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Albert Becker
A Becker 
Number of games in database: 312
Years covered: 1921 to 1944

Overall record: +143 -67 =102 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (31) 
    C02 C11 C10 C13 C17
 Orthodox Defense (16) 
    D51 D64 D63 D67 D62
 French (15) 
    C11 C10 C13 C12
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C83 C86 C79 C78 C73
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B13 B15 B10 B18 B17
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E22 E46 E42 E44 E34
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (31) 
    D63 D52 D51 D69 D60
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 D30 D31 D39 D35
 Sicilian (17) 
    B40 B20 B45 B83 B74
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 A45
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E33 E21 E40 E47 E38
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C84 C77 C79 C91 C88
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Becker vs H Mattison, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs Vidmar, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs Tarrasch, 1925 1-0
   A Becker vs H N Hansen, 1936 1-0
   A Becker vs Euwe, 1929 1-0
   A Becker vs Gruenfeld, 1922 1/2-1/2
   M Bluemich vs A Becker, 1925 0-1
   Rubinstein vs A Becker, 1929 1/2-1/2
   K Richter vs A Becker, 1938 0-1
   S Takacs vs A Becker, 1923 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Trebitsch Memorial (1931)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1932)
   Trebitsch Memorial 1934/35 (1934)
   Vienna (1928)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1927)
   Tatatovaros (1935)
   Teplitz-Schoenau (1937)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1936)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   German Championship (1938)
   Vienna (1923)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1933)
   Breslau (1925)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   German Championship 1938 by chesshistoryinterest
   German Championship 1938 by Tabanus
   5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by Pawn and Two
   Vienna 1923 by suenteus po 147
   Becker - Wagner match by Chessical
   Gruenfeld - Becker, Vienna, 1922 by Karpova

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(born Sep-05-1896, died May-07-1984, 87 years old) Austria (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Georg Albert Becker was born in Vienna. He was (unofficial) Austrian champion in 1925 (=Siegfried Reginald Wolf) and awarded the IM title in 1953. He was 2nd at Vienna 1927, 2nd= with Bernhard Lichtenstein, Rudolf Spielmann and Savielly Tartakower at Vienna 1928, 1st at Vienna 1931, 1st at Vienna 1932, 1st= with Erich Eliskases at Linz 1934 and 1st at Vienna 1935. His greatest international achievement was at Carlsbad 1929 where he was 5th= with Max Euwe and Milan Vidmar. Following the Buenos Aires Olympiad 1939, he lived in Argentina. He collaborated with Ernst Gruenfeld on an excellent book of the Teplitz-Schönau Tournament of 1922 and contributed a great deal to opening literature. Becker passed away in 1984 in Vicente Lopez.

Wikipedia article: Albert Becker (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-11-19 11:07:03

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Becker vs J Lokvenc  1-0331921Vienna-BD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. A Becker vs H Thanhofer 0-1441921Hauptturnier BC13 French
3. F Fischer vs A Becker 0-1261922Team MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Gruenfeld vs A Becker 1-0511922Grünfeld - BeckerD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A Becker vs Gruenfeld 1-0421922Grünfeld - BeckerA56 Benoni Defense
6. Gruenfeld vs A Becker ½-½321922Grünfeld - BeckerD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Becker vs Gruenfeld ½-½251922Grünfeld - BeckerD85 Grunfeld
8. A Becker vs P Krueger 0-128192323. DSB KongressD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Becker vs Gruenfeld  ½-½30192323. DSB KongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. O Wegemund vs A Becker ½-½28192323. DSB KongressC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. E Post vs A Becker  ½-½52192323. DSB KongressC88 Ruy Lopez
12. A Becker vs H Wagner  ½-½30192323. DSB KongressD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. A Becker vs A Brinckmann  1-029192323. DSB KongressD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. A Becker vs W Hilse  ½-½30192323. DSB KongressB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. B Moritz vs A Becker  ½-½25192323. DSB KongressD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. K Emmrich vs A Becker 0-134192323. DSB KongressB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. G Patay vs A Becker  ½-½541923ViennaA48 King's Indian
18. A Becker vs Spielmann  ½-½281923ViennaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Gruenfeld vs A Becker  ½-½271923ViennaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. S Takacs vs A Becker  0-1361923ViennaA12 English with b3
21. A Becker vs Tartakower  ½-½441923ViennaA44 Old Benoni Defense
22. Reti vs A Becker 1-0301923ViennaA38 English, Symmetrical
23. A Becker vs F Fischer  1-0431923ViennaA53 Old Indian
24. S R Wolf vs A Becker  0-1771923ViennaB20 Sicilian
25. A Becker vs T Gruber  1-0371923ViennaA53 Old Indian
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 314  PGN Download
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Jul-07-05  sandyobrien: After talking with grandaunt I'm almost 90% sure that this my greatuncle.

