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Kurt Richter (1900-1969)
Today, 29 November, is the birth date of a significant figure in the history of German chess, Kurt Richter.
Now available, a book by yours truly: Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games
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German master Kurt Richter (1900–1969) made significant contributions to the chess world as a player, and as an editor and author. Unassuming in real life, Richter was a fearsome opponent who expressed himself mainly through his over-the-board results, as well as through his chess journalism and literary output. He was responsible for several innovative openings, some of which gained renewed status in later years.

This overview of his life and games sheds light on a player who should be better known, with much never-before-seen material. Examples of his entertaining writings on chess are included, some featuring his fictitious student opponent, Dr. Zabel. A wide selection of games illustrates the surprising combinations and brilliant style of play that earned him the title “The Executioner of Berlin.”

Alan McGowan
Sorry folks, it must be age thing. Richter's birth date is 24 November - his death was on 29 December.
How embarrassing! I will now remain quiet!

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