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Georg Marco
Number of games in database: 460
Years covered: 1890 to 1922
Overall record: +145 -148 =167 (49.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (105) 
    C77 C67 C84 C70 C63
 Sicilian (25) 
    B45 B40 B41 B42 B43
 French Defense (21) 
    C01 C14 C00 C11 C12
 King's Gambit Declined (15) 
    C30
 Petrov (15) 
    C42
 King's Gambit Accepted (15) 
    C39 C34 C33 C38 C36
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C77 C84 C79 C87 C80
 Philidor's Defense (27) 
    C41
 King's Gambit Declined (19) 
    C30 C31
 Orthodox Defense (18) 
    D53 D55 D52 D63 D61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D37 D31 D30 D35
 King's Gambit Accepted (15) 
    C39 C37 C33 C34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Marco vs Maroczy, 1905 1-0
   G Marco vs Marshall, 1902 1-0
   G Marco vs Schlechter, 1896 1/2-1/2
   Teichmann vs G Marco, 1903 0-1
   Mieses vs G Marco, 1903 0-1
   Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1903 1/2-1/2
   Gunsberg vs G Marco, 1903 0-1
   Janowski vs G Marco, 1900 0-1
   G Marco vs Marshall, 1903 1-0
   Yates vs G Marco, 1921 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kolisch Memorial (1890)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Berlin (1897)
   Vienna (1898)
   Munich (1900)
   Paris (1900)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Vienna (1903)
   Monte Carlo (1904)
   Ostend (1905)
   Stockholm (1912)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1903 by LaBourdonnaisdeux
   1903 Vienna by TheFocus
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni
   Cambridge Springs 1904 by suenteus po 147

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GEORG MARCO
(born Nov-29-1863, died Aug-29-1923) Romania (citizen of Austria)

[what is this?]
Georg Marco was born in Chernivtsi* (Cernauti). He later settled in Vienna and was secretary of the Viennese Chess Association. In tournaments he was 4th= at Dresden 1892, 1st at Vienna 1895, 3rd at the Vienna Gambit tournament 1903, 4th at Cambridge Springs 1904 and 5th= at Ostend 1905. In match play he drew with Carl Schlechter twice; (+0, =10, -0) in 1893 and (+4, =3, -4) in 1894. He also drew with Dr. Arthur Kaufmann (+5, =0, -5) in 1893, lost to Max Weiss (+1, =1, -5) in 1895 and beat Adolf Albin (+4, =4, -2) in 1901. However, he's probably best known for his work as editor of the 'Wiener Schachzeitung' from 1898 to 1916 and his annotations in the books Vienna Gambit Tournament (1903), Barman 1905, Ostend 1906, Carlsbad 1907 (with Carl Schlechter), Lasker-Tarrasch match 1908 and Baden auf Wien Gambit Tournament 1914.

