Tuesday, November 19, 2013

James Mason vs Amos Burn annotated by Pillsbury 1895 - Montgomery County Times Newspaper

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
13 January 1900
Chess column from The Montgomery County Times Wales provided chess reports, problems and annotation. Such as in this issue.

Game:
James Mason vs Amos Burn 1-0, Hastings 185
English Opening - Agincourt Defence A13
Harry Nelson Pillsbury give annotation to this interesting tactical chess game between Mason and Burn. With today's computer engine, the tactic variation which Pillsbury given was contained error and not the best moves. Interesting insight to their chess thinking of that romantic era of chess.
See game viewer below with additional comments based on computer suggestion.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by unknown

Reports:
- Whilst lately visiting the headquarters of chess in London, Simpson's Divan in the Strand, we missed some old habitu'es and noticed some fresh recruits. The most notable absentee was Bird, the veteran player, who was lying on a sich bed, but is since, we are pleased to say, much better. Blackburn was also absent being on a chess tour in Scotland. Van Vliet, the genial chess editor of the Hereford Times was there deep in the mystery of an intricate hcess combination and apparently oblivious of all around him. Lee was also present and playing that game of dominoes called Matador, which seems to be a favourite game amonst freequenters of the Divan.

The mention of Simpson's Divan reminds us of an amusing story whic is told of it. A cretain well-known habitue was well known to have an aversion to having a money stake on his game, much to the disgust of the many professionals who frequent the rooms. During a game which he was playing with one of the masters, a bystander was making himself objectionable by remarking audibly on the progress of the game, and at last finished up by saying, "I am glad to see you object to the filthy lucre, Mr....." To which Mr....., whose patience was now quite exhausted, replied, "it is not the filthy lucre I object to, but the filthy looker-on." Collapse of bystander.


The Montgomery County Times chess column - 13 January 1900

game viewer : Old chess game annotation by Harry N. Pillbsury - James Mason vs Amos Burn

Steinitz vs Janowski London 1899 - Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
10 June 1899
A chess column was a regular in The Montgomery County Times, newspaper coming from The Salopian , Montgomeryshire and Cardigan area of Wales

Games:
Wilhelm Steinitz vs David Janowski 0-1, 1899 London
Queen's Gambit Declined
Although David Janowski never reach the super elite chess player of his times, he did produced a lot of excellency games. In this game he defeated Steinitz during the famous super strong 1899 London, won by Lasker. Janowski and Pillsbury were second and third place.

This issue also give two miniature games as can be see in the scanned.

Problem:
White to move and mate in four moves, composed by Sheriff Spens

This issue of Montgomery County Times chess column was focus on the report of 1899 London chess tournament.


The Montgomery County Times chess column 1899

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Showalter vs Janowski 3rd Match 1-0 1899 - Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
29 April 1899
Newspaper based in Montgomery district, Wales. Chess column was already found since 1895. Sometimes it published as The Cardigan County Times, which is the same newspaper as The Montgomery County Times.

Game:
Jackson Whipps Showalter vs David Janowski 1-0, 3rd Match
Irregular Queen's Pawn Opening - Stonewall Attack
The match between two American '2600 rating' Grandmaster, as they were never in the league of Steinitz or Lasker, Showalter and Janowski. This is their third match. The issue of this week's chess column put in extensive annotation for this chess game. Enjoy.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by R. Steinweg

Report:
- Interesting report about the death of James Wylies, the celebrated "Herd Laddie". He was noted as draughts player and more info can be found here.

The Cardigan County Times chess column 1899

1899 East vs West Scotland Chess Games - Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
20 May 1899
Chess column from Wales newspaper, running since 1895

Game:
J.R. Longwill vs D.Y. Mills 0-1, East vs West Scottish Match 1899
Queen's Gambit Declined
Board 1 of the Scottish East and West match in 1899, the game adjucated as win for Black. This is probably strong amateur players as their names did not included in major databases. J.R. Longwill also can be found on this article and this.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by R.G . Thompson

Report:
- Exciting news about The London 1899 tournament. Which will attended by Lasker, Steintiz, Tarrasch, Tchigorin, Burn, and Pillsbury.


The Montgomery County Times Wales chess column

tags: historical wales chess, wales newspaper chess column, romantic chess, age of chess

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Van Vliet Chess Simultaneous at Hereford 1899 - Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
6 May 1899
Chess column in the Montgomery County Times, newspaper from Wales

Game: (Status RARE)
Van Vliet vs Mr. Collins 1-0, Simultaneous at Hereford 1899
French Defence
This is most probably refer to Louis Van Vliet, a naturalized English from Netherland.  Strong chess player and he was editor to Sunday Times and Hereford Times.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves.

