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Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) sends, from the archives of the Zlín Chess Club, two photographs of Alekhine giving a simultaneous display in Zlín on 17 February 1943:
Regarding What is a Chess Combination?, Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) notes that Lasker’s Manual of Chess does not mention the word ‘sacrifice’ in the definition of a combination. From page 123 of the 1927 book and page 109 of the 1932 edition:
We recall a position from Blackburne v Weiss, New York, 1 April 1889:
Black to move
52...Bh4+ 53 Kf1 Bxe1 54 Kxe1 Kd3 55 h4 Kxc3 56 h5 Kb3 57 h6 c3 58 h7 c2 59 Kd2 f2 60 h8(Q) c1(Q)+ 61 Kxc1 f1(Q)+ 62 Kd2 Qf2+ 63 Kd3 Qc2+ 64 Ke3 Qc3+ 65 Qxc3+ Kxc3 66 Ke4 Kb3 67 Kd4 Kxa3 68 Kc3 Ka2 69 Kc2 a3 70 Kc1 Kb3 71 White resigns.
On page 140 of The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played (New York, 1965) Irving Chernev commented after 52...Bh4+:
Chernev then listed six stages in ‘the series of ideas’.
After 54...Kd3 Steinitz wrote on page 74 of the New York, 1889 tournament book:
John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) reverts to C.N. 2169 (see page 330 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves), which sought corroboration of a claim by William M. Russell (American Chess Bulletin, April 1927, page 82) that Capablanca learned from A.W. Fox ‘his art of stalling and waiting for his opponent to blunder’.
Our correspondent notes that page 4 of the Washington Sunday Star, part five, 12 December 1915 quoted a compliment by Capablanca about Fox:
Capablanca’s quoted words: ‘Fox ... was one of the most promising young players in the world at the time he gave up chess to engage in newspaper work, and I still think he is the best odds giver I have ever seen.’
Dr Hilbert adds that in a 26-board simultaneous display in Washington on 20 November 1915 it was only Fox’s draw that denied Capablanca a clean score. Source: part five of the Sunday Star, 28 November 1915, page 4, which gave the (familiar) game-score.
Below is the conclusion of William M. Russell’s above-mentioned article on New York, 1927:
See too The Fox Enigma.
Eric Fisher (Hull, England) reports that he has a copy of Marshall’s Chess “Swindles” (New York, 1914) inscribed by Marshall ‘to the great attacking master, Louis Persinger. With kind remembrances ...’ It was dated New York, 15 June 1940.
The photographs below show Persinger spectating at the 1942 US championship in New York and were published on, respectively, page 86 and page 92 of the April 1942 Chess Review:
Two games submitted by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA):
Hermann Helms – Louis Persinger
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 d4 d5 6 Bd3 f5 7 c4 c6 8 cxd5 cxd5 9 Nc3 Nc6 10 O-O Be7 11 Qe2 Nxc3 12 bxc3 O-O 13 Bf4 Re8 14 Rfe1 Bd7 15 Rab1 b6 16 Qc2 g6 17 Qb3 Bf6 18 Qxd5+ Kg7 19 Bc4 Rxe1+ 20 Rxe1 Rc8 21 Qf7+ Kh8
22 Re8+ Resigns.
Source: New York Post: 7 December 1942, page 50.
Herman Steiner – Louis Persinger
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 O-O 6 Nf3 c6 7 Qc2 Nbd7 8 a3 dxc4 9 Bxc4 Nd5 10 Bxe7 Qxe7 11 O-O b6 12 Ne4 Bb7 13 Neg5 g6 14 e4 N5f6 15 e5 Nd5 16 Ne4 Rad8 17 b4 Kg7 18 Rfe1 b5 19 Bb3 N7b6 20 Rac1 Ba8 21 Nc5 Nd7 22 Ne4 h6 23 h4 f5 24 exf6+ N7xf6 25 Nc5 Rd6
26 Ne5 Qe8 27 g3 g5 28 hxg5 hxg5 29 Kg2 Nh5 30 Bxd5 Rxd5 31 Rh1 Rf5 32 Rxh5 Rfxe5 33 Qh7+ Kf6 34 dxe5+ Resigns.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 28 May 1944, page 13.
In the 1944 US championship Persinger finished last, scoring +0 –17 =1. From page 27 of the April 1944 Chess Review:
From page 22 of How To Get More Out Of Chess by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1957):
Three group photographs of the Bad Pistyan, 1912 tournament:
The first photograph is a better version of the one shown in C.N. 3447 and has been provided by Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) from page 105 of the 7/1912 Časopis českých šachistů. The second one comes from C.N. 6233, and the third is supplied by Mr Kalendovský from page 471 of Vasárnapi Ujság, 9 June 1912. Our correspondent draws attention to the discrepancies concerning the presence/absence of Pokorný and Hromádka with respect to the photographs and captions.
Also in connection with Pistyan, 1912 Mr Kalendovský gives this photograph from page 511 of Vasárnapi Ujság, 23 June 1912:
A further contribution from Jan Kalendovský concerns the 25 September 1921 issue of Vasárnapi Ujság, which had a number of chess illustrations, including one on the front page:
Mr Kalendovský notes that the game in the foreground appears to be between Tartakower (back to the camera) and Vajda, after 1 c4 c5 2 e3 e6 3 d4 d5 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Nc3 Nf6 6 a3. Larger versions of the photograph and the board position are provided.
The same day (ninth round, 15 September 1921) Alekhine played 1...Nf6 against E. Steiner, in one of the future world champion’s earliest and most famous games with Alekhine’s Defence.
