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Jacques Mieses
J Mieses 
Number of games in database: 841
Years covered: 1885 to 1949

Overall record: +274 -329 =213 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (109) 
    C26 C28 C25 C27 C29
 King's Indian Attack (50) 
 French Defense (48) 
    C01 C00 C13 C12 C14
 Center Game (46) 
    C21 C22
 Scotch Game (42) 
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B15 B13 B12 B18 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B45 B40 B23 B22 B20
 Scandinavian (52) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 A40
 Sicilian Taimanov (30) 
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C71 C60 C78 C79 C61
 Tarrasch Defense (18) 
    D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 1-0
   J Mieses vs Janowski, 1900 1-0
   J Mieses vs NN, 1900 1-0
   J Mieses vs Marshall, 1903 1-0
   Schlechter vs J Mieses, 1909 0-1
   A Reggio vs J Mieses, 1903 0-1
   J Mieses vs Chigorin, 1906 1-0
   J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 1-0
   J Mieses vs Albin, 1903 1-0
   J Perlis vs J Mieses, 1907 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Janowski - Mieses (1895)
   Ostend-B (1907)
   Breslau (1889)
   Stockholm (1906)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Monte Carlo (1901)
   Vienna (1903)
   Scheveningen (1923)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Paris (1900)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1908)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Monte Carlo (1902)

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   1 Mieses & Kashdan best games by Gottschalk! by fredthebear
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   M&M players... it's a mixed bag of FTB flavors by fredthebear
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   game of the day collection by nadvil
   Paris 1900 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Paris 1900 by suenteus po 147

   Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911
   Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911
   Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1912

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(born Feb-27-1865, died Feb-23-1954, 88 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Jacques Mieses was born in Leipzig. He won the chess championship of Berlin at the age of 17, and in 1888 he placed joint second at Leipzig and third at Nuremberg.

In 1889 he came third at Breslau (1889). He was, however, rather eclipsed by two great emerging talents - Emanuel Lasker and Siegbert Tarrasch. Mieses was crushed by Lasker in a match - Lasker - Mieses (1889/90) in Leipzig (December 1889 to January 1890). He also performed poorly at 8th DSB Kongress (1893) coming only 7th out of 9 against a field which was relatively weak compared to previous DSB congresses.

1894-95 was a busy period for Mieses. He drew a match with Karl August Walbrodt. (+5, =3,-5) in Berlin (May-June 1894). Mieses then played in the extremely strong 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894) (3rd-14th September, 1894) coming 10th out of 18. He had then toured Russia giving simultaneous displays, before travelling to Paris to play a match with David Janowski (8th January to 4th February 1895).

Mieses then crossed the English Channel to play a short match against Richard Teichmann in London (16th - 21st February 1895) which he lost by +1 =1 -4. A month later he played this match, Mieses next professional engagement would be which was his first tournament outside his own country came at the famous Hastings event of 1895. Although he finished only twentieth (in a field of 22 players), he soon adapted to this level of play and in 1907 he took first prize at the Vienna tournament scoring ten points from thirteen games.

In 1909, Mieses played a short blindfold match with Carl Schlechter, winning it with two wins and one draw. The very next year Schlechter played Emanuel Lasker for the World Championship and drew the match 5-5.

Mieses tried his hand as a tournament organizer in 1911, putting together the San Sebastian event that marked the international debut of future World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca. Mieses was defeated by one of Lasker's title challengers, Siegbert Tarrasch, in a match in 1916 (+2 -7 =4). In 1938 Mieses resettled in England and took British citizenship. He was awarded the grandmaster title in 1950.

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Last updated: 2017-06-18 12:53:30

