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From page 234 of Chess Life, August 1967, in the ‘Women’s Chess’ column by Kathryn Slater:
C.J.S. Purdy was referring to Jutta Hempel, whom he had discussed in Chess World earlier in the year:
Also from page 52 of the March-April 1967 Chess World:
Purdy’s ‘How to Advance in Chess’ article was on pages 77 and 80 of the same issue. Most of his praise of Irving Chernev was quoted in C.N. 9713, but below is an additional passage in which Purdy related that he had recently given a chess lesson, lasting just over an hour, to a 13-year-old girl, ‘a fairly raw beginner’:
Observations by Capablanca on a game played two weeks before he died were mentioned by Joseph Platz on pages 41-42 of Chess Memoirs (Coraopolis, 1979).
Platz’s victory over J. Fulop in a Metropolitan Chess League match:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e5 Nfd7 6 h4 c5 7 Nb5 f6 8 Bd3 a6 9 Qh5+ Kf8 10 Nd6 Bxd6 11 exd6 fxg5 12 hxg5 Qe8 (‘According to Capablanca, who was a spectator and analyzed the game with me later (just one week before his death), this is best as White was threatening Rh3.’) 13 Bg6 hxg6 14 Qxh8+ Kf7 15 Qh7 (‘Capablanca said that 15 Qxe8+ Kxe8 16 Rh8+ Nf8 17 dxc5 was necessary because Black would now have a satisfactory defense with ...Nf8.’) 15...cxd4 16 O-O-O Nc6 17 Rh3 Nde5 18 Rh4 Ne7 19 dxe7 Qxe7 20 Qh8 Resigns.
The bare score of the game, played in a Manhattan Chess Club v Bronx-Empire City match, was published on page 36 of the March-April 1942 American Chess Bulletin and on page 294 of The Golden Treasury of Chess by Francis J. Wellmuth (New York, 1943). The venue and date (Manhattan Chess Club, 21 February 1942) were announced by Hermann Helms on page 14 of the Brooklyn Eagle, 5 February 1942, and the results appeared on page 15 of the 26 February 1942 edition.
Emanuel Lasker’s absence from New York, 1927 was due to a bitter dispute with the organizers of New York, 1924, and he issued a lengthy statement on the affair at the end of 1926. Much confusion and additional controversy arose because the text was published – in German, Dutch, Spanish and English – with many variants and discrepancies. Richard Forster (Winterthur, Switzerland) has sifted through all available versions of the statement in a special article presented here: Lasker Speaks Out (1926).
When the mess over the year of birth of C.J.S. Purdy (1906 or 1907?) was discussed in C.N. 4924, these statements from his own output were listed:
The list can be expanded:
The back cover of the fourth edition (1957) gave no year of birth but stated:
When he won that event (Nelson, December 1924-January 1925) his youth was frequently remarked upon; his reported age, 17, is compatible with a birth-date of 27 March 1907. According to page 181 of the April 1925 BCM, Purdy was ‘only 17 years and nine months old’. The New Zealand press regularly stated that he was aged 17 and/or that he was born in 1907, and features such as the one below (from page 7 of the Manawatu Times, 8 January 1925) were commonplace:
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 Nc3 c5 5 cxd5 exd5 6 g3 Nc6 7 Bg2 cxd4 8 Nxd4 Bc5 9 Nxc6 bxc6 10 O-O O-O 11 Bg5 Ba6 12 Na4 Be7 13 Re1 Re8 14 Qd4 Ne4 15 Bxe7 Rxe7 16 e3 Nd6 17 Qc3 Rc8 18 Bh3 Rcc7 19 Qa5 Bc8 20 Bf1 Ne4 21 Rac1 Qd6 22 Nc5 Ng5 23 Bg2 Nh3+ 24 Bxh3 Bxh3 25 Qc3 h6 26 Red1 Bg4 27 Rd4 Qg6 28 Rf4 Bh3 29 Qd4 Bc8 30 f3 f5 31 e4 Qe8 32 exf5 g5 33 fxg6 Re1+ 34 Rxe1 Qxe1+ 35 Kg2 Re7 36 Rf8+ Kxf8 37 Qh8 mate.
