Wiener Schachzeitung, Jan-Feb 1907, p 8.
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Carl Schlechter
Number of games in database: 800
Years covered: 1893 to 1918
Overall record: +305 -116 =376 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (84) 
    C77 C66 C65 C88 C79
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D37 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 D05 A40 D00 D04
 French Defense (33) 
    C01 C11 C00 C13 C12
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D60 D55 D61 D63 D52
 Four Knights (25) 
    C49 C48 C47
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C77 C84 C68 C80 C87
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C87 C90 C88 C96
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    D02 D00 A40 D04 D05
 Giuoco Piano (25) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Four Knights (20) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Tarrasch Defense (20) 
    D32 D33 D34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 0-1
   Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 1-0
   Schlechter vs W John, 1905 1-0
   Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1-0
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 1-0
   Schlechter vs Meitner, 1898 1-0
   Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1907 1-0
   W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897 0-1

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   Vienna (1898)
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   Prague (1908)
   Hamburg (1910)
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(born Mar-02-1874, died Dec-27-1918) Austria

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Carl Adalbert Hermann Schlechter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1874.


Schlechter finished equal fourth place at Budapest (1896) and came in 5th at Vienna (1898) and London (1899). One year later, he already shared 1st place at Munich (1900), followed by second place at Monte Carlo (1901) and Monte Carlo (1904). Schlechter shared 1st place at Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904) before winning Vienna (1904). 1906 was one of his most successful years, sharing 1st Stockholm (1906), winning the huge Ostende 1906 Tournament, followed by 3rd place at Stockholm (1906). After his 2nd places at Ostend (Championship) (1907) and (shared) Copenhagen (1907), he had another very successful year in 1908, sharing 1st at Vienna (1908) and Prague (1908). He won Hamburg (1910) and shared 2nd place at Karlsbad (1911). In 1912, he reached two shared 4th places at Bad Pistyan (1912) and 18th DSB Kongress (1912). At Baden-bei-Wien (1914) he came in 3rd but remained undefeated.

World Chess Championship Challenger

In 1908, he challenged Dr. Emanuel Lasker for a WC match in 1909 (Page 376 of the 1908 Wiener Schachzeitung) considering his recent tournament successes. Yet, he had to wait another year before Lasker-Schlechter World Championship Match (1910), wherein he came within a whisker of winning the title of World Chess Champion: going into the final game leading by one point, he disdained a possible draw and ultimately lost. The drawn match meant that Lasker retained his crown.


In match play, he drew Georg Marco in a 10-game match at the age of 19 (spring 1893 (page 328 of the December 1923 Neue Wiener Schachzeitung)), and defeated David Janowski in Karsbad, June 1902 (+6 -1 =3) (Pages 146-157 of the 1902 Wiener Schachzeitung) and drew Siegbert Tarrasch in Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911). At the beginning of 1918, he lost the match Rubinstein-Schlechter (1918).

Final Years

The outbreak of World War I put an end to international tournament play for the duration, and in 1918, Schlechter competed again with a second-place finish at Berlin Four Masters (1918) and a 3rd place at Berlin Grandmasters (1918). He played one further tournament in Budapest, before dying a few weeks later of unknown causes; possible causes are a lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic according to Warren H. Goldman (Pages 45-50 of Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard' (Yorklyn, 1994)).

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 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 800  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs Kern 1-026 1893 ViennaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
2. Schlechter vs Herzfeld 1-030 1893 ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
3. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-025 1893 Casual GameC11 French
4. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-033 1893 ViennaC00 French Defense
5. B Fleissig vs Schlechter 0-120 1893 ViennaA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Schlechter vs H Wolf 1-016 1894 ViennaC13 French
7. Schlechter vs K De Weydlich  0-162 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. Schlechter vs G Marco ½-½28 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
9. Schlechter vs P K Seuffert  ½-½24 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
10. Schlechter vs A Zinkl  1-029 1894 ViennaC49 Four Knights
11. Lipke vs Schlechter 1-049 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC27 Vienna Game
12. Schlechter vs Teichmann  ½-½18 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
13. Blackburne vs Schlechter 1-040 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Schiffers vs Schlechter  ½-½28 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
15. H Suechting vs Schlechter  ½-½17 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
16. A Zinkl vs Schlechter ½-½17 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Schlechter vs J W Baird  1-032 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Schlechter vs Mieses 1-052 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Schlechter vs J N Berger  ½-½16 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
20. Schlechter vs Janowski  ½-½72 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-040 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC66 Ruy Lopez
22. K A Walbrodt vs Schlechter  ½-½33 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
23. J Mason vs Schlechter  ½-½35 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC11 French
24. Schlechter vs Bird ½-½61 1895 HastingsC13 French
25. Tinsley vs Schlechter 0-137 1895 HastingsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  Karpova: Edward Winter: <On pages 45-50 of 'Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard' (Yorklyn, 1994) Warren Goldman discussed Schlechter’s demise in detail, noting that possible causes of death were lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic. On page 46 he wrote:

‘Published accounts concerning the medical details are fragmentary and do not allow a firm conclusion as to the precise cause of death.’>

From C.N. 8222


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  Gottschalk: <Tassilo Lasa>
Link containing 816 games of Schlechter
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  Karpova: Theodor Gerbec: <Mit seiner zarten Konstitution war er den Strapazen der elenden Kriegszeiten im Hinterlande nicht gewachsen und so warf ihn der Anfall der Krankheit sofort nieder.> (page 370 of the 1928 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung')

(With his delicate physique, he wasn't equal to the stresses and strains of the miserable wartime in the back country, and so the onset of the illness crushed him down immediately.)

