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Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 15 June 1928, page 5
Following on from the reference to C.R. Gurnhill in C.N. 11036, below is a game in which, playing Black against D.G. Ellison, he castled twice:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 c3 dxc3 5 Bc4 Be7 6 Nxc3 Nf6 7 e5 Ng4 8 Qd5
8...O-O 9 h3 Nh6 10 Bxh6 gxh6 11 Qe4 Kg7 12 Bd3 Rh8 13 Qg4+ Kf8 14 Qh5 Bg5 15 h4 Be7 16 Qxh6+ Ke8 17 Qg7 Rf8 18 Bxh7 d5 19 O-O-O Be6 20 Be4 Nxe5 21 Nxe5 Bf6 22 Qg3 c6 23 f4 Qa5 24 Bc2
The illegality of this move was indicated by a looker-on, and Black therefore played 24...Rd8. The game ended 25 Bb3 Bf5 26 Rhe1 Be7 27 Qe3 Be6 28 f5 d4 29 Rxd4 Rxd4 30 Qxd4 Bxb3 31 Qd7 mate.
The occasion was the Major Open of the British Chess Federation Congress in Sunderland in August 1966, as reported on pages 285-286 of the October 1966 BCM:
When the topic of double castling arises, the game commonly referred to is W. Heidenfeld v N. Kerins, Dublin, 1973. On page 70 of Chess Curiosities (London, 1985) Tim Krabbé quoted from a report by P. Cassidy on page 236 of the June 1973 BCM (which stated that the game had been played ‘in this year’s Armstrong Cup’) but could not present the game-score. It was published on page 76 of the February 1988 BCM when J. Walsh submitted it to K. Whyld’s Quotes and Queries column. The source was vague: ‘from a recent issue of the Irish Chess Journal’. The full score:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Be3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4 c5 6 c3 Nc6 7 Nf3 Qb6 8 Qd2 c4 9 Be2 Na5
10 O-O f5 11 Ng5 Be7 12 g4 Bxg5 13 fxg5 Nf8 14 gxf5 exf5 15 Bf3 Be6 16 Qg2 O-O-O 17 Na3 Ng6 18 Qd2 f4 19 Bf2 Bh3 20 Rfb1 Bf5 21 Nc2 h6 22 gxh6 Rxh6 23 Nb4 Qe6 24 Qe2 Ne7 25 b3 Qg6+ 26 Kf1 Bxb1 27 bxc4 dxc4 28 Qb2 Bd3+ 29 Ke1 Be4 30 Qe2 Bxf3 31 Qxf3 Rxh2 32 d5 Qf5
33 O-O-O Rh3 34 Qe2 Rxc3+ 35 Kb2 Rh3 36 d6 Nec6 37 Nxc6 Nxc6 38 e6 Qe5+ 39 Qxe5 Nxe5 40 d7+ Nxd7 41 White resigns.
The game is on pages 41-42 of Startling Castling! by Robert Timmer (London, 1997), followed by this comment:
Below is that Fox/James item (CHESS, December 1993, page 53), after the game Heidenfeld v ‘Kerine’ had been given.
No mention was made of a paragraph by K. Whyld on page 171 of the April 1988 BCM, also after a reference to Heidenfeld v Kerins:
In that snippet too the reader was given no source for the statements.
We can, though, show what appeared on page 131 of CHESS, June 1954:
The reference to Meek may surprise anyone consulting Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige (Jefferson, 1987) and finding his year of birth given as 1865. However, Meek was not aged nearly 90 at the time of the Newquay tournament. As reported in C.N. 4836, the privately-circulated 1994 edition of Chess Personalia had a corrected, expanded entry:
Page 35 of the British Chess Federation Year Book 1954-1955 (London, 1955) confirms that Meek died ‘at the age of 69’.
On page 10 of the January 1960 BCM (Quotes and Queries item 1614) D.J. Morgan wrote:
No source was given, and the closest citation that we can offer is from page 37 of the Bayersdorfer book Zur Kenntnis des Schachproblems (Potsdam, 1902):
The indented quote is thus a remark by Bayersdorfer as recorded by the book’s editors, J. Kohtz and C. Kockelkorn.
A photograph of Bayersdorfer, the book’s frontispiece, is in C.N. 7620.
From page 184 of the Australasian Chess Review, 9 July 1936, in a report written during the Moscow, 1936 tournament:
With regard to the Bordell case, documentation is still sought to show how the Spanish press covered the non-participation of Román Bordell Rosell in Hastings, 1953-54.
