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Gustav Richard Neumann
G Neumann 
Number of games in database: 242
Years covered: 1860 to 1872

Overall record: +150 -62 =30 (68.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (37) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C65 C60 C78 C84
 King's Gambit Accepted (19) 
    C33 C37 C38
 Sicilian (6) 
    B20 B45 B23 B25
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C59
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C31
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    C38 C33 C37 C39 C34
 Evans Gambit (28) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C65 C60 C67 C77 C66
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Scotch Game (6) 
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Neumann vs Dufresne, 1863 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Schulten, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1860 1-0
   G Neumann vs Anderssen, 1865 1-0
   G Neumann vs J Minckwitz, 1870 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1866 1-0
   G Neumann vs Mayet, 1863 1-0
   G Neumann vs Zukertort, 1864 1-0
   Beer vs G Neumann, 1866 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dundee Congress (1867)
   Baden-Baden (1870)
   Paris (1867)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Paris 1867 by suenteus po 147
   Baden-Baden 1870 by suenteus po 147
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli

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(born Dec-15-1838, died Feb-16-1881, 42 years old) Germany

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Gustav Richard Ludwig Neumann was born in Gleiwitz (now Gliwice, Poland) in 1838 and died in Allenberg in 1881. During the late 1860s, he was among the five strongest players in the world. Neumann co-founded, with Adolf Anderssen, and edited the 'Neue Berliner Schachzeitung'. In tournament play, he finished 1st at Dundee in 1867 and 3rd at Baden-Baden 1870. In matches, Neumann lost to Louis Paulsen (+3, =3, -5) in 1864 and defeated Simon Winawer (+3, =0, -0) in 1867. However, severe mental illness stopped him playing after 1872.

Wikipedia article: Gustav Neumann

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 242  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-0211860BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
2. Paulsen vs G Neumann 1-0241861?C51 Evans Gambit
3. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-0261863BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 1-0191863UnknownC54 Giuoco Piano
5. G Neumann vs Dufresne 1-0171863Berlin Congress GCFC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Dufresne vs G Neumann 0-1241863BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
7. G Neumann vs B von Guretzky-Cornitz 0-1231863Berlin m/2C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. G Neumann vs S Mieses 1-0241863GermanyB20 Sicilian
9. G Neumann vs H Wernich 1-0211863BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. G Neumann vs A Lichtenstein 1-0221863BerlinC01 French, Exchange
11. G Neumann vs E Schallopp  1-0251863?C51 Evans Gambit
12. G Neumann vs Mayet 1-0181863BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Mayet vs G Neumann  0-1191863BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. de Riviere vs G Neumann  0-1291864BerlinC55 Two Knights Defense
15. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-0191864BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
16. G Neumann vs Anderssen 0-1251864BreslauC60 Ruy Lopez
17. G Neumann vs Anderssen 1-0281864BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-1511864BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
19. Gohle / Schallopp vs G Neumann  1-0361864BerlinC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Anderssen vs G Neumann 1-0311864BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
21. L Posse vs G Neumann  0-1361864BerlinC55 Two Knights Defense
22. Anderssen vs G Neumann 1-0291864BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
23. Mayet vs G Neumann  0-1301864BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-1391864BreslauC24 Bishop's Opening
25. Anderssen vs G Neumann 0-1341864BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Oct-04-07  pawnofdoom: The only player to have ever beaten Beer!
Aug-10-08  myschkin: . . .

about Baden-Baden 1870 (in German):

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  brankat: A very strong player indeed. G.R.Neumann had wins against the likes of A.Anderssen, L.Paulsen, S.Winawer, Mieses, J.Zuckertort.

Baden-Baden 1970 can be viewed as the first "Super-Tournament" ever, so the third prize was quite a success. Justifiably amongst the strongest masters of the 1860s.

R.I.P. master Neumann.

Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: he also had a win against Lasker.
Jun-06-09  myschkin: . . .

Im Jahr 1869 entschloss er sich nach Paris überzusiedeln, um dort sein Studium zu beenden. Doch dazu sollte es nicht mehr kommen. Neumann erlitt im Dezember 1869 einen Nervenzusammenbruch und wurde in eine Pariser Nervenheilanstalt eingewiesen. Im März 1870 gelingt ihm, dank der Hilfe von Freunden, die Rückkehr nach Deutschland, doch blieb die Nervenerkrankung bestehen, und bis zum Ende seines Lebens standen ihm noch viele Schmerzen und Klinikaufenthalte bevor. Er nahm aber weiterhin, soweit ihm seine Krankheit dies erlaubte, an Schachturnieren teil: 1870 wurde er in Baden-Baden Dritter (er besiegte Adolf Anderssen 2-0). Sein letztes Turnier spielte er 1872 in Altona, wo er den zweiten Preis errang. Die Krankheit wurde nun übermächtig, und er musste das Schachspielen aufgeben. Er starb, nur 42-jährig, 1881 in Allenberg.

