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On the topic of Chess and Women and, in particular, Bobby Fischer’s views (C.N.s 9218 and 9253), Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) notes a remarkable interview with Fischer (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).
Wanted: early sightings of the rule-of-thumb suggestion about the material value of three tempi. Examples from the 1930s:
The remark by Spielmann about tempi quoted in the previous item came from his annotations to a game which he won at Sopron, 1934:
Original edition of Richtig
Opfern! by Spielmann (1935), page 44
Translation by du Mont
(1935), page 91
revised/rewritten edition by Reinfeld and Horowitz
(1951), page 84
As is well known, Ernő/Ernst Grünfeld of Sopron (1907-88) changed his name to Ernő Gereben, and in the Spielmann game either Grünfeld or Gereben may be used, as long as no impression is given that the player was the E. Grünfeld (1893-1962). That impression was given when the game appeared, with Spielmann’s notes, on pages 224-225 of the December 1934 Chess Review ...
... and when Irving Chernev presented the conclusion on pages 167-168 of Combinations The Heart of Chess (New York, 1960):
In a report on Sopron, 1934 on page 264 of the September 1934 Wiener Schachzeitung the confusion was referred to by Spielmann himself:
The most detailed account of the Grünfeld/Gereben name-change known to us is on pages 11-13 of Ernő Gereben by Gottardo Gottardi (Kecskemét, 1991).
If a reader has access to December 1921 editions of the Sunday Express it will be appreciated if the reference in Test Tube Chess shown in C.N. 10700 can be looked into, given that 27 December 1921 was not a Sunday.
In the final round of the New York, 1857 tournament, Morphy defeated Louis Paulsen +5 –1 =2. According to the Lange, Maróczy and Sergeant monographs on Morphy, the dates of the eight games were as follows: First: 29 October; Second: 30 October; Third: 2 November; Fourth: 4 November; Fifth: 6 November; Sixth: 8 November; Seventh: 8 November; Eighth: 10 November.
Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) writes:
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) draws attention to his Chess Scotland webpage on a mysterious figure, Ralph Spencer (‘formerly Rolf Silberberg’ and also named ‘Silverberg’).
Our correspondent wonders whether Ralph Spencer was the Silberberg who participated in a tournament in Paris in 1938.
Deutsche Schachzeitung, August 1938, page 234.
Alan Smith (Stockport, England) submits this game between Alfred Jordan and Emanuel Lasker from the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, 21 September 1895, page 11:
Spielmann’s original text on pages 235-238 of Magyar Sakkvilág, September-October 1934 has been supplied by the Cleveland Public Library:
From page 104 of the November-December 1940 American Chess Bulletin, in a report on that year’s USSR championship in Moscow:
Page 105 of the November-December 1940 American Chess Bulletin:
Below is the article’s appearance in The Pawn, nearly 30 years earlier (page 29 of the second volume):
Acknowledgement for the page from The Pawn: the Cleveland Public Library. Readers will note for themselves the article’s many defects.
John W. De Arman, or DeArman, was discussed in C.N.s
7572 and 7598.
Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) provides the following illustrations:
Source: Das interessante Blatt, 5 November 1885, page 6. This picture of Zukertort is a much better version of the one shown in C.N. 8514.
Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Source: Österreichs Illustrierte Zeitung, 28 September 1902, page 892. The website has the incorrect date 28 August 1902.
Our correspondent also draws attention to an interview with Ossip Bernstein on pages 4-5 of the Neues Wiener Journal, 3 November 1925.
Richard Forster (Zurich) writes:
Page 239 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 14 July 1889 gave this ending won by Lasker against Dr von Heydebreck at the Café Kaiserhof:
After 1...a5 2 Rd7 Rb1 White was unable to take the queen because of 3...Nf2+ 4 Nxf2 Rxg1+ 5 Kxg1 Re1 mate, and Black went on to win after 3 Rdd1 Rxd1 4 Rxd1 Nxc3.
Richard Forster comments:
A third contribution from Richard Forster:
... as well items with footage of Maróczy, Réti, Rubinstein and Tartakower.
Rhoda A. Bowles writing in Womanhood, 1901, page 217:
Further comments on Steinitz by Rhoda A. Bowles, from pages 25-26 of The Year-Book of Chess, 1907 by E.A. Michell (London, 1907), are given in Steinitz v von Bardeleben.
