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The Marshall Chess Club is currently cataloguing its photographic archives, and Alexander George (Amherst, MA, USA), who is on the club’s Board, submits the above photograph. Is it definitely, as believed, Lina/Lena Grumette, and can the picture be dated?
A.A. Murray – Floyd E. Hebert
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4 Nc6 4 d4 d5 5 e5 Ne4 6 Nf3 Bb4 7 Qc2 O-O 8 Bd3 f6 9 O-O Bxc3 10 bxc3 fxe5 11 dxe5 Ne7 12 Ba3 Rf4 13 Rad1 Qe8 14 Nd4 Nf5 15 Bxe4 Rxe4 16 Rfe1 Qh5 17 Rxe4 dxe4 18 Nxf5 exf5 19 Rd8+ Kf7 20 Qa4 c6 21 Qb4 Kg6 22 Qd6+ Kg5 23 g3 f4 24 Bc1 Kg4 25 Bxf4 Kh3 26 Rh8
26...Bf5 27 Rxa8 Qf3 28 Kf1 Qh1+ 29 Ke2 Bg4+ 30 Ke3 Qf3+ 31 Kd4 Qd3+ 32 Kc5 b6+ 33 Kxc6 Qxc4+ 34 Kb7 Qf7+ 35 Kb8
35...e3 36 Bxe3 Qe8+ 37 Kxa7 Qa4+ 38 Kb8 Qe8+ 39 Ka7 Qa4+ 40 Kxb6 Qxa8 41 a3 Qa4 42 Qb4 Qe8 43 Qb5 Qb8+ 44 Ka5 Qd8+ 45 Kb4 Qe7+ 46 Kb3 Be6+ 47 Kb2 Qd8 48 Kc1 Qa8 49 Qb4 Qh1+ 50 Kd2 Qd5+ 51 Ke2 Bg4+ 52 f3 Qxf3+ 53 Kd3 Qd5+ 54 Bd4 Bf5+ 55 Ke2 Qe4+ 56 Be3 Qc2+ 57 Kf3 Qd1+ 58 Kf4 Qg4 mate.
Source: Washington Chess Letter, August 1950, page 12.
A.A. Murray, who was the Games Editor, commented:
From page 78 of The Times Winning Moves 2 by Raymond Keene (London, 1996):
From page 57 of The Times Winning Moves by Raymond Keene and Byron Jacobs (London, 2003):
From Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada):
Mr Scoones draws attention to the passage below from
page 116 of Chess the Hard Way! by D.A. Yanofsky
(London, 1953). ‘Hastings’ refers to the 1946-47
tournament, in which he came fourth.
We note ‘Yanofsky-Toriran, Canada, 1953’ on page 203 of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Middlegames (Belgrade, 1980), but the full game (Yanofsky v Tornerup, Copenhagen, 1947) was published on page 172 of CHESS, March 1947:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 O-O 8 c3 d5 9 exd5 e4 10 Ng5 Bd6 11 Nxe4 Nxe4 12 Rxe4 Bf5 13 Re3 Ne5 14 h3 Qh4 15 Bc2 Ng4 16 Re2 Bxc2 17 Qxc2 Rae8 18 d4 Qxf2+ 19 White resigns.
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) notes that Lipnitsky’s analysis was republished on pages 250-252 of the August 1952 Deutsche Schachzeitung. The 1949 Lipnitsky v Smirnov game was mentioned on page 251, the venue being specified as Kiev, 1949.
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) draws attention to an impressive series of articles by Lim Kok Ann on the 1978 world championship match.
From the front cover of
the match book Het schaak der wrake
Mr Urcan provides a copy of the photograph referred to in C.N. 4257 (Capablanca at the Café de la Régence in 1922), as well as others from the same newspaper:
The Times, 30 March 1922, page 16
The Times , 17 August 1922, page 12
The Times, 12 April 1929, page 18.
As ever in such cases, information about copies of better quality will be appreciated.
So commented I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld in Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles (New York, 1954) in a discussion on pages 127-129:
(Four lines above the diagram on the third page ‘4 R-B5ch’ means ‘4 R-QB5ch’.)
No information was provided about the players or occasion, but the following appeared on pages 107-108 of Kombinationen by Kurt Richter (Berlin and Leipzig, 1936):
In later editions of Kombinationen it was position 271, but the information remained the same: Richter stated that R. Hoffers was White and that the game was played in 1860.
However, on page 119 of A Complete Guide to the Game of Chess by H.F.L. Meyer (London, 1882) R. Hoffers was named as Black, Dresden was given as the venue, and there was no date:
Below is the solution on page 122, in Meyer’s unwonted notation (explained in C.N. 4589):
Hoffers had also been identified as Black, not White, on page 313 of the October 1880 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
It is unclear exactly how the word ‘früher’ (e.g. ‘some time ago’) should be interpreted. Certainly, the references to Hoffers in the German magazine were clustered around 1880, and we have found nothing about him or the position in any publication circa 1860.
The conclusion was given on page 20 of the January 1881 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
Page 5 of the January 1880 issue had mentioned Hoffers in connection with the Schachverein Louis Paulsen, giving an address in Dresden (Strehlener Strasse 30):
Page 62 of the February 1882 Deutsche Schachzeitung printed a problem by ‘Rudolf Hoffers of Kamenz’ (Kamenz being a town about 40 kilometres from Dresden):
Inevitably, confusion has arisen between Hoffers and Hoffer. For example, page 42 of Chess Techniques by A.R.B. Thomas (London, 1975) labelled the ‘swindle’ position ‘Hoffer-N.N., 1860’.
Other occurrences in print are sought. What, for instance, was the source for the starting position given by Richter (with the white rook on f5 and not yet on c5)?
On the basis of the US Public Records Index and the 1930 United States Federal Census (both available at Ancestry.com) Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) provides information on Arthur A. Murray, who was born on 28 June 1921 in Washington State.
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) forwards page 105 of the April 1952 issue of Shakhmaty v SSSR:
Just below the diagram there is a reference to the game Lipnitsky-Smirnov, played in the USSR Armed Forces Championship Semi-Final, Kiev, 1949.
From Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) comes an article by José A. Gelabert on pages 7 and 10 of El Demócrata (Mexico City), 22 March 1926. Our correspondent comments:
Another specimen of auctorial embroidery:
Source: page 158 of Impact of Genius by R.E. Fauber (Seattle, 1992).
