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The concluding note in the famous Rotlewi v Rubinstein game on page 18 of Rubinstein Gewinnt! by Hans Kmoch (Vienna, 1933):
Many games labelled ‘immortal’ have been discussed in C.N. over the years, but are there any not yet mentioned here?
This cartoon comes from page 15 of the November 1947 Chess Review:
The caption text is from the accompanying article (pages 14-15) by Fred M. Wren, ‘Attempts at Immortality!’, in his ‘Tales of a Woodpusher’ series.
From page 187 of the 17 April 1916 issue of The Chess News, a small publication edited by George H. Walcott (Boston):
There are three key moves, but we lack the edition(s) of the magazine which may have discussed the solution.
Below are some remarks received from Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England):
From the plate section of American Chess Masters from Morphy to Fischer by Arthur Bisguier and Andrew Soltis (New York, 1974):
The reference to the world championship is an obvious mistake, but when was the photograph taken? Below are two more recent appearances:
Tarrasch potere della logica by Jakov Nejstadt (Rome, 1996)
A Picture History of Chess by Fred Wilson (New York, 1981), page 74
Apparent confirmation that the occasion was the Nuremberg, 1906 tournament is on page 6 of Chess Review, December 1944, which showed a dated copy inscribed by Marshall:
However, in the Nuremberg tournament (third round, 25 July 1906), Tarrasch had the white pieces against Marshall. (See the tournament book, pages 91-92.)
The photograph had been published the previous year, on page 318 of the October 1905 American Chess Bulletin:
It seems to us that the position is from the 17th and final match-game, won by Tarrasch on 14 October 1905: 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nd4 4 Nxd4 exd4 5 O-O c6 6 Bc4 Ne7 7 Qh5 d5 8 exd5 cxd5 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxd7+ Qxd7 11 Qe5 d3 12 cxd3 O-O-O 13 a3 Nc6 14 Qh5 g6 15 Qd1 Qf5 16 b4 Qxd3 17 Nc3 Bg7 18 Qa4 Kb8 19 Ra2 Nd4 20 Re1 Rc8 21 h3 Nf5 22 Qd7 Rhd8 23 Qxf7 Rc7 24 Qe6 Re7 25 Qxe7 Nxe7 26 Re3 Qc4 27 Rxe7 Bf8 28 Rxh7 d4 29 Rc2 dxc3 30 Rxc3 Qe2 31 g3 Bd6 32 Kg2 Rf8 33 White resigns.
A few months ago, C.N. 10563 criticized Jimmy Adams’ treatment of sources in Gyula Breyer. The Chess Revolutionary (Alkmaar, 2017). At the Kingpin website Mr Adams has recently made a response; much of it reads like a leg-pull, and here we simply revert to the fundamental issue.
In recent decades, historical chess biographies have seen a major advance in scholarship, with far greater recognition of the need for precise sources. The world’s leading publisher in the field is McFarland & Company, Inc., and any list of its best biographical works is likely to include the following:
Question: How many of the above authors treat sources in a manner even remotely similar to Jimmy Adams’ method?
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
From pages 211-212 of the City of London Chess Magazine, October 1874:
Below is page iv of G.H.D. Gossip’s Preface to his 1874 work The Chess-Players’ Manual, with a reference to ‘the three pawns’ defence’:
On page 285 ‘Game the Fourth’ had the heading ‘The Anderssen-Zukertort, or three pawns defence to the Evans Gambit’ as an introduction to the moves 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 exd4 7 O-O dxc3 8 Qb3 Qf6 9 e5.
With regard to the ‘Chinese Immortal’, won by Liu Wenzhe against J.H. Donner in the Buenos Aires Olympiad, 1978, what was the nature and extent of the attention it received in the Chinese media of the time?
From the front cover of the April 1952 Chess Review:
As mentioned on page 98 of the same issue, the Cuban President, Carlos Prío Socarrás, accompanied by Román Torán, was making the first move in the Havana tournament. ‘A few days later, the President had been deposed, but, despite two withdrawals and one death, the Chess Congress survived.’
Pages 99-100 reported on the death:
Would Chess Review have written similarly if the victim of the fatal heart attack had been a US master?
See too The Facts about Larry Evans for his flippant, inaccurate remarks on Juan Quesada’s death.
Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA) notes a remark by Spassky in an interview on page 23 of the Autumn 1998 Kingpin:
Our correspondent asks whether earlier occurrences of the term are known.
He adds this slightly later citation from page 155 of The Unknown Bobby Fischer by John Donaldson and Eric Tangborn (Seattle, 1999):
For observations on the physical appearance of Smyslov’s hands see page 57 of Chess Duels by Yasser Seirawan (London, 2010).
