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Rudolf Loman
R Loman 
BCM, v12 Aug 1892  
Number of games in database: 424
Years covered: 1882 to 1932

Overall record: +172 -156 =74 (52.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 22 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C67 C84 C83 C79 C80
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C01 C13 C14 C12
 King's Gambit Declined (25) 
    C30 C32 C31
 Sicilian (22) 
    B45 B44 B20 B83 B25
 French (19) 
    C11 C13 C12 C10 C00
 Vienna Opening (12) 
    C25 C29 C27 C28 C26
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C67 C65 C78 C64 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D00 D05 A40 A46
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C29 C26 C28 C25
 Giuoco Piano (10) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Four Knights (8) 
    C49 C48
 Tarrasch Defense (8) 
    D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lasker vs R Loman, 1903 0-1
   J W te Kolste vs R Loman, 1921 0-1
   J F Heemskerk vs R Loman, 1890 0-1
   R Loman vs Blackburne, 1892 1-0
   Colle vs R Loman, 1923 1/2-1/2
   R Loman vs T Physick, 1900 1-0
   R Loman vs E B Dally, 1891 1-0
   Swiderski vs R Loman, 1905 0-1
   A van Foreest vs R Loman, 1889 0-1
   R Loman vs R Leather, 1889 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (1912)
   Loman - Van den Bosch Match (1927)
   Dutch Championship (1926)
   Dutch Championship (1921)
   Scheveningen (1905)
   Dutch Championship (1929)
   Amsterdam (1889)
   Stockholm (1906)
   London (1900)
   DCA Congress 31st (1903)
   Scheveningen (1913)
   London (1904)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Scheveningen 1905 by Phony Benoni

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(born Oct-14-1861, died Nov-05-1932, 71 years old) Netherlands

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Rudolf Johannes Loman was born in Amsterdam. In 1883 he became organist at the Dutch Church in London, a position he held for over 31 years. Loman married Wikipedia article: Gonne van Uildriks in 1887. They lived separately from 1897 until 1907, when they finally divorced. After that he married twice again. He was Dutch Champion in 1912 and passed away in The Hague in 1932.

Wikipedia article: Rudolf Loman

Last updated: 2021-10-14 14:26:27

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 424  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J J Veraart vs R Loman  0-1361882AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
2. C Messemaker vs R Loman 1-0511884DCA Congress 12thA13 English
3. R Loman vs W Siebenhaar  1-0221884DCA Congress 12thC58 Two Knights
4. R Loman vs C Messemaker  0-1491884DCA Congress 12thA13 English
5. R Loman vs L Benima  ½-½261884DCA Congress 12thC01 French, Exchange
6. R Loman vs C E A Dupre  ½-½451884DCA Congress 12thA13 English
7. R Loman vs D van Foreest 1-0281884DCA Congress 12thA13 English
8. D van Foreest vs R Loman ½-½571884DCA Congress 12thC45 Scotch Game
9. W Siebenhaar vs R Loman 0-1421884DCA Congress 12thB25 Sicilian, Closed
10. C E A Dupre vs R Loman  1-0361884DCA Congress 12thA07 King's Indian Attack
11. L Benima vs R Loman  1-0541884DCA Congress 12thA00 Uncommon Opening
12. W Pollock vs R Loman  1-0431884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2 playoffB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. W Pollock vs R Loman  1-0371884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C48 Four Knights
14. G MacDonnell vs R Loman 1-0281885London BCAA03 Bird's Opening
15. D Mills vs R Loman 0-12718851st BCA CongressC48 Four Knights
16. R Loman vs W Pollock  0-13118851st BCA CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Gunsberg vs R Loman  1-0311885London BCAC77 Ruy Lopez
18. B J Meijer vs R Loman  0-1461886DCA Congress 14thC37 King's Gambit Accepted
19. D van Foreest vs R Loman 1-0221886AmsterdamC44 King's Pawn Game
20. A Prange vs R Loman  0-1241886DCA Congress 14thC38 King's Gambit Accepted
21. C Messemaker vs R Loman  1-0301886DCA Congress 14thA13 English
22. L Benima vs R Loman 0-1551886DCA Congress 14thC55 Two Knights Defense
23. C Messemaker vs R Loman  0-1411887DCA Congress 15thC53 Giuoco Piano
24. A van Foreest vs R Loman  ½-½441887DCA Congress 15thC37 King's Gambit Accepted
25. J D Tresling vs R Loman  ½-½411887DCA Congress 15thA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
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Oct-17-08  Karpova: Information on Rudolf Johannes Loman :


