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Jean Taubenhaus
Number of games in database: 220
Years covered: 1885 to 1914

Overall record: +62 -102 =55 (40.9%)*
   * 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 (47) 
    C87 C67 C82 C77 C62
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C87 C90 C88 C84
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C25 C29
 Sicilian (10) 
    B40 B73 B45 B30 B56
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C82 C80 C83
 French Defense (7) 
    C14 C12 C13 C15 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C65 C67 C80 C77 C83
 Ruy Lopez, Open (10) 
    C80 C83 C82
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C28 C26 C25
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D05 D00
 Four Knights (6) 
    C49 C47
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Taubenhaus vs A A Smorodsky, 1914 1-0
   Showalter vs Taubenhaus, 1889 0-1
   Taubenhaus vs J C Halpern, 1887 1-0
   Taubenhaus vs C D Locock, 1890 1-0
   Taubenhaus vs W Pollock, 1886 1-0
   Bird vs Taubenhaus, 1889 0-1
   J N Berger vs Taubenhaus, 1885 0-1
   Taubenhaus vs Janowski, 1903 1/2-1/2
   N MacLeod vs Taubenhaus, 1889 0-1
   B Gregory vs Taubenhaus, 1914 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manchester (1890)
   6th American Chess Congress (1889)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Frankfurt (1887)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   All Russian Masters St Petersburg 1914 by Mrs. Alekhine

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(born Dec-14-1850, died Sep-14-1919, 68 years old) Poland (federation/nationality France)

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Jean Taubenhaus was born in Warsaw, Poland. He operated Mephisto (Automaton) for a short time. He passed away in Paris, France in 1919.

Wikipedia article: Jean Taubenhaus

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Taubenhaus vs F Riemann ½-½411885HamburgA16 English
2. J Noa vs Taubenhaus  0-1331885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Taubenhaus vs J Minckwitz  0-1361885HamburgC45 Scotch Game
4. Taubenhaus vs Tarrasch 0-1531885HamburgA13 English
5. Bird vs Taubenhaus 1-0471885HamburgA02 Bird's Opening
6. Mackenzie vs Taubenhaus  ½-½831885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
7. J Mason vs Taubenhaus 1-0521885HamburgE14 Queen's Indian
8. Taubenhaus vs Max Weiss 0-1441885HamburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. J N Berger vs Taubenhaus 0-1741885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Taubenhaus vs E Schallopp 0-1181885HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Taubenhaus vs Englisch  0-1511885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Taubenhaus vs Gunsberg 0-1531885HamburgC22 Center Game
13. Taubenhaus vs M Bier 1-0321885HamburgC45 Scotch Game
14. Blackburne vs Taubenhaus 1-0441885HamburgC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Von Gottschall vs Taubenhaus  0-1501885HamburgC25 Vienna
16. W Paulsen vs Taubenhaus  0-1571885HamburgC45 Scotch Game
17. Taubenhaus vs W Pollock 1-0361886NottinghamC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. J Mortimer vs Taubenhaus 1-0521886London 5C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. Taubenhaus vs J Mason  ½-½5818862nd BCA CongressC14 French, Classical
20. Taubenhaus vs Blackburne 1-04718862nd B.C.A. MastersC14 French, Classical
21. Taubenhaus vs W Pollock  1-06018862nd BCA CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. Gunsberg vs Taubenhaus  ½-½3418862nd BCA CongressA21 English
23. E Thorold vs Taubenhaus  0-1521886NottinghamA03 Bird's Opening
24. Taubenhaus vs Burn 0-1321886NottinghamC50 Giuoco Piano
25. J N Berger vs Taubenhaus  1-0601887FrankfurtC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Mar-24-04  Resignation Trap: Here is a biography of Taubenhaus (in Polish):

Apr-23-04  capanegra: Jean Taubenhaus (1850-1920) was born in Warsaw and settled in Paris in 1883. He was a second-rate master, whose best achievement was the London tournament of 1886, where he placed third, after Blackburne and Burn. He gave lessons at the Café de la Régence, where he used to play every day. He is the author of “Traité du Jeu d’Échecs”, published in 1910.

That is al I know about this player. It would be helpful if someone is able to traduce <Resignation Trap>’s text from Polish to English.

Nov-11-04  george IV: As far as I can understand, there is an anecdote in the first paragraph related with Taubenhaus and Capablanca (have they met each other?), but don't ask me more! Any Polish around?
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  Calli: Apparently he visited Havana when Capablanca was a child. Later Taubenhaus joked that he used to give Capablanca Queen odds and win. Of course, he left out the time frame.
Jan-28-05  Javid Danowski: Taubenhaus was at one time the operator of the chess automaton Mephisto, as was Gunsberg - see Mephisto (Isador Gunsberg)
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  WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of crucial positions from Jean's games:
Apr-21-05  mahmoudkubba: < & Resignation Trap>:I wonder if it is possible for u to translate the information to English langu even though if the community support that by financing the situation if possible?? or even to Arabic and I am ready then to translate them to English free of charge for my side of such contract and deal..!
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  vonKrolock: Known in France as Monsieur Tobeno (with the accent in the 'no')
Oct-31-05  Eastfrisian: <capanegra> and <Resignation Trap>, here is the translation from my Polish friend Maciej, who told me, that he is not a chessplayer. So there might be a few little errors. So, Maciej, if you read this, thank you again, in the name of all this participiants and chessplayers:

Sorry for such rough translation, but in this text there is many chess parties writing:

Here is this transtation, but sorry for not good chess terminology!:

Jan (Jean) Taubenhaus.

