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Imre Koenig
I Koenig 
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Number of games in database: 133
Years covered: 1919 to 1962
Overall record: +54 -42 =37 (54.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (7) 
    A15 A12 A13
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C86 C74 C97 C92
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D66 D67 D55 D50 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D31 D06 D35
 Sicilian (5) 
    B58 B23 B44
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C86 C97 C92
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E40 E33 E24 E41
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E00 A50 A46 A45 A40
 French Defense (7) 
    C17 C02 C05 C11
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C78 C84 C66 C68 C86
 English (4) 
    A14 A15 A13 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Koenig vs H Weiss, 1919 1-0
   I Koenig vs J W Cornforth, 1952 1-0
   I Koenig vs J Mieses, 1939 1-0
   I Koenig vs Tarrasch, 1922 1/2-1/2
   I Koenig vs W G McClain, 1954 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs I Koenig, 1922 1/2-1/2
   I Koenig vs W Hasenfuss, 1936 1-0
   R G Wade vs I Koenig, 1948 0-1
   I Koenig vs L Metanomski, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Belgrade Championship (1937)
   Hastings 1948/49 (1948)
   Trebitsch Memorial (1931)
   Yugoslav Championship (1935)
   Bournemouth (1939)
   London-B (1946)
   Hastings 1949/50 (1949)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London B 1946 by Tabanus
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/1949 by WCC Editing Project

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(born Feb-09-1901, died Sep-09-1992, 91 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Imre König was born in Gyula, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. After the First World War he became a Yugoslav citizen and represented Yugoslavia in the Olympiads of 1931 and 1935. He also played in several tournaments in Vienna, coming 3rd in 1921, =3rd in 1925, =3rd in 1926 and 4th in 1931. He also came =2nd in Belgrade in 1937. In 1938 he emigrated to England and became a naturalized citizen in 1949. However, in 1953 he moved to the USA. He finished 2nd in the Hastings tournament of 1948-49.

Wikipedia article: Imre König

Gyula, Hungary Wikipedia article: Gyula, Hungary

Last updated: 2018-07-24 13:44:14

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 133  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Koenig vs H Weiss 1-0251919?D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. L Bourqui vs I Koenig 0-1291922Team MatchB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. I Koenig vs Gruenfeld 0-1301922ViennaD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
4. Bogoljubov vs I Koenig ½-½1141922ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
5. I Koenig vs Tarrasch ½-½251922ViennaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. V Vukovic vs I Koenig  1-0421922ViennaC66 Ruy Lopez
7. I Koenig vs Rubinstein 0-1351922ViennaC49 Four Knights
8. Tartakower vs I Koenig 1-0591922ViennaC44 King's Pawn Game
9. I Koenig vs Maroczy 0-1391922ViennaD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Alekhine vs I Koenig 1-0241922ViennaA50 Queen's Pawn Game
11. I Koenig vs H Wolf  0-1301922ViennaD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Spielmann vs I Koenig  1-0431922ViennaB20 Sicilian
13. I Koenig vs Reti 0-1401922ViennaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Kmoch vs I Koenig ½-½261922ViennaC49 Four Knights
15. I Koenig vs Saemisch  0-1421922ViennaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. S Takacs vs I Koenig  ½-½301922ViennaA15 English
17. A Vajda vs I Koenig  1-0311925Berlin/Budapest/Prag/ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
18. I Koenig vs L Prokes  1-0551925Berlin/Budapest/Prag/ViennaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Duenmann vs I Koenig 1-0461926DSV KongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. I Koenig vs Gilg  ½-½301926DSV KongressB44 Sicilian
21. J Lokvenc vs I Koenig  ½-½401926DSV KongressC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
22. Rubinstein vs I Koenig  ½-½601929Rogaska SlatinaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. I Koenig vs L Singer  1-0311929Rogaska SlatinaD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
24. Maroczy vs I Koenig  1-0381929Rogaska SlatinaC02 French, Advance
25. Flohr vs I Koenig 1-0411929Rogaska SlatinaA50 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-29-05  Robin01: I own a hard cover book from the late 40s or early 50s by Imre Konig titled "Chess from Morphy to Botwinnik." This is a great book. I recommend it. Many good games from the early 20th Century.
Jul-29-05  RookFile: Yes, I remember that book, quite good.
Sep-02-06  nikolajewitsch: If is correct and this guy is still alive, it is his 105th birthday today! Congratulations!
Sep-02-06  Albertan: nikolajewitsch sorry to dissapoint you but Konig died in 1992 at the age of 91. He was born in 1901 and was an IM strength player. IM John Donaldson has written a book about Konig entitled, "Imre König" which contains 294 of his games.

