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In a letter dated 24 March 1962 John Vining of London wrote on page 262 of the June 1962 CHESS:
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) draws attention to his feature on Dr James Cunningham Fraser (1825-76) at the Chess Scotland website.
Mr McGowan also submits a cutting about Andrew Bonar Law from the chess column in the 19 October 1921 edition of the Falkirk Herald, page 4:
The establishment in Paris, mentioned in C.N. 10114, was the Café de la Rotonde au Palais-Royal.
How did this position arise?
Black to move
It comes from a game between C.J.S. Purdy and F.A. Crowl (Melbourne, 29 December 1934 – see page 9 of the Sydney Daily Telegraph of 31 December 1934) which Purdy annotated on pages 317-318 of the November 1936 issue of the Australasian Chess Review under the heading ‘Humour in the Opening’.
The full score, with Purdy’s punctuation:
1 c4 Nf6 2 d4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 Bf4 g5 5 Bd2! Nxe5 6 e4 Bg7 7 Nc3 d6 8 Qh5!? h6 9 Be2??? Nbd7 10 Bf1!! Nb6 11 Qd1!!! Be6 12 b3 Qd7 13 Be2! O-O-O 14 Nf3 Ng6 15 Qc2 g4 16 Ng1!! f5 17 exf5 Bxf5 18 Bd3 Rde8+ 19 Nge2 Rhf8 20 Bxf5 Rxf5 21 O-O-O Nh4 22 Nf4 Qf7 23 g3 Nf3 24 Be3 Qf6 25 Nb1! Kb8!? 26 h3 Qa1!? 27 Nd5 Nxd5 28 cxd5 Rf7 29 hxg4 Rfe7 30 Rd3 Ne5 31 Rd4 Nc6 32 Ra4 Nd4 33 Qd2 Nb5 34 Kc2 Nc3 35 Nxc3 Qxh1 36 Bxa7+ Kc8 37 Be3 Kd7? 38 Qd3 Rb8 39 g5 Bxc3 40 Kxc3 Qa1+ 41 Kc2 b5 42 Ra7 h5 43 Qf5+? Kd8 44 Qf8+ Re8 45 Qf7 Re7 46 Qxh5 Qe5 47 Qf3 Ke8 48 Qf6 Qe4+ 49 Kb2 Kd7 50 Qd4 Qxd4+ 51 Bxd4 Re2+ 52 Kc3 Rg8 53 Be3 Rg6 54 Kb4 Rxe3 55 fxe3 Rxg5 56 Kxb5 Rxd5+ 57 Kc4 Rg5 58 e4 Kc6 59 b4 Rxg3 60 a4 Kb6 61 Ra8 Kb7 62 Re8 Rg1 63 Re7 Rc1+ 64 Kb5 Ka7 65 e5 dxe5 66 Rxe5 Kb7 67 Re7 Ka7 68 a5 Kb8 69 Re5 Rd1 70 Re6 Rd8? 71 Kc6 Rh8 72 b5 Rg8 73 a6 Rd8? 74 a7+ Kxa7 75 Kxc7 Resigns.
A note in the middle-game is of interest:
Position before 37 Be3 Kd7
Finally, Purdy called 70...Rd8 ‘the losing move’, adding this maxim in bold type:
How often has anyone bothered making such a point about, for instance, Staunton or Steinitz?
Below is a remark by G.H. Diggle from an article in the December 1981 Newsflash which was reproduced on page 78 of Chess Characters (Geneva, 1984). See too C.N. 7805.
An unfathomable claim about FIDE on pages 288-289 of Who Was The Strongest? by Raymond Keene, Nathan Divinsky and Jeff Sonas (Aylesbeare, 2006):
The above snippet, concerning a case not yet included in Chess in the Courts, comes from page 296 of the October 1961 BCM, in a section edited by Harry Golombek.
