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The Marshall Chess Club is currently cataloguing its photographic archives, and Alexander George (Amherst, MA, USA), who is on the club’s Board, submits the above photograph. Is it definitely, as believed, Lina/Lena Grumette, and can the picture be dated?
8174. ‘The most shattering experience’
An addition to the Royal Walkabouts article comes from Graham Clayton (South Windsor, NSW, Australia):
A.A. Murray – Floyd E. Hebert
1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 e4 Nc6 4 d4 d5 5 e5 Ne4 6 Nf3 Bb4 7 Qc2 O-O 8 Bd3 f6 9 O-O Bxc3 10 bxc3 fxe5 11 dxe5 Ne7 12 Ba3 Rf4 13 Rad1 Qe8 14 Nd4 Nf5 15 Bxe4 Rxe4 16 Rfe1 Qh5 17 Rxe4 dxe4 18 Nxf5 exf5 19 Rd8+ Kf7 20 Qa4 c6 21 Qb4 Kg6 22 Qd6+ Kg5 23 g3 f4 24 Bc1 Kg4 25 Bxf4 Kh3 26 Rh8
26...Bf5 27 Rxa8 Qf3 28 Kf1 Qh1+ 29 Ke2 Bg4+ 30 Ke3 Qf3+ 31 Kd4 Qd3+ 32 Kc5 b6+ 33 Kxc6 Qxc4+ 34 Kb7 Qf7+ 35 Kb8
35...e3 36 Bxe3 Qe8+ 37 Kxa7 Qa4+ 38 Kb8 Qe8+ 39 Ka7 Qa4+ 40 Kxb6 Qxa8 41 a3 Qa4 42 Qb4 Qe8 43 Qb5 Qb8+ 44 Ka5 Qd8+ 45 Kb4 Qe7+ 46 Kb3 Be6+ 47 Kb2 Qd8 48 Kc1 Qa8 49 Qb4 Qh1+ 50 Kd2 Qd5+ 51 Ke2 Bg4+ 52 f3 Qxf3+ 53 Kd3 Qd5+ 54 Bd4 Bf5+ 55 Ke2 Qe4+ 56 Be3 Qc2+ 57 Kf3 Qd1+ 58 Kf4 Qg4 mate.
Source: Washington Chess Letter, August 1950, page 12.
A.A. Murray, who was the Games Editor, commented:
8175. ‘Yanowsky v Toriran, Canada, 1953’ (C.N. 8116)
From page 78 of The Times Winning Moves 2 by Raymond Keene (London, 1996):
From page 57 of The Times Winning Moves by Raymond Keene and Byron Jacobs (London, 2003):
From Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada):
Mr Scoones draws attention to the passage below from page
116 of Chess the Hard Way! by D.A. Yanofsky
(London, 1953). ‘Hastings’ refers to the 1946-47
tournament, in which he came fourth.
We note ‘Yanofsky-Toriran, Canada, 1953’ on page 203 of the Encyclopaedia of Chess Middlegames (Belgrade, 1980), but the full game (Yanofsky v Tornerup, Copenhagen, 1947) was published on page 172 of CHESS, March 1947:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 O-O 8 c3 d5 9 exd5 e4 10 Ng5 Bd6 11 Nxe4 Nxe4 12 Rxe4 Bf5 13 Re3 Ne5 14 h3 Qh4 15 Bc2 Ng4 16 Re2 Bxc2 17 Qxc2 Rae8 18 d4 Qxf2+ 19 White resigns.
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) notes that Lipnitsky’s analysis was republished on pages 250-252 of the August 1952 Deutsche Schachzeitung. The 1949 Lipnitsky v Smirnov game was mentioned on page 251, the venue being specified as Kiev, 1949.
8177. Karpov v Korchnoi, Baguio City, 1978
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) draws attention to an impressive series of articles by Lim Kok Ann on the 1978 world championship match.
From the front cover of
the match book Het schaak der wrake
8178. Photographs from the 1920s
Mr Urcan provides a copy of the photograph referred to in C.N. 4257 (Capablanca at the Café de la Régence in 1922), as well as others from the same newspaper:
The Times, 30 March 1922, page 16
The Times , 17 August 1922, page 12
The Times, 12 April 1929, page 18.
As ever in such cases, information about copies of better quality will be appreciated.
So commented I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld in Chess Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles (New York, 1954) in a discussion on pages 127-129:
(Four lines above the diagram on the third page ‘4 R-B5ch’ means ‘4 R-QB5ch’.)
No information was provided about the players or occasion, but the following appeared on pages 107-108 of Kombinationen by Kurt Richter (Berlin and Leipzig, 1936):
In later editions of Kombinationen it was position 271, but the information remained the same: Richter stated that R. Hoffers was White and that the game was played in 1860.
However, on page 119 of A Complete Guide to the Game of Chess by H.F.L. Meyer (London, 1882) R. Hoffers was named as Black, Dresden was given as the venue, and there was no date:
Below is the solution on page 122, in Meyer’s unwonted notation (explained in C.N. 4589):
Hoffers had also been identified as Black, not White, on page 313 of the October 1880 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
It is unclear exactly how the word ‘früher’ (e.g. ‘some time ago’) should be interpreted. Certainly, the references to Hoffers in the German magazine were clustered around 1880, and we have found nothing about him or the position in any publication circa 1860.
