Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:47
Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid
(10 May 1928 - 18 May 2013)
On 18 May 2013 at the age of 85 Lothar Schmid passed away, a great chess player, arbiter, collector and chess lover. As hired to the Karl May Publishing House, he was never been in a position to become a professional player, but he had used most of his leisure time to be involved in all kind of chess activities.
In 1941, at the beginning of his chess career, Lothar Schmid won the Dresden Chess Championship. Being a member of the West Germany team at 11 World Chess Olympiads (1950-1974) he won 4 individual silver medals and 2 team bronze medals.
He is one of the few players who was a Grandmaster (over the board chess) and Correspondence Chess Grandmaster. Both titles were awarded in 1959.
Lothar Schmid is also a well known chess arbiter, he was awarded with the International Arbiter title in 1975. He was the arbiter for the Fischer-Spassky 1972, Karpov-Korchnoi 1978, Kasparov-Karpov 1986 World Chess Championship Matches, and also Fischer-Spassky 1992 (revenge match). Lothar Schmid owned of the most important and valuable private chess collections with more than 50,000 publications.
The German Chess Federation loses its highly respected Honorary Member.
FIDE expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Schmid and the German chess Community.
Fischer-Spassky 1972, Reykjavik