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Richard Schurig
Number of games in database: 12
Years covered: 1850 to 1871
Overall record: +0 -12 =0 (0.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-06-1825, died Aug-29-1896, 71 years old) Germany

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(Bruno Ewald) Richard Schurig

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs R Schurig 1-0251850LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
2. M Lange vs R Schurig 1-0101855BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
3. R Schurig vs Anderssen 0-1221855LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
4. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-1351863LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-1341864LeipzigC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-1501864LeipzigD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-1331864LeipzigC54 Giuoco Piano
8. R Schurig vs Paulsen  0-1401864LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. J Minckwitz vs R Schurig  1-0521865LeipzigC58 Two Knights
10. R Schurig vs Zukertort  0-1371869LeipzigA80 Dutch
11. R Schurig vs Anderssen  0-1321871MSB-01.KongressC33 King's Gambit Accepted
12. S Mieses vs R Schurig 1-0391871MSB-01.KongressC01 French, Exchange
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  Benzol: Is this Richard Schurig (1825 - 1896) who invented Player Pairing Tables?
Jul-20-10  GrahamClayton: <Benzol>Is this Richard Schurig (1825 - 1896) who invented Player Pairing Tables?

I believe so.

Jun-06-12  brankat: He didn't do so well when being paired himself :-)
Jun-30-13  DoctorD: He was a skilled composer of primarily selfmates and tasks of the day (one movers) as one can see by entering his name at the Chess Problem Database Server ( but unfortunately many of his ideas have not survived computer testing. His poor showing here is of course due to the fact that it is his games against the elite that survive.
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  Phony Benoni: <"Herr Richard Schurig, mathematician and chess-player, has calculated that the positions in chess number 7,534,686,312,361,225,327, followed by thirty-three ciphers."> -- "Baltimore American", September 27, 1885.

Now we know what he was doing during his games.

Jun-06-15  thomastonk: Schurig was one of the founders of the chess club "Augustea" in Leipzig, and he became a honorary member in December 1875 (see DSZ 1876, p 28).

This club was founded on 6. November 1848, and Schurig suggested the name because the Café Fiedler, where the players met, was opposite to the "Augusteum". This and much more on the first 30 years can be found in DSZ 1879, p 1-7.

In 1879, Schurig wrote a booklett on chess and the German card-game Skat ("Lehrbuch des Schach- und Skatspiels").

In 1882, Schurig published an article on the history of game Go ("Das japanisch-chinesische Go-Spiel", DSZ 1882, p 193-201, 236-241, 272-277).


I tried to find a published win, but without success. But at least the following match result is worth mentioning: in 1855 Anderssen visited Leipzig and among others he played twelve games with Schurig, winning 7 and drawing 2, and hence Schurig won 3!. (WSZ 1855, p 189)

Happy 190th birthday!

Jun-06-15  thomastonk: A win!

[Event "*"]
[Site "Leipzig"]
[Date "1849.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Schurig, Richard"]
[Black "Lange, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A02"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. f4 e6 2. c4 c6 3. d4 d5 4. e3 Be7 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Bd3 Bb4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 a6 10. Ba3 Re8 11. Qc2 h6 12. Ne5 Nbd7 13. Qf2 b5 14. g4 bxc4 15. Bc2 Qc7 16. g5 hxg5 17. fxg5 Nxe5 18. dxe5 Nh7 19. Bd6 Qd7 20. g6 fxg6 21. Bxg6 Re7 22. Bxh7+ Kxh7 23. Qh4+ Kg8 24. Bxe7 1-0

Both players played blindfold.

Source: Schachzeitung 1849, p 244-5.

Apr-03-16  zanzibar: His DSZ obit, v50-51 (1896) p314:

<Richard Schurig,

Co-founder and honorary member of the Chess Club "Augustea" to Leipzig ;.

After a long illness Richard Schurig is different at the age of 71 years 28 August d. J. to Leipzig. Son of a teacher to Aue in the Erzgebirge he first attended the school of his native town and then moved into the teacher training college to Dresden, to pursue the same profession as his father. A large preference for mathematics, in which science Schurig was extraordinarily adept early, drove him to leave the conference before quit m degree and to refer the University of Leipzig in order exclusively to study mathematics and astronomy. Here he founded together with Pollmächer, Carl Claus, Carl Pitschel and Ernst Pitschel in November 1848, the Chess Club "Augustea" which now exists almost fifty years. The vintage 1849 Schachzeitung brings for the first time two played him Partieen that of a with Max Lange, followed over the decades numerous other Partieen and problems. essays by him can be found in the vintages 1863, 1882 (the japanese Chinese game of Go), 1885, 1886 (the pairing of the participators of a tournament) and 1894 (Supplement to the article in the vintage 1886). Schurig was a sought-after private teacher of mathematics. Even a literary standpoint, he was very active in the field of mathematics and astronomy, in particular he published regularly in the Leipziger Tageblatt mathematical objects and astronomical reports. the new editions of the known Lübsen ' rule works have been published by him. in addition to the chess he used in his Mu & sestunden the music. A pleasant, unassuming man whose remembrance will live permanently among his friends, has passed away with him.>

and the original:

<Richard Schurig,

Mitgründer und Ehrenmitglied der Schachgesellschaft „Augustea" zu Leipzig;.

Nach längerer Krankheit ist Richard Schurig im Alter von 71 Jahren am 28. August d. J. zu Leipzig verschieden. Sohn eines Lehrers zu Aue im Erzgebirge besuchte er zunächst die Schule seiner Vaterstadt und bezog dann das Lehrerseminar zu Dresden, um sich dem gleichen Beruf wie der Vater zu widmen. Eine grosse Vorliebe für Mathematik, in welcher Wissenschaft Schurig schon frühzeitig ausserordentlich bewandert war, trieb ihn dazu, das Seminar noch vor beendigtem Studiengang zu verlassen und die Universität Leipzig zu beziehen, um ausschliesslich Mathematik und Astronomie zu studiren. Hier begründete er im Verein mit Pollmächer, Carl Claus, Carl Pitschel und Ernst Pitschel im November 1848 die Schachgesellschaft „Augustea", die nunmehr bald fünfzig Jahre besteht. Der Jahrgang 1849 der Schachzeitung bringt zum ersten Mal zwei von ihm gespielte Partieen, die eine davon mit Max Lange, dann folgen im Laufe der Jahrzehnte zahlreiche weitere Partieen und Probleme. Aufsätze von ihm finden sich in den Jahrgängen 1863, 1882 (Das japanischchinesische Go-Spiel), 1885, 1886 (Die Paarung der Theilnehmer eines Turniers) und 1894 (Nachtrag zu dem Aufsatz im Jahrgang 1886). Schurig war ein gesuchter Privatlehrer der Mathematik. Auch litterarisch war er auf dem Gebiete der Mathematik und Astronomie sehr thätig, namentlich veröffentlichte er regelmässig im Leipziger Tageblatt mathematische Aufgaben und astronomische Berichte. Die neuen Auflagen der bekannten Lübsen'schen Werke sind von ihm herausgegeben worden. Neben dem Schach pflegte er auch in seinen Mu&sestunden die Musik. Ein liebenswürdiger, anspruchsloser Mann, dessen Gedächtniss im Kreise seiner Freunde dauernd weiterleben wird, ist mit ihm dahingegangen.>

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