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Moritz Porges
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1890 to 1902

Overall record: +11 -14 =12 (45.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C67 C62
 French Defense (4) 
    C14 C01
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Schlechter vs M Porges, 1896 1/2-1/2
   M Porges vs Blackburne, 1896 1-0
   M Porges vs Pillsbury, 1896 1/2-1/2
   M Porges vs Showalter, 1896 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nuremberg (1896)

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(born Mar-22-1857, died Nov-27-1909, 52 years old) Austria

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Moritz Porges was considered one of the most promising chess talents from Bohemia. He started to play chess at the age of 13 and was also one of the strongest players of Vienna and Prague, where he spent the last 25 years of his life.(1)

At Dresden (1892), Porges shared second place with Gyula Makovetz ahead of Simon Winawer, James Mason and Joseph Henry Blackburne .(2)

Although Porges did not fulfill the high expectations at Nuremberg (1896), he scored wins over Richard Teichmann and Blackburne. Additionally, he remained undefeated against Siegbert Tarrasch, Harry Nelson Pillsbury and Carl Schlechter. During the tournament, he suffered from gastroenteritis.(1)

Afterwards, Porges did not return to international chess scene, concentrating on his private life instead. He died in 1909 at Prague, at the age of 52, from a medical condition which he had been suffering from for years.(1)


(1) Pages 48-49 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek"

(2) Rod Edwards.

Last updated: 2017-10-12 21:25:05

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Kvicala vs M Porges 1-0211890PragueA13 English
2. J Mason vs M Porges 0-1511892DSB-07.KongressC49 Four Knights
3. Von Gottschall vs M Porges ½-½541892DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
4. A Schottlaender vs M Porges 0-1531892DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
5. M Porges vs Von Bardeleben  0-1301892DSB-07.KongressC49 Four Knights
6. Von Scheve vs M Porges ½-½441892DSB-07.KongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. M Porges vs G Marco  ½-½241892DSB-07.KongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. M Porges vs K Walbrodt  ½-½251892DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
9. M Porges vs W Paulsen 1-0701892DSB-07.KongressB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. Blackburne vs M Porges  ½-½421892DSB-07.KongressC25 Vienna
11. M Porges vs Tarrasch 0-1351892DSB-07.KongressC67 Ruy Lopez
12. R J Loman vs M Porges 0-1381892DSB-07.KongressC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. M Porges vs Winawer 0-1221892DSB-07.KongressB06 Robatsch
14. M Porges vs J Noa  1-0631892DSB-07.KongressC01 French, Exchange
15. G Makovetz vs M Porges 0-1171892DSB-07.KongressC50 Giuoco Piano
16. J Mieses vs M Porges  0-1371892DSB-07.KongressA07 King's Indian Attack
17. M Porges vs Albin 1-0471892DSB-07.KongressC14 French, Classical
18. Charousek vs M Porges 1-0501896SimulC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. M Porges vs Lasker 0-1331896NurembergC67 Ruy Lopez
20. Maroczy vs M Porges 1-0821896NurembergC44 King's Pawn Game
21. Schiffers vs M Porges  ½-½371896NurembergC11 French
22. M Porges vs Chigorin  0-1431896NurembergC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Winawer vs M Porges  1-0371896NurembergC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. M Porges vs E Schallopp  0-1261896NurembergC59 Two Knights
25. M Porges vs K Walbrodt 0-1461896NurembergC14 French, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-20-04  percyblakeney: Moritz Porges (1857-1909) was Czech, and shared second place after Tarrasch (but far ahead of Mason, Blackburne and Mieses) in Dresden 1892.
Mar-13-08  Resignation Trap: Here's a photo of his gravestone: .
Mar-23-08  brankat: According to the gravestone M.Porges was born March/23/1857, not 1858, as stated in the above Bio.
Mar-23-08  brankat: Must have been a very capable chess player, Mr.Porges, defeating Steinitz, Albin, Mason, Mieses, Blackburne, Teichman. Drawing with Pillsbury, Chigorin Tarrasch.
Aug-02-09  vonKrolock: Group photo from Nuremberg 1896 etc

and in the same site more on the Porges family, for instance the musician Heinrich (closely related to Liszt and Wagner), the writer Elsa Bernstein etc

