|Oct-12-05|| ||Gypsy: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Hermanis Matisons (*1894, +1932). Highest Rating: 2631, September 1929 rating list, #12 in world, age 34y9m. Best Individual Performance: 2669 in Prague ol (Men), 1931. |
I find Mattison's play tenacious -- no umbrela theory to yield profound game concepts, but lots of natural tallent to find good moves. It seems that Mattison was capable of beating just about anybody: M-Rubinstein +1 -1; M-Alekhine +1; M-Tartakover +2 -1; M-Maroczy +1, M-Saemish +1, M-Gruenfend +1 =1, M-Colle +1. This and drawing reccords with Bogolubov, Vidmar, Spielmann, are then offset by losing records in M-Capablanca -1, M-Euwe -2 =1, and M-Nimzowich -1. Though Mattison did not realy distinguish himself from yourneymen IM/GMs (he had a losing score against Sultan Khan, K. Treybal, Prokes, Becker, Kmoch, Carls, Canal, Gilg), quite impressive overall reccord for the amateur WC!
|Dec-02-05|| ||Eatman: Sadly he lived in poverty (as many chess pros tended and still tend to do) and died from TB (no penicillin had been found yet).|
|Jul-09-07|| ||sanyas: He lost two brilliancies in the same tournament! Very lucky... or not.|
|Aug-26-08|| ||whiteshark: Hermann Mattison (in Latvian Hermanis Mattisons) lived but a short life - he died of consumption when he was only 37 years old - but he has written his name into chess history both as practical player and as a study composer.|
During the best years of his chess career, following the turmoil of WWI and upto his death in 1932, he was Latvia's leading player. Even internationally he gained a considerable reputation on account of his results in individual and team tournaments.
- Paris 1924, first in the world amateur championship;
- Bad Bartfeld 1926, first equal with Tartakower in a field of 13;
- The Hague 1928, third in the world amateur championship, behind Euwe and Przepiorka;
- Carlsbad 1929, tenth equal with canal, ahead of Colle, Maroczy and tartakower in a strong field of 22;
- Prague Olympiad 1931; seven points out of 14 on Latvia's top board, with wins against Alekhin, Rubinstein and Vidmar.
Mattison made his debut as study composer in 1911, and over the years he produced some 60 studies.
|Oct-13-09|| ||whiteshark: Photo: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (--> 4078. ‘Thornton castling trap’)
|Dec-28-09|| ||BIDMONFA: Hermanis Karlovich Mattison|
|Dec-28-09|| ||capanegra: Happy birthday Mr. Mattison, creator of some very nice studies. The following (not my favourite, but the only one I have now disposable) was composed in 1921.|
White to play and win.
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|Dec-29-09|| ||capanegra: SOLUTION: It starts with a Knight crusade: 1.Nf4+ (1.Be4? Ke5) Ke4 (the ♔ must permanently guard the e4 square) 2.Ng6+ Kd5 3.Ne7+ Ke5 4.Nc6+ Kd5 5.Nxb4+ (first phase which is to eliminate the b4 ♙ is completed) Ke5 6.Nc6+ Kd5 7.Ne7+ Ke5 8.Ng6+ Kd5 9.Ba6! Kc6 10.Be2! h1=Q 11.Bf3+ Qxf3 12.Ne5+ Kd5 13.Nxf3 Ke4 14.Kd2 Kxf3 15.Kd3 and wins.|
|Feb-09-10|| ||offramp: <sanyas: He lost two brilliancies in the same tournament! Very lucky... or not.>|
Try saying Mattison without saying Mmmm...
|Feb-11-10|| ||capanegra: Another beautiful study by Mattison, from "Latvia Sport" 1924. |
I like this especially because at first glance looks like White is totally lost. The solution is rather straight forward, though of course there is a key move.
White to play and draw.
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|Jul-05-10|| ||GrahamClayton: A biography, games and studies can be found at:
|Dec-28-12|| ||Kikoman: Rest In Peace Sir Hermanis Karlovich Mattison.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||gars: To win endgames from Alekhine and Rubinstein is far from trivial! Mattison earns our praise with flying colours!|
|Mar-07-14|| ||offramp: I have tried saying Mattisons without saying Mmmm but I have so far been unsuccessful.|
|Sep-23-14|| ||Amarande: Another victim of 1932 ... Terrible, terrible year for chess genius.|
|Sep-23-14|| ||MissScarlett: Was it? You need to give us some more.|
|Sep-23-14|| ||whiteshark: such as Daniel Noteboom and Edgar Colle|
|Sep-23-14|| ||Fusilli: <capanegra> never provided the solution to that endgame problem. I looked at it for a little bit and didn't figure it out. Laziness, had I probed one more move or one more minute... ;)|
So, I asked Stockfish.
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1.Kd5 Kd7 2.a4 a5 3.Kc4 Kc6 4.Nc7!! (I missed this) Kxc7 5.Kb5 Bb6 6.Ka6 and black has to chose between letting the a-pawn go or stalemating white with 6...Kc6. What a beauty.
|Jan-01-16|| ||john barleycorn: One of Mattison's finest.
white to move. draw
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the idea to draw for white is not obvious at all
|Dec-28-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Hermanis Mattison.|
|Apr-21-18|| ||Sally Simpson: The game Mattison (or Mattisons) won a few days before his 19th birthday against Capablanca in a simultaneous display at Riga in 1913 is not here.|
Hooper & Brandreth confirm Capa gave two simuls in Riga December 1913 (see 'Unknown Capablanca'.)
25th December W.21 L.1 D.6.
26th December W 18 L.1 D4
Tim Harding supplied further details and the full score of the game in the 'The Best of ChessCafe.com 1996-2001' (page 210)
And the game was posted in full here in 2014.
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 (kibitz #26)
Harding uses 'Mattisons' claiming it is correct way to spell the name adding all Latvian masculine names end in 'S'.
|Aug-22-18|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<Harding uses <<<'Mattisons'>>> claiming it is correct way to spell the name adding all Latvian masculine names end in 'S'.>
Harding uses the correct form 'Matisons' as you can see from his actual text:
<The Kibitzer by Tim Harding
"He could have been a contender..."
I VISITED RIGA, home town of Mikhail Tal, in September for
the annual Congress of ICCF, the International Correspondence
Chess Federation. While I was there I learned a lot about some of
the great Latvian players who helped to build up the tradition from
which Tal benefitted. I was especially pleased to receive as a
present the handsome little book "Pari Savam Laikmetam" (by V.
Kirilovs, published by Sahs of Riga in 1994). This deals with the
tragically short career of <<<Hermanis K. Matisons,>>> the first FIDE
Champion who died of tuberculosis in 1932, shortly before his
|Aug-22-18|| ||Sally Simpson: Just the one 't' Matisons and not Mattisons.
|Nov-02-18|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
An outstanding research on Mattison:
<Hermanis Matisons, a great Latvian master>
<Two instructive twin endgame studies by Matisons>