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Schiffers 
 
Emmanuel Schiffers
Number of games in database: 300
Years covered: 1866 to 1904
Overall record: +109 -120 =71 (48.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C77 C64 C63 C66 C67
 French Defense (20) 
    C14 C11 C13 C01 C00
 Four Knights (13) 
    C49 C48
 Evans Gambit (13) 
    C51 C52
 French (11) 
    C11 C13 C00 C10
 Scotch Game (9) 
    C45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B45 B40 B23 B24 B46
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C77 C65 C68 C70 C80
 Sicilian Taimanov (17) 
    B45 B46
 French Defense (14) 
    C11 C00 C01 C13 C10
 French (9) 
    C11 C00 C13 C10
 Giuoco Piano (9) 
    C50 C54 C53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Schiffers vs Harmonist, 1887 1-0
   Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1897 1/2-1/2
   Schiffers vs Nolde, 1872 1-0
   Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1895 1-0
   Schiffers vs Pillsbury, 1896 1-0
   Englisch vs Schiffers, 1887 0-1
   Schiffers vs Steinitz, 1896 1-0
   Schiffers vs Blackburne, 1895 1-0
   W Pollock vs Schiffers, 1895 0-1
   Schiffers vs Steinitz, 1896 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chigorin - Schiffers Second Match (1878)
   Chigorin - Schiffers First Match (1878)
   Chigorin - Schiffers Third Match (1879)
   Breslau (1889)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Hastings (1895)
   Schiffers - Steinitz (1896)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Berlin (1897)
   11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Best of Tarjan & Schiffers by Garre
   1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second Match by TheFocus

GAMES ANNOTATED BY SCHIFFERS: [what is this?]
   Bird vs Pillsbury, 1895
   J Mason vs Von Bardeleben, 1895
   Bird vs Blackburne, 1895
   Albin vs Von Bardeleben, 1895
   Mieses vs Chigorin, 1895
   >> 14 GAMES ANNOTATED BY SCHIFFERS

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EMMANUEL SCHIFFERS
(born May-04-1850, died Dec-12-1904) Russia

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Emmanuel Stepanovich Schiffers was born in St. Petersburg. He held the title of Russian champion for ten years before finally being defeated by his student, Mikhail Chigorin, in 1880. He competed with success in many international events, finishing sixth at Hastings 1895 and defeating Semion Alapin in match play. Schiffers also played a match against ex-world champion Wilhelm Steinitz in 1896 but lost (+4, =1, -6).

Wikipedia article: Emanuel Schiffers


 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 300  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Schiffers vs A Schulz  0-124 1866 St PetersburgC58 Two Knights
2. Shumov vs Schiffers 0-120 1872 St PetersburgC44 King's Pawn Game
3. Schiffers vs Nolde 1-027 1872 UnknownC51 Evans Gambit
4. Winawer vs Schiffers 0-128 1875 St PetersburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Sussmann vs Schiffers  0-112 1876 St Petersburg RUSC50 Giuoco Piano
6. NN vs Schiffers  0-119 1877 St PetersburgC55 Two Knights Defense
7. Schiffers vs Chigorin  0-125 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC51 Evans Gambit
8. Schiffers vs Chigorin  0-141 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC13 French
9. Schiffers vs Chigorin  ½-½52 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchA80 Dutch
10. Chigorin vs Schiffers  0-140 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchA43 Old Benoni
11. Chigorin vs Schiffers  1-033 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Chigorin vs Schiffers  0-137 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchA43 Old Benoni
13. Chigorin vs Schiffers 1-052 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchA00 Uncommon Opening
14. Chigorin vs Schiffers 0-125 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. Chigorin vs Schiffers 0-116 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Schiffers vs Chigorin  0-144 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchC37 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-133 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Schiffers vs Chigorin  0-155 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC45 Scotch Game
19. Schiffers vs Chigorin  1-023 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchC37 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Chigorin vs Schiffers  0-155 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchA43 Old Benoni
21. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-135 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC45 Scotch Game
22. Alapin vs Schiffers  1-051 1878 St Petersburg RUSC33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Chigorin vs Schiffers  0-128 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. Chigorin vs Schiffers  1-021 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. Schiffers vs Chigorin  1-048 1878 Chigorin - Schiffers Second MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
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Jun-11-04  zb2cr: Schiffers seems to have been a very poor player against the highest-level players of his day: Tarrasch beat him 6-0, with one draw; Chigorin 19-4, with 4 draws, etc.
Nov-09-04  marekg248: I study Evans gambit and I stumbled upon this guy three times - twice in Pachman's book on open games: Chigorin vs Schiffers, 1897
Schiffers vs Pillsbury, 1896
and in Chess miniatures by Abram Rojzman (not in the database): Schiffers-Yurevich Peterburg 1892
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.0-0 Qf6 7.d4 Nh6 8.Bg5 Qg6 9.d5 Nd8 10.Bxd8 Kxd8 11.Nxe5 Qxe4 12.Re1 Qh4 13.d6! cxd6 14.Qxd6 Bc7? 15.Qxh6! Qxc4 16.Qh4!! 1-0 Marks are from the book. It seems to me that he was a decent player after all. Does anybody know something more about him? Honza, zda sa, ze ty mas celkom peknu zbierku knih o sachu:)
Nov-10-04
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  Calli: This bio is from the 1895 Hastings tournament book:

"Russian chess master; born of German parents at St. Petersburg May 4, 1850; died there Dec. 12, 1904. He was educated at the gymnasium of his native city, studying in the classical, physical, and mathematical faculties. In 1871 he became a private tutor."

"Schiffers began to play chess when about fifteen, and within five years had made such progress that he defeated Tochoumoff and others of equal standing. He continued to advance until he became the leading player in Russia. In 1873 he first played with Tchigorin, to whom he then gave the odds of a knight. During the following seven years the pupil came to play a stronger game than his teacher, and in 1880 Schiffers lost the championship of Russia to Tchigorin. He has won matches against Alapin, Chardin, and Mitropolsky; and at the International Tournament held at Hastings, England, in 1895, at which twenty-two masters competed, Schiffers gained sixth prize."

Nov-10-04
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  tamar: Sixth prize at Hastings 1895 behind Pillsbury, Chigorin, Lasker, Tarrasch and Steinitz. His game against Chigorin in round 4 was amazingly lopsided in his favor. Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1895
Nov-13-04  marekg248: Thanks, it's interesting to know, that such a great player like Chigorin had a teacher. It is a necessity nowadays for players wanting to achieve success, but I used to think that until approximately the 1930's it was largely due to the natural endowment that players were strong. Did Capablanca have a teacher? Maybe not, and if so, maybe it was an exception.
Jun-01-05  WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Emmanuel's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/sche.html
Oct-08-05
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  Pawn and Two: Schiffers's complete tournament and match record (1875 - 1903) against Chigorin was 24 wins, 49 losses and 19 draws.

A decent performance against a strong opponent.

This information is from the book - Mikhail Chigorin the first Russian Grandmaster - by Alexander Khailfman & Sergei Soloviov

Oct-08-05
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  Pawn and Two: Important tournament results for Schiffers:

1887 - Frankfort - 10th +7 -7 =6
1889 - Breslau - 17th +3 -8 =6
1894 - Leipzig - 8/9th +5 -4 =8
1895 - Hastings - 6th +9 -9 =6
1896 - Nurnberg - 9/10th +5 -4 =9
1897 - Berlin - 11th +7 -6 =6
1898 - Vienna - 12th +13 -14 =10
1898 - Cologne - 10/11th +6 -7 =2

Oct-08-05
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  Pawn and Two: At Nurnberg 1896 Schiffers tied with Chigorin for 10/11th place.

In addition to a very interesting draw with Chigorin, Schiffers scored draws against the 2nd place winner Maroczy, 6th place winner Steinitz and the 7/ 8th place winners Schlechter & Walbrodt.

Even more notable was his win against the 3/4 place winner Pillsbury.

His biggest opportunity of this tournament was in his 2nd round game against Lasker. Schiffers achieved a winning position against Lasker, but missed his way and lost the game.

Oct-08-05
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  Pawn and Two: Last post should read - Schiffers tied for 9/10th with Chigorin at Nurnberg 1896.
Dec-22-06  ivanov90: http://www.e3e5.com/petersburg/hist... This link is about Schiffers, unfortunatly only in russian
Jan-10-09
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  brankat: <Pawn and Two> <...Schiffers achieved a winning position against Lasker, but missed his way and lost the game...>

Just about every other master had had this kind of experience when facing Dr.Lasker :-)

May-04-09  BIDMONFA: Emmanuel Schiffers

SCHIFFERS, Emanuel
http://www.bidmonfa.com/schiffers_e...
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May-04-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday!
Apr-13-10
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  keypusher: From Tarrasch's 1906 article on Pillsbury, which also discussed other cases of mental illness among chessplayers. The full translation and German original are on the Tarrasch page.

