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David DeLucia (Darien, CT, USA) sends a copy of Maróczy’s card:
The book Endgame by Frank Brady (New York, 2011) thanks us for assistance but should not.
On 1 December 2010, the day after receiving an ‘uncorrected proof’ of the book from Dr Brady, we spontaneously sent him a list (several pages long) of errors noted during our quick skim of the work. He at once forwarded our list to the publisher, but it proved too late for the corrections to be incorporated. However, the publisher did mistakenly add the acknowledgement to us which Dr Brady had also submitted.
[Addendum: The above statement was posted on the basis of information provided to us by Dr Brady and with his prior knowledge. Subsequently, it became apparent that the publisher had, in fact, been able to incorporate many of the more ‘straightforward’ typographical matters which we had pointed out.]
From page 91 of The Chess Masters on Winning Chess by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1960):
Is any further information available about this alleged practice?
Knud Lysdal (Grindsted, Denmark) wonders what is known about an incident concerning Eduard Gufeld related on page 187 of The Reliable Past by Genna Sosonko (Alkmaar, 2003):
From our collection:
Andrew McGettigan (London) draws attention to an article about Benjamin and Brecht which he contributed on pages 62-64 of the May-June 2010 issue of Radical Philosophy.
We now note that the game in question is on pages 637-638 of the April-May 1898 issue of the American Chess Magazine, being one of two ‘recent specimens’ of the Rice Gambit won by Isaac L. Rice against J.M. Hanham.
Henk Smout (Leiden, the Netherlands) mentions that the score was on pages 42-43 of the fifth edition of The Rice Gambit by Emanuel Lasker (New York, 1910), without any date but introduced thus:
From the above-mentioned item in the American Chess Magazine we add a loss by S. Lipschütz to I.E. Orchard (no exact occasion specified):
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 h4 g4 5 Ne5 Nf6 6 Bc4 d5 7 exd5 Bd6 8 O-O Bxe5 9 Re1 Qe7 10 c3 g3 11 d4 Ng4 12 Nd2 Qxh4 13 Nf3 Qh6 14 Qa4+ c6 15 Bb3 Nf2 16 Kf1 Qh1+ 17 Ke2 Qxg2 18 Rg1
18...Qxf3+ ‘White is now led a merry race to the end. (The charming problem is – Black to win back the queen and victory in seven moves.)’ 19 Kxf3 Bg4+ 20 Kg2 f3+ 21 Kf1 Bh3+ 22 Ke1 Nd3+ 23 Kd2 Bf4+ 24 Kxd3 (The notes in the magazine, which were taken from the New Orleans States, made no mention of 24 Kc2.) 24...Bf5+ 25 Kc4
25...b5+ 26 White resigns. ‘It must have been a new sensation to our analytical Lipschütz to be cuffed about in this unceremonious fashion.’
This photograph of James Whitfield Ellison comes from the dust-jacket of his chess novel Master Prim (London, 1968).
Pages 189-198 included a 29-move game between Julian Prim and Eugene Berlin, and that part of the story was reproduced on pages 143-146 of A Book of Chess by C.H.O’D. Alexander (London, 1973). Alexander did not identify the game, which was Alekhine v Sterk, Budapest, 1921.
C.N. 2830 (see pages 2-3 of Chess Facts and Fables)
discussed that brilliancy prize game, noting that
Alekhine’s first volume of Best Games contracted
it by one move.
Dodge v Houghteling
From Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore):
Below is the feature on pages 42-43 of the February 1921 issue of the American Chess Bulletin, which begins with some background information about the Plachutta theme:
In the Houghteling position the white bishop on b2 was unmentioned, and a black rook was placed on d3 rather than d1.
We also note a problem by ‘Jay R. Houghteling, St Petersburg, Fla (First Attempt)’ on page 217 of the October 1939 Chess Review:
Mate in five
The solution was given on page 266 of the December 1939 issue.
