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Rudolf L'Hermet
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1888 to 1927
Overall record: +2 -12 =1 (16.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-28-1859, died Nov-25-1945, 85 years old) Germany

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 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L'Hermet vs Hagemann 1-0141888MagdeburgC22 Center Game
2. E Schollwer vs L'Hermet  1-0261893MagdeburgC26 Vienna
3. L'Hermet vs L Schmitt  0-125192725. DSB KongressB83 Sicilian
4. Ahues vs L'Hermet  1-040192725. DSB KongressC11 French
5. L'Hermet vs A G Preusse  0-134192725. DSB KongressB15 Caro-Kann
6. Spielmann vs L'Hermet 1-024192725. DSB KongressC10 French
7. L'Hermet vs A Brinckmann 0-125192725. DSB KongressC41 Philidor Defense
8. P List vs L'Hermet  1-055192725. DSB KongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. L'Hermet vs W Von Holzhausen  0-160192725. DSB KongressC41 Philidor Defense
10. Saemisch vs L'Hermet 1-027192725. DSB KongressA13 English
11. L'Hermet vs W Schoenmann  1-045192725. DSB KongressB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. G Machate vs L'Hermet 1-046192725. DSB KongressD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
13. L'Hermet vs Leonhardt  0-139192725. DSB KongressC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
14. L'Hermet vs Bogoljubov  0-140192725. DSB KongressB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. W Hilse vs L'Hermet ½-½46192725. DSB KongressC14 French, Classical
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  GrahamClayton: L'Hermet (1859-1945) edited the chess column of his local newspaper, the "Magdeburgische Zeitung".

The following variation of the Centre Game is named after him:

1. e4 e5 2. d4 ed4 3. ♕d4 ♘c6 4. ♕e3 f5

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, "The Oxford Companion To Chess", OUP, 1992

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  whiteshark: * born 28 Dec 1859

Aged 67 years he finished last at 25th DSB-KongreƟ in Magdeburg, 1927. (Spielmann won)

Final standing:

<GrahamClayton> 'My source' said <1940> as year of death (

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  Penguincw: Did he L'Hermet variation of the Ruy Lopez?
Apr-01-14  thomastonk: It seems that this guy cannot be found by typing "L'HERMET", "L'Hermet" or only "Hermet" on the start page of cg; but at least "Rudolf" works somehow.
Apr-01-14  DoctorD: There is a book of his chess problems (Rudolf L'Hermet - 64 Schachaufgaben, udo degener Verlag, 2012) that appears to be already out of print.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

'Kings Gambit Miniature'

The following amusing game based on a famous pattern of the 'Seekadetten Matt', played a few months ago at 'Cafe Dom' in Magdeburg.

[Event "Cafe Dom"]
[Site "Magdeburg"]
[Date "1915.??.??"]
[White "L'Hermet, Rudolf"]
[Black "M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C25"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Bg4 5. Bc4 Nd4 6. Nxe5 Bxd1 $2 7. Bxf7+ Ke7 8. Nd5# 1-0

Source: DSZ July 1915, p. 208.


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  Jean Defuse: ...

'Petroff Defence Miniature'

Played some time ago in Magdeburg.

[Event "Magdeburg (date?)"]
[Date "1915.??.??"]
[White "Pf, R."]
[Black "L'Hermet, Rudolf"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C42"]

1. e4 e5 2. Ne2 f5 3. f4 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. fxe5 dxe5 6. Bg5 Bc5 7. c3 $2 Bf2+ $1 8. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 9. Kg1 Qxg5 10. h4 Qe3+ 11. Kh2 Nf2 12. Qa4+ Bd7 0-1

Source: DSZ July 1915, p. 210.


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  Jean Defuse: ...

'Latvian Gambit Miniature'

[Event "Magdeburg"]
[Date "1889.10.16"]
[White "K."]
[Black "L'Hermet, Rudolf"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C40"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Nc6 4. Qh5+ g6 5. Nxg6 Nf6 6. Qh4 Rg8 7. Nxf8 Rg4 8. Qh6 Rxe4+ 9. Be2 Nd4 10. O-O Nxe2+ 11. Kh1 Ng4 12. Qh5+ Kxf8 13. Qxf5+ Qf6 14. Qxe4 Ng3+ 15. hxg3 Qh6+ 16. Kg1 Qh2# 0-1

Source: DSZ Nov 1899, p. 339.


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  Jean Defuse: ...

'L'Hermet's Christmas tree'

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Mate in 2.


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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Solution: Re4.
Dec-16-18  JimNorCal: Pretty!

And symmetrical.

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