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Chess Review, December 1937, page 277
Most of the Olympiads (‘International Team Tournaments’) in the 1930s had a busier schedule than is the case nowadays, and the present item takes Warsaw, 1935 and Stockholm, 1937 as examples.
On page 38 of The Best Games of C.H.O’D. Alexander by Harry Golombek and Bill Hartston (Oxford, 1976) Golombek wrote regarding Warsaw, 1935:
From William Winter’s memoirs on pages 166-167 of CHESS, 9 March 1963, also concerning the Warsaw Olympiad:
The records indicate that his games against Ståhlberg and Alekhine were played in rounds two and five, on 17 and 19 August 1935 respectively. See, for instance, pages 24 and 27 of VI Wszechświatowa Olimpiada Szachowa, Warszawa 1935 by Mirosława Litmanowicz (Warsaw, 1996). The full Ståhlberg v Winter game may not have survived, but, as Calle Erlandsson (Lund, Sweden) has pointed out to us, the first 22 moves are available from page 17 of Ståhlberg’s book El gambito de dama (Buenos Aires, 1942).
‘The schedule was fierce’ at Stockholm, 1937 too, as noted on page 7 of W.H. Cozens’ posthumous book The Lost Olympiad (St Leonards on Sea, 1985):
The time-limit, though not the schedule, was welcomed by the American Chess Bulletin (July-August 1937 issue, page 66):
In a report on the Stockholm event on pages 16-17 of CHESS, 14 September 1937 Harry Golombek wrote:
A further observation by Golombek:
He also discussed the playing conditions in Stockholm:
Euwe and Ståhlberg, Stockholm, 1937 (CHESS, 14 October 1937, page 61)
Much has changed since the 1930s, but commentators’ love of trivia is perpetual. The present jottings end with an extract from page 228 of the October 1935 Chess Review:
The page from El gambito de dama by G. Ståhlberg (Buenos Aires, 1942) which was mentioned in C.N. 8756:
Our copy of the book was inscribed by Ståhlberg to Arnold Denker:
Three snippets from the tournament book:
1) Teodor Regedziński (Poland) – Louis Betbeder Matibet (France), round two, 13 June 1933:
2) Kornél Havasi (Hungary) – Leonardas Abramavičius (Lithuania), round five, 15 June 1933:
3) Wolfgang R. Hasenfuss (Latvia) – Albert C. Simonson (USA), round six, 16 June 1933:
Source: Book of the Folkestone 1933 International Chess Team Tournament (Leeds, 1933), pages 19, 51 and 55. The title page states: ‘The Principal Games annotated by I. Kashdan and other Masters’. The first two games above were annotated by Kashdan, the third by Al Horowitz.
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) asks whether the meaning and origin of the term ‘N.N.’ have been established. Is there, for instance, any basis for the claim that it stands for ‘no name’?
We have never seen a definitive explanation, but it is the kind of matter which lends itself to theories prefaced by unhelpful phrases like ‘my understanding has always been that ...’
From the correspondence section on page 92 of CHESS, February 1953:
Page 110 of the March 1953 issue had a reply dated 28 January 1953 from Professor H.J. Rose of St Andrews:
The Editor of CHESS (B.H. Wood) commented:
How far back can the usage be traced, in chess literature or more generally?
The final note to Foltys v Fine, Margate, 1937 on page 135 of Fine’s book Lessons from My Games (New York, 1958):
A small addition just made to Cuttings prompts us to give here a few extracts from Tim Krabbé’s review of Child of Change by Garry Kasparov (London, 1987) on pages 60-62 of the 8/1987 New in Chess:
As noted in our article on the book, Kasparov subsequently acknowledged, ‘I deserved the critical reception of Child of Change’.
Another game from one of A.G. Laing’s score-books (C.N.
Vera Menchik – A.G. Laing
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Be2 d5 7 exd5 exd5 8 O-O Be7 9 Re1 O-O 10 Bf3 Nxd4 11 Qxd4 Be6 12 Bg5 b6 13 Rad1 Rc8 14 Qd2 Qc7 15 Bh4 Rfd8 16 Bg3 Bd6 17 Bxd6 Qxd6 18 Nb5 Qc5 19 Nd4 Rd6 20 c3 Bg4 21 Bxg4 Nxg4 22 Nf5 Re6 23 Rxe6 fxe6 24 Nd4 Qd6 25 g3 Rf8 26 f4
26...e5 27 Qe2 exd4 28 Qxg4 dxc3 29 bxc3 Re8 30 Qf3 Re4 31 Qxe4 Qc5+ 32 Qd4 Resigns.
