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Thomas Niessen (Aachen, Germany) writes:
Our correspondent notes that the register was one of the sources mentioned in the lengthy, though by no means wholly accurate, discussion of Steinitz’s date of birth by Kurt Landsberger on pages 2-3 of William Steinitz, Chess Champion (Jefferson, 1993). (The references to Deutsches Wochenschach and the American Chess Magazine were faulty.) The list of siblings on pages 2-3 of Landsberger’s book indicates that Wolf (Wilhelm) was the ninth of 13, and on page 3 it was concluded that ‘the preponderance of evidence is for the date 14 May 1836’.
See too Steinitz’s passport application (C.N. 7149).
Leonard McLaren (Onehunga, New Zealand) points out a remark by John Nunn on page 53 of Understanding Chess Middlegames (London, 2011), in the section on planning:
The inside front flap of the dust-jacket:
Page 383 of John Donoghue’s novel states: ‘Most of the chapter headings relate to chess moves. The moves were chosen to reflect some aspect of the chapter content.’
An illustration of how casually the term ‘grandmaster’ (in this case ‘Großmeister’) was sometimes used is on page 401 of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, December 1929:
From page 6 of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 18 October 1922:
The game was annotated by Lasker on pages 237-242 of Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters (New York, 1951).
Praktische Psychologie, 8/1920, page 241
CHESS, 14 May 1939, page 324
Our latest feature article is Testing Reshevsky.
Chess and Murder mentions the case of the phonetician Professor Arthur Lloyd James, who killed his wife. Page 81 of the March 1941 CHESS gave the information in a section headed ‘The Funny Side’:
From page 101 of the April 1941 issue:
A letter published on page 314 of CHESS, July 1971:
Bloodgood’s best-known book is The Tactical Grob (Sutton Coldfield, 1977), a 51-page monograph on 1 g4. It is undated, and various supposed years of publication have been given. Our ‘1977’ is based on its listing as a new work on the inside front cover of CHESS, November 1977.
From page 72 of the April 1920 American Chess Bulletin:
Hermann Helms also related the story in the New York Evening
Post, 21 February 1920, page 12. On page 11 of the
31 January 1920 edition he had announced that the
display in Allentown was to take place that evening.
More details are sought.
The story about ‘a dumb person’ on page 391 of Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors Part I (London, 2003) may be recalled dolefully.
A paragraph in CHESS, December 1976, page 65:
The reference to ‘November’ was incorrect, given that the match, against Fumio Fujita, had been reported in a ‘Diary’ item by P.H.S. on page 14 of the Times, 21 October 1976.
Wanted: details about an audio cassette advertised on the inside back cover of the November 1977 CHESS:
See too page 1 of Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1948). How far back can this well-known remark be traced?
‘One of the chess books of the century’ was discussed by C.J.S. Purdy on page 140 of Chess World, 1 June 1948. ‘We have searched for some fault so that our review should not be all praise, but we have searched in vain. No, we must congratulate the authors on a brilliant idea executed with meticulous attention to every detail.’
Purdy also wrote:
The book, based on material which had appeared in Chess Review, was first published by Simon & Schuster, New York in 1945, and an advertisement on the inside front cover of the June-July 1945 Chess Review called it ‘the most revolutionary chess primer ever published’. The book’s early sales were reported in a full-page advertisement on page 9 of the November 1945 Chess Review. The relevant half of that page:
An Invitation to Chess was also published by Faber and Faber Limited, London in 1947.
From page 10 of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, 10 January 1973, page 6:
The position on the demonstration board is the conclusion of Fischer’s win against Celle (Davis, CA, 16 April 1964 – game 50 in My 60 Memorable Games), but what more is known about Fischer’s encounter with Juan Reid?
From an article (‘New Chess King Ruled by Fancy’) by Leon Wexelstein in the New York Times, 11 December 1927, page XX10:
‘To find out from Alekhine the ingredients that go into the making of genius in chess was not easy. As well try to learn what makes for a Heifetz, an Einstein, a Walt Whitman, a Tolstoy – or a Tunney. If genius could be readily analyzed, then genius could be made to order – and genius cannot be made to order. It is there – or it isn’t.