Bio (in English):

Feb-02-10  cgs: He played marvellous games. Sorry that he didn't play against Morphy.
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  Swapmeet: His wikipedia article claims he had the first perfect tournament score at Berlin 1865 with a whopping +34 -0 =0! Seems a tad too good to be true, anyone know anything about this?
Dec-07-11  markwell: Gustav Neumann was born in the Prussian Province of Silesia. Accordingly, he was not born in Poland. There was no Poland at the time. He was not Polish, he was German. Gleiwitz was not Polish, it was German. Yet more nauseating historical revisionism on this website. One is entitled to one's opionion, not one's own facts.
Jul-04-12  e4 resigns: Looks kinda like Chuck Norris...
May-02-14  RedShield: More like Orson Welles.
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  offramp: Yes! Always!
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  MissScarlett: This dude went 34-0 in a tournament. Allegedly.
Apr-30-15  Plato: Bobby Fischer's father was Paul Nemenyi. Fischer's grandfather's brother magyarized the family name from Neumann to Nemenyi in 1871. Maybe Gustav Neumann is one of Fischer's ancestors?!?!

"In top-class chess it is rare for a player to complete a tournament or match with a 100 percent score. This result was however achieved in tournaments by:

Gustav Neumann at Berlin in 1865 (34/34)[42]
Bobby Fischer at the US Championship of 1963/64 (11/11)"

May-17-15  siggemannen: I never knew that "man without a name" played chess
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  offramp: <Plato: ...Gustav Neumann at Berlin in 1865 (34/34)[42]...>

What does the <[42]> mean? Is it a new points system?

Apr-04-16  zanzibar: <offramp> if serious, check here:

Apr-04-16  zanzibar: A short obit:


The Field regrets to learn from the Berlin Sonntagsblatt the death of Herr G. R. Neumann. The deceased was one of the greatest players of our time, having first developed his fine gifts in practice with Anderssen, Dufresne, Paulsen, and other masters of the Berlin school. In the first Paris tournament of 1867, he only won the fourth prize, but immediately afterwards he beat the second winner, Herr Winawer, in a match of four games, without losing any. In the same year he won the chief prize of the first-class tournament in the Chess Congress held at Dundee. During his subsequent residence in Paris, he beat M Rosenthal in two matches, without losing a single game to his adversary, who only succeeded in scoring several draws. His last appearance in public took place in Baden in 1870, where he tied with Mr Blaokburne for the third prize. Herr Neumann was also a prolific author on the game, both in the German and French languages. He was editor of the Neue Berliner Schachzeitang for several years, and notable amongst his works are "Handbuch des Schachspiels," brought out in conjunction with Dr Suhle, and the book of the Paris Chess Congress of 1867, which he edited with M Arnous de Riviere. He had been suffering from mental affliction for several years, which caused his retirement from the game, and though his death took place in February last, it only became known to his German Chess friends a few weeks ago. His loss will be deeply regretted by lovers of the game all over the world.>

From <Chess Player's Chronicle v5 (2nd Aug 1881) p373/382>

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  offramp: <zanzibar: <offramp> if serious, check here...>

I wasn't serious. It irks me when people take paragraphs from Wikipedia and can't be bothered to remove the footnote numbers. It happens very often.

Apr-05-16  zanzibar: Guilty as charged...

Plus, it irks me I couldn't find anything funny, weird or informative with 42 points to set up a couplet.

Oh well... so long, and thanks for all the fish.

Dec-15-16  ColeTrane: "Hello, Jerry."

"Hello, Neuman!"

Dec-16-16 German? or Prussian?
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  ketchuplover: He holds the record for longest winning streak imo
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  ketchuplover: Correction....Greco is 79-0!!!!!!
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  Jean Defuse: ...

The great German Chess Historian Michael Negele about Gustav Neumann:


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  Jean Defuse: ...

A new McFarland book by Hans Renette & Fabrizio Zavatarelli was published:

'Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle - 19th Century Berlin Chess Biographies with 711 Games'



Hans Renette (Some outtakes of my second book):

... I learned about Neumann from the great Anderssen biography by Von Gottschall. They played a huge number of fascinating games against each other. But I was always most impressed by Neumann's win against Steinitz at the Paris 1867 tournament (Steinitz vs G Neumann, 1867). It is an incredible game, and I'll give it here with condensed notes.

But first a word from Neumann himself in which circumstances he played this epic struggle that lasted 11 hours.

[The game] began around three o’clock of a very sultry afternoon. A violent storm burst soon after, but we [Neumann and Steinitz], spirited by true enthusiasm for chess, do not realize both the raging of nature and the hour of sunset, which we let pass with poor refreshment.” [Schachzeitung, November 1869, p. 326]...



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