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Ernst Falkbeer
Number of games in database: 77
Years covered: 1847 to 1885

Overall record: +34 -30 =11 (52.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (11) 
    C01 C00
 Vienna Opening (5) 
    C27 C26 C25
 French (4) 
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
    C44 C20
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C63 C60 C77 C64
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Falkbeer vs NN, 1847 1-0
   K Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 0-1
   J Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1853 0-1
   Falkbeer vs Anderssen, 1851 1-0
   Moll vs Falkbeer, 1864 0-1
   Falkbeer vs Zytogorski, 1856 1-0
   Falkbeer vs R Schurig, 1850 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Bird, 1856 1-0
   Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 1-0
   K Hamppe vs Falkbeer, 1849 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   pre-Steinitz Era2: 1861 or before by Antiochus
   Birmingham 1858 by MissScarlett

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(born Jun-27-1819, died Dec-14-1885, 66 years old) Austria

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Ernst Karl Falkbeer was born in Brno* in 1819. A journalist, he founded Austria's first chess magazine Wiener Schach-Zeitung in 1855. A few months later he went to London and played matches with Henry Edward Bird, losing in 1856 (+1 =0 -2) and winning in 1856-57 (+5 =4 -4). He then played in a knock-out tournament in Birmingham (1858), defeating Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant (+2 =0 -1) in the second round and losing to Johann Jacob Loewenthal (+1 =4 -3) in the fourth round. He returned to Vienna and edited the chess column in the Neue Illustrierte Zeitung from 1877 to 1885. He is mainly remembered for the counter-gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 in the King's Gambit.**

*Wikipedia article: Brno **Wikipedia article: King's Gambit, Falkbeer Countergambit

Wikipedia article: Ernst Falkbeer

Last updated: 2017-07-07 05:59:22

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 77  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Falkbeer vs NN 1-0101847Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
2. K Hamppe vs Falkbeer 0-1311849ViennaC23 Bishop's Opening
3. Falkbeer vs R Schurig 1-0251850LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
4. J Schlesinger vs Falkbeer 1-0351851Casual gameC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
5. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-1401851BerlinC23 Bishop's Opening
6. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 0-1321851BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
7. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-0411851BerlinC58 Two Knights
8. Anderssen vs Falkbeer 1-0261851BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
9. Falkbeer vs Anderssen 1-0301851BerlinC27 Vienna Game
10. K Bayer vs Falkbeer 0-1231852ViennaC52 Evans Gambit
11. Szen vs Falkbeer  1-0381852Vienna mC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
12. Falkbeer vs Szen  1-0481852Vienna mC51 Evans Gambit
13. Falkbeer vs Szen  0-1501852Vienna mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Falkbeer vs Szen  1-0381852Vienna mC51 Evans Gambit
15. Szen vs Falkbeer 1-0381852Vienna mC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
16. Falkbeer vs Szen  1-0501852Vienna mC51 Evans Gambit
17. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-1251853ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
18. J Matschego vs Falkbeer 0-1171854ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
19. R Brien vs Falkbeer 1-0231855MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
20. R Brien vs Falkbeer  1-0521855London mC60 Ruy Lopez
21. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-0561855London mC01 French, Exchange
22. R Brien vs Falkbeer  0-1361855LondonC53 Giuoco Piano
23. Falkbeer vs R Brien 0-1421855LondonC54 Giuoco Piano
24. Falkbeer vs R Brien 1-0311855LondonC01 French, Exchange
25. R Brien vs Falkbeer  1-0501855LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-04  James D Knight: Not many games in the database for Falkbeer , but he played some good players including Anderssen , Staunton , Bird , St. Amant.
Nov-16-04  Knight13: Never knew this guy beat Henry Bird.
Jan-19-05  MidnightDuffer: I stumble on so many pages with a lot of writing and comments on them. I am surprised that there are not more comments on Falkbeer.

Face it, the Counter-Gambit named for him, is really very power for Black against the King's Gambit. It seems the way to go in fact.

Jan-19-05  nikolaas: <MidnightDuffer> I see more future in the classical defence.
Jun-27-05  Knight13: Hey. It's Falkbeer's birthday! COol!
Apr-05-07  ganstaman: I hate this man. Maybe if he hadn't looked at 1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5, no one else would have for 1000 years or so. I take it no one writes on this page out of hate, too?
Aug-01-07  Edmemphis: Yeah, thanks for ruining the Kings' Gambit buddy.
Oct-09-07  Andoy: It's very nice for Ernst Falkbeer to break into King's Gambit in his time. Though the database presents only 2 games under his name for the counter-opening he devised, he loses both.

It maybe such ironic that the an opening has been named after you and yet you proved to be quite unsuccessful in defending so.

However, thanks for the name and a blowing 2. ...d5 push. You made the wild King's Gambit even wilder. Nice work for Player of the Day!

Oct-09-07  King mega: king gambit, falkbeer is a mirror of Queens gambit, alapin. one of them creates out of his own head, while the other just mirrors it.
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  playground player: The Albin Countergambit mirrors the Falkbeer Countergambit on the queen-side (sort of like the Grob mirrors the Polish Opening on the king-side); yet for all their similarity, the Albin seems a lot stronger than the Falkbeer. Why should that be? Simply because you have a little more room on the queen-side?
Oct-09-07  gorash: <playground player> I'm not that sure that the Albin is a lot stronger. I think neither of these two can be considered quite strong, but both of them are playable and can cause some surprise to the opposition.
Oct-09-07  ganstaman: The King's Gambit and Queen's Gambit are mirror images, yet expecting them to play the same is crazy. One involves exposing your own king and building up kingside pressure. The other doesn't.