The display was referred to on page 55 of the March 1942 BCM:
Two rare Icelandic postcards in our collection:
The text of C.N. 2382 (see page 348 of A Chess Omnibus):
Frank Brady (New York, NY, USA) informs us that he has been commissioned to write an article on the history of the Marshall Chess Club, to mark its centenary in 2015. We shall be pleased to pass on to Dr Brady, who is President Emeritus of the Club, any messages from readers who can provide memorabilia, photographs, letters or other information.
Page 210 of the November 1915 American Chess Bulletin reported the founding of the Club, then known as ‘Marshall’s Chess Divan’, at 70 West Thirty-Sixth Street, New York, ‘just back of Herald Square and within a stone’s throw of one of the busiest sections of Broadway’.
C.N. 3724 remarked that the Belgian magazine L’Echiquier sometimes employed an unusual form of the figurine notation. Below is the full game mentioned in that earlier item. It was given, with notes by Alekhine, on pages 339-341 of the August 1929 issue:
Ossip Samuel Bernstein – Josef Isaevich Cukierman
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d4 exd4 5 O-O d6 6 Nxd4 Be7 7 Nc3 O-O 8 Nde2 Be6 9 Bb3 Qd7 10 Nf4 Bxb3 11 axb3 Rfe8 12 Nfd5 Nxd5 13 Nxd5 Bf8 14 Qf3 Ne7 15 Bd2 c6 16 Ne3 Red8 17 Bc3 Qe6 18 Rfd1 f6 19 Nf5 Nxf5 20 exf5 Qf7 21 Re1 d5 22 Re6 d4 23 Bd2 Rd5 24 g4 Re5 25 Rxe5 fxe5 26 Re1 Bd6 27 Bg5 Rf8 28 Qe4 a6 29 Bh4 Qd5 30 Bg3 Qc5 31 Kg2 h6 32 Re2 Rd8 33 f6 Bc7 34 fxg7 Qd5 35 Bh4 Qxe4+ 36 Rxe4 Rd5 37 Bf6 d3 38 cxd3 Rxd3 39 Re3 Rd4 40 Kg3 Rf4 41 Bxe5 Bxe5 42 Rxe5 Rb4 43 Re3 Kxg7 44 h4 a5 45 f4 b5 46 h5 a4 47 bxa4 bxa4 48 Rc3 Rxb2 49 Rxc6 a3 50 Rg6+ Kh7 51 Ra6
51...Ra2 52 g5 hxg5 53 fxg5 Ra1 54 Ra7+ Kg8
55 g6 a2 56 Kg2 Rb1 57 Rxa2 Rb5 58 Ra8+ Kg7 59 Ra7+ Kg8 60 Rh7 Rg5+ 61 Kh3 Rg1 62 Kh4 Rg2 63 Ra7 Rg1 64 Ra4 Kg7 65 Rg4 Rh1+ 66 Kg5 Rh2 67 Rg1 Rh3 68 Ra1 Rg3+ 69 Kf4 Rg2 70 Ra5 Kh6 71 Rf5 Rg1 72 Ke5 Rg2 73 Rf8 Kg7 74 Rf7+ Kg8 75 Rb7 Re2+ 76 Kf6 Rf2+ 77 Kg5 Rf8 78 h6 Resigns.
Alekhine’s reference at move 51 to Tarrasch and Chigorin concerns their ninth match-game. Below is an extract from pages 50-51 of Der Schachwettkampf zwischen Dr. S. Tarrasch und M. Tschigorin, Ende 1893 by Albert Heyde (Berlin, 1893):
The relevant part of Tarrasch’s Dreihundert Schachpartien (third edition, Gouda, 1925):
The Tarrasch v Chigorin ending has been widely discussed; see, for example, page 248 of volume five of Comprehensive Chess Endings by Yuri Averbakh and Nikolai Kopayev (Oxford, 1987), which mentioned analysis by Maizelis. The full game was annotated on pages 92-94 of the first Kasparov Predecessors book (London, 2003), with a reference at move 43 to Kling and Horwitz.
