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From page 11 of Wiseman’s Chess Primer by Paul Wiseman (Rothersthorpe, 2011):
Jean-Olivier Leconte (Saint-Mandé, France) reports that he has recently created a webpage devoted to the Café de la Régence.
We thank Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) for pointing out the full text of the article about Samuel Loyd mentioned in The Caissa-Morphy Puzzle. It comes from page 23 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 March 1896:
From Leonard Barden (London):
Below is the relevant part of Walter Korn’s Preface to the eighth edition of Modern Chess Openings (London, 1952), i.e. from pages v-vi:
The following page had this acknowledgement:
The ninth edition (‘completely revised by Walter Korn and John W. Collins’) was published in 1957. In referring to earlier editions, Korn’s Preface (pages v-vi) made no mention of Wade, stating ‘... the eighth edition was both directed and revised by me’. On page iii of the Preface to the tenth edition (London, 1965) this became ‘... the eighth edition was both directed and solely revised by me’. On page v of the eleventh edition (London, 1972) Korn’s Preface stated, ‘I subsequently also directed and revised the eighth edition’.
Shortly after the eighth edition appeared, CHESS (August 1952, page 214) published a review which included the following:
Wade wrote on page 236 of the September 1952 CHESS:
From the dust-jacket of America’s Chess Heritage by Walter Korn (New York, 1978):
Philippe Pierlot (Le Perchay, France) has provided a good-quality copy of the Moscow, 1936 group photograph (source not yet identified):
From Mike Salter (Sydney, Australia):
Such a story appears in Winawer’s entry in the Oxford Companion to Chess, without any source.
We have found this passage on page 354 of the August 1883 Chess Monthly:
Hoffer, the co-Editor of the Chess Monthly, attended the Nuremberg tournament.
This photograph of Winawer comes from page 161 of the
February 1893 Chess Monthly:
Sean Tobin (Phoenix, AZ, USA) asks:
Below is a list, far from exhaustive, of articles on the Café de la Régence and its habitués which we have come across in old chess periodicals:
A game on page 15 of the Canadian magazine Checkmate, October 1903 was attributed to F.J. Wellmuth:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 d3 f5 5 Ng5 f4 6 Nf7 Qh4 7 O-O Nf6 8 Nxh8 d5 9 Bxd5 Bg4 10 Qe1 f3 11 Bg5 Qxg5 12 g3 Nd4 13 Bb3 Ne2+ 14 Kh1 Bh3 15 Rg1 Nh5 16 Nf7
16...Nhf4 17 Nxg5 Bg2+ 18 Rxg2 fxg2 mate.
This game has frequently been published as won by Serafino Dubois (1817-1899), with contradictory information as to the occasion (a range of dates in the 1850s and 60s). For example, page 46 of Chess Sparks by J.H. Ellis (London, 1895) named White as ‘General M.’ and stated that the game was ‘played at Rome, about 1867’. On page 50 of Serafino Dubois il Professionista by Alessandra Innocenti and Lorenzo Barsi (Brescia, 2000) the game-score was given without any place or date, and White was merely ‘N.N.’.
The earliest publication that we have found is on page 203 of the July 1858 Chess Monthly, which specified that the game had been played in Rome in 1850 against an ‘amateur’:
It will be noted that the game on the previous page was between Dubois and ‘General M***e’. The Chess Monthly of the following year had three other encounters between the same players.
When the game which ended with 18...fxg2 mate appeared on pages 112-113 of the April 1859 Deutsche Schachzeitung (also with the specification Rome, 1850), White was identified as ‘Hr. General M.’. We wonder whether the German magazine miscopied from the Chess Monthly or obtained its information from another source.
