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Adolf Zinkl
Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1894 to 1911

Overall record: +18 -29 =28 (42.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C66 C82 C71 C74
 Four Knights (10) 
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C02 C13
 French (4) 
    C11 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (15) 
    C13 C11 C14 C01 C00
 French (10) 
    C13 C11 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D00 A41 D05 D02
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D63 D53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Zinkl vs R Huber, 1897 1-0
   A Zinkl vs Metger, 1897 1-0
   K Walbrodt vs A Zinkl, 1894 1/2-1/2
   Albin vs A Zinkl, 1897 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96 (1895)
   Berlin (1897)

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(born Jun-10-1871, died Jun-03-1944, 72 years old) Austria

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Adolf Julius Leopold Zinkl (1) was born in Neuhaus, Bohemia (2) (today Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic) and died in Vienna, Austria.(1) He was married to Rosina Zinkl (née Raith).(1) He was an employee of the postal service,(1) and worked for the Neue Freie Presse.(2)

In 1877, Zinkl's family moved to Znaim, Mähren (today Znojmo, Czech Republic) where he went to school.(2) It was not until the success of Max Weiss at New York (1889), that he became interested in chess.(2) He soon became too strong for the other students in Znaim, since he got no opportunity to play the probemist and strong player Karl Seeberger (died in 1904).(2) So he turned his attention to correspondence chess mainly, and won the 5th prize in the correspondence tournament (1890-1891) of the Deutsche Wochenschach.(2)

When Zinkl joined the state postal service in 1892, he moved to Vienna.(2) He first played in the Café Scheuch there, and Siegfried Reginald Wolf encouraged him to join the New Vienna Chess Club.(2) In addition, he participated in the winter tournament of the Vienna Chess Society (1892-1893) and won the 4th prize.(3) In spring 1893, he came in 3rd in the Vierkampf in Vienna against Carl Schlechter (+0 -1 =2), Georg Marco (+1 -1 =1) and Julius Thirring (+3 -0 =0) and won the Brilliancy prize for his win over Marco.(2) He won 5th prize in the winter tournament (1893-1894) of the New Vienna Chess Club.(2)(3) In the Dreikampf in Vienna (1894), he scored +2 -5 =1 against Marco and +4 -4 =3 against Schlechter.(2) He won no prize at 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894), but drew Siegbert Tarrasch among others. He participated in the Meisterturnieren of the Vienna Chess Society: 5th place in 1894-1895; 8th place in 1895-1896 (but scored a win over Weiss, who hadn't lost a game since New York (1889) until then); 5th place in 1896-1897.(2)(3)

Zinkl served as secretary for the Vienna Chess Society from September 1896 until Summer 1897.(2) He didn't win a prize at Berlin (1897), but won the Brilliancy prize for A Zinkl vs Metger, 1897. (2) In autumn 1897, he beat S. R. Wolf in a match by the score of +4 -2 =5.(2) He won 6th prize in the local Meisterturnier (1897-1898) of the Vienna Chess Club.(2) He won an anonymous correspondence tournament of the Vienna Chess Club (1897-1899) without losing a single game.(2) He shared 5th-7th prize together with Marco and Heinrich Wolf at the 2nd Kolisch Memorial (1899-1900),(3) losing only one game (against Geza Maroczy). (2) In 1904, he drew a match against Marco.(3) He drew Edward Lasker in a telephone game in 1911.(3)

Zinkl's tournament career was short, due to his professional duties as an Austrian civil servant.(2) He was famous for his excellent memory, receiving the nickname Das lebende Konversationslexikon (the living encyclopedia).(2) Since he also possessed great imagination, he performed very well in blindfold exhibitions: E. g. +4 -1 =1 in Vienna 1894, and +4 -1 =1 in Berlin in autumn 1897.(2) He was a very aggressive type of player, and Leopold Hoffer compared him to Cecil Valentine De Vere (Chess Monthly (1894)).(2)


(1) Michael Lorenz (Vienna), Chess Note 4839, Edward Winter's

(2) Österr.-ungar. Celebritäten, "Wiener Schachzeitung", January 1911, pp. 12-14. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(3) Rod Edwards,

