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Adolf Zytogorski
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1841 to 1861

Overall record: +14 -9 =4 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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   Harrwitz vs Zytogorski, 1851 0-1
   Zytogorski vs J F Bateman, 1860 1-0
   Zytogorski vs V Green, 1855 1-0
   Zytogorski vs T Barnes, 1855 1-0
   Zytogorski vs R Brien, 1855 1-0

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(born 1807, died Feb-27-1882, 74 years old) Poland (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zytogorski vs Staunton 1-0261841Odds game000 Chess variants
2. Zytogorski vs Staunton ½-½571841Odds game000 Chess variants
3. Zytogorski vs Staunton 0-1191841Odds game000 Chess variants
4. Zytogorski vs Staunton 0-1121841Odds game000 Chess variants
5. Zytogorski vs H Buckle  ½-½411842EnglandC38 King's Gambit Accepted
6. A Shishmanovich vs Zytogorski 1-0201844RousseC00 French Defense
7. A Shishmanovich vs Zytogorski 1-0231844RousseB44 Sicilian
8. Zytogorski vs E Williams 0-1311844Casual gameB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Anderssen vs Zytogorski 0-1321851LondonC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Anderssen vs Zytogorski 1-0341851LondonC58 Two Knights
11. Harrwitz vs Zytogorski 0-1241851London ClubC59 Two Knights
12. Zytogorski vs Anderssen 1-0231851LondonC52 Evans Gambit
13. Zytogorski vs R Brien  ½-½271855Kling's Coffee HouseC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Zytogorski vs V Green 1-0251855Kling's Coffee HouseC44 King's Pawn Game
15. R Brien vs Zytogorski 0-1281855Kling's Coffee HouseC41 Philidor Defense
16. R Brien vs Zytogorski 1-0301855Kling's Coffee HouseC27 Vienna Game
17. Zytogorski vs R Brien  1-0501855Kling's Coffee HouseC42 Petrov Defense
18. R Brien vs Zytogorski 1-0561855Kling's Coffee HouseC27 Vienna Game
19. Zytogorski vs R Brien  0-1271855Kling's Coffee HouseC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. R Brien vs Zytogorski 0-1291855Kling's Coffee HouseC41 Philidor Defense
21. Zytogorski vs R Brien 1-0541855Kling's Coffee HouseC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. R Brien vs Zytogorski  ½-½431855Kling's Coffee HouseC41 Philidor Defense
23. Zytogorski vs T Barnes 1-0681855Kling's Coffee HouseC00 French Defense
24. T Barnes vs Zytogorski 1-0591855Kling's Coffee HouseA02 Bird's Opening
25. Zytogorski vs T Barnes 1-0441855Kling's Coffee HouseB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  BishopBerkeley: How different his life might have been if he hadn't come at the end of every alphabetical list he had ever appeared on...

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  tamar: This obituary was quoted in a webpage
researching the Polish born Zytogorsky, and is entitled "The Greatest One Before Winawer"

