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Karl Pitschel
K Pitschel 
Number of games in database: 68
Years covered: 1859 to 1881
Last FIDE rating: 2228
Overall record: +12 -47 =9 (24.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C41 Philidor Defense (8 games)
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A13 English (3 games)
C54 Giuoco Piano (3 games)
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(born 1829, died Jan-29-1883, 53 years old) Austria

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His most notable result was a shared 1st with Adolf Anderssen and Carl Theodor Goering at Leipzig 1876 (the 2nd MDSB Congress).

Wikipedia article: Karl Pitschel

Last updated: 2022-04-03 23:46:38

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Hamppe vs K Pitschel 1-0271859ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
2. K Pitschel vs A Alexander  1-0271870Alexander blindfoldC28 Vienna Game
3. S Mieses vs K Pitschel  1-0571871MSB-01.KongressC42 Petrov Defense
4. Anderssen vs K Pitschel  1-0431871WSB-09.KongressC10 French
5. Paulsen vs K Pitschel  1-0591871WSB-09.KongressC01 French, Exchange
6. K Pitschel vs W Paulsen 1-0581871WSB-09.KongressC53 Giuoco Piano
7. C T Goering vs K Pitschel  0-1481871WSB-09.KongressC42 Petrov Defense
8. K Pitschel vs J Minckwitz  0-1331871WSB-09.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
9. K Pitschel vs C T Goering 0-1331872NSB-03.KongressC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. G Neumann vs K Pitschel  1-0311872NSB-03.KongressC01 French, Exchange
11. K Pitschel vs E Schallopp 0-1191872NSB-03.KongressC54 Giuoco Piano
12. Anderssen vs K Pitschel 1-0301872NSB-03.KongressC13 French
13. K Pitschel vs Steinitz 0-1201873ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Steinitz vs K Pitschel 1-0141873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
15. A Schwarz vs K Pitschel ½-½811873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
16. K Pitschel vs A Schwarz 0-1271873ViennaC41 Philidor Defense
17. A Schwarz vs K Pitschel ½-½201873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
18. O Gelbfuhs vs K Pitschel  ½-½341873ViennaC01 French, Exchange
19. K Pitschel vs O Gelbfuhs 0-1321873ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
20. O Gelbfuhs vs K Pitschel  1-0441873ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
21. Bird vs K Pitschel 1-0351873ViennaC00 French Defense
22. K Pitschel vs Bird 0-1281873ViennaC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
23. J Heral vs K Pitschel  0-1501873ViennaC47 Four Knights
24. J Heral vs K Pitschel 0-1211873ViennaD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. K Pitschel vs J Heral 0-1401873ViennaC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-29-04  mack: Ouch.
Mar-03-07  Knight13: What do you mean Ouch? This guy played a bunch of players a lot better than himself.

But I guess you could say "ouch" on his King's Gambit games where he lost all of his games, some of them which are pretty embarrasing.

Jan-06-13  thomastonk: The name of this man is Carl Pitschel. His name appears during his life as "Carl" and "Karl", but he wrote "Carl". I have seen an autograph from 1881.
May-03-13  thomastonk: Carl Pitschel had a brother named Ernst, and some of the games on this page were in fact played by Ernst, e.g. K Pitschel vs Anderssen, 1851.

Ernst died on January 20, 1872 in Vienna. In 1858, he won a tournament of the Wiener Schachgesellschaft with 26 participants ahead of Carl Hamppe, Eduard Jenay, and Heinrich Philipp Schlemm, so he must have been a very strong player.

Source: "Deutsche Schachzeitung", 1872, p 78 and p 188.

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  perfidious: <thomastonk> If you rejoin us and should happen by this page, at I have found several of the very early games attributed to Claus Pitschel.
Nov-20-15  Immortal Gambit: How in The world does this guy have a fide rating if he was born in 1829 and died in 1883?
Apr-24-16  zanzibar: <We regret to record the death of Herr Pitschel, which took place on Jan. 29th in the 54th year of his age. He was for many years President of the Altenburg Chess Club, and was well known as an enthusiastic player, and as a competitor in all the later European Chess Congresses.>

BCM v3 (Mar 1883) p106/117

I'll note in passing that they give it as his 54th year, whereas <CG> records it as his 53th year.

Jul-04-17  zanzibar: Mightily trying, and mightily failing to find a photo or illustration of this player I came across this notice:

<[Unglückssall durch Leichtsinn.] Der in Schwechat wohnhaste, 19 Jahre alte, bei einem Neubaue in Neu-Fünfhaus in Arbeit gestandene Maurergeselle Karl Pitschel stürzte heute Vor mittags als er akrobatische Productionen nachahmen wollte, von einer Leiter und brach sich den rechten Oberschenkel. Der Verunglückte wurde in das Sechshauser Krankenhaus gebracht.>

<[The unhappy saddle by light-heartedness.] In 1924, Karl Pitschel, who lived in Schwechat and who had been working for a new building in Neu-Fünfhaus, fell upon a ladder and broke his right thigh when he wanted to imitate acrobatic productions. The victim was taken to the hospital in Sechshausen.>

Deutsche Zeitung 1872-06-14 p9

Would such dumb behavior be expected from a ~43 year-old chess playing mason?

(Note also, the BCM notice puts him in Altenburg - a city in Germany. Hmm.

Of course, the rating question is a good one too.)


Jul-04-17  zanzibar: He was bother to Ernest, another chess player of some success (from his OSZ obit):


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  Peligroso Patzer: Pitschel currently has no notable games. Despite his overall score below 25%, Pitschel won the following noteworthy game against J. H. Blackburne, which is featured as today's GotD:

Blackburne vs K Pitschel, 1873

Apr-23-18  Knight13: <Years covered: 1859 to 1881 Last FIDE rating: 2228
Highest rating achieved in database: 2310>
A time traveler. I wonder if he's still alive.

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