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Hans Fahrni
H Fahrni 
Number of games in database: 126
Years covered: 1902 to 1927
Overall record: +43 -57 =26 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-01-1874, died May-28-1939, 64 years old) Switzerland

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Hans Fahrni was born in the Austrian-Hungarian empire city of Prague (today in the Czech Republic). He was joint Swiss champion in 1892 (=Oswald Corrodi). In 1909, he won a four player tournament in Munich ahead of Savielly Tartakower, Semion Alapin and Rudolf Spielmann. His finest achievement came in 1911 at San Remo where he finished 1st, ahead of Stefan Levitsky, David Przepiorka, Isidor Gunsberg, Borislav Kostic, Leo Fleischmann Forgacs and Richard Reti amongst others. He passed away in Ostermundingen, Switzerland in 1939.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 126  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Fahrni vs D Bleijkmans  1-0641902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
2. H Liebenstein vs H Fahrni 0-1371902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Pillsbury vs H Fahrni  1-0391902Kaiser-Cafe, Blindfold Simul 21bC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Lasker vs H Fahrni  0-1471904Simul, 31bB15 Caro-Kann
5. H Fahrni vs H Appunn 1-0391904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. H Fahrni vs M Lewitt  ½-½691904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. M Elyashiv vs H Fahrni  0-1511904DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. P S Leonhardt vs H Fahrni 1-032190575 years Jubilee TtB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. H Fahrni vs Teichmann 1-025190575 years Jubilee TtD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W Schwan vs H Fahrni ½-½631905Barmen Meisterturnier BA02 Bird's Opening
11. H Fahrni vs A Neumann  ½-½591905Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. H Fahrni vs F J Lee  ½-½731905Barmen Meisterturnier BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Przepiorka vs H Fahrni  ½-½461905Barmen Meisterturnier BC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. H Fahrni vs Spielmann 1-0271905Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. L Forgacs vs H Fahrni  1-0421905Barmen Meisterturnier BD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. H Fahrni vs A H Pettersson 1-0351905Barmen Meisterturnier BC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. I Kopa vs H Fahrni  0-1561905Barmen Meisterturnier BC45 Scotch Game
18. H Fahrni vs H Caro 1-0491905Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Reggio vs H Fahrni 1-0211905Barmen Meisterturnier BC44 King's Pawn Game
20. H Fahrni vs E Post  1-0201905Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Perlis vs H Fahrni  1-0411905Barmen Meisterturnier BC46 Three Knights
22. H Fahrni vs B Leussen  1-0691905Barmen Meisterturnier BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. W Cohn vs H Fahrni ½-½291905Barmen Meisterturnier BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. H Fahrni vs Swiderski 0-1441905Barmen Meisterturnier BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. H Fahrni vs J W Baird  1-0501905Barmen Meisterturnier BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jun-22-07  Karpova: There's a funny story:

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Fahrni had the white pieces and it was his turn. His opponent was rather weak so Fahrni tried something special instead of resigning - He moved his pawn backwards! After 1.a3 h5 2.a2 h6 3.a1=Q black resigned. scroll down to 4967 (there's also a picture of Fahrni)

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  WannaBe: Bwahahahahahaha.... I'll try that next time, when I'm in an OTB game, and losing.
Jun-22-07  micartouse: What I'm trying to figure out: So if his opponent was really that bad, how the heck did he get to a pawn ending with Fahrni? I'm thinking he may have played along with Fahrni's joke, knowing he had him in his heart.
Jun-23-07  Karpova: <micartouse: So if his opponent was really that bad, how the heck did he get to a pawn ending with Fahrni?>

The board might not have had the descriptions of the lines and files.

He probably trusted the master and though he had calculated that he gets his queen one move earlier than his opponent he rather assumed he must have calculated wrongly.

This was not a serious game but an exhibition game which would explain why there's not the whole game available but the crucial position only. His opponent would surely have reacted differently if this had been a tournament game.