Are any game-scores available featuring Stephen Fry?
One game which he played in public was in a simultaneous exhibition by Matthew Sadler in London on 2 July 1988 against ‘celebrity opponents’ (BCM, August 1988, page 355). There was also a brief report, with a photograph, on page 27 of the September 1988 CHESS.
From page 75 of the 5/2014 New in Chess, in the lamentable ‘Fair & Square’ column:
What is known about this alleged remark of Capablanca’s, beyond its availability on a number of websites which document nothing?
Who is the player shown on the dust-jacket of Chess Ideas for Young Players by John Love and John Hodgkins (London, 1962)?
From Oliver Beck (Seattle, WA, USA):
These comments were also in early editions of The Right Way to Play Chess published in the United Kingdom.
Two photographs in our collection on which we lack any particulars:
C.N. 3975 gave, from the cover pages of the 3/1933 Wiener Schachzeitung, a game between Mars and Earth. Below is the full article:
The game was also published on pages 49-50 of Les Cahiers de l’Echiquier Français, March-April 1933.
From Tony Gillam (Nottingham, England):
The frontispiece of the February 1926 BCM:
The two most recent issues of Private Eye ask how The Times can possibly continue to employ Raymond Keene, who is described as a ‘bubonic plagiarist’.
Plagiarism is one of the most shameful offences that a writer can commit, and the case against Mr Keene is incontestable. On the other hand, given all his further shortcomings (a whopping euphemism), why would any publication want him even if he had never stolen a single sentence?
Alexei Shirov’s win over Šarūnas Šulskis at the Tromsø Olympiad on 3 August 2014 (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Nxd5 6 Nxf7 Kxf7 7 Qf3+ Ke6 8 Nc3 Nb4 9 a3 Nxc2+ 10 Kd1 Nxa1 11 Nxd5 Kd6 12 d4 Be6 13 Re1 b5 14 Nb4 bxc4 15 Qc6+ Ke7 16 Bg5+ Kf7 17 Bxd8 Rxd8 18 Qxc7+ Rd7 19 Qxe5 Rd6 20 d5 Bd7 21 Qf4+ Kg8 22 Qxc4 a5 23 Nd3 a4 24 Nc5 h5 25 Nxd7 Rxd7 26 d6+ Kh7 27 Re6 g6 28 Rxg6 Resigns) repeated up to move 12 a victory by Herman Steiner in a simultaneous display in the mid-1940s. According to the databases that we have consulted, his opponent was ‘N.N.’ or ‘David Rosenberg’, but the name on page 21 of the February 1945 Chess Review was Cpl. C. Sensenig:
See too pages 386-387 of 1000 Best Short Games of Chess by Irving Chernev (New York, 1955).
From Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England):
The other caricature of Gligorić referred to by Mr Clapham was also on the front cover and title page of 100 partija Svetozara Gligorića (Belgrade, 1952). From our copy:
Hayoung Wong (Bayside, NY, USA) writes regarding a game at the odds of pawn and move which Steinitz lost to Fraser in 1867. The score was given in C.N. 1216 (see page 56 of Chess Explorations), taken from page 182 of volume one of Schachmeister Steinitz by Ludwig Bachmann (second edition, Ansbach, 1925):
But did Steinitz resign at move eight? Mr Wong notes that when the score was published on page 107 of the Chess Player’s Magazine, April 1867 the conclusion was 8 Ne5 ‘and wins’:
The diagram given in C.N. 8755:
The key move supplied by the composer, Ernst Holm of Ystad, was 1 c7, and the study was due to receive the first prize. However, 1 Bxe4 was subsequently suggested as an alternative solution.
James Ward (Spiddal, Ireland) has raised this subject, having recently acquired the 80-page book Concours international d’Études-Fins de Partie de La Stratégie (Paris, 1914):
There was much controversy over the soundness of the winning study, which was eventually subjected to detailed analysis by Alphonse Goetz (‘Recherches analytiques sur l’étude No 13’ ) on the last 18 pages of the book. That material also appeared in La Stratégie, April 1914, pages 133-141 and May 1914, pages 180-188, and the first two pages reported an attempt to draw Tarrasch into the affair:
At the conclusion of his analysis Goetz reported that Holm had elegantly withdrawn his study. The final table of prize-winners, who included H. Rinck and F. Lazard, states that the first prize (200 francs) was not awarded.
