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Edward Nathan Frankenstein
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1871

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(born Dec-18-1839, died Mar-13-1913, 73 years old) United Kingdom

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Burn vs E Frankenstein 0-1331871LondonC51 Evans Gambit

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Aug-20-07  vonKrolock: England - * Dec 12th 1839 - + March 13th 1913; better known as composer. Author (with Andrews, Law and Planck) of <"The Chess Problem" (1886) Text-Book with Illustrations containing 400 Positions Selected from the Works of Andrews, E.N.Frankenstein, B.G.Laws, and C.Planck.> A photo in NICbase on-line

Frankenstein and Kriegspiel: <"Frankenstein suggested in 1903 variation of the game, where one player sees the board and another plays Kriegspiel. To make the game fair, the first player have to play with less pieces. Frankenstein proposed two variants:

Pickle pot - the player who sees the board plays only with queen and bishop (as well as with king and 8 pawns in usual starting position). One-eye - same as above, but only with two rooks and bishop. In both versions, it should be annonced, which bishop remains (on c or f-file)."> more here

Aug-20-07  whiteshark: <vonKrolock>

Did he invent the eponymous variant together with Count Dracula ?

Aug-20-07  vonKrolock: The answer is in Odd Lie 's page of course :o)
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  technical draw: Brother of Albert Enstein. He's a monster of a player!
Aug-21-07  whiteshark: <vonKrolock> I found this problem [win]

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published by <J. Frankenstein> in 1910.

Any relations ?

Aug-21-07  sanyas: Imagine finding his name opposite yours in the tournament pairings...
Aug-21-07  whiteshark: <sanyas> imagine his <bodyguard> is there, too ...
Aug-21-07  vonKrolock: <whiteshark> Surelly they are two different F.'s - The other published mainly in - as a brit would say - 'continental' sources

A typical Frankenstein, and one that proved to be a hard nut to crack during some solving session:

E. N. Frankenstein
"English Chess Problems" 1876

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white to play and mate in 3

<Viel Spass<ky> beim Lösen!>

Aug-22-07  Calli:
Aug-22-07  vonKrolock: <Calli> Well spotted :) <<"The Chess Bouquet: or, The book of the British Composers of Chess Problems, compiled by F. Richard Gittins, first published in 1897 by Feilden, McAllan & Co. It is 257 pages of chess problems by a variety of British chess composers. It contains portraits, biographical sketches, essays on composing and solving, and over 600 chess problems. The book is dedicated to <E.N. Frankenstein.>">>
Aug-22-07  whiteshark: <vonKrolock> That's really a tough nut to crack! I'll try to attempt the impossible!
Aug-22-07  vonKrolock: <whiteshark> For me this one was also -so to say- problematic... Loyd's advise in such instances was the *sweeping up* methode: to examine and discard every single move - even if it would be, for us, the mechanical way ( but he was writing before even Torres Quevedo's first primitive chess computer) It was, for him, the safest and fastest form of solving a chess problem
Aug-23-07  Calli: Hmm, my problem solving skills are deteriorating. Has something to do with the d pawn but I can't get the right moves.

Unrelated to Frankenstein: Have a nice tournament group photo where the players need names. Anybody up for another picture identification puzzle?

Aug-29-07  whiteshark: <vonKrolock>: <"English Chess Problems" 1876>

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.
Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."

-- :D

Sep-01-07  Calli: Great problem links and PDFs:
Oct-31-07  Calli: Picture of Frankenstein in the book You can look, he's not that scary.
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  Benzol: The name just begs for a pun doesn't it.


Dec-18-10  hms123: <Benzol> Something to do with <Nathan's hot dogs> perhaps?

Dec-18-11  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Frankenstein.
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  HeMateMe: He had a monsterous talent. Frightening, really...
Dec-18-12  brankat: What's in the name? Probably a nice guy :-)
Jan-30-16  zanzibar: <Mr. Frankenstein is much better known as problem-composer than as player, though his strength over the board is of no mean order. As looker-on at skittle games his ill-timed observations are exasperating to the players, but nobody is really very cross with him, because of his own natural goodhumour and comical look of grief when called to order. Long may he flourish and many others like him arise!>

"The Chess Bouquet (1897)" p234

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  offramp: The novel <Frankenstein> was published in 1818, 21 years before the birth of Edward Nathan Frankenstein.

Wikipedia says, <"Despite the reviews, Frankenstein achieved an almost immediate popular success. It became widely known especially through melodramatic theatrical adaptations—Mary Shelley saw a production of Presumption; or The Fate of Frankenstein, a play by Richard Brinsley Peake, in 1823. A French translation appeared as early as 1821 (Frankenstein: ou le Prométhée Moderne, translated by Jules Saladin).">

So the name would surely have been famous, even world-famous, by about 1850.

I would think that having the surname Frankenstein would have been a handicap in an English school of the 1850s, and may have provoked fear, loathing, curiosity, hatred and despair among other humans right through Mr Frankenstein's life. I imagine English people reacting to him in an identical way to the villagers in the Karlstaadt Inn when the monster himself bursts through the doors in a Hammer film.

So I suggest he uses some sort of time machine to go back to about 1849 and change his name.

Has he done it yet?

No. Obviously not.

Mar-18-18  Jean Defuse: ...

C.N. 3679 'Shortest stalemate games'




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