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Friedrich Koehnlein
Number of games in database: 22
Years covered: 1904 to 1910
Overall record: +7 -9 =6 (45.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-12-1879, died Jul-05-1916, 36 years old) Germany

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Chess problemist. He died in the battle of Somme in the First World War.

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Last updated: 2018-12-12 05:34:37

 page 1 of 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spielmann vs Koehnlein 1-0391904MunichC29 Vienna Gambit
2. Koehnlein vs M Elyashiv  1-0321904MunichC29 Vienna Gambit
3. L Taussig vs Koehnlein  1-0461906DSB-15.Kongress-BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. L Taussig vs Koehnlein  0-1261906DSB-15.Kongress-BC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Koehnlein vs Klein 1-0211906NurembergC29 Vienna Gambit
6. Alekhine vs Koehnlein 1-0171908DuesseldorfD05 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Koehnlein vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½301910HamburgB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
8. Teichmann vs Koehnlein  ½-½391910HamburgC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
9. Koehnlein vs W John  0-1321910HamburgC01 French, Exchange
10. Alekhine vs Koehnlein ½-½571910HamburgC26 Vienna
11. Koehnlein vs Yates 1-0881910HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. L Forgacs vs Koehnlein  1-0251910HamburgD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Koehnlein vs Tartakower  0-1721910HamburgC13 French
14. Marshall vs Koehnlein  1-0521910HamburgD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Koehnlein vs Salwe  ½-½711910HamburgC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Schlechter vs Koehnlein 1-0261910HamburgC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. A Speijer vs Koehnlein  0-1301910HamburgC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Koehnlein vs Tarrasch  ½-½511910HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Koehnlein vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0241910HamburgC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
20. Leonhardt vs Koehnlein  0-1601910HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Koehnlein vs Spielmann ½-½611910HamburgC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Duras vs Koehnlein  1-0331910HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
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  Phony Benoni: Martin Beheim, in his book "Chess With the Masters", tells a no doubt apocryphal story in which Koehnlein figured.

There was a strong and boastful coffeehouse player named Burletski who agreed to play a six game match with Koehnlein. He approached the encounter with great confidence, but suprisingly enough Koehnlein won the first game. Said Berlitski: "I made a stupid mistake."

Koehnlein won the second game. Burletski: "You can't win every game."

Koehnlein won the third game. Burletski: "I'm not in form today."

Koehnlein won the fourth game. Burletski "You know, he's not a bad player."

Koehnlein won the fifth game. Burletski: "I've definitely underestimated the man."

Koehnlein won the sixth game. Burletski: "I have to admit it. The man is my equal."

Dec-15-07  Karpova: This game Alekhine vs Kohnlein, 1908 was his only loss in the <Hauptturnier A> - a tournament with 14 players and won by Koehnlein. He was a composer also.

Koehnlein lived from 1879 to 1916 and died in the battle of Somme.

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  whiteshark: "...<Köhnlein>, Reallehrer in Nürnberg. Klein, zierlich, gutmütig aussehend, mit martialisch aussehendem Schnurrbart. Ein ganz bedeutender Problemkomponist. Grundzug seines Charakters - äußerste <Friedfertigkeit>. Gefallen - welche Ironie des Schicksals - bei einem Sturmangriff im Westen."

Aaron Niemzowitsch, <Baltische Zeitung, 27.November 1918>

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  whiteshark: Friedrich Köhnlein * 12.Dec 1879 † 05.Jul 1916

It is said that he composed about 150 chess problems in his leisure hours.

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  whiteshark: Here is a nice miniature by Friedrich Köhnlein:

Akademischer Schachklub München, 1906

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White to move mates in three

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  vonKrolock: Two flights given and excellent variety - a thing of beauty
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  whiteshark: Here is another 'tricky' problem by Friedrich Köhnlein:

Münchener N. Nachrichten, 1908

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White to move mates in two!

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  whiteshark: Here is a (simple looking) miniature by Friedrich Köhnlein with some fine mates:

Deutsches Wochenschach, 1916

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White to move mates in four!

Aug-10-08  DoctorD: Don't like the dual 2. Kxf6/exf6 in the #4. Also the obvious 1. Kf5 is the key, not a horrible drawback but aesthetically - pah! Now 1. Kg5! f6+ 2. K~, I could go for that.

Of course, for 1916....

Aug-10-08  DoctorD: This example of an Allumwandlung, from Munchener Neueste Nachrichten, 1903, is impressive, even though it starts with a check. It is the separation effect, a different promotion based on black's reply, that really is nice.

White to play and mate in three

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Aug-10-08  DoctorD: Another neat example by Koehnlein of an AUW:

Deutsches Wochenschach 1903

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  whiteshark: "Allumwandlung (German for "complete promotion", sometimes shortened to AUW) is a chess problem where, at some stage in the solution, the pawn (or sometimes pawns) is promoted variously to a knight, bishop, rook and queen."

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  whiteshark: R.I.P., Fritz.
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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  whiteshark: What a sad day again. <R.I.P., Fritz.>
Jan-28-14  Karpova: 28-board Simul in Nuremberg on September 12, 1910. Koehnlein had Black at every 2nd board.

He began at <9 Uhr> and played pretty fast. After 20 min, he had finished already 7 rounds - about 220 moves. A strong player resigned already after the 14th round, finished after 1 hour and 22 min. All games were finished at 01:35 (I guess it lasted from 09:00 to 13:35, but maybe also 21:00 to 01:35, the text is ambiguous).

The final score was +19 -5 =4.

Winners: Zimmer, P Tarrasch, Sprecher, Lauter and Büller.

Draws: Vötter, Rohrer, Seyboth and Fischer.

Source: Page 40 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  MissScarlett: <The loss of c.60,000 British casualties on 1 July, was not repeated and in the fighting from 2-13 July. The British lost another c.25,000 men, a change in the rate of loss from c.60,000 - 2,083 per day; German casualties from 1-10 July were 40,187. The effect of the battle on the German defenders, has received less attention in English-language writing. The strain imposed by the British attacks after 1 July and the French advance on the south bank, led General von Below on 3 July, to issue an order of the day forbidding voluntary withdrawals ("The enemy should have to carve his way over heaps of corpses.") after his Chief of Staff General Gronert and Von Pannewitz the XVII Corps commander, were sacked for ordering the corps to withdraw to the third position.>

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  whiteshark: <R.I.P., Fritz.> Sigh
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  perfidious: The tale of Burletski, even if fanciful, is droll indeed--rather reminds this observer of Tarrasch's 'sea air' alibi for his heavy defeat at the hands of Lasker or Larsen's shellacking by Fischer being due to the hot, dry summer of Denver that year.

After all, as noted by Larsen, Fischer was only up in their prior serious encounters in decisive games by 3-2.

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