C.N. 8169 quoted from pages 326-327 of CHESS, 14 May 1936:
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Nbd7 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 O-O 7 Rc1 c6 8 Bd3 h6 9 Bh4 dxc4 10 Bxc4 b5 11 Bd3 a6 12 a4 bxa4 13 Nxa4 Qa5+ 14 Nd2 Bb4 15 Nc3 c5 16 Nb3 Qb6 17 dxc5 Bxc5 18 Nxc5 Qxc5 19 Bg3 Bb7 20 O-O Rfd8 21 Nb5 Qb4 22 Nd6 Bd5 23 e4 e5 24 exd5 Qxd6 25 Rc6 Qxd5
26 Rxa6 Rab8 27 Rd6 Qb7 28 Bf5 Qb5 29 Re1 Rb7
30 h3 Re8 Drawn.
As shown in C.N. 8169, page 159 of Schackvärlden, June 1936 stated that after 25...Qxd5 the players agreed to draw the game, although another five moves needed to be made. According to the magazine, Capablanca should have played 26...Rxa6 instead of 26...Rab8 ‘??’, and Ståhlberg could have won with 30 Bxe5.
The ‘Chess Stars’ book on Capablanca mentioned in our earlier item gave 26 Rxa6 a question mark, suggesting instead 26 Qc2 ‘!?’, with 27 Rd1 to follow. A question mark was also appended to 26...Rab8, the recommendation being 26...Nc5 ‘!’ 27 Rxf6 (if 27 Rxa8 Qxa8) 27...gxf6 28 Qg4+ Kf8, with a clear advantage to Black.
Instead of 30 h3 the book proposed 30 Bxe5 ‘!’ Re8 31 Bxf6 Rxe1+ 32 Qxe1 Qxf5 33 Bc3, with a clear advantage to White.
Schackvärlden commented on Ståhlberg’s gentlemanliness in adhering to the draw agreed earlier, but did he have a won game at any stage and, in particular, with Bxe5 at move 30? And how does all this tie in with the references in CHESS to Ståhlberg’s ‘slip which would have lost a piece’ and Capablanca’s ‘move which allowed the possible gain of a pawn’?
Mr Urcan also provides the game below, played in Kentucky, from page 32 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11 December 1930:
Jackson Whipps Showalter – John Taliaferro
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 c3 Nf6 5 d4 Bd7 6 Qe2 Be7 7 Nbd2 exd4 8 cxd4 O-O 9 O-O Re8 10 Rd1 a6 11 Bc4 Bg4 12 Nf1 d5 13 exd5 Nxd5 14 Qe4 Nf6 15 Qd3 Qd7 16 Ng3 Bd6 17 Bg5 Nh5 18 Ne4 Bf5 19 Re1 Bf4 20 g3 Bxg5 21 Nfxg5 Bg6 22 Rad1 Rad8 23 Qc3 h6 24 Nc5 Rxe1+ 25 Qxe1 Qg4
26 Nge6 Re8 27 Be2 Qf5 28 g4 Qf6 29 gxh5 Bf5 30 Nxc7 Qg5+ 31 Kh1 Bh3 32 Qg1 Rxe2 33 Qxg5 hxg5 34 d5 Ne5 35 d6 Rxf2 36 d7 Bxd7 37 Kg1 Rc2 38 Nxd7 Nf3+ 39 Kf1 Nxh2+ 40 Kg1 Nf3+ 41 Kf1 Rxc7 42 White resigns.
An earlier game between the two players was given in C.N. 7216.
When was the first occurrence in print of Tarrasch’s term ‘amaurosis scachistica’ (chess blindness)?
The phrase was in the title of an article at the end (pages 452-455) of his book Die moderne Schachpartie (various editions, of which the first was published in 1912):
From the Preface to the first edition (page ix):
Is it possible to identify the newspaper in which the article on ‘amaurosis scachistica’ originally appeared?
Tarrasch republished the article, with minor rewording, on pages 337-340 of Tarrasch’s Schachzeitung, 1 September 1933.
As regards English-language publications, the Latin term was mentioned in a review of Die moderne Schachpartie on page 159 of the July 1913 American Chess Bulletin, although rendered as ‘amaurosis schachistica’. An oft-seen spelling is ‘amaurosis scacchistica’, e.g. on page 174 of All About Chess by I.A. Horowitz (New York, 1971).
Among the interesting material is an explanation of a game invented by him, checkerette, and the following comments on chess:
The newspaper also reproduced a Troitzky study in Lasker’s hand:
The composition, dated 1897 and with the knight on g6 instead of h5, is on pages 69-70 of Collection of Chess Studies by A.A. Troitzky (Leeds, 1937).
From Yasser Seirawan (St Louis, MO, USA):
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) sends this report by Louis van Vliet in the Sunday Times, 29 September 1929, page 21:
Our correspondent also provides a game-score from page 4 of the newspaper’s 6 October 1929 edition:
Sultan Khan – Charles Wreford Brown
1 d4 d6 2 c4 Nd7 3 Nc3 e5 4 d5 Ngf6 5 e4 Be7 6 f3 Nb6 7 Nge2 Nh5 8 b3 O-O 9 Be3 f5 10 exf5
10...Rxf5 11 g4 Rxf3 12 Bxb6 Bxg4 13 h3 Bf5 14 Bf2 Bh4 15 Ng3 Rxf2 16 Kxf2 Nxg3 17 Kg2 Qg5 18 Qc1 Qg6 19 Kh2 Nxf1+ 20 Rxf1 Qg3+ 21 Kh1 Qxh3+ 22 Kg1 Qg3+ 23 Kh1
23...Bh3 24 Rg1 Qf3+ 25 Kh2 Rf8 26 Nd1 Bf1 27 Qe3 Qh5 28 Rxf1 Rxf1 29 Qh3 Bg3+ 30 White resigns.
The display, organized by Mrs Arthur Rawson of the Imperial Chess Club, was also reported on page 422 of the November 1929 BCM and on page 27 of the November 1929 Chess Amateur.
C.N. 2195 (see page 134 of A Chess Omnibus) quoted from page 574 of the March 1882 issue of Brentano’s Chess Monthly a reference to P. Richardson being named ‘The Stormy Petrel’ by G.H. Mackenzie. See too Philip Richardson The Stormy Petrel of Chess by John S. Hilbert (Olomouc, 2009).
The description ‘stormy petrel’ in connection with Nimzowitsch is on page v of My System (London, 1929), at the start of the Translator’s Preface. The translator was Arthur Hereford Wykeham George, using the pseudonym Philip Hereford (BCM, July 1937, page 361).