It would be helpful to know where and when Alekhine made the statements quoted in Wexelstein’s article.
From Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina):
C.N.s 5777 and 5974 concerned the ‘balcony shots’ taken during the 1933 Olympiad in Folkestone (the teams of Great Britain, Hungary, Latvia and the United States). Below is a further photograph, from page 16 of the 1 July 1933 edition of the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald:
Attempting to provide a complete key would be risky, but below, for now, is the crosstable of the tournament, from page 151 of the Book of the Folkestone 1933 International Chess Team Tournament (Leeds, 1933):
Regarding the non-chess activities of Eugene Znosko-Borovsky it can be added that the obituary of his wife, Marie, on page 274 of Le monde des échecs, September 1946 referred to her theatrical work:
C.N. 9155 asked whether Fischer ever rejected specific points in the article about him by Ralph Ginzburg on pages 49-55 of Harper’s Magazine, January 1962.
From page 158 of A Legend on the Road by John Donaldson (Milford, 2005):
Oliver Beck (Seattle, WA, USA) writes:
The Gazette Telegraph item:
The game in the Woestendiek/Sprague column:
Robert James Fischer – Juan Reid
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 Nf6 4 Nc3 exd4 5 Nxd4 Be7 6 f3 Nbd7 7 Be3 Ne5 8 Qd2 c5 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Nf5 O-O 11 Bxd7 Qxd7 12 O-O-O Nc4 13 Qe2 Nxe3 14 Qxe3 Rfd8
15 g4 Bf8 16 e5 Ne8 17 Ne4 Qc7 18 exd6 Nxd6 19 Nexd6 Bxd6 20 Nxd6 Rxd6 21 Rxd6 Qxd6 22 Rd1 Qxh2 23 Qe7 Qb8 24 Rd7 Qf4+ 25 Kb1 g6 26 Qe2 b6 27 a3 a6 28 Qd3 b5 29 Qd5 Re8 30 Ka2 Re5 Drawn.
The shortest item in Curious Chess Facts by Irving Chernev (New York, 1937) was on page 14:
See too page 13 of Chernev’s Wonders and Curiosities of Chess (New York, 1974).
D.J. Morgan mentioned the matter briefly and cautiously (‘Philidor, it is said, never played the Philidor Defence’) on page 157 of the May 1954 BCM, and a letter from W.S. Mackie of Cape Town was published on page 257 of the August 1954 issue:
Suggestions are invited as to when the name ‘Philidor’s Defence’ was first attached to 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6.
C.N. 8376 pointed out incorrect information about when Kasparov made his ‘it will be short’ quip: it was in June 1992, i.e. some six months before the Short v Timman Candidates’ final.
Kasparov mentioned that the joke was reported in a bulletin of the Manila Olympiad, held in June 1992. Can a reader kindly forward us a copy?
Above is the listing (CHESS, November 1977) for The Tactical Grob by Claude Bloodgood, which was referred to in C.N. 9207 as evidence that the book was published in 1977.
We have just acquired another book by Bloodgood, Blackburne-Hartlaub Gambit 1 d4 e5 2 dxe5 d6!? (Grand Prairie, 1998), and note that his introductory article, ‘The World of the Chess Hustler’, on pages 10-11 gave 1976 as the year of publication of his book on 1 g4:
However, no mention of the book has been found in CHESS before the November 1977 issue. Moreover, a catalogue page in the April 1977 CHESS listed the magazine’s own publications (15 titles), and The Tactical Grob was not among them.
Below is the first paragraph of Bloodgood’s ‘The World of the Chess Hustler’ item:
From Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada):
We add that on page 71 of the March 1952 Chess
Review (from which the above photograph is taken)
Hayden presented a light-hearted note about himself
which subsequently appeared opposite the title page of Cabbage
Heads and Chess Kings (London, 1960). From the
The claim ‘In his sole Hastings International Tournament took First Brilliancy Prize over ...’ is strange. From the masters named it is clear that Hayden was referring to Hastings, 1947-48, but he participated not in the Premier Tournament or even in the Premier (Major) Reserves but merely in one of the minor events (the Premier Reserves B tournament). He finished eighth out of ten players with two wins and a draw (BCM, March, 1948, page 86).
