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Curt von Bardeleben
Von Bardeleben 
Number of games in database: 266
Years covered: 1883 to 1921

Overall record: +87 -89 =89 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C77 C79 C67 C88 C63
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04
 Four Knights (13) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D50 D55 D53 D60 D63
 French Defense (11) 
    C11 C01 C00 C13 C14
 Vienna Opening (7) 
    C26 C28 C25
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C77 C78 C80 C82 C87
 Giuoco Piano (14) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 D00 A40 D05
 Robatsch (8) 
 Petrov (8) 
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C28 C26 C25 C29
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Von Bardeleben vs Paulsen, 1887 1-0
   Von Bardeleben vs Harmonist, 1887 1-0
   Von Bardeleben vs W Pollock, 1895 1-0
   J Mason vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 0-1
   Von Bardeleben vs J Mieses, 1895 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Bardeleben, 1887 1/2-1/2
   Albin vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 1/2-1/2
   Von Bardeleben vs Tartakower, 1908 1/2-1/2
   Von Bardeleben vs J Schwarz, 1883 1-0
   Schlechter vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   8th DSB Kongress (1893)
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)
   Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904)
   Breslau (1889)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Nuremberg (1883)
   Hastings (1895)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Munich (1900)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Vienna (1908)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Blackburne - Bardeleben match 1895 by MissScarlett
   Kiel 1893 by suenteus po 147
   1893 Kiel Komplett by Calli

   J Mieses vs Pillsbury, 1895
   Tarrasch vs Blackburne, 1895
   W Pollock vs Bird, 1895
   W Pollock vs Chigorin, 1895
   Schiffers vs Blackburne, 1895

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(born Mar-04-1861, died Jan-31-1924, 62 years old) Germany

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Private Life

Curt von Bardeleben was born in 1861 in Berlin. In between 1883 and 1887, he took 4 years off to finish his law studies (1). In 1924, he died after falling from a window either intentionally to commit suicide (1) or due to a misfortune (2). Together with Jacques Mieses, he published the Lehrbuch des Schachspiels (Leipzig, 1894). Furthermore, he wrote many important theoretical articles on chess (1).


At the age of 20, von Bardeleben won the Hauptturnier of the German Chess Congress in Berlin (3) and two years later London (Vizayanagaram) (1883). After another good result at Nuremberg (1883), he made his comeback at Frankfurt (1887) with a good result (4). Other notable successes include Bradford (1888) (5), a shared 1st place at Leipzig (1888) (6) and a 3rd place at Breslau (1889). He shared 1st place at Kiel (1893) (7). Von Bardeleben started the Hastings (1895) tournament with 7.5 points out of nine games, but his play seemed to collapse in the second half of the event following a famous loss to Wilhelm Steinitz. He won Berlin (1896) (8) and Berlin (1897) (9) and came in 2nd at Berlin (1902) (10). He shared 1st place at Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904). He retired from competitive play prior to World War I.


Curt von Bardeleben won a match against Richard Teichmann in 1895 (11) and played matches against Rudolf Spielmann, drawing in 1905 (12) and winning in 1907 (13). He lost matches against future world champions Emanuel Lasker (1889) (14) and Alexander Alekhine (1908) (15).


(1) "Neue Wiener Schachzeitung", January 1924, pp. 21-22. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(2) Jacques Mieses in "Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten", Sonderheft Nr. 2, 1924, pp. 55 f.

(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,

Last updated: 2016-12-03 11:58:43

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 266  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Von Bardeleben vs L Benima  1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)A20 English
2. G MacDonnell vs Von Bardeleben  0-1381883London (Vizayanagaram)B40 Sicilian
3. W M Gattie vs Von Bardeleben 1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. B W Fisher vs Von Bardeleben 0-1321883London (Vizayanagaram)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Von Bardeleben vs C E Ranken ½-½381883London (Vizayanagaram)C28 Vienna Game
6. F S Ensor vs Von Bardeleben  0-1461883London (Vizayanagaram)C33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Von Bardeleben vs J Minchin  1-0261883London (Vizayanagaram)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Von Bardeleben vs M Lange 1-0271883NurembergD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Von Bardeleben vs Winawer 0-1581883NurembergD04 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Schottlaender vs Von Bardeleben ½-½241883NurembergC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Von Bardeleben vs Paulsen  ½-½571883NurembergB32 Sicilian
12. K Leffmann vs Von Bardeleben  0-1661883NurembergB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. Blackburne vs Von Bardeleben ½-½341883NurembergC53 Giuoco Piano
14. Gunsberg vs Von Bardeleben  0-1551883NurembergC53 Giuoco Piano
15. Von Bardeleben vs E Schallopp  0-1421883NurembergC77 Ruy Lopez
16. W Paulsen vs Von Bardeleben 0-1121883NurembergC22 Center Game
17. Von Bardeleben vs J N Berger 1-0411883NurembergD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Von Bardeleben vs Bird 0-1541883NurembergA81 Dutch
19. Von Bardeleben vs J Schwarz  1-0701883NurembergD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. V Hruby vs Von Bardeleben  1-0561883NurembergA13 English
21. Von Bardeleben vs F Riemann  ½-½571883NurembergE72 King's Indian
22. J Mason vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½171883NurembergC29 Vienna Gambit
23. M Bier vs Von Bardeleben  0-1531883NurembergC77 Ruy Lopez
24. Von Bardeleben vs Max Weiss  ½-½351883NurembergD05 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Fritz vs Von Bardeleben 0-1391883NurembergC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 266  PGN Download
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Jul-02-10  Dredge Rivers: Don't kill yourself, Curt. You're not worth it! :)
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Curt von Bardeleben.
Aug-23-12  Karpova: Curt Von Bardeleben beat Oscar Tenner by the score of 5.5-4.5 in Berlin. It's not clear whether it took place in 1909 or 1910 (the latter seems more likely).