The conclusion was given on page 20 of the January 1881 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
Page 5 of the January 1880 issue had mentioned Hoffers in connection with the Schachverein Louis Paulsen, giving an address in Dresden (Strehlener Strasse 30):
Page 62 of the February 1882 Deutsche Schachzeitung printed a problem by ‘Rudolf Hoffers of Kamenz’ (Kamenz being a town about 40 kilometres from Dresden):
Inevitably, confusion has arisen between Hoffers and Hoffer. For example, page 42 of Chess Techniques by A.R.B. Thomas (London, 1975) labelled the ‘swindle’ position ‘Hoffer-N.N., 1860’.
Other occurrences in print are sought. What, for instance, was the source for the starting position given by Richter (with the white rook on f5 and not yet on c5)?
8180. ‘The most shattering experience’ (C.N. 8174)
On the basis of the US Public Records Index and the 1930 United States Federal Census (both available at Ancestry.com) Russell Miller (Vancouver, WA, USA) provides information on Arthur A. Murray, who was born on 28 June 1921 in Washington State.
8181. Lipnitsky v Smirnov (C.N.s 8160 & 8176)
Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) forwards page 105 of the April 1952 issue of Shakhmaty v SSSR:
Just below the diagram there is a reference to the game Lipnitsky-Smirnov, played in the USSR Armed Forces Championship Semi-Final, Kiev, 1949.
8182. Capablanca at the Café de la Régence, 1922 (C.N.s 4257 & 8178)
From Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) comes an article by José A. Gelabert on pages 7 and 10 of El Demócrata (Mexico City), 22 March 1926. Our correspondent comments:
Another specimen of auctorial embroidery:
Source: page 158 of Impact of Genius by R.E. Fauber (Seattle, 1992).
8184. Ståhlberg v Capablanca, Margate, 1936 (C.N. 8169)
C.N. 8169 quoted from pages 326-327 of CHESS, 14 May 1936:
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Nf3 Nbd7 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 O-O 7 Rc1 c6 8 Bd3 h6 9 Bh4 dxc4 10 Bxc4 b5 11 Bd3 a6 12 a4 bxa4 13 Nxa4 Qa5+ 14 Nd2 Bb4 15 Nc3 c5 16 Nb3 Qb6 17 dxc5 Bxc5 18 Nxc5 Qxc5 19 Bg3 Bb7 20 O-O Rfd8 21 Nb5 Qb4 22 Nd6 Bd5 23 e4 e5 24 exd5 Qxd6 25 Rc6 Qxd5
26 Rxa6 Rab8 27 Rd6 Qb7 28 Bf5 Qb5 29 Re1 Rb7
30 h3 Re8 Drawn.
As shown in C.N. 8169, page 159 of Schackvärlden, June 1936 stated that after 25...Qxd5 the players agreed to draw the game, although another five moves needed to be made. According to the magazine, Capablanca should have played 26...Rxa6 instead of 26...Rab8 ‘??’, and Ståhlberg could have won with 30 Bxe5.
The ‘Chess Stars’ book on Capablanca mentioned in our earlier item gave 26 Rxa6 a question mark, suggesting instead 26 Qc2 ‘!?’, with 27 Rd1 to follow. A question mark was also appended to 26...Rab8, the recommendation being 26...Nc5 ‘!’ 27 Rxf6 (if 27 Rxa8 Qxa8) 27...gxf6 28 Qg4+ Kf8, with a clear advantage to Black.
Instead of 30 h3 the book proposed 30 Bxe5 ‘!’ Re8 31 Bxf6 Rxe1+ 32 Qxe1 Qxf5 33 Bc3, with a clear advantage to White.
Schackvärlden commented on Ståhlberg’s gentlemanliness in adhering to the draw agreed earlier, but did he have a won game at any stage and, in particular, with Bxe5 at move 30? And how does all this tie in with the references in CHESS to Ståhlberg’s ‘slip which would have lost a piece’ and Capablanca’s ‘move which allowed the possible gain of a pawn’?
8185. Royal Literary Fund (C.N.s 7277, 7287 & 7288)
8186. Showalter v Beckner
Mr Urcan also provides the game below, played in Kentucky, from page 32 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11 December 1930:
Jackson Whipps Showalter – John Taliaferro Beckner
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 d6 4 c3 Nf6 5 d4 Bd7 6 Qe2 Be7 7 Nbd2 exd4 8 cxd4 O-O 9 O-O Re8 10 Rd1 a6 11 Bc4 Bg4 12 Nf1 d5 13 exd5 Nxd5 14 Qe4 Nf6 15 Qd3 Qd7 16 Ng3 Bd6 17 Bg5 Nh5 18 Ne4 Bf5 19 Re1 Bf4 20 g3 Bxg5 21 Nfxg5 Bg6 22 Rad1 Rad8 23 Qc3 h6 24 Nc5 Rxe1+ 25 Qxe1 Qg4
26 Nge6 Re8 27 Be2 Qf5 28 g4 Qf6 29 gxh5 Bf5 30 Nxc7 Qg5+ 31 Kh1 Bh3 32 Qg1 Rxe2 33 Qxg5 hxg5 34 d5 Ne5 35 d6 Rxf2 36 d7 Bxd7 37 Kg1 Rc2 38 Nxd7 Nf3+ 39 Kf1 Nxh2+ 40 Kg1 Nf3+ 41 Kf1 Rxc7 42 White resigns.
