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Heinrich Wolf
H Wolf 
Number of games in database: 321
Years covered: 1894 to 1923

Overall record: +105 -100 =116 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C78 C67 C86 C83 C68
 Sicilian (16) 
    B22 B40 B30 B45 B23
 French Defense (15) 
    C10 C11 C12 C14 C00
 Four Knights (14) 
    C49 C48
 French (13) 
    C10 C11 C12 C00
 Ruy Lopez, Open (10) 
    C83 C80 C82
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C67 C77 C66 C79 C73
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 E10
 Orthodox Defense (19) 
    D60 D55 D63 D52 D64
 King's Gambit Declined (16) 
    C30 C32
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C29 C28 C25 C27
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Reti vs H Wolf, 1922 0-1
   Schlechter vs H Wolf, 1906 1/2-1/2
   H Wolf vs Duras, 1907 1-0
   H Wolf vs Spielmann, 1923 1-0
   H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1907 1/2-1/2
   H Wolf vs Przepiorka, 1922 1-0
   H Wolf vs G Marco, 1902 1-0
   Von Popiel vs H Wolf, 1900 0-1
   Showalter vs H Wolf, 1900 0-1
   Von Popiel vs H Wolf, 1902 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1922)
   Vienna (1904/05) (1904)
   Kolisch Memorial 1899/00 (1899)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Munich (1900)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   Ostend (1905)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Karlsbad (1923)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni
   Vienna 1922 by Archives

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(born Oct-20-1875, died Dec-1943, 68 years old) Austria

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Heinrich Wolf was 1st= at Vienna 1902, 2nd at Vienna 1905 and 3rd at Vienna 1922. He also drew a match with Ossip Bernstein (+1, =6, -1) in 1902. Emanuel Lasker engaged Simon Alapin and Wolf as seconds (first introduction of seconds in world championship play) for the WCC match against Tarrasch, held in Düsseldorf and Munich. He retired from active play in 1923. Wolf was married to Paula Kalmar-Wolf.

According to Chessmetrics, at his peak in 1906-07 he ranked 11th in the world.

He died in 1943, a victim of the Nazis.

Wikipedia article: Heinrich Wolf,, and

Last updated: 2022-03-14 00:58:48

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 321  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S R Wolf vs H Wolf 1-0181894GrazC29 Vienna Gambit
2. H Wolf vs Charousek 0-1341896Casual gameC60 Ruy Lopez
3. H Wolf vs A Zinkl  ½-½361899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C11 French
4. H Wolf vs G Marco  ½-½411899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. Maroczy vs H Wolf 1-0401899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. H Wolf vs M Brody  1-0531899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C67 Ruy Lopez
7. C Prock vs H Wolf  0-1301899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00D00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. H Wolf vs A Schwarz 1-0241899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C10 French
9. Schlechter vs H Wolf 1-0351899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. H Wolf vs Von Popiel  1-0381899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. J Kotrc vs H Wolf  1-0481899Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. H Wolf vs Alapin  0-1291900Kolisch Memorial 1899/00C60 Ruy Lopez
13. Albin vs H Wolf  0-1231900Kolisch Memorial 1899/00D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Halprin vs H Wolf ½-½72190012th DSB Congress, MunichD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. H Wolf vs F G Jacob 1-034190012th DSB Congress, MunichC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. J N Berger vs H Wolf 1-049190012th DSB Congress, MunichD05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. H Wolf vs M Billecard 1-031190012th DSB Congress, MunichC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
18. G Marco vs H Wolf 1-038190012th DSB Congress, MunichC41 Philidor Defense
19. H Wolf vs Schlechter 0-151190012th DSB Congress, MunichC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
20. Von Gottschall vs H Wolf 0-138190012th DSB Congress, MunichC25 Vienna
21. H Wolf vs Von Bardeleben 1-021190012th DSB Congress, MunichC42 Petrov Defense
22. Maroczy vs H Wolf 1-044190012th DSB Congress, MunichC28 Vienna Game
23. H Wolf vs Burn ½-½83190012th DSB Congress, MunichC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. Showalter vs H Wolf 0-133190012th DSB Congress, MunichD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
25. H Wolf vs Pillsbury 0-140190012th DSB Congress, MunichC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 321  PGN Download
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Oct-20-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Heinrich Wolf!!!
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  keypusher: <Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Heinrich Wolf!!!>

Jesus, you're irritating.

