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Leopold Loewy, Sr.
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 1903 to 1907

Overall record: +16 -19 =10 (46.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Declined (9) 
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C68 C66 C77 C80 C61
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C82 C77 C80 C83
 King's Gambit Declined (7) 
 Ruy Lopez, Open (5) 
    C82 C83 C80
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   L Loewy Sr vs L Loewy Jr, 1904 1/2-1/2

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   Vienna (1904/05) (1904)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)

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(born 1840, died 1907, 67 years old) Austria

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Wikipedia article: Leopold Löwy, Sr.

Last updated: 2017-06-05 14:36:21

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 0-1311903ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. A Neumann vs L Loewy Sr 1-0381904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
3. G Marco vs L Loewy Sr  0-1311904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
4. L Loewy Sr vs Vidmar 1-0421904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
5. H Wolf vs L Loewy Sr  1-0321904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
6. L Loewy Sr vs L Loewy Jr ½-½771904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
7. J Perlis vs L Loewy Sr  1-0371904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
8. L Loewy Sr vs Maroczy  ½-½431904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
9. Schlechter vs L Loewy Sr 1-0251904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
10. L Loewy Sr vs Albin  ½-½351904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
11. L Loewy Sr vs A Neumann  1-0361904Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Albin vs L Loewy Sr  ½-½251905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
13. L Loewy Sr vs Schlechter  0-1261905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
14. L Loewy Sr vs G Marco  0-1461905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
15. L Loewy Sr vs H Wolf  0-1281905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
16. L Loewy Jr vs L Loewy Sr  ½-½291905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
17. L Loewy Sr vs J Perlis  1-0321905Vienna (1904/05)C30 King's Gambit Declined
18. F Englund vs L Loewy Sr  0-1361905Barmen Main A, GERC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. L Loewy Sr vs Moewig  ½-½571905Barmen Main A, GERC77 Ruy Lopez
20. L Loewy Sr vs R K Kieseritsky  1-0321905Barmen Main A, GERD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. L Loewy Sr vs E Cohn  1-0411905Barmen Main A, GERD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Gajdos vs L Loewy Sr  0-1581905Barmen Main A, GERB32 Sicilian
23. A Sartori vs L Loewy Sr  0-1211905Barmen Main A, GERC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Vidmar vs L Loewy Sr 1-0221905Barmen Main A, GERC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. L Loewy Sr vs Duras  ½-½401905Barmen Main A, GERD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  whiteshark: Born 1840.
He was an Austrian chess player.


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  whiteshark: Any sources known that he's said:

<Also sprach Tarraschustra> (Thus spoke Tarraschustra) ?

Aug-08-09  sneaky pete: I found a reference to <Also sprach der Tarraschustra> by a certain Löwy, no first name given, with probably Georg Marco as unnamed co-author, published in the Wiener Schachzeitung 1905 or 1906. Occasion was apparently Tarrasch's notes in the book of the match Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1905. Tarrasch won that match +8 -1 =8, and found it necessary to explain one of the draws with "An meinen Spiel sieht man ganz deutlich, wie - eine Folge der Influenze - die Ruhe der Überlegung gestört war."

Löwy writes:
The many friends and admirers of the American matador lived in continuous fear for his health, seeing that he lost one game after another. I too prepared myself, when playing over the games, to find that Marshall might soon suffer a mild stroke or something similar. So imagine my great amazement, when not Marshall, but Dr Tarrasch was struck by influenza!


Unfortunately, or fortunately for some, I don't have the entire text in German, or I would copy it here. I just have a long quote in a Dutch publication, of which I translated some lines.

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  whiteshark: Thank you <sneaky pete>!

Now I've found a reference for the quote in <Wiener Schachzeitung 1905>, too, but w/o context.

I also found the quote <Thus spake Tarraschustra> in the book <The World's Great Chess Games> by Reuben Fine. Here you can also find a review of 300 Schachpartien and more...

Aug-30-09  jurado96: I am sorry this is the oldest man
not his son
Apr-09-10  ILoveCrazyhouse: Jurado you stole my joke.
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  TheFocus: Leopold Loewy, Sr. and Leopold Loewy, Jr. are NOT father and son. They were not related. Someone at CG should have done their research better.
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  HeMateMe: Wasn't Leopold Loewy the killer from Chicago?
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  TheFocus: Yeah, he was known as "Lefty".
Jan-02-12  sneaky pete: In defence of Leopold Loewy, Sr. it should be argued that, although his name may arouse suspicion, it's not really the same as Richard "Dickie" Loeb and Nathan "Babe" Leopold, his old mother can testify that he wasn't ever in or around Chicago, there is no proof that he ever studied ornithology and in 1924 he was probably dead anyway.
Jun-03-17  zanzibar: It would be nice to have a clean distinction between the two <Loewy, Leopold>'s.

Excluding unusual longevity in the family genes, both must have a dod by now.