An earlier game between the two players was given in C.N. 7216.
When was the first occurrence in print of Tarrasch’s term ‘amaurosis scachistica’ (chess blindness)?
The phrase was in the title of an article at the end (pages 452-455) of his book Die moderne Schachpartie (various editions, of which the first was published in 1912):
From the Preface to the first edition (page ix):
Is it possible to identify the newspaper in which the article on ‘amaurosis scachistica’ originally appeared?
Tarrasch republished the article, with minor rewording, on pages 337-340 of Tarrasch’s Schachzeitung, 1 September 1933.
As regards English-language publications, the Latin term was mentioned in a review of Die moderne Schachpartie on page 159 of the July 1913 American Chess Bulletin, although rendered as ‘amaurosis schachistica’. An oft-seen spelling is ‘amaurosis scacchistica’, e.g. on page 174 of All About Chess by I.A. Horowitz (New York, 1971).
8188. ‘A Chess Talk with Lasker the Champion’
Patsy A. D’Eramo (North East, MD, USA) forwards page 4 of the San Francisco Chronicle, 11 January 1903, comprising a lengthy article entitled ‘A Chess Talk with Lasker the Champion’.
Among the interesting material is an explanation of a game invented by him, checkerette, and the following comments on chess:
The newspaper also reproduced a Troitzky study in Lasker’s hand:
The composition, dated 1897 and with the knight on g6 instead of h5, is on pages 69-70 of Collection of Chess Studies by A.A. Troitzky (Leeds, 1937).
8189. Ståhlberg v Capablanca, Margate, 1936 (C.N.s 8169 & 8184)
From Yasser Seirawan (St Louis, MO, USA):
8190. Simultaneous display by Sultan Khan
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) sends this report by Louis van Vliet in the Sunday Times, 29 September 1929, page 21:
Our correspondent also provides a game-score from page 4 of the newspaper’s 6 October 1929 edition:
Sultan Khan – Charles Wreford Brown
1 d4 d6 2 c4 Nd7 3 Nc3 e5 4 d5 Ngf6 5 e4 Be7 6 f3 Nb6 7 Nge2 Nh5 8 b3 O-O 9 Be3 f5 10 exf5
10...Rxf5 11 g4 Rxf3 12 Bxb6 Bxg4 13 h3 Bf5 14 Bf2 Bh4 15 Ng3 Rxf2 16 Kxf2 Nxg3 17 Kg2 Qg5 18 Qc1 Qg6 19 Kh2 Nxf1+ 20 Rxf1 Qg3+ 21 Kh1 Qxh3+ 22 Kg1 Qg3+ 23 Kh1
23...Bh3 24 Rg1 Qf3+ 25 Kh2 Rf8 26 Nd1 Bf1 27 Qe3 Qh5 28 Rxf1 Rxf1 29 Qh3 Bg3+ 30 White resigns.
The display, organized by Mrs Arthur Rawson of the Imperial Chess Club, was also reported on page 422 of the November 1929 BCM and on page 27 of the November 1929 Chess Amateur.
C.N. 2195 (see page 134 of A Chess Omnibus) quoted from page 574 of the March 1882 issue of Brentano’s Chess Monthly a reference to P. Richardson being named ‘The Stormy Petrel’ by G.H. Mackenzie. See too Philip Richardson The Stormy Petrel of Chess by John S. Hilbert (Olomouc, 2009).
The description ‘stormy petrel’ in connection with Nimzowitsch is on page v of My System (London, 1929), at the start of the Translator’s Preface. The translator was Arthur Hereford Wykeham George, using the pseudonym Philip Hereford (BCM, July 1937, page 361).
The relevant text also appeared on the front of the dust-jacket and in advertising material, such as the following on page 45 of the November 1929 Chess Amateur:
Have any other languages taken up a name such as ‘stormy petrel’ in connection with Nimzowitsch, Richardson or any other player?
8192. Botvinnik spoke out
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) quotes the above remark by Botvinnik from page 40 of the 0/1984 issue of New in Chess (in a feature, ‘Botvinnik speaks out’, on pages 36-43).
At the time (in C.N. 825) we commented about New in Chess:
8193. Chess in the Daily Mail
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) has forwarded a number of
chess items published in the Daily Mail in the
1920s and 1930s:
Daily Mail, 7 August 1922, page 6
Daily Mail (Atlantic Edition), 12 November 1925, page 3
Daily Mail, 16 November 1928, page 17
Daily Mail, 28 September 1929, page 5
Daily Mail, 6 January 1931, page 7
Daily Mail, 17 August 1932, page 5
Daily Mail, 11 August 1933, page 7
Daily Mail, 24 January 1938, page 7.