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  HeMateMe: Eddie Van halen and Valerie Bertineilli named their only child "Wolfgang,", or Wolf, or Wolfie, for short. Van Halen was actually a serious piano student growing up, and he was a pianist before he took up the axe. Mozart is his favorite composer, thus "Wolfgang."
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  Chessical: Wolf won every game he played against Chigorin who seemed unable to build up a promising position against the Viennese master, or even take advantage of his errors:

Game Collection: Chigorin's bête noire

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  gezafan: How did Wolf die? What were the circumstances of his death?
Jul-30-12  Karpova: His wife, Paula Kalmar-Wolf, was the strongest female Austrian chessplayer around 1930 and demonstrated that by coming in 2nd at the Women's World Championships in Hamburg 1930 and Prague 1931. She was a student of Reti and her husband Wolf. She suffered most likely from Diabetes ("Zuckerkrankheit") and died on September 29, 1931.

Source: Pages 311 to 312 of the 1931 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jun-05-15  Howard: Wolf, quite sadly, died in a Nazi concentration camp----just like Treybal did.
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  FSR: <Howard> I don't think that Karel Treybal died in a concentration camp. As his bio says, the Nazis executed him in 1940 for illegal possession of a firearm.
Apr-20-18  zanzibar: According to the bio above Wolf stopped playing competitive chess after 1923...

<He retired from active play in 1923.>

Thing is, I found a photo of him playing Treybal in a tournament in 1927:

Who can argue with GettyImages?

* * * * *

I'd like to see a source about his unfortunate demise - Kmoch writes about his fear in his "Chess Titans" article, and Landsberger mentions him hiding in 40 different locations over two years before being apprehended. But I couldn't read more, and couldn't see Landsberger's source(s).

Apr-20-18  Retireborn: <z> Perhaps they aren't playing a tournament game there? (no scoresheets.)

Could be analysis or an offhand game during a club tournament.

I can find no record of Treybal playing tournament chess in 1927, but perhaps the date is misleading.

Apr-20-18  zanzibar: <RB> not having scoresheets isn't surprising if the photograph were staged during a tournament (examples abound). The quality of the photo suggests it was staged.

The date could be wrong - but so could be <CG>'s statement of fact. Wouldn't be the first time!

Apr-20-18  Retireborn: <z> Tried a spot of googling and found this page, which does mention chess activities after 1923, although no specific reference to January 1927.

Apr-20-18  Retireborn: Might be worth posting a comment on his blog asking about the photo.
Apr-20-18  zanzibar: Thanks <RB>, I'll try to muck around googling for a bit more myself first, but your suggestion's been noted.
Apr-20-18  Retireborn: <z> My hunch is that it's from Semmering 1926, where Treybal was playing and Wolf was tournament director. But good luck with solving the mystery. Endeavour to persevere!
Apr-20-18  hemy: Last Name Wolf
First Name Heinrich
Gender Male
Age 68
Date of Birth 20/10/1875
Citizenship Austria
Profession Chess game master
Date of Death 12/1943
Status according to Source murdered
Submitter's Last Name Fazzini
Submitter's First Name Philip
Relationship to Victim Researcher

Source Yad Vashem - Pages of Testimony Names Memorial Collection Type of material Page of Testimony

His photo can be uploaded from my dropbox:

Apr-21-18  zanzibar: Thanks Hemy, this likely provides the source for <CG>'s dod being 1943.12.??, but Fazzini does provide any references or reasoning...

Here's the entire info I got from the Landsberger snippet:

<Others such as Heinrich Wolf, lived in 40 different homes in two years, finally was turned over in 1943 and sent to his death in Auschwitz>

The Auschwitz identification is new. Didn't the Nazi keep complete records of all sent to Auschwitz? If so shouldn't those records be available?

