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A note after 1 e4 d6 2 d4 Nf6 in the game Richard G. Ely v Gregory Koshnitsky, Melbourne, 1956-57, on page 92 of Chess World, April 1957:
Vasja Pirc, watched by Bruno Parma at Zenica, 1963 (front cover of the March 1964 Chess Review)
Page 118 of the May 1957 Chess World discussed a game between L. Awdiew and Peter Kalinovsky, Melbourne, 1956-57 which began 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 Bf5 5 Qb3 Qb6 6 Qxb6 axb6 7 cxd5 Nxd5 8 Nxd5 cxd5 9 e3 Nc6 10 Bd2 e6 11 Bb5 Bd6 12 O-O Ke7 13 Rfc1 Rhc8 14 Ne1 Rc7
15 Nd3. ‘What did Black do now? Answer on page 124.’
As mentioned on page 124, the answer had already been published (‘prematurely’) on page 104 of the April 1957 issue: after 15 Nd3, ‘Black simply won a piece. If you haven’t seen it yet, you soon will’.
Page 118 pointed out that the position after 10 Bd2 had occurred in a Capablanca game (his famous victory as Black against Janowsky, New York, 1916), and we show Irving Chernev’s note on page 304 of The Golden Dozen (Oxford, 1976):
The ever-fallible FatBase
database had three versions of the 1916 game, one
played in New York (4...Bg4), one played in New Delhi
(4...Bf5) and one played in New York (4...Bf5) with
Janowsky (White) named as the winner.
Databases show a number of games which reached the position after 10 Bd2, the only pre-1916 instance being Swiderski v Marshall, Hanover, 8 August 1902. From page 111 of the tournament book:
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) sends this report from page 3 of the Hendon and Finchley Times, 26 November 1920:
Below is the coverage of White’s death in the December 1920 BCM (frontispiece and pages 369-370):
1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Bc5 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d3 d6 5 f4 Nc6 6 Nf3 Qe7 7 Na4 Bg4 8 Nxc5 Bxf3 9 Qxf3 Nd4 10 Qg3 exf4 11 Qxf4 dxc5 12 Qd2 b5 13 Bb3 Rd8 14 O-O c4 15 c3 Nxb3 16 axb3 Rxd3 17 Qg5 c6 18 Qxg7 Qc5+ 19 Kh1 Nxe4 20 Qxh8+ Ke7 21 Bh6 Nf2+ 22 Rxf2 Qxf2 23 Qf8+ Kd7 24 Rxa7+ Resigns.
J.H. White co-edited with R.C. Griffith the first three editions of Modern Chess Openings.
The Preface to the fourth edition, by Griffith and M.E. Goldstein (London, 1925), began:
Page 388 of The December 1920 BCM carried a highly positive review by J.H. Blake of another work co-written by Griffith and White, The Pocket Guide to the Chess Openings (London, 1920):
It is naturally not our practice, as a matter of principle, to reproduce eBay items, but Gianluca Cremasco (Verona, Italy) draws attention to this offer (asking price: $4,499) from Aranjuez, Spain:
The individual on the right bears little resemblance to Capablanca. Concerning the signature, readers may draw their own conclusions after comparing it with what can be found in a 1935 letter which we own, written by Capablanca to his future wife and shown in The Genius and the Princess:
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) notes a decision by FIDE at its General Assembly in Baku on 13-16 September 2016:
Pro memoria, 2018 will be the 150th anniversary of Emanuel Lasker’s birth.
Han Bükülmez (Ecublens, Switzerland) asks for information about a Morphy gamelet against A. Bottin (Paris, 1858): 1 e4 e5 2 c3 Nf6 3 d4 Nxe4 4 dxe5 Bc5 5 Qg4 Nxf2 6 Qxg7 Rf8 7 Bg5 f6 8 exf6 Rxf6 9 Bxf6 Be7 10 Qg8+ Resigns. Our correspondent adds that a longer score is also readily found, comprising post-game analysis said to have involved Morphy.
