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Paul Tarrasch
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Years covered: 1910

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(born Apr-15-1892, died Sep-09-1912, 20 years old) Germany

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Paul Tarrasch was a son of Siegbert Tarrasch. He took his own life, aged only 20.

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1. P Tarrasch vs Roll 1-0231910Hamburg Nebenturnier-AB01 Scandinavian

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  wordfunph: <He took his own life, aged only 20.>


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  MissScarlett: <That's the full passage from "Diario de la Marina" (May-18, 1913) as given by Edward Winter:

Jose Raul Capablanca: <We publish a game by Paul Tarrasch, the son of the famous German player. Paul died recently in Hamburg, where I had had the pleasure of knowing him. He was one of my opponents in a simultaneous exhibition and although he lost, his play was notable for certain similarities to that of his father. Perhaps in time he would have taken over from the illustrious doctor in the chess world.>>

Siegbert Tarrasch

Capa played a simul in Hamburg on the 26th September 1911.

I don't think it morbid curiosity to want to know more about the suicide, assuming that information is correct. I suppose the nature of death would not have made it into contemporary chess magazines, but doubt that German newspapers were any more discreet than their Anglo-American cousins.

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  MissScarlett: From the <ACB> (July 1913, p.158) review of Tarrasch's book, <Die moderne Schachpartie>:

<After the title page comes a pathetic dedication, "In memory of my beloved son Paul," and we cannot help thinking that many of the instructive little notes to the games were written directly for the use of this clever and promising youth, who passed away within the year.>

Dec-04-15  john barleycorn: I have a reprint of the 2nd edition from 1916 and this was dedicated to Fritz Tarrasch if I remember correctly. no mention of PÜaul Tarrasch
Dec-05-15  Retireborn: <john barleycorn> The dedication may have been changed for the 1916 edition. ISTR that another of Tarrasch's sons was killed right at the start of WWI.
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  MissScarlett: <From his first marriage Tarrasch had five children, three sons and two daughters. Within a short period, 1914 [sic]-1916, his three sons died. The eldest son, Dr. phil. Fritz Tarrasch, was killed on May 14, 1915, as lieutenant in the 15th Bavarian reserve infantry regiment in the First World War. Tarrasch’s second son committed suicide, while the third son died when run over by a tram in Munich in 1916.>

Dec-05-15  Retireborn: <MissScarlett> Thanks, very interesting link.

I recall an article in CHESS (Sutton Coldfield) some years ago - I think it may have been by Paul Little - which said that Tarrasch's son was killed at the front while the Mannheim 1914 tournament was still going on. Evidently he got it wrong by a year.

Dec-05-15  Rookiepawn: The link is in fact very interesting. It shows how beautiful life can become under the neurotic conditions of segregation.

The weak an the scared seek shelter in the group. There they can "belong" to something.

A miserable life indeed.

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