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Lothar Schmid
L Schmid 
Number of games in database: 612
Years covered: 1943 to 1999

Overall record: +279 -92 =240 (65.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (91) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C71
 Sicilian (83) 
    B92 B20 B43 B45 B36
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (51) 
    C85 C97 C96 C92 C98
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C03 C18 C00 C10
 King's Indian (19) 
    E94 E91 E98 E73 E67
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B17 B18 B11 B10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (57) 
    C05 C18 C19 C15 C01
 Sicilian (35) 
    B85 B43 B83 B21 B84
 Old Benoni (34) 
 Alekhine's Defense (34) 
    B04 B02 B03 B05
 Old Indian (32) 
    A54 A55 A53
 French Winawer (24) 
    C18 C19 C17 C15 C16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs L Schmid, 1949 0-1
   L Schmid vs W Sahlmann, 1948 1-0
   Sils vs L Schmid, 1971 0-1
   L Schmid vs K Gumprich, 1950 1-0
   L Schmid vs Welz, 1945 1-0
   E Walther vs L Schmid, 1961 0-1
   L Schmid vs Westerinen, 1968 1-0
   L Schmid vs H Hoffmann, 1943 1-0
   C Hayes vs L Schmid, 1954 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam Olympiad qual-4 (1954)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-4 (1960)
   Siegen Olympiad qual-6 (1970)
   Venice (1953)
   Bamberg (1968)
   Helsinki Olympiad qual-1 (1952)
   Dublin Zonal (1957)
   Munich Olympiad qual-2 (1958)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-7 (1964)
   EUR-chT (Men) 3rd (1965)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-5 (1968)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964)
   Nice Olympiad Final-A (1974)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Clare Benedict by Chnebelgrind
   1967 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Dublin Zonal 1957 by Chessical
   Bamberg 1968 by Chessdreamer
   2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship by Benzol
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147

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(born May-10-1929, died May-18-2013, 84 years old) Germany

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Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid was born on the 10th of May 1929 in Radebeul, Germany and died on May 18, 2013 in Bamberg, Germany. He was awarded the IM title in 1951, and the GM and GMC titles in 1959. He was German Correspondence Champion in 1952 and came 2nd= with Lucius Endzelins behind Viacheslav Ragozin in the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship (1956) - (1962). He owned the finest private chess library in the world. He was the chief arbiter for the Spassky - Fischer World Championship Match (1972), Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978), and Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986).

Wikipedia article: Lothar Schmid

Last updated: 2020-12-01 04:23:40

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 615  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Schmid vs H Hoffmann 1-0211943ViennaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. L Schmid vs Herzog 1-0151943DresdenC77 Ruy Lopez
3. L Schmid vs A Viaud  ½-½291945olm2 corr4552C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. L Schmid vs Welz 1-0201945Radebeul, GermanyC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. L Schmid vs G Pfeiffer  1-0331947WeissenfelsC71 Ruy Lopez
6. M Seibold vs L Schmid 1-0331948Max-Bluemich mem-A corr4850C05 French, Tarrasch
7. Deutgen vs L Schmid 0-1131948Celle, West GermanyA51 Budapest Gambit
8. Meyer vs L Schmid  0-1251948corrA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
9. G Kieninger vs L Schmid  1-0341948Essen West German chC05 French, Tarrasch
10. L Schmid vs G Machate  0-1371948Essen West German chB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. Teschner vs L Schmid  ½-½341948Essen West German chA43 Old Benoni
12. L Schmid vs Niephaus  1-0451948Essen West German chA55 Old Indian, Main line
13. Rautenberg vs L Schmid  1-0351948Essen West German chB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. L Schmid vs Rellstab  1-0341948Essen West German chA22 English
15. H Greis vs L Schmid  ½-½291948Essen West German chC50 Giuoco Piano
16. L Schmid vs W Sahlmann 1-0101948Essen West German chB20 Sicilian
17. W Ernst vs L Schmid  0-1561948Essen West German chC14 French, Classical
18. L Schmid vs Unzicker  ½-½371948Essen West German chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
19. G Stein vs L Schmid  0-1351948Essen West German chE60 King's Indian Defense
20. L Schmid vs P Troeger  0-1311948Essen West German chC03 French, Tarrasch
21. R Czaya vs L Schmid  ½-½371948Essen West German chD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
22. T Schuster vs L Schmid  0-1371948Essen West German chC22 Center Game
23. L Schmid vs F Nuernberg  1-0491948Essen West German chC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
24. L Schmid vs G Kieninger  ½-½461949HeidelbergC05 French, Tarrasch
25. R G Wade vs L Schmid  ½-½251949HeidelbergC26 Vienna
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  Diademas: RIP Lothar Schmid.

