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Kurt Richter
K Richter 
Number of games in database: 447
Years covered: 1918 to 1958

Overall record: +233 -85 =127 (66.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A45 D01 D00 A46 D05
 French Defense (43) 
    C13 C12 C10 C11 C00
 French (39) 
    C13 C10 C12 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C84 C73 C80 C71 C78
 Sicilian (35) 
    B30 B84 B73 B40 B63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    A46 D02 E10 A40 A45
 Budapest Gambit (33) 
    A51 A52
 Scandinavian (20) 
 Reti System (14) 
    A04 A06
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D95 D96 D85 D79 D74
 Sicilian (12) 
    B73 B32 B74 B77 B20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keres vs K Richter, 1942 0-1
   K Richter vs L Abramavicius, 1930 1-0
   K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1937 1-0
   K Richter vs G G Alexandrescu, 1936 1-0
   M Brunoehler vs K Richter, 1941 0-1
   K Richter vs Saemisch, 1933 1-0
   K Richter vs G Rogmann, 1937 1-0
   K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 1-0
   K Richter vs W Jurgschat, 1948 1-0
   K Richter vs Baratz, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Schlage Memorial (1940)
   Stuttgart (1939)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   27th German Chess Federation Congress (1931)
   Berlin Cafe Koenig (1928)
   Brandenburg Congress - Master Tournament (1932)
   Swinemuende (1930)
   Berlin (1938)
   Munich (1942)
   German Championship (1938)
   Munich (1941)
   Podebrady (1936)
   German Championship (1939)
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   my favorite Kurt Richter games by nizmo11
   German Championship 1939 by Tabanus
   German Championship 1938 by Tabanus
   5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by Pawn and Two
   German Championship 1938 by chesshistoryinterest
   6th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1939 by Pawn and Two
   98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4) by passion4chess
   98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4) by ChessMate123
   98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4) by whiteshark

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(born Nov-24-1900, died Dec-29-1969, 69 years old) Germany

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Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter was born in Berlin in 1900. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1950 on its first designation of titleholders. He was a sharp attacking player and theoretician. The Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60) and Richter-Veresov Attack (D01) are both named for him. His most successful year was 1935, when he won the German Championship and shared 1st place with Efim Bogoljubov at a category 8 tournament in Berlin. After World War II he largely gave up playing for writing. He died in Berlin in 1969.

In 1922, Richter for the first time won the Berlin City Chess Championship. In 1928, he tied for 1st–2nd in Berlin. In 1928, he won in Wiesbaden. In 1930, he tied for 4–5th in Swinemunde. In 1930, he tied for 3rd–5th in Prague. In 1931, he lost a match to Gösta Stoltz (0.5 : 1.5) in Berlin. In 1931, he took 2nd, behind Ludwig Rellstab, in Berlin.

He played for Germany at two official and one unofficial Chess Olympiads: at fourth board (+6 –3 =3) at Hamburg 1930, fourth board (+7 –1 =7) at Prague 1931, first board (+8 –2 =8) at Munich 1936. He won two team bronze medals (1930, 1936) and one individual bronze medal (1931). In 1932, he won in Hamburg, tied for 1st–2nd in Kiel, and took 3rd in Berlin. Also in 1932, he took 4th in Swinemunde. In 1932/33, he tied for 1st–2nd in Berlin. In 1933, he took 2nd, behind Efim Bogoljubow, in Bad Aachen. The same year he tied for 5–6th in Swinemünde,and he tied for 4–5th in Bad Salzbrunn. In 1934, he took 2nd, behind Gideon Ståhlberg, in Bad Niendorf.