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 850  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mieses vs M Kann 0-1241885DSB-Congress 4th Free TournamentB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. J Mieses vs B Richter 1-0761887FrankfurtA07 King's Indian Attack
3. J Mieses vs Von Scheve 0-1321887BerlinC26 Vienna
4. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-0741888NurembergC25 Vienna
5. J Mieses vs Von Gottschall 1-0281888NurembergC25 Vienna
6. Von Gottschall vs J Mieses ½-½471888NurembergC28 Vienna Game
7. Tarrasch vs J Mieses 1-0331888NurembergB30 Sicilian
8. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 1-0341888Augustea 40th Jubilee TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
9. J Mieses vs Von Scheve 1-0381888Augustea 40th Jubilee TournamentC25 Vienna
10. J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben 0-1291888Augustea 40th Jubilee TournamentC26 Vienna
11. J Mieses vs A Schottlaender 1-0291888Augustea 40th Jubilee TournamentC25 Vienna
12. J Mieses vs J Mason 1-05018896th DSB Congress, BreslauC26 Vienna
13. Gossip vs J Mieses 0-13118896th DSB Congress, BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. J Mieses vs Paulsen 1-03118896th DSB Congress, BreslauB24 Sicilian, Closed
15. E Schallopp vs J Mieses 1-02218896th DSB Congress, BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
16. J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½1218896th DSB Congress, BreslauC01 French, Exchange
17. J Mieses vs A Fritz 1-04418896th DSB Congress, BreslauA07 King's Indian Attack
18. J Mieses vs J N Berger  ½-½4718896th DSB Congress, BreslauC26 Vienna
19. J Mieses vs J Minckwitz  1-03918896th DSB Congress, BreslauC25 Vienna
20. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 0-16518896th DSB Congress, BreslauC01 French, Exchange
21. J Mieses vs Harmonist 1-03218896th DSB Congress, BreslauC01 French, Exchange
22. Gunsberg vs J Mieses ½-½6618896th DSB Congress, BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
23. Alapin vs J Mieses 0-12718896th DSB Congress, BreslauC60 Ruy Lopez
24. J Mieses vs Schiffers ½-½5818896th DSB Congress, BreslauC26 Vienna
25. Blackburne vs J Mieses  1-05718896th DSB Congress, BreslauD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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  perfidious: <wrap99>, if you read this, at 5-2, I managed 5/11 against Tal, then the world champion at blitz (1988).

I have beaten GMs straight up and doubt there was anyone who could have laid me 5-1 odds and hoped to profitably do so.

As to the detritus of late:

'Pears to me there is one here who is much innarested in jacking it up.

Yawn. Whatever.

There is one place where that will not happen, a reason why, and one who is responsible.

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  MissScarlett: Linlithgowshire Gazette, August 6th, 1937, p.8:

<Herr Jacques Mieses, of Leipzig, the veteran German master, has recently sustained a nasty accident during the Kemeri tourney, through slipping when entering a bus. His leg was crushed by a wheel, and may have to be amputated, it is said.>

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  perfidious: Matter of fact, same as you, two who post copious amounts of YouTube videos and one who puts up endless Bible verses are invisible--just do not need to view that at every turn.

You want to call that hypocritical, by all means--just get your facts straight instead of firing from the hip.

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  perfidious: Matter of fact, same as you, two who post copious amounts of YouTube videos and one who puts up endless Bible verses are invisible--just do not need to view that at every turn.

You want to call that hypocritical, by all means--just get your facts straight instead of firing from the hip.

May-27-17  zanzibar: High resolution 1937 photograph:


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  MissScarlett: Hastings & St. Leonard's Observer, November 27th 1937, p.21:

<We have now learnt that the report of the death of Jacques Meises [sic], originated in 'La National Belge' (Brussels) of October 15th. A full report was given, and it was said to be due to his accident which happened in August last. As reported here last week, a letter from Meises, bearing the Leipzig postmark of November 8th, had been received. Meises there refers to his accident, and says he still has to remain in bed, but hopes to be well enough to travel again by December. All English chess players will be relieved to hear this news.> #fakenews

Jan-23-18  zanzibar: Well, it's not exactly #fakenews, but rather #incorrectnews, or maybe #fakescoop... there was a basis in fact underlying the report:

< In 1937 he was involved in a serious car accident that nearly killed him and was hospitalized for nearly a year.>

Though I'm not sure what original source got it right.

Oct-08-18  lentil: GM @ 85; gotta be a record!
Feb-11-19  Nosnibor: On October 16th 1943 now in his 79th year and short of a leg he played 28 games simultaneously against members of the Leicestershire Chess Club. Winning 18 ,losing 3 and drawing 7.His fee was £3.15 or 2shillings and sixpence old currency per player!
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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< " Lasker's style was like clear limpid water--with a dash of poison in it!" >

- Mieses

Hey, new quote! Although I believe this quote is normally attributed to Spielmann.

