Carl Schlechter

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


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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