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Edward Winter


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2 March 2017: C.N. 10362
3 March 2017: C.N.s 10363-10364
5 March 2017: C.N. 10365
6 March 2017: C.N.s 10366-10370
7 March 2017: C.N. 10371
8 March 2017: C.N.s 10372-10373
10 March 2017: C.N.s 10374-10376
12 March 2017: C.N.s 10377-10380
14 March 2017: C.N. 10381
15 March 2017: C.N.s 10382-10384
17 March 2017: C.N.s 10385-10386
18 March 2017: C.N. 10387
19 March 2017: C.N.s 10388-10389
21 March 2017: C.N.s 10390-10391
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10362. Photographs from The Tatler and The Bystander

Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) has provided these photographs:

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The Tatler, 12 March 1902, page 468

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The Tatler, 15 April 1903, page 84

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The Tatler, 3 June 1903, page 350

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The Bystander, 17 May 1911, page 340

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The Tatler, 23 August 1922, page 285

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The Bystander, 19 August 1936, page 314.

Caption information is not always reliable, of course. For example, Mr Killoran notes that in the London, 1922 photograph Capablanca was playing not Rubinstein but Vidmar, and was reflecting on his reply to 14...Qb4.

From page 226 of Capablanca’s A Primer of Chess (London, 1935):

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10363. Euwe v Alekhine match, 1937

Regarding the 1937 Euwe v Alekhine world championship match, C.J.S. Purdy wrote on page 80 of Chess World, 1 May 1946:

‘Although for sheer accuracy it could not compare with the Alekhine-Capablanca match, it was, on the whole, the greatest chess match ever played.’



10364. En passant (C.N.s 3139 & 9083)

On the topic of an en passant capture giving mate, Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) draws attention to page 24 of The Delights of Chess by Assiac (London, 1960), which had the conclusion of a game won by T.T. Godwin:

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1...Qb6 2 Qd5 Ne3 3 Qxa8+ Ke7 4 Qxh8 Qa5+

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5 b4 cxb3 mate.



10365. Soldatenkov (C.N.s 6138 & 6144)

Two correspondents have recently submitted material on Vassily/Basil Soldatenkov, and for ease of reference we have first of all brought together C.N.s 6138 and 6144 in a feature article about him.

C.N. 6138 included the following information:

Soldatenkov also has a bearing on the origins of the Marshall Gambit in the Ruy López. At New York, 1918 Marshall played 8...d5 twice, against Capablanca and Morrison. Regarding the latter game it was pointed out on page 276 of the December 1918 American Chess Bulletin (under the heading ‘Duplication of Game after 17 Years’) and on page 21 of the tournament book that a game Sittenfeld v Soldatenkov, Paris, 1901 had followed Morrison v Marshall as far as move 18 (when Soldatenkov played ...Bd6 instead of ...gxf6). Whereas Marshall’s victory took 84 moves, Soldatenkov won in 25.

Tony Gillam (Nottingham, England) notes that the Sittenfeld v Soldatenkov game had been published too in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 November 1918, Section 1, page 2:

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Mr Gillam also draws attention to a photograph (Le Mans, 1913) at the Gallica website.

John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) takes up another point in C.N. 6138, where we wrote:

The New York Times (15 October 1917, page 16) reported that a Marshall/Soldatenkov v Janowsky/Jaffe consultation game had just begun (‘The contest will probably extend over the greater part of the week. Marshall and Soldatenkov, playing the white pieces, elected a queen’s pawn opening, to which the rival pair replied with knight to king’s bishop third.’). Further information would be welcome.

Dr Hilbert provides the following from page 15 of the Washington Evening Star, 22 October 1917:

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1 d4 Nf6 2 e3 d5 3 Bd3 c5 4 c3 e6 5 f4 Be7 6 Nd2 b6 7 Ngf3 O-O 8 Ng5 Nbd7 9 Qc2 h6

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10 h4 Bb7 11 Ndf3 c4 12 Bh7+ Kh8 13 g3 Ne4 14 Qh2 b5 15 Bxe4 dxe4 16 Ng1 b4 17 Ne2 a5 Adjourned.

Whether the game was ever resumed has not been ascertained.