Is his birthdate correct?
The chessbase article gives his year of birth as 1928. The same does Wikipedia.

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  HeMateMe: World's most famous TD! Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?
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  HeMateMe: Here is a link to the NY Times obit for Herr Schmid:


Schmid was also arbiter for the '92 rematch between Fischer and Spassky.

May-21-13  thomastonk: <HeMateMe: Perhaps his family left East Germany before the Wall was put up, in the early 60s, when there was still free travel between east and west?> He left the Soviet occupation zone already in 1947 and settled in Bamberg. The two Germanys were founded in 1949, and the Wall was put up 1961. (Thank you for the link to the NY Times.)
May-21-13  haydn20: It's men like this who give meaning to the phrase "a real *mensch*.
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  paulalbert: An interesting question with respect to Lothar's death is what is going to happen to his fabulous chess book collection? There is an inheritance and estate tax in Germany. Although the tax rates only go up to 30% for very large estates, the exemption for surviving spouses is only 500,000 Euros. Both Karl May Verlag and the chess book collection presumably are of considerable value, but presumably some ownership has already been transferred to Lothar's wife and three children. Putting a value for estate tax purposes on the chess book collection clearly would be very challenging. In the U.S., this kind of issue is frequently dealt with by donating the collection to a non profit organization, e.g., library, museum, university. The worst thing is heirs being forced to sell it off to pay taxes after a long dispute with tax authorities over valuation. I touched on this subject during my breakfast with Lothar many years ago. As I remember it, he said he was aware of the issue and planning for it, not surprising since Lothar had a law degree. At that time the collection had not been catalogued and that process was beginning. I would hope the collection could be preserved as a whole, not divided up among numerous collectors.
May-25-13  PhilFeeley: Game collection missing this one:

[Event ""]
[Site "BRD"]
[Date "1967"]
[Round ""]
[White "Schmid Lothar (GER)"]
[Black "Darga Klaus (GER)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO ""]
[BlackELO ""]
[Eco "C78"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. d4 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 h6 10. Be3 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. d5 Ne7 13. a4 Bb7 14. c4 c6 15. dxc6 Nxc6 16. axb5 axb5 17. cxb5 Nb4 18. Qe2 Nxe4 19. Bxh6 d5 20. Be3 Nc5 21. Bxc5 Bxc5 22. Rxa8 Bxa8 23. Rc1 Bd6 24. h4 g6 25. Ng5 Kg7 26. Nde4 Be7 27. Qe3 Rh8 28. Nc5 Qd6 29. f4 Bf6 30. Nce6+ fxe6 31. Rc7+ Qxc7 32. Nxe6+ Kh7 33. Nxc7 d4 34. Qd2 Be7 35. fxe5 1-0

Several of his games featured on Kevin Spraggett's page over the past few days. I don't know how many others may be missing here.

May-25-13  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Schmid.
May-30-13  Cemoblanca: RIP Herr Schmid.
Jun-29-13  RAlehin: Farewell, Mr Schmidt! Say hello to Bobby from all of us!
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  Domdaniel: <paulalbert> Thanks for the info re Lothar Schmid's plans for his legendary library. We can only hope that this collection will be preserved and made available to readers.
May-21-14  zanzibar: With all due respect, <He owned the finest private chess library in the World >, is a little extreme as an absolute statement of fact.

Trying to be equally fair-minded as the subject, I think <one of the finest> would make an agreeable substitute. Agreed?

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> May I suggest the following?

<what was considered one of the finest>

May-22-14  zanzibar: <perfidious> That's works nicely.

Although I don't mind a spot of hyperbole in the kibitzing, I tend modesty (and accuracy) in the "official" section.