*Wikipedia article: Chernivtsi

Wikipedia article: Georg Marco


 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 460  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Holzwarth vs G Marco  ½-½17 1890 Kolisch MemorialC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
2. G Marco vs B Fleissig  1-020 1890 Kolisch MemorialC44 King's Pawn Game
3. J Bauer vs G Marco 0-139 1890 Kolisch MemorialC77 Ruy Lopez
4. J Schwarz vs G Marco  ½-½39 1890 Kolisch MemorialC29 Vienna Gambit
5. G Marco vs Csank 0-140 1890 Kolisch MemorialD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. G Marco vs J Schwarz  ½-½17 1890 Kolisch MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Albin vs G Marco  1-018 1890 Kolisch MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. G Marco vs Lasker 0-174 1890 GrazC77 Ruy Lopez
9. B Fleissig vs G Marco 1-036 1890 Kolisch MemorialC25 Vienna
10. Csank vs G Marco  ½-½67 1890 Kolisch MemorialC49 Four Knights
11. J Schwarz vs G Marco 0-144 1890 Kolisch MemorialC49 Four Knights
12. Von Popiel vs G Marco  0-130 1890 Kolisch MemorialD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
13. G Marco vs Albin  ½-½66 1890 Kolisch MemorialC01 French, Exchange
14. G Marco vs Max Weiss  0-126 1890 Kolisch MemorialC66 Ruy Lopez
15. G Marco vs J Schwarz  1-070 1890 Kolisch MemorialD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. G Marco vs J Holzwarth 0-117 1890 Kolisch MemorialB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Max Weiss vs G Marco  1-031 1890 Kolisch MemorialB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. G Marco vs Englisch  0-140 1890 Kolisch MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. G Marco vs J Bauer  0-146 1890 Kolisch MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. K A Walbrodt vs G Marco  ½-½28 1892 DresdenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
21. J Noa vs G Marco 0-142 1892 DSB-07.KongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. G Marco vs Von Gottschall  ½-½17 1892 DresdenC67 Ruy Lopez
23. W Paulsen vs G Marco 1-036 1892 DSB-07.KongressC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Winawer vs G Marco  0-135 1892 DSB-07.KongressC22 Center Game
25. G Marco vs Mieses  1-040 1892 DSB-07.KongressC60 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 460  PGN Download
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Oct-24-08
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  Karpova: From Jeremy P. Spinrad's "Chess Journalism: Old and New", May 2007: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...

Page 3: <One of my first language puzzles dealt with standard English, however. The book of the Hastings 1895 tournament describes Georg Marco with the phrase "His general appearance is very German, but with little of the bandbox about him." Wiser readers than myself on the newsgroup rec.games.chess.misc informed me that this implied that Marco's clothes might be a bit less spiffy than those of other German players.>

Nov-29-08
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  whiteshark: Bios: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_...

Photo: http://www.rogerpaige.me.uk/images/... Picture: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Nov-29-08  capanegra: Does somebody have the Marco-Schlechter game mentioned by <Gypsy> played in Vienna 1895?
Nov-29-08
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  whiteshark: <capanegra> Here are 3 games from Vienna 1896 with +1 -0 =2 in Marco's favour.

[Event "Vienna Four Masters"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1896.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Schlechter,Carl"]
[Black "Marco,Georg"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "D37"]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Be2 Nc6 6.0-0 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.c4 0-0 9.Nc3 d4 10.Na4 b6 11.exd4 Bxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.Bd3 Bb7 14.Nc3 Qd7 15.Be5 Qc6 16.f3 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Qc5+ 18.Qf2 Qxe5 19.Rae1 Qg5 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.Bxe4 Rad8 22.Bf3 Rd2 23.Re2 Rfd8 24.Rxd2 Rxd2 25.Rd1 Ne4 0-1

[Event "Vienna Four Masters"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1896.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Marco,Georg"]
[Black "Schlechter,Carl"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C77"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.d4 Bd6 8.f4 Nc6 9.e5 Bb4 10.exf6 Qxf6 11.Be3 0-0 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ne7 14.Bb3 d5 15.c4 Nf5 16.Qd2 dxc4 17.Bxc4 Nxe3 18.Qxe3 Bf5 19.c3 Qc6 20.Bb3 Rae8 21.Qd2 Kh8 22.Rae1 f6 23.Bc2 Bxc2 24.Qxc2 b5 25.Qd2 Kg8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Re1 Re4 28.Rxe4 Qxe4 29.Kf2 Kf7 30.g3 c6 31.Qd1 Ke7 32.a4 g6 33.axb5 axb5 34.Qb3 Qh1 35.h4 Qh2+ 36.Kf3 Qh1+ 37.Kf2 Qh2+ 1/2

