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Alexander Wittek
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1875 to 1882

Overall record: +20 -18 =21 (51.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C77 C65 C70
 French Defense (6) 
 French (6) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C77 C67 C80
 Scotch Game (4) 
 King's Gambit Accepted (4) 
    C33 C37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wittek vs Bird, 1882 1/2-1/2
   Wittek vs J Schwarz, 1881 1-0
   Wittek vs Steinitz, 1882 1-0
   Wittek vs Englisch, 1882 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Berlin (1881)
   Vienna (1882)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vienna 1882 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-12-1852, died May-11-1894, 41 years old) Austria

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Alexander Wittek came in 5th= at Berlin (1881) and 9th at Vienna 1882 but after one more tournament he withdrew from serious play as it interfered with his work as an architect.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Wittek

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J N Berger vs Wittek 1-0481875Graz mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Wittek vs J N Berger  0-1311875Graz mA84 Dutch
3. Wittek vs J N Berger  0-1311875Graz mA00 Uncommon Opening
4. J N Berger vs Wittek 1-0331875Graz mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J N Berger vs Wittek 0-1481875Graz mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. E Schallopp vs Wittek ½-½561880GrazC67 Ruy Lopez
7. J N Berger vs Wittek ½-½541880GrazC01 French, Exchange
8. Wittek vs J Minckwitz  0-1311880GrazD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Wittek vs J Noa  1-0491880GrazC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Max Weiss vs Wittek ½-½411880GrazC48 Four Knights
11. A Schwarz vs Wittek  ½-½431880GrazD00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Wittek vs J Schwarz  1-0571880GrazD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M Kann vs Wittek  0-1441881Wiener Schach-Gesellschaft 1880/81A00 Uncommon Opening
14. Chigorin vs Wittek 0-1411881BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
15. Wittek vs E Schallopp 0-1341881BerlinC49 Four Knights
16. Wittek vs W Paulsen 1-0401881BerlinD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Wittek vs Zukertort 0-1271881BerlinC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Winawer vs Wittek  0-1551881BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
19. J Noa vs Wittek 1-0361881BerlinB40 Sicilian
20. Wittek vs J Schwarz  1-0631881BerlinB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
21. H Von Schuetz vs Wittek  0-1201881BerlinC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
22. J Minckwitz vs Wittek  ½-½681881BerlinD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. F Riemann vs Wittek ½-½451881BerlinC48 Four Knights
24. Wittek vs Paulsen 0-1521881BerlinB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. J Mason vs Wittek  ½-½411881BerlinA00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-07  bravado1: In wikipedia it's said that he committed suicide. Does anyone know more details about this chesspalyer and above all great architect?
Sep-12-07  percyblakeney: <Does anyone know more details about this chesspalyer and above all great architect?>

It seems hard to quickly find more facts than those from the short Wikipedia entry. He is mentioned in an article on the City Hall in Sarajevo:

<The first project was drafted by Karl Parzik, but minister Benjamin Kalaj didn't like it, thus, he entrusted Alexander Wittek to draft a new one. Wittek used mosque of Sultan Hassan II as a model for this project, so he traveled to Cairo twice. Since this man (allegedly because of the project) got mentally sick and committed a suicide, the work on the project was continued by Ćiril M. Iveković in 1894.>

In his last tournament (the not too weak Vienna 1882) Wittek won against both Steinitz and Winawer, and finished with an even score, ahead of as strong players as Weiss and Chigorin. In his only previous top tournament, Berlin 1881, he won against Chigorin and Winawer and shared 5th (in a field of 17) with Mason.

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  whiteshark: as already mentioned:

Vienna 1882 crosstable: (note: What flag is aside A. Wittek's name?)

Big chessbase report on 'Vienna 1882' (German):

Oct-12-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Alexander Wittek.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Alexander Wittek.
Oct-20-13  Karpova: <Herr Wittek, who distinguished himself by winning a prize at the Berlin tourney, has been showing his powers as a blindfold player by encountering at Gratz ten simultaneous opponents without seeing the boards. The result of a six hours' stitting was that he won six games, lost one, and three were drawn.>

From page 58 of the February 1882 'British Chess Magazine'

Oct-12-15  jennwittek: I am completing a family genealogy history Herr Alexander Wittek (architect) and chess master: Would there exist any further accessible research materials or archives about Alexander Wittek - I am completing a family ancestry/genealogy. Thank you Jenn Wittek
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  Jean Defuse: ...

Vor Kurzem im Café Grillo von Herrn Wittek sans voir (blindfold) gespielt.

[Event "Cafe Grillo (bdf)"]
[Site "Wien"]
[Date "1881.??.??"]
[White "Wittek, Alexander"]
[Black "Neumann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C67"]
[PlyCount "57"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Be7 6. Qe2 Nd6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. dxe5 Nb7 9. Nd4 Nc5 10. Qg4 g6 11. Bh6 Bb7 12. Nc3 d6 13. Rfd1 Qd7 14. Qe2 Ne6 15. Ne4 c5 16. exd6 $1 cxd6 17. Nxe6 fxe6 18. Rxd6 Qc8 19. Qb5+ Kf7 20. Ng5+ Kg8 21. Rxe6 Bxg5 [#] 22. Qc4 $1 Kf7 $1 23. Rae1 Bxh6 24. Re7+ Kf6 25. Rf7+ Kg5 26. Qf4+ Kh5 27. Re5+ g5 28. h3 $1 Bxg2 $1 29. Rg7 Aufgegeben. Allgemeine Sport-Zeitung 10.02.1881. 1-0



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