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Carl Schlechter
Schlechter 
Wiener Schachzeitung, Jan-Feb 1907, p 8.
ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
 
Number of games in database: 805
Years covered: 1893 to 1918

Overall record: +307 -117 =378 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (84) 
    C77 C66 C65 C88 C79
 Queen's Gambit Declined (36) 
    D37 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 D05 A40 D00 D04
 French Defense (33) 
    C01 C11 C13 C00 C14
 Orthodox Defense (29) 
    D60 D55 D61 D52 D63
 Four Knights (25) 
    C49 C48 C47
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C77 C78 C68 C80 C87
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    D02 D00 D05 D04 A40
 Giuoco Piano (25) 
    C50 C54 C53
 Four Knights (21) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D60 D63 D53 D61 D54
 Tarrasch Defense (20) 
    D32 D33 D34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 0-1
   Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 1-0
   Schlechter vs W John, 1905 1-0
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1-0
   Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910 1/2-1/2
   Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 1-0
   Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1907 1-0
   W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897 0-1
   Schlechter vs S Wolf, 1894 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Stockholm (1906)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Munich (1900)
   Vienna (1908)
   Prague (1908)
   Vienna (1904)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Vienna (1898)
   London (1899)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Paris (1900)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Challenger Schlechter by Gottschalk
   Capa, Rubinstein & Schlecter Games by fredthebear
   Carl Schlechter - uncrowned World Champion by backrank
   Match Schlechter! by amadeus
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   London 1899 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Paris 1900 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni

GAMES ANNOTATED BY SCHLECHTER: [what is this?]
   Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907
   Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908
   Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908
   Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908
   Rubinstein vs Reti, 1908
   >> 13 GAMES ANNOTATED BY SCHLECHTER

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CARL SCHLECHTER
(born Mar-02-1874, died Dec-27-1918, 44 years old) Austria

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Carl Adalbert Hermann Schlechter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1874.(1) He learned the rules of chess when about 13 years old,(1) probably under the influence of problem composer Samuel Gold.(1),(2) Schlechter visited a business school (Handelsschule) and worked for a short time, before concentrating on chess.(1). Berthold Englisch recognized his talent and introduced him to the Viennese chess life in 1892.(1)

Tournaments prior to World War I

Already in early 1893, Schlechter won a tournament in Vienna ahead of Georg Marco. (3) He further established himself among Vienna's strongest players with a shared 3rd place in the Winter tournament 1893/1894.(4) At 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894) he finished only 11th out of 18. In 1895, he finsihed only 3rd in the Vienna Championship,(5) but put up a solid performance at the great Hastings (1895) tournament with place 9/22 and a win over the tournament winner Harry Nelson Pillsbury in their individual encounter. The year 1896 was busy and successful for him, as it began with a shared 1st place at the Vienna Championship 1896,(6) followed by a second place in the Vienna Chess Club tournament.(7) After a good +3 score at the great Nuremberg (1896) tournament, Schlechter finished equal fourth at Budapest (1896). In November 1896, he came in 2nd in a Vienna tournament behind David Janowski, but ahead of Simon Winawer and Jacques Mieses .(8) Schlechter dominated the Vienna tournament 1897 (9) and had a solid result at Berlin (1897). The year 1898 began with a slightly disappointing result at the Vienna Chess Club tournament,(10) but then he came in 5th at Vienna (1898) and shared 6th place at 11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898). The strong London (1899) tournament saw him coming in 5th again.

Schlechter shared 2nd place at the second Kolisch Memorial in Vienna (1899/1900).(11) At Paris (1900) he shared 7th place, but he followed up with a shared 1st place at Munich (1900) drawing Pillsbury in the final tie-break match (+1 -1 =2). He dominated the Master Group of the Vienna Winter tournament 1900.(12). This was followed in 1901 by a 2nd place at Monte Carlo (1901). One year later, he had to satisfy himself with a shared 5th place at Monte Carlo (1902) and a 50% score in a Vienna tournament (13) though. After a 4th place at Monte Carlo (1903), Schlechter disappointed at Vienna (1903). The King's Gambit Accepted tournament at Vienna 1903, was also not a success for him.(14) Despite these discouraging results, Schlechter had a good year 1904. Unbeaten, he came in 2nd at Monte Carlo (1904), followed by a shared 6th place at Cambridge Springs (1904). In the USA, he also competed successfully in a team match.(15) Schlechter shared 1st place at Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904) before winning the Vienna (1904) King's Gambit Declined tournament, which extended into 1905. The year 1905 continued to be a successful one for Schlechter with his triumph at the Austro-Hungarian Championship in Vienna,(16) followed by a 4th place at Ostend (1905) and a shared 4th place at the Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905). Schlechter did not slow down and turned 1906 into a banner year for him. First, he shared 1st place at Stockholm (1906) together with Dr. Ossip Bernstein. He then went on to win the huge Ostende 1906 tournament,(17) followed by 3rd place at Stockholm (1906). Schlechter only reached 6th place at 1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907). This was followed by a 2nd place at Ostend (Championship) (1907) and a shared 2nd place at Copenhagen (1907). The strong Karlsbad (1907) tournament saw him sharing 4th place together with Aron Nimzowitsch. 1908 turned out to be another banner year for Schlechter, who shared 1st place at Vienna (1908) together with Geza Maroczy and Oldrich Duras, and shared 1st place again with Duras at Prague (1908). The great St. Petersburg (1909) tournament was a disappointment for him, but the next year he won Hamburg (1910).