The relevant text also appeared on the front of the dust-jacket and in advertising material, such as the following on page 45 of the November 1929 Chess Amateur:
Have any other languages taken up a name such as ‘stormy petrel’ in connection with Nimzowitsch, Richardson or any other player?
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) quotes the above remark by Botvinnik from page 40 of the 0/1984 issue of New in Chess (in a feature, ‘Botvinnik speaks out’, on pages 36-43).
At the time (in C.N. 825) we commented about New in Chess:
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has forwarded a number of chess items published in the Daily Mail in the 1920s and 1930s:
Daily Mail, 7 August 1922, page 6
Daily Mail (Atlantic Edition), 12 November 1925, page 3
Daily Mail, 16 November 1928, page 17
Daily Mail, 28 September 1929, page 5
Daily Mail, 6 January 1931, page 7
Daily Mail, 17 August 1932, page 5
Daily Mail, 11 August 1933, page 7
Daily Mail, 24 January 1938, page 7.
An example of Gerald Abrahams’ unmistakable prose style as he tackles a complex topic:
Source: page 275 of The Handbook of Chess and The Pan Book of Chess by Gerald Abrahams (London, 1965).
The sketch came from the front cover of Torneo de Nottingham 1936 by Luis de Marimón and Julio Ganzo (Madrid, 1957):
It would seem that identification of the players can only be guesswork.
Asked about chess books which had a profound influence on him, John Nunn replied (see the 3/2002 New in Chess, page 98):
Dr Nunn informs us:
Most C.N. items mentioning Irving Chernev have concerned chess history and lore, but he was an exceptionally entertaining annotator. The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played was published by Simon and Schuster, New York in 1965 and by Faber and Faber, London the following year. The US publishers also brought out a Fireside paperback edition (undated), and in 1992 the work was reprinted by Dover Publications, Inc., New York. An algebraic version has yet to be produced and would be very welcome.
Game 45 in Chernev’s The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played is ‘S. Tarrasch-S. Vogel, Nuremberg, 1910’. Under the heading ‘The Galloping Knight’, it is described as ‘superb position play by a master in that domain’.
The game was the second of three (numbers 4, 7 and 114) between the two players in Tarrasch’s Die moderne Schachpartie (first published in 1912). All were played in Nuremberg, game 4 in 1910 and game 114 in 1909. Tarrasch provided no details regarding the occasion, and in each case his opponent was named only as ‘Herr Vogel’. On the other hand, when two of the encounters were given in Tarrasch’s Best Games of Chess by Fred Reinfeld (London, 1947) Black was named as ‘S. Vogel’ each time.
It is unclear whether Tarrasch’s opponent was the Vogel who participated in a tournament in Nuremberg in 1888 (Deutsche Schachzeitung, September 1888, pages 262 and 265). No other information about him was given there beyond ‘Vogel (Nürnberg)’.
In its 1909 volume the Deutsche Schachzeitung had a few references to J. Vogel of Nuremberg. See too page 272 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 8 August 1909. A game Vogel v W. Schmidt from the ‘Hauptturnier zu Nürnberg’ was published on pages 133-134 of Schachjahrbuch für 1909 by Ludwig Bachmann (Ansbach, 1909):
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 c4 c6 6 Nc3 Bb4 7 Bd3 O-O 8 O-O Bg4 9 Bg5 Nbd7 10 Qc2 Qc7 11 cxd5 Bxf3 12 gxf3 Bxc3 13 bxc3 cxd5 14 Kh1 h6 15 Bd2 Kh8 16 Rg1 Ng8 17 Rg3 Ndf6 18 Rag1 Nh5 19 Rg4 f5 20 Rh4 Qf7 21 Qc1 Rac8 22 Qf1 g6 23 Qh3 Kh7 24 Qg2 Ngf6 25 Qh3 Ng8
26 Rxg6 Qxg6 27 Rxh5 Kg7 28 Rxf5 Rc6 29 Rg5 hxg5 30 Bxg6 Kxg6 31 Qg4 Rf5 32 h4 Nf6 33 Qg2 Nh7 34 f4 Ra6 35 hxg5 Rxa2 36 Be3 a5 37 Qh3 Nf8 38 Qh6+ Kf7 39 Qb6 Ra1+ 40 Kg2 Ra3 41 Qb2 Ra4
42 Qc2 Resigns.
The Ehrentafel (roll of honour) on page 421 of the 27 December 1914 Deutsches Wochenschach listed under the Schachklub Noris of Nuremberg: ‘Vogel, Johann, Kaufmann†’. Johann Vogel was also named on pages 59-60 of the February 1915 Deutsche Schachzeitung as being among those who had ‘fallen on the field of honour’ (‘auf dem Felde der Ehre sind gefallen’). The Ehrentafel on page 259 of Schachjahrbuch für 1914. II Teil by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1914) included ‘Vogel, Johann, Nürnberg’. Page 20 of the January-February 1915 Wiener Schachzeitung reported: ‘Hans Vogel vom Schach-Klub “Noris” in Nürnberg ist auf dem Felde der Ehre gefallen.’
Can readers help us to build on these preliminary findings?
Another early victim of the Great War was a younger brother of Savielly Tartakower, Arthur, as reported on page 58 of the February 1915 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
Further details about him were given on page 24 of the January 1918 issue:
As recorded on page 23 of the Hamburg, 1910 tournament book, Arthur Tartakower finished in the middle of group five of the Hauptturnier B. His defeat of the joint winner, ‘Jankowitsch’ (Boris Yankovich), was given on pages 169-170:
1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 d3 Bc5 4 Nc3 d6 5 f4 Bxg1 6 Rxg1 Bg4 7 Qd2 exf4 8 Qxf4 Nbd7 9 h3 Bh5 10 g4 Bg6 11 h4 h5 12 g5 Ng4 13 Bd2 Nge5 14 O-O-O a6 15 Be3 O-O 16 Bb3 Ng4 17 Rxg4 hxg4 18 Qxg4 Ne5 19 Qe2 Kh8 20 d4 Nc6 21 h5 Bh7 22 g6 Bg8 23 Qh2 Na5
24 h6 Nxb3+ 25 axb3 Qd7 26 hxg7+ Kxg7 27 Bh6+ Kf6 28 Qh4+ Ke6 29 d5+ Ke5 30 Qf4 mate.
