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|Jan-19-05|| ||Skylark: 1865 to 1892
That's 27 years. You could have checked the first game and the last game and seen if there was an error... or something. That is, if it ever did say 1865 to 1992.
But whatever. This guy's win percentage was less than 50% which is... well, you want to win more than half of your games, don't you?
|Jul-27-05|| ||Knight13: <On the 15th of May 1901 he threw himself underneath an electric train and lost both arms.> Why did he do that!!? Pain suicide?|
|Jul-27-05|| ||athyn: Sounds like a sore loser to me.|
|May-01-06|| ||EmperorAtahualpa: He finished last in the important Baden-Baden 1870 tournament.|
|May-19-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Johannes von Minckwitz|
MINCKWITZ, Johannes Von
|Jul-20-07|| ||whiteshark: Here is another picture of <Johannes von Minckwitz> :
|Apr-11-08|| ||brankat: J.Minckwitz was a strong master of the period. Baden-Baden, 1870 was really the first "super-tournament". Just to be invited to participate tells about a players strength.|
A writer on chess theory, and a magazine editor.
|May-07-08|| ||whiteshark: Bio:
|Apr-11-09|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day
<Knight13> You'll find the answer in the German Bio. :((
|Apr-11-09|| ||whiteshark: Here is a nice endame study from Minckwitz, published in <The Westminster Papers, 1871> White to move mates in four.|
click for larger view
|Apr-11-09|| ||WhiteRook48: happy birthday|
|Apr-11-09|| ||Octal: <whiteshark>: Is the first move 1 Bb4? Then to be followed by moving the rook and 3 Bf8#? But it won't take 3 moves because Black can play ...Nc5, forcing another move via Bxc5.|
|Apr-11-09|| ||whiteshark: <Octal> Sorry, after <1.Bb4> Black will play <1...h1=Q> with threats of 2...Qc6+ or ...Qa1+.|
You may like to try it again. I've posted the solution in my forum. :D
|Apr-11-09|| ||al wazir: <whiteshark>: 1. Bh4.|
A) 1...h1=Q 2. Bxg5#.
B) 1...gxh4 2. Re5 Bg6 (if any other move, then Rh5# will follow) 3. Rh5+ Bxh5 4. g5#.
|Apr-11-09|| ||GrahamClayton: <Knight13><On the 15th of May 1901 he threw himself underneath an electric train and lost both arms.> Why did he do that!!? Pain suicide?|
According to the Oxford Companion of Chess, Minckwitz was suffered mental and psychological problems, and probably decided life was not worth living any more.
|Apr-12-09|| ||whiteshark: <al wazir> Bravo! :D|
|Apr-13-10|| ||keypusher: From Tarrasch's 1906 article on Pillsbury, which also discussed other cases of insanity among chess masters. The full article as well as the German original is on the Tarrasch page. |
<For Minckwitz chess has not the slightest to do with his mental illness, which in my opinion must be ascribed to “primary hallucinatory madness” <”primare halluzinatorische Verrucktheit”>. Minckwitz was unfortunately placed, such that he was at great risk of mental illness. Of his father, a professor at Leipzig University, it is recounted (not as a funny story, but as truth) that he used to say in his lectures: “There are only three great German writers: Schiller, Goethe, and the third modesty forbids me to name.” <This reads exactly like Janowski’s alleged statement about the great chessmasters of his own time – perhaps Janowski's quote is spurious?> This was the era in which Paul Lindau went eagerly on the hunt for Sunday poets <Sonntagdichtern> and, when he found one, tore him to pieces to the delight of the public. He came upon Minckwitz’s epic “The War for Liberation” <”Die Befreiungskriege”> and quoted the following verse describing the Battle of Leipzig:
Napoleon was yellow like a pickled egg <Solei>, Anyone who saw him knew good health he must beg.