Schlechter continued successfully by sharing 1st place at the 3rd Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna, 1910 to 1911, together with Rudolf Spielmann. (18) He suffered a slight setback at San Sebastian (1911) with a shared 5th place, but bounced back by sharing 2nd place at Karlsbad (1911) together with Akiba Rubinstein. In 1912, he started successfully with a win at the 4th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna,(19) but only shared 8th place at San Sebastian (1912). He recovered and shared 4th place at Bad Pistyan (1912), and shared 1st place at the Budapest (1912) Queen's Gambit Declined tournament with Frank James Marshall. (20) He shared 4th place again at the 18th DSB Kongress (1912) in Breslau (today Wrocław). After a disappointing Club tournament in Vienna,(21) he went on to win the 5th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna (1913).(22) At Baden-bei-Wien (1914) he came in 3rd but remained undefeated, and he won the 6th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna (1914).(23)

World Chess Championship Challenger

In 1908, he challenged Dr. Emanuel Lasker for a WC match in 1909,(24) considering his contemporaneous tournament successes. Yet, he had to wait another year before Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910), wherein he came within a whisker of winning the title of World Chess Champion: going into the final game leading by one point, he disdained a possible draw and ultimately lost. The drawn match meant that Lasker retained his crown.

Matches

In match play, he drew Marco in the spring of 1893 in a 10-game match at the age of 19.(25) In 1894, he drew matches against Marco (+4 -4 =3),(25) and Adolf Julius Zinkl (+4 -4 =3),(26) which were part of a tournament won by Marco ahead of Schlechter.(27) In 1896, Schlechter drew a 7-games match against David Janowski, (28) and in 1899 he drew a 6-games match against Semion Alapin. (29) In Carlsbad, June 1902, Schlechter clearly defeated Janowski in a match by the score of +6 -1 =3.(30) Shortly afterward in 1902, he allegedly played an 8-games match against Samuel Mikulka in Olomouc, but the final score is not known.(31) He beat the young Richard Reti in a short casual match in Vienna in 1903,(32) and played a short match against Richard Teichmann in 1904 of which the score was +1 -1 =1, but possibly a 4th game was played.(33) In 1909, Schlechter lost a blindfold match against Mieses in Stuttgart by +0 -2 =1.(34) He drew Siegbert Tarrasch in Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911). At the beginning of 1918, Schlechter lost the match Rubinstein - Schlechter (1918).

Final Years

The outbreak of World War I put an end to international tournament play for the duration. In 1915, Schlechter convincingly won the 7th Trebitsch Memorial in Vienna.(35) In 1918, Schlechter competed again internationally with a second-place finish at Berlin Four Masters (1918) and a 3rd place at Berlin Grandmasters (1918). He played one further tournament in Budapest. The Budapest Chess Club arranged a Simul for him, but a few days after it, he had to be admitted to the local Rochus hospital.(36) There he died on December 27, 1918.(36) Possible causes of his death are a lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic.(37)

Literary works

Schlechter authored Die Budapester Verteidigung des Damengambits: eine theoretische Studie (Bernhard Kagan, 1918) on the Budapest Gambit, and Das angenommene Königsgambit (Bernhard Kagan, 1918) on the King's Gambit Accepted. Marco and Schlechter edited the Karlsbad 1907 tournament book (Das Internationale Schachmeisterturnier in Karlsbad 1907, Verlag der Wiener Schachzeitung, 1911). He was co-editor of the Deutsche Schachzeitung from 1899 to 1916 together with Johann Nepomuk Berger. He also edited the 8th and last edition of Paul Rudolf von Bilguer 's and Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa 's Handbuch des Schachspiels (Veit & Comp., 1912 to 1916).