Unsurprisingly, the FatBase database ascribed the victory to Savielly Tartakower.
From page 38 of CHESS, 29 October 1955, concerning the Postal Chess Club:
What is to be made of the reference to Capablanca?
Such was the reaction to a small chess volume (weight: 20 grams) published by the British Chess Federation, The Laws of Chess (Stroud, 1912), the main culprit being William Ward of the City of London Chess Club. His aim had been to produce a simplified version of The British Chess Code, and it was one of the chief contributors to that Code, E.E. Cunnington, who instigated a barrage of criticism of The Laws of Chess, on pages 4 and 6 of the Chess Amateur, October 1912. For instance:
Cunnington’s concluding salvo:
Thomas Höpfl (Schkopau, Germany) and Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) point out a video item featuring Euwe and Alekhine (1935) which is similar, but not identical, to one available in Chess Masters on Film.
From Thomas Höpfli there also comes a link to a video report on Arturo Pomar which includes Fischer speaking a few words of Spanish.
The references in C.N. 8165 and 8167 to A.J. Mackenzie, the controller at Nottingham, 1936, prompt us to give a specimen of his play. It was published on pages 86-87 of the January 1930 Chess Amateur, annotated by W.A. Fairhurst:
Arthur John Mackenzie (Birmingham) – F. Schofield
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 e4 Nxe5 5 f4 Ng6 6 Nf3 Bb4+ 7 Bd2 Qe7
8 g3 Qxe4+ 9 Kf2 Bc5+ 10 Kg2 O-O 11 Nc3 Qf5 12 Nd5 d6 13 h4 Qd7 14 h5 Ne7 15 h6 Nxd5 16 hxg7 Ne3+ 17 Bxe3 Kxg7 18 Bd4+ Bxd4 19 Qxd4+ f6 20 Bd3 h6
21 Rxh6 Kxh6 22 Rh1+ Kg7 23 Rh7+ Kg8 24 Rxd7 Nxd7 25 Qd5+ Kg7 26 Qh5 Rh8 27 Qg6+ Kf8 28 Nd4 Nc5 29 Qxf6+ Kg8 30 Qd8+ Kg7 31 Qxc7+ Bd7 32 Bf5 Rhd8 33 Kf2 Rac8 34 Qxd6 Bxf5
‘White announced mate in six moves.’
In chess lore and history there is often an easy/lazy way and a difficult/worthwhile way, and this is illustrated by an Alekhine position indirectly referred to in C.N. 8116. From page 33 of The Times Winning Moves by R. Keene and B. Jacobs (London, 2003):
The solution on page 139:
Nothing could be less toilsome than making such straight use of game 120 in the second volume of Alekhine’s Best Games:
But then there is the difficult/worthwhile way, which entails trying to keep abreast of research, presenting the known facts accurately and endeavouring to establish the truth.
The game was published, with Black unidentified, in a report in the Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, November 1933. Below are the relevant parts, from pages 296-297:
Black was also left anonymous on pages 86-87 of Tarrasch’s Schachzeitung, 15 December 1933:
In 1988 (C.N.1544) we asked why Black was named as Hulscher, and not Mindeno, when the game was given (with, moreover, a different move order) on page 152 of the November 1933 American Chess Bulletin:
Our question was taken up by Tony Mantia in an article on page 18 of the 22/1992 issue of Inside Chess:
So now there was a third name, Hoelsder. The following comes from pages 90-91 of Alekhine in Europe and Asia by J. Donaldson, N. Minev and Y. Seirawan (Seattle, 1993):
On the other hand, ‘Alekhine-Hulscher’ was given by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven on page 476 of Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902-1946 (Jefferson, 1998), on the grounds that the name Hulscher appeared in the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, 7 November 1933:
As regards the above reference to ‘Archives of A. Mantia, 1993’, we are grateful to Dr Skinner for sending us a copy of the relevant part of Alekhine’s notebook, and to Mr Mantia for permission to show it here:
On the analytical front too there are complications, as mentioned in C.N. 1027, which referred to CHESS, August 1975, page 328, and the BCM, February 1983, page 69. Furthermore, the game was discussed by E. Böök on page 82 of the December 1947 CHESS and on page 151 of the March 1948 issue:
See, however, Tarrasch’s note to 14...Qe6, given earlier in the present item. We add that Böök’s account was discussed on pages 120-122 of The Pleasures of Chess by Assiac (New York, 1952).
At present, no tidy conclusions seem possible about the identity of Alekhine’s opponent, beyond the observation that, for the past two decades, competent writers have not named him unquestioningly as Mindeno.
Paweł Dudziński (Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland) has sent us
a copy of his book Szachy wojenne 1939-1945 War chess
(Ostrów Wielkopolski, 2013). Richly illustrated with
games, photographs and documents, the historical narrative
is remarkably detailed. The work is a 299-page soft-cover
publication in Polish, with a summary in English on pages
A sample page, although one of the lighter ones:
Mr Dudziński has authorized us to reproduce here a number of photographs, and the scans provided by him are accompanied below by the book’s captions.
From page 76:
From page 185:
From page 187:
From page 192:
From page 193:
Only a limited number of copies of this exceptional (and, we understand, inexpensive) book are available, and we shall be pleased to forward to the author any messages from readers who wish to buy it.
From page 105 of The Amazing Book of Chess by Gareth Williams (Godalming, 1999), in the section on Capablanca:
That sounds even more dramatic than what Harold C. Schonberg wrote on page 166 of Grandmasters of Chess (Philadelphia and New York, 1973):
So, just how eye-catching was the newspaper’s front-page story on 23 March 1924, the day after the Cuban’s loss to Réti?
Contrary to the statement in the New York Times, the Cuban’s unbroken run (apart from the loss to Chajes in 1916) stretched back to his defeat by Tarrasch, and not Lasker, at St Petersburg, 1914.
Play went 1...Ng4 2 Qg8+ Kg6 3 Qe6+ Kh7 4 Qg8+ Drawn. No further details have yet been traced concerning this nineteenth-century game involving R. Hoffers.
However, Richard Forster (Zurich) considers that the Horowitz and Reinfeld book was incorrect to classify the play as a ‘swindle’. There was no element of luck, such as a move or plan which worked only because the opponent did not see through it in time. Both sides simply played the best moves, and the spectacular draw by perpetual check was the fair outcome.
Our correspondent adds that Black’s unknown move before Rf5-c5 could be called a swindle if it provoked White to err with the move Rf5-c5, but that was not the thrust of Horowitz and Reinfeld’s text.