There are brief accounts in the Morphy collections by G. Maróczy and P.W. Sergeant, but the most extensive coverage of the game that we recall is on pages 224-225 of Paul Morphy Sein Leben und Schaffen by Max Lange (Leipzig, 1894):
What more can be discovered about Morphy v Bottin?
A large amount of Russian-language footage from the 1950s to the 1990s can be viewed by searching with the word ‘chess’ at the Net Film website.
On-line at the Center for Jewish History is a complete book, dated 1922, of Emery Gondor’s sketches of chessplayers.
The Center for Jewish History also has a fine photograph of Emanuel Lasker (Los Angeles Athletic Club, 31 March 1926).
In C.N. 145 Michael McDowell noted the photograph’s appearance, in reverse form, in the Dover re-issue of Alekhine’s book on New York, 1924. In C.N. 187 another correspondent, Michael Squires, mentioned that the reversed version was also on the cover of the Dover edition of Lasker’s Manual of Chess. (See page 178 of Chess Explorations.) Subsequently, Dover corrected the picture:
The solution given in C.N. 145 was 1 Rg8 Rxg8 2 Rh8 Rxh8 3 g7 Rg8 (or 3...Rf8) 4 h7 and wins, but C.N. 2705 (see page 365 of A Chess Omnibus) reported that our computer check with the Fritz program had yielded a humdrum mate in five (i.e. one move faster): 1 Rf7 Rg8 2 Rhg7 (Or 2 g7.) 2...Rh8 3 h7 any 4 Rg8+ Rxg8 5 hxg8(Q) mate.
Nothing has yet been ascertained about the identity of the composer or the source of the problem.
The photograph of Capablanca shown in C.N.s 3757 and 3901 occupied a full page (23) in Modern Master-Play by F.D. Yates and W. Winter (London, 1929) and was also on page 19 of the third and final issue of Chess Pie, published in 1936:
From page 343 of Shakhmaty by I.L. Maizelis (Moscow, 1960):
Well-known portraits of Philidor (page 295), Anderssen (page 304) and Steinitz (page 318) were also tampered with, in the Soviet manner, but why?
Our copy of Maizelis’ book was inscribed to Nina Hrušková-Bělská:
Pages 9-10 of the Listener, 7 July 1960 reproduced, under the title ‘The Feminine Touch in Chess’, some observations by Elaine Pritchard in a radio talk on the BBC’s Network Three. A few extracts:
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) submits a victory against F. v. Rosendael from page 6 of the Standard, 2 July 1895 (which described it as ‘a brilliant little game won at Amsterdam by N.W. v. Lennep, the talented Dutch amateur’):
1 e4 e5 2 f4 d5 3 exd5 e4 4 Bb5+ c6 5 dxc6 Nxc6 6 Bxc6+ bxc6 7 d3 Qa5+ 8 Nc3 Bb4 9 Ne2 Bg4 10 O-O Nf6 11 Qe1 O-O 12 Qg3 exd3 13 cxd3 Rfe8 14 Be3 Rad8 15 Bd4 Bc5 16 Qf2
16...Rxd4 17 Nxd4 Qd8 18 Qg3 Qxd4+ 19 Kh1 Re3 20 Qf2 Qxd3 21 Rad1 Bxd1 22 Rxd1
22...Ne4 23 Qh4 Qxd1+ 24 Nxd1 Rd3 25 White resigns.
Our correspondent has also forwarded the chess column on page 24 of the Westminster Budget, 17 December 1897:
In the above (familiar) game, Black was Tresling, not Fresling.
From the plate section of the book mentioned in C.N. 10117, Nad šachovnicemi celého světa by K. Opočenský and V. Houška (Prague, 1960):
Javier Asturiano Molina (Murcia, Spain) and Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) note that the wording on the reverse of the photograph is:
It is also indicated that the photographer was José Amorós, for La Razón. Did the picture appear in that publication?
