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Karl Walbrodt
K Walbrodt 
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Number of games in database: 197
Years covered: 1891 to 1900

Overall record: +71 -59 =63 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C80 C74 C67 C77 C65
 French Defense (16) 
    C11 C14 C10 C13 C01
 French (9) 
    C11 C13 C10 C00
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C80 C83 C82
 Four Knights (8) 
    C49 C47
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B23 B32 B44 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C77 C65 C67 C62 C80
 French Defense (16) 
    C00 C14 C01 C11 C13
 French (8) 
    C00 C13 C11
 King's Gambit Declined (7) 
    C31 C30
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D50 D55 D60
 Vienna Opening (5) 
    C27 C25 C28
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Walbrodt vs Loew, 1900 1-0
   K Walbrodt vs Conill / Ostolaza / Lopez / Herrer, 1893 1-0
   K Walbrodt vs Charousek, 1896 1/2-1/2
   A Schwarz vs K Walbrodt, 1898 0-1
   Blackburne vs K Walbrodt, 1895 0-1
   K Walbrodt vs A Zinkl, 1894 1/2-1/2
   K Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 1/2-1/2
   K Walbrodt vs Burn, 1898 1-0
   K Walbrodt vs Gunsberg, 1895 1/2-1/2
   Pillsbury vs K Walbrodt, 1896 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   8th DSB Kongress (1893)
   Berlin (1897)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Budapest (1896)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Hastings (1895)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Budapest 1896 by suenteus po 147
   Walbrodt - Delmar (1893) by MissScarlett
   1893 Kiel Komplett by Calli
   Kiel 1893 by suenteus po 147

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(born Nov-28-1871, died Oct-03-1902, 30 years old) Germany

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Karl August Walbrodt was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. At age 10, he learned chess from his father. He was German champion (=Curt von Bardeleben) in 1893. At Dresden 1892 he was 4th=, 7th= at Nuremberg 1896 and 2nd at Berlin 1897 but he didn't perform well at Hastings 1895 or Vienna 1898. In matches he beat Curt von Bardeleben (+4, =4, -0) in 1892, Eugene Delmar (+5, =3, -3) in 1893, drew with Jacques Mieses (+5, =3, -5) in 1894 and lost to Harry Nelson Pillsbury (+0, =1, -2) in 1893, Siegbert Tarrasch (+0, =1, -7) in 1894 and David Janowski (+2, =2, -4) in 1897. A talented player, he died from tuberculosis at Berlin in 1902.

Wikipedia article: Carl August Walbrodt

Last updated: 2017-06-11 11:14:59

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 220  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Walbrodt vs Lasker / H Keidanski  ½-½601891Consultation gameC25 Vienna
2. E Schallopp vs K Walbrodt  1-0601891Walbrodt - SchalloppB15 Caro-Kann
3. K Walbrodt vs E Schallopp  ½-½361891Walbrodt - SchalloppC49 Four Knights
4. E Schallopp vs K Walbrodt  1-0421891Walbrodt - SchalloppB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. K Walbrodt vs E Schallopp 0-1431891Walbrodt - SchalloppC67 Ruy Lopez
6. E Schallopp vs K Walbrodt 0-1441891Walbrodt - SchalloppC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. K Walbrodt vs E Schallopp  1-0451891Walbrodt - SchalloppC67 Ruy Lopez
8. E Schallopp vs K Walbrodt  0-1451891Walbrodt - SchalloppC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. K Walbrodt vs E Schallopp  1-0281891Walbrodt - SchalloppC67 Ruy Lopez
10. E Schallopp vs K Walbrodt  0-1371891Walbrodt - SchalloppC45 Scotch Game
11. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½811891Walbrodt - von ScheveC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Von Scheve vs K Walbrodt 1-0451891Walbrodt - von ScheveD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½481891Walbrodt - von ScheveC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve 1-0651891Walbrodt - von ScheveB30 Sicilian
15. Von Scheve vs K Walbrodt 1-0441891Walbrodt - von ScheveD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Von Scheve vs K Walbrodt  0-1661891Walbrodt - von ScheveA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
17. K Walbrodt vs W Paulsen  1-04918927th DSB Congress, DresdenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. R Loman vs K Walbrodt  ½-½2018927th DSB Congress, DresdenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Von Gottschall vs K Walbrodt  ½-½6218927th DSB Congress, DresdenA07 King's Indian Attack
20. K Walbrodt vs Winawer  ½-½8118927th DSB Congress, DresdenC67 Ruy Lopez
21. J Mason vs K Walbrodt  ½-½2318927th DSB Congress, DresdenA02 Bird's Opening
22. K Walbrodt vs Von Scheve  ½-½2218927th DSB Congress, DresdenC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. J Noa vs K Walbrodt  ½-½2818927th DSB Congress, DresdenC50 Giuoco Piano
24. K Walbrodt vs Alapin  1-03718927th DSB Congress, DresdenC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. K Walbrodt vs G Makovetz ½-½6118927th DSB Congress, DresdenA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
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Nov-28-09  whiteshark: Wie denn jetzt, <C> or <K>?
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  Pawn and Two: In the Hastings tournament book, edited by Horace Cheshire, the biographical section gave Walbrodt's name as Carl A. Walbrodt. The tournament book noted: <"His hand writing is peculiar, and the scores that he handed in at Hastings were rarely complete and never legible.">

The Hastings tournament book also had a problem with Walbrodt's signature. Each participant's signature was shown below their photograph. Below Walbrodt's photograph they incorrectly gave his name as A. Walbrodt. I believe this was caused by an incorrect reading of his signature. I note <sneaky pete> also interpreted Walbrodt's signature as AWalbrodt.