From pages 166-167 of Beginning Chess by Harry Golombek (Harmondsworth, 1981):
The event was the Premier Reserves tournament, but we have yet to find the game-score.
Wolfgang Franz (Oberdiebach, Germany) notes that the photographs in C.N. 8204 can be viewed, together with many others, at the Polish Zbiory NAC on-line website, e.g. by searching for Szachowe or Alechin.
Wanted: more information about a game whose conclusion was on page 51 of Das Matt by Kurt Richter (Berlin, 1942):
Concerning the excelsior theme in over-the-board play, Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England) writes:
Another case is Ozols v Hasenfuss, Kemeri, 1937. A further example comes in a game between Edward (then Eduard) Lasker and Herbert Jacobs in the City of London Chess Club Championship, 1, 5 and 6 February 1913:
96...h5 96 Kd6 h4 97 Kxc6 h3 98 Kd7 h2 99 c6 h1(Q) 100 c7 Qb7 101 Kd8 Kf6 102 Kd7 Ke5 103 Kd8 Kd6 104 c8(N)+ Ke6 105 White resigns.
Sources (full game-score): BCM, March 1913, pages 113-115, and Wiener Schachzeitung, February-May 1914, pages 125-128.
Below is a game which Julian Hodgson annotated enthusiastically on pages 124-125 of his book Attack with G.M. Julian Hodgson (London, 1996):
Patrick Yee – Julian Hodgson
1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Bc4 c5 4 c3 cxd4 5 Nf3 d6 6 cxd4 Nf6 7 Nc3 O-O 8 Bb3 Bg4 9 h3 Bxf3 10 Qxf3 Nc6 11 Be3 Nd7 12 Qd1 Na5 13 O-O Nb6 14 Qe2 Rc8 15 Rfd1 Nbc4 16 Bg5 a6 17 Rd3 b5 18 Rad1 Re8 19 Bc1 e6 20 Qg4 Nxb3 21 axb3 Na5 22 Ne2 Rc2 23 Bg5 Qa8 24 R1d2
24...f5 25 Qh4 fxe4 26 Rxc2 exd3 27 Rc7 dxe2 28 Bf6 e1(Q)+ 29 Kh2
29...Qb7 30 White resigns.
Brian Karen (Levittown, NY, USA) adds a citation from page 69 of 500 Master Games of Chess by S. Tartakower and J. du Mont (London, 1952):
The note came after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O d6 5 d4 Bd7 6 Nc3 Be7 7 Re1 exd4 8 Nxd4 O-O in Tarrasch v Lasker, second match-game, 1908.
The image of a curled-up hedgehog was used by Nimzowitsch on pages 70 and 115 of Die Praxis meines Systems (Berlin, 1930); see pages 100 and 163 of The Praxis of My System (London, 1936).
On page 202 of the September 1937 Chess Review Paul Hugo Little wrote regarding the game Pipiringos v Hahlbohm, Chicago, 1937:
The mystery of the Marshall ‘gold coins’ game is still proving impossible to unravel, but, more generally, below is a novel suggestion from page 79 of Play Chess by William Hartston and Jeremy James (London, 1980):
Headed ‘The Mythical “Five Queens’ Game”’, an item by D.J. Morgan on page 130 of the May 1956 BCM began:
He was reporting on a series of articles by Albrecht Buschke in Chess Life in 1950 which had demonstrated that the ‘five queens’ play given by Alekhine in a note to Game 26 in his first volume of Best Games was spurious.
C.N.s 326 and 387 touched on the matter, and since then it has been analysed in detail by Tim Krabbé, on pages 54-64 of Chess Curiosities (London, 1985) and on his website. The case is regularly cited as an example of Alekhine’s ‘dishonesty’.
How is it possible that, even today, there are authors who state that Alekhine won such a game? The latest instance noted by us is on page 381 of Best Play by Alexander Shashin (Newton Highlands, 2013).
Page 365 of A. Shashin’s Best Play has a position headed ‘Capablanca-Baca, La Habana (blindfold), 1912’.
The game-score is well known from its inclusion in, for instance, Modern Ideas in Chess by Richard Réti (London, 1923), Meet the Masters by Max Euwe (London, 1940) and The Immortal Games of Capablanca by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1942). From page 102 of the Euwe book:
However, the game requires careful handling in view of the complications set out by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth on pages 111-112 of The Unknown Capablanca. Below is the relevant section from the second, revised edition of their book (New York, 1993):
The game’s appearance on page 9 of Capablanca-Magazine, 25 April 1912, under the heading ‘Blindfold Chess’:
The game-score has not been found in either of the two Cuban newspapers of the time which were notable for their chess content, Diario de la Marina and La Discusión. Page 46 of our book on Capablanca briefly referred to the game, mentioning that when Brian Harley published it on pages 16-18 of Chess and Its Stars (Leeds, 1936) he wrote: ‘Capablanca’s comment to me is: “I can’t play games like that now!”’
Baca-Arús was not named when the game was given in the Euwe, Harley, Reinfeld and Réti books or, for example, in Homenaje a José Raúl Capablanca (Havana, 1943). Nor did the word ‘blindfold’ appear. The same applies with regard to the full page (page 232) which the tactical play received in Combinations The Heart of Chess by Irving Chernev (New York, 1960). With the exception of Harley’s book, all these works broke off the game after White’s 22nd move. Harley continued to move 25 but with a different finish from that given in Capablanca-Magazine and The Unknown Capablanca: 22...Nd8 23 Qh8+ Kf7 24 Qg7+ Ke6 25 Nf8+ Resigns.
Jaime Baca-Arús (American Chess Bulletin, May 1912, page 106 and June 1912, page 136)
The Capablanca v Price game (Birmingham, 24 November 1911) referred to in The Unknown Capablanca appeared quite widely at the time, e.g. on page 19 of the Cheltenham Looker-On of 2 December 1911, which reproduced the notes of the Birmingham Daily Post:
An especially interesting column is Gunsberg’s on page 5 of the Manchester Guardian, 5 December 1911 because it pointed out the possibility of 19 Rd7, the spectacular move that occurred in Havana the following spring in the game against Baca-Arús:
The report on the Birmingham display on pages 23-24 of the January 1912 BCM included the following:
So wrote Valery Salov on page 21 of the 5/1989 New in Chess regarding 19 Nxe6 in Kasparov v Salov, Barcelona, 1989. Salov’s remark is quoted on page 258 of Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Part II: 1985-1993 (London, 2013) in a slightly different wording (‘I think it was Reuben Fine who wrote ...’).
