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Richard Teichmann

Number of games in database: 614
Years covered: 1890 to 1924
Overall record: +243 -135 =234 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C67 C65 C66 C84 C87
 French Defense (31) 
    C01 C11 C10 C12 C14
 Orthodox Defense (22) 
    D63 D52 D60 D55 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D02 D05 A50 A46 D04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C84 C87 C90 C91 C98
 Four Knights (18) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C77 C78 C67 C87 C68
 Orthodox Defense (45) 
    D63 D61 D51 D60 D50
 Four Knights (25) 
    C49 C48
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D00 D02 D05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C87 C84 C86 C88
 Giuoco Piano (14) 
    C53 C50 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1911 1-0
   Teichmann vs NN, 1914 1-0
   Von Scheve vs Teichmann, 1907 0-1
   Teichmann vs Allies, 1905 1-0
   Teichmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 1-0
   NN vs Teichmann, 1890 0-1
   W Napier vs Teichmann, 1904 0-1
   Schlechter vs Teichmann, 1911 1/2-1/2
   Teichmann vs Vidmar, 1909 1/2-1/2
   Teichmann vs Burn, 1909 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (1900)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Berlin Jubilee (1907)
   London (1904)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   9th DSB Congress, Leipzig (1894)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Congress, Breslau (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Prague (1908)
   Ostend (1905)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Vienna (1903)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Hastings (1895)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Chess Career of Richard Teichmann by Resignation Trap
   Ostend 1905 by Mal Un
   Monte Carlo 1903 by Mal Un
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   "Monte Carlo 1903" by Littlejohn

   Pillsbury vs J Mason, 1895
   Lasker vs Janowski, 1895
   J Mason vs Tarrasch, 1895
   Von Bardeleben vs Bird, 1895
   Von Bardeleben vs J Mieses, 1895

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(born Dec-23-1868, died Jun-15-1925, 56 years old) Germany

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Richard Teichmann was born in Lehnitzsch Sachsen-Altenburg, Germany. In 1890 he was a student of modern languages (becoming fluent in several of them) and studied in Berlin where he also improved his chess. He moved to England in 1892 as a language teacher and resided there for a number of years.

His chess career began with a third place at Leipzig 1894, but at London 1899 he had to withdraw after four rounds because of eye trouble. He lost the use of his right eye and thereafter wore an eye patch. He returned to tournament play in 1902, winning so many fifth prizes up to 1910 that he earned the nickname "Richard the Fifth".

He placed first at London (1900), and at Karlsbad (1911) he had his finest result, finishing first in a strong 26-player field (+13, =10, -2).

In match play he won against Jacques Mieses, Rudolf Spielmann and Curt von Bardeleben and in 1921 drew (+2, =2, -2) with Alexander Alekhine. He understood positional play very well and was a good analyst and brilliant problemist.

A chronic kidney and heart complaint overcame him in the Virchow Hospital in Berlin in 1925, where he passed away.

Wikipedia article: Richard Teichmann

Last updated: 2016-12-25 15:31:28

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Teichmann 0-1141890?C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. R Loman vs Teichmann  0-1421892MatchC25 Vienna
3. R Loman vs Teichmann  1-0511892LondonC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. Teichmann vs Bird 0-1231892Divan Handicap tB30 Sicilian
5. L Van Vliet vs Teichmann 0-1631893London ''Black and White''C77 Ruy Lopez
6. Teichmann vs J Mason 0-1241893London ''Black and White''C48 Four Knights
7. Tinsley vs Teichmann  ½-½621893London ''Black and White''D00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Teichmann vs Bird 1-0601893London ''Black and White''B25 Sicilian, Closed
9. Teichmann vs Blackburne  ½-½221893London ''Black and White''C11 French
10. Teichmann vs R Loman 1-0221893MatchC29 Vienna Gambit
11. Teichmann vs L Rolland  1-0561894LondonD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J Mieses vs Teichmann 0-13618949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC13 French
13. P Seuffert vs Teichmann  0-12618949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC13 French
14. Teichmann vs H Suechting 1-03618949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC28 Vienna Game
15. Teichmann vs Tarrasch 0-14218949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC26 Vienna
16. Janowski vs Teichmann 1-03118949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC14 French, Classical
17. Teichmann vs Blackburne 1-04118949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC46 Three Knights
18. J W Baird vs Teichmann 0-17918949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Teichmann vs Schiffers  ½-½3318949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC28 Vienna Game
20. G Marco vs Teichmann 1-05118949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Schlechter vs Teichmann  ½-½1818949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC42 Petrov Defense
22. Teichmann vs Lipke ½-½5218949th DSB Congress, LeipzigD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Teichmann vs J N Berger  ½-½1718949th DSB Congress, LeipzigD05 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Zinkl vs Teichmann  0-15318949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
25. J Mason vs Teichmann 0-12418949th DSB Congress, LeipzigC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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Apr-10-14  Karpova: In the Cafe Bauer in Berlin (Unter den Linden) the match between Richard Teichmann and Jacques Mieses took place in 1910. The owners of the Cafe Bauer donated 1,000 <Mark>. Teichmann won with +5 -0 =2.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', October-November 1910, p. 382

Apr-18-14  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker:

<Teichmann hat seine eigene Manier. Er belegt sein Spiel, im Verlustfalle, mit groben Schimpfnamen, im entgegengesetzten Falle macht er dem Gegner die Freude, die von jenem begangenen Fehler zu verunglimpfen. So dauert der Mißmut über den Mangel an Erfolg nie lange, und man amüsiert sich unter sich vortrefflich.>

(Teichmann has his own style. He overlays his play with invective, in case of a loss, in the opposite case he pleases the opponent by denigrating the mistakes the opponent made. This way, displeasure over a lack of success never lasts long, and you enjoy yourself among yourselves excellently.)

