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Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) has provided the article ‘El ajedrez en la Argentina’ by Gabriel Mario Gómez on pages 68-81 of Todo es Historia, August 1995. The first two pages:
The assertion in the caption on page 69:
The photograph was taken prior to the world title match against Alekhine, the first game of which began on 16 September 1927. The date 15 September 1927 was stamped on the reverse of the copy which was shown in C.N. 10616, from Argentina’s Archivo General de la Nación, courtesy of the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda (reference AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 74493):
From the 23 November 1911 edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, section two, page 3:
1 d4 f5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 Bxf6 Bxf6 6 Nf3 O-O 7 e4 c5 8 e5 cxd4 9 Qxd4 Nc6 10 Qd6 Be7 11 Qd1 Qa5 12 Be2 Nxe5 13 O-O a6 14 a3 d6 15 Re1 Nf7 16 b4 Qc7 17 Rc1 Ne5 18 Nd4 Rf6 19 f4 Nf7 20 Bf3 Bd7 21 Nd5 exd5 22 Rxe7 dxc4 23 Bd5 Qd8 24 Qe2 Kf8 25 Re1 Rb8 26 Qxc4 Nh6 27 Nf3 Rc8
28 Ng5 Be6 29 R7xe6 Rxc4 30 Re8+ Resigns.
Occasional items will show photographs from the Belgian magazine L’Echiquier, and the series begins with portraits of Malpas, Hume, Kipping and Neukomm, published opposite page 862 of the March 1928 issue:
When contributing some items to D.J. Morgan’s Quotes and Queries column on page 40 of the February 1957 BCM, W.H. Cozens observed:
Over the decades, such a spirit of generosity on the part of readers has resulted in innumerable contributions to C.N. (including material from Cozens himself, up to his death in 1984). Tim Harding, though, thinks otherwise. In a set of typically peculiar assertions on page 292 of his book British Chess Literature to 1914 (Jefferson, 2018) Harding wrote:
White to move
As reported on page 386 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves, Ossip Bernstein stated that his favourite player was James Mason, ‘not because he was the strongest but because he played my two favourite combinations’. The games were Mason’s victories as White against Winawer (Vienna, 1882) and Janowsky (Monte Carlo, 1902).
C.N. 9611 quoted W.H. Watts’ praise of the Winawer game in an article about Mason on pages 82-83 of the Chess Budget, 19 December 1925. Mason’s own annotations were on pages 210-213 of The Principles of Chess (London, 1894) and were quoted in part by Steinitz on pages 56-57 of the second part of The Modern Chess Instructor (New York, 1895). After 43 Rb7+ in the diagrammed position Steinitz commented: ‘One of the grandest two-move winning strokes on record in master play.’
Steinitz also wrote about the game in The Field, 24 June 1882:
Steinitz called 43 Rb7+ ‘a wonderfully brilliant stroke’.
Further to Where Did They Live?, Neil Blackburn (Redditch, England) notes that there are many postal addresses in a chapter entitled ‘Die Schachfreunde in Deutschland, Holland u. Oesterreich-Ungarn 1905/1906’ on pages 513-579 of the Barmen, 1905 tournament book. Additions to the feature article will be made in due course.
The article currently has no entry for C.H.O’D. Alexander, and Paul Lonergan (London) asks whether a Cheltenham address is available for him.
Many editions of the British Chess Federation Year Book of the 1950s and 60s gave Alexander’s address as Brecken Lane, Cheltenham. Towards the end of the 1960s there was a change to 28 King’s Road, and later Alexander’s address was the Old Bath Lodge, Thirlestaine Road.
The headings to two letters received from Alexander:
A feature on page 268 of the December 1911 American Chess Bulletin:
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes:
The column below from page 26 of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 9 November 1924 has been forwarded by Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England):
1 Nf3 Nf6 2 d4 d5 3 c4 e6 4 Bg5 Nbd7 5 e3 Be7 6 Nbd2 Ne4 7 Bxe7 Qxe7 8 Bd3 Ndf6 9 Rc1 c6 10 O-O O-O 11 Bxe4 Nxe4 12 Nxe4 dxe4 13 Nd2 f5 14 c5 Bd7 15 Nc4 Be8 16 b4 Qg5 17 f4 Qh6 18 Ne5 Kh8 19 Qe1 Rg8 20 h4 Qf6
21 g4 fxg4 22 Kh2 h5 23 Kg3 g6 24 Qc3 Rg7 25 Nc4 Qf5 26 Nd6 Qd5 27 Qc2 a5 28 bxa5
28...Rxa5 29 Nxe8 Ra3 30 Rfe1 g5 31 hxg5 h4+ 32 Kxh4 Rh7+ 33 Kg3 Rh3+ 34 Kg2 Rxa2 35 Nf6 Rxc2+ 36 Rxc2 Qf5 37 Rcc1 Kg7 38 Rb1 Kg6 39 Rh1 e5 40 dxe5 Qe6 41 Rbf1
Here the game was adjourned and adjudicated, as stated below.
