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Black to move
Is information available on Steinitz’s children William
and Julia (or Juliett), both of whom were born in the
1890s? A lead is provided by the 1910 US census (see the FamilySearch.org
website), which lists them as the stepchildren of Peter
Baust, the address being Queens Ward 2, Queens, New York:
Oliver Dunne (Dublin) submits a game with the unusual possibility of the seesaw/windmill manoeuvre occurring with either rook:Oliver Dunne – Pat Fitzsimons
King’s Fianchetto Opening
Armstrong Cup team match, Dublin, 24 September 2007
1 g3 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Qf6 5 c3 Bc5 6 Be3 Nxd4 7 cxd4 Bb4+ 8 Nd2 Ne7 9 Bg2 O-O 10 O-O Bxd2 11 Bxd2 Qxd4 12 Qc2 c6 13 Bc3 Qg4 14 Rad1 d5 15 Rd4 Qg6 16 Qxg6 Nxg6 17 e4 dxe4 18 Bxe4 Be6 19 Rb4 Bh3 20 Rc1 Rab8 21 f4 Bd7 22 Bxg6 hxg6 23 Be5 Ra8 24 Rxb7 Be6 25 Rxc6 Bd5
26 Rxg6 Bxb7 27 Rxg7+ Kh8 28 Rxf7+ Kg8 29 Rg7+ Kh8 30 Rxb7+ Kg8 31 Rg7+ Kh8 32 Rxa7+ Kg8 33 Rg7+ Kh8 34 g4 Rfe8 35 Rg5+ Kh7 36 Rg7+ Kh8 37 Re7+ Kg8 38 Rxe8+ Rxe8 39 h4 Kf7 40 Kf2 Rc8 41 Bc3 Rd8 42 f5 Rd1 43 Kg2 Rd3 44 g5 Rd5 45 g6+ Kg8 46 f6 Rd6 47 f7+ Kf8 48 Bb4 Kg7 49 Bxd6 Kxg6 50 f8(R) Resigns.
From Chess Review, January 1939, page 7:
From Oliver Beck (Seattle, WA, USA):
A fast game of chess (but what were the exact conditions?) was given on page 168 of the August 1923 Wiener Schachzeitung:
Efim Bogoljubow – Savielly Tartakower
1 e4 d5 2 exd5 Nf6 3 Nc3 Nxd5 4 Nf3 Bg4 5 Bc4 e6 6 d4 c6 7 h3 Bh5 8 g4 Bg6 9 Ne5 Bd6 10 Qf3 Bxe5 11 dxe5 Nd7 12 Bf4 Qa5 13 Bxd5 cxd5 14 O-O-O Rc8 15 h4
15...Qa4 16 Rd2 Rxc3 17 Qxc3 O-O 18 h5 Be4 19 f3 Qxa2 20 Rdh2 d4 21 Qa3 Qxa3 22 bxa3 Bxf3 23 Rg1 Rc8 24 h6 Rc3 25 Rd2 Nc5 26 Kb1 d3 27 cxd3 Nxd3 28 Rg3 Rc1+ 29 Ka2 Bd5 mate.
A footnote on page 45 of Znosko-Borovsky’s The Art of Chess Combination (London, 1936):
The entry on ‘family check’ on page 100 of An illustrated Dictionary of Chess by Edward R. Brace (London, 1977) even stated that ‘the term was devised by Bogoljubow’.
The earliest citation that we have found is on page 54 of Alekhine’s Hastings, 1922 tournament book (or page 50 of the Dover edition):
But why ‘family check’ in this instance, as opposed to ‘family fork’?
Richard Benjamin (St. Louis, MO, USA) asks whether information is available about a photograph (featuring Rudolf Spielmann) on a postcard in his possession:
This photograph, taken during a small tournament in Berlin in February 1919, comes from page 15 of Bogoljubow’s book Izbrannye Partii (Leningrad and Moscow, 1926):
Seated from left to right: R. Spielmann, E. Bogoljubow, A. Selesniev and R. Réti. Standing: B. Kagan.
Is a copy of better quality available?
