|Sep-20-04|| ||percyblakeney: Moritz Porges (1857-1909) was Czech, and shared second place after Tarrasch (but far ahead of Mason, Blackburne and Mieses) in Dresden 1892. |
|Mar-13-08|| ||Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of his gravestone: http://www.porges.net/Images/Prague... .|
|Mar-23-08|| ||brankat: According to the gravestone M.Porges was born March/23/1857, not 1858, as stated in the above Bio.|
|Mar-23-08|| ||brankat: Must have been a very capable chess player, Mr.Porges, defeating Steinitz, Albin, Mason, Mieses, Blackburne, Teichman. Drawing with Pillsbury, Chigorin Tarrasch.|
|Aug-02-09|| ||vonKrolock: Group photo from Nuremberg 1896 etc
and in the same site more on the Porges family, for instance the musician Heinrich (closely related to Liszt and Wagner), the writer Elsa Bernstein etc
|Oct-16-13|| ||Marcelo Bruno: Was he a professional chess master or player?|
|Jan-29-14|| ||Karpova: On November 27, 1909, Moritz Porges (born March 22, 1857) died of a malicious suffering which had been wearing him out for years (<einem tückischen Leiden, das jahrelang an ihm gezehrt hatte.>).|
He withdrew from tournament chess early. He can be regarded as one of the strongest chess talents from Bohemia ever.
He had been keeping himself busy with chess since the age of 13. Soon he was considered to be one of the strongest players in Vienna, same in Prague, where he spend the last 25 years of his life and was considered its spearhead.
His first International tournament was Dresden 1892, sharing 2nd-3rd place with Makowetz behind Tarrasch*.
Expectations were high for Nuremberg 1896, but he had only solid results**. At that time he was suffering from gastroenteritis. However, he remained undefeated against Pillsbury, Schlechter and Tarrasch.
He didn't return to the International Chess scene, concentrating on a silent private life, hobbies like philately and the Prague Chess Life.
He participated in the correspondence game against Dresden and mainly he has to be credited for the win in the first game.
He reached the age of 53 years.
Source: Pages 48-49 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
* See http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...
** See http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...
|Feb-19-15|| ||zanzibar: I have a source that agrees with <Karpova>'s 1858-03-22 (not -23):|
<Moritaz Porges, <born March 22, 1858>, at Prague, tied for second prize at the 1892 Dresden Congress with Makovetz--score 10 1/2 to 5 1/2. In the same tourney Tarrasch took first place with 12 to 4.>
July 26, 1896
The Times from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 10
|Apr-02-15|| ||thomastonk: The tombstone shows the wrong date of birth!
The following link leads to a page of the <Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Jewish Religion Communities from the years 1784-1949> published by the National Archives of the Czech Republic: http://www.badatelna.eu/reprodukce/... .
It shows (see no. 39) that Moritz Porges was born in Prague on 22 March 1857, and hence the date given in the WSZ is right (see Karpova's posting).
The date on the tombstone differs only by one day (see Resignation Trap's or vonKrolock's posting, resp.).
However, there is a full year between 22 March 1857 and 22 March 1858, the date of zanzibar's "agreeing source". It seems that focused on the day, the inspection of the year was neglected - at least I did it yesterday, when I sent a message to E.Winter (see http://chesshistory.com/winter/inde..., but luckily Mr Winter did not use my information on Porges).
The wrong year, i.e. 1858, is relatively common. Its origin could by Berger's "Schachjahrbuch für 1892/93", page 157, and it is also present in Gaige's "Chess Personalia", page 337. And since Gaige gave the WSZ source, he neglected the one year difference, too.
|Apr-02-15|| ||zanzibar: Wow, <thomas>, I totally missed checking the year.|
Funny that it seems I'm in good company, ie. Gaige.
Porges tombstone has this inscription:
<Friede seiner asche!> = <Peace to his ashes!>
|Apr-03-15|| ||offramp: <thomastonk> you have entered my highly exclusive Favorites List!! Your posts are brilliant!|
|Apr-16-15|| ||thomastonk: The link to Porges' entry in the register of births given on Apr-02-15 has become invalid. Presently, the page can be found here: http://www.badatelna.eu/reprodukce/... .|
|Feb-20-16|| ||wwall: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 19, 1909, stated that Porges died at Prague at the age of 51. It also stated that he was formerly a chess professional, but in his later life he followed the pursuit of philately.|