William Hartston’s new book The Things That Nobody Knows (C.N. 7280) has one item about chess, which we reproduce from pages 166-167 with the author’s permission:
It is certainly a widely discussed issue. Two passages from nineteenth-century books may be mentioned here, the first being on page xxxi of The Modern Chess Instructor by W. Steinitz (New York, 1889):
From pages 74-75 of Maxims and Hints by R. Penn (London, 1842):
We recall too the article ‘Quelques réflexions sur la partie idéale’ by L. Roussy which was published, together with comments by Erwin Voellmy, on pages 54-58 of the April 1919 Schweizerische Schachzeitung/Revue suisse d’échecs:
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 d5 4 exd5 Qxd5 5 Nc3 Qe6+ 6 Be2 Nf6 7 O-O Qb6+ 8 d4 Bd6 9 Kh1 O-O 10 Ne5 Nbd7 11 Bxf4 Bxe5 12 dxe5 Ne8 13 Nd5 Qe6 14 Bg4 f5 15 exf6 Qe4 16 Bf5 Qb4 17 Ne7+ Kh8 18 Nxc8 Ndxf6 19 Qe2 Nd5 20 Bd2 Qxb2 21 Be6 Rxf1+ 22 Rxf1 Ndf6 23 Qh5 Nd6 24 Nxd6 cxd6 25 Qf7 Qd4 26 c3 Qe5 27 Be3 Qxc3 28 Bg5 Ng8 29 Be7 Qc7 30 Bf8 Qxf7 31 Rxf7 h5 32 Bxg7+ Kh7 33 Bf5 mate.
Our reason for giving this game, from page 140 of the Westminster Papers, 1 January 1873, is that – as noted by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) – in this position ...
... play is said to have continued 16 Bf5 Qb4, whereby Black places his queen en prise.
A likely explanation is that the magazine inverted the 16th and 17th moves.
From page 45 of All About Chess by I.A. Horowitz (New York, 1971):
What evidence is there that Steinitz was dubbed ‘the man who destroyed brilliancy’?
The subsequent remark above is more familiar. For example, the following is on the dust-jacket of Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles by I.A. Horowitz and F. Reinfeld (New York, 1954):
We do not recall seeing that ‘once’ observation in Steinitz’s writings, but this comes from the article ‘Wilhelm Steinitz, Genius’ by Robert J. Buckley on pages 176-177 of the March 1913 Chess Amateur:
Buckley’s article began with the statement ‘Wilhelm Steinitz, whom I knew intimately for 20 years ...’ The full text has been added to Who Was Robert J. Buckley?
We note that nowadays the Kingpin website is regularly updated.
Per Skjoldager (Fredericia, Denmark) has sent us a game which will be appearing in the book he has written with Jørn Erik Nielsen, Aron Nimzowitsch On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886-1924 (C.N. 7108). It was a ‘serious game’ played at the Börsen Café, Riga, and the co-authors believe that it has not been published until now, except in the Riga press of the time.Aron Nimzowitsch – Frank James Marshall
Riga, 26 January 1912 (new style)
(Annotations by Nimzowitsch, translated by Per Skjoldager and Jørn Erik Nielsen)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 Nc3 d5 Involves a promising sacrifice of a pawn. Normally 5...Nxc3 6 dxc3 Be7 7 Bd3 is played, with a somewhat better game for White. 6 Qe2 Be7 7 Nxe4 dxe4 8 Qxe4 O-O 9 Bc4 Bd6 10 O-O Re8 11 Qd5 The introduction to a faulty combination. 11 Qd3 was better. 11...Be6! 12 Qxb7 Bxc4 13 Qxa8
13...Bd5! White had overlooked this move in his calculations. Now, he loses his queen but obtains quite a lot of wood in return. Bad was 13...Bxf1 14 Kxf1 Qe7 15 g3 c6 16 d3 Qd7 17 Be3 and the queen will be saved. Also 13...Bc5 was less strong than the text move since 14 d4 (not 14 Qb7 because of 14...Bb6!) 14...Bb6 15 Bg5 f6 16 Rfe1! Rxe1+ 17 Rxe1 fxg5 18 Qe4 and White has two pawns for the exchange and a good game. 14 Qxd5 Bxh2+ 15 Kxh2 Qxd5 16 d3 h6 17 Bd2 A fine move! White intends to put the black knight out of action by means of Bc3, i.e. to deprive him of the squares f6 and e5. 17...Nd7 18 Bc3 Re6 19 Rae1 Rg6 20 Re3 Nf6 The a2 pawn is not worth much since the already weak pawns on the black queen’s flank then become even more vulnerable (after Ra1). 21 Bxf6 Rxf6 22 b3 Qa5 23 a4 Qc3 24 Re2
24...Re6! 25 Rfe1 Rc6! A fine point! The rook should not be immediately placed on c6 because of 24...Rc6 25 Re8+ Kh7 26 Ne5 Rc5 27 Nd7 and perpetual check. With the rook placed at e1, Ne5 is not possible any more because of Qxe1. 26 Re8+ Kh7 27 R1e4! Qb2 28 Ne1 Rxc2 This must, if at all, happen immediately; otherwise 29 Rc4 Rxc4 30 dxc4 with a bombproof position. This attempt to split the pawns by means of the sacrifice of the exchange only fails to the vivid defence by White. 29 Nxc2 Qxc2 30 Rf4! The only move in order to avoid the loss of a pawn.
