Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter

 by National Life Master Loal Davis




Kurt Richter was born in Berlin. FIDE awarded him the IM title in 1950 on its first designation of titleholders. He was a sharp attacking player and theoretician. The Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer (B60) and Richter-Veresov Attack (D01) are both named for him. His most successful year was 1935, when he won the German Championship and shared 1st place with Efim Bogoljubov at a category 8 tournament in Berlin. After World War II he largely gave up playing for writing. He died in Berlin in 1969. 


Strasdas versus Richter               Berlin 1933

Budapest Gambit

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. e3 d6 6. exd6 Bxd6 7. Nbd2 Nc5 8. a3 Qf6 9. Nb3 Nxb3 10. Qxb3 Bg4 11. c5 Bxc5 12. Qc4

White hoped to make something of this fork, but it is generally not a good thing to tactically mix it up with Richter.

Bxf3 13. gxf3 O-O-O 14. Bg2

(14. Qxc5 Qxf3 hits the Rook in the corner and threatens mate.

14… Ne5 15. Qb3 Nd3+ 16. Ke2 Qa6 17. Kd2

Striving desperately not to lose his Queen to an exposed attack.


Strasdas vs. Richter, Kurt1,  Berlin,  Source2001.11.25,  Round s11Black (Richter) To Play


Bxe3+ !

Clearing c5 for the Knight.

18. Kc2 Nb4+

(18… Nb4+ 19. axb4 Qg6+ 20. Qd3 (20. Kc3 Qd3#) 20… Qxd3#)

(18… Nb4+ 19. Kb1 Qg6+ 20. Qd3 Qxd3#)

(18… Nb4+ 19. Kc3 Rd3+ 20. Kxb4 c5#)

(18… Nb4+ 19. Qxb4 Qd3#)





 For the FIRST Budapest Gambit ever played – see Comments for the destruction of Akiba Rubinstein.

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  1. [Event “Berlin”][Site “Berlin”][Date “1918.??.??”][Round “?”][White “Rubinstein, Akiba”][Black “Vidmar, Milan Sr”][Result “0-1”][ECO “A52”][PlyCount “48”][EventDate “1918.??.??”][EventType “tourn”][EventRounds “6”][EventCountry “GER”][Source “ChessBase”][SourceDate “1999.07.01”]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 Qe7 7. Qd5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qa3 9. Rc1 f6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. Qd2 d6 12. Nd4 O-O 13. e3 Nxd4 14. cxd4 Ne4 15. Qc2 Qa5+ 16. Ke2 Rxf4 17. exf4 Bf5 18. Qb2 Re8 19. Kf3 Nd2+ 20. Kg3 Ne4+ 21. Kh4 Re6 22. Be2 Rh6+ 23. Bh5 Rxh5+ 24. Kxh5 Bg6+ 0-1

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