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Marshall - Mieses Match

Frank James Marshall5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Jacques Mieses4.5/10(+4 -5 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Marshall - Mieses (1908)

Played in Berlin, Germany from November 21 - December 2.

Marshall 1 = 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5.5 Mieses 0 = 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 4.5

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs J Mieses 1-0241908Marshall - MiesesD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. J Mieses vs Marshall ½-½521908Marshall - MiesesA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Marshall vs J Mieses  1-0271908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. J Mieses vs Marshall  1-0471908Marshall - MiesesA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Marshall vs J Mieses 0-1431908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. J Mieses vs Marshall 1-0511908Marshall - MiesesC25 Vienna
7. Marshall vs J Mieses 1-0481908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. J Mieses vs Marshall  1-0391908Marshall - MiesesC25 Vienna
9. Marshall vs J Mieses  1-0301908Marshall - MiesesD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. J Mieses vs Marshall 0-1391908Marshall - MiesesA07 King's Indian Attack
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  Karpova: A Berlin correspondent of the 'Frankfurter Zeitung' describes how this match came about:

Several weeks ago, the two masters gave Simuls with an entrance fee, to assess the number of interested chess friends who were not organised. There were many visitors and the monetary gain excellent. Thanks to this experience, the match between Marshall and Mieses was organised. The match was limited to 10 games and took place in a public eatery, the Cafe Kerkau. There was an entrance fee of 1 <Mark> for every day and the money was divided at a ratio of 3:5 between the players*. The great advanatge of this kind of match is, that it can be aborted any time if the interest fades away. For sure, it could also be extended.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', February 1909, pp. 66-67

* In the article, both times the name of the match is given as Marshall-Mieses, but I guess it is more likely that the loser got 3 and the winner 5 parts.

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  offramp: A match played at the Café Kerkau, which can be seen in this photo from wikipedia: gives the players ratings for 1908 thus: Marshall (aged 31) 2555. Mieses, aged 43, 2506.

Marshall won 5-4, with 1 draw, so that would roughly match Edo's rating.

Mieses reminds me of Friedrich Saemisch, a Zelig-like character who flits in and out of chess history from the time of Mason, Bardeleben and Blackburne right up to the days of Denker and Herman Steiner. It is hard to believe that he was already middle-aged at the time he played this match, 109 years ago.

It was a very good match, well worth playing through.

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  offramp: A bit like Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987), neither player varied his opening one millimetre during this match. It was Viennas and Tarrasches right the way through.
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