30...Qc5! A beautiful protection. 31 Re1! a5 32 Kg1 Qc3 33 Rf1 Qxb3 34 Rc4 Qxd3 35 Rxc7 Qd4 36 Rxf7 Qxa4 37 Rf3! The isolated a-pawn cannot be saved after this move. 37...Qa2 38 Re1 a4 39 Ree3 Qb2 40 Ra3 Qb4 41 Ra1! Qd4 42 Rfa3 The game could have been drawn at this point. White still made attempts to win the game by attacking the g-pawn from behind, which Black however knew how to parry with the threat of perpetual check. 42...Qe5 43 Rxa4 Drawn.
Source: page 3 of Feuilleton-Beilage der “Rigaschen Rundschau”, 10 February 1912 (new style).
Mr Skjoldager adds that Nimzowitsch’s encounter with
Capablanca in Riga (game 22 in My Chess Career)
was also played at the Börsen Café,
Sandstrasse 11 (now Smilsu lela), as were the Cuban’s two
simultaneous displays around the same time. In the
photograph below, which dates from the early twentieth
century, our correspondent notes that the Café is
the white building on the left, behind the driver of the
horse and carriage:
Knud Lysdal (Grindsted, Denmark) notes that the dancer is Botvinnik’s wife, Gayane. We reproduced the photograph from opposite page 32 of Botwinnik lehrt Schach by H. Müller (Berlin-Frohnau, 1967). The one below is from opposite page 96 of Twelfth Chess Tournament of Nations by S. Flohr (Moscow, 1957):
From Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) comes this game on page 7 of The Standard (London), 11 January 1897:
Jacques Mieses – Maurice Billecard
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nxc6 bxc6 6 e5 Qe7 7 Qe2 Nd5 8 c4 Ba6 9 b3 Qc5 10 Bb2 Nf4 11 Qd2 Ne6 12 f4 g6 13 g4 Bh6 14 g5 Bg7 15 Na3 h6 16 O-O-O Qe7 17 Nc2 hxg5 18 Ba3 c5 19 f5 gxf5 20 Ne3 Bxe5 21 Qd5
21...Bf4 22 Qxa8+ Nd8 23 Kb1 Bb7 24 Qxa7 Bxe3 25 Bd3 Bxh1 26 Rxh1
26...Qd6 27 Bxf5 Rxh2 28 Rf1 Qd2 29 Bc1 Qe2 30 Qa4 c6 31 Qa7 Qxf1 32 Qxd7+ Kf8 33 Qd6+ Kg7 34 Qe5+ f6 35 Qe7+ Nf7 36 White resigns.
As regards the opening, see Kasparov, Karpov and the Scotch. Drawing attention to the remark in The Standard that Billecard ‘entered the Hastings Amateur Tournament under a pseudonym’, our correspondent comments:
That section was won by H.E. Atkins, and the overall victor of the tournament (which took place on 19-24 August 1895) was G. Maróczy. The report on pages 373-376 of the September 1895 BCM referred to ‘Monsieur Flies, of Paris’. See too C.N. 4798. It has yet to be discovered where and when Billecard died.
From page 129 of Impact of Genius by R.E. Fauber (Seattle, 1992):
Is corroboration available concerning the Jakob/Jacques matter?
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) asks about the Indian chessplayer ‘Mrs Marza’ who is shown playing S. van Mindeno in a Corbis photograph taken at the British Chess Championships in London in August 1932, with Sir Umar Hayat Khan in the background.
We note that she was mentioned twice, as ‘Mrs Murza’, in the 1932 BCM (September, page 370 and October, page 427). She finished equal 9th-11th in the First-class tournament, section B.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) draws attention to this report from the Chicago Tribune of 20 April 1879:
The Dudley v Raphael game-score given by the Chicago Tribune: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Bc5 4 c3 d6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Bd2 Bxd2+ 8 Nbxd2 Bd7 9 O-O Nf6 10 e5 dxe5 11 dxe5 Ng4 12 h3 Nh6 13 Re1 O-O 14 Bc4 Ne7 15 Qb3 Bc6 16 Rad1 Nef5 17 Ne4 Qe7 18 Neg5 Bxf3 19 Nxf3 b6 20 e6 Qf6 21 Rd7 Nd6 22 Rxc7 Rfc8 23 exf7+ Nhxf7 24 Ree7 Rxc7 25 Rxc7 and wins.