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  Karpova: At the age of 76, Carl Schlechter's mother Ms Meyer-Schlechter died. She was buried on April* 26, 1925.

From page 76 of the March 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

* it says <Am 26. v. M.>

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  Karpova: Regarding Ms Meyer-Schlechter: She was in the most bitter hardships and, to make amendments for what had not been done for her son Carl, a call for donations was started. The editorial staff of the 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung' started with 100,000 Kronen and said this way, donations would be collected and the names of the donators published.

Source: Pages 305-306 of the December 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung

Dec-09-13  Fanacas: The Rocket: Actually % i believe lasker does not have fewer loses then Schlechter he has more wins though. Wince Lasker hardly drawed and Schlechter allot more.
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  Karpova: VII. Leopold Trebitsch Memorial triple round-robin tournament, October 30 to December 17, 1915:

1. Schlechter 10.0
2. Reti 8.0
3. Dr. Kaufmann 7.0
4. Marco 6.5
5. Schubert 6.0
6. von Popiel 2.5

Prizes (in <K>): Schlechter 300, Reti 200, Dr. Kaufmann 150, Marco 100.

Game honorary (in <K>): Schlechter 200, Reti 160, Dr. Kaufmann 140, Marco 130, Schubert 120, von Popiel 50.

Schlechter scored +6 -0 =8, winning all his mini-matches.

Mini-matches (I use + - = for win, loss and draw and 0 if no game was played):

Schlechter vs Reti + = =
Schlechter vs Kaufmann = = +
Schlechter vs Marco = = +
Schlechter vs Schubert = + +
Schlechter vs Popiel = + 0
Reti vs Kaufmann + = =
Reti vs Marco + = =
Reti vs Schubert = - +
Reti vs Popiel = + 0
Kaufmann vs Marco + = =
Kaufmann vs Schubert + = -
Kaufmann vs Popiel = + 0
Marco vs Schubert + = =
Marco vs Popiel = + 0
Schubert vs Popiel = + 0

Points earned in each cycle:

1st cycle: Schlechter 3.0, Reti 3.0, Dr. Kaufmann 3.0, von Popiel 2.5, Marco 2.0, Schubert 1.5

2nd cycle: Schlechter 3.5, Dr. Kaufmann 3.0, Marco 3.0, Schubert 3.0, Reti 2.5, von Popiel 0.0

3rd cycle: Schlechter 3.5, Reti 2.5, Marco 1.5, Schubert 1.5, Dr. Kaufmann 1.0

Spielmann and Dr. Tartakower could not participate as they were at the front in Tirol and the Strypa (Ukrainian Стрипа and Russian Стрыпа) respectively. Albin was supposed to play, but dropped out after round 1 due to serious health problems (<ernstlicher Gesundheitsstörung>). He was replaced by Franz Schubert, who had registered too late. This was also Schubert's first Master tournament and he performed very well. Von Popiel managed to draw all of his first cycle games, but lost every game in the 2nd cycle. He then withdrew and the report mentions <offenkundige Ermüdung> (obvious tiredness).

The prizes and game honorary was overall 1570 <K> and payed from the returns of the <Leopold-Trebitsch-Stiftung> (he had donated 40,000 <K>).

Brilliancy prizes were donated by the <Freiherr v. Rothschild-Stiftung> (3 times 100 <K>) and Istvan Abonyi (100 and 50 <K>).

Source: Pages 246-247 of the November-December 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: VI. Leopold Trebitsch Memorial double round-robin tournament, November 12 to December 31, 1914:

1. C Schlechter 11.5
2. A Kaufmann 11.0
3-4. R Reti 8.5
3-4. R Spielmann 8.5
5. A Albin 7.0
6. J Krejcik 5.5
7-8. J Schenkein 2.0
7-8. O Strobl 2.0

Schlechter scored +10 -1 =3 (scoring -1 =1 against Kaufmann and conceding draws to Reti and Spielmann). Kaufmann reached +9 -1 =4 (scoring +1 -1 against Albin and losing no mini match).

Prize money (in <K>): Schlechter 600, Kaufmann 400, Reti and Spielmann shared 500, Albin 100.

