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Gyula Makovetz
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 1890 to 1897
Overall record: +12 -25 =8 (35.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-29-1860, died Aug-08-1903, 42 years old) Hungary

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Gyula Makovetz edited the chess magazine 'Budapesti Sakkszemle' from 1889 to 1894 and played in tournaments at Graz 1890 and Dresden 1892. At Graz he was 1st, ahead of Johann Hermann Bauer and Georg Marco. At Dresden he shared 2nd place with Moritz Porges behind Siegbert Tarrasch and ahead of Marco, Karl August Walbrodt and Curt von Bardeleben.

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Last updated: 2019-02-14 05:15:56

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Makovetz vs Lasker 1-0651890GrazC50 Giuoco Piano
2. G Makovetz vs A Schottlaender 0-1601892DSB-07.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
3. Von Bardeleben vs G Makovetz  0-1431892DSB-07.KongressC48 Four Knights
4. Tarrasch vs G Makovetz ½-½731892DSB-07.KongressD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. W Paulsen vs G Makovetz 0-1461892DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
6. G Makovetz vs R Loman 1-0591892DSB-07.KongressC59 Two Knights
7. G Makovetz vs Von Gottschall  1-0451892DSB-07.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
8. G Makovetz vs J Mason  ½-½201892DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
9. Winawer vs G Makovetz 1-0301892DSB-07.KongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. K Walbrodt vs G Makovetz ½-½611892DSB-07.KongressA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
11. J Noa vs G Makovetz  0-1271892DSB-07.KongressC47 Four Knights
12. G Makovetz vs Von Scheve 1-0701892DSB-07.KongressC77 Ruy Lopez
13. G Makovetz vs Albin  1-0511892DSB-07.KongressC10 French
14. J Mieses vs G Makovetz ½-½591892DSB-07.KongressA07 King's Indian Attack
15. G Makovetz vs M Porges 0-1171892DSB-07.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
16. G Makovetz vs Blackburne  ½-½501892DSB-07.KongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
17. G Makovetz vs Charousek ½-½581893MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Charousek vs G Makovetz 0-1171893MatchC22 Center Game
19. G Makovetz vs Charousek 1-0491893MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
20. Charousek vs G Makovetz ½-½531893MatchC13 French
21. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-0131893MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. G Makovetz vs Charousek ½-½311893MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
23. G Makovetz vs Maroczy 0-1191895BudapestC22 Center Game
24. Charousek vs G Makovetz 1-0301895BudapestC44 King's Pawn Game
25. Maroczy vs G Makovetz 1-0321895BudapestC66 Ruy Lopez
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Aug-17-04  percyblakeney: Gyula Makovetz (1860-1903) was a Hungarian who had only Tarrasch ahead of him in Dresden 1892, and won a match against Charousek 1893 (3.5-2.5). He seems to have played very little apart from those events.
Aug-17-04  percyblakeney: At least he should have stopped playing Charousek after winning that match in 1893...
Jul-25-06  Calli: From the bio

"At Graz he was 1st ahead of Johann Hermann Bauer, Johann Hermann Bauer,"

I think that line is from our department of redundancy department here at CG ;->

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  Gypsy: Per 1893+ Hungarian chess journalists,

Makovetz + Charousek + Maroczy = 'the triumvirate'

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  whiteshark: Here you can find a bio in German:

The English on is quite featureless :(

Sep-06-08  ravel5184: The better sounding "Redundancy Department of Redundancy" sounds better.
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  whiteshark: Why? I wonder why?
Sep-06-08  ravel5184: Aw, you're just jealous of my extraordinary sense of humor. :)
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  whiteshark: Wide of the mark! Dulness is the coming of age of seriousness. :D
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  GrahamClayton: His victory at Graz was against a very small field (7 players in total). The Graz tournament clashed with the Manchester tournament in England, which attracted the majority of the best international players.
Feb-17-15  zanzibar: According to the 1902 New Volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannia, 10e, v2 new, v26 complete, p750:

<Makovetz, a talented Hungarian, who never played afterwards, made his first appearance, as well as Walbrodt, a Berlin player of promise. The latter did not, however, justify the very high expectations formed of him.>

Feb-23-17  offramp: To my surprise chessmetrics, puts him at World number 5 between August 1892 and June 1893 (except for 01/93 [Walbrodt]).

He is No 5 after four very big names: Lasker, Tarrasch, Steinitz and Chigorin!

Feb-23-17  zanzibar: <Name: Makovets, Gyula Also known as: Gyula Makovetz; Julius Makovetz; Makowetz Born: 29 Dec. 1860
Died: 1903

Gaige says died c1903; Forster says died 1903. Urcan gives his name as 'Jacob Makowetz'.>

He's also listed as #5 on EDOchess. But he played so few tournaments in comparison to the others than I would imagine his calculated rating has rather large error bars.

I haven't played over his games, have you? If so, what's your impression?

Feb-23-17  Retireborn: <z> I've just looked at his game v Lasker, which is impressive up to a certain point.

Chessbase gives his original nationality as Romanian, but I suspect that just means he was born in Transylvania, and Magyar was his first or major language.

Feb-23-17  zanzibar: Thanks <rb>, I should take some time to play over some of his games then. And maybe research him a little more.
Jun-30-17  zanzibar: He was the editor/founder of Budapesti Sakkszemle (from the more-complete German wiki version):

(Not sure if there is a Magyar/Hungarian version for him, at least it's not readily apparent)

He was supposedly one of the top-5 players in the world at one time, but was soon eclipsed by others such as Lasker (who he beat in Graz (1890)), and more importantly, Charousek and Maroczy - which maybe contributed to his complete withdrawal from competitive chess:

<In preparation for the Budapest Millennium Tournament in the autumn of 1896, he played practice games with Dawid Janowski , who struck him. A year later Makovetz had recovered, but Charousek as well as Maróczy made it clear again, and then completely withdrew from chess and life. After his death there was no obituary, his death day is unknown. He suffered the tragic fate of a chess master, who could not get through as a professional player and failed at the unfavorable times.

Maróczy reported in his memoirs: "He (Makovetz) has completely avoided dealing with people. His gloom passed into persecution, and he saw in every man the enemy who threatened his life. He also refused the doctor. The chess world of his death has also only been very late. ">


A sad finish to a promising start.

I'm having a very difficult time locating a photograph of him. It's very unfortunate that he seem to be missing from this photograph at Dresden (1892):

(See the DSB site for a keyed label, or other sites)

As regards his name, his last name should follow the convention here:

So the name is Makovetz Gyula, undoubtedly - or Makovetz, Gyula in what should be our convention.


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Jul-01-17  zanzibar: Mention is made of a daily partner - Valentine Huber - leader of Hungarian Orchestra:

Japanese Weekly v23 p569

Jul-01-17  zanzibar: If I read this correctly

DOD = 1903.08.08

Source: BH 1903 aug. 10

(What's that?)

How authoritative is the link?

Jul-01-17  zanzibar: Oh yeah, and where did <CG> get Dec from?

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