This game ‘won by Dufresne’ comes from pages 74-75 of Social Chess by James Mason (London, 1900) and is submitted by Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA):
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 exd4 7 O-O dxc3 8 Qb3 Qf6 9 e5 Qg6 10 Nxc3 Nge7 11 Ba3 Rb8 12 Nd5 Nxd5 13 Bxd5 b5 14 e6 fxe6 15 Bxc6 dxc6 16 Ne5 Qe4 17 Qg3 g6 18 Qg5 b4 19 Qf6 Rf8 20 Qg7 bxa3 21 Rad1 Rb5 22 Rd8+ Kxd8 23 Qxf8 mate.
Mr Bauzá Mercére is seeking particulars about the game. When reverting to the matter with whatever can be assembled, we shall also discuss an analytical point arising at move 19. In the meantime, below is the game’s appearance on page 7 of the 1 May 1893 edition of the London Evening Standard:
Andrey Terekhov (Singapore) forwards this picture of Vassily Smyslov:
Our correspondent reports that the reverse of the (undated) photograph states that it was taken in Sweden.
Concerning the Evans Gambit game won by Dufresne, Alan Smith (Stockport, England) adds that annotations were published on pages 161-162 of the May 1881 BCM:
From page 88 of the March 1881 Deutsche Schachzeitung:
The analytical point referred to in C.N. 10667 will be discussed in a forthcoming item.
White to move
Play continued 21 Nf7 e5 22 Nh6+ Kh8 23 Rd8 Kg7 24 Rxf8 Kxf8 25 Qf6+ Ke8 26 Ng8 Resigns (Siegbert Tarrasch v Christian Kelz, Nuremberg, 1889 or 1890). The previous moves were 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5 6 d4 exd4 7 O-O dxc3 8 Qb3 Qf6 9 e5 Qg6 10 Nxc3 Nge7 11 Ba3 Rb8 12 Nd5 Nxd5 13 Bxd5 b5 14 e6 fxe6 15 Bxc6 dxc6 16 Ne5 Qe4 17 Qg3 g6 18 Qg5 b4 19 Rad1 O-O 20 Bb2 Rb5.
Tarrasch annotated the game in the ‘Nürnberg 1889-1890’ section of Dreihundert Schachpartien (various editions):
Up to move 18 the game followed the Dufresne one given in
C.N.s 10667 and 10670. A note by Tarrasch on the
possibility of 22 Qf6 (referred to later in the present
item) would have been welcome.
A later postal game between P. Sandford and W. Brunton also had 21 Nf7. It was published on page 98 of the February 1895 BCM:
The following month (page 130) had letters from D.B. Kitchen and J.H. Blake:
Sandford’s victory was also referred to in his obituary on page 383 of the September 1903 BCM:
Page 157 of Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987 by Tim Harding (Jefferson, 2011) had this introduction to the Sandford v Brunton game:
How many sources have given ‘Brancon’ is unclear, but one is shown here (in a reference which also has the incorrect date 1898):
Source: Play The Evans Gambit by T. Harding and B. Cafferty (London, 1997).
The above-mentioned correspondence chess book (which, incidentally, dated the Romaschkevich-Behting game 1894, and not 1895) noted that Sandford v Brunton was published in the Dublin Evening Mail, 27 December 1894, and we give it below (from page 4 of the newspaper):
Regarding the Tarrasch v Kelz game, see also pages 308-310 of Tarrasch’s Best Games of Chess by Fred Reinfeld (London, 1947). There was no mention of Sandford v Brunton or 22 Qf6, but Reinfeld’s introduction is worth quoting:
C.N. 7659 referred to Clement Freud’s eye-witness report on the 1972 Spassky v Fischer match published in the Financial Times of 8 July 1972 and reproduced on pages 161-166 of the posthumous anthology A feast of Freud (London, 2009). From page 165:
Wanted: nominations for the finest logos designed for any chess match or tournament.
John Roycroft (London) quotes from Now Remember by Vladimir Nabokov (page 51 of the 1996 Penguin edition), which consists of extracts from Nabokov’s autobiography Speak, Memory in its 1967 Weidenfeld & Nicolson edition:
Ross Jackson (Raumati South, New Zealand) asks what is known about the claim on page 190 of The World of Chess by A. Saidy and N. Lessing (New York, 1974) that during the 1927 world championship match Jaffe sent Alekhine a cable which ‘contained an analysis of a variation of the Queen’s Gambit with a new move suggested by Jaffe, which Alekhine is thought to have adopted’.