Oct-16-13  Marcelo Bruno: Was he a professional chess master or player?
Jan-29-14  Karpova: On November 27, 1909, Moritz Porges (born March 22, 1857) died of a malicious suffering which had been wearing him out for years (<einem tückischen Leiden, das jahrelang an ihm gezehrt hatte.>).

He withdrew from tournament chess early. He can be regarded as one of the strongest chess talents from Bohemia ever.

He had been keeping himself busy with chess since the age of 13. Soon he was considered to be one of the strongest players in Vienna, same in Prague, where he spend the last 25 years of his life and was considered its spearhead.

His first International tournament was Dresden 1892, sharing 2nd-3rd place with Makowetz behind Tarrasch*.

Expectations were high for Nuremberg 1896, but he had only solid results**. At that time he was suffering from gastroenteritis. However, he remained undefeated against Pillsbury, Schlechter and Tarrasch.

He didn't return to the International Chess scene, concentrating on a silent private life, hobbies like philately and the Prague Chess Life.

He participated in the correspondence game against Dresden and mainly he has to be credited for the win in the first game.

He reached the age of 53 years.

Source: Pages 48-49 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

* See

** See

Feb-19-15  zanzibar: I have a source that agrees with <Karpova>'s 1858-03-22 (not -23):

<Moritaz Porges, <born March 22, 1858>, at Prague, tied for second prize at the 1892 Dresden Congress with Makovetz--score 10 1/2 to 5 1/2. In the same tourney Tarrasch took first place with 12 to 4.>

July 26, 1896
The Times from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 10

Apr-02-15  thomastonk: The tombstone shows the wrong date of birth!

The following link leads to a page of the <Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Jewish Religion Communities from the years 1784-1949> published by the National Archives of the Czech Republic: .

It shows (see no. 39) that Moritz Porges was born in Prague on 22 March 1857, and hence the date given in the WSZ is right (see Karpova's posting).

The date on the tombstone differs only by one day (see Resignation Trap's or vonKrolock's posting, resp.).

However, there is a full year between 22 March 1857 and 22 March 1858, the date of zanzibar's "agreeing source". It seems that focused on the day, the inspection of the year was neglected - at least I did it yesterday, when I sent a message to E.Winter (see, but luckily Mr Winter did not use my information on Porges).

The wrong year, i.e. 1858, is relatively common. Its origin could by Berger's "Schachjahrbuch für 1892/93", page 157, and it is also present in Gaige's "Chess Personalia", page 337. And since Gaige gave the WSZ source, he neglected the one year difference, too.

Apr-02-15  zanzibar: Wow, <thomas>, I totally missed checking the year.

Funny that it seems I'm in good company, ie. Gaige.

Porges tombstone has this inscription:

<Friede seiner asche!> = <Peace to his ashes!>

Apr-03-15  offramp: <thomastonk> you have entered my highly exclusive Favorites List!! Your posts are brilliant!
Apr-16-15  thomastonk: The link to Porges' entry in the register of births given on Apr-02-15 has become invalid. Presently, the page can be found here: .
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  wwall: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 19, 1909, stated that Porges died at Prague at the age of 51. It also stated that he was formerly a chess professional, but in his later life he followed the pursuit of philately.
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  keypusher: <wwall: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 19, 1909, stated that Porges died at Prague at the age of 51. It also stated that he was formerly a chess professional, but in his later life he followed the pursuit of philately.>

I guess he needed less excitement.

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  MissScarlett: <On November 27, 1909, Moritz Porges (born March 22, 1857) died of a malicious suffering which had been wearing him out for years>

How long had he been married?

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