Other Purdy games from the championship published in New Zealand newspapers were his encounters with E.H. Severne and B.W. Stenhouse, both with Purdy’s notes. An unnumbered page of Australian Chess 1915 to 1930 by Anthony Wright (Melbourne, 1997) gave the score of Purdy v F.K. Kelling (game 178), without a source.
With the barrage of evidence, and particularly from Purdy’s own pen, in favour of 1907 as his year of birth, it was natural for reference books to follow suit. See, for instance, the Purdy entries in the works by Horton (1959), Le Lionnais/Maget (1967 and 1974), Sunnucks (1970 and 1976), Chicco/Porreca (1971) and Golombek (1977). Purdy reviewed the Horton volume positively on page 226 of the October 1959 Chess World; whilst observing that his own entry was too long, he did not demur from its statement that he was born in 1907.
In the second impression (1980) of Golombek’s work, as well as the 1981 paperback edition, 27 March 1907 quietly became 27 March 1906. A possible explanation is this brief item by K. Whyld in his Quotes & Queries column on page 152 of the March 1980 BCM:
Such a bald assertion would not pass muster today. A
proper source is required, with acknowledgement that it
was Purdy himself who had been the most active
disseminator of 1907. That takes us back to the
unanswered question in C.N. 4924: when did he discover
that 1907 was wrong? If a reader has access to a run of
Who’s Who in Australia, we should like to know
when that publication switched from 1907 to 1906.
That the year 1907 is wrong can hardly be disputed given the public announcement of his birth cited in C.N. 4924. From page 1 of The Times (London) of 26 May 1906:
It remains to be clarified how the later muddle occurred.
From page 14 of C.J.S. Purdy, His Life, His Games and His Writings by J. Hammond and R. Jamieson (Melbourne, 1982), in the chapter ‘C.J.S. Purdy – His Life’ by Anne Purdy, his widow:
The Hutchins School was mentioned on pages 13-15 of The Young Errol by John Hammond Moore (Sydney, 1975), which asserted that Errol Flynn (born on 20 June 1909) was a pupil there:
Different information is on pages 7 and 9 of Errol Flynn The Tasmanian Story by Don Norman (Hobart, 1981):
Wanted: information about chess ghostwriting by David Daniels.
From the dust-jacket of a book which he co-authored with William Lombardy, Chess Panorama (Radnor, 1975):
Volume six of Chess Craze Bad by Harrie Grondijs, just published, is a 278-page hardback on Theodore Lichtenhein (1829-74). The back of the dust-jacket:
An addition to C.N. items about unusual game prizes (listed in the Factfinder) is a draw between F.K. Kelling and E.A. Hicks which, as reported on page 13 of the Evening Star, 10 March 1923, won White the ‘best recovery’ prize in the New Zealand Championship, Christchurch, 26 December 1922:
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7 5 Nf3 Ngf6 6 Bd3 Nxe4 7 Bxe4 Nf6 8 Bd3 b6 9 Bb5+ Bd7 10 Bxd7+ Qxd7 11 Ne5 Qd5 12 O-O c5 13 c4 Qb7 14 Qa4+ Nd7 15 Rd1 Rd8 16 Nc6 Rc8 17 d5 a6 18 Qb3 Nf6 19 Qe3 Bd6 20 f4 O-O 21 Qd3 exd5 22 cxd5 Rfe8 23 b3 Bf8 24 Bb2 Nxd5 25 Na5 bxa5 26 Qxd5 Qb4 27 Be5 Red8 28 Qxd8 Rxd8 29 Rxd8 f6 30 Bb2 c4 31 Bd4 cxb3 32 axb3 Kf7 33 Rc1 Kg6 34 g4 Bd6 35 f5+ Kg5
36 Be3+ Kh4 37 Kf2 Bf4 38 Rd3 Qe4 39 Ke2 Bxe3 40 Rxe3 Qg2+ 41 Kd3 a4 42 Rc4 Qb2 43 Ke4 Kxg4 44 Kd5+ Kxf5 45 Rf3+ Kg6 46 Rg3+ Drawn.
