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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:
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:
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 Invaluable.com website.
11317. Links to Cuban publications
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
16 April 1927
17 September 1927
17 September 1927
10 December 1927
Page numbers are not indicated in the material presented online 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.
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:
From page 190 of the December 1898 Wiener Schachzeitung:
This photograph is on page 8 of Das interessante Blatt, 22 December 1898:
An addition to Chess Grandmasters from the obituary of John Wisker on page 88 of La Stratégie, 15 March 1884:
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.
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.
C.N. 11294 asked for information about this paragraph on page 48 of the American Chess Bulletin, February 1927:
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.
Some more snippets regarding The Immortal Game:
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).
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:
For an English version of Breyer’s article, see pages 672-674 of Gyula Breyer. The Chess Revolutionary by Jimmy Adams (Alkmaar, 2017).
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:
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.
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.
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:
Leaving aside the validity or otherwise of that advice, we wonder whether any other prominent chess teachers have written similarly.
A game published on page 606 of Britannia, 12 April 1929, in a column edited by T.C. Evans:
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):
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
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.
Professor Lord Morgan (Oxford, England) has forwarded us copies of three letters sent to his father, D.J. Morgan, by Jacques Mieses:
C.N. 1180 (see too C.N. 4049 and Fidel Castro and Chess) gave this game won by the Cuban leader in Havana in 1966:
1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3 Nf3 Bd6 4 d4 h6 5 e5 Bb4+ 6 c3 Ba5 7 Bxf4 g5 8 Bg3 Qe7 9 Be2 d6 10 exd6 cxd6 11 Qa4+ Nc6 12 d5 Bd8 13 dxc6 b5 14 Qxb5 a6 15 Qa4 g4 16 c7+ Bd7
17 c8(Q) Rxc8 18 Qd4 gxf3 19 Qxh8 Qxe2 mate.
Luke McCullough (Mitchell, SD, USA) asks whether White’s 17th move was really c8(Q), and not cxd8(Q)+.
Firstly, we confirm that the improbable-looking 17 c8(Q) was given, although with a check sign, in our source, which was the November 1966 issue of the Cuban magazine Jaque Mate. Below is the full feature, which was by Terrazas himself:
When the text by Terrazas was reproduced on pages 164-165 of El ajedrez en Cuba by José Luis Barreras Meriño (Havana, 2002), the moves were given as 17 cxd8(Q)+ Rxd8. That version is in a number of databases.
El ajedrez en Cuba (pages 165-166) had a second game played by Fidel Castro, as Black against Joaquín Camarera/Camarena:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 d4 Bb4 5 Bc4 d6 6 O-O O-O 7 Re1 Nxd4 8 Nxd4 exd4 9 Qxd4 Bc5 10 Qd1 Bg4 11 Be2 Drawn.
The first photograph in the Jaque Mate article is relevant to the discussion about Terrazas in Mysteries at Sabadell, 1945.
David Prabitz (Graz, Austria) draws attention to the listing, strikingly inaccurate, of Lasker v Janowsky matches on page xviii of From Steinitz to Fischer by Max Euwe (Belgrade, 1976):
It must be wondered how much involvement Euwe had in a work which states, for instance, that Capablanca brought out a book entitled The Beginners’ Handbook in 1932 (page xx) and which has this, regarding chess in 1927, on page xxiii:
The imprint page:
C.N. 4960 mentioned briefly a tribute by W.H. Watts to J. Schumer on pages 109-110 of the March 1933 BCM, and the present item begins by showing the full article:
Regarding the final sentence, C.N. 4960 incorrectly attributed to Watts a claim that Schumer was a nephew of Perlis, instead of the opposite, and we are grateful to Michael Lorenz (Vienna) not only for correcting that point but also for providing detailed family information:
Mate in two
This composition by Paul Keres has been sent to us by Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England), who writes:
Mikhail Sokolov and Yuri Kireev (Moscow) have forwarded some pages from Russian sources. In their references below, publication dates are in the old style, whereas the dates of events are given in both the old style and the new style:
Larger version of the photograph
Regarding photographs taken on this occasion, and a link to the Gallica website, see Capablanca’s Simultaneous Displays.
Olimpiu G. Urcan (Singapore) informs us that he has acquired from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision the right to post on his Patreon webpage a brief audio file of Capablanca speaking in English during the AVRO tournament, on the occasion of his 50th birthday (19 November 1938).
A photograph of F.D. Yates and C. Schlechter at Hamburg, 1910 has been supplied by Jan Kalendovský (Brno, Czech Republic), courtesy of Zdenĕk Závodný:
Source: Deutsche Frauen- und Modezeitung, 22/1910, page 12.
Another photograph of Alekhine with his vase was published on page 12 of Tidskrift för Schack, January 1934:
Acknowledgement for the above scan: the Cleveland Public Library.
The mirror image presented by the Swedish magazine is
The smaller picture ...
... may be compared with a photograph which we have given in Sultan Khan from page 5 of the American Chess Bulletin, January 1932:
Copyright: Edward Winter. All rights reserved.