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Walter John
Number of games in database: 157
Years covered: 1902 to 1934

Overall record: +55 -58 =44 (49.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C68 C67 C69 C66 C60
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D05 A45 D04
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (15) 
    C68 C69
 French Defense (6) 
    C01 C10 C14 C12
 Sicilian (4) 
    B45 B23 B40 B32
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (29) 
    C12 C01 C11 C10 C05
 French (17) 
    C12 C11 C00 C10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D31 D37
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D00 D04
 Dutch Defense (5) 
    A84 A93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W John vs Janowski, 1914 1-0
   W John vs Tarrasch, 1914 1-0
   Spielmann vs W John, 1908 0-1
   B Gregory vs W John, 1921 0-1
   H Wolf vs W John, 1908 0-1
   C Carls vs W John, 1920 0-1
   F G Jacob vs W John, 1907 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   16th DSB Kongress (1908)
   Gothenburg B (1920)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Mannheim (1914)
   Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904)
   Hamburg (1910)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli
   Gothenburg B 1920 by Tabanus

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(born Jan-29-1879, died Dec-27-1944, 65 years old) Germany

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Walter John was born in Thorn (Toruń)*. He moved to Berlin, where he died in 1944. John was a pharmacist by profession.

He was the runner-up in the 1902 tournament at Café Kerkau, finishing behind Curt von Bardeleben.

John won the Main tournament of the 13th German Chess Congress in Hannover. He drew a match with Jacques Mieses in Leipzig, 1917, with +1 =3 -1.

*Wikipedia article: Toruń

Wikipedia article: Walter John

Last updated: 2022-03-13 14:15:37

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 157  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Bleijkmans vs W John  1-0411902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. W John vs A Edelheim  1-0391902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC42 Petrov Defense
3. W John vs B Leussen  1-0291902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
4. Kostic vs W John  ½-½311904Vienna GambitC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. W John vs E Dyckhoff 0-1101904?C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. W John vs O Bernstein 0-1331904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. Von Bardeleben vs W John 1-0541904Coburg (Meisterturnier)D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W John vs H Caro 1-0471904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. J Mieses vs W John  ½-½731904Coburg (Meisterturnier)B25 Sicilian, Closed
10. W John vs Schlechter  ½-½351904Coburg (Meisterturnier)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H Wolf vs W John 1-0331904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C41 Philidor Defense
12. W John vs G Marco 0-1291904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C78 Ruy Lopez
13. J N Berger vs W John 1-0521904Coburg (Meisterturnier)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. W John vs H Suechting 0-1231904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C67 Ruy Lopez
15. Von Gottschall vs W John  ½-½471904Coburg (Meisterturnier)A07 King's Indian Attack
16. W John vs Swiderski 1-0371904Coburg (Meisterturnier)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L Forgacs vs W John  ½-½231904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C55 Two Knights Defense
18. H Suechting vs W John 1-0271905Barmen Meisterturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
19. W John vs Burn  0-1371905Barmen Meisterturnier AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
20. Alapin vs W John  0-1631905Barmen Meisterturnier AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. W John vs Chigorin  ½-½651905Barmen Meisterturnier AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
22. W John vs O Bernstein  0-1541905Barmen Meisterturnier AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
23. Maroczy vs W John 0-1431905Barmen Meisterturnier AD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. W John vs J N Berger ½-½371905Barmen Meisterturnier AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
25. Schlechter vs W John 1-0501905Barmen Meisterturnier AD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Honza Cervenka:, John is the surname of this player.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks. We found some other games of his hiding under different player folders. I see he's a strong player, he beat and drew some of the best.
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  Honza Cervenka: See also
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  cu8sfan: At the time when this player was active, the real hero was Walter Johnson!
Jan-12-06  Castle In The Sky: (cu8sfan) The unsung pitching phenom of the long defunct, from a perspective of baseball and politics, Senators.
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  Chessical: John was an amateur player, but of master strength. He played sporadically over time e.g. 1904-10, 1914, 1917-1920, 1932-1934, 1938, 1940. He drew a match with Marco in 1905, beat Speilmann in a match in Munich in 1908 Munich +5 -3 =0, and lost to Reti in Breslau in 1914.
Jul-31-10  Dredge Rivers: Not to be confused with John Walter!
Jul-31-10  BobCrisp: Nor with Prester John:
Aug-08-10  Dredge Rivers: Goodnight Walter Johnboy!
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  whiteshark: In September 1940, he won in Danzig. In December 1940, he died in Berlin.


