Sunday, March 06, 2011

Chase and Brattain win the Legends: Carl Jaenisch

Mika Brattain (2138) and FM Chris Chase (2396) tied for first with 3.5 points and drew their last round game at the Boylston's Legends of Chess: Carl Jaenisch tournament on Sat., March 5. Mika continues to play well in his drive to become a young master. 15 players played in Somerville rather than Sturbridge.

Carl Jaenisch

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Carl Jaenisch

Carl Friedrich Andreyevich von Jaenisch (Vyborg, April 11, 1813 – Saint Petersburg, March 7, 1872) was a Finnish and Russian chess theorist and player. In the 1840s, he was among the top players in the world.

He began a military career in Finland, but soon moved to Russia to teach rational mechanics in Petersburg (now Saint Petersburg). He dedicated all his life to mathematics and chess, two subjects that he considered closely related. He tried to show their connections in his work Découvertes sur le cavalier (aux échecs), published in Peterburg in 1837.

In 1842-43 he published a book on the openings in two volumes: Analyse Nouvelle des ouvertures. In 1862-63 he published his major work: Traité des applications de l'analyse mathématique au jeu des échecs, in three volumes.

He wanted to take part in the London 1851 chess tournament, but arrived late and he played instead a match with Howard Staunton, which he lost (+ 2 = 1 - 7). Three years later he also lost to Ilya Shumov (+ 3 = 4 - 5).

He is best remembered for having analyzed and helped develop Petrov's Defence with Alexander Petrov and for his work on the Schliemann-Jaenisch Gambit of the Ruy Lopez, which goes 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5!?. The move 3...f5!? is the Jaenisch Gambit.

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