An example of Gerald Abrahams’ unmistakable prose style as he tackles a complex topic:
Source: page 275 of The Handbook of Chess and The Pan Book of Chess by Gerald Abrahams (London, 1965).
8195. Who? (C.N. 8172)
The sketch came from the front cover of Torneo de Nottingham 1936 by Luis de Marimón and Julio Ganzo (Madrid, 1957):
It would seem that identification of the players can only be guesswork.
Asked about chess books which had a profound influence on him, John Nunn replied (see the 3/2002 New in Chess, page 98):
Dr Nunn informs us:
Most C.N. items mentioning Irving Chernev have concerned chess history and lore, but he was an exceptionally entertaining annotator. The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played was published by Simon and Schuster, New York in 1965 and by Faber and Faber, London the following year. The US publishers also brought out a Fireside paperback edition (undated), and in 1992 the work was reprinted by Dover Publications, Inc., New York. An algebraic version has yet to be produced and would be very welcome.
8197. Tarrasch v Vogel
Game 45 in Chernev’s The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played is ‘S. Tarrasch-S. Vogel, Nuremberg, 1910’. Under the heading ‘The Galloping Knight’, it is described as ‘superb position play by a master in that domain’.
The game was the second of three (numbers 4, 7 and 114) between the two players in Tarrasch’s Die moderne Schachpartie (first published in 1912). All were played in Nuremberg, game 4 in 1910 and game 114 in 1909. Tarrasch provided no details regarding the occasion, and in each case his opponent was named only as ‘Herr Vogel’. On the other hand, when two of the encounters were given in Tarrasch’s Best Games of Chess by Fred Reinfeld (London, 1947) Black was named as ‘S. Vogel’ each time.
It is unclear whether Tarrasch’s opponent was the Vogel who participated in a tournament in Nuremberg in 1888 (Deutsche Schachzeitung, September 1888, pages 262 and 265). No other information about him was given there beyond ‘Vogel (Nürnberg)’.
In its 1909 volume the Deutsche Schachzeitung had a few references to J. Vogel of Nuremberg. See too page 272 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 8 August 1909. A game Vogel v W. Schmidt from the ‘Hauptturnier zu Nürnberg’ was published on pages 133-134 of Schachjahrbuch für 1909 by Ludwig Bachmann (Ansbach, 1909):
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Nf3 Nf6 5 c4 c6 6 Nc3 Bb4 7 Bd3 O-O 8 O-O Bg4 9 Bg5 Nbd7 10 Qc2 Qc7 11 cxd5 Bxf3 12 gxf3 Bxc3 13 bxc3 cxd5 14 Kh1 h6 15 Bd2 Kh8 16 Rg1 Ng8 17 Rg3 Ndf6 18 Rag1 Nh5 19 Rg4 f5 20 Rh4 Qf7 21 Qc1 Rac8 22 Qf1 g6 23 Qh3 Kh7 24 Qg2 Ngf6 25 Qh3 Ng8
26 Rxg6 Qxg6 27 Rxh5 Kg7 28 Rxf5 Rc6 29 Rg5 hxg5 30 Bxg6 Kxg6 31 Qg4 Rf5 32 h4 Nf6 33 Qg2 Nh7 34 f4 Ra6 35 hxg5 Rxa2 36 Be3 a5 37 Qh3 Nf8 38 Qh6+ Kf7 39 Qb6 Ra1+ 40 Kg2 Ra3 41 Qb2 Ra4
42 Qc2 Resigns.
The Ehrentafel (roll of honour) on page 421 of the 27 December 1914 Deutsches Wochenschach listed under the Schachklub Noris of Nuremberg: ‘Vogel, Johann, Kaufmann†’. Johann Vogel was also named on pages 59-60 of the February 1915 Deutsche Schachzeitung as being among those who had ‘fallen on the field of honour’ (‘auf dem Felde der Ehre sind gefallen’). The Ehrentafel on page 259 of Schachjahrbuch für 1914. II Teil by L. Bachmann (Ansbach, 1914) included ‘Vogel, Johann, Nürnberg’. Page 20 of the January-February 1915 Wiener Schachzeitung reported: ‘Hans Vogel vom Schach-Klub “Noris” in Nürnberg ist auf dem Felde der Ehre gefallen.’
Can readers help us to build on these preliminary findings?
Another early victim of the Great War was a younger brother of Savielly Tartakower, Arthur, as reported on page 58 of the February 1915 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
Further details about him were given on page 24 of the January 1918 issue:
As recorded on page 23 of the Hamburg, 1910 tournament book, Arthur Tartakower finished in the middle of group five of the Hauptturnier B. His defeat of the joint winner, ‘Jankowitsch’ (Boris Yankovich), was given on pages 169-170:
1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 d3 Bc5 4 Nc3 d6 5 f4 Bxg1 6 Rxg1 Bg4 7 Qd2 exf4 8 Qxf4 Nbd7 9 h3 Bh5 10 g4 Bg6 11 h4 h5 12 g5 Ng4 13 Bd2 Nge5 14 O-O-O a6 15 Be3 O-O 16 Bb3 Ng4 17 Rxg4 hxg4 18 Qxg4 Ne5 19 Qe2 Kh8 20 d4 Nc6 21 h5 Bh7 22 g6 Bg8 23 Qh2 Na5
24 h6 Nxb3+ 25 axb3 Qd7 26 hxg7+ Kxg7 27 Bh6+ Kf6 28 Qh4+ Ke6 29 d5+ Ke5 30 Qf4 mate.