An enormous amount of analysis of the study can also be found in Harold van der Heijden’s endgame database. An article by Alain Pallier on the concours was published on pages 214-218 of issue 193 of EG (July 2013).
Source: Learn to Play Chess by King’s Pawn, page 6.
The book, undated, was published by The Liverpolitan Ltd. in Birkenhead, England. Its entry on page 132 of D.A. Betts’s Annotated Bibliography gave 1961 as the year of publication and indicated that the identity of King’s Pawn was unknown.
C.N. 8196 discussed The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev, a book which had a profound influence on John Nunn, and we commented: ‘An algebraic version has yet to be produced and would be very welcome.’
An algebraic edition has now been published, by Batsford (‘an imprint of Pavilion Books Company Limited’).
When it first appeared, in the mid-1960s, the book received extensive coverage in Chess Review, although not in Chess Life, and on page 39 of the February 1966 Chess Review an advertisement listed all 62 games selected by Chernev:
The February 1966 issue of Chess Review also had, on pages 46 and 64, a lengthy, highly favourable review by John W. Collins. As regards the production standards he observed:
All the photographs have been omitted from the Batsford edition. In common with other recent Batsford books (most notably, the 2008 edition of Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games), the volume as a whole (a paperback, naturally) looks drab, despite some attempt to replicate the textual lay-out of the original.
‘Drab’ would never describe Chernev’s writing, and in The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played he was perhaps at his best. Collins wrote:
This reference to Chernev’s qualities, and not least his
knowledge, is certainly justified. Although C.N. items
have shown that he sometimes cut corners, he was active at
a time when writing and scholarship were not regarded as a
natural pairing and when anecdotes and other chestnuts
were particularly prevalent. Few were interested in
sources. Above all, in the pre-digital age the work of
writers in his field was far harder; they could not fill
in gaps in their knowledge with press-of-a-button
Chernev’s output – clear, humorous and easy-going – gave the impression of effortlessness, but much industry lay behind it all. On 19 January 1977 he wrote to us:
Although his prose was often conversational, it was literate and carefully structured, bearing no resemblance to the ultra-casual ‘I’m-just-one-of-the-lads’ stuff increasingly seen in chess books and magazines since his time. We have also been struck by the scarcity of typographical errors in Chernev’s writing throughout his life.
Relatively few of his own games are readily available, although it is not difficult to find unknown or little-known scores. Two games from Section B of the preliminaries for the 1942 US championship, including the one below against Altman, were published on page 29 of the March-April 1942 American Chess Bulletin.
Irving Chernev – Benjamin Altman
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 Be7 5 Bg5 h6 6 Bh4 Nbd7 7 e3 c6 8 Bd3 dxc4 9 Bxc4 Nb6 10 Bb3 Nbd5 11 O-O O-O 12 Rc1 Nxc3 13 bxc3 b6 14 Ne5 Bb7 15 Qd3 c5 16 f3 Bd6 17 Bc2 g6 18 Nxg6 c4 19 Qxc4 fxg6 20 Qxe6+ Kg7 21 e4 Qe7 22 Qh3 Bc8 23 g4 g5 24 Bf2 Bf4 25 Rcd1 Qa3 26 e5 Nd5 27 Be4 Ba6 28 Bxd5 Rad8 29 Bb3 h5 30 Rfe1 Rh8 31 Be3 Rdf8 32 Bxf4 Rxf4 33 gxh5 Bc8 34 e6 Qd6 35 Re5 Kf6 36 h6 Rh7 37 Qh5 Ke7 38 Qxg5+ Rf6 39 Rde1 b5 40 R1e4 Rhxh6 41 Qg7+ Ke8 42 Rg4 Bxe6 43 Bxe6 Rxe6
44 Qxh6 Qxe5 45 Qxe6+ Qxe6 46 Re4 Resigns.
In the other game on that page, Chernev’s opponent, D. Podhorcer, blundered early on: 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 b6 4 g3 Bb7 5 Bg2 Be7 6 Nc3 Ne4 7 Qc2 Nxc3 8 bxc3 f5 9 O-O Be4 10 Qa4 O-O 11 Ne1 Bxg2 12 Nxg2 d6 13 Nf4 Qc8 14 d5 e5 15 Ne6 Rf6 16 Be3 Nd7 17 Qc6 Nf8 18 Nxc7 f4 19 Kg2 Rh6 20 h4 Rb8 21 Na6 Qxa6 22 White resigns.