[Event "Vienna Four Masters"]
[Site "Vienna"]
[Date "1896.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Schlechter,Carl"]
[Black "Marco,Georg"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "C47"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bg5 c6 11.Ne2 Bd6 12.Nd4 c5 13.Nf5 Bxf5 14.Bxf5 Rb8 15.Rb1 Re8 16.Qf3 Qe7 17.g3 h6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Bg4 Qxf3 20.Bxf3 d4 21.b3 g6 22.Rfe1 Kg7 23.Bc6 Rec8 24.Bd5 Re8 25.Kf1 Kf6 26.Rbd1 Bc7 27.Rxe8 Rxe8 28.Re1 Rxe1+ 29.Kxe1 Ke7 30.Ke2 Ba5 31.Kd3 f5 1/2

Oct-03-09  Sem: In his days Marco was dubbed 'der Gross-, Dick- und Breitmeister'.
Nov-29-10  BIDMONFA: Georg Marco

MARCO, Georg
http://www.bidmonfa.com/marco_georg...
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Nov-29-10  Antiochus: Here we have 3 wins of Georg's brother

[Event "Café l'Europe"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1896.01.23"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michael Marco"]
[Black "Hailig"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[PlyCount "43"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. Qb3 Qe7 8. O-O Bb6 9. cxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxd4 11. Nc3 c6 12. Ba3 Qf6 13. e5 Qg6 14. Rad1 Bb6 15. Nb5 Nh6 16. Nd6+ Kd8 17. Bxf7 Qg5 18. Nxb7+ Bxb7 19. Rxd7+ Kxd7 20. Qe6+ Kc7 21. Qd6+ Kc8 22. Be6# mate. Wiener Schachzeitung, January pages 1-0

[Event "Unknown"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1896.01.23"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michael Marco"]
[Black "J Salter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "39"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. c3 dxc3 6. O-O cxb2 7. Bxb2 Bf8 8. e5 d6 9. Qb3 Nh6 10. Re1 Ne7 11. exd6 cxd6 12. Na3 a6 13. Rxe7+ Kxe7 14. Re1+ Kd7 15. Bc3 b6 16. Bd5 Ra7 17. Ba5 bxa5 18. Qa4+ Kc7 19. Qxa5+ Kd7 20. Bc6+ Resigns. Source "Wiener Schachzeitung , October page 1-0

[Event "Unknown"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1898.10.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michael Marco"]
[Black "Melzer"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C38"]
[PlyCount "45"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 Bg7 5. h4 h6 6. d4 d6 7. hxg5 hxg5 8. Rxh8 Bxh8 9. Nc3 c6 10. Ne5 dxe5 11. Qh5 Qf6 12. dxe5 Qg7 13. e6 Nf6 14. exf7+ Kd8 15. Qxg5 Nbd7 16. Bxf4 Qxg5 17. Bxg5 Kc7 18. e5 Nh7 19. e6 Bxc3+ 20. bxc3 Nb6 21. O-O-O Nxc4 22. Bd8+ Kb8 23. e7
Resigns. Source: Wiener Schachzeitung, January pages 1-0

Nov-29-11  Penguincw: This guy is not that bad! He beat Frank James Marshall.
Nov-29-11  Petrosianic: Marco was a decent player, but made his mark as an analyst.
Apr-23-12  Llawdogg: I think he was quite a bit better than a decent player, he was one of the old masters.
May-05-12
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  joegalby: he looks like the security guy in" the firm"
Aug-19-12
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  Karpova: Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch: <Erkennt er aber meine Präpotenz an, nun, so mag er auch den Brustton der Präpotenz hinnehmen, wie ich ja auch den Fistelton der Impotenz mir gefallen lassen muß.>

This <Tarraschiade> ('Berliner Localanzeiger', 1906.03.26) was a reaction on Georg Marco's critique on Dr. Tarrasch's critique ('Berliner Localanzeiger', 1904.05.21) which was published under the heading <Reminiszenzen an Cambridge Springs> (see page 56 of the 1906 'Wiener Schachzeitung').