Chess Compositions

Schlechter also distinguished himself as a problem composer.(38) Two examples, Ergo bibamus and Honor et Patria, can be found here Carl Schlechter (kibitz #378).

Contemporary judgement

"By the death of Carl Schlechter at the early age of forty-four, chess has been deprived of one of the most distinguished exponents it has ever known. He had, of all the great masters, the most artistic temperament; that is to say, there is a sense of imagination and ideality in his play, which is found elsewhere only in Morphy, and possibly in Frank Marshall at his best. This undoubtedly gave that peculiar quality to Schlechter’s practice which earned for him the familiar sobriquet by which he was known to the chess world; for it is often evident he has chosen a drawn, rather than a victory, when the mode of obtaining it has gratified his instinct of perfection. At the same time, his genius in defence has never been equalled, and his record of only two losses in 100 successive tournament games will stand unshaken for many a year to come. This, however, was only one side of his strength. On the other side was a power of attack and combination, when he let himself go, from which no one could escape, and that produced game; ranking for brilliancy and beauty amongst the classics of chess. His bid for the World’s Championship proved him at least the equal of Lasker, and, but for one misjudged move, would have given him absolutely the premier title. His gifts as an analyst were no less conspicuous, and there is no opening which, alike in attack and defence, does not give evidence of his amending skill. His modest and unassuming character made him a general favourite, and there is no one will be more missed by the present generation of chess players than the famous 'drawing master of Vienna.'" (39)

Sources

(1) Weiß, Stefan, „Schlechter, Carl Adalbert Hermann“, in: Neue Deutsche Biographie 23 (2007), S. 33-34 (Onlinefassung); URL: http://www.deutsche-biographie.de/p...

(2) According to Wikipedia article: Samuel Gold citing " Verkhovsky, Leonid Solomonovich (1984). Karl Schlechter. Fizkultura i sport. pp. 7 (Russian edition)", Gold was Schlechter's teacher in Vienna from 1887 onward.

(3) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(4) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(5) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(6) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(7) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(8) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(9) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(10) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(11) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(12) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(13) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(14) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(15) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(16) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(17) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(18) Wiener Schachzeitung, February 1911, pp. 43-44. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter (kibitz #370) for details.

(19) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(20) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(21) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(22) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

(23) Wiener Schachzeitung, September-November 1914, pp. 216-217. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter (kibitz #361) for details.

(24) Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1908, p. 376. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(25) Neue Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1923, p. 328. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(26) Österreichische Schachrundschau, March 1922, issue 3, p. 21. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(27) See source (25). Marco beat Zinkl (+5 -2 =1), and so won the tournament ahead of Schechter, with Zinkl on 3rd place.

(28) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m110...

(29) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m115...

(30) Wiener Schachzeitung, July-August 1902, pp. 146-157. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(31) Quarterly for Chess History, #7, 2001, pp. 535-537. Provided in Carl Schlechter (kibitz #278)

(32) Edward Winter, The Réti Brothers, http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

(33) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m142...

(34) Wiener Schachzeitung, February 1909, p. 55. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(35) Wiener Schachzeitung, November-December 1915, pp. 246-247. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". See Carl Schlechter (kibitz #360) for details.

(36) Pester Lloyd, 1918.12.28, p. 15. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(37) Warren H. Goldman, Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard' (Yorklyn, 1994), pp. 45-50

(38) Theodor Gerbec, Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1928, pp. 370-371. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(39) Illustrated London News, Saturday 15th March 1919, p.26.

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Wikipedia article: Carl Schlechter

Last updated: 2016-09-04 13:08:28

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 805  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs Kern 1-0261893ViennaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
2. Schlechter vs Herzfeld 1-0301893ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
3. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-0331893ViennaC00 French Defense
4. B Fleissig vs Schlechter 0-1181893ViennaA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Schlechter vs J Bendiner 1-0251893Casual GameC11 French
6. Schlechter vs J Thirring 1-0351893ViennaC25 Vienna
7. Schlechter vs A Zinkl ½-½291894ViennaC49 Four Knights
8. G Marco vs Schlechter 0-14018943-Player Match TtD54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
9. A Zinkl vs Schlechter 1-05018943-Player Match TtC49 Four Knights
10. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-04018949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC66 Ruy Lopez
11. Schlechter vs Janowski ½-½7218949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
12. Blackburne vs Schlechter 1-04018949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. Schlechter vs J W Baird  1-03218949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Schlechter vs G Marco ½-½2818949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
15. Schiffers vs Schlechter  ½-½2818949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
16. Lipke vs Schlechter 1-04918949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC27 Vienna Game
17. Schlechter vs J N Berger  ½-½1618949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
18. J Mason vs Schlechter  ½-½3518949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC11 French
19. A Zinkl vs Schlechter ½-½1718949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Schlechter vs Teichmann  ½-½1818949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
21. K A Walbrodt vs Schlechter  ½-½3318949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
22. Schlechter vs K De Weydlich  0-16218949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. Schlechter vs J Mieses 1-05218949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
24. H Suechting vs Schlechter  ½-½1718949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
25. Schlechter vs P K Seuffert  ½-½2418949th DSB Kongress, LeipzigC49 Four Knights
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Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: A fantastic player. One of my favorites!!

