Chess Notes by Edward Winter

Chess Notes

Edward Winter

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3 May 2019: C.N.s 11314-11315
5 May 2019: C.N.s 11316-11317
6 May 2019: C.N. 11318
8 May 2019: C.N. 11319
10 May 2019: C.N.s 11320-11321
11 May 2019: C.N.s 11322-11323
12 May 2019: C.N. 11324
15 May 2019: C.N. 11325
18 May 2019: C.N.s 11326-11327
21 May 2019: C.N.s 11328-11329
23 May 2019: C.N.s 11330-11331

Adolf Albin

A selection of feature articles:

The Chess Tinsleys
Alistair Cooke and Chess
William Winter
The Death of F.D. Yates

Archives (including all feature articles)


11314. Emanuel Lasker and draughts/checkers

Some more games of draughts/checkers played by Emanuel Lasker, against Charles Welen and Charles Hefter, have been forwarded by Richard Forster (Zurich).

From the Inter Ocean (Chicago), 14 December 1902, page 58:


From page 15 of the 1 February 1903 edition of the same newspaper:



11315. Fred Reinfeld

Claims that Edward Young was a pseudonym for Fred Reinfeld were discussed, inconclusively, on page 327 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves and in C.N. 5014.

From page 158 of the new book mentioned in C.N. 11310, Fred Reinfeld. The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games by Alex Dunne:


Although, naturally enough, the general index has no entry for William Winter, it does refer to ‘Richard Cole’ (Richard Nevil Coles), ‘E. Sergeant’ (P.W. Sergeant), ‘Jack Spense’ (Spence) and ‘Rudolph Spielmann’ (Rudolf), errors which also occur in the body of the book.

A lamentable feature is some of the sourcing, or lack thereof. The references provided by Dunne include the following:

‘Chess Forums at’ (page 47); ‘An Internet review by Mianfel states ...’ (page 56); ‘Wikipedia’ (page 94); ‘Chess Forums at’ (page 131); ‘Chess Forums,’ (page 142); ‘A review following the book’s Amazon advertisement read ...’ (page 160); ‘ChessManiac’ (page 168); ‘Arnold Denker in Chess Forums said of Reinfeld ...’ (page 170); ‘ChessManiac’ (page 170); ‘The letter was published in ChessBase’ (page 173).

11316. Hereford, 1885


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In this well-known picture from page 209 of the Illustrated London News, 29 August 1885 the caption has inverted Thorold and Mason’s names.

Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) draws attention to a photographic version at the Herefordshire History website. It is unclear to us what has happened to A.B. Skipworth:


A different group photograph taken during the tournament was auctioned in September 2018 and can currently still be viewed at the website.

11317. Links to Cuban publications

Yandy Rojas Barrios (Cárdenas, Cuba) reports that Cuban publications available on-line include the Diario de la Marina and Bohemia.

11318. Caras y Caretas

Noting that the Argentinian weekly magazine Caras y Caretas is available via the digital collection of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has forwarded these items:


25 June 1910


26 March 1921


7 May 1921


13 November 1926

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16 April 1927


17 September 1927

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17 September 1927

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10 December 1927

Page numbers are not indicated in the material presented on-line by the Library. Although the interview with Capablanca conducted by Ernesto E. de la Fuente (17 September 1927) was hurried and contains evident factual errors (about his chess beginnings and the Cleveland simultaneous display), Capablanca’s remarks on Alekhine and on training/preparation/intuition are noteworthy.

11319. Staunton and Harrwitz

A number of items (see, for instance, Attacks on Howard Staunton) have quoted, sans parti pris, criticism of Staunton’s intellectual honesty.

An addition from pages 381-382 of Daniel Harrwitz’s British Chess Review, 1853:



Below is the relevant part of the Illustrated London News column referred to (5 November 1853, page 383):


From earlier in the same column a response by Staunton to ‘Pedagogus’ is notable:

‘You must not estimate a man’s intellectual power by his skill at chess. Some of the ablest men we have known play chess, in spite of great application, very indifferently; while many blockheads we have met with play very well.’


11320. Blindfold display by Carl Schlechter

From page 190 of the December 1898 Wiener Schachzeitung:


This photograph is on page 8 of Das interessante Blatt, 22 December 1898:


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11321. John Wisker

An addition to Chess Grandmasters from the obituary of John Wisker on page 88 of La Stratégie, 15 March 1884:

‘Sans être un grand maître, ou du moins sanctionné tel, puisqu’il n’avait pris part à aucun tournoi international, M. Wisker était de première force; en 1870 il était champion de l’Angleterre et sa renommée serait devenue universelle s’il n’avait dû quitter la Métropole pour l’Australie.’

Pages 121-122 of the August 1872 Chess Player’s Chronicle praised Wisker (‘depth, soundness and brilliancy are all characteristics of his play’) when noting his victories in the British Chess Association’s Challenge Cup (‘England’s champion chessplayer’) in 1870 and 1872.