A third game from the same event was published on page 63
of the July-August 1942 American Chess Bulletin:
Irving Chernev – John T. Westbrock
1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 b6 4 Nc3 Bb7 5 Qc2 Bb4 6 Bg5 h6 7 Bh4 O-O 8 e3 d6 9 Bd3 Nbd7 10 O-O Bxc3 11 bxc3 c5 12 Nd2 Qc7 13 Bg3 Nh5 14 Bh4 f5 15 f4 Nhf6
16 d5 exd5 17 Bxf5 Rae8 18 Rae1 Ne4 19 Bg6 Nxd2 20 Qxd2 Re6 21 f5 Re4 22 Rf4 Nf6 23 Bxf6 gxf6 24 cxd5 Rxf4 25 exf4 Rd8 26 c4 Bc8 27 Re3 Qg7 28 Qe1 Rf8 29 Re7 Qh8 30 Qg3 Resigns.
The Westbrock game was also on page 16 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 April 1942:
The Eagle was apparently mistaken about Chernev’s place of birth (‘here’). His date of birth was discussed in C.N. 3007 (see page 98 of Chess Facts and Fables).
The most detailed article about him is ‘An Invitation to Chernev’ by Jerome Tarshis on pages 500-503 of Chess Life & Review, September 1979. Some recollections quoted on page 501:
Source: unnumbered page in the chapter ‘The Pacific Ocean’ in Across the World by Samuel Tinsley (London, 1937), the book discussed in C.N. 8725.
The photographs below of Tinsley and his wife are in the chapter on ‘The Dominion of New Zealand’:
From Tim Harding (Dublin):
Our correspondent, it will be recalled, is the author of Eminent Victorian Chess Players (Jefferson, 2012).
Further to C.N. 8771, below is a cartoon (cutting only) from an unidentified Soviet newspaper:
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) has forwarded a number of photographs which will be added in due course to Chess: The History of FIDE:
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1955, page 3.
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1955, page 5.
Source: FIDE Revue, 1953, page 4 (1952 Congress).
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1954, page 2.
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1954, page 5.
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1954, page 6 (1953 Congress
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1954, page 7 (1953 Congress in Schaffhausen).
Source: FIDE Revue, 1/1954, page 10 (1953 Congress in Schaffhausen – no caption given).
The photograph below is from page 5 of CHESS, October 1953:
On page 195 of The Art of Positional Play (New York, 1976) Reshevsky agreed with the remark regularly ascribed to Teichmann (see C.N. 8738), ‘Chess is 99% tactics’.
An addition on the same theme comes from an article entitled ‘Der neue Bilguer’ by Josef Krejcik on pages 230-232 of the August-September 1913 Wiener Schachzeitung:
The marked passage states:
Below is a brief book notice which we wrote in 1989 (in C.N. 1928):
The book has just been re-issued as a paperback by New in Chess, with virtually no textual changes. Given the general improvement in chess scholarship since 1989, the absence of information about sources looks even worse today. The publisher has, though, added some photographs.
Philip Hamilton Williams – Hammant
1 e4 e5 2 d4 Nc6 3 d5 Nce7 4 c4 d6 5 Be3 h6 6 Nf3 Nf6 7 c5 Ng6 8 Qa4+ Bd7 9 c6 bxc6 10 dxc6 Be6 11 Ba6 Ng4 12 Bb7 Nxe3 13 Bxa8 Nxg2+ 14 Kf1 Bh3 15 Bb7 N6f4 16 Nbd2
16...Ne3+ 17 Ke1 Neg2+ 18 Kd1 Nd3 19 Qxa7 Be7 20 Kc2 Ngf4 21 Rhg1 O-O 22 Rg3 Be6 23 Ne1 Nxe1+ 24 Rxe1 Bh4 25 Ra3 Nh3 26 Rf1 d5 27 Rd3 d4 28 f3 Bc4 29 Nxc4 Nf4 30 Nxe5 Nxd3 31 Kxd3 Qe7
