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Klaus Junge
K Junge 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 1938 to 1944

Overall record: +59 -18 =26 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D50 D51 D55
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E34 E20 E47 E25 E48
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (12) 
    D44 D45 D49 D48 D47
 Sicilian (12) 
    B29 B85 B32 B84 B80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D31 D30 D37 D39
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C96 C86 C91 C79 C83
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B84 B85 B80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C96 C86 C91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Junge vs C Kottnauer, 1942 1-0
   H Lehmann vs K Junge, 1942 0-1
   H Mueller vs K Junge, 1942 0-1
   Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942 0-1
   K Junge vs Bogoljubov, 1942 1-0
   K Junge vs W Sahlmann, 1944 1-0
   Henning vs K Junge, 1940 0-1
   K Junge vs Stoltz, 1942 1-0
   W Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 0-1
   K Junge vs Teschner, 1942 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Duras 60 mem (1942)
   Salzburg (1942)
   Munich (1942)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Golden Boy by Gottschalk
   Junge and Breyer: Great Talents Cut Short by Runemaster
   Salzburg 1942 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Salzburg 1942 by suenteus po 147
   99_2nd General Government (1941), Warsaw+Crakow by whiteshark
   BOTVINNIK OR JUNGE VARIATION ? by Breyannis Nektarios

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(born Jan-01-1924, died Apr-17-1945, 21 years old) Chile (federation/nationality Germany)

[what is this?]
Klaus Junge was born in Concepción (Chile) into a German Chilean family. His father Otto Junge was a strong chess player who won the Chilean Chess Championship in 1922. In 1928 the parents, together with their five sons, returned to Germany.

Klaus shared first place in the 1941 German Championship with Paul Felix Schmidt but lost the play-off. In 1942 at Prague he came 1st= (+7 =3 -1) with Alexander Alekhine, but at age 18, sadly, this was to be his last tournament. An officer in the German Army, he was killed in action on the 17th of April 1945 in Welle, three weeks before the Second World War ended.

Wikipedia article: Klaus Junge

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Krause vs K Junge 0-1481938Bergedorf Nordmark-CD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Braasch vs K Junge 0-1281939Luebeck Nordmark-CD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. O Thiermann vs K Junge 0-1281939Stuttgart teamch-GERB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. K Junge vs Wolf 1-0231939Stuttgart teamch-GERD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
5. K Junge vs Ahrens 1-0241939Luebeck Nordmark-CE91 King's Indian
6. K Junge vs Meyer 1-0411939Stuttgart teamch-GERA84 Dutch
7. Unzicker vs K Junge 1-0501939Jugendschachwoche FuerstenwaldeC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. H Heinicke vs K Junge 0-1271940Club championship HSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. K Junge vs Pohl 1-0331940Hamburg ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Henning vs K Junge 0-1291940Hamburg Nordmark-ConD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Junge vs H Heinicke 1-0361941Hamburg Nordmark-ConD97 Grunfeld, Russian
12. K Roehlk vs K Junge  0-1421941Hamburg Nordmark-ConA07 King's Indian Attack
13. K Junge vs H Heinicke 1-0581941Hamburg Nordmark-ConD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. W Springe vs K Junge 0-1241941Hamburg Nordmark-ConD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Brinckmann vs K Junge 0-1191941Hamburg Nordmark-ConC56 Two Knights
16. Tomrell vs K Junge  0-1331941Hamburg ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. K Junge vs Gruenscheidt  1-0431941Hamburg ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
18. W Sahlmann vs K Junge 0-1651941Hamburg ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
19. K Junge vs K Breyde 1-0591941Hamburg ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. R Palme vs K Junge 0-1631941Bad Elster qual ch-GD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. F Herzog vs K Junge  0-1511941Bad Elster qual ch-GD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. K Junge vs C Normann 1-0471941Bad Elster qual ch-GD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. E Habermann vs K Junge  ½-½641941Bad Elster qual ch-GB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. M Bluemich vs K Junge 0-1501941Bad Elster qual ch-GB32 Sicilian
25. K Junge vs Saemisch ½-½411941Bad Elster qual ch-GE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
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  Gottschalk: <MissScarlett>
When I was writing titles for Pun Submission Page Mr. Freeman countered by GOTD Game of the Day Archive making statements that after a while I realized they are consistent with their attitudes. When he wrote "Sam I Am" Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 was not comparing his chess strength to Reshevsky, instead he was comparing his origin and religious belief.

When he wrote "I am Your Captain"
Captain Evans vs G Perigal, 1843
he was reaffirming his leadership and authority.
After some time, we can not only trace the profile of a person, how can we assess their level of culture and intelligence. If Mr.Freeman were smarter, he would have learned to respect me long ago.

Sep-11-15  The Kings Domain: Certainly had promise; he could have been the Anderssen or Lasker of his time. Shame about the politics - not only did it taint his reputation in posterity it also cost him his life.

Chessgames should include an image of him here in his profile page: he had the look of a poster boy for the Hitler Youth.

Jul-19-16  zanzibar: When is <CG> going to post the image submitted for the guy?

As a player he deserves one, most certainly.