C.N. 6138 also mentioned that page 25 of the February 1922 American Chess Bulletin published a loss by Soldatenkov to Zirn in the Metropolitan Chess League. John Hilbert adds that the score had appeared on page A3 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23 February 1922:

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Soldatenkov v Zirn: 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 Nbd7 5 cxd5 exd5 6 Qb3 c6 7 e4 Qb6 8 e5 Qxb3 9 axb3 Ng8 10 Bd3 Ne7 11 O-O Ng6 12 Ng5 h6 13 Ne6 fxe6 14 Bxg6+ Kd8 15 Be3 Be7 16 f4 Nf8 17 Bd3 Bd7 18 g4 g6 19 Na4 Kc7 20 Bd2 h5 21 gxh5 Rxh5

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22 Nb6 Re8 23 Nxd7 Nxd7 24 Rxa7 c5 25 Rfa1 Reh8 26 Ba6 Rxh2 27 Ba5+ Kb8

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28 Bf1 Rh1+ 29 Kg2 R8h2+ 30 Kg3 Bh4+ 31 Kg4 Rg1+ 32 Kf3 Rg3 mate.



10366. Taffs (C.N. 10333)

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Mate in two

The problem in C.N. 10333 as published on page 25 of the Observer, 6 June 1926:

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Taffs was also mentioned in a brief feature on page 6 of the 1 December 1931 edition of the Burlington Free Press:

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From the Battle Creek Enquirer, 17 January 1960, page 2, Section 3:

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10367. Arthur John Curnock (C.N.s 9022 & 9032)

The ‘party trick’ problem in C.N.s 9022 and 9032 was accompanied on page 538 of the December 1902 BCM by another composition by Curnock:

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White mates in seven moves

The problem can be found, without a source, on page 179 of The Fireside Book of Chess by I. Chernev and F. Reinfeld (New York, 1949).



10368. Another selection of photographs

The pictures below have been forwarded by Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore):

kent

Larger version

The Bystander, 21 June 1905, page 584

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three nuns

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The Tatler and Bystander, 24 October 1945, page 98.



10369. Photographs by G.B. Wood

Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) asks for information about the photographs mentioned in this item from page 5 of the Philadelphia Times, 29 April 1894:

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10370. Soldatenkov (C.N. 10365)

John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) provides four cuttings:

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 13 February 1919, page 2, Section 1

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New York Herald, 17 March 1920, page 11

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Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), 12 October 1922

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 December 1928, page 1.



10371. Smyslov v Botvinnik, Moscow, 1944

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Black to move

In this position from the game between Smyslov and Botvinnik in the 1944 USSR championship in Moscow, Botvinnik played 35...a5, and White resigned at move 41.

In his annotations on pages 16-17 of Chess Review, June-July 1944 Reuben Fine gave 35...a5 an exclamation mark, but on page 2 of the August-September 1944 issue Philip Bromberg of New York pointed out a mate in seven with 35...c3:

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Fine gave due credit to Bromberg on page 109 of Chess Marches On! (New York, 1945), and Bromberg was even acknowledged for the discovery on page 403 of the first ‘Chess Stars’ volume on Botvinnik (Sofia, 2000). Not all writers have shown care, and on page 144 of Mikhail Botvinnik (Jefferson, 2014) Andrew Soltis awarded an exclamation mark to 35...a5.

Earlier monographs such as Partidas selectas de Botwinnik by M. Czerniak (Buenos Aires, 1946) and Botwinnik lehrt Schach by H. Müller (Berlin-Frohnau, 1967) noted the missed mate (see pages 252 and 95 respectively), as did F. Reinfeld on page 209 of Botvinnik the Invincible (Philadelphia, 1946):

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Notwithstanding Reinfeld’s remark, in the two sets of annotations by Botvinnik that we have seen there was no specifically critical comment about 35...a5:

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Избранные партии 1926-1946 (Moscow, 1951), page 246

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Аналитические и критические работы 1942-1956 (Moscow, 1985), page 54

In the first note Botvinnik stated that 35...c3 was also possible and that there was more than one solution to the problem, and in the second he remarked that there were also other ways to win, such as 35...c3.

From page 3 of the June-July 1944 Chess Review:

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On page 5 Botvinnik contributed an article ‘How I Won The Title’ (‘Via Press Wireless to Chess Review’). After noting Smyslov’s strong start to the tournament, Botvinnik observed:

‘The turning point came in the eighth round when he resigned to me after a stiff battle.’

