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Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter
K Richter 
Number of games in database: 311
Years covered: 1918 to 1958

Overall record: +163 -61 =86 (66.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A45 D00 D01 A46 D05
 French Defense (33) 
    C13 C10 C12 C18 C00
 French (30) 
    C13 C12 C10 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C84 C73 C80 C71
 Sicilian (25) 
    B73 B84 B63 B62 B40
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    A46 D02 E10 A40 D00
 Budapest Gambit (23) 
    A51 A52
 Scandinavian (15) 
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (7) 
    A34 A31 A30
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D74 D96 D95 D77
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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 G G Alexandrescu, 1936 1-0
   K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1937 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 Baratz, 1931 1-0
   K Richter vs W Jurgschat, 1948 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Munich (1942)
   German Championship (1938)
   Munich (1941)
   Podebrady (1936)
   German Championship (1939)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   my favorite Kurt Richter games by nizmo11
   German Championship 1939 by Tabanus
   5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by Pawn and Two
   6th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1939 by Pawn and Two
   German Championship 1938 by chesshistoryinterest
   German Championship 1938 by Tabanus
   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 Richter was born in Berlin. 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.

Wikipedia article: Kurt Richter

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 312  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Kipke vs K Richter 0-1231918BerlinA07 King's Indian Attack
2. W Schlage vs K Richter  1-048192020th Congress of the German Chess FederationA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. W Kretzschmar vs K Richter 0-1261920Berlin CLC48 Four Knights
4. K Richter vs S Rotenstein 0-1211920Berlin CLC46 Three Knights
5. S Rotenstein vs K Richter  0-1341921Berlin ch 192021B01 Scandinavian
6. K Richter vs Herbert Hohensee 1-0221924Springer Chess Club Winter tournamentB07 Pirc
7. K Richter vs W Kretzschmar  1-0361925Berlin-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. K Helling vs K Richter  0-1331926Berlin ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. K Richter vs E Stueber 1-0201928BerlinC13 French
10. K Richter vs H Hussong  1-0441928WiesbadenC13 French
11. K Richter vs R Kuehn  1-0231928WiesbadenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
12. K Richter vs N Whitaker  1-0211928WiesbadenD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
13. K Richter vs K Helling  0-1651928It Cafe KoenigA07 King's Indian Attack
14. K Richter vs P List  1-0591928It Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. S Rotenstein vs K Richter 0-1561928It Cafe KoenigA52 Budapest Gambit
16. K Richter vs Gruenfeld 1-0321928It Cafe KoenigA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. P F Johner vs K Richter  ½-½741928It Cafe KoenigE15 Queen's Indian
18. K Richter vs Saemisch  0-1291928It Cafe KoenigC41 Philidor Defense
19. B Kostic vs K Richter 1-0481928It Cafe KoenigA04 Reti Opening
20. K Richter vs Bogoljubov  0-1771928It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. W Von Holzhausen vs K Richter  1-0751928It Cafe KoenigC42 Petrov Defense
22. K Richter vs Ahues 1-0361928It Cafe KoenigC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. L Steiner vs K Richter  0-1401928It Cafe KoenigB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. K Richter vs W Orbach  1-0411929DSB-26.KongressD05 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Y Porat vs K Richter 0-1241929DuisburgA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 312  PGN Download
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Oct-31-18  Nietzowitsch: I am utterly amazed, utterly enchanted! I have a precursor, and what a precursor!
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  Telemus: Google books already presents the book. As usual many sample pages are available.
Nov-19-18  Alan McGowan: My book about Richter is now available: Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games.
368 pages (8.5" x 11", 21.9 x 28.5 cm), many photos/illustrations, appendices, reviews of his openings, notes, bibliography etc.
Nov-19-18  JimNorCal: Congrats, Mr McGowan!
Thanks for your research and best wishes for the success of your book.
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  MissScarlett: <No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant.> C.N. 11108

For a free copy, I'll say it's brilliant too.

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  Telemus: I hope my copy is already on the way. Amazon (Germany) announces already a possible delivery after Christmas.
Dec-01-18  Alan McGowan: MissScarlett: <No chess enthusiast should miss Kurt Richter by Alan McGowan. It is brilliant.> C.N. 11108

For a free copy, I'll say it's brilliant too.

MissScarlett: subtle wording. What are you suggesting?

(Thanks to JimNorCal; your comment is much appreciated.)

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  MissScarlett: I'm suggesting the chess world is a little too incestuous for my liking.
Dec-01-18  Alan McGowan: You should tread more carefully, MissScarlett, especially when you talk about people you don't know. You seem to suggest that the quoted comment was only forthcoming because of a free copy. Your tone is cynical, and accusatory, and I don't appreciate it. Also, you should have surmised by now that Winter maintains an independent position, which allows him to criticize or lambast an author or a book - while occasionally praising one - without fear or favor. Just because you may have experienced some negative aspects of the chess world does not mean that everybody should be tarred with the same brush.
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  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.

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  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.

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  Retireborn: <hemy> Your English is excellent and always comprehensible.
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  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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