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Carl Theodor Goering
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1866 to 1877

Overall record: +14 -19 =2 (42.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Pawn Game (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C61 C63 C80 C77
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C T Goering vs J Minckwitz, 1871 1-0
   C T Goering vs Anderssen, 1877 1-0
   C T Goering vs G Neumann, 1872 1/2-1/2
   Zukertort vs C T Goering, 1877 0-1
   Englisch vs C T Goering, 1877 0-1
   C T Goering vs Metger, 1877 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leipzig (1877)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Leipzig 1877, The Anderssen-Feier by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Leipzig 1877, The Anderssen-Feier by Calli

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(born Apr-28-1841, died Apr-02-1879, 37 years old) Germany

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Carl Göring was born in Brüheim. In 1870, he took 3rd in the first Austrian Chess Federation Congress, held in Graz. In 1871, he won at Wiesbaden, Germany (+4-0=0). In 1872, he took 3rd in the 3rd North German Chess Congress in Altona, Germany. In 1876, he tied for 1st in the 2nd Middle German Chess Congress in Leipzig, Germany.

The opening 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 is known as the Göring Gambit and to this day remains one of the most stark examples of sacrificing pawns in order to gain quick development. Göring played it against Wilfried Paulsen in 1877 at Leipzig and was the first to introduce it into master play. In Germany, he was both a professor and a philosopher. He committed suicide in Eisenach, Germany in 1879.

notes: Carl also played consultation chess on the teams of Anderssen / Goring / Allies & Louis Paulsen / Dr. Carl Goring / Johannes Metger.

Wikipedia article: Carl Göring

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Neumann vs C T Goering  1-0251866BerlinB20 Sicilian
2. C T Goering vs J Minckwitz 1-0401870LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. J N Berger vs C T Goering 1-0401870GrazC45 Scotch Game
4. C T Goering vs J N Berger  0-1551870GrazA80 Dutch
5. C T Goering vs J Minckwitz 0-1191871LeipzigC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. Anderssen vs C T Goering 1-0261871KrefeldC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. W Paulsen vs C T Goering 0-1381871WSB-09.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
8. C T Goering vs K Pitschel  0-1481871WSB-09.KongressC42 Petrov Defense
9. Paulsen vs C T Goering  1-0741871WSB-09.KongressC48 Four Knights
10. C T Goering vs J Minckwitz 1-0201871WiesbadenA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
11. Anderssen vs C T Goering 1-0411871MSB-01.KongressC42 Petrov Defense
12. C T Goering vs S Mieses  0-1351871MSB-01.KongressC48 Four Knights
13. J Minckwitz vs C T Goering  1-0331872LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. K Pitschel vs C T Goering 0-1331872NSB-03.KongressC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. E Schallopp vs C T Goering 0-1551872NSB-03.KongressC77 Ruy Lopez
16. C T Goering vs G Neumann ½-½261872NSB-03.KongressC44 King's Pawn Game
17. C T Goering vs Anderssen 0-1361872NSB-03.KongressC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Paulsen vs C T Goering  0-1741876MSB-02.KongressA30 English, Symmetrical
19. C T Goering vs Anderssen  0-1381876MSB-02.Kongress playoffC44 King's Pawn Game
20. Anderssen vs C T Goering  1-0361876MSB-02.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
21. C Berber vs C T Goering 0-1331876MSB-02.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
22. C T Goering vs A W Franke 1-0361877LeipzigC11 French
23. C T Goering vs W Paulsen 0-1621877LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Winawer vs C T Goering 1-0371877LeipzigC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
25. Paulsen vs C T Goering 1-0341877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
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Jul-14-04  nikolaas: Thanks.

PS: Hup Merckx!!!

Sep-02-05  Daodejing: Carl Theodor Goering was also a German philosopher. As philosopher he was a representative of the critical empirismus and positivism.


Terms of cause in Greek philosophy, Leipzig 1874

System of critical philosophy, 2 Volo., Leipzig 1874-1875

Human liberty and responsibility: a critical investigation, Leipzig 1876

He was the only son of a rich landowner. He could live a materially ensure-free life as a private scholar and lived occasionally in Berlin, Bonn and Gotha. Goering got sick in 1872 with rheumatism, in the following years he purged appreciably into depressions.

He died by suicide.

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in German:

in English: (without mentioning his collected philosophical works!)

< * Über den Begriff der Ursache in der Griechischen Philosophie, Leipzig 1874

< * System der kritischen Philosophie, 2 Bde., Leipzig 1874-1875

< * Über die menschliche Freiheit und Zurechnungsfähigkeit: eine kritische Untersuchung, Leipzig 1876 >>>

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  al wazir: No wonder Göring killed himself. The only game in the database that he won with his eponymous gambit was against NN!
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  whiteshark: Gut dem Dinge !
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  whiteshark: <al wazir> At least, one win! :D
Apr-28-08  Jack Kerouac: If you want a good goring, play the Goering.
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  Phony Benoni: There appears to be an error in the bio; the Goering Gambit at Leipzig 1877 was played against Wilfried Paulsen.

