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Theodor von Scheve
Number of games in database: 127
Years covered: 1879 to 1907

Overall record: +40 -68 =18 (38.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 D00 D04 D05
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C62 C78 C80 C61
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C39 C33
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D30 D35
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C53
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C31
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C14 C13 C00 C02
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C67 C78 C80 C74
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C25 C26 C29
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C39 C35
 French (4) 
    C13 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Paulsen vs Von Scheve, 1887 0-1
   Von Scheve vs Chigorin, 1902 1-0
   Von Scheve vs Spielmann, 1907 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1890 1/2-1/2
   Von Scheve vs Zukertort, 1887 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Monte Carlo (1904)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Monte Carlo (1902)

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(born Jun-11-1851, died Apr-19-1922, 70 years old) Germany

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Theodor also played consultation chess on the teams of B Lasker / Von Scheve / Trobach, Boelke / Naumann / Von Scheve & Tarrasch / Von Bardeleben / Von Scheve / Schotlaender.

Wikipedia article: Theodor von Scheve

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 127  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-019 1879 BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-019 1880 BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
3. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-115 1880 BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
4. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-130 1880 BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-034 1883 NurnbergC01 French, Exchange
6. Steinitz vs Von Scheve  1-041 1886 New YorkC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. J Mieses vs Von Scheve 0-132 1887 BerlinC26 Vienna
8. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-022 1887 BerlinC47 Four Knights
9. Von Bardeleben vs Von Scheve  1-032 1887 FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
10. Von Scheve vs Blackburne  0-124 1887 FrankfurtD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Gunsberg vs Von Scheve  0-137 1887 FrankfurtC25 Vienna
12. Schiffers vs Von Scheve  1-031 1887 FrankfurtC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Von Scheve vs A Fritz  1-021 1887 FrankfurtC47 Four Knights
14. Von Scheve vs Metger  1-061 1887 FrankfurtC14 French, Classical
15. Max Weiss vs Von Scheve 1-038 1887 FrankfurtC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Von Scheve vs J Noa  1-020 1887 FrankfurtB06 Robatsch
17. Von Scheve vs Taubenhaus  0-133 1887 FrankfurtC47 Four Knights
18. Burn vs Von Scheve  1-050 1887 FrankfurtD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Von Gottschall vs Von Scheve 1-049 1887 FrankfurtC25 Vienna
20. Von Scheve vs Zukertort  1-037 1887 FrankfurtD05 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch  0-155 1887 FrankfurtD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Von Scheve vs Mackenzie 0-132 1887 FrankfurtC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
23. E Schallopp vs Von Scheve  ½-½72 1887 FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
24. Alapin vs Von Scheve  ½-½22 1887 FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
25. Paulsen vs Von Scheve 0-141 1887 FrankfurtC02 French, Advance
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-11-07  SBC: Does anyone know anything about this guy?
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  vonKrolock: Well, there's a brief entry in German in the wikipedia, with just following: <"Theodor von Scheve (* 11. Juni 1851 in Cosel; † 19. April 1922 in Patschkau) war ein deutscher Schachmeister.

Von Scheve, der recht spät zum Schach fand und "der Schachwelt das vielleicht einzig dastehende Schauspiel gegeben, wie sich ein guter Spieler noch im reifen Mannesalter zum wirklichen Meister entwickelt" (Tarrasch), nahm in den Jahren 1887 bis 1911 mit ausgezeichneten Erfolgen an vielen internationalen Turnieren teil. Unter anderem wurde er Vierter in Leipzig 1888 und Dritter in Monte Carlo 1901.

Seine beste historische Elo-Zahl betrug 2669. Diese erreichte er im Januar 1902.

Von Scheve veröffentlichte einen beachtlichen Essay schach-philosophischer Gedanken: Der Geist des Schachspiels, Berlin 1919."> He took part in Leipzig, 1894 (were young Carl Schlechter appeared for the first time in the internatinal arena): in my writings I see: <von Scheve, suffering from insomnia, withdrew from the Tournament after the half> So, if I'm recalling right, his results counted (Schlechter won their Game on forfeit)

Feb-11-07  sneaky pete: Elsewhere Cosel is given as Kosel, a village in Schleswig-Holstein (Sleswick-Holsatia). Patschkau is now Paczków in Poland. Army officer by profession, living (or stationed) in Breslau (where he co-founded the Schachverein Breslau Anderssen and of course met Dr Tarrasch) and later in Berlin. Proof of his strength are matches he drew in Berlin in 1891 against Walbrodt (+4 -4 =2) and Von Bardeleben (+4 -4 =4).
Feb-11-07  SBC: <vonKrolock> and <sneaky pete>

Thank you both very much for taking your time and trouble to retrieve that information. It's a great help.


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  vonKrolock: <SBC> You're welcome! Of course, <sneaky pete>'s message is much more consistent, original and informative...
Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

Von Scheve, der recht spät zum Schach fand, hat nach Siegbert Tarrasch s Einschätzung „der Schachwelt das vielleicht einzig dastehende Schauspiel gegeben, wie sich ein guter Spieler noch im reifen Mannesalter zum wirklichen Meister entwickelt“. Er nahm in den Jahren 1887 bis 1911 mit bemerkenswerten Erfolgen an vielen internationalen Turnieren teil. Unter anderem wurde er Vierter in Leipzig 1888 und Dritter in Monte Carlo 1901.

Bio (in English):

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  Calli: <Mischkin> sehr populär bio hier, zweimal in nur sechs Anmerkungen :-)
Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

Woups², Kro must have entered my ignore somehow (cheap subterfuge) ... <Calli> from now on you're a birate!

Congrats Captain

Schwamm drüber, mein Monokel muss wohl mal zum User: Autoreparaturwerkbau;)

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  zydeco: Here's some information on von Scheve, all from Google Books.

He was a major in the Prussian arms (seems to have been in the artillery) stationed for a time with the Emperor of China, who decorated him personally.

- George Greville More, More Society Recollections

"Von Scheve is considered one of the most studious masters in Germany. He is not thought to be very strong, but if once he gets a theoretical advantage in a game he is apt to win against the strongest antagonist."

- Checkmate Magazine, Vol 1

Steinitz says that von Scheve "is regarded as a player who has learned much [he seems to have started playing seriously when he was fairly old] and plays correctly according to the principles of the modern school."

- International Chess Magazine, Vol 7

Dec-29-13  Karpova: His son, also named Theodor von Scheve, has been at the front as a Lieutenant since the beginning of the war. In November, he was awarded the <Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse> and wounded in March. He returned from the front on June 6.

His other son, Götz von Scheve, has also been at the front since the beginning of the war. He was awarded the <Eiserne Kreuz 2. Klasse> in November and lately with the <Eiserne Kreuz 1. Klasse> and the <Ritterkreuz des Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausordens>.

Their father and the famous Chessmaster, Theodor von Scheve himself also had the <Eiserne Kreuz> since the battles of 1870. His father got the same medal in 1841.

Source: Page 108 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  MissScarlett: <The Chess News>, vol. 11, no. 113, pp.29-30, January 17, 1916:

<The ranks of the German chess players are being depleted by the European war. Out of 1215 who were reported as having joined the colors, 210 were either killed or wounded. It is pleasing to note, however, that 166 have won an Iron Cross. Tartakower is one who received a decoration, but the master, Von Scheve, is among those killed.>

It's not clear if this is a mix-up, or if the son was also a master.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Theodor von Scheve.
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