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Rellstab 
 
Ludwig Rellstab
Number of games in database: 406
Years covered: 1925 to 1975
Last FIDE rating: 2126
Overall record: +117 -127 =162 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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LUDWIG RELLSTAB
(born Nov-23-1904, died Feb-14-1983) Germany

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Ludwig Adolf Friedrich Hans Rellstab was born in Berlin. He was German champion in 1942 and awarded the IM title in 1950. He passed away in Wedel in 1983.

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 406  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Rellstab vs Huber 1-013 1925 GermanyC13 French
2. Rellstab vs Noteboom  ½-½39 1929 Ramsgate-BB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Rellstab vs J Platz  1-024 1929 Duisburg-BC00 French Defense
4. S Landau vs Rellstab  ½-½35 1929 HastingsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Rellstab vs H H Cole  1-040 1929 Ramsgate-BC00 French Defense
6. Rellstab vs Tylor  1-019 1930 HastingsC41 Philidor Defense
7. Rellstab vs Stahlberg  ½-½30 1930 Swinemuende GERC00 French Defense
8. Rellstab vs Flohr  0-166 1930 Swinemuende GERA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Rellstab vs Kashdan 0-138 1930 StockholmD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Stoltz vs Rellstab 0-137 1930 StockholmA34 English, Symmetrical
11. Rellstab vs Ahues 1-061 1930 Berlin Cafe KoenigC44 King's Pawn Game
12. H Wagner vs Rellstab 1-022 1930 Swinemuende GERB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. Saemisch vs Rellstab  ½-½37 1930 Swinemuende GERA13 English
14. Rellstab vs K Pahl 1-012 1930 Swinemuende GERE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. Rellstab vs Stoltz 1-025 1930 Swinemuende GERE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. B Koch vs Rellstab  0-126 1930 Swinemuende GERE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Rellstab vs E Andersen  ½-½91 1930 Swinemunde (09)C25 Vienna
18. K Richter vs Rellstab 0-140 1930 Swinemuende GERC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Ahues vs Rellstab  1-027 1931 Berlin GERD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Rellstab vs B Koch  ½-½31 1931 27. DSB KongressB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. B Moritz vs Rellstab  0-155 1931 27. DSB KongressE10 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Rellstab vs Bogoljubov 1-047 1931 27. DSB KongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Rellstab vs L Steiner  ½-½31 1931 Berlin GERC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. G Weissgerber vs Rellstab  ½-½32 1931 27. DSB KongressD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. L Roedl vs Rellstab  ½-½57 1931 27. DSB KongressC77 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-07-04  Knight13: Ludwig Rellstab was a good player.
Jul-28-05
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  TheAlchemist: There was also someone named Ludwig Rellstab, who is, among other things, responsible for dubbing Beethoven's Sonata No.14 in C-Sharp Minor - Sonatina Quasi Una Fantasia to the more popular and renown "Moonlight Sonata"
Feb-13-06  AlexanderMorphy: yeah i just checked out a couple of his games and he seems like a decent player!
Feb-13-06  glenfiddich: He probably wasnt a master of the first water. He got kicked around by the biggies, Alekhine, Flohr etc. But then those days they had access to a lot less data. Had to figure out theory on their own.
Nov-23-06  sucaba: The music critic Ludwig Rellstab (1799-1860) was the great-grandfather of the chessplayer, see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig... . He invented the name "Mondscheinsonate" (Moonlight Sonata) in 1832.
Nov-28-06
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  Peligroso Patzer: Rellstab is credited with a wonderful combination (not terribly complicated, but elegant in snatching victory from a position that at first glance appears hopeless) in a game that apparently is not in the CG.com database. The position from Seitz-Rellstab (Bad Pyrmont 1933) is puzzle #22 in Joe Gallagher's recent book, 365 Ways to Checkmate. Since the game is not currently available here, I will post a link to another great game in which a player (the late Tony Miles in this case) manages to snatch victory from the jaws of seemingly inevitable checkmate: Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980
Nov-29-06  sucaba: It seems the position Jakob Adolf Seitz vs Rellstab, Bad Pyrmont 1933 with Black to move is


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This is from http://www.schachclub-badsoden.de/g....

On the other hand side, http://www.rogerpaige.me.uk/tables4... gives a draw as the result of this game. Perhaps the Black player did not find the mate, or the diagram could only arise from a variant? I think it is possible that Rellstab has first published this position in a chess column, or it has appeared in a report about the tourney in the <Deutsche Schachzeitung>.

