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Jacques Mieses
J Mieses 
Number of games in database: 792
Years covered: 1885 to 1949
Overall record: +264 -312 =203 (46.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      13 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (137) 
    C26 C25 C28 C27 C29
 Center Game (44) 
    C21 C22
 French Defense (44) 
    C01 C00 C13 C12 C10
 Scotch Game (36) 
 Sicilian (34) 
    B24 B23 B20 B34 B56
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B15 B12 B18 B13 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B40 B45 B23 B32 B20
 Scandinavian (52) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 A41
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C71 C60 C77 C79 C70
 Sicilian Taimanov (18) 
 Dutch Defense (16) 
    A81 A84 A85 A90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Mieses vs J V Ohquist, 1895 1-0
   J Mieses vs NN, 1900 1-0
   J Mieses vs Janowski, 1900 1-0
   Schlechter vs J Mieses, 1909 0-1
   J Mieses vs Marshall, 1903 1-0
   J Mieses vs Albin, 1903 1-0
   Reggio vs J Mieses, 1903 0-1
   Rubinstein vs J Mieses, 1918 0-1
   J Mieses vs Chigorin, 1906 1-0
   J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Breslau (1889)
   Stockholm (1906)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Vienna (1903)
   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Paris (1900)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1908)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mieses & Kashdan best games by Gottschalk
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Paris 1900 by suenteus po 147
   1903 Vienna by TheFocus
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli
   Monte Carlo 1901 by suenteus po 147

   Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911
   Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911
   Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1912

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(born Feb-27-1865, died Feb-23-1954, 88 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Jacques Mieses was born in Leipzig. He won the chess championship of Berlin at the age of 17, and in 1888 he placed joint second at Leipzig and third at Nuremberg. His first tournament outside his own country came at the famous Hastings event of 1895. Although he finished only twentieth (in a field of 22 players), he soon adapted to this level of play and in 1907 he took first prize at the Vienna tournament scoring ten points from thirteen games.

In 1909, Mieses played a short blindfold match with Carl Schlechter, winning it with two wins and one draw. The very next year Schlechter played Emanuel Lasker for the World Championship and drew the match 5-5.

Mieses tried his hand as a tournament organizer in 1911, putting together the San Sebastian event that marked the international debut of future World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. Mieses was defeated by one of Lasker's title challengers, Siegbert Tarrasch, in a match in 1916 (+2 -7 =4). In 1938 Mieses resettled in England and took British citizenship. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1950.

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 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 792  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Mieses vs M Kann 0-124 1885 HamburgB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. J Mieses vs B Richter 1-076 1887 FrankfurtC25 Vienna
3. J Mieses vs Von Scheve 0-132 1887 BerlinC26 Vienna
4. Von Gottschall vs J Mieses ½-½47 1888 NurembergC28 Vienna Game
5. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-034 1888 Leipzig Olympiad FinC25 Vienna
6. J Mieses vs A Schottlaender 1-029 1888 LeipzigC25 Vienna
7. J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben 0-129 1888 LeipzigC26 Vienna
8. J Mieses vs Von Gottschall 1-028 1888 NurembergC25 Vienna
9. J Mieses vs Von Scheve  1-038 1888 LeipzigC25 Vienna
10. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-074 1888 NurembergC25 Vienna
11. Tarrasch vs J Mieses 1-033 1888 NurembergB33 Sicilian
12. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-128 1889 Berlin (Germany)C25 Vienna
13. Gossip vs J Mieses  0-131 1889 BreslauC25 Vienna
14. J Mieses vs J Mason 1-050 1889 BreslauC26 Vienna
15. J Mieses vs Paulsen 1-031 1889 BreslauB24 Sicilian, Closed
16. J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½12 1889 BreslauC01 French, Exchange
17. E Schallopp vs J Mieses 1-022 1889 BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
18. J Mieses vs A Fritz 1-044 1889 BreslauC25 Vienna
19. J Mieses vs J N Berger  ½-½47 1889 BreslauC26 Vienna
20. J Mieses vs J Minckwitz  1-039 1889 BreslauC25 Vienna
21. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 0-165 1889 BreslauC01 French, Exchange
22. J Mieses vs Harmonist 1-032 1889 BreslauC01 French, Exchange
23. Gunsberg vs J Mieses ½-½66 1889 BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
24. Alapin vs J Mieses  0-127 1889 BreslauC60 Ruy Lopez
25. Blackburne vs J Mieses  1-057 1889 BreslauA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 792  PGN Download
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Jun-10-15  mulde: I'm in doubt if it wasn't Dick van Foreest but Arnold van Foreest (1863-1956) in this famous anecdote. It seem to be happened in Stockholm 1948, and both competitors were able to play on an outstanding level.
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  zanzibar: San Sebastian (1911) (kibitz #5)

For a historical note about his role in San Sebastian (1911).