Finally, the following words are stamped upside down: ‘Foto del revés’ (‘reversed photograph’).
The full alleged sentence in French appeared on page 91 of Chess World, 1 May 1946:
From page 147 of Chess World, 1 August 1946:
From page 5 of Les échecs par la joie by Aristide Gromer (Brussels, 1939):
Page 105 of the July 1940 Schweizerische Schachzeitung had a text-book example (by Jean-Charles de Watteville, with ‘Auguste’ instead of Aristide) of a damning review which ends on an artificially positive note:
Source: page 136 of Pocket Book of Chess by Raymond Keene (London, 1988). Such gaffes are two a penny in his oeuvre; see too both editions of Soltis’ Chess Lists book, on pages 104 and 145 respectively.
A curiosity, though, is that even two respected writers made the same mix-up over Jean Dufresne (real name) and E.S. Freund (pseudonym). From page 202 of the Dizionario enciclopedico degli scacchi by A. Chicco and G. Porreca (Milan, 1971):
The above is from a plate section in the 1971 reference work mentioned in the previous item, Chicco and Porreca’s Dizionario enciclopedico degli scacchi.
The article on page 203:
Below is the entry on Durand in the unpublished 1994 edition of Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia:
There was a good-quality reproduction of the picture of Durand and Jean-Louis Preti on page 418 of the 30th issue of Les Cahiers de l’Echiquier Français (1932), and the previous page provided information about its source, with a reference to another portrait of Durand:
A marked contrast exists between the obscurity of Durand’s name nowadays and the high praise bestowed upon him in the French magazine and Italian book.
Two positions credited to Philippe Ambroise Durand (C.N. 10156) were included, on pages 92 and 95, in Maizelis’ book Shakhmaty (C.N. 10147).
In the English translation by John Sugden, The Soviet Chess Primer (Glasgow, 2014), the Durand positions are on pages 140 and 146.
The book includes a Foreword by Emanuel Lasker (‘Moscow, January 1936’) from the original Soviet edition; entitled ‘The Meaning of Chess’, it is a general essay and not a discussion of Maizelis’ book. Quality Chess did, however, include a new Foreword by Mark Dvoretsky which praised the 1960 edition highly (‘Having studied the Chess book, I scored 10 out of 10 in my next tournament ...’). The cover features strong recommendations by both Kasparov and Karpov:
From page 166 of Studies for Practical Players by Mark Dvoretsky and Oleg Pervakov (Milford, 2009), translated by Jim Marfia:
There followed this ‘bit of a study’:
Leaving aside, in the above extract, the incorrect date (1932) and the notational mishap, we observe that, as usual, Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902-1946 by L.M. Skinner and R.G.P. Verhoeven (Jefferson, 1998) is the source to consult. From page 475:
Below is the coverage on pages 296-297 of the Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, November 1933:
Did any newspapers of the period offer further information about the game played in Groningen?
From page 1 of the 4 December 1936 issue of Schach-Kurier:
That comes from pages 52-53 of Crescendo of the
Virtuoso by Paul Metzner (Berkeley and Los
Angeles, 1998). An endnote reference 87 invites the
reader to turn to page 308 for the source of the
Cassirer quote. Will it be a weighty philosophical tome
from the late nineteenth century? No:
Reinfeld also gave the Cassirer quote, again without a source, on page 287 of The Joys of Chess (New York, 1961).
In reality, there was nothing weighty about Cassirer’s remark. From pages 37-38 of Chess for Fun & Chess for Blood by Edward Lasker (Philadelphia, 1942):
Pages 15-18 of the book reproduced a letter from Cassirer to Lasker which evinced a deep love of the game.
On pages 27-28 of Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters (New York, 1951) Edward Lasker related his meetings with Cassirer and Emanuel Lasker, during which the latter’s philosophy was discussed.
