Remembering Włodzimierz Schmidt (10 April 1943 – 1 April 2023)

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4/19/2023 – Włodzimierz Schmidt was the first Polish grandmaster to acquire the title not on an honorary basis, but by fulfilling the norms. For a long time, the native of Poznan was the best Polish player, later a sought-after coach. He died on 1 April, shortly before his 80th birthday. An obituary by Paul Werner Wagner. | Photo:

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By Paul Werner Wagner

The following obituary first appeared in the Berliner Zeitung. Translated with kind permission.

Włodzimierz Schmidt

Poznan on the Warthe received its town charter in 1253. From 1793 to 1918 it belonged to Prussia. Today it is a centre of industry, trade and research, and the fifth largest city in the Republic of Poland. The Renaissance buildings in the Old Market Square are well worth seeing. A son of the city is Włodzimierz Schmidt (1943-2023). He learnt to play chess at the age of nine and two years later began intensive training at the chess club. 

Włodzimierz won the Polish Youth Championship twice. After studying at the Poznan University of Technology he turned to chess professionally. His 28 appearances at the Polish National Championship are still a record. The Poznan native managed to win the title nine times.

Schmidt took part in 14 chess Olympiads and six FIDE Zonal tournaments. With the Maraton Warsaw Chess Club he also won the Polish Team Championship six times. His two tournament victories at the Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica Zdroj in 1973 and 1981 were outstanding. Schmidt became an International Grandmaster in 1976.

In Germany, the Polish top player was active for the chess clubs of Würzburg and Marktheidenfeld, and after his active career he passed on his extensive chess knowledge to the Polish chess youth and advanced to become the most sought-after chess trainer in his country.

With his friendly and level-headed manner Włodzimierz Schmidt was a very pleasant and endearing member of the chess world.

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