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Elisabeth Paehtz
E Paehtz 
Number of games in database: 1,491
Years covered: 1994 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2473 (2369 rapid, 2396 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2493

Overall record: +356 -208 =403 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 524 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (217) 
    B22 B25 B40 B90 B42
 Queen's Pawn Game (76) 
    D02 D00 A46 E00 A45
 French Defense (64) 
    C11 C05 C18 C15 C01
 Caro-Kann (46) 
    B10 B18 B13 B12 B15
 Giuoco Piano (36) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B96 B93 B99 B98
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (133) 
    B90 B51 B22 B29 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (109) 
    A41 E00 A40 D02 A46
 King's Indian (70) 
    E63 E94 E62 E61 E92
 French Defense (60) 
    C03 C02 C11 C18 C10
 English (57) 
    A10 A13 A15 A17 A14
 Slav (54) 
    D12 D10 D11 D15 D16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Paehtz vs M Mueller-Seps, 2004 1-0
   E Paehtz vs Klitschko Brothers, 2001 1-0
   L Galojan vs E Paehtz, 2009 0-1
   E Paehtz vs M Geldiyeva, 2016 1-0
   M Socko vs E Paehtz, 2009 0-1
   E Paehtz vs T Banusz, 2017 1-0
   N Umudova vs E Paehtz, 2015 0-1
   E Paehtz vs Kosteniuk, 2002 1/2-1/2
   A Muzychuk vs E Paehtz, 2012 0-1
   E Paehtz vs I Vasilevich, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2017)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2000)
   Wch U20 Girls (2001)
   Moscow Open (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2006)
   European Championship (Women) (2009)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   European Championship (Women) (2005)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2007)
   European Championship (Women) (2013)

   🏆 European Club Cup (Women)
   I Bulmaga vs E Paehtz (Sep-24-21) 1/2-1/2
   E Paehtz vs S Djukic (Sep-23-21) 1-0
   E Paehtz vs I Manova (Sep-22-21) 1-0
   Lara Janzelj vs E Paehtz (Sep-21-21) 0-1
   E Paehtz vs D Dordzhieva (Sep-20-21) 1-0

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(born Jan-08-1985, 36 years old) Germany

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Elisabeth Pähtz was born in Erfurt. Her father, GM Thomas Paehtz Sr, allowed her an extensive chess education from an early age. When only twelve years old, she won the German Under-20 championship for girls. In 1999 she became the youngest-ever German Women's Champion. She also won the U-18 category of the World Women's Championship in 2002. Currently she holds the titles of IM (International Master) and WGM (Woman Grandmaster), and on the July 2005 edition of the FIDE women's rating list she was ranked 36th. In 2005, she won the World Women U-20 Championship. She is married to Luca Shytaj.

Wikipedia article: Elisabeth Pähtz

Last updated: 2019-01-08 06:53:34

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,502  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Weclawski vs E Paehtz  1-0401994BL 9495 (Women)A48 King's Indian
2. M Litinskaya-Shul vs E Paehtz 0-1821997Dresden (Women)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. E Paehtz vs A Caoili 1-0281997Wch U12 GirlsB40 Sicilian
4. E Paehtz vs S Chang  1-0201998Elista Olympiad (Women)B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
5. E Paehtz vs E D Epstein  0-1531998Elista Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
6. E Paehtz vs N Ioseliani 0-1671999Bundesliga 1998/99 (Women)B44 Sicilian
7. I Mai vs E Paehtz 1-0501999Bundesliga 1998/99 (Women)E97 King's Indian
8. E Paehtz vs M Sebag  ½-½481999EU-ch U14 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
9. E Paehtz vs M Sebag  1-0321999WCh U14 GirlsA00 Uncommon Opening
10. E Paehtz vs A Gara 1-0332000t-EuCh U18 GirlsB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. E Paehtz vs Nadezda Stojanovic 1-0342000t-EuCh U18 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
12. I Birgisdottir vs E Paehtz 0-1212000t-EuCh U18 GirlsA15 English
13. E Paehtz vs Y Dembo ½-½252000t-EuCh U18 GirlsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
14. Pokorna vs E Paehtz ½-½432000t-EuCh U18 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Paehtz vs E Bamber  1-0222000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B01 Scandinavian
16. E Paehtz vs Guldjahan Atbashieva  1-0232000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B06 Robatsch
17. N Phan-Koshnitsky vs E Paehtz  ½-½492000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. E Paehtz vs N Garcia Vicente  ½-½382000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. E Paehtz vs N Bojkovic 1-0352000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. E Paehtz vs S Meenakshi  ½-½352000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Sheremetieva vs E Paehtz  0-1462000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. S Sommer vs E Paehtz  0-1372000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. E Paehtz vs Y Xu  ½-½282000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. E Sziva vs E Paehtz  0-1452000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. E Paehtz vs E Kovalevskaya  ½-½652000Istanbul Olympiad (Women)B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,502  PGN Download
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Dec-16-17  Octavia: You could practise your blitz games on lichess! Even Carlsen plays there!
Dec-31-17  Gudrun: herzlichen Glückwunsch für 3. Platz im Weltschnellschach!! Und viel Erfolg im neuen Jahr!
Apr-01-18  waustad: Congrats on the result in the European Women’s Rapid Championships. Chess-results has her winning on tiebreaks:
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  whiteshark: and also European Women’s Vice Blitz Champion the next day acc. to
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  offramp: She played 186 games in 2017, but that's just her games here at There were probably many more. That's a lot of games.
Jun-07-18  waustad: She’ll probably play for the women tomorrow at Mitropa. Germany has a .5 lead over Austria going into the final round. She has also played one game as board 3 on the open team.
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  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Karjakin!
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  MissScarlett: Are you <TheFocus> in disguise?
Oct-21-18  siggemannen: At the moment, she's rated slightly above her husband, Luca Shytaj
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Keymer!
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  ketchuplover: ...straight to drawville!
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  e4Newman: why are we not getting any of the EUROPEAN WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP games?
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  ketchuplover: she's commentating on the women's candidate matches on
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  ketchuplover: Has announced her retirement from the german national team
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  Telemus: She announced her retirement in this letter:

And here is the reply of the German chess federation:


In her letter she complains about the association's attitude towards women's chess. In this context she mentions the tournaments in Dortmund and Baden-Baden for men. If that's really the discrimination she has in mind, I am surprised about this naivety (these tournaments are not organized by the association).

Sep-01-19  waustad: She’s now playing for Baden Baden in the FBL, if the preseason lists are correct.
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  Paint My Dragon: I can thoroughly recommend Elisabeth's YouTube channel. Her analysis is crystal clear and not too lengthy.

Ruthless German efficiency (and no shortage of charm!):

May-08-20  Octavia: The problem with women's chess is that we think men are better and as long as that happens we can't win.

Good luck tomorrow, Elisabeth

May-08-20  SChesshevsky: <Octavia> That's very true. A way to train for a woman man-beating champion might be for any girl with the potential to play as many of the top boys/ men as possible in the juniors. Best case say at least 50% of her games.

Then, as progressed at age maybe 19 to 24, play some matches against better, more experienced men.

Any wins on the way, though the more the better, should boost confidence as well as skill. With both giving the woman foundation for future wins.

Aug-12-20  belgradegambit: Just wow:
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  MissScarlett: <After her Lichess account was banned, Elisabeth Pähtz was under suspicion for four long days, until she finally revealed that she trusted an aide too much. Conrad Schormann and Stefan Löffler have checked and confirmed her story.>

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  OhioChessFan: She can name the aide or have a lot of people not believe her-Schormann and Loffler notwithstanding.
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  Doktorn: FIDE seem to have acquitted Paehtz for the Lichess incidents. Some kind of "screenshot" was used as proof she wasn't at her computer at the time of the "crime" (doesn't specify if it is the racist incident or the cheating incident) and her unnamed aide also confessed to FIDE.

Everyone doesn't seem convinced though as Rasmus Svane and Matthias Blübaum refused to play on the Olympics team with her.

She previously also had some kind of twitter exchange with Georg Meier which led to her creating three videos analyzing three of his games with scathing remarks and dubbing him an "average GM". The twitter exchange seem to have been removed and I haven't figured out what it was about.

The above is according to an interview in German found here:

I was leaning to her being innocent of the Lichess stuff since I couldn't understand what she could gain by cheating in a tournament with close to no prize money and with how much she would lose if she got caught. Even though her explanation pretty much was a "the dog ate my homework"-explanation. Two major controversies in a short amount of time doesn't reflect well on her though. Hopefully there won't be a third.

I've noticed she has reappeared on the chess youtube scene lately with both a one day cameo during the St Louis event and on the channel of Chessbase India.

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  Doktorn: She seem to have quite a confrontational attitude. At the end of the interview she attacks Andreas Jagodzinsky (who has a position at the German chess federation and "mediated" between Meier and Paehtz) because his wife made a one move draw which secured her the win in the tournament. Paehtz thinks Andreas, as a believer in "sporting fairness", should have made sure his wife played a proper game of chess.
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  MissScarlett: <Aghiad Mero was told that all arabs where cheaters. He demanded an apology.>

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