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From Max Euwe’s ‘Game of the Month’ column on pages 74-75 of Chess Review, March 1952:
Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) has found these photographs at the Moravská zemská knihovna website:
Světozor, 11 May 1922, page 406
Světozor, 25 May 1922, page 428
Světozor, 25 May 1922, page 429
Světozor, 25 May 1922, page 429.
Even contemporary Russian books offer grisly examples. From page 367 of Короли шахматного мира by V.I. and I.M. Linder (Moscow, 2001):
As shown in Pet Moves in Chess (see too the plate section of Chess Explorations), our archives include this portrait of Ståhlberg:
The 1952 article by Euwe mentioned in C.N. 10276 began with this observation:
From page 296 of CHESS, June 1968:
Such additional jottings on the subject of Chess Grandmasters are always welcome.
From page 137 of The Sketch, 6 May 1914:
The photograph also appeared on page 35 of the Cuban magazine Bohemia, 15 March 1942:
Page 51 of Great Moments in Chess by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1963) stated that Capablanca ‘went on to defeat Frank Marshall in a match by 9-1, a score not too far from Lasker’s world championship match victory over Marshall two years earlier by 7-0’.
Both scores are wrong.
On page 239 of Murder at the Chessboard edited by ‘P.T. Houdunitz’ (New York, 2001) the above was the (full) solution to a puzzle set on page 166.
Having placed a rook on one of the four centre squares of the board, Sherlock Holmes asked Dr Watson:
A news feature on page 135 of Chess Review, May 1952:
An article (‘Svensk Capablanca!’) with another photograph of Rune Litzberger had been published on page 16 of Tidskrift för Schack, January 1952. Occasional later references to him (with the spelling Litsberger) are readily found, but is a comprehensive biographical note available?
C.N. 8226 (see too Fischer’s Fury) noted the absence of any mention of My 60 Memorable Games in Chess Review throughout the year in which the book was published (1969). Nor, as far as we can see, did Chess Review refer to Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess when it appeared (in 1959).
That earlier book was listed on page 6 of Chess Life, 5 June 1959:
In reality, most of the games were bare scores, and the 97-page volume was not widely praised. Pages 80-81 of the March 1960 BCM had a brief critique of ...
The UK edition sold at 12s. 6d. and had a two-page
Foreword by Harry Golombek. (He was the Games and
Overseas News Editor of the BCM, but under the
editorship of Brian Reilly the magazine was not the
place for cronyism; see, for instance, C.N. 3551.)
Bobby Fischer’s Games of Chess received a surprisingly warm welcome on page 19 of the January 1960 Chess World, where C.J.S. Purdy remarked:
Whatever the merits of the book, the publicity for it was delusive. Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) has sent us an advertisement which appeared in six consecutive editions of the Chess Review catalogue (1960-65):
The games against Tal, Petrosian, Gligorić, Bronstein and 16 others (i.e. the full set played at the 1958 Interzonal tournament in Portorož) were unannotated.
Page 153 of The Bright Side of Chess by Irving Chernev (Philadelphia, 1948) provided a reminder of the outstanding status of Paul Keres in his youth:
The list of victims of Keres’ brilliancies is illogical, given that Reinfeld’s cut-off point was the age of 20. His remark, which had an additional reference to Alekhine, was on page 1 of Keres’ Best Games of Chess 1931-1940 (London, 1941):
The possibility of 17 Qf3 was also pointed out on page 242 of the August 1900 Deutsche Schachzeitung (edited by Berger and Schlechter):
From an unsigned article about London, 1899 on pages 9-10 of the July 1899 American Chess Magazine:
The remark brings to mind page 56 of The Knights and Kings of Chess by G.A. MacDonnell (London, 1894), in the chapter on Mason:
Some passages by later writers:
We note, firstly, that in his obituary of Mason in the Field, 21 January 1905, Hoffer did not claim to have made the remark:
Moreover, on page 765 of the Fortnightly Review, December 1886 Hoffer not only attributed the comment to an unidentified third party but also slightly distanced himself from it:
Hoffer quoted that passage in a feature about Mason on page 66 of the Chess Monthly, November 1888.
His 13-page article in the Fortnightly Review proved highly controversial, and we present it in full, together with some of the reaction, in The Chess Masters of To-day by Leopold Hoffer.
From J.H. Mandleberg’s score-book which we own (see C.N. 4039 for his draw against Capablanca), below is a game dated November 1936. Further information is sought.
1 f4 Nc6 2 Nf3 d5 3 e3 Nf6 4 Bb5 Bd7 5 Bxc6 Bxc6 6 b3 e6 7 Bb2 Bd6 8 O-O Qe7 9 d3 O-O-O 10 Nbd2 Rhg8 11 Ne5 Bxe5 12 fxe5 Nd7 13 Nf3
13...g5 14 c4 dxc4 15 bxc4 Bxf3 16 Qxf3 Rg7 17 Rab1 c6 18 d4 Nb6 19 Rfc1 g4 20 Qf1 h5 21 Qd3 Qg5 22 Qb3 Rh7 23 c5 Nd5 24 Re1 f5 25 exf6 Qxf6 26 Ba3 Qg6 27 Bc1 Qe4 28 Bd2 h4 29 Qb2 h3 30 Ba5 Drawn.
