Carl Schlechter

(1874-1918)

World—Inducted 2015

One of the top players in the world from 1900 until his death, Carl Schlechter is best remembered for his drawn World Chess Championship match against Emanuel Lasker in 1910. Born in Vienna, he learned the game at sixteen and within five years competed in the Hastings 1895 tournament, where he finished in the middle. In the following years, he enjoyed many major successes, including shared first place in the Munich 1900 tournament and undisputed first place in the Ostend 1906 and Hamburg 1910 tournaments. Schlechter was a top chess problemist and edited the last edition of Paul Rudolf von Bilguer’s Handbuch des Schachspiels. The opening variations 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 and 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 (shared with Akiva Rubinstein) bear his name.