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Paul Felix Schmidt
Number of games in database: 102
Years covered: 1923 to 1995
Overall record: +40 -28 =34 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B70 B84 B83 B92 B73
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A46 E00 D00
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E32 E47 E29 E23
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E17 E19 E16
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C88 C79 C91
 Slav (4) 
    D17 D11 D19
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C13 C02 C11 C07
 Slav (6) 
    D11 D17 D18 D19
 Sicilian (5) 
    B74 B70 B20 B72 B24
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E17 E15 E12
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E54 E47 E23 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D39 D37 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P F Schmidt vs H Nowarra, 1941 1-0
   Keres vs P F Schmidt, 1936 0-1
   Flohr vs P F Schmidt, 1937 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs P F Schmidt, 1943 0-1
   P F Schmidt vs B H Wood, 1948 1-0
   Keres vs P F Schmidt, 1942 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Parnu (1937)
   Salzburg (1943)
   Salzburg (1942)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Salzburg 1942 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Parnu 1937 by suenteus po 147
   1936 Keres - Schmidt Match by TheFocus

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PAUL FELIX SCHMIDT
(born Aug-20-1916, died Aug-11-1984) Estonia (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
Paul Felix Schmidt was born in Narva, Estonia. He was Estonian champion in 1936 and 1937, and he won the German Championship in 1941 (=Klaus Junge). Awarded the IM title in 1950. In 1951 he earned a PhD in Science and went to live in the USA. He passed away in Allentown in 1984.

Wikipedia article: Paul Felix Schmidt


 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P F Schmidt vs Tarrasch 0-125 1923 Munich GERD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. P F Schmidt vs Keres  1-060 1933 Tallinn, Est chE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
3. Keres vs P F Schmidt  0-135 1935 TallinnC02 French, Advance
4. Keres vs P F Schmidt 0-130 1936 Parnu mA25 English
5. Keres vs P F Schmidt  1-039 1936 Tallinn ttD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. P F Schmidt vs Keres 0-139 1936 Parnu mE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Keres vs P F Schmidt  1-038 1936 Parnu mC02 French, Advance
8. P F Schmidt vs Keres  0-147 1936 Parnu mE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keres vs P F Schmidt 0-135 1936 Parnu mA25 English
10. P F Schmidt vs J Turn 1-020 1936 EstoniaA12 English with b3
11. P F Schmidt vs Keres  1-033 1936 EstoniaC01 French, Exchange
12. P F Schmidt vs Keres  ½-½26 1936 Parnu mA14 English
13. P F Schmidt vs Keres 1-059 1937 ParnuD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. P F Schmidt vs P Trifunovic  0-128 1937 7th olm finalD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Opocensky vs P F Schmidt  0-141 1937 ParnuD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. S Landau vs P F Schmidt  1-040 1937 7th olm finalD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. P F Schmidt vs Stahlberg 0-140 1937 ParnuD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. P F Schmidt vs E Sorensen  1-031 1937 7th olm finalE16 Queen's Indian
19. I Raud vs P F Schmidt  0-128 1937 ParnuB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. P F Schmidt vs Najdorf  0-141 1937 Stockholm ol ;HCL 44E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. P F Schmidt vs Book  0-123 1937 Stockholm ol (Men)D23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. P F Schmidt vs F Villard  1-052 1937 ParnuD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Szabo vs P F Schmidt  ½-½23 1937 7th olm finalC07 French, Tarrasch
24. P F Schmidt vs Tartakower ½-½37 1937 ParnuE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Flohr vs P F Schmidt 0-140 1937 ParnuA28 English
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  fasting: This guy plays great! how come a fourth part of his games are against Keres? anyway his got a nice winning-rate against him!
Apr-07-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Highest Rating: 2696 on the December 1943 rating list, #9 in world, age 27y4m
May-23-06  Runemaster: Schmidt and Keres were both from Estonia and born the same year, so inevitably they played each other a lot in the early days.

It's interesting to note how evenly matched Scmidt and Keres were back in 1935/6 - that makes the [Sonas?] statistic quoted by <Gypsy> not so surprising.

Once again, this illustrates the misfortune of some players when FIDE titles were given out in the 1950s - Schmidt at 9th in the world was never made a GM.

Aug-24-06  Mibelz: <Runemaster> During WW II, Paul Felix Schmidt played in the strongest chess tournaments in Europe. In August 1940, he took 2nd, behind Georg Kieninger, in Bad Oeynhausen (7th GER-ch).

In August 1941, he tied for 1st with Klaus Junge in Bad Oeynhausen (8th GER-ch), and won a play-off match for the title against Junge (+3 –0 =1) in Bromberg. In October 1941, he tied for 1st with Alexander Alekhine at Krakow/Warsaw (2nd GG-ch).

In June 1942, he tied for 3rd-4th with Junge, behind Alekhine, and Keres, in Salzburg.

In June 1943, he took 3rd, behind Keres and Alekhine, in Salzburg. In August 1943, he took 2nd, behind Josef Lokvenc, in Vienna (10th GER-ch).

Feb-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: Here's a little treat: Game Collection: Parnu 1937

Schmidt won this event against some fairly recognizable names. I'm curious if anyone has any additional historical information about the tournament beyond what I've already been able to piece together from my cursory research. It's much appreciated :)

Feb-23-07  Ziggurat: Great stuff <suenteus>! Thanks!
Feb-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: Thanks <suenteus>. A world-class competitor I never heard of! Every time I think I know them all, a new one is uncovered.
Oct-11-07  Whack8888: I met a guy who I think knew this guy after he moved to America. I am not sure which college he taught at, but I think it might have been Bryn Mawr. It might have been another Philadelphia school. I was talking to the guy about chess, and he said he was into chess a while back, and then mentioned that he knew a Paul Schmidt from Estonia who was really good. I vaguely remembered the name because a game between him and Keres is in the Keres book Grandmaster of Chess.