Unsurprisingly, the FatBase database ascribed the victory to Savielly Tartakower.
8199. Ernest Harrod
From page 38 of CHESS, 29 October 1955, concerning the Postal Chess Club:
What is to be made of the reference to Capablanca?
8200. Stolen and marred in the stealing
Such was the reaction to a small chess volume (weight: 20 grams) published by the British Chess Federation, The Laws of Chess (Stroud, 1912), the main culprit being William Ward of the City of London Chess Club. His aim had been to produce a simplified version of The British Chess Code, and it was one of the chief contributors to that Code, E.E. Cunnington, who instigated a barrage of criticism of The Laws of Chess, on pages 4 and 6 of the Chess Amateur, October 1912. For instance:
Cunnington’s concluding salvo:
A new feature article, The Laws of Chess (1912), reproduces the text from the booklet, as well as E.E. Cunnington’s critique and other material from the Chess Amateur.
Thomas Höpfl (Schkopau, Germany) and Dan Scoones (Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada) point out a video item featuring Euwe and Alekhine (1935) which is similar, but not identical, to one available in Chess Masters on Film.
From Thomas Höpfli there also comes a link to a video report on Arturo Pomar which includes Fischer speaking a few words of Spanish.
8202. A.J. Mackenzie
The references in C.N. 8165 and 8167 to A.J. Mackenzie, the controller at Nottingham, 1936, prompt us to give a specimen of his play. It was published on pages 86-87 of the January 1930 Chess Amateur, annotated by W.A. Fairhurst:
Arthur John Mackenzie (Birmingham) – F. Schofield
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e5 3 dxe5 Ng4 4 e4 Nxe5 5 f4 Ng6 6 Nf3 Bb4+ 7 Bd2 Qe7
8 g3 Qxe4+ 9 Kf2 Bc5+ 10 Kg2 O-O 11 Nc3 Qf5 12 Nd5 d6 13 h4 Qd7 14 h5 Ne7 15 h6 Nxd5 16 hxg7 Ne3+ 17 Bxe3 Kxg7 18 Bd4+ Bxd4 19 Qxd4+ f6 20 Bd3 h6
21 Rxh6 Kxh6 22 Rh1+ Kg7 23 Rh7+ Kg8 24 Rxd7 Nxd7 25 Qd5+ Kg7 26 Qh5 Rh8 27 Qg6+ Kf8 28 Nd4 Nc5 29 Qxf6+ Kg8 30 Qd8+ Kg7 31 Qxc7+ Bd7 32 Bf5 Rhd8 33 Kf2 Rac8 34 Qxd6 Bxf5
‘White announced mate in six moves.’
In chess lore and history there is often an easy/lazy way and a difficult/worthwhile way, and this is illustrated by an Alekhine position indirectly referred to in C.N. 8116. From page 33 of The Times Winning Moves by R. Keene and B. Jacobs (London, 2003):
The solution on page 139:
Nothing could be less toilsome than making such straight use of game 120 in the second volume of Alekhine’s Best Games:
But then there is the difficult/worthwhile way, which entails trying to keep abreast of research, presenting the known facts accurately and endeavouring to establish the truth.
The game was published, with Black unidentified, in a report in the Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, November 1933. Below are the relevant parts, from pages 296-297:
Black was also left anonymous on pages 86-87 of Tarrasch’s Schachzeitung, 15 December 1933:
In 1988 (C.N.1544) we asked why Black was named as Hulscher, and not Mindeno, when the game was given (with, moreover, a different move order) on page 152 of the November 1933 American Chess Bulletin:
Our question was taken up by Tony Mantia in an article on page 18 of the 22/1992 issue of Inside Chess:
So now there was a third name, Hoelsder. The following comes from pages 90-91 of Alekhine in Europe and Asia by J. Donaldson, N. Minev and Y. Seirawan (Seattle, 1993):
On the other hand, ‘Alekhine-Hulscher’ was given by Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G.P. Verhoeven on page 476 of Alexander Alekhine’s Chess Games, 1902-1946 (Jefferson, 1998), on the grounds that the name Hulscher appeared in the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, 7 November 1933:
As regards the above reference to ‘Archives of A. Mantia, 1993’, we are grateful to Dr Skinner for sending us a copy of the relevant part of Alekhine’s notebook, and to Mr Mantia for permission to show it here:
On the analytical front too there are complications, as mentioned in C.N. 1027, which referred to CHESS, August 1975, page 328, and the BCM, February 1983, page 69. Furthermore, the game was discussed by E. Böök on page 82 of the December 1947 CHESS and on page 151 of the March 1948 issue:
See, however, Tarrasch’s note to 14...Qe6, given earlier in the present item. We add that Böök’s account was discussed on pages 120-122 of The Pleasures of Chess by Assiac (New York, 1952).