C.N. 4879 includes the following information: <1891 census: Rudolph [sic] J. Loman, age 29. Born in Amsterdam, Holland. Address: 49 Deronda Road (Lambeth), London. Occupation: teacher of music. Married with Hillegonda Loman (age 28, born in Groningen, Holland). Child: Rudolph Loman (son, age 2). Other household members: Eliya Thurston (age 21), general servant (domestic).> There's also a nice picture.


Where he lived:
<Loman, R.J.: 49 Deronda Road, Lambeth, London, England (1891 British census*).

Loman, R.J.: Jaagpad 38, Delft, the Netherlands ("Ranneforths Schach-Kalender, 1915", page 68).

Loman, R.J.: Frankenstr. 27, The Hague, the Netherlands ("Ranneforths Schach-Kalender, 1929", page 56).>



We find the following in Edward Winter's "Royal Walkabouts" (1998, with additions):

Edersheim and Rudolf Johannes Loman – Censer and van’t Veer, The Hague, 14 May 1915

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<White played 25 Qxa7 and the game was eventually drawn. In the Amsterdam publication Weekblad A. Speyer pointed out that White could win easily and prettily by 25 Qc6+ Kf8 26 Qc8 Ke8 27 h4 (Preventing 27…g5, followed by 28…Rg6. If 27…g5 then 28 h5.) and the white king is free to infiltrate.>

From: "Deutsche Schachzeitung", September 1915, page 269.



Oct-17-08  sneaky pete: Here's the link to Loman's October 1913 column on the Capa simul (scroll down to the lower half of the page) :

The column also has his October 1913 address 35 Heathstreet, Hampstead, London N.W. Loman was a fast mover, he never stayed long at any address. Since he was a <professional> chessplayer, I wouldn't be surprised if he left a lot of unpaid rent behind him.

Oct-22-08  Karpova: Loman teaches Jacques Davidson how to behave as a professional chessplayer at Cafe Vienna, London - from Hans Ree's "The Great Davidson", April 1998:

<In Cafe Vienna the stake was a shilling per game. Davidson could beat most of the customers with his eyes closed, but from the experienced Loman he had learned that he had to cede them a game every now and then, or their interest would slack. About one in five. Not more, because then the earnings would be negligible and even worse, one would stand the chance that the customer would lose respect for someone who could not beat him consistently and find another pro who was better.

The pros liked it when they were invited by a rich customer to play chess at his home. There they had him for themselves, without interference from a competing chessmaster. Davidson was lucky to have such a customer and he visited him regularly. He was picked up by car. Two servants were in it, one to drive and one to open the garden gate of the rich customer. When Davidson was brought home after the chess session, two servants were again in the car, because the rich Englishman liked to indulge in the fiction that his chess partner also had a garden gate that should be opened by a servant.

It was wise for the professional to let the rich customer win the last game of the session. That would lead to a friendly after-chess chat in which the natural talent of the customer could be praised. If he would try hard, he would become a master, for sure. The rich customer had been convinced of that all the time. But try hard he would never do, because trying hard in anything was contemptible for members of his class.