This cartoon by Leslie Starke was the frontispiece of The Fireside Book of Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1949). The imprint page stated that it had appeared earlier the same year in the Saturday Evening Post.
Ed Hamelrath (Dresden, Germany) draws attention to a webpage with many behind-the-scenes photographs taken during the production of Casablanca, including (fifth from the bottom) a shot of Humphrey Bogart playing chess against Paul Henreid.
Further to C.N.s 10538 and 10579 (see The Death of F.D. Yates), page 614 of the October 2017 BCM has the following:
We were ‘in touch’ with the BCM in the sense that on 29 September 2017 we responded to a message (nearly 600 words) received the previous day from Mr Milan Dinic of the BCM. His main defence was that the Yates article in the August 2017 BCM had faulty typesetting (misuse of quotation marks), an argument not only absent from the October 2017 ‘Clarification’ but also in direct contradiction with the magazine’s assertion therein beginning ‘We believe that we had made clear ...’
Our e-mail reply of 29 September 2017:
No reply has been received.
From John S. Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA):
Chess Life & Review, May 1971, page 274
Lombardy’s inscription in our copy of his book Understanding Chess (Milford, 2011):
The reference is to Baburin v Saidy, Los Angeles, 1997 on
pages 306-307. Concerning Lombardy’s book, see too C.N.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) forwards this photograph (reference AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 74493) from Argentina’s Archivo General de la Nación, courtesy of the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda:
Roger J. Wright, mentioned in Chess and Poetry and in Chess Corn Corner, was a familiar name in the field of chess problems (see, for instance, C.N. 8121), and he received four pages in The Chess Bouquet by F.R. Gittins (London, 1897). The feature began, on page 34, with this portrait:
Reverend Roger John Wright (1849-1924)
His copy of Chess Fruits by Thomas B. Rowland and Frideswide F. Rowland (Dublin, 1884), which we own, has a letter from the former pasted onto the front pages:
The next C.N. item will discuss this position:
White to move
The diagram in C.N. 10618 was on page 5 of section 5 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 December 1905, as provided by John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA):
So far, no additional information has been found about the adjudication analysis by Fox, Helms and Capablanca. Nor has the full game-score been traced.
The outcome of the contest between Yale and Princeton, played on 22 December 1905 in the 14th ‘C.H.Y.P.’ (Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton) match in New York, was in the report on pages 1-6 of the American Chess Bulletin, January 1906. Jameson and Williams had appeared in a group photograph for the previous year’s event:
Source: American Chess Bulletin, January 1905, page 4.
Nicholas Schwartz (São Paulo, Brazil) writes to us regarding the loser of ‘The Immortal Blindfold Game’ (Alekhine v Schwartz, London, 1926):
We are also grateful to our correspondent for this photograph (the reverse of which states ‘Taken in Dundee 1916’):
Nicolai Eugen Schwartz
Ross Jackson (Raumati South, New Zealand) provides two photographs which he owns:
Kroměříž, 11 February 1943
Zlín, 17 February 1943
We have added the date of the Kroměříž exhibition from the table of the world champion’s simultaneous performances in Alechin v Československu by Jan Kalendovský (Brno, 1992).
From Richard Reich (Fitchburg, WI, USA):
The games were Fischer’s wins over Sherwin (New Jersey State Open Championship, 1957), Fine (New York, 1963 – and not 1960 as stated on the cover and on the first page), Weinstein (US Championship, 1960-61) and Gudmundsson (Reykjavik, 1960).
Regarding the term ‘combination’, Leonard McLaren (Onehunga, New Zealand) quotes from page 89 of Learn Chess Tactics by John Nunn (London, 2003):
The above photograph was given in C.N. 7470, from page 129 of the July 1901 edition of Womanhood.
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) now sends the following, published on page 335 of The Sketch, 19 June 1901:
The accompanying account:
Mr Killoran also provides a match report on page 3 of the Morning Post, 10 June 1901:
From page 16 of The Batsford Chess Yearbook by Kevin J. O’Connell (London, 1975):
No source was provided, but we give the following from page 3 of the January 1975 BCM:
Corroboration of the remarks in a Soviet source will be appreciated.
Frits Fritschy (Leiden, the Netherlands) wonders how much analysis Fox, Helms and Capablanca needed to undertake, given that after 1 Kg3 Black has very few options, e.g. 1...Qg7 2 Rxd5 and 1...Bg8 2 Qh8.
From Richard Forster (Zurich):
Further to Graves of Chess Masters, Jan Hessel (Rättvik, Sweden) reports that earlier this month he took these photographs in the Žale cemetery in Ljubljana:
A rare photograph of Harold Lommer (1904-80), from opposite page 40 of Chess Springbok by Wolfgang Heidenfeld (Cape Town, 1955):
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) provides part of an interview with Karpov on page 10 of the 48/1974 issue (29 November-5 December) of 64:
Asked whether he expected to defeat Fischer, the future world champion replied: ‘Если не рассчитывать на победу, просто не нужно играть’. One of several possible translations is, ‘If you do not expect to win, you simply do not need to play’.
Our correspondent also notes Karpov’s view that, in terms of competitiveness and the number of mistakes, his match with Korchnoi was on a higher level than the Spassky-Fischer contest in Reykjavik, although the latter was more entertaining.
From page 35 of the February 1953 Chess Review:
An addition to The Value of the Chess Pieces is provided by Peter Banks (Oldbury, England), from pages 106-107 of Lasker’s Manual of Chess (London, 1932):
In the original English-language edition (New York, 1927), the text was on pages 119-120.
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