At present, no tidy conclusions seem possible about the identity of Alekhine’s opponent, beyond the observation that, for the past two decades, competent writers have not named him unquestioningly as Mindeno.
Paweł Dudziński (Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland) has sent us
a copy of his book Szachy wojenne 1939-1945 War chess
(Ostrów Wielkopolski, 2013). Richly illustrated with
games, photographs and documents, the historical narrative
is remarkably detailed. The work is a 299-page soft-cover
publication in Polish, with a summary in English on pages
A sample page, although one of the lighter ones:
Mr Dudziński has authorized us to reproduce here a number of photographs, and the scans provided by him are accompanied below by the book’s captions.
From page 76:
From page 185:
From page 187:
From page 192:
From page 193:
Only a limited number of copies of this exceptional (and, we understand, inexpensive) book are available, and we shall be pleased to forward to the author any messages from readers who wish to buy it.
From page 105 of The Amazing Book of Chess by Gareth Williams (Godalming, 1999), in the section on Capablanca:
That sounds even more dramatic than what Harold C. Schonberg wrote on page 166 of Grandmasters of Chess (Philadelphia and New York, 1973):
So, just how eye-catching was the newspaper’s front-page story on 23 March 1924, the day after the Cuban’s loss to Réti?
Contrary to the statement in the New York Times, the Cuban’s unbroken run (apart from the loss to Chajes in 1916) stretched back to his defeat by Tarrasch, and not Lasker, at St Petersburg, 1914.
8206. The gentle art of swindling (C.N. 8179)
Play went 1...Ng4 2 Qg8+ Kg6 3 Qe6+ Kh7 4 Qg8+ Drawn. No further details have yet been traced concerning this nineteenth-century game involving R. Hoffers.
However, Richard Forster (Zurich) considers that the Horowitz and Reinfeld book was incorrect to classify the play as a ‘swindle’. There was no element of luck, such as a move or plan which worked only because the opponent did not see through it in time. Both sides simply played the best moves, and the spectacular draw by perpetual check was the fair outcome.
Our correspondent adds that Black’s unknown move before Rf5-c5 could be called a swindle if it provoked White to err with the move Rf5-c5, but that was not the thrust of Horowitz and Reinfeld’s text.
8207. Golombek v Price
From pages 166-167 of Beginning Chess by Harry Golombek (Harmondsworth, 1981):
The event was the Premier Reserves tournament, but we have yet to find the game-score.
8208. Photographs (C.N. 8204)
Wolfgang Franz (Oberdiebach, Germany) notes that the photographs in C.N. 8204 can be viewed, together with many others, at the Polish Zbiory NAC on-line website, e.g. by searching for Szachowe or Alechin.
Wanted: more information about a game whose conclusion was on page 51 of Das Matt by Kurt Richter (Berlin, 1942):
Concerning the excelsior theme in over-the-board play, Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England) writes:
Another case is Ozols v Hasenfuss, Kemeri, 1937. A further example comes in a game between Edward (then Eduard) Lasker and Herbert Jacobs in the City of London Chess Club Championship, 1, 5 and 6 February 1913:
96...h5 96 Kd6 h4 97 Kxc6 h3 98 Kd7 h2 99 c6 h1(Q) 100 c7 Qb7 101 Kd8 Kf6 102 Kd7 Ke5 103 Kd8 Kd6 104 c8(N)+ Ke6 105 White resigns.
Sources (full game-score): BCM, March 1913, pages 113-115, and Wiener Schachzeitung, February-May 1914, pages 125-128.
Below is a game which Julian Hodgson annotated enthusiastically on pages 124-125 of his book Attack with G.M. Julian Hodgson (London, 1996):
Patrick Yee – Julian Hodgson
1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Bc4 c5 4 c3 cxd4 5 Nf3 d6 6 cxd4 Nf6 7 Nc3 O-O 8 Bb3 Bg4 9 h3 Bxf3 10 Qxf3 Nc6 11 Be3 Nd7 12 Qd1 Na5 13 O-O Nb6 14 Qe2 Rc8 15 Rfd1 Nbc4 16 Bg5 a6 17 Rd3 b5 18 Rad1 Re8 19 Bc1 e6 20 Qg4 Nxb3 21 axb3 Na5 22 Ne2 Rc2 23 Bg5 Qa8 24 R1d2
24...f5 25 Qh4 fxe4 26 Rxc2 exd3 27 Rc7 dxe2 28 Bf6 e1(Q)+ 29 Kh2
29...Qb7 30 White resigns.
8211. The hedgehog formation (C.N. 7574)
Brian Karen (Levittown, NY, USA) adds a citation from page 69 of 500 Master Games of Chess by S. Tartakower and J. du Mont (London, 1952):
The note came after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O d6 5 d4 Bd7 6 Nc3 Be7 7 Re1 exd4 8 Nxd4 O-O in Tarrasch v Lasker, second match-game, 1908.
