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Lothar Schmid
L Schmid 
Number of games in database: 600
Years covered: 1943 to 1990

Overall record: +277 -89 =233 (65.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C71
 Sicilian (83) 
    B92 B20 B45 B43 B36
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C98
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C03 C18 C16 C10
 King's Indian (19) 
    E94 E98 E91 E69 E67
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B17 B18 B10 B11
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (58) 
    C05 C18 C19 C17 C15
 Alekhine's Defense (35) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
 Sicilian (35) 
    B85 B43 B83 B80 B21
 Old Benoni (34) 
 Old Indian (31) 
    A54 A55 A53
 French Winawer (25) 
    C18 C19 C17 C15 C16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs L Schmid, 1949 0-1
   Sils vs L Schmid, 1971 0-1
   L Schmid vs W Sahlmann, 1948 1-0
   L Schmid vs Welz, 1945 1-0
   L Schmid vs K Gumprich, 1950 1-0
   L Schmid vs Westerinen, 1968 1-0
   E Walther vs L Schmid, 1961 0-1
   L Schmid vs H Hoffmann, 1943 1-0
   L Schmid vs Muth, 1949 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zuerich (1954)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-4 (1960)
   Siegen Olympiad qual-6 (1970)
   Venice (1953)
   Bamberg (1968)
   Southsea (1950)
   Helsinki Olympiad qual-1 (1952)
   Munich Olympiad qual-2 (1958)
   Zuerich (1961)
   Dublin Zonal (1957)
   EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965)
   San Juan (1969)
   Monte Carlo (1969)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Clare Benedict by Chnebelgrind
   1967 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Dublin Zonal 1957 by Chessical
   Bamberg 1968 by Chessdreamer
   2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship by Benzol
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-10-1929, died May-18-2013, 84 years old) Germany

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Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid was born on the 10th of May 1929 in Radebeul, Germany and died on May 18, 2013 in Bamberg, Germany.

He was awarded the IM title in 1951, and the GM and GMC titles in 1959.

Schmid was German Correspondence Champion in 1952 and finished second ex aequo with Lucius Endzelins behind Viacheslav Ragozin in the 2nd Correspondence World Championship (1956) - (1962). He was reputed to own the finest private chess library in the world. Schmid was the chief arbiter for the Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986) and Fischer - Spassky (1992).

Wikipedia article: Lothar Schmid

Last updated: 2022-06-19 09:18:47

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 596  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Schmid vs Herzog 1-0151943DresdenC77 Ruy Lopez
2. L Schmid vs H Hoffmann 1-0211943ViennaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. L Schmid vs A Viaud  ½-½291945olm2 corr4552C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. L Schmid vs Welz 1-0201945Radebeul, GermanyC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. L Schmid vs G Pfeiffer  1-0331947WeissenfelsC71 Ruy Lopez
6. M Seibold vs L Schmid 1-0331948Max-Bluemich mem-A corr4850C05 French, Tarrasch
7. Meyer vs L Schmid  0-1251948corrA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
8. Deutgen vs L Schmid 0-1131948Celle, West GermanyA51 Budapest Gambit
9. G Kieninger vs L Schmid  1-0341948Essen West German chC05 French, Tarrasch
10. L Schmid vs G Machate  0-1371948Essen West German chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Teschner vs L Schmid  ½-½341948Essen West German chA43 Old Benoni
12. L Schmid vs Niephaus  1-0451948Essen West German chA55 Old Indian, Main line
13. Rautenberg vs L Schmid  1-0351948Essen West German chB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. L Schmid vs Rellstab  1-0341948Essen West German chA22 English
15. H Greis vs L Schmid  ½-½291948Essen West German chC50 Giuoco Piano
16. L Schmid vs W Sahlmann 1-0101948Essen West German chB20 Sicilian
17. W Ernst vs L Schmid  0-1561948Essen West German chC14 French, Classical
18. L Schmid vs Unzicker  ½-½371948Essen West German chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
19. G Stein vs L Schmid  0-1351948Essen West German chE60 King's Indian Defense
20. L Schmid vs P Troeger  0-1311948Essen West German chC03 French, Tarrasch
21. R Czaya vs L Schmid  ½-½371948Essen West German chD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. T Schuster vs L Schmid  0-1371948Essen West German chC22 Center Game
23. L Schmid vs F Nuernberg  1-0491948Essen West German chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
24. R G Wade vs L Schmid  ½-½251949HeidelbergC26 Vienna
25. L Schmid vs Rossolimo 0-1281949HeidelbergC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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May-21-14  zanzibar: With all due respect, <He owned the finest private chess library in the World >, is a little extreme as an absolute statement of fact.

