GM Isidor Gunsberg

Full name
Isidor Gunsberg
Life
Nov 2, 1854 - May 2, 1930 (age 75)
Place of birth
Pest, Kingdom of Hungary
Federation
International

A relatively unknown name in the chess world, Isidor Gunsberg was a force to be reckoned with in the late 1800s. With wins over noted players such as Mikhail Chigorin, Joseph Blackburne and Henry Bird, his rise to the top was praiseworthy. His biggest claim to fame was when he played in a world championship match against Wilhelm Steinitz, losing by a very close score. Despite never getting the world champion title, Gunsberg was still viewed as one of the best players in his day.

Isidor Gunsberg began his career as a chess player when he operated the remote-controlled chess computer Mephisto. In 1885 he won a national tournament in London by a wide margin and a month later he won the 4th German Chess Congress tournament. Later he achieved wins over Joseph Blackburne, Henry Bird and Mikhail Chigorin in matches. After these wins, Gunsberg decided to challenge Steinitz for the World Championship. Even though he lost, it was a very close match with a score of 4 wins, 6 losses and 9 draws. He passed away on May 2, 1930.

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White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (3) : B15 B12
Giuoco Piano Game (23) : C53 C50 C51 C52
Van't Kruijs Opening (2) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (11) : C33 C39 C34 C36 C35
Four Knights Game (5) : C49 C48
Petrov's Defense (3) : C42 C43
Queen's Pawn Opening (11) : D00 A40 D02 D03
Queen's Gambit Declined (5) : D07 D50 D30
Scotch Game (3) : C44 C45
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C30 C31
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C25
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Italian Game (4) : C58 C55
Colle System (6) : D04 D05
Dutch Defense (2) : A83 A80
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
Bishop's Opening (1) : C24
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
King's Gambit (1) : C30
Pirc Defense (1) : B08
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Sicilian Defense (4) : B58 B34 B43
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
Black Pieces
Queen's Gambit Declined (10) : D50 D06 D31 D60 D30
Three Knights Opening (3) : C46
King's Pawn Opening (12) : B00 C20
King's Gambit Accepted (13) : C33 C38 C39
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : A40 D00
Four Knights Game (5) : C49
Scandinavian Defense (4) : B01
Bishop's Opening (2) : C26 C28
Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) : D21 D20
Center Game Accepted (7) : C21 C22
Bird's Opening (3) : A02
Giuoco Piano Game (6) : C53 C51 C50
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Slav Defense (1) : D10
Indian Game (2) : A46
Colle System (2) : D04
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E14
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Vienna Game (3) : C28 C29
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Italian Game (2) : C59 C55
Semi-Slav Defense (1) : D45
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30

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