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Serafino Dubois
Number of games in database: 73
Years covered: 1844 to 1881

Overall record: +47 -18 =7 (70.1%)*
   * 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:
 King's Gambit Accepted (18) 
    C39 C33 C37 C38 C36
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (5) 
    C40 C44
 French Defense (4) 
    C00 C01
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C29 C28
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    C33 C38 C39 C34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   de Riviere vs Dubois, 1855 0-1
   M General vs Dubois, 1850 0-1
   Steinitz vs Dubois, 1862 0-1
   Dubois vs Duke Karl / Casabianca / Preti, 1855 1-0
   Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko, 1858 1-0
   Dubois vs Moore, 1845 1-0
   W Budzinski vs Dubois, 1855 0-1
   Dubois vs L S Lecrivain, 1855 1-0
   Dubois vs Duke Karl / Count Casabianca, 1859 1-0
   Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Steinitz - Dubois (1862)
   5th BCA Congress, London (1862)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Best of Serafino Dubois by SJP
   Blunderchecked games II by nimh
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(born Oct-10-1817, died Jan-15-1899, 81 years old) Italy

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Serafino Dubois was Italy's leading player in the mid 19th century. He beat Marmaduke Wyvill in 1846 (55-26 on equal terms and 30-39 when Wyvill received odds of pawn and move) and Jules Arnous de Riviere (+22, =3, -8) in 1855. In 1862 he was 5th at the London tournament and also lost a match to Wilhelm Steinitz (+3, =1, -5). Specializing in Opening Theory he wrote a three volume work from 1868 to 1873 entitled 'Le principali apertura del gioco degli scacchi secondo i due diversi sistemi, italiano e francese'. In 1847, he edited the first chess column in Italy in the Italian magazine L’Album.

Wikipedia article: Serafino Dubois

Last updated: 2018-12-25 13:15:07

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M General vs Dubois 0-1281844RomeC50 Giuoco Piano
2. Dubois vs Moore 1-0491845RomeC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Dubois vs Moore 1-0221845RomeC51 Evans Gambit
4. M Wyvill vs Dubois 0-1341846Odds Match000 Chess variants
5. M General vs Dubois 0-1181850MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
6. A De Musset vs Dubois 0-1241855ParisC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. de Riviere vs Dubois 0-1161855MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Dubois vs de Riviere ½-½421855MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Dubois vs de Riviere 1-0141855MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Dubois vs de Riviere 1-0201855MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Dubois vs de Riviere 0-1481855MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. W Budzinski vs Dubois 0-1381855MatchC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Dubois vs Duke Karl / Casabianca / Preti 1-0261855Paris consC33 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Dubois vs Czaikowsky 1-0451855TurinC00 French Defense
15. de Riviere vs Dubois  0-1411855MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Dubois vs de Riviere  1-0311855MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
17. Dubois vs L S Lecrivain 1-0161855MatchC23 Bishop's Opening
18. Dubois vs L S Lecrivain  1-0341855MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
19. de Riviere vs Dubois 0-1261855MatchB01 Scandinavian
20. Dubois vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt  1-0391857MatchC39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Dubois vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt  1-0521857MatchC39 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Dubois vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt 1-0191857MatchC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Dubois vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt 1-0461857MatchC01 French, Exchange
24. Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko 0-1261858RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
25. Dubois vs Count Kushelev-Bezborodko 1-0271858RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-08-03  Alchemist: How is it exactly that this man's play spans 133 years?

I think that the games from 1973+ may not be genuine.

Dec-08-03  Sarimanok: Maybe he is an Immortal from the Highlander series.
Feb-12-04  Taidanii: I'd like to know more about this player. To beat Steinitz and draw Blackburn is an accomplishment.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Serafino Dubois (1817-1899) was the leading Italian player of the 19th century. Recently there was published a book about him. See
May-01-06  vonKrolock: Excellent article on-line "Romantic Italian Chess
and the first Russian Masters", by Dr. Isaac M. Linder <"Serafino Dubois (1817-90) became a true representative of the Italian school in the 19th century.He succeeded in substantiating the combination principles not only in theoretical monographs but by testing them himself in the games he played against the leading players of the day, including Anderssen, Paulsen and Steinitz. The role of S. Dubois in the chess history of Italy can be compared with that of M. Chigorin in Russia."> more at
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  Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile:

Serafino Dubois (*1817 +1899)
Best World Rank: #1 (1856-1858)
Highest Rating: 2642 (1857)

Aug-16-06  thathwamasi: Has dubois played morphy?
Feb-12-08  Karpova: Two excellent articles on Serafino Dubois:

Oct-10-08  brankat: One of he pioneers of the theory of Chess Openings.

As a player, well, to win against W.Steinitz 3 games in a set match is no small feat.

Oct-10-09  eightsquare: Happy Birthday to Serafino Dubois!!
Oct-10-09  WhiteRook48: beating Steinitz in 3 games was nearly impossible
Apr-22-10  Gilmoy: Away with this pretense!
Apr-22-10  abstraction: Apparently Dubois didn't want realism, he wanted magic ... < Gilmoy: Away with this pretense!> You "poor fool" :)
Apr-22-10  rapidcitychess: I'm not sure that this guy exists...;)
Apr-22-13  BIDMONFA: Serafino Dubois

DUBOIS, Serafino

May-11-15  TheFocus: <This is the most monotonous and annoying play you can imagine - it rarely gives rise to combinations of some interest> - Serafino Dubois.
Jan-16-16  zanzibar: <Focus> what's the context for that quote??

* * * * *

New item about match between M. de Riviere and Dubois played in Rome ~early summer 1862:

<The result was: Signor D., 0; drawn, 1; M. de R. all the rest> !

No mention of how many games constitute "all the rest".

Any of these games in the record?

Jan-16-16  TheFocus: <zanzibar> <Focus>< what's the context for that quote??>

I don't know. I got it from a chess quotes site.

Jan-16-16  zanzibar: I was afraid of that. The quote would be much more interesting knowing what he's talking about...

... or maybe not.

Jan-16-16  zanzibar: Quite possibly he was talking about the <French Defense>...

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  MissScarlett: 654 games in 1844, 155 in 1846, 164 in 1855:

Has any attempt been made to verify these records?

Dec-06-21  ndg2: Never heard of him until now, but this guy played crazy chess on a crazy strong level. A true embodiment of the romantic era of wild attacks!

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