The two Dover editions (respective prices: $2.75 and $5.50) referred to in C.N. 10146:
Source: Richmond River Herald, 20 April 1928, page 2.
We add from other sources a sequence of cuttings about
Birdie Reeve, who, it was reported in the late 1920s,
‘claims the women’s chess championship of the world’:
Salem News, 1 March 1922, page 1
New Castle Herald, 28 March 1923, page 7
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 29 May 1923, page 2
Oakland Tribune, 30 July 1923, page 19
Courier-Gazette, 17 November 1923, page 2
Altoona Tribune, 14 June 1924, page 12
Vaudeville News and New York Star, 13 August 1926, page 7
Harrisburg Telegraph, 21 February 1928, second section, page 1
Philadelphia Inquirer, magazine section, 11 August 1935
C.N. 10162 included this cutting from page 7 of the New Castle Herald, 28 March 1923:
The caption prompts us to give the following:
CHESS, 14 September 1935, page 19
CHESS, May 1949, page 195
CHESS, End-December 1965, page 129.
From page 349 of El Ajedrez Español, July 1935:
1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 d5 3 e3 e6 4 Bd3 Be7 5 Nbd2 c5 6 c3 c4 7 Bc2 b6 8 e4 Bb7 9 e5 Nfd7 10 O-O O-O 11 Re1 b5 12 a3 a5 13 Nf1 a4 14 Ng3 Ra6 15 Kh1 f5 16 exf6 Nxf6 17 Ne5 Bd6 18 f4 Bxe5 19 fxe5 Nfd7 20 Rf1 Ra8 21 Rxf8+ Qxf8
22 Qg4 Qf7 23 Bh6 Nc6 24 Rf1 Qe7 25 Nh5 g6 26 Bxg6 Ndxe5 27 Bf7+ Resigns.
Annotations to the game (played in Barcelona in 1935) by Ramón Rey Ardid are available on-line: La Vanguardia, 31 May 1935, page 14.
Those remarks, by Mrs Charles Edward Nixdorff, are taken from an article in the Boston Post (can a reader supply that original publication?) which was reproduced on page 24 of Lasker’s Chess Magazine, April 1908:
The match between Mrs Burgess and Mrs Nixdorff for the US women’s championship was played in the Hotel Martha Washington, 29 East 29th Street, New York on 20-25 February 1908, and a report with all five game-scores was published on pages 96-97 of the May 1908 American Chess Bulletin. Mrs Burgess lost the third game and won the other four.
A feature about her on page 4 of the St Louis Star, 1 June 1913:
Luc Winants (Boirs, Belgium) has another edition issued by Dover Publications, Inc. (priced at $2.50):
From Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) comes this item on page 7 of the Leeds Mercury, 28 November 1928:
President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) in an episode of The West Wing (C.N. 6129)
From pages 70-71 of Play All by Clive James (New Haven and London, 2016):
Below from our collection is a photograph signed by cast members of The West Wing in 2002:
Left to right: Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill and Bradley Whitford.
Black played 29...Qxd5
A characteristic comment by W.E. Napier concerning a correspondence game between F.B. Walker and C.S. Wilmarth:
Source: American Chess World, February 1901, page 41.
The periodical reproduced the winner’s notes from page 9 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23 December 1900:
1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Bxc4 Be7 6 O-O O-O 7 Nc3 b6 8 Qe2 Bb7 9 e4 c5 10 Rd1 cxd4 11 Nxd4 Qc8 12 Bf4 Nc6 13 Nxc6 Bxc6 14 Rac1 Rd8 15 Nd5 exd5 16 exd5 Ba4 17 b3 Ba3 18 bxa4 Bxc1 19 Bxc1 Qc5 20 Bg5 Qd6 21 g3 Re8 22 Qf3 Nd7 23 Bf4 Ne5 24 Qb3 Rad8 25 Bb5 Re7 26 Bg5 f6 27 Bc1 Nd7 28 Bf4 Ne5 29 Rc1 Qxd5 30 Rd1 Nf3+ 31 Kg2 Nd2+ 32 Qxd5+ Rxd5 33 Rxd2 Rxd2 34 Bxd2 h6 35 Kf3 Rc7 36 Ke4 Rc2 37 Bf4 Rc8 38 Bd6 Kf7 39 Kd5 f5 40 Bd7 Rc2 41 Bb8 Rd2+ 42 Kc6 Ke7 43 Bxf5 Rxf2 44 Bb1 Rf6+ 45 Kb7 b5 46 a5 a6 47 Ba7 Resigns.
