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Imre Koenig vs Hermann Weiss
? (1919)
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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  sleepyirv: "Chess Strategy for Club Players" has this being played by Max Weiss. Is the book incorrect?
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  Phony Benoni: Hard to say. Max Weiss lived until 1927, but his last serious contest was a match against Marco in 1895. However, that doesn't mean this couldn't have been a casual game.

It does seem odd that a well-to-do Austrian banker of grandmaster strength would be skittling with an unknown 18-year-old Hungarian youth. But stranger things have happened.

Hermann Weiss, by the way, does not seem to have been nearly as strong as Max, but did represent Austria as a reserve at the "Extra Olympiad" held at Munich, 1936.

My personal feeling is that the book made the mistake of assuming that "Weiss" meant "Max Weiss". But I can't be sure.

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  Phony Benoni: My mistake? I'm working on Munich 1936, and the Austrian reserve player appears to be <Heinrich> Weiss.
Sep-24-15  Retireborn: My source for this game (which was almost certainly The Art of Attack) gives Vienna 1919. There was such a tournament (which Maroczy and Tartakower played in) but I can't find any details or confirm this game is from there.

Weiss is a horribly common name, judging from Chessbase, which gives the Austrian Hermann Weiss as being born in 1910. If they're right it's unlikely he played this game (and some of his other games on here have been wrongly attributed as well.)

Any further information about Vienna 1919 or this game would be very welcome.

Mar-20-18  Retireborn: It now seems that the tournament that Maroczy and Tarta played in was Vienna 1920; I believe that Tarta mistakenly put this game in 1919 in his own book:-

Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1920

Would still welcome any information about the occasion of this game as well as the identity of Weiss.

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