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Moritz Porges
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1874 to 1902

Overall record: +12 -14 =12 (47.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (4) 
    C14 C01
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C67 C62
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Porges vs Steinitz, 1874 1-0
   Schlechter vs M Porges, 1896 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nuremberg (1896)

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(born Mar-22-1857, died Nov-27-1909, 52 years old) Austria

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Moritz Porges was considered one of the most promising chess talents from Bohemia. He started to play chess at the age of 13 and was also one of the strongest players of Vienna and Prague, where he sprent the last 25 years of his life.(1)

At Dresden (1892), he shared 2nd place with Gyula Makovetz ahead of Simon Winawer, James Mason and Joseph Henry Blackburne .(2)

Although he couldn't fulfill the high expectations at Nuremberg (1896), he scored wins over Richard Teichmann and Blackburne. Additionally, he remained undefeated against Siegbert Tarrasch, Harry Nelson Pillsbury and Carl Schlechter. During the tournament, he suffered from gastroenteritis.(1)

Afterwards, he didn't return to the International Chess scene, concentrating on his private life instead. He died in 1909 at Prague, at the age of 52, from a medical condition which he had been suffering from for years.(1)


(1) Pages 48-49 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(2) Rod Edwards.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Porges vs Steinitz 1-021 1874 LondonC20 King's Pawn Game
2. J Kvicala vs M Porges 1-021 1890 PragueA13 English
3. J Mieses vs M Porges  0-137 1892 DresdenC25 Vienna
4. M Porges vs G Marco  ½-½24 1892 DSB-07.KongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. Von Scheve vs M Porges ½-½44 1892 DSB-07.KongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. J Mason vs M Porges 0-151 1892 DSB-07.KongressC49 Four Knights
7. M Porges vs W Paulsen 1-070 1892 DSB-07.KongressB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. Von Gottschall vs M Porges ½-½54 1892 DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
9. Loman vs M Porges 0-138 1892 DSB-07.KongressC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. A Schottlaender vs M Porges 0-153 1892 DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
11. M Porges vs Von Bardeleben  0-130 1892 DSB-07.KongressC49 Four Knights
12. M Porges vs K A Walbrodt  ½-½25 1892 DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
13. Blackburne vs M Porges  ½-½42 1892 07.DSB-KongressC25 Vienna
14. M Porges vs Tarrasch 0-135 1892 DSB-07.KongressC67 Ruy Lopez
15. M Porges vs Winawer 0-122 1892 DSB-07.KongressB06 Robatsch
16. M Porges vs J Noa  1-063 1892 DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
17. G Makovetz vs M Porges 0-117 1892 DSB-07.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
18. M Porges vs Albin 1-047 1892 DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
19. Charousek vs M Porges  1-050 1896 Nurnberg exhC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. M Porges vs Lasker 0-133 1896 NurembergC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Maroczy vs M Porges 1-082 1896 NurembergC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Schiffers vs M Porges  ½-½37 1896 NurembergC11 French
23. M Porges vs Chigorin  0-143 1896 NurembergC50 Giuoco Piano
24. Winawer vs M Porges  1-037 1896 NurembergC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. M Porges vs E Schallopp  0-126 1896 NurembergC59 Two Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
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: .
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  brankat: According to the gravestone M.Porges was born March/23/1857, not 1858, as stated in the above Bio.
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  brankat: Must have been a very capable chess player, Mr.Porges, defeating Steinitz, Albin, Mason, Mieses, Blackburne, Teichman. Drawing with Pillsbury, Chigorin Tarrasch.
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  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

** See

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  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: .

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, 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.

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  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!>

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  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: .
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  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.
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