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Wiener Schachzeitung, Jan-Feb 1907, p 8.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Carl Schlechter
Number of games in database: 804
Years covered: 1893 to 1918
Overall record: +306 -117 =378 (61.8%)*
   * 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 C78 C68 C80 C87
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    D02 D00 D05 A40 D04
 Giuoco Piano (25) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Four Knights (21) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D63 D60 D53 D61 D54
 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
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1-0
   Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 1-0
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1907 1-0
   Schlechter vs S Wolf, 1894 1-0
   Schlechter vs Meitner, 1898 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910)

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   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Stockholm (1906)
   Munich (1900)
   Vienna (1904)
   Prague (1908)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   London (1899)
   Vienna (1898)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Paris (1900)

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   Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
   Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908
   Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908
   Rubinstein vs Reti, 1908
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(born Mar-02-1874, died Dec-27-1918, 44 years old) Austria

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Carl Adalbert Hermann Schlechter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1874.(1) He learned the rules of chess when about 13 years old,(1) probably under the influence of problem composer Samuel Gold.(1),(2) Schlechter visited a business school (Handelsschule) and worked for a short time, before concentrating on chess.(1). Berthold Englisch recognized his talent and introduced him to the Viennese chess life in 1892.(1)

Tournaments prior to World War I

Already in early 1893, Schlechter won a tournament in Vienna ahead of Georg Marco. (3) He further established himself among Vienna's strongest players with a shared 3rd place in the Winter tournament 1893/1894.(4) At 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894) he finished only 11th out of 18. In 1895, he finsihed only 3rd in the Vienna Championship,(5) but put up a solid performance at the great Hastings (1895) tournament with place 9/22 and a win over the tournament winner Harry Nelson Pillsbury in their individual encounter. The year 1896 was busy and successful for him, as it began with a shared 1st place at the Vienna Championship 1896,(6) followed by a second place in the Vienna Chess Club tournament.(7) After a good +3 score at the great Nuremberg (1896) tournament, Schlechter finished equal fourth at Budapest (1896). In November 1896, he came in 2nd in a Vienna tournament behind David Janowski, but ahead of Simon Winawer and Jacques Mieses .(8) Schlechter dominated the Vienna tournament 1897 (9) and had a solid result at Berlin (1897). The year 1898 began with a slightly disappointing result at the Vienna Chess Club tournament,(10) but then he came in 5th at Vienna (1898) and shared 6th place at 11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898). The strong London (1899) tournament saw him coming in 5th again.

Schlechter shared 2nd place at the second Kolisch Memorial in Vienna (1899/1900).(11) At Paris (1900) he shared 7th place, but he followed up with a shared 1st place at Munich (1900) drawing Pillsbury in the final tie-break match (+1 -1 =2). He dominated the Master Group of the Vienna Winter tournament 1900.(12). This was followed in 1901 by a 2nd place at Monte Carlo (1901). One year later, he had to satisfy himself with a shared 5th place at Monte Carlo (1902) and a 50% score in a Vienna tournament (13) though. After a 4th place at Monte Carlo (1903), Schlechter disappointed at Vienna (1903). The King's Gambit Accepted tournament at Vienna 1903, was also not a success for him.(14) Despite these discouraging results, Schlechter had a good year 1904. Unbeaten, he came in 2nd at Monte Carlo (1904), followed by a shared 6th place at Cambridge Springs (1904). In the USA, he also competed successfully in a team match.(15) Schlechter shared 1st place at Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904) before winning the Vienna (1904) King's Gambit Declined tournament, which extended into 1905. The year 1905 continued to be a successful one for Schlechter with his triumph at the Austro-Hungarian Championship in Vienna,(16) followed by a 4th place at Ostend (1905) and a shared 4th place at the Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905). Schlechter did not slow down and turned 1906 into a banner year for him. First, he shared 1st place at Stockholm (1906) together with Dr. Ossip Bernstein. He then went on to win the huge Ostende 1906 tournament,(17) followed by 3rd place at Stockholm (1906). Schlechter only reached 6th place at 1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907). This was followed by a 2nd place at Ostend (Championship) (1907) and a shared 2nd place at Copenhagen (1907). The strong Karlsbad (1907) tournament saw him sharing 4th place together with Aron Nimzowitsch. 1908 turned out to be another banner year for Schlechter, who shared 1st place at Vienna (1908) together with Geza Maroczy and Oldrich Duras, and shared 1st place again with Duras at Prague (1908). The great St Petersburg (1909) tournament was a disappointment for him, but the next year he won Hamburg (1910).