From page 9 of the January-February 1950 American Chess Bulletin:
Does any reader have access to that issue of Musical Courier?
The photograph of Teed given below accompanied his obituary on page 144 of the July-August 1929 American Chess Bulletin:
Charles Dickens and Chess mentions that the game Piper v Davie was annotated on pages 394-396 of the December 1916 BCM with quotations from The Pickwick Papers.
We add that pages 119-120 of the May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin reproduced from the Family Herald an article ‘Great Pickwickian Discovery’, comprising a game (J.H.B. v S. Pickwick) which also had annotations in the form of quotes from Dickens’ novel.
The game, not identified in the article, was Blackburne v N.N., Canterbury, 1903. We gave it in C.N. 182, with Blackburne’s notes from page 392 of the September 1903 BCM. See pages 31-32 of Chess Explorations.
Page 94 of Chess Openings by F.J. Marshall (Leeds, 1904):
Position after 10 Bg2 Be6
A comment by W.H.S. Monck was published on page 131 of the February 1910 Chess Amateur:
The Chess Amateur reverted to the subject when reviewing Griffith and White’s Modern Chess Openings (Leeds, 1911) on page 515 of the February 1912 issue:
Page 69 of the second edition of Modern Chess Openings (London, 1913) had no mention of 10...Be6, giving instead (after 10 Bg2) the line 10...Qf7 11 Nxe4 fxe4 12 Bxe4 Bh4+ (13 Kd1 Be6) and referring to the 1902 consultation game opposing von Bardeleben and Pillsbury.
William Henry Stanley Monck, incidentally, was an eminent astronomer, as mentioned on page 153 of Chess Facts and Fables.
Claims, as opposed to facts, about Birdie Reeve continue to come to light. We have now found that the photograph given in C.N. 6847 was published on page 16 of the Mid-Week Pictorial, 3 March 1928. Its caption asserted that she was aged 17, could type at the rate of 20 strokes a second, was the author of three books and claimed to be the women’s world chess champion:
From Oliver Beck (Seattle, WA, USA):
The matter was discussed in detail in an article ‘Stefan Zweig Schachspieler’ by Egbert Meissenburg on pages 20-28 of 65 Jahre Schachnovelle edited by S. Poldauf and A. Saremba (Berlin, 2007):
Wanted: more information in connection with this item on page 348 of the September 1915 Chess Amateur:
A well-known brevity (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 exd4 7 O-O dxc3 8 Qb3 Qf6 9 e5 Qg6 10 Nxc3 Nge7 11 Ba3 O-O 12 Nd5 Nxd5 13 Bxd5 Re8 14 Ng5 Nxe5 15 f4 c6 16 Be4 Qh5 17 fxe5 d5 18 exd6 Resigns) won by Judge Leon L. Labatt against Emanuel Lasker in New Orleans in 1907 is often said to have occurred in a simultaneous exhibition. See, for example, page 68 of Play The Evans Gambit by T. Harding and B. Cafferty (London, 1997), as well as various blind-leading-the-blind database productions.
