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Max Walter
Number of games in database: 83
Years covered: 1923 to 1937

Overall record: +21 -36 =26 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A46 D02 D05 D00 A45
 Slav (6) 
    D10 D18 D12 D11
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E38 E33 E37 E34
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (6) 
    D15 D10 D13 D18 D11
 Sicilian (5) 
    B45 B22 B40 B30
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B18 B13 B10 B12
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D04 E10 A40 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Walter vs G Nagy, 1924 1/2-1/2
   M Walter vs A Pokorny, 1923 1/2-1/2
   M Walter vs Spielmann, 1932 1-0
   Rubinstein vs M Walter, 1923 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Czechoslovak Championship (1927)
   Györ (1924)
   Bad Sliac (1932)
   Bardejov (1926)

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(born Feb-11-1896, died 1940, 44 years old) Slovakia

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Max Walter was born in Bratislava, Austria–Hungary (now Slovakia). He was Czechoslovak Champion in 1923.

Wikipedia article: Max Walter

Last updated: 2019-02-11 04:12:05

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 83  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Tereba vs M Walter  0-1291923PardubiceA04 Reti Opening
2. M Walter vs Vaclav Sifalda  ½-½491923PardubiceB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. M Walter vs Prokes  ½-½451923PardubiceA15 English
4. M Walter vs H Prochazka  1-0431923PardubiceD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A Pokorny vs M Walter  ½-½311923PardubiceD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. R Mikulka vs M Walter  0-1361923PardubiceB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Vladimir Berger vs M Walter  0-1311923PardubiceC66 Ruy Lopez
8. S Sery vs M Walter  ½-½381923PardubiceD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. A Dusek vs M Walter  1-0451923PardubiceB40 Sicilian
10. M Walter vs J Schulz Sr  1-0401923PardubiceD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Bogoljubov vs M Walter 1-0501923Maehrisch-OstrauE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. M Walter vs A Pokorny ½-½471923Maehrisch-OstrauD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Spielmann vs M Walter 1-0671923Maehrisch-OstrauB01 Scandinavian
14. A Selezniev vs M Walter  ½-½411923Maehrisch-OstrauD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. M Walter vs Euwe 0-1301923Maehrisch-OstrauA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Reti vs M Walter  1-0461923Maehrisch-OstrauA13 English
17. M Walter vs Lasker 0-1211923Maehrisch-OstrauD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Rubinstein vs M Walter  ½-½361923Maehrisch-OstrauB01 Scandinavian
19. M Walter vs H Wolf 0-1271923Maehrisch-OstrauD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Tartakower vs M Walter  ½-½331923Maehrisch-OstrauA21 English
21. M Walter vs Gruenfeld  0-1491923Maehrisch-OstrauA15 English
22. Tarrasch vs M Walter  1-0641923Maehrisch-OstrauA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Walter vs Hromadka  ½-½521923Maehrisch-OstrauE60 King's Indian Defense
24. M Walter vs K Vanek 1-0391923CSR Master TtD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J A Seitz vs M Walter  0-1541924GyörD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-11-07  sambo: He's only got three wins here! Three wins do not a Czech champion make.
Mar-03-08  Jason Frost: 3 wins including one over Spielmann, plus draws against Marshall, Reti, Rubenstein, and Tartakover do a Czech Champion in 1923 make.
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  whiteshark: On this photograph from the <Maehrisch-Ostrau 1923> tournament you can see Walter standing behind Lasker:
Feb-11-10  BIDMONFA: Max Walter


Feb-11-10  waustad: His wiki page claims 1945 as his death year. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the language might look into the sources cited there.
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  GrahamClayton: <waustad>His wiki page claims 1945 as his death year. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the language might look into the sources cited there.

According to "Bratislava Pressburg Pozsony" by A. Robert Neurath, Walter died in 1940.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice finish by Walter, as Black against German in 1926:

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The deflection sacrifice 1...♕c2! forces one of the white pieces to stop defending e1, thus allowing a back-rank mate. 2.♗f4 fails to 2...♕xc1, again removing a defender of the e1 square.

Feb-11-13  thomastonk: <Player of Today>

The English Wikipedia has: "Max Walter (born 1899 – died 1945) was a Slovak chess master." So, not only the year of death is different. The Slovak Wikipedia has "Max Walter (* 1896 – † 1940)" and the following remark: "Max Walter apparently died in a concentration camp in 1940, although there is a record of his alleged participation in a tournament in Madrid 1945."

Feb-11-13  waustad: Name confusion is not uncommon here and elsewhere.
Dec-09-13  Karpova: 8th Congress of the Czechoslovakian Chess Federation in Pardubice, August 5 to 18, 1923.

Championship Tournament (11 rounds):

1. Max Walter 8.0
2. Amos Pokorny 7.5
3. Karl Vanek 7.0
4. Sherry* 6.5
5-7. Sifalda 5.5
5-7. Berger (Brno) 5.5
5-7. Prokes 5.5

Further participants were Dr. Hubert Prochazka, Dr. Tereba, Dr. Vitkovsky (Pseudonym), Schulz and Mikulka.

50% of 11.0 points were necessary to gain the <Meisterwürde>, i. e. to become a master. This was reached by all participants down to place 7.

Max Walter started with 4 consecutive draws (Sherry, Sifalda, Pokorny and Prokes) and then had a winning streak with the sole exception of a loss against Vitkovsky on time (Walter had a winning position). So his overall score was +6 -1 =4. Sherry scored +2 -0 =9.

* Pseudonym, he was from Prague

This game is from the tournament Prokes vs K Vanek, 1923 (although the report has the game ending after 43...Rd4). The game Walter-Vanek may be submitted later.

Source: Pages 209-213 of the September 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Max Walter.
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  Telemus: Yad Vashem's Central DB of Shoah Victims' Names has a Max Walter with the following:

Date of Birth: 12/01/1894
Place of Birth: Brno
Deported from: Moravska Ostrava
Destination of deportation: Nisko, Camp, Poland
Deported: 17/10/1939 - 26/10/1939

Source: List of Jews deported from Moravska Ostrava to Nisko camp, 17/10/1939 and 26/10/1939.

Mar-25-22  Jan Kersten: There is an extensive biography now about Max Walter and his brother Jacob, with more than 150 games, viz. It seems he did indeed escape to Spain and played some tournaments there around 1945. But this has to be checked by someone who can read Czech.

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