In 1935, he tied for 1st–2nd in Berlin. In 1935, he took 2nd in Swinemunde. In July 1935, he won in Bad Aachen (3rd GER-ch). In September 1935, he played in Zoppot (GER vs SWE match). In 1936, he won in the Berlin championship. In 1936, he took 2nd in Swinemunde. In 1936, he tied for 8–9th in Podebrady (Salo Flohr won). In 1937, he tied for 2nd–3rd in Berlin. In 1937, he took 4th in Bad Elster. In 1937, he tied for 1st–2nd in Bad Saarow. In July 1937, he took 2nd, behind Georg Kieninger, in Bad Oeynhausen (4th GER-ch). In 1937, he took 3rd in Berlin (Friedrich Samisch won). In 1938, he took 9th in Bad Harzburg (Vasja Pirc won). In 1938, he won in the Berlin championship. In 1938, he tied for 4–5th in Berlin. In July 1938, he tied for 5–7th in Bad Oeynhausen (5th GER-ch). The event was won by Erich Eliskases. In May 1939, he took 2nd, behind Bogoljubow, in Stuttgart (1st Europa-Turnier).

During World War II he wrote a chess colum for "Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung." Richter played in several strong tournaments. In June 1940, he won in Berlin (BSG), and took 2nd, behind Bogoljubow, in Berlin. In August 1940, he tied for 3rd–4th in Bad Oeynhausen (7th GER-ch). In November 1940, he took 3rd in Cracow/Krynica/Warsaw (the 1st GG-ch). In 1941, he tied for 3rd–4th in Berlin. In August 1941, he took 3rd, behind Paul Felix Schmidt and Klaus Junge, in Bad Oeynhausen (8th GER-ch). In September 1941, he tied for 5–6th in Munich (2nd Europa-Turnier). The event was won by Stoltz. In September 1942, he tied for 3rd–5th in Munich (1st European Championship, Europameisterschaft). The event was won by Alexander Alekhine.

After the war, he participated in the Berlin championships. He tied for 1st–2nd (1948), tied for 3rd–4th (1949), tied for 2nd–3rd (1950), took 2nd (1951), took 3rd (1952).

He was co-editor of Deutsche Schachblätter and Deutsche Schachzeitung. Author of several chess books.

Wikipedia article: Kurt Richter

Last updated: 2021-11-24 17:20:47

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 450  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Kipke vs K Richter 0-1231918BerlinC26 Vienna
2. W Schlage vs K Richter  1-048192020th Congress of the German Chess FederationA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Willi Kretzschmar vs K Richter 0-126192020th DSB CongressC48 Four Knights
4. K Richter vs S Rotenstein 0-1211920Berlin CLC46 Three Knights
5. S Rotenstein vs K Richter  0-1341921Berlin-ch 1920/21B01 Scandinavian
6. K Richter vs E Kipke  1-0151922Springer-Berlin Club ChB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. K Richter vs H Thelen  1-02219231st Brandenburg C.A. Congress (Final)A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. K Richter vs H Hohensee 1-0221924Springer Chess Club Winter tournamentB07 Pirc
9. K Richter vs Hubert Schorn  1-0201925Schachverein (1876) Winter TournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
10. K Richter vs Willi Kretzschmar 1-0361925Berlin-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. K Helling vs K Richter  0-1331926Berlin-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. K Richter vs R Kuehn 1-0231928WiesbadenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. S Rotenstein vs K Richter  ½-½111928BerlinA52 Budapest Gambit
14. K Richter vs E Stueber 1-0201928BerlinC13 French
15. K Richter vs H Hussong  1-0441928WiesbadenC13 French
16. H Hohensee vs K Richter  ½-½101928BerlinA52 Budapest Gambit
17. K Richter vs I Rabinovich-Barav 1-0261928Deutschen Schachverbandes playoffD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
18. K Richter vs N Whitaker  1-0211928WiesbadenD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
19. K Richter vs K Helling  0-1651928Berlin Cafe KoenigA07 King's Indian Attack
20. K Richter vs P List  1-0591928Berlin Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. S Rotenstein vs K Richter 0-1561928Berlin Cafe KoenigA52 Budapest Gambit
22. K Richter vs Gruenfeld 1-0321928Berlin Cafe KoenigA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. P Johner vs K Richter  ½-½741928Berlin Cafe KoenigE15 Queen's Indian
24. K Richter vs Saemisch  0-1291928Berlin Cafe KoenigC41 Philidor Defense
25. Kostic vs K Richter 1-0481928Berlin Cafe KoenigA04 Reti Opening
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Dec-04-18  hemy: Today's visit of my friend Alan McGowan was special. The drive from Waterloo to Toronto in winter is an effort that is appreciated by me.