Reports:
- Miss Mary Rudge, the Lady champion of the world, is on a visit to Dublin.


the Montgomery County Times chess column 1899

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Curious Case of Samuel Rosenthal vs Prince Balaschoff - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
15 April 1899
The newspaper from Cardigan - Salopian - Montgomeryshire area put a chess column and reported interesting story each week. As shown in this issue.

Anecdotes:
As we known, Samuel Rosenthal once engaged in a court battle to one of his student Prince Balaschoff for breaking his lesson contract. The Montgomery County Times put a short report on this:

A curious chess law-suit before the first Chamber of the Civil Tribunal of Paris has just ended. Rosenthal, the well-known Polish chess master, resident in paris since 1867, was engaged about ten years ago by Prince Balaschoff as his professor of chess at £ 25 per month, to be increased to £40 per month whenever the Professor travelled with his pupil. Pupil and Professor, according to La Strategie, were on the best of terms for many years, they were even engaged in collaboration on a  grand chess treatise, when, suddenly, a few months ago, Professor Rosenthal received a somewhat unceremonious dismissal. He sued, in response, for £ 750 back salary fixed under the written agreement,  £50 for a final journey to Stuttgart, and  £1,250 for his unjustifiable dismissal and loss of profits on the projected treatise. The Civil Tribunal allowed the first demand, but rejected the two latter. We believe that this is the first time that compensation for chess services has figured so definitely in a court of law.

Game:
Medicus vs T.M. Kenny 1-0 , unknown
Ruy Lopez
Unknown game between two probably amateur players.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composer unknown

the Montgomery County Times - 15 April 1899

Blackburne vs Pillsbury 1899 Cable Chess Match - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
1 April 1899
Newspaper from Montgomery - Cardigan area, Wales. Chess Column starts around 1895 in this newspaper.

Game:
Henry Joseph Blackburne vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury 1-0, 4th Anglo American Cable Chess Match
Giuoco Piano

In this issue, The Montgomery County Times chess column highlight the first board of chess match in Great Britain vs USA cable match. The issue comments on Blackburne outsmarted Pillsbury in the pawn end game. A model chess game in this cable format.


The Montgomery County Times Chess Column
1 April 1899
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spens vs Longwill 1899 Chess Game - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
18 March 1899
A Newspaper from Wales area, specifically in The Salopian, Montgomeryshire and Cardigan. Chess column was in run since 1895.

Game:
mr. Spens vs mr. Longwill 1/2-1/2 , Glasgow 1899
Giuoco Piano
As seen in last week issue, this is mr. J. Longwill, possibly strong player in Glasgow Chess Club. No other information retrieved. Mr. Longwill is also featured game in this issue.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, unknown chess composer

Reports:
- the only interesting report is Mr. P.F.Blake, the noted problemist, drawing with mr. Amos Burn in Manchester vs Liverpool chess match 1899

the Cardigan County Times Chess Column
18 March 1899

J. Court vs J. Longwill 1899 Chess Game - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
4 March 1899
This is a newspaper from Wales, the titled alternating between "The Montgomery" and "The Cardigan" County Times. Chess column was found since their 1895 edition.

Game:
J. Court vs J. Longwill 1-0, ? 1899
Queen's Gambit Declined
Possibly strong amatetur player in Scotland area. No further information on the game featured in this issue. Mr. J. Longwill made it one more featured game in the week after. J. Longwill also found in the West vs East Scotland match in 1899.

Reports:
- Local news report from Wales - The Oswestry and Ellesmere Chess Club met. You can view strong player from these chess club in the article
- Ellesmere vs Wrexham chess club 1899, with top players listed in the article.
- Oswestry vs Ruabon chess club 1899, with top chess players revealed.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, taken from Illustrite Zeitung

The Montgomery County Times Chess Column
4 March 1899

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Petroff Defence Trap MacKenzie - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
18 February 1899
Newspaper from Montgomeryshire, Salopian and Cardigan area, Wales runs a chess column.

Games:
Arthur John MacKenzie vs A.W. Forrest 1-0, Tournament Llandudno 1899 (?)
Petrov Defence
A miniature trap in Petroff Defence executed by Birmingham based player Arthur John MacKenzie against his unknown opponent.

Petroff Defence trap:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.dxe5 Nfd7 6.Bc4 Nxe5 7.Nxe5 dxe5
( 7...Bxd1 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Nd5# )
8.Bxf7+ 1-0


Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Max Judd 1-0, Saint Louis 1898
Queen's Gambit Declined
Known game between the two American master around that time. The game annotated by The Montgomery County Times.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by P. Ivanowitzsch


The Montgomery County Times Chess Column
18 February 1899

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Romantic Chess Attack in Scandinavian Defence 1899 - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
27 May 1899
A newspaper from Montgomery, Salopian, Cardigan area. Chess column was their regular column since 1891.

