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Tony Bronzin (Newark, DE, USA) quotes from page 378 of a biography by North Callahan, Henry Knox. General Washington’s General (New York, 1958), which mentions the love and aptitude that General Knox’s wife Lucy had for chess. It quotes a letter written to Dolly Madison by her sister Anna Cutts:
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes:
From Michael Lorenz (Vienna) come two photographs which he took on 25 September 2019 in the Baumgarten cemetery in Vienna’s 14th district:
Our correspondent writes:
White to move
In this simultaneous game Capablanca played 27 g4, and the finish was 27...Bxg4 28 Qxg4 Rg5 29 Nf7+ Resigns.
Concerning his 27th move, Black (H.L. Brooke) wrote:
It was gratifying to be able to include the full game (Bradford, 7 October 1919) on pages 101-102 of our book on Capablanca, gleaned from the Yorkshire Observer Budget of 18 October 1919:
Now, basic biographical information is sought about H.L. Brooke. He was a non-fatal casualty of the Charfield train crash on 13 October 1928, as reported in a Yorkshire Observer Budget item which was reproduced on page 28 of the November 1928 Chess Amateur:
Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) writes regarding the Ortueta v Sanz game:
We are grateful to Nigel Short (Athens) for permission to reproduce here, and in Chess and British Royalty, a letter from Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-97) which he received following his match against Kasparov in 1993 and which he has recently made public on his Twitter page:
From page 261 of the November 1936 Chess Review:
Leonard Barden (London) draws attention to the problem by F.W. Wynne in the Yorkshire Observer Budget of 18 October 1919 (C.N. 11494):
We lack subsequent columns to verify when any correction (White mates in three moves) may have been published.
On page 275 of the October 1941 BCM (one of the references in Gaige’s Chess Personalia) T.R. Dawson reported:
The latest addition to Books about Capablanca and Alekhine is Неизвестный мир Капабланки by Mikhail Sokolov (Moscow, 2018).
The contents of this 48-page booklet of historical investigation based primarily on Russian-language sources:
The first section is a discussion of Alekhine’s remark about Capablanca (BCM, April 1956, page 105) that in 1914 ‘he gave all the St Petersburg masters the odds of 5-1 in quick games – and won’.
From John Townsend (Wokingham, England):
Sébastien Moig (Villiers-Adam, France) refers to this feature (American Chess Bulletin, January 1932, page 5) in Sultan Khan and asks about the location of Sir Umar Hayat Khan’s residence in London:
Rahmat Ali by Khursheed Kamal Aziz (Wiesbaden, 1987) has several references of relevance, including the following on page 209:
That address (today: 10 Prince Albert Road) is in the entry for Sultan Khan in Where Did They Live?, on the basis of page 113 of Ranneforths Schachkalender, 1932:
From Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England):
The composition was given, ‘diagramlessly’, on page 436 of the October 1903 BCM.
Jeremy Gaige’s Chess Personalia states that Wynne died in Birmingham on 2 March 1941, but Mr McDowell notes that according to a Commonwealth War Graves Commission webpage his death-date was 10 April 1941.
Source: page 70 of King, Queen and Knight by N.
Knight and W. Guy (London, 1975). Pages 69-73 gave
extracts from the novel.
From the inside front cover of CHESS, November 1969:
The citation on the front of the dust-jacket comes from The Times (Saturday Review), 14 June 1969, page 22, where Roger Baker wrote:
Also from the dust-jacket:
Below are three sample pages:
From B.H. Wood’s chess column in the Illustrated London News, 31 May 1969, page 38:
Page iv of the End-June 1969 issue of CHESS had this assessment:
The reference to Botvinnik is incorrect; his name appears many times in the novel, including, as shown above, on page 128.
Does any reader have access to the Glasgow Weekly Herald (not the Glasgow Herald) of the mid-1890s?
This strange photograph on page 1 of Leninsky iskry, 6 January 1936 has been submitted by Yuri Kireev and Mikhail Sokolov (Moscow):
In his second Spectator chess column (12 October 2019) Luke McShane expresses fondness for a deservedly well-known remark by Jan Gustafsson:
Many websites quote the observation, but we seek a precise source.