David McAlister (Stirling, Scotland) provides page 10 of the first issue (November-December 1987) of the Irish Chess Journal:
Henrique Mecking’s opponent will be the subject of a C.N. item shortly.
The photograph in the previous item comes from page 107 of The Children’s Book of Chess by Ted Nottingham and Bob Wade (London, 1978 and New York, 1979), which had the caption ‘Mecking at Hastings, England’.
His opponent was not named, but we identify him as Moshe Czerniak. At the Hastings tournament on 5 January 1967, Mecking won their game (playing Black), as reported on pages 39-40 of the February 1967 BCM.
A book by Czerniak, ‘The History of Chess’ (Tel Aviv,
1963), has been mentioned to us by Moshe Rubin
(Jerusalem). It includes many reminiscences, and our
correspondent has forwarded a file comprising
the original Hebrew text of these vignettes, alongside his
translation into English. See too C.N. 4143.
An occasional inaccuracy by Czerniak will be noted (such as Rubinstein’s year of death). One remark is worth considering in conjunction with C.N. 11039:
Danny Ross Lunsford (Atlanta, GA, USA) asks for information about the ending shown in C.N. 9421:
It is a composition by Ponziani and can be found in various editions of his work Il giuoco incomparabile degli scacchi. Google Books is invaluable for providing them, and below is the ending as given on pages 207-208 of the second edition (Modena, 1782):
C.N. 10989 showed this report:
An addition from page 157 of CHESS, March 1973:
Leonard Barden (London) informs us:
C.N.s 7122 and 7216 showed publications which attributed to Pillsbury the remark ‘Chess is what you see’.
The first C.N. item quoted from page 8 of the New Orleans Times-Democrat, 26 December 1897, and below is a slightly earlier specimen, in a letter from H.C. White on page 6 of the New York Sun, 12 December 1897:
A twinned version of the remarks on chess and checkers, without mention of Pillsbury by name, was in William Timothy Call’s Preface to his work Ellsworth’s Checker Book (New York, 1899), page 5:
On the Internet it is possible to find such an observation attributed, sourcelessly, to Pillsbury with a third Lego block:
Regarding the ‘lifetime’ remark, we note the following on page 15 of R.D. Yates Checker Player by W.T. Call (New York, 1905):
From page 224 of Womanhood, 1903:
Mate in three
The heading was ‘Specially composed for Womanhood by H.N. Pillsbury’. The following issue (page 296) noted that there were two solutions.
Gerd Entrup (Herne, Germany) notes references to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bishops in the feature ‘Lehrreiche Endspiele’ on pages 330-332 of the November 1933 Wiener Schachzeitung. The initial comments on the two endgames (Löwig v Klein and Tot v Schreiber) are, respectively:
Drawing attention to a Dutch news film report (5 January 1956), Wijnand Engelkes (Zeist, the Netherlands) comments:
The second screen-shot, below, is from further footage of the Euwe-Donner match:
From page 8 of Chess for Children by Ted Nottingham, Bob Wade and Al Lawrence (New York, 1993 and 1996):
The list of acknowledgements on page 5 included:
Can a reader provide that report? For now, we must make do with Driberg’s text as published on page 168 of King, Queen and Knight by N. Knight and W. Guy (London, 1975):
Rety was the translator of Planning in Chess by J. Flesch (London, 1983), named there as ‘John Réti’. Elsewhere, ‘Reti’ and ‘Réty’ are also found.
Page 182 of CHESS, 28 March 1963 had a filler paragraph of legalese:
Chess in the Courts provides this summary of the case:
Below, from our correspondence file, is the full text
forwarded by Mr Timson in 1983 (pages 443-445 of the All
Law Reports Annotated, volume 2, 18 November 1944).
The text quoted, not quite accurately, by CHESS is
on page 444.
From page 462 of L’Echiquier, 5 April 1934, in a ‘fins de partie curieuses’ article by Tartakower:
A Quotes and Queries item by D.J. Morgan on page 446 of the October 1973 BCM:
Since no sources were specified, they are added below.
The Fenton remark ‘Never try to checkmate your opponent, but try to win the game’ can be seen in C.N. 10355, which had an extract (pages 233-234) from an article about Purssell’s chess resort in the May 1891 BCM.
