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Heinrich Strauss
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1860 to 1868
Overall record: +7 -7 =0 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1833, died Mar-05-1893, 59 years old) Austria

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(Aka Henrik Strauss and Henrik Strausz)

Heinrich competed mostly in events held at the Vienna Chess Club and in the Sakk-Körben of Pest, Hungary (Budapest pre-unification) between 1860 and 1882.

His brother, Anton Strauss, and son, Richard Strauss, were also strong club players.

Last updated: 2020-04-12 14:19:21

 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs H Strauss 1-0331860Casual gameC29 Vienna Gambit
2. H Strauss vs Steinitz 0-1311860Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
3. Steinitz vs H Strauss 1-0291860Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
4. Steinitz vs H Strauss  1-0241862Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
5. de Riviere vs H Strauss 1-0331864Vienna CC casualC51 Evans Gambit
6. H Strauss vs M Bernauer  1-0221865Pest CCC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. I Cseresnyes vs H Strauss  1-0231865Pest CCC55 Two Knights Defense
8. H Strauss vs K Ginter  1-0291865Pest CC TournamentC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. H Strauss vs NN  1-0251865Pest CCB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. H Strauss vs O N Rosenthal  1-0381866Pest CCC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Deutsch vs H Strauss  0-1221867PestC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. NN vs H Strauss  0-1241867PestC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. H Strauss vs Csank 0-1191868Vienna Chess Club TournamentC38 King's Gambit Accepted
14. H Strauss vs I Engel  1-0411868Pest CCC52 Evans Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-05  fgh: Perphaps Richard Strauss :-)
Feb-15-06  blingice: What about Levi?
Aug-16-06  Aspirador: This should be corrected. Obviously, 1-3 cannot be the same player as in the games 4-5.
Aug-16-06  Calli: <Aspirador> There is really nothing to correct if the players first names are unknown. The list merely gives all games played by "Strauss" and does not imply that they are necessarily the same "Strauss".
May-27-07  M.D. Wilson: Probably Old Dick.
Nov-19-15  zanzibar: <Calli> I would prefer two groupings...

Clearly <Strauss (1860)> is one player, and <Strauss (1987)> another.

In some cases we can't untangle the games. But here we can, and probably would benefit from properly separating the two players.

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  jnpope: Strauss turns up in the following list of prize winners from the Vienna Chess Club tournament that ended 31 March 1868:

<Am 31. März d. J. wurde das Wiener Schach-Turnier beendet. Den 1. Preis errang Herr Czank, den 2. E. Feyerfeil, den 3. Fleyssig, den 4. Strauss, den 5. Jeney, den 6. Hartstein, den 7. Schlemm, den 8. Dr. Herzfeld, den 9. H. Lehner.>
Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, v5 n11/12, 1868, p192

The Wiener Schachzeitung, while giving a short bio of Richard Strauss, mentions his father, Heinrich:

<Heinrich Strauß erreichte im Meister-Turnier der Wiener Schachgesellschaft (1882) mit 14 Point denselben Stand wie Max Weiss (2. Platz), während A. Wittek mit 15½ Zählern den 1. Preis erstritt.>
Wiener Schachzeitung, v9 n5/6, May/June 1906, p157

I suspect Steinitz's opponent in 1860 was Heinrich Strauss. I'm conducting more research to see if there is a bio of Heinrich circa 1882 that mentions playing Steinitz in 1860.

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  perfidious: This fellow apparently had a whale of a long career, though I suspect Gurevich's opponent in 1987 was none other than the Anglo-American IM David Strauss.
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  Telemus: <jnpope> Bachmann writes "Strauss (Pesth)" and "Strauss (aus Pesth)" at the two Evans Gambits, but only "Strauss" at the third game.

He has also exact dates for all three games.

These games are from the famous Rumler manuscripts, which Bachmann had the privilege to study in 1924/25, and which are lost.

There is one more game Steinitz vs Strauß (sic) in the articles published by Anderberg in 2018, and I posted all these games 2019-01-01 at Steinitz's page starting with Wilhelm Steinitz (kibitz #1194)

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  jnpope: <Telemus> Excellent, Pesth is a create clue in tracking down Strauss.
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  jnpope: (sometimes when doing things by phone it unintentionally auto-corrects words into something that makes no sense in the sentence... create=great silly phone)
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  jnpope: <Bachmann writes "Strauss (Pesth)" and "Strauss (aus Pesth)" at the two Evans Gambits, but only "Strauss" at the third game.>

<Telemus> I wonder if that is a subtle hint that the two games played by Strauss from Pesth indicates Heinrich and the game by Strauss with no city mentioned indicates Anton?

Do you have access to <Waldheim's Illustrirte Zeitung>, 1862, page 250, to see if Pesth is mentioned in the fourth Strauss game you posted?

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  Telemus: <jnpope> Is there a final proof that Steinitz's opponent was Heinrich Strauss? (Sorry, I probably have not followed the whole discussion.)

I ask this because I just read that Anton Strauss (1820 - 20.10. 1893) was a founding member of the "Wiener Schachgesellschaft", but Heinrich was not. Anton and Heinrich owned a well-established "Zwirn- und Wirkwarengeschäft" (twine and knitwear store).

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  jnpope: Heinrich was the only Strauss brother living in Pest (I dropped the H to make Annie K. happy), so I'd give a high degree of certainty to two of the Steinitz games.

It is possible that Anton was the opponent in the third non-Pest game, but I'm thinking it unlikely as I have found no mention of Anton actively playing after 1855ish. I am still digging backwards in time to see when Anton was last actively playing.

Mar-15-21  Chessist: < Deutsche Schachzeitung 1868, page 279>

Vienna Chess Society:
1. Adolph Csánk 43
2. Emil Feyerfeil 42 1/2
3. Max Fleissig 41 1/2
4. Anton Strauss 39 1/2


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