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Geza Janny
Number of games in database: 7
Years covered: 1897 to 1927
Overall record: +6 -1 =0 (85.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C44 King's Pawn Game (2 games)

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(born Jul-11-1879, died Jan-18-1933, 53 years old) Hungary

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Dr. Janny Géza was born in Budapest, Hungary and died in Turnu (Tornya), Romania, as the second of the three children of notable surgeon, hospital director, and founder Dr. Janny Gyula and his wife Zlamál Gizella.

Géza himself was also a notable doctor, teacher, piano player, and author of chess literature. He married Aradon Balcsó Ilona in 1921, and had a son, also named Géza, born in 1922.

Source, which gives A magyarországi főnemesség XX. századi genealógiája (Genealogy of the Hungarian Nobility in the 20th Century), compiled by Gudenus János József, p.114 Vol II. Budapest 1993, and p.141 Vol V. Budapest 1999. as the primary reference.

Last updated: 2020-04-28 11:48:15

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Charousek vs G Janny  1-0501897Casual gameC13 French
2. Schiffers vs G Janny 0-1101898BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
3. Heltay vs G Janny 0-1121916BudapestA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Janny vs I Gudju 1-0221920BucharestC51 Evans Gambit
5. G Janny vs L Steiner 1-0151922HUNC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. I Abraham vs G Janny 0-1181923AradC44 King's Pawn Game
7. Bildhauer vs G Janny 0-1111927Sopron B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-05-04  offramp: <chessgames> Either the first game here, Heltay v Janny, is by a different Janny, or it was not from 1816 - that is the year Janny was born.
Jul-05-04  markt: Was he still playing and winning games at the age of 111?!! Amazing!
Jul-31-04  RonB52734: Of course, there are a handful of games of Paul Morphy playing Alonzo Morphy, who I believe was Paul's father.
Jul-31-04  HailM0rphy: Whats the have to do with janny?
Jul-31-04  SBC: <RonB52734>
Is there some point to that??


I did a search for Heltay and Janny. I only found this game on one site, which happened to feature old games. Among thse old games were two of Greco playing Paolo Boi. Now, unless Boi crawled out of his grave to play these games, they're bogus. Janny, 1816 could be equally so. This leaves Janny 1898-1927 who no one has heard of. Could he be David Janowski who was active during this time frame (he died in 1927)?


Jul-31-04  Dick Brain: He appears to be some anonymous ringer but neither Paul or Alonzo Morphy definitely. Maybe a chess hustler.
Aug-01-04  RonB52734: Ah, yes. The point was to illustrate that it was possible there are two Jannys.
Aug-01-04  sneaky pete: One Janny is enough! The 1816 game is clearly from (around) 1916. An Englund gambit, declined even, in 1816? Ridiculous.
Aug-06-04  Dick Brain: I have seen the Heltay vs Janny game elsewhere as having been played in 1916.
Jun-24-08  abstraction: All the games of "Janny" seem composed. I wonder who is behind them.
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  GrahamClayton: I believe that Janny is Dr Geza Janny, a Hungarian doctor of medicine from Arad. He was a famous chess historian, and he wrote the preface in the tournament book of Chess Congress of Győr in 1924.
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  FSR: This Janny is the greatest player this side of Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia!
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  Marcelo Bruno: And I could speculate this: Schiffers-Janowski.
Feb-08-12  Calli: You mean this is not the girl that Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels sang about?
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  WannaBe: <Calli> No, this Janny, she's got a gun!
Jun-28-16  Jim Bartle: Was excellent in "The West Wing."
Apr-27-20  41eduardoariel: Is GM Geza Janny 140 years old? He really is very old
May-04-20  Cibator: "The Janny, the janny*, he nearly drove me mad; he shopped me to the teachers any time that I was bad ... " (Billy Connolly)

* Scottish slang for a janitor or caretaker. Sir Billy did a whole song about them, which you can find here: )

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  Breunor: Following what FSR noted, maybe the greatest chess match that we as fans were cheated not having happened was Prince Dadian vs. Janny!
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  FSR: <Breunor> I would love to see a three-way tournament among those two and Gioachino Greco. Time travel would be necessary, of course.
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  moronovich: In these Ctimes we have a lot of time,so why not!?

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