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Two of them you already now, the third is a new entry! (At least for me)

The Life and Chess of Rudolf Charousek, Mir Sultan Khan, and Rashid Nezhmetdinov


In this lecture, given at Center64 ( on June 24, 2015, Lucas Anderson presents the biographies of three highly requested players.  These players exhibiited tremendous potential but eac

In the last round of the great 1896 Nürnberg tournament, World Champion Emanuel Lasker was beaten by an almost totally unknown player: 23 year old Hungarian Rudolf Rezső Charousek. This was the stunning start to one of the shortest, and most brilliant, careers in all chess history.

Charousek proceeded to beat every single strong master of his era and to finish first or second in every tournament he played after Nürnberg. Mikhail Chigorin gave him the appropriate nickname "The New Morphy."

Like a comet, Charousek flared across the chess firmament, shone with an incandescent brilliance, and was gone.
Who was Rudolf Charousek?


Today in 1900, Rudolf Charousek, the Czech-Hungarian master, died at the age of 26. Charousek learnt to play chess when he was 16 but in the course of his short career managed to beat a number of strong players — among them World Champion Emanuel Lasker. The writer Gustav Meyrink immortalised Charousek in his novel "The Golem", one of the classics of fantastic literature.

Charousek:  The First Hungarian Superstar The entire chess world wept at his untimely passing on April 18, 1900.  Just 26 years old. 10 years after first learning how to move the pieces. Rudolf Cha…

Charousek: The First Hungarian Superstar


Rudolf Charousek: Part II Soon afterwards, a big international tournament was held in Budapest. Both Charousek and Tchigorin tied for first in a strong field, ahead of both Pillsbury and Schlechter…
Rudolf Charousek: The First Hungarian Superstar