Schmid congratulating Bobby Fischer at the end of the 1972 match.  
Lothar Schmid
Number of games in database: 606
Years covered: 1943 to 1999
Overall record: +272 -99 =234 (64.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C76
 Sicilian (83) 
    B92 B45 B43 B36 B20
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (51) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C98
 French Defense (26) 
    C00 C11 C03 C18 C16
 King's Indian (20) 
    E94 E98 E91 E96 E69
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B17 B10 B19 B11 B18
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (57) 
    C05 C19 C17 C18 C09
 Sicilian (37) 
    B40 B85 B43 B83 B21
 Old Benoni (35) 
 Alekhine's Defense (32) 
    B04 B02 B03 B05
 Old Indian (32) 
    A54 A53 A55
 French Tarrasch (23) 
    C05 C09 C03 C07
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Gibbs vs Schmid, 1968 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs Schmid, 1949 0-1
   Sils vs Schmid, 1971 0-1
   Schmid vs Sahlmann, 1948 1-0
   Schmid vs K Gumprich, 1950 1-0
   Schmid vs Muth, 1949 1-0
   E Walther vs Schmid, 1961 0-1
   E Paoli vs Schmid, 1960 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1951/52 (1951)
   2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Clare Benedict by Chnebelgrind
   2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship by Benzol
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-10-1929, died May-18-2013) Germany

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Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid was born on the 10th of May 1929 in Radebeul, Germany and died on May 18, 2013 in Bamberg, Germany. He was awarded the IM title in 1951, and the GM and GMC titles in 1959. He was German Correspondence Champion in 1952 and came 2nd= with Lucius Endzelins behind Viacheslav Ragozin in the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) - (1962). He owned the finest private chess library in the World and was a fairminded popular judge as witnessed in the Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match (1972), Karpov-Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978) and the Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986) as an arbiter.

Wikipedia article: Lothar Schmid

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 606  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Schmid vs H Hoffmann  1-021 1943 ViennaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Schmid vs Herzog 1-015 1943 Dresden, GermanyC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Schmid vs Welz 1-020 1945 Radebeul, GermanyC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. Schmid vs A Viaud  ½-½29 1945 olm2 corr4552C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. H Greis vs Schmid  ½-½29 1948 Essen West German chC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Schmid vs G Machate  0-137 1948 Essen West German chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
7. G Stein vs Schmid  0-135 1948 Essen West German chE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Deutgen vs Schmid 0-113 1948 Celle, West GermanyA51 Budapest Gambit
9. Schmid vs Rellstab  1-034 1948 Essen West German chA22 English
10. Schmid vs F Nuernberg  1-049 1948 Essen West German chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. Kieninger vs Schmid  1-034 1948 Essen West German chC05 French, Tarrasch
12. Schmid vs Unzicker  ½-½37 1948 Essen West German chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
13. Rautenberg vs Schmid  1-035 1948 Essen West German chB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. T Schuster vs Schmid  0-137 1948 Essen West German chC22 Center Game
15. W Ernst vs Schmid  0-156 1948 Essen West German chC14 French, Classical
16. Schmid vs Niephaus  1-045 1948 Essen West German chA55 Old Indian, Main line
17. Czaya vs Schmid  ½-½37 1948 Essen West German chD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Meyer vs Schmid  0-125 1948 corrA53 Old Indian
19. Schmid vs Sahlmann 1-010 1948 Essen West German chB20 Sicilian
20. Teschner vs Schmid  ½-½34 1948 Essen West German chA43 Old Benoni
21. Schmid vs P Troeger  0-131 1948 Essen West German chC03 French, Tarrasch
22. Schmid vs Niephaus  1-054 1949 HeidelbergC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. Saemisch vs Schmid  ½-½30 1949 Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. P F Schmidt vs Schmid  0-153 1949 HeidelbergA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
25. Ahues vs Schmid  ½-½41 1949 Bad Pyrmont ch-BRDD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
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  alexmagnus: Yet another old player died short after celebrating birthday.
May-19-13  BoyLogro: The international chess community is deeply saddened. RIP, GM Schmid. You've departed on the same day as the elegant & lovely Bella Flores (aged 84).
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  twinlark: RIP GM Schmid.
May-19-13  EvanTheTerrible: RIP Schmid.
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  ketchuplover: seconded
May-19-13  edbermac: Congratulating Bobby at the end of the 1972 match


