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Jacques Mieses
Number of games in database: 784
Years covered: 1885 to 1949
Overall record: +260 -308 =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 (42) 
    C01 C00 C13 C10 C12
 Scotch Game (35) 
 Sicilian (34) 
    B24 B23 B20 B34 B72
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B15 B12 B18 B10 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B40 B45 B23 B44 B32
 Scandinavian (51) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 A41
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C71 C60 C77 C79 C78
 Sicilian Taimanov (18) 
 Tarrasch Defense (16) 
    D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Mieses vs J V Ohquist, 1895 1-0
   Mieses vs Marshall, 1903 1-0
   Mieses vs Janowski, 1900 1-0
   Mieses vs NN, 1900 1-0
   Schlechter vs Mieses, 1909 0-1
   Reggio vs Mieses, 1903 0-1
   Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 1-0
   Mieses vs Albin, 1903 1-0
   Mieses vs Chigorin, 1906 1-0
   Mieses vs M Brody, 1908 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)
   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Vienna (1903)
   Paris (1900)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   St Petersburg (1909)
   Vienna (1908)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Paris 1900 by suenteus po 147
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli
   Monte Carlo 1901 by suenteus po 147
   Gothenburg 1920 by Tabanus
   Vienna 1907 by suenteus po 147

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

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(born Feb-27-1865, died Feb-23-1954, 88 years old) Germany (citizen of 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.

Wikipedia article: Jacques Mieses

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 784  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mieses vs M Kann 0-117 1885 HamburgB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. Mieses vs B Richter 1-076 1887 FrankfurtC25 Vienna
3. Mieses vs Von Scheve 0-132 1887 BerlinC26 Vienna
4. Mieses vs Von Gottschall 1-028 1888 NurembergC25 Vienna
5. Mieses vs Von Bardeleben 0-129 1888 LeipzigC26 Vienna
6. Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-074 1888 NurembergC25 Vienna
7. Mieses vs Von Scheve  1-038 1888 LeipzigC25 Vienna
8. Von Gottschall vs Mieses ½-½47 1888 NurembergC28 Vienna Game
9. Tarrasch vs Mieses 1-033 1888 NurembergB33 Sicilian
10. Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-034 1888 Leipzig Olympiad FinC25 Vienna
11. Mieses vs A Schottlaender 1-029 1888 LeipzigC25 Vienna
12. Mieses vs Lasker 0-128 1889 Berlin (Germany)C25 Vienna
13. Mieses vs Tarrasch 0-165 1889 BreslauC01 French, Exchange
14. Metger vs Mieses  0-131 1889 BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
15. J Bauer vs Mieses  ½-½42 1889 BreslauB06 Robatsch
16. Mieses vs J Mason 1-050 1889 BreslauC26 Vienna
17. Gunsberg vs Mieses  ½-½66 1889 DSB-06.KongressC55 Two Knights Defense
18. Alapin vs Mieses  0-127 1889 BreslauC60 Ruy Lopez
19. Mieses vs Paulsen 1-031 1889 BreslauB24 Sicilian, Closed
20. Burn vs Mieses 1-017 1889 BreslauC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Mieses vs J Minckwitz  1-039 1889 BreslauC25 Vienna
22. Mieses vs J N Berger  ½-½47 1889 BreslauC26 Vienna
23. Mieses vs Lasker ½-½60 1889 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90C25 Vienna
24. Mieses vs Harmonist 1-032 1889 BreslauC01 French, Exchange
25. Gunsberg vs Mieses ½-½66 1889 BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
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  kellmano: <whiteshark: <It is a very well-known matter of experience that losing a pawn in the opening by a mistake is often the involuntary equivalent of playing a quite promising gambit.> -- Jacques Mieses

Ha ha. This is definitely true at my level. A pawn advantage is not worth an open file because a pawn advantage requires the game lasting to the endgame, an open file can give a quick mate.

Jun-17-09  Fanacas: I always thought it strange that there arent that many mieses variations in the vienna, scandinavian, and center game, even tought mieses played them many times and did musch wich iit theories.
Feb-05-10  Petrosianic: <Last but not the least>

One you left out is that the "short match" that he won against Schlechter in 1909 was actually a blindfold match.

Feb-27-10  capanegra: Happy birthday Master Mieses.