Game:
J. Campbell vs Finlayson 1-0, Scotland Match East v West 1899
Scandinavian Defence
This game was prized "Best and Most Brilliant" by Isidor Gunsberg himself in the Sunday Daily Telegraph. The white side launched bishop sacrifice theme to the kingside. With modern engine, we can see that White is only a pawn up with all black's best defence, but this is the Romantic Chess era, and the Black side accepted the sacrifice with Romantic spirit. Both players were unknown and do not have any more details.

Problem:
White to move and mate in three moves, composed by Emilio Orsini
Originally issued in Montreal Gazzette 1898, the composition of this chess problem is unique to sole King from black side. See the solution HERE.

Romantic Chess Attack in Scandinavian Defence from 1899 Amateurs Chess Game:
The Montgomery County Times - 27 May 1899
tags: romantic chess attack, Scandinavian defence chess, scotland chess history, glasgow chess history, wales chess history, chess column in old newspaper

Showalter vs Janowski 1899 - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times
4 February 1899
This is newspaper from Wales. On several occasion the newspaper is named The Cardigan County Times, but it was the same newspaper as The Montgomery County Times. Chess column was there since 1891.

Game:
Jackson Whipps Showalter vs David Janowski 1-0, Match New York 1899
Queen's Gambit Declined
Both strong master living in US on those years. They played match four times and in this issue, the column picked one of their game. Click the link to see game viewer and read the instructive commentary on this newspaper.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by Dr. Hermann

The Montgomery County Times Cardigan Wales
4 February 1899
tags: chess column in old newspaper, chess column from 19th century, age of chess, united states chess history, wales chess history

Chess Problem by M. Whittingham 1898 - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times
8 January 1898
This newspaper from Montgomery, Wales area provide chess column weekly.

Game:
none

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by M. Whittingham, Welshpool.

Various reports on the local chess events in Montgomery Wales 1898

The Montgomery County Times Chess Column
8 January 1898 



Monday, October 28, 2013

How Many Positions in Chess Games - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomerry County Times, Wales
 4 January 1896
This is a newspaper from The Salopian & Montgomeryshire - Cardigan area of Wales. The chess column runs from 1895. Chess editor not named.

Game:
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz 0-1, St. Petersburg 1895/96
Evans Gambit
The week's best chess tournament happened to be in St. Petersburg between four elite players, Lasker, Steinitz, Chigorin and Pillsbury. The newspaper picked up this tournament since last week.

Problem:
White to move and mate in four moves
The problem come with aesthetic circle shape and "Wishing You A Happy New Year" in the middle.

Anecdotes:
Interesting article on the number of positions the chess game can reach:

MORAL SUASION

Apropos of profound mathematical calculations we recount the following, which was going the rounds some time back-
The first player in chess has twenty moves to choose from on his first move, and, whichever of the twenty he takes, his opponent has the same number of replies," said Browne of our club the other day, smoking a Criterion cigarette as he stood with his back to the fire so that," continued he, there may be four hundred games of chess, only one move played on each side, and yet each position different."

"Prove it!" said Jones.
"Prove it!" replied Browne, with voice full of scornful disdain.
"Yes, prove it," cried Jones.
Jones was rather a big man, with a wooden leg, which he took off and placed by his side when playing a game of chess. He generally won, for there was a great deal of moral suasion about that leg. Browne said it was the only soft part about him.

"Mr Jones," replied Browne loftily—he was always polite when lofty-" after I have finished giving the club the information that I have called for their benefit, I will condescend to argue with yon. When four moves have been played," he went on, there may be 318,179,584,000 games, each position being different.

" Prove it!" shouted the irrascible Jones, who looked as if he wished it done on the spot.

"Gentlemen," coritiritzed Browne, not noticing the frustration,"the two Kings alone; never standing on adjacent squares, can be placed in 3,615 different positions.

"Prove it!" reiterated Jones, now getting his wooden leg into position, should it be required for the purpose of moral suasion.
"And further, gentlemen," said Browne, seven chessmen, say four white and three black, may occupy 128,746,434,575,809-"

But the sentence was never finished a booming noise, caused by a wooden leg in mid-air, suggested to us a rapid retreat, and the last we saw wns Brown ducking his head as if to avoid moral suasion.


The Montgomery County Times - 4 January 1896
tags: chess column in old newspaper, rare chess problem, aesthetic chess problem, wales chess history, montgomery chess history, chess mathematic

Chess Problem by A. Wheeler - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomerry County Times, Wales
 29 December 1895
This is a newspaper from The Salopian & Montgomeryshire - Cardigan area of Wales. The chess column runs from 1895. Chess editor not named.

Game:
none

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by A. Wheeler, Worksop
This is the correct version to the one found in Yet Another Chess Problem Database
Both provide mate in two for different black bishop position.


