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Leopold Hoffer
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 1866 to 1913
Overall record: +5 -3 =2 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1842, died Aug-28-1913, 71 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Hoffer & Zukertort were founders & editors of The Chess Monthly.

note: Hoffer played consultation chess on the teams of Hoffer / Trenchard, Hoffer / Maroczy, Hoffer / Locock, Zukertort / Bird / Hoff & Zukertort / Hoffer.

Wikipedia article: Leopold Hoffer

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Siwinski vs L Hoffer 1-0171866Casual gameC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. Gossip vs L Hoffer 1-0191873ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. J Porges vs L Hoffer  1-0241874Casual gameB06 Robatsch
4. L Hoffer vs Barker  1-0251874City of London CC - Bermondsey CC m000 Chess variants
5. J Minchin vs L Hoffer  0-1211876London 5C33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. L Hoffer vs NN 1-0211881London m/1C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. L Hoffer vs Zukertort  1-0381887British Chess Club HandicapA07 King's Indian Attack
8. L Hoffer vs H Jones ½-½501893North - South mA07 King's Indian Attack
9. L Hoffer vs Showalter  ½-½211895Manhattan CC - British CC cable mA07 King's Indian Attack
10. L Hoffer vs NN 1-0151913LondonC58 Two Knights
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Aug-13-07  whiteshark: Leopold Hoffer (born 1842, Hungary - died 28 August 1913, England) was an English chess player and journalist.

He left Budapest for Switzerland. Since 1867, he lived in Paris, where won a few matches, among others against Ignatz von Kolisch, Samuel Rosenthal, Jules Arnous de Rivière, etc. In 1870, he came to England, where spent rest of his life.

In 1879-1896, Hoffer was a founder and editor (with Johannes Zukertort) of The Chess Monthly.

Oct-31-08  Karpova: From the British census - given in C.N. 4756 (there's also a picture):

<1871 census: Leopold Hoffer. Age: 29. Born in Hungary. Address: 299 Whitfield Street, St Pancras, London. Occupation: Merchant. Unmarried.

1881 census: entry not found.

1891 census: Leopold Hoffer. Age: 48. Born in Pest, Hungary. Address: 404 Fulham Road, Fulham, London. Occupation: Journalist, author. Unmarried. Hoffer was a lodger and shared the address with five other persons, one of whom was Antony Guest (age 34), whose occupation was also given as journalist and author.

1901 census: Leopold Hoffer. Age: 58. Born in Hungary. Address: 9 Glynn Mansions, Fulham, London. Occupation: Journalist, author. Unmarried. One servant (Sarah Jane Niate, age 35) and Hoffer’s niece (Frén Reusz, age 21) were members of the household.>


Jul-18-12  Karpova: Leopold Hoffer, having been born in Budapest, left for Paris at the end of 1866 and resided in London after 1870.

He founded the <British Chess Club>, was an honorary member of the <City of London Chess Club>, founder and honorary secretary of the <British Chess Association>. As a chess journalist he worked for <The Field>, <Standard> and <Westminster Gazette>. He is most famous for founding the <Chess Monthly> and running it together with Zukertort.

Source: Page 226 of the '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', 1913

Sep-09-14  ljfyffe: Had famous feud with Steinitz.
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  perfidious: <ljfyffe> There was a famous remark that while Staunton's pen was dipped in gall, that of Steinitz was dipped in vitriol. Wonder what Hoffer used.
Sep-09-14  ljfyffe: See under Steinitz.
May-17-15  thomastonk: For 1.. a6 aficionados:

[Event "Consultation game"]
[Site "Hotel des Roches Noires, Trouville"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "W. Donisthorpe/H.W. Trenchard "]
[Black "L. Hoffer"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 a6 2. d4 e6 3. Bd3 d5 4. e5 c5 5. c3 cxd4 6. cxd4 Nc6 7. Nf3 f6 8. O-O fxe5 9. dxe5 g6 10. Nc3 Nh6 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. Qd2 Nf7 13. Bf6 Bh6 14. Qe2 O-O 15. Rae1 Bg7 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. h4 b5 18. a3 Bb7 19. Na2 Qe7 20. b4 Nh6 21. Nc1 Rf4 22. Bb1 Raf8 23. Nb3 Rxf3 24. gxf3 Qxh4 25. Kg2 Qg5+ 26. Kh1 Rf4 0-1

Source: Liverpool Mercury 1892-06-18.

Jan-30-16  zanzibar: <THERE is not chess editor in the United Kingdom who will cavil at the statement that Leopold Hoffer is incontestably the most eminent authority in this country on all matters appertaining to the game of chess. It has been study of love with him, and, to the great benefit of the chess world, he has been conspicuously successful in everything he has done editorially, whether for the game proper or for the branch represented by problems. Himself great player, he knows what he is talking about whenever he puts pen to paper, so that his articles on the subject are at the same time interesting and highly instructive.

Born some time in the forties, Mr. Leopold Hoffer is native of Hungary, Buda-Pesth being the city which has the honour of having been the place of his birth. When about seventeen years of age he was taught the moves of chess so primitive for some time were his ideas of the game that he never suspected there was anything more in it than to change off the pieces as fast as possible, according to their power of moving. When, however, one of his cousins, who was good player, lifted the veil by showing him glimpse of the true character of the game, he took earnestly to it, attracted by its new and fascinating aspect. Starting at the odds of Queen and beating, our embryo editor's interest was thoroughly aroused he quickly improved, and it was not long ere he could compete successfully with his cousin on even terms. He was still, however, accorded the odds of Rook by Joseph Berger and Adolf Schwarz.

Vienna was his abode in 1865, and early in 1866 he travelled through Germany on his way to Paris there he met Rosenthal, who gave him the Knight, but he soon became too strong for such odds and rapidly rose to the rank of first-class player, in fact, one of the strongest in Paris.

In 1870 he came to London and settled here. He at once showed his quality, in which respect it is only necessary to cite that he made even scores with Pathes, Burn and Boden, beat Bird two games out of three, and of five games with Blackburne he won two, losing the others. curious incident occurred in the last game with Blackburue in fairly even position Hoffer carefully left his Queen en prise and did not win.

In September, 1879, in conjunction with the late Mr. Zukertort, Mr. Hoffer started The Chess Monthly, and of which he has been the sole editor for the past seven years. Since 1882 he has been the editor of the chess column in The Field, and within the last few years he has undertaken similar work for The Standard.

At every important international tournament he has been present, since and including the one at Paris in 1867. For the past thirty years he has been on intimate terms with every chess celebrity, and there is scarcely one who has not been beholden to him either for kindly interest, good advice, or material assistance. It was Leopold Hoffer who established the British Chess Association, and through his instrumentality no less than seven of the most important Tournaments have been organised. So far for his public record.

As man he is of most genial disposition, quick-tempered and brusque at times owing to his goodhearted and impulsive nature. As linguist it would be difficult to find his equal, it being currently thought that he is acquainted even with the tongue in which the serpent spoke to Eve. His general knowledge is long way above the average, and taking him all in all, Mr. Leopold Hoffer is quite an exceptional, though at the same time representative, man of the present day.>

"The Chess Bouquet (1897)" p125

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  perfidious: It is very often a pleasure to read accounts of players from bygone days; the language, such as that cited by <zed> in the above passage regarding Hoffer's character, is regrettably but a relic today.

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