As tribute, I cite the end of a text about some Mieses recollections written by Heinrich Fraenkel, and extracted from Terence Tiller's book "Chess Treasury of the air".

<… There's just room for a short game, but I am not going to cite any of the innumerable brilliancy-prize games; they can be found in a good many anthologies. The last prize, incidentally, he got at the 1945 Hastings Memorial Tournament, fifty years after the famous first Hastings Tournament where also Mieses was among the competitors. When he got his last brilliancy award at the turn of 1945-1946 (M Christoffel vs Mieses, 1945) he was getting on for eighty-one, and at just about the same period he played the game I am going to show. It was played at St. Bride's in one of the ordinary London League matches for which Mieses turned out from time to time; and courteous as ever he insisted on leaving the top board to the club champion. He played second board, and luckily - there must have been more absentees than usual – I got as high up as third board, thereby sitting next to my old friend and enjoying his game rather more than my own pedestrian effort. I'll never forget the old boy's poker face when he tricked his opponent into that neat little trap. But let's see. Mieses is Black.

<1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bb5 5.e3 d6 6.Nge2 Bg4 7.Qb3 Rb8! (a very shrewd move, for it was here that Mieses worked out the pretty mate he was to administer eight moves later) 8.Nd5 Bc5 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6!! (I watched the man on the other side, no mean player he! But it was quite evident that he thought the old man had made a bloomer pardonable for one his age; anyway he grabbed that knight with alacrity, whereas Mieses seemed quite unruffled by the loss of his two rooks); 10.Bxc6+?? bxc6 11.Qxb8+ Kd7 12.Qxh8 Qf3!! (Mieses made this move without a second's hesitation, and now while excited players from both sides began to crowd round the board, the man on the other side began to see what he had let himself in for. He had quite a think, but the next moves were forced anyway); 13.Kd1 Qxe2+ 14.Kc2 Qxc4+ 15.Kb1 Qd3#>. Not so bad for an octogenarian!>

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Feb-27-10  laskereshevsky: ThePlayer's page picture was got at the Kerkau, the Berlin's famous chess-caffé during the Mieses-Rubinstein 1909' match

The Player's legs "cutted" in the picture are that of Akiba himself

Feb-27-10  laskereshevsky: To make clear, the picture was shooted during the first game won by Mieses by white, Just after the move 15.♕f3...
May-11-10  TheFocus: From Winter’s Chess Notes #6575: Two new Schlechter games were recently discovered by author John Hilbert from Schlechter’s column in Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung. Both games are annotated by Schlechter; the annotations appear in Chess Notes.

This game appeared in ASZ, December 13, 1896, page 1391. This game is from Vienna 1896. No other Schlechter games are known from this event.

Schlechter – Mieses, J.
King’s Gambit Declined
November 1896

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Nf6 6.d3 Ng4 7.Qe2 Bf2+ 8.Kd1 Bb6 9.Rf1 exf4 10.Bxf4 O-O 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.h3 Nf6 13.Bg5 Ba5 14.Nd4 Bxc3 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.bxc3 c5 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.Rxf5 Kh8 19.Qf3 Rg8 20.g4 Rg6 21.Rb1 Qe7 22.c4 Qd8 23.Ke2 Rb8 24.Rb3 a5 25.h4 a4 26.Rxb8 Qxb8 27.h5 Rg8 28.Rxf6 Qb2 29.Rxf7 Qxc2+ 30.Kf1 Qb1+ 31.Kg2 Qxa2+ 32.Kh3 Qa1 33.Re7 1-0.

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  GrahamClayton: Mieses must be one of the strongest octogenerians in chess history. At the age of 84 in 1949, he gave multiple simultaneous exhibitions in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium from early February to mid-March.
Dec-29-10  Achilles87: I stumbled across his Miese's Achilles Heel, Maroczy, not pretty reading that head to head.
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  Penguincw: < "To be capable of conducting an endgame to the distant goal with clarity, firmness, and complete familiarity with all its tricks and traps is the sign of the first-class Master." > That's a long quote by Mieses.
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  wordfunph: GM Jacques Mieses emigrated to England in 1938 with only fifteen Marks in his wallet, finally obtaining a British citizenship at end of the 1940's.

rest in peace, Sir Mieses..

