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Theodor von Scheve
Number of games in database: 128
Years covered: 1879 to 1911

Overall record: +40 -69 =18 (38.6%)*
   * 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 D05 D04
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C77 C62 C80 C60 C78
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C39 C33
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D30 D35
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C53 C50
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C31
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C13 C14 C00 C15
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C77 C67 C78 C74 C80
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C25 C29 C26
 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 Metger, 1887 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
   Von Scheve vs Chigorin, 1902 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 128  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191880BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0341883NurnbergC01 French, Exchange
6. Steinitz vs Von Scheve  1-0411886New YorkC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0221887BerlinC47 Four Knights
8. J Mieses vs Von Scheve 0-1321887BerlinC26 Vienna
9. Von Scheve vs Blackburne  0-1241887FrankfurtD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Von Bardeleben vs Von Scheve  1-0321887FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
11. Gunsberg vs Von Scheve  0-1371887FrankfurtC25 Vienna
12. Von Scheve vs A Fritz  1-0211887FrankfurtC47 Four Knights
13. Schiffers vs Von Scheve  1-0311887FrankfurtC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Von Scheve vs Metger  1-0611887FrankfurtC14 French, Classical
15. Max Weiss vs Von Scheve 1-0381887FrankfurtC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Von Scheve vs J Noa  1-0201887FrankfurtB06 Robatsch
17. Burn vs Von Scheve  1-0501887FrankfurtD05 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Von Scheve vs Taubenhaus  0-1331887FrankfurtC47 Four Knights
19. Von Gottschall vs Von Scheve 1-0491887FrankfurtC25 Vienna
20. Von Scheve vs Zukertort  1-0371887FrankfurtD05 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch  0-1551887FrankfurtD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. E Schallopp vs Von Scheve  ½-½721887FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
23. Von Scheve vs Mackenzie 0-1321887FrankfurtC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. Alapin vs Von Scheve  ½-½221887FrankfurtC01 French, Exchange
25. Von Scheve vs J N Berger  ½-½241887FrankfurtC50 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 128  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-11-07  SBC: Does anyone know anything about this guy?
Feb-11-07  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.


Feb-15-07  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;)

Sep-23-11  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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  zanzibar: The German-speakers already noted this quote by Tarrasch:

<Von Scheve, der recht spät zum Schach fand, hat nach Tarraschs Einschätzung „der Schachwelt das vielleicht einzig dastehende Schauspiel gegeben, wie sich ein guter Spieler noch im reifen Mannesalter zum wirklichen Meister entwickelt“.[1] >

But they didn't let the rest of us in on it...

I can't really understand the google translation properly:

<Von Scheve, who was quite late to chess, has, according to Tarrrrr's assessment, "given to the chess world the perhaps only acting play, as a good player still develops in the mature man's age to the real master." [1]>

Perhaps this is a better translation:

<From Scheve, who was rather late for chess, " the chess world, where perhaps only unexampled spectacle of a good player is still developing in mature manhood, to the real master " has by Tarrasch assessment.>


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