Dr. Tarrasch goes on and says that while he had to save lives, he got the telegram that he had to write an article on the Cambridge Springs Tournament and did not even have a single day to do so. In this article he critised Marco's play:

<Ja, wenn mir die Redaktion nur drei bis vier Tage, wenn sie mir nur einen einzigen Tag Zeit gelassen hätte, dann hätte ich Hals über Kopf sämtliche Partien des Turniers durchstudiert mit heißem Bemühen, und dann, ja dann - dann wäre meine Kritik über Herrn Marco noch viel vernichtender ausgefallen!>

It should be noted that Dr. Tarrasch's article is not as one-sided as it may seem and Marco treats him pretty roughly also. Dr. Tarrasch praisesothers also.

Dr. Tarrasch: <Freilich bilden Lasker und ich eine besondere Klasse, in die seit seinen letzten Erfolgen auch Maroczy vorgerückt ist;>

From pages 65 to 78 of the 1906 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

It should be noted that Dr. Tarrasch's article is not as one-sided as it may seem and Marco treats him pretty roughly also. Dr. Tarrasch praisesothers also.

Nov-29-12
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  brankat: R.I.P. master Marco.
Sep-05-13  EvanTheTerrible: Some of his games are tremendous. He was a successful practitioner of the Rice gambit.
Oct-28-13
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  Chessical: Marco on Tarrasch (1906):

Yet another opinion is that of Herr Marco, the Viennese master, who remarks that in his work as a chess critic, Dr. Tarrasch is in the habit of being extravagant, both in praise and in censure,

<'The characteristics of most of his utterances are extreme indulgence, not to say admiration, for his own performances, and unmerited severity for those of others. His attitude would be more sympathetic if it were reversed. But to quote freely from the Biblical word, ' He who soweth the wind reapeth the whirlwind.'

Dr. Tarrasch's cup is now full, and on all sides there is an increase in the volume of ontery (sic) against his loud-sounding notes of superior pretension.'>

Source: The Maitland Weekly Mercury (NSW Australia) Saturday 11 August 1906. Page 6.

Nov-29-13  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Georg Marco.
Dec-08-13
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  Karpova: <Wien. Seit zirka 6 Wochen liegt Meister Marco im Wiener Rothschildspital (Zimmer 29), wo er sich einer Operation, die, wie wir melden können, gut verlaufen ist, unterziehen musste. Die große Anzahl der Besuche und Schreiben, die er täglich erhält, zeigen von der Anteilnahme, der sich der Altmeister erfreut.> ((For about 6 weeks has master Marco been staying in the Rothschild hospital now (room 29), where he had to undergo surgery. We can announce that the surgery went well. The great number of visits and letters he receives daily proves the solicitousness which delights the old master.)

From page 191 of the August 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-08-13
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  Karpova: The September issue of the 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung' has the obituary for Georg Marco on the front page (pp. 193-194, by Dr. Krejcik).

A few more details from page 194:

June 24, 1923: Marco had to go to the Rothschild hospital due to his bad condition (<leidender Zustand>, literally "suffering condition").

July 7, 1923: A <Steinoperation> (<Stein> = stone, e. g. kidney- or gallstone, <Operation> = surgery) was performed on him. This was risky as he was already 60 years old.

August 22, 1923: After several weeks of sick bed, high fever developed.

August 28, 1923: The fever caused Marco's death at 1 pm.

August 31, 1923: Funeral (greek-orthodox rite) on the Vienna <Zentralfriedhof> with the following guests: Karl Koppel, Dr. Ed. Stiassny, Alfred Wolff, Prof. Dr. Krejcik, Ing. Wahle, Dr. Mense and S. R. Wolf; Ernst Grünfeld, Josef Papanek and many others (chessmasters and friends of Marco, etc.).

On pp. 195-203 follows Adolf Zinkl's article on Marco's life written prior to Marco's death for the celebrations of his 60th birthday.