Our correspondent adds:
Mr Bauzá Mercére has also submitted these
games from the American Chess Magazine, 1847:
Pages 13-14:Edward A. Dudley – Mr B.
Frankfort, KY, 1846
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 c3 d6 5 d4 exd4 6 cxd4 Bb6 7 h3 h6 8 Nc3 Nf6 9 O-O O-O 10 a3 a6 11 Qd3 Na5 12 Ba2 Nh7 13 b4 Nc6 14 Bb2 Kh8 15 Nd5 Ba7 16 Rac1 Be6 17 Bb1 f5
18 Nf4 fxe4 19 Ng6+ Kg8 20 Qxe4 Re8 21 Ne7+ Qxe7 22 Qxh7+ Kf8 23 Bg6 Bg8 24 Qh8 Red8 25 d5 Ne5 26 Nxe5 dxe5 27 Kh1 Rxd5 28 Bb1 c6 29 f4 e4 30 Bxe4 Rd2 31 Rce1 Rf2 32 f5 Rd8 33 f6 Rxf1+ 34 Rxf1 Ke8 35 Bg6+ and White won.
Pages 103-104:Edward A. Dudley – Mr B.
Frankfort, KY, 1847
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Bc4 Bb4+ 5 c3 dxc3 6 O-O cxb2 7 Bxb2 Bf8 8 Qb3 Qe7 9 Ba3 d6 10 Nc3 Be6 11 Bxe6 Rb8 12 Nd5 Qd8 13 Bxf7+ Kxf7 14 Nxc7+ Kg6 15 Qe6+ Qf6 16 Qg4+ Kh6 17 Bc1+ g5 18 Bxg5+ and White won.
Pages 155-156:Benjamin I. Raphael – Edward A. Dudley
Match, Louisville, 1847
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5 5 Nxc6 bxc6 6 Bc4 Bc5 7 O-O Ne7 8 Kh1 O-O 9 f4 d5 10 Bd3 f5 11 fxe5 fxe4 12 Be2 Nf5 13 Bf4 Qe7 14 g4 Ne3 15 Bxe3 Rxf1+ 16 Qxf1 Bxe3 17 c3 Qxe5 18 Na3 Be6 19 Nc2 Rf8 20 Qxf8+ Kxf8 21 Nxe3 c5 22 Rf1+ Kg8 23 Kg2 g6 24 h4 Kg7 25 h5 d4 26 cxd4 cxd4 27 Nc4 Qc5 28 b4 Qxb4 29 Ne5 Qd2 30 Rf2 e3 31 h6+ Kxh6 32 g5+ Kg7 33 White resigns.
With this game, Dudley won the match +6 –5 =0.
Pages 264-265:Edward A. Dudley – J. Shaw
Blue Lick, KY, August 1847
King’s Gambit Accepted
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Bc4 Qh4+ 4 Kf1 Nc6 5 d4 g5 6 Nc3 Nge7 7 Nf3 Qh5 8 d5 Na5 9 Qd4 Ng6 10 Nb5 Kd8 11 Bd2 Nxc4 12 Qxc4 Bd6 13 Bc3 Re8 14 Bf6+ Re7 15 Bxe7+ Kxe7 16 Nxc7 Rb8 17 Re1 g4
18 e5 Nxe5 19 Nxe5 Bxe5 20 d6+ Kf8 21 Qc5 f6 22 Qxa7 f3 23 Re3 Qf5 24 gxf3 gxf3 25 Qxb8 Qh3+ 26 Ke1 f2+ 27 Kxf2 Qh4+ 28 Ke2 Qg4+ 29 Ke1 Qh4+ 30 Kd1 Qd4+ 31 Rd3 Qg4+ 32 Kc1 Bxd6 33 Qxc8+ Kg7 34 Ne8+ Kh6 35 Nxd6 and White won.
From page 26 of Richard Réti: Sämtliche Studien (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1931):
Can this study be found in any year(s) of the Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond?
Below is the full text of C.N. 1054 (entitled ‘Crass’), written in 1985:
In response, Walter Korn (San Mateo, CA, USA) wrote to us on 21 December 1985 (C.N. 1103):
As remarked in the feature article Alexander McDonnell, no picture of him is known to exist. Even so (and although he died aged only 37, in the pre-photography era), the following appears in Worlds of Chess Champions, the booklet issued in 2003 by the Cleveland Public Library and mentioned in C.N.s 5149 and 5150:
It is not uncommon for Alexander McDonnell to be confused with George Alcock MacDonnell.