Dec-01-06  2021: <sucaba> 1. ... Qh1+!! 2.Kxh1 Bf3+ 3.Kg1 Rd1+ 4.Re1 Rxe1#
Dec-21-06  sucaba: Yes, isn't it nice? Without the d1B, Black could play immediately 1. _ Rd1# 2. Re1 Rxe1#. The move 1. _ Qh1 2. Kxh1 drives the K to a white square, and 2. _ Bd1-f3+ substitutes the control of g2 and h1 initially provided by the c6Q.

The position made me look up the following problem by A. Kraemer from 1955:


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It is a #8 with White to move.

Oct-09-07  Antiochus: This wonderful game had some sacrifices :

[Event "?"]
[Site "Bad Oeynhausen"]
[Date "1937.??.??"]
[White "Rellstab,Ludwig"]
[Black "Reinhardt,Heinrich"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. e3
Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. O-O c5 8. b3 b6 9. Bb2
Bb7 10. Qe2 dxc4 11. bxc4 Qc7 12. Ne5 Rac8 13. f4
g6 14. Rad1 cxd4 15. exd4 Rfd8 16. Rde1 Bb4 17. a3
Bf8 18. Qf2 a6 19. Nd1 Bg7 20. Qh4 Ne8 21. Nxf7
Kxf7 22. Qxh7 Nf8 23. Bxg6+ Nxg6 24. f5 exf5 25. Rxf5+ Nf6 26. Rxf6+ Kxf6 27. d5+ Kg5 28. h4+ Nxh4 29. Bc1+
Kf6 30. Rf1+ Ke5 31. Bf4+ Kd4 32. Bxc7 Rxc7 33. Qxh4+ Kc5 34. Qxd8 Bd4+ 35. Nf2 1-0

Aug-07-08  myschkin: . . .
<Rellstab> wurde in Berlin-Schöneberg geboren und stammte aus einer alten, angesehenen Berliner Schriftsteller- und Schachspielerfamilie, in der der Vorname Ludwig eine lange Tradition hatte. Schon sein berühmter Urgroßvater trug diesen Vornamen und war in der ersten Hälfte des 19.Jahrhunderts ein bekannter Romanschriftsteller, der unter anderem eine Musikzeitschrift herausgab und bei der "Vossischen Zeitung" schrieb. Von ihm stammen die Verse: "Leise flehten meine Lieder", die später von Schubert vertont wurden. Rellstabs Großvater sowie sein Vater waren starke Schachspieler, wobei sein Großvater noch ein Schüler von Johannes Metger war, während sein Vater, ein Physiker, als starker Klubspieler in Berlin auftrat. Rellstab der mit 11 Jahren das Schachspielen gelernt hatte, lebte in den zwanziger Jahren einige Zeit mit seinen Eltern in Holland, kam dann nach Berlin zurück, studierte Mathematik und Physik in Berlin und München und gab schon bald sein Studium auf um sich nur noch dem Schach zu widmen. Sein Eintritt in die Berliner Schachgesellschaft Mitte der zwanziger Jahre brachte ihn mit den berühmtesten Meistern jener Zeit (den "roaring twenties") zusammen, von denen viele in der europäischen Schachmetropole lebten. Rellstab war in dieser Zeit sehr erfolgreich und gewann Turniere in Berlin, Zoppot, Stuttgart und holte sich 1942 in Bad Oeynhausen die Deutsche Meisterschaft. Im selben Jahr gelang ihm bei der Europameisterschaft in München auch ein Sieg über den Weltmeister Aljechin. Nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg verschlug es ihn nach Hamburg, wo er die Schachspalte im "Hamburger Abendblatt" leitete, als Schachjournalist arbeitete und beim DSB als Schriftführer tätig war. 1950 wurde er IM und ein Jahr später internationaler Schiedsrichter. Rellstab war dreimal Meister von Berlin, fünfmal Meister von Hamburg und nahm an 17 deutschen Meisterschaften mit Erfolg teil. Er vertrat Deutschland in vielen Länderkämpfen und spielte bei vier Schacholympiaden mit, wobei er 1952 in Helsinki am 6.Brett mit 6,5 aus 9 das beste Ergebnis der gesamten Olympiade an diesem Brett erzielte.

Quelle: Helmut Wieteck in Rochade Europa 11/2004, S.76

Sep-12-08  sneaky pete: Ludwig Rellstab: Ständchen

Leise flehen meine Lieder
Durch die Nacht zu dir,

In den stillen Hain hernieder,

Liebchen, komm zu mir!

Flüsternd schlanke Wipfel rauschen
In des Mondes Licht,
Des Verräters feindlich Lauschen
Fürchte, Holde, nicht.