Dec-14-13
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  Karpova: Georg Marco on his life:

Kuczurmare, a village near the capital Czernowitz, is his hometown. That's where he learned chess from his father, a greek-orthodox pastor and archpriest (<griech.-oriental. Pfarrer und Erzpriester>), yet only indirectly. His father played against Mr Dawidowicz, and whenever the latter came for a visit and they played for hours, Georg sneaked up to his father and watched them play. At the age of eight, he learned chess that way. One day, his father offered him a training game and told him that he already understood enough of it for his age (<Für dein Alter verstehst du schon genug davon.>). One year later, he bought Alphons von Breda's <Praktisches Lehrbuch des Schachspiels>, which cost 60 Kreuzer. Thereby he improved enough that he won his first games at the age of 9. He became more strongly devoted to chess when he entered the <Gymnasium>. Thanks to the <Schachkatechismus> of Portius, he was then able to beat stronger opponents, yet he barely beat one of his fellow students at the <Czernowitzer Staatsgymnasium>, Popescu. This changed after studying Dufresne's <Kleines Lehrbuch> in the 6th grade of school. But then Popescu sadly died before they proceeded to the 7th grade. Even though it was forbidden, he went to the coffeee house to play against König (a photgrapher) and Graubart - both considered to be the strongest chessplayers in Czernowitz.

On October 1, 1882, he came to Vienna to study medicine. On his first day of arrival, he went to the Cafe Central to play chess. Mr J Bendiner, who is still a member of the club today *, was playing against <Ministerialrat> Ladislaus Kochanowski <Ritter von Stwaczan> (a <Bukowinaer> and later founder and first president of the <Wiener Schach-Klub> (first named <Neuer Wiener Schach-Klub>)). Marco watched them play and then Kochanowski invited him to some games. Marco won most of them. They remained together the whole evening and played further games in the Cafe Kremser - Marco lost all of them. Kochanowski was a strong amateur and would have enjoyed a successful future, yet he had to retire early because of a severe eye complaint.

The story of his life from 1886 onwards will be covered in a separate post.

* The 'Czernowitzer Tagblatt' celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 1913, inviting famous people from there to write down their reminiscences, which is how the article came about.

Source: Pages 2-3 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-15-13
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  Karpova: Marco remembers the year 1886 with mixed feelings, as he spend the vacation with his parents, but fell ill with a severe pneumonia and pleurisy. He went to Roznau and Meran to recover - it took him 1.5 years to fully recover. He could forget about his medical studies as he had forgotten everything by now, furthermore he was dragged to the chess board.

His first master tournament was the Kolisch tournament where he shared 6th place with Jacques Schwarz *. A great result for the newcomer Marco. He became a chess journalist and participated in 26 tournaments overall.

One of the chessplayers from Czernowitz he still remembers is Sigmund Welt - witty and an excellent chessplayer who could have become a master if he had concentrated on studying chess.

Another one mentioned is Dr. Konstantin Mandrila from Komanestie in the Bukowina, who had been a good friend of the Marco family during Georg's <Gymnasialzeit>. He has been a busy physician (urologist) in Vienna for many years now. On February 12, 1912, the title <k. k. Medizinalrat> was introduced in Austria and Dr. Mandrila was among the first four to receive it. Regarding his chess talent, Dr. Mandrila is described as a poet **.

Another one of his chess adversaries from Czernowitz is the physician Dr. Groß, whom he visits in Vienna from time to time. But one day, Dr. Groß was nowhere to be found in Vienna. Dr. Groß had had a bad time in Vienna, no patients for two years. So he left Vienna and fatherland, which had treated him as a tax object only, in 1890. In 1904, Marco travelled to New York for a tournament ***, when at 7 am someone knocked on the door of his hotel room. He got the business card of a Dr. Groß from one of the servants. Dr. Groß - Marco had no idea who this could be - was waiting for his visit if he couldn't speak to him immediately. But Dr. Groß was already gone after Marco was ready. In the afternoon, Marco was in the Manhattan Chess Club where he met the well-known physician Dr. Lurie. He asked him who Dr. Groß was and where to meet him. Marco was told that Dr. Groß was the most renown physician of the Fifth Avenue, the gastroenterologist of the the upper 400 (<der Magenspezialist der "Oberen Vierhundert!">). Marco was curious and went to him - surprisingly, it was his old chess partner from Czernowitz.