Anecdotes:
- It is recorded that Charles I was actually playing chess when the tidings came that the Scots intended to deliver him upl and Frederick the Great returned to his game after having heard yet more disastrous news.
- Samuel Warren recommended the game of chess to law students. Sydney Smith, Darwin, Douglas Jerrold, Dickens, Thackeray, Whately and Benjamin Franklin were all good chess players
- the calculation of chess positions and moves possibilities

The Montgomery County Times Chess Column and Problem 
29 December 1895
tags: rare chess problem from 1891, chess history wales, montgomery chess history, chess column in old newspaper

Lasker Steinitz Pillsbury Chigorin in St Petersburg 1895 - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times, Wales
21 December 1895
Chess column in the Montgomery County Times, newspaper from the Salopian & Montgomeryshire and Cardigan area, Wales.

Games:
Emmanuel Lasker vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury 0-1, St. Petersburg 1895/1896  -  Petrov Defence
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin 0-1, St. Petersburg 1895/1896 - Queen's Pawn Opening

This is from St. Petersburg 1895-86, the strongest 6 round robin between the four player from elite level. Games of course well known and the local newspaper did a good job covering this elite chess tournament from 1895. It won by Lasker.

Problem:
White to move and mate in ONE - composed by Christmas Contributor
Christmas theme chess problem


The Montgomery County Times Chess Column
21 December 1895
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F.W. Lord vs H.W. Carson - R. Marriott vs A. Dodd Wales Chess Games - The Montgomerry County Times

The Montgomerry County Times, Wales
14 December 1895
This is a newspaper from The Salopian & Montgomeryshire - Cardigan area of Wales. The chess column runs from 1895. Chess editor not named.

Games:
Frederick William Lord vs H.W. Carson 1-0, City of London Chess Club v Metropolitan Chess Club
Ruy Lopez
Strong amateur player from the chess club mentioned, F.W. Lord and H.W. Carson only recorded one game in chessgames.com

mr. R. Marriott vs mr. A. Dod 0-1, Liverpool vs Manchester chess match 1895 (?)
Ponziani Opening C44
Yet another strong amateur level chess games between Liverpool and Manchester. mr. A. Dod recorded one game in chessgames.com also, while R. Marriott is harder to identify. The game is a rare Ponziani Opening I found from the era.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composer F.W. Andrews, London


the Montgomery County Times Chess Column
tags: Montgomery chess history, wales chess history, chess column in old newspaper, age of chess, rare chess games

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Falkbeer vs Anderssen - Golmayo vs Walbrodt Chess Games - The Cambrian

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
2 June 1893
A chess column starts in 1891. In 1893 the column had been growing up in size with more games and chess reports. Edited by James Glass.

Games:
Ernst Falkbeer vs Adolf Anderssen 1-0, Berlin 1851
Vienna Opening
Famous game by Falkbeer who able to dismiss Anderssen, considered strongest tournament player in Europe around that time.

Celso Golmayo Zupide vs Karl August Walbrodt 0-1, Havana 1893
Scotch Opening
A sparkling casual game won by the youthful Berlinese master from the Cuban champion. Played at the Centro Gailego, Havana, March 6th 1893.

Reports:
- the continuation of West of England and Wales vs Ireland correspondence chess games that involved 100 players a side. England is 30.5 - Ireland 35.5!
- Bird vs Jasnogrodsky match detail in 1893
- W.H.K. Pollock visit at Buffalo Club and simuls 1893
- Columbian Chess Congress, Mr. Janust's reply to Mr. Gunsberg remarks in the London Evening News concerning the proposed American International Tournament.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by Charles A. Gilberg

The Cambrian 2 June 1893 chess column
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Karl August Walbrodt vs Eugene Delmar Chess Game 1893 - The Cambrian

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
12 May 1893
The Cambrian from Swansea Wales provide chess column since 1891, edited by James Glass.

Game:
Karl August Walbrodt vs Eugene Delmar 1-0, Match New York 1893
Phillidor Defence
This is a match between Walbrodt and Delmar in Manhattan Chess Club. The opening is a mixed between Petrov and Phillidor. The stack is 250 bucks each side, and bonus 100 bucks for the winner.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by J.H. Ashbridge (Swansea)

Chess Gossip:
Baron Heydebrant u de Lasa, the doyen of chess writers, has given 50 dollars towards the funs of the forthcoming Columbian International Chess Congress.

Lasker is playing Showalter for the Championship of America, at Kohoma, Indiana. The stakes are 2,000 dollars. The score is now - Lasker 4, Showalter 1, drawn 2

the Cambrian 12 May 1893 chess column

Chess and Poetry by Charles Tomlinson - The Cambrian Swansea

The Cambrian, Swansea
5 May 1893
Newspaper from Swansea Wales that provide chess column since 1891. Edited by James Glass

Games:
Sophy vs Charles Tomlinson, unknown
odd: remove Black King Bishop's Pawn (f pawn)
Carles Tomlinson is a British poets. He composed a canto with a chess theme and put into this book. This game probably played by him and issued by The Cambrian in 1893.