John Wisker

This photograph is from page 353 of the August 1893 Chess Monthly. The following page had a biographical feature which reported that after moving to Australia Wisker ‘pursued his literary occupation, contributing to the Fortnightly Review an article on “Troubles in the Pacific” which attracted so much attention that it gave rise to a debate in the House of Commons’.

In this and many other respects, the biographical feature bears a disconcertingly close resemblance to Wisker’s obituary on pages 134-135 of the April 1884 BCM.

11322. Morphy and checkers (C.N. 11294)

C.N. 11294 asked for information about this paragraph on page 48 of the American Chess Bulletin, February 1927:

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Noting that the Draughts World ceased publication in 1913, the Cleveland Public Library has looked for the article in a 1926 or 1927 issue of the Draughts Review, but without success.

11323. Adolf Anderssen v Lionel Kieseritzky

Some more snippets regarding The Immortal Game:

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Chess Words of Wisdom by Mike Henebry (Victorville, 2010), page 346


The World of Chess by Anthony Saidy and Norman Lessing (New York, 1974), page 86


Chess An Illustrated History by Raymond Keene (Oxford, 1990), page 48


Championship Chess and Checkers for All by Larry Evans and Tom Wiswell (New York, 1953), page 49


Chess Life, May 1996, page 15 (a reply in the ‘Evans on Chess’ column).

11324. Drawn endgame (C.N.s 3379 & 3516)

From page 68 of Chess Panorama by William Lombardy and David Daniels (Radnor, 1975):


C.N. 3379 (see page 20 of Chess Facts and Fables) asked whether confirmation of this story could be found in contemporary sources.

Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) writes:

‘When the game was published on page 8 of the 18 July 1898 edition of the London Standard, a column edited by Leopold Hoffer, who was reporting from Vienna, only a basic observation was appended to the score:

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Twenty-three years later, when writing about the Lasker v Capablanca world title match in Havana, Gyula Breyer recounted the Chigorin/Tarrasch episode on page 9 of the 27 March 1921 issue of Bécsi Magyar Újság. He described Chigorin’s draw offer and the act of removing the bishop from the board as facts.

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What was Breyer’s source for this assertion and how reliable was it?’

For an English version of Breyer’s article, see pages 672-674 of Gyula Breyer. The Chess Revolutionary by Jimmy Adams (Alkmaar, 2017).

11325. Morphy letters

Two letters from pages 166-167 of Paul Morphy The Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson (New York, 1976):



Concerning the first letter, we add the frontispiece to the 15 August 1884 issue of La Stratégie:


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The English and French do not fully correspond. For instance, the passage beginning ‘... mais j’en ai une à vous faire, qui ...’ is absent from the English version.

Frank Skoff’s ‘list of letters (plus some other items)’ in Lawson’s biography of Morphy was shown in C.N. 10294.

11326. Books about Capablanca

In C.N. 11311 a Cuban correspondent referred to ‘a Spanish version of Miguel A. Sánchez’s McFarland book, entitled Capablanca, leyenda y realidad (Havana, 2017 – although it did not appear until 2019)’.

The bare bibliographical details in catalogues and listings (including Books about Capablanca and Alekhine) are liable to seem confusing, and we therefore show some information from the book itself:


A 405-page paperback, it was published by Ediciones Unión, Havana, with 2017 on the imprint page but June 2018 at the very end of the book:



An explanatory note is on page 8 (with McFarland’s name misspelt):


The typographical rigour of the McFarland edition has gone, as have large sections of the text and most of the indexing.

Regarding the first two works on Capablanca by M.A. Sánchez, see C.N. 9434.

11327. How to learn chess

The conclusion of Tarrasch’s Vorwort (Preface) to Das Schachspiel (Berlin, 1931), pages 3-4:



From the English translation, The Game of Chess (London, 1935), pages x-xi:



Attention is drawn to Tarrasch’s advice to the beginner in the second and third sentences:

‘His very understandable desire to play a game as soon as possible he must suppress. To play games while still in the beginner’s stage is the surest way to become an unskilful player.’

Leaving aside the validity or otherwise of that advice, we wonder whether any other prominent chess teachers have written similarly.

11328. Goulding Brown

A game published on page 606 of Britannia, 12 April 1929, in a column edited by T.C. Evans:

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1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 O-O 6 Nf3 c6 7 Bxf6 Bxf6 8 h4 dxc4 9 Bxc4 b5 10 Bd3


10...h6 11 g4 g6 12 g5 hxg5 13 hxg5 Bxg5 14 Ne5 Kg7 15 Qf3 Nd7 16 O-O-O Bb7 17 Nxf7 Qe7 18 Rh7+ Kg8 19 Rdh1 Nf6 20 Nh6+ Resigns.

