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Peter Holmgren (Stockholm) sends this photograph, found in a local archive in Gävle:
It appears to show Rudolf Spielmann giving a simultaneous exhibition in the early twentieth century. Can further information be found?
From John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) comes an item on page 4 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 18 May 1902:
A feature on page 43 of CHESS, November 1946:
An article entitled ‘Watson the Unique’ by C.J.S. Purdy in the 1 November 1949 issue of Chess World had the following on pages 252-253 regarding London, 1922:
On page 261 of Chess World, December 1959 Purdy called Watson ‘Australia’s greatest living native-born player’ and added:
‘Watson the Unique’ appeared in three parts: 1 November 1949, pages 249-258; 1 December 1949, pages 275-281; 1 January 1950, pages 2-7.
On page 9 of the January 1962 Chess World Purdy wrote:
From Lasker’s Manual of Chess (Philadelphia, 1947):
That is the heading of the introduction by Fred Reinfeld to his edition of Lasker’s book. The page was numberless, but in the 1960 Dover reprint it was page vii.
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) asks for information about Ludwig Bauer and the source of his observation. At present, we can say only that pages 308-310 of the September-October 1908 Wiener Schachzeitung reprinted an article by Bauer which covered similar general ground, though without the remark quoted by Reinfeld.
On the Tarrasch controversy over the climate in Düsseldorf, an addition from pages 302-303 of the Wiener Schachzeitung, September-October 1908:
This has been extracted from an interview with Tarrasch by Hans Taub originally printed in the Münchener Neueste Nachrichten, 23 September 1908.
Our archives include about 40 photographs from the eighth Balkaniad (Athens 10-16 October 1976). A selection:
Dominique Thimognier (Fondettes, France) sends these cuttings:
Excelsior, 14 May 1922, page 2
Excelsior, 15 May 1922, page 2
Excelsior, 16 May 1922, page 1 (Larger version)
Excelsior, 16 May 1922, page 2
Capablanca’s loss to Pape (1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Bf5 5 Ng3 Bg6 6 h4 h6 7 Nf3 e6 8 Ne5 Bh7 9 c3 Nf6 10 Qb3 Qc7 11 f4 Bd6 12 Be2 O-O 13 Bd2 c5 14 Bf3 Nc6 15 Bxc6 bxc6 16 Rc1 Rab8 17 Qa4 Rxb2 18 Nc4 Bxf4 19 Nxb2 Bxd2+ 20 Kxd2 Qf4+ 21 Kd1 Qxg3 22 Qxa7 Nd5 23 Qa6 Qxg2 24 White resigns) is known, having been published on pages 159-160 of the July 1922 issue of La Stratégie with Pape’s annotations in L’Action Française.
Mr Thimognier adds that the only other game from the 40-board display that Capablanca did not win was given on page 5 of Excelsior, 28 May 1922:
José Raúl Capablanca (simultaneous) – Victor
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 e6 3 c4 Nf6 4 Bg5 Nbd7 5 e3 Be7 6 Nbd2 O-O 7 Rc1 c6 8 Bd3 Re8 9 O-O Nh5 10 Bxe7 Qxe7 11 Ne5 Nhf6 12 f4 c5 13 Qf3 cxd4 14 exd4 Qb4 15 Rc2 dxc4 16 Ndxc4 Nb6 17 a3 Qe7 18 Nxb6 axb6 19 Rfc1 Qd6 20 Qf2 Bd7 21 Nc4 Qc7 22 f5 Rac8 23 Ne5 Qd8 24 fxe6 Bxe6 25 Rxc8 Bxc8 26 h3 Be6 27 Bc4 Qc7 28 Rc3 Qd6 29 Bxe6 Qxe6 30 Rc7 Re7 31 Qc2 h6 32 Rc8+ Re8 33 Rxe8+ Nxe8 34 Qc4 Qe7 35 Qc8 Kh7 36 Qd7 Qxd7 37 Nxd7 Kg6 38 Kf2 Kf5 39 Ke3 b5 40 g4+ Kg5 41 Ne5 Nd6 42 Nf3+ Kf6 43 b3 Ke6
44 Ne1 f5 45 Nd3 g5 46 Ne5 f4+ 47 Kd3 Kd5 48 Nd7 Ke6 49 Nc5+ Kd5 (‘R3D’) 50 Nd7 Ke6 51 Ne5 Kd5 52 Nd7 Ke6 53 Ne5 Kd5 54 Nd7 Ke6 Drawn.
As regards the first Excelsior cutting shown above, Mr Thimognier notes in particular Capablanca’s concluding remarks from his conversation with Roger Valbelle:
In C.N. 5606 a correspondent drew attention to an article about Bohatirchuk on pages 70-71 of the 6/2008 Rochade Europa which had a crosstable with a player named ‘Smyslov’:
From Andrey Terekhov (Singapore):
Dan Scoones (Coquitlam, Canada) writes:
Thanks to modern technology and particularly the digitization of newspapers, the discovery of ‘unknown’ game-scores is far less of an exploit than it used to be. As an experiment, we invite readers to send us their findings concerning Norman Willem van Lennep (1872-97), further to the material already available in the C.N. items listed in the Factfinder. The choice of van Lennep puts every chance on the researcher’s side: his name was distinctive, and much of the culmination of his short chess career was in a country (Great Britain) which had many rich journalistic outlets that are now available on-line. Moreover, van Lennep often played in relatively minor club matches of the type more likely to be covered by newspapers than by magazines.
Firstly, readers may appreciate a reminder of his life, as related on pages 161-164 of the May 1897 BCM:
Page 431 of the November 1897 BCM had a curt notice of his demise:
With regard to his games, a win against A.E. Tietjen was published in Isidor Gunsberg’s column in the Penny Illustrated Paper, 7 March 1896, page 149:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 Nf6 4 Nc3 Nbd7 5 Be2 Be7 6 h3 c6 7 O-O O-O 8 Be3 Qc7 9 Bd3 Re8 10 Nd2 Nf8
11 f4 exf4 12 Bxf4 Ng6 13 Bg3 Be6 14 Nf3 Rad8 15 Bh2 Qc8 16 Ne2 d5 17 e5 Nd7 18 Nf4 Nxf4 19 Bxf4 Nf8 20 Ng5 f6 21 Nxe6 Qxe6 22 Qd2 fxe5 23 Bxe5 c5 24 Rae1 Qc6 25 Qf4 Resigns.
A loss by van Lennep as White against Percy Howell in the Ludgate Circus Championship in London was on page 8 of the Daily News, 12 January 1897:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 d4 exd4 5 Nxd4 Bd7 6 Nc3 Nf6 7 Nde2 Be7 8 Ng3 O-O 9 O-O Re8 10 b3 Bf8 11 Bb2 Ng4 12 h3 Nh6 13 Re1 a6 14 Bxc6 Bxc6 15 Qd3 Qd7 16 Rad1 Re6 17 Nce2 Rae8 18 Nd4 R6e7 19 Bc1 f5 20 Bxh6 fxe4 21 Qe3 gxh6 22 Ngf5 Re5 23 Nxh6+ Bxh6 24 Qxh6 R8e7 25 Re3 Rg7 26 c4 Qf7 27 Rde1 Bd7 28 Rxe4 Rh5 29 Qf4 Qg6 30 g3 Rxh3 31 Ne6 Rf7 32 Qe3 Bc6 33 Ng5
33...Re7 34 Nxh3 Rxe4 35 Qd2 Rh4 36 Re6 Qb1+ 37 Re1 Rxh3 38 Qg5+ Qg6 39 Qd8+ Kg7 40 Re7+ Kh6 41 Qf8+ Kh5 42 White resigns.
The score with notes by Gunsberg was on page 20 of the 7 February 1897 edition of the New Orleans Times-Democrat. The annotations were ascribed to the Glasgow Weekly Citizen; since Gunsberg was not that publication’s columnist, we should like to know where they first appeared. The van Lennep v Howell game was also given, briefly annotated, on pages 95-96 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 21 March 1897.
Page 9 of the Daily News, 19 January 1897 had van Lennep’s loss to H. Wagner in a 40-board match between the Athenaeum and the City of London Chess Club in London on 16 January:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Qb6 5 Nf3 Nc6 6 Bd3 cxd4 7 cxd4 Bd7 8 Nc3 Nxd4 9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10 O-O a6 11 Qe2 Ne7 12 Kh1 Nc6 13 f4 Nb4 14 Bb1 Qb6 15 a3 Nc6 16 f5 Qd4 17 fxe6 Bxe6 18 Bf4 Rd8 19 Ba2 Ne7 20 Rad1 Qc5 21 Qd2 g6
22 Ne4 Resigns.
What other games can be found, and do Dutch websites,
such as Delpher,
have relevant material?
We hope too that it will be possible to tie up loose ends, such as van Lennep’s victory over H.W. Trenchard in a match between the City of London and North London clubs on 9 February 1897. The report on pages 104-105 of the March 1897 BCM described it as ‘a beautiful game’, but the score was not given. However, on page 214 of the May 1898 BCM James Mason annotated a game between van Lennep and Trenchard which fits the bill but had no occasion specified:
1 d4 d5 2 e3 e6 3 Bd3 Bd6 4 Nd2 Nd7 5 Ngf3 f5 6 c4 c6 7 b3 Nh6 8 Bb2 O-O 9 Ne5 Bxe5 10 dxe5 Ng4 11 Nf3 Nc5 12 O-O Nxd3 13 Qxd3 Qe7 14 Rac1 Rd8 15 Rfd1 Bd7 16 Qc3 dxc4 17 Qxc4 Be8 18 Qf4 Nh6 19 Rd6 Nf7
20 Rcd1 g5 21 Qd4 g4 22 Ne1 b6 23 Nd3 c5 24 Qc3 Bb5 25 Nf4 Ng5 26 Qc2 Rxd6 27 exd6 Qe8 28 Qc3 e5 29 Nd5 Ne4
30 Ne7+ Qxe7 31 dxe7 Nxc3 32 Rd8+ Kf7 33 Bxc3 Bc6 34 e8(Q)+ Resigns.
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes:
No information has yet come to light on the excelsior composition in C.N. 9975, taken from page 12 of Ideal-Mate Chess Problems by Eugene Albert (Davis, 1966):
Early recognition of Teed came from Sam Loyd on page 1788 of the Scientific American Supplement, 23 February 1878:
The ‘little gem’ regarding which Loyd remarked, ‘we have never found a two-move problem that gave us more trouble to solve’:
Another sketch of Teed was on the front page of the 28 January 1888 issue of the Columbia Chess Chronicle:
Next, a profile of Teed on page 9 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 December 1896:
The game against Cohn is familiar, and the sketch is based on a photograph which later appeared on page 141 of the American Chess Magazine, August 1897:
Page 164 of the same issue referred to the photograph:
The picture in the American Chess Magazine was small, and a detail of the chessboard is of little help:
Finally, a feature marking Teed’s death from page 144 of the July-August 1929 American Chess Bulletin (mentioned in C.N. 6936):
From pages 40-41 of the Chess Monthly, October 1892:
The Cleveland Public Library has kindly provided a complete scan of Der vollkommene Schach-Korkser, and a sample is shown below:
Much of the material was reproduced in Schellenberg’s book Lachschach (Leipzig, 1912).
From the second (posthumous) edition (Berlin and Leipzig, 1921):
This portrait of Schellenberg was the Beilage to the 10 April 1904 issue of Deutsches Wochenschach:
The Regionaal Archief Tilburg has many fine chess photographs.
The white queen was placed on g3 rather than e4 when the conclusion was given, without the players’ names, on page 127 of Complete Book of Chess Stratagems by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1958):
See also page 149 of the later edition, The Complete Book of Chess Tactics (New York, 1961).
A game which N.W. van Lennep drew against an eminent opponent who was discussed in C.N. 3361 (see pages 217-218 of Chess Facts and Fables):
Source: Illustrated London News, 20 February 1897, page 260.
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 c3 Nf6 4 d4 d6 5 dxe5 Nxe4 6 Qd5 Nc5 7 Bb5 Be7 8 Bxc6+ bxc6 9 Qxc6+ Bd7 10 Qd5 Be6 11 Qd4 dxe5 12 Qxd8+ Rxd8 13 Nxe5 Rd5 14 Nf3
14...Nd3+ 15 Ke2 Bg4 16 Rd1 Nxc1+ 17 Rxc1 O-O 18 h3 Bg5 19 Re1 Re8+ 20 Kf1 Rxe1+ 21 Nxe1 Bc1 22 Na3 Bxb2 23 Rb1 Bxa3 24 hxg4 Rd2 25 Rb7 Rxa2 26 Rxc7 a5 27 Nd3 f6 28 c4 a4 29 c5 Rd2 30 Nf4 Bb4 Drawn.
From a biographical note on Rudolf Charousek on page 322 of the Chess Monthly, July-August 1896:
Dan Scoones (Coquitlam, Canada) points out an Estonian webpage with many photographs of Paul Keres.
Guy Gignac (Donnacona, Canada) informs us that he recently acquired this photograph:
Assistance with identifying the group will be welcomed.
Annually since 2004 we have offered reports on the chess coverage – whether trivial, minuscule or non-existent – in Guinness World Records. The 2017 edition has just been received and is spectacularly different: chess receives a two-page spread.
The topics on pages 144-145 are:
There are also brief ‘fast facts’ and ‘did you know?’ items about: design students who made a large king; the Isle of Lewis chessmen; Karpov/Fischer in 1975; the origin of the term ‘checkmate’.
An addition will be made to Unusual Chess Words, from page 33 of the book discussed in C.N.s 10087 and 10088, A Popular Introduction to the Study and Practice of Chess (London, 1851) written by S.S. Boden but published anonymously:
It is rare for a chess book written by a master not to have the author’s name on the cover (front, back or spine):
A list of information on the title page of the book (‘Playing Chess Step-by-Step’), which was published in 2004, includes ‘Written by Gary Lane’ in small letters, and there is a brief biographical note on the final page.
From page 46:
Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) comments that the photograph appears to be a reverse image, given that the coats are buttoned on the left.
The Gallica website of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France has a photograph of Alekhine playing blindfold at the Café de la Rotonde au Palais-Royal in Paris.
Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) has submitted a number of columns with games by Norman Willem van Lennep, including one against J.T. Heppell on page 22 of the Illustrated London News, 2 January 1897:
The score becomes impossible at move 27, but the full game makes sense if White’s 20th move is taken to be Rae1 and not Rab1 (‘QR to Ksq’ and not ‘QR to Ktsq’):
1 d4 d5 2 e3 e6 3 Bd3 Nf6 4 Nd2 c5 5 c3 Nc6 6 f4 cxd4 7 exd4 Bd6 8 Nh3 Qc7 9 O-O Bd7 10 Qe2 h6 11 Nf3 O-O-O 12 Ne5 Rdf8 13 Bd2 Be8 14 b4 Nd7 15 a4 f6 16 Nxc6 bxc6 17 Qxe6 Bf7 18 Qg4 g5 19 Bf5 Be8
20 Rae1 (‘QR to Ktsq’) 20...h5 21 Qe2 Kb7 22 fxg5 Bxh2+ 23 Kh1 fxg5 24 Nxg5 Rfg8 25 Ne6 Qd6 26 Nc5+ Nxc5 27 bxc5 Qc7 28 c4 dxc4 29 Qxc4 Rg4 30 Rxe8 Rh4.
White mates in four moves: 31 Rb1+ Qb6
32 Qa6+ Kxa6 33 Bc8+ Qb7 34 Bxb7.
On the topic of excuses for losing an addition comes from page 87 of the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 3 May 1899:
Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) forwards a photograph from page 3 of Die Deutsche Zeitung im Ostland, 26 September 1942:
We included the picture in Kings, Commoners and Knaves, identifying the game as Alekhine v E. Steiner, Kemeri, 1937. The photograph had appeared, without any particulars, in Nad šachovnicemi celého světa by K. Opočenský and V. Houška (Prague, 1960):
Chess and Sleep includes some C.N. items on the story that Capablanca fell asleep during a game in the 1927 world championship match.
From pages 291-292 of the July 1987 BCM, in ‘My Meetings with Alekhine’, which was a translation of ‘an article by L. Lyubimov in Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1957, pages 248-249’:
Gene Milener (Renton, WA, USA) returns to the topic of early chess photographs and refers to one (Alois Löcherer: Chess Game; 1850/Calotype) which is slightly later than the shot discussed in C.N.s 5977 and 5985. We note that further information is provided on the website of the Harry Ransome Center (the University of Texas at Austin).
From the unpublished 1994 edition of Chess Personalia by Jeremy Gaige:
C.N. 2814 (see pages 69-70 of Chess Facts and Fables and Jacques Mieses) gave Mieses’ annotations to his famous victory (‘“Youth” has triumphed’) over Dirk van Foreest in the Hague on 26 March 1949. Although Mieses’ article (BCM, June 1949, pages 178-179, and shown in full in our feature article) specifically stated that his opponent was D. van Foreest, an on-line search for ‘youth has triumphed’ and ‘Arnold van Foreest’ will yield dissenting (unsourced, naturally) versions.
There is even this ‘pair’:
Source: ‘A Remarkable Chess Family’ by Hans Ree.
Source: ‘A Remarkable Family’ by Hans Ree.
A further rich selection of images concerning Keres is available at the website of the Eesti Muuseumide Veebivärav, through a search for either ‘Keres’ or the Estonian word for chess, ‘Male’.
Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) forwards an article on Jutta Hempel from the unnumbered pages 1-3 of volume three of Latvian Gambit (May-June 1970):
Our correspondent adds:
Mr Clapham has also supplied the front cover of the August 1971 issue, which quoted a comment by Fischer:
Page 5 of Tony Kosten’s 1995 Batsford book on 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f5, [The] Latvian Gambit (the definite article is on the cover but not on the title page), stated that the opening ‘was renamed the Latvian Gambit at the 1937 FIDE Congress’.
The start of an article on the opening published earlier that year, on pages 74-75 of the Chess Review, April 1937:
The name ‘Latvian Gambit’ had been officially adopted by FIDE several years earlier, in its publication discussed in C.N. 3902 and 10058, Débuts du jeu d’échecs (Prague, 1934). From page 35:
From page 81 of the sixth edition of Modern Chess Openings (Philadelphia, 1939):
The earliest edition of Modern Chess Openings to include the specific term ‘Latvian Gambit’ was the seventh (London, 1946). From page 102:
Even so, in English-language sources the names remained more or less interchangeable. For instance, the May 1968 CHESS (pages 244-251) and the end-May 1968 issue (pages 281-284) had an ‘amazing article’ on 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f5 by B. Simm (‘Simms’ in the heading to the first part). The two parts were entitled, respectively, ‘The Latvian Gambit (alias Greco Counter-Gambit)’ and ‘The Latvian or Greco Counter-Gambit’.
To what extent modern theoreticians give due attention to old analysis is an uncomfortable question. To mention a couple of sources at random, there was a large amount of material, mainly by Stasch Mlotkowski, on the ‘Greco Counter-Gambit’ in the BCM in 1915-16, and a two-part article entitled ‘Zum Lettischen Gambit’ by Walter Henneberger was published in the Schweizerische Schachzeitung, January 1941, pages 6-9, and February 1941, pages 21-23.
Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) has forwarded another photograph from the Latvian magazine Atpūta (21 March 1941, page 31):
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