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Samuel Rosenthal
Number of games in database: 191
Years covered: 1864 to 1888

Overall record: +52 -62 =60 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C65 C77 C67 C80 C60
 French Defense (17) 
    C01 C11 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (8) 
    C33 C37 C34
 Scotch Game (7) 
 Three Knights (7) 
 Sicilian (6) 
    B21 B23 B45
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C65 C77 C67 C80 C68
 King's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    C33 C39
 Evans Gambit (8) 
    C51 C52
 English, 1 c4 e5 (7) 
    A20 A28
 Scotch Game (7) 
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C53 C50 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Rosenthal vs Allies, 1887 1-0
   S Rosenthal vs Count Isouard, 1871 1-0
   Winawer vs S Rosenthal, 1883 1/2-1/2
   S Rosenthal vs Baron d'Anglas, 1876 1-0
   S Rosenthal vs J Mortimer, 1883 1-0
   S Rosenthal vs Philippe, 1873 1-0
   S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1870 1-0
   S Rosenthal vs Anderssen, 1873 1-0
   Steinitz vs S Rosenthal, 1883 0-1
   S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1883 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1873)
   Paris (1878)
   Baden-Baden (1870)
   London (1883)
   Paris (1867)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1883 by suenteus po 147
   London 1883 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Vienna 1873 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1873 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Paris 1878 by suenteus po 147
   Samuel Rosenthal - A Forgotten Showman by marekg248
   Rosenthal - Wisker (1870-71) by MissScarlett

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(born Sep-07-1837, died Sep-12-1902, 65 years old) Poland (federation/nationality France)

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Samuel Rosenthal was born in Suwalki*. He became a law student and moved from Warsaw to Paris, France in 1864 during the Polish revolution. He settled there as a chess professional and writer. He won the Cafe de la Regence championship in 1865, 1866, and 1867. He won the first unofficial French chess championship in 1880. A player of master strength, his results were affected by his journalistic activities and bad health. His best performance was at Vienna in 1873 where he finished 4th. He contributed to many journals and chess magazines and edited a chess column in the 'Monde Illustre' from 1885 to 1902. In 1898, he successfully sued one of his chess students, Prince Balaschoff, when his contract was terminated. The First Chamber of the Civil Tribunal at Paris awarded Rosenthal 15,000 francs. The Prince had been paying Rosenthal 500 francs a month, and 1,000 francs when Rosenthal accompanied the Prince in travel.

*Wikipedia article: Suwałki

Wikipedia article: Samuel Rosenthal

Last updated: 2019-09-07 08:05:58

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 191  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kolisch vs S Rosenthal 1-0221864Paris m2C33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. S Rosenthal vs Kolisch 0-1411864Paris m2C53 Giuoco Piano
3. Kolisch vs S Rosenthal 1-0861864Parijs mC51 Evans Gambit
4. J Mortimer vs S Rosenthal  1-0211865Cafe de la RegenceC51 Evans Gambit
5. S Rosenthal vs E J H Schmidt 1-0291865Leipzig simC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. E P Duclos vs S Rosenthal 0-1301865Paris000 Chess variants
7. J Mortimer vs S Rosenthal  0-1251867Paris mC20 King's Pawn Game
8. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal  ½-½411867Paris m1C55 Two Knights Defense
9. S Rosenthal vs J Mortimer 1-0181867Paris mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. J Mortimer vs S Rosenthal  1-0501867Paris mC50 Giuoco Piano
11. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann 0-1481867Paris m1B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal  ½-½391867Paris m1C55 Two Knights Defense
13. S Rosenthal vs J Mortimer ½-½501867Paris mC45 Scotch Game
14. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann  0-1271867Paris m1C60 Ruy Lopez
15. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal ½-½411867Paris m1C59 Two Knights
16. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann ½-½391867Paris m1C45 Scotch Game
17. J Mortimer vs S Rosenthal  0-1441867Paris mC44 King's Pawn Game
18. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal 1-0381867ParisC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann  0-1361867Paris m1C45 Scotch Game
20. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann 0-1451867Paris m1B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. J Mortimer vs S Rosenthal  1-0241867Paris mC54 Giuoco Piano
22. G Neumann vs S Rosenthal  ½-½311867Paris m1C33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. S Rosenthal vs G Neumann ½-½481867Paris m1C67 Ruy Lopez
24. De Vere vs S Rosenthal 0-1231867ParisA20 English
25. S Rosenthal vs De Vere 0-1321867ParisC00 French Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-22-05  Knight13: All I can say about this player is this: "He was a strong player who competed against the world's strongest players."
Dec-10-05  aw1988: Was it said of him "His greatest weakness is not studying the modern game", or am I thinking of somebody else?
Sep-07-06  BIDMONFA: Samuel Rosenthal


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  Phony Benoni: Rosenthal and Zukertort shared a birthday, the former being five years older. Wonder if they ever played on September 7th?
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  Calli: Rosenthal is great-great-grandfather of David Shenk, author of the new book "The Immortal Game" :
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  Phony Benoni: He has an interesting overall record. Can't get more even than that!
Jun-17-07  Karpova: Here's a nice article on the "Showman" Rosenthal:

He was called a showman because of giving a lot of simultaneous exhibition and blindfold sessions. The article provides a lot of pictures and games from simuls with beautiful combinations.

