Monthly 1857, p. 342 (Black - M.D. Raphael).
|Dec-17-19|| ||Klaus Peter: Klaus-Peter,
great comments about Paulsen. But I never unterstand, why the britain and american chessplayer do not accept the Paulsen system in the sicilian defence. They got the Paulsen sicilian to a chessplayer with the the name Kan. Also chessgames do this. I never know where Mister Kan was and with was his achievement for this variant of the sicilian defence. My only explanation is, that Paulsen was a german chessplayer and many people in Great Britain and USA hate germans.
|Dec-17-19|| ||Dionysius1: Or maybe did when the variation was being named.|
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