In C.N. 1460 Peter Wason (Goring-on-Thames, England) gave this quote from page 69 of Padre in Colditz: The Diary of J. Ellison Platt (London, 1978):
Dr Wason also provided, in C.N. 1498, an extract from pages 208-209 of Metamagical Themas by Douglas R. Hofstadter (London, 1985):
Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) notes that William Steinitz (‘Hardware Own Business’) and Juliet Steinitz (‘Stenographer for Bank’) were also listed in the 1920 US Federal Census. They were living with Peter and Elizabeth Baust at Queens Assembly District 6, Queens, New York.
This situation (White to move) arose in a game between Alfredo Olivera and Carlos Hounie Fleurquin in Montevideo in September 1939. White played 1 Re1, but Alekhine, a participant in the tournament, showed the line 1 Be4 fxe4 2 fxe4 Qxe4 3 Qf7+ Kh8 4 Bxg7+ Nxg7 5 Qf8+ Rxf8 6 Rxf8 mate.
Our source is Brian Harley’s column in The Observer, 5 November 1939, page 16:
For Oliveira read Olivera, and it may be noted that 2...Qg5 would offer more resistance. Can the complete game-score be found?
To Janowsky Jottings we have added two reports from US newspapers in January 1916 concerning Janowsky’s internment after the Mannheim, 1914 tournament, and his subsequent movements before arriving in New York at the beginning of 1916.
David Janowsky (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12 January 1916, page 2)
A game played at the Philidorian Chess Rooms, London, from pages 204-205 of the Chess Player’s Magazine, July 1865:Edmund Thorold – (Valentine?) Green
London, 1865 (?)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Bc4 Bc5 5 Ng5 Nh6 6 Qh5 Qe7 7 O-O d6 8 h3 Ne5 9 Bb3 Bd7 10 f4 Ng6 11 f5
11...O-O-O 12 fxg6 d3+ 13 Kh1 hxg6 14 Qd1 f6 15 cxd3 fxg5 16 Nc3 g4 17 Nd5 Qh4 18 Qe1 g3 19 Rf4 Ng4 20 Be3 Bxe3
21 Qa5 Bb6 22 Nxb6+ cxb6 23 Qxa7 Nf2+ 24 Rxf2 gxf2 25 Rc1+ Bc6 26 Be6+ Kc7 27 Rxc6+ Kxc6 28 Bd5+ Kc5 29 Qa3+ Kd4 30 Qc3+ Ke3 31 d4+ Ke2 32 Bc4+ Kd1
33 Qd3+ Kc1 34 Qe3+ Kxb2 35 Qd2+ Ka3 36 Qc3+ Ka4 37 Qb3+ Ka5 38 queen mates.
Aben Rudy (Scottsdale, AZ, USA) asks for information about an observation quoted in a recent interview with Dominic Lawson:
Our Chess and Bridge article mentions the detailed examination of Emanuel Lasker’s involvement in bridge in the chapter ‘Nicht nur Schach Emanuel Lasker als Bridgespieler’ on pages 332-363 of Emanuel Lasker: Denker Weltenbürger Schachweltmeister edited by Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen and Michael Negele (Berlin, 2009).
The author of that chapter, Robert van de Velde (Amsterdam), informs us that he has now begun further research into Lasker and bridge (and other card games) and that among his recent discoveries is a Latvian book by Lasker on card games:
According to a stamp on the copy inspected, publication must have been before 29 October 1936. In 1991 the book was reissued twice with revisions, by different publishers, the number of copies being specified as 20,000 and 30,000.
Golombek on Alekhine:
Source: ‘Recollections of Alekhine’ by Harry Golombek, Chess
Review, May 1951, pages 140-141. See too C.N. 1313.
Golombek’s article can also be found on pages 191-196 of The
Treasury of Chess Lore by Fred Reinfeld (New York,
The relevant game from the 1935 Olympiad was not identified, but one possibility is Golombek v Horowitz. The former’s annotations on pages 480-481 of the October 1935 BCM referred to 24 h4 as a possible improvement suggested by Alekhine; at moves 28 and 33, shorter wins were pointed out by Golombek (without, however, any mention Alekhine).
Another version of the tale, this time with Blackburne supposedly claiming that he was the player in question:
Source: Chess Amateur, November 1921, page 36.
