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Hermann von Gottschall
Von Gottschall 
Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1885 to 1926

Overall record: +42 -79 =48 (39.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (17) 
    C25 C28 C26 C29
 Giuoco Piano (15) 
    C50 C54 C53
 French Defense (11) 
    C14 C01 C11 C00 C16
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B43 B32 B83 B45
 Classical French (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (18) 
    D55 D50 D60 D63 D69
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C80 C92 C90 C67
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D00 D04 D02 D05
 Sicilian (8) 
    B30 B42 B43 B25 B28
 French Defense (8) 
    C01 C14 C00 C05 C13
 Vienna Opening (6) 
    C26 C29 C28 C25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Von Gottschall vs Albin, 1892 1-0
   Von Bardeleben vs Von Gottschall, 1900 0-1
   Schlechter vs Von Gottschall, 1898 0-1
   Harmonist vs Von Gottschall, 1887 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Von Gottschall, 1888 0-1
   Von Gottschall vs A M Levin, 1902 1-0
   Von Gottschall vs F G Jacob, 1900 1-0
   Janowski vs Von Gottschall, 1905 0-1
   Von Gottschall vs J N Berger, 1887 1-0
   Taubenhaus vs Von Gottschall, 1887 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   8th DSB Kongress (1893)
   11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898)
   Breslau (1925)
   Munich (1900)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   Frankfurt (1887)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kiel 1893 by suenteus po 147
   1893 Kiel Komplett by Calli

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(born Oct-16-1862, died Mar-07-1933, 70 years old) Germany

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Dr. jur. Hermann von Gottschall was both, an author and a chessplayer. Son of the poet Rudolf Gottschall. His best tournament result was 2nd at Nuremberg (1888). He also took 3rd at Nuremberg 1883 (the 3rd DSB Congress, Hauptturnier A), and won at Berlin 1883.

He was the chief editor of the Deutsche Schachzeitung.

Wikipedia article: Hermann von Gottschall

Last updated: 2022-04-03 23:33:56

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Von Gottschall vs F Riemann 0-1531885HamburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Von Gottschall vs J Noa 1-0161885HamburgC11 French
3. Von Gottschall vs Bird 1-0601885HamburgA00 Uncommon Opening
4. Von Gottschall vs J N Berger  ½-½241885HamburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. Von Gottschall vs W Paulsen  0-1391885HamburgB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. A Schottlaender vs Von Gottschall 0-1521885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
7. J Minckwitz vs Von Gottschall 1-0261885HamburgC22 Center Game
8. Von Gottschall vs Mackenzie ½-½351885HamburgC45 Scotch Game
9. M Bier vs Von Gottschall  0-1401885HamburgC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. M Weiss vs Von Gottschall ½-½461885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Tarrasch vs Von Gottschall 1-0371885HamburgC45 Scotch Game
12. Von Gottschall vs Blackburne 0-1131885HamburgC14 French, Classical
13. Englisch vs Von Gottschall 1-0341885HamburgD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. E Schallopp vs Von Gottschall  0-1321885HamburgC23 Bishop's Opening
15. Von Gottschall vs Taubenhaus  0-1501885HamburgC25 Vienna
16. Von Gottschall vs J Mason 0-1571885HamburgC14 French, Classical
17. Gunsberg vs Von Gottschall 1-0321885HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Von Gottschall vs Tarrasch 0-1251887LeipzigC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Alapin vs Von Gottschall 1-0561887FrankfurtB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. Von Gottschall vs J N Berger 1-0351887FrankfurtC46 Three Knights
21. Paulsen vs Von Gottschall 0-1611887FrankfurtC48 Four Knights
22. Von Gottschall vs Englisch  0-1231887FrankfurtA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Von Bardeleben vs Von Gottschall  1-0251887FrankfurtD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Von Gottschall vs Blackburne 0-1331887FrankfurtA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Von Gottschall vs A Fritz 1-0461887FrankfurtA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-05  Kangaroo: Unfortunately, his most memorable game was

Von Gottschall vs Tarrasch, 1896 won by his opponent.

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  WTHarvey: I would nominate Von Gottschall vs Jakob Manfred, 1900 as his best game.

