GM Carl Schlechter

Full name
Carl Schlechter
Life
Mar 2, 1874 - Dec 27, 1918 (age 44)
Place of birth
Austria-Hungary (Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Federation
Austria

The “man without style”, Carl Schlechter was the top Austrian chess player at the start of the 1900s. Best known for drawing a match against Emanuel Lasker for the world championship, he was also a leading theoretician of many different opening lines. Regarded as one of the most gentlemanly players in history, he is remembered for giving draws to players that were sick and reducing his clock time when his opponent showed up late. There may never be a player as strong and amiable at the same time as Schlechter.

Carl Schlechter learned to play chess when he was 13 years old. From the age of 19, he played in more than 50 international tournaments, winning or placing high in the majority of them. In 1910, Schlechter faced off against Emanuel Lasker for the World Championship. The match ended up in a draw and this distinguished Schlechter as the first player to give Lasker a serious challenge for the world champion title. Schlechter was also known as a gentleman and amiable person in the chess world. Unfortunately his life ended relatively early when he died of pneumonia and starvation on December 27, 1918.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Bishop's Opening (11) : C28 C26 C24
Four Knights Game (23) : C49 C48 C47
Giuoco Piano Game (11) : C53 C50 C51 C54
Scotch Game (5) : C44
Italian Game (1) : C56
Caro-Kann Defense (3) : B12 B13 B18
Queen's Pawn Opening (23) : A40 D02 D00
Philidor Defense (8) : C41
Colle System (4) : D04 D05
Three Knights Opening (5) : C46
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C27
Slav Defense (7) : D15 D11 D10
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42
Scandinavian Defense (11) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D33 D32
Pirc Defense (2) : B08 B07
Semi-Slav Defense (4) : D46
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D24 D26
King's Gambit Declined (6) : C30
English Opening (1) : A20
King's Gambit Accepted (9) : C37 C39 C36 C34 C33
Old Indian Defense (1) : A54
Indian Game (1) : A46
Dutch Defense (2) : A84 A85
Black Pieces
Old Indian Defense (2) : A54 A53
Slav Defense (7) : D15 D13 D12 D11
Caro-Kann Defense (4) : B13 B12 B18
Tarrasch Defense (14) : D33 D34 D32
King's Gambit Declined (11) : C31 C30
Vienna Game (8) : C25 C26 C29 C27
Giuoco Piano Game (20) : C51 C52 C50 C53 C54
Italian Game (5) : C55 C50
Scotch Game (7) : C44 C45
Center Game Accepted (4) : C21 C22
Queen's Pawn Opening (21) : D00 A40 D02
Three Knights Opening (7) : C46
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D20 D25 D24 D27
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
French Defense (12) : C11 C01 C00 C13
Bishop's Opening (7) : C26 C24 C28 C23
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C44
English Opening (4) : A35 A20 A22 A32
Nimzo-Indian Defense (1) : E52
Colle System (2) : D04
Four Knights Game (21) : C48 C49 C47 C46
Semi-Slav Defense (1) : D46
Bird's Opening (3) : A03 A02
King's Gambit Accepted (15) : C36 C33 C39 C34 C38 C37
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42 C43
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Englund Gambit Declined (1) : A40
Van't Kruijs Opening (2) : A00
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Mieses Opening (1) : A00

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