"If you look at Louis Paulsen’s games from Breslau 1889 against Tarrasch, Metger and Gossip you will discover he was a hypermodern well in advance of Breyer and Nimzovitch. In that event he anticipated Boleslavsky’s …e5 in the Sicilian and played the Scheveningen in thoroughly modern style -- rather impressive since the opening didn’t get its name until Scheveningen 1923. The late Imre Koenig pointed this out in long-forgotten articles that were published in the Chess Coresspondent and California Chess Reporter in the late 1950s." (source:

Sep-02-06  Albertan: Konig's most famous win isn't in the database.

According to IM John Donaldson this game is Konig's most famous win:

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Konig"]
[Black "Weiss"]
[Result "*"]
[PlyCount "49"]

1.d4 e6 2.c3 d5 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.e3 c5
5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nd2 Be7 7.Ngf3 O-O
8.Ne5 Re8 9.g4 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7
11.g5 Nf8 12.h4 Bd7 13.Qg4 Bc6
14.O-O-O b5 15.h5 c4 16.Bxh7+ Nxh7
17.g6 Ng5 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19.gxf7+ Kxf7 20.Qg6+ Kf8 21.h6 Bf6 22.hxg7+ Bxg7 23.Rh8+ Bxh8 24.Bh6+ Ke7 25.Qh7+

"The game was published in The Art of Attack in Chess by V. Vukoviæ (on pages 246-248 of the first edition and pages 218-220 of the second) and was König’s personal selection for his representative game on pages 130-133 of British Chess (Oxford 1903)." source:

Feb-28-08  whiteshark: In the land of the Blind, the one eyed man is Imre Koenig
Sep-02-08  brankat: R.I.P. Master Koenig.
Sep-03-08  malthrope: [Continued from my reply back to <brankat> who kindly reminded me in my Chessforum that "IM Imre König" bio page was a must <visit>...]

He was one of the kindest old men that I've ever met. He befriended me back in 1962 (when I first went to the famous "Mechanics' Institute Chess Club" in San Francisco). He taught me so much and our many discussions of the past (he knew everyone) were both informative and enlightening. He would talk about the good old days when he spent time in the Vienna cafes with the likes of 'Gruenfeld, Wolf, Tartakower, Spielmann and Reti!' I would have *luved* to have been a fly on the wall! <grin> My only regret is wishing I'd asked him much more about his grand cherished memories... When he decided to relocate to Santa Monica (for his health) he choose me to be the one to help him after living in San Francisco since 1953. I was truly honored and what an adventure that was! Since I was only 17 years old at the time... ;)

A real treat for me was to visit him at his lovely apartment in San Francisco... He was so kind to first pour me a glass of wine and we would always listen to classical music that he had taped on his Reel-to Reel from the FM Radio, then we would sit down at his dinner table and discuss Chess and Chess books! He made a little extra income selling Chess books on the side and worked as a Postal Employee until he finally retired. I still remember how he kept time, of course that would be Chess Clock running on the mantle. When we were both at the Chess Club (MICC) he would show me Chess problems and endgame studies to solve. Still to this very day solving a variety of different types of Chess Problems and Endgame studies is something that I *luv* to do.

He lived a very long life from 1901 to 1992. He was awarded the "International Master" title back in 1951. The last time I was to see him was in Lone Pine during the famous Louis D. Statham International Masters' Tournaments. He looked great! :) I first became aware of his passing when reading the notice posted in "Inside Chess" by the publisher and editor my dear friend GM Yasser ("Yaz") Seirawan. The one thing that I shall always remember is that <"Twinkle in his eyes"> when he would greet me! :^)

R.I.P IM Imre König

Your dear old friend, - Mal
(aka: Alan Benson)

PS: There is a very nice and informative bio written by Imre König himself in the 'Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 98' - "Bio on Imre Konig" //

- Source of archive: ChessDryad.