Dr. F. Deighton vs Mr. J.H. Blake 1-0, Amateur Tournament Cambridge 11 April 1893
Evans Gambit
A miniature game played by strong amateur players as the column suggested.

Reports:
Ireland vs West of England great correspondence 100 players chess match 1893 - the score as in the newspaper

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composer Rev. W.P. WIlliams (Landcore)


The Cambrian 5 May 1893
chess column from Swansea Wales
tags: wales chess history, swansea chess history, poetry and chess history, chess column in old news paper, age of chess, romantic chess, british chess history

Chigorin vs Steinitz 1892 - The Cambrian Swansea

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
29 January 1892
Newspaper from Wales with Chess column, edited by James Glass

Game:
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz 1-0, World Championship Rematch 1892
Evan's Gambit Slow Variation C52
Chigorin vs Steinitz game annotation from this issue: "The following is the first game of the championship match now in progress at Havana. It is a most brilliant game, and Tschigorin has played it in that fine dashing style for which he is famed."

Reports:
- Steinitz vs Chigorin have been played nine games: Chigorin 3, Steinitz 2, 4 drawns
- Judd vs Showalter match - Showater 6, Max Judd 4, drawn 3
- remember the local James Glass vs M.F.Lee, the score: James Glass 3, M.F. Lee 1, 2 drawns
- Gunsberg expressed his fears that, although much recovered after his six weeks illnes, he would not be strong enough to take part in any serious chess contest. Gunsberg thinks it possible that he may, like Chigorin, play a return match with Steinitz for the Championship of the World.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by unknown. The issue give a title "An Amusing Old-Timer" from the Baltimore Sunday News

The Cambrian Chess Column, Swansea Wales
29 January 1892

tags: wales chess history, swansea chess history, unknown chess game, chess column scan from old newspaper, age of chess

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Morphy's Rook and Knight Odd Chess Games - The Cambrian

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
22 January 1892
Chess column was a regular in The Cambrian, newspaper from Swansea. Chess editor James Glass

Game:
Paul Morphy vs Amateur 1-0, before 1857
King's Gambit - odd : remove White Queen's Rook and Knight!

Well known game, it was published in El Pablo Morphy (15th December) from New York Chess Monthly. Morphy gave a rook and a knight to an amateur. According to information at chessgames.com the Amateur was name "Theodore Knight".

Problem:
White to play and mates in three moves, composed by Rev. C.F.Jones (Baildon, Shipley, Yorks)

Reports:
- Lasker setttled in London and to be play in national Tournament, 1892

The Cambrian 22 January 1892

Game Viewer: Rare Paul Morphy extreme odd games versus Amateur - ca 1857


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Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian 1869 - The Cambrian Wales

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
15 January 1892
The Cambrian is newspaper from Swansea area and do chess column since 1891. Chess editor James Glass.

Game:
Paul Morphy vs Charles Maurian 1-0, New Orleans 1869
Odd: remove White's b Knight

Paul Morphy played Charles Maurian and recorded over 70+ chess games. Most are odd games given by Paul Morphy. This game from the Cambrian article also well recorded.

Reports:
The dispute between Swansea vs Newport match in 1891 were adjudicated by Amos Burn and the Chess Editor of Illustrated London News. On the games James Glass vs T.G. Williams, Amos Burn give a win while the Illustrated give a draw. See the article.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by W.T. Pierce

The Cambrian, Swansea Chess Column 15 January 1892
tags: swansea chess history, wales chess history, paul morphy unknown chess game, paul morphy chess history, chess column in old newspaper

James Glass vs M.F. Lee Chess Games - The Cambrian 1892

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
 8 January 1892
The Cambrian was newspaper from Swansea area Wales. Their chess editor was James Glass.

Game:
James Glass vs M.F. Lee 0-1, Match 1891  (status Rare game)
odd: Remove Black King Bishop's Pawn (f-pawn)

This is the second known handicap chess games between chess editor James Glass and local strong player M.F. Lee. It is unfortunately that no other infos found on M.F. Lee, he must be strong enough to give an odd to a player that able to run a chess column. You can follow the 1st game in this link. The final score between the two is posted HERE.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by W. Heitman (Pontypridd)

the Cambrian Chess Column 8 January 1892

tags: historical chess column in old newspaper, wales chess history, swansea chess history, odd chess games, handicap chess game, age of chess

De Riviera vs Paul Morphy 1863 - The Cambrian Wales

The Cambrian, Swansea Wales
1 January 1892
This newspaper from Swansea area (Wales) runs chess column, starting from 1891 chess editor by James Glass.

Games:
E. Louden vs N. Merriman 1/2-1/2, Swansea vs Newport Clubs, 1891
French Defence
The name of E. Louden was a regular in the Cambrian chess column. He must be Swansea club's strong player. His opponent N. Merriman was lesser known.

