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Karl Mayet
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 1837 to 1868
Overall record: +18 -77 =8 (21.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (22) 
    C33 C39 C38 C37
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C65 C64 C77
 King's Pawn Game (5) 
    C40 C44
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (18) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Accepted (17) 
    C33 C37 C39 C38 C34
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   R Franz vs Mayet, 1858 0-1
   Mayet vs Hanstein, 1837 1-0
   Anderssen vs Mayet, 1855 0-1
   Mayet vs Hanstein, 1837 1-0

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(born Aug-11-1810, died May-18-1868, 57 years old) Germany

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Carl Mayet was born on August 11, 1810, lived in Berlin, and was the most original of the "Berlin Pleiades". He had a penchant for giving up his Queen for an assortment of material in his games. Mayet was a barrister, and later a judge.

In 1839, he defeated Jozsef Szen in a match scoring (+3-2=1). In 1845, he drew a match with Augustus Mongredien with (+3-3). In 1847, he defeated A. von der Goltz in a match (+14-9=1), but then lost a match with Wilhelm Hanstein (+5-12=1). In 1848, he lost a match to Daniel Harrwitz (+2-5=2). In the London (1851) tournament, he was knocked out in round 1 when he lost to Hugh Alexander Kennedy with two losses. In 1851, he lost a match to Adolf Anderssen in Berlin with 4 losses. In 1852, he lost a match to Frederic Deacon (2-5). In 1853, he took 3rd place in the first Berlin championship, behind Jean Dufresne and Max Lange. In 1853, he lost a match to Jean Dufresne (+5-7). In 1855, he lost to Adolf Anderssen (+6-14=1). In 1856, he lost to T. Wiegelmann (2-4) in the 1856 Berlin Knockout Tournament. In 1859, he lost a match to Adolf Anderssen (+1-7). In 1865, he lost a match to Adolf Anderssen (+2-5=1). In 1866, he lost a match to Gustav Richard Neumann (-6=1).

His cousin, Wilhelm Hanstein, also had a distinguished career in chess.

Wikipedia article: Carl Mayet

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mayet vs Hanstein 1-038 1837 MatchC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Mayet vs Hanstein 1-020 1837 BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
3. P Bilguer vs Mayet  1-021 1838 BerlinC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
4. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 1-023 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
5. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 0-155 1839 BerlinA80 Dutch
6. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet  ½-½50 1839 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
7. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa ½-½30 1839 BerlinC40 King's Knight Opening
8. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet 1-046 1839 BerlinB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet  1-036 1839 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 0-124 1839 BerlinC23 Bishop's Opening
11. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa  0-146 1839 BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet 1-039 1839 BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 0-145 1839 BerlinA80 Dutch
14. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet 1-029 1839 BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet 1-022 1839 UnknownC57 Two Knights
16. Mayet vs Von Der Lasa 1-049 1839 BerlinA80 Dutch
17. Von Der Lasa vs Mayet 1-030 1839 BerlinC52 Evans Gambit
18. Mayet vs Hanstein  ½-½45 1841 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
19. Harrwitz vs Mayet 0-136 1847 Berlin mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Harrwitz vs Mayet  ½-½50 1847 Berlin mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Mayet vs Harrwitz  0-145 1847 Berlin mC44 King's Pawn Game
22. Mayet vs Harrwitz 0-125 1847 Berlin mD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Harrwitz vs Mayet 1-025 1847 Berlin mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Mayet vs Harrwitz  0-122 1847 Berlin mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Mayet vs Harrwitz  0-122 1847 Berlin mC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-05-06  Whitehat1963: I wonder if Mayet ever played Eichborn, another of Anderssen's frequent opponents.
Aug-11-08  Eastfrisian: He died in Stettin, now Szczecin.
Aug-11-08  ravel5184: <Wolfmaster> Huh?
Aug-11-08  wolfmaster: I am the first user whose avatar depicts french fries to post on this page. Therefore, first!
Aug-11-08  ravel5184: Well, I am the first person to have the handle "ravel5184" to post on this SITE! How's that?
Apr-26-09  myschkin: . . .


Wilhelm Hanstein was his cousin.

Aug-11-09  BIDMONFA: Karl Mayet


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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>


(Wiki asked if I've meant K Mayer) :D

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  Phony Benoni: Just out of curiosity (since I hardly expect to use it in conversation), how is his last name pronounced? It looks more French than German.
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  whiteshark: <PB> It looks French and I you spell it French. Todays distribution of Mayet in Germany:

Historically he could be a descendant of

- fled French huguenots or
- French soldier who served during the Napoleonic occcupation

- other migration

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  Knight13: Whoever wrote the biography needs to dim it down with all those "lost a match to" stuff, seriously.
Aug-11-09  returnoftheking: what should they say..
he didn't win ? :)
Aug-11-09  WhiteRook48: he keeps losing matches
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  Knight13: <returnoftheking: what should they say.. he didn't win ? :)> Just not mention them.
Aug-16-09  returnoftheking: Te laat, te laat! zei Winnetou,
Het zaad is al naar binnen toe!
Aug-11-11  YoungEd: Mayet, please the court!
Aug-11-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Mayet.
Aug-11-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. Karl Mayet.
Nov-12-14  alshatranji: <Whoever wrote the biography needs to dim it down with all those "lost a match to" stuff>

Good point, especially if they end it by saying that "had a distinguished career in chess".

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  Karpova: The bio looks fine and mostly needs only minor modifications like proper sourcing. I can't agree with the criticism voiced here, since it misses the point. The bio tries to give an overview over Mayet's complete chess career. SeeRod Edwards' page on Mayet: For sure, Mayet lost most of those matches, but Anderssen and also Neumann for example belonged to the strongest players in the world back then. It is comparable to playing a match against a top ten player today - an honour in itself already. Despite the strong opposition, Mayet still did score some points.
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