Friday, October 26, 2007

Rudolf Rezso Charousek

The short story, The Last Round by Kester Svendsen, was concurrently based on a most wonderful game I have seen in a long time. The game containing 3 sacrifices, two of which were Queens maybe the most poetic of games. The vividly game was apparently played between Rudolph Charuosek (White) and Jakob Wolner in Kaschua, 1893. Charuosek beat lasker quite easily and Lasker commented that he would have to play him again for the world title.

(Hungarian: Rezső Charousek) (Praga, 19 September 1873 – Budapest, 18 April 1900) was a Hungarian-Jewish chess player. A brilliant player, he had a tragically short career, dying from tuberculosis at 26. Reuben Fine described him as the John Keats of chess.

It was not long ago I wrote an article on another brilliant chess master IM Rashid Nezmehtdinov who could not play Lasker as contender for the world championship because of poverty. This was also the case with Charousek, he was so poor I doubt if he were still alive at the time would he have been able to afford to play Lasker.

Well here is the most wonderful game that has definitely made me a Charousek fan.
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bc5 6. Nxc3 d6 7. 0-0 0-0 8. Ng5 h6 9. Nxf7 Rxf7 10. e5 Ng4 11. e6 Qh4 12. exf7+ Kf8 13. Bf4 Nxf2 14. Qe2 Ng4+ 15. Kh1 Bd7 16. Rae1 Nc6 17. Qe8+ Rxe8 18. fxe8=Q+ Bxe8 19. Bxd6++

Download the game in pgn here
Puzzles from Charousek's games here

1 comment:

Jack said...

very nice your blog, charousek was a great player I also posted about charousek,