Hörst die Nachtigallen schlagen?
Ach! sie flehen dich,
Mit der Töne süßen Klagen
Flehen sie für mich.

Sie verstehn des Busens Sehnen,
Kennen Liebesschmerz,
Rühren mit den Silbertönen
Jedes weiche Herz/Lewitt/Keidanski.

Laß auch dir die Brust bewegen,

Liebchen, höre mich,
Bebend harr ich dir entgegen!
Komm, beglücke mich!

Nov-23-09  BIDMONFA: Ludwig Rellstab

RELLSTAB, Ludwig
http://www.bidmonfa.com/rellstab_lu...
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Nov-23-09
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  waustad: I thought the name was familiar, and reading the earlier comments made it clear. Sneaky Pete mentioned the Lied that I've sung.
Nov-23-10
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day

"Mondscheinsonate" <Moonlight Sonata>,

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor 'Moonlight', Op. 27, No. 2: I. Adagio Sostenuto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6tx...

Nov-23-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Herz/Lewitt/Keidanski? Were they playing the Black pieces?
Nov-23-12
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  Chessical: Myschkin's quote from Helmut Wieteck in Rochade Europa 11/2004 in English:

Rellstab was born in Berlin-Schöneberg, and came from an old, respected Berlin literary and chess playing family in which the first name Louis had a long tradition. Even his famous great-grandfather had that name and he was in the first half of the 19th century, a famous novelist, who among other things, published a music magazine and wrote for the (Berlin newspaper of record) "Vossischen Zeitung". He composed the verses: "Leise flehten meine Lieder" ("Gently goes my song's entreaty"), which were later set to music by Schubert (D. 957/4).

Both Rellstab grandfather and his father were strong chess player. His grandfather was a student of Johannes Metger, while his father, a physicist was a strong club player in Berlin. At the age of eleven, Rellstab had learned to play chess. In the Twenties, he lived for some time with his parents in Holland, then came back to Berlin. He studied mathematics and physics in Berlin and Munich, and was soon graduated to become a chess devote. His entry into the Berlin Chess world of the "Roaring Twenties" brought him together with the most famous masters of that time, many of whom lived in the European chess metropolis. Rellstab, at this time, was very successful and won tournaments in: Berlin, Zopot, Stuttgart and he won the 1942 German championship in Bad Oeynhausen. In the same year, he was successful at the European Championships (8th) in Munich and defeated the world champion Alekhine - Rellstab vs Alekhine, 1942. After World War II, he went to Hamburg, where he wrote in the chess column of the "Hamburger Abendblatt", worked as a chess journalist and also as a secretary at the DSB .

In 1950 he became an IM and a year later an International Referee. Rellstab was thrice champion of Berlin, and five times champion of Hamburg and took part in seventeen German championships with success. He represented Germany internationally and played in four Chess Olympiads; in 1952 in Helsinki on Board Six he scored with 6.5 out of 9, and achieved the best result of the entire Olympics for that board.

Dec-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Einen kleinen Tick haben alle Schachspieler, aber ich gehöre zu den Wenigen, von denen man das nicht sagen kann.>

-- Ludwig Rellstab

Dec-21-13
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  john barleycorn: Hatte er etwa einen großen Tick?
Dec-21-13
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  whiteshark: <john barleycorn> Who's to say? http://www.online-orakel-kostenlos.... :D
Dec-21-13
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  john barleycorn: <whiteshark> my reply is based on the fact that I once had an american boss who was about the height of a parking meter and went by the nickname "Chucky the murderdoll". We had a drinking session after a meeting and after a couple of cold ones I told him : "Chuck, never mind what the others say - for me you are NOT a small idiot". Unfortunately, he took it personally...
Dec-21-13
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  whiteshark: <Ouch!> LOL
Dec-21-13
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  john barleycorn: <whiteshark> if it is of some comfort - "Chuckie" left the company...
Dec-21-13
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  offramp: <CAUTION R RATING!!>

An anecdote from a friend of mine in Ulster:

<I had a summer job during my real work holidays years ago, helping on a tanker [a large lorry].

The driver had a two way radio, and his boss was called Pat Knipe.

He would call up, "Come in fat $h¡te". And every time Pat would reply, "This is Pat Knipe".

With the crackles and engine noise it really sounded like <fat $h¡te>.

We spent hours dreaming up reasons to call Pat up on the radio, just to hear him say it and laughing our heads off when he did, and we weren't no schoolkids then I think I had 2 kids or maybe more.>

I love that story!

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