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Georg Kieninger
G Kieninger 
Der Bayerische Schachbund (2000), p119.  

Number of games in database: 308
Years covered: 1931 to 1966
Overall record: +95 -72 =141 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B58 B54 B91 B56 B80
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C68 C64 C85 C71 C65
 French Defense (19) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C08
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (15) 
    C68 C85
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C07 C03 C05 C08 C06
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E33 E20 E36 E34 E38
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (24) 
    C12 C05 C02 C11 C01
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C66 C75 C73 C76 C83
 Sicilian (16) 
    B84 B33 B29 B80 B43
 French (12) 
    C12 C11 C00
 Old Indian (11) 
    A53 A54 A55
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D61 D63 D50 D67 D56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Kieninger vs P Mross, 1941 1-0
   G Kieninger vs H Heinicke, 1949 1-0
   G Kieninger vs Eliskases, 1939 1/2-1/2
   R G Wade vs G Kieninger, 1949 0-1
   O Sarapu vs G Kieninger, 1949 1/2-1/2
   G Kieninger vs W Weil, 1938 1-0
   G Kieninger vs L Schmitt, 1938 1-0
   H Kranki vs G Kieninger, 1938 1/2-1/2
   H Nowarra vs G Kieninger, 1938 0-1
   G Kieninger vs Bogoljubov, 1941 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   28th German Chess Federation Congress (1932)
   German Championship (1938)
   Krefeld (1938)
   Bad Harzburg (1938)
   Hoogovens (1951)
   Amsterdam IBM (1962)
   Bad Elster (1938)
   Stuttgart (1939)
   Oldenburg (1949)
   Ljubljana (1955)
   German Championship (1941)
   Klaus Junge Memorial (1955)
   Munich (1941)
   Reykjavik (1966)
   German Championship (1939)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   German Championship 1938 by chesshistoryinterest
   5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by Pawn and Two
   German Championship 1938 by Tabanus
   Bad Harzburg 1938 by jessicafischerqueen
   1951 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww

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(born Jun-05-1902, died Jan-25-1975, 72 years old) Germany

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Georg Kieninger was born in Munich. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and was German champion in 1937, 1940 and 1947 (Western zone).

An avid cigar smoker, Kieninger was nicknamed "Eisernen Schorsch" (roughly translated as "Iron Georgie") because of his fighting style. The Kieninger Trap in the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 ♘g4 4.♗f4 ♘c6 5.♘f3 ♗b4+ 6.♘bd2 ♕e7 7.a3 ♘gxe5! 8.axb4?? ♘d3#) is named after him.(1)

He died in Düsseldorf in 1975.

(1) Wikipedia article: Georg Kieninger

Last updated: 2023-02-15 06:52:07

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 308  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Kieninger vs L Engels  0-1411931m1B24 Sicilian, Closed
2. L Engels vs G Kieninger  ½-½481931m1B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. L Engels vs G Kieninger  ½-½771931Der Mittag TurnierC12 French, McCutcheon
4. G Kieninger vs W Loose  ½-½46193228th German Chess Federation CongressC10 French
5. H Hussong vs G Kieninger  1-035193228th German Chess Federation CongressA53 Old Indian
6. P Blechschmidt vs G Kieninger  0-135193228th German Chess Federation CongressA27 English, Three Knights System
7. G Kieninger vs E Kapfer  1-061193228th German Chess Federation CongressC42 Petrov Defense
8. G Kieninger vs H Von Hennig  ½-½32193228th German Chess Federation CongressC42 Petrov Defense
9. J Vitense vs G Kieninger  0-140193228th German Chess Federation CongressB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. E Hahn vs G Kieninger  0-165193228th German Chess Federation CongressC07 French, Tarrasch
11. L Engels vs G Kieninger  1-0391932Duesseldorf-KoelnD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. G Kieninger vs L Engels  1-0331932m2B58 Sicilian
13. G Kieninger vs L Engels  1-0361932m2B56 Sicilian
14. A Brinckmann vs G Kieninger 1-0131932LudwigshafenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. G Kieninger vs K Richter 1-0461933GER-ch 1stC40 King's Knight Opening
16. A Brinckmann vs G Kieninger  1-0331933GER-ch 1stC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
17. Bogoljubov vs G Kieninger  ½-½461933GER-ch 1stA55 Old Indian, Main line
18. G Kieninger vs L Engels  0-1451933NSV chD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
19. G Kieninger vs L Engels  0-1841934m3D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. L Engels vs G Kieninger  0-1281934m3D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
21. G Kieninger vs L Engels  1-0321934m3D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. G Kieninger vs L Engels  1-0331934m3D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. G Kieninger vs K Richter  ½-½341937GER-ch 4thB01 Scandinavian
24. A Brinckmann vs G Kieninger  0-1371937Berlin BSG-BC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. G Kieninger vs R Schaedle  1-0341937GDSB-ch04 VorturnierB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-27-04  WMD: Twice German champion in 1937 and 1940.
Jun-05-06  BIDMONFA: Georg Kieninger


Aug-20-07  Karpova: <"Dazzling combinations are for the many, shifting wood is for the few."