I had actually told the guy that he was a lot older than Keres, but I see that is inaccurate. They were the same age.

Maybe if I talk to the guy a bit more, I can get some stories etc. from him but so far he has just said how Schmidt would walk by all the students playing chess, and just would only glance over at the games and never comment, like he was trying not to watch them. Apparantly, he got the entire place into chess, which is awesome.

<Highest Rating: 2696 on the December 1943 rating list, #9 in world, age 27y4m>

Thanks Gypsy! I was trying to tell the guy how good this guy was, but I didnt really know for sure. I knew he was top notch, as one would have to be to win the Estonian Championship, but I didnt know how he compared internationally. I bet the guy will be shocked when he finds out he knew someone who was at one point approximately #9 in the world!

Aug-20-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Bio:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_F...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_F...

In 1951, he earned a PhD in chemistry from Heidelberg, and moved to Canada, then to the USA.

Pictures:

'Keres vs Schmidt, Munich 1936': http://www.chessbase.de/Nachrichten...

Noordwijk 1938: http://www.clubedexadrez.com.br/por...

Jun-08-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: He wrote a nice book, How Chessmasters Think (Schachmeister denken) translated by Eric Tangborn, and dedicated to his friend Klaus Junge.
Aug-02-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Breunor: Soltis' chess column today is about a famous game he played against his father - Soltis says that William Harstein recommended that game (to director Michael Bennett) for the basis of a play called 'Chess' that unfortunately never got produced.
Nov-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <breunor>Soltis' chess column today is about a famous game he played against his father - Soltis says that William Harstein recommended that game (to director Michael Bennett) for the basis of a play called 'Chess' that unfortunately never got produced.

Breunor,
Here is the game in question (location and date unknown)


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White mates with 1.Qh6+ Kh6 2.hg6+ Kg5 3.Rh5+ Kh5 4.f4+ Ne2 5.Nf6+ Kh6 6.Rh1+ Kg7 7.Ne8+ Re8 8.Rh7+ Kf8 9.Rf7#

This position was used in the game Sergievsky-Viigand from "CHESS - The Musical"

The original Schmidt game was featured in the 2nd edition of "Secrets of Spectacular Chess" by Jonathan Levitt and David Friedgood. Their comment on the game is "A twentieth century answer to the Evergreen game, involving extreme paradox of material, with three sacrifices on empty squares."

Dec-07-09  Alan McGowan: The position shown under the Nov 13, 2009 entry appeared in the English chess magazine 'Chess', June 1947, p 288. There, it was stated, presumably by the editor B.H. Wood: 'K. Richter sends us a superb finish to a game played by P. Schmidt in Heidelberg last year. Schmidt is the Esthonian (sic] international and great rival of Keres, who opted for German citizenship early in the war.'

The wording is quite clear, and nowhere does it say that K. Richter was involved in the game. However, this position has often been shown, wrongly, as being played between P. Schmidt and Kurt Richter, one example being 'The Art of Attack in Chess' by Vuković, published by Pergamon Press in 1965.

Dr Paul Tröger in his book 'Aus meinen Tagebüchern' (Beyer-Verlag) gives the above position on p 33, with some text on p 35, stating that the game was played between Schmidt and Richter at the German Championship at Bad Oeynhausen 1940. It wasn't. Richter was White in that game, which was drawn.

Levitt and Friedgood, in 'Secrets of Spectacular Chess' (Batsford,1995) give the position on p 126, stating that it was played between P.F. Schmidt and P.R. Schmidt, but with no source for their information. Extra black pawns are shown at a2 and b7.

Paul Schmidt studied at Heidelberg after WWII. It is possible that the game was played between him and his father, but I do not know enough about his family situation at the time, and I have not yet been able to find any other confirmed references to the player of the black pieces. All I do know is that it wasn't Kurt Richter!

Dec-07-09  MaxxLange: "Keres, who opted for German citizenship early in the war"

Keres was a chess master, not Batman. In 1941, when the Germans rolled over the Baltic States, he survived, like people have to do do in war. That is not "opting for German citizenship".

Feb-04-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: A miniature from Schmidt that is not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Heidelberg"]
[Date "1948.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Schmidt, Paul Felix"]
[Black "Lanterbach"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 b6 7. e4 d6 8. e5 dxe5 9. dxe5 Ng4 10. Nf3 Bb7 11. h3 Bxf3


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12. Bxh7+ Kxh7 13. hxg4+ Kg8 14. Qxf3 Nd7 15. g5 Re8 16. Qh5 Kf8 17. g6 fxg6 18. Qxg6 Kg8 19. Rh7 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Indian Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1990

Aug-20-11
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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>, again!
Aug-20-11
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  Caissanist: I believe that the <Chess> excerpt from <Alan McGowan> is saying that it was Schmidt, not Keres, who opted for German citizenship.
Nov-28-11
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  wordfunph: <Marmot PFL: He wrote a nice book, How Chessmasters Think>

136-page book published by Chess Enterprises in 1988, as reviewed by David De Sousa..

<This book presents 15 Grandmaster's games commented and described play by play, elaborating on the logic development of thinking needed to discover a good move. Is like having the grandmaster thinking aloud as they evaluate every position and play along the game.>

http://www.amazon.com/How-Chessmast...

seems a good book..

Aug-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: <(born Aug-20-1916, died Aug-11-1984)>

<Years covered: 1923 to 2005>

Not quite possible :-)

The first game and the last 2 games listed here must have been by another P.F.Schmidt.

Jul-28-13  jerseybob: MaxxLange: Your post of Dec.7,2009 is right on the money despite the mistake with the names.
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