Vincent Grimm (1800-1872)

There were three Hungarian players of note during the first part of the 18th century:
Johann Jacob Löwenthal, Joszef Szen and Vincent Grimm.

Vincent Grimm was born in Vienna around 1800. He have a wide variety of professions throughout his life.
He was an artist, an art dealer, a pianist, a lithographer and finally a cartographer.

As an art dealer, he represented the newly founded Hungarian Art Association which included
such artists as Agoston Trefort, Miklós Jósika, József Eötvos, László Serenyi, Miklós Jósika and
László Szalay. This association was founded in 1839, the same year that Grimm and Szen founded
the Budapest Chess Club of which Grimm became honorary president. In 1842 until 1846, the chess
club played the Paris team, Le Cercle des Echecs, which was lead by St. Amant and M. Chamouillet.
Lionel Kieseritsky was originaly part of the Paris team, but withdrew. Other team members were Ignanz Calvi,
Francois Charles Devinck
(a chocolate maker. He had played Bourdonnais, Dechapelles and Morphy),
Dr.H.LaRoche and Deschapelles who quit after not getting the opening he wanted.
But in 1848 the Hungarian Revolution forced Grimm to flee the country. He ended up in Aleppo,
a north Syrian town near the Turkish border.

a caravan at 13th century citadel at Aleppo, Syria

Grimm had been invited to participate in the great international tournament held in London in 1851
but because of his new situation, he was unable to attend.

Grimm spent almost the remainder of his life in Syria/Turkey. He embraced Islam and
changed his name to either Murad Bey or Mustafa Bey.

He returned to Hungary in 1868 and, depending on the source: he moved to Constantinople
where he lived until he died; he died in Pesth January 15, 1872; he died in Pesth in 1869.

Although it's been written (in Shakhmaty-Entsiklopedichesky Slovar - the Russian Chess Encyclopedic Dictionary)
that he continued to be interested in chess throughout his life and was a noted problemist,
games by Vincent Grimm are difficult, or impossible, to come by. There is the possibility,
since he was president of the Budapest Chess Club, that he was a stronger player than both Johann Jacob Löwenthal and Joszef Szen.