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Samuel Lipschutz
Number of games in database: 144
Years covered: 1884 to 1902
Overall record: +64 -37 =40 (59.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (20) 
    C25 C29 C26 C28
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C14 C12 C00 C01
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C66 C65 C84 C61
 French (11) 
    C11 C12 C00
 Petrov (6) 
    C43 C42
 Classical French (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C62 C67 C66 C65 C80
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D05 D00 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D31
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D63 D55 D51 D60
 Sicilian (4) 
    B73 B45 B30 B40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Delmar vs Lipschutz, 1888 0-1
   Lipschutz vs Bird, 1889 1/2-1/2
   Zukertort vs Lipschutz, 1886 0-1
   Lipschutz vs Mackenzie, 1886 1-0
   Lipschutz vs Max Weiss, 1889 1/2-1/2
   Lipschutz vs E Delmar, 1889 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1889 by suenteus po 147
   Showalter - Lipschutz 1892 match by crawfb5
   000 -- 1900 Manhattan CC by crawfb5

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(born Jul-04-1863, died Nov-30-1905, 42 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Mr. Lipschütz was born in Ungvár (Uzhhorod)* and emigrated to the USA on September 4, 1880. He became a citizen on August 13, 1888. His name is recorded as "Salomon Lipschütz" on his naturalization papers (C.N. 6752), but contemporaries referred to him as "Sam". It seems likely he preferred this Anglicization. In his published articles and in tournament tables, only the initial "S." is used. This was probably to avoid confusion. His last name also varies, published as Lipschütz, Lipschutz or Lipschuetz. He played in two international tournaments, London 1886 finishing 6th and 6th again at New York 1889 In matches he played George Henry Mackenzie in 1886 losing (+3, =5, -5), Jackson Whipps Showalter in 1892 winning the US Championship (+7, =7, -1) in the process. Three years later in 1895 Showalter regained the title (+7, =3, -4). In the 1900 Manhattan Chess Club Championship he was 1st ahead of both Frank James Marshall and Showalter and this was probably his best result. Suffering from a disease of the lungs he went to Hamburg for treatment but died after an operation.

His death certificate states his name as Salomon Lipschütz. See C.N. 7657

*Wikipedia article: Uzhhorod

Wikipedia article: S. Lipsch%C3%BCtz

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 144  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lipschutz vs G H Thornton 0-136 1884 New YorkC38 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Ajeeb vs Lipschutz  0-131 1885 ExhibitionC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Blackburne vs Lipschutz  ½-½33 1886 GBR-chC53 Giuoco Piano
4. Lipschutz vs Mackenzie 1-062 1886 New York mC14 French, Classical
5. Lipschutz vs Mackenzie 1-036 1886 New YorkC25 Vienna
6. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz  ½-½32 1886 New York mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Lipschutz vs E Schallopp  1-028 1886 GBR-chC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz 1-047 1886 New York mA13 English
9. Lipschutz vs O Michaelis 1-022 1886 New YorkC25 Vienna
10. Lipschutz vs Mackenzie  ½-½42 1886 New York (m/ )C29 Vienna Gambit
11. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz  ½-½72 1886 New York mC22 Center Game
12. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz 0-166 1886 New York mD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Zukertort vs Lipschutz 0-153 1886 GBR-chC25 Vienna
14. Lipschutz vs Mackenzie  ½-½45 1886 New York mC25 Vienna
15. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz 1-039 1886 New York mA02 Bird's Opening
16. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz  1-028 1886 New York mC66 Ruy Lopez
17. Mackenzie vs Lipschutz  1-059 1886 New York mA13 English
18. Lipschutz vs Mackenzie  ½-½39 1886 New York mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. Lipschutz vs F M Teed  ½-½42 1887 New YorkC25 Vienna
20. E Delmar vs Lipschutz  0-129 1887 New YorkC53 Giuoco Piano
21. E Delmar vs Lipschutz  1-039 1888 New York mD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Lipschutz vs E Delmar  1-049 1888 New York mC14 French, Classical
23. E Delmar vs Lipschutz 0-116 1888 Match Rd--()-C45 Scotch Game
24. Lipschutz vs E Delmar  0-161 1888 New York mC11 French
25. Lipschutz vs E Delmar  1-040 1888 New York mC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Knight13: No kibitzing for Samuel Lipschutz yet? Then I am the first one! Since no history is recorden, acording to <Overall record: +38 -15 =23 (65.1%)*>, I say he was a chess master.