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 76  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Marco vs A Zinkl  0-1521893Vienna matchC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. Schlechter vs A Zinkl ½-½291894ViennaC49 Four Knights
3. A Zinkl vs Schlechter 1-05018943-Player Match TtC49 Four Knights
4. H Suechting vs A Zinkl ½-½5918949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC14 French, Classical
5. Tarrasch vs A Zinkl ½-½7418949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. A Zinkl vs P Seuffert 1-05118949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. A Zinkl vs Janowski 0-14618949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
8. Blackburne vs A Zinkl ½-½2918949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
9. A Zinkl vs J W Baird  0-15918949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
10. Schiffers vs A Zinkl ½-½5618949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC13 French
11. A Zinkl vs G Marco  0-15618949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
12. Lipke vs A Zinkl 1-03018949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J N Berger vs A Zinkl ½-½1518949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD05 Queen's Pawn Game
14. A Zinkl vs Schlechter ½-½1718949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. J Mason vs A Zinkl  1-04018949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Zinkl vs Teichmann  0-15318949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. A Zinkl vs K De Weydlich 0-17818949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. A Zinkl vs J Mieses ½-½1418949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. K Walbrodt vs A Zinkl ½-½6518949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC13 French
20. J Holzwarth vs A Zinkl 0-1631895Vienna Chess Society MastersD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. J Schwarz vs A Zinkl  ½-½461895Vienna Chess Society MastersC13 French
22. A Zinkl vs Halprin  1-0471895Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96C49 Four Knights
23. A Zinkl vs M Weiss 1-0231895Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96C42 Petrov Defense
24. Englisch vs A Zinkl 0-1521895Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96C01 French, Exchange
25. A Zinkl vs L Horwitz  ½-½531895Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96C42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-05  Eastfrisian: Zinkl was born on June 10, 1871 in Neuhaus, Bohemia, but I don't know the date and place of his death.

He lived in Vienna and worked for the post-office and he was the last leader (Sekretär) of the Wiener Schachgesellschaft 1896-1897.

Sep-25-05  offramp: <he was the last leader (Sekretär) of the Wiener Schachgesellschaft 1896-1897.> Very impressive at 25 years of age.
Sep-25-05  Resignation Trap: Actually, his full name was Adolf Julius Leopold Zinkl. I too have been unable to find any information about his death.
Sep-25-05  WMD: Let's assume, of course, he is dead.
Feb-27-07  percyblakeney: Zinkl died in 1944:

May-11-10  TheFocus: From Winter’s Chess Notes #6575: Two new Schlechter games were recently discovered by author John Hilbert from Schlechter’s column in Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung. Both games are annotated by Schlechter; the annotations appear in Chess Notes.

This was the Vienna match tournament with CS, Marco and Zinkl. No other games have ever been found.

This game appeared ASZ, March 25, 1894, page 279.

Schlechter – Zinkl, A.
Four Knights Game
March 14, 1894

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.O-O O-O 6.d3 Bxc3 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.h3 h6 10.Be3 Be6 11.Nd2 Nd7 12.f4 f5 13.c4 fxe4 14.Nxe4 d5 15.cxd5 cxd5 16.Ng3 Qh4 17.Ne2 d4 18.Bf2 Qh5 19.fxe5 c5 20.Bg3 Rxf1+ 21.Qxf1 Re8 22.Nf4 Qxe5 23.Qe1 Qxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Bxa2 25.Ra1 g5 26.Nh5 Bf7 27.Rxa7 Bxh5 28.Rxd7 Bd1 29.Rc7 draw.

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  Honza Cervenka: <Zinkl was born on June 10, 1871 in Neuhaus, Bohemia> Neuhaus is German name of Jindøichùv Hradec.
Jul-15-13  Karpova: Adolf Zinkl's extraordinary memory is mentioned on page 183 of the 1931 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung':

<Er, der ohne einen Augenblick des Nachsinnens von jedem Meister der Vergangenheit oder Gegenwart die Gedenktage anzugeben weiß, [...].>

(He, who can state the commemoration days* of every master from the past or recent times without having to think about it for even a moment, [...])

* more generally meant, e. g. birthdays and so on.

Jan-26-14  Karpova: Some information from an article called <Österr.-ungar. Celebritäten> on Zinkl:

Zinkl belongs to the permanent staff of the 'Neuen Freien Presse' and thereby earned great merits as a chess writer, but he could have reached the highest level as a practical player also.

He has a fantastic memory for all branches of knowledge, especially numbers. This earned him the nickname <das lebende Konversationslexikon> (the living encyclopedia) already 20 years ago among his colleagues. This, together with his great imagination, enabled him to great perfromances in blindfold play early - examples are given: 6 games in the <Staatsbeamten-Casino> in Vienna in 1894 with a score of +4 -1 =1 and the same result in autumn 1897 in the Berlin Chess Society.

He has always been an aggressive player. Leopold Hoffer compared him to Cecil de Vere in the 1894 'Chess Monthly' and predicted an excellent showing already at his first event in Leipzig, but his profession in the Austrian Civil Service (<österreichisches Staatsbeamtentum>) forced him to give up tournament chess.

Adolf Julius Leopold Zinkl, born on June 10, 1871, in Neuhaus, Bohemia, came to Znaim in Morava in 1877 as his parents moved there. There, he graduated in the <Volksschule> and <Oberrealschule>. In 1892, he joined the <Staatspostdienst> (State Postal Service) and moved to Vienna. He is currently a <Postoffizial>.

He was a stranger to chess until he became 18 years old, the successes of Max Weiß in New York made him notice chess (May 30, 1889). He played with colleagues (<Realschülern>) first, but soon he didn't have equal opponents anylonger in Znaim, as he never had the opportunity to play against the director of the <Oberrealschule>, the composer and strong player Karl Seeberger (died in 1904).