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  MissScarlett: Winter's got it covered: C.N. 7697
Feb-27-19  Nosnibor: No mention in the bio of serious accident Mieses zuffered in 1937 when he lost a leg.
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  roberts partner: <No mention in the bio of serious accident Mieses suffered in 1937 when he lost a leg.> He may have had an accident, but he didn't lose a leg. I saw Mieses in 1945 when he played in a club match, and played him at Hastings 1948-49, so I am sure I would have noticed. In old age he took a daily dip in the Serpentine.
Jun-06-19  Nosnibor: <Roberts partner> I knew of a number of players whom Mieses played in the 1943 simul in Leicester and they all confirmed that he must have had some prothetic leg. It was also reported in various sources that he had lost a limb. I also notice that you did rather well at Hastings in the Premier Reserves A Section finishing second behind H.G.Rhodes and drawing your individual game with Mieses.Not bad for a callow youth of 18 !
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  Fusilli: <zanzibar: High resolution 1937 photograph:


Mieses moved to England in 1938, at 73. Was he escaping the Nazis? Was he Jewish? Pretty advanced age to resettle internationally.

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, Mieses was indeed Jewish.
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  louispaulsen88888888: Jakob Mieses was born in 1865 in Leipzig, Germany. He enjoyed a long lasting professional chess career of 64 years. Mieses played in numerous tournaments throughout his life, and was known and studied as having a very aggressive, and at the same time, rather traditional playing style. He lived in Germany until the rise of Nazism; as he was Jewish he fled Germany after Kristallnacht, even though he was elderly and had only a little bit of money in his pocket. He went on to become a UK citizen, and is credited as bring the first British grandmaster. Mieses' wit and sharpness continued to the end of his life and were credited to his dedication to physical fitness and his fondness of swimming. He remained active in England until dying just a few days shy of his 89th birthday. He continued to play regularly, and always kept a keen sense of humor. For example, at the age of 84, after defeating an 86-year-old, fellow chess master Van Foreest, Mieses famously stated, "Youth has been victorious."
May-31-22  wrap99: It is interesting to read that Mieses' age and chessic accomplishments were no protection against the nazis. One might think, if their concern was racial purity, that being old and not only unlikely to reproduce but also not having many years left to them might result in getting "a pass" from the nazis but this was not the case. Many people who had, for example, fought in WW1 and been decorated who maybe at first got lighter treatment ultimately ended up in concentration camps. And again, age was no protection, I think people over 80 were sent to Theresienstadt. Very rare exceptions were people who were critical to the war effort who were given Aryan certificates -- who knows what would have happened after the war to them when they were not needed. A guy named Warburg was an unimaginably talented cancer researcher and perhaps Hitler's personal experience with the disease resulted in his protection so he could continue research. But merely being a world-class chess master was no protection at all and perhaps even attracted nazi attention.
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  MissScarlett: Protection against what?
Dec-16-22  syracrophy: I've been looking the full game for this amazing puzzle. Does anyone knows it? Would appreciate it.

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<<Solution> 1.g4+ fxg3 2.Rh4+ gxh4 3.Rb5+ 1-0>

In some places it appears as <Mieses vs NN, 1935> but found anything using the year, much less NN. Such an ending gives me huge curiosity for knowing the full game.

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  Stonehenge: Endgame study in Schach-Echo, nr. 1 1984 according to

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  Stonehenge: I assumed that the study was from 1983 or 1984 but that can not be the case. See this newspaper from 1951: where the solution to a <problem II> is given.

Unfortunately I cannot find that <problem II>.

Maybe there are free endgame databases?

Dec-17-22  Sally Simpson: This puzzle first appeared in this thread in 2006 adding it was played in Metz in 1935.

Jacques Mieses (kibitz #14)

And here we are told it is from from Dragoslav Andric’s 1981 book “Matni Udar”.

Here we have an opponent's name. ' Aficionado ' (Spanish for Amateur) adding it was from a simultaneous in 1935.

Dec-17-22  stone free or die: (More nice legwork by <Sally> - especially finding <Benzol>'s post)
Dec-22-22  syracrophy: Appreciate the effort, <everyone>! It looks perfectly fit for a study that it couldn't be a coincidence there's no full record of the game. Simply beautiful!
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