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Firstly, the full text of C.N. 2673 is reproduced, from 2002:
Specifying sources is not only an act of fairness to earlier writers but also a way of ensuring that relevant background information is known. In this instance, the source ‘notebooks of the Liverpool Chess Club’ diminishes the possibility that Lasker was aware of the Burn v Owen game before he played the double bishop sacrifice against J.H. Bauer (Amsterdam, 1889).
See too pages 185-186 of Amos Burn A Chess Biography by Richard Forster (Jefferson, 2004). On the theme of the double bishop sacrifice, a footnote on page 185 had a late addition:
Detailed coverage of the double bishop sacrifice on the basis of Lasker v Bauer is on pages 368-376 of Emanuel Lasker edited by R. Forster, M. Negele and R. Tischbierek (Berlin, 2018).
Below (with scans kindly provided by the Cleveland Public Library) are two short, little-known games with the same motif. The first comes from pages 167-168 of the South African Chess Magazine, July 1935:
1 d4 f5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 Bb4 5 Bd2 O-O 6 e3 b6 7 a3 Bd6 8 Be2 Bb7 9 O-O Kh8 10 Qb3 Nc6 11 Rac1 Na5 12 Qc2 Ne4 13 Nb5 Nxd2 14 Nxd2
14...Bxh2+ 15 Kxh2 Qh4+ 16 Kg1 Bxg2 17 f4 Qg3 18 Rf3 Bxf3 19 White resigns.
This game between David Yeller and Edward F. Schrader in the 12th South African Championship, Johannesburg, 1935 is on page 146 of A History of Chess in South Africa by Leonard R. Reitstein (Kenilworth, 2003). Both players are in a group photograph on page 144.
The moves 18 Rf3 Bxf3 were omitted when the game was published on page 310 of the Australasian Chess Review, 14 November 1935:
There was a follow-up item about the double bishop sacrifice on page 340 of the 7 December 1935 issue of the Australasian Chess Review:
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 b3 e6 4 Bb2 b6 5 Nf3 Bb7 6 e3 Bd6 7 Bd3 O-O 8 O-O Ng4 9 Nbd2 Nxh2 10 Nxh2
10...Bxh2+ 11 Kxh2 Qh4+ 12 Kg1 Bxg2 13 Kxg2 and ‘Black mates in six’ [sic].
That blindfold game between G. MacNaught and S. Crakanthorp was published again on page 219 of the 13 August 1936 edition of the Australasian Chess Review. The fact that the black king’s bishop was not sacrificed was still left unmentioned, and the handling of the conclusion (‘Black announced mate in four’) was still imprecise.
Can the game-score be found in a 1908 publication?
Further to the discussion of this topic on pages 390-391 of A Chess Omnibus and in C.N.s 7575 and 9376, below is one of several barbs by Ed Edmondson when reviewing R.G. Wade’s Soviet Chess (London, 1968) on page 108 of Chess Life, March 1969:
Another man’s opinion was on pages 58-59 of the February 1969 BCM, where one of the greatest of all chess book reviewers, W.H. Cozens, expressed some criticism of Soviet Chess but also praised it highly, concluding:
A brief notice of another book by Wade comes to mind, from the inside front cover of CHESS, mid-January 1964:
C.N. 10173 quoted six unsubstantiated assertions that ‘the little Steinitz’ was H.E. Atkins’ nickname ‘on the Continent’. A seventh instance is in an article about Atkins by Harry Golombek on page 70 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966).
So wrote Bent Larsen about 1 b3 on page 138 of Chess Life, April 1969, in an article which has an early appearance of the name ‘Baby Orang-Utan’:
The game (remove Black’s knight at g8) between an amateur and Cecil De Vere, London, 1867 which was mentioned in C.N. 11207: 1 e4 d5 2 exd5 e6 3 dxe6 Bxe6 4 Nf3 Bd6 5 Be2 Nc6 6 Bb5 Bd7 7 O-O O-O 8 Bxc6 Bxc6 9 d3 Re8 10 c3 Re6 11 Nd4
11...Bxh2+ 12 Kxh2 Qh4+ 13 Kg1 Bxg2 14 Kxg2 Rg6+ 15 Kf3 Re8 16 Rg1 Rf6+ and mates in three moves.