Chess Review, September 1961, page 264
Chess Review, October 1961, page 317
Below are five press reports:
New York Times, 15 August 1961, page 36
New York Times, 17 August 1961, page 22
New York Times, 18 August 1961, page 27
New York Times, 19 August 1961, page 15
New York Times, 10 April 1962, page 33
There were briefer reports in the New York Times of 14 August 1961, page 20 and 16 August 1961, page 25. The above photograph of Reshevsky, Fischer and Ferrer in the 15 August 1961 edition is similar to the one in Chess and Hollywood. C.N. 8923 referred to coverage of the affair in Chess Life; an article entitled ‘The Fischer-Reshevsky Snafu’ on page 321 of Chess Review, November 1961 provides a notable summary.
On page 137 of Endgame (New York, 2011) Frank Brady wrote that ‘the case lingered in the courts for years and was finally dropped’. Does a detailed account of the full procedure exist?
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) sends this game from page 38 of the Washington Post, 13 July 1919:
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 g5 4 Bc4 g4 5 O-O gxf3 6 Qxf3 Qf6 7 e5 Qxe5 8 d3 Bh6 9 Nc3 Nc6 10 Bd2 Nge7 11 Rae1 Qc5+ 12 Kh1 d6 13 Nd5 Be6 14 Rxe6 fxe6 15 Qh5+ Ng6 16 Nf6+ Kf7 17 Qxh6 Kxf6 18 Rxf4+ Ke7 19 Qg7+ Kd8 20 Bxe6 Nce7 21 Qxh8+ Nxh8 22 Rf8 mate.
This game between Léonard Tauber and Charles d’Hersignerie had been published on pages 254-255 of La Stratégie, November-December 1918:
As mentioned in Chess and Jews, A. Geoffroy Dausay was a pseudonym of Alphonse Goetz.
From page 184 of the June 1930 BCM:
The picture has been mentioned (‘group photograph of team match, 1930’) in Sultan Khan.
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has been looking into claims that Steinitz referred to chess as intellectual/mental gymnastics (geistige Gymnastik or intellektuelle Gymnastik) and offers these citations for such terms:
Mr Urcan adds:
The photograph below was published opposite page 208 of Hundert Jahre Schachturniere by P. Feenstra Kuiper (Amsterdam, 1964). For a larger version, see C.N. 4772 and Nimzowitsch’s My System:
Concerning the ‘unknown man’ standing third from the left, Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) writes:
From page 101 of Lasker’s Manual of Chess (New York, 1927):
The text appears towards the end of the Second Book; page numbers vary in other editions.
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) points out that the game in question which began 1 f4 e5 2 fxe5 d6 3 exd6 Bxd6 4 Nf3 g5 occurred in the second Lasker v Bird match, i.e. in 1892 and not 1890.
The score was given on pages 485-486 of H.E. Bird by Hans Renette (Jefferson, 2016), with these notes by Steinitz from page 22 of the New York Daily Tribune, 25 September 1892:
Notwithstanding what appears in some publications and databases, the game continued until move 63, as reported in many contemporary sources, such as page 5 of The Scotsman, 31 August 1892 and page 12 of Lasker’s London Chess Fortnightly, 1 September 1892. The concluding moves (after 42...Bxh1) have not been found.
Page 68 of the recent Zenón Franco book on Lasker (C.N.s 11130, 11139 and 11140) has ‘40 Bb6 Bd5! 0-1’. As regards the opening, page 61 states:
The misspelling ‘Fromm’ is common, but the player’s name is not in doubt: Martin From (1828-95).
Some articles on the opening:
White to move
This position was analyzed by Emanuel Lasker. Can White win?