There was also a paragraph in which Botvinnik described his training for the Soviet championship:

‘For my part, I went to the country with Vyacheslav Ragozin a fortnight before the start. We played quite a few training games with “unknown” results. Our play might have been affected by the radio which was going full blast in the room. We were afraid that the tournament hall might be noisy and decided to accustom ourselves to disturbances. This precautionary measure turned out to be superfluous because the audience behaved well – and Ragozin now insists that the unusual quiet in the hall prevented him from doing better than he did.’



10372. Marianne Allwright

From a report by Elaine Saunders on the 1950 British Girls’ Championship (London, April 1950):

‘The prizes for young competitors were awarded to Jennifer Dawkins, age nine, and Marianne Allwright, age six, both of Comrie House School, Finchley, who this year enlarged their very youthful contingent to seven. Marianne, whose charming childish abandon truly “stole the show” in the eyes of the press, scored two points. It is difficult to refrain from comment upon this chess baby. With some apprehension I watched Marianne climb onto her chair to queen a pawn and then quietly proceed to force the enemy king into a mating net. Although many of her moves were far from good and made without any deep consideration, the child possesses a commendably quick sight of the board.’

Source: BCM, May 1950, page 152.

Examples of the interest shown by the press:

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Lincolnshire Echo, 13 April 1950, page 1

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Belfast News-Letter, 14 April 1950, page 8

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Northern Daily Mail, 17 April 1952, page 3

Marianne Allwright was also featured on page 154 of the May 1950 Chess Review:

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10373. Mate with two knights

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Position after 39...d1(N) mate.

That was the conclusion of a game won by Soldatenkov against C.P. Weeks which has been found by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 March 1921, Section 1, page 3:

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                  soldatenkov

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Qh4 5 c3 Qxe4+ 6 Be3 Nxd4 7 cxd4 Bb4+ 8 Nc3 Ne7 9 Qd2 Bxc3 10 bxc3 d5 11 f3 Qg6 12 Be2 O-O 13 O-O Bh3 14 Bg5 f6 15 gxh3 Qxg5+ 16 Qxg5 fxg5 17 Rab1 b6 18 Kf2 Rf4 19 Rg1 h6 20 Rg4 Raf8 21 Rxf4 Rxf4 22 Bd3 Kf7 23 Re1 c5 24 dxc5 bxc5 25 Rb1 Ra4 26 Rb2 Ra3 27 Rc2 Kf6 28 Bb5 Ng6 29 Bc6 Nf4 30 Kg3 Rxc3 31 Rd2 Rc1 32 Bd7 c4 33 Kf2 Ke5 34 a4 d4 35 Ra2 d3 36 Ke3 c3 37 Bb5 Rc2 38 Bc4

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38...d2 39 Rxc2 d1(N) mate.



10374. Mährisch-Ostrau, 1933

Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) reports that he owns this photograph:

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Below we add the captioned photograph from the tournament book, Internationales Schachmeisterturnier Mähr.-Ostrau 1933 by Hans Kmoch and Walther Michalitschke (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1933):

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The following page showed the co-authors:

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                  michalitschke



10375. Ilmar Raud (C.N.s 4905, 4944 & 10062)

Juan Sebastián Morgado (Buenos Aires) draws attention to an article ‘El caso Raud’ (part one; part two) which he has contributed to ChessBase.



10376. ‘One of the finest combinations ever played’ (C.N.s 8976 & 8992)

The position was also published on page 9 of Chess Techniques by A.R.B. Thomas (London, 1975):

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The players’ colours were reversed, for the reason given by Thomas in his Introduction (page ix) and quoted in C.N. 8977.



10377. Roberto the Robot

On the front cover of the July 1959 Chess Review:

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From page 199 of the same issue:

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10378. Chess Openings Theory and Practice

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In the light of the references to Horowitz in The Horowitz-Wellmuth Affair and Chess and Ghostwriting, Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA) asks what is known about the exact genesis of the 789-page volume Chess Openings Theory and Practice by I.A. Horowitz (New York, 1964).

General background information from page viii:

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Horowitz’s signature in one of our copies of Chess Openings Theory and Practice:

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10379. E.A. Michell and R.P. Michell

Ivor Goodman (Stevenage, England) points out webpages with information about Edward Algernon Michell and Reginald Pryce Michell.