Schlechter continued successfully by sharing 1st place at the 3rd Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna, 1910 to 1911, together with Rudolf Spielmann. (18) He suffered a slight setback at San Sebastian (1911) with a shared 5th place, but bounced back by sharing 2nd place at Karlsbad (1911) together with Akiba Rubinstein. In 1912, he started successfully with a win at the 4th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna,(19) but only shared 8th place at San Sebastian (1912). He recovered and shared 4th place at Bad Pistyan (1912), and shared 1st place at the Budapest (1912) Queen's Gambit Declined tournament with Frank James Marshall. (20) He shared 4th place again at the 18th DSB Kongress (1912) in Breslau (today Wrocław). After a disappointing Club tournament in Vienna,(21) he went on to win the 5th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna (1913).(22) At Baden-bei-Wien (1914) he came in 3rd but remained undefeated, and he won the 6th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna (1914).(23)

World Chess Championship Challenger

In 1908, he challenged Dr. Emanuel Lasker for a WC match in 1909,(24) considering his contemporaneous 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 Marco in the spring of 1893 in a 10-game match at the age of 19.(25) In 1894, he drew matches against Marco (+4 -4 =3),(25) and Adolf Julius Zinkl (+4 -4 =3),(26) which were part of a tournament won by Marco ahead of Schlechter.(27) In 1896, Schlechter drew a 7-games match against David Janowski, (28) and in 1899 he drew a 6-games match against Semion Alapin. (29) In Carlsbad, June 1902, Schlechter clearly defeated Janowski in a match by the score of +6 -1 =3.(30) Shortly afterward in 1902, he allegedly played an 8-games match against Samuel Mikulka in Olomouc, but the final score is not known.(31) He beat the young Richard Reti in a short casual match in Vienna in 1903,(32) and played a short match against Richard Teichmann in 1904 of which the score was +1 -1 =1, but possibly a 4th game was played.(33) In 1909, Schlechter lost a blindfold match against Mieses in Stuttgart by +0 -2 =1.(34) He drew Siegbert Tarrasch in Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911). At the beginning of 1918, Schlechter lost the match Rubinstein - Schlechter (1918).

Final Years

The outbreak of World War I put an end to international tournament play for the duration. In 1915, Schlechter convincingly won the 7th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna.(35) In 1918, Schlechter competed again internationally 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. The Budapest Chess Club arranged a Simul for him, but a few days after it, he had to be admitted to the local Rochus hospital.(36) There he died on December 27, 1918.(36) Possible causes of his death are a lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic.(37)

Literary works

Schlechter authored Die Budapester Verteidigung des Damengambits: eine theoretische Studie (Bernhard Kagan, 1918) on the Budapest Gambit, and Das angenommene Königsgambit (Bernhard Kagan, 1918) on the King's Gambit Accepted. Marco and Schlechter edited the Karlsbad 1907 tournament book (Das Internationale Schachmeisterturnier in Karlsbad 1907, Verlag der Wiener Schachzeitung, 1911). He was co-editor of the Deutsche Schachzeitung from 1899 to 1916 together with Johann Nepomuk Berger. He also edited the 8th and last edition of Paul Rudolf von Bilguer 's and Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa 's Handbuch des Schachspiels (Veit & Comp., 1912 to 1916).

Chess Compositions

Schlechter also distinguished himself as a problem composer.(38) Two examples, Ergo bibamus and Honor et Patria, can be found here Carl Schlechter.


(1) Weiß, Stefan, „Schlechter, Carl Adalbert Hermann“, in: Neue Deutsche Biographie 23 (2007), S. 33-34 (Onlinefassung); URL:

(2) According to Wikipedia article: Samuel Gold citing " Verkhovsky, Leonid Solomonovich (1984). Karl Schlechter. Fizkultura i sport. pp. 7 (Russian edition)", Gold was Schlechter's teacher in Vienna from 1887 onward.