Some of the information she gave me was that,

- He was once Austrian champion

- Had a opening variation named after him (in a primitive non-chess way of course, but after some research I found "the Becker Defense" 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Qd5)

- Time frame of birth matched well, but she wasn't sure about his death

- Finally, the name she gave me was dead-on except she said that they used to spell Becker, "Buecker".

I'm going to see what else I can find out from other family members. Wouldn't it be exciting if one of them had kept his old chess research/notation sheets/belongings?

Anyway, stay tuned while I check some ancestry resources ;)

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  cu8sfan: Is he the guy who yesterday defeated Andre Agassi?
Sep-05-06  NakoSonorense: <Is he the guy who yesterday defeated Andre Agassi?> How did you do that?? I was going to ask the exact same question! Lol
Sep-05-06  chessmoron: No sillies, that's Benjamin Becker.
Jan-08-07  Albertan: In 1929 Vera Menchik participated an an international tournament in Carlsbad. Albert Becker, who played in this event, said that anyone who lost to Menchik would have to be put into a Vera Menchik Club. He wanted to ridicule any master who lost to this woman. Becker was the first victim of Vera. LOL.
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  WannaBe: Ahhh... thanks <Albertan>, the founding father of the 'Vera Menchik Club'!


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  WannaBe: This is the game, I take it? Menchik vs A Becker, 1929
Jan-08-07  Albertan: Your welcome WannaBe :) Yes the game you mentioned in your post is the game which caused Becker to become the first member of the Vera Menchik Club. :) It must have been something to see the expression on both players faces after Becker played the blunder 39...Rd7?? and Menchik responded with 40.e6 :)
Sep-05-08  brankat: A very talented master and an influential theorist, particularly during the 1920s and '30s.

R.I.P. Mr.Backer.

Sep-05-08  brankat: From A.Becker's Biography: <He collaborated with Ernst Gruenfeld on an excellent book of the Teplitz-Schonau Tournament of 1922.>

I think the tournament took place in 1923. Dr.Lasker was the winner.

Sep-05-08  FHBradley: Schachkongress Teplitz-Schönau took place in October 1922. The tournament which Dr. Lasker won, the first in which he participated after his defeat against Capablanca, was organized in Mährisch-Ostrau the following year.
Sep-05-08  whiteshark: <Player of the Day: <Albert Becker>>


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  Gypsy: Aparently, Euwe relyed heavily on Becker's opening files when he upstaged Alekhine in 1935.
Sep-15-08  brankat: <FHBradley> Yes, You're right. Thanks for the correction.
Sep-16-08  Calli: <Gypsy> Was Euwe following Becker's recommendations on the French defense? Euwe lost three of the first nine with the French and was lucky to escape with a draw in a fourth game.
Mar-29-09  wolfmaster: So sandy, I guess you haven't found anything in 3 3/4 years about Becker?
Nov-12-09  steunmar: The openingsystem of Albert Becker has been in the possession of The Max Euwe Center in Amsterdam (, which is a museum with the chess inheritance of dr Max Euwe, and a library of 10.000 items. The Becker-archive consisted of more than 100.000 handwritten cards. If anybody (Sandy for instance) is interested, I can find out who the present owner is.
Sep-05-10  BIDMONFA: Albert Becker

BECKER, George Albert

Sep-05-11  whiteshark: <Player of the Day: <Albert Becker>>

Bio in english:

Nov-05-13  Karpova: Right after the Master Tournament in Bremen 1924*, Becker won a match against Heinrich Wagner with +3 -1 =4.