32 Qxd4 Rd8 33 Nd7 Bf6 34 Qf2 Qb4 35 Rb1 Qb5+ 36 Kc2 Qc4+ 37 Kd1 Qd3+ 38 Kc1 Qc4+ 39 Qc2 Bg5+ ‘and wins’.
The game, which contains a number of oversights, was annotated by W.P. Turnbull on pages 74-75 of the Chess Amateur, December 1908. In his problem column in the same issue Williams wrote, on page 89:
From John Keeble’s review of Chess Chatter & Chaff by P.H. Williams (Stroud, 1909) on page 48 of the November 1909 Chess Amateur:
Mention was also made of Williams’ skill as a parodist, and below we give, from pages 74-77 of Chess Chatter & Chaff, his mockery of the books of Franklin Knowles Young:
From page 225 of The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality by Jeff Pearlman (New York, 2009):
The quote has been forwarded by Tony Bronzin (Newark, DE, USA), who comments:
Additional information and references have been received from Alain Pallier (La Roque-d’Anthéron, France), who wrote about the Holm study in Europe Echecs, March 1998, pages 62-63, and April 1998, pages 60-61. The EG article by Mr Pallier mentioned in C.N. 8780 was one of a series which he contributed to the studies magazine:
The articles confirm that following the decision that Ernst Holm’s composition would not, after all, receive first prize, the runner-up, Rinck, incorrectly claimed to have won the competition. Moreover, when Holm published a collection of his compositions, 55 Schackstudier (Stockholm, 1937), he made no reference to the La Stratégie study but, as shown in the scan below provided Mr Pallier, gave on the front cover a corrected version (with a black pawn added on c4):
Ross Jackson (Raumati South, New Zealand) owns a 17-page
article handwritten by Nimzowitsch and has kindly provided
four sample pages:
We can add that the article, ‘Moderne Phantasie über ein Tschigorin’sches Thema (1 e2-e4 e7-e6 2 De2)’, was published on pages 1-12 of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, 1 January 1925:
An extract from the article by G.H. Diggle referred to in C.N. 8725 (first published in the June 1979 issue of Newsflash):
A simultaneous game from pages 106-107 of Schachjahrbuch für 1905 I. Teil by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1905):
Frank James Marshall – Eduard Dyckhoff
1 e4 e5 2 d4 exd4 3 Nf3 Nc6 4 Bc4 Nf6 5 e5 d5 6 Bb5 Bb4+ 7 c3 dxc3 8 bxc3 Qe7 9 O-O Ne4 10 cxb4 Be6 11 Nd4 O-O 12 Nxc6 bxc6 13 Bxc6 Rad8 14 a3 f5 15 Be3 f4 16 Bxa7 f3 17 gxf3 Qg5+ 18 Kh1 Bh3 19 Rg1 Qxe5 20 Bd4
20...Rxf3 21 Rxg7+ Qxg7 22 Bxg7 Nxf2+ 23 Kg1 Nxd1 24 Nd2 Rd3 25 Rxd1 Kxg7 26 a4 Bg4 27 Ra1 Rxd2 28 a5 Rf8 29 a6 d4 30 a7 Rd1+ 31 Rxd1 Bxd1 32 a8Q Rxa8 33 Bxa8 Kf6 34 Kf2 Ke5 35 Ke1 Bc2 36 Kd2 Be4 37 Bxe4 Kxe4 38 h4 c6 39 h5 d3 40 Kd1 Kd4 41 Kd2 h6 42 Kd1 Kc3 43 Kc1 Kxb4 44 White resigns.
The display (+26 –3 =0) was reported on page 156 of the May 1905 Deutsche Schachzeitung.
Ola Winfridsson (São Paulo, Brazil) draws attention to pages 205-222 of the October-December 1914 issue of Tidskrift för Schack.
The article, attributed to A. Lindström, is a Swedish translation of the analysis by Goetz referred to in C.N. 8780.
Source: Chess Chatter & Chaff by P.H. Williams (Stroud, 1909), page 56.
Below is the billing for Samuel Tinsley’s talk on chess (British Broadcasting Company, Saturday evening, 23 January 1926) in the programme schedule on page 157 of the Radio Times, 15 January 1926:
‘S.B.’ means simultaneous broadcast.