(3) Rod Edwards,

(4) Rod Edwards,

(5) Rod Edwards,

(6) Rod Edwards,

(7) Rod Edwards,

(8) Rod Edwards,

(9) Rod Edwards,

(10) Rod Edwards,

(11) Rod Edwards,

(12) Rod Edwards,

(13) Rod Edwards,

(14) Rod Edwards,

(15) Rod Edwards,

(16) Rod Edwards,

(17) Rod Edwards,

(18) Wiener Schachzeitung, February 1911, pp. 43-44. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter for details.

(19) Rod Edwards,

(20) Rod Edwards,

(21) Rod Edwards,

(22) Rod Edwards,

(23) Wiener Schachzeitung, September-November 1914, pp. 216-217. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter for details.

(24) Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1908, p. 376. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(25) Neue Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1923, p. 328. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(26) Österreichische Schachrundschau, March 1922, issue 3, p. 21. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(27) See source (25). Marco beat Zinkl (+5 -2 =1), and so won the tournament ahead of Schechter, with Zinkl on 3rd place.

(28) Rod Edwards,

(29) Rod Edwards,

(30) Wiener Schachzeitung, July-August 1902, pp. 146-157. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(31) Quarterly for Chess History, #7, 2001, pp. 535-537. Provided in Carl Schlechter

(32) Edward Winter, The Réti Brothers,

(33) Rod Edwards,

(34) Wiener Schachzeitung, February 1909, p. 55. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(35) Wiener Schachzeitung, November-December 1915, pp. 246-247. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter for details.

(36) Pester Lloyd, 1918.12.28, p. 15. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(37) Warren H. Goldman, Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard' (Yorklyn, 1994), pp. 45-50

(38) Theodor Gerbec, Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1928, pp. 370-371. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"


Wikipedia article: Carl Schlechter

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 804  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs Herzfeld 1-030 1893 ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
2. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-033 1893 ViennaC00 French Defense
3. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-025 1893 Casual GameC11 French
4. B Fleissig vs Schlechter 0-118 1893 ViennaA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Schlechter vs Kern 1-026 1893 ViennaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. Schlechter vs G Marco ½-½28 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
7. Schlechter vs P K Seuffert  ½-½24 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
8. Lipke vs Schlechter 1-049 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC27 Vienna Game
9. Schlechter vs Teichmann  ½-½18 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
10. Blackburne vs Schlechter 1-040 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC30 King's Gambit Declined
11. Schiffers vs Schlechter  ½-½28 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
12. Schlechter vs A Zinkl ½-½29 1894 ViennaC49 Four Knights
13. H Suechting vs Schlechter  ½-½17 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
14. A Zinkl vs Schlechter ½-½17 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Schlechter vs J W Baird  1-032 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Schlechter vs J Mieses 1-052 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
17. G Marco vs Schlechter 0-140 1894 3-Player Match Tt D54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
18. Schlechter vs J N Berger  ½-½16 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
19. Schlechter vs Janowski  ½-½72 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-040 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC66 Ruy Lopez
21. K A Walbrodt vs Schlechter  ½-½33 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
22. A Zinkl vs Schlechter 1-050 1894 3-Player Match Tt C49 Four Knights
23. J Mason vs Schlechter  ½-½35 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC11 French
24. Schlechter vs S Wolf 1-016 1894 ViennaC13 French
25. Schlechter vs K De Weydlich  0-162 1894 9th DSB Kongress, LeipzigB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Jan-27-14  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'

Jan-28-14  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'

Jan-29-14  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'

Feb-02-14  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)

Feb-02-14  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'

Feb-06-14  Cemoblanca: Carl der Schlechter. ;] Amazing player.
Mar-02-14  RedShield: Once I gifted Lasker a world championship match,
Brother, can you spare a dime?
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  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.
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  Penguincw: Don't forget about Steinitz (Steinitz has a -13 record through 36 games, or +7,-20,=9).
Apr-10-14  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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  offramp: If anyone wants a copy, I have copied out the Schlechter biography by hand. The diagrams are a bit smudgy.
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  TheFocus: This bio above is crappy and needs a lot of work. Looks like I will have to redo it.
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  TheFocus: Thankfully, we aren't subjected to the "Drawing Master" jazz.
Apr-30-14  Petrosianic: It also doesn't mention that Schlechter never lost a match. At least not a classical one. He did lose a 3-game Blindfold match to Jacques Mieses.
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  TheFocus: <Petrosianic> He lost to Rubinstein in 1918. It mentions that.