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1909.02.27, p. 8 (Dr. Emanuel Lasker's report on St. Petersburg of February 22nd)

Aug-11-14  Marcelo Bruno: <myschkin> You are right that is a bad PGN code. It's incridible that softwares like Chessmaster contain this error. I checked the ChessBase software and I got there the correct information: 1924. Another strange information that the Chessmaster provides: Lasker's Memorial Tournament (Lasker was alive in this time and living in Berlin).
Aug-11-14  Marcelo Bruno: <dehanne> Yo-ho-ho!
Apr-07-15  Conrad93: He looks like a James Bond villain.
Apr-10-15  N0B0DY: SPOILER ALERT: <Conrat93> is really Darth Vader's bastard love child.
Apr-11-15  Conrad93: <is really Darth Vader's bastard love child.>

How would Darth Vader have children? Pretty sure his junk was burned off when he dropped in that lake of lava.

May-16-15  TheFocus: <Chess is 99% tactics> - Richard Teichmann.
Dec-24-16  Paarhufer: The new (and possibly last) article in Michael Negele's biographical series deals with Richard Teichmann:

As a byproduct Negele establishes the correct date of birth as 23 December 1868, and also explains the wrong date. But it is the whole article, which is great.

Dec-24-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Richard the Fifth!!
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  MissScarlett: Linlithgowshire Gazette, August 18th 1911, p.3:

<"La Strategie," Paris, thus truly wrote of Teichmann recently - "His chess lore is astonishing. He has not only a profound knowledge of the theory of the game, but is also thoroughly conversant with problem science and end-game study. For hour after hour he regaled us with the most miscellaneous collection of compositions. We may have met chess masters as enthusiastic in their devotion to chess, but we never met one who was so thoroughly versed in the science and history of the game." Certainly Teichmann would be hard to beat as an instructor, and there are also few better living players.>

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  Penguincw: Happy (would be) 150th birthday to Richard Teichmann.
Mar-15-19  mostafaa775: unlucky he was not Richard the first
Jan-10-23  generror: Everyone wearing an eyepatch is automatically one of my heroes, especially if he has the reputation of being a "drawing master". He also seemed to have been a really nice and interesting person.

I just encountered an nice little observation by Friedrich Sämisch on Edgar Winter's pages ( Sämisch mentions that Teichmann was liberally accepting draws not because he was lazy, but because he just was so good-natured. But there was one exception -- when Teichmann realized that the opponent tried to win a drawn game, he really got wild. I like that :)

Sämisch also mentions that he once played against him in just such a game, trying hard to win the game, when (apparently around move 15), Teichmann suddenly stopped the clock, pushed the pieces together and, after stating "Enough tedium, draw!", he left. (To a wrestling match, apparently.) The German expression has become something of a catchphrase.

Sämisch gives the first moves <1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Rc1 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.0-0 Ne4 11.Bxe7 Nxc3? 12.Bxh7+ Kh8> (ECO D63). I haven't been able to find this game anywhere; the <Deutsche Schachzeitung> mentions a 1921 or 1922 mini-match of four games between the two (which Teichmann won +1=3-0).

Does anyone know if this game (or any other from that match) was ever published -- and if so, where? It's definitively not on file here, nor is it in the Chessbase Mega Base.

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  HeMateMe: <Everyone wearing an eyepatch is automatically one of my heroes,>

I couldn't agree more


Dirty Rotten Chessplayers!

Jan-11-23  generror: <HeMateMe> What movie is that picture from?

I need to add it to my eyepatch movie list:

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  HeMateMe: Steve Martin's best movie, <Dirty Rotten Scoundrels>.

Not Michael Caine's best movie as he has appeared in 237 or so movies. But, perhaps Caine's best comedy?

Jan-11-23  Nosnibor: <Hemateme> "Theirs not a lot of people know that."
Jan-11-23  stone free or die: <generror> that's quite a list you've compiled.
Jan-12-23  generror: Thanks, <stone_free>, I just love this trope so much :)
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  FSR: Whoa! Last I heard, Rick was born on Christmas Eve, 1868, the same as Manny, er Emanuel Lasker. Now we have Rick being born the day before?!

What's the world coming to? Next I suppose you'll tell me that Darwin and Lincoln were born on different days.

Apr-11-23  Olavi: <FSR> They are saying Shakespeare and Cervantes didn't die the same day.
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  mifralu: <generror

Does anyone know if this game (or any other from that match) was ever published -- and if so, where?>

Just submitted the first game,Teichmann vs Saemisch, 1922 published in "Kagan's Neueste Schachnachrichten, Nr. 2, April 1922, p. 196-197"

Details about the game: C.N. 8836

Sep-12-23  Jean Defuse: ...

<Thank you mifralu> but the game is already in the database: Teichmann vs Saemisch, 1924


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  mifralu: <Jean Defuse:>

Teichmann vs Saemisch, 1924 (no source and wrong year) is a duplicate of Teichmann vs Saemisch, 1922 (sourced! pgn)

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