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Max Kuerschner
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1887 to 1910

Overall record: +3 -35 =0 (7.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (10) 
    C11 C05 C00 C01 C13
 French (5) 
    C00 C11 C13
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(born Mar-28-1853, died Aug-26-1917, 64 years old) Germany

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Maximilian Oskar Alfons Kürschner

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch  0-1311887Nuernberg mC46 Three Knights
2. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1201887Nuernberg mA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
3. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1421887Nuernberg mB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner  1-0321887Nuernberg mC01 French, Exchange
5. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0271887Nuernberg mC01 French, Exchange
6. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch  0-1331887MatchD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch  0-1451888Nurnberg CC tournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
8. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1431888MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1331889NurembergB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1521889NurembergC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0341889NurembergD05 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0281889NurembergC22 Center Game
13. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0221889NurembergD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1171889NurembergC23 Bishop's Opening
15. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0271889NurembergC67 Ruy Lopez
16. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1371889NurembergC23 Bishop's Opening
17. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner  1-0511889NurembergB01 Scandinavian
18. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1181890Nuremberg (Germany)C26 Vienna
19. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch 0-1291890NurembergC01 French, Exchange
20. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0321890NurembergD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0311890NurembergC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner  1-0281890NurembergC02 French, Advance
23. M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch  0-1281890Nuremberg-ccA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-0431891Nuremberg club mC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner  1-0351891Nuremberg club mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-04  Whitehat1963: Poor guy. He's 0-15, not even a single draw, and his longest game is only 43 moves.
Dec-21-04  Lawrence: Some of us are altruists and just play for the happiness we bring to our opponents when they win.
Dec-23-04  Whitehat1963: Yeah, count me in on that score!
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  Honza Cervenka: Max Kuerschner probably was not bad player at all. And not always he was beaten by Tarrasch. In his book Dreihundert Schachpartien Tarrasch gives a fragment (alas, not whole game) of one game which Kuerscher won by pretty combination:

[Event "Nuremberg chess club"]
[Site "Nuremberg"]
[Date "1888.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Max Kuerschner"]
[Black "Siegbert Tarrasch"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "000"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "6kr/p1pn1p2/3bq1p1/2p1pN2/2PpP3/3r1P1P/1P3PQK/1RB3R1 w - - 0 1"]

1. Ra1 Qxc4 2. Rxa7 Nf8 3. Ra8 Qb3 4. Qxg6+ fxg6 5. Rxg6+ Kf7 6. Rg7+ Ke6 7. Re8+ Be7 8. Rexe7+ Kf6 9. Bg5# 1-0

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  Honza Cervenka: Here is the above mentioned final fragment of Kuerschner's win against Tarrasch in more graphic form.

Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, Nuremberg chess club, 1888

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1. Ra1 Qxc4 2. Rxa7 Nf8 3. Ra8 Qb3

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4. Qxg6+! (Quite pretty shot. It would not be a bad puzzle for Monday.) 4...fxg6 5. Rxg6+ Kf7 (Of course, 5...Kh7 6.Rg7 is mate.) 6. Rg7+ Ke6 (Or 6...Kf6 7.Bg5+ Ke6 8.Re8+ with mate in next move.) 7. Re8+ Be7 8. Rexe7+ Kf6 9. Bg5# 1-0

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It is a lovely mate, isn't it?

Mar-11-06  Knight13: Ahh come on. He wasn't that bad. After all, most of his games are lost to Tarrasch, who was really good at chess, right, chaps?
Mar-28-12  wordfunph: <CG Database Overall record: +0 -31 =0 (0.0%)>

maybe the worst record CG player page ever :(

rest in peace, Max Kuerschner..

Mar-28-12  whiteshark: It seems he had been Tarrasch's preferential punching bag.
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  tpstar: At least he has one fragment win over Tarrasch, posted by <Honza> above.

This player was truly winless = Colonel Moreau

Mar-24-13  thomastonk: I think this man has finally deserved a win:

[Event "Winter tournament"]
[Site "Augsburg Chess Club"]
[Date "1907.01.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kuerschner, Max"]
[Black "Heilbronner, Theodor"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C27"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 d6 5. Bg5 Be6 6. Qf3 Bxc4 7. dxc4 Bb4 8. Nge2 Nbd7 9. O-O-O h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 Qe7 12. Nb5 Ba5 13. h4 g4 14. Qa3 Bb6 15. f3 Rg8 16. h5 Qe6 17. Qa4 Ke7 18. Bh4 gxf3 19. gxf3 a6 20. Nbc3 Be3+ 21. Kb1 Bg5 22. Ng3 Nb6 23. Qb3 Qxc4 24. Nf5+ Ke6 25. Qxb6 Rad8 26. Qxb7 Rb8 27. Rxd6+ cxd6 28. Qe7# 1-0

Source: Süddeutsche Schachblätter 1907, p 51-52.