Jules Arnoud de Riviera vs Paul Morphy 0-1, Paris 1863
Two Knights
This is known games from a match between de Riviera vs Paul Morphy 1863.

Problem:
White to play and mate in three moves, composed by Wm. Cann (Swansea)



the Cambrian Chess Column
1 January 1892
tags: old chess column in newspaper, historical chess column, wales chess history, swansea chess history, romantic chess, age of chess

Friday, October 25, 2013

Willard Mutchler vs Hason Chess Game 1922 - The Washington Herald

The Washington Herald
25 November 1922
The newspaper from Capital City runs Chess Notes and Comment. Chess editor by Willard H. Mutchler. The column might possible ended in this issue, 25 November 1922.

Game:
Willard Mutchler vs J.B. Hanson unfinished, off hand games 1922
Danish Gambit
We got to know the strength of Willard Mutchler, chess editor to this newspaper. The game was just off hand games against J.B. Hanson, C-Class player in Washington Chess Club.

Report:
The much talked Washington vs Philadelphia Telephone chess match were given details for payers on each side. Whitaker, Sournin were in Washington, S.T.Sharp, W.A. Ruth (state champion) were in Philadelphia.


The Washington Herald - Chess Notes and Comment
25 November 1922



Bernstein vs Reshevsky 1922 - The Washington Herald

The Washington Herald
12 November 1922
The newspaper from Capital City, The Washington Herald provided adequate chess column, Chess News and Comment, by H. Willard Mutchler

Game:
Jacop Bernstein vs Samuel Reshevsky 1-0, New York 1922
Queen's Gambit Declined
As usual, The Washington Herald posted important tournament  chess games played recently (on that time). In this issue they continue the report on New York 1922 tournament, which won by Lasker. The headlines news however focus on the young Samuel Rzezchewski / Reshevsky. He lost to Jacop Bernstein in this game. The game can be followed on the chessgames link.

Reports:
A telephone match will be held between the cities of Philadelphia and Washintong. Under Capital City Chess Club and the Mercantile Library Chess Association of Philadelphia, 1922. We got to see the top ten players from each cities:
N.T. Whitaker, V. Sournin, I.S. Turover, A.F. Fox, N.S. Perkins, H. Garner, F.B. Walker, E.B. Adam, E. Knapp, A. Pasch and Lovell are chess players from Washington.
Ruth, Sharp, Jackson are chess players from Philadelphia. The player list finalized on this ISSUE

Class Tourney Progressing - Class C Tourney report in the Capital City Chess Club, between E.R. Kalmbach and J.B. Hanson.


The Washington Herald Chess Comment and News
12 November 1922

Reshevsky vs Bigelow 1922 - The Washington Herald

The Washington Herald
5 November 1922
Chess News and Comment from The Washington Herald provided tournament chess games, as well as report on their local Capital City Chess Club. Chess editor W.H. Mutchler

Games:
David Janowski vs Samuel Reshevsky 0-1 - Queen's Gambit Declined
Charles Jaffe vs Jacob Bernstein 1-0 - Ruy Lopez
Samuel Reshevsky vs Horace Ransom Bigelow 1/2-1/2 - Indian's Game E10
The Washington Herald continued their report on New York 1922 tournament. Won by Lasker , this tournament was debut for young Samuel Reshevksy. The local spectators were impressed and The Washington Herald re-posted his victory against David Janowski. Which already posted last week. Age of Chess blog converted all the annotation on that blog post, just follow the link.

Report:
Proposed telephone match for Capital City Chess Club vs Philadelphia Chess Association. This was their second telephone match since C.C.C.C vs Manhattan Chess Club in 1920, won by the later. Players for Washington are Whitaker, Sournin etc. Detail can be found on the next issue.

The Washington Herald Chess Comment and News
5 November 1922
tags: chess column in old newspaper, washington chess club history, philadelphia chess history, age of chess, samuel reshevsky history, romantic chess, unknown chess games

David Janowski vs Samuel Reshevsky 1922 - The Washington Herald

The Washington Herald,
29 October 1922
Chess Comment, News and Notes On Games was a regular chess column in the Washington Herald. Chess editor was W.H. Mutchler. They provided chess games with detail annotation, such as in this issue.

Game:
David Janowski vs Samuel Reshevsky 0-1, New York 1922
Queen's Gambit Declined

Very famous game of Samuel Reshevksy in his earliest known year. This game is what put Samuel Reshevksy on the chess map. As the article suggested, the American audiences also "shocked" by the prodigy. This issue give a detail analysis to the game, interesting notes point of view from that era where chess understanding where 'limited'. The annotation were converted into game viewer below for your convenience on this excellent piece of game.

Report:
Detail report on how Lasker easily won the recent American masters' tournament in New York City. The tournament where the game Janowski vs Reshevsky was played.

