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Carl Hartlaub
C Hartlaub 

Number of games in database: 68
Years covered: 1889 to 1925
Overall record: +50 -10 =4 (81.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (5) 
 Two Knights (4) 
    C55 C56
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A40 D00
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C53 C54 C50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 1-0
   V Kahn vs C Hartlaub, 1916 0-1
   C Hartlaub vs V Benary, 1911 1-0
   Schwartz vs C Hartlaub, 1918 0-1
   C Hartlaub vs Lasker, 1904 1-0
   C Hartlaub vs Fleischer, 1913 1-0
   C Hartlaub vs H Rosenbaum, 1892 1-0
   G Schaaff vs C Hartlaub, 1907 0-1
   C Hartlaub vs Lasker, 1908 1-0
   C Hartlaub vs Worch, 1890 1-0

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   Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11 (1910)

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   Dr. Carl was a Romantic! by fredthebear

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(born Oct-12-1869, died May-15-1929, 59 years old) Germany

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Carl Otto Hartlaub was a lawyer from Bremen. Emanuel Lasker called him a "player of extraordinary imagination." Robert Huebner said he had a "fine sense for early, rapid and surprising attacks." The opening variation 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 d6 is named the Hartlaub Gambit for him.

According to the foreword to the book Dr. Hartlaub's Brilliant Games Hartlaub learned how to play chess from his father, to whom he was able to set a rook when he was 15 years old. Even as a young man, he also liked to write chess compositions . Already in August, September and October 1887 - and thus still at the age of 17 - he published some problems in the Südwestdeutsche Schachzeitung . This was followed by numerous other publications, especially as he remained faithful to composing problems throughout his life. He was a member of the Freiburg Chess Club , whose first club tournament he won in 1887 and as the strongest player he was at that time. He also joined the Academic Chess Club in Munich in 1891 , in which he held a club championship as a summer tournament in the same year and shared 3rd-5th place. occupied place. In 1896 he also became a member of the Bremer Schachgesellschaft von 1877 (BSG), of which he became president in 1923, of which he won the club title four times between 1907 and 1916, and of which he remained a member until the end of his life in 1929 held. He was also a strong blitz player. "As was to be expected," it says on the occasion of the firstBSG tournament in general, "the attacking player par excellence Dr. Hartlaub won first prize." In addition, he became an honorary member of the Wiesbaden Chess Club in 1927 "because of his services to chess" . As part of this honor he received a special award: as the crowning glory of the chess festival week held in Wiesbaden in August 1927 , Hartlaub's game against Hans Fahrni (Nuremberg 1906) was performed as a live chess game in the small hall of the Kurhaus , with the participation of the Wiesbadener 's extras staff State Theater'

He died on the 15th of May 1929 (and not on the 17th as some other sources say).

Wikipedia article: Carl Hartlaub

Personenstandsregister, Staatsarchiv Bremen, Signatur 4,60/5-1929-1745

Last updated: 2023-01-23 23:52:40

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs C Hartlaub  0-1221889BremenC54 Giuoco Piano
2. C Hartlaub vs Eisele 1-0141889FreiburgC27 Vienna Game
3. C Hartlaub vs Worch 1-081890BremenC41 Philidor Defense
4. C Hartlaub vs H Rosenbaum 1-061892FreiburgC50 Giuoco Piano
5. C Hartlaub vs E von Schmidt  1-0231898FreiburgC27 Vienna Game
6. C Hartlaub vs E von Schmidt  1-0251899FreiburgC27 Vienna Game
7. E von Schmidt vs C Hartlaub 0-1151899FreiburgA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. O Garschagen vs C Hartlaub 1-0171903HamburgC45 Scotch Game
9. C Hartlaub vs Richter  1-0231904HamburgC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. C Hartlaub vs Lasker 1-0211904Simul, 33bC56 Two Knights
11. Von Bardeleben vs C Hartlaub  0-1281905CologneC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. Schwartze vs C Hartlaub 0-1171905HamburgB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. C Hartlaub vs P S Leonhardt  1-0281906HamburgC24 Bishop's Opening
14. C Hartlaub vs H Fahrni 1-0181906NorymberdzeC21 Center Game
15. G Schaaff vs C Hartlaub 0-1161907BremenC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. C Hartlaub vs Lasker 1-0171908Simul, 24bC27 Vienna Game
17. C Hartlaub vs Teichmann 1-0251909HamburgD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. C Hartlaub vs O Antze  0-1311909Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. O Antze vs C Hartlaub  1-0311909Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11C49 Four Knights
20. Eliashoff vs C Hartlaub  0-1251910HamburgC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
21. C Hartlaub vs O Antze 0-1431910Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11B01 Scandinavian
22. O Antze vs C Hartlaub 0-1261910Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11D00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. C Hartlaub vs O Antze  0-1321910Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11C48 Four Knights
24. O Antze vs C Hartlaub  0-1331910Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
25. O Antze vs C Hartlaub ½-½371911Antze - Hartlaub 1909/11C53 Giuoco Piano
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Oct-19-11  whiteshark: Der "Opferkönig von Bremen"