A question prompted by Centre-Stage and Behind the Scenes by Yuri Averbakh (Alkmaar, 2011): can any reader provide a potted biography of the Soviet chess official Dmitri Postnikov? He is seated between Vladimir Rydin and Semyon Tsarapkin in the photograph below from page 39 of Life, 12 July 1954, the occasion being the USA v USSR match (C.N. 7144):
When did the term ‘winning the exchange’ first appear in chess literature, and why the word ‘exchange’? Similar questions may be asked about the phraseology in other languages (e.g. Qualität in German and qualité in French).
‘I dominate them all!’ is a remark commonly ascribed to Alekhine. The earliest appearance known to us is on page 171 of the May 1946 CHESS:
This was part of a three-page feature ‘Alekhine ... The Man and the Master’ by Thomas Olsen (about whom we lack biographical information).
[Addition on 1 December 2014: regarding the above attribution to Olsen, see C.N. 8950.]
Black to move. Should he castle?
Richard Hervert (Aberdeen, MD, USA) draws attention to this position, which would have arisen in the game Spielmann v Nimzowitsch, Stockholm, 1920 if White had played Nimzowitsch’s suggestion of 17 Nf4-d3 (instead of the move actually played, 17 Be3).
Position after 16...Qg5
On page 364 of The Praxis of My System (London, 1936) Nimzowitsch gave various lines beginning 17 Nd3 Qg1+.
However, Mr Hervert points out that on page 20 of A Complete Defence for Black by Raymond Keene and Byron Jacobs (London, 1996) there is no mention of 17...Qg1+ in reply to 17 Nd3. Instead, the book states in the note to 17 Be3:
Except, of course, that White can somewhat untie himself with 18 Bxg5, winning the queen for nothing.
Robert John McCrary (Columbia, SC, USA) quotes from page 7 of A New Treatise on Chess by George Walker (London, 1833):
The position was taken from page 145 of the 23 May 1915 issue of Deutsches Wochenschach:
Erich Cohn pointed out how Black could have won with 1...Ra8. (1...c5 is also possible.)
The most detailed solution came to us from Owen Clarkin (Ottawa, Canada).
C.N. 2634 (see page 197 of A Chess Omnibus) quoted from a book catalogue by Dale Brandreth concerning Schachmeister Erich Cohn (Berlin, 1919):
This photograph of Erich Cohn, not of premium quality, comes from page 354 of the ‘Jubiläums-Ausgabe’ of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, 1926:
Erich Cohn is sometimes confused with Wilhelm Cohn, whose photograph appeared on page 143 of the Barmen, 1905 tournament book:
P.H. Williams was not only a problemist. The game below, from a Hastings v Tunbridge Wells match, was given in C.N. 117, our source being page 476 of the Times Literary Supplement of 4 September 1919:Philip Hamilton Williams – William Dundas Wight
Hastings, 16 August 1919
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 g6 5 f4 d6 6 Bc4 Bg7 7 Nf3 Be6 8 Qd3 Qd7 9 O-O Bxc4 10 Qxc4 O-O-O 11 Nc3 f6 12 Be3 a6 13 a4 Nh6 14 Nd5 Rde8 15 Bb6 Qe6 16 Bxc7 Qxe4 17 Nd2 Qd4+ 18 Qxd4 Nxd4 19 Nc4 Kd7 20 Bxd6 Nhf5 21 Rfd1 Ne2+ 22 Kh1 Nxd6 23 Ndb6+ Kc7 24 Rxd6 Bf8 25 Rd7+ Kc6 26 c3 Bc5
27 Na5+ Kxb6 28 Rxb7+ Kxa5 29 b4+ and mates next move. ‘A brilliant ending’, the Times Literary Supplement commented.
On page 336 of the September 1919 Chess Amateur Williams wrote about the game in a report on his visit to the Hastings Congress:
The Williams v Wight game was published, without notes, on page 38 of the November 1919 Chess Amateur.
C.N. 4783 included a photograph of Emanuel Lasker and Frank J. Marshall giving a simultaneous display of tandem chess (New York, 1906).
John Blackstone (Las Vegas, NV, USA) draws attention to a later report about the same players:
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 July 1914, page 3.
Our correspondent asks whether any of the game-scores have survived.