In reality, it was an individual game, as specified on page 105 of the July 1907 issue of Lasker’s Chess Magazine:
Some clarifications are offered regarding Capablanca’s
victory over Leon L. Labatt in a simultaneous display in
New Orleans in April 1915. Pages 61-62 of Het Schaakphenomeen
José Raoul Capablanca y Graupera by M. Euwe
and L. Prins (The Hague, 1949) stated that the Cuban had
described it as one of the finest games ever played in a
simultaneous exhibition and that he would have been proud
to play it against a single opponent. See also pages
151-152 of The
Unknown Capablanca by D. Hooper and D. Brandreth
(London, 1975), which gave Capablanca’s notes to the game,
taken (but also adapted) from pages 114-115 of the
May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin. The Cuban’s
annotations in the Bulletin were, in turn,
slightly different from what had appeared on page 3 of the
Brooklyn Daily Eagle of 22 April 1915, and for the
record we show that earlier version:
1 c4 f5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 g3 e5 4 Bg2 Bc5 5 d3 Nc6 6 e3 a6 7 Nge2 Ba7 8 O-O d6 9 Nd5 O-O 10 b3 Ne7 11 Bb2 c6 12 Nxf6+ gxf6 13 d4 Ng6 14 f4 e4 15 Nc3 d5 16 Qh5 Be6 17 Bh3 Qd7 18 cxd5 cxd5 19 Rac1 b5 20 Rf2 Rac8 21 Rfc2 Kg7 22 Bf1 (‘Threatening a4, in due time, and to obtain control of the open file.’) 22...Qb7 (‘To prevent a4, but, as will be seen, not the best move, since it permits White to play g4. Black, to be sure, did not at the time think that his position was quite so delicate that even the best move might not avail.’) 23 g4 (‘The beginning of a very fine and effective combination, of which one might well be proud if played even in a single-handed contest and not in a simultaneous display, as in the present case.’) 23...Qd7 (23....Ne7 would have been better.’) 24 gxf5 Bxf5
25 Nxd5 (‘The deadly stroke that destroys Black’s carefully prepared defense.’) 25...Rxc2 (‘If 25...Bg4 26 Bh3, etc, or, better yet, 26 Rxc8 Rxc8 27 Nxf6! Of course, if 26...Qxd5 27 Rxc8 Rxc8 28 Rxc8, winning.’) 26 Rxc2 Qxd5 (‘Again, if 26...Bg4 27 Bh3.’) 27 Rc7+ Rf7 28 Rxf7+ Kxf7 29 Qxh7+ Ke6 (‘Better would have been 29...Ke8, but in any event the game was lost, as 30 Qxa7 would follow, giving White a game that could be easily won.’) 30 Qg8+ Kd6 31 Ba3+ Kc6 32 Qa8+ Resigns.
A slightly different version of the notes was on page 258 of the July 1915 BCM, although credited to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The introduction to the game in the BCM included this remark: ‘The Cuban master is reported to have stated that he considers it will rank amongst the finest games ever produced in simultaneous chess and he would have been proud had he produced it against a single opponent.’ However, the cutting above shows that the observation ‘will rank among the finest ever produced by a master in simultaneous play’ was not by Capablanca.
We wonder whether the game has ever been annotated in detail. Concerning the exact date, further verification is needed. The Cuban gave three simultaneous displays in New Orleans in April 1915. The Unknown Capablanca (page 151) put 6 April 1915 as the date of the win over Labatt, and the table on page 187 recorded a score of +16 –0 =0 in that exhibition. However, the above newspaper report states that Capablanca won all 19 games, and 19 is also the figure given for that third display on page 114 of the May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin. Page 224 of the August 1915 issue of La Stratégie had the heading ‘Jouée le avril dans une séance de parties simultanées’. Unsurprisingly, Rogelio Caparrós’ anthology of Capablanca games was far from helpful. Pages 210-211 of the 1991 edition gave the game-score twice, with different dates (6 April 1915 and 9 May 1915). The 1994 (‘revised’) edition had the game once only (on page 196) and plumped for 9 May 1915, i.e. more than a fortnight after the game had appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Thomas Binder (Berlin) reverts to a subject raised in C.N. 6452: stories about preventing a master from obtaining a 100% score in a pair of games through the trick of repeating in the second game his own moves from the first one.
C.N. 6452 quoted an article by Tartakower on pages 48-50 of the February 1927 Wiener Schachzeitung, and we now add an item on page 281 of the July 1884 BCM:
On page 208 of Combinations The Heart of Chess (New York, 1960) Irving Chernev wrote of Alekhine:
The identical words are on page 251 of Chernev’s book The Golden Dozen (Oxford, 1976).
Had the sentiments in double quotation marks been expressed by someone else before 1960 or can they legitimately be attributed to Chernev?
