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Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) has provided this game from page 1 of the Sunday Oregonian, 18 June 1916, section two:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 d6 8 c3 Na5 9 Bc2 O-O 10 d4 Nc6 11 Nbd2 Bg4 12 h3 Bh5 13 d5 Nb8 14 Qe2 c6 15 dxc6 Nxc6 16 a4 b4 17 Bd3 a5 18 Bb5 bxc3 19 bxc3 Qc7 20 Nb3 Bd8 21 Ba3 Ne8 22 Qd3 Bf6 23 Nfd2 Na7 24 Nc4 Nc8 25 Ne3 Nb6 26 c4 Be7 27 Nf5 Nc8 28 Nxe7+ Qxe7 29 g4 Bg6 30 Rad1 Qg5 31 Kg2 h5 32 f3
32...Kh8 33 Qd2 Qd8 34 c5 Qf6 35 cxd6 Nexd6 36 Bxd6 Rd8
37 Bc7 Rxd2+ 38 Rxd2 Ne7 39 Red1 h4 40 Rd8+ Rxd8 41 Rxd8+ Kh7 42 Bxa5 Qg5 43 Bd2 Qf6 44 Bb4 Nc6 45 Rd6 Qf4 46 Be1 Ne7 47 Bxh4
47...Bxe4 48 Nd2 Bd5 49 Bd3+ g6 50 Ne4 Bxe4 51 Bxe4 f5 52 Bg3 Qc1 53 Rd7 fxe4 54 Rxe7+ Kg8 55 fxe4 Qb2+ 56 Bf2 Qb4 57 Rxe5 Qxa4 58 h4 Qa1 59 Rg5 Qf6 60 Be3 Kh7 61 h5 gxh5 62 Rxh5+ Resigns.
To begin at the end, an immediate question is why Black resigned after 62 Rxh5+. We note that, strange to say, the game had already appeared in the Sunday Oregonian the previous month, i.e. on page 1 of section two of the 21 May 1916 edition, and that according to that earlier publication the game finished with the blunder 62...Kg6:
As regards the concluding reference to the Palo Alto Times, California, is it possible to find the game in that publication?
Concerning the first Sunday Oregonian cutting, it is unclear what the heading meant by ‘From the Bulletin’. (The game was not published in the American Chess Bulletin.)
The first 32 moves were given in the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Room Newsletter of 21 November 2014:
This is at variance with the information in the second cutting above (ostensibly the same column, although all 62 moves were given there), and there is a discrepancy over Simkins/Simpkins.
Chess sources of the time had ‘Simkins’, and Mr Killoran has found on page 2 of the Daily Palo Alto, 15 April 1914 a chess news item which mentions ‘H.W. Simkins, editor of the Palo Alto Times’. Our correspondent also reports that the 1891-92 register of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Palo Alto has an entry for a student named Henry Walter Simkins.
Further information from ancestry.com: California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1895-1985 (on-line database).
Mate in three
This problem was given in P.H. Williams’ column in the Chess Amateur, January 1908, page 122. On behalf of Edward Wallis, who was preparing a book of miniature three-movers, Williams requested information about this ‘beauty described as anonymous’. He added:
In time for publication of Wallis’ book later that year, the composer was identified: A.W. Daniel. See page 57 of 777 “Chess Miniatures in Three”; the solution, 1 Qb3, was on page 262 of Wallis’ book.
Where exactly was the problem first published? At present our sole information, thanks to Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England), is that when given on page 291 of the October 1953 BCM the composition had the heading ‘Daily Telegraph, 1903’. It was one of nine compositions by Daniel in an article by S. Sedgwick (pages 289-291) to mark Daniel’s 75th birthday. From page 290:
Arthur William Daniel
A copy of Vers L’Exil by Margareth Sothern (Paris, 1939), translated by Juliette Bertrand, was allegedly found beside Alekhine’s body in Estoril in 1946, and a number of C.N. items have discussed the book and its English edition, Chosen Races (New York, 1939). In the latter volume, a translation by Maisie Ward, the author’s forename was spelled ‘Margaret’.
The first page of each edition:
Bizarrely, the novelist has been labelled a sixteenth-century figure. From page 206 of Alekhine’s Odessa Secrets: Chess, War and Revolution by Sergei Tkachenko (Moscow, 2018):
The relevant passage on page 244 of the original Russian edition, Odesskie tayny Aleksandra Alekhina (Moscow, 2016/17):
Further to C.N. 10715, Michael Negele (Wuppertal, Germany) seeks more information about Lasker’s chess activities in 1886-88. He reports that his current knowledge may be summarized as follows:
Berthold Lasker (Source: Niemeijer scrapbooks, Royal Dutch Library, The Hague)
Michael Negele, who has provided the above illustrations, concludes:
From page 546 of the December 1938 BCM, in T.R. Dawson’s ‘Endings’ column:
That BCM issue was misdated ‘November 1938’ in its masthead (page 529).
