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Friedrich Saemisch
Number of games in database: 686
Years covered: 1920 to 1972

Overall record: +202 -234 =244 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    D02 A46 A50 A40 E10
 Orthodox Defense (42) 
    D63 D51 D52 D67 D50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D37 D35 D30 D31 D39
 Slav (23) 
    D18 D15 D11 D16 D17
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E24 E21 E38 E20 E34
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D96 D95 D97 D82 D93
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B83 B40 B20 B43 B84
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C71 C73 C72 C79 C84
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E38 E21 E20 E58 E48
 Queen's Indian (34) 
    E17 E12 E14 E15 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A46 E10 D02 E00 A40
 French Defense (18) 
    C11 C01 C10 C12 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Saemisch vs F Herzog, 1924 1-0
   Saemisch vs O Menzinger, 1953 1-0
   Saemisch vs Capablanca, 1929 1-0
   Saemisch vs Gruenfeld, 1929 1-0
   Saemisch vs J Engel, 1928 1-0
   Saemisch vs NN, 1934 1-0
   Saemisch vs Reti, 1928 1-0
   Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 1-0
   Kmoch vs Saemisch, 1928 0-1
   Saemisch vs H Marcus, 1949 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dortmund (1928)
   Swinemuende (1930)
   Berlin Cafe Koenig (1928)
   Vienna (1921)
   Copenhagen (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Bad Liebwerda (1934)
   Bad Harzburg (1946)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   25. DSB Kongress (1927)
   27th German Chess Federation Congress (1931)
   Lueneburg (1947)
   Vienna (1922)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B 1920 by Tabanus
   99_25. DSB Kongress (1927), Magdeburg by whiteshark

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(born Sep-20-1896, died Aug-16-1975, 78 years old) Germany

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Friedrich (Fritz) Sämisch was born in Berlin. He was Austrian champion in 1921 and awarded the GM title in 1950. His most notable match win was against Richard Reti (+4, =3, -1) in 1922. His best tournament results were 3rd at Baden-Baden (1925) after Alexander Alekhine and Akiba Rubinstein, 1st at Vienna 1921 ahead of Dr. Max Euwe, 1st at Dortmund 1928 ahead of Reti, Efim Bogoljubov and Rudolf Spielmann, and 1st at Swinemünde (today Świnoujście) 1930 ahead of Salomon Flohr. Chessmetrics considers him to have been the No. 10 player in the world in mid-1929.

In later years he became a notorious time trouble addict. At both the Büsum 1969 and Lidköping 1969 tournaments, he lost all of his games on time. (1) Nonetheless, he could play fast chess well, winning two blitz tournaments at the age of 61.

A profound opening theoretician, two major opening variations are named after him, which are still played today at the highest levels: Nimzo-Indian, Samisch (E24) and King's Indian, Samisch Variation (E80).

He died in Berlin in 1975.

(1) Wikipedia article: List of world records in chess#Lost all games on time

Wikipedia article: Friedrich Sämisch

Last updated: 2022-12-04 06:45:01

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 698  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Saemisch vs A Schropp  1-0351920Berlin2D02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Saemisch vs A Brinckmann 1-0151920Berlin2D00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. M Bluemich vs Saemisch  ½-½611920Berlin2C48 Four Knights
4. Reshevsky vs Saemisch 0-1381920BerlinE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
5. Saemisch vs Euwe ½-½221920Berlin-ScheveningenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Saemisch vs K Kullberg  1-0301920Gothenburg BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. A Larsson vs Saemisch  ½-½681920Gothenburg BC10 French
8. Saemisch vs P Johner  ½-½561920Gothenburg BD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. C Carls vs Saemisch 1-0921920Gothenburg BA14 English
10. Saemisch vs Euwe  ½-½341920Gothenburg BD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Saemisch vs A Olson  1-0371920Gothenburg BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. W John vs Saemisch  1-0591920Gothenburg BC10 French
13. Saemisch vs H Von Hennig  ½-½511920Gothenburg BD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M Marchand vs Saemisch  1-0621920Gothenburg BE12 Queen's Indian
15. Saemisch vs Olland  ½-½481920Gothenburg BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Gruenfeld vs Saemisch  ½-½261920Gothenburg BE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Saemisch vs A Nilsson  ½-½771920Gothenburg BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. V Sjoberg vs Saemisch  ½-½421920Gothenburg BE12 Queen's Indian
19. Saemisch vs E Jacobson  1-0551920Gothenburg BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Hakansson vs Saemisch  ½-½311920Gothenburg BD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Saemisch vs W Schoenmann  ½-½511920Berlin2E70 King's Indian
22. Saemisch vs Reti  1-0431920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Maroczy vs Saemisch  ½-½481920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov 0-1331920BerlinA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Saemisch vs Breyer ½-½641920BerlinA43 Old Benoni
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Dec-16-17  offramp: I've just noticed that Sämisch rarely played outside of Germany. He played at Karlsbad, but that was a German speaking area of Czech. He played at Copenhagen, but I bet a shedload of Danes speak German.