This fine photograph of Alekhine is from page 250 of The Golden Dozen. It is not difficult to identify the game in progress, but a clue is offered: Alekhine’s opponent was discussed in C.N. 3809.
From Harrie Grondijs (Rijswijk, the Netherlands) comes the first page of the chapter in Chapais’ manuscript Essais analytiques (circa 1780) which deals with the opposition:
Harry Golombek expressed that view on page 124 of a book which he translated and edited: Ståhlberg’s Chess and Chessmasters (London, 1955). He also praised the Swedish master’s style in his obituary on pages 230-231 of the August 1967 BCM:
We shall welcome other authoritative observations which single out particular masters for the elegance of their play.
A group photograph from opposite page 16 of Wereldschaaktoernooi
1950 by M. Euwe and L. Prins (Lochem, 1951):
As shown in C.N. 3577, our copy of the book was signed by all 20 participants in the tournament.
From Thomas Niessen (Aachen, Germany):
A familiar chess name ...
On pages 32-33 of the 5/2004 New in Chess Boris Spassky mentioned in an interview that at one time Enrico Caruso’s entourage included Boris Kostić.
Kostić took up residence in the United States in the first half of 1915, as reported on page 108 of the May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin. His contact with Caruso was related on pages 34-35 of Ambasador Šaha by D. Bućan, P. Trifunović and A. Božić (Belgrade, 1966) and on pages 33-35 of Ambasador Šaha by D. Bućan (Novi Sad, 1987), and we shall be grateful if a reader can assist us in extracting the hard facts from those two accounts.
Neither book gave any games played between Kostić and Caruso, but on pages 93-94 of Chess to Enjoy (New York, 1978) A. Soltis wrote:
The moves, presented with the customary Soltis sourcelessness, were: 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 Nbd7 5 Bg5 Bb4 6 e3 c5 7 Qc2 Qa5 8 Bxf6 Nxf6 9 Nd2 cxd4 10 exd4 O-O 11 a3 e5 12 dxe5 d4 13 Nb5 a6 14 exf6 Re8+ 15 Kd1 axb5 16 fxg7 Bxd2 17 Qxd2 Qa4+ 18 Kc1 bxc4 19 Be2 c3 20 Qd1 Qa5 21 Bd3 cxb2+ 22 Kxb2 Qc3+ 23 Kb1 Re6 24 Bxh7+ Kxh7 25 White resigns.
No place or date was stipulated, but when B. Pandolfini gave the conclusion on page 106 of Treasure Chess (New York, 2007) he put ‘1918’. In some databases (as well as on page 55 of CHESS, September 2004) ‘New York, 1923’ is specified – even though Caruso died in 1921.
Below is an article by G.H. Diggle which was originally published in the October 1977 Newsflash and is on page 27 of the anthology Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984):
Here is the game as it appeared on pages 8-9 of the tournament book, with Zukertort’s notes:
Arthur Bolland Skipworth
The ‘23 Ng5 affair’, as we are calling it, was discussed by W.H. Watts in an article entitled ‘Some Historic Chess Blunders’ in the Christmas 1914 issue of The Strand Magazine. The article was reproduced on pages 107-109 of the January 1915 Chess Amateur, and a lengthier version was published on pages of The Year-Book of Chess 1915 and 1916 (London, 1917), which Watts co-edited with A.W. Foster. From the Year-Book:
We have found this item on page 248 of the 2 January 1884 issue of the Chess Player’s Chronicle:
In the light of G.H. Diggle’s reference to ‘Mr Marks’ it is particularly relevant (though also puzzling) to note that a subsequent issue of the Chronicle (16 January 1884, page 258) had a letter from Edward Marks (using his obvious pseudonym, ‘Skram’) which discussed Fisher v von Bardeleben (see pages 227-228 of Chess Facts and Fables) and Skipworth v Zukertort but made no claim for himself regarding the discoveries:
Further information is sought concerning W.H. Watts’ statement that the possibility of 23 Ng5 ‘was also overlooked by all the annotators’ of the time (i.e. before the tournament book appeared). Page 65 of the November 1883 Chess Monthly announced that the book would be available by the end of that month. (It may be significant to add that page 72 of the same issue reported that Zukertort had sailed for the United States on 20 October.) Where was the Skipworth v Zukertort game published between the date on which it was played (3 May 1883) and the end of November 1883? We ask that question not merely to verify Watts’ words ‘overlooked by all the annotators’ but also, and above all, to ascertain whether the game-score published in any earlier sources was identical to what appeared in the tournament book.