Trying to be equally fair-minded as the subject, I think <one of the finest> would make an agreeable substitute. Agreed?

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> May I suggest the following?

<what was considered one of the finest>

May-22-14  zanzibar: <perfidious> That's works nicely.

Although I don't mind a spot of hyperbole in the kibitzing, I tend modesty (and accuracy) in the "official" section.

I'm bouncing around doing the name stuff at the moment and bounced over here. I finally looked at the wiki source ('cause if you do claim a 'the' <best> extremum, it should be sourced after all), and here is what it said:

<It was reputed that he owned the largest known private chess library in the world,[3]>

A clever way to state the claim. Their source? Oxford Companion.

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Agreed: whatever happens in the kibitzing, objectivity should be striven for in the bios.
May-28-14  zanzibar: <perfidious> What happens in the kibitz stays in the kibitz (or should that be kibbutz?)

Anyways, I looked into this a little more, and discovered that Oxford Companion (1e) did make an absolute statement in regards to L. Schmid's library:

<A collector of chess paraphernalia and books, he has the largest private chess library in the world>

Last sentence in his entry, from the 1984 (1e p297-298 hbk) Hooper and Whyld book.

Now it's hard to argue with such distinguished, and usually careful, authors - but it still strikes me as a rather bold statement of fact. I wonder if it remained in the 2e?

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  paulalbert: That Lothar had the largest private collection was a claim he personally made. He made it to me when I had breakfast with him in NY about 8 years ago. As I remember the conversation, he also said it was bigger than some of the well known collections in public libraries, Cleveland , OH, e.g. Note that this relates to number of items; Lothar's collection was very comprehensive, highly valuable along with less valuable, and apparently included more than one of many items. The mixture of the rare with the mundane from what I have read is an issue in disposing of the collection as a whole rather than piecemeal. I have no idea where the Schmid family's sale efforts stand at this point.
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  tamar: Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam wrote a diplomatic piece in New in Chess about his visit to the library after Schmid's death.

The gist, without the diplomacy, was that a large percentage of the collection was junk, and that the truly valuable parts, which he did not deny, could be confined to one room.

A bigger objection to sale was that Schmid had always resisted making an inventory catalog, and the family afterwards could not/ or would not provide one to a seller either.

May-28-14  zanzibar: Here I find another parallel between the world of chess and jazz.

I once knew a man with an extensive, and fine, collection of LP's - including many original pressings. This was an individual who had actually heard Charlie Parker perform live. He well knew jazz, and could write well about it as well.

But his days were drawing down, and he wondered what he should do with his collection. Since he had no close relatives who knew the value of such records, I advised him to liquidate all but his most favorite recordings. That way, he would benefit his beloved wife the most; both by relieving her of a job she was unqualified for, and by maximizing the financial return on his collection. He didn't know the business end at first, but he had both the brains and the music knowledge to learn very quickly.

It turns out that he really didn't need my advice, since he had basically already decided the same. But he was surprised to realize that selling his collection piecemeal to different dealers offered the better return than selling it as a complete package to one dealer. That, despite the fact that the majority of his collection was essentially non-convertible, and ended up being donated to a local library.