From page 212 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  FSR: Crazy Curt. According to Chessmetrics, he was ranked as high as #4 in the world. But he's famous today for stalking out of his game against Steinitz at Hastings 1895 (Steinitz's last great game) and defenestrating himself to death. He was the inspiration for Nabokov's novel <The Defense>.
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  Abdel Irada: <defenestrating himself to death>

That sounds rather an awkward way to go, as if he'd been unsuccessful in his first attempt and had to go on repeating it until he died.

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  FSR: <Abdel Irada> AFAIK, he succeeded on his first try.
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  Abdel Irada: One would hope so.
Mar-04-13  JimNorCal: <waddayaplay> "Prior to that, von Bardleben had lived well off a substantial inheritance."

Ed Lasker's book "Chess Secrets" gives a conflicting portrait. He says that when von Bardeleben had any money at all, you would see him sipping good wine. But that implies he sometimes was not in funds. Also, Lasker heard rumors (he does not confirm or deny them) that vB would marry then quickly divorce ladies for sums of cash. This was because the ladies wanted to have an aristocratic surname ("von").

Perhaps at a later time, vB came into an inheritance--I'm just posting what's in the Chess Secrets book, not disputing what you say (of which I know nothing).

Mar-04-13  JimNorCal: Winter quotes a section from the Ed Lasker book.
Scroll down to item 5999.
From pages 20-21 of Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters by Edward Lasker (New York, 1951), in the section on Curt von Bardeleben:

‘He always wore a black cut-away suit of dubious vintage. Apparently he could never spare enough money to buy a new suit, although I learned one day that at fairly regular intervals he received comparatively large sums – from one to several thousand marks – through the simple expedient of marrying, and shortly after divorcing, some lady who craved the distinction of his noble name and was willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, when he received his reward, it was usually far exceeded by the amount of the debts he had accumulated since his last divorce. Evil tongues had it that the number of the ladies involved in these brief marital interludes had grown so alarmingly that they could easily have made up a Sultan’s harem.’

Mar-04-13  waustad: Ah yes, "defenestration." As usual in English the high falutin' term is latinate, unlike the Norse "window."
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  Caissanist: Of course the reason for Winter's posting of the story is because he is looking for "independent corroboration". There are a <lot> of stories in Chess Secrets for which there is no independent corroboration--Winter should do a page just of those.
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  Phony Benoni: So if I trade in my Microsoft operating system for Apple, is that defenestration?
Mar-04-13  waustad: <phony>No, but for me it was a good idea. Now that I'm retired Windoze might work, but their interaction with the UNIX environment in which I worked was horrible. I confess that when I use Linux I'm just as irritated as I am using the WinDOS products, when dealing with word processing and such. They seem to be into keeping up with the most irritating features. I'm also often angry with Apple, but nowhere near as much as the other operating systems I've used. That said, they do charge more for hardware and they do orphan one way too quickly.
Mar-04-13  waustad: <PB>BTW, It was a good joke!
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  Abdel Irada: <waustad>: Interesting. I'd assumed "window" would be of Saxon origin, but you're right: It's from the Old Norse "vindauga" (/vindr/ [wind] + /auga/ [eye]).

Thank you for the etymology lesson. :-)

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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Curt von Bardeleben!!
Jan-31-16  john barleycorn: <TheFocus> are you sure that he has not left the venue?
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  steinitzfan: I think we all fear to -- like von Bardeleben -- achieve immortality for a game that we lost. However, he won games from the best. And he must have been pretty smart to know he was lost in that Steinitz Immortal game.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi steinitzfan,

Would you really mind losing to a wonderful combination that you know is going to make the 'play and win' combo books.

Yes losing is always bitter but if the opponent excelled themselves by playing brilliantly just to beat you then there is no reason to live in fear.

I'd rather lose such a way than have a totally won game and blow it by blundering. I've lost on both sides of this situation, the lose by blundering is far worse. You cannot forget them. They jerk you out of your sleep that night.

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson: Hi steinitzfan, Would you really mind losing to a wonderful combination that you know is going to make the 'play and win' combo books.>

On that point, Kieseritzsky had a great deal to do with immortalizing the Immortal Game.

<A man of "livid complexion, with melancholic and afflicted appearance," he was nevertheless a cultured chess writer, as his brief period of Editorship of "La Regence" shows, and it is to his lasting credit that he (the loser) saved the Immortal Game for posterity by publishing it in the July 1851 number.>

Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritsky

Premium Chessgames Member The film was based on Nabokov's book The Defense, based on the life of von Bardeleben.
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  Sally Simpson: ...and Dark Horse is a film based on the life of Maori speed-chess coach and player Genesis Potini.

Here is a trailor of the film.

Not to be my family were when selecting my 2015 Christmas present....with Dark Horse the film all about a horse called Dream Alliance.

Both films are not too bad, enjoyed them both.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Curt von Bardeleben.
Mar-04-17  Petrosianic: And many more.
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  hudapri: Hilarious @PhonyBenoni
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