According to the tournament book, the preceding play ...
... went 19 Qd2 Qxa2 20 Bg5 Bxg5 21 Qxg5 f6 22 Qg6 Qe6 23 Ra1. Is it really likely that White played Ra1 when the black queen was no longer at a2?
Finally for now, we draw attention to an important footnote on page 124 of The International Chess Tournament London 1883 in letters by William Steinitz introduced and edited by Harrie Grondijs (Rijswijk, 2010). It mentions a report in the New Orleans Times-Democrat of a claim by Zukertort that the tournament book was wrong:
In the second line  should read ; we should particularly like to see those Times-Democrat columns and present them in a future C.N. item.
Much further investigation of the 23 Ng5 affair is clearly needed.
‘What is the best thing that was ever said about chess?’ is a question put to Garry Kasparov on page 105 of the 1/2011 New in Chess. His reply:
That is one of those innumerable quotes which chess books and webpages include ad nauseam without attempting to offer a reliable source.
That is a translation of a passage on page iv of volume four of Schachmeister Steinitz by Ludwig Bachmann (Ansbach, 1921):
However, ‘chess is not for timid souls’ seems a decidedly free/loose rendering of ‘Das Schach ist nichts für kleine Geister’ (a sentence which, though, is difficult to translate precisely). We can offer no occurrence of the specific wording ‘Chess is not for timid souls’ in any of Steinitz’s English-language writings.
Below are some comparable sightings of the word ‘timid’ elsewhere:
On the other hand, Chernev gave the ‘chess is not for
timid souls’ remark with a mention of Steinitz and
Bachmann in his notes to game three in Logical Chess
Move by Move (first published in 1957).
Other variants (e.g. with the word ‘faint-hearted’) are also available. See, for instance, Karpov’s observation on page 261 of Anatoly Karpov: Chess is My Life by A. Karpov and A. Roshal (Oxford, 1980).
The Factfinder lists a number of C.N. items which have discussed an obscure nineteenth-century chess figure named G(ottlieb) Weil, or perhaps Wiel.
Rod Edwards (Victoria, BC, Canada) adds these references:
Harrie Grondijs (Rijswijk, the Netherlands) submits this letter:
Can it really be that the Frank Hollings was still alive and working in 1945?
The letter adds a further twist to a much-discussed mystery, and we have brought together the previous material in a feature article The Frank Hollings Conundrum.
This advertisement on an inside cover page of the October 1956 BCM states that the Hollings Chess Salon was established in 1892, but we are also intrigued by the reference to ‘a catalogue of the Chess Library of the late Mr Christopher Ogle’. Does any reader have a copy of that catalogue?
Our interest in Ogle was prompted many years ago by the
well-known anecdote regarding London, 1922, and for ease
of reference C.N. 3083 is reproduced here:
Jerry Spinrad (Nashville, TN, USA) points out a brief item on page 1 of the Weekly Georgian Telegraph of 28 June 1859:
Pending further information, this paragraph, referring to Dickens, chess and Morphy, needs to be treated cautiously, and not least because our correspondent has found that the same text had appeared on page 3 of the Washington Constitution of 14 June 1859, but with the quote attributed to ‘Diogenes’.
There is an unexpected reference to chess and Morphy in Susan Sontag’s journal (part of an entry dated 24 October 1956), as published on pages 82-83 of Reborn edited by David Rieff (New York, 2008):
Regarding the first photographs of Fischer, C.N. 6193 gave two pictures taken in January 1953.