Happy birthdfay, Carl.

Mar-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  naresb: Happy birthdfay, Carl. RIP.
Mar-02-17
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  diagonal: General remark:

Please don't flood our beloved forum with "happy birthday" postings, especially for players who are already dead, or simple duplicates without any further Narrative.

Think what happen <on aggregate> within a few years in the player pages, if this new trend continues: It will become laborious (and boring) to read through a specific player site.

Chessgames is the respected reference forum with online database of the international chess community, 15 years young.

Congrats and thanks to Daniel and Albert (R.I.P.) for founding and keeping this site going: hard work, great job.

There is now a surprising number of concurrent chess websites that exist in the world: Chessgames preserves his character in the chess universe and offers to its users a truly unique form and forum.

Let us not drifting.

Many thanks for your attention!

<The right dose differentiates a poison and a remedy> Paraphrasing Paracelsus

Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, <diagonal>.

Whenever it is.

Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: What about Rest in Peace or R.I.P.? Are those also off-limits?
Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: What about wishing the site a Happy Anniversary on its anniversary? Can we still do that?
Mar-02-17
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  diagonal: What an inflation.. to pimp up the number of own posts?

My general remark above, is formulated impersonal, and in a calm ton of voice.

Focus on yourself:

(Quotes)
March-02-2016, your posting on Carl Schlechter:
Happy birthday + <One of my favorite players>

March-02-2017, your posting on Carl Schlechter:
Happy birthday + <One of my favorites!!> (published still on the same page of the specific player's site)

Tell us, why this player is one of your favorites. People need and love a Narrative. Give some additional information.

In response of your three immediate, personal and rather aggressive commentaries, I'm quite harsh now - you contribute to many brilliant postings - but you really flood Chessgames again and again with simple "Happy birthday" postings even in pages of players who are already dead!

Common sense, no censorship.

As pointed out, I mean <on aggregate>.

The phrase of Paracelsus matches good with your avatar.

Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: <diagonal> <but you really flood Chessgames again and again with simple "Happy birthday" postings...>

Actually, I only post one or two birthday greetings a week. And those are to players I like or who made a good impression on me.

Mar-02-17
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  TheFocus: Now jokes!!

I post a LOT of jokes!

Mar-03-17
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  offramp: <diagonal:...In response of your three immediate, personal and rather aggressive commentaries, I'm quite harsh now - you contribute to many brilliant postings - but you really flood Chessgames again and again with simple "Happy birthday" postings even in pages of players who are already dead!>

<Diagonal>, <TheFocus>'s greatest achievement was posting <four hundred> posts <in a single day>! I don't know what they were about. I suppose they were mainly "Happy birthday" posts.

<TheFocus> says that this is the world record for posts in a single day and I can easily believe it. I don't know what day it was.

Mar-03-17
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  zanzibar: <<offramp> I don't know what day it was.>

But what a day it was.

Mar-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: People talk about the draws but fail to look at the games. The drawn games against Lasker were far from dull. It was a great match, one of the most exciting and the terms Lasker imposed I feel were not fair. I know why he did, but it was unfortunate for Schlecter.
Mar-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: Happy Birthday Schlecky!
Mar-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: Happy birthday Karl!!
Mar-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: Karl, a knight on the rim is dim (as is, sometimes, a night spent dallying in the or on the rim): but many happy returns!!!
Mar-03-17
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  TheFocus: <offramp> 500 posts.

None were Happy Birthdays though.

Mar-03-17  sudoplatov: There are some interesting chess records involving Schlecter.

