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Saemisch, Friedrich

Friedrich Saemisch (1896-1975) was born in Berlin, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1950.  In 1921, he won the first Austrian chess championship.  Loser of more games of chess on time than any other master.  In 1959 at Linkopping, Sweden, he lost all 13 games on time.  He once spent 45 minutes before making his first move, got in time trouble and lost.  In another event he lost a game on time in 13 moves.  The time control was 45 moves in 2 1/2 hours.   However, he could play blitz chess.  He won two lightning tournmants at the age of 61.  He was imprisoned for awhile by the Nazis in 1944 because of some remarks he made against the German war effort.  It was Saemisch who defeated Nizmovich in one tournament, when Nimzovich responded with, “Why must I lose to this idiot?”

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