The first page of the plates section in Endgame by Frank Brady (New York, 2011) has ‘the earliest known photograph of Bobby Fischer, sitting on his mother’s lap in 1944, when he was one year old’.
This is Milan Vidmar Jr (1909-1980), in a photograph published on page 42 of the February 1950 Chess Review.
Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) owns a postcard of Milan Vidmar Sr:
The reverse side was signed by participants in one of the Vidmar Memorial tournaments, but the inscriptions are now faint.
Information would still be welcome concerning a game whose conclusion was given in C.N. 2526 (see page 49 of A Chess Omnibus), our source being pages 83-84 of Learn to play Chess by P. Wenman (Leeds, 1946):
We also continue to seek a primary source for a game
which Wenman gave on pages 160-161 of his book Frank
J. Marshall (Leeds, 1948):
1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Bc4 Nc6 5 Nf3 Be7 6 Qd5 Nh6 7 Bxh6 O-O 8 Nxc3 Nb4 9 Qd2 gxh6 10 a3 Nc6 11 Qxh6 Bf6 12 O-O Bg7 13 Qh5 h6 14 Rad1 d6 15 Rd3 Be6 16 Bd5 Qf6 17 Bxc6 bxc6 18 Nd4 Bc4 19 Rfd1 Bxd3 20 Rxd3 Qg6 21 Qh3 Kh7 22 Nf5 Rg8 23 Rg3 Qf6 24 e5 Qxe5 25 Ne4 Qf4 26 Ng5+ Kh8 27 Nxf7+ Kh7 28 Ng5+ Kh8 Drawn.
The 6 Qd5 line was discussed in C.N.s 3075 and 3076; see page 55 of Chess Facts and Fables.
Frank Brady (New York, NY, USA) wonders whether his new biography of Bobby Fischer, Endgame, is the first chess book ever to enter, upon publication, a bestseller list (number 31 on the New York Times list).
He informs us that editions of his earlier Fischer work, Profile of a Prodigy, have sold more than 100,000 copies over the years.
There is an entry ‘Book sales’ in our Factfinder.
Back cover of the dust-jacket of Profile of a Prodigy (London, 1965)
Our article Large Simultaneous Displays has a reference to Ossip Bernstein, and further details are added now. On page 8 of his monograph on Bernstein, Moderne Schachstrategie (Breslau, 1930), Tartakower wrote:
The correct year would appear to be 1904, a different set of details being given on page 91 of the March 1904 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
C.N.s and 3186 have been placed on-line under the heading The Spite Check in Chess, and the present item adds some notes on the origins of the term ‘spite check’.
The first occurrence that we have found in an English-language source is in Alekhine’s New York, 1924 tournament book. In the sixth-round game between Réti and Yates Black’s final move, 30...Rd2+, prompted the annotator to observe: ‘The familiar spite-check.’
The German edition had ‘Das wohlbekannte Racheschach’ (with ‘Un familiar jaque de despecho’ in the Spanish version of the tournament book). Can any instances of ‘spite check’ be found in English chess literature prior to the mid-1920s?
With respect to ‘Racheschach’, we have traced an occurrence on page 365 of the December 1915 Deutsche Schachzeitung. More significantly, there is Georg Marco’s quotation of a statement by Leo Löwy on page 204 of the July-August 1905 Wiener Schachzeitung that ‘Racheschach’ was in common use:
This note was appended to 30 Qc8+ in Janowsky v Marshall, eighth match-game, Paris, 11 February 1905.
From page 140 of the May 1952 BCM, in an article by E.G.R. Cordingley:
The only book in which we recall seeing the term ‘spite sacrifice’ is Cordingley’s 122 Chess Problems, Puzzles, Studies and End Games (undated, but published in London in 1945 or 1946):
In the early 1990s there were press reports in the United Kingdom (still available on the Internet) about a chess-related case of attempted murder in which the victim was Matthew Hay.