<In Adolph Zytogorsky there has passed away a player of considerable eminence, who but adverse circumstances would have achieved a far higher reputation among the masters of the game. His name has been for many years so little before the public that it may be even unknown to the younger generation; yet it is one of those which ought not be altogether forgotten. Mr. Zytogorski died on the 27th of February in the German Hospital, Dalston, at the age of 75. He was one from the numerous band of Polish refugees who, after the ill-starred rising of 1831, overspread the capitals of Western Europe. Like too many of his fellow-exiles, he passed his long life in poverty and obscurity. If Fortune was unkind to Zytogorsky, it is but fair to Fortune to say that he had opportunities of bettering himself which he was too much of Bohemian to turn to account. He is believed to have passed the greater part of the last half-century in England, but was occasionally heard of in Germany. In the earliest volumes of the "Chess Players's Chronicle", 1841-2 a few of his games are recorded; and he contributed a valuable analysis of the problem of Rook and Bishop against Rook, partly reproduced in Staunton's "Handbook". His conclusions on this point, like those of Philidor, were too favourable to the attack; and they were partially corrected by Kling and others. He was, indeed, a master alike of the theory and practise of end-games; he conducted endings, whether of Pawns or Pieces, with the accuracy of a Szen, and published many ingenious positions. In 1843 he played a match with Staunton, then at the height of his strength and reputation, receiving a Pawn and two moves, and won six games right off the reel. Others, who were less successful at these odds, rose in time to be acknowledged first-rates. Staunton suppressed all mention of this match; and, as long as he controlled the Chess organs, nothing more was heard of the winner. George Walker, who was always ready to bring to light whatever merit Staunton sought to obscure, does not mention him in his "Chess Studies" of 1844; a fact which must now remain unexplained. Zytogorsky was befriended by the late Mr. Brien, who succeeded Staunton as Editor of the "Chronicle" in 1854-56; and Brien, after his quarrel with Staunton, published for the first time the particulars of the above match. In those years we find Zytogorsky taking part in various matches and tourneys at Kling's Chess Rooms in New Oxford Street, and at the "Philidorian". In the "Chronicle" for 1855, p. 204, he is described as "a veteran who opposed, in 'auld lang syne', such Chess warriors as Staunton, Buckle, and Perigal in upwards of three thousand games". He won a short match of Brien by the odd game: but in a pool or triangular duel between Brien, Falkbeer, and Zytogorsky, Falkbeer was the victor. Many of his games appear in this series of the "C. P. C.", as well as in the next which followed after an interval in 1859-62; but for the last twenty years we have scarcely met with his name in the public prints. Among his recorded casual games we find several with Harrwitz, both won and lost: a win of Anderssen in 1851, a draw in 1861, but no mention of total scores. Enough has been said, it is hoped, to justify the opinion that Zytogorsky, if he had been in position to assert himself, would unquestionably have taken a high place among the masters of European reputation.> W. W(ayte),

Jun-12-08  Pianoplayer: Wow he only lived 19 years...
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  whiteshark: Have you ADHD ?????
Sep-03-08  Mibelz: Adolf ┬»ytog├│rski (Adolph Zytogorski) born in Poland in 1807, was a political refugee after the collapse of the Polish-Russian War in 1830-1831. Among others, he won at London 1855 (Kling's Coffee House), and lost to Ignatz von Kolisch at Cambridge 1860 (semifinal). Zytogorski died in London in 1882.
Sep-03-08  myschkin: . . .

greetings to Galicia.
Hope you post some more ^^

Oct-24-08  Pianoplayer: <whiteshark> Nope, I'm totally straight. And by the way, why would I have ADHD for making that comment?
Mar-03-09  Dredge Rivers: He may be last in the alphabet, but he'll always be first in our hearts!

P.S. You don't see so many guys named Adolph these days. Why is that?

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  keypusher: <Dredge Rivers>

<P.S. You don't see so many guys named Adolph these days. Why is that?>

It's Adolf Anderssen's fault, I am sure. Who wants to give their kid the burden of living up to a name that belonged to someone who was simultaneously a genius and a really nice man?

May-21-09  David2009: Adolf Zytogorski is also famous for proving that certain R+B vs R endings like

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can be won. The diagram position is won, starting Rb4!, but with the black R at c4 it turns out to be drawn. Bizarre.

Nalimov says there is a mate in 52 with a R x B exchange at about move 43 (main line): so Zytogorski is vindicated.

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  GrahamClayton: <David2009>Adolf Zytogorski is also famous for proving that certain R+B vs R endings like can be won.

Some of Zytogorski's analysis can be found here:

Jul-31-14  newhampshireboy: Tamar, thanks for the very interesting post! These comments about players back in the nineteenth century are fascinating.
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  tamar: <newhampshireboy> You can read the entire article by Tim Harding at
Nov-18-15  offramp: A Zytogorski is a small, water-filled Gorski.
Aug-16-16  The Kings Domain: Talented Chess master. It's strange he never attained the heights that he deserved in the game.
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  whiteshark: Harding on Zytogorski:
Mar-30-19  ughaibu: "he conducted endings, whether of Pawns or Pieces, with the accuracy of a Szen"

Now that is an interesting comment.

"George Walker, who was always ready to bring to light whatever merit Staunton sought to obscure"

And just when I was planning to spend the day doing something productive.

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  OhioChessFan: Interesting player and person. He deserves a better bio here.
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  louispaulsen88888888: If you care you give yourself a headache, study the Zytogorsky position in Rook and Bishop vs Rook endgame! The win with perfect play on both sides is over 50 moves.
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  louispaulsen88888888: Oh, I see this has already been mentioned.

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