The great gift I received from Alan:

Dec-05-18  JimNorCal: The link to Mr Winter's ChessNote is not quite right. For anyone curious CN-11108 has a photo of the book (published by the well-regarded McFarland) and a brief but enthusiastic review: "No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant."
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  MissScarlett: <hemy>, how would you sum up the <Richter> book in one word?
Dec-05-18  JimNorCal: <MissScarlett>, let's give <hemy> a chance to read it first, eh?

And, c'mon, let's be appreciative that the tentacles of chess history have been extended to include documenting Kurt Richter. Surely you'll agree that there's reason for celebration there? A positive note from the often-cranky Mr Winter is sure to be a thrill to the author, why begrudge him that?

Finally, <Mr McGowan>, our <MissS> is not a douche nozzle. I'll vouch for that. Simply a confirmed cynic and wiseacre who managed to strike a wrong note in an intended bon mot.

Dec-07-18  hemy: <MissScarlett>

Starting in 1970-s Alan made fundamental research on Kurt Richter's biography. He contacted Kurt Richter's brother Gerhard Richter, living in East Berlin, who provided unique documents, photos, letters and games scoresheets. Alan contacted chess players, historians and other individuals from many countries, who provided information and photos of Kurt Richter and persons involved in Kurt Richter's life and his chess career.

I was following this project since 2013, after Alan contacted me regarding Lithuanian chess players Abramavicius, Mikenas and Macht, the partners of Kurt Richter in different tournaments.

In November 1913 I translated to Russian language letters of Alan to Russian Government archive and Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia with request to provide information about whereabouts of Richer in Soviet-controlled prison camp in 1945.

Alan knew that I'm making research for the book "Jews in Lithuania chess history" and sent me scans from the magazines and books from his library. Later we continue help each other.

I didn't finish reading the book, but I already can answer to your question (how would you sum up the <Richter> book in one word?) - fascinating!

I updated the scan of the <great gift I received from Alan> and since the link in my previous post is not working - this in the new one:

Since I started learning English at age 49, please do not criticize the style of my writing and mistakes I'm making.

Dec-07-18  Retireborn: <hemy> Your English is excellent and always comprehensible.
Dec-11-18  hemy: Oops, my misprint:

<In November 1913 I translated to Russian language letters of Alan to Russian Government archive and Central Archive of the Federal Security Service of Russia>

It happen in November 2013, in 1913 I was not born yet.

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  MissScarlett: Still awaiting my free there a postal strike in Canada or somewhere?
May-17-19  Scuvy: My copy just arrived today, and from the small amount of reading I have done so far, I would say Mr. McGowan has done a splendid job. The amount and quality of research appears to be on the same level as Winter's book on Capablanca.
May-17-19  JimNorCal: I take back my Dec 5, 2018.
MissS is definitely a douche nozzle
May-17-19  ragtag: <douche nozzle> makes a good match.
Aug-01-19  Pyrandus: Richter war der Chefredaktor des "Deutchen Schach" 1933-1939, und begrüsst den Führer mit seinen Artikeln. Aber: "nicht gültig!"
May-21-20  Chesgambit: K Richter vs V Kahn, 1931
Sep-28-20  login:

From a note worthy of 'Luhmanns Zettelkasten' titled

Berliner Schachbriefe
Berliner Schachbriefe
Berliner Schachbriefe

In this hodgepodge of anektdotes and other chess related posts evangelical 'chess pastor' Heinrich Früh collected some words of wisdom by a 'student' (in the 1920s) contemplating the experts' dilemma in a song:

'Aufforderung zum Tanz!'

