Jules Arnous de Rivière, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jules Arnous de Rivière

French chess player

Date of Birth: 04-May-1830

Place of Birth: Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

Date of Death: 11-Sep-1905

Profession: chess player

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Jules Arnous de Rivière

  • Jules Arnous de Rivière (4 May 1830, Nantes – 11 September 1905, Paris) was the strongest French chess player from the late 1850s through the late 1870s.
  • He is best known today for playing many games with Paul Morphy when the American champion visited Paris in 1858 and 1863. Born in Nantes to a French father William Henri Arnous-Rivière and an English mother Marie Tobin, he awarded himself the nobiliary particle "de".
  • Arnous-Rivière finished 6th of 13 in the 1867 Paris international tournament organized in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle.
  • Although he finished well below the strongest foreign masters, he was ahead of fellow Parisian, Polish-born, Samuel Rosenthal.
  • Arnous-Rivière had success in some minor tournaments in Paris: 3rd in 1880, 2nd= in 1881, 2nd in 1882–3, and 3rd in the Café de la Régence tournament of 1896.
  • Arnous-Rivière fared poorly in his casual games against Morphy, but did well in more formal match play.
  • He lost to Serafino Dubois (+8-21=3) in 1855, and Gustav Neumann (+3-7=2) in 1864, but he drew with Ignatz von Kolisch (5:5) in 1859, and defeated Thomas Wilson Barnes in London (+5-2=0) and Paul Journoud in Paris (+7-2=1) in 1860, and Johann Löwenthal (+2-0=0) in Paris in 1867.
  • He also lost a close match to Mikhail Chigorin by +4-5=1 in 1883. Arnous-Rivière's writings included several chess columns and books on billiards and roulette.
  • He also invented many games. He married 27 October 1858 to Joséphine de Coulhac Mazérieux (1834-1921) and had three children: William Arnous-Rivière (1860–1904), Hélène Arnous-Rivière (1862–?) and Jacques Arnous-Rivière (1874–1919).
  • Hélène Arnous-Rivière married Baron Christian-Hubert von Pfeffel; her great-grandson is British politician Stanley Johnson. Arnous-Rivière died in Paris in 1905.

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