A strangely insular, wraith-like figure, a fleeting memory, disappearing like cigarette smoke on a windy strand. [Could someone add that to the bio?]

Dec-16-17  JimNorCal: Maybe he was monoglot or had some other reason to avoid travel. But maybe he was not good enough to get invitations.
Dec-17-17  offramp: I don't think he was a mongoloid.
Dec-22-17  JimNorCal: Thinly sourced, but quite astonishing. From wiki:

"Sämisch criticised Adolf Hitler at the closing banquet of the Madrid tournament in summer 1944. Upon returning to the German border, he was arrested and transported to a concentration camp. This was not his first transgression, since he had previously said loudly in the Luxor coffee house in Prague: 'Isn't Hitler a fool? He thinks he can win the war with Russians!' According to Grandmaster Ludek Pachman:[citation needed] Prague was full of Gestapo, and Sämisch had to be overheard at least at the next few tables. I asked him to speak quietly. 'You don't agree that Hitler is a fool?' was Sämisch's unconcerned retort."

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  MissScarlett: The whole section dates from 2015 and comes from <John Foley>:
Feb-18-18  ughaibu: Two questions: 1. who was the better smoker, Saemisch or Tal? 2. was there really a tournament called 'Pig-world'?
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  Telemus: <JimNorCal: Ludek Pachman:[citation needed]> Pachman reported at least twice about these events in Prague and Spain. The quote from Wiki is similar to that in his booklet "Zug um Zug - Ein Leben zwischen Schach und Politik", (Freiburg, 1982), pages 19-20. Some minor differences are:

1. instead of the closong banquet Pachman mentioned a political speech by Sämisch at the end of the tournament, and

2. instead of the German border Pachman mentioned the Spanish-French border where Sämisch was arrested.

A less precise and hence less similar description can be found in "Jetzt kann ich sprechen" (Düsseldorf, 1973), page 29.

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  MissScarlett: Do we have any information on what Saemisch did during the war? I doubt his chess skills were important enough to qualify him for the Gottbegnadeten list:

Come to think of it, he was just short of eighteen when WW1 broke out, so the above goes double.

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  Telemus: <offramp: I've just noticed that Sämisch rarely played outside of Germany. He played at Karlsbad, but that was a German speaking area of Czech. He played at Copenhagen, but I bet a shedload of Danes speak German.> Here is Sämisch in his own words on that subject:

"Im Ausland habe ich an 42 Schachturnieren teilgenommen."

"Auf Schach-Reisen besuchte ich 1. Deutschland, 2. Dänemark, 3. Schweden, 4. Finnland, 5. Estland, 6. Lettland, 7. Litauen, 8. den Freistaat Danzig, 9. Rußland, 10. Polen, 11. die Tschechoslowakei, 12. die Slowakei, 13. Österreich, 14. Ungarn, 15. Jugoslawien, 16. die Schweiz, 17. Spanien, 18. Frankreich, 19. Belgien, 20. England und 21. Holland. Auch nach 22. Luxemburg bin ich gelangt, aber nicht als Schachspieler."