A murderer of the same name was mentioned, with a reference to chess, on page 186 of Scottish Men of Letters in the Eighteenth Century by Henry Grey Graham (London, 1901):
Maurice Carter (Fairborn, OH, USA) reports that the full game-score was published in The Observer (London) of 25 March 1928:N.N. – Aron Nimzowitsch
1 e4 c5 2 Ne2 e5 3 f4 d6 4 fxe5 Nc6 5 Ng3 h5 6 exd6 Bg4 7 Be2 Bxd6 8 Bxg4 Qh4 9 Bd7+ Kxd7 10 O-O Nf6 11 Rxf6 gxf6 12 Nc3 Bxg3 13 hxg3 Qxg3 14 Qf1 Rag8 15 Nd5
15...Nd4 16 Nxf6+ Kc6 17 Nxg8 Rxg8 18 Qf6+
18...Kb5 19 a4+ Kb4 20 c3+ Kb3 21 Qxf7+ c4 22 Qf2 Qxf2+ 23 Kxf2 Nc2 24 d4 cxd3 25 Ra3+ Nxa3 26 bxa3 Kc2, and White resigned a few moves later.
‘Some excellent rules to follow’ is the title of a section on page 20 of Chess The Game of Kings The King of Games by Lenace L. Fergus (Chicago, 1936). Some of the counsel is standard (‘A rook is powerful on an open file’) or, at least, potentially helpful (‘Try to capture all passed pawns’), but we wonder what should be made of this:
Some updating of The Very Best Chess Books seems overdue, and readers’ recommendations will be welcome.
Several C.N. items have discussed Jackson Whipps Showalter’s alleged connection with baseball, and in C.N. 5706 Kevin Marchese reported that he was writing a book which would demonstrate that the master’s date of birth was 5 February 1859 (and not 5 February 1860, as commonly believed).
Larry Crawford (Milford, CT, USA) takes up both matters:
Source: American Chess Bulletin, September-October 1926, page 110
Ignacio Martínez (Madrid) asks:
From Jack Spence’s report ‘Fischer v Larsen: at the ring-side’ on pages 328-329 of CHESS, July 1971:
The above photograph was on the front cover of the September 1971 Chess Life & Review.
Drawing attention to a brief list (concerning nineteenth-century matches and tournaments) on a Swiss Chess Federation webpage, Ralf Mulde (Bremen, Germany) asks whether a chart exists of the time-limits for major events of all periods.
This photograph of ‘Mr Alfred Emery, of The Daily News’ was the frontispiece of the October issue of the BCM, which carried an appreciation of him by F.P. Wildman on pages 429-431. In later years Emery authored a number of books, such as Chess of To-day (London, 1924), but when exactly did he die? The privately-produced 1994 edition of Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia gave the year 1943, but without further details.
Tony Gillam (Nottingham, England) reports that he has collected five of the six games played in a training tournament in Berne on 25-27 March 1932 (won jointly by Alekhine, Naegeli and Voellmy, with Gygli in bottom position). The missing game-score is from the first round: Naegeli’s victory over Gygli. Does any reader have it?
This woodcut by Erwin Voellmy is from page 27 of his book Schachkämpfer (Basle, 1927):
From an article by Lajos Steiner on pages 212-213 of Chess Review, September 1938:
Olimpiu G. Urcan notes a Pathé news item on the London, 1946 tournament, featuring Arturo Pomar in play (with the black pieces, as in the photograph above) against Ossip Bernstein, as well as footage of some other players, including Savielly Tartakower (briefly) and William Winter. The technical quality is good, with a commentary which is quintessentially English.
Another Pathé report pointed out by Mr Urcan concerns Jutta Hempel.
White to move
C.N. 4582 remarked that the familiar Barry v Pillsbury game (in which White announced mate in 13 moves) is commonly misdated 1889, instead of 1899.
We add a letter from Barry published on page 185 of the August 1935 Chess Review:
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.