And since the roots of the Albin and Falkbeer play out so differently, I couldn't imagine the two of them being comparable. After all, do you even try to say that 1.d4 and 1.e4 are similar?

The position of the queens and kings really makes openings that would otherwise be mirror images of each other almost complete opposites.

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  Gypsy: <playground player> I am not sure about this. I always understood Falkbeer and/or Falkbeer/Abbasia to be about as solid-yet-ambitious as you can do meeting KG. In turn, Albin's reputation is rather-ambitious-but-definitely-not-solid.
Jun-27-09  wordfunph: Thanks to Ernst Falkbeer for the counter-gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 in the King's Gambit.

Happy Birthday Master Falkbeer! Beer cheers!

Nov-14-09  manakin: falkbeer is one of the coolest actual names I've ever heard. Falkbeer. Should have been a big, cheerful Irish bar tender with the proper sideburns...
Dec-20-10  Rob Morrison: Bit of a downer that Falkbeer's "Notable Games" doesn't include a single Falkbeer Counter-Gambit.
Jun-27-11  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday! Ernst Falkbeer!
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Ernst Falkbeer, today you are remembered!


Jun-27-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Falkbeer.
Jun-27-12  Llawdogg: Happy Birthday Ernst Falkbeer!
Mar-20-17 Meet the Falkbeers!
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  Tabanus: is a picture of Mr. Falkbeer, apparently taken by Ernst Pitschel.
Dec-10-17  Jean Defuse: ...


(BrĂ¼nn, 27.6.1819 - Vienna 14.12. 1885)

from "The Knights and Kings of Chess"
by G. A. Macdonnell

Herr Ernest Falkbeer was for many years a notable figure in London chess circles. He came to reside in this country about thirty-four years ago, and established his headquarters at Starey's Rooms, in Rathbone Place. There he had many a bout with Brien, Wormald, Campbell, Zytogorsky, and Paul Morphy, and proved himself no unworthy antagonist. He also played two or three matches with Mr. H. E. Bird, each scoring in the aggregate an equal number of games. In 1858 he took part in the grand tournament in Birmingham, and gained the second prize, Loewenthal winning the first. The struggle for the championship on that occasion was for a long time doubtful, the score being 2 to 1 in favour of Loewenthal. However, after drawing several games in excellent style, Falkbeer suffered defeat, and yielded the palm to his more patient opponent.

Falkbeer was a very rapid player, original, daring and imaginative. He could be sound when he liked, but he did not covet soundness. He delighted to be fireworky, and courted above all things the admiration of the spectators. As an analyst he occupied a high position. He was at once keen, sound, deep, and, when the humor seized him, even profound.

Falkbeer invented many clever and valuable moves in the openings, notably pawn to king's fifth for the third move in the King's Gambit, evaded by pawn to queen's fourth. Referring to which invention, Staunton says: "It is certainly an embarrassing move for the first player; for it proves not merely a defence, but a counter-attack of considerable power.

Falkbeer conducted for some years the chess column in the Sunday Times and edited the Chessplayers' Magazine. He also translated Lange's book on Morphy. He was a good Latin scholar, and wrote capital English. He was ejected from the Chessplayers' Magazine by Loewenthal, who, having learned that an unfavorable review of his book of the 1862 Congress, from the pen of Brien, was about to appear in that publication, went to the proprietor thereof, bought up the magazine, took possession himself of the editorial chair, and of course suppressed the hostile article.

In 1862 Falkbeer's winning powers had lamentably declined, as was evident from his losing to Hannah in the handicap tourney. But this defeat does not detract from his name or lower his position among the past magnates of our game. Falkbeer and all other players will always be estimated and have their position assigned to them by capable and unprejudiced judges, not in accordance with their defeats by inferior performers in the days of decadence or adversity, but in accordance with their achievements against masters in the days of their full strength and prosperity.

He was a good and pleasant talker, smart in repartee, witty in comment, and intensely appreciative of a joke, whether his own or another man's. In 1864 he left London and returned to Vienna, where he became the sub-editor of one of the leading journals. For many years he had abandoned the practise of his once darling pastime, and this may account in some measure for his premature decease in his sixtieth year. He died at Vienna in 1886. Falkbeer for many years frequented the Philidorian, kept by Starey, in Rathbone Place, and there he encountered Zytogorsky, Brien, Harrwitz, Wormald, and Valentine Green. I remember visiting the Philidorian about 1862, in company with the late Mr. Boden, and playing some games there with Brien, then a magnate of the first rank, and I greatly astonished, amused, and even dazed by a peculiar trick which was one of the members used constantly to perform. When the position was critical he would analyses it with some loud-voiced critic over my board, and in rather boisterous tones, now and again jerking the pieces about higgledy-piggledy, and wind up by ramming my king into his pocket!

Then wpoul the polite Brien, looking at me, gravely observe, "I think it's your move." And I, "True, but where is my king?"

Then would the excited "Zyt" pause - search his pockets, and, after a short delay, unearth the buried monarch, and with loud apologies hand him to me.






Jun-27-22  Nosnibor: <Jean Defuse> According to MacDonnell he has said to have played Morphy but there is no game of his against the American super star in this collection.

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