Jun-23-07  tjoffy: <micartouse> The german source in the link in the post of <Karpova> says it was a "Vorgabepartie", which is a game where one of the players start out with reduced material. Is there an english word for this kind of game btw?
Jun-23-07  Ziggurat: <tjoffy>"Odds game"
Jul-18-08  myschkin: "First master to play 100 opponents simultaneously. It took place in 1911 at Munich. His score was 55 wins, 39 draws, and 6 losses in seven and a half hours."
Jul-18-08  Karpova: A bit more detailed and with sources (what else could you expect from Edward Winter):

<On 29 June 1911 Hans Fahrni played 100 games simultaneously in Munich (+ 55 –6 =39). A detailed report, under the heading ‘Ein Weltrekord im Schach’ was published, without any games, on pages 9-12 of Schachjahrbuch für 1911. I. Teil by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1912).>

Aug-15-08  myschkin: . . .

what "really happened" <Karpova>:

Hans Fahrni - N.N.
Schweiz, etwa 1900

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Der schweizerische Meister Hans Fahrni spielte diese Partie um die Jahrhundertwende zum 20. Jahrhundert in einer Kaffeehauspartie gegen einen freundlichen älteren Herrn, dem er die Dame vorgegeben hatte. Die Stellung ist zwar verloren, doch Fahrni zog spaßeshalber <1.a4-a3!!??>, worauf sein Gegenüber nach längerem Nachdenken <1...h4-h5> spielte, und nach <2.a3-a2 h5-h6 3.a2-a1D+> aufgab.

Er murmelte daraufhin: "Merkwürdig! Ich hatte doch ausgerechnet, daß ich einen Zug früher eine Dame bekomme. Bin ich vielleicht mit meinem Bauern in die falsche Richtung marschiert?"

Fahrnis liebenswürdige Erwiderung war: "Nein, auch das hätte nichts geändert.", und präsentierte als Beweis die Variante <1.a4-a3 h4-h3 2.a3-a2 h3-h2 3.a2-a1D+ Kf1-g2 4.Da1-g7+ Kg2-h1 5.Dg7-b2 Kh1-g1 6.Kd3-e3 h2-h1D 7.Db2-f2#.>

Der ältere Herr schüttelte den Kopf und meinte: "Also war die Partie so und so verloren. Wie man sich doch täuschen kann!"

(Source: Ed Winter's Auntie Martha Sprüngli :p)

Sep-14-10  vonKrolock: San Remo 1911
Mar-06-11  markwell: There was no Czechoslovakia in 1874. Therefore, Farhni was born in Prague, Austria-Hungary. There was no Czech Republic in either 1874 or 1939. In any case, it appears he died in Switzerland. Which is sort of fitting, given that he was Swiss. Will somebody please clean up the data base on this site. It is a joke.
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  GrahamClayton: Fahrni went through the 1911 San Remo tournament undefeated, winning with a score of 7.5/10. His achievement did not receive a lot of publicity as the tournament was overshadowed by the San Sebastian tournament, which was held at roughly the same time.
Feb-02-12  bengalcat47: This game does not appear in the Chessgames database but here is a game played between Pillsbury and Fahrni at Hanover, on July 27, 1902, as part of a 21 game exhibition which also included Pillsbury playing (Dr.) O.S.Bernstein to a draw. White: Pillsbury Black: Fahrni
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5
5.e5 Nh5 6.d4 Be7 7.Be2 Be6 8.O-O g6
9.Ne1 Ng7 10.Bxf4 g6 11.Be3 Nf5 12.Qd2
c6 13.Bd3 Ng7 14.Ne2 Nd7 15.Ng3 Nb6 16.c3 h6 17.Qc2 Kd7 18.Nf5 Nxf5 19.Bxf5 Qe8 20.Nf3 Kc7 21.Nd2 Rd8 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.Rf3 g4 24.Rf2 Bg5 25.Nf1 Qh5 26.b3 Bh4 27.Ng3 Bxg3 28.hxg3 Nd7 29.Raf1 Rdf8 30.Rxf8 Rxf8 31.Rxf8 Nxf8 32.Qd2 Nd7 33.Bxh6 Qf5 34.Bg5 c5 35.Kh2 b6 36.Qf4 Nf8 37.Bf6 Nd7 38. Qh6 cxd4 39.cxd4 1-0.
Aug-21-12  Karpova: Fahrni won a strong 4-masters quadrangular tournament in Munich in 1909*:

1. Fahrni 8.0
2. Dr. Tartakower 6.0
3. Alapin 5.5
4. Spielmann 4.5

Fahrni scored +6 =4 -2.

From page 248 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

*Could this be the tournament which is referenced in the biography <won a tournament in 1909 at Monaco> as Munich in Italian is called Monaco?

Aug-21-12  Calli: <Karpova> Yes, it is Munich 1909. E. Winter attributes the "Monaco" error to Golombek's Encyclopedia. Corrected the Bio.
Feb-05-14  Karpova: On the International tournament at San Remo, February 6 to 22, 1911.

Von Scheve had planned a Gambit tournament, but several factors prevented that coming true:

The tournament overlapped with San Sebastian (1911) which was deleterious. Many were depressed as they feared 24 to 30 participants may be admitted, others had professional duties or the time span for travelling after the announcement was too short.