This item is from page 76 of The Chess Player’s
Bedside Book by Raymond Bott and Stanley Morrison
(London, 1966). Botvinnik’s first appearance at Hastings
(and, indeed, in any overseas tournament) was in
From page 45 of the February 1936 BCM, in a report on Hastings, 1935-36:
1 e4 c5 2 Bc4 Nc6 3 Nf3 e6 4 Nc3 a6 5 d4 b5 6 d5 bxc4 7 dxc6 d6 8 e5 d5 9 Bg5 f6 10 exf6 Nxf6 11 Ne5 h6 12 c7 Qxc7 13 Bxf6 gxf6 14 Qh5+ Ke7 15 Qf7+ Kd6 16 Qxf6 Bg7
17 Ne4+ dxe4 18 O-O-O mate.
This game was given in C.N. 2924 (see page 43 of Chess Facts and Fables), and C.N. 6385 corrected Black’s 16th move from ...Be7 to ...Bg7. Our source was page 123 of Příruční kniha šachovní by K.B. Kober (Prague, 1875), and C.N. 6385 noted that the heading stated only that the game was played in the Sokol Café (in Prague) on 16 April; no year was specified, but neighbouring games suggested sometime between 1866 and 1874.
Now, Vitaliy Yurchenko (Uhta, Komi, Russian Federation) has provided the exact year, 1869. The game was published on page 280 of Světozor, 20 August 1869, and in the heading the abbreviation t. r. means tohoto roku (i.e. of this year):
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has found dozens of rare pictures in The Sphere, 1910-47. They include the following, which was discussed in C.N. 203 (see pages 139-140 of Chess Explorations and Chess Score-Sheets):
The illustrations discovered by Mr Urcan are presented in our latest feature article, Chess Pictures in The Sphere.
Further to Fred Reinfeld’s description of Eliskases v L. Steiner, Budapest, 1933 as ‘one of the finest games ever played’ (see page 156 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves), we add that, also on page 9 of the January 1952 Chess Review, Reinfeld made these remarks:
C.N. 2885 (see pages 259-260 of Chess Facts and Fables) included a passage from pages 7-9 of Paul Morphy. His Later Life by C.A. Buck (Newport, 1902):
Buck’s text on Morphy had been published on pages 1-7 of the American Chess World, January 1901, introduced as follows:
On page 214 of his 1976 biography of Morphy, David Lawson gave 29 December 1900 as the date of the article’s appearance in the Evening Gazette. Can any reader provide a copy?
In the late 1980s Frank Skoff sent us a ‘list of letters (plus some other items)’ in David Lawson’s book on Morphy:
Paul Dorion (Montreal, Canada) notes a comment by Botvinnik on page 116 of his book One Hundred Selected Games (London, 1951):
The Russian original, on page 126 of Избранные партии 1926-1946 (Moscow, 1951):
Stéphane Pilawski (Hannut, Belgium) asks about a simultaneous game with clocks, Capablanca v Ribera, Barcelona, 1935, on pages 97-98 of The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth (London, 1975):
Concerning the position below, our correspondent asks on what grounds it is stated that Black played 19...Nf5:
Firstly, we point out that the source (El Ajedrez Español) specified on page 200 of The Unknown Capablanca did not have 19...Nf5. As shown on pages 257-258 of our book on Capablanca, the Cuban annotated his win (‘de lo que recuerdo’) in an article on pages 3-6 of El Ajedrez Español and gave Black’s 19th move as ...Qe8:
That version of the score (with 19...Qe8, and not 19...Nf5) was published, with a translation of Capablanca’s notes, on page 92 of the April 1936 Chess Review and has appeared in a number of popular works, e.g. on pages 225-226 of The Fireside Book of Chess by I. Chernev and F. Reinfeld (New York, 1949) and on pages 234-235 of Chernev’s Combinations The Heart of Chess (New York, 1960). However, on pages 416-417 of 1000 Best Short Games of Chess (New York, 1955) Chernev gave the 19...Nf5 version.
An early appearance of the game with 19...Nf5 was on pages 104-105 of Deutsche Schachblätter, 1 April 1936:
It will be noted that the game was dated 29, and not 14, December 1935 in the German magazine.
Finally, here is Raymond Keene’s contribution on this famous game, in an article about Kasparov and Karpov on page 28 of CHESS, July 1988:
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, Canada) sends page 12 of the inaugural issue (1/1959) of Tal’s magazine Šahs:
Reshevsky is already mentioned in Secret Chess Contests, and below is another small example, from the article ‘Some Chess Memories’ by Constantine Rasis on pages 105-106 of Chess Life, April 1963 (C.N. 10188). The Western Chess Association tournament was held in Detroit from 23 August to 2 September 1924.