We note that the chess column on page 3 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 July 1914 also published, with the winner’s notes, the following practice game, played ‘recently’:
John Taliaferro Beckner – Jackson Whipps Showalter
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 g6 5 c4 Bg7 6 Be3 d6 7 Nc3 Nf6 8 Be2 O-O 9 O-O Ne5 10 h3 Be6 11 b3 Qc8 12 f4 Nc6 13 g4 Bd7 14 g5 Bxh3 15 gxf6 Bxf6 16 Rf2 e5 17 fxe5 Bxe5 18 Nd5 Qd8 19 Nf3 Bg3 20 Ng5 Bxf2+ 21 Kxf2 Be6 22 Qh1 h5 23 Bxh5 Kg7 24 Bg4 Rh8
25 Bxe6 Rxh1 26 Rxh1 Ne5 27 Bxf7 Qh8 28 Rxh8 Rxh8 29 Kg2 b5 30 cxb5 Rb8 31 a4 Nxf7 32 Nxf7 Kxf7 33 Bxa7 Rb7 34 b6 Ke6 35 Nc7+ Kd7 36 a5 Resigns.
C.N. 54 reported that the magazine Land and Water, 28 June 1873 quoted the following advice from the Liverpool Weekly Albion:
Graham Clayton (South Windsor, NSW, Australia) quotes an item from the chess column in the Queenslander, 7 July 1894, page 16:
Our correspondent requests information about Madame
Reutlinger-Rosenthal and asks whether any of her games
have survived. Assistance from readers on these matters
will be appreciated.
Below is the report referred to by the Queenslander:
Source: La Stratégie, 15 April 1894, page 119.
The earlier paragraph in the French magazine (15 February 1894 issue, page 55) read:
J.R. Capablanca v Q.A. Brackett, New York, 20 December 1906 (American Chess Bulletin, February 1907, page 24)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 6 January 1907, page 10
From page 34 of The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth (London, 1975):
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) writes:
From page 4 of the January 1905 American Chess Bulletin we add a group photograph featuring Brackett (the occasion being the CHYP Tourney):
Seventh Intercollegiate Cable Match, 23 March 1907
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Bd3 Bd6 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 O-O O-O 7 Bg5 Bg4 8 Nbd2 Nbd7
9 c3 Bh5 10 Re1 Re8 11 Qc2 Bg6 12 Rxe8+ Qxe8 13 Re1 Qf8 14 Bxf6 Nxf6 15 Ne5 Re8 16 Bxg6 hxg6 17 Qd1 Re7 18 g3 Qe8 19 f4 Nd7 20 Ndf3 f6 21 Nxd7 Rxe1+ 22 Qxe1 Qxd7 23 Qe2 Kf7 24 Kg2 Qe7 25 Qxe7+ Bxe7 26 Nh4 a5 27 Kf2 b5 28 Ke2 c5 29 dxc5 Bxc5 30 Kd3 f5 31 b3 Kf6 32 Nf3 Ba7 33 Ke2 Ke6 34 Nd4+ Bxd4 35 cxd4
35...b4 36 Kf3 Kf6 37 Kg2 g5 38 fxg5+ Kxg5 39 Kf3 Kf6 40 Kf4 g5+ 41 Kf3 Kg6 42 h3 Kh5 43 h4 Kg6 44 Kg2 f4 45 Kf2 fxg3+ 46 Kxg3 gxh4+ 47 Kxh4 Kf5 48 White resigns.
Sources: Lasker’s Chess Magazine, April 1907, pages 260-261, and the American Chess Bulletin, May 1907, pages 95-96.
The game was played on board two in the six-board match. On board one Capablanca (Columbia) drew against H.J. Rose (Balliol, Oxford).
White mates in three
Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) points out a game on page 6 of the New York Evening Post, 12 January 1907 (published there with notes from the St Louis Globe Democrat):Abie Solomon – W.B. Mundelle
San Antonio, 24 November 1906
1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 d6 3 d3 Be6 4 Bb3 Nf6 5 h3 Nc6 6 Nf3 Be7 7 Nc3 h6 8 Be3 Qd7 9 O-O a6 10 Qd2 g5 11 Bxe6 Qxe6 12 Ne2 g4 13 hxg4 Qxg4 14 Ng3 Nh5 15 Nh2 Qg6 16 Nxh5 Qxh5 17 g3 Bg5 18 Qd1 Qg6 19 Qg4 Nd4 20 Bxd4 exd4 21 Nf3 Bf6 22 Qxg6 fxg6 23 Rfe1 O-O-O 24 e5 dxe5 25 Nxe5 Rdg8 26 Re4 h5 27 Nf3 c5
28 c3 dxc3 29 bxc3 h4 30 Nxh4 Kb8 31 Rc1 g5 32 Nf3 g4 33 Nh2 Rd8 34 Nxg4 Bg5 35 f4 Bxf4 36 gxf4 Resigns.