Aug-16-11  bengalcat47: Phony Benoni "One who was not a fan was Mr. Jinks."
Very good Benoni! I am a big fan of many vintage cartoons, including the Hanna-Barbera toons, and other classics such as Woody Woodpecker (ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) and Mr. Magoo. Mr. Jinks was one of my favorite HB characters. When Mieses died in 1954 he missed out on seeing Pixie & Dixie with Mr. Jinks by about 4 years. These characters were introduced in 1958 as part of the Huckleberry Hound Show.
Sep-22-11  Albertan: Youth has triumphed. - (upon defeating 86-year-old Dirk van Foreest) - 84-year-old Jacques Mieses
Feb-27-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Mieses.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Mieses.
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  Karpova: Mieses faced Leonhardt in a match in April 1905 at the St Georges Club in London and won +5 =1 -1.

Page 46 of the 1907 '(Neue) Wiener Schachnachrichten'

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  Karpova: C.N. 3108 cited in Winter's feature article <Chess Jottings>:

<Users of the FatBase 2000 CD will be awe-struck by some of the defeats sustained by Jacques Mieses during his long career. At the age of minus three he lost a game to Adolf Anderssen (in Breslau, 1862) and did no better against him in 1867, by which time he had matured into a two-year-old. Nor did the passing of time improve Mieses’ fortunes. In 1958 he lost a game to Mikhail Tal in the Soviet Union, and in 1964 Forgács beat him in Ostend. At the age of 128 Mieses was defeated by Carl Schlechter in the Prague, 1993 tournament. That was certainly an opportunity for him to recall a remark he had made 90 years previously: ‘It is bad enough to get run over, but to get run over by a corpse is horrible.’>


Note: Gunsberg tells the story of Mieses making that remark about the corpse after losing to Gunsberg in round 13 of Vienna 1903. Mieses was alluding to Gunsberg's score up to that game of +0 -10 =2 (final score: +1 -15 =2). See C. N. 3089 (Link:

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  waustad: He and Yifan Huo are by far more notable. Who knows their criteria.
Oct-10-13  redwhitechess: J. Mieses game in chess column from Sunday Times Perth 1903 with game against... N.N.

[Event "Simultaneous"]
[Site "Liverpool"]
[Date "1900.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Jacques Mieses"]
[Black "N.N."]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Be7 6.d3 O-O 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Ng5 h6 9.h4 Ne8 10.Nd5 Nf6 11.Qg6 ♗lack resign for 11... fxg6 12.♘xe7+ ♔h8 13.♘xg6#


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  Karpova: Leipzig, End of June 1924, Chess Club "Augustea" tournament:

1-2. Mieses 4.5
1-2. Teichmann 4.5
3. F Woog 2.5
4. M Blümich 2.0
5. Dr. W Müller 1.0
6. Dr. O Goertz 0.5

Mieses and Teichmann drew each other and won all their remaining games.

From page 211 of the August 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Mieses toured Yugoslavia in 1923 and played two serious games with tournament time controls against Vidmar in Ljubljana on

June 9: Mieses vs Vidmar, 1923

June 10: Vidmar vs Mieses, 1923

Furthermore, he beat Vladimir Vukovic in a serious game in Zagreb on June 13, 1923 (game score not given).

Source: Pages 143-145 of the July 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Karpova: Jacques Mieses suffered a grave accident in Kemeri in 1937. One of his feet was affected, Mieses calls it an <außerordentlich schwerer Knochenbruch - eigentlich eine Knochenzerschmetterung> (exceptionally grave bone fracture - in fact a bone smashing). Yet, not only did the foot not need to be ablated, the physician predicted a complete or near complete healing. The injury had caused rumours that Mieses had died, but he could prove otherwise and had already returned to Leipzig.

Source: Page 316 of the October 1937 'Wiener Schach-Zeitung'

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  Karpova: Regarding the blindfold match against Schlechter:

The match took place in Stuttgart, Germany. Mieses won the 1st and the 3rd game, with the 2nd game ending drawn. In the first game, Schlechter is said to have had an excellent (<treffliche>) position, but blundered into an <ABC-Matt>.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', February 1909, p. 55

Jun-13-14  TheFocus: His favorite candy?

Of course it is Reese's Pieces.

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  offramp: Great Britain's first grandmaster, along with Anthony Miles and Keith Bevan Richardson.
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