"Mein größter Kummer: daß es mir noch nicht gelungen ist, nach Italien zu gelangen."

Caissa, 1952.

Feb-20-18  Granny O Doul: Pachman's Prague café story also appears in his book "Checkmate in Prague".
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  alexmagnus: Wait, Czechoslovakia and Slovakia were once different countries?
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  whiteshark: <alexmagnus> Sämisch was right:

The Czech part of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in World War II (aka Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia), while the Slovak region became the <Slovak Republic> (1939-1945).

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  Telemus: <whiteshark: .. The Czech part of Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in World War II (aka Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia)> No, this happened already before WWII.

I find the dates, when Hitler increased his territory, easy to remember, because they happened in intervals of roughly sixth months:

March 1938 / Austria
September - October 1938 / Sudetenland
March 1939 / Bohemia and Moravia
September 1939 / Poland (begin of WWII)

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  Telemus: <Granny O Doul> Thank you for this hint. I wonder if "Checkmate in Prague" is an independent book, or if it is related to "Jetzt kann ich sprechen" (this book has a letter instead of a foreword and two parts with 30 chapters).
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  whiteshark: <No, this happened already before WWII.> That's right, just as my <while the Slovak region became the <Slovak Republic> (1939-1945).>

--> 14. March 1939 – 21. July 1939: Slowakischer Staat (slowakisch Slovenský štát)

--> 21. July 1939 – 8. May 1945: Slowakische Republik (slowakisch Slovenská republika)

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  Telemus: <whiteshark> Obviously a misunderstanding. Sorry!
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  Telemus: WW I: Assured is that Sämisch was a soldier, that he was wounded and that three fingers of his right hand remained stiff. Details vary depending on the source.

WW II: Ludwig Rellstab reported that Sämisch was released from service because of being an invalid and by age. So he could get the travel permit to Spain in the autumn of 1943. He was against the Nazis, but first they didn't take him seriously. However, in 1944 he was indicted before a court in Leipzig (Volksgericht) and acquitted for lack of evidence. (From a booklet on the Friedrich-Sämisch-Gedächtnisturnier 1978)

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  Telemus: The last two issues of Kaissiber (both 2010) presented a lot of material on Sämisch.

Firstly, in Kaissiber 36 ( Bent Larsen and Dieter Mohrlok had two articles on their personal encounters with Sämisch.

Secondly, in Kaissiber 37 ( Peter Anderberg wrote a 19-page article on young Sämisch, covering his career before 1920.

(If ever another issue will appear, the above links will become invalid or direct you to a wrong issue.)

Dec-20-18  offramp: I watched this film last night, House on Greenapple Road (1970)

One of the producers was Quinn Martin. The other was Adrian Samish.

The name is not identical, just same-ish.

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  perfidious: Reading of Saemisch being tried by a People's Court above, he had to be one of very few who was haled before one of those bodies and acquitted.

The duo of Quinn Martin and Adrian Samish collaborated on two popular TV detective series in the 1970s: Cannon and Barnaby Jones.

More than once, I have wondered whether Samish was related to California lobbyist and political fixer Art Samish.

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  HeMateMe: Quinn Martin also produced The Streets of San Francisco in the 70s, where Michael Douglas got his start in acting.

As the end credits would role after the hour long show a bold voice would say "This has been a Quinn Martin production." That left little to doubt. He did other TV shows as well. Some kids probably knew Quinn Martin better than their own families.

Sep-20-19  TheTamale: Coolest looking POTD profile pic EVER.
Sep-20-19  Caissanist: The best writing I have seen on Saemisch came from Hein Donner, who wrote a memorable account of a game they played near the end of Saemisch's career (the player is not named, but there are plenty of biographical details to make it obvious). Anyone who happens upon a copy of <The King: Chess Pieces> should give it a read.
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  Telemus: <Caissanist: The best writing I have seen on Saemisch ...> Would you please tell what else you have read about him?
Sep-23-21  Albertan: For Friedrich Samisch’s 125th Birthday:

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