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Jean Adolphe Laroche
Number of games in database: 16
Years covered: 1837 to 1864
Overall record: +3 -12 =1 (21.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-10-1811, died Mar-25-1866, 54 years old) France

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Jean Adolphe Laroche was a strong player in the 1840s.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. La Bourdonnais vs J Laroche ½-½351837Paris 1680C37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Anderssen vs J Laroche 1-0241851LondonB20 Sicilian
3. Kieseritzky vs J Laroche  1-0411852UnknownB20 Sicilian
4. G Tassinari vs J Laroche 1-0331855ParisB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. de Riviere vs J Laroche 1-0311856ParisC52 Evans Gambit
6. de Riviere vs J Laroche 1-0221856Paris m2A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
7. J Laroche vs de Riviere 1-0311856Paris m2A02 Bird's Opening
8. J Laroche vs de Riviere  1-0351856Paris m2C44 King's Pawn Game
9. Morphy vs J Laroche 1-0131858ParisC52 Evans Gambit
10. J Laroche vs Morphy 0-1491858ParisC00 French Defense
11. J Laroche vs Harrwitz 0-1291859Casual gameA02 Bird's Opening
12. Harrwitz vs J Laroche 1-0171860Casual gameB32 Sicilian
13. J Laroche vs Anderssen  0-1301860Casual gameC54 Giuoco Piano
14. de Riviere vs J Laroche  0-1561862MatchB44 Sicilian
15. J Laroche vs de Riviere 0-1521862MatchC00 French Defense
16. Harrwitz vs J Laroche 1-0421864Casual gameB32 Sicilian
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Oct-10-20  paulmorphy1969: Jean Adolphe Laroche ("De Bayonne")
05/10/1811 (Bayonne) - 03/25/1866 (Bayonne)
During the 19th century, practically all French chess life was centered around the Café de la Régence. At the beginning of this century two players named Laroche distinguished themselves at the Regency, which did not facilitate the search. The magazines of the time: Le Palamède, La Régence, La Nouvelle Régence, Le Sphinx, did not differentiate them by name, they got into the habit of calling them one "Laroche de Bayonne" and the other "Doctor Laroche". Both are good players, especially Laroche de Bayonne who will be considered one of the best French players for a short time. Cross-checking the information provided in the periodicals with the recently put online genealogical data allows us to get to know these actors better.We knew the approximate date of Laroche de Bayonne's death from a short article on the Sphinx of May 15, 1866. The first reference to her chess career is a game against De Labourdonnais played without seeing her in 1837 or 1838. De Labourdonnais calls him "Delaroche" and describes him as "a young amateur who gives the highest expectations". Chances are this really is our Laroche who was 26 at the time (Dr. Laroche was 44 on the same date, so it's probably not him in question). In a later issue of Le Palamède we can consult a list of all the opponents that De Labourdonnais has encountered blindly and Laroche appears there while no Delaroche is found. After the death of De Labourdonnais in 1840 and the near retirement of Saint Amant following his losing game against the Englishman Staunton in 1843, Laroche will be considered the best French player until the emergence of Arnous de Rivière around 1855-1860. After his departure for Bayonne, he will often return to Paris for shorter or longer stays. From 1846 Le Palamède was delighted with his visit and gave us some information about his style of play: "Mr. Laroche, from Bayonne, has come to spend a month in Paris. He regularly attends the Cercle des Echecs, his ancient theater of glory. ; his matches against the strongest amateurs follow all those who appreciate the solidity of an academic and classic game, whose models are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare "

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