The Evening Post noted that the winner was aged 14. (‘A specimen of the Texan prodigy’s skill. In a match with the champion of Texas, the youth, though defeated, made an excellent showing.’) For biographical details about Abie Solomon, see Chess Prodigies.
The article below by G.H. Diggle first appeared in Newsflash, February 1983 and was included on page 91 of Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984):
The Lasker v Moysey game, from the June 1908 BCM:
A game from a simultaneous display in which Tartakower scored +17 –1 =0:S.W. Dickens – Savielly Tartakower
Luton, January 1928
Queen’s Gambit Declined
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Nf3 O-O 7 Rc1 c6 8 a3 Ne4 9 Bxe7 Qxe7 10 Bd3 f5 11 O-O Rf6 12 Ne2 Rh6 13 Ng3
13...g5 (‘Fierce, but premature attack.’) 14 cxd5 (‘Initial move of a combination threatening to win two pawns and the exchange.’) 14...g4 15 dxe6 gxf3 16 Nxf5 Qxe6 17 Nxh6+ (‘17 Bc4, pinning the queen, would shorten the road to victory.’) 17...Qxh6 18 Bxe4 fxg2 19 Bxg2 Nf6 20 Qf3 Kh8 21 Rc5 Bg4 22 Qf4 Qxf4 23 exf4 Rd8 24 h3 Bh5 25 Rf5 Kg7 26 Re1 Rxd4 27 Re7+ Kg6 28 Rg5+ Kh6 29 Rxb7 Rxf4 30 Rc5 Bg6 31 Rxa7 Rd4 32 Rxc6 Nh5 33 Rac7 Rd1+ 34 Kh2 Rd2 35 Be4 (‘A good manoeuvre to gain freedom.’) 35...Rxf2+ 36 Kg1 Rxb2 37 Bxg6 hxg6 38 a4 Nf4 39 a5 Ra2 40 a6 Kh5 41 a7 Kh4 42 Rc4 g5 43 Rh7+ Kg3 44 Rc3+ Resigns.
Source: pages 19 and 68-69 of Chess in Bedfordshire by F. Dickens and G.L. White (Leeds, 1933).
From opposite page 11 of the book mentioned in the previous item comes this plate:
From Fabrizio Zavatarelli (Milan, Italy):
Javier Asturiano Molina (Murcia, Spain) asks whether Robert Byrne missed a mate in one against Peter Bachmann at the 1952 Olympiad in Helsinki, since there are databases which state that the game ended as follows:
41 Rh8 Rg6 42 Rh7+ Rg7 43 Qh8 Resigns. However, 42 Qf8 mate would be possible.
We note that the conclusion was given on page 113 of Die Schacholympiade in Helsinki 1952 by Hans Müller (Vienna, 1953):
Thus White played not 41 Rh8 but 41 Rh6, and no mate in one was overlooked by Byrne.
According to one of the most famous chess quotes, regularly attributed to Tartakower, the winner is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
We would point out that the observation pre-dates Tartakower. For example, the following was on page 313 of the October 1890 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
The game in question was Makovetz v Lasker, Graz, 1890, which was given on page 305 of the same issue:
Another example of the remark is on page 167 of the June 1901 Deutsche Schachzeitung, in the notes by Alapin to Mieses v von Scheve, Monte Carlo, 1901:
Mate in three
This problem appeared with the reference ‘A. Ancin, Czechoslovakia’ on page 275 of the May 1971 Chess Life & Review, in the ‘Benko’s Bafflers’ column. The key move is 1 Nf1, and Pal Benko gave the full solution on page 315 of the June 1971 Chess Life & Review.
