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Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) sends this picture from page 2 of De Gooi- en Eemlander, 31 July 1947:
Paul Dorion (Montreal, Canada) notes on a CNN webpage a fine photograph of Ray Charles (1930-2004) with a Braille chess set.
In October 2017 Michael Clapham’s website Chess Book Chats (mentioned in C.N. 10089) had excellent items on Bobby Fischer and William Lombardy.
The present item may be read in conjunction with A Knight on K5, K6 or Q6.
A question asked by Jerry Hanken on page 15 of Chess Life, September 2005:
A number of bottom-of-the-range Internet pages sourcelessly ascribe such a remark to Bogoljubow, the square occupied being given as e6/e3.
On page 58 of Chess Strategy and Tactics by Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev (New York, 1933) the observation appeared in quotation marks, but unattributed, in the game Bogoljubow v Réti, Mährisch-Ostrau, 1923:
Elsewhere, Anderssen and Steinitz have been named. Below, for example, is a footnote on page 112 of Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles by I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1954), concerning White’s move Nd6:
From page 93 of Bishop versus Knight: The Verdict by Steve Mayer (Seattle, 1997):
Another variant comes from page 87 of Reinfeld’s Great Short Games of the Chess Masters (New York, 1961), after 10 Nc6:
Who can say whether Anderssen, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Bogoljubow or somebody else made such a remark about a knight on Q6, K6, QB6 or KB6 – or, indeed, whether the nail-like occupant was necessarily a knight? The annotation below is by Jack W. Collins on page 19 of the November 1947 Chess Review:
Source: page 170 of The Delights of Chess by Assiac (London, 1960). For a more specific, and less flattering, assessment, see Harry Golombek’s Book on Capablanca.
One of our copies of the 1974 Dover reprint of The Delights of Chess has a full-page signature by Tony Miles:
A feature article on Louis Persinger is in preparation, based on a number of C.N. items on his involvement in chess. Richard Reich (Fitchburg, WI, USA) reports that he owns a copy of Capablanca’s Havana, 1913 tournament book signed by Persinger:
Richard Reich asks whether any solid biographical information is available about Ernest Hemingway’s interest in chess.
Further to C.N. 2646 (see Chess and Computers), the device in question was discussed on page 34 of Chess Review, February 1953, where Robert H. Dunn quoted the following:
Siegrun Macgilchrist (Maybole, Scotland) asks for biographical information on Leonid Verkhovsky. Can readers suggest any particularly good sources?
Verkhovsky is best known for his 1972 book Nichya!; a Spanish translation, Tablas, was published the following year. A second Russian-language edition appeared in 1979; regarding the shoddy English version (Milford, 2014) see C.N. 9098.
Verkhovsky also wrote a book on Zugzwang (Moscow, 1989), and an Italian translation came out in 1992. Another work is a monograph on Schlechter (Moscow, 1984), with a Foreword by Lev Polugayevsky.
How much of Fred Reinfeld’s passage below, concerning Steinitz and Chigorin, can be corroborated?
The source is Reinfeld’s book The Great Chess Masters and Their Games (subtitle: ‘The Human Side of Chess’). See pages 109-110 of the original US edition (New York, 1952) and page 113 of the UK edition (London, 1953).
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) sends a game from page 2 of the Sunday Oregonian, 6 August 1916:
José Raúl Capablanca (simultaneous) – J.H. Smith
1 f4 e6 2 Nf3 d5 3 b3 b6 4 Bb2 Bb7 5 e3 Nf6 6 Be2 Bd6 7 Ne5 O-O 8 O-O Qe7 9 d3 h6 10 g3 Nh7 11 Nd2 Ba3 12 Bc3 a6 13 Ndf3 Bc5 14 Qd2 a5 15 Bb2 Ba3 16 Bxa3 Qxa3 17 g4 Qd6 18 Qe1 Nc6 19 d4 Ne7 20 Qh4 c5
21 g5 hxg5 22 fxg5 g6 23 Bd3 cxd4 24 Ng4 f5 25 Nf6+ Nxf6 26 gxf6
26...Rf7 27 fxe7 Rh7 28 Qf6 dxe3 29 Ng5 Qxh2 mate.
Our correspondent also reports that page 6 of the 16 November 1919 edition of the same newspaper had this game (bare score):
José Raúl Capablanca (simultaneous) – Charles F.