I'm bouncing around doing the name stuff at the moment and bounced over here. I finally looked at the wiki source ('cause if you do claim a 'the' <best> extremum, it should be sourced after all), and here is what it said:

<It was reputed that he owned the largest known private chess library in the world,[3]>

A clever way to state the claim. Their source? Oxford Companion.

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Agreed: whatever happens in the kibitzing, objectivity should be striven for in the bios.
May-28-14  zanzibar: <perfidious> What happens in the kibitz stays in the kibitz (or should that be kibbutz?)

Anyways, I looked into this a little more, and discovered that Oxford Companion (1e) did make an absolute statement in regards to L. Schmid's library:

<A collector of chess paraphernalia and books, he has the largest private chess library in the world>

Last sentence in his entry, from the 1984 (1e p297-298 hbk) Hooper and Whyld book.

Now it's hard to argue with such distinguished, and usually careful, authors - but it still strikes me as a rather bold statement of fact. I wonder if it remained in the 2e?

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  paulalbert: That Lothar had the largest private collection was a claim he personally made. He made it to me when I had breakfast with him in NY about 8 years ago. As I remember the conversation, he also said it was bigger than some of the well known collections in public libraries, Cleveland , OH, e.g. Note that this relates to number of items; Lothar's collection was very comprehensive, highly valuable along with less valuable, and apparently included more than one of many items. The mixture of the rare with the mundane from what I have read is an issue in disposing of the collection as a whole rather than piecemeal. I have no idea where the Schmid family's sale efforts stand at this point.
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  tamar: Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam wrote a diplomatic piece in New in Chess about his visit to the library after Schmid's death.

The gist, without the diplomacy, was that a large percentage of the collection was junk, and that the truly valuable parts, which he did not deny, could be confined to one room.

A bigger objection to sale was that Schmid had always resisted making an inventory catalog, and the family afterwards could not/ or would not provide one to a seller either.

May-28-14  zanzibar: Here I find another parallel between the world of chess and jazz.

I once knew a man with an extensive, and fine, collection of LP's - including many original pressings. This was an individual who had actually heard Charlie Parker perform live. He well knew jazz, and could write well about it as well.

But his days were drawing down, and he wondered what he should do with his collection. Since he had no close relatives who knew the value of such records, I advised him to liquidate all but his most favorite recordings. That way, he would benefit his beloved wife the most; both by relieving her of a job she was unqualified for, and by maximizing the financial return on his collection. He didn't know the business end at first, but he had both the brains and the music knowledge to learn very quickly.

It turns out that he really didn't need my advice, since he had basically already decided the same. But he was surprised to realize that selling his collection piecemeal to different dealers offered the better return than selling it as a complete package to one dealer. That, despite the fact that the majority of his collection was essentially non-convertible, and ended up being donated to a local library.

(His original pressings of Blue Note records were the most valuable)

His wife would never have the patience to do all the work necessary to sort out the collection, and would have squandered the most valuable by selling the entire lot as a unit. Even if properly inventoried.

Of course it was sad for him to sell off such a fine collection. But he did have fun making the many trips to the various record dealers throughout the city.

Of course, that was in the days that cities still had record shops.

Mar-31-15  Brown: Request for a photo just of Schmid for his page.
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  offramp: <Brown: Request for a photo just of Schmid for his page.>

Take an A4 piece of paper and cut a 2cm x 2cm hole in the centre of it. Hold that piece of paper up to your computer screen so that Schmid's face appears in the hole. Sorted!

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  MissScarlett: <Dirk Jan Ten Geuzendam wrote a diplomatic piece in New in Chess about his visit to the library after Schmid's death.>

<In November 2014, DeLucia visited Schmid’s house. This visit has led to the publication of Seven Days in Bamberg – The Best of the Lothar Schmid Collection. For almost anybody, this brandnew luxury book will be a first opportunity to see the highlights of Schmid’s collection, as the German was always quite secretive and never published a catalogue or any other publication on his library.>

May-16-18  Senk:
Oct-16-19  Brown: Lets get Fischer off of Schmid's page.
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  fredthebear: 5/10/2008 article:
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