This screen-shot from a broadcast on 26 March 2016 was made with the permission of chess24:
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes:
A game annotated by Harry Golombek on page 60 of the ‘special Alekhine number’ of the BCM, March 1956:
1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bc4 Bb4 4 f4 Bxc3 5 dxc3 Nxe4 6 Bxf7+ Kxf7 7 Qd5+ Ke8 8 Qxe4 Nc6 9 fxe5 Qe7 10 Nf3 d6 11 Bg5 Qe6 12 O-O-O dxe5 13 Nxe5 h6 14 Qxc6+ Resigns.
A follow-up item by Golombek on pages 104-105 of the April 1956 BCM:
From page 84 of The Fireside Book of Chess by I. Chernev and F. Reinfeld (New York, 1949):
C.N. items discussing this topic were brought together on page 274 of Chess Facts and Fables. Augmented, they have just been posted as a new feature article, Chess Reincarnation.
An additional point is that on page 226 of the August 1970 BCM, in D.J. Morgan’s Quotes and Queries column, Kenneth Runkel of Wausau, WI, USA appealed for the score ‘of Jorgensen v Sorensen, Storkovenhagen, 1945’. On page 288 of the October 1970 issue Morgan wrote:
Nothing further appeared in the BCM.
We have taken the matter up with Claes Løfgren (Fur, Denmark), who has found the following on pages 126-127 of the October 1946 edition of Arbejder-Skak (‘Workers’ Chess’):
Our correspondent’s translation:
Mr Løfgren comments that the article was unsigned, but that the main editor of Arbejder-Skak was J.P. Toft. The tournament in question was covered in the May 1945 issue; a few games were given, but without mention of the Jørgensen v Sørensen encounter. Another curiosity is the information that the diagrammed position arose after only 23 moves. It is not yet possible to say where the position had been published in ‘a chess column the other day’, or whether, in 1970, J.P. Toft sent D.J. Morgan the full game-score, as the latter implied.
Stefan Müllenbruck (Trier, Germany) sends a column relevant to two topics discussed in C.N.: the player who claimed never to have beaten a healthy opponent (pages 322-323 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves and C.N. 4189) and the ‘When I am White, ... when I am Black ...’ remark (C.N.s 5063, 9647 and 10407). Both observations were ascribed to Emanuel Lasker in a column by ‘Philidor’ (C.H.O’D. Alexander) on page 866 of The Spectator, 22 June 1956:
This cartoon has been provided by David McAlister (Stirling, Scotland) from a Ripley’s syndicated column published on page 8 of the Evening Echo (Cork, Ireland), 28 May 1963:
The coat matter was mentioned by Josef Krejcik on page 20 of his book Mein Abschied vom Schach (Berlin, 1955), as shown in C.N. 11012:
Michael Lorenz (Vienna) reports that a series of caricatures by Leopold Löwy was published in Die Bühne in 1925:
Concerning the alleged Jørgensen v Sørensen game, Luc Winants (Boirs, Belgium) draws attention to this similar position (White mates in three) ...
... on pages 337-339 of Le jeu des Eschets by Gioachino Greco (Paris, 1669):
Avital Pilpel (Haifa, Israel) informs us, courtesy of his colleague Moshe Roytman, that a search for the word שחמט (chess) yields many pictures of interest in the Israeli national library’s photograph collection Mare’h Eynayim, and notably concerning a simultaneous exhibition by Boris Spassky in 1964.
On the topic of Luck in Chess, below is an extract from pages 82-83 of The Pleasures of Chess by Assiac (New York, 1952):
Wanted: details of the ‘memorable’ occasion involving Sir George Thomas.
On a board otherwise empty, the rook has the unique distinction of always controlling the same number of squares (14). Page 311 of La Stratégie, 15 October 1891 has this by Andrés Clemente Vázquez:
Jean-Pierre Rhéaume (Montreal, Canada) asks for historical particulars about the Vančura position in rook and pawn endings.