In C.N. 11577 Marcel Klemmer (Bad Segeberg, Germany) asked whether the player on the far left could be identified.
Colin Patterson (Cullercoats, England) has suggested Alexander Evenson, who won a tournament in St Petersburg in late 1913. For purposes of comparison, Yuri Kireev and Mikhail Sokolov (Moscow) have provided two group photographs:
Source: Петербургская газета, 19 December 1913, page 4. Our correspondents clarify the caption as follows: Standing, from left to right: Verlinsky, Smorodsky, Rosenthal, Evenson, Rozenbaum or Gartmanis; Seated: Lyangleben, Rozanov, P.P. Saburov, Rozenbaum or Gartmanis, Malyutin.
Source: Нива issue 7, 1914, page 4. Standing, from left to right: Levitzky, Alapin, Evenson, Flamberg, Alekhine, Gregory, Bogoljubow; Seated: Salwe, Sosnitsky, Malyutin, P.A. Saburov, Kutler, Levenfish.
M.E. Goldstein, writing about Frank Marshall on page 176 of Check!, 1 April 1945:
The comparison with a Shakespearean actor is not original. Page 1 of My Fifty Years of Chess by F.J. Marshall (New York, 1942):
The same photograph (which brings to mind the discussion in C.N.s 5114 and 5124) was on page 180 of the October 1941 Chess Review, with a slightly different text on page 181:
The feature on Marshall was in the 29 January 1940 edition of Life, and below is the reference to Marshall’s physical appearance (page 50), a photograph of him in play against Clarence Hewlett (page 49) and a general shot of a team match (page 54):
This picture from page 26 of the February 1931 American Chess Bulletin was discussed in C.N.s 5114 and 5124, the question being whether the ostensibly incorrect board position was a photographic illusion.
The same, or a very similar, chessboard is on the front cover of the December 1944 Chess Review:
On the subject of chess and proverbs, C.N. 8037 asked on what basis the observation ‘Life is like a game of chess, changing with each move’ could be labelled a ‘Chinese proverb’.
From page 252 of A Collection of Chinese Proverbs translated and arranged by William Scarborough (Shanghai, 1875):
From his archives Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic) sends three diplomas awarded to Ilja Mikan:
Courtesy of Harrie Grondijs (Maastricht, the Netherlands), below is a letter dated 1 November 1945 from E.G.R. Cordingley to J. Selman:
Although many websites have historical currency converters purportedly able to show today’s equivalent of, for instance, Morphy’s fee for his New York Ledger column, the London Rules purse, or the prize-money for the 1972 Spassky v Fischer match, the results may vary wildly according to the criteria used. Is there a consensus among economists as to the best way of using such on-line tools, if at all?
Readers of books by Ely Culbertson will see, regarding bridge, far more references to money and to sales of books/magazines – and much higher figures – than exist in the chess world. As a further illustration, we quote some passages from Culbertson The Man Who Made Contract Bridge by John Clay (London, 1985):
Another selection of photographs from Alt om Skak by Bjørn Nielsen (Odense, 1943) on, respectively, pages 118, 187 and 191:
A photograph of H. Rose is requested in view of this paragraph on page 152 of Chess Memoirs by Joseph Platz (Coraopolis, 1979), introducing a game apparently played in 1967:
From the unpublished 1994 edition of Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia:
An additional reference is pages 44-45 of the Chess Budget, 11 November 1925:
C.N. 5706 mentioned a statement that Showalter was born on 5 February 1859, and not 5 February 1860, but the appeal in C.N. 11074 for documentary evidence has yet to be answered.
Fire has been the theme of cartoons in C.N.s 8927, 8943, 10427 and 10875, and now it is shown in a Hairbreadth Harry comic strip by Charles William Kahles (1878-1931):
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 January 1924, page A3
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 25 January 1924, page A3
As discussed in C.N.s 5897 and 5921, cartoons by Kahles were published in two issues of the Chess Weekly in 1909, in relation to the Capablanca v Marshall match.
Among the references to Kahles in the American Chess Bulletin is the following, on page 119 of the May-June 1917 issue:
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle report had appeared on page 3 of the 3 May 1917 edition.