The start of an article entitled ‘Modern Chess Dull?!’ by Fred Reinfeld on page 32 of the Chess Review, March 1940:
Reproducing the article, until the title ‘Ah, The Good Old Days!’, on pages 96-98 of his anthology The Treasury of Chess Lore (New York, 1951), Reinfeld added this introduction:
‘The Good Old Days’ was the heading to game 46 (Flohr v Landau, Antwerp, 1930) on page 91 of Chess Strategy and Tactics by Fred Reinfeld and Irving Chernev (New York, 1933):
On page 181 of Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters (New York, 1961) Reinfeld introduced Flohr v Landau as follows:
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 d5 4 e3 e6 5 Nbd2 Be7 6 Bd3 Nbd7 7 O-O O-O 8 b3 c5 9 Bb2 cxd4 10 exd4 dxc4 11 bxc4 b6 12 Qc2 Bb7 13 Ne5 Qc7 14 f4 Rfd8 15 Ndf3 h6 16 Qe2 Nxe5 17 fxe5 Nd7 18 d5 Bc5+ 19 Kh1 exd5
20 Ng5 Nf8 21 Nxf7 Re8 22 Qg4 Re6 23 Bf5 Rae8 24 Bxe6 Rxe6 25 Nd6 Bxd6 26 exd6 Qd7 27 Ba3 Nh7 28 h3 dxc4 29 Qxc4 Nf6 30 Rxf6 gxf6 31 Re1 Bc8 32 Rc1 Bb7 33 Qg4+ Kh8 34 Rc7 Re1+ 35 Kh2 Qxg4 36 hxg4 Resigns.
From page 627 of L’Echiquier, 12 February 1930:
Flohr annotated his victory on pages 46-47 of Československý Šach, March 1930:
This well-known remark is listed in The Chess Wit and Wisdom of W.E. Napier.
On page 194 of Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters (New York, 1961) Fred Reinfeld wrote:
The game was Alekhine v Alexander, Nottingham, 1936:
On page 196 Reinfeld commented regarding 20 e4:
The game continued 20...Nxe4 21 Qc1 Nef6 22 Bxf5, and Black resigned at move 27.
From pages 306-307 of The Delights of Chess by Assiac (New York, 1974):
Assiac had also presented the conclusion on page 202 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966):
1 e4 c6 2 Nc3 d6 3 d4 Nf6 4 Bf4 Qb6 5 Qd2 Nbd7 6 Nf3 e6 7 Bd3 Be7 8 O-O O-O 9 a4 Qc7 10 e5 Nd5 11 Nxd5 cxd5 12 Rae1 Re8 13 Re3 Nf8 14 Rfe1 Bd7 15 a5 a6 16 exd6 Bxd6 17 Bxd6 Qxd6 18 Ne5 Bb5 19 Bxb5 axb5 20 b4 b6 21 axb6 Qxb6 22 Rc3 f6 23 Ng4 Rac8 24 Rg3 Kf7 25 Nh6+ gxh6 26 Qxh6 Ke7 27 Rg7+ Kd6 28 Qf4+ Kc6 29 Re3 Qb8 30 Ra3 Kb6 31 Qd6+ Rc6 32 Qc5+ Resigns.
The full score of this allegedly ‘celebrated’ game is in databases, but which is the earliest, or best, primary source?
Pages 60-61 of Common Sense in Chess by Emanuel Lasker (London, 1896):
On page 36 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966) Harry Golombek quoted the marked paragraph and contended:
Another version of the engraving of Chigorin playing blindfold, published on page 444 of the 23 April 1888 edition of Niva:
The full obituary of Metger on pages 199-201 of Kagans Neueste Schachnachrichten, January-March 1926:
The end of the Gill v Metger game-score is garbled, and we have added 30...Qc1+: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Na5 6 Bb5+ c6 7 dxc6 bxc6 8 Be2 h6 9 Nf3 e4 10 Ne5 Bd6 11 f4 Qc7 12 d4 O-O 13 c4 c5 14 Be3 Rd8 15 Nc3 Rb8 16 Nb5 Rxb5 17 cxb5 cxd4 18 Qxd4 Nd5 19 Bd2
19... e3 20 Bxe3 Nxe3 21 Qxe3 Bb4+ 22 Kf1 Bd2 23 Qg3 Rd4 24 Nd3 Bf5 25 Rd1 Nc4 26 Rxd2 Nxd2+ 27 Ke1 Qc2 28 Nf2 Ne4 29 Qf3 Bg4 30 Qxg4 Qc1+ 31 Nd1 Rxd1+ 32 Bxd1 Qd2+ 33 Kf1 Qf2 mate.