Auf den Gegner mit Gebrülle,
Wirft sich dort der mut'ge Mann!
Doch zu Hause ist er Stille,
Da hat sie die Hosen an!
Nichts für ungut, schönste Damen,
Sied ihr doch des Festes Glanz!
Nur um euch wir hierher kamen,
Heute heißt die Losung: Tanz!

Leider ist dies eine Sache,
Die gar viele nicht verstehn!
Starke Spieler kann als schwache
Tänzer man bewundernd seh'n!
Grollend stehen sie beiseite,
Heute gilt ihr Name nicht!
Schachspiel'n kann hier jeder Zweite,
Tanzen ist des Mannes Pflicht!

With a twinkle in one's eye the 'Lied' pokes fun at the chess masters' inability to fuction normal in simple everyday life. Heros at the board they were commonly exploited as highly specalised nerds. Bang on the date almost 100 years later.

'Dies ist die letzte Nummer der Berliner Schachbriefe .. .'

Oct-29-20  Jean Defuse: ...

<An unknown game>

Not the most spectacular, but with a nice little combination by Kurt Richter:

After 36... Rf7

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<White to move.>


[Event "Berlin"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1930.??.??"]
[White "Richter, Kurt Paul"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A30"]
[EventDate "1930.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. c4 Bb7 4. g3 e6 5. Bg2 c5 6. O-O cxd4 7. Nxd4 Bxg2 8. Kxg2 Qc7 9. Qd3 e5 10. Nb5 Qc6+ 11. f3 Na6 12. e4 Nc5 13. Qc3 d6 14. Nd2 a6 15. Na3 Rc8 16. b3 Be7 17. Bb2 g5 18. Rae1 h5 19. Qe3 Rg8 20. Nc2 h4 21. Nb4 Qb7 22. Nd5 Nxd5 23. cxd5 hxg3 24. hxg3 Rh8 25. Rh1 Kd7 26. Nc4 Qc7 27. Qd2 Rcg8 28. Ne3 Qd8 29. Nf5 Rxh1 30. Rxh1 Bf6 31. Rh7 Qf8 32. Qc2 a5 33. Qc4 Kd8 34. Qb5 Nd7 35. Qc6 Be7 36. Nh6 Rg7 37. Rh8 Qxh8 38. Qa8+ Kc7 39. Qxh8 Rg6 40. Nxf7 Bf6 41. Qa8 1-0

Is there a source or more information about this game?


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  Telemus: <JD: An unknown game> What does this exactly mean? Where is it from?
Where have you been looking?

I often see questions/problems/contributions here at CG that are actually interesting and that I would spend time on. But I don't because I don't know how much work would be done twice.

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  Gottschalk: Kurt Richter received a Biography in English!

The author had the extraordinary work of gathering 499 games, some of them unpublished! A fair tribute to the talent of one of the best attacking players in the 20th century.

May-19-22  Nosnibor: Does anyone know the solution to this chess problem devised by Richter? White: King on c8,Queen on b8, Bishop on g5. Black: King on g8,Queen on h8, Pawn on g7. With White to play and force a win?
May-19-22  Olavi: 1.Kb7 2.Qh2 3.Qa2 4.Qf7 looks good.
May-19-22  Nosnibor: <Olavi> But after 1...Kf7 how does White respond?
May-19-22  Nosnibor: <Olavi> Apologies for some peculiar reason I imagined that Black had a pawn one square away from queening. Now I realise that it was still on it`s original square1
May-20-22  Schwartz: kb7+ kh7 qh2+ k return qa7+ k qc2+ k, c8+ k qf5+ kg8 qe6+ kh7 qf7
May-20-22  Schwartz: I think fewer pieces isn't really more difficult, but easier to convert.
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  harrylime: When I first started getting into chess I was a given a chess book which was Kurt Richter ...
May-20-22  Z free or die: <harrylime: When I first started getting into chess I was a given a chess book which was Kurt Richter ...>

This one?

Funny that Richter's name is omitted from the cover vs Golz / Keres, the latter writing only an intro.

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