The composition was subsequently taken up in ‘Larry Evans on Chess’ on page 647 of the November 1971 issue. That item is reproduced here without comment:
Game-scores from F.D. Yates’ simultaneous displays are not particularly common. Below is one from a 19-board exhibition at the North London Chess Club, published on page 117 of the March 1928 BCM:Frederick Dewhurst Yates – E.J. Randall
London, 16 January 1928
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 O-O 9 d4 exd4 10 cxd4 Bg4 11 Be3 Na5 12 Bc2 Nc4 13 Bc1 c5 14 b3 Nb6 15 Bb2 c4 16 Qe2 Re8 17 e5 dxe5 18 dxe5 Bxf3 19 Qxf3 Nfd7 20 Nd2 Bb4 21 Rad1 Bxd2 22 Rxd2 Nxe5
23 Bxh7+ Kh8 24 Qh5 Nf3+ 25 gxf3 Rxe1+ 26 Kg2 Qxd2 27 Bf5+ Kg8 28 Qh7+ Kf8 29 Qxg7+ Ke7 30 Qf6+ Kf8 31 Bc3 Qxc3 32 Qxc3 Rae8 33 Qf6 cxb3 34 axb3 Nd5 35 Qd6+ Ne7 36 Qh6+ ‘and mates in four’.
From page 34 of the February 1905 American Chess Bulletin:
Griffin won sixth prize in the Rice Gambit tournament, as reported on page 375 of Twenty Years of the Rice Gambit (New York, 1916).
William E. Griffin on page 101 of The Rice Gambit by H. Keidanz (New York, 1905)
From Steve Wrinn (Homer, NY, USA):
On page 210 of the April 1922 Chess Amateur C.S. Kipping gave a problem by Ralph Zaak, aged ten, which had been published in the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle:
Mate in three
An early example of a comic strip with a chess theme comes from the ‘Rhymo the Monk’ series by Gus Mager. It was reproduced on pages 320-321 of the October 1905 American Chess Bulletin, courtesy of the New York Evening Journal:
Below is an extract from an article by Tartakower (‘Schachmeister Dr Tartakower in Dänemark’) on pages 3-6 of the March 1923 Wiener Schachzeitung:
The play in this offhand game is of much interest:
1 Ke3 h5 2 gxh5 gxh5 3 Kd4 h4 4 Kxd5 h3 5 Kc6 h2 6 Ra1 Rg8 7 Rh1 Rg6+ 8 Kb5 Rg5+ 9 Kb4 Rg4+ 10 Kb3 Rg3+ 11 Kb2 Rg2+
12 Kc1 Rg1+ 13 Kd2 Rxh1 14 a8(Q) Rg1 15 Qe4+ and wins.
Egil Jacobsen died on 27 March 1923, a fortnight after the Copenhagen tournament (Deutsche Schachzeitung, April 1923, page 77). Although he was only in his mid-20s, the group photograph in the tournament book suggests an older man hardly resembling the Egil Jacobsen shown on page 498 of Alt om Skak by B. Nielsen (Odense, 1943):
John Blackstone (Las Vegas, NV, USA) sends this article from page A11 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 15 October 1922:
Among the points of interest are the boy’s comments on Janowsky, whom he had defeated in the New York tournament (see C.N. 6083). There is also an apparent reference to having drawn a game against Rubinstein in 1919. We note too the remarks about Charlie Chaplin.
C.N. 7083 drew attention to Christian Hesse’s free and easy way of using other writers’ work in The Joys of Chess (Alkmaar, 2011). Now we are obliged to turn to Alles über Schach by Michael Ehn and Hugo Kastner (Hanover, 2010).
Three complete pages are shown below:
The ‘Doppelter Julius’ and ‘“Ich bin verliebt”’ items have nothing to do with our output. As regards the others:
The ‘101 Best Games’ item has nothing to do with our output. As regards the others:
The ‘Aljechin 1909’ item has nothing to do with our output. As regards the others:
An odds game played at the City of London Chess Club:Joseph Henry Blackburne – Younger
London, 1871 (?)
(Remove White’s king’s knight.)
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 c5 4 exd5 exd5 5 dxc5 d4 6 Ne4 Qe7 7 Bb5+ Bd7
8 O-O Bxb5 9 Re1 Kd8 10 Bg5 f6 11 Nxf6 gxf6 12 Rxe7 Bxe7 13 Qxd4+ Nd7 14 b4 h6 15 Bf4 Bc6 16 Rd1 Kc8 17 c4 b6 18 cxb6 Bxb4 19 Qb2 Bc5 20 b7+ Bxb7 21 Rxd7 Bb6 22 Qb5 f5
23 Rc7+ Bxc7 24 Qe8+ Bd8 25 Qe6 mate.
Source: page 83 of the Westminster Papers, 1 September 1871.
