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Jules Arnous de Riviere
de Riviere 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 124
Years covered: 1853 to 1890

Overall record: +51 -60 =9 (46.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (16) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C64 C60 C61 C67 C77
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C33 C39 C36
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Scandinavian (5) 
 Two Knights (5) 
    C58 C55
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (11) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (8) 
    C33 C38
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C59
 French Defense (4) 
    C14 C00 C11
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C78 C66 C65
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   de Riviere vs P Journoud, 1860 1-0
   Morphy vs de Riviere, 1863 0-1
   de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863 1-0
   de Riviere vs H Baucher, 1859 1-0
   J Laroche vs de Riviere, 1862 0-1
   de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863 1-0
   Morphy vs de Riviere, 1859 0-1
   E D'Andre vs de Riviere, 1867 0-1
   P Journoud vs de Riviere, 1859 0-1
   de Riviere vs Chigorin, 1883 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   de Riviere - Journoud Match (1859)
   Paris (1867)

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(born May-04-1830, died Sep-11-1905, 75 years old) France

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Jules Arnous de Rivière was a leading French player in the 1850s and 1860s. He played many off-hand games against Paul Morphy from 1858 to 1863. In matches he defeated Johann Jacob Loewenthal (+2, =0, -0) in 1867 and lost to Mikhail Chigorin (+4, =1, -5) in 1883. Pseudonym: Martin Gall.

Rivière's writings included several chess columns and books on billiards and roulette. He also invented many games.

Wikipedia article: Jules Arnous de Rivière

Last updated: 2020-04-17 07:45:56

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Tassinari vs de Riviere  1-0301853Cafe de la Régence C53 Giuoco Piano
2. de Riviere vs E Sheppard  1-0281854Casual gameC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. G Schwabe vs de Riviere  0-1221854Casual gameA03 Bird's Opening
4. de Riviere vs G Schwabe  1-0301854Casual gameB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. Dubois vs de Riviere 0-1481855MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Dubois vs de Riviere 1-0201855MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Dubois vs de Riviere 1-0141855MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
8. de Riviere vs Dubois 0-1161855MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. J Schulten vs de Riviere  0-1371855Casual gameB20 Sicilian
10. Dubois vs de Riviere  1-0311855MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
11. Dubois vs de Riviere ½-½421855MatchC50 Giuoco Piano
12. de Riviere vs Dubois  0-1411855MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Falkbeer vs de Riviere 1-0411855Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
14. de Riviere vs Dubois 0-1261855MatchB01 Scandinavian
15. de Riviere vs J Laroche 1-0311856ParisC52 Evans Gambit
16. J Laroche vs de Riviere 1-0311856Paris m2A02 Bird's Opening
17. J Schulten vs de Riviere  0-1311856ParisB20 Sicilian
18. Harrwitz vs de Riviere  0-1351856ParisA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
19. Harrwitz vs de Riviere 1-0251856ParisA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
20. de Riviere vs Harrwitz 0-1211856MatchA02 Bird's Opening
21. de Riviere vs J Laroche 1-0221856Paris m2A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
22. J Laroche vs de Riviere  1-0351856Paris m2C44 King's Pawn Game
23. de Riviere vs De Basterot 0-1441858Blindfold simul, 2bC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
24. de Riviere vs De Blemer 1-0421858Blindfold simul, 2bD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Morphy vs de Riviere 1-0261858Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-05-05  Knight13: Jules Arnous de Rivière (1830 - 1905) was a French chess player. He was a regular adversary of Paul Morphy.

Jul-19-05  Knight13: COOL! Now has put up a biography for this player.
Oct-07-05  AlexanderMorphy: Anyone who could beat Paul Morphy should be regarded as a great player!
May-04-08  brankat: According to the Bio, Riviere died in 1905, but, miraculously, his chess career continued until 1928!

On a serious note, de Riviere defeated Morphy 3 times in the so-called "off-hand" games (according to this database). Also he had wins against A.Anderssen, Chigorin and de Vere. A strong player indeed.

May-04-10  mike1: wikepedia does have some more info.
May-04-10  BIDMONFA: Jules Arnous De Riviere

DE RIVIERE, Jules Arnous

May-04-13  brankat: R.I.P. master De Riviere.
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  Sneaky: <He also invented many games.> That makes him what is called a "ludographer". Much respect. It takes talent to be able to master a game, but a rare kind of talent to invent games.
Oct-09-13  Karpova: 2nd French National Tournament (commenced on November 6, 1881) at the Cercle des Echecs - double round robin (12 rounds overall):

1. Chamier 9.5
2-3. De Rivière 8 wins
2-3. Goudjou 8 wins
4. Clerc 5.0
5. Gifford 4.5
6. Chaserey 3.5
7. De Boiserte 2.5

From page 14 of the January 1882 'British Chess Magazine'

May-04-15  RookFile: Too bad he didn't make it to play Reshevsky. A bunch of people would have better Morphy numbers if he had.
Nov-01-15  Avun Jahei: what games did he invent?
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  jnpope: He created a Salta variant called Steeple-chase:
<Echo de Paris, 1902.07.07, p6>

There is a game de Rivière vs Pillsbury played under Steeple-chase rules: <Echo de Paris, 1903.03.16, p6>

Nov-02-15  Avun Jahei: there are recorded Salta games played by Pillsbury?
Premium Chessgames Member
  jnpope: I have not found a Salta game played by Pillsbury just the Steeple-chase game with de Riviere. He did compete in a Salta tournament after Paris 1900 placing 10th on the prize list (Brody and Schlechter tied for 1st-2nd).
Dec-02-15  bengalcat47: Very interesting article <jnpope>. Chess and checkers variations are always of great interest to me, in particular Turkish draughts, where all 64 squares can be used and kings move much like rooks. I have a large collection of board games, and also I have links to sites where the board game Pente can be played online.
Jun-20-16  mulde: May his name in the databases should be corrected.
Not "de Riviere - NN", it should be changed in "Arnous de Rivière - NN". Arnous is NOT his forename but it is part of his family name. Have a look here:
By the way, the pictures are great, aren't they?
He seemed to be first who suffered with Black by the line 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5 which is normally credited now to Alapin but was played first presumely by Chigorin in his match with Arnous de Rivière, Paris 1883, 1-0 (36). But it was the great Alapin who picked it up and used it in the 5th German Cbess Congress, Frankfurt 1887, against Burn (1-0, 87), and Metger (0-1, 41).
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  MissScarlett: The <Field> of April 23rd 1859, p.320, reports De Riviere has won a match against Barnes by +5 -2 =1.

He was in London accompanying Morphy - who left for the States at the end of April - but whether De Riviere stayed on longer isn't clear. He played a series of games against Bird, as well.

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  MissScarlett: <He was in London accompanying Morphy..>

This turns out to be wrong, although they surely spent time together. The <Era> of April 10th 1859, p.6, reports that de Riviere is already in the city and has visited the chief clubs. The previous news item states that Morphy's imminent arrival is expected.

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