|Aug-29-04|| ||mack: Ouch. |
|Mar-03-07|| ||Knight13: What do you mean Ouch? This guy played a bunch of players a lot better than himself.|
But I guess you could say "ouch" on his King's Gambit games where he lost all of his games, some of them which are pretty embarrasing.
|Jan-06-13|| ||thomastonk: The name of this man is Carl Pitschel. His name appears during his life as "Carl" and "Karl", but he wrote "Carl". I have seen an autograph from 1881.|
|May-03-13|| ||thomastonk: Carl Pitschel had a brother named Ernst, and some of the games on this page were in fact played by Ernst, e.g. K Pitschel vs Anderssen, 1851.|
Ernst died on January 20, 1872 in Vienna. In 1858, he won a tournament of the Wiener Schachgesellschaft with 26 participants ahead of Carl Hamppe, Eduard Jenay, and Heinrich Philipp Schlemm, so he must have been a very strong player.
Source: "Deutsche Schachzeitung", 1872, p 78 and p 188.
|Sep-13-14|| ||perfidious: <thomastonk> If you rejoin us and should happen by this page, at 365chess.com I have found several of the very early games attributed to Claus Pitschel.|
|Nov-20-15|| ||Immortal Gambit: How in The world does this guy have a fide rating if he was born in 1829 and died in 1883?|
|Apr-24-16|| ||zanzibar: <We regret to record the death of Herr Pitschel, which took
place on Jan. 29th in the 54th year of his age. He was for many
years President of the Altenburg Chess Club, and was well known
as an enthusiastic player, and as a competitor in all the later
European Chess Congresses.>
BCM v3 (Mar 1883) p106/117
I'll note in passing that they give it as his 54th year, whereas <CG> records it as his 53th year.
|Jul-04-17|| ||zanzibar: Mightily trying, and mightily failing to find a photo or illustration of this player I came across this notice:|
<[Unglückssall durch Leichtsinn.] Der in Schwechat wohnhaste, 19 Jahre alte, bei einem Neubaue in Neu-Fünfhaus in Arbeit gestandene Maurergeselle Karl Pitschel stürzte heute Vor mittags als er akrobatische Productionen nachahmen wollte, von einer Leiter und brach sich den rechten Oberschenkel. Der Verunglückte wurde in das Sechshauser Krankenhaus gebracht.>
<[The unhappy saddle by light-heartedness.] In 1924, Karl Pitschel, who lived in Schwechat and who had been working for a new building in Neu-Fünfhaus, fell upon a ladder and broke his right thigh when he wanted to imitate acrobatic productions. The victim was taken to the hospital in Sechshausen.>
Deutsche Zeitung 1872-06-14 p9
Would such dumb behavior be expected from a ~43 year-old chess playing mason?
(Note also, the BCM notice puts him in Altenburg - a city in Germany. Hmm.
Of course, the rating question is a good one too.)
|Jul-04-17|| ||zanzibar: He was bother to Ernest, another chess player of some success (from his OSZ obit):|
|Apr-23-18|| ||Peligroso Patzer: Pitschel currently has no notable games. Despite his overall score below 25%, Pitschel won the following noteworthy game against J. H. Blackburne, which is featured as today's GotD:|
Blackburne vs K Pitschel, 1873
|Apr-23-18|| ||Knight13: <Years covered: 1859 to 1881
Last FIDE rating: 2228
Highest rating achieved in database: 2310> A time traveler. I wonder if he's still alive.