It was indeed Fine, on page 195 of the June-July 1943 Chess Review:
The game was Rellstab’s victory over Alekhine at Munich, 1942, although in the heading (page 193) Fine put ‘Monaco’, an error corrected when the article was reproduced on pages 135-141 of his book Chess Marches On! (New York, 1945).
Rellstab’s annotations to the game were published on pages 142-143 of Deutsche Schachblätter, 1 October 1942. The 1 August 1942 issue (page 119) had a photograph of him in play (left) against Schmahl at Bad Oeynhausen, 1942 (‘Schachmeisterschaft von Großdeutschland’):
From page 79 of the April 1939 Chess Review:
C.N. 8205 showed the report of Capablanca’s loss to Réti on the front page of the sports section of the New York Times, 23 March 1924.
Further to C.N. 3038 (see page 325 of Chess Facts and Fables), we still hope to find corroboration of a quote included by Vera Menchik at the start of an article, ‘How to Meet an Attack’, on pages 479-482 of the Social Chess Quarterly, January 1935:
Vera Menchik further endorsed the sentiments in the final paragraph of her article:
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
Tomasz Lissowski (Warsaw) reports that Arthur Tartakower is buried in Kotowice Cemetery.
Source, found by Marek Lis (Opoczno, Poland): page 251 of Wielka Wojna na Jurze by P. and K. Orman (Cracow, 2008).
C.N. 8215 quoted a remark by Reuben Fine on page 195 of the June-July 1943 Chess Review: ‘In such positions combinations are as natural as a baby’s smile.’
In a supplement (‘Abracadabra Chess’ by Larry Evans) to the Fall 1962 issue of the American Chess Quarterly the following appeared on page 333, concerning Morphy v the Duke and Count:
Evans had a habit of lifting other writers’ bons mots and prose for presentation as his own. For example, on page 71 of Guide to Good Chess (Sydney, 1950) C.J.S. Purdy wrote:
The Facts about Larry Evans quotes four publications where he gave as his own work a 50-word passage about Rubinstein which had been written by Irving Chernev.
Our article also shows that page 45 of Evans’ book The 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes (New York, 1998) has the following mistakes:
In this position there are errors by Evans which duplicate what was on page 317 of The Personality of Chess by I.A. Horowitz and P.L. Rothenberg (New York, 1963).
Nonetheless, on page 34 of The Chess Beat (Oxford, 1982) the same Larry Evans wrote that Reuben Fine’s Basic Chess Endings was ‘riddled with errors’ and proclaimed:
Page 42 of Evans on Chess by Larry Evans (New York, 1974):
As regards the final paragraph, at the time of his death,
in late December 1918, Schlechter was by no means
‘forgotten’; he was the Editor of the Deutsche
Schachzeitung and in September-October 1918
had participated in a double-round tournament in Berlin
with Lasker, Rubinstein and Tarrasch. His death occurred
not ‘in the last year of World War I’ but after the War
was over. Nor was he found dead alone in his room at home
(which would mean in Vienna); he died in hospital in
Budapest. The cause of his death is uncertain. He was then
aged 44, not 35.
That syndicated column by Evans, riddled with errors though it was, was still appearing in newspapers nearly 15 years after its first publication (on, for instance, page D27 of the Chicago Tribune, 3 May 1987), without even a correction of Schlechter’s age.
Nor, of course, was there ever an admission that the article was heavily reliant on a piece about Schlechter by Heinrich Fraenkel published on pages 50-53 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966) and reprinted on pages 5-6 of the January 1970 Chess Digest. Below is the final paragraph from the book:
It is obviously unwise to rely on such material without independent corroboration, but Evans relied on it without even reading it properly. Fraenkel stated, correctly, that Schlechter was aged 35 at the time of the match against Lasker, and not when he died, and he referred to Schlechter being almost forgotten ‘for many years now’ (i.e. from the standpoint of the mid-twentieth century), and not at the time of his death.
Despite cribbing from Fraenkel, Evans contradicted him concerning the terms of the Lasker v Schlechter match (for Fraenkel was the ‘critic’ mentioned anonymously three paragraphs from the end of Evans’ article). He also wrote simplistically and categorically about the match on page 49 of The Chess Beat, again with no apparent understanding of what is one of the most complex puzzles in chess history. It is not by chance that criticism of Evans’ published output increased during his later years, as he eschewed writing about chess play (in which he held the grandmaster title) and preferred writing about chess history, lore and politics (in which he held himself up to ridicule).
On pages 45-50 of Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard (Yorklyn, 1994) Warren Goldman discussed Schlechter’s demise in detail, noting that possible causes of death were lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic. On page 46 he wrote:
Pages 428-452 of the Goldman book sifted the evidence regarding the conditions for the 1910 Lasker v Schlechter match. Again, no definitive conclusions could be offered.
That is how proper writers (not only historians, of course) work. When they know, they explain why they know. When they are uncertain, they explain why they are uncertain. When they do not know, they either say that they do not know or they say nothing. That is honest writing which treats the reader with respect, and there is no other kind worth doing.
Javier Asturiano Molina (Murcia, Spain) notes a passage on page 82 of Half a Century of Chess by Mikhail Botvinnik (Oxford, 1984):
Our correspondent asks if Alekhine’s exact words can be found.
The article was published on pages 13-14 of the Manchester Guardian, 29 August 1936, and the full text is given below:
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) quotes from page 275 of the December 1943 BCM:
Ryan Paulis (Amsterdam) notes the high prices being charged on the Internet for No Regrets by Y. Seirawan and G. Stefanovic (Seattle, 1992). On abebooks.com a vendor in Merchantville, NJ, USA is asking $1,250 for the hardback edition in ‘very fine’ condition.
The original price of the book, published in December 1992, was $34.95 (or $24.95 for the softback edition).
Back cover of the 25 January 1993 issue of Inside Chess
No Regrets, by far the best book on the 1992 Fischer v Spassky match, is indeed hard to come by nowadays, but there is little logic in chess book prices on the Internet. C.N.s 2308 and 2329 (see page 149 of A Chess Omnibus) touched on the subject, although mainly in the context of signed works.