Source: Pages 216-217 of the September-November 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  waustad: I was poking around and saw the title of a book: 'Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard.' I looked to see if it was available anywhere convenient and it seems that it is very expensive. Amazon had one new for around $4500 and 3 used starting at around $400. Perhaps somebody in the publishing biz might look into making an ebook available.
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  TheFocus: <wausted> How much would you offer me for a mint, unused edition?
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  tamar: I think our pocketbooks could only handle a used edition in schlechter condition...
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  WannaBe: < TheFocus: <wausted> How much would you offer me for a mint, unused edition? >

I'd offer you $99.99 plus $9.99 for shipping.

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  TheFocus: Well, seeing as i am on IGNORE by <wausted>, I withdraw my offer to him.

<WannaBe> I accept. Drop your address in my Forum, and we can get the ball rolling.

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  TheFocus: The book is available at:

<CARL SCHLECHTER! THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE AUSTRIAN CHESS WIZARD, by Warren Goldman. Yorklyn, 1994. Hardback, 551 pages. 244 games‹most with notes. Good indices & bibliography. 54 photos & drawings. More than just a games collection due to the heavy research the author spent on Schlechter's life and contributions to chess in his writings as well as his tournament career. No longer available to dealers. Few copies left. $80>

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  Karpova: 5-board Simul against strong opposition on November 30, 1910, in the Vienna Amateur Chess Club - Schlechter's opponents were Dr. Ph. Meitner, Otto Strobl, Prof. Hugo Soyka, Erwin Kondor and Sigmund Steiner. Schlechter scored +3 -0 =2, beating Strobl, Kondor and Steiner. He played a second time against Strobl and won and H. Steiner (draw).

As the WSZ is referring to the 2nd game against Steiner, I guess it was again Siegmund Steiner and that the <H.> is simply a typo.

Source: Page 24 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Schlechter visited the <Societa scacchistica Triestina> from December 7 to 9, 1910.

On the first day, he gave a 19-board Simul and scored +12 -3 =4.

On the second day, he gave a 6-board Blindfold Simul and scored +6 -0 =0.

On the last day, he played a serious game against Matteo Gadich, which ended drawn after 4 hours.

Source: Pages 36-37 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: The 3rd Trebitsch Memorial, a double-round robin tournament from December 8, 1910, to January 14, 1911, in Vienna. Schlechter shared 1st place with Rudolf Spielmann.

1-2. C Schlechter 10.0
1-2. R Spielmann 10.0
3. J Perlis 8.0
4. S Tartakower 7.5
5. R Reti 5.5
6-7. J Schenkein 3.5
6-7. S R Wolf 3.5
8. J Krejcik 1.0

Philipp Meitner should have played, but after his sudden death, Schenkein substituted him. Krejcik withdrew after round 4 (December 17, prior to his game against Reti) due to an urgent departure.

Prize ranks were places 1 to 4.

Schlechter remained undefeated, scoring +7 -0 =6 (6.0 points in the 1st cycle, 4.0 in the 2nd), Spielmann scored +8 -1 =4 (only loss to Perlis. 5.0 points in each cycle). Perlis (with 5.0) and Tartakower (with 4.5) also started promising, but then both scored only 3.0 points in the 2nd cycle. Reti was never a contender for 1st place, scoring 2.5 in cycle 1 and 3.0 in cycle 2 and, scoring +4 -6 =3, lost a game in every mini match (except for the one against Krejcik, who left before they could play a game, so it's one win by forfeit for Reti).

Wolf and Schenkein played well, but were out of practice or less experienced, respectively. Both received the consolation prize donated by Freiherr Albert von Rothschild.

Source: Pages 43-44 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Schlechter had planned to leave Europe at the beginning of November 1910 in order to tour the USA and Canada. Three weeks for chess events in New York and prospects for a match against Capablanca. With regards to San San Sebastian (1911), Schlechter had to drop the plan.

The match against Tarrasch seemed to have been postponed ad calendas graecas, which was understandable considering the latter's failure at Hamburg (1910).

Source: Page 71 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Thankfully, the match finally did take place: Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911)

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  Karpova: Simul in Bad Oeynhausen, where he stayed for a few days on his travel back from Hamburg (1910). On August 8 (1910), he faced 48 opponents, scoring +42 -3 =3.

Source: Page 72 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Cemoblanca: Carl der Schlechter. ;] Amazing player.
Mar-02-14  RedShield: Once I gifted Lasker a world championship match,
Brother, can you spare a dime?
Mar-02-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. to almost world champion Carl Schlechter (also one of my favourite players).
Mar-02-14  WhiteRook48: While he may not have <been> the world champion, he was probably good enough to <be> the world champion. He put up a much better fight than Janowski, or Tarrasch, or Marshall.
Mar-02-14  Penguincw: Don't forget about Steinitz (Steinitz has a -13 record through 36 games, or +7,-20,=9).
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  Karpova: Chess Problems by Schlechter:

1) <Ergo bibamus>, Mate in 3

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Number 2834, from the problem tournament of the 'Silesia'

2) <Honor et Patria>, Mate in 3

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Number 2835, from the problem tournament of the 'Silesia'

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', September 1910, p. 318

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