Jul-15-12  Karpova: Walter John moved from Barmen to Aschersleben in 1908.

Page 56 of the 1908 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-08-20  Alan McGowan: has the following marriage record:-

Walter Hugo Albert John, an 'Apotheker' (pharmacist, John's known profession) married Julie Gehrmann in Frankenberg, Saxony on 29 December 1910. The document records John's birth information as 29 January 1879 in Sandomierz, 'Russland' (later, Poland), as that area was still under Russian control at the time of his birth.

A 1915 record shows him living in Breslau (Wroclaw).

Ranneforths Schach-Kalender 1920 shows him residing in Berlin. He appears in later editions of RSK at Emser Strasse 40, Berlin W15, and this is the address for him in the 1943 Berlin Address Book.

The Wikipedia entry for Walter John offers no sources for his date/place of birth or his death, stated to be December 1940, Berlin.

The German researcher Peter Anderberg has previously shown elsewhere that Schach-Echo of 10 June 1942 had a report of a simultaneous exhibition by John in Posen on 1 May 1942.

John was associated with the Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy) state leisure organisation. He played in regional tournaments and gave exhibitions organised by the group in Germany and occupied Poland. In 1940, for example, he played in several KdF events:

Zoppot: John (Berlin) 6½; Rogmann 4½; Ahues and Elstner 4 and four others.

Berlin: Elstner 7½; Rogmann 7; Hartmann and W. John 6½.

Leipzig: E. Grünfeld 6½/8; W. John and Rogmann 5½; Elstner 4½; Heuäcker 4; Kübart 3½; Zollner 3; Ulrich 2; Wacker 1. (Deutsche Schachzeitung 1940, pp 158 & 187.)

Apr-17-21  Alan McGowan: Berlin-Charlottenburg death record no. 4228, December 1944, shows that Walter John of Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Emserstrasse 40, died 27 December 1944 at Eschenallee 28, Berlin-Charlottenburg, likely a nursing home. The cause of death was cancer that had metastasized.

The document shows the deceased was born 29 January 1879 in Sandomir, Galizien, as well as giving his wife and parents' names.

Apr-17-21  Chessist: No, it was a hospital:

May-23-21  Jishi II: How does an incorrect death date for Walter John come into the chess world?

Also, from his marriage document found at is this statement: Hiernächst erklärt der unter Nr. 1 genannte Walter Hugo Albert John nach entsprechender Belehrung, daß er das von seiner nunmehrigen Ehefrau am 4. Juni 1910 zu Dresden geborene Kind, Vornamens "Fritz", dessen Geburt unter Nr.1453 im Geburtsregister des Königlichen Standesamts zu Dresden V(?) vom Jahre 1910 beurkundet ist, als das seinige anerkennt.

Jun-29-21  Jishi II: Hiernaechst erklaert der unter Nr. 1 genannte Walter Hugo Albert John nach entsprechender Belehrung, dass er das von seiner nunmehrigen Ehefrau am 4. Juni 1910 zu Dresden geborene Kind, Vornamens "Fritz", dessen Geburt unter Nr.1453 im Geburtsregister des Koeniglichen Standesamts zu Dresden V(?) vom Jahre 1910 beurkundet ist, als das seinige anerkennt. (special characters converted for better reading)
Aug-02-21  wrap99: In Lasker's Adventure of Chess, this player challenged Nimzovitch to a duel, not at chess but a real one but never happened according to the story because Nimzovitch wanted to have a fist fight when offered choice of weapons.
Aug-02-21  offramp: Nimzo wanted a BANFF (a bare-knuckle fist-fight).

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