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Ernst Flechsig
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1873 to 1879

Overall record: +4 -14 =8 (30.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Four Knights (4) 
    C48 C49
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (4) 
    C01 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A W Franke vs E Flechsig, 1877 0-1
   E Flechsig vs W Paulsen, 1877 1/2-1/2
   E Flechsig vs Englisch, 1877 1/2-1/2
   E Flechsig vs Winawer, 1877 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leipzig (1879)

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(born Oct-05-1852, died Oct-11-1890, 38 years old) Germany

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Ernst Flechsig was the son of a well-known physician in Bad Elster, Germany. He first went to school in Bad Elster, and later visited the secondary school Thomasgymnasium in Leipzig. He began to study chemistry and natural sciences at the University of Leipzig in 1874. He earned a PhD in chemistry in 1878 in Heidelberg. He worked in Proskau (today Prószków, Poland), and then in Breslau (today Wrocław, Poland) until 1887. After working shortly in Westphalia, he settled in Hirschberg, Thuringia. He fell ill with severe pleurisy (schwere Rippenfellentzündung), forcing him to quit his job and move back to his parents in Bad Elster. He did not recover from his illness and died after a few months.(1)

Flechsig came in 1st at Leipzig (1871), the Haupturnier (1871) of the Central German (Mitteldeutschen) Chess Federation.(1) He shared 2nd place behind Wilfried Paulsen at Düsseldorf (1876).(2) He came in 10th at Leipzig (1877) and shared 9th place at Leipzig (1879). He succesfully participated in Club tournaments, sharing 1st with Merklein at the summer tournament (1871) of the Augustea Chess Society in Leipzig, and was 1st in the Winter tournament (1880/81) of the Chess Club Anderssen in Breslau.(1) He drew a 10-games match against Fritz Riemann in Breslau, 1885.(3)

Flechsig contributed to edition's of Paul Rudolf von Bilguer 's Handbuch des Schachspiels.(1) He was also a chess composer.(1)


(1) Deutsches Wochenschach, 9 November 1890, issue 45, pp. 386-387 (originally from Deutsche Schachzeitung). Provided in

(2) Rod Edwards,

(3) Rod Edwards,

Wikipedia article: Ernst Flechsig

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Flechsig vs C Schwede 0-1321873LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. S Mieses vs E Flechsig 1-0271875LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. W Paulsen vs E Flechsig  1-0211876WSB-10.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
4. E Flechsig vs W Paulsen  ½-½521876WSB-10.KongressC44 King's Pawn Game
5. E Schallopp vs E Flechsig  1-0591877LeipzigC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
6. E Flechsig vs Englisch  ½-½481877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
7. E Flechsig vs K Leffmann 0-1471877LeipzigC48 Four Knights
8. E Flechsig vs Paulsen 0-1501877LeipzigB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. A W Franke vs E Flechsig 0-1521877LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. E Flechsig vs W Paulsen ½-½441877LeipzigC48 Four Knights
11. Metger vs E Flechsig ½-½141877LeipzigD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Anderssen vs E Flechsig 1-0221877LeipzigC11 French
13. C T Goering vs E Flechsig 1-0371877LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
14. E Flechsig vs Zukertort  0-1601877LeipzigC48 Four Knights
15. E Flechsig vs Winawer ½-½921877LeipzigC46 Three Knights
16. E Flechsig vs A Schottlaender ½-½491879LeipzigC11 French
17. E Flechsig vs Englisch  0-1671879LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
18. E Flechsig vs Wemmers  1-0321879LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
19. W Paulsen vs E Flechsig  ½-½291879LeipzigA20 English
20. E Flechsig vs K Pitschel  0-1341879LeipzigC44 King's Pawn Game
21. J Minckwitz vs E Flechsig 0-1271879LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
22. Paulsen vs E Flechsig 0-1491879LeipzigA20 English
23. E Flechsig vs E Schallopp  0-1481879LeipzigC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. E Flechsig vs A Schwarz ½-½361879LeipzigC15 French, Winawer
25. F Riemann vs E Flechsig  1-0641879LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
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  Honza Cervenka: Ernst Flechsig
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  whiteshark: Dr. Ernst Flechsig (1852-1890)
Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .
"Deutsches Wochenschach" (1890)
hat einen Nachruf (~ obituary) auf S.386 ff

maybe our historicans can look that up?

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  thegoodanarchist: Only lived to be 38. Life is short
Oct-05-14  pushtree: Tragic
Oct-05-15  Eastfrisian: He died on Pleurisy (so German Wikipedia).
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  MissScarlett: What's that, an island?
Oct-06-15  Eastfrisian: In German it is "Rippenfellentzündung". Maybee my "on" in the message above is not the right word. ;-)
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