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Louis Gans
L Gans 
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1894 to 1930
Overall record: +8 -6 =0 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-29-1871, died Aug-03-1947, 75 years old) Netherlands

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Levie (Louis) Gans

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Gans vs D Bleijkmans  0-1301894VAS AmsterdamC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. G Hogewind vs L Gans  0-1441904Utrecht-VASB01 Scandinavian
3. L Gans vs J C Reeders  1-0291905Easter TournamentC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. C Wesseling vs L Gans  0-1681911VAS-DDC53 Giuoco Piano
5. E G Sergeant vs L Gans  0-1211912ENG-NED mC67 Ruy Lopez
6. L Gans vs E G Sergeant  1-0351912ENG-NED mC78 Ruy Lopez
7. Blackburne vs L Gans  1-0211914ENG-NED mC55 Two Knights Defense
8. L Gans vs Blackburne  1-0591914ENG-NED mA56 Benoni Defense
9. H Baudet vs L Gans  0-1361915ScheveningenC25 Vienna
10. Reti vs L Gans  1-0411919AmsterdamC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. L Gans vs H Weenink  0-1541920VAS AmsterdamC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. G Filep vs L Gans  1-0381920VAS-UtrechtD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. H Weenink vs L Gans 1-0271923Casual gameC25 Vienna
14. L Gans vs L Prins  1-0221930AmsterdamC44 King's Pawn Game
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Mar-06-06  EmperorAtahualpa: "Gans" means "goose" in Dutch. :)
Mar-06-06  Chess Classics: <EmperorAtahualpa> Duck, duck, Louis Gans?


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  cu8sfan: <"Gans" means "goose" in Dutch.> In German as well.
May-20-12  sneaky pete: Born November 29, 1871; died 1947. He lived in New York between 1910 and 1913, where he was a member of the Manhattan Chess Club.
Oct-20-12  thomastonk: Gans had a chess column in "Het volk" from 1916 until 1920 (at least).

Dear Dutch readers, I read a lot in your language like Gans' column, but seldom I am in doubt about the meaning. Hence, I would like to get in contact - say via email - to someone who is willing to help me occasionally.

Oct-21-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete: He lived in New York between 1910 and 1913,..> Do you know what he did there? He was in 1912 back in Europe, at least for the match ENG-NED, and a few issues of the chess column.

In 1914 he again participated in the match ENG-NED, this time he played 74 years old Joseph Henry Blackburne, and each man won one game (both games survived, if someone is interested).

In later years he moved to South Africa and worked for a large diamond company, and then he returned to the Netherlands about 1930.

In the book "Partij verloren" he wrote the chapter on the 50 mostly jewish members of the V.A.S. (Vereenigd Amsterdamsch Schaakgenotschap), which were killed in WW II. If his first name was "Levie" (I haven't seen any other source therefore), he could be jewish, too, and it would be interesting to learn how he survived.

Oct-21-12  sneaky pete: <thomastonk> I'm not sure, but he may have been a taylor back then. Later his profession is given as "diamond cutter" and "no profession". In January 1931 he married a British woman, Bessie Maguire, so during the war he problably was safely in England.

These details come from (he is the second child of V.24 Mozes Meyer Gans). He was Jewish, and use of Louis for Levie and Jacques for Isaac happened more often. See VI.79, VII.86 and VII.90 in that link. Both VI.79 and his son VII.86 called themselves Louis, but their official name was Levie. I was interested in the second son (VII,90), the well known writer and journalist Isaac Gans, who called himself Jacques Gans. Other people called him "het Tientje", but that's another story.

Oct-21-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> Thank you very much for your help!
May-21-13  gerrymac: When the Nazis invaded Holland Louis was imprisoned in Sobibor death camp. Amazingly Bessie managed to get him released by petitioning the Irish Embassy in the Hague to grant him Irish citizenship as the spouse of an Irish national (she was born in Enniskillen but lived most of her life in Scotland). As Ireland was neutral in WWII the Nazis had to let him go. Unfortunately the treatment he received at their hands was too much for him and he died shortly after his release.
Jul-07-19  sneaky pete: Still going strong:
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