(His original pressings of Blue Note records were the most valuable)

His wife would never have the patience to do all the work necessary to sort out the collection, and would have squandered the most valuable by selling the entire lot as a unit. Even if properly inventoried.

Of course it was sad for him to sell off such a fine collection. But he did have fun making the many trips to the various record dealers throughout the city.

Of course, that was in the days that cities still had record shops.

Mar-31-15  Brown: Request for a photo just of Schmid for his page.
Mar-31-15  offramp: <Brown: Request for a photo just of Schmid for his page.>

Take an A4 piece of paper and cut a 2cm x 2cm hole in the centre of it. Hold that piece of paper up to your computer screen so that Schmid's face appears in the hole. Sorted!

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  MissScarlett: <Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam wrote a diplomatic piece in New in Chess about his visit to the library after Schmid's death.>

<In November 2014, DeLucia visited Schmid’s house. This visit has led to the publication of Seven Days in Bamberg – The Best of the Lothar Schmid Collection. For almost anybody, this brandnew luxury book will be a first opportunity to see the highlights of Schmid’s collection, as the German was always quite secretive and never published a catalogue or any other publication on his library.>

May-16-18  Senk:
Oct-16-19  Brown: Lets get Fischer off of Schmid's page.
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  fredthebear: 5/10/2008 article:
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  Dionysius1: As <HeMateMe> pointed out on 20130521 here on page 2 Lothar Schmid , Lothar Schmid was also arbiter at the Fischer Spassky rematch in 1992. It would be good to recognise 1992 as well in the biography above.
Oct-17-22  Chessist: Lothar Schmid did not participate in 1972 FRG-ch 12th. Those games were played by Schmid, Wolfgang (b 1941).
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  Stonehenge: I need a source to change it.

I can find

Di Felice also has Lothar but gives ChessBase as the source, which isn't exactly reliable.

Oct-17-22  Chessist: Schmid-Rausis, Hilton Open 1999, was played by Schmid, Roland, and not by Schmid, Lothar.

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  whiteshark: Chessbase Mega Database (2019) has Wolfgang Schmid playing <GER-ch53 (FRG-11)> in Oberursel in 1972. There he played 4 C00 games whereas Lothar Schmid never played it, except for L Schmid vs D Keller, 1969 based on cg-db. Shared 15th-23rd place would probably be his worst tournament, while seeded 1st.
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  Stonehenge: Thanks, it has been changed.
Oct-19-22  Chessist: L. Schmid-Gilg, 1972 Rosenheim Stadtmeisterschaft: according to "Karl Gilg" by Schmitzer/Wimmer, p 89, Gilg's opponent was a certain "D. Schmid", so definitely not Lothar Schmid.
Oct-22-22  Chessist: Lothar Schmid - Helmuth Lietz, corr 1974: according to Fernschach 1974, p. 245, White was "H. Schmidt". Game was played in a GDR corr tournament and continued like this: 14.Bb5+ Kf8 15.Rf1+ Kg8 16.Be2 Bxe2 17.Kxe2 exd4 18.Rf7 Nc3+ 19.Kf2 Qe2+ 20.Kg3 Ne4+ 21.Kf4 g5+ 0:1. None of the corr games since 1969 was played by Lothar Schmid.
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  Stonehenge: H Schmidt vs Lietz, 1974.

But please use correction slips next time.

Every game has <Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.>

Oct-22-22  Z free or die: I like seeing the corrections in the comment stream (though I guess in this case the comment best belongs on the game page).

You see when it was made, by who, and what it was - in full detail.

It would be nice to find a way to automate a correction slip submission via a comment post.

It would also be nice to document, in the comment stream or via a history list, the changes made to a game.


Oct-24-22  Chessist: Szilagyi-Lothar Schmid, corr 1969: according to Fernschach 1972, p 232, Black was Peter Schmidt (Berllin). Game ended with 14...Bd4+ 0:1.
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