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Jozsef Mendelson
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1879 to 1880
Overall record: +0 -8 =0 (0.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
6. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
7. Mendelson vs Tarrasch 0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
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  Honza Cervenka: Jozsef Mendelsohn
Aug-20-05  Piano Concerto: Hi Mendelson, I'd like you to teach me a bit of what you know on the chessboard.
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  catlover: At first I thought this was the famous composer, but then remembered that the composer was Felix Mendelsohn.

Does anybody know the circumstances behind these games?

Not likely to be a match, since the games span 1879 and 1880 and besides, Tarrasch played white in all but one of the games. And of course, why would Tarrasch play a match against somebody that was so obviously outclassed?

Nov-03-05  vampiero: The truth is that Jozsef Mendelsohn was no serious challenge to Tarrasch, but he was, apart from being a famous philosopher, a very strong chess player and loved the game alot. He was actually considered a genius, an orphaned jewish boy who didn't know any language that was let into a German city (i forget which one) and then was tought infintile things at ages of 4 and 5, but he quickly caught on and exceeded all standards.

His grandson, Felix is the famous composer

Nov-03-05  Marvol: <vampiero: The truth is that Jozsef Mendelsohn was no serious challenge to Tarrasch, but he was, apart from being a famous philosopher, a very strong chess player and loved the game alot. >

Hmm "very strong chess player"? That is not what I see in these games. He blunders pawns and pieces like any old patzer would. I'd hardly describe him as a strong chess player, more like a chess player, full stop. It is partly because of Tarrasch's strength that the games were so lopsided; partly also because of Mendelsohn's weakness.

For instance, Tarrasch vs Mendelson, 1879, move 14...b5? simply blunders at least the exchange. In the same game 10...f5? is a positional no-no, abysmal, suicidal.

In Tarrasch vs Mendelson, 1879, move 17...h6? blunders a pawn for no reason.

Not very much a "very strong chess player" IMHO.

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  TheAlchemist: <vampiero> The philosopher was Moses Mendellsohn, and his grandson was Felix Mendellsohn (who was born around 1810). The "link", i.e. Felix's father Abraham Mendellsohn always complained, that his father and his son were both famous, while he was just a "nobody".
Nov-03-05  vampiero: hmmm, sorry about that then, must've gotten confused. Then who is Jozsef?
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  TheAlchemist: <vampiero> Apparently Tarrasch's sparing partner :-)
Nov-03-05  Marvol: <TheAlchemist: <vampiero> Apparently Tarrasch's sparing partner :-)>

"Sparring partner"? More like "punch-bag"! :-)

May-10-06  Sasportas: The famous Berlin family - Moses the philosopher and his grandson Felix, the composer - wrote their name MENDELSSOHN. There is not the slightest reason to assume that they were related to Tarrasch's opponent who probably was born in Hungary if you look on the spelling of his first name.
Feb-05-17  Pyrandus: Who the f... is Jozsef M.?
Mar-05-17  lentil: Then there's the less well-known "Mendelson Joe":
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  mifralu: Mendelssohn from Breslau played in the Hauptturnier Group 1 and in the "Siegergruppe" Hamburg 1885 and edochess has him as Salomon Mendelssohn

And here: Em. Lasker / Mendelsohn / Popiel

By the way, another Jozsef Mendelsohn here:
Jozsef Mendelsohn

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