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Alfred Teller
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1926 to 1928
Overall record: +5 -11 =5 (35.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-16-1883, died Feb-18-1943, 59 years old)

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He was born in Vienna (then part of Austria-Hungary), and died in Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Last updated: 2019-02-08 09:43:27

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Teller vs Colle  ½-½411926Hastings 1926/27E12 Queen's Indian
2. R P Michell vs A Teller  0-1691926Hastings 1926/27C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
3. A Teller vs Reti 1-0571926Hastings 1926/27D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
4. Yates vs A Teller  1-0321926Hastings 1926/27B32 Sicilian
5. A Teller vs V Berger 0-1481927Hastings 1926/27D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. G A Thomas vs A Teller  ½-½281927Hastings 1926/27C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. A Teller vs G Norman 1-0371927Hastings 1926/27E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. A Teller vs Tartakower 0-1241927Hastings 1926/27A33 English, Symmetrical
9. E G Sergeant vs A Teller  1-0531927Hastings 1926/27B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. A Teller vs A Ribera Arnal  1-0531928The Hague OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
11. S Beutum vs A Teller  0-1611928The Hague OlympiadD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. A Teller vs A Strautmanis  0-1221928The Hague OlympiadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. R Grau vs A Teller  1-0411928The Hague OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
14. A Teller vs Reti  0-1441928BrnoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. L Steiner vs A Teller  1-0421928BrnoC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. A Teller vs Kmoch  0-1301928BrnoE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
17. A Teller vs M Walter  ½-½581928BrnoD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. A Teller vs J Engel  ½-½521928BrnoA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Saemisch vs A Teller  1-0481928BrnoD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. Opocensky vs A Teller 1-0561928BrnoA00 Uncommon Opening
21. Marshall vs A Teller  ½-½771928BrnoD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  WannaBe: Games here covered 3 short years, but he played some big names...
Sep-13-08  myschkin: . . .

He was from Czechoslovakia. Some members should be able to get more infos about him.

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  whiteshark: Relation to ??


Photo Brno 1928:

Sep-13-08  myschkin: . . .

Now we start to get a general idea.
Well done, nice bite!

I doubt the Austrian connection (just a gut instinct), never say never. If <gypsy> <honza> et al come across we will report the conclusions to <WannaBe>!

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  WannaBe: I mean, it's been almost 2 years since my first post here, but look at Teller's opponents!!

Reti, Yates, Colle, Opocensky, Marshall, Kmoch, Samisch!! For good measure, he played Greg Norman (Game #5) and Fredrik Engel! (Game #15)

Who, is this guy?? Enquiring minds wants to know!

Feb-07-09  waustad: <myschkin>If you mean about being an architect in Wien, it does say that he was born in Prague.
Mar-16-09  Marmot PFL: <Who, is this guy?? Enquiring minds wants to know!>

Father of the father of the H-bomb?

Jul-08-14  zanzibar: The old link above to Brno 1928 is defunct. At present one can try:

The father of the H-bomb was really Ulam (or, at least the co-father), but Edward Teller gets most of the credit. The physicist Teller was Hungarian, don't know if he played chess. Edward Teller survived WWII; Alfred Teller, sadly, didn't. (More on Edward Teller here:

The chess-playing Teller came in 1st in Brno (1922) with 12/16 over Engel, Perna and others.

< Master at Brno 1922, Alfred Teller conquered the honorary title deservedly heavy competition. rich theoretical knowledge underpinned by practical experience gained in Vienna and Znojmo often played with Gargulák.>

<(Časopis československých šachistů 1922, 62)>


Teller didn't make it to EDOchess, but Gargulak did:

Jul-08-14  zanzibar: The reference to his prior experience in Vienna, and his success at Brno, seems to connect the chess-playing Teller with the architect.

Assuming they are one-in-the-same then the following is the chilling evidence of his interment:

and his death:

Jul-05-21  Nosnibor: Often use to be seen at Blindfold simuls.

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