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Hermanis Karlovich Mattison
  
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1924 to 1932
Overall record: +26 -24 =13 (51.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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HERMANIS KARLOVICH MATTISON
(born Dec-28-1894, died Nov-16-1932, 37 years old) Latvia

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Born Hermanis Matisons in Riga, Latvia. He won the first Latvian Championship in 1924 and later that same year in the first World Amateur Championship organized in connection with the Olympic Games Wikipedia article: 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad in Paris he was 1st ahead of Edgar Colle and Max Euwe. In play he excelled at the endgame and at the Prague Olympiad in 1931 he defeated both Alexander Alekhine and Akiba Rubinstein in the ending. He also composed over 60 excellent studies and it is probably this that he is best remembered for. He died of tuberculosis in Riga in 1932.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hromadka vs H K Mattison  0-1601924OlympiadC29 Vienna Gambit
2. H K Mattison vs Euwe 0-1501924ParisD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. H K Mattison vs A Vajda  ½-½461924Paris ol (Men) f-AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. F Apsenieks vs H K Mattison  ½-½351924Paris f-AC48 Four Knights
5. H K Mattison vs V Vukovic 0-1201925DebrecenC13 French
6. Kmoch vs H K Mattison  1-0621925DebrecenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. P F Johner vs H K Mattison 0-1351925DebrecenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. H K Mattison vs Tartakower 0-1251925DebrecenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
9. K Havasi vs H K Mattison  1-0401925DebrecenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
10. H K Mattison vs J A Seitz  1-0561925DebrecenB41 Sicilian, Kan
11. L Steiner vs H K Mattison  0-1381925DebrecenC42 Petrov Defense
12. F Apsenieks vs H K Mattison  0-1311925Bromley Premier-AC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Gruenfeld vs H K Mattison  1-0471925DebrecenA53 Old Indian
14. H K Mattison vs Przepiorka  1-0701925DebrecenC46 Three Knights
15. Prokes vs H K Mattison  1-0641925DebrecenB10 Caro-Kann
16. L Asztalos vs H K Mattison  ½-½191925DebrecenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. H K Mattison vs G Nagy 0-1231925DebrecenC15 French, Winawer
18. H K Mattison vs M Romi  1-0291925Bromley Prelim AC49 Four Knights
19. H K Mattison vs H G Wright 1-0301925Bromley prel AC14 French, Classical
20. H K Mattison vs A Vajda 0-1441925DebrecenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. H K Mattison vs R Millers 1-0141926KavalavciB20 Sicilian
22. Prokes vs H K Mattison ½-½301926BardejovC40 King's Knight Opening
23. Znosko-Borovsky vs H K Mattison 1-0421926BudapestD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Prokes vs H K Mattison  ½-½211926BudapestC54 Giuoco Piano
25. H K Mattison vs Rubinstein 1-0151926BudapestC48 Four Knights
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Oct-12-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

These included

- 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Photo: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (--> 4078. ‘Thornton castling trap’)

Dec-28-09  BIDMONFA: Hermanis Karlovich Mattison

MATTISON, Hermanis
http://www.bidmonfa.com/mattison_he...
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: A biography, games and studies can be found at:

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibit...

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Was it? You need to give us some more.
Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: such as Daniel Noteboom and Edgar Colle
Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Hermanis Mattison.
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