Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle

19th Century Berlin Chess Biographies with 711 Games

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About the Book

Around 1860 a wave of talented youth intensified the Berlin chess scene. Within a short time Berthold Suhle, Philipp Hirschfeld and Gustav Neumann ranked among the best players in the world. After a few years, Suhle went on to become an authority in ancient Greek, and Hirschfeld proved a successful businessman (while remaining a sparring partner of Johannes Hermann Zukertort). Neumann retained a fascination for the game and grew into one of the world’s strongest players. Despite their achievements little has been known about their lives and games. Drawing on a range of sources, the authors fill this gap, providing games with both old and new analyses. An introductory chapter on Berlin chess before 1860 and an appendix on Bernhard von Guretzky-Cornitz complete the book.

About the Author(s)

Historian Hans Renette is FIDE master in chess (with 2 IM norms). He lives in Bierbeek, Belgium.
Fabrizio Zavatarelli is a teacher of applied mathematics and the author of several articles concerning chess history. He lives in Milan, Italy.

Bibliographic Details

Hans Renette and Fabrizio Zavatarelli
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 384
Bibliographic Info: 66 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes
Copyright Date: 2020 [2018]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7944-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Negele  1

Introduction  3

  A tale of cities  3

  The genesis of this book  3

  Two personal notes  3

  General notes  4

  Thanks to  4

Part I. Chess in Berlin Until 1860  5

Philidor’s stay  6

Deschapelles’ two visits  6

The Schachclub  7

Julius Mendheim  8

The Berliner Schachgesellschaft  9

Ludwig Bledow  13

The Pleiades  16

Carl Mayet  17

Wilhelm Hanstein  18

Bernhard Horwitz  19

Tassilo von der Lasa  20

Paul Bilguer  22

Karl Schorn  24

After the Pleiades  24

The second Berlin school  26

Part II. Carl Friedrich Berthold Suhle  27

Private and professional life  28

Chess life: A promising youngster (1858–spring 1859)  29

Out of Bonn (spring–summer 1859)  37

The Berlin years commence (summer 1859–1860)  50

The last playing years (1862–1869)  56

Part III. Philipp Martin Hirschfeld  75

Private and professional life  76

Chess life and games  78

The beginning (1859–1860)  79

The Schachzeitung (1861–autumn 1863)  88

Traveling (December 1863–1871)  106

A London resident (1872–1891)  125

Definitively back in Berlin (1892–1894)  154

Part IV. Gustav Richard Ludwig Neumann  157

Introduction  158

Youth (1838–1860)  159

A first visit to the Berliner Schachgesellschaft  162

Anderssen in Berlin (July 1860)  164

Student years (1860–1863)  165

A fresh start (September 1863–April 1864)  170

A visit to Breslau (April 1864)  182

Paulsen’s visit to Berlin (May 1864)  187

Anderssen in Berlin (July 1864)  194

A bet of six months  199

The tournament of the Berliner Schachgesellschaft 1865  213

Anderssen’s visit (April 1865)  215

Summer chess  225

Elberfeld (August 1865)  232

The season 1865-1866  233

The tournament of the Berliner Schachgesellschaft 1866  236

Anderssen in Berlin (April 1866)  238

A cruel summer (July–August 1866)  248

A challenge  250

Last months in Berlin (September 1866–May 1867)  251

Paris (June–July 1867)  262

Three matches (July–August 1867)  277

Dundee (September 1867)  287

A controversy with Kolisch  298

Paris 1867–1868  299

Matches with Rosenthal (January–February 1869)  306

The final year in Paris (1869)  312

Breakdown  318

Back to Germany  321

Baden-Baden (July–August 1870)  323

Altona (July 1872)  336

Neumann’s purgatory and demise (1872–1881)  338

Appendix I: Bernhard von ­Guretzky-Cornitz  343

  Private and professional life  343

  Chess life, games and problems  343

Appendix II: Suhle’s Theoretical Contributions to Opening Theory  354

Appendix III: Texts by Suhle Not Concerning Himself  354

Appendix IV: Suhle’s Teaching Career  355

Appendix V: Hirschfeld’s Theoretical Contributions to Opening Theory  356

Appendix VI: Documents Related to Neumann  357

Bibliography  361

  Monographs on other players  361

  Tournament books  361

  Anthologies  361

  Textbooks and handbooks  361

  Chess history and reference  362

  Other books  362

  Chess periodicals  363

  Chess columns in periodicals  363

  Databases  363

  Websites  363

Players Index (to game numbers)  365

Index of Openings—Traditional Names (to game numbers)  367

Index of Openings—ECO Codes (to game numbers)  368

Annotators Index (to game numbers)  369

General Index (to page numbers)  370

Book Reviews & Awards

• “The two authors of this volume are both respected chess historians…[you] won’t be disappointed…outstanding historical research.”—British Chess News
• “Important…impressive variety of sources…a wonderful achievement”—American Chess Magazine
• “Renette and Zavatarelli have not only created wonderful written biographies on the players, but above all created an excellent coverage of a unique insight into Berlin chess life from 1830 until 1890. One of the most interesting written chessbooks of this time”—
• “Magnificent clothbound gem…Renette and Zavatarelli have done a remarkable amount of digging with all sorts of artifact reproductions. Chock full of gambits, it’s also a handbook of attacking chess amidst all the history. Lot’s of fun.”—ArcaMax Publishing
• “The book does a nice job of combining the chess culture of the area and time with players who best represented that era. The games, are lively and engaging…full of fun…an interesting and enjoyable read”—Mind’s Eye Press.

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