10380. Monosson v Fauque (C.N. 7921)

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White to move

Han Bükülmez (Ecublens, Switzerland) notes a game between Englund and Smith, Hanover Hauptturnier A, 31 July 1902, in which White played not 5 Bxf7+ but 5 Ng5: 1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Nf3 d6 4 Bc4 Nd7 5 Ng5 e6 6 O-O Ne7 7 Bxe6 O-O 8 Bb3 Nc6 9 c3 h6 10 Nf3 Re8 11 Nfd2 Na5 12 Bc2 c5 13 f4 cxd4 14 Nf3 dxc3 15 Nxc3 Nf6 16 Be3 Ng4 17 Bd4 Nc4 18 Nd5 Be6 19 h3 Bxd5 20 hxg4 Bxe4 21 Bxg7 Ne3 22 Qd4 Nxc2 23 Qc3 Rc8 24 White resigns.

We give the game as published on pages 154-155 of the tournament book:

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                  smith

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                  smith

Databases identify Black as Stephen Francis Smith. The crosstable on page xxxiii of the tournament book had ‘D. S. Smith – London’, while ‘D. Smith (London)’ was on page 259 of the August 1902 Deutsche Schachzeitung. Confusion may have arisen over D./Doctor.



10381. Fischer v Grant

From page 3B of Florida Today, 26 May 1975:

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Page 37 of the February 1964 Chess Review mentioned ‘Greg Grant, 16-year-old senior at Jamesvill-De Witt [sic] High’.

The game against Grant was Fischer’s only defeat in a large simultaneous display (the overall result of which is debatable) in Rochester, NY on 15 February 1964. It was published on page 13 of A Legend On The Road by John Donaldson (Seattle, 1994) and on pages 20-21 of the second edition (Milford, 2005). The source of the game-score was ‘Robert Nasiff’s monograph on Syracuse chess history’, and Fischer’s 20th and 30th moves received double question marks.

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Be7 6 Bxf6 Bxf6 7 Nf3 Bd7 8 c3 Bc6 9 Qc2 g6 10 O-O-O Nd7 11 h4 Bxe4 12 Qxe4 c6 13 h5 Qc7 14 g4 O-O-O 15 g5 Be7 16 Bc4 Nb6 17 Bb3 Nd5 18 Rdg1 Qf4+ 19 Qxf4 Nxf4 20 Rg4 Nd3+ 21 Kc2 Nxf2 22 Rgg1 Nxh1 23 Rxh1 Bd6 24 Kd3 c5 25 d5 b5 26 Ke4 c4 27 Bc2 Rhe8 28 hxg6 hxg6 29 Rh7 Re7 30 Nd4 f5+ 31 White resigns.



10382. Purdy on annotating

‘We do not approve of dry, completely objective annotations – this move is correct, this superior, this inferior, etc. An annotator should try rather to enter into the mind of the player, and explain his ideas.’

Source: Chess World, 1 March 1946, page 33.



10383. Capablanca and the Sicilian Defence (C.N. 10344)

The start of Hans Kmoch’s annotations to Capablanca v Yates, Bad Kissingen, 1928 on page 259 of the Wiener Schachzeitung, September 1928:

capablanca
                  yates



10384. Kmoch and Capablanca

As quoted in Capablanca v Alekhine, 1927, Kmoch’s article ‘My Personal Recollections of Capablanca’ on pages 362-363 of Chess Review, December 1967 included this paragraph (page 362):

‘In Kissingen [1928], my contact with Capablanca became rather close. We had long walks together, usually talking about the world championship in reference to which Capablanca always used the expression “my title”, making it seem that the title had only incidentally and temporarily strayed to Alekhine. More than once he explained to me how I could make a lot of money. Very simple: just organize the return match against Alekhine and bet as much as possible on me; you will win, that much is absolutely sure.’

On page 363 Kmoch wrote:

‘Capablanca used to see incredibly much with but a single glance at the board. There still rings in my ears Réti’s lament: “No sense in showing him a composition because he sees the solution before you have finished setting up the position.”’



10385. Hans Frank

Documentation about Hans Frank and Chess is still sought. From page 3 of the 1 January 1941 issue of Deutsche Schachblätter:

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10386. Fischer v Grant (C.N. 10381)

Robert Nasiff (Tully, NY, USA) informs us that his monograph on Syracuse chess history, which was referred to in C.N. 10381, is unpublished and that he had obtained the Fischer v Grant game-score direct from the latter in the second half of the 1960s.