The solution to the composition, from page 22 of the January 1939 edition:
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) has provided a fine copy of a well-known photograph (reference: AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 259945) from Argentina’s Archivo General de la Nación, courtesy of the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda:
Our correspondent comments that the board position shows a slight variation from their game in the first round of the 1925 Moscow tournament: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Nf3 Nbd7 6 Bd3 dxc4 7 Bxc4 c5 8 O-O a6 9 dxc5 Nxc5 10 Qxd8+ Kxd8 11 Rd1+ Ke8 12 Be2 Be7 13 b3 Bd7 14 Bb2 Rd8 15 Rd4 Bc6 16 Rxd8+ Kxd8 17 Rd1+ Bd7 (instead of 17...Kc7, as played by Lasker) 18 Ne5:
Further information is in C.N.s 3513 (included in a feature article) and 7658.
From Peter Anderberg (Harmstorf, Germany):
Jerry Spinrad (Nashville, TN, USA) has found on page 6 of the Globe (Toronto), 12 July 1879 a five-move problem with this heading:
Mate in five.
Following on from the reference in C.N. 10718 to El Ajedrez en la Argentina by José Pérez Mendoza (Buenos Aires, 1920), the present item begins a short series of photographs from the book (pages 28, 58, 66 and 76 respectively):
Our copy of the book, Albert Becker’s, has his bookplate (see C.N. 4258) and an inscription to him:
Below is a familiar photograph in a high-quality version reproduced from opposite page 64 of Hundert Jahre Schachturniere by P. Feenstra Kuiper (Amsterdam, 1964):
Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) notes that another picture taken at the same location was published on page 4 of Das interessante Blatt, 16 June 1898:
Jan Kalendovský also provides this illustration from Das interessante Blatt, 5 March 1896, page 2:
Richard Reich (Fitchburg, WI, USA) has commented on the omission of any Kindle productions from our article Books about Fischer and Kasparov, and particularly the works on Fischer by John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn. We have therefore added a section comprising the following titles, which are available in Kindle format only:
Another Kindle work (2015) is John Donaldson’s A Legend on the Road: Bobby Fischer’s 1964 Simultaneous Tour. It is roughly twice as large as the second edition of the hard-copy book (Milford, 2005).
Kindle books will not be added systematically to our bibliographical articles (the others being Capablanca/Alekhine, Keres/Tal, Korchnoi/Karpov and leading modern chessplayers), but proposals for especially worthwhile additions are always welcome.
However, such listings will try to remain exhaustive as regards hard-copy books, irrespective of quality, for the bibliographer’s task is to catalogue all relevant tomes, masterpieces and potboilers alike, without discrimination. Consequently, to the list of books on Fischer we must add, à notre corps défendant, an undated volume just acquired, Bobby Fischer World Champion for Political Reasons? by Julio Hidalgo.
Apart from the ISBN number, 9781537399676, on the (blank) back cover, the sole bibliographical information about the book, whose pages are unnumbered, is in the bottom corner of the last page:
An author’s name is mentioned only on the title page, and not on the cover, but even the word ‘author’ is an exaggeration, because the book is essentially an omnium gatherum of other people’s writings. The early part lifts chunks from, among other publications, the Everyman Chess edition of Russians versus Fischer by D. Plisetsky and S. Voronkov (London, 2005), and a small example shows the literary and presentational skills of Julio Hidalgo:
Later, it is Kasparov’s Predecessors work which dominates. Dozens of pages reproduce his text, with minimal linking material. For instance:
Another chapter, over half-a-dozen pages long, consists almost exclusively of text from Kasparov’s Child of Change. Euwe is a casualty too.
Towards the end of the book a chapter entitled ‘A Spassky Interview’ begins:
The ‘some paragraphs’ occupy six pages.
Garry Kasparov remains the chief victim of the Fischer book, but in any such case what chance of corrective action exists? How one longs for Kasparov to take a public stand, also supporting fellow victims of rapacity.
The above photograph, from page 191 of The Graphic, 7 February 1925, was shown in C.N. 10302.
Arthur Larrue (Lisbon) informs us that the Gallica website has a different shot, of high quality, taken at the same locale.
Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England) notes an article about W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. by Robin Matthews on pages 156-157 of the Problemist, July 1999, and, as shown below, the entry on pages 85-87 of A.C. White’s A Sketchbook of American Chess Problematists, volume two (Stamford, 1942):
Regarding the mate-in-five-problem in C.N. 10728, Michael McDowell reports that the WinChloe database lists six occurrences of it in print between 1852 and 1867. Below is the first, from page 319 of the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1852:
It will be noted that, compared to the diagram in C.N. 10728, all the units are one rank closer to White’s side of the board.