And since he's dead, he's by definition a good Nazi now.

Speaking of which, this place is as good as any to post this curio, from Vienna's collection of posters:

(circa 1940)


<The game for the front. A game of 1000 possibilities for our soldiers at the front and at home. Our comrades with best wishes presented: Joh Kremenezky A.-G.. Wien XX. Instructions ...

[note the poster: "The match for the front 'A Game of 1000 possibilities lt disposal of the OKW from 31.05.1940 (AZ 31.J.IIc3 / 40) has been especially protected and released.. To see our responsible HO Puttkamer, halensee, Joachim Friedrichstr.30 "] >

<Color poster with playfields: chess and mill field and player for cutting; On the right front and left rear side are instructions for 20 different games ( chess , checkers, mill, Halma, bunker play, with our flags is the victory, Ran to the enemy, Siegfried game, ...). ->

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  keypusher: <zanzibar>

Thanks, interesting. I saw this a few days ago at the Rijksmuseum.

Jul-20-16  zanzibar: Carolus mentions it too, here:

The Nazis had there own Staunton variant:

This is probably the most extreme Nazi inspired set I've seen:

(Warning: "French people don’t like to see that sort of thing.")


with a little backstory:


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  keypusher: < zanzibar: Carolus mentions it too, here:

The Nazis had there own Staunton variant:

Hideous. Funny, I thought if there was one thing the Nazis could do really well, it was design.

Nov-28-16  Mr. Blonde: To my mind, one of the greatest natural talents ever, if not the greatest. Pitty that he died so young.
Jan-01-17  ColeTrane: So it goes....
Jan-03-17  zanzibar: Still no photo for the guy?
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  roberts partner: Yes, Zanzibar is right, shameful indeed for that there is no photo for the strongest teenager in chess history before Spassky. As to Junge's strange death, a kind of suicide since he could have continued north to his parents'home in Hamburg rather than allowing himself to be killed by British tanks. My guess is that since his two brothers had also been killed in the war, he felt it a family duty not to be regarded by some as a coward. But he should have chosen survival and become a serious rival to the Soviet GMs in the 1953 candidates.
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  MissScarlett: <Yes, Zanzibar is right, shameful indeed for that there is no photo for the strongest teenager in chess history before Spassky.>


<My guess is that since his two brothers had also been killed in the war, he felt it a family duty not to be regarded by some as a coward.>


Mar-28-17  zanzibar: When are we going to get his portrait on here?

I'll note that <CG> has processed some of the old backlog I've submitted.

I've a very nice picture of Rosenthal as a bribe xchg.

Let's clear the deck...

Apr-06-17  zanzibar: OK, still waiting for his pic...

Can I get a formal statement from <chessgames> as to the policy?

I see notice from so many other contributors getting pictures accepted, this is becoming very unfair.

I really don't want to present myself as a strident Junge proponent - but he historically merits at least equal treatment to other lesser strength players whose pictures still to be readily adopted.

Apr-07-17  JimNorCal: Having just checked, it appears there are a number of photos with KJ out of uniform. In case that was an issue. Hard to know if there are copywriter issues, of course.
Apr-07-17  zanzibar: <JimNorCal> To note in passing - those are the only kind I submitted.
Apr-24-17  Sally Simpson: The photograph is from K Junge vs Kieninger, 1941 position after Black has just played 14...exf3

click for larger view

Apr-24-17  JimNorCal: Thanks CG, and zanzibar for his persistence.
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  OhioChessFan: I will sleep well tonight knowing this pic is up.
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  OhioChessFan: I will have to read through this entire kibitzing sometime.
Apr-24-17  zanzibar: <<OCF> I will sleep well tonight knowing this pic is up.>

Hmmmm... (OCF, the king of snark)

I didn't really want the job, but I have been referred to, on more than one occasion, as the most tenacious person one is likely to encounter.

All's well in the kingdom now, and I can retire.

<OCF> can inherit the crown.


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  OhioChessFan: <zanzy: I didn't really want the job, but I have been referred to, on more than one occasion, as the most tenacious person one is likely to encounter >

Yeah, that's generally a positive quality.

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  perfidious: <zed>, and now he appears to be abdicating.

Life is full of surprises.

Dec-26-20  thebully99: Klaus Junge may have been the first to set the record for defeating the reigning world champion of his day while young - against Alekhine at the age of 18 (although he was no longer the world's strongest player).

That was later broken by Gata Kamsky who defeated Kasparov at the age of 17 before the split from FIDE.

And then Radjabov defeated Kasparov a few days before his 16th birthday, becoming the youngest to win a classical game against the World #1.

Also noteworthy is Carlsen defeating World #1 Topalov at 16 years 3 months old, and Giri defeating World #1 Carlsen at 16 years 7 months old.

Jan-07-21  Chessist: A few more games played by Junge at Leipzig, December 1942 (vs. Grammatikoff, Niephaus and Kopetzky), appeared in the German magazine SCHACH, July 2020, pp. 58-60.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

Good news! - do you like to upload this games from the 'Max Bluemich Memorial' or post it here!?

And which Mueller played against Junge?

H Mueller vs K Junge, 1942


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