On the day he died, 21 January 1931, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (pages 1 and 24) published an obituary of Kahles which included a reference to chess:
(Capablanca’s display, at the Drill Hall of the Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, was on 12 February 1931.)
An extract from Hermann Helms’ column on page 24 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 22 January 1931:
An article on page 2A of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2 June 1924 about the golfer Bobby Jones (1902-71):
Just received: Bobby Fischer en Cuba by Miguel A. Sánchez and Jesús Suárez (‘Printed by Amazon Italia Logistica S.r.l., Torrazza Piemonte (TO), Italy’, 2019):
Far from diligently presenting fresh, worthwhile information, the book, sullied with an inordinate number of misspelt names, is mainly padding and irrelevancies. For example, pages 28-32 and pages 293-296 are taken up with games between Capablanca and Whitaker.
C.N.s 5162 and 5537 discussed the spellings Romi and Romih, and the present item offers a snippet of extra information, taking the scenic route.
Black to move
This diagram (‘What is his best defence and why?’) was in the ‘Posers in Play’ feature by W. Ritson Morry on page 363 of the December 1970 BCM.
The solution on page 39 of the January 1971 issue:
The game was played not in 1933 but in the 1926-27 Paris championship. Its appearance on page 71 of L’Italia Scacchistica, March 1927 is shown below, courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library:
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 c4 e6 4 e3 Nbd7 5 Bd3 Be7 6 Nc3 O-O 7 a3 dxc4 8 Bxc4 c5 9 dxc5 Nxc5 10 Qc2 a6 11 b4 b5 12 Be2 Ncd7 13 Bb2 Bb7 14 O-O Rc8 15 Qb3 Nb6 16 Rfd1 Qe8 17 Rac1 Nc4 18 Ba1 Nd5 19 Nxd5 Bxd5 20 e4 Bxe4 21 Bxc4 bxc4 22 Rxc4 Bd5 23 Qb2 Bf6
24 Qxf6 e5 25 Rg4 Resigns.
When Tartakower gave the latter phase on pages 51-52 of L’Echiquier, 23 March 1933, he did not state that the game had been played that year, but merely indicated that the occasion was ‘a’ Paris championship:
The 24 Rxc8 Qxc8 25 Nd4 line is strikingly similar to Ritson Morry’s later remark.
Among the corrections on page 155 of the 31 May 1933 edition of L’Echiquier was the statement that the Italian master wished his name to be spelt Romi, and not Romih:
An explanation is required of Tartakower’s reference to ‘Mat Schottlander’ at the end of his annotations in the previous item, concerning this possible conclusion in the Romi v Kahn game:
White to move
27 Qh8+ Kxh8 28 Nxf7+ Kg8 29 Nh6 mate.
Page 397 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 14 November 1909:
Another article was ‘Un recuerdo al maestro Schottlaender’ on page 6 of Lances humorísticos de ajedrez by Hans Cohn (Guatemala, 1938):
White to move
3 Qh8+ Kxh8 4 Nf7+ Kg8 5 Nh6 mate.
Cohn’s text was reprinted on pages 277-278 of the September 1938 issue of El Ajedrez Americano, and an English version of the story about Schottländer against August, the Giant-Killer was on page 278 of the December 1938 Chess Review:
The item was reproduced on pages 164-166 of The Personality of Chess by I.A. Horowitz and P.L. Rothenberg (New York, 1963) with the author misnamed ‘Hans Cohen’.
A feature on Arnold Schöttlander which is not listed in Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia was on pages 353-354 of the Chess Monthly, August 1894:
Following Schottländer’s death, Hoffer wrote in The Field of 18 September 1909:
From Michael Lorenz (Vienna):
A photograph of Herbstraße 41 taken by our correspondent in July 2019:
Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) reports that in January 2019 he took these photographs of the Bar Oscar, calle Adolfo Alsina 1745, Buenos Aires (which, in 2017, was named the ‘Sitio Marcel Duchamp/Francisco Canaro’):
Another Hairbreadth Harry comic strip, from page 6 of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 30 June 1928:
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