It has been discussed in many endgame manuals, and below, for instance, is part of the coverage by P. Keres, on page 106 of his book Practical Chess Endings (London and New York, 1974):
A selection of other references:
As noted by Keres, the oft-mentioned citing of Tarrasch relates to Der Schachwettkampf Lasker-Tarrasch (Leipzig, 1908), which had a lengthy appendix entitled ‘Neue Untersuchungen über Turmendspiele’ (pages 125-148). Two sample pages:
An English translation was published in the 1909 BCM in six instalments. J. Berger discussed the analysis on pages 277-278 of Theorie und Praxis der Endspiele (Berlin and Leipzig, 1922). See too the broad coverage on pages 262-274 of Nouveau traité complet d’échecs. La fin de partie by A. Chéron (Lille, 1952), which includes references to Tarrasch and Vančura.
The exact nature and origins of the Tarrasch/Vančura connection are unclear. Nor are we yet even able to show the Vančura position in a 1924 source, although in the mid-1920s Časopis Československých Šachistů reproduced, posthumously, many of his compositions from the Czech newspaper 28. Říjen.
His death in 1921 was reported on page 21 of the February 1922 Časopis Československých Šachistů:
Some further information, by Josef Martinák, has been drawn to our attention by Karel Mokrý (Prostějov, Czech Republic).
We end for now by lobbing in a complication from the unpublished 1994 edition of Chess Personalia by J. Gaige:
‘Malá’ refers to Malá encyklopedie šachu by J. Veselý, J. Kalendovský and Bedrich Formánek (Prague, 1989), which has this entry:
Aidan Woodger (Halifax, England) has provided the entries for Reuben and Emmy Fine (lines 31 and 32) in the 1940 US Federal Census, which has allowed a small amendment to be made to Where Did They Live?
Our correspondent, the author of the McFarland book on Reuben Fine, adds:
Eric Fisher (Hull, England) has just produced a 76-page large-format work on Gabriel Wood (1903-83).
Michael Lorenz (Vienna) notes an illustration which accompanied a biographical note about Löwy on pages 12-13 of the January-February 1907 Wiener Schachzeitung:
A further contribution from Michael Lorenz is this caricature by Leopold Löwy of Georg Marco:
Das interessante Blatt, 18 November 1920, page 14
The caption describes Marco as returning from the Göteborg tournament ‘very well fed and without a prize’ (‘kräftig genährt und ohne Preis’).
Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England) refutes the 1891 claim by A.C. Vázquez regarding the earliest mention of a unique characteristic of the rook. He shows the following from page 20 of Elements of the Game of Chess by William Lewis (London, 1822):
The second paragraph is not a model of clarity.
On the subject of Fast Chess, Eduardo Bauzá Mercére (New York, NY, USA) sends a game on page 42 of the Ottawa Journal, 24 July 1976:
We are grateful to Jonathan Berry (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) for permission to reproduce his column.
1 e4 Nc6 2 Nc3 e5 3 g3 Bc5 4 Bg2 h5 5 h4 d6 6 d3 Nf6 7 Nh3 Bg4 8 f3 Bd7 9 Bg5 Nd4 10 Nd5
10...Nxd5 11 Bxd8 Ne3 12 Qd2 Ndxc2+ 13 Ke2 Nd4+ 14 Kf2 Nb3 15 Qxe3 Bxe3+ 16 Kxe3 Nxa1 17 Bxc7 Nc2+ 18 Kd2 Nd4 19 Bxd6 f6 20 f4 Rc8 21 Rc1 Rxc1 22 Kxc1 Ne2+ 23 Kd2 Nd4 24 fxe5 fxe5 25 Ng5 Nc6 26 Bf3 Rh6 27 Bd1 Rxd6 28 Bxh5+ g6 29 Bd1 Nb4 30 Be2 Nxd3 31 Ke3 Nxb2 32 Nf3 Nd1+ 33 Bxd1 Rxd1 34 Nxe5 Ra1. Game annulled.