Hans-Georg Kleinhenz (Munich, Germany) sends a report by Lothar Schmid on pages 382-383 of Caissa (‘2. Oktober-Heft 1952’):
Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) and Fabrizio Zavatarelli (Milan, Italy) provide two games between H.F.L. Meyer and P. Hirschfeld which are not in their book Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle (Jefferson, 2018).
Wanted: examples of particularly negative chess obituaries, whatever the level of justification.
Norman T. Whitaker, one of the game’s leading reprobates, received little attention when he died in 1975. The obituary by his colleague James E. Gates on page 521 of the August 1975 Chess Life & Review was low-key:
From pages 102-103 of Schachjahrbuch 1922 by Ludwig Bachmann (Ansbach, 1924):
Based on a very short browse, below are some extracts from Chess Problems, Play and Personalities by Barry Martin (Beddington, 2018).
The start of an article about Alekhine on pages 41-43:
This brings to mind page 5 of The Oxford Companion to Chess by D. Hooper and K. Whyld (Oxford, 1984):
Similarly, pages 194-195 (the section on Leonard Barden) are little more than pickings from his Wikipedia entry.
Sometimes, though, Mr Martin is self-reliant. From page 70:
Page 81 discusses St Petersburg, 1914:
Page 269 states that Capablanca ...
From page 35 of the February 1961 Chess Review:
White to move
This position from a game between A. van Foreest and H. Wagner in an international team match was analyzed by Emanuel Lasker as a win for White.
W. John discussed the match on pages 121-123 of the June 1922 Deutsche Schachzeitung, with, at the bottom of page 122, a reference to Lasker’s analytical work:
The Deutsche Schachzeitung did not give the game-score, but it was published on pages 127-128 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 18 June 1922:
The game is also on pages 151-152 of the June 1922 Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, with a reference to analysis by Bernstein as well as Lasker:
The pages from Deutsches Wochenschach and Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond are reproduced courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library.
The full game: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5 Na5 6 d3 h6 7 Nf3 e4 8 Qe2 Nxc4 9 dxc4 Bc5 10 c3 O-O 11 Nd4 Bg4 12 Qc2 Qe7 13 Be3 Rae8 14 h3 Bc8 15 Nd2 Nh7 16 O-O-O f5 17 g3 Ng5 18 h4 Nf7 19 N2b3 Bd6 20 c5 Be5 21 Ne2 Rd8 22 Nf4 Bxf4 23 gxf4 h5 24 Qe2 Nh6 25 Qc4 Qf7 26 Qd4 Ng4 27 c4 c6 28 d6 Be6 29 Nd2 Rd7 30 b3 Rfd8 31 f3 Nf6 32 fxe4 fxe4 33 Nxe4 Nxe4 34 Qxe4 Re8 35 Qd4 Bf5 36 Rhe1 Re4 37 Qc3 Rd8 38 Bd4 Rde8 39 Be5 Rxe1 40 Rxe1 Bd7 41 Kb2 Bg4 42 Re3 Bd7 43 Qe1 Kh7 44 Bc3 Rxe3 45 Qxe3 Kg8 46 Qe5 Kh7 47 Qg5 Kg8 48 Ka3 Bg4 49 Be5 Kh7 50 Kb4 Qd7 51 Qe7 Kg8 52 Bxg7 Qxe7 53 dxe7 Kf7 54 Be5 Kxe7 55 Bb8 a6 56 Ka5 Kd7 57 Kb6 Kc8 58 Be5 Bf5 59 Ka5 Kd7. Adjudicated a win for White.