Here are some puzzles from Hermann's games:

Jun-14-05  Knight13: I am celebrating my 3000th kibitzing right here! Hooray!
Jun-14-05  Knight13: These two games are played at Nuremberg, 1888, where he achieved the best result: Von Gottschall vs J Mieses, 1888 and J Mieses vs Von Gottschall, 1888.
Jun-14-05  aw1988: This is a hell of a strange place to celebrate a 3000th kibitz, but then again I did mine on "Santa", so I guess I shouldn't say anything. Congratulations Knight13!
Oct-16-05  Knight13: Hermann Von Gottschall'S BIRTHDAY! Cool. The guy I celebrated my 3000th kibitzking on. He's.... Umm.... 143 years old!
Mar-05-08  Knight13: Kicked Tarrasch's butt in 29 moves too:

Tarrasch vs Von Gottschall, 1925

Oct-16-08  FHBradley: And Tarrasch kicked his on five different occasions in (for?) 37, 48, 25, 100 and, again, 48 moves.
Oct-16-08  Karpova: Some information on Hermann von Gottschall:

He corresponded with the then twelfth year old Richard Reti as Edward Winter's article "The Réti Brothers" shows:

<One day in the midst of this summer tranquillity a letter arrived addressed to Richard from Über Land und Meer, a then popular illustrated weekly in nineteenth-century style, to which we subscribed and in which a man named Gottschall ran a little chess column. Rather puzzled by the correspondence between the magazine and the 12-year-old boy, we learned that non-talkative Richard – of course in utmost secrecy – had submitted a chess problem to Mr Gottschall. Here was the answer:

“Your problem is gratefully accepted and will be published in one of our next columns. And I wish to add that if it is really true that you are only 12 years of age, as you wrote, and nobody helped you with the problem, let me congratulate you wholeheartedly. This is quite an exceptional achievement, which should encourage you to continue your work in chess with all seriousness. Personal greetings, Gottschall.”>


From Edward Winter's "Chess and Women" (2004) we learn: <‘Das Schachspiel und die Frauen’ by H. von Gottschall in the May 1893 Deutsche Schachzeitung (pages 129-133). One of the more sympathetic articles on the subject published in the nineteenth century.>

Sadly, the article is not given.


He wrote a monograph Adolf Anderssen as C.N. 3412 says.

He lived: <von Gottschall, H.: Elisabethstrasse 2, Görlitz, Germany ("Wiener Schachzeitung", July 1904, page 211).>


C.N. 4423 mentions analysis by Fischer correcting Von Gottschall's one (there's a picture of the paragraphs from Fischer and Von Gottschall).

C.N. 3570 shows a picture from Coburg 1904 where you can see Von Gottschall.


Oct-16-08  brankat: <Karpova> Thanks for the information.

Her Von Gottschall did have some good results against prominent masters of the period: Burn. Charousek, Mieses, Paulsen...

Certainly had old Amos Burn's number :-)

R.I.P. Master Gottschall.

Feb-15-11  Dredge Rivers: Gottschall?
Feb-15-11  Raisin Death Ray: <Dredge Rivers> No, but I've got milk!
Oct-16-11  BobCrisp: <Got love if you want it>
Jul-16-13  Karpova: <Justizrat> Dr. Hermann von Gottschall died of the consequences of an apoplectic stroke. He was famous for his chess compositions and participated 10 times in Master Tournaments of the <Deutschen Schachbundes>.

Source: Page 108 of the 1933 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-16-13  DoctorD: Arbeiter-Zeitung (Wien)02/04/1933:

Im Oktober vorigen Jahres feierte Gottschall seinen 70.Geburtstag, nur wenige Monate nachher muß die Schachwelt den Abgang dieser bedeutenden Schachpersönlichkeit beklagen. Er war nicht nur ein feinsinniger, fruchtbarer Problemkomponist, dessen Werke sich durch hohe Eleganz, Reichtum des Inhaltes und Schärfe der Pointen auszeichnen, auch als Meister des praktischen Spieles nahm er seinerzeit an zahlreichen Turnieren teil und war schriftstellerisch sehr rege. So redigierte er die altberühmte, seither leider eingegangene Spalte der Leipziger "Illustrierten Zeitung", war Redakteur der "Deutschen Schachzeitung" und gab seine eigenen Probleme zunächst in der "Kleinen Problemschule", sodann in dem umfangreicheren Werke "Streifzüge durch das Gebiet des Schachproblems" heraus. Dem größten deutschen Schachmeister errichtete er in seiner vorzüglichen Monographie: "Adolf Anderssen" ein unvergängliches Denkmal. In schachkünstlerischer Beziehung muß Gottschall als der wohl bedeutendste Vertreter der böhmischen Richtung in Deutschland bezeichnet werden, der jedoch - aller Schablone abhold - seinen Kompositionen eine eigene Note zu geben vermochte, im Streben nach Vereinigung der Schönheit der Form und der Idee.

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