That's why only 11 players began on February 6, and since it was so short, Gambit play was not mandatory, but only encouraged by the fact that these games would be favored when awarding Brilliancy prizes (500 L.).

The playing time was from 0930 to 1430, with time control 2 h 30 min for 45 moves and mercy 3 min (<3 Gnadenminuten>, I guess it means that you could overstep the time limit by 3 min). On February 5, the participants listened to Verdi's Othello, and play commenced on February 6, lasting until February 22.

Final standings with prize money (in Francs) in brackets:

1. Fahrni 7.5 (2500)
2. Lowtzky 7.0 (1500)
3. Forgacs (1000)
4-5. Boris Kostics (shared 800+600)
4-5. Przepiorka (shared 800+600)
6-9. Gunsberg (shared 500+450+400)
6-9. Reti (shared 500+450+400)
6-9. Rosselli (shared 500+450+400)
6-9. Von Scheve (shared 500+450+400)
then followed de Biase of Fiume and Pinkerton of Bristol.

Brilliancy prizes (Francs): Fahrni 100 for his game against von Scheve, Reti 50 for Gunsberg vs Reti, 1911 and Przepiorka and Gunsberg 50 each for their draw Gunsberg vs Przepiorka, 1911.

At the closing ceremony, von Scheve was awarded a precious needle with brilliant cut diamonds.

Source: Page 124 of the April 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-06-14  Karpova: Match in Salzburg against Josef Hrdina, (probably) in 1911, ended +2 -1 =4 in favor of Fahrni (one game was not finished).

Source: Page 177 of the May-June 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

May-24-14  Karpova: Fahrni faced Stang, who had won the Winter tournament of the Munich Chess Club, in a match in 1909 in the Munich Chess Club. Winner was the first to score 5 wins.

Fahrni won +5 -1 =2.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', August and Supplement 1909, p. 250

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  Bubo bubo: <Karpova: There's a funny story:>

In my opinion this story isn't funny at all. Poor sportsmanship and fraud are never funny. Shame on you, Mr Fahrni!

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  OhioChessFan: I don't believe the story is legit. As <micartouse> mentioned, nobody good enough to get to an endgame against Fahrni would be fooled by this. Or else it was a friend who laughed along with Fahrni and knew he'd won.
Apr-13-17  zanzibar: I would say that his best performance was at the 1909 Munich RR4 tournament, where EDOchess has the average rating of the competition above 2500.

It also matches his highest rating:

Munich 1909 (2) (1st place - scored 8/12)

San Remo 1911 (1st place - 7.5/10)

San Remo was a weaker tournament.

Apr-13-17  zanzibar: Oxford Companion agrees with me (I think)...

Apr-13-17  zanzibar: <Any prospect. If not everything deceives, he has one Great future. Fahrni has been in the rear-
Reason; He has been playing for the first time for a long time again with. He is the born professional player. Chess and just chess! In Hamburg and Nuremberg he fought honorably, in Example the Grand Master Dr. Tarrasch. He has one Quite considerable skill, makes the most daring
Attacks, always knows something to invent, knows all the trickery and feints, Without being merely a bluff player. You can call it the completed one Practitioners, in the tournament, in free and in pre-games. Him Alapin represents the type of the theorist
As a practical tournament player behind their competitors Would have to. In the chess world, however, he is primarily deeper Chess players. Like all real scholars
Also this scholar taught his scientific conviction of every Victim. In contrast to his three fighters, the representative The modern playing style, he plays as a representative of the older generation With, with Steinitz, Zukertort, Anderssen, Tschigorin their Battles. A far-seeing computer, a connoisseur of theory, The representative of chess science. The meeting of these four Chess individuality in small competitions,
Do not adhere to the often accidental outcome of a single part, Promises very interesting results. (From the
"Neues Freie Presse" of June 21, 1909.)>

A poor translation I'm afraid. The original German can be found in WSZ v12 (1909) p248.

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: Fahrni also had artist talent:

Doll (kibitz #1631)

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: Oxford Companion (Hooper & Whyld) 1984 has this...

<Skilled at fast play, Fahrni was the first master to meet 100 opponents in a simultaneous display; it took place in 1911 at Munich, where he lived for a time, and he scored +55=39—6 in seven and a half hours.>

He suffered several mental breakdowns in his life, necessitating his being institutionalized for a time. I believe he was eventually diagnosed as being schizophrenic and was perhaps deported from Germany back to Switzerland on account of this.

Between his troubles, he returned to active play and/or chess writing till close to the end of his life.

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