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Josef Kling
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Number of games in database: 2
Years covered: 1859 to 1868

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(born Mar-19-1811, died Dec-01-1876, 65 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Josef Kling was a musician, problem composer and author. Together with Bernhard Horwitz he wrote the classic book Chess Studies in 1851. He died in London in 1876.

note: Kling played consultation chess on the team of Kieseritsky / Kling.

Wikipedia article: Josef Kling

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Healey vs J Kling 1-0361859LondonC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. J Kling vs Hermann 0-1171868corrC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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  whiteshark: Josef Kling (born March 19, 1811 in Mainz – died December 1, 1876 in London)

A more detailed bio in German:

Mar-19-09  brankat: Josef Kling was a multi-talented man.

Years ago I had a chance to read the book he wrote in co-operation with B.Horwitz.

"Chess Studies" was one of the pioneering works in the field.

R.I.P. Mr.Kling.

Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: Kling to me!
Jun-10-09  myschkin: . . .

The ebook can be found here:

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  Stonehenge: Nice photo. He was far ahead of his time, see the laptop beside the chessboard.
Mar-19-14  Castleinthesky: Is that a computer in the background of the photo? A 19th century laptop, very rare indeed!
Mar-19-14  RedShield: Back to the future:

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  Phony Benoni: Yes, that is a 19th century taptop, loaded with the 2-man Nalimov Tablebase.
Mar-05-16  zanzibar: <Josef Kling was originally a church musician and music teacher. In 1834 he moved to Paris and earned his living by playing chess in the Café de la Régence . In 1837 he then settled in London.

In 1836 he published in the chess magazine Le Palamède a now famous analysis of the final tower and rotor against Tower, 1847 by Howard Staunton in his work Chess Player's Handbook was acquired. 1849 published the book Kling The Chess Euclid , a collection of 200 chess problems. Along with Bernhard Horwitz he brought 1851 the book dedicated Staunton Chess studies out which mainly endgame studies contained. In a book review written Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa about the difference between problem and study: The positions differ from those of the popular problems at first by the fact that they are very natural as they easily enter the end of a real game. But further, there is sometimes a very difficult task not to achieve under conditions in measured terms the mat, but only to achieve a favorable position with the number of trains is less important.

Between 1851 and 1853, gave Kling and Horwitz magazine The Chess Player out, in which they published further studies. On June 1, 1852 Kling opened in New Oxford Street in London Chess Café Kling's Chess and Coffee Rooms , which existed until 1859 and, among others, William Davies Evans was visited often. Kling maintained its presence until his death in the chess scene, and was an honorary member of the City of London Chess Club .> (de)

Mar-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Josef Kling.
Mar-08-18  zanzibar: A mention of Kling's rooms:

< And here ensued my first surprise--quite a dramatic coincidence--for the tall, spare, middle-aged gentleman who advanced from the shadows towards the counter, proved, to my intense astonishment, to be a constant chess antagonist of mine at Kling's Chess Rooms, round the corner, in New Oxford Street--rooms which have disappeared long ago, along with Horwitz, Harrwitz, Loewenthal, Williams, and other great chess lights of those far-away times, who were to be seen there, night after night, prepared for all comers. Kling's was a great chess house, and I was a chess enthusiast, as well as a youth who wanted to get into print. Failing literature, I had made up my mind to become a chess champion, if possible, although I knew already, by quiet observation of my antagonists, that in that way madness lay, sheer uncontrollable, raging madness--for me at any rate. And the grave, middle-aged gentleman behind the counter of 13, Great Marlborough Street, proved to be the cashier of the firm, and used--being chess-mad like the rest of us--to spend his evenings at "Kling's." He was a player of my own strength, and for twelve months or so had I skirmished with him over the chessboard, and fought innumerable battles with him. He had never spoken of his occupation, or I of my restless ambitions--chess players never go far beyond the chequered board.>


March 1893.

My First Book.

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: <... being chess-mad like the rest of us ...>
Mar-08-18  zanzibar: The Robinson piece, w (non-chess) illustrations:

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: Notice of the <Kling's Chess and Coffee Rooms> being open: (bottom)

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: Bird played at the Rooms, or was announced as playing there, and the Rooms were scene of some of the first post-1851 tournaments on British soil: (Bird-Renette p64)

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: Another notice of Rooms opening, with June 1 date being given:

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: I had once been told that <CG> didn't like to use cropped pictures, but the Kling portrait in current use has indeed been cropped.

The uncropped version can be found here:

C.N. 4341

(I actually don't mind using cropped pictures, but it's nice to know when it is, and where the original can be found)

Mar-08-18  zanzibar: PS - Go to the Winter article for the picture, but stay for the cooking!
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  MissScarlett: Kling's death notice in the <ILN> of January 6th 1877, p.23, so presumably authored by Patrick Duffy has three points of interest. It has his name as <Jacob Kling>; states he arrived in England in 1844; gives date of death as December 9th, not the 1st.
Jun-27-22  lonchaney: Chess composer

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