We might chuckle at Goering's apparent lack of success with his brainchild, but note that the game with Paulsen was played in round one--and none of his other opponents gave Goering a chance to play it again.

Apr-10-09  Dredge Rivers: Any relation to Herman?
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  Phony Benoni: (With apologies to Ogden Nash)

The One Pawn Göring is a beast,
The Two Pawn Göring is a feast.
But even if your chess ain't boring
You cannot play a Three Pawn Göring.

Apr-22-11  offramp: Here is another Goering poem:

Carl Theodor Goring
Said that life was unutterably boring.
He drove himself mental thinking about Hume's Mind Investigation, Then chucked himself out of the fifth floor window of the Eisenach Burschenschaftsdenkmal in a bizarre act of self-defenestration. He was 38.

In a few days time, (April 28th), 'twill be his 170th birthday: 28 April 1841– 2 April 1879.

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  FSR: <Dredge Rivers: Any relation to Herman?>

I read someplace that they were close relatives.

Apr-28-11  Nietzowitsch: <FSR> *irony off*
Apr-28-11  offramp: The hotel he established in London is going to be used for William and Mary's wedding reception.
Feb-04-12  offramp: Carl Goering and Hermann Goering both committed suicide.
Feb-04-12  King Death: <offramp> Technically that's true but dear Hermann was cheating the hangman. He was minutes away from what's known over there as "Tod durch den Strang". That would've been a whole lot more humane than what he dished out to so many others.
Apr-09-14  RedShield: < In February 1941 the Mosquito with two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and a streamlined wooden fuselage achieved 392 mph, 30 mph faster than the current Spitfire.[17] It was used on all kinds of missions, including silencing Hermann Gōring`s Berlin Nazi anniversary broadcast on January 20, 1943, leading him to tell Erhard Milch, Air Inspector General that “when I see the Mosquito I am yellow and green with envy. (The British) have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops.”>

Mar-07-15  zanzibar: He was just "still another positivist with Schopenhauerian leanings".

<Selected papers on phenomenology - Karl Schuhmann>

<offramp> do you have a reference for his defenestration?

<Self-defenestration is also a method of suicide. In the United States, self-defenestration is among the least common methods of committing suicide (typically less than 2% of all reported suicides in the United States for 2005).[15]>

Another notable case of self-defenestration:

<In December 1840, Abraham Lincoln and 4 other Illinois legislators jumped out of a window in a political maneuver designed to prevent a quorum on a vote that would have eliminated the Illinois State Bank.>

Mar-07-15  zanzibar: <In Hong Kong, jumping is the most common method (from any location) of committing suicide, accounting for 52.1% of all reported suicide cases in 2006, and similar rates for the years prior to that.[16]>

Wiki again.

I see that it's sometimes termed <autodefenestration> as well as <self-defenestration>.

Mar-07-15  zanzibar: A detailed list of chess-related suicides also makes no mention:

Mar-18-15  offramp: Chess has had a lot of suicides, but cricket seems to be the most attractive game for self-harmers.
Mar-30-16  zanzibar: His dod is given as the 3rd in <Nordisk skaktidende, Volume 7 (1879) p139>
Jun-24-17  offramp: The Eisenach Burschenschaftsdenkmal is a superb denkmal and there is a hotel nearby.

I will be in Brussels in July/August 2017 and I am intending to use it as a jumping-off point to visit places like Brugges, Wupperthal and Eisenach.

When I looked at Eisenach I saw how close it was to the centre of 2017-Germany.

So I checked: in fact the geometric centre of Germany is currently in Niederdorla.

That is only <30km>, count them, from Eisenach!

In Germany, 30 km is just a 5-minute drive.

It would be an unusual project to visit the exact centres of various countries!

It is not hard to work out where the centre of each country is...

All you need is a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

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  ChessHigherCat: <zanzibar: <In Hong Kong, jumping is the most common method (from any location) of committing suicide, accounting for 52.1% of all reported suicide cases in 2006, and similar rates for the years prior to that.[16]>

<Wiki again.

I see that it's sometimes termed <autodefenestration> as well as <self-defenestration>.

Autodefenestration requires far greater skill since you have to jump out of the car window while driving with your feet.

Speaking of jumping out the window, in my recent trip to Buenos Aires, I was working on my PC and listening to music with my earphones in my hotel room when I started hearing some faint beeping and noticed a smell of burning plastic. I called down to reception to tell them that one of the neighbors must have triggered the smoke detector but the guy said no, there's a fire and I had to walk up to the roof 2 floors up on the 10th floor. The stairwell was full of smoke and there was nobody else on the roof at all. I looked way down and saw the fire trucks and a crowd of people below and I thought, I hope these clowns aren't going to ask me to jump into one of those mini-trampolines! It's especially risky in Argentina because every kid is trained to keep the ball out of the goal, so they might deflect my path by reflex. Anyway, I thought hell with this, I'm not going to die here, and took the elevator down. Moral of the story: Never follow instructions in case of emergency!

Jun-24-17  john barleycorn: <ChessHigherCat: <zanzibar: <In Hong Kong, jumping is the most common method (from any location) of committing suicide, ...>

That is why advise everybody to walk in 6 meters distance from a house wall in HKG.

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