Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games

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McFarland, Oct 5, 2018 - Games & Activities - 384 pages
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German master Kurt Richter (1900–1969) made significant contributions to the chess world as a player, and as an editor and author. Unassuming in real life, Richter was a fearsome opponent who expressed himself mainly through his over-the-board results, as well as through his chess journalism and literary output. He was responsible for several innovative openings, some of which gained renewed status in later years. This overview of his life and games sheds light on a player who should be better known, with much never-before-seen material. Examples of his entertaining writings on chess are included, some featuring his fictitious student opponent, Dr. Zabel. A wide selection of games illustrates the surprising combinations and brilliant style of play that earned him the title “The Executioner of Berlin.”
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Prologue 19001918
5
Part 1 19191924 Venturing Forth
8
Part 2 19251929 Signs of Progress
22
Part 3 19301932 Making His Mark
51
Part 4 19331935 Adapting to Change
90
At His Creative Best
135
Additional Games
293
Tournament and Match Results
315
Richters Openings with White
318
Richters Openings with Black
332
Notes
339
Bibliography
347
Index of Opponents
351
Index of Annotators
353

Part 6 19401945 The War Years
202
Part 7 19461949 Rebuilding
246
Part 8 19501959 The Two Germanys
263
Part 9 19601969 The Final Years
285

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About the author (2018)

Alan McGowan has been associated with Cathcart Chess Club in Glasgow, Scotland and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chess Club in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He has helped edit Scottish Chess and Chess Canada Échecs and is the historian for Chess Scotland. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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