But he won one match against Janowski and drew about 9 more.

I will list all his matches when I redo this bio.

Apr-30-14  Petrosianic: Oh yeah, come to think of it, I did come across that Rubinstein-Schlechter match in this database one. None of the books I've seen mention it. Oh well, there's another good factoid blown.
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  TheFocus: He actually won two matches - Janowski and Mikulka.

And he won a Rice Gambit match against Lasker.

But his record would be +2=8-1 in match play.

May-01-14  Karpova: <TheFocus: This bio above is crappy and needs a lot of work. Looks like I will have to redo it.>

I once overhauled it a bit, including links to available tournament and match pages, deleting the <Drawmaster> part which made up almost all of the bio, put in some information from the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' and the part from Goldman's book about the cause of death. I left it at that as I don't have Goldman's book and couldn't provide more information on his life. As the result is still <crappy> according to you, maybe I shouldn't have attempted that and left it the way it was. If you actually do as you say, this will be much appreciated!

<Petrosianic: It also doesn't mention that Schlechter never lost a match. At least not a classical one.>

I'm also to blame for not mentioning that, for the reason that Schlechter did lose a classical match. This is not only mentioned in the Bio, as <TheFocus> noted, but there is also a link to the match page. Still, it was obviously not obvious enough yet.

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  WCC Editing Project: <Colleagues>

I have Goldman's biography of <Schlechter>, which is excellent:

Good Heavens! I didn't pay $250 for my copy. Looks like I got it at the right time.

I wouldn't mind expanding the bio using <Goldman> as the main source, unless someone else has the biography and wants to do it.

May-01-14  Karpova: <Der bekannte österreichische Schachmeister Karl Schlechter, der seit einigen Wochen als Gast er Budapester Schachfreunde in Budapest geweilt hatte, ist gestern im hiesigen Rochusspital im Alter von vierundvierzig Jahren an Lungenentzündung gestorben.


Die durch den Krieg verursachte Unterernährung - er lebte in Wien - übte sichtlich nachteiligen Einfluß auf seine schachlichen Kräfte aus. Im Viermeisterturnier in Berlin konnte er nur mit Mühe den dritten Platz hinter Lasker und Rubinstein behaupten. Vor drei Wochen kam er, einer Einladung des Budapester Schachklubs folgend, nach Budapest, um an einem Simultanspiel teilzunehmen, das der Klub veranstaltete. Ausdauer und Energie, diese beiden Eigenschaften, die ihm Jahre hindurch die Führerrolle in der Schachwelt sicherten, vermißte man diesmal, und er mußte vor mehreren Amateuren die Waffen strecken. Er trug den Keim der tödlichen Krankheit schon in sich; einige Tage später mußte er ins Spital gebracht werden, wo er trotz fürsorglicher Pflege gestern starb.>

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1918.12.28, p. 15

(The well-known Austrian Chessmaster Carl Schlechter, who had stayed for some weeks in Budapest as a guest of the Budapest Chessfriends, died yesterday in the local Rochus hospital at the age of 44 of pneumonia.


The malnutrition caused by the war - he lived in Vienna - had a negative influence on his physical powers. In the 4-Master tournament in Berlin, he could maintain his 3rd place behind Lasker and Rubinstein with effort only. Three weeks ago, he came to Budapest, following an invitation by the Budapest Chess Club, to participate in a Simul, which the Club arranged. Endurance and energy, these two characteristics, which had secured his leading role in the chess world for years, were missed this time, and he had to resign against several amateurs. He already carried the germ of the deadly illness in himself; some days later he had to be brought to hospital, where he died despite caring fosterage.)

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  TheFocus: I have Goldman's book, and also the one by Crain (User: Tassilo Lasa).

I am a huge Schlechter fan.

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  WCC Editing Project:


I see that you have completed a very detailed, rigorously researched, and well-written update on the <Schlechter> bio.

This is outstanding work and thank you for doing it.

Feb-18-16  Fanacas: My all-time favorite chess player.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Carl Schlechter!!

One of my favorite players.

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