John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA), who has made a particular study of Capablanca’s visits to Philadelphia, informs us that he had the game on file, without publishing it, and that the final position had been given by Shipley in the same newspaper on page 21 of the 26 October 1924 edition:
The Capablanca v Beckman game is known, having been published on, for instance, page 96 of the February 1925 BCM.
Steve Guardiano (Daytona Beach, FL, USA) owns this trophy:
We can add a report from page 16 of the Society section of the Miami News, 27 March 1927:
As a contrast to the editorial reproduced in C.N. 10810, below is an article by C.S. Howell on pages 194-196 of the December 1927 American Chess Bulletin:
That observation by William Hartston is readily found in chess literature and on the Internet, usually without a source. At best, there may be a reference to Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow (London, 2004). From page 69:
The book’s bibliography lists four works by William Hartston, but in none of them do we see the remark. Mr Hartston informs us that he does not currently recall its exact provenance.
A paragraph on page 104 of The Psychology of Chess by W.R. Hartston and P.C. Wason (London, 1983):
There is, furthermore, this description of chess on page 11 of The Kings of Chess by William Hartston (London, 1985):
As mentioned on page 377 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves, that observation was included in The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth Century Quotations by J.M. and M.J. Cohen (London, 1993 and 1995):
This photograph, from page 6 of Das interessante Blatt, 26 April 1894, has been noted by Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic):
The picture was given, from another source, on page 55 of Emanuel Lasker Denker Weltenbürger Schachweltmeister edited by Richard Forster, Stefan Hansen and Michael Negele (Berlin, 2009).
Concerning the Rice Gambit contest between Lasker and Schlechter, Hans Renette (Bierbeek, Belgium) adds a reference to a five-game match on page 25 of Bohemia, 21 June 1908:
From a review by C.S. Howell of Lasker’s Manual of Chess (New York, 1927):
Source: American Chess Bulletin, September-October 1927, pages 158-159.
Lasker’s remark ‘The attack must lose no time, the defence no space’ comes from page 97 of the book and specifically concerned half-open games:
The passage is on pages 86-87 of the London, 1932 edition.
A cartoon by Giles on page 6 of the Daily Express, 6 July 1972, in connection with the Spassky v Fischer match:
From Paul H. Fields (Tampa, FL, USA):
We shall gladly forward to Mr Fields any messages from readers who can assist him.
Few games played by Carlos Torre in simultaneous exhibitions are extant, and it has so far proved impossible to present anything worthwhile from the displays reported on page 7 of the January 1925 American Chess Bulletin:
Capablanca’s visits to New Orleans have been discussed in C.N.s 6943, 10739, 10744 and 10746. An addition from Gerard Killoran (Ilkley, England) concerns a game against L.L. Labatt and C.F. Buck on page 4 of the Feature Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 May 1916:
1 d4 e6 2 c4 f5 3 e3 Nf6 4 Bd3 b6 5 Ne2 Bb7 6 O-O Be7 7 Nbc3 O-O 8 a3 Nc6 9 b4 Qe8 10 f3 a6 11 Bb2 Qh5 12 Ng3 Qf7 13 Qd2 Bd6 14 c5 Bxg3 15 hxg3 Ne7 16 Rac1 Rac8 17 Qe2 Nh5 18 Kf2 b5 19 Rh1 g6 20 Rh3 Nd5 21 Rch1 Ndf6 22 Kg1 Rce8
23 Nd1 d6 24 g4 fxg4 25 fxg4 Ng7 26 Nf2 e5 27 g5 Nfh5 28 Ng4 Qe6 29 dxe5 dxc5 30 Nf6+ Nxf6 31 gxf6 Nh5
32 Rxh5 gxh5 33 Bxh7+ Kh8 34 Qxh5 Resigns.
The game is not unknown. It appeared in both editions of the Capablanca games anthology by Rogelio Caparrós (Game 291 and Game 289 respectively), in each case with the wrong year, 1915. The ‘exact’ date given by Caparrós was 29 April 1915, even though his own book noted elsewhere that on that day Capablanca defeated Edward Lasker in the New York tournament. The Mega Database 2018 also goes astray, with 3 April 1915 as the date of the consultation game against Labatt and Buck.