These words were quoted in C.N. 17 from the first paragraph of the article ‘Wizard of Chess’ by Robert Cantwell on pages 1079-1081 of The People’s Almanac #2 by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace (New York, 1978). The piece originally appeared on pages 16-18 of Yesterday in Sports edited by John Durant (New York, 1956).
Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) has found a reference to William Griffin in the 1880 US Federal Census. Aged about five, he was living with his parents, Alexander and Jennie (both of whom had Missouri for their birthplace), in Richmond, Howard, Missouri. In the 1900 census William Griffin’s occupation was ‘High School Teacher’. His father’s birthplace was given as Virginia, and the family residence in 1900 was Kansas City Ward 10, Jackson, Missouri.
From page 199 of Chess Review, October 1939:
Two issues arise from C.N. 7235: the circumstances of the 1919 Jacobsen v Spielmann game and the discrepancy over the caption to the Copenhagen, 1923 group photograph in which Jacobsen appeared.
Per Skjoldager (Fredericia, Denmark) notes that according to pages 118-119 of Skakbladet, April 1919 Spielmann had travelled through Denmark, staying in Copenhagen for two days (exact dates not specified by the Danish magazine). He gave two simultaneous displays, in the Studenterforeningen (Students’ Chess Club) and, the following day, in the Industriforeningen (Industrial Union Chess Club). His results were +19 –5 =6 and +19 –2 =6, respectively, but Egil Jacobsen was not among those named as winning or drawing. The full game-score of Jacobsen v Spielmann has not been found, and it is unclear where Tartakower obtained the ending for use in the Wiener Schachzeitung.
As regards the group photograph of Copenhagen, 1923, Mr Skjoldager notes – as do Thomas Henrich (Gießen, Germany) and Claes Løfgren (Randers, Denmark) – that in the tournament book’s caption there was an evident mix-up between Egil Jacobsen and Jørgen Møller.
The above picture has been supplied by Mr Skjoldager. From the same source (the Danish magazine Verden og Vi, 1923, page 237) he also provides a photograph which will be in his forthcoming book on Nimzowitsch (C.N. 7108):
Aron Nimzowitsch, Savielly Tartakower and Egil Jacobsen
Mr Løfgren draws attention to Jacobsen’s obituary on pages 115-116 of the April 1923 issue of Skakbladet. It begins (in our correspondent’s translation from the Danish):
Also received from Mr Løfgren is this picture of Jørgen Møller, from page 16 of the January 1933 Skakbladet:
Tony Bronzin (Newark, DE, USA) quotes from page 471 of Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick (Boston, 1999) an account of a concert at Madison Square Garden on 9 June 1972:
Mr Bronzin wonders whether the ellipsis between the words ‘inevitable’ and ‘Friday’ indicates the omission of a description of Capablanca by Chase, but we note from the original article (New York Times, 18 June 1972, page D14) that such is not the case:
The game 1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 d4 c6 4 dxe5 Nxe4 5 Ne2 Nxf2 6 O-O Nxd1 7 Bxf7+ Ke7 8 Bg5 mate was given in C.N. 5926, and subsequent items showed a similar skirmish, one move shorter, in which White offered the odds of his king’s knight: 1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 d4 Nxe4 4 dxe5 Nxf2
5 O-O Nxd1 6 Bxf7+ Ke7 7 Bg5 mate.
This seven-move victory was attributed to H.A. Kennedy on page 298 of volume five (1844) of the Chess Player’s Chronicle (C.N. 5951) and to G.H. Mackenzie on page 2 of the New York Times, 12 January 1871 (C.N. 6462).
