A forgotten king walk
German master Rudolf Teschner (photo from Wikipedia)

A forgotten king walk

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During my work on Smyslov biography I am reading tons of old chess journals and sometimes I come across exciting games that are completely forgotten. I decided to share one of them example.

Earlier this week I was browsing through the old issues of the "Deutsche Schachblätter", a monthly journal that was published after the war by Kurt Richter, a chess master from Berlin. By the way, if you have not heard of "Berlin Scharfrichter" before, I highly recommend the book "Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games" that was published by the chess historian Alan McGowan in 2018, after more than 30 years of research!

I have a few years of the "Deutsche Schachblätter" in my library. I bought them at an online auction some time ago and they make for a highly entertaining reading. Somehow Kurt Richter managed to publish this journal almost singlehandedly, writing most of the articles and annotations. The game that I am about to show has been annotated by him as well. It was prefaced by two diagrams, of which the second one caught my attention:

King walks are some of the most fascinating stories in chess, so I replayed the game. The winner of this game, Rudolf Teschner, would go on to become an International Master in 1957 and would receive a Honorary Grandmaster title in 1992, but in 1949 he was only 17 years old, so this game has a fair share of mistakes. However, it's fun and it's not in ChessBase, so I decided to translate Kurt Richter's annotations to English and share it with you.

If you want to fast-forward to the most interesting part, you can skip the opening and go straight to the 26th move. Enjoy!