I found mention of another <Loewy, Leopold> in Vienna:

<11.2.2 Celestial Mechanics

Moritz Loewy was born on the 15th April 1833 in Vienna, Austria of Jewish parents, Leopold Loewy and his wife Caroline Herzel, both natives of neigbouring Slovakia. ...>


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: Which one is being referred to here?


Leopold Loewy

... a chessmaster of Vienna, Austria, in the belief that it would keep him more fit for chess, never wore an overcoat in sixty-two years.

___ Ripley's Believe It or Not!


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: May 23, 1963
Lincoln Evening Journal from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 34

may be a source for the Ripley's, believe it or not!

Jun-03-17  zanzibar: <Gaige has 'J.L. Lowy' in this event (and 'L. Lowy' in another Vienna tournament the same year);>

In reference to <Wiener Schachklub Amateur Tournament - Vienna (1899-1900(?))>


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: <Focus> provides some valuable input:

Biographer Bistro (kibitz #16651)


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: Let's start here:

<Löwenbräu = Lion's Brew>

Löwy = Loewy

OK, we have the following:

WSZ v8 N1 (Jan 1905) p9-10

Das abgelehnte Königsgambit-Turnier im Wiener Schach-Klub.

Ende Mai 1904 stellte mir Prof. J. L. Rice anläßlich meiner Tour nee nach Cambridge-Springs 200 Dollars (= 1000 Kronen) zur Ver fügung für ein Turnier mit dem Thema

1. e2 — e4 e7 — e5 2. f 2 — f 4 Lf8 — c5.


Die Idee fand bei den Wiener Spielern und auch auswärts großen Anklang. So z. B. schreibt M. H. in den „Hamburger Nachrichten":

Das Turnier begann am 29. November v. J. in Wien unter den Auspizien des Wiener Schach-Klubs, welcher zur Ermunterung auswärtiger Kräfte noch 500 Kronen beisteuerte. Die Besetzung war glänzend: Albin (der Unverwüstliche), Marco, Maröczy, Schlechter und Heinrich Wolf, dann A. Neumann, der in Koburg neugebackene Meister, M. Vidmar, sein ebenbürtiger Rivale im Koburger Turnier, Leop. Löwy und Dr. J. Periis, zwei formidable Kräfte, die in stark besetzten Lokalturnieren wiederholt erste Preise errungen hatten und endlich eine neue sehr achtbare Größe Leopold Löwy II, der zur Unterscheidung vom Löwen Nr. I unter dem Namen Müller spielte. Der ungarische Champion Maröczy traf erst am 11. Dezember in Wien ein und absolvirte alle Partien in raschestem Tempo, indem er täglich 1 Partie spielte, während die übrigen Spieler nur 2 Runden in der Woche absolvirten und erst nach Maröczys Abreise (3. Januar d. J.) 3 Gänge wöchentlich machten.>


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: On to google translate:


The King's Gambit Declined tournament in the Vienna Chess Club

At the end of May 1904 Prof. J. L. Rice introduced me to my tour According to Cambridge-Springs 200 dollars (= 1000 crowns) available for A tournament with the theme

1.e2-e4 e7-e5 2.f2-f4 Bf8-c5.


The idea came with the Viennese players and also abroad Appeal. [...]

The tournament began on 29 November in Vienna under the auspices The Viennese Chess Club, which encouraged foreign forces Still paid 500 crowns. The cast was brilliant: Albin (the Indestructible), Marco, Maroczy, Badger and Heinrich Wolf, then A. Neumann, the new master, M. Vidmar, of Koburg Equal rival in the Koburger tournament, Leop. Löwy and Dr. J. Periis, Two formidable forces operating in heavily occupied local markets Had repeatedly won first prizes and finally a new very Respectable grandeur Leopold Löwy II, who, for the distinction of the Löwen Nr. I [lion no. I] Under the name of Müller. The Hungarian champion Maröczy met Did not enter Vienna until December 11, and completed all the games in Fastest pace by playing one game every day, while the Remaining players only 2 rounds a week and only after Maroczys departure (3 January of the year) 3 courses weekly.


WSZ v8 N1 (Jan 1905) p9-10

As for the players, it turns out that Müller was a pseudonym used to distinguish two similarly named players, one from Vienna, the other presumably from Budapest (primary source still needed).

WSZ also used the distinction <Löwy I> vs <Löwy II> which I guess caused people to mistakenly assume Sr./Jr. which assembling the modern databases.

The above also reveals that a lot of scheduling machinations was involved with Maroczy - and I would assume <CG> has the wrong date on many of his games.

Not that it really matters much, but the inaccuracy should be noted somewhere.

Another interesting fact not mentioned in the intro's on <CG> is the inspiration of the American Rice Tournament on the concept (Vienna (1903)'s inception is credited to an effort to revive interest w/o mention of Rice).


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: There are several mentions of "L. Löwy" in the earliest issue to the <WSZ> v1.

E.g. G85 is a 1897/98 <Löwy,L--Wolf,S.R. (25) 1-0>


Jun-03-17  zanzibar: One might also note reference to a <Dr. Max Löwy> who served on the magazine's (or clubs(?)) board of directors.


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