<Napoleon war gelb wie ein Solei, Man sah ihm an, dass ihm nicht wohl sei.>
<Obviously I warped the meaning for the sake of getting a rhyme.>
Such a dreadful verse speaks volumes. With such an inheritance, we can rule out chess from the etiology of Minkwitz’s mental illness; surely it did him less harm than alcohol, to which he was strongly attached.>
|Apr-13-10|| ||FHBradley: Witty but bad taste, Dr. Tarrasch.|
|Apr-13-10|| ||keypusher: <FHBradley: Witty but bad taste, Dr. Tarrasch.>|
Hard to disagree.
|Sep-23-11|| ||zydeco: There's a nice tribute to Minckwitz in Checkmate Magazine, Vol 1, calling him a first-rate theorist and problemist but with very bad nerves. "Frequently Minckwitz gained a great superiority in the opening, middlegame, and even endgame, only to lose by a complete and sudden collapse - not a blunder but seemingly a relaxation of mental powers."|
Once, when his opponent (Wilfried Paulsen) overstepped the time limit, Minckwitz wanted to keep playing and eventually lost "by the usual collapse." The tournament director solomonically ruled the game a loss for both players.
The eulogy in Checkmate concludes discreetly by saying that "some years ago it became necessary to refuse his entry to all public tournaments" - which means, I assume, that he's completely loony.
Minckwitz wrote a book called Humor in Chess, which looks like it might be interesting (the chapters are titled things like 'A terrible vision of H. Lehner'/'Sufferings and joys of a problem composer') but available only in German.
British Chess Magazine, in 1886, speculates that he may be the strongest player in Germany (along with Bardeleben). BCM mentions that his father was a noted classics professor and that Minckwitz emerged as a strong player when he was young (he became editor of Schachzeitung at 22).
|Apr-11-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Minckwitz.|
|Aug-17-12|| ||Karpova: <Der bekannte Schachmeister Hans Minckwitz wurde am Abend des 15.Mai in Biebrich von der elektrischen Bahn überfahren und ist, nachdem ihm beide Arme amputirt wurden, am 20. Mai im Krankenhaus zu Biebrich gestorben. Minckwitz litt in den letzten Jahren an Wahnvorstellungen und hat sich vermuthlich in einem Anfall von Geistesstörung in selbstmörderischer Absicht überfahren lassen. Er war als Sohn des ehemaligen Leipziger Professors Johannes Minckwitz am 11. April zu Leipzig geboren und hatte sich in früheren Jahren durch seine Thätigkeit als Schachredacteur, sowie durch seine rege Betheiligung an Schachturnieren in weiteren Kreisen bekannt gemacht.>|
From page 100 of the 1901 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Aug-18-12|| ||Karpova: On pages 338 to 342 of the 1906 'Wiener Schachzeitung', Dr. W. Ahrens from Magdeburg under the heading <Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch als Historiker und Pathograph> tores to shreds Dr. Tarrasch's article on Pillsbury but concentrates on the part where Dr. Tarrasch discusses Minckwitz (see <keypusher>'s post from 2010.04.13).|
The first anecdote about Minckwitz Sr. claiming to be the greatest German poet together with Von Goethe and Schiller, is most likely apocryphal and this kind of saying has been assigned to others before (e. g. Konrad Büchell). Dr. Ahrens devotes a lot of attention to this part and points e. g. out that Minckwitz Sr. was a great admirer of Count August von Platen-Hallermünde and translated his odes into greek (so he would rather be Minckwitz's Nr. 3). Apparently, the only actual case of this form of joke (with two people instead of three) was that of Dr. Tarrasch saying that there were only two chessmasters - and the other one was living in New York.
The second one, about Napoleon and the pickled egg, Dr. Ahrens claims that Minckwitz did not write it. That he actually did not even write an epic called 'Die Befreiungskriege' and that the verses were just a parody by Paul Lindau.
|Aug-18-12|| ||Calli: <Karpova> You might also enjoy Game Collection: Deutsche Schachzeitung|
|May-22-13|| ||Yopo: [Event "Berlin (Germany)"]
[Site "Berlin (Germany)"]
[White "Johannes Minckwitz "]
[Black "Simon A Winawer "]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 Be7 7. Qe2 f5 8.
dxe5 O-O 9. Nc3 Nxc3 10. Qc4+ Kh8 11. Qxc3 b5 12. Bb3 a5 13. a3 Ra6 14. Bf4 Nb8
15. Rad1 a4 16. Bd5 c6 17. Ba2 c5 18. e6 d6 19. Ne5 Bf6 20. Qg3 c4 21. Nf7+
Rxf7 22. exf7 Be7 23. Rfe1 Bd7 24. Rxe7 Qxe7 25. Bxd6 Qxf7 26. Bxb8 Rg6 27. Qc7
Re6 28. h3 Re7 29. Rxd7 1-0
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