Sep-05-15  wrap99: Was Mieses the last living person to have played Steinitz? It seems possible that someone could have survived later than the 1950s.
Sep-05-15  Howard: Possible? Certainly---but what is the likelihood ?

Nevertheless, you pose an interesting question. Was Mieses the last person to die, who had played Steinitz? Probably so!

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  MissScarlett: <Possible? Certainly---but what is the likelihood ?>

More than likely, I would say. Steinitz regularly gave simuls so it wouldn't be surprising if he played someone under the age of, say, 30 who lived another sixty or so years.

Sep-06-15  wrap99: <MissScarlett>,<Howard> The simul thing sounds both likely and yet probably lost. Some 90 year old in 1970 might have said something to a grandkid and this may have gone unrecorded. As remote as Steinitz seems now, I met many people whose lives overlapped with his; now the very last of such people are on their way out. I can't seem to get information about living children of world champs. Steinitz we know definitely no kids. Lasker did not have any; but both Alekhine and Capablanca had and may still have living offspring. But I don't know for sure.
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  MissScarlett: It would be nice to have a single resource here that collates as much family information about the world champions as possible. With a little collective help, it shouldn't be that onerous. However, the great majority of regular posters are content to spend their time posting absolute drivel and utter piffle.

Regarding Capablanca, his son, Jose Raul Jnr died in 1984, and daughter Gloria in 2007.

Sep-06-15  wrap99: <MissScarlett>You may know the unusual story of Capablanca's widow sharing an apartment under hostile circumstances with Hamilton Fish, a centenarian from an old political family. I believe the widow made it to her nineties and Yasser S. met with her in the 1990s as I recall. I did not know Capablanca had a daughter. Alekhine's son also made it past the year 2000 and may be with us still.
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  MarkFinan: Was it Capablanca who offered someone queen odds in some early 20th century Parisian coffee place, and when they said "You don't even know me" he said "If you could beat me I would know you"? Something like that anyway, I've read the story before but can't remember the player.
Sep-06-15  wrap99: <MarkFinan> That story does not ring true. Not the queen odds part because say an A player could comfortably beat a world champ at queen odds -- even in those days there were enough such players that Capablanca could not know them all, especially with photography being less prevalent then.
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  MarkFinan: I know the story itself is true I just can't remember the player. It's probably one of the other early 20th century greats, and I can't see say... FSR or AJ Goldsby beating Carlsen even if he didn't have a queen, these players can play higher than 2200 blindfold!
Sep-06-15  wrap99: I think a GM discussed what a queen was worth an it is much more than just playing blindfold. Queen is just huge odds.
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  MarkFinan: I don't know what your strength is, but do you think you could beat Magnus Carlsen if he gave you Queen odds? C'mon man, he'd crush you/me/anyone here like a Boa Constructer. Slow and agonising.
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  plang: Queen odds?!?

I think many/most people here could beat Carlsen with Queen odds.

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  MarkFinan: Well I don't know your strength. I'll ask Fred, he's 2200+ and he'll give a definitive answer. I can't see anyone here beating one of the greatest chess players of all time, even if he gave queen odds.
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  FSR: <Larry Kaufman has written that Kasparov could give pawn and move odds to a low grandmaster (2500 FIDE rating) and be slightly favored, and would have even chances at knight odds against a player with a FIDE rating of 2115.>

I like to think that I would beat Carlsen pretty easily at knight odds, but maybe I'm wrong. But at queen odds he would have no chance.

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  MarkFinan: Fair enough, I'll take your word for it. I don't think I'd beat him with Queen odds but then again I aren't your strength.
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  MarkFinan: You would <never> beat Magnus Carlsen with Knight odds. Never.
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  MissScarlett: < absolute drivel and utter piffle>

I forgot about complete balderdash.

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  MissScarlett: I tried a couple of times to play a test game against Rybka 4, using Position Setup to remove the opposing Queen, but the damn thing kept resigning after 4-5 moves.
Sep-07-15  wrap99: One thing: I would have never guessed that anyone could give me 5:1 time odds but I found out that many people could do so; I have literally never beaten a GM at 5:1. In fact, even masters (I was briefly an expert) do pretty well at those odds. So had Kaufman not written about material odds, I might accept that a world champ could beat a submaster at even queen odds. But it looks like not. Since we are discussing odds, while I did bad at 5:1, I think 5 mins to 30 seconds is simply too little time for even a GM against an A player -- I certainly could be a master at those odds when I was a B player.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Jacques Mieses.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jacques Mieses.

Birth and death dates were so close.

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  offramp: Mieses's career lasted 64 years.

Few chess players have careers as long as Mieses's.

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  TheFocus: I hope I live as long as his career lasted!
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