I think this link provides a start, maybe I'll try to investigate a little:

Two hits are close, but not exact(?)


Apr-21-18  zanzibar: OK, these Austrian links look seem telling and accurate:

The search site is somewhere here:


Wolf Heinrich

first given nameHeinrich
place of birthJägerndorf
place of residence Vienna 2, Rembrandtstrasse 22

deportation Vienna / Riga
deportation date 03/12/1941

Riga, Latvia's capital, annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, had 43,600 Jews in 1935, or 11.3 percent of the population. Immediately after the invasion of German troops on July 1, 1941 riots against the Jewish population. After the introduction of numerous discriminatory ordinances, looting and massacres, the walled ghetto was established in September / October 1941.

From the end of November to the beginning of December 1941, about 27,000 mainly Latvian Jews, including some 400 mainly elderly people from Vienna, were shot dead in the Rumbula forest. In this way, space should be created for new transports from Germany and Austria.

On 3 December 1941, on 11 and 26 January and on 6 February 1942, transports with a total of 4,200 Jews departed from Austria and reached Riga after an eight-day journey. The deportees were sent to the ghetto or forced to work in the Salaspils camp. Due to the terrible living conditions, the mortality rate of interned in the ghetto victims, especially in weakened people, but especially in older people and children rose sharply.

When in February 1942 the last transport from Vienna to Riga arrived, at the reception at the Skirotava station those trucks, to whom the kilometer-long march to the ghetto seemed too cumbersome, were lorries - in fact they were camouflaged "gas cars" - for driving into the ghetto offered. Of the 1,000 deportees from Vienna, only 300 people reached the ghetto on foot.

Only about 800 of the 20,000 men, women and children deported to Riga survived the selections, the ghetto and the various concentration camps, including about 100 Austrian Jews.

Not survived


It's not clear if he died during the transportation (ie. being shot dead in the forest), or survived for a period of time in the Riga ghetto from this source. But it seems we now know his deportation date.

Apr-21-18  zanzibar: This makes for sad reading:

If Wolf made it to the ghetto (i.e. if he indeed lived to 1943), his housing was probably made available by the massacre.

I wonder though, given his age (66), if he wasn't more likely one of the mentioned elderly Viennese who also were massacred in the forest. I have seen some mention of this end during my internet researches.

Due to his advanced age it's also unlikely he was taken to the Salaspils camp.

The Nazis did give preferential treatment to the German/Austrian Jews over the Latvian Jews, but the conditions were horrible for all.

Apr-21-18  hemy: <zanzibar> In spring of 1994 I with my wife and my daughter visited Salaspils concentration camp and Rumbula forest. This visit was organized by Latvia office of SOCHNUT (Jewish agency -, during the conference of SOCHNUT representatives in the former Soviet Union countries that was held in Jurmala. My main office was in Nizhny Novgorod (former Gorky city), Russia, where I was a head of Israeli SOCHNUT in Central Russia from 1993 to 1995.

All my grandparents were murdered in Lithuania, some of them in Kaunas "Fort 9", during massacres of November 1941.

The Kaunas "Fort 9" we visited in summer 1994, when my son joint as (on his Israeli high school vacation).

Apr-22-18  hemy: Detailed biography of Heinrich Wolf:
Apr-22-18  zanzibar: <hemy> it's shattering to think that such events happened, let alone happened to family.

A history that cannot be forgotten:

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: Another Jewish Viennese player whose history also needs to be fully told:

Bernhard Lichtenstein

Golombek gives his death as 1943 (no mention in Oxford)

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: Here is a 1934 consultation game belying the claim he "retired from active play in 1923"

<Lasker simul in Vienna (1934) + Lasker/Wolf consultation game>

A more accurate statement would be that <he retired from active tournament play in 1923>, as other games are there to be dug out.

Dec-30-22  ColdSong: About 30 wins and 60 draws against high level opponents.Definitely worth a look.
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