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  HeMateMe: Wasn't he supposed to have been a millionaire, in addition to being a GM? How did he make his money?
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  paulalbert: A great loss to both the chess and publishing world! As detailed in my post of May 10, 2008, I enjoyed his treating me to breakfast in NY about 7 years ago. Unfortunately I never had the chance to take him up on his invitation to see his enormous chess book collection at his home in Bamberg. May he rest in eternal peace.
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  paulalbert: The Schmid family owns Karl May Verlag, a publishing company with the rights to print the prolific German author Karl May. If not familiar wth Karl May, see the very comprehensive Wikipedia article on Karl May. The arrangements are complicated because of the interests of the Karl May Foundation. In addition, because Lothar was in Dresden when the communists took over, he had to get to West Germany, in order to continue publishing, essentially starting over. He didn't give me all the details, because these are private institutions. With the merger of the two Germanies I guess any legal issues have been finally settled, but the bottom line is that publishing the very popular Karl May titles was and I believe still is a financially rewarding business.
May-20-13  KlingonBorgTatar: RIP Lothar Schmid. At least you lived to see the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Rebirth of the united Germany. Thanks for the Schmid Benoni and your marauding knights game vs Bogolyubov.
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  HeMateMe: <paulalbert>

If his publishing interests were in East Germany, wouldn't all of those assets have been seized by the East German state, sometime after WWII?

May-20-13  BUNA: <paulalbert: The Schmid family owns Karl May Verlag, a publishing company with the rights to print the prolific German author Karl May.>

The works of Karl May became public domain ("gemeinfrei") in 1963.

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  wordfunph: rest in peace GM Schmid.
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  paulalbert: On <HeMateMe> 's and <Buna> 's comment and question. Apparently the problem in communist East Germany was not so much the physical assets like the printing factory which may have been seized, but their opposition to the message of the Karl May novels,emphasis which effectively was on the free spirit of Native Americans, and Karl May himself was contoversial. Consequently, publishing the books became virtually impossible. It's difficult to seize intellectual property rights where the business value lay. How the Schmid family escaped from Dresden to Bamberg I do not know. Possibly the authorities did not care. Although the Karl May works did become public domain, Karl May Verlag has the rights to the Karl May name, and works on a number of promotional activities with others including the Karl May Foundation. The Karl May museums I think are more a Foundation activity.
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  Diademas: RIP Lothar Schmid.

Is his birthdate correct?
The chessbase article gives his year of birth as 1928. The same does Wikipedia.

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  HeMateMe: World's most famous TD! Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?
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  HeMateMe: Here is a link to the NY Times obit for Herr Schmid:


Schmid was also arbiter for the '92 rematch between Fischer and Spassky.

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  thomastonk: <HeMateMe: Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?> He left the Soviet occupation zone already in 1947 and settled in Bamberg. The two Germanys were founded in 1949, and the Wall was put up 1961. (Thank you for the link to the NY Times.)
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  haydn20: It's men like this who give meaning to the phrase "a real *mensch*.
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  paulalbert: An interesting question with respect to Lothar's death is what is going to happen to his fabulous chess book collection? There is an inheritance and estate tax in Germany. Although the tax rates only go up to 30% for very large estates, the exemption for surviving spouses is only 500,000 Euros. Both Karl May Verlag and the chess book collection presumably are of considerable value, but presumably some ownership has already been transferred to Lothar's wife and three children. Putting a value for estate tax purposes on the chess book collection clearly would be very challenging. In the U.S., this kind of issue is frequently dealt with by donating the collection to a non profit organization, e.g., library, museum, university. The worst thing is heirs being forced to sell it off to pay taxes after a long dispute with tax authorities over valuation. I touched on this subject during my breakfast with Lothar many years ago. As I remember it, he said he was aware of the issue and planning for it, not surprising since Lothar had a law degree. At that time the collection had not been catalogued and that process was beginning. I would hope the collection could be preserved as a whole, not divided up among numerous collectors.
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  PhilFeeley: Game collection missing this one:

[Event ""]
[Site "BRD"]
[Date "1967"]
[Round ""]
[White "Schmid Lothar (GER)"]
[Black "Darga Klaus (GER)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO ""]
[BlackELO ""]
[Eco "C78"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. d4 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 h6 10. Be3 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. d5 Ne7 13. a4 Bb7 14. c4 c6 15. dxc6 Nxc6 16. axb5 axb5 17. cxb5 Nb4 18. Qe2 Nxe4 19. Bxh6 d5 20. Be3 Nc5 21. Bxc5 Bxc5 22. Rxa8 Bxa8 23. Rc1 Bd6 24. h4 g6 25. Ng5 Kg7 26. Nde4 Be7 27. Qe3 Rh8 28. Nc5 Qd6 29. f4 Bf6 30. Nce6+ fxe6 31. Rc7+ Qxc7 32. Nxe6+ Kh7 33. Nxc7 d4 34. Qd2 Be7 35. fxe5 1-0

Several of his games featured on Kevin Spraggett's page over the past few days. I don't know how many others may be missing here.

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  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Schmid.
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  Cemoblanca: RIP Herr Schmid.
Jun-29-13  RAlehin: Farewell, Mr Schmidt! Say hello to Bobby from all of us!
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  Domdaniel: <paulalbert> Thanks for the info re Lothar Schmid's plans for his legendary library. We can only hope that this collection will be preserved and made available to readers.
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