The latest book by Harrie Grondijs, as beautifully produced as ever, is Rondom Selmans Réti (Maastricht, 2017), a 268-page hardback in a print-run of 37 signed, numbered copies. From the dust-jacket:
Mr Grondijs informs us:
That observation by Reuben Fine concerns Alekhine v Böök, Margate, 1938 and comes from page 531 of the November 1938 BCM, in a theoretical article on the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Below is the relevant passage, after discussion of the moves 1 d4 d5 2 c4 dxc4 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 e6 5 Bxc4 c5 6 O-O a6 7 Qe2:
From Sean Robinson (Tacoma, WA, USA):
Our correspondent has drawn together these quotes and references:
Mr Robinson comments:
Black to move
The above position arose after 11 a4 in Keres v Lilienthal, USSR Absolute Championship, Moscow, 27 April 1941. As shown in C.N. 8353, 11...Bc5+ received this remark from Keres in his annotations on pages 207-208 of the November 1941 Chess Review:
A briefer criticism of 11...Bc5+, on page 81 of Chess Marches On! by Reuben Fine (New York, 1945), is what passes in the chess world for a dictum/maxim/witticism:
That remark by Robert John Buckley comes from an article, ‘A Study in Conceit’, in the Birmingham Weekly Mercury which was notable for including the words ipsomania, ipsomaniac and ipsomaniacy. The article was reproduced on pages 151-152 of the September 1901 American Chess World:
An abridged version was published on page 591 of the Literary Digest, 9 November 1901:
Alper Efe Ataman (Izmir, Turkey) asks for information about Sir George Thomas’ early connection with Turkey.
The entry in Jeremy Gaige’s unpublished 1994 edition of Chess Personalia was slightly longer than the one in the 1987 McFarland book:
The above-mentioned BCM articles in 1913 and 1923 and the 1922 Chess Pie feature made no reference to his place of birth. Nor did the articles published in the BCM in 1920 (C.N. 9844) and Chess Review in 1935 (C.N.s 7088 and 9848).
The entries on Thomas in the Horton and Le Lionnais/Maget chess reference works (published in 1959 and 1967/1974 respectively) gave London as his place of birth, whereas the entry in Sunnucks’ encyclopaedia (first published in 1970) had the following:
That begs comparison with an article in CHESS entitled ‘In Memory of Sir George Thomas’ (December 1972 issue, page 70):
The obituary on pages 384-385 of the October 1972 BCM, by W. Ritson Morry, asserted unimpressively that Thomas was born in Constantinople on 14 June 1881, ‘the year of Zukertort’s memorable victory in the great London Tournament’.
Published in 1971, Chicco and Porreca’s Dizionario enciclopedico degli scacchi had been more specific, giving Thomas’ birth-place as Therapia (Tarabya), a district of Constantinople/Istanbul and a centre of British administration in Turkey. The information is thus consistent with the statement in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that Thomas ‘was born in the British consulate in Constantinople’.
Page 362 of the Hastings, 1895 tournament book recorded concerning Lady Thomas:
‘She lived for some years with her husband, Sir Geo. Thomas, Bart., at Constantinople, but now resides in this country, and is sometimes to be seen at the Ladies Chess Club, London.’
C.N. 5690 gave some extracts from an article about her in Woman’s Life, 18 January 1896, pages 255-256. Below is the full text:
The entry for Sir George Sidney Meade Thomas on page 152 of volume two of John Venn’s Alumni Cantabrigienses:
Lastly for now, a cutting from page 4 of the Cambridge Daily News, 6 March 1918:
Richard Reich (Fitchburg, WI, USA) has shown us some
samples from his set of about 20 undated chess columns by
Samuel Reshevsky in the Jewish Press.
The above report is on a tournament held in 1967 (in Jerusalem, and not Tel Aviv).
A cutting from later in the run (with the moves 8 Q-K2 N-N3 obscured by the fold):
Our correspondent asks for further information about the series. He comments too that the Jewish Press was mentioned in an article about Reshevsky by Saul Jay Singer (whose penultimate paragraph states that Reshevsky had a meeting with Fischer in Los Angeles in 1984).
We add an advertisement from page 305 of the October 1966 Chess Review:
Frank Brady (New York, NY, USA) writes:
From Howard Staunton’s edition of the complete works of Shakespeare (volume three, page 43) comes the reference to chess in Act V Scene I of The Tempest:
The comments below are taken from page 5 of the October 1907 Chess Amateur, in the ‘Questions and Answers’ column conducted by H.G. Bockett-Pugh:
C.N. 1075 (see page 241 of Chess Explorations and Steinitz Quotes) reproduced some affectionate remarks by Steinitz about Bernhard Horwitz from page 301 of the October 1885 International Chess Magazine. A further comment by the world champion was on page 366 of the December 1888 issue:
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