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Victor Kahn
V Kahn 
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1909 to 1947
Overall record: +23 -28 =15 (46.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-18-1889, died Oct-06-1971, 82 years old) Russia (federation/nationality France)

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Victor Kahn was born in Moscow, Russia in 1889. He left Russia in 1912, eventually ending up in France via Denmark and Sweden.

Kahn won the Copenhagen Championship in 1916 and tied for 1st-2nd at Haarlem 1919. After settling in Nice and acquiring French citizenship, he became French Champion in 1934. Kahn represented Russia in the first unofficial Chess Olympiad at Paris 1924, and played for France four times.

Kahn wrote The Art of Checkmate, published in 1962.

He passed away in Nice in 1971.

Wikipedia article: Victor Kahn

Last updated: 2016-12-22 01:35:18

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Kahn vs Alekhine 0-1321909Moscow Club AutumnC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. V Kahn vs C Hartlaub 0-1161916HamburgC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
3. Capablanca vs V Kahn  ½-½541922Simul, 40bD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. A Gromer vs V Kahn  0-1291923Cercle Philidor TournamentC11 French
5. E Steiner vs V Kahn  0-1561923BCF Major OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
6. Duchamp vs V Kahn 0-1431924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
7. V Kahn vs J Kleczynski Jr  0-1511924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. A Chepurnov vs V Kahn 1-0441924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC49 Four Knights
9. V Kahn vs C Dawbarn  1-0301925Scarborough-BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. A G Conde vs V Kahn  1-0601925Scarborough finD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. S Groen vs V Kahn  0-1341925Scarborough-BC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. W Gibson vs V Kahn  1-0261925Scarborough-BD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
13. V Kahn vs W Atkinson  1-0541925Scarborough-BD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. F Wenman vs V Kahn  ½-½181925Scarborough-01 Premier BC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
15. V Kahn vs G Reid  1-0441926Scarborough-AE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. M Romi vs V Kahn 1-0251926Paris-ch 1926/27D02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. V Kahn vs C Dawbarn  1-0371926Scarborough-AD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
18. V Kahn vs O Bernstein 0-1241926ParisC54 Giuoco Piano
19. Alekhine vs V Kahn 1-0361926Scarborough Premier (A)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. V Kahn vs W Dembo  1-0521930Paris ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. V Kahn vs M Romi  1-0401930Paris ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. K Kullberg vs V Kahn  ½-½251931Prague OlympiadC47 Four Knights
23. V Kahn vs Kostic  0-1441931Prague OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L Abramavicius vs V Kahn  1-0461931Prague OlympiadE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. V Kahn vs J van den Bosch 0-1341931Prague OlympiadD71 Neo-Grunfeld
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-07  sneaky pete: <born 1889> I found a reference to Dr J Kahn, born in Saint Petersburg, May 8, 1889, "elder brother of the former French champion Victor Kahn". He settled in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, a chemical engineer by profession and a strong chess amateur. He died in a Nazi concentration camp, probably in 1942. If that <elder brother> bit is true, Victor's birth date can't be right. If they were twins, it's rather unusual that one was born in Saint Petersburg and the other in Moscow.
Jul-20-07  whiteshark: Some more data ....
Jul-20-07  RookFile: Well, Kahn co-authored a lovely book called "The Art Of the Checkmate".
Nov-16-10  sneaky pete: The mystery of the <elder brother> is solved. The info I had about him, from a publication in 1947 about Dutch chess players who died during WW II, was partly inaccurate. Jules Kahn, known as <Dr. Rubber>, was born in Moscow, December 12, 1886. He died, with his wife Feiga Feigelsohn, in Sobibor, July 23, 1943. See

Dr. Kahn is one of the subjects of a novel ("faction") entitled "De dood van Rubber" by Peter van Leeuwen, published in 2009.

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  Nightsurfer: Thank you so much, dear Team of, for naming <Victor Kahn> the <Player of the Day> today on <October 6th, 2012>!

That is a beautiful gesture with regard to <Victor Kahn>, on that very day of <October 6th, 2012> that marks the <41st day of commemorating> the sad passing away of <Victor Kahn> on <October 6th, 1971>.

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  Nightsurfer: <Victor Kahn> has made a great contribution to the Art of Chess: He has published - together with Georges Renaud - the book <"The Art of Checkmate">, thank you for pointing out to that, dear <RookFile>!

And there is another jubilee with regard to that book <"The Art of Checkmate"> (more information about that on in 2012, since in 2012 it is <65 years> ago that the first edition of that book, French-language title <"L'art de faire mat">, has been published in 1947!

Oct-06-12  BIDMONFA: Victor Kahn

KAHN, Victor

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  Nightsurfer: The two authors of the book <"L'art de faire mat">, <Victor Kahn> and Georges Renaud, apply a very effective method in order to teach the way to find combinations for executing checkmate. They identify and classify volatile situations that enable the attacking force to smash its opponent, and they label those chunks <"The checkmate of Greco"> pp. in order to make it easy for the student to remember those chunks when she or he are sitting at the board.

A classic chunk - the deadly strike by Queen that is supported by a Bishop on one of her flanks (after one of her Knights has sacrificed his life for the Glory of The King and The Queen) - has been labeled <"Checkmate No. 4"> by <Victor Kahn> and Georges Renaud , and the game NN vs V Kahn, 1941 demonstrates the way that classic <"Checkmate No. 4 "> works in real play.

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