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Chess and Poetry has a set of three poems by B.H. Wood, published when he was aged 20. Below is a slightly earlier one, entitled ‘The Drowser’:
Source: Chess Amateur, September 1929, page 268.
White could have played 40 h5, winning. A loose end concerning this position (Capablanca v Fine, AVRO, 1938) relates to Wolfgang Heidenfeld’s remark that 40 h5 was first pointed out by Paul Schlensker in Schach-Echo. No such reference has been found, but now Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) notes that Schlensker discussed both AVRO games between Capablanca and Fine on pages 102-103 of the 5 April 1958 Schach-Echo, although without any treatment of the rook ending:
To lapse into journalese, Carlsen and Anand are ‘set’ to play a ‘revenge match’. Use of that latter term (instead of ‘return match’ or ‘re-match’) is not new, and the oldest instance that we recall is on page 169 of CHESS, March 1947: a reference to ‘the Alekhine-Euwe revenge match’. The writer was Botvinnik (see Interregnum), and ‘матч-реванш’ is a common term in Russian, just as‘Revanche’ occurs in the equivalent German and French phrases.
Whether ‘revenge match’ is good English is debatable, but it was used by Fred Reinfeld (‘a prompt revenge match’ between Euwe and Alekhine in 1937) on page 213 of The Great Chess Masters and Their Games (New York, 1952).
Another question left for readers to ponder is the best term in case of a series of matches between two players (e.g. how to describe Kasparov v Karpov, New York and Lyons, 1990).
From page 144 of the November 1919 Schweizerische Schachzeitung:
A recommendation prompted by, inter alia, the ‘Fair & Square’ feature in New in Chess:
From page 7 of The Brilliant Touch by Walter Korn (London, 1950):
Further information is sought about this position, which was also shown by Irving Chernev on pages 12-13 of Combinations The Heart of Chess (New York, 1960):
Concerning the note after 3...Kh6, it is unclear why Chernev did not mention that ‘Even the laziest king flees wildly in the face of a double check’ was a remark by Nimzowitsch. Chernev knew it, having given the attribution in an article on the inside front cover of Chess Review, November 1954:
The full Pillsbury v Bampton feature was reproduced on pages 200-201 of Chernev’s book The Chess Companion (New York, 1968), and the position at move 13, when the black king flees from the threat of double check, may seem a better illustration than the Lamparter v Green position.
The remark appeared in My System, in the chapter on discovered check; page numbers vary according to the edition. On page 146 of the 2007 translation published by Quality Chess the text was:
In the original of Nimzowitsch’s work, Mein System (Berlin, 1925), the passage was on page 156:
Whether a ‘perfect’ version of Nimzowitsch’s remark can be made is doubtful, but a curious point is that whereas the English translation from the 1920s (‘Even the laziest king flees wildly in the face of a double check’) is frequently quoted in books and articles, though usually without an exact reference, the original German text is seldom cited anywhere.
From Rod Edwards (Victoria, BC, Canada):
Instances of surprisingly high praise are always welcome.
Pages 63-64 of the December 1929 Chess Amateur introduced
as follows Bogoljubow’s 71-move victory over Alekhine in
the 14th game of that year’s world championship match:
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) has found the full Lamparter v Green game on page 50 of the 28 May 1938 issue of the Australasian:
George R. Lamparter – Martin Green
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Bg5 h6 5 Bh4 Be7 6 Nc3 a6 7 e3 O-O 8 Bd3 dxc4 9 Bxc4 c5 10 Qe2 b5 11 Bb3 c4 12 Bc2 Bb7 13 Rd1 g5 14 Bg3 g4 15 Ne5 Bxg2 16 Rg1 Bh3 17 Bb1 h5 18 Qc2 Kg7 19 Ne4 Nh7 20 Nc5 Ng5 21 f4 gxf3 22 Nc6 Nxc6
23 Qh7+. (‘Mate in three moves.’)
Concerning the Lasker v Capablanca world title match, won by the Cuban with four wins, ten draws and no losses, C.N.s 814 and 2470 pointed out a claim on page 75 of La Stratégie, April 1921 that there had been a 15th game, played on 26 April (a Queen’s Gambit Declined supposedly won by Capablanca in 25 moves):
See page 187 of Chess Explorations and pages 356-357 of A Chess Omnibus. A comment by La Stratégie on page 115 of its May 1921 issue was also given in the latter book:
In C.N. 2470 we remarked:
Here, we add that La Stratégie was not alone in suggesting the existence of a 15th game. From page 80 of the May 1921 Schweizerische Schachzeitung:
And from page 88 of the June 1921 issue of the Swiss magazine:
Wanted: other contemporary reports of an alleged 15th match-game, and, more generally, information on how the misunderstanding arose.
C.N. 3035 (see pages 241-242 of Chess Facts and Fables) noted Harry Golombek’s mistaken claims that the match comprised 18 games:
Just published: Die internationalen Schachturniere zu Meran 1924 und 1926 by Luca D’Ambrosio (Bolzano, 2014), a deeply researched, luxuriously produced hardback (500 large pages). With the author’s permission two photographs are reproduced below, from pages 108 and 389 respectively:
Georges Bertola (Bussigny, Switzerland) quotes from pages 44-45 of Ernst Jünger by Julien Hervier (Paris, 2014):
The book also relates that when Jünger asked Rotlewi why he was so sorrowful, the latter replied with a line from Schiller’s La Mort de Wallenstein:
From page 12 of Brentano’s Chess Monthly, May 1881, in an article of reminiscences by Alphonse Delannoy:
As intimated in C.N. 8448 by G.H. Diggle (who quoted from the same article some comments about the Anderssen v Morphy match), Delannoy’s claims need to be examined with caution. Is it possible to find games by Desloges which support the contention that he had ‘a very rare predilection’?