Aug-18-07  Karpova: <1898-99: Samuel Rosenthal v Prince Balaschoff (C.N. 1483)

‘From the Stratégie we learn that a curious lawsuit has just been brought before the First Chamber of the Civil Tribunal at Paris. A dozen years ago Prince Balaschoff engaged Mr Rosenthal as a teacher of chess, at a salary of 500 fr. per month, and 1,000 fr. when M. Rosenthal accompanied his pupil in travel. Pupil and teacher were on the best of terms, and they laboured together hard at a work on chess. But one gets tired of everything, and some months ago M. Balaschoff got rid of his instructor. The latter brought an action to recover 15,000 fr. arrears of pay according to agreements, 1,000 fr. for the last journey to Stuttgard [sic], and 25,000 fr. indemnity for sudden dismissal, and for loss of profits by non-publication of the chess work on which they had been engaged. The tribunal awarded M. Rosenthal 15,000 fr. for salary according to agreements, but rejected all his other demands.’

Source: BCM, March 1899, page 112. The French magazine’s report appeared on pages 20-21 of its 15 January 1899 issue.>

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  brankat: <Karpova> A very fine article indeed. Thanks for the link.

S.Rosenthal was both, a talented master and writer.

R.I.P. Mr.Rosenthal.

Sep-07-08  artyom2008: happy bday
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  GrahamClayton: According to Steinitz, Rosenthal was the only chess professional of the era who made a good living, averaging an income of approximately 20,000 francs a year from the early 1870's up to his death in 1902.

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

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  GrahamClayton: Some more information on Rosenthal. He was the player most affected by the rule for the London 1883 tournament which stated that all drawn games had to be replayed. Rosenthal had to play 45 games in the space of 2 months because of all of his original drawn games. He finished 8th with a score of 14/26.
Feb-12-09  marekg248: Hello, I've made a collection of games from Edward Winter's feature article "A Forgotten Showman" (it was already mentioned above). All of them are a lot of fun to watch.

Thanks for uploading all of them.

Feb-13-09  marekg248: Here is the link to the collection:

Game Collection: Samuel Rosenthal - A Forgotten Showman

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  Calli: marekg248 - Great job with that. Thanks!
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  mike1: According to Elo he had a rating of 2470 is his best days- impressive for a "coffee house"-player. I am impressed by his games too. Interesting list regarding historical ratings anyway:
Sep-07-10  Jambow: <mike1> agreed this mans games show a tactical brilliance over both Steinitz and Chigorin the dominant players of that era. If he is a coffee house player poor me a cup.

I think Elo inflation, though it wasn't in use then will show itself doing the calculations in either direction timewise.

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  vonKrolock: <born in Poland> in Suwałki
Oct-05-13  thomastonk: His date of death here is Sep-19-1902, but I've found a death notice already in "Le Temps" of September 13. Other online source give September 12, and so I'll change the date.
Oct-05-13  Karpova: <thomastonk>

The November 1902 'Wiener Schachzeitung' reports on p. 230 also that he died on September 12, in Neuilly near Paris.

Oct-23-13  Karpova: <M. Rosenthal has transferred his weekly Chess column from 'La Revue Illustre' to 'La Vie Moderne', to which we wish not only a modern, or a moderate, but a very long life.>

From page 99 of the March 1882 'British Chess Magazine'

Nov-02-13  redwhitechess: The Montgomery County Times re-phrase a report of curious case between Samuel Rosenthal vs Prince Balaschoff chess lesson

<A curious chess law-suit before the first Chamber of the Civil Tribunal of Paris has just ended. Rosenthal, the well-known Polish chess master, resident in Paris since 1867, was engaged about ten years ago by Prince Balaschoff as his professor of chess at £ 25 per month, to be increased to £40 per month whenever the Professor travelled with his pupil. Pupil and Professor, according to La Strategie, were on the best of terms for many years, they were even engaged in collaboration on a grand chess treatise, when, suddenly, a few months ago, Professor Rosenthal received a somewhat unceremonious dismissal. He sued, in response, for £ 750 back salary fixed under the written agreement, £50 for a final journey to Stuttgart, and £1,250 for his unjustifiable dismissal and loss of profits on the projected treatise. The Civil Tribunal allowed the first demand, but rejected the two latter. We believe that this is the first time that compensation for chess services has figured so definitely in a court of law.>

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Samuel Rosenthal.
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