Georg Kieninger, Deutsche Schachhefte, 1950>

Jun-05-09  Eastfrisian: He was called "Der Eiserne Schorsch", (The Iron George).
Jun-05-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
Jun-05-10  wordfunph: great player with scores against eliskases, foltys, rellstab, unzicker, o'kelly, paoli..
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  GrahamClayton: One of the traps in the Budapest Gambit is named after Kieninger:

Jan-30-11  wordfunph: "Exchanging is the soul of chess."

- Georg Kieninger

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  Sneaky: <Kombinieren können die meisten, aber schieben nur wenige.> -- Kieninger

("Combinations are for the many, shifting wood is for the few.")

Sep-08-12  Karpova: Kieninger beat Engels in a match with +5 =1 -2 in 1934.

From page 173 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-06-13  Karpova: The <Verein Wiener Schachfreunde> held a guest tournament in the Cafe Draschepark in July 1926.

1. Leo Godai 6.0
2-3. Prof. Dr. Kleemann 5.5
2-3. L. Malik 5.5
4. P. Heuäcker 5.0
5. Palda 4.0
6-7. Kotek 3.5
6-7. Vranovits 3.5
8. Horner 2.5
9. Diener 0.5

<Kieninger (München) trat in unsportlicher Weise nach der ersten Verlustpartie zurück.> (Kieninger (Munich) withdrew in unsportsmanlike manner after his first loss).

From page 220 of the July 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  WTHarvey: Here are some interesting combinations and mates from his games: Find the winning moves!
Jun-05-18  Dionysius1: It looks like a non-sequitur that he was known as Iron Georgie for his attacking style - the nickname would be equally appropriate to someone who was hard to break through in defence. I wonder if it's not instead because of his smoking - a convoluted analogy with a steam train or "iron horse"?
Sep-29-20  Alan McGowan: The brief personal details refer to an opening line named after him; 'The Kieninger Trap' in the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.a3 Ngxe5! 8.axb4?? Nd3#). CG links to the source for this information (Wikipedia), which in turn gives Borik's 1986 English language book on the Budapest Gambit (p24) as its source.

After 7...Ngxe5! Borik says: 'The famous "Kieninger Trap". The late German master Georg Kieninger once used it in an offhand game against Godai at Vienna 1925. There followed 8ab?? Nd3 mate."

Borik possibly took this reference from Josef Staker's 1982 book 'The Budapest Defence And The Tennison Gambit' where, on page 12, after 7...Ngxe5(!), Staker says: A hoary trap and the sole playable move, 7...Ngxe5 was uncovered by the former West German champion Georg Kieninger following an informal game with Godai, in Vienna 1925."

Neither Borik nor Staker gave an earlier source, so it reasonable to ask how Kieninger's name became associated with the 'trap'.

There seems to be nothing in the periodicals of the day showing Kieninger in Vienna in 1925. However, it is known that he was there in 1926, in a 10-player event organised by <Verein Wiener Schachfreunde>, an event from which he withdrew in an unsportsmanlike manner after his first loss. The results were given on p220 of the 1926 Wiener Schachzeitung, though Kieninger's score was omitted. (This report was previously referred to by <Karpova> in 2013.)

What is additionally interesting, however, is an article by Hans Müller on the Budapest Defence on pp200-201 of the 1926 Wiener Schachzeitung. On page 201 Müller refers to the tournament organised by the Wiener Schachfreunde and mentions the game Godai-Kieninger, which commenced: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+. He then comments on White's choice of Dr Bernstein's 6.Nbd2, aiming for a positional advantage.

The game continued 6...Qe7 7.a3 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5, when Müller looked at the possible continuation 10.Qc3, followed by g3, Bg2. However, he points out that the game actually continued 10.e3 (In der Partie geschah 10.e3 usw.).

Müller immediately thereafter refers to a stronger continuation for Black's 7th move (Dem Nachziehenden stehen jedoch bedeutend schärfere Waffen zur Verfügung) and gives 7...Ngxe5! 8.Nxe5 (8.axb? Nd3++) Nxe5 9.e3 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 0-0.

So, no original sources from Borik and Staker re an offhand game in Vienna 1925. And if Kieninger had played 7...Ngxe5 in 1925, why did he not play it in 1926?

Is this how Kieninger's name came to be associated - perhaps wrongly - with the line?

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