The image of a curled-up hedgehog was used by Nimzowitsch on pages 70 and 115 of Die Praxis meines Systems (Berlin, 1930); see pages 100 and 163 of The Praxis of My System (London, 1936).
On page 202 of the September 1937 Chess Review Paul Hugo Little wrote regarding the game Pipiringos v Hahlbohm, Chicago, 1937:
8212. Gold coins
The mystery of the Marshall ‘gold coins’ game is still proving impossible to unravel, but, more generally, below is a novel suggestion from page 79 of Play Chess by William Hartston and Jeremy James (London, 1980):
Headed ‘The Mythical “Five Queens’ Game”’, an item by D.J. Morgan on page 130 of the May 1956 BCM began:
He was reporting on a series of articles by Albrecht Buschke in Chess Life in 1950 which had demonstrated that the ‘five queens’ play given by Alekhine in a note to Game 26 in his first volume of Best Games was spurious.
C.N.s 326 and 387 touched on the matter, and since then it has been analysed in detail by Tim Krabbé, on pages 54-64 of Chess Curiosities (London, 1985) and on his website. The case is regularly cited as an example of Alekhine’s ‘dishonesty’.
How is it possible that, even today, there are authors who state that Alekhine won such a game? The latest instance noted by us is on page 381 of Best Play by Alexander Shashin (Newton Highlands, 2013).
8214. Capablanca v Price/Baca-Arús
Page 365 of A. Shashin’s Best Play has a position headed ‘Capablanca-Baca, La Habana (blindfold), 1912’.
The game-score is well known from its inclusion in, for instance, Modern Ideas in Chess by Richard Réti (London, 1923), Meet the Masters by Max Euwe (London, 1940) and The Immortal Games of Capablanca by Fred Reinfeld (New York, 1942). From page 102 of the Euwe book:
However, the game requires careful handling in view of the complications set out by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth on pages 111-112 of The Unknown Capablanca. Below is the relevant section from the second, revised edition of their book (New York, 1993):
The game’s appearance on page 9 of Capablanca-Magazine, 25 April 1912, under the heading ‘Blindfold Chess’:
The game-score has not been found in either of the two Cuban newspapers of the time which were notable for their chess content, Diario de la Marina and La Discusión. Page 46 of our book on Capablanca briefly referred to the game, mentioning that when Brian Harley published it on pages 16-18 of Chess and Its Stars (Leeds, 1936) he wrote: ‘Capablanca’s comment to me is: “I can’t play games like that now!”’
Baca-Arús was not named when the game was given in the Euwe, Harley, Reinfeld and Réti books or, for example, in Homenaje a José Raúl Capablanca (Havana, 1943). Nor did the word ‘blindfold’ appear. The same applies with regard to the full page (page 232) which the tactical play received in Combinations The Heart of Chess by Irving Chernev (New York, 1960). With the exception of Harley’s book, all these works broke off the game after White’s 22nd move. Harley continued to move 25 but with a different finish from that given in Capablanca-Magazine and The Unknown Capablanca: 22...Nd8 23 Qh8+ Kf7 24 Qg7+ Ke6 25 Nf8+ Resigns.
Jaime Baca-Arús (American Chess Bulletin, May 1912, page 106 and June 1912, page 136)
The Capablanca v Price game (Birmingham, 24 November 1911) referred to in The Unknown Capablanca appeared quite widely at the time, e.g. on page 19 of the Cheltenham Looker-On of 2 December 1911, which reproduced the notes of the Birmingham Daily Post:
An especially interesting column is Gunsberg’s on page 5 of the Manchester Guardian, 5 December 1911 because it pointed out the possibility of 19 Rd7, the spectacular move that occurred in Havana the following spring in the game against Baca-Arús:
The report on the Birmingham display on pages 23-24 of the January 1912 BCM included the following:
So wrote Valery Salov on page 21 of the 5/1989 New in Chess regarding 19 Nxe6 in Kasparov v Salov, Barcelona, 1989. Salov’s remark is quoted on page 258 of Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov Part II: 1985-1993 (London, 2013) in a slightly different wording (‘I think it was Reuben Fine who wrote ...’).
It was indeed Fine, on page 195 of the June-July 1943 Chess Review:
The game was Rellstab’s victory over Alekhine at Munich, 1942, although in the heading (page 193) Fine put ‘Monaco’, an error corrected when the article was reproduced on pages 135-141 of his book Chess Marches On! (New York, 1945).
Rellstab’s annotations to the game were published on pages 142-143 of Deutsche Schachblätter, 1 October 1942. The 1 August 1942 issue (page 119) had a photograph of him in play (left) against Schmahl at Bad Oeynhausen, 1942 (‘Schachmeisterschaft von Großdeutschland’):
8216. Enliveners and grief savers
From page 79 of the April 1939 Chess Review:
8217. Réti v Capablanca, New York, 1924 (C.N. 8205)
C.N. 8205 showed the report of Capablanca’s loss to Réti on the front page of the sports section of the New York Times, 23 March 1924.
There was no mention of the game on the newspaper’s very front page.
