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Georg Schnitzler
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1861 to 1864

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(born 1840, died 1887, 47 years old) Germany

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Schnitzler vs Eberle 1-0111861DuesseldorfB20 Sicilian
2. G Schnitzler vs Hardung 1-091862DuesseldorfB30 Sicilian
3. G Schnitzler vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt  0-1441864WSB-04.KongressC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
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  GrahamClayton: Schnitzler is sometimes credited with the move 8...♗g4 in the Petroff Defence, which is now better known as the Chigorin variation:

Schnitzler was also one of the co-organisers of the first German Chess Congress, held in Dusseldorf in 1861:

Mar-14-12  DoctorD: The following nineteenth century brilliancy of Schnitzler-Alexandre, Paris 1879, Paris was discussed in Winter's Chess Note 2570 and here:

The game has been cited in a number of sources, including Chernev's 1000 Best Games of Chess and DuMont's 200 Miniature Games of Chess, as well as the more recent Danish Dynamite by Mueller and Voigt, in the "Some Miniatures as Appetizers" section.

1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 ♗c4 cxb2 5 ♗xb2 ♕g5 6 ♘f3 ♕xg2 7 ♗xf7+ ♔d8 8 ♖g1 ♗b4+ 9 ♘c3 ♕h3 10 ♖g3 ♕h6 11 ♕b3 ♗xc3+ 12 ♕xc3 ♘f6 13 ♖g6 hxg6 14 ♕xf6+ gxf6 15 ♗xf6#

Schnitzler died in 1887. He does not appear in Gaige.

He was also a chess problemist, although his surviving problems are not particularly good:

It's possible that Schnitzler may be the one who originated the term "organ pipes" in response to Loyd's famous 1859 problem in the Boston Globe.

Alain C.White, in his book Sam Loyd and His Chess Problems, indicated it was a German critic (although he could not remember the name) who named the action of the interfering black pieces the organ pipes, whereas John Rice in his Chess Wizardry: The New ABC of Chess Problems indicates it was “F. Janet” who gave the formation its name.

But the only F. Janet in the problem world was Frank Janet (a pseudonym for Elias Silberstein), who wasn't born until 1875.

Gary Kevin Ware, in his article "Playing Organ Pipes," at, indicates it was Schnitzler who named the pipes.

The source for his assertion is unknown to me.

May-05-12  garykevinware: The source for stating that Georg Schnitzler named the Organ Pipes theme is The Oxford Companion To Chess by David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, Second Edition, in the 'article' on 'organ pipes'.
Dec-23-12  garykevinware: According to the book, Encyclopedia of Chess Problems: Themes and Terms by Milan Velimirovic and Kari Valtonen, "The name of the theme "Orgelpfeifen" was coined by German architect Georg Schnitzler. The English term is ascribed to Frank Janet."
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