Best results might be the drawn game played in 1902 against E Lasker and drew match against Blackburne in 1889.

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  Knight13: Happy birthday, Samuel Lipschutz! Today, you are 142 years old! (if you are still alive)
Jul-04-05  aw1988: Um, no. (DUH...)
Oct-23-05  Petrosianic: The bio of Lipschutz is in error here. Actually, he won the US Championship at New York 1889. Then lost it to Showalter in 1890. Got it back in the 1892 match, but retired undefeated and moved west. Showalter took the title back. Then in 1895, with Showalter as sitting champion, Lipschutz returned, challenged, and lost.

His best result would have to be the +7-1=7 result against Showalter, and his +22-9=7 6th place result at New York 1889.

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  offramp: Is it Samuel or Salomon Lipschutz?
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  Calli: <offramp> Nobody knows. Historians have been unable to discover his first name. You will see Simon, Samuel and Solomon. Unless the name is found, "S. Lipshütz" should be preferred, IMHO.
Jul-04-06  BIDMONFA: Samuel Lipschutz


Jul-04-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: His name actually means "lip-protector" - he is called after some kind of make-up then heh? :)
Jul-04-06  beatles fan: strange last name
May-15-07  dixi82: His record against Marshall is impressive: 5-0
Jun-26-07  Petrosianic: Soltis claims that Showalter won a "short match" against Lipschutz, but I've never seen any details or game scores, not even on chessmetrics.

Lipshütz" should be preferred, IMHO

It's also sometimes spelled Lipschuetz. The first Official US Champion is something of a mystery man. Nobody's quite sure about either his first or last name.

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  whiteshark: "Das hat Lipschütz nicht bedacht!" is still an ironic comment in German for a miscalculation. A far as I know it was often used by Efim Bogoljubov
Jul-04-08  brankat: R.I.P. Samuel.
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  whiteshark: What's his relation to <Erythema Chronicum Migrans> ?
Oct-23-08  Karpova: Jeremy Spinrad on page 12 from "Chess Disputes", April 2006:

<In 1897, Lipschütz and Steinitz (and their respective clubs) engaged in a full-blown silly dispute over the Challenge Cup for the New York Chess association. The Manhattan Club (supporting Lipschütz) was apparently claiming the cup because the Secretary of the NYCA had mistakenly said that the first win would decide the match, while the Staten Island Club wanted to go by the written agreement, in which there must be two games played to equalize the colors. Not surprisingly, Lipschütz had received White first. At least, this is the version in the New York Times, August 18, 1897. The dispute dragged on, with players making a move, pressing the clock, and “winning” when the opponents failed to play under their rules, but it becomes too tedious to read about for long.>

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  whiteshark: <Player of the Day>

Lipschitz (derived from ליפשיץ also <Lipschütz>, Lipchitz oder Lifshitz)

Aug-10-09  WhiteRook48: his birthday's the same as America's Independence Day
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  tpstar: Pop
Uh Uh

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  Phony Benoni: Another vote for Salomon/Solomon, and one which doesn't seem to be mentioned in Edward Winter's summary at comes from the <Brooklyn Chess Chronicle>, v.2, p. 19 (November 15, 1883):

For those of you who are unable to access Google Books material, this gives a list of entries to the Sixth Annual Handicap Tournament of the Manhattan Chess Club, including <Salomon Lipschutz>.

Jan-23-11  sneaky pete: On the other hand, Salo Landau's official name appears to have been Samuel Landau:
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  Phony Benoni: And another contemporary vote for <Samuel>; see the list of Manhattan Chess Club officers about halfway down the first column. This is fun.

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  Calli: Death certificate says Salomon Lipschütz. Case closed?
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Samuel Lipschutz.
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