From page 98 of the May-June 1916 American Chess Bulletin (see C.N. 10744):
The Cuban’s commitments in New Orleans thus ended on Saturday, 29 April 1916, and Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) notes that that was the date of the game against Labatt and Buck. He has provided three cuttings:
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 24 April 1916, page 3
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 30 April 1916, page 11
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7 May 1916, page 11.
As a matter of common sense, fair play and respect for the late Jeremy Gaige, the privately distributed 1994 edition of Chess Personalia (860 pages), referred to in C.N. many times, should obviously be taken into account by anyone presuming to make corrections or additions to the 1987 McFarland edition.
Our second dip into British Chess Literature to 1914 by Tim Harding (the first was in C.N. 10815) concerns the section ‘Some Amendments to Gaige’s Chess Personalia’ on pages 349-352. The sourceless ‘amendments’ offered by Harding may correspond to information already presented by Gaige himself in the 1994 edition, and Thomas Long will serve as an example. From Gaige’s 1987 book:
Harding, on page 351, gives an ‘amendment’ (i.e. the addition of Long’s year of birth, and his place of birth and death):
However, all that information was included by Gaige 24 years ago:
There are also corrections of Gaige elsewhere in Harding’s book, as on page 199:
That matter too was corrected by Gaige 24 years ago:
From page 4 of Short v Kasparov The Hi-jacking of The World Chess Championship by William Hartston (London, 1993):
This game, submitted by John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA), was played in a 24-board simultaneous display at the Franklin Chess Club:
José Raúl Capablanca – LeRoy Smith
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 Nbd7 6 Bd3 O-O 7 O-O c6 8 Nbd2 h6 9 Bh4 Nh7 10 Bxe7 Qxe7 11 e4 Ng5 12 Nxg5 Qxg5
13 f4 Qg6 14 cxd5 cxd5 15 f5 exf5 16 e5 Qb6 17 Nb3 Nxe5 18 Bxf5 Nc4 19 Bxc8 Raxc8 20 Qh5 Qg6 21 Qxg6 fxg6 22 Rxf8+ Rxf8 23 Re1 Nxb2 24 Re5 Nc4 25 Re7 Rf7 26 Re8+ Kh7 27 Nc5 h5 28 Ne6 Rf5 29 h4 Nd6 30 Re7 Rf6 31 Ng5+ Kg8 32 Rd7 Nf5 33 Rxd5 Rd6 34 Rc5 Kf8 35 Rc7 Nxd4 36 Rxb7 Ra6 37 Rf7+ Kg8 38 Rd7 Ne6 39 Nxe6 Rxe6 40 Rxa7 Re1+ Drawn.
Source: Philadelphia Public Ledger, 13 June 1926.
The exhibition is listed on page 190 of the revised (New York, 1993) edition of The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth but was absent from the first edition (London, 1975).
Pages 209-210 of the 13/2007 Quarterly for Chess History had some observations about Rogelio Caparrós’ The Games of José Raúl Capablanca (Yorklyn, 1991) from the book’s publisher, Dale Brandreth. His main points:
The above account is fully corroborated by our own extensive correspondence at the time with Caparrós and Brandreth.
Claes Løfgren (Fur, Denmark) provides a translation of part of a contribution by Bent Larsen, entitled ‘Thoughts about chess in Buenos Aires, Winter 1990’, to his old grammar school’s jubilee book:
Source: Aalborg Katedralskole 450 år (Aalborg, 1990), pages 146-147.
Our correspondent adds that Knud Lundberg (1920-2002) played football, handball and basketball for the national Danish teams, and later became a sports journalist and author. Mr Løfgren furthermore points out a photograph of Larsen receiving the Icelandic Order of the Falcon in November 2003.
František Josef Prokop, L’Echiquier, February 1926, opposite page 22
Franz Ferdinand Ludwig Palatz, L’Echiquier, August 1927, opposite page 694
João de Souza Mendes, L’Echiquier, January 1928, opposite page 816.
From an article entitled ‘Promotion, Zugzwang, Stalemate’ by C.J.S. Purdy on pages 81-83 of Chess World, 1 April 1949:
See too the feature article Zugzwang.
Old instances of the word Zugzwang, in German publications and in other languages, are always welcome. As mentioned in Earliest Occurrences of Chess Terms, the Oxford English Dictionary gives the following from page 166 of Lasker’s Chess Magazine, February 1905:
The comment came at the end of the magazine’s coverage of the third match-game between Marshall and Janowsky, Paris, 28 January 1905, after 50...f6:
From page 149 of CHESS, January 1966:
Page 147 gave their game in the Hastings tournament, played on 1 January 1966.