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 c6 5 Bg5 Nbd7 6 e3 Qa5 7 Nd2 Bb4 8 Qc2 Ne4 9 Ndxe4 dxe4 10 Bh4 e5 11 Be2 O-O 12 O-O
12...f5 13 c5 Nf6 14 dxe5 Bxc3 15 bxc3 Nd5 16 c4 Qxc5 17 Qb2 Qb4 18 Qxb4 Nxb4 19 Be7 Na6 20 Bxf8 Kxf8 21 f4 Nb4 22 Rfc1 c5 23 a3 Nc6 24 Rd1 Be6 25 Rd6 Ke7 26 Rb1 Na5 27 Rbd1 b6 28 h3 g6 29 Kh2 Rb8 30 g4 Rb7
31 Rxe6+ Kxe6 32 gxf5+ gxf5 33 Rd6+ Ke7 34 Rh6 Kf8 35 Rh5 Rf7 36 e6 Rf6 37 Rxh7 Rxe6 38 Rxa7 Rh6 39 Bf1 Rd6 40 h4 Rd2+ 41 Kg3 Ra2 42 h5 Rxa3 43 h6 Rxe3+ 44 Kh4 Kg8 45 Bh3 Rxh3+ 46 Kxh3 Nxc4 47 Kh4 Nd6 48 Kg5 Nf7+ 49 Kg6 Nh8+ 50 Kf6 Nf7 51 Rxf7 Resigns.
Vitaliy Yurchenko (Uhta, Russian Federation) notes the information about Verkhovsky on the back cover of a 2005 book by him:
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) draws attention to a webpage about Evgeny Gik with references to Verkhovsky having died and another Russian page featuring a photograph of Verkhovsky with Vladimir Lepeshkin.
Below is a letter which we sent on 17 October 2017 by e-mail and registered post to the Editor of the BCM, with a copy to Mr Milan Dinic:
No reply, whether public or private, having been received, we simply summarize the facts (as shown in detail in C.N.s 10538, 10579 and 10613):
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) sends this game from a 12-board blindfold display:
Harry Nelson Pillsbury – Edward Douglas Fawcett
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O Nxe4 5 d4 Be7 6 Qe2 Nd6 7 Bxc6 bxc6 8 dxe5 Nb7 9 Nc3 O-O 10 Re1 Re8 11 Qc4 Nc5 12 Ng5 Bxg5 13 Bxg5 Qxg5 14 Qxc5 Bb7 15 Qb4 Rab8 16 f4 Qg6 17 Qe4 Qxe4 18 Nxe4 Re7 19 Nc5 d5 20 exd6 Rxe1+ 21 Rxe1 Resigns.
Source: Western Times, 25 April 1902, page 12.
We add a photograph of E. Douglas Fawcett from page 464 of The Tatler, 5 September 1934:
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) writes:
Another book by Leonid Verkhovsky (joint authorship with Yuri Averbakh) is pointed out by Vitaliy Yurchenko (Uhta, Russian Federation):
It is again stated that Verkhovsky was resident in the United States and that he was born in 1936. However, our correspondent notes that according to page 55 of Шахматная еврейская энциклопедия by Igor Berdichevsky (Moscow, 2016) Verkhovsky was born in Moscow on 26 December 1938.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) sends two photographs (references: AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 126775 and AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 126774) from Argentina’s Archivo General de la Nación, courtesy of the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda. They show simultaneous exhibitions by Capablanca in Buenos Aires on 7 May 1911 (30 boards) and 29 June 1911 (40 boards).
This picture is owned by Ross Jackson (Raumati South, New Zealand), who writes:
Richard Reich (Fitchburg, WI, USA) notes that other little books (not involving Fischer) in Michael Basman’s ‘Turnover Chess’ series were shown in an entry dated 13 January 2016 at the Chess Book Chats website of Michael Clapham.
From the front cover of Chess Review, July 1953:
Page 195 had this information:
From John Donaldson (Berkeley, CA, USA):
‘Are you playing for a win?’ is a common question, and a Google Books search (without, even, the need to specify ‘chess’) provides a number of examples of the replies offered.
Another one, ‘If you let me’, was reported by Wolfgang Heidenfeld on page 25 of Chess Springbok (Cape Town, 1955) concerning the position at move 43 in his game as White against Donner at Cheltenham, 1953:
A further quote from Wolfgang Heidenfeld’s 1955 book Chess Springbok (page 27):
After recalling major chess events held in the Netherlands over the previous two decades, Heidenfeld wrote:
The reference to Caissa as the patron saint of chess, as opposed to the goddess, brings to mind a poem by Alfred Kreymborg, ‘Chess Players’, on pages 120-124 of Blood of Things (New York, 1920). It began:
Our signed copy of the book has a small brochure with these pictures:
Concerning the patron saint of chess, see C.N. 2215 (page 142 of A Chess Omnibus) and C.N. 9071.
John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) sends a photograph from the New Orleans Times-Democrat, 16 March 1913, part 2, page 10:
Our correspondent notes that page 102 of the May 1913 American Chess Bulletin mentioned the photograph in its account of Marshall’s visit to New Orleans.
Regarding James A. Leonard, below is another contribution from John Hilbert:
With the permission of the Cleveland Public Library we reproduce the photograph:
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.