Note: as you read this please note that he list his date of birth as '9th February 1901 in Kula, Hungary'. I'll do some further research on this and then contact <> with what I uncovered and verified, so we can get the correct info updated in his bio. Plus, I'll also see if a nice pic of him is available. :)

PPS: If you haven't read it yet - "Chess from Morphy to Botwinnik" is a classic and I highly recommend it. :) ...and IM John Donaldson has written an excellent Chess book simply titled "Imre König" with 294 games, including articles and photos. ;)

Mar-01-09  wrap99: In the late 1970s, he was visiting tournaments in Santa Monica. Little did I know as I chatted with him that he had played Alekhine, Bogo, Rubinstein, etc.

Thanks, Chessgames!

Sep-02-10  BIDMONFA: Imre Koenig


Sep-02-10  Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?
Sep-02-10  malthrope: <Eastfrisian: Is there any photo of him?>

I'll wrap a brand new string around my pinkie finger and see what can be done about this (quite overdue by now for sure and I apologize for the delay). Recently, I just ran into my good friend IM John William Donaldson who's the Director of Mechanics' Institute Chess Room in San Francisco. John is quite busy right now with the USA team participation in the upcoming Chess Olympiad. However, when he gets back and can then attend to it, I'll see what the Mechanics' Institute has in their vast archives... I'm sure we can come up with something. <*grin*>

Meanwhile, while I'm here a 'tip of my cap' to the man who taught me so much about Chess and Chess history... :)

This one's for you Imre! :XD

All the Best,
Your old friend,
- Al
(aka: malthrope)
Berkeley, CA

PS: <BIDMONFA: Imre Koenig

[ ]>

Many thanks <BIDMONFA> :))

Sep-02-10  mike1: Thanks for a lot of nice input,
Al Benson aka Malthrope. Well done!

May I ask: did Imre Koenig stop
playing in 1960 or is the collection
on this page simply not complete?

Sep-02-10  malthrope: <mike1: Thanks for a lot of nice input, Al Benson aka Malthrope. Well done!>

Thanks! And, you're quite welcome <mike1> :)

<May I ask: did Imre Koenig stop playing in 1960 or is the collection on this page simply not complete?>

Imre was very strong in both OTB play and analysis well into his 50's and 60's and beyond (+2400 strength by my estimation on just by the way he manhandled the everyday Masters in the Bay Area and Los Angeles communities from 1950-1960!). ~lol~ Although, I'll have to do a little research with a couple of good friends of mine...

IM John Donaldson as already mentioned and Kerry Lawless who has an unequaled library of all things pertaining to Chess in California. In fact, much of my Chess library (anything that involved game scores, tournaments or news published here in CA) was donated to 'ChessDryad' the website which Kerry [ aka: User: ChessDryad ] is heavily involved with his tour de force labor of love. :D

Here is the direct link to the ChessDryad ('The Definitive History of California Chess: from San Francisco to Hollywood'):

However, I do recall that Imre played often in the North-South (San Francisco vs Los Angeles) matches on Board #1 ~lol~ It's the specific dates that I don't know without further research, etc.

However, when I'm locating a nice photo of him I'll pick John and Kerry's brains to see what they may know. As well as the various magazine materials like the 'California Chess Reporter' and 'Rank & File' which are the two main ones in CA for further research.

Feeling quite fortunate to have spent some quality time with him (as I've written about him here, there and elsewhere). Simply search kibitzes for <## Mal Koenig ##> (note: also the spelling 'Köing') and you'll discover a ton of things I've written about him over the many years right here on <> :XD I first met him as a teenager at 14 years of age. He was one of my first mentors, along with IM William G Addison Don't think I would have become the Chess player I finally became without their patience, expertise and guidance. :^)

My Best Always, - Mal

Sep-04-10  jerseybob: Robin1: To add to your book recollections, I once had another book by Koenig, on the Queen's Gambit, full of good stuff.
Sep-02-13  brankat: R.I.P. master Koenig.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Imre Koenig.
Oct-17-14  acmilan03c1: Apparently, Imre Albert Konig was his full name: http://discovery.nationalarchives.g...

And also the first result here: (Google search for Кениг, Мирко шахист)

Feb-09-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Imre Koenig.
Feb-09-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Imre Koenig.

I guess i'm the only one who cares.

Feb-10-17  JimNorCal: Still no photo :(
Mar-19-17  pazzed paun: Could someone make a list of games from
Chess from Morphy to Botvinnik
Thank you
...perhaps Koenigs best book

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