On pages 188-189 of the Westminster Papers, 1 April 1873 it was ascribed to Mackenzie, submitted by ‘a correspondent at Nassau, NP, Bahamas’. Kennedy responded as follows on page 2 of the 1 May 1873 issue:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O d6 6 d4 b5 7 Bb3 Nxd4 8 Nxd4 exd4 9 c3 dxc3 10 Nxc3 Be7 11 a4 b4 12 Nd5 O-O 13 Nxb4 Bb7 14 Bd5 Nxd5 15 Nxd5 Rb8 16 b3 f5 17 f3 fxe4 18 fxe4 Rxf1+ 19 Kxf1 Bf6 20 Ra2
20...Be5 21 g3 c6 22 Ne3 c5 23 Qg4 Bc8 24 Qd1 Bh3+ 25 Ke1 Bc3+ 26 Bd2 Bd4 27 Qc2 Qf6 28 Bc1 Qf3 29 Qd3 Qh1+ 30 Nf1 Re8 31 White resigns.
‘Allies v Rubinstein, Berlin, 1922’ is the only information usually supplied for this game. See, for instance, page 145 of Akiba Rubinstein’s Chess Academy by V. Glatman (Moscow, 1992) and page 250 of Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years by J. Donaldson and N. Minev (Seattle, 1995).
The allies were named when the game was given on pages 82-83 of Schachjahrbuch 1922 by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1924): Wegemund, Wagner, Friedrich and Berggrün. The heading was merely ‘Beratungspartie im Berliner Schachverein von 1876’ and the source indicated was the Vossische Zeitung. Can further particulars about the game be found there?
Within a series of articles ‘Problem themes in play’ T.R. Dawson gave this position on page 170 of the August 1942 BCM:
‘Dziobek v von Scheve (1922)’
The date 1922 may derive from the fact that the ending was published on page 328 of that year’s Schachjahrbuch by Bachmann, at the end of von Scheve’s obituary. He died in Patschkau (Paczków) on 19 April 1922. Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia also records that Otto Dziobek died in Berlin on 15 March 1919.
What more can be discovered about the Dziobek v von Scheve game?
A game ‘played in order to test a particular variation 3...P-QKt4’:Leonard Percy Rees – Géza Maróczy
1 d4 e6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5
4 b3 Bb7 5 dxe6 fxe6 6 Bb2 d5 7 cxb5 Nf6 8 e3 Bd6 9 Bd3 O-O 10 Nf3 Nbd7 11 O-O e5 12 e4 d4 13 Nbd2 Qe7 14 Qe2 Nh5 15 g3 g5 16 Nc4 Bc7 17 a4 Rae8 18 Rae1 Ng7 19 Bc1 h6 20 a5 Bc8 21 Ba3 Qf6 22 Nfd2 Qg6 23 b4 cxb4 24 Bxb4 Rf7 25 Nb3 Ne6 26 Bd6 Bxd6 27 Nxd6
27...Nf4 28 Qa2 Nxd3 29 Nxe8 Nxe1 30 Rxe1 Nf8 31 Nc5 Bg4 32 Qd5 Ne6 33 Nd7 Nc7 34 Nef6+ Kg7
35 Qxe5 Rxf6 36 Nxf6 Qxf6 37 Qxc7+ Kg6 38 e5 Qe6 39 b6 axb6 40 axb6 d3 41 b7 d2 42 Rb1 Qb3 43 Qc6+ Kf5 44 Qd7+ Resigns.
Sources: CHESS, 14 October 1938, pages 55-56, and BCM, February 1945, pages 32-33.
‘This brilliant little offhand game was lately won by the Hon. Secretary of the BCF’:N.N. – Leonard Percy Rees
1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 f4 d5 4 d3 dxe4 5 fxe5 Ng4 6 Nxe4 Nc6 7 c3 Ngxe5 8 d4 Qh4+ 9 Ng3 Bg4 10 Be2 O-O-O 11 Bf4 Bc5
12 Qa4 Bxe2 13 Nxe2 Nd3+ 14 Kf1 Nxd4 15 cxd4 Rxd4 16 Nxd4 Qxf4+ 17 Ke2 Rd8 18 Ngf5 Qe4+ 19 Kd2 Bb4+ 20 Qxb4 Nxb4 21 Kc3 c5 22 Rhd1 cxd4+ 23 Nxd4 a5 24 a3
24...Rxd4 25 axb4 Qe3+ 26 Kc2 Qe2+ 27 Kb3 Qc4+ 28 Ka3 axb4+ 29 Ka4 b3+ 30 Ka3 Qa4 mate.
Source: Chess Amateur, November 1919, page 39.
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