This position is from a game between Howard D. Grossman and Donald MacMurray in the New York State Championship, published on page 75 of the July-August 1938 American Chess Bulletin:
Black played 42...Bg7, which occasioned this idiosyncratic note from Anthony E. Santasiere:
A complete game annotated by Santasiere is shown here from pages 108-109 of the November-December 1940 American Chess Bulletin:
1 Nf3 d5 2 d4 Bf5 3 c4 e6 4 Qb3 b6 5 e3 Nf6 6 Ne5 Qd6 7 Nc3 c6 8 Bd2 Be7 9 Be2 O-O 10 Rc1 Nbd7 11 f4 Ne4 12 Nxe4 Bxe4 13 O-O Nxe5 14 fxe5 Qd7 15 Qa4 dxc4 16 Qxc4 Rac8 17 Qa4 Rc7 18 Rf4 Bd5
19 e4 b5 20 Qa5 Bxa2 21 d5 exd5 22 Bg4 Qd8 23 Qxa2 dxe4 24 Rd1 Qd4+ 25 Kh1 Qxe5 26 Rdf1 Qd5 27 Qa5 Bd6 28 Rf5 Qd3 29 Rd1 Rd7 30 Rg5 f5 31 Bc3 Qe3 32 Bxf5 Qxg5 33 Bxd7 Qf4 34 Be6+ Kh8
35 Bxg7+ Kxg7 36 Qxa7+ Kh6 37 Qg1 e3 38 Bg4 Be5 39 Bf3 c5 40 Rd5 Bd4 41 Rh5+ Kg7 42 Qb1 h6 43 Rh3 Qf5 44 Qe1
44...Qxh3 45 gxh3 Rxf3 46 Qe2 Rf2 47 Qxb5 e2 48 Qd7+ Kf6 49 Qd8+ Kf5 50 Qc8+ Ke4 51 Qa8+ Kd3 52 Qa6+ Kc2 53 Qg6+ Kxb2 54 Qb6+ Kc2 55 Qg6+ Kc1 56 Qxh6+ Kd1 57 Qh5
57...Rf1+ 58 Kg2 Rg1+ 59 Kf3 e1(Q) 60 Kf4+ Kd2 61 White resigns.
From page 9 of the January 1941 American Chess Bulletin:
See too page 116 of the May 1941 Chess Review, which had a biographical note on Stephens, a photograph of him and his win over Blumin.
An addition to the small number of photographs of Octávio Trompowsky is noted by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA), in Xadrez Brasileiro, May 1939, page 63:
Our correspondent also mentions a photograph of Alekhine on page 83 of the June-July 1939 issue of the Brazilian magazine:
The above are the best-quality scans that we are able to show, with the assistance of the Cleveland Public Library.
Regarding Alekhine v Joaquim Valladăo Monteiro, see C.N. 3270 (Chess Facts and Fables, pages 18-19). Further information about Valladăo Monteiro is in C.N.s 3884, 3887, 4173 and 5799.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére has also provided these cuttings from the Observer, 8 January 1939, page 22, and 22 January 1939, page 21:
The entries were reproduced, with a few textual discrepancies towards the end, on pages 35-36 of Chess Pieces by Norman Knight (London, 1949):
Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA) expresses disappointment at the small number, and low quality, of books about Nigel Short, notwithstanding his stature as the only British player to contest a world championship match in the modern era.
There is certainly a significant gap in the market. Although our shelf has monographs on Short published in Argentina, Germany, Hungary, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, they are mostly booklets, and only the 79-page volume from Hungary, which covered the period 1990-95, came out after 1993.
The conclusion of Fischer v Geller, Skopje, 1967 on page 365 of Fischer’s My 60 Memorable Games (New York, 1969):
The observation by Tarrasch, discussed in C.N.s 4868, 4877 and 5121, was given too in The Chess Wit and Wisdom of W.E. Napier:
Source: the introduction to item 72 of unit one of Napier’s Amenities and Background of Chess-Play (New York, 1934), the inside front cover of the September 1956 Chess Review and page 143 of Paul Morphy and The Golden Age of Chess (New York, 1957 and 1971).
Regarding Tarrasch’s text in Dreihundert Schachpartien (discussed in the earlier C.N. items), a book review on page 51 of the February 1910 BCM gave this translation:
The earliest occurrence of the remark that we can now cite is in L. Hoffer’s biographical article on Tarrasch on pages 354-355 of the Chess Monthly, August 1889:
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