The Washington Herald Chess Games Notes and Comments 
29 October 1922

Game Viewer : David Janowski vs Samuel Reshevsky 0-1 1922 - Annotation from The Washington Herald 29 October 1922

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Washington Herald Chess Column 1922 - Interior vs Beats Agriculture

The Washington Herald
22 October 1922
Capital city newspaper provide "Chess News and Comment" column, edited by W.H. Mutchler

Games:
J.W. Byler vs J. Roberts 1-0, Queen's Gambit Declined
R.F. Lovell vs E.M. Knapp 1/2-1/2, Vienna Opening
C.H. Stephensson vs F.B Walker 0-1, Center Counter Gambit / Scandinavian Defence
All games from The annual match of the Departemen of the Interior versus Departmen of Agriculture, Washintong 1922. Read the report in the article for details on players and comments. Since all were amateur players, I am not converting this into game viewer.

Reports:
- Chase Defeats Hale - report about their local Capital City Chess Club ladder tournament.

The Washington Herald "Chess News and Comment" Column
22 October 1922

tags: rare american amateur chess players in 1922, chess column in past newspaper, washington chess history, age of chess, rare chess games

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oomaru vs Invercargill Telegraphic Chess - Otago Witness 1892 New Zealand

Otago Witness, New Zealand
29 December 1892
As far as the southern island of New Zealand, a chess column already established by local newspaper. Otago Witness runs chess column in 1890s, chess editor was F.V. Siedeberg. The column was excellent with lots of reports and games. It was also come along a Draught column, located just beside the chess column.

Games:
Mr. H. Lee (Oomaru) vs Mr. Webber (Invercargill) adjucated as 1-0, Telegraphic Match 1892 NZ
Giuoco Piano
The area runs a telegraphic match between Oomaru and Invercargill, this game declared as win for white, although today's engine may suggest it still lots of play for both side. The notation contained errors in the final moves.

Alfred K. Ettlinger vs Emmanuel Lasker 0-1, Manhattan Chess Club New York 1892
Sicilian Defence
This game is known. The article report on the title "Lasker in America"

Reports:
-Lasker in America
- NZ Chess Congress in 1892 ; provided chess players names : F.V. Siedeberg (the chess editor), R.A. Cleland of Dunedin, Mr. Jowitt of Auckland, P.W.Tait, R.J. Barness of Wellington, T. Sexton of Ashurst, Hookham, Eyre, Wood and Cumberworth of Christchurch.
- Championship Tourney of the Canterbury Club won by A.M. Ollivier - W.B. Eyre

- Henry Bird vs Heywood match in Newcastel. THIS IS interesting report :
Bird v Heywood. A match of nine games was lately played at Newcastle between Messrs Bird and Heywood. Three games were played on even terms (the result=Bird 2, Heywood 1), Bird gave his opponent pawn and move in three games (result=Bird 1, Heywood 1, drawn 1), and pawn and two moves in three games (Bird 0, Heywood 2, drawn 1). the ninth game however, was never played; for after the eight game Mr Bird remarked that Mr Heywood, after showing such accurate play as he had done in the latter stages of the contest, barring a big blunder, would win the remaining game or draw it. Consequently he preferred to resign the game and the match. The final score was therefore Heywood 4, Bird 3, drawn 2."
One of the game found in the Evening Express, Wales, just clicked the link to follow.

- mr. Jowett won Auckland Chess Club tourney in 1892
- handicapped tournament in Wellington Working Men's Chess Club , won by Messrs Barnes and Hirter.
Chigorin visit to the Riga Chess Club - blindfold display
- City of London Chess Club tournament with 144 members in progress 1892
- Steinitz is now busily with his Modern Chess Instructor, 2nd volume.
- Seymour Alapin and Dr Max Lange has initiated a correspondence match. Interestingly, Dr. Lange article published in Schach Zeitung, critising Alapin's opening gave rise to the match.
- Lipschutz is getting ready for a fight with Lasker.

Problems:
White to move and mate in three moves, composed by J. Neumann
The composition was an aesthetic, give it a try.




Otago Witness - New Zeland chess column

Game Viewer : Telegraphic match game in New Zealand 1892 - Oomaru vs Invercargill & Ettlinger vs Lasker

tags: historical New Zealand chess games, New Zealand chess history, chess column in past newspaper, romantic chess column, age of chess, rare games, history of telegraphic chess games.

