In this photograph J.R. Capablanca, Edward Lasker, J. Bernstein and F.J. Marshall are readily identifiable in the foreground, but few of the remaining figures are easy to name. Can readers assist us in preparing a complete key?
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Attempts to identify the figures in the background of this photograph have been received from Gene Gnandt (Houston, TX, USA), John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) and Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore). For identification purposes, a detail of the picture (which features the first-round pairings at New York, 1915) is split into two:
In the section above, immediately behind Edward Lasker the top of
Abraham Kupchik’s head is visible. Standing second from the right
is Hermann Helms. The others remain to be identified.
As mentioned in C.N. 5742, Jacob Bernstein and Frank James
Marshall are in the foreground. Behind Bernstein is, partly
obscured, Oscar Chajes. To Marshall’s right is Einar Michelsen.
The grey-haired man seated is Albert Beauregard Hodges. Standing
to his left is Aristides Martinez. To Martinez’s left is
Marshall’s wife, and the boy may well be the Marshalls’ son, whose
forenames were Frank Rice. Julius Finn is standing on the far
left, and to his left is Hartwig Cassel. [For photographs of Frank
Rice Marshall see C.N. 5778.]
Assistance with filling the gaps will be appreciated.
As regards the occasion, C.N. 2220 (see page 340 of A Chess Omnibus) quoted from page 91 of the May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin:
‘… a genuine chess scene, and nothing less than the opening round of this tournament, was reproduced in motion pictures at various theaters throughout the country. On 17 April, on the invitation of the Messrs Pathé-Frères, the players, committee men and other prominent followers of the game repaired to the studio at the plant of that well-known concern and, under the direction of Mr Raymond J. Brown, the editor of Pathé News, posed before the camera which produced the films that were to make the public at large better acquainted with chess, and some of its chief exponents. In the principal sitting, the players were shown seated as paired in the opening round, making their moves, regulating clocks and recording scores, with officials and spectators grouped in the background. In addition, there were separate sittings for Capablanca and Marshall in individual poses.’
Joost van Winsen (Silvolde, the Netherlands) identifies another figure:
William M. de Visser
For purposes of comparison, see the picture of de Visser on page
32 of the January 1905 American Chess Bulletin:
On 24 September 2008 Mr van Winsen identified Gustav H. Koehler:
The picture below was published on page 105 of The Rice
Gambit by H. Keidanz (published as a souvenir supplement to
Chess Bulletin, 1905):
An addition on 29 January 2011 (referred to in C.N. 6921): John Blackstone (Las Vegas, NV, USA) draws attention to this material on page 3 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 April 1915:
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