As noted in C.N. 11207, the game was found by Owen Hindle in The Field, 14 September 1867 and given on page 666 of the December 2003 BCM (in the Quotes and Queries column conducted by Chris Ravilious). It was discovered after publication of the monograph on De Vere, “The English Morphy?” by Owen Hindle and Bob Jones (Exmouth, 2001).
Fabrizio Zavatarelli (Milan, Italy) points out a passage on page 16 of Why Lasker Matters by Andrew Soltis (London, 2005), in the game Lasker v Bauer, Amsterdam, 1889:
C.N. 11207 commented: ‘Specifying sources is not only an act of fairness to earlier writers but also a way of ensuring that relevant background information is known.’ Soltis did not name the researchers who found the 1867 and 1884 games (Owen Hindle and Richard Forster respectively) or, indeed, the author of Lasker’s Combination (Victor Charushin). The assertion by Soltis that the Burn v Owen game was ‘little known until mentioned in the British Chess Magazine in 2003’ is incorrect (see C.N. 11207).
In the above position Lasker, against Bauer, played 15 Bxh7+, and Steinitz wrote on page 268 of the September 1889 International Chess Magazine:
Page 354 of the September 1889 BCM had Lasker as the loser:
John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) writes:
A lengthy autobiographical article by N.T. Whitaker was published on pages 502-504 of the December 1969 Chess Life & Review.
The chess accomplishments related included this curiosity (about which more information is sought):
Whitaker also showed ‘the only problem I ever composed’:
Mate in three.
Page 26 of the January 1970 issue gave the solution.
The extraordinarily convoluted preparation of Whitaker’s article for publication in Chess Life & Review is related on pages 281-285 of John Hilbert’s biography.
This photograph has been provided by Tim Jones (Liverpool, England), from the memorabilia of his grandfather Richard Jones, who is second from the left in the front row. It seems that the player seated by the black pieces is F.W. Womersley.
A further photograph (in which Richard Jones is again second from the left in the front row, the occasion being a Sussex v Surrey match in 1886) is on our correspondent’s website. He also possesses the London, 1883 tournament book with this inscription: ‘Won by Richard Jones in the Even Tournament of the Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club, Autumn 1884, together with the captaincy of the club for 1885.’
Chess Player’s Chronicle, 17 December 1884, page 259
Two of the game-scores in Richard Jones’ hand:
Richard Jones – Frederick William Womersley
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Nc3 Nf6 5 O-O O-O 6 d3 d6 7 h3 Be6 8 Bb3 Bxb3 9 axb3 h6 10 Ne2 Nh7 11 Ng3 Ne7 12 Nh4 d5 13 exd5 Qxd5 14 Ne4 f5 15 Nxc5 Qxc5 16 Be3 Qc6 17 f4 e4 18 dxe4 fxe4 19 Bd4 Nf5 20 Nxf5 Rxf5 21 Qg4 Rf7 22 c3 a6 23 f5 Raf8 24 Rae1 Qd5 25 Qg6 c5 26 Be3 Rf6 27 Qg4 b6 28 Rd1 Qf7 29 Qxe4 Rxf5 30 Rxf5 Qxf5 31 Qb7 Qc2 32 Rd7 Qg6 33 Qxa6 Qb1+ 34 Kh2 Qxb2 35 Qc4+ Kh8 36 Rb7 Rf6 37 Bf4 Ng5 38 Bxg5 hxg5 39 Rb8+ Kh7 40 Qe4+ Rg6 41 Rxb6 Resigns.
Frederick William Womersley – Richard Jones
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 d4 exd4 6 O-O Bc5 7 Bg5 h6 8 Bh4 g5 9 Bg3 Nh5 10 Bxc6 dxc6 11 Be5 f6 12 Bxd4 Bd6 13 e5 Be7 14 exf6 Nxf6 15 Qd3 Rg8 16 Re1 Nd5 17 Qh7 Kf8 18 Qxh6+ Ke8 19 Nxg5 Bf5 20 Bc5 b6 21 Bxe7 Nxe7 22 Nc3 Qd2 23 Qxc6+ Qd7 24 Qxa8+ Qd8 25 Qc6+ Resigns.
Dr Richard Jones was born in Gwter Fawr (later name: Brynaman/Brynamman), on 16 July 1859 and died in the same Welsh village on, as far as is known, 25 January 1940.
Burt Hochberg, a much underrated writer, made that comment in a laudatory review of the final volume of the Keres trilogy Grandmaster of Chess on pages 236-237 of the June 1969 Chess Life. (The production standards of the US publisher, Arco, were, however, criticized.)