From the previous page:
We have yet to find a reference to other brilliancy
prizes being awarded at Hastings, 1947-48. The score of
the Hayden-Winser game was published on page 88 of the
March 1948 BCM with notes from The Field:
1 Nf3 Nf6 2 b4 d5 3 Bb2 Bf5 4 g3 e6 5 a3 Nbd7 6 Bg2 Bd6 7 O-O c6 8 d3 Qe7 9 Nbd2 e5 10 Re1 Nb6 11 c4 Bc7 12 cxd5 cxd5 13 e4 dxe4 14 dxe4 Bd7 15 Rc1 Ba4 16 Qe2 O-O 17 Bh3 Rfd8 18 Nh4 g6 19 Ndf3 Bd6 20 Qe3 Bc6 21 Qh6 Bxe4 22 Ng5 Bc6 23 f4 Qc7
24 Nf5 Bf8 25 Bxe5 Qd7 26 Bxf6 Bxh6 27 Nxh6+ Kf8 28
The game was also given in the large front-page report in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer of 3 January 1948:
Hayden annotated his victory over William Winser in an article entitled ‘Brilliancy Prize!!’ on pages 82-83 of the March 1962 Chess Review, and again he gave the impression of having played in ‘the’ Hastings tournament (which was won by Szabó):
The reference to ‘on the day of the first round’ indicates that the game was played on or around 29 December 1947.
At the end of the article Hayden wrote, ‘This game by an unknown player in the first round caused a minor sensation among the Hastings masters at the time’, after which he related the congratulations and praise that he received from László Szabó, Sir George Thomas (‘who played some beautiful games in this, his last big tournament’), William Winter, Maurice Raizman and Ossip Bernstein.
From page 313 of the 14 May 1939 CHESS:
Before any examination of details (e.g. the fact that Alekhine and Bogoljubow both had nine wins at Carlsbad, 1923) we should like to see the original text in the ‘Hungarian journal’.
A remark by Cecil Purdy on page 16 of the Australasian Chess Review, 25 January 1939:
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) sends a cutting from a column by ‘A.J.M.’ (Arthur John Mackenzie) on page 7 of the Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 7 February 1948:
Thus a single list of prize-winning games was, strange to say, drawn up from all the tournaments comprising the congress. The games selected came from: 1) Premier Reserves B; 2) Premier Reserves B; 3) Premier; 4) Premier (Major) Reserves; 5) Premier (Major) Reserves; 6) First Class A.
Page 59 of Bréviaire des échecs by S. Tartakower (Paris, 1934) attributed this saying to Dawid Janowsky:
The English version, on page 46 of A Breviary of Chess (London, 1937):
Page 86 of our book on Capablanca related his reaction to having his US record for simultaneous play broken by Marshall in Portland, OR on 23 February 1915 (+77 –4 =11), as discussed on pages 48-49 of the March 1915 American Chess Bulletin.
A report on Marshall’s exhibition was published on page
8 of the Oregon Daily Journal, 24 February 1915,
and the large feature below comes from page 3 of the 28
February 1915 edition of the Oregan Sunday Journal:
The game given in the report, a draw against Marshall
W. Malone, was also published in the above-mentioned
issue of the Bulletin, together with three
others also beginning with the Danish Gambit.
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) points out that the photograph of Capablanca and Princess Tatiana in C.N. 7633 was later published, differently cropped, on page 27 of the 27 May 1930 issue of Estampa, in an article by José Díaz Morales entitled ‘El lento y noble juego del ajedrez’.
From page 27 of “Among These Mates” by Chielamangus (Sydney, 1939), in an article about the New Zealand championship (Wellington, 1935-36):
From Stuart Rachels (Tuscaloosa, AL, USA):
From pages 25 and 110 of Blunders and Brilliancies by Ian Mullen and Moe Moss (Oxford, 1990):
Concerning early uses of ‘world chess champion’, Thomas Niessen (Aachen, Germany) adds a reference on page 286 of the Dubuque Chess Journal, June 1875: ‘William Steinitz, the present chess champion of the world.’