Regarding Luck in Chess, below is an observation by C.J.S. Purdy at the start of his article ‘The Element of Chance in Chess’ on pages 171-172 and 184 of Chess World, August 1957:
From page 278 of the September 1963 BCM, in D.J. Morgan’s Quotes and Queries column:
It will be appreciated if a reader can provide the item published in Canadian Chess Chat. For now, we give an extract from a column by George Koltanowski on page 10 of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, 20 May 1962:
As ever, factual information about such quotations is sought. The Marco one was discussed in C.N. 5248, and the remark ascribed to Reinfeld should also mention Fine. It appeared on page 141 of the book on Lasker which they co-authored.
It is, though, the Wenman item that deserves particular attention, since it brings to mind a remark widely attributed to Staunton. For example, an article by G.H. Diggle reproduced in C.N. 7369 stated with regard to writers who annotated the 1834 Labourdonnais v McDonnell games:
In an article about the Labourdonnais v McDonnell series on pages 277-281 of the July 1934 BCM Diggle wrote:
The article was reproduced on pages 69-75 of The Treasury of Chess Lore by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1951).
Presenting game 21 on pages 94-95 of Lessons in Chess Strategy (London, 1968) W.H. Cozens wrote:
However, pages 83-84 of The World of Chess by Anthony Saidy and Norman Lessing (New York, 1974) had the following with regard to a different game (50):
It took us a while to find confirmation of Staunton’s words (in connection with game 21), on page 133 of his posthumous book Chess: Theory and Practice (London, 1876). Below is the relevant page in a late edition (London, 1920, published under the title The Laws and Practice of Chess):
That leaves the question of why Wenman’s name was introduced for a similar remark, and we can give a citation from his book One Hundred and Seventy Five Chess Brilliancies (London, 1947):
That unnumbered page is game 53 in Wenman’s book and is, of course, part of his coverage of the above-mentioned game 21 in the Labourdonnais v McDonnell series.
Which move is preferable, 5 d3 or 5 e3?
On pages 67 and 265 of his book on Nottingham, 1936 Alekhine gave contradictory comments about the position after 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 g6 4 Bg2 Bg7:
As mentioned in C.N. 2109 (see page 281 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves), the discrepancy was pointed out by T.V. Parrott on page 153 of CHESS, May 1953 and by Arthur Oliver on page 105 of Chess World, June 1962. A later reference is page 15 of Chess Life, January 1963 (in a ‘Chess Kaleidoscope’ article by Eliot Hearst).
Henry Ernest Atkins (BCM, October 1897, page 382)
A source for this claim about Atkins is never specified, and the best that we can offer is the following, from page 34 of the first (1922) issue of Chess Pie:
To what extent was Atkins ever known ‘on the Continent’ as ‘the little Steinitz’? More generally, even if nicknames of this sort can be corroborated, their purpose and value are far from clear.
Beyond the entries in Chess Records, we should like to list exceptional achievements in chess journalism (e.g. long-running magazines or newspaper columns), whether or not a single individual was involved throughout. The exploits need not necessarily be world, or even national, records.
Many excellent photographs can be viewed at the Finna website by entering the Finnish word for chess, ‘shakki’.
Position after 4...Bg7
From Yasser Seirawan (Amsterdam):
H.E. Bird by Hans Renette (Jefferson, 2016) is one of the best-researched chess books that we have ever seen.
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