After possible competing claims in favour of Alekhine, Botvinnik and Fischer had been noted briefly (with mention too of Bronstein), Hochberg wrote:
Keres was a columnist in Chess Life and Chess Life & Review, and in 1991 Hochberg brought out an excellent anthology, Power Chess.
The chess belles lettres book by Hochberg referred to in the back-cover blurb was The 64-Square Looking Glass (New York, 1993).
From Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium):
Wanted: further information about Rudolf Spielmann’s assessment of Masters of the Chess Board by Richard Réti.
The first of two pages of testimonials in Richard Réti: Sämtliche Studien (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1931), from the same publisher as Die Meister des Schachbretts (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1930):
Below is the penultimate (unnumbered) page of Chess Strategy and Tactics by Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev (New York, 1933):
C.N.s 11201 and 11202 mentioned L. Lindheimer, further to his remark, ‘Littlewood plays the best bad chess I have ever seen’.
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes:
The sole game by Lindheimer that we have seen in databases is his victory over W.W. Aves in the Bognor Regis Club Championship, 1961. Under the heading ‘Double-Sacrifice at KB6’, Raaphy Persitz annotated it in depth on pages 146-149 of the May 1962 BCM, and the score is given below with, as a guide, his punctuation:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 c3 Nf6 5 O-O? d6? 6 d4 exd4 7 cxd4 Bb6 8 Nc3 Bg4 9 Be3 h6? 10 Be2? O-O 11 h3 Bh5 12 d5 Bxe3? 13 fxe3? Ne7! 14 Nh4 Bxe2(?) 15 Qxe2 Qd7?? 16 Rxf6! gxf6 17 Qh5 Kg7 18 Rf1 Rh8
19 e5! dxe5 20 Rxf6! Kxf6 21 Ne4+ Kg7 22 Qxe5+ f6 23 Nxf6! Nc6 24 Nh5+ Kg8 25 Qg3+! Kf8 26 Ng6+ Kf7 27 Nxh8+(!) Rxh8(?) 28 Qg7+ Ke8 29 Nf6+ Resigns.
In his introduction, Persitz wrote that the game featured a ‘disrupting-sacrifice’ (move 16), a ‘clearing-sacrifice’ (move 19) and a ‘denuding-sacrifice’ (move 20). His note to 20 Rxf6 drew a comparison with the position at move 17 in the Capablanca v Steiner living chess game.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) has forwarded some photographs which he took on 30 January 2019 at the Club Argentino de Ajedrez, Paraguay 1858, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, 1120, Argentina. In the shot below, the Club’s display of the board and pieces used for the 1927 world championship match is intended to show the final position in the decisive 34th match-game, after 82 Re7:
Mr Bauzá Mercére notes that the black rook is on h2, and not h1 as in the game.
We add page 4 of the Argentine newspaper Crítica, 29 November 1927:
A heading on page 157 of CHESS, 11 February 1956:
Persitz annotated the game (Pilnik v Ólafsson, Reykjavik, 1955) on pages 158-160. (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 d4 d5 6 Bd3 Be7 7 O-O O-O 8 Re1 Nd6 9 Nc3 c6 10 Bf4 Bg4 11 h3 Bh5 12 Bh2 f5 13 Ne2 g5 14 Ng3 Bg6 15 Ne5 Nd7 16 Nxg6 hxg6 17 Qe2 Rf7 18 Nf1 Ne4 19 f3 Nd6 20 c3 Nf8 21 Qc2 Ne8 22 Re2 Bd6 23 g3 Ng7 24 Rae1 Qf6 25 Kg2 Nge6 26 Bg1 Rd8 27 Rd1 Rh7 28 c4 g4 29 fxg4 Bxg3 30 Nxg3 Rxh3 31 gxf5 Nf4+ 32 Kf3 Qh4 33 Bf2 Nh7 34 Rg1 Ng5+ 35 Ke3 Re8+ 36 Kd2 Nf3+ 37 Kc3 Nxe2+ 38 Nxe2 Qxf2 39 Rxg6+ Kh8 40 Qc1 Re3 41 Nf4 Re1 42 White resigns.)
See too pages 29-33 of Við skákborðið í aldarfjórðung by Friðrik Ólafsson (Reykjavik, 1976). Page 29 has a photograph of the players at the board.