John Townsend (Wokingham, England) writes in connection with Pictures of Howard Staunton:
We can add, courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library, the back cover of the September 1853 Chess Player's Chronicle:
C.N. 3715 (see too Léonardus Nardus) reproduced a number of portraits by Nardus, including one of Emanuel Lasker:
The painting was mentioned in the introduction to an off-hand Janowsky v Lasker game on pages 16-17 of the January 1913 issue of La Stratégie:
Page 158 of K. Whyld’s 1998 collection of Lasker’s games erroneously gave the source as ‘La Stratégie 1913, p. 39’. The game is on pages 39-40 of the February 1913 Deutsche Schachzeitung, which stated after 37...Nf5 ‘und Weiß gab nach einigen Zügen die Partie auf’. That corresponds to what Lasker himself had written in the annotations in his Pester Lloyd column of 5 January 1913, pages 9-10:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 O-O Nxe4 6 d4 b5 7 Bb3 d5 8 dxe5 Be6 9 c3 Be7 10 Re1 O-O 11 Nbd2 Nc5 12 Bc2 Bg4 13 Nb3 Ne6 14 Qd3 g6 15 Bh6 Re8 16 Rad1 Bf8 17 Bxf8 Bf5 18 Qd2 Bxc2 19 Qxc2 Rxf8 20 Qd2 Ne7 21 Nfd4 Qc8 22 Qe3 c6 23 Rd3 Kg7 24 Nxe6+ fxe6 25 Nc5 Nf5 26 Qg5 Ra7 27 Rf3 Raf7 28 h4 h6 29 Qg4 Kh7 30 Qh3 a5 31 g4 Ng7 32 Ree3 Qc7 33 Rxf7 Qxf7 34 Nd3 h5 35 f3 Qa7 36 Kf2 hxg4 37 Qxg4 Nf5 and wins after a few more moves.
This player was identified as Géza Maróczy in an article about Lasker and phrenology on page 8 of the Pall Mall Gazette, 14 July 1899:
The article was featured on page 123 of the American Chess Magazine, September 1899. Regarding the sketches, see too C.N. 5729 and our feature article on London, 1899.
Michael Lorenz (Vienna) has discovered the date and circumstances of Löwy’s death: on 29 February 1940 he hanged himself in his apartment in Vienna:
It will be noted that his full name was given as Leopold Israel Löwy and his birth-date as 25 August 1871.
Our correspondent adds:
Ronald Young (Bronx, NY, USA) draws attention to a passage on page 213 of a history of the New York Times by Gay Talese entitled The Kingdom and the Power (New York, 1969):
A correspondence game played in 1919 between Zd. Formánek and A. Vavřinský:
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d4 exd4 5 O-O Bc5 6 e5 d5 7 exf6 dxc4 8 Re1+ Be6 9 Ng5 Qd5 10 Nc3 Qf5 11 Nce4 O-O-O 12 Nxe6 fxe6 13 g4 Qe5 14 fxg7 Rhg8 15 Bh6 d3 16 c3 d2 17 Re2 Bb6 18 Kg2 Ne7 19 f3 Nd5 20 Qc2 Nf4+ 21 Bxf4 Qxf4 22 Rd1 Rd3 23 Nxd2 Rxg7 24 Re4 Rxg4+ 25 Kh1
25...Qxd2 26 White resigns.
The score is taken from pages 27-28 of Časopis Československých Šachistů, February 1920:
It was also published on page 352 of the September 1920 Chess Amateur:
As regards the above-mentioned game Marshall v Tarrasch, Hamburg, 1910, below is the key phase, with a reference to 16...d2, on page 118 of Marshall’s book My Fifty Years of Chess (New York, 1942):
The game was also included in the American’s scarce book Modern Analysis of the Chess Openings (Amsterdam, 1912/13), where it was followed by some Marshall v Capablanca games with the same opening:
Those games are on pages 108-109 of The Unknown Capablanca by David Hooper and Dale Brandreth (London, 1975):
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