Source: Pages 3-5 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

* http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

** Two games are mentioned and have been submitted as they are not yet in the database - one of Dr. Mandrila's opponents is no other than Capablanca.

*** Possibly Cambridge Springs (1904) when he would arrive in New York, travelling from Europe.

Dec-15-13
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  Karpova: Marco hopes to see the Bukowina again and meet his mother and his brothers again. On this occasion, he mentions that his brother Basil died and the funeral was on November 5, 1914. No tournaments planned for this summer and Czernowitz can be reached comfortably in 18 hours. When he left Czernowitz in 1889, he travelled for 41 hours in the mixed train to Vienna and it cost 43 <Gulden>. Yet, this was still better than what his grandfather, Professor of Theology Johann Calinciuc, had to endure who travelled for three weeks in the post wagon from Czernowitz to Vienna.

Will he see again
Maminka, who served the great Okocimer beer at the Mehlplatz? The Cafe "L'Europe" where he tested his chess knowledge for the first time against strong amateurs?

One of his other friends is Alois Seidl *, who is <Regierungsrat im k. k. Finanzministerium> now. He met him shortly after his arrival in 1888 and they played many games against each other. This was very good for his chess development. A precise analyst who could have had more success if he had fully concentrated on chess. Yet, apart from his profession, he was also a tourist, musician and, temporarily, an author. Still, he came in 2nd in the anonymous correspondence tournament of the Vienna Chess Club (see page 69 of the May 1899 'Wiener Schachzeitung') and the Winter Tournament 1910/1911 of the Vienna Chess Club.

Marco recalls the following episode: At the beginning of 1894, the Bishop Gambit was often played in the Vienna Chess Club, especially Max Weiss considered 3...f5 to be one of the best defenses. Marco wondered if White couldn't prevent Qh4+ and came up with 3.Nh3 (instead of the Bishop Gambit 3.Bc4 or the Knight Gambit 3.Nf3) to not obstruct the f-file and the d1-h5-diagonal, but does White have enough compensation after:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nh3 f5 4.Bc4 Qh4+ 5.Nf2 fxe4 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.O-O Bc5 8.d4 exd3 9.Qxd3 Ng4 10.Bxf4 Nxf2


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The professors said no, but Marco and Seidl were not so sure as White was already fully developed, yet they couldn't find a solution. Alois Seidl went on thinking about the position and finally came up with the following solution (pages 14 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'):

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nh3 f5 4.Bc4 Qh4+ 5.Nf2 fxe4 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.O-O Bc5 8.d4 exd3 9.Qxd3 Ng4 10.Bxf4 Nxf2 <11.Qf5 Nh3+ 12.Kh1

a) 12...Rf8 13.Rae1+ Be7 (13...Kd8 14.Qxf8+ Bxf8 15.Bg5+ Be7 16.Rf8#) 14.Bg5 Rxf5 15.Rxe7+ Kd8 16.Bxh4 Rxf1+ 17.Bxf1 g5 18.Rxh7 gxh4 19.Rh8+ Ke7 20.Rxc8

b) 12...Nxf4 13.Rxf4 Qf6 14.Qxc5 Qxf4 15.Re1+>

And White wins. This was agreat discovery! Later they found out that 6....Nf6 was an inaccuracy and 6....c6 much better (but the not mentioned 6....e3 may be the strongest).

Source: Pages 5-9 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

* See Dr. Mandrila above, he is his opponent in the other submitted game. Also http://www.edochess.ca/players/p100...

Dec-15-13
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  Karpova: In 1889, Marco became a member of the Vienna Chess Association (<Wiener Schachgesellschaft>) and its secretary in 1893. In 1896, a board member of the <Neue Wiener Schach-Klub> (I., Schottengasse 7) offered him to become its secretary - it was none other than Max Judd, the general consul of the USA who died sadly much too early. It was not an easy decision, but Marco accepted and he was happy when the two clubs merged two years later to become the <Wiener Schach-Klub>.