So he played many correspondence games. He won 5th prize in the correspondence tournament of the 'Deutschen Wochenschachs' (1890-1891). In Vienna, he first played for months in the Cafe Scheuch (<III. Bezirk>) and was encouraged by S. R. Wolf to join the New Vienna Chess Club. At the same time he participated in the <Lokalturnier> (local tournament) of the Vienna Chess Society (Winter 1892-1893) and came in 4th among 12 participants (1st Marco, 2nd Eisenbach, 3rd Csank) and scored 1.5/2 against Eisenbach and Csank.

In spring 1893 he partcipated in the <Vierkampf> Marco-Schlechter-Thirring-Zinkl (Schlechter's 1st appearance) and came in 3rd with following results: +0 -1 =2 against Schlechter, +1 -1 =1 against Marco and +3 -0 =0 against Thirring. He received the Brilliancy Prize for his game against Marco.

Further results:

Winter tournament 1893/1894 of the New Vienna Chess Club: 5th Prize (1st J. Schwarz, 2nd Marco, 3rd-4th Schlechter and Artur Kaufmann).

Summer 1894: <Dreikampf> against Marco and Schlechter; +2 -5 =1 against Marco, +4 -4 =3 against Schlechter.

Autumn 1894: International tournament in Leipzig. No prize, but draws against Tarrasch (his only draw), Blackburne, Walbrodt, Mieses, Schiffers, Berger, Süchting and Schlechter, and a win over Dr. Seyffert.

Master tournament of the Vienna Chess Society 1894/1895: 5th Prize (1st Marco, 2nd Weiß, 3rd Schlechter, 4th Englisch), lost no game against the top four, scored 1.5-0.5 against Englisch.

Master tournament of the Vienna Chess Society 1895/1896: 8th place out of 12 participants (1st Weiß, 2nd Schlechter, 3rd Englisch, 4th Marco, 5th J. Schwarz, 6th A. Halprin, 7th M. Judd), one win over Weiß and Englisch each - a small sensation as Weiß hadn't lost a game since New Yok 1889 since then and was already considered unbeatable.

Master tournament of the New Vienna Chess Club, Winter 1896/1897: Shared 4th-5th place with Adolf Albin (1st Marco, 2nd Kaufmann, 3rd Fähndrich)

September 1896 to Summer 1897: Last secretary of the Vienna Chess Society.

Summer 1897, tournament in Berlin: No prize, but wins over Albin, Metger and Süchting, draws against Caro, W. Cohn and Teichmann. Brilliancy Prize against Metger.

Autumn 1897: Match against Siegfried Reginald Wolf +4 -2 =5.

1897/1898: Local Master tournament of the Vienna Chess Club: 6th Prize (1st Marco, 2nd Dr. Kaufmann, 3rd-4th Halprin and Brody, 5th Schlechter).

1897-1899: Anonymous correspondence tournamnet of the Vienna Chess Club: 1st prize without a loss, 11 participants (2nd A. Seidl, 3rd L. Löwy I.).

1899/1900: National Kolisch tournament: Shared 5th-7th prize with Marco and H. Wolf (1st Maroczy, 2nd-3rd Brody and Schlechter, 4th Alapin), lost only 1 game (against Maroczy).

Source: Pages 12-14 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Jun-10-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arnold Ziffle.
Jul-17-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Round 9. of the 'Schlechter v Zinkl match' 1894 in the New Vienna Chess Club:

[Event "Match"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1894.05.29"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Zinkl, Adolf Julius Leopol"]
[Black "Schlechter, Carl"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C21"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 c5 4. Bc4 Nc6 5. O-O h6 6. c3 Qb6 7. cxd4 cxd4 8. Nbd2 d6 9. h3 g5 10. Nb3 Bg7 11. Nh2 Nge7 12. f4 gxf4 13. Bxf4 O-O 14. Bxd6 Be6 15. Bc5 Qd8 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Rxf8+ Kxf8 18. Qf3+ Kg8 19. Rf1 Qe8 20. Ng4 b6 21. Nf6+ Bxf6 22. Qxf6 bxc5 23. Qxe6+ Kg7 24. e5 Qg6 25. Rf6 Qb1+ 26. Kh2 Rf8 27. Qg4+ Ng6 28. Rxc6 Rf1 29. Rc7+ Kh8 30. Rc8+ Kg7 31. Qd7+ Rf7 32. e6 Ne5 33. Qd5 Nf3+ 34. gxf3 Qc2+ 35. Kg3 Qg6+ 36. Kf2 Qc2+ 37. Ke1 Qb1+ 38. Kd2 Qxb2+ 39. Kd1 Qb1+ 40. Nc1 1-0

Source: Wiener Schachzeitung 1931, p. 184-185.


The result was 5.5-5.5 - also from this match: A Zinkl vs Schlechter, 1894


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  MissScarlett: Ingrained in memory is the following piece of doggerel:

<If you sprinkle, when you <Zinkl>; Be a sweetie, and wipe the seatie.>

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