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Old July 16th 17, 06:45 AM posted to rec.games.chess.misc
William Hyde
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Default Interesting Interview with Chess Master

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:39:21 PM UTC-4, raylopez99 wrote:
On Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 12:54:17 PM UTC-4, Offramp wrote:
Interview with Von Bardeleben in 1895. The source is "The Sketch" newspaper


It took you this long to post this article Offramp? Kind of like that database project to scan all online patzer games that will take 500 years.

Poor Von Bardeleben. After his famous loss to Steinitz he was never the same, he committed suicide.


Twenty nine years later, to be exact. After he won a few tournaments, a match with Spielmann, etc.

And he had a bit of a temper.


Edward Lasker says he was sarcastic but not generally out of control. One exception came when he was analyzing a game he'd lost to Duras, one he should have won. According to Lasker von B banged his glass on the table and swore he'd beat Duras in their next event. Which nobody took seriously as Von B was now far from his prime and Duras was one of the top five players in the world. In their next event Duras tied for first, von B finished last, but he did win their game.

No doubt he suffered from depression or some mental malady,

Yes, poverty. His only real source of income, according to Lasker, was being paid to marry and divorce rich women, who then got to keep the aristocratic Von Bardeleben name. No doubt this source dried up when there were just too many Countesses Von B out there. Imagine if two went to the same party?


like fellow lawyer Morphy.

No poverty there. Or suicide.

William Hyde