From Loman, Davidson had learned that he should never ask for the money that was due to him. "Better try to get a meal at the Salvation Army than ask for your money, even when it adds up to 200 shillings, for he will pay at once, but never ask you again," Loman had said. And when pay-day came at last, one had to feign that one did not know exactly what was due, looking in a notebook, pretending to add figures. The rich man knew exactly what he had to pay, had the amount in hand, but kept up the fiction that he was above such financial trifles.

Was being so difficult in paying intended to humiliate the pros? No, Loman said. It was because the rich people could not permit themselves to realize that their opponents were poor chessplayers who had to live on their winnings. If that thought entered their minds, they wouldn't be able to play anymore. One only played with gentlemen.

But in Cafe Vienna there was someone who really pestered the chess professionals. A pensioned colonel who took endless time thinking about his moves and kept a professional busy for an entire evening on one game for one shilling. And they couldn't refuse to play him, according to the code of the cafe. They all hated him.

One afternoon they heard a chessboard fall to the floor, the pieces clattering all about. It had become too much for one of the pros; his nerves had cracked. Poor boy, never again would he be allowed to play in the Vienna, his colleagues realized. That also was part of the code.

The colonel kept coming to the Vienna, and from that moment he felt forced to prove that he had not been slowing down the game on purpose to minimize his losses. The professionals jumped on him. Now it was five games an evening, and not ceding one game in five to the customer, oh no, that rule did not apply to the colonel. A bit hard it was, because the colonel could not really afford to lose so many games. "Then let him burgle his general's house," Loman said pitilessly.

Most of this I learned from an interview that Jacques Davidson gave in 1962 to the Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool.' The title that journalist Willem Witkamp gave to his wonderful article was "The Great Davidson.">

Oct-14-10  brankat: A great article! A very intriguing man, Mr.Loman.

R.I.P. master Loman.

Oct-18-10  TheaN: <Karpova>

Nice setup that is you linked, thanks for that: it shows perfectly how a Rook and Bishop are no Queen in some situations.

Oct-14-11  BIDMONFA: Rudolf Johannes Loman

LOMAN, Rudolf

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  whiteshark: Picture:

< Loman's hunt <>>(game is not in the database) <no.8>

Jan-01-13  SBC: A little on Loman:
Feb-07-13  King Radio: He beat Capa in a simul and his win against Lasker was also a simul, according to the Chessbase database. That's an accomplishment, of course, but not the same as a real tourny or match game. He was Dutch champion, so that indicates to me he was a pretty strong player.
Feb-07-13  Nosnibor: <sneaky pete> According to the official tournament book of Hanover 1902 Loman was listed as living in Redhill London.Here is perhaps his best effort from that event: Hanover Hauptturnier Section A:White:Blekmans,Black:Loman,Queens Gambit Declined,Tarrasch.1d4 d5,2Nf3 c5,3e3 Nc6,4c4 e6,5Nc3 Nf6,6Bd3 Bd6,70-0 0-0,8b3 Qe7,9Bb2 Rd8,10Nb5? dxc4!,11Nxd6 cxd3!,12Nxc8 Raxc8,13Qxd3 e5,14Qf5 exd4,15exd4 Qe2!,16Bc3 Qe4!,17Qg5 cxd4,18Bb2 Rd5,19Qd2 Rcd8,20Rfd1 Ne5,21Nxe5 Qxe5,22Rac1 h6,23Rc4 Ng4!24g3 Nxh2! 25Qd3 Qh5,26Kg2 Ng4,27Rh1 Qxh1!White resigns 0-1 (The exclamation marks are those of the annotaters.)
Aug-04-13  thomastonk: The feature in the BCM 1892, which Batgirl quotes in her blog (see the link in the biography), appears on pages 329-330, with the picture before page 329. It has already the wrong year of birth (1862 instead of the correct 1861). Moreover, in an article "MOEDERLANDSCHE PORTRETTEN. Rud. J. Loman.", published in the "Soerabaijasch handelsblad", May 17, 1930, it is stated that he learned chess at the age of 9 (instead of 16 in the BCM article), but until the age of 16 he used his free time mostly with music, and played chess only occasionally.