<The St. Petersburger Schiffers was broadly cultivated, highly intelligent man, with a splendid sense of humor <von prachtvollem Humor – maybe “splendid temperament” is better?>, a lively conversationalist, amiable in company <Verkehr>, in short, as the student song says, “a fellow like velvet and silk, the only harm, is that he drinks!” <”ein Kerl wie Samt und Seide, nur schade, dass er suff!”>. This he did with great consistency, and so it is no wonder, that he went to the madhouse several times, and a greater or shorter time after his release, each time relapsed. His disease was: alcoholic psychosis; chess had nothing to do with this. He never showed any particular strain playing chess; rather in tournaments he always played well “con amore,” as if nothing were at stake <sondern spielte in Turnieren immer so recht con amore, als ob es um gar nichts ginge>. Nevertheless, he achieved well-known, beautiful successes <Gleichwohl hat er bekanntlich recht huebsche Erfolge erzielt>. His sympathetic personality was known to all who met him and remains in memory. Every man has weaknesses, and every man must die, one sooner, others later, one from this, others from that disease; in fact we all die – to Life! <Swachen hat jeder Mensch, und sterben muss ebenfalls jeder Mensch, die eine fruher, der andere spater, der eine an dieser, der andere an jener Krankheit, in Grunde genommen sterben wir alle – am Leben!>>

Nov-05-10
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  GrahamClayton: <keypusher>From Tarrasch's 1906 article on Pillsbury, which also discussed other cases of mental illness among chessplayers.

<keypusher>,
Here is a snippet from the New York Times, dated 4 February 1900,about Schiffer's non-attendance at the tournament in St Petersburg:

"A notable absentee is Schiffers, second prize winner at Moscow, who has since been place in an asylum for the insane."

Nov-05-10
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  keypusher: <GrahamClayton>

Thanks. Looking back at my ugly translation, it occurs to me that “con amore” probably meant "for love" rather than "with love." Tarrasch is saying that he played casually and easily in tournaments, as if in a skittles match.

<nescio>, <whiteshark>, and anyone else who knows, any thoughts you have are welcome.

Nov-09-10  nescio: <keypusher: it occurs to me that “con amore” probably meant "for love" rather than "with love.">

Could you explain what the differnce is between "for love" and "with love" in this case? I always have trouble with such prepositions in English and both phrases seem to have a similar meaning to me.

That's also true for the last words "to life". Tarrasch is saying that life is always the cause of death (the dash is just there to indicate a short pause if you say it aloud). I would choose "from life" or "of life", whatever the usual phrase is in English, but perhaps "to life" also has a similar meaning with which I'm not familiar. It looks like a toast to life to me.

Mar-26-11  Marcelo Bruno: An interesting detail: his name in the English edition of the Hastings tournament in 1895 is written "Emanuel G. A. Schiffers". Really curious.
May-04-12  thomastonk: Tarrasch's sentence on Schiffers <”ein Kerl wie Samt und Seide, nur schade, dass er suff!”>, which is often cited, is taken from an old German student song.

For convenience I repeat <keypusher's> translation from above: <“a fellow like velvet and silk, the only harm, is that he drinks!”>.

May-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Today you are remembered, Emmanuel Schiffers!

:)

LTJ

Aug-14-12
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  Karpova: <E. Schiffers, welcher nach dem Moskauer Turnier von einer hochgradigen Aufregung befallen wurde und in eine Nervenheilanstalt gebracht werden musste, befindet sich nach der "St. Petersburger Zeitung" in einem Zustande, der leider keine Hoffnung auf Genesung bietet. Alle Schachfreunde, speciell jene, welche Gelegenheit hatten, den hochbegabten, liebenswürdigen russischen Meister kennen zu lernen, werden diese Nachricht mit tiefer Theilnahme lesen.>

From page 13 of the 1900 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

May-04-13
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Schiffers.
Jun-04-13
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  keypusher: <nescio>

<Could you explain what the differnce is between "for love" and "with love" in this case? I always have trouble with such prepositions in English and both phrases seem to have a similar meaning to me.>

Sorry, I never answered this. There is an idiomatic expression "for love" (as opposed to "for money," I think) which simply means playing without stakes.

I think it has more or less fallen out of use, in the United States at least.

Jun-30-13
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  Karpova: <Nicht unerwartet ist uns die Nachricht von dem Hinscheiden des großen russischen Schachmeisters gekommen. Im Vorfrühling dieses Jahres zog sich E. Schiffers durch einen Sturz eine Verletzung zu und seit dieser Zeit hat er sich nie wieder recht erholen können. Am 29. November (12. Dezember) hat ein sanfter Tod seinem Leiden ein Ende gemacht.>

(The news of the great Russian chess master's passing came not as a surprise. In early spring, E. Schiffers fell and suffered an injury he never fully recovered from. On 29th November (12th December) a peaceful death put an end to his suffering.)

It is also mentioned that Schiffers spoke German, English, Russian and French. Furthermore, he was so good at drawing and painting (self-taught) that he was allowed to copy in the imperial hermitage.

From pages 377-378 of the 1904 'Wiener Schachzeitung' though originally from the 'St. Petersburger Zeitung' 1904.12.17.

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