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The concluding note in the famous Rotlewi v Rubinstein game on page 18 of Rubinstein Gewinnt! by Hans Kmoch (Vienna, 1933):
Many games labelled ‘immortal’ have been discussed in C.N. over the years, but are there any not yet mentioned here?
This cartoon comes from page 15 of the November 1947 Chess Review:
The caption text is from the accompanying article (pages 14-15) by Fred M. Wren, ‘Attempts at Immortality!’, in his ‘Tales of a Woodpusher’ series.
From page 187 of the 17 April 1916 issue of The Chess News, a small publication edited by George H. Walcott (Boston):
There are three key moves, but we lack the edition(s) of the magazine which may have discussed the solution.
Below are some remarks received from Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England):
From the plate section of American Chess Masters from Morphy to Fischer by Arthur Bisguier and Andrew Soltis (New York, 1974):
The reference to the world championship is an obvious mistake, but when was the photograph taken? Below are two more recent appearances:
Tarrasch potere della logica by Jakov Nejstadt (Rome, 1996)
A Picture History of Chess by Fred Wilson (New York, 1981), page 74
Apparent confirmation that the occasion was the Nuremberg, 1906 tournament is on page 6 of Chess Review, December 1944, which showed a dated copy inscribed by Marshall:
However, in the Nuremberg tournament (third round, 25 July 1906), Tarrasch had the white pieces against Marshall. (See the tournament book, pages 91-92.)
The photograph had been published the previous year, on page 318 of the October 1905 American Chess Bulletin:
It seems to us that the position is from the 17th and final match-game, won by Tarrasch on 14 October 1905: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nd4 4 Nxd4 exd4 5 O-O c6 6 Bc4 Ne7 7 Qh5 d5 8 exd5 cxd5 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxd7+ Qxd7 11 Qe5 d3 12 cxd3 O-O-O 13 a3 Nc6 14 Qh5 g6 15 Qd1 Qf5 16 b4 Qxd3 17 Nc3 Bg7 18 Qa4 Kb8 19 Ra2 Nd4 20 Re1 Rc8 21 h3 Nf5 22 Qd7 Rhd8 23 Qxf7 Rc7 24 Qe6 Re7 25 Qxe7 Nxe7 26 Re3 Qc4 27 Rxe7 Bf8 28 Rxh7 d4 29 Rc2 dxc3 30 Rxc3 Qe2 31 g3 Bd6 32 Kg2 Rf8 33 White resigns.
A few months ago, C.N. 10563 criticized Jimmy Adams’ treatment of sources in Gyula Breyer. The Chess Revolutionary (Alkmaar, 2017). At the Kingpin website Mr Adams has recently made a response; much of it reads like a leg-pull, and here we simply revert to the fundamental issue.
In recent decades, historical chess biographies have seen a major advance in scholarship, with far greater recognition of the need for precise sources. The world’s leading publisher in the field is McFarland & Company, Inc., and any list of its best biographical works is likely to include the following:
Question: How many of the above authors treat sources in a manner even remotely similar to Jimmy Adams’ method?
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
From pages 211-212 of the City of London Chess Magazine, October 1874:
Below is page iv of G.H.D. Gossip’s Preface to his 1874 work The Chess-Players’ Manual, with a reference to ‘the three pawns’ defence’:
On page 285 ‘Game the Fourth’ had the heading ‘The Anderssen-Zukertort, or three pawns defence to the Evans Gambit’ as an introduction to the moves 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 exd4 7 O-O dxc3 8 Qb3 Qf6 9 e5.
With regard to the ‘Chinese Immortal’, won by Liu Wenzhe against J.H. Donner in the Buenos Aires Olympiad, 1978, what was the nature and extent of the attention it received in the Chinese media of the time?
From the front cover of the April 1952 Chess Review:
As mentioned on page 98 of the same issue, the Cuban President, Carlos Prío Socarrás, accompanied by Román Torán, was making the first move in the Havana tournament. ‘A few days later, the President had been deposed, but, despite two withdrawals and one death, the Chess Congress survived.’
Pages 99-100 reported on the death:
Would Chess Review have written similarly if the victim of the fatal heart attack had been a US master?
See too The Facts about Larry Evans for his flippant, inaccurate remarks on Juan Quesada’s death.
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