From page 233 of the August 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

* see post Heinrich Wagner

Nov-24-13  Karpova: 5-Player Amateur tournament in Vienna, December 1924 (4 rounds):

1. Prof. Becker 3.0
2-3. E Post 2.5
2-3. Dr. Gruber 2.5
4. S R Wolf 1.5
5. Schara 0.5

Post was leading througout the tournament until Becker beat him with a fine exchange sacrifice.

From pages 359-360 of the December 1924 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Apr-02-14  thomastonk: <steunmar: The Becker-archive consisted of more than 100.000 handwritten cards. If anybody (Sandy for instance) is interested, I can find out who the present owner is.> I am interested in this information. Thank you in advance.
Oct-20-14  zanzibar: For a letter Becker wrote to Otto Zander, shortly after the Austrian Anschluss, see:

Otto Zander

and specifically:

Otto Zander

Jun-06-18  mulde: Here we go with a game of some today's importance:

[Event "Vienna"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1924.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Becker, Albert"]
[Black "Schara, Heinrich Georg Julius von Hennig"] [Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B29"]
[Opening "Sicilian: Nimzovich-Rubinstein, Rubinstein counter-gambit"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nc3 e6 5. d4 Nc6 6. Nxd5 exd5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qxd5 Qa5+ 9. Qd2 Qc7 10. Qg5 O-O 11. Bf4 Qb6 12. O-O-O Bxf2 13. Bd3 h6 14. Qf5 g6 15. Qe4 d5 16. exd6 Nb4 17. Bxh6 Nxa2+ 18. Kd2 Bf5 19. Qf4 Be3+ 20. Qxe3 Qa5+ 21. c3 Nxc3 22. bxc3 Rfe8 23. Ra1 Rxe3 24. Rxa5 Rxd3+ 25. Ke2 Rxd6 26. Be3 b6 27. Re5 Bd3+ 28. Kf2 a5 29. Bd4 a4 30. Ra1 a3 31. Rxa3 1-0

And we see in addition, the "Schara-Hennig-Gambit" is a bit confusing because Schara Hennig etc. is only one single person!

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  Telemus: <mulde> The game you posted is Albert Becker vs Anton Schara, Vienna, 8 Dec 1924 according to ChessBase.

<And we see in addition, the "Schara-Hennig-Gambit" is a bit confusing because Schara Hennig etc. is only one single person!>

Tim Harding wrote in Kibitzer 37 this:

On the continent of Europe the name of Schara is often given first and Eric Schiller's 1992 monograph is entitled "Von Hennig-Schara Gambit" which is perhaps strictly correct. He says that "Schara was the first to do any serious analysis of the line and Von Hennig introduced it into serious tournament play." Schiller has a game from him played in 1929.

<Anton Schara> used the gambit to defeat Ernst Gruenfeld in a short game played in Vienna in 1918 which isn't in Schiller's booklet. Perhaps it wasn't a serious game but here it is: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 cxd4 5 Qxd4 Nc6 6 Qd1 exd5 7 Qxd5 Bd6 8 Bg5 Nge7 9 Qd2 f6 10 Bh4 Qb6! 11 Nf3 (11 Qxd6? Qxb2) 11...Bb4 12 e3 Bf5 13 Bc4 Na5 14 Bd3 Rd8 15 Nd4 Nac6 16 Nxf5? Nxf5 17 Bg3 Nxg3 18 hxg3 Ne5 19 Bb5+ Qxb5 0-1.

The game won by the other author of the gambit went as follows. J. Benzinger - <Heinrich von Hennig> Duisburg II, 1929 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 The Tarrasch Defence, but with a twist in mind... 4 cxd5 cxd4!? Instead of the standard recapture. [...]

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