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Max Victor Behnisch
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Years covered: 1912

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(born 1873, died Oct-17-1913, 40 years old) Germany

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Last updated: 2017-08-04 12:46:51

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs M V Behnisch 0-1311912Simul, 30bB01 Scandinavian

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  MissScarlett: <The Zeppelin Tragedy and Captain Behnisch>

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  MissScarlett: Can we confirm and improve upon the 1873 birth date given by the <ACB>?
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  Tabanus: I cannot find him at all in Perhaps a name spelling issue? (I also tried Maximilian and Benisch)
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  whiteshark: has Oct-04-1913 as DoD.

Same as with some additional infos:

Biographical data
Name: Behnisch, Max Victor
Also known as: <Oberleutnant Behnisch> Born: 1873
Died: 4 Oct. 1913

Di Felice, Chess Results, 1901-1920, page 300 Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 29
Hoppe, Frank. [Chronik des Jahres 1902] (broken)

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  whiteshark: Here's the Frank Hoppe web reference, stating that Pillsbury lost to Behnisch in a 12 player blind simul:

"29. August 1902

Heute gab Herr <H.N.Pillsbury> auf Einladung der Berliner Schachgesellschaft in deren Klubräumen, Café Kerkau, eine Vorstellung im Blindspiel, die sich des lebhaften Besuchs der hiesigen Schachfreunde, Herren und Damen erfreute. Herr Pillsbury spielte zwölf Partien und zwar gegen die Herren Dr.M.Lewitt, Nebermann, Bergmann, <Oberleutnant Behnisch>, Kirchner, Dittmann, Völker, Kempner-Hochstädt, Glöden, Rob.Wehner, Minuth und Pauly. Der Wiener Meister Wolf sagte die Züge an. Das Spiel begann um 8 Uhr abends. Die Partien gestalteten sich ausnahmslos interessant und kombinationsreich und es war ein Vergnügen zu sehen, mit welcher Sicherheit und Eleganz der Blindspieler seine Kombinationen in der Mehrzahl der Partien durchführte. Gegen Mitternacht liess Herr Pillsbury etwas nach und machte Versehen, die er sich am Brett niemals hätte zu Schulden kommen lassen. So kam es, dass er von den 12 Partien 7 gewann, 3 (gegen <Behnisch>, Kempner-H. und Minuth) verlor und 2 (gegen Völker und Wehner) remis machte. Das Spiel erreichte um 1 Uhr sein Ende. Dann hielt Herr R.Steinweg als dritter Vorsitzender der Schachgesellschaft eine begeisterte Ansprache, die den Meister des Blindspiels feierte und mit einem lebhaft aufgenommenen Hoch auf Pillsbury und seine Gattin schloss, die die ganze Zeit über treu neben ihm ausgeharrt hatte.

[Quelle: Deutsches Wochenschach und Berliner Schachzeitung Nr.36 7.September 1902, S.299]"

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  whiteshark: Here you find a photo of <Korvettenkapitän [lieutenant commander] <Behnisch>> with some further information, incl. the tragic circumstances of his death:

"<Korvettenkapitän Behnisch> (*1873 in Görlitz), im selben Jahr Teilnehmer des Hauptturniers B beim Kongress des Schachbundes in Breslau und hier einziger Bezwinger Laskers, hatte schon 10 Jahre zuvor Harry Nelson Pillsbury in einem Berliner Blindsimultan bezwungen!

<Behnisch kam, wie alle der 28 Besatzungsmitglieder, 1913 in Berlin-Johannisthal als Führer der Abnahmekommission des Reichsmarineamtes bei der Zerstörung des Marineluftschiffes LZ 18 ums Leben.>

Deutsche Schachzeitung [1913], S. 367-368, S. 381."

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  MissScarlett: <Oct-04-1913 as DoD>

The airship disaster did take place on October 17, and a <Lieutenant-Commander Behnish> was on board:

Those pioneering days were fraught with danger:

<Imperial German Navy L 19 (Zeppelin LZ 54) comes down in the North Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands, after an air-raid on the United Kingdom. All 16 crew survive the crash, but subsequently perish after the crew of a British fishing boat refuse to rescue them.>


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  mifralu: <MissScarlett: Can we confirm and improve upon the 1873 birth date given by the <ACB>?>

...died at the age of 43, DoB ~1870

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