Mieses. The Brilliancy Prize Games, and Some Pictures.

Mieses. The Brilliancy Prize Games, and Some Pictures.


Afternoon everyone.

To finish off the Mieses stuff, I have decided to put together the Brilliancy Prize winning games of his that I know of, plus some nice pictures. A bit like it says in the title!!  (  I don't do clickbait!! )

These are  the eight games as given by Belov et al in 'Antology of Chess Beauty'. I have done some quick notes - often based on contemporary sources. There are just two that I don't have a lot of background on - notably the last one, which I have not seen elsewhere.

So - enjoy the games and pictures!!

A rare image of Janowski in his final years, found on britbase. He is left of picture in the hat.

A melancholy image of a dying man. One of the great chess artists, who's games are a constant joy.

Next victim is the great Georg Marco - loser of a number of games in my posts!!

An image of him in his role as one of the very, very best chess journalists, taken from a Schlechter picture I have used elsewhere.

On Marco, the notes to the following game are based on his work in what is - in my view - the greatest tournament book of all time. Barmen 1905.

The loser was this man.

via www.alchetron.com

Bardeleben - best known for a loss - was a very fine player, and a somewhat temperamental character!!

O.K. - let's skip back a couple of years for the next game - went out of chronology because of the Marco connection.

This one was in my last post, with a couple of relevant images. If you didn't look at it back there, please do so  now - it has a move that is just mind-  blowingly beautiful.

Everything about this next game is a joy for someone like me!! It's a wonderful, beautiful, instructive gem of a game. There is a a lovely photo - from which the header  picture is adapted - along with outstanding contemporary coverage of the event - in Tidshrift for Schach.

There you will find a whole load of annotations - from various sources - to the game.

Studying this game and the original material that goes with it has been a real joy for me, all these many years later. 

The loser of the next game is an interesting story  in himself, who came to a sad and early end.
Preparing this I found a nice image on wikipedia of all places!!
via wikipedia
I have a number of others, but I really like this one!!

O.K. The next game was also mentioned in my last post, together with a photo taken early on during it.

Mieses' opponent is perhaps best known for his participation in the first big event after the second World War. Apologies for using a stock photo - there are better ones in my copy of the tournament book, but i forgot to scan them, and I am pushed for time here.

Try to work out the finish for yourself - without computer engines - you will enjoy it!

And so on to the final game. I have not looked for it, but the only place that i can recall seeing it is in the Belov book. I have no doubt that it is authentic, and it is an excuse to add in a couple of nice photographs. 

The opponent is not to be confused with the author Phillip Sergeant. Two photographs that feature him.

The first is the 1920 British championship found on chess scotland - with my respects to Alistair, who does an incredible job there.

Some fascinating names here for someone interested in British chess history. Not least Mackenzie, who i did some research on for the Birmingham Chess League many years ago,  in pre- internet times. Back then i could not find an image of him!!

Along with my friend the wonderful Peter Gibbs, he is a part of chess history - editors of the longest continuously running chess newspaper column in history.

And then this next one - from John Saunders' wonderful britbase.

The Middlesex team that won the 1925 British County Championship. The competition was very strong back then - again some wonderful names for someone like me to put faces to. They beat a Yorkshire team headed by the great Freddie Yates in the final.

As I say - short of research time, so any extra info on the game will be welcomed.