Mar-28-13  thomastonk: Kürschner won the winter tournament of the chess club in Nuremberg in 1892/93 (the club had 58 members and Tarrasch was its president).

Happy 160th birthday!

Apr-14-13  thomastonk: After Siegbert Tarrasch 's impressing victory in the tournament Manchester 1890 (I couldn't find a game collection!?), a festive evening was held in Nuremberg on September 23. Kürschner, then president of the local chess club, held an eulogy and emphazised the importance of this event for the German chess, and, in particular, he spoke of a defeat of the mostly professional chess in England. Source: "Deutsche Schachzeitung", 1890, p 310.

This caused the following reaction of Wilhelm Steinitz: "Dr. Tarrasch has been feted at Nuremberg, and the members of the local club have presented him with a laurel crown. The distinction was well deserved, but I regret to notice from German Chess periodicals that the President of the club, a Herr Kürschner, who is described as a ``Post-offical,´´ which probably means some personage between a letter-carrier and a Postmaster General of Nuremberg, has for the second time made the celebration of Dr. Tarrasch's triumph the occasion of indulging in a fling at the professional rivals of the tournament victor. Perhaps I may remind Dr. Tarrasch and his post-offical President that according to English notions anyone who accepts prizes in money is a professional. A writer in a daily paper recently suggested that just like in other sports amateurs should be excluded from public tournaments, but I do not agree with that, and I would rather see masters like Morphy, Anderssen, or Tarrasch carry off all prizes than that such a distinction should be made. But if nobody will grudge Dr. Tarrasch the cakes which he is supposed to buy for the money which he wins at Chess, he should not allow himself to be made the cover for deriding the bread of his defeated professional fellow-competitors. After all, not everybody can be a Doctor or a ``Post-offical,´´ at Nuremberg, and though Dr. Tarrasch may be one day, and I hope he will be, as eminent in his profession as Virchow or Billrath (by ths way, the latter medical celebrity is one of the strongest Chess amateurs in Vienna), he is only for the present a Doctor, such as there are thousands in large cities, and he does not owe his reputation to his medical practice. If Dr. Tarrasch will sanction again, even by silence, such stupid attacks on rival Chess masters whose calling certainly stand higher before the public than that of Dr. Tarrasch himself or his ``Post-offical,´´ he will not be in one line as a gentleman with the late Professor Anderssen who once remarked to me, when talking on the subject of professionalism, ``Der professionelle Schachspieler repräsentiert den höchsten Grad der ausübenden Kunst.´´ The professional Chess player represents the highest degree of the performing art.'' Source: International Chess Magazine 1890, p 308.

For Steinitz, this was only a mild attack. Things like "by silence" and to question someone to be a gentleman appeared often in his writings.

Back to Kürschner: I will report soon about his life and his career as ``Post-offical´´, and I am happy to announce a win with the Black pieces against Tarrasch in 1896 (complete game!).

Apr-16-13  thomastonk: Kürschner was born in Nuremberg, and he died there, too. He finished his academeic studies at the local "Technische Hochschule" in 1874, and thereafter he joined for 43 years the Bavarian transport company. Here he was responsible for the improvement of post services along country roads and railways. For a short period of time, he joined the postal authority in Augsburg as "Postrat".

Kürschner played at so-called "Hauptturniere" in Munich 1886, Nuremberg 1888, Regensburg 1890, Dresden 1892 and Augsburg 1893. He was more famous in the field of chess problems, where he also managed the problem section for some books on chess congresses.

I have submitted the game, I mentioned some days ago.

Feb-15-14  thomastonk: By chance I found another Kürschner win against Tarrasch in "666 Kurzpartien" by Kurt Richter:

[Event "Nuremberg"]
[Site "Nuremberg"]
[Date "1890.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tarrasch, Siegbert"]
[Black "Kuerschner, Max"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C26"]
[PlyCount "36"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bc5 5. d3 a6 6. f4 d6 7. f5 g6 8. g4 h5 9. Bg5 Nd4 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. Bxd8 Ne3 12. Qd2 Ndxc2+ 13. Ke2 Nd4+ 14. Kf2 Nxg4+ 15. Kg3 gxf5 16. Qg5 h4+ 17. Qxh4 f4+ 18. Kh3 Nf2# 0-1

But as a source this book cannot be used, and so my question: does anybody have a better source?

Mar-28-14  GumboGambit: While his WL record may not be impressive, his strength of schedule certainly is.
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  Penguincw: < GumboGambit: While his WL record may not be impressive, his strength of schedule certainly is. >

Yeah. 19 games with each colour against 0.587 opposition can't be easy.

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