A reminder of Vlastimil Hort’s standing and reputation early in his career comes from page 221 of CHESS, Easter 1970:
From our collection:
White to move
From page 10 of Chess Review, January 1952 in an article by Tartakower entitled ‘From My Chess Memoirs’:
The episode was also referred to by Albéric O’Kelly de Galway on page 266 of the September 1956 Chess Review:
The Bernstein v Maróczy game: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Be7 5 Bf4 O-O 6 e3 b6 7 cxd5 exd5 8 Bd3 a6 9 O-O Bb7 10 Ne5 c5 11 Qf3 Ra7 12 Rad1 c4 13 Bb1 b5 14 e4 dxe4 15 Nxe4 Nbd7 16 Nc6 Bxc6 17 Nxf6+ Nxf6 18 Qxc6 Qd5 19 Qb6 Rd7 20 Rfe1 Bb4 21 Bd2 Bd6 22 Qa5 Qxd4 23 Bc3 Bxh2+ 24 Kxh2 Ng4+ 25 Kh1 Qxd1
26 f3 Qd5 27 fxg4 Rd6 28 Qc7 b4 29 Be4 Rh6+ 30 Kg1 Qb5 31 Bd2 Re6 32 Bf3 Rfe8 33 Rxe6 Resigns.
The game was annotated on pages 69-71 of Moderne Schachstrategie (Breslau, 1930), a monograph on Bernstein by Tartakower.
Other notes can be found on pages 395-400 of the Caissa
Editions book on Ostend, 1906 edited by A.J. Gillam
(Yorklyn, 2005), and a computer-check of the game will
be found particularly valuable. A curiosity is that on
page 177 of the June 1952 BCM E.G.R. Cordingley
stated that the game was drawn.
On the subject of announced mates:
Source: Lasker’s Chess Magazine, December 1904, page 59.
Chess photographs in The Graphic found by Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) are shown below, with a few background notes by us:
7 February 1925, page 191
15 October 1927, page 92
A slightly different version of this photograph exists, and page 202 of A History of Chess by Harry Golombek (London, 1976) had another shot, taken from the opposite direction and showing a cameraman.
29 October 1927, page 187
29 October 1927, page 187
From page 408 of the October 1927 BCM:
The result was reported on page 496 of the December 1927 BCM:
Regarding the second photograph above, Mrs Marza/Murza was referred to in C.N. 7314.
30 March 1929, page 490
See C.N. 4092.
13 April 1929, page 63
A different version of this photograph was shown in C.N. 9021.
The Getty Images website has many chess-related photographs, and Mr Urcan mentions that, for instance, the results of a search with the words ‘British Chess Championship’ include the following:
This photograph has been sent to us by Doug Geib (Brecksville, OH, USA), who obtained it when he acquired the chess set, table and clock in front of which Carlos Torre is standing. Joaquín Amaro Domínguez was a leading Mexican military figure. Information is sought concerning the simultaneous display in question.
From page 8 of issue one of Albrecht Buschke’s publication Chess News from Russia, 10 November 1945:
Botvinnik’s volume on the 1937 Euwe-Alekhine match was reprinted by Издательство “Галерия”, Moscow in 2002:
This undated contest between M. Sokoler and M. Bock was annotated in John W. Collins’ ‘Postal Games’ column on page 378 of the December 1956 Chess Review:
1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nf3 a6 4 e3 b5 5 a4 Bb7 6 b3 cxb3 7 axb5 axb5 8 Bxb5+ Nd7 9 Rxa8 Bxa8 10 Ne5 Nf6 11 Qxb3 e6 12 O-O Bd6 13 Qa4 Bb7 14 Nc3 Qe7 15 Bc6 Bc8 16 Nb5 O-O 17 Nxd6 cxd6 18 Ba3 Rd8 19 Qa7 Re8 20 Nc4 Nf8 21 Qxe7 Rxe7 22 Bxd6 Ra7 23 Rb1 Ra2 24 g3 N8d7 25 Na3 h6 26 Bb5 Ne4 27 Bc4 Rd2
28 Bb4 Rxf2 29 Bd3 Ndf6
After 30 Be7 the game ended 30...Rd2 31 Bxe4 Nxe4 32 Rb8 Rd1+ 33 Kg2 Rc1 34 Bc5 Resigns.
Following on from C.N. 10291 (The Sphere) and C.N. 10302 (The Graphic), Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has provided a set of chess pictures published in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News:
28 March 1903, page 136
26 August 1905, page 1008
11 April 1908, page 205
5 September 1908, page 32
16 January 1909, page 799
25 March 1911, page 137
31 August 1912, page 1254
13 May 1916, page 291
21 February 1920, page 871
22 October 1921, page 249
29 September 1923, page
22 January 1927, page 167
6 January 1934, page 41
13 January 1934, page 64.
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