Dufresne, Jean

BORN 14 Feb 1829, Berlin - DIED 15 Apr 1893, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Jüdischer Friedhof, Markus-Reich-Platz 1, Weissensee (Feld C2/8/12229)

Jean Dufresne was the son of the Jewish merchant Jacob Ephraim Dufresne. He attended the Gymnasium zum grauen Kloster in Berlin and studied law in Breslau and Berlin. After his father lost his wealth he discontinued his studies in 1852 and he became a journalist and editor for various publications.

He was a strong chess played and he often played the famous Adolf Anderssen and considered himself to be Andersson's pupil. Their best known game was known as the Evergeen Game. It was won by Anderssen. He wrote unsuccessful novels under the pseudonym E.S. Freund. As a chess author, he published "Theoretisch-praktisches Handbuch des Schachspiels" in 1863. It was a predecessor of the well known "Kleinen Lehrbuch des Schachspiels" (1881). From 1875 onwards he concentrated on his chess writings.

Later in life he started an ambitious work on mathematics but he wasn't able to finish it before his death in 1893. He was buried at the Jewish Cemetery in Weissensee, Berlin, where his grave was rediscovered in 2002. A new bronze plaque was attached to the gravestone in 2006.


The grave of Jean Dufresne at the Jüdischer Friedhof Weissensee, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (09 Aug 2020)


Jean Dufresne – Wikipedia

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Published: 05 Sep 2020
Last update: 05 Sep 2020