Hassan Roger Sadeghi (Lausanne, Switzerland) notes a doctoral thesis by Maurice Billecard, Les Commissions rogatoires en droit international privé, published in Paris in 1902 and listed in the catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This is the back cover of 64 Chess Games of Michail Tal (Makati, 1974). Do readers have information about any of the four books announced as ‘under preparation’?
Leonard Barden (London) writes:
Pages 295-296 of the 1853 British Chess Review gave, courtesy of the Family Friend, a game ‘which Mr Harrwitz played a few days ago with one of our juvenile readers, probably the best player of his age in the world. The aptitude, nay ingenuity, developed for the game becomes truly astonishing when we consider that the boy is no more than eight and a half years old’.Hudson – Daniel Harrwitz
Venue (?), 1853
(Remove Black’s queen’s rook.)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 e6 4 d5 Nce7 5 d6 Nc6 6 Bb5 Qa5+ 7 Nc3 Nd8 8 Bd2 Qb6 9 e5 f6 10 exf6 Nxf6 11 Be3 Bxd6 12 b4 a6 13 Ba4 Qxb4 14 Qd2 Nf7 15 Rb1 Qa5 16 O-O b5 17 Bxb5 axb5 18 Rxb5 Qc7 19 Re1 O-O 20 h3 Bb7 21 Ng5 Nxg5 22 Bxg5 Bc6
23 Bxf6 Rxf6 24 Rd1 Bf4 25 Qe2 Rg6 26 f3 Be5 27 Rxc5 d6 28 Rc4 d5 29 Rg4 Bxc3 30 Rxg6 hxg6 31 Qxe6+ Kh7 32 Rd3 Bf6 33 h4 Bxh4 34 Rc3 Qa7+ 35 Kh1 Bd7 36 Qxd5 Bg3
37 f4 Bxf4 38 Rf3 Bh6 39 Rf7 Bc6 40 Rxa7 Bxd5 41 a4 Be3 42 Re7 Bf2 ‘and, after some 15 more moves, the game was drawn’.
Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) shares three photographs from his collection. Information on the reverse side suggests that they were taken during the Groningen, 1946 tournament.
Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) mentions that his website includes a page on Maurice Billecard. Our correspondent notes, in particular, that at the time of the Ostend, 1907 tournament Billecard was working as a judge in Cherchell, a town 90 kilometres from Algiers.
In the Ostend tournament Billecard defeated, among others, Blackburne, Mieses, Swiderski and Teichmann, and he annotated a number of his wins in Illustration Algérienne, Tunisienne et Marocaine. We are grateful to Mr Thimognier for the pages (27 July 1907, page viii, and 3 August 1907, page 4) which had Blackburne v Billecard, given that only the first 28 moves were in the tournament book (pages 260-261).
Joseph Henry Blackburne – Maurice Billecard
1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nc6 3 d3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Bc5 5 Be3 Bb6 6 Nc3 d6 7 O-O Bg4 8 Bb5 O-O 9 h3 Bh5 10 Kh2 Nd4 11 Bxd4 exd4 12 Ne2 c6 13 Ba4 Bxf3 14 gxf3 Nh5 15 Rg1 Qh4 16 Qf1 f5 17 Bb3+ Kh8 18 Qg2 Rf6 19 f4 fxe4 20 dxe4 Raf8 21 f5
21...d5 22 Qg4 Qxf2+ 23 Rg2 Bc7+ 24 Kh1 Qe3 25 Rf1 dxe4 26 Nxd4 Ng3+ 27 Rxg3 Qxg3 28 Qxg3 Bxg3 29 Kg2 Be5 30 Ne6 Re8 31 Ng5 g6 32 Be6 gxf5 33 Nf7+ Kg7 34 Nxe5 Rexe6 35 Nc4 f4 36 a4 b5 37 axb5 cxb5 38 Na3 a6 39 c3 f3+ 40 Kh1 e3 41 White resigns.