Here is a link (hopefully stable for a while) for those who like to read Dutch:

May-10-14  ljfyffe: DeSoyres-Loman, Holland, 1903: En Passant, no. 144, 1997 (Last of the Nineteenth Century Chess Champions of Saint John by Larry Fyffe) has the game, likely annotated by white.
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  Stonehenge: He died on the fifth of November not on the fourth as in the Wikipedia article.

Jun-05-14  TheFocus: Nicknamed the Loman Drop Kid.
Jul-01-14  ljfyffe: The bun is the lowest form of wheat.
Oct-19-14  Karpova: 1st Class tournament, The Hague, August 1890, double round robin

1. R Loman 7.5
2. A E van Foreest 6.5
3. J F Heemskerk 6.0
4-5. J F Malta 4.0
4-5. Dr. A v Rhyn 4.0
6. C Messemaker 2.0

Loman won 125 Guilders, van Foreest 75. When it became clear that the games wouldn't have an influence on the prizes, Messemaker and Malta withdrew (Rhyn with 2 forfeit wins over Messemaker, Heemskerk with a forfeit win over Malta).

Loman had no forfeit wins, scoring +4 -0 =6. He was the only undefeated player (Foreest with +4 -1 =5).

Source: Deutsches Wochenschach, 31 August 1890, issue 35, p. 294

Oct-21-14  sneaky pete: Wochenschach is mistaken, Heemskerk and Malta shared 3rd place with 5 points. See Johannes Filippus Malta giving Malta's 10 games (+4 -4 =2) from this event, with a loss (not by forfeit) and a win versus Heemskerk.

Loman's 7.5 points came from 5 wins and 5 draws.

Oct-21-14  Karpova: <sneaky pete>

Thanks for the additional information! The 'Deutsche Wochenschach' writes that a game Malta-Heemskerk would possibly be played, to see who would reach the honourable 3rd place. If the game was played, this may explain why Malta has 10 games and 5.0 points here.

The Loman score was my mistake, the printing quality is bad and the 1 looks like 1/2. He has indeed +5 -0 =5.

Oct-22-14  ljfyffe: <Rudolf Johannes Loman (1861-1932), a Dutch Champion, was a musician who spent much of his adult life in England. There is a variation named after in the Max Lange Attack.>Last of the Nineteenth Century Champions of Saint John by Larry Fyffe, En Passant, June, 1997, p30-36.
Oct-22-14  Karpova: Regarding Malta-Hemskeerk (The Hague, 1890), it was now confirmed that they played the game in Rotterdam, and Malta won. So both players ended the tournament with 5.0 points (Deutsches Wochenschach, 30 November 1890, issue 48, p. 405). I presume that this game simply counted instead of the earlier forfeited game.

The same source mentions that Loman began to edit the chess column of the Amsterdam 'Weekblad voor Nederland' on 1 November 1890. In addition, he won a match against A E van Foreest in Amsterdam in September 1890 by the score of +3 -2 =2.

Feb-18-15  zanzibar: I've submitted a BCM Portrait Gallery photograph of Loman, from v12 Aug 1892 issue.

Might show up here, might show up on my blog as well.

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  Stonehenge: <zanzibar> Thanks, that's a great photo.

More evidence that he died on the fifth:

gisteravond is yesterday evening.

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  Chessical: Messrs. R. Loman and G. Schories have played match in London, which resulted in a tie of 5 wins each with 2 draws.

Source: <Exeter and Plymouth Gazette>, Tuesday 11th August 1903, p.3.

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  thegoodanarchist: Rudolf Johannes Loman is POTD on 10.14.2017.

He was liked, but not well-liked.

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  thegoodanarchist: But I kid!

Anyway, look at that magnificent hair! My hair never looked so good.

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