With Jan Taubenhaus, polish - french chessplayer, anecdote is related young concerning first step Capablanca on chess field.
As it serves Wladyslaw Litmanowicz - Taubenhaus, he has visited Havana in time, he has adjoined with several years old Capablanca and he has played with him several parties offering hetman for.
Certainly he has won all parties. Many years later, Taubenhaus could say I am sole "in the world chessplayer, who dare give hetman for Capablanca and win in addition!" There was without doubting strong chessplayer, he participated in range well, even superbly occupied competitions, nevertheless, he occupied distant places in them often sufficiently. However, sometimes he was able to establish equal battle with strongest players times, he be coordinate partner.

He was born December 14, 1850 in Warsaw. Progress on chess field fastly he was carrying becoming most foremost warsaw player in late seventieth years of XIX century.

He has gone to Paris in 1880 and there he participated in chess life of city actively, there he was frequent visitor famous Cafe de la Regence.

He took first part in serious experience in IV international congress of german chess association in hamburg in july 1885.
Indeed Taubenhaus has occupied distant 14 place, but several valuable victories has carried, but party has been regard as fine in competition with Berger. So to say, this competition was international ennoblement, start of his chess career.

Oct-31-05  Eastfrisian: .... and here is part two, of the Taubenhaus-translation:

A year later he took part in 2 English chess competitions in London and Nottingham. He divided 3-4 places together with Gunsberg, after Blackburne and Burn in strong occupied London competition. He has carried valuable victories over Blackburne, unchallenged leader of English chess and Gunsberg, opponent Steinitz in later match of world champion.

There was very good result, so he outstriped in competition with Mason, Schallopp, Zukertort and Mackenzie. Other case Zukertort was playing unequel after lost match with Steinitz.
In second English competition in Nottingham, his results was worse. Taubenhaus's place was in half of table of lost parties with winner of competition Burn, and Schallopp, Gunsberg, Zukertort and Bird.

Taubenhaus occupied 8 place in perfectly occupied competition in Bradford (in August 1888 ) in half of table, with small loss to Burn, Weiss and Blackburne. Competition has ended with Gunsberg victory before Mackenzie and von Bardeleben and Mason.

In march - may 1889 there was strong occupied USA VI chess congress in new york. Chigorin, Gunsberg, Burn, Blackburne, Showalter and many others perfect players, among Taubenhaus took partcipation in it . Competition was finished Chigorin and Weiss common victory; additional match does not bring first among them about award deciding. Taubenhaus was at divide place with commonly 12-13 Bird, however, several valuable victories was carrying between other player Gunsberg, Burn, Mason and Showalter.

Great competition in Manchester, was played VI congress in august - september 1890 within the limit BCA, It is finished Tarrasch victory arrise german star chess , before Blackburne. Taubenhaus occupied 10 place with winning prestigious party with second award player.

Taubenhaus was maintained from chess playing during living in Paris. Taubenhaus was operator of pseudoautomatic Mephisto chess player machine.

Taubenhaus does not lose contact with homeland during long time stay in france, he arrived to Poland often, giving symultanies and he plays many battles in 1887 & 1899 warsaw competition.

He died in Paris on September 14, 1919.

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  TheAlchemist: Doesn't his last name mean "House of pigeons"?
Nov-02-05  Eastfrisian: <The Alchimist> Correct.
Apr-23-06  BIDMONFA: Jean Taubenhaus


Sep-04-07  Karpova: Jose Raul Capablanca:
<The first game that I played with an opponent of world-wide reputation was when Taubenhaus, the famous Parisian expert, visited Havana. At that time I was just five years of age. Taubenhaus offered me a queen, and when the first game was completed he played another with the same odds. Several years ago, when I was visiting Paris, after the San Sebastián tournament, I met Taubenhaus, and in our conversation he spoke of these two games, saying that he had been under the impression that he had lost both of them.>
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  whiteshark: <TheAlchemist> Or "dovecote".
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  brankat: How many can claim they had beaten Capablanca giving Queen odds? In a way Mr.Taubenhaus has achieved immortality :-)

R.I.P. master Taubenhaus.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is Taubenhaus giving Legal's mate in a simultaneous exhibition:

[Event "Simultaneous exhibition"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "1887.02.05"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Taubenhaus, Jean"]
[Black "Colchester"]
[ECO "?"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d6 3. ♘f3 ♗g4 4. ♗c4 ♘f6 5. dxe5 ♘xe4 6. ♘c3 ♘xc3 7. dxc3 ♘c6 8. 0-0 ♘xe5 9. ♘xe5 ♗xd1 10. ♗xf7+ ♔e7 11. ♗g5#

Source: "The Art of Checkmate" by Georges Renaud, Victor Kahn, Courier Dover Publications, 1962

Aug-12-11  Antiochus: [Event "?"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "1890.??.??"]
[White "Jean Taubenhaus"]
[Black "Goetz"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C65"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Ne7 5. Bc4 c6 6. Nc3 Ng6 7. h4 h5 8. d4 Bb4 9. dxe5 Nxe4 10. Qd4 Qa5 11. Qxe4 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3 Qxc3+ 13. Ke2 Qxa1 14. Bxf7+ Kxf7 15. Qf5+ Kg8 16. Qxg6 Qc3 17. Qe8+ Kh7 18. Ng5+ Kh6 19. Qxh8+ Kg6 20. Qh7# 1-0

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  brankat: R.I.P. master Taubenhaus.
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  vonKrolock: Maître Tobenó
Aug-17-12  Karpova: At the Cercle Philidor in Paris, Taubenhaus beat Albin in a match by the score of 3.5-0.5.

From page 230 of the 1901 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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