A further passage concerning Fenton from the same article:
Golombek’s ‘The tactical master may or may not develop into a great player, the positional one always does’ comes from page 16 of The Games of Robert J. Fischer edited by Robert G. Wade and Kevin J. O’Connell (London, 1972). Golombek contributed an introductory essay, ‘Fischer the Artist’.
On page 15 Golombek wrote:
A third observation about Capablanca’s play in the 1930s:
Source: an article entitled ‘Chess Theory is Grey’ by Salo Flohr on pages 157 and 180 of CHESS, March 1967. No information about the article’s provenance was supplied, or about the circumstances of Capablanca’s alleged incipient lamentation.
Further to the request in C.N. 11040, information on how the Spanish press handled the Bordell case has been provided by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) and Roberto Roig (Lima), both of whom have sent a report on page 50 of ABC, 7 February 1954:
In addition to three more cuttings, from ABC and La Vanguardia, which are being added direct to our feature article, Mr Bauzá Mercére has forwarded an item on page 33 of Ajedrez Español, January-February 1954:
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) points out a ‘Myths & Legends’ article on pages 40-41 of CHESS, October 2018 in which Charles Higgie discusses Capablanca v Marshall, New York, 1918.
He lists three ‘myths’, and those 32 lines of text contain no facts not given in our feature article on the Marshall Gambit. There is even some verbatim copying, without a word of acknowledgement.
Concerning untrue claims that Marshall saved his Gambit for many years in order to surprise Capablanca, we wrote:
From Charles Higgie’s article:
With regard to the game Frere v Marshall supposedly played in 1917, our article states:
Charles Higgie’s version:
From page 3 of that issue of CHESS:
Books by which chess author appear in both Endeavour (Shaun Evans) and Poirot (David Suchet)?
The answer is below. (The episodes of these ITV programmes were entitled, respectively, ‘Game’ and ‘The Big Four’.)
The answer is E.E. Cunnington (1852-1942).
Near the beginning of the Endeavour episode, the eponymous detective briefly handled a copy of Chess Lessons for Beginners:
‘The Big Four’ has a short scene, also early on, in which Hercule Poirot was researching the Ruy López in a large-format book with a fictitious cover and title (The 50 Greatest Chess Problems – author’s name indistinct). The content fleetingly shown is identifiable as being from Cunnington’s Chess Traps and Stratagems.
Below are the pages from which fragments of text and diagrams can be seen, just about, in ‘The Big Four’, although the lay-out was altered:
From pages 197-198 of Modern Chess Brilliancies by Larry Evans (New York, 1970/71):
On pages 322-323 of CHESS, July 1976 Irving Chernev wrote:
As shown in Fischer’s Fury, Evans made no correction on page 249 of the algebraic edition of Modern Chess Brilliancies (San Francisco, 1994):
Tony Bronzin (Newark, DE, USA) wonders how such a mistake could have occurred at all in Modern Chess Brilliancies, given a claim by Evans about Fischer on page 16 of Chess Life, March 2008:
Apish ‘tributes’ to Bobby Fischer on page 21 of Chess Life, March 2008:
The final paragraph of the article about R.F. Fenton on pages 77-80 of the March 1916 BCM which was mentioned in C.N. 7965:
The article was unsigned, but O.C. Müller believed the writer to be P.W. Sergeant. See the appeal on behalf of Fenton’s widow on page 275 of the June 1916 Chess Amateur.
Information about Cubison (whose initials were W.H.) will be appreciated.
Page 233 of the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1 October 1878 had an acrostic by him on Zukertort:
The May 1889 issue of Hoffer’s Chess Monthly (pages 259-260) published a poem by Cubison in commemoration of Kolisch, and page 265 of the same issue carried, anonymously, the notorious ‘Sty-nits’ verse. On page 180 of the June 1889 International Chess Magazine Steinitz deduced that Cubison had written that poem too, an accusation for which he apologized ‘most sincerely and to the fullest extent’ on page 298 of the October 1889 issue of his magazine.
An assessment of Robert D. Yates, including references to chess, on pages 55-56 of R.D. Yates Checker Player by W.T. Call (New York, 1905):
Page 3 of the Brooklyn Chess Chronicle, 15 October 1883 reported on a meeting of the Danites Chess Club of Brooklyn on 27 September:
See too page 34 of the February 1907 American Chess Bulletin, which had comments on Yates by George S. O’Flyn, the originator of Spy-Chess.
This photograph is reproduced with the permission of the Cleveland Public Library:
There are webpages which state that Yates died, at the age of 27, on 19 September 1885. As shown below, his death had already been announced earlier that month:
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 September 1885, page 4
Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette, 12 September 1885, page 5
Boston Weekly Globe, 22 September 1885, page 3.