Here we add, at random, the example of a fairly recent book. A mint copy of the paperback edition of Samuel Reshevsky by Stephen W. Gordon can be bought direct from McFarland & Co., Inc. for $45, whereas a second-hand copy is being offered on abebooks.com for nearly $230 by a Texas bookseller (named ‘ExtremelyReliable’).
General dealers may cause inflation by copying, or worse, each other’s prices, regardless of considerations of quality or scarcity. Given this indiscriminate greed, with many a wet finger in the wind, no self-respecting author would boast about how much is being charged for his books by such people.
From page 65 of the February 1969 Chess Life:
The availability of Fischer’s book in the United States Chess Federation’s inventory was announced on page 150 of the April 1969 Chess Life, and the magazine’s Editor, Burt Hochberg, wrote a detailed review on pages 235-236 of the June 1969 issue.
But what about the United States’ other major chess magazine of the time, Chess Review (Editor: I.A. Horowitz)? We have searched in vain throughout the 1969 volume of Chess Review for the slightest mention of My 60 Memorable Games. Why was it ignored?
At the end of an article marking the death of William Robert Inge Dalton (pages 132-134 of the July-August 1931 American Chess Bulletin) Henry W. Barry quoted a letter received from Dalton (which appeared with some erroneous French):
Referring to the letter, James Barrett commented on page 55 of the February 1981 BCM:
Chess literature has many references to F. Sämisch’s results at Büsum (Germany) in May 1969 and at Lidköping (Sweden) in July-August 1969, and especially concerning the quantity of games he lost by exceeding the time-limit.
Can the key facts be summarized?
Below is an extract (the first paragraph) from an article by G.H. Diggle published in the August 1983 Newsflash and reproduced on pages 100-101 of Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984):
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) forwards a game published by Louis van Vliet on page 5 of the Sunday Times, 12 July 1931:
C. Assisian (?) – Boris Kostić
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 Bf5 4 Qb3 e6 5 Qxb7 Nbd7 6 Nc3 Rb8 7 Qxa7 Bb4 8 Bg5 O-O 9 e3 h6 10 Bxf6 Nxf6 11 Ne5 Ne4 12 Rc1 Ra8 13 Qb7 Bxc3+ 14 bxc3 Rxa2 15 Be2 Qg5 16 g3 Rfa8 17 h4 Rxe2+ 18 Kxe2 Ra2+ 19 Ke1 Qh5 20 f3 Nd2 21 Rh2
21...Qxf3 22 Nxf3 Nxf3+ 23 Kd1 Rxh2 24 Qa8+ Kh7 25 Ra1 Bd3 26 Kc1 Nd2 27 Qa4 Nxc4 28 Qd1 Be4 29 Qe1 Rc2+ 30 Kb1 Rxc3+ 31 Ka2 Ra3 mate.
When the game was published on pages 175-176 of Ambasador Šaha by D. Bućan, P. Trifunović and A. Božić (Belgrade, 1966) White’s name was given as ‘Asian’, and the heading also stated ‘Meksiko Siti, 1930’.
Page 112 of the July-August 1930 American Chess Bulletin reported that Kostić ‘is at present in Mexico City, where, we understand, he is fulfilling a six months’ engagement teaching chess to Mexican army officers’. His visit to Mexico City was also mentioned on page 149 of the September-October 1930 Bulletin. In December he travelled to St Louis in the United States for chess engagements (December 1930 issue, page 187).
Who has been the youngest editor of a chess magazine?
In a letter to us dated 8 October 1983 Albrecht Buschke (New York) wrote:
Pages 14-15 of the Winter 1980-81 issue of the Chess Journalist had an article by Albrecht Buschke about Horace Ransom Bigelow (1898-1980) entitled ‘Library of a Great Chess Journalist’. From page 14:
We are grateful to David DeLucia (Darien, CT, USA), who now owns the book, for permission to show the inscription:
It is unclear which editions of the Manual Albrecht Buschke had in mind when referring to suppression and plagiarism. Bigelow was credited on page 377 of the original edition (published by E.P. Dutton & Company, New York in 1927), and on pages 375-376 he contributed an explanatory text entitled ‘Introduction to Index’. As regards the 1932 edition, published by Printing-Craft Limited, London, the text and index were different, and there was thus no reason for Bigelow to be mentioned. Later editions of the Manual (a revision by Reinfeld published by David McKay Company in 1947 and reprinted by Dover Publications, Inc. in 1960) are based on the 1932 edition.
The entry 10-172 on page 113 of Douglas A. Betts’ Chess An Annotated Bibliography of Works Published in the English Language 1850-1968 (Boston, 1974) concerns an edition of the Manual edited by Reuben Fine which is unknown to us:
Was it ever published?
As shown in C.N.s 6242 and 6567, on page 17 of Why You Lose at Chess (New York, 1956) Fred Reinfeld commented:
Below is what Reinfeld wrote in ‘Emanuel Lasker: An Appreciation’ in his edition of Lasker’s Manual of Chess (Philadelphia, 1947):
C.N.s 8143, 8146 and 8150 discussed the episode ‘Checkmate’ in the 1967 television series The Prisoner, in which Patrick McGoohan wrote on a chess diagram in a newspaper:
The column was recognizable as Leonard Barden’s in the London Evening Standard, and it was subsequently established that the position was from a correspondence game (Niels Lie v Arne Desler) played in the early 1930s.
The remaining loose end has been the date of publication in the Evening Standard, and we can now report that the position appeared on page 4 of the 9 January 1967 edition, with the solution given on page 8:
The sequence of C.N. items has now been brought together in a feature article, Chess and The Prisoner.
C.N. 3989 gave a group photograph taken during the French Championship in Nice in September 1925. Another one was published on the Supplément page of the September 1925 issue of L’Echiquier:
A fine individual shot of Alekhine, apparently taken around the same time, may be seen at the Gallica website.
Rick Kennedy (Columbus, OH, USA) notes an entry at the website of the Cleveland Public Library under the heading ‘Reuben Fine Chess Collection’:
We are grateful to the Library for permission to show here some sample pages of the work, which, it seems, was not published.
Under the heading ‘For whom the bell tolls – 15 times’ Irving Chernev wrote on page 49 of Wonders and Curiosities of Chess (New York, 1974):
‘Berlin’ should, of course, read Büsum.
Bent Kølvig (Rødovre, Denmark) notes that according to Bent Larsen’s report on the Büsum tournament on page 156 of the July 1969 Skakbladet, Sämisch lost all 15 of his games on time (‘probably a kind of world record’, Larsen commented) and participated only because a Bulgarian grandmaster did not arrive.