After Sifton’s move 10...h6 computers consider that the game is essentially already over.

Given the reference to ‘R. Goulding Brown’ in the heading, reassurance is sought that White was indeed Bertram Goulding Brown (1881-1965). Two games played by him in Cambridge the same year against P.S. Milner-Barry are on pages 268-270 of the July 1929 BCM.

An extract from Milner-Barry’s obituary of Goulding Brown on pages 344-345 of the December 1965 BCM:


Goulding Brown’s defence of Staunton appeared at the end of a wide-ranging article about P.W. Sergeant’s first Morphy monograph on pages 191-194 of the June 1916 BCM:




On pages 194-195 Sergeant responded to various points in the remainder of Goulding Brown’s article, ‘leaving a re-examination of the Morphy v Staunton controversy for some later occasion’. As shown in Edge, Morphy and Staunton, Frank Skoff was highly critical of Goulding Brown. See too page 153 and pages 255-257 of Paul Morphy The Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson (New York, 1976).

The warm, page-long obituary of Goulding Brown in the BCM stands in contrast to how his demise was treated by CHESS (end-October 1965 issue, page 41):


11329. Staunton and Harrwitz (C.N. 11319)

From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):

‘The 1853 British Chess Review article reproduced in C.N. 11319 contains expressions such as “egregious falsehoods”, “ridiculous absurdities” and “rubbish”, all directed at Howard Staunton. One might expect that such truculent language would be accompanied by suitable substantiation, yet in the few examples discussed only a small amount of evidence was proffered, and it looks far from convincing.

Staunton is accused of a “gross falsehood” regarding his remark that Harrwitz intended “a love match” against Löwenthal. However, that Harrwitz did say something similar was later affirmed by Charles Tomlinson, a scientific writer and lecturer whose recollection of the controversy appeared on pages 50-51 of the BCM, February 1891, in an article about Simpson’s Divan:

“Harrwitz was so elated at having won the first two games that he declared in my presence that Löwenthal should not win a single game.”

Later Tomlinson witnessed a confrontation in Spring Gardens when Harrwitz denied the boast, whereupon both Staunton and Tomlinson were silent:

“Staunton simply smiled, and said nothing. Of course I was equally silent, from a reluctance to get into hot water with the Divan party.”

Tomlinson’s account implies that he could have rebutted Harrwitz’s accusation.

The accusation “slink his challenge” is used in connection with the abortive negotiations in 1853 for a Staunton-Harrwitz match, but that seems a biased summary of what took place. In an address to the Northern and Midland Counties Chess Association at its Manchester meeting in 1853 (see the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1854, pages 187-189), Staunton explained at some length his reluctance to accept Harrwitz’s challenge, observing, in particular, that he had previously beaten him in a match and that the opponent whom he was really seeking was Adolf Anderssen. Nevertheless, negotiations did eventually get underway, but later broke down, after which a letter from Edgar Sheppard, Staunton’s second, which was published on page 61 of the Illustrated London News, 21 January 1854 gave the impression that Harrwitz’s side had defaulted and forfeited the £25 deposit “by the articles of agreement”.

Staunton’s attitude towards playing for money appears to have changed with time, and he is criticized for that. Nonetheless, in the case of an important match a worthwhile stake was customary, and it is arguable that he was justified in seeking one for a match with Harrwitz in which he had little to prove, having previously defeated him decisively.

The article supports Löwenthal’s side of the argument over the disputed Staunton v Löwenthal score but, in the absence of any evidence to explain the reasoning, is the comment really worth anything?

The final sentence contains a mysterious threat regarding “the existence of certain letters”, presumably containing some compromising information about Staunton. However, the letters have not so far been “unpleasantly forthcoming”, despite the passage of 166 years. Without them the remark seems no better than tittle-tattle.

The editor of the British Chess Review was Daniel Harrwitz, but was he solely responsible for this article? It is questionable whether someone whose native tongue was not English could have produced the article without help. Tim Harding discussed the involvement of Samuel Standidge Boden with the British Chess Review on pages 130-132 of his book British Chess Literature to 1914 (Jefferson, 2018).’

11330. The Club Argentino de Ajedrez

In C.N.s 11219 and 11278 Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) presented a number of photographs taken by him at the Club Argentino de Ajedrez during visits to Buenos Aires earlier this year. In addition, he put us in contact with Mr Carlos León Cranbourne (Buenos Aires), who has now sent us many further pictures.

The present item focuses on Fischer, and, in particular, his 1971 match in Buenos Aires against Petrosian:







The board in the fourth picture shows the conclusion of the final game of the 1972 Spassky v Fischer match.

11331. Letters from Jacques Mieses to D.J. Morgan

Professor Lord Morgan (Oxford, England) has forwarded us copies of three letters sent to his father, D.J. Morgan, by Jacques Mieses:

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