The contradictory death-dates will be noted.
Biographical information on Yates and a number of his games can be found in The Compleat Draughts Player by Irving Chernev (Oxford, 1981).
From page 22 of Aleksandr Alekhin by A. Kotov (Moscow, 1973):
The English translation by K.P. Neat on page 16 of Alexander Alekhine (London, 1975):
Kotov’s output on Alekhine is bestrewn with unsourced quotes. Regarding the one under discussion here, we have yet to find anything relevant in his two-volume work Shakhmatnoe Nasledie A.A. Alekhina (Moscow, 1953 and 1958).
In C.N. 9477 a correspondent pointed out that on page 4 of ‘Mr Chess’ The Ortvin Sarapu Story (Wainuiomata, 1993) Sarapu stated incorrectly that he won the 1946 Copenhagen championship.
L. Ross Jackson (Raumati South, New Zealand) notes that no such claim was made in a biographical article on pages 177-178 of the August 1952 Chess World, which incorporated information received first-hand from Sarapu:
A remark by Steinitz on page 180 of the June 1889 International Chess Magazine:
Cubison was quoted at the start of an obituary on page 235 of the April 1884 Chess Monthly:
For further information about Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, see C.N.s 4044, 4066, 4558 and 8126.
Cubison’s first forename was given as William in Frank Healey’s chess column on page 445 of The Ladies’ Treasury: A Household Magazine, 1 July 1890:
Our latest feature article is Chess and Draughts/Checkers.
Concerning planning, Konstantin Dushenko (Moscow) draws attention to a passage published in 1822:
Source: An Encyclopædia of Gardening by J.C. Loudon (London, 1822), page 1336.
Our correspondent points out that the text has been mentioned on a ChessPro page, which also has non-chess references from the nineteenth century to ‘Gens una sumus’.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) provides three cuttings:
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10 August 1958, page 10B
Miami News, 14 April 1960, page 17A
Boston Globe, 9 December 1961, page 7.
William D. Rubinstein (Melbourne, Australia) and Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) note the information about William Henry Cubison at the London Street Views website.
Mr Killoran adds that he has found only one William Cubison alive in London in the nineteenth century: William Henry Cubison, who was born on 5 April 1814. See Ancestry.com: Church of England Births and Baptisms 1813-1912. He adds this notice from page 5 of the Dover Express and East Kent News, 23 March 1906:
If the above birth-date is correct, Cubison died at the age of 91.
A book of truly exceptional quality has just arrived: Emanuel Lasker edited by Richard Forster, Michael Negele and Raj Tischbierek:
A beautiful 450-page hardback, entirely in English, it is the first volume in a trilogy adapted from, and expanding on, Emanuel Lasker Denker Weltenbürger Schachweltmeister edited by Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen and Michael Negele (Berlin, 2009). We have a feature article on that 1,079-page work.
We are grateful to the Editors for permission to show here three photographs which they obtained from the collection of the late Lothar Schmid:
Page XIV: Emanuel Lasker, circa 1897
Page 186: Emanuel Lasker ‘probably with his father Michaelis Aron’, 1899
Page 140: Emanuel Lasker (first-round game against Reuben Fine, Nottingham, 1936).
The new Lasker book (C.N. 11070) has some further information about W.H. Cubison, who was discussed in C.N.s 11060, 11065 and 11069. For example, a footnote on page 33 states that he was ‘an accountant by training and for many years secretary of the London Association for the Protection of Trade’. C.N. 11060 referred to Steinitz’s suggestion, later withdrawn, that Cubison composed the ‘Sty-nits’ poem published by the Chess Monthly.
On the ‘Sty-nits’ topic, below is the sequence of items in the Chess Monthly, edited by Hoffer, and the International Chess Magazine, edited by Steinitz:
Chess Monthly, May 1889, pages 264-265:
International Chess Magazine, June 1889, page 180:
Chess Monthly, September 1889:
A further poem was published in this issue but subsequently withdrawn and replaced by other matter. The 30-verse poem, ‘Song of a Nit’, was reproduced on pages 223-225 of Kurt Landsberger’s first book on Steinitz, but our bound volume of the Chess Monthly has only the replacement material (tournament reports). The same applies to the copies of the Chess Monthly held by libraries and other colleagues whom we have consulted so far. Can any reader send the pages of the September 1889 Chess Monthly which had the poem?