Henry Bird vs Heywood - Newcastle Match 1892 - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
6 January 1893
Our Chess Column was chess column in Evening Express, Cardiff district area newspaper, Wales. Chess editor was Geo. W. Lennox

Game:
Henry Edward Bird vs Mr. Heywood 0-1, Newcastle Match 1892
Italian Game - Hungarian Defence

This is interesting rare game by Henry Edward Bird. This was his unsuccessful match against Newcastle strong player, only known as Mr. Heywood. Evening Express did not report the detail, but as far as Otago Witness from New Zealand reported:

"Bird v Heywood. A match of nine games was lately played at Newcastle between Messrs Bird and Heywood. Three games were played on even terms (the result=Bird 2, Heywood 1), Bird gave his opponent pawn and move in three games (result=Bird 1, Heywood 1, drawn 1), and pawn and two moves in three games (Bird 0, Heywood 2, drawn 1). the ninth game however, was never played; for after the eight game Mr Bird remarked that Mr Heywood, after showing such accurate play as he had done in the latter stages of the contest, barring a big blunder, would win the remaining game or draw it. Consequently he preferred to resign the game and the match. The final score was therefore Heywood 4, Bird 3, drawn 2." - Otago Witness 29 December 1892 clicked the link to see the newspaper scan.

The game shown that mr. Heywood indeed a capable player, handling the Hungarian defence accurately against Bird. The error in printing is in move 40.K to K , should be K to Kt. Game can be view in game viewer below.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, unknown chess composer.

Evening Express - Cardiff Wales
Our Chess Column - 6 January 1893  Welsh Newspapers Online

Game Viewer : Rare game of Henry Bird vs Mr. Heywood, where Bird lost to the local master

tags: rare chess games, rare Henry Bird games, Newcastle chess history, historical chess game, chess column in past newspaper, age of chess, romantic chess,

Abraham Mocatta vs Morian Chess Games 1891 - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
26 June 1891
Our Chess Column was edited by Geo. W. Lennox, who happen to be Cardiff-based chess player.

Game: (Status = Rare Game)
Abraham Mocatta vs C. Morian 0-1, Championship of the City of London 1891
French Defence
Abraham Mocatta known to be president of London Chess Club also respected patron of chess and important figure. While the opponent C. Morian is hard to identify. The game shown in the viewer below:

Problem:
White to move and mate in two moves, composed by F.G. Tucker, Bristol


Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
Our Chess Column - 26 June 1891  Welsh Newspapers Online
tags: wales chess history, london chess history, london chess club, rare chess games, chess column from past newspaper, historical chess column, age of chess

Ireland vs West England Correspondence Chess 1893 - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
24 February 1893
The Evening Express was based in Cardiff Wales and doing "Our Chess Column" since 1891. The chess editor was Geo W. Lennox, they focused more into local chess news and activities.

Game:
P. Sandford, M.A. (Ireland) vs W.R. Fisher (England) 1-0, Ireland vs West England and Wales
Correspondence Chess Match 1893, Evan's Gambit
A copy of game played between the two association. Rare game but the players were unknown.

Reports:
- A report about dispute between Cardiff vs Llanelly Chess Club
- Cardiff Dock vs The Hills United. We got to learn the chess players on this area, Geo W. Lennox and J.J. M'Eachran are known players on Cardiff but none were famous in the Hills side.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two, composed by P.F. Blake


Evening Express , Cardiff Wales
Our Chess Column - 24 February 1893
tags: ireland chess history, ireland vs england correspondence chess games, wales chess history, historical chess column, chess column in newspaper, rare chess games

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vazquez vs Blackburne 1891 Match - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
1 May 1891
Evening Express Wales is Cardiff based newspaper. Chess columns were dedicated in the 1891s era.

Game: (Status RARE)
Andres Clemente Vazquez vs Joseph Henry Blackburne 0-1, Match Havana 1891
Evan's Gambit
This was probably a match between Blackburne and Vazques, chess master from Havana. There are already three games in chessgames.com and another one in this blog, also from Evening Express report.

Collected so far, in those known five games, Blackburne won them all.

Problem:
White to move and mate in two moves, composed by W. Heitzman , Pontypridd

Reports:
Local events of United Rhonddas Chess Clubs vs Pontypridd Chess Club won by Rhonddas.
Then Swansea vs Llanelly, which games already published in earlier edition of Evening Express.
We can take a look of the chess players of those chess club around that time.

Evening Express "Our Chess Column" - Cardiff Wales
1 May 1891 -  Welsh Newspapers Online

Rare games of Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Andres Clemente Vazquez , in their 1891 match
tags: rare chess game, chess column from old newspaper, chess history in newspaper, wales chess history, welsh chess history

James Glass vs E. Louden 1891 - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
24 April 1891
This newspaper from Cardiff district, Wales, provide "Our Chess Column". Chess editor was Geo W. Lenoox. The column seems focus more on their local players and games.

Games:
Chess club games played at the Swansea Chess Club 1891:
E.N. Bisgood (Cardiff) vs Amateur (Swansea) 1-0, Evan's Gambit
James Glass vs E.Louden 1/2-1/2, Giuoco Piano - a rarity
No other information on E.N. Bisgood and E. Louden, but they