As shown in C.N. 8725, Tinsley mentioned in his talk that the Anderssen v Kieseritzky ‘Immortal Game’ was published in the same issue of the Radio Times. From page 148:
Permission to show the above material has been received from Immediate Media Company London Limited, the publishers of the Radio Times.
A photograph of Samuel Tinsley from his book Across the World (London, 1937):
Can it be discovered when he died?
Pete Tamburro (Morristown, NJ, USA) asks whether information is available about a photograph which he bought many years ago:
Source: Tartakower’s column on page 998 of L’Echiquier, March-April 1935.
C.N. 8659 asked whether the games of the nineteenth-century player Desloges support Alphonse Delannoy’s claim that he ‘affected a very rare predilection, that of creating difficulties, in order to have the pleasure of extricating himself from them’.
Readers may draw their own conclusions from a file of games by Desloges which Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) has compiled (nine games, including two played in consultation). Our correspondent also points out this game on pages 399-400 of the Chess-Player’s Companion by Howard Staunton (London, 1849):
Mr Thimognier, who reports that he has been unable to find Desloges’ forename, adds the following quotes:
Source: Le Palamède, January 1837, page 10.
Source: Le Palamède, 15 December 1845, page 560, in an article entitled ‘Un rédacteur du Palamède à Londres’.
Source: La Nouvelle Régence, January 1864, pages 3-4, in an article by Alphonse Delannoy.
Finally, Mr Thimognier notes that Desloges played unusual openings, such as 1...Nc6 and 1...Nf6 in reply to 1 e4. Those knight moves were mentioned in an article by Calvi on irregular openings on pages 385-390 of Le Palamède, 15 September 1845:
From Across the World by Samuel Tinsley (London, 1937):
C.N. 8798 asked whether it could be discovered when Samuel Tinsley died, and we have now received the following from John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
This is one of the most difficult quiz questions that we have set:
White to play. Which of his pieces administered mate six moves later?
From an otherwise blank page at the start of Queen’s Gambit and other Close Games by L. Pachman (London, 1963):
The remark is also attributed to Tarrasch in other books by the same author, and elsewhere in chess literature, but in most sources it is ascribed to Nimzowitsch as a riposte to Tarrasch. From page 154 of Nimzovich the hypermodern by Fred Reinfeld (Philadelphia, 1948):
When did the particular wording ‘The beauty of a chess move lies not in its appearance, but in the thought behind it’ first appear in print?
Nimzowitsch wrote about ‘bizarre’ and ‘ugly’ moves on page 229 of Die Praxis meines Systems (Berlin, 1930). His text is shown below, together with the translation on page 329 of The Praxis of My System (London, 1936):
A detailed account of the Tarrasch-Nimzowitsch disputes is provided in Aron Nimzowitsch On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886-1924 by Per Skjoldager and Jørn Erik Nielsen (Jefferson, 2012).
In an article presenting his new edition of Nimzowitsch’s My System Fred Reinfeld wrote on page 208 of the July 1949 Chess Review:
Can information be found about Reinfeld’s game against Cohen?
Reinfeld also mentioned his visit to the New York, 1927 tournament on page 161 of The Great Chess Masters and Their Games (New York, 1952), in the chapter on Capablanca:
From the same Chess Review article by Reinfeld referred to in the previous item:
Wanted: information about a game between Robert Willaert and Albéric O’Kelly de Galway whose conclusion was on pages 145-148 of How to Play Chess Like a Champion by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1956):
1...g6 2 Qf7 Ne6
3 Rd8 Qc1+ 4 Kh2 Qf4+ 5 Kh3 Resigns.
No particulars about the occasion were provided by Reinfeld, or by Michel Wasnair and Michel Jadoul when they gave the finish, with a credit to Reinfeld, on page 189 of their 1988 book Histoire des maîtres belges.
An old game:
1 e3 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 d4 c5 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 a3 a6 7 dxc5 Bxc5 8 b4 Ba7 9 cxd5 exd5 10 Bb2 O-O 11 Bd3 Bg4 12 Ne2 Bxf3 13 gxf3 b5 14 Rc1 Rc8 15 Rg1 Qe7 16 Bf5 Rc7
This is the position from C.N. 8803, which had the caption, ‘White to play. Which of his pieces administered mate six moves later?’
The answer is that on move 22 White gave mate with the rook which at present is on c1.
Before details of the game are supplied, can readers work out how the mate occurred?
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.