From Manfred Mittelbach (Hamburg, Germany) comes this article by Donald McIntyre in the Quarterly Bulletin of the South African Library, September 1951, pages 7-8:
Kevin Harrison (Hunters Hill, NSW, Australia) asks about
the authenticity of the Danish Gambit miniature H.E. Bird
v Emanuel Lasker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1892: 1 e4 e5 2 d4
exd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Bc4 cxb2 5 Bxb2 Qg5 6 Nf3 Qxg2 7 Rg1 Bb4+
8 Ke2 Qh3 9 Bxf7+ Kd8 10 Bxg7 Ne7 11 Ng5 Qh4 12 Ne6 mate.
We have no reason to doubt it. The game was published on page 48 of the October 1892 issue of N.T. Miniati’s Chess Review:
From Avital Pilpel (Haifa, Israel):
After criticizing Steinitz’s prose style, G.A. MacDonnell deployed on page 39 of The Knights and Kings of Chess (London, 1894) a word which we have not seen elsewhere:
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) sends an article from page 12 of The Times of India, 7 August 1955:
Our correspondent notes that the same photograph had been used on page 12 of the 15 January 1934 issue of the newspaper:
A further contribution from Mr Urcan concerns the so-called ‘Fort Knox Variation’ (1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Bd7). Who gave it that name, and when?
The above feature on page 471 of the November 1899 BCM has also been submitted by Mr Urcan, and we add Alapin’s original article (with the correct spelling Mandelbaum) on page 117 of Der Schachfreund, October 1899:
An article by G.H. Diggle in the November 1983 Newsflash which was reproduced on pages 104-105 of Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984):
Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) notes that the Bird v Lasker lightning game was also published on page 7 of the Leeds Mercury, 24 September 1892, introduced by this paragraph:
From Robert Sherwood (E. Dummerston, VT, USA):
Annotating a correspondence game between two amateurs, Tartakower described 1 d4 d5 2 e3 as the Biscay Opening (‘which is really more aggressive than it is believed to be’).
Source: Chess Review, June 1939, pages 138-140, the notes having originally appeared in La Stratégie. What is the basis or justification for ‘Biscay Opening’?
Elmer Sangalang (Manila, the Philippines) requests a compilation of autographs of prominent chess figures.
The item below is reproduced from pages 1281-1282 of The Field, 31 December 1910, and it begins our new feature article, Chess Autographs.
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) mentions that many chess
photographs can be viewed at the
‘Memory of the Netherlands’ website by entering
either the Dutch word for chess, Schaken, or the
names of such players as Lasker, Marshal [sic],
Capablanca, Aljechin, Euwe, Botwinnik, Keres, Larsen and
Mr Urcan also points out an interview with Capablanca conducted by Ed Hughes and published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 18 February 1931, page 24:
From Michael Syngros (Amarousion, Greece):
Below are pages 38-39 of G.A. MacDonnell’s The Knights and Kings of Chess (London, 1894):
The frontispiece of the booklet Southsea Chess Tournament 1949 by H. Golombek (Birmingham, 1949):
Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) notes that the entry regarding Pierre Biscay on page 39 of the Dictionnaire des échecs by F. Le Lionnais and E. Maget (Paris, 1967) is followed by this brief item on the next page:
Our correspondent supplies a game annotated by Biscay, from pages 11-12 of the May 1938 issue of the Bulletin de la Fédération Française des Echecs:
Pierre Biscay – J.A. Wolthuis
1 d4 d5 2 e3 c6 3 Bd3 Nf6 4 Nd2 Nbd7 5 f4 c5 6 c3 c4 7 Bc2 Nb6 8 Ngf3 Bg4 9 O-O e6 10 e4 dxe4 11 Nxe4 Nxe4 12 Bxe4 Qc7 13 b3 f5 14 Bb1 Bd6 15 Qe1 O-O 16 Qxe6+ Kh8 17 Qe1 cxb3 18 Ne5 Na4 19 axb3 Nxc3 20 Bd3 Bh5 21 Bc4 Ne4
22 g4 Bxe5 23 fxe5 Bxg4 24 Qe3 a6 25 Ba3 Rfe8 26 h3 Bh5 27 Rxf5 Nf6 28 Qf4 b5 29 exf6 Qxf4 30 Rxf4 bxc4 31 f7 Bxf7 32 Rxf7 cxb3 33 d5 Kg8 34 Raf1 Re1 35 Rxe1 Kxf7 36 Re7+ Kf6 37 Rb7 Ke5 38 d6 Resigns.
The above photograph comes from the set ‘Le Monde des Echecs’ produced by L’Echiquier. It also appeared opposite page 8 of the 2 March 1933 issue of that magazine. For biographical information, see Mr Thimognier’s page on Biscay.
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.