Oct-19-11  whiteshark: Here is another attacking game:

[Event "Hannover"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1913.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "Hartlaub, Carl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D08"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bg5 f6 6. exf6 Nxf6 7. Nbd2 Bf5 8. Qa4 Be7 9. Qb5 Bd7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Qh5 g6 12. Qd5 Qe7 13. Qe4 Be6 14. a3 O-O-O 15. O-O-O Rhe8 16. g3 Qg7 17. Qc2 Bf5 18. Qb3 Re3 19. fxe3 Na5 20. Qb4 dxe3 21. Nh4 Bxb2 22. Qxb2 exd2 23. Rxd2 Rxd2 0-1


Oct-19-11  Eastfrisian: My old question: Any Photo of him ?
Oct-19-11  whiteshark: <Eastfrisian> The only picture I could find is in Bückers <Kaissiber, <issue 28, <page 39.>>> Hast Du das Heft?
Oct-19-11  sneaky pete: A picture of young Hartlaub (looks quite different from the photo in Kaissiber which shows an elderly man with a hat and a moustache).
Oct-19-11  whiteshark: <sneaky pete: A picture of young Hartlaub> Could be his grandfather considering the annual details.

Btw <sneaky pete>, have you seen the discussion about the 'missing games' of the <Mannheim 1914> tournament at crawfb5 chessforum forum?

Aug-12-12  Speak Low: I discovered Dr. Carl Hartlaub today and he has a lot of quick victories! The game against Richard Teichmann is a great gem and worth mentioning.
Oct-12-12  Eastfrisian: <whiteshark>: <Eastfrisian> The only picture I could find is in Bückers <Kaissiber, <issue 28, <page 39.>>> Hast Du das Heft?

Nein. Nur Hefte 16 - 22 und 25. Sorry für verspätete Antwort.

Oct-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Dr. Carl Hartlaub, today you are remembered!


Jun-28-13  thomastonk: This could be the game User: HeMateMe asked for today at the Biographer Bistro.

[Event "?"]
[Site "Freiburg"]
[Date "1899.03.05"]
[Round "?"]
[White "von Schmidt, Eugen"]
[Black "Hartlaub, Carl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A40"]
[PlyCount "30"]

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 d6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bf4 Bg4 5. exd6 Qf6 6. Qd2 Bxd6 7. Bxd6 O-O-O 8. Qf4 Qxb2 9. Qxg4+ Kb8 10. Ba3 Qxa1 11. Nfd2 Nf6 12. Qa4 Rxd2 13. Kxd2 Qxb1 14. g3 Rd8+ 15. Ke3 Ne5 0-1

Source: "Deutsche Schachzeitung", Vol. 54, 1899, p 140.

Mar-31-14  whiteshark: Here's a picture (with source on the left)
Jan-01-16  thomastonk: Two positions from one of his games (Hartlaub v Carls, Hamburg 1914):


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Hartlaub played 21.♕h4, which is a good move. But there was a better one.


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Here White could simply take on c1 or he could have played 25.♕f6 or 25.f4 etc, and all that would have won. But Hartlaub played 25.♘f5?. I wondered what his idea was, and I see nothing else but 25.. exf5 26.♕f6 ♘ed3 27.♖e8+

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where after 27.. ♖xe8 28.♕xc3

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it looks like White is winning because of the threat ♕g7#, but White has 28.. ♘xf2+ 29.♔g1 ♘e2+ :-)

Carls missed his chance, played 25.. ♘c6? and lost.

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  sleepyirv: <whiteshark> Exactly what a swashbuckling gambiteer should look like!
Jan-01-16  zanzibar: Ah those little <quiet moves>... sometimes the best offense is a good defense.
Apr-02-16  Eastfrisian: He was born in Bremerhaven and died in Bremen.
Sep-26-17  whiteshark: According to <Richter/Teschner: Schacheröffnungen - der kleine Bilguer, 5th ed.,1970, p.149, annotating L Schmid vs D Hooper, 1951>

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qd8 9.Rxe4+ Be7 10.Nxd4 f5 <11.Bh6!?>>

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was a phantastic move that <Dr. Carl Hartlaub> had played around 1921. Does anybody know about this game?