While his signature could be interpreted differently, I believe it is clearly CAWalbrodt. The letters CAW are all approximately equally large, and are in connected flowing script. The remaining letters are separately connected in smaller script.

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  GrahamClayton: Interesting piece from the obituary for Walbrodt in the 'New York Times, dated October 4, 1902:

"Walbrodt's chess playing abilities were first recognised in 1890 by R Buz, who was at that time a director of the Manhattan Chess Club. Buz met Walbrodt in a Berlin cafe, and the latter won three games, conceding his opponent a knight in each. Buz learned that his young opponent was a stranger to the chess clubs of the German capital, so he introduced him at the Berlin Chess Society. Schallopp, the great German expert, was present, and a series of games was at once proposed between him and Buz's "find". The younger player won two and drew one game."

Mar-27-12  offramp: How tall was he?
Dec-20-12  markwell: Difficult to show ambition when you come down with tuberculosis at the age of 19, dead at 31. Who writes this biographical drivel?
Dec-20-12  The17thPawn: Yet another talent cut down in his prime much like Charousek.
Dec-10-14  zanzibar: From <American Chess Magazine> <Vol. II - August, 1898 - No. 2 (p55)>

Carl August Walbrodt, Berlin, 15.5 wins, 21.5 losses, was born November 21, 1871, in Amsterdam, but he has been a resident of Austria since infancy. In the United States we remember Walbrodt as a small, boyish-looking fellow, whose smooth face and modest manners impressed the New York and Brooklyn players very favorably. <He is a careless player, and it is remarkable that he should make such a fine record with the methods he adopts.> Walbrodt seems to have no fear when he is at the chess table, and plays with a sense of strength that is not to be disturbed by the greatness of his opponent. He has won many prizes, but has never been a first prize winner.>

[emphasis added]

Mar-22-15  offramp: <zanzibar: From <American Chess Magazine> <Vol. II - August, 1898 - No. 2 (p55)> <
Carl August Walbrodt, Berlin, 15.5 wins, 21.5 losses...>

How do you have 15.5 wins?

Apr-04-15  offramp: Chessbase calculates that his match loss to Tarrasch in 1894, using Edo historical ratings, resulted in a near-3000 event-performance rating for Tarrasch.

Nuremberg m 1894

1 Tarrasch,Siegbert 2693 +305 11½11111 7.5/8
2 Walbrodt,Karl August 2528 -305 00½00000 0.5/8

Nov-28-15  jith1207: That picture shows he was one handsome man. Why don't CG upload his profile picture, while he is the player of the day.
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  HeMateMe: Walbrodt love?
Jun-30-16  zanzibar:

I prefer Carl over Karl partly because of that reason.

Jun-30-16  zanzibar: Oh yeah, the link also has a nice portrait that I'm sure is in PD.
Nov-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karl Walbrodt.
May-27-17  zanzibar: A nice portrait is available here:


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  MissScarlett: The (New York) Sun, March 16th 1893, p.4:

<Walbrodt, the chess player, called at the City Chess Club yesterday afternoon. A copy of <Wochenschach>, a German weekly chess paper, in which mention was made of the proposition of the Havana Chess Club for a match between Lasker and him, and the following remark by Gunsberg was shown to him:

"The idea of matching Lasker with such an inferior player as Walbrodt is, to say the least, absurd."

Walbrodt, after reading this, turned to a SUN reporter, and complained in rather bitter terms of Gunsberg. "What," Walbrodt said, "does Gunsberg mean? I am sure nobody but himself believes him to be anything in the chess world at present. I don't know whether I am a match for Lasker or not, but I shall at any time be ready to meet him over the board.

"As regards my ability as a player, I am not going to say anything. Let the chess world judge. But seeing that the Havana Club will back me for $2,000 for a match against anybody, to be played at Havana in December, and seeing that Senor Conill is ready to back me with $750 for a match against Tschigorin, I believe I am justified in at least considering myself as good as Gunsberg.

"I shall probably go home via London, and in this case I shall offer to play Gunsberg a match, when I shall back myself to a reasonable extent.">

No match with Lasker, Chigorn or even Gunsberg transpired, but he did get to cross swords with the latter, albeit it was a bit of a damp squib: K A Walbrodt vs Gunsberg, 1895

Oct-09-17  Marcelo Bruno: I found an information that he was really short-sized: 1.2 m (3'11¼") tall.
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  tamar: Did he avoid tournament photos? I found only one on Google Images, where he was seated, so his height can not be estimated.
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  MissScarlett: <Did he avoid tournament photos?>

No, but even when standing, he couldn't be seen above the seated players.

Nov-28-17  Nosnibor: This is the small player that played a big game ! R.I.P. Master Walbrodt.
Nov-28-17  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: ...

No, but even when standing, he couldn't be seen above the seated players.>

Was he not allowed to stand on his chair?

Jan-07-18  WorstPlayerEver: He is standing in that tournament photo (Nürnberg 1896).

Mar-30-19  Marcelo Bruno: <WorstPlayerEver> He was really short: I read he measured only 1.20 m (a little bit less than 4 feet).
May-11-19  Marcelo Bruno: <offramp> 1.2 m (a little bit less than 4').
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  MissScarlett: From his Wikipedia bio:

<According to the Oxford Companion to Chess, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in the early 1890s. He died from that disease at the age of 30.>

The Field, October 11th 1902, p.613:

<Since Vienna his name is missing from the list of masters. A hereditary ailment became more accentuated, and he had to pass the winters at Davos Platz. He was very much interested in the progress of the Hanover tournament (13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)), but he remained in the rooms below and only inquired about the results of the daily rounds, and played over some of the games. Those who saw him then were convinced that it would be his last appearance.>

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