Then he goes on to speak about

Albert Mandelbaum

Emil von Feyerfeil

Nikolaus, Andor and Ladislaus Von Dory.

which I posted on their respective player pages.

Source: Page 9 of the January-February 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-07-14
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  Karpova: Some of Marco's quotes from the Karlsbad 1907 tournament book given by Krejcik after his review:

<Gewinnen wollen heißt den Mut haben, sich Gefahren auszusetzen.> (Wanting to win means having the courage to expose oneself to dangers.)

<Mit dem Ingangstellen der Uhr schrumpft das Weltall auf ein kleines Quadrat zusammen, auf dem der geheimnisvolle Kampf sichtbar wird, der zwischen zwei Gehirnen tobt!> (With the starting of the clock, the cosmos contracts to a small square on which the mysterious battle becomes visible, which rages between two brains!)

<Nicht durch passive Aufnahme fremder Geisteserzeugnisse, nur im Kampfe mit Schwierigkeiten kann sich deine Kraft entwickeln.> (Not through passive uptake of foreign brainchilds, only in the struggle with difficulties can your power develop.)

<Es ist merkwürdig, wie oft der Mensch zur Verwirklichung seiner Absicht die unbrauchbarsten Mittel wählt.> (It is strange how often man, to achieve his aims, chooses the most inadequate means.)

<Die schlimmen Folgen einer schlechten Eröffnung kann auch ein Genie nicht abwenden.> (The terrible consequences of a bad opening even the genius cannot avert.)

<Warte ab, bis der Feind sein Schießpulver verpufft, dann kannst du ihn mit einem gewöhnlichen Spaziertock in die Flucht schlagen.> (Wait until your opponent has used up his gunpowder, then you can drive him back with a common cane.)

<Die Theorie ist ein Beißkorb, den wir dem Gegner anzulegen versuchen, um uns vor seinen Bissen nach Möglichkeit zu schützen.> (Theory is a muzzle we try to apply to our opponent, to protect ourselves from his bites as good as possible.)

<Bei Salwe ist das Salviren nichts ungewöhnliches.> (With Salwe the salvaging is not uncommon.)

<Es ist schon eine große Kunst, den Feind dahin zu bringen, daß er Fehler begeht.> (It is a great art to induce the opponent to commit mistakes.)

<Sind die Gelehrten über den Wert einer Sache nicht im Klaren, so ist das in den Augen des Praktikers ein Vorzug.> (Are the scholars not clear on the value of something, then this is an asset in the eyes of the practicioner.)

<Das Betrachten aller Möglichkeiten allein hilft nicht, man muß auch entscheiden können, welche uns tauglich ist.> (The examination of all possibilities itself does not help, you have to be able to decide which one is suitable for us.)

<Niemals ist die Gefahr größer, als wenn man sich der Hoffnung hingibt, daß nichts droht.> (The danger is never greater then when you submit to the hope that nothing is threatened.)

<Häßliche Narben sind ehrenvoller als die reinste weiße Gänsehaut.> (Ugly scars are more honourable than the most pristine, white goose skin.)

<Durch Rückzüge kann man keinen Feind einschüchtern.> (By retreats you can't intimidate an enemy.)

Source: Pages 188-190 of the June 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Apr-07-14
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  zanzibar: <Karpova> a very nice selection of quotes.
Apr-08-14
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  Karpova: Georg Marco: <Zur Berühmtheit im Schach gelangt man aber nur in internationalen Turnieren oder - nach berühmten Mustern - durch unermüdliches Tam-Tam, id est marktschreierische Selbstanbetung und vernichtende Kritiken über die Gegner.>

(Fame in chess is only achieved in international tournaments or - up to famous sample - by indefatigable tam-tam, i. e. blatant self-worshipping and devastating critiques of opponents.)

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', Suppl 1910, pp. 276

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