That is the opening paragraph of chapter one of Short v Kasparov The Hi-jacking of The World Chess Championship by William Hartston (London, 1993). See page 3.
Three further quotes:
Hartston is at his deadpan best when describing how the 1993 Kasparov v Short match was organized and how The Times covered it.
The final paragraph of the previous item provides a reminder of passages on pages 228 and 232 of the May 1993 BCM, in an article by Murray Chandler and Bernard Cafferty:
In C.N. 7290 Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) pointed out an interview with Alekhine by Carlos M. Portela on page 8 of the magazine Caras y Caretas, 4 September 1926, which was accompanied by a photograph of Alekhine playing the piano.
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) now provides this fine version, from Argentina’s Archivo General de la Nación, courtesy of the Ministerio del Interior, Obras Públicas y Vivienda (reference AR_AGN_DDF/Consulta_INV: 61876):
The cases presented in Chess in the Courts range from significant trials to faits divers. An addition to the latter category comes from page 212 of CHESS, 20 April 1963:
A number of English-language webpages cover/repeat the story, but where are the accounts in Italian sources?
Gerd Entrup (Herne, Germany) draws attention to an explanation by Albert Becker on page 309 of the October 1934 Wiener Schachzeitung, in his notes to the game Karl Gilg v Karl Palda, Klosterneuburg tournament, 9 July 1934:
Position after 20 Rce1
An addition to Chess and Radio comes from page 3 of the Chess Amateur, October 1926:
For later references to Nimzowitsch and radio broadcasts, see pages 189 and 192 of Aaron Nimzowitsch 1928-1935 by Rudolf Reinhardt (Berlin, 2010), or pages 191 and 194 of the English edition (Alkmaar, 2013).
John Hilbert (Amherst, NY, USA) forwards another game:
W.A. Ruth and W.H. Hughes – José Raúl Capablanca
1 d4 c5 2 c3 e6 3 Bf4 Qb6 4 Qd2 d5 5 e3 Nf6 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Qc2 Bd7 8 Nbd2 Rc8 9 Qb3 Qxb3 10 axb3 Nh5 11 Bg3 Nxg3 12 hxg3 cxd4 13 exd4 Bd6 14 Bd3 h6 15 Ke2 O-O 16 Ne5 Nxe5 17 dxe5 Bxe5 18 Rxa7 Bc6 19 Rh5 Bf6 20 Nf3 Ra8 21 Rxa8 Rxa8 22 Kd2 Ra1 23 Nd4 Bd7 24 f4
24...e5 25 Ne2 Bg4 26 Rh2 e4 27 Bc2 Ra2 28 Nd4 Rxb2 29 White resigns.
Source: Philadelphia Item, 9 January 1910, which stated: ‘With much still to hope for, Messrs. Ruth and Hughes graciously resigned on their 29th turn owing to the necessity of terminating the game.’
Regarding the occasion, the newspaper reported:
The two cuttings below are a further contribution from John Hilbert:
Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, 1 October 1874, page 5
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 6 June 1907, page 23
Theodore Tilton was discussed in C.N. 4408.
Luca Contini (Milan, Italy) sends a report from page 4 of the 12 April 1963 edition of the Corriere Milanese, the local insert in the national Corriere della Sera:
The English-language reports (see C.N. 10843) improbably gave the surname as ‘Ruinstein’. Information about Alfred(o) Rubinstein of Milan can be found on-line, and he was mentioned on page 338 of Storia degli Scacchi in Italia by A. Chicco and A. Rosino (Venice, 1990):
C.N. 10816 referred to two brilliant combinations by James Mason, yet the following may be noted from page 25 of the Chess Weekly, 27 June 1908:
Alan O’Brien (Mitcham, England) asks for details of William Hartston’s appearance in the ‘Pseuds Corner’ column of Private Eye, when ‘the magazine did not realize that Hartston was being funny’ (with references to existentialism and a good bad bishop).
We do not have the relevant issue of the magazine, but a search in Google Books provides the text (an attribution by David Spanier in The Times) and shows that it was included, with the name ‘Hartson’, in Private Eye’s Oxford Book of Pseuds (London, 1983).
From page 11 of The Times (Saturday Review), 26 April 1980, in Spanier’s column on that year’s London tournament:
Sections 26 and 67 of Hartston’s fine book Better Chess (London, 1997) are entitled, respectively, ‘The Good “Bad Bishop”’ and ‘The Bad “Good Bishop”’.
An interview by Cathy Forbes with Jon Speelman on page 28 of CHESS, April 1990 stated that a remark of his ‘has even earned him a place in Private Eye’s Pseuds Corner’.
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