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Viktor Tietz
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Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1889 to 1915

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(born Apr-13-1859, died Dec-08-1937, 78 years old)

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Viktor Tietz, a famous chess patron, was born in Rumburk a town in the Ústí nad Labem Region in the north of what is now the Czech Republic in 1859. He became:

"(Carlsbad) Karlovy Vary's most famous chess player, organizer, official and politician

Viktor Tietz was born on April 13, 1859 in Rumburk. After attending secondary school ... he studied in Graz and Vienna.

He was already acquainted with chess in high school, but increasingly he began to devote himself to chess in Vienna, which was the centre of the Austro-Hungarian chess life. From a young age he not only cared about the game but also its organization. On March 1, 1888 in Vienna, he became a co-founder of the New Viennese chess club (Der Neue Wiener Schachklub) , based in cafe Crippel, Parkring 10 (today Café Skotch). Tietz became a member of its management committee.

In 1889 he took part in the VI. Congress of the German Chess Association (Der Deutsche Schachbund) in Wroclaw (Breslau, Wroclaw) , where he finished in 7th place (the winner was Emanuel Lasker, who in five years would be the second world champion).

Tietz was a very good practical player, although he gave up playing other than in Karlovy Vary. His forte was combination play and he defeated not only local chess players, but also many famous masters (Schlechter and Porges several times, Janowski, Chigorin, Emanuel Lasker (in a simultaneous exhibition game - ,ed.) ...

Tietz became a civil servant (at the regional tax headquarters in Prague), and by the mid-1890s he appeared as a tax officer in Carlsbad. Eventually, he worked as chief tax inspector, at the beginning of this century, he was elected to the city council and then in 1902 he resigned from the civil service..."1

During the last ten years of his life, Tietz was visually impaired. 2

He invented the tie-break system now called the Tietz system. His name is attached to the chess club in Karlovy Vary. He was a main organizer of four famous international tournaments: the Carlsbad 1907, the Carlsbad 1911, the Carlsbad 1923, and the Carlsbad 1929. He passed away in Karlovy Vary in 1937.


2 Page 24 of the 1938 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung' Wikipedia article: Viktor Tietz

Last updated: 2016-08-21 04:45:27

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Tietz vs Lasker 0-1401889Breslau Hauptturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. V Tietz vs Schlechter 1-0271906KarlsbadC29 Vienna Gambit
3. V Tietz vs Lasker 1-0281915SimulC67 Ruy Lopez
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  Benzol: Chess patron Victor Tietz?
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  Honza Cervenka: Definitely yes.
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  Honza Cervenka: Viktor Tietz (1859-1937) was a co-founder and the first president of Carlsbad's (Karlovy Vary) chess club. He was good player (he beat not only Schlechter, but also Lasker, although those games were played in a simul) but became famous rather as an excellent chess organiser (he organised famous Carlsbad tournaments in 1907, 1911, 1923 and 1929, match Albin vs Marco 1901, match Janowski vs Schlechter 1902 or Euwe vs Flohr 1932) and arbiter.

Here is his game with Lasker:

[Event "Karlsbad sim"]
[Site "Karlsbad"]
[Date "1915.??.??"]
[Round "0"]
[White "Tietz,Viktor"]
[Black "Lasker,Emanuel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Eco "C67"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.dxe5 0-0 7.Qd5 Nc5 8.Bd2 Ne6 9.Bc3 Nb4 10.Bxb4 Bxb4 11.Qe4 Bc5 12.Nc3 f5 13.exf6 Qxf6 14.Bc4 Qh6 15.Nd5 c6 16.Nc7 d5 17.Bxd5 cxd5 18.Qxd5 Rd8 19.Qc4 b5 20.Qb3 Rb8 21.Rfe1 Rb6 22.Rad1 Rxd1 23.Rxd1 Rd6 24.Re1 a6 25.Ng5 Qxg5 26.Nxe6 Bxe6 27.Rxe6 Qd5 28.Rxd6 1-0

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  Benzol: Thanks <Honza>.

I found the following diagram in Gerald Abrahams "The Chess Mind".

From a game played in Karlsbad circa 1900

White : Viktor Tietz

Black : A. Schwalb

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White to play continued

1.♘g6+ fxg6
2.fxg6+ ♔g8
3.♖c8 ♖xc8
4.♖xc2 ♖f8
5.♖c8 ♕e7
6.♕c4+ ♔h8
7.♕h4 ♖a1+
8.♗xa1 ♕e3+
9.♔h1 ♖xc8
10.♕xh4+ and forces mate in 5 moves.

I hope that this finish actually occurred in over the board play and wasn't composed. If so it would be a great game to track down the full score of.

Dec-27-07  Karpova: Chess Note 5351 asks <Were Tietz’s brilliancies spurious?>

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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Tietz at Carlsbad 1929 with Alekhine and Nimzovich:

Tietz was also a member of the Carlsbad city council.

Feb-13-12  whiteshark: So <Stadtrat> wasn't his first name?
Aug-04-12  Karpova: The last ten years of his life, Tietz was blinded by an ailment of his eyes.

Source: Page 24 of the 1938 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-29-12  Conrad93: This man was slightly more skilled than Lasker.
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  Benzol: <Conrad93> Are you basing that assertion on one simultaneous game?
Dec-30-12  Conrad93: Yes. Yes I am.
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  Benzol: So if a player draws simultaneous games against GM's and IM's he should be at least of IM strength?
Dec-30-12  Conrad93: Yep. Now you have it.
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  Benzol: Well Paul Morten has drawn simultaneous games against IM Herman van Riemsdijk and GM's Nigel Short and Drazen Sermek. I can assure you he is not anywhere near GM or even IM strength. Sorry to disappoint you.


Jan-01-13  IndigoViolet: Position (allegedly) from Tietz-Judd, Carlsbad, 1898.

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Tietz unleashed 1.Rxb5! cxb5 2.Rc8!! Qd5 3.Qa1+ e5 4.Bxe5+ Qxe5 5.Rxf8+ Kg7 6.Rf7+ 1-0.

As it happens, he had an even stronger move with 1.Qf1 as it retains the threat of Rxb5 and brings the move Qf6+ into play. Likewise, 1.Rxb5 cxb5 2.Qf1 works too.

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  Benzol: No reply from <Conrad93>. Myth busted.
Nov-01-13  Karpova: 20-board Simul in Carlsbad in 1924: +16 -2 =2

From page 157 of the May 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

May-24-17  zanzibar: Is his photograph reversed?

I've seen another version.

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