Below is the crosstable from page 155 of the Danish magazine:
Page 215 of the October 1969 issue gave the crosstable of the tournament in Lidköping:
The accompanying report by Ole Jakobsen gave no details about Sämisch’s handling of the clock.
We note a brief item on page 180 of the August 1969 Tidskrift för Schack:
After referring to Sämisch’s performance in Büsum it states that in Lidköping he did not manage to make more than about half the requisite number of moves before, often in an equal or even superior position, he exceeded the time-limit. However, it is not specifically stated that he lost all his games on time.
Maxwell Leonard Fuller, Chess World, November-December 1965, page 131
Following the death of Max Fuller in Sydney on 27 August 2013, Mike Salter (Sydney) writes:
An item from our collection (the Australian team at Nice, 1974):
Did Capablanca play 40 h7 (rather than 40 Kf3)?
Later in the same game ...
... did he blunder away his queen with 49 cxb5 (allowing 49...Qg7+, although Black missed the opportunity)?
To kill off, from the outset, any possible suspense, the answer to both questions is, of course, no. Indeed, the Cuban never played any game which reached remotely similar positions.
C.N. 3429 showed the finish of Capablanca v C.P. Dutt in a simultaneous display (+39 –0 =1) in Bristol on 9 October 1920 (Black having just played 26...f6):
27 Kd3 b4 28 Bd4 Bd6 29 g3 Kf7 30 Bb6 Ke6 31 Kd4 Be5+ 32 Kc5 Bd6+ 33 Kc6 g5 34 Bc5 Bxc5 35 Kxc5 Ke5 36 Kxb4 Kd4 37 a4 Ke3 38 a5 d4 39 a6 d3 40 a7 d2 41 a8(Q) d1(Q) 42 Qe4+ Kf2 43 f4 Qd6+ 44 Kc4 Qa6+ 45 Kc5 Qa5+ 46 Kd6 Qb6+ 47 Ke7 Qxb3 48 Kxf6 gxf4 49 gxf4 Qc3+ 50 Qe5 Qc6+ 51 Qe6 Qc3+ 52 Kg5 Qg7+ 53 Kf5 Qf8+ 54 Qf6 Qc5+ 55 Kg4 h5+ 56 Kh4 Kf3 57 Qg5 Qf2+ 58 Qg3+ Qxg3+ 59 hxg3 Resigns.
Our source for the item, posted in 2004, was page 7 of the Western Daily Press, 11 October 1920:
The same newspaper item (though without the errors in the Forsyth notation) was published the same day on page 4 of the Bristol Evening News, and that was the source specified on page 365 of Capablanca in the United Kingdom (1911-1920) by Vlastimil Fiala (Olomouc, 2006):
‘27 Ke3 g4 28 Be4 Be6 29
b3 Kc7 30 Bd3 Kd6 31 Ke4 Bd5+ 32 Kf5 Be6+ 33 Kf6 b5 34
Bf5 Bxf5 35 Kxf5 Kd5
The ‘instructive’ nature of the episode lies elsewhere. Misled by how the press had used the Forsyth notation, Fiala gave a mirror-image of the initial endgame position (obviously wrong, since 26...c6 cannot occur when the Sicilian Defence has been played). The reflected image meant that the score had to be ‘corrected’ throughout, and when 36...K-Q5 was interpreted as 36...K-K5 a further error turned that alleged move (...Ke4) into ...e4. Despite subsequent guesswork it was naturally impossible to make sense of the remainder of the score, and at move 51 it was not Dutt who gave up but Fiala.
On page 313 of the July-August 1934 issue of Les Cahiers de l’Echiquier Français Tartakower wrote that Barnes’ Opening (1 f3) could gain recognition if two ‘arbitrary’ chess rules were abolished: the double pawn-move and castling.
Miquel Artigas (Sabadell, Spain) writes:
‘I have checked the tournament booklet published by the Chess Player (undated but it appeared in 1969). On page 1 M.H. Horton states:
It is proving difficult to find particulars concerning Sämisch’s performance at Lidköping, 1969.
Calle Erlandsson (Lund, Sweden) notes a report on page 182 of the August 1969 Tidskrift för Schack that Sämisch overstepped the time-limit against Åke Olsson after only 12 moves.
A game to be added to Fast Chess comes from Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA). It was played in a rapid transit tournament (ten seconds per move) mentioned on page 182 of the April 1905 American Chess Bulletin.
John Finan Barry – Edward Hymes
1 e4 d6 2 d4 f5 3 Bd3 fxe4 4 Bxe4 Nf6 5 Bd3 Nc6 6 c3 e5 7 dxe5 Nxe5 8 Bc2 Be7 9 Ne2 O-O 10 O-O Nfg4 11 Bb3+ Kh8 12 h3 Nf6 13 Be3 Bf5 14 Nf4 Qe8 15 Nd2 Bd3 16 Nxd3 Nxd3 17 Qc2 Ne5 18 Rae1 Qh5 19 f4 Ng6 20 Nf3 Nh4 21 Nxh4 Qxh4 22 Bxa7 Nh5 23 Be3 Ng3 24 Rf3 Nf5 25 Bf2 Qh6 26 g4 Nh4 27 Bxh4 Bxh4 28 Ref1 Rae8 29 Qg2 Bd8 30 f5 Qg5 31 Be6 Re7 32 Qe2 Qh4 33 Kg2 h5 34 Rg3 Kh7 35 Qe4 Rf6 36 Qe1 Kh8
37 g5 Rf8 38 Qe2 Kh7 39 Qe3 Kh8 40 Kh2 Kh7 41 Kg2 Kh8 42 Qd4 Qxd4 43 cxd4 g6 44 d5 gxf5 45 Rgf3 Rg7 46 h4 Be7 47 Rxf5 Rxf5 48 Rxf5 Kh7 49 Kf3 Kg6 50 Rf4 Kh7 51 Ke4 Kh8 52 a4 Kh7 53 b4 Kh8 54 a5 Kh7 55 b5 Kg6
56 a6 bxa6 57 bxa6 Bxg5 58 hxg5 Kxg5 59 a7 Resigns.
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 28 May 1905, page 9.
Mr Bauzá Mercére also forwards a report from the Brooklyn Standard-Union, 15 January 1905, page 6:
Later that year the photograph of Capablanca was published on page 126 of The Rice Gambit edited by H. Keidanz (an American Chess Bulletin Souvenir Supplement).
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.