8218. Counter-attack (C.N. 3038)
Further to C.N. 3038 (see page 325 of Chess Facts and Fables), we still hope to find corroboration of a quote included by Vera Menchik at the start of an article, ‘How to Meet an Attack’, on pages 479-482 of the Social Chess Quarterly, January 1935:
Vera Menchik further endorsed the sentiments in the final paragraph of her article:
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
8220. Arthur Tartakower (C.N. 8198)
Tomasz Lissowski (Warsaw) reports that Arthur Tartakower is buried in Kotowice Cemetery.
Source, found by Marek Lis (Opoczno, Poland): page 251 of Wielka Wojna na Jurze by P. and K. Orman (Cracow, 2008).
8221. A baby’s smile (C.N. 8215)
C.N. 8215 quoted a remark by Reuben Fine on page 195 of the June-July 1943 Chess Review: ‘In such positions combinations are as natural as a baby’s smile.’
In a supplement (‘Abracadabra Chess’ by Larry Evans) to the Fall 1962 issue of the American Chess Quarterly the following appeared on page 333, concerning Morphy v the Duke and Count:
Evans had a habit of lifting other writers’ bons mots and prose for presentation as his own. For example, on page 71 of Guide to Good Chess (Sydney, 1950) C.J.S. Purdy wrote:
The Facts about Larry Evans quotes four publications where he gave as his own work a 50-word passage about Rubinstein which had been written by Irving Chernev.
Our article also shows that page 45 of Evans’ book The 10 Most Common Chess Mistakes (New York, 1998) has the following mistakes:
In this position there are errors by Evans which duplicate what was on page 317 of The Personality of Chess by I.A. Horowitz and P.L. Rothenberg (New York, 1963).
Nonetheless, on page 34 of The Chess Beat (Oxford, 1982) the same Larry Evans wrote that Reuben Fine’s Basic Chess Endings was ‘riddled with errors’ and proclaimed:
Page 42 of Evans on Chess by Larry Evans (New York, 1974):
As regards the final paragraph, at the time of his death,
in late December 1918, Schlechter was by no means
‘forgotten’; he was the Editor of the Deutsche
Schachzeitung and in September-October 1918
had participated in a double-round tournament in Berlin
with Lasker, Rubinstein and Tarrasch. His death occurred
not ‘in the last year of World War I’ but after the War
was over. Nor was he found dead alone in his room at home
(which would mean in Vienna); he died in hospital in
Budapest. The cause of his death is uncertain. He was then
aged 44, not 35.
That syndicated column by Evans, riddled with errors though it was, was still appearing in newspapers nearly 15 years after its first publication (on, for instance, page D27 of the Chicago Tribune, 3 May 1987), without even a correction of Schlechter’s age.
Nor, of course, was there ever an admission that the article was heavily reliant on a piece about Schlechter by Heinrich Fraenkel published on pages 50-53 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966) and reprinted on pages 5-6 of the January 1970 Chess Digest. Below is the final paragraph from the book:
It is obviously unwise to rely on such material without independent corroboration, but Evans relied on it without even reading it properly. Fraenkel stated, correctly, that Schlechter was aged 35 at the time of the match against Lasker, and not when he died, and he referred to Schlechter being almost forgotten ‘for many years now’ (i.e. from the standpoint of the mid-twentieth century), and not at the time of his death.
Despite cribbing from Fraenkel, Evans contradicted him concerning the terms of the Lasker v Schlechter match (for Fraenkel was the ‘critic’ mentioned anonymously three paragraphs from the end of Evans’ article). He also wrote simplistically and categorically about the match on page 49 of The Chess Beat, again with no apparent understanding of what is one of the most complex puzzles in chess history. It is not by chance that criticism of Evans’ published output increased during his later years, as he eschewed writing about chess play (in which he held the grandmaster title) and preferred writing about chess history, lore and politics (in which he held himself up to ridicule).
On pages 45-50 of Carl Schlechter! Life and Times of the Austrian Chess Wizard (Yorklyn, 1994) Warren Goldman discussed Schlechter’s demise in detail, noting that possible causes of death were lung disease aggravated by lack of proper nutrition, tuberculosis, pneumonia and the Spanish flu epidemic. On page 46 he wrote:
Pages 428-452 of the Goldman book sifted the evidence regarding the conditions for the 1910 Lasker v Schlechter match. Again, no definitive conclusions could be offered.
That is how proper writers (not only historians, of course) work. When they know, they explain why they know. When they are uncertain, they explain why they are uncertain. When they do not know, they either say that they do not know or they say nothing. That is honest writing which treats the reader with respect, and there is no other kind worth doing.
8223. Alekhine article
Javier Asturiano Molina (Murcia, Spain) notes a passage on page 82 of Half a Century of Chess by Mikhail Botvinnik (Oxford, 1984):
Our correspondent asks if Alekhine’s exact words can be found.
The article was published on pages 13-14 of the Manchester Guardian, 29 August 1936, and the full text is given below:
Alan McGowan (Waterloo, Canada) quotes from page 275 of the December 1943 BCM:
8225. Internet booksellers
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