Some studies or endgame positions composed by

Paul Rudolf von Bilguer 

(Germany, 21.9.1815 - 16.9.1840)


Wikipedia writes about him:

Paul Rudolf (or Rudolph) von Bilguer (21 September 1815 – 16 September 1840) was a German chess master and chess theoretician from Ludwigslust in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Bilguer, who was a lieutenant in the Prussian army, was sent to Berlin on a course, where he met the six gifted German players with whom he formed a group that became known as the 'Berlin Pleiades'. He resigned his commission and devoted his time to chess. He was considered to be the most brilliant of the 'Pleiades' and was a good blindfold player.[1]

To the modern chess world he is known above all as the co-author of the Handbuch des Schachspiels. He died at age 24, probably of tuberculosis, before finishing the Handbuch, but the work was completed by his friend Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa, who gave primary credit to Bilguer. The Handbuch was for many years considered the definitive reference work on the game of chess, and on openings in particular. It was a precursor to later standard opening reference works such as Modern Chess Openings and Encyclopedia of Chess Openings.


In German a extensive article about him (in German language) at the Deutscher Schachbund.

Also interesting to read is this article on Pantheon.




This work, first published in 1843, was the bible of every chess player of 19th. and early 20th century.

It contains all known openings at the time and many studies and traps you do not see in modern books.

The work has great historical and practical significance for the chess historian and player.


(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden (HHdbVI))