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/...