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Jean Dufresne

Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1847 to 1870
Overall record: +9 -28 =3 (26.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (10) 
    C52 C51
 King's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    C39 C37 C33
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (9) 
    C52 C51
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
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   Dufresne vs Harrwitz, 1847 1-0
   Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1851 0-1
   Dufresne vs Von der Lasa, 1850 1-0
   Dubois vs Dufresne, 1863 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-14-1829, died Apr-15-1893, 64 years old) Germany

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Jean Ephraim Dufresne was born in Berlin. A pupil of the famous Adolf Anderssen, he soon became a well-known chess teacher himself. In 1881, he published Kleines Lehrbuch des Schachspiels, a beginner's manual to chess that was popular for many years in Germany. Today, he is best remembered for his role in the "Evergreen Game" (Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852), which he lost to Anderssen.

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Last updated: 2020-09-11 04:30:41

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dufresne vs Harrwitz 1-0301847BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
2. von der Lasa vs Dufresne 1-0341850?C45 Scotch Game
3. Dufresne vs von der Lasa 1-0201850BerlinC58 Two Knights
4. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1351851It BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
5. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1211851BerlinC45 Scotch Game
6. E Kossak vs Dufresne 1-0191851BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
7. Anderssen vs Dufresne 0-1131851BerlinC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1461851London2C33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. Anderssen vs Dufresne 0-1321851BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0281851Training gameC52 Evans Gambit
11. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1191851BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
12. Dufresne vs Anderssen ½-½491851BerlinC01 French, Exchange
13. Anderssen vs Dufresne 0-1421851BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0311851BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
15. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1231851It BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
16. Anderssen vs Dufresne 0-1341851BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
17. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0231851BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0261851BerlinA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
19. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1341851It BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
20. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1241851LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Dufresne vs Anderssen 1-0351851BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
22. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0241852BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
23. M Lange vs Dufresne  1-0301853Berlin - 1e Berliner SchachgesellschaftC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. Anderssen vs Dufresne 1-0291855MatchC52 Evans Gambit
25. Dufresne vs Anderssen 0-1371855MatchC37 King's Gambit Accepted
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Jan-30-06  mymt: I thought it was Andy Dufrey.
Jan-30-06  Caissanist: < I believe his real name was E.S.Freund. Yes, it's an anagram.> Andy Soltis made this claim in his book <Chess Lists>. According to Taylor Kingston, however, it was Dufresne that was the real name and Freund the pseudonym (he cites the Oxford Companion of Chess as a source).
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  offramp: It is definitely Andy Dufresne; Has anyone read the short story of this execrable film, by Stephen King - perhaps that gives his full name.
Feb-14-06  BIDMONFA: Jean Dufresne


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  Benzol: Was he born on February 2nd or February 14th?
Feb-21-06  babakova: I always come to think of Mitch Hedberg when I see the name Dufresne..
Dec-25-06  BIDMONFA: Jean Dufresne

Jean Dufresne died 15 april

Apr-18-07  vonKrolock: Almost all the best material about him currently on-line is found only in German: a chessbase interview with A. Saremba or this article, following also the archeological adventure of discovering and restorating his grave In English, the report of a spectacular chess excursion, that started with a ceremony in Dufresne's honor
Aug-14-07  lentil: <offramp>: imo, the shawshank redemption was a great film.
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  chancho: For an "execrable" film, it did very well. It received various Oscar nominations and won some awards.

Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: why don't they add April 15 to the 1893 as the death date? Or maybe they don't want to remember tax day or Lincoln's death?
May-06-09  Marmot PFL: Out of 44 games by Dufresne, 15 are losses in under 30 moves. I doubt anyone on this site besides "NN" could top that.
Oct-25-13  RedShield: Anyone know the correct pronunciation of Dufresne? I had in mind Du-fres-nay, but in the film <Charlie Chan in Paris>, a character of that name is routinely pronounced Du-frane.
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  kingfu: Du-frane would be correct. Think Shawshank Redemption. Main character: Andy Dufresne.

Warden: "Am I blind Haig?

Hade: "No, Sir"

Warden (turning to Hadley): "What about you? You Blind? What's this?

Hadley: "Last night's count."

Warden: "Right. There's Dufresne (Dufrane) right there. He was in his cell at lights out. I want him found. Not after breakfast. Now!"

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  perfidious: <offramp>: Terrific novella, same as all the others from <Different Seasons>. Three of the four were made into films, the exception being <The Breathing Method>.

To corroborate <kingfu>: du-FRANE is the correct pronunciation. Had a high school classmate with the same last name who pronounced it thus.

In a piece of irony, his forename was Andrew, but he never went by that-always used his middle name.

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  kingfu: There is also a university called Duquesne. And it is pronounce Du-Kane.

The French have a different word for everything

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  offramp: <perfidious> Stephen King is a fantastic writer. I have a feeling that Americans don't quit appreciate him enough; a bit like Jerry Lewis. I also like most of the films that have been made from his many stories - but not that overblown codswallop The Shawshank Redemption.

But I am sure the name of that story's lead character was taken from this chessplayer. It helps to give the story an Evergreen complexion.

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  offramp: In my mind I always pronounce his name as Du-frez-nee. He was a German, not a Frenchman. A Frenchman with the same surname might pronounce it as Du-frayn but that is between a Frenchman and his conscience.

Proper names change pronunciation dramatically. Think of how the French say Detroit.

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  offramp: Early in a German-speaker says the name. He says it similarly to the way I described it.
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  offramp: The book by Donna Tartt titled The Little Friend is about a Mississippioid called Harriet Cleve Dufresnes [sic].
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Jean Dufresne.

< (born Feb-14-1829, died Apr-1893, 64 years old) >

Weird that the exact date of birth is known, but not the date of death.

Mar-10-15  scassislusor: Dufresne's "Little Textbook of Chess" continues to be published (German, of course) in its 31st edition at least; about 760 pages, with 78% of content devoted to openings with 130 illustrative games. After Dufresne died in i893 (12 years after first edition), Jacques Mieses was given the editorial work which lasted till 1954. After that Rudolf Teschner edited it until his death in 2006. I don't know who may have taken over. It has been and remains what I think is the best 1 volume reference since started in 1881.
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  Stonehenge: <Weird that the exact date of birth is known, but not the date of death.>

I have entered his DOD. It can be found here:

Aug-26-17  bengalcat47: On the subject of the French pronunciation, here in the US, in the state of Utah there is a small city named "Duchesne," ad its name is from the nearby Duchesne River. The name is pronounced "doo-shane."
Dec-07-18  vonKrolock: <"How to pronounce Dufresne"> According to Emma Saying, 16s video.

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