Richard Buchanan (Manitou Springs, CO, USA) has forwarded some biographical information about Juan Reid (1908-81), together with these two games from the archives of Colorado College:
Samuel Reshevsky – Juan Reid
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Nbd7 5 cxd5 exd5 6 Qc2 Be7 7 e3 O-O 8 Bd3 c6 9 Nf3 h6 10 Bf4 Re8 11 O-O-O b5 12 g4 b4 13 Na4 Nb6 14 g5 hxg5 15 Bxg5 Nxa4 16 Qxa4 Bg4 17 Be2
17...Ne4 18 Bxe7 Qxe7 19 Rdf1 Bxf3 20 Bxf3 Nxf2 21 Rxf2 Qxe3+ 22 Rd2 Qxf3 23 Rg1 c5 24 dxc5 Qe3 25 Rgd1 Qxc5+ 26 Kb1 Rad8 27 Rxd5 Qe7 Drawn.
Samuel Reshevsky – Juan Reid
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 O-O 7 Bd3 c6 8 Qc2 h6 9 Bh4 Nh5 10 Bxe7 Qxe7 11 Nge2 Re8 12 O-O Nf6 13 Rab1 Nbd7 14 b4 Nf8 15 b5 Bd7 16 bxc6 Bxc6 17 Qb3 Ne6 18 Bb5 Rab8 19 Qa4 Bxb5 20 Rxb5 a6
21 Nxd5 Nxd5 22 Rxd5 Rec8 23 Rd7 Qe8 24 f4 b5 25 Qb3 Qxd7 26 f5 Ng5 27 Ng3 Re8 28 Rf4 Rbc8 29 h4 Nh7 30 Nh5 Qe7 31 e4 Nf6 32 Ng3 Qc7 33 e5 Nh7 34 Ne4 Qc1+ 35 Rf1 Qc4 36 Qe3 Rcd8 37 Rf4 Qxd4 38 Nf6+ Nxf6 39 Rxd4 Nd7 40 Qd2 Rxe5 41 Rxd7 Rde8 42 Rd8 Kf8 43 Qd6+ Kg8 44 Rxe8+ Rxe8 45 Kf2 Resigns.
Below, from page 1 of the 1 January 1949 issue of Chess World, is a remark by Purdy at the start of a letter to the editor from J. Hibbert, as quoted in C.N. 1622 (see page 246 of Chess Explorations):
Source: Daily Mirror, 12 August 1909, page 8.
The game, a win for Atkins in 23 moves, was played on 10 August 1909 and published on page 385 of the September 1909 BCM. The photographs on page 371 of the same issue included another shot of the game:
Source: Daily Mirror, 11 August 1933, page 28. (For Mackareth read Mackereth.)
Source: Daily Mirror, 23 October 1934, page 19.
From page 863 of A History of Chess by H.J.R. Murray (Oxford, 1913):
Adrian Harvey (Edgware, England) asks whether information is available on any other eighteenth-century chess clubs in countries apart from Great Britain.
Further to the controversy involving Ernst Klein and the 1935 Alekhine v Euwe world title match, Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) notes two more items:
Wiener Schachzeitung, April 1936, page 104
Wiener Schachzeitung, June 1936, page 188.
Contrary to what was stated in the book by Mullen and Moss, Alekhine was White and Euwe Black.
Below is the relevant part of the game with Alekhine’s notes from pages 113-114 of his book The World’s Chess Championship 1937 (London, 1938):
In his Field column on 24 January 1880 Steinitz reproduced a paragraph from the Daily Telegraph, 7 January 1880 about an ‘extraordinary’ case involving chess and alcohol. We do not have that original publication but can show what appeared in the Leeds Times three days later, i.e. on page 7 of the 10 January 1880 edition:
Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) has found a report on page 3 of El Mundo Deportivo, 29 September 1929:
Thus Tartakower’s flight was from Budapest to Vienna. As noted on page 98 of his book on the Budapest, 1929 tournament, the last round was on 16 September. The Barcelona tournament began eight or nine days later, as shown, for instance, in the report by Tartakower on pages 39-49 of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, February 1930.
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.