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Josef Noa
J Noa 

Number of games in database: 137
Years covered: 1880 to 1896
Overall record: +37 -69 =31 (38.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C67 C65 C77 C61 C70
 Giuoco Piano (13) 
 Sicilian (11) 
    B45 B40 B30 B27 B56
 French Defense (7) 
    C11 C01
 French (5) 
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C49 C47
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (35) 
    C01 C11 C15 C02 C13
 French (14) 
    C11 C13 C00
 French Winawer (5) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C65 C78 C66
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chigorin vs J Noa, 1882 0-1
   Gunsberg vs J Noa, 1885 0-1
   Alapin vs J Noa, 1892 1/2-1/2
   Zukertort vs J Noa, 1887 0-1
   J Noa vs Von Gottschall, 1887 1-0
   J Noa vs S Rosenthal, 1883 1-0
   J Noa vs J Mortimer, 1883 1-0
   J Noa vs Alapin, 1887 1/2-1/2
   J Noa vs Mackenzie, 1883 1/2-1/2
   J Noa vs A Sellman, 1883 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (1883)
   Budapest (1896)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Berlin (1881)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Vienna (1882)

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(born Oct-21-1856, died Jun-01-1903, 46 years old) Hungary
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Joseph Noa was a Hungarian Master who was a judge by profession. Although an amateur he played in a number of tournaments throughout the 1880's and 1890's and defeated some of the famous players of his time. He played at Berlin 1881 drawing with Louis Paulsen and beating Wilfried Paulsen. In Vienna 1882 he defeated Mikhail Chigorin, James Mason and Joseph Henry Blackburne amongst others. At London 1883 he beat Henry Edward Bird twice and at Frankfurt am Main 1887 he was victorious over Johannes Zukertort and the tournament winner George Henry Mackenzie. At Budapest 1896 he defeated Geza Maroczy and drew with the tournament winner Chigorin.

Wikipedia article: Josef Noa

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 137  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Noa vs J N Berger 1-0691880GrazC67 Ruy Lopez
2. J Minckwitz vs J Noa ½-½371880GrazC66 Ruy Lopez
3. J Schwarz vs J Noa  ½-½311880GrazC46 Three Knights
4. Wittek vs J Noa  1-0491880GrazC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. J Noa vs A Schwarz  0-1261880GrazC01 French, Exchange
6. J Noa vs E Schallopp  0-1271880GrazC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
7. J Noa vs M Weiss 0-1501880GrazC67 Ruy Lopez
8. J Schwarz vs J Noa 1-03618812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC49 Four Knights
9. Paulsen vs J Noa ½-½6418812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC02 French, Advance
10. Zukertort vs J Noa ½-½4618812nd DSB Congress, BerlinA35 English, Symmetrical
11. J Noa vs F Riemann 0-16318812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
12. J Noa vs Winawer ½-½6618812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
13. E Schallopp vs J Noa 1-03018812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC22 Center Game
14. J Noa vs Wittek 1-03618812nd DSB Congress, BerlinB40 Sicilian
15. J Noa vs J N Berger  0-14318812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC11 French
16. W Paulsen vs J Noa  0-15118812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC22 Center Game
17. J Mason vs J Noa  1-03718812nd DSB Congress, BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J Noa vs H Von Schuetz  1-04118812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
19. J Noa vs Wemmers 0-15818812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. J Noa vs C F Schmid 1-02518812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC67 Ruy Lopez
21. J Minckwitz vs J Noa 1-02118812nd DSB Congress, BerlinB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. J Noa vs Chigorin 0-14518812nd DSB Congress, BerlinC67 Ruy Lopez
23. J Noa vs Meitner  1-0291882ViennaC67 Ruy Lopez
24. Steinitz vs J Noa 1-0501882ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. J Noa vs P Ware 1-0481882ViennaB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 137  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-11-05  soberknight: Did he play in Noa's ark?
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  WannaBe: he might have popularized the Noah's Ark move in Ruy Lopez... 8-))
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  Honza Cervenka: Josef Noa (1856-1903) was a Hungarian master.
May-04-06  DeepBlade: All his creations?

E34= Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation

E35= Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation, 5. cxd5 exd5

E36= Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation, 5. a3

E37= Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa variation, Main line, 7.Qc2

Aug-20-06  mandy64: He died in 1903, and years covered 1880 to 1937 ???
Nov-19-07  whiteshark: Dr. Joseph Noa
born in Groß-Becskerek
died in Budapest
Jan-29-08  whiteshark: Chairman Noa is watching you!
Oct-21-09  AnalyzeThis: This guy was playing the Nimzo-Indian while Nimzovich was still in diapers.
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  xenophon: < AnalyzeThis: This guy was playing the Nimzo-Indian while Nimzovich was still in diapers. > which games-i can only find one in the data base and that was by transposition
Oct-21-09  WhiteRook48: which one was that?
Oct-21-09  whiteshark: Player of the Day
Jun-24-10  YoungEd: As a judge, he once ruled against a minor child seeking emancipation because neither the mother nor father exhibited physical cruelty. That is now known in legal circles as the Noa Parent Reason.
Oct-21-12  brankat: Despite the Noa Parent Reason, the judge did play some real good games.

R.I.P. Mr.Noa.

Oct-21-12  waustad: Just because we only see Englisch vs J Noa, 1887 doesn't mean that he didn't do a lot of work on the Nimzo. For example, we don't have a singel example of Maroczy playing the e4 c4 complex against the Sicilian here.
Feb-21-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Quite a list of scalps for an amateur.
Jul-29-13  thomastonk: Josef or Joseph?

Gaige has Josef. WSZ has Josef (1903, p 153). English Wikipedia has both.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Dr. Noa seems quite advanced an opening innovator for his time. In addition to the Nimzo-Indian, he also played early examples of the Queen's Indian and Bogo-Indian.
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  offramp: < thomastonk: Josef or Joseph?>

The former. There's no a in Joseph.

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  Annie K.: It should really be József, actually. That's the Hungarian version of the name. Also see pronunciation audio. :)
Oct-21-13  Castleinthesky: He was Noa joke as a chess player!
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Josef Noa.
Oct-21-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Josef Noa.

Oct-22-13  TheFocus: After playing over some games of this player, it came as now surprisa to me that he should be POTD.
Sep-29-20  login:

Dr. Josef Noa,
born in Nagybecskerek (German 'Groß-Becskerek'), Banat (Zrenjanin, former Yugoslavia) (

Amongst other things he was the founder of a well respected chess club in Novi Sad (German 'Neusatz').


(Historical) map of Novi Sad

Obituary Wiener Schachzeitung (in German)

(Group) photograph (Dresden 1892)

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