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John William Schulten
Number of games in database: 49
Years covered: 1841 to 1869

Overall record: +3 -43 =1 (7.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (14) 
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (10) 
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C53
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   J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 1-0
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(born 1821, died Dec-25-1875, 54 years old)

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Wikipedia article: John William Schulten

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Schulten vs E Rousseau 0-1331841New OrleansC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Saint Amant vs J Schulten 1-0301842ParisC50 Giuoco Piano
3. J Schulten vs Saint Amant 0-1201842ParisB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. J Schulten vs C Stanley 1-0711844New York m2C20 King's Pawn Game
5. C Stanley vs J Schulten ½-½331844New York m1C53 Giuoco Piano
6. C Stanley vs J Schulten 1-0431844New York m1C20 King's Pawn Game
7. J Schulten vs C Stanley 1-0271844New York m1C20 King's Pawn Game
8. J Schulten vs C Stanley 0-1381844New York m2C53 Giuoco Piano
9. J Schulten vs C Stanley 0-1501844New York m2C53 Giuoco Piano
10. J Schulten vs C Stanley 0-1341844New York m2C20 King's Pawn Game
11. J Schulten vs Horwitz 0-1171846LondonC23 Bishop's Opening
12. J Schulten vs Kieseritzky 0-1181850Casual GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. J Schulten vs Kieseritzky 0-1261851London2B20 Sicilian
14. D Urusov vs J Schulten  1-0331852ParisC44 King's Pawn Game
15. Kieseritzky vs J Schulten 0-1171853Match?C50 Giuoco Piano
16. J Schulten vs Kieseritzky 0-1461853UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Kieseritzky vs J Schulten 1-0351853UnknownC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Kieseritzky vs J Schulten 1-0261853Match?C45 Scotch Game
19. J Schulten vs de Riviere  0-1311856ParisB20 Sicilian
20. Morphy vs J Schulten 1-0341857New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
21. Morphy vs J Schulten 1-0121857New York m (blind)C50 Giuoco Piano
22. J Schulten vs Morphy 0-1171857New OrleansC33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. J Schulten vs Morphy 1-0181857Morphy vs. SchultenC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. J Schulten vs Morphy 0-1231857New YorkC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. Morphy vs J Schulten 1-0301857Morphy vs. SchultenC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-02-04  Knight13: 6.9%! What a loser!
May-18-05  fenno: It is interesting that Chessmetrics site claims that Schulten "had" second best rating in the world in january 1851. Well below Kieseritzky, however, and just slightly above Harrwitz.
May-18-05  Poulsen: Chessbase gives him 3 p. in 32 games. Among the games there's a win in 18 moves against Morphy.

Sonas ratingcalculations on are highly debateble. The calculations might be believeble from a purely statistical viewpoint, but the foundation for the calculations are very weak, since we in fact know very few results prior to London 1851.

So there is very little facts - if any - to substansuate a claim, that Schulten would have been the second best rated in the world by januar 1851.

It's worth noticing, that most of his preserved games were played against famed players of the time. No wonder, that he lost! His over-all score must have been a lot better - why should Morphy bother to play him, if it weren't?

May-18-05  Runemaster: The schulten of swing.
May-18-05  Marvol: Going through his games you got to admire his want to go forward. In most of his games he makes only a few moves "backward", usually he throws his pieces at the opponent like... like... boomerangs, since usually they come backfiring at him :-S

Jun-20-05  Montreal1666: Who is Schulten?
Jul-28-05  Knight13: <Knight13: 6.9%! What a loser!> Sorry! I didn't want to say it. I apologize.
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  tpstar: Looks like this fellow enjoyed a fascinating career, playing the leading players of his day, albeit not particularly successfully. The database credits him with one win over Morphy J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 (the kibitzing discusses his career) and one over Kieseritzky Kieseritzky vs J Schulten, 1853 (notice the long match between them where Schulten won 34 games and drew 10), plus two wins and a draw against Charles Henry Stanley - and then an incredible slew of losses, including brutal miniatures like J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1844 & Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857

He must have been exceedingly wealthy to play such top class opposition, although one can only wonder about his reputation back then among his peers. I suspect his games are chock full of basic tactics. And yes, it's too bad more of his wins didn't survive extant.

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  FSR: His most famous game must be his crushing loss in J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857.

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