International Chess Magazine, October 1889, page 298:
International Chess Magazine, November 1889, page 334:
International Chess Magazine, December 1889, pages 369-370:
As regards the editorial and linguistic standards of William Steinitz, Chess Champion by Kurt Landsberger (Jefferson, 1993), on 14 September 1994 we wrote a letter to the publisher’s then President.
A ‘second printing, with corrections’ was produced in 1995, and a paperback edition in 2006.
Peter Anderberg (Harmstorf, Germany) notes that page 3 of Rochade Europa, May 1998 had an obituary of Ludwig Steinkohl which stated that he died in Bad Aibling on 8 April 1998:
Our correspondent adds:
In C.N. 5706 a correspondent reported that Showalter was born on 5 February 1859 and not, as commonly stated in reference books, on 5 February 1860. See too C.N. 6972.
Is further documentary evidence available?
Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) refers to the mix-up over Bird and Buckle in a well-known picture (see Chess: Mistaken Identity) and adds that the same error is on page 178 of Pour Philidor edited by Jean François Dupont-Danican (Koblenz, 1994).
We note that the Bildnachweise on page 238 stated that the source for the picture was volume one of Verdens bedste skak by Jens Enevoldsen (Copenhagen, 1966). That book (page 89) was also wrong about Bird’s first forename:
Henry Thomas Buckle
From page 58 of the November 1918 Chess Amateur, under the heading ‘A Quaint Picture’:
The picture was on page 195 of the Illustrated London News, 8 March 1851:
The following page included an account of Staunton’s presence:
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) comments on the relative scarcity of information about Aaron Alexandre in books and on-line.
As regards contemporary reports of his death, we note the following on page 407 of the Illustrated London News, 23 November 1850:
Almost the same text was on page 384 of the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1850:
Page 8 of Bell's Life in London, 5 January 1851 stated that Alexandre had ‘died at his residence, Tavistock-row’.
Otto von Oppen wrote a lengthy obituary on pages 5-10 of the January 1851 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
The portrait of Alexandre referred to in the final paragraph was the frontispiece to the 1844 volume of Le Palamède, and is widely available on-line. Identification of the artist as Alexandre’s nephew, Laemlein (i.e. Alexandre Laemlein), is on page 403 of the September 1845 issue of the French magazine.
Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA) notes that Larry Evans also mentioned Fischer’s verification of Modern Chess Brilliancies on page 1 of its 1994 algebraic edition (‘Fischer ... who reviewed this manuscript in 1969 before it went to press when he was a guest at my home in Reno’). There was no word about the review being performed blindfold. The 1970/71 book did not mention any involvement by Fischer.
The algebraic edition also reproduced, on pages 3-14, Evans’ Introduction to the original book. Although dated August 1969, it referred, on page 11, to ‘the stolid grinders like Smyslov, Petrosian, Karpov and Spassky’. Karpov’s name had naturally been absent from the 1970/71 book.
Comparing Modern Chess Brilliancies with Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (New York, 1969), our correspondent remarks that the books have 13 games in common, and he provides these extracts from the introductions:
For our part, we have compared these passages with My 61 Memorable Games, which often made irrational textual changes. One example:
An addition to the contradictory claims about who launched the Vera Menchik Club comes from page 108 of Das Spiel der Könige by Alfred Diel (Bamberg, 1983):
At Carlsbad, 1929 Vera Menchik lost her game against Edgard (not Edgar) Colle, played on 15 August 1929 (see page 260 of the tournament book). In June she had defeated him at a tournament in Paris (L’Echiquier, July 1929, pages 290-292).
Concerning the tenth match-game between Lasker and Schlechter in Berlin, 1910, on page 80 of Kings of Chess (London, 1954) William Winter wrote after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6:
From the book’s Introduction (page 11):
A spot-check of annotations written in 1910 suggests that the comments in Kings of Chess about the reaction to 2...c6 are an exaggeration. Two rare cases of outright condemnation of the move are on page 130 of La Stratégie, April 1910, attributed to, respectively, Tarrasch and the New Orleans Times-Democrat:
The New Orleans Times-Democrat (13 March 1910, page 9, part three) had not only the incorrect date 1885 but also a longer text whose second and third lines were inverted:
On this topic, see Old Opening Assessments.
The Times, 30 March 1922, page 16
The request in C.N. 6481 for a better copy of this photograph has been answered by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA). It comes from page 6 of the picture section of the New York Times, 30 April 1922:
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.