|Nov-26-04|| ||nasmichael: I was curious about who Takacs was. In a brief search, I found the name in a list of people liberated from Bergen-Belsen "concentration camp" (technically recognized as a transit center and not officially given concentration camp status) in Lower Saxony, by a Rezsö Kasztner. This Takacs, a Hungarian, was born in 1902, and was a doctor. Is this the same person who played Rubenstein? |
|Nov-26-04|| ||nasmichael: ...in 1922? Rubinstein vs S Takacs, 1922 |
|Nov-26-04|| ||sneaky pete: <nasmichael> No. The chessplayer Sandor (or Alexander) Takacs, born in Miskolc (Hungary) February 10, 1893, died in Antwerp (Belgium) April 22, 1932. |
|Dec-02-04|| ||nasmichael: Many thanks, <sneaky Pete>. What can you tell me about his life? What did he pursue in his life other than chess? Of what did he die? What brought him to Antwerp? |
|Feb-10-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Sandor Takacs|
|Feb-11-06|| ||Eastfrisian: <nasmichael> It is told, that his former name was Karl Sydlauer. I don't know, why he changed his name. In WW 1 he was heavy injured, but he was a good businessman and later he became a wealthy man. As next he was in love to a woman, but not with a good end. He shot himself in the breast, survived, but his lounge was injured for the rest of his life.|
When life in Hungary became harder (political problems) he settled over to Vienna, where he lost the rest of his money. He played brige and Billard very good, but turned over to chess, when he won some smaller tournaments.
Why he turned then over to Belgium is not known, but here he had no money and was too proud to ask his relatives for money. His injured lounge and the stavration, in which he lived, should have been the reasons of his death.
I can't confirm this all, but I have it from German Chess Writer Helmut Wieteck, Andernach, written in "Europa-Rochade" 1986.
|Feb-10-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the Day:
Playing at Meran 1924: http://www.rogerpaige.me.uk/histori...
and at Budapest 1926: http://www.rogerpaige.me.uk/histori...
Can you identify/spot Takacs on these pictures ?
|Feb-10-08|| ||Calli: In the Meran picture, he is standing in the center of the back row looking to his right. For the complete key to the photo see Chess Note 4669. Scroll above http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Feb-10-08|| ||whiteshark: Thank you, <Calli>!|
|Feb-10-08|| ||Calli: But where is he in the Budapest picture? Maybe 5th from left wearing glasses?|
|Mar-21-10|| ||Eastfrisian: I would say he is the third from right (back row)|
|Feb-10-11|| ||bravado1: It's said in Wikipedia that he died in Budapest. Now, where does the Antwerp story fit? Also, there's no mention of his love affair and later bankruptcy.|
|Feb-10-11|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P <Sandor Takacs>.B.T.W.,Congratz for being <Player of the Day> for Thursday February 10th,2011.|
|Aug-01-12|| ||Karpova: According to page 146 of the 1932 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', Takacs remained in a hospital at least from autumn 1931 onwards. Once his condition became so bad that he knew he would soon die, he was transferred back to Budapest where he died one week later ('Erst als der Tod an sein Krankenlager trat, ließ sich zurück nach Budapest bringen, wo er eine Woche später starb').|
|Aug-01-12|| ||perfidious: <Karpova> The year 1932 was an annus horribilis for chess players: besides Takacs, we lost
Frederick D Yates,
Daniel Noteboom, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Rudolf Johannes Loman et al.|
|Nov-10-13|| ||Karpova: 48-board Simul on October 10, 1924, in Vienna lasting 4 hours with the score +43 -2 =3.|
On November 14, 1924, he played a 14-board Blind Simul and scored in 5 hours +11 -1 =2
From page 332 of the November 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|May-23-15|| ||MissScarlett: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23rd June 1932, p.28:
<The recent death at Budapest of Alexander Takacs has removed from European chess circles an interesting figure, who, while he never took rank as a grand master, yet made his presence felt whenever he participated in an important tournament. Because of his restless energy he was one of the most dangerous of opponents. [...]
Until he returned to his home in April he had been staying at a sanatorium near Antwerp for nearly a year, suffering from lung trouble. Takacs was a Hungarian by birth, but gained his chess experience in Vienna. He was 39 years of age.>
|Feb-10-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sandor Takacs.|