Below, from page 1B of the 16 February 1964 issue of the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), we show the report by Earl Caldwell which John Donaldson quoted in A Legend On The Road (first edition: pages 11-12; second edition: pages 18-19):

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10387. Spassky v Korchnoi

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41 Qh2 Resigns

The celebrated move 41 Qh2 was played by Spassky against Korchnoi in the 22nd USSR championship in Moscow, 1955. The full game, with notes by M. Yudovich, was published on page 5 of XXII шахматный чемпионат СССР, 31 March 1955:

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                  korchnoi

The above scan has been provided by the Cleveland Public Library.

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 c5 7 Bc4 Bg7 8 Ne2 cxd4 9 cxd4 Nc6 10 Be3 O-O 11 O-O Bg4 12 f3 Na5 13 Bxf7+ Rxf7 14 fxg4 Rxf1+ 15 Kxf1 Qd7 16 h3 Qe6 17 Qd3 Qc4 18 Qd2 Qa6 19 Qc2 Nc4 20 Qb3 Kh8 21 Kg1 Nd2 22 Bxd2 Qxe2 23 Be3 Rf8 24 e5 b5 25 Rc1 a5 26 Bg5 h6 27 Bxe7 a4 28 Qd1 Qe3+ 29 Kh1 Rf2 30 Qg1 Qf4 31 a3 Kh7 32 Bc5 h5 33 gxh5 Bh6 34 hxg6+ Kg7 35 Re1 Qg3 36 Bb4 Be3 37 Qh2 Qg5 38 e6 Bf4 39 Qg1 Qh4 40 e7 Rf3 41 Qh2 Resigns.

Some databases give a different move-order in the opening, and a number of publications have discrepancies over the conclusion. Ten moves were lopped off in the Wildhagen volume of Spassky’s games (the ‘big red book’ – see C.N. 8962):

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Page 76 of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Middlegames (Belgrade, 1980) had this position (black king on h7, not g7, and no white pawn on g6) before 41 Qh2:

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                  korchnoi

There were black pawns on h7, g6 and f5 in the ‘Winning Practice from the Masters’ article on page 23 of CHESS, 29 October 1955:

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                  korchnoi

The solution on page 33:

‘1 Q-R2! This seems the only way to nullify complefely [sic] the threat of RxRPch; but now White’s passed pawn wins the game.’

Unaware that the diagram was faulty, CHESS, 12 November 1955, page 41 reported:

‘Some 30 readers point out that in No. 2 of our Winning Practice positions last issue, Korchnoy could have upset Spassky by 1...QxRch 3 [sic] Q-Kt1 RxQch 4 [sic] KxR K-B2 winning the dangerous pawn.

Sir G.A. Thomas, whose card was the first to arrive, points out that by 1 R-K2 White can draw.’



10388. Le Havre, 1966

Guy Gignac (Donnacona, Canada) owns this photograph, taken during the international chess festival in Le Havre, April 1966:

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Lev Polugayevsky (above) finished equal second with Krogius in the main tournament, two points behind Larsen.

Beyond France, the festival received relatively little attention in chess magazines of the time, apart from Brian Reilly’s coverage on pages 131-138 of the May 1966 BCM. From page 134:



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Having referred to the BCM report, Herbert A. Friedman wrote on page 273 of the September 1966 Chess Review:

‘Even today, it is still possible to build up a complete collection of every chess stamp ever issued for well under $100.’



10389. Kasparov

This block of nine postage stamps (North Korea/‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’, with the dates 1984, 1985 and 1986) is a curiosity in our collection:

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10390. Schack i Sverige

Just received: Schack i Sverige (subtitle: Sveriges Schackförbund 100 år 1917-2017) by Lasse Linusson and Peter Holmgren (Norrköping, 2017), a large-format 496-page hardback available from the Swedish Chess Federation.

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10391. Bismarck Speaks

The frontispiece of the final (December 1899) issue of the American Chess Magazine:

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The poem by Jocelyn Johnstone on page 232:

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In the cartoon, which concerned the Boer War, the late Otto von Bismarck is standing, and the chess game is between Paul Kruger (the President of the South African Republic) and Joseph Chamberlain (the British Secretary of State for the Colonies).



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