Marshall +8 -5 =19
Pillsbury +8 -2 =9
Tarrasch +8 -7 =28
Lasker +5 -2 =12
Spielmann +2 -3 =12
Alekhine +0 -2 =0
(Alekhine Marshall +6 -0 =7 triangle)
Rubinstein +6 -2 13=
Steinitz -4 +3 =3
Capablanca +0 -0 =1
Janowski -19 +11 =9

Mar-03-17
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  keypusher: Schlechter is the Eisenhower of chess: so famous for being underrated that he is now overrated.
Mar-03-17
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  diagonal: <The Focus> a next pure happy birthday post without substance: Geza Maroczy. Please don't try to inflict on me silently!
Mar-03-17
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  TheFocus: You see, he was the only one on the birthday list who was worthy of a greeting.

Go back to his page for another post.

Mar-04-17
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  diagonal: Ok, you know how to write good stories, worth reading, a Narrative on players, games or tournaments that stands out :)
Mar-04-17
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  TheFocus: Thank you, <diagonal>.
Apr-16-17
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  MissScarlett: Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9th 1910, Magazine Sect, p.2:

<It is expected that Carl Schlechter will shortly be a visitor at the Manhattan Chess Club for one week. We regret to see by statements in the New York papers that a series of games between Schlechter and Capablanca is not likely to be arranged. Of course, we can understand that a match would hardly be in order, in view of Schlechter's flying trip through the country, but we fail to see why a series of exhibition games should not be played at New York by these two great experts. The New York Sun has the following statement on the subject:

"Many prominent members of the Manhattan Club first thought to arrange a match between Schlechter and Capablanca, but later it was thought best not to entertain this idea any longer. The principal objection to a set match is want of time on the part of Schlechter. His stay in the country is limited, and, in view of the fact that he is coming to see the country, he could not possibly devote sufficient time for a real test of strength."

It is, however, possible that a short quadrangular tournament may be played in New York during Schlechter's visit. The four players to be Schlechter, Marshall, Capablana and the young Russian player Alekhine, each player to meet his opponent four times. Such a tournament would undoubtedly be of very great interest to chess players, not only in the United States, but also to those abroad, and should receive encouragement from every chess club in this country.>

<BDE>, October 30th 1910, p.39, reporting on plans for San Sebastian (1911) :

<It is now planned to hold the tournament shortly after the new year. On account of this congress Carl Schlechter of Vienna, who expected to come here next month, decided to cancel his engagement to tour America. In a letter received from the Austrian champion last week he confirms his cablegram of two weeks ago and expresses his regret at the postponement of his tour, which, however, he hopes to be able to make at no distant date.>

May-24-17
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  zanzibar: <In the first issue of the Journal of Czech Chess, January 1919, Schlechter's Obituary was published, beginning with the following lines: "At the end of December, the daily papers gave a laconic message that Viennese chess master Karel Schlechter died on 28 December 1918 at St. Petersburg Hospital. Rocha. We now learn from dr. Adolf Duška, who was assigned to the Pesta Military Commission by our government, Schlechter arrived there in December, was invited by his club to perform simultaneously and to participate in a small tournament in which Balla, Btreyer, Havas and Réti played in addition. The result of the simultaneity was very weak and in the Schlechter tournament, in addition to 2-3 remis, all lost. It was obvious that it was very ill, the affliction of the pneumonia was then subdued by the suddenly weakened organism. 31. pros. Accompanied by Czech chess players on the last trip, the Czech chess player was present dr. Adolf Dušek. "

Several details of the tournament were published by the Czech Chess Magazine 1919 in its April issue (page 62): >

May-24-17
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  zanzibar: <V prvním čísle Časopisu českých šachistů z ledna 1919 byl uveřejněn Schlechterův nekrolog, začínající těmito řádky: „Koncem prosince přinesly denní listy lakonickou zprávu, že vídeňský mistr šachový Karel Schlechter zemřel 28. prosince 1918 v pešťské nemocnici sv. Rocha. Dovídáme se nyní od dr. Adolfa Duška, jenž naší vládou byl přidělen vojenské komisi v Pešti, že Schlechter přijel tam v prosinci, byv pozván tamním klubem k simultánní produkci a k účasti v malém turnaji, v němž kromě něho hráli Balla, Btreyer, Havasi a Réti. Výsledek simultánky byl velmi slabý a v turnaji Schlechter kromě 2-3 remis vše prohrál. Bylo zřejmo, že jest velice churav, přidruživší se zápal plic podťal pak rázem oslabený již organismus. 31. pros. doprovodili jej peštští šachisté na poslední cestu, za české šachisty byl přítomen dr. Adolf Dušek.“

Několik podrobností o výše zmíněném turnaji uveřejnil pak Časopis českých šachistů 1919 ve svém dubnovém čísle (str. 62):>

http://www.nss.cz/schlechterovy-pos...

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