Richard Réti’s remark that Emanuel Lasker ‘often
deliberately plays badly’ was given in the section on the
former world champion in Masters of the Chess Board
(London, 1933); on page 124 of the German edition
(Mährisch-Ostrau, 1930) the wording was ‘Lasker spielt
oft absichtlich schlecht’. See too pages 404-405 of
A Chess Omnibus, as well as C.N. 6889. We should
like to give the full text of Réti’s original article
(‘published after the New York tournament of 1924’).
A detailed study of Lasker’s play has just been published, John Nunn’s Chess Course (London, 2014), and it is unmissable.
In his Introduction (page 7) Nunn writes:
After 20 Bb5 Black resigned.
Fred Reinfeld gave the game (1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 e6 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 Nbd7 7 Rc1 O-O 8 Bd3 b6 9 cxd5 Nxd5 10 Nxd5 cxd5 11 Bxe7 Qxe7 12 Rc7 Qb4+ 13 Qd2 Qxd2+ 14 Kxd2 a6 15 Rhc1 Rd8 16 R1c6 h6 17 Rd6 Kf8 18 Ne5 Ke8 19 Nc6 a5 20 Bb5 Resigns) on pages 100-101 of Relax with Chess (New York, 1948) with this introduction:
Reinfeld stated that the game was played between S.
Landau and Ten Kate in Rotterdam in 1929. On page 14 of The
Pleasures of Chess by Assiac (New York, 1952) Black
was named as ‘Tenkate’, but we believe that he was T. ten
Kate, who was mentioned on, for instance, page 139 of the
May 1929 Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond.
Wanted: information about the exact occasion of Landau’s victory, including early instances of its appearance in print.
As noted in Chess and Untimely Death Notices, on page 218 of the October 1922 Deutsche Schachzeitung J. Berger wrongly reported, courtesy of Rinck, the deaths of four endgame composers, A. Troitzky, M. Platov, V. Platov and L. Salkind.
We can add that the misinformation was even restated on page 332 of L. Bachmann’s Schachjahrbuch 1922 (Ansbach, 1924):
Information is sought about Siegbert Tarrasch’s absence
from New York, 1924 and, in particular, about a claim by
Al Horowitz on an unnumbered page in Solitaire Chess
(New York, 1962):
Our correspondent also points out a report on page 9 of Voorwaarts: sociaal-democratisch dagblad, 22 May 1929 that the game won a prize:
From Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) comes a paragraph by Jünger about the origins of 1 e4 Nf6 on page 86 of the 1 January 1925 issue of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten:
Greg Delaney (Little Chute, WI, USA) mentions the third game of the 1972 Spassky v Fischer match and asks for information about other chess games for the world championship which were not played in public. With readers’ assistance we should like to draw up a list, with details of the exact circumstances in each case.
Regarding the third match-game in Reykjavik, Frank Brady wrote on pages 249-250 of Profile of a Prodigy (New York, 1973):
Geurt Gijssen (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) informs us that Teunis ten Kate was born in Uithuizermeeden on 12 May 1906 and died in Leiden on 31 October 1996. He taught Latin and Ancient Greek and was the headmaster of the Christian Marnix Gymnasium in Rotterdam:
Below is an extract from part one of Edward Lasker’s article ‘The New York Tournament of 1924’, on page 185 of the March 1974 Chess Life & Review:
From page 265 of the September 1929 Chess Amateur:
The feature article Sultan Khan mentions that he was sometimes referred to as ‘Malik Sultan Khan’ or ‘Mir Malik Sultan Khan’. In Chess Personalia (Jefferson, 1987) by Jeremy Gaige the entry was headed ‘Sultan Khan, Mir (Malik?)’, and clarification is still sought.
Information is wanted on Garry Kasparov’s belief in, or espousal of, the theory of New Chronology (Fomenko). As in the case of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens, our interest is solely in first-hand statements, i.e. remarks by Kasparov himself, in the original Russian or English.
A ‘once’ yarn from a column by Al Horowitz on page 8 of
the September 1948 Chess Review:
Horowitz also considered that the story, worded differently, merited a full page (page 134) in his book The New York Times Guide to Good Chess (New York, 1969).
The earlier C.N. items (see too page 229 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves) pointed out that the joke had been published on page 6 of the July 1898 American Chess Magazine. The earliest known inclusion of Alekhine and Bogoljubow’s names is in an article by Julius du Mont on page 133 of the May 1941 BCM.
Page 343 of The King by J.H. Donner (Alkmaar, 1997) attributed to Fischer a remark which requires verification:
Donner’s article, ‘Seconds’, was originally published in the 7 November 1981 issue of De Volkskrant and is also given on pages 352-353 of the paperback edition of The King (Alkmaar, 2006).
Our latest feature article is Chess Seconds.
An article by Justin Horton posted at the Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog on 30 May 2014 says exactly what needed saying about the execrable journalistic standards of Susan Polgar.
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