Sep-26-17  Gejewe: <whiteshark> "Dr. Harlaub's Glanzpartien", published in Leipzig 1923, edited by Friedrich Michels, has this game as nr.54 : Dr.Hartlaub - Rodatz, Kongressturnier des Niederelbischen Schachbundes (Meistergruppe II) , played in Hamburg, July 17, 1920. * [Event "Hamburg"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1920.07.17"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dr.Hartlaub"]
[Black "Rodatz"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C56"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "1920.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2017.09.26"]
[SourceVersionDate "2017.09.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qd8 9. Rxe4+ Be7 10. Nxd4 f5 11. Bh6 O-O (11... gxh6 12. Qh5+ Kf8 13. Nxf5 Bxf5 14. Qxf5+ Bf6 15. Rd1) (11... fxe4 12. Bxg7 Nxd4 13. Qh5+ Kd7 14. Bxd4 Rf8 15. Rd1 Bd6 16. Qg4+ Ke8 17. Qh5+ Rf7 18. Nd5 Kf8 19. Qh6+ Kg8 20. Bf6 Rxf6 21. Nxf6+ Kf7 22. Qxh7+ Ke6 23. Qxe4+ Kf7 24. Qh7+) 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Rd4 Qe8 14. Bf4 Bf6 15. Rd3 Rf7 16. Re3 Re7 17. Rxe7 Qxe7 18. Nd5 Qd8 19. Nxc7 Qxd1+ 20. Rxd1 Rb8 21. b3 Rb4 22. Ne8 Be6 (22... Rxf4 23. Nxf6+ gxf6 24. Rd8+) 23. Nxf6+ gxf6 24. c4 Rb7 25. Kf1 Rd7 26. Bd6 Kf7 27. Ke2 a6 28. Ke3 Bd5 29. Bb4 Be6 30. Rxd7+ Bxd7 31. Kd4 Ke8 32. Kc5 Kd8 33. Kb6 Kc8 34. Kxa6 f4 35. Bd6 Bf5 36. c5 f3 37. gxf3 Bb1 38. a4 1-0

The game was annotated in some depth by Hartlaub - I have mentioned some short variations (taking the bait). He mentions that the game was first published in the "Deutsche Schachzeitung" in March 1921 (presumably by Mieses)

Sep-26-17  whiteshark: <Gejewe> Thank you so much for looking it out for 'us'!!*

It makes me think again to get hold of this antiquarian book.

* <Gejewe>, I would like to upload the game here at - if you haven't already done it. ;)

Sep-11-19  Jean Defuse: ...

[Event "Akademische Schachklub - Hauptturnier"]
[Site "München"]
[Date "1906.07.??"]
[White "Hartlaub, Carl"]
[Black "Bickermann, F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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1. Rxf7+ Qxf7 2. Nxe5+ Bxe5 3. Qxf7+ 1-0


DSZ Nr. 8. August. 1906:

'... das Hauptturnier (des Akademischen Schachklub München), aus welchem Rechtsanwalt H. Straßl als erster Sieger hervorging; den II. Preis gewann Rechtsanwalt Dr. C. Hartlaub, den III. Preis Rechtspraktikant E. Dyckhoff, den IV. Preis Pfarrer F. Bickermann ...'


Nov-17-19  Jean Defuse: ...

From 'Dr. Harlaub's Glanzpartien' (Leipzig 1923):

[Event "Odds Game"]
[Site "Bremen, BSG"]
[Date "1923.03.17"]
[White "Hartlaub, Carl"]
[Black "Wahle"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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1. Rxe7 Qxe7 2. Rxf6 gxf6 3. Nf5 Qe4 4. Qg5+ fxg5 5. Nh6# 1-0

Published also in the DSZ 1923, p. 186


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Hartlaub certainly could play brilliantly. Can't help but wonder how many of his unrecorded games consisted of his opponents collecting every sacrifice offered and then beating back an insufficient attack for an easy win.
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  Gottschalk: More information about him:

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Apr-23-21  Jean Defuse: ...

<More information about him>

You better have a look here:


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  FSR: I knew virtually nothing about Hartlaub. I started looking into him after learning from the Statistics Page, to my surprise, that he has the highest percentage of games with winning sacrifices of anyone in the database. Looking at his games, I see that he was a complete maniac!
Nov-24-22  Ron: First came across this player today by coming across this game, where he sacs pawns and a piece:

C Hartlaub vs Feingold, 1925

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