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Arthur Kaufmann

266 pages, paperback, McFarland, 1. edition 2012.

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This biography explores the life and chess career of Arthur Kaufmann, an early 20th century Romanian-born grandmaster-level player. A contemporary of luminaries such as Capablanca, Reti, Schlechter, Spielmann, and Tartakower, Kaufmann remained an enigma despite his high level play.

Through an analysis of primary sources, including correspondence, diaries and other archival material, Kaufmann's chess career is reconstructed in detail. His tournament and match play games from the early 1890s to the 1910s are explored, as are his little known matches against some of the top players of his time and his participation in the Trebitsch memorials in wartime Vienna.

The book also offers an unprecedented account of Kaufmann's close relationship with Arthur Schnitzler, the famed Austrian dramatist, whose diary offers important clues to Kaufmann's life and work as a philosopher.There is a collection of 71 Kaufmann games with detailed annotations and diagrams.

Award-winning journalist Olimpiu G. Urcan is a frequent contributor to New in Chess and pens a monthly chess history column at He lives in Singapore, where he works as an education consultant.

Peter M. Braunwarth is a scholar and professor in Vienna, Austria.

Language English
Author Braunwarth, Peter M.
Urcan, Olimpiu G.
Publisher McFarland
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 480 g
Width 17.6 cm
Height 25.4 cm
Pages 266
ISBN-13 9780786461455
Year of Publication 2012
Binding paperback

v Acknowledgments

001 Foreword by Mihail Marin

003 Preface

005 A Note to the Reader

007 PART I - The Life (1872-1938) and Chess Career

009 1. 1872-1900: A Student in Vienna

026 2. 1901-1910: Intermission

041 3. 1911-1914: Back to Chess

057 4. 1915-1916: Chess in a "Gigantic Hospital"

065 5. June 1917: Breakdown

076 6. 1918-1919: Out of Vienna to Mariazell and Kiev

090 7. 1919-1920: Taking On Einstein

100 8. 1920-1922: Altaussee

114 9. 1923-1938: An Inscrutable Endgame

143 PART II - The Chess Games

215 PART III - Appendices, Sources and Indexes

217 Appendix A: Kaufmann and Chess Theory

222 Appendix B: Tournament Crosstables

225 Appendix C: Kaufmann's Tournament and Match Record

226 Appendix D: Kaufmann's Results Against Leading Masters

227 Appendix E: Two More Kaufmann Games?

229 Appendix F: An Encounter with Alekhine?

234 Appendix G: A Kaufmann Imaginary Letter

238 Appendix H: The Unpictured Kaufmann

242 Appendix I: Brief Biographies of Notable Players

253 Sources and Bibliography

257 Index of Openings

258 Index of Opponents

259 Index of Illustrations

260 Index of Other Games

261 General Index

Arthur Kaufmann