For ease of reference, the feature on pages 102-103 of L. Bachmann’s Schachjahrbuch 1922 (C.N. 11175) is repeated here:
Richard Forster (Zurich) writes:
Chess Review, August-September 1943, page 243
A remark by Adam Hart-Davis in a tribute to Irving Chernev on page 278 of CHESS, December 1981:
Adam Hart-Davis also related the story on page 8 of 200 Brilliant Endgames by Irving Chernev (New York, 1989):
Page 89 of La Stratégie, April 1922:
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e5 Nh5 5 d4 d5 6 Be2 Rg8 7 O-O g5 8 h3 Ng3 9 Re1 Be6 10 Nh2 h5 11 Bxh5 Nc6 12 c3 Qd7 13 Bg4 O-O-O 14 Bxe6 fxe6 15 Ng4 Rh8 16 Nf6 Qg7 17 Qg4 Nf5 18 Nd2 Rh4 19 Qe2 Ng3 20 Qd1 Nxe5 21 dxe5 g4 22 Nxg4 Rxg4 23 Nf3 Bc5+ 24 Nd4 Rh4 25 Kh2 Rxh3+ 26 gxh3 Nf1+ 27 Kh1 Qg3 28 Bxf4 Qxh3+ 29 Kg1 Rg8+ 30 Kf2 Rg2+ (30...Qg2 mate.) 31 Kxf1 Qh1 mate.
Taking the example of a 1932 Spielmann v Stoltz game, C.N. 2035 (see pages 208-209 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves) asked whether the definition of ‘combination’ should cover combinative hallucinations.
Not according to Emanuel Lasker, who wrote on page 153 of Lasker’s Manual of Chess (New York, 1927):
‘A combination must be sound. An unsound combination is no combination at all. It is merely an attempt, an error, a failure, a nonentity.’
The remark is in the Third Book, after a Tartakower-Alekhine position. The text in various German editions (page numbers vary):
That was Fred Reinfeld’s introduction to Pilnik v Najdorf, Mar del Plata, 24 March 1942 on page 202 of Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters (New York, 1961).
Below is an early appearance of the game, on page 76 of the May 1942 issue of the Argentinian chess and bridge magazine Estrategia (whose four photographs of the tournament were given in C.N. 9933):
1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nf6 5 Nxf6+ exf6 6 c3 Bd6 7 Bd3 O-O 8 Qh5 g6 9 Qh4 c5 10 Ne2 Nc6 11 Bh6 f5 12 Bg5 Qb6 13 O-O cxd4 14 cxd4 Re8 15 Bc4 h5 16 Rae1 Re4 17 Nf4 Qxd4 18 Rxe4 fxe4 19 Nxh5 gxh5 20 Bf6 Qc5 21 Rd1 Kf8 22 b4 Nxb4 23 Qg3 Bg4 24 Rxd6 Nd3 25 Bxd3 Qc1+ 26 Bf1 Rc8 27 h3 Qxf1+ 28 Kh2 Qc1 29 hxg4 hxg4 30 Qxg4 Qh6+ 31 Kg3 Rc3+ 32 f3 Resigns.
‘A fascinating game, beautifully handled by White from start to finish’, wrote Reuben Fine on pages 137-138 of the June-July 1942 Chess Review. His article, reproduced on pages 198-201 of Chess Marches On! (New York, 1945), was liberal with exclamation marks, and in one note a possible move for White surprisingly received four:
Position after 22 Rd1-d5 Be6xd5
The game was also annotated on pages 122-126 of The Art of Attack in Chess by V. Vuković (Oxford, 1965). See too pages 116-120 of the algebraic edition edited by John Nunn (London, 1998).
The recent death of Stephen Berry brings to mind his clever contribution to a C.N. topic 25 years ago. (See pages 316-317 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves.)
C.N. 1973 showed this position on pages 63-64 of Turnierpraxis by Franz Gutmayer (Berlin and Leipzig, 1922):
In C.N. 1988 Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) noted the following on page 65 of Tarrasch’s book on St Petersburg, 1914, in the sixth-round game between the two future world champions:
Position after 27...g5 in the above variation by Tarrasch
Mr Kalendovský commented that the above position broadly resembled the one in Gutmayer’s book.
Further to the Tarrasch analysis, C.N. 2003 reported:
For further discussion of the matter, see C.N. 3300 on pages 292-293 of Chess Facts and Fables. In particular, Peter Anderberg (Harmstorf, Germany) noted that the line created by Stephen Berry was pointed out by C. Sander on page 170 of the June 1914 Deutsche Schachzeitung.
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