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Arthur Kaufmann
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1899 to 1919
Overall record: +4 -12 =5 (31.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-04-1872, died Jul-25-1938, 66 years old) Austria

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Dr. Arthur Kaufmann was a Viennese player of GM strength. In match play he drew with Georg Marco (+5, =0, -5) in 1893, and defeated both Richard Reti (+4, =1, -1) in 1915 and Savielly Tartakower (+2, =2, -0) in 1916. He played only in Vienna, and ill health divided his career into two distinct periods of play (1893-98, 1913-16). In the intervening fifteen years his only chess activity seems to have been helping Marco with the Barmen 1905 tournament book. After 1916 he retired from chess altogether.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Charousek vs A Kaufmann 1-0411899MeranoC46 Three Knights
2. A Kaufmann vs Charousek 0-1211899MeranoC25 Vienna
3. A Kaufmann vs Charousek  0-1261899MeranoC42 Petrov Defense
4. Ahues vs A Kaufmann  ½-½371911Berlin-ViennaC49 Four Knights
5. Schlechter vs A Kaufmann 1-04019135th Trebitsch MemorialD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. Tartakower vs A Kaufmann  1-0361913Viennese CC JubileeC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Schlechter vs A Kaufmann 0-12819146th Trebitsch MemorialC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
8. A Kaufmann vs Spielmann 1-0281914ViennaB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Reti vs A Kaufmann  0-1321914ViennaA02 Bird's Opening
10. J Krejcik vs A Kaufmann ½-½5319146th Trebitsch TtD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. A Kaufmann vs Schlechter  0-14419157th Trebitsch MemorialC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. F Schubert vs A Kaufmann 1-02719157th Trebitsch MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. F Schubert vs A Kaufmann  0-14119157th Trebitsch MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Schlechter vs A Kaufmann 1-0491916ViennaD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Kaufmann vs Schlechter  ½-½201916ViennaB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. A Kaufmann vs Vidmar ½-½391916ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. A Kaufmann vs Schlechter ½-½401916ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Spielmann vs A Kaufmann  1-0241917ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
19. Alekhine vs A Kaufmann 1-081918OdessaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Kaufmann vs Reti  0-1361919ViennaC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Alekhine vs A Kaufmann 1-0381919Casual gameD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-02-07  vonKrolock: He would have been a native of Rumania - most famous victory, perhaps Schlechter vs Kaufmann, 1914
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  GrahamClayton: One of the more obscure European players at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

His date of death is not known.
Hooper and Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd Edition, OUP, 1992 list his death as c.1940.

Sep-07-08  whiteshark: Here is pretty consultation game with Kaufmann:

[Event "Vienna consultation"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1914.03.11"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fahndrich/Kaufmann"]
[Black "Capablanca/Reti"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C01"]

[White: H. Fahndrich & A. Kaufmann; Black: J. Capablanca & R. Reti] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 c5 6. dxc5 Bxc5 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. Bg5 Be6 10. Ne2 h6 11. Bh4 Bg4 12. Nc3 Nd4 13. Be2 Nxe2+ 14. Qxe2 Bd4 15. Qd3 Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Ne4 17. Qd4 g5 18. Ne5 Bf5 19. f3 gxh4 20. fxe4 Bxe4 21. Rf2 h3 22. Re1 f5 23. gxh3 Qf6 24. Nf3 Kh7 25. Qxf6 Rxf6 26. Re3 Rb6 27. b3 Rc8 28. Nd4 Rf6 29. Rf4 Kg6 30. c3 Kg5 31. Ne2 Ra6 32. h4+ Kf6 33. a4 b5 34. axb5 Ra1+ 35. Rf1 Rxf1+ 36. Kxf1 Ke5 37. Nd4 f4 38. Rh3 Rg8 39. Ke1 Rg1+ 40. Ke2 Rg2+ 41. Kf1 Rb2 42. Ke1 h5 43. Kd1 Bf5 44. Nxf5 Kxf5 45. c4 Ke4 46. Rc3 f3 47. Ke1 d4 0-1


game source: megabase 2008: Curious this game is a second time in the megabase 2008 with Capablanca as white and Kaufmann as black.

Sep-07-08  whiteshark: A.m. game is already in this database. It's Fahndrich / Kaufmann vs Reti / Capablanca, 1914
Nov-03-08  Karpova: <whiteshark: game source: megabase 2008: Curious this game is a second time in the megabase 2008 with Capablanca as white and Kaufmann as black.>

"The Unknown Capablanca" lists Capablanca's consultation games on page 177 (even those where the game score has not been found) and there are only two consultation games involving Kaufmann:

Fähndrich/Kaufmann vs Capablanca/Tartakower 0-1, 1911.10.18

Fähndrich/Kaufmann vs Capablanca/Reti 0-1, 1914.03.11/12

No mentioning of another game involving Kaufmann and Capablanca.

The first game is missing from the database so I'll submit it.

Dec-20-08  whiteshark: Born in Romania, he lived and played in <Vienna> only.

1st period:

In 1892, he tied for 5-6th (Adolf Albin won), shared 3rd in 1893/94 (Jacques Schwarz won), twice took 2nd in 1896 and 1897/98, both behind Georg Marco. He drew a match with Marco (+5 -5 =0) in 1893.


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  GrahamClayton: According to the following webpage, Kaufmann died in 1938, not 1940:

May-09-11  wordfunph: grab your copies now..

"Arthur Kaufmann - A Chess Biography, 1872-1938" by Olimpiu Urcan & Peter Braunwarth published by McFarland

Dec-23-13  Karpova: More on the match against Reti in the Vienna Chess Club 1915:

Reti won the first game, although Dr. Kaufmann had a completely winning position. The time control was 35 moves in 2.5 hours and Dr. Kaufmann had forgotten about this after making 30 moves in 2 hours. So he lost on time. Reti couldn't win a single game afterwards.

Source: Pages 76-77 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  offramp: His name is attached to a good way of playing against the Petroff. The basic idea of 5.c4 is to stop black's ...d5. Here is an early example: G Marco vs Tinsley, 1895.
Mar-27-16  TheFocus: "Dr. Kaufmann is a lawyer, who devotes his leisure hours to outdoor sports. He is a good tennis player and cyclist," - <The Field>, March 3, 1900, pg. 44.
Apr-04-19  Nosnibor: Kaufmann was the last player to contest games against Charousek in 1899 who was staying in Merano in a last ditch attempt to improve his battle against tuberculosis.
Sep-23-20  login:

Philosoph ohne Werk

' .. 1917 wurde Kaufmann von einer tiefen Nervenkrise erschüttert, an das Beginnen des großen [philosophischen] Werkes [das von der Erkenntnistheorie bis zur Nationalökonomie und Ästhetik reichen würde] war nicht mehr zu denken. In der Inflationszeit verlor er schließlich sein gesamtes Vermögen und war fortan auf die Unterschtützung von Freunden angewiesen.


1938 wählte der 66-jährige - das Endspiel [Metapher] gegen Hitler war aussichtslos - den Freitot. ..'

'Randfiguren der Wiener Schachgeschichte', Der Standard, 7 Apr 2012

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