Hans Müller (chess player)

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Hans Müller (July 1969)

Hans Müller (born December 1, 1896 in Vienna ; † February 28, 1971 ibid) was an Austrian chess player , author and graphologist .


His father Johann Müller was a well-known conductor . So Hans first studied music, played the piano and collected old sheet music. In 1914, with the beginning of World War I , he volunteered for military service. From January 1915 until the end of the war he was at the front in an assault machine gun division. He and his team received numerous medals for bravery. In the summer of 1918 he returned home wounded as a lieutenant . His parents had meanwhile lost all of their fortune due to the devaluation of money and Hans made his way through life with odd jobs. He gave up his mechanical engineering studies and worked as a bank clerk, teacher (chess, languages, music, skiing, tennis) and unskilled worker. He later worked as a graphologist , but devoted a lot of time to chess.


In 1922 Müller became Austrian champion. Between 1930 and 1940 he had good tournament successes. In 1933 he won the Vienna tournament together with Grünfeld in front of Spielmann and the San Benedetto del Tronto tournament . In 1934 he again shared first place with Grünfeld in Klosterneuburg . In 1947 he reached third place in the Austrian state championship , in 1948 second place. He represented Austria at the Chess Olympiads in 1928 , 1930 , 1933 , 1935 and 1950 as well as the unofficial Chess Olympiad in 1936 . In 1933 he achieved the third best individual result on the fourth board. In 1942 he was shared second with Georg Klaus at the German individual chess championship in Bad Oeynhausen , which Ludwig Rellstab won.

In 1950 he was awarded the title of International Master by FIDE .

He achieved his best historical rating in November 1940. It was 2588. In January 1944, he reached 30th place, his best place in the world rankings.

He was also successful in correspondence chess : in the federal championship of the International Correspondence Chess Federation IFSB in 1932 he won ahead of Eduard Dyckhoff and Erich Eliskases .

Chess author

Müller wrote articles for various chess newspapers. He was the editor of the Sunday chess corner in the Reichspost . He also wrote some chess books that gained international importance. His large collection of chess games and analyzes was helpful here.

Other activities

Müller also played tennis and was active in skiing . He won a silver medal in foil fencing . In the slalom he won the 1st prize of the police sports association on the Planneralm , as well as in army machine gun shooting.


  • The English Match (1928)
  • Practical opening strategy (1928)
  • Chess Olympiad Warsaw 1935 (1936)
  • The Carl Schlechter memorial tournament of the Hietzing chess club (1947)
  • Practical Chess Strategy (1947)
  • Carl Schlechter Memorial Tournament 1949 (1949)
  • Botvinnik teaches chess (1949 Verlag Willy Sales, 1967)
  • Botwinnik Bronstein (1951)
  • The international Carl Schlechter memorial tournament 1951 (1951)
  • The Helsinki Chess Olympiad 1952 (1953)
  • Learn to combine (1953)
  • Chess Genie Aljechin (1953, along with A. Pawelczak)
  • Attack and Defense (1960)
  • The Center in the Game of Chess (1963)
  • From element to planning (1970)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hans Müller - Wiener Stadtmeister 1939. The great chess artist is also a musician, scientist and athlete , Neues Wiener Tagblatt, May 14, 1939
  2. Hans Müller's results at the Chess Olympiads on olimpbase.org (English)
  3. Hans Müller's results at unofficial chess Olympiads on olimpbase.org (English)
  4. German individual championship 1942 in Bad Oeynhausen on TeleSchach (cross table and games)
  5. Hans Müller's historic Elo numbers at chessmetrics.com (English)