Fabrizio Zavatarelli (Milan, Italy) reports that he has obtained a further 14 postcards addressed to Ferdinando Cassoli Lorenzotti and can offer new proposals for reconstruction of the two games:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Castles (Kh1, Rf1) d6 5 c3 Nf6 6 d3 h6 7 h3 Bb6 8 Be3 Ne7 9 b4 Ng6 10 a4 c6 11 Bxb6 Qxb6 12 Ng1 Nf4 13 Qf3 Qd8 14 d4 g5 15 dxe5 dxe5 16 Rd1 Qe7 17 Qe3 g4 18 h4 g3 19 fxg3 Ng4 20 Qe1 Nh5 21 Nf3 Castles (Kh8, Rg8) 22 Nbd2 Ngf6 23 Nf1 Rg4 24 Qd2 Kg7 25 Qd8 Qxd8 26 Rxd8 Nxe4 27 Bxf7 Kxf7. If 28 Nxe5+ Ke7 (Cuniali).
1 e4 e6 2 Nf3 c5 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nc6 5 Be3 Nf6 6 Bd3 Be7 7 O-O d5 8 exd5 exd5 9 Nc3 O-O 10 Nce2 Ne5 11 Ng3 Nxd3 12 Qxd3 Bd6 13 Ngf5 a6 14 Nb3 Ng4 15 Nxd6 Qxd6 16 g3 Qe5 17 Bf4 Qh5 18 h4 Bf5 19 Qd2 Nf6 20 f3 Qg6 21 Rf2 Rfe8 22 Nd4 h5 23 c3 Nd7 24 Kh2 Nc5 25 Rg1 Ne6 26 Nxf5. If 26...Qxf5 27 Be3 (Cunali).
Moves in italics are deductions by our correspondent, who has also provided another card:
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
This cutting from page 18 of the New York Tribune, 18 April 1915 has been submitted by Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England):
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 b5 5 Bb3 Na5
6 Bxf7+ Kxf7 7 Nxe5+ Ke7 8 d4 d6 9 Bg5+ Nf6 10 Nc3 Bb7 11 Nd5+ Bxd5 12 exd5 Ke8 13 O-O dxe5 14 dxe5 Qxd5 15 exf6 Qxd1 16 Raxd1 gxf6 17 Bxf6 Rg8 18 Rfe1+ Kf7 19 Bc3 b4 20 Rd7+ Kg6 21 Re6+ Kf5 22 Rf6+ Kg5 23 Rd5+ Kh4 24 Rf4+ Rg4 25 Bf6 mate.
Establishing the exact date of the game is not straightforward, and particularly since New Orleans chess columns of the time are elusive. An obvious first port of call is the chart of Capablanca’s simultaneous displays in The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth (London, 1975). Pages 186-187 list three exhibitions in New Orleans at that time:
None of these corresponds to the score given in the New York Tribune (+19 –0 =0), but when the results of Capablanca’s US tour were published on page 114 of the May-June 1915 American Chess Bulletin the list (which included no dates) had the following for New Orleans:
Of the two 19-board displays, only c) appears feasible for the Capablanca v Morse game, and not solely because the Cuban made a clean sweep. Regarding b), the American Chess Bulletin stated that Capablanca played all the games with the black pieces.
Corroboration of the American Chess Bulletin tallies comes from these reports:
Page 2 of the Picture and Sporting section of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 April 1915
Page 3 of the Picture and Sporting section of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 7 April 1915
It remains to be discovered what information New Orleans newspapers may have contained.
On the subject of Capablanca’s visit to New Orleans, see too the discussion in C.N. 6943 related to his brilliancy against Leon L. Labatt in the third display.
John Donaldson’s Mechanics’ Institute Chess Room Newsletter of 16 February 2018 reports the death of Eliot Hearst on 30 January 2018, at the age of 85.
Firstly here, we show three photographs of Professor Hearst from his early chess career:
From page 34:
Chess Review, October 1951, page 293
Chess Life, June 1963, page 145
In later life Eliot Hearst’s main contribution to chess was the fine book which he co-authored with John Knott, Blindfold Chess (Jefferson, 2009). The back cover of the subsequent paperback edition:
The co-authors documented updates on their Blindfold Chess website.
Professor Hearst began work on the blindfold chess project in the mid-1980s, though slowly in view of other commitments. From a letter to us dated 12 February 1986:
He made a number of valuable contributions to C.N., the last being in September 2017 (C.N. 10584), and his hallmarks were kindness and intellectual rigour.
Below, finally, is the front cover of a non-chess work, The First Century of Experimental Psychology (Hillsdale, 1979), of which he generously gave us an inscribed copy:
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