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Alfred van Nuess
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1926 to 1938
Overall record: +6 -10 =5 (40.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-05-1898, died Jun-11-1961, 63 years old) Germany

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Weenink vs A van Nuess  0-1491926RhW-NSBB32 Sicilian
2. A van Nuess vs R Pitschak 1-0581927MagdeburgB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. P Blechschmidt vs A van Nuess  1-0311927MagdeburgA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A van Nuess vs Euwe  1-0461928RhW-NSBE60 King's Indian Defense
5. Colle vs A van Nuess  ½-½621928DortmundD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A van Nuess vs Saemisch  ½-½301928DortmundC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. Reti vs A van Nuess  1-0421928DortmundC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. A van Nuess vs Bogoljubov  1-0451928DortmundA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Spielmann vs A van Nuess 1-0371928DortmundB10 Caro-Kann
10. A van Nuess vs P Johner  0-1421928DortmundD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. A Kraemer vs A van Nuess  0-1351928DortmundA06 Reti Opening
12. A van Nuess vs J A Seitz  ½-½591928DortmundD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. A van Nuess vs L Engels 1-0421929Duisburg-BD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. L Engels vs A van Nuess  1-0381929Der Mittag-TurnierB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. A van Nuess vs L Engels  ½-½411931Der Mittag-TurnierA80 Dutch
16. G Weissgerber vs A van Nuess 1-0241933Bad AachenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. C Carls vs A van Nuess  1-0291933Bad AachenA13 English
18. A van Nuess vs K Helling  0-1321933Bad AachenA48 King's Indian
19. A van Nuess vs Ahues 0-1401933Bad AachenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. K Richter vs A van Nuess  ½-½191933Bad AachenB15 Caro-Kann
21. Ketting vs A van Nuess  1-0111938RotterdamC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Feb-08-12  DoctorD: Dr. Van Nüß has a Wikipedia page under the German spelling of his name.

He had his greatest successes in 1928 when he beat Bogolyubov at the Dortmund tourney and finished tied for 6/7 with Spielmann of nine competitors. He also drew his individual match in the "Holland versus Rhineland-Westphalia match" 1:1 against then Amateur World Champion Euwe, who would of course later take the Professional World Championship from Alekhine.

After that he mostly withdrew from practical chess play; he wrote books on chess and taught chess. He may also have composed chess problems since one of his books was "48 Schachprobleme," but I have found no compositions of his in the major chess problem databases.

The scores of his games against Euwe seem not to have survived (at least they aren't in any database I searched). But the January 1935 edition of Chess Review, in Lester Brand's column "Mistakes of the Masters," a game fragment was given of the game Euwe lost:

Van Nuess- Euwe, Gladbeck 1928

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The position is given as Black to play and win:

1. .. ♕xh5?
2. ♖xd2 ♖e8?
3. ♕xe8+ resigns

Brand notes that Black's winning line would have been 1. .. ♖e8! 2. ♕f3 ♘e5 and so on, stating that it was, "a bad day for the present candidate for world championship honors."

Feb-09-12  DoctorD: It's likely that Van Nüß was not a problemist; the copy of his book owned by the University library of Leipzig notes that the problems are "gesammelt u. redirigiert" (collected and edited) by A. v. Nüß.
Apr-20-12  whiteshark: Thanks <DoctorD>! Here's the a.m. link:
Aug-13-12  Chessist: Both games with Euwe have survived.
Oct-06-12  thomastonk: The following quotation is taken from p627 of Heinrich Böll's "1963-1965": "Der Düsseldorfer Dr. van Nüß machte mit John remis, der sich französisch verteidigte. Meister Müller (Wien) konnte auch gegen Lehmann nur einen halben Punkt holen, der in einer damenindischen Verteidigung den Ausgleich erzwang."

I don't know the context. Can anybody help?

Oct-06-12  thomastonk: <DoctorD> Here is the complete game score:

[Event "Rhineland-Westphalia vs The Netherlands"]
[Site "Gladbeck"]
[Date "1928.06.17"]
[Round "2"]
[White "van Nuess, Alfred"]
[Black "Euwe, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A50"]
[PlyCount "91"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. g3 b6 5. Bg2 Bb7 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Nbd7 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Ne4 10. Qc2 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 e6 12. Rad1 Qe7 13. Ne1 Bxg2 14. Nxg2 c6 15. e4 d5 16. Rfe1 dxe4 17. Qxe4 Rac8 18. Ne3 Rfd8 19. Qc2 Qf6 20. Rd3 Qg5 21. f4 Qh5 22. Qg2 g5 23. g4 Qh4 24. Rf1 gxf4 25. Rxf4 Ne5 26. Rd1 Ng6 27. Re4 Qg5 28. Be1 Rd7 29. Qg3 Qd8 30. d5 cxd5 31. cxd5 exd5 32. Ra4 d4 33. Nf5 d3 34. Rc4 Rxc4 35. bxc4 d2 36. Bf2 Be5 37. Qe3 Rd3 38. Qe2 Bf4 39. Bg3 Bxg3 40. hxg3 Kf8 41. Qh2 Qg5 42. Qh1 h5 43. Qe4 Rd8 44. gxh5 Qxh5 45. Rxd2 Re8 46. Qxe8+ 1-0

Oct-13-12  thomastonk: Regarding my first post from Oct-06-12 I have now resolved the context.

Böll (1917-1985, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972) wrote in 1964 a novel called "Entfernung von der Truppe" (hard to translate, because even in German the meaning is ambigious - on purpose, of course). Within this novel he reports for some reason on certain events that happened on September 22, 1938. One of these events is a single round of a chess tournament.

The book "1963-1965" is volume 14 from Böll's complete works ("Kölner Ausgabe", i.e. Cologne Edition). These books contain Böll's works with extensive additional references. The citation I gave on Oct-06-12 belongs to these references and appeared on September 23, 1938 in the newspaper "Kölnische Zeitung/Stadt-Anzeiger". However, <Van Nuess> is only mentioned in the newspaper, but not in Böll's text.

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