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Albert von Rothschild
A Von Rothschild 
ACM, Vol. 1, March 1898, No. 10, p. 555    
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1868 to 1907
Overall record: +4 -1 =0 (80.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-29-1844, died Feb-11-1911, 66 years old) Austria

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(Baron) Albert Freiherr von Rothschild was a banker and patron who helped to finance the Vienna tournaments of 1873, 1882, 1898, 1903 (Gambit) and 1908. He was also President of the Vienna Chess Association 1872-1883 and a strong amateur player.

Wikipedia article: Albert Salomon von Rothschild

 page 1 of 1; 5 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Von Rothschild vs M Lange 0-1181868NSB-01.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
2. L Weinbrenner vs A Von Rothschild 0-1241874ViennaD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. A Clerc vs A Von Rothschild 0-1251884Paris 1680C38 King's Gambit Accepted
4. S Pollak vs A Von Rothschild  0-1181892ViennaC25 Vienna
5. A Von Rothschild vs NN 1-0201907Odds game000 Chess variants
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Aug-01-09  myschkin: . . .

<Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild>

".. He was a chess patron who helped to finance the Vienna tournaments of 1873, 1882, 1898, 1903 (Gambit) and 1908. He was also President of the Vienna Chess Association 1872-1883 and a strong amateur player. He took a special interest in institutions that provided assistance to Jewish artists and musicians. Following his wife's passing in 1892 at the young age of thirty-four, in her memory Albert von Rothschild built the Bettina Frauenspital (Bettina Hospital for Women) and a Bettina Rothschild begonia was named for her. A benefactor of the Vienna Observatory, the Austrian astronomer Johann Palisa named the large Main belt asteroid he discovered in 1885 the <250 Bettina> in her honor. .."


[when opening my Baujolais Villages 2008, I will dream of a 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Jeroboam ... santé!]

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  IMlday: Before he died he had donated 500 francs for a Brilliancy Prize at San Sebastian 1911. It was won by Capablanca for his game against Bernstein.
Aug-02-09  myschkin: . . .

He was considered to be the richest European back in the days:

Albert's wealth has been estimated ~ 1 billon <Austrian Krones>

1 Krone (1910) ~ 40 Austrian Schilling/6 Deutsche Mark (1994)

Family backround:

Oct-29-09  Moonstone: In Memoriam...

Happy Birthday Albert!

Oct-29-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Albert Von Rothschild!!!
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  GrahamClayton: <IMlday>Before he died he had donated 500 francs for a Brilliancy Prize at San Sebastian 1911. It was won by Capablanca for his game against Bernstein.

Rothschild also offered two brilliancy prizes of 10 pounds each for the 1904 Cambridge Springs tournament.

In regard to his wealth, an item in the "Argus" newspaper dated the 14th of February 1911 suggested that his wealth at the time of his death was 30,000,000 pounds, which was a prodigious amount of money at that time.

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  brankat: Herr von Rothschild did a lot for Chess. Particularly in Austria, and indirectly in Europe in general.

R.I.P. Mr.Rothschild.

Oct-29-12  Marmot PFL: Rothschild built a nice little cottage for himself
Oct-29-12  achieve: Looks like the Mansion where Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut' sex sceance scene was filmed...
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  brankat: A nice looking "house" indeed. If I had the money, I'd probably do about the same.
Jul-12-13  Karpova: Vienna Chess Club Tournament (for Members) 1907:

1. Bernfeld 7.0
2. Albert Weil 5.5
3. Dr. Halb (Heilpern) 5.0
4-6. Oskar Rothshild 4.0
4-6. Bernhard Lerden 4.0
4-6. Vinzenz Schiffer 4.0
7. Dr. Hugo Schönbrunn 3.5
8. Wilhelm Hanaczek 2.5
9. Heinrich Kuhn 0.5

Oskar Rothschild scored +4 =0 -4 and received the brilliancy for his game against Weil (judges were Faehndrich, Fleissig and Marco).

Interestingly, in the crosstable Dr. Heilpern is called Dr. Halb but in the text Dr. Heilpern, that's why I included both names.

Source: Page 87 of the 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oskar Ruben was his youngest son, born in 1888. He committed suicide in 1909.


Jan-11-14  Karpova: On pages 152-153 of the May-June 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung', the letter of February 25, 1913, by Baron Louis von Rothschild, wherein he reports that he decided, together with his brother Baron Alfons von Rothschild, to donate 20,000 Kronen to the Vienna Chess Club for Brilliancy prizes called <Albert Freiherr von Rothschild Schönheitspreise> to be awarded in International Master tournaments and local tournaments arranged by the Vienna Chess Club.
Feb-01-14  Karpova: Information from the obituary:

Albert Freiherr von Rothschild, born on October 29, 1844, and died on February 11, 1911.

His death came totally unexpected as he appeared healthy, e. g. he assisted Fähndrich and Marco for hours in their consultation game against Dr. Perlis and Heinrich Wolf on February 4 and 6. Who could have known that his friendly goodbye meant a parting forever.

Freiherr Albert von Rothschild became a member of the Vienna Chess Society in 1868 and from 1872 to 1883 its president. He became its honorary president in 1885 and in 1898 the honorary president of the fusioned Chess Club (Vienna Chess Society and New Vienna Chess Club).

He was a strong practical player and an ardent student, analysing opening variations and interesting positions from 5 pm to 9 pm every day. Chess was an art to him, and would also solve every chess composition - even until late at night or early morning. He always managed to solve them.

Thanks to his sponsorship, the Vienna tournaments of 1873, 1882, 1898 and 1908, not to forget the International Gambit tournament 1903, took place.

He was humble and always fair to others.

Source: Pages 66-68 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Apr-04-15  zanzibar: <
Rothschilds as Chess Players

It is not generally known that the Rothschilds, the founder of the house, was the strongest player in Frankfort-on-the-Main during his time, and it was through his proficiency in the game he became acquainted with the Prince of Hesse, who, during the term of the great Napoleon intrusted Rothschild with his money.

His grandson, Albert von Rothschild (born 1844), is the present head of the Vienna Chess Congress. He is also a very strong player, as the following game he recently played, will attest.


<Pollack--Rothschild> 18-move game (not the current <CG> game between the players, which coincidentally happens to also be 18-moves long) without location or date, attributed as

<--Philadelphia Item> .

From <American Chess Magazine - v2 July, 1898 No 1>

Apr-04-15  zanzibar: (p6) (fluff added to get <CG> to accept post)
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