Pal Benko, front cover, Chess Review, October 1961
On page 157 of Winning with Chess Psychology by Pal Benko and Burt Hochberg (New York, 1991) Benko wrote:
On page 4 of Pal Benko My Life, Games and Compositions by P. Benko and J. Silman (Los Angeles, 2003) Benko recalled:
The book was by Ferenc Chalupetzky and László Tóth (Kecskemét, 1943). It had 319 numbered games and some fragments.
From page 288 of My 60 Memorable Games by Bobby Fischer (New York, 1969), in game 46:
In a report on a simultaneous exhibition by Fischer in Toronto on 27 February 1964, Wayne D. Komer noted on page 223 of CHESS, April 1964 that Fischer first gave a 45-minute talk on that game against Benko (1963-64 US Championship):
The full article has been reproduced in A Legend On the Road by John Donaldson (Seattle, 1994 and Milford, 2005). See pages 20-21 and 34 respectively.
On page 307 of the mid-June 1964 CHESS Wayne D. Komer gave additional information on the Toronto exhibition, including the following:
The topic of ‘passing’ had been raised on page 185 of CHESS, 29 February 1964, when the Editor, B.H. Wood, reported on an exhibition of his in West Kirby. That prompted some reminiscences (see C.N. 4958) about Kostić and Alekhine from H.H. Watts on page 232 of the April 1964 issue:
CHESS reverted to the subject the following decade, and C.N. 9531 quoted Wolfgang Heidenfeld on page 257 of CHESS, June 1973, in a letter headed ‘Rabbits and Nonsense’:
One complaint, by Phillip G. Clinker, had been about Karpov, on page 229 of the May 1973 issue:
That was the first sentence of Harry Golombek’s column in The Times, 16 November 1968, page 23.
On page 334 of the December 1968 BCM Golombek reported that the conditions were not perfect:
The 28-page programme had a message from the FIDE President, Folke Rogard:
Alan Smith (Stockport, England) mentions that he gave Oskam v Reyss, Rotterdam, 1931 on pages 620-621 of the October 2016 BCM, his source being page 2 of Het Vaderland, 28 December 1931.
From page 11 of Masters of the Chess Board by Richard Réti (London, 1933):
The original text, on page 29 of Die Meister des Schachbretts (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1930):
Wanted: examples of Morphy being accused of dryness by his contemporaries.
15 February 1985 was ‘a day of shame in the history of chess’, according to page 2 of Child of Change by Garry Kasparov with Donald Trelford (London, 1987), and today, exactly 34 years after the Termination of the first Karpov v Kasparov world championship match, we have received The Longest Game by Jan Timman (Alkmaar, 2019).
It is welcome that Timman’s account of the Termination
on pages 70-77 highlights the unreliability of various
claims presented to the public in 1985-87.
As regards the 1986 world title match, on page 144 there is no mincing of words by Timman about A Unique Chess Writer:
Some remarks by H.J.R. Murray on the subject of Pre-Chess Chess Quotes:
Source: a letter from H.J.R. Murray headed ‘Chess in Ireland’ on pages 503-504 of the December 1933 BCM.
From page 153 of Masters of the Chess Board by Richard Réti (London, 1933), in the chapter on Capablanca:
On the Internet we have seen no occurrences of the exact original German text, as published on page 279 of Die Meister des Schachbretts (Mährisch-Ostrau, 1930):
C.N. 5557 made an analogous comment about Nimzowitsch’s dictum ‘First restrain, next blockade, lastly destroy’ (‘Zuerst hemmen, dann blockieren und schließlich vernichten’).
Pages 25-26 of the Magazine Section of the Sunday Times, 26 November 1961 had an article entitled ‘The Mind of the Russians’ by Lord Taylor, introduced as follows:
Page 26 had this text:
Nowadays, one could expect immediate reports that ‘furious’ readers ‘took to Twitter’ to ‘shut down’ Lord Taylor, but CHESS held back for nearly nine months:
After another long wait, CHESS readers were allowed to chime in, on pages 137-138 of the February 1963 issue. One sentence from the heading:
The tardy publication of the original feature in CHESS and the heading’s reference to ‘the Sunday Times some weeks ago’ have resulted in Lord Taylor’s article being dated 1962, rather than 1961, by a number of writers. See, for instance, page 43 of Soviet Chess by D.J. Richards (Oxford, 1965).
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