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Berthold Englisch

Chess Monthly, January 1890.

Number of games in database: 215
Years covered: 1877 to 1897

Overall record: +82 -43 =90 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C65 C77 C61 C60 C70
 Orthodox Defense (15) 
    D50 D55 D60
 Sicilian (10) 
    B45 B73 B25 B23 B46
 French Defense (10) 
    C01 C00 C13 C11 C14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D31 D30 D35 D06
 French (6) 
    C00 C13 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C77 C78 C67 C69 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 D05 D04 D00
 Four Knights (10) 
    C49 C47
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C53 C50 C54
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C33 C38
 Bird's Opening (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bird vs Englisch, 1883 1/2-1/2
   Englisch vs Blackburne, 1883 1/2-1/2
   Englisch vs Tarrasch, 1885 1-0
   J Mason vs Englisch, 1882 1/2-1/2
   Englisch vs Gunsberg, 1885 1/2-1/2
   Englisch vs J Bauer, 1890 1-0
   Englisch vs F Riemann, 1879 1-0
   Englisch vs Chigorin, 1883 1-0
   Burn vs Englisch, 1887 0-1
   Englisch vs J Noa, 1887 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Leipzig (1879)
   Vienna Chess Society Winter 1895/96 (1895)
   Kolisch Memorial (1890)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Leipzig (1877)
   London (1883)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Vienna (1882)
   Paris (1878)
   Berlin (1897)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1883 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   London 1883 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1882 by suenteus po 147
   Leipzig 1879 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-09-1851, died Oct-19-1897, 46 years old) Austria

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Berthold Englisch was born in Osoblaha*. He was German champion in 1879 and passed away in Vienna in 1897.

*Wikipedia article: Osoblaha

Wikipedia article: Berthold Englisch

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 215  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Flechsig vs Englisch  ½-½481877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
2. Winawer vs Englisch 0-1561877LeipzigC45 Scotch Game
3. Englisch vs Metger 1-0391877LeipzigD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Englisch vs A W Franke 0-1471877LeipzigC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. Englisch vs Anderssen  ½-½611877LeipzigD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Englisch vs C T Goering  0-1601877LeipzigC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
7. Zukertort vs Englisch 1-0601877LeipzigC49 Four Knights
8. C Leffmann vs Englisch  0-1411877LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. W Paulsen vs Englisch  0-1571877LeipzigC51 Evans Gambit
10. Paulsen vs Englisch 1-0441877LeipzigA28 English
11. Englisch vs E Schallopp  0-1301877LeipzigC25 Vienna
12. Englisch vs Mackenzie 1-0341878ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
13. Zukertort vs Englisch ½-½491878ParisC51 Evans Gambit
14. Englisch vs Zukertort  ½-½401878ParisC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. Englisch vs Anderssen 1-0311878ParisC46 Three Knights
16. A Clerc vs Englisch 1-0371878ParisC29 Vienna Gambit
17. Blackburne vs Englisch 1-0501878ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Englisch vs Blackburne  ½-½311878ParisC14 French, Classical
19. Winawer vs Englisch 1-0271878ParisC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Englisch vs Winawer 1-0621878ParisC46 Three Knights
21. Englisch vs S Rosenthal  ½-½761878ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
22. J Mason vs Englisch  ½-½591878ParisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Englisch vs J Mason ½-½401878ParisC11 French
24. Mackenzie vs Englisch 1-0361878ParisC77 Ruy Lopez
25. Bird vs Englisch 1-0371878ParisA03 Bird's Opening
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 215  PGN Download
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Jul-09-08  Calli: The worst case of it that I have seen:
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp: How do you get the surname Englisch? How do you get the surname Pope?>

Generally, from your parents.

Jul-09-08  Jim Bartle: "The worst case of it that I have seen:"

Here are a couple more, just as scary:

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  Honza Cervenka: Hotzenplotz is German name of Osoblaha in todays Czech Republic. It lies near the border with Poland in district of Bruntál and in the 19th century it was a nice little town with population about 5000 people, mostly German speaking Jews and Germans, but also Poles and Czechs. Osoblaha had mainly intact historical centre with well-preserved city walls still before WW2 but during fights in 1945 the city was completely destroyed and depopulated (Jews were victims of Holocaust, Germans were transferred to Germany after WW2). Now Osoblaha is a village with slightly more than thousand inhabitants. Jewish cemetery in Osoblaha is one of best cultural monuments of this kind in Central Europe.
Mar-04-09  Dredge Rivers: Hey, speak Englisch!
Mar-04-09  WhiteRook48: and play the Englisch opening already! Why not 1. c4 e5?
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  vonKrolock: In the year 1892, Englisch introduced to the "Wiener Schachgesellschaft" (the most important chess circle from Austria-Hungary), a young and talented player who, until then, and being a boy that started to work very early as tipesetter aprentice, had only the chance for training and practice in the cafés for amateurs, during the evenings and weekends, and that became then a full member of the important Club, and soon also a columnist in a local paper and one of the leading chess players in the country - his name was Carl Schlechter
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  vonKrolock: The Vienna 1896 match Englisch vs Pillsbury consisted of five games - all drawn, and all already here in

Berlin 1897 was his last Tournament

<"BERLIN In September 13th 1897, the Congress started in the gala room of the Institute of Architecture - after some rounds, two players, von Bardeleben and Englisch, had to retire due to bad health - the later actually died in the following month, in Vienna, aged 46">

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  Pawn and Two: Englisch apparently never opened any of his tournament or match games with the English (1.c4) opening.

However, when Englisch played his last tournament game, Englisch vs Schlechter, 1897, he concluded his chess playing career with the move 25.c4!

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  keypusher: Has anyone seen his match games against Lasker? They don't seem to be in the database.
Apr-06-10  TheFocus: <keypusher> Unfortunately, the game-scores have never come to light. Ken Whyld, noted Lasker expert, was never able to find them. New Lasker games are found every year, so maybe someone will find them buried in some obscure magazine or journal; but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Apr-06-10  TheFocus: Lasker won the match with +2=3-0.
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  keypusher: Thanks, <TheFocus>. Wow. Hard to believe!
Apr-06-10  TheFocus: Englisch also played a five game match with Pillsbury. All five games were drawn. They are posted here in CG.
Apr-09-10  reti: I agreed with TheFocus. Lasker beat Englisch in a five game match in Austria in 1890m but this games have never been found.
Nov-01-10  amadeus: as she is spoke -
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  Phony Benoni: From the "British Chess Magazine", June 1883, p. 207:

<"The former> [Englisch], <who is a young man under thirty> [actually 32], <when it is his turn to move, unceasingly twirls a pencil between his fingers, and when it is not his move, he frequently walks up and down like a caged tiger.">

Jul-09-14  Mating Net: Every time I see Herr Berthold's name, I think of this classic game. Is that wrong?

Englisch vs Steinitz, 1883

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Berthold Englisch.
Jul-09-15  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday! Berthold Englisch!
Apr-02-16  zanzibar: ACM v1 (1897) p422 has an obit

<Chess has recently lost three important lights. Berthold Englisch, a man who has left a bright mark upon the page of chess history, ...

Berthold Englisch was one of the contestants in the recently concluded toumament at Berlin. He left the tournament abruptly, forfeiting many of his games, complaining of ill-health, and went to his home in Vienna. He had some brain trouble from which he died on October 20.

He was born at Holtzenplatz, in Austrian Silesia, luly 9, 1851. He settled in Vienna about 1872, and was not long in making his chess powers felt in the Vienna Chess Club. In 1875 he won the championship of the Vienna Chess Club, and in 1887 he made his debut in the Leipzig Congress, defeating Winawer, and drawing with Anderssen, though not a prize winner. In the Paris Congress of 1878, he won 11½, lost 10½ games, an was just one game outside of the prize limit. In the tournament at Leipzig, in 1879, he won first prize with a score of 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, Louis Paulsen being second. At the Congress held at Wiesbaden, in 1880, he tied with Blackburne and A. Schwarz for first honors, with thirteen other players. In the two-round tournament at Vienna, in 1882, he won 19½ out of 24 games, leading Paulsen by a game. The prize winners in that event were a tie between Steinitz and Winawer for first and second, followed by Mason, Mackenzie, Zukertort and Blackburne, with Englisch two games behind the last named. In the great London tournament of 1883, Englisch made a good record, considering the strength of the contestants. The order of the prize winners was: Zukertort, Steinitz, Blackgurne, and Tchigorin, and then a tie between Mason, Mackenzie and Englisch. In the Hamburg Congress of 1885, Gunzberg won first prize, with 12 wins, and Englisch, Blackbume, Mason, Tarrasch and Weiss were tied only half a game behind. In the Frankfort tournament in 1887, he won seventh prize, but thereafter he withdrew from chess until Pillsbury visited Vienna, after the Nuremberg tournament of 1896. A match was arranged between Pillsbury and Englisch for a purse offered by Baron de Rothschild, all five games of which were drawn.>

It should be mentioned that he died almost two weeks after withdrawing from the Berlin tournament.

Apr-20-16  zanzibar: Striking a chord with the very first comment made on this player's page:

Berthold Englisch (kibitz #1)

<Englisch steadily advances in strength, although his play is not sufficiently spirited to be capable of very great improvement. He was close upon the prize winners at Vienna; this time he has done much better. He is a remarkably rapid player, but very much given to drawing. Kolisch said of him that it is very difficult to win a game of him, but also difficult to lose one.>

The Giri of his day?

May-30-16  zanzibar: RE: <Englisch--Lasker> match:

A few more details are contained here:


A short match was arranged by Herr Neumann, President of the new Vienna Chess Club, between B. Englisch, of Vienna, and E. Lasker, of Berlin, during the latter's stay in Vienna, on his return journey from Granz. The conditions were:— The best out of five games, twenty moves per hour; one game to be played daily, beginning on the 14th, and concluding on September 18. The players to receive for a won game 7 florins, for a draw 5 florins, and for a lost game 3 florins. Lasker won the match by 3½ to 1½. Englisch was quite out of form. In the first game he lost two pawns, in the fourth the exchange, and in the last a pawn, all by oversights.


New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8420, 22 November 1890, Page 4

Jul-09-17  gars: Many years ago I read in a Fred Reinfeld Book, whose translation into Spanish was published by Martinez Roca, that Englisch loved to draw his games. If I remember the words right and apologizing for spelling mistakes, "para Englisch lo belo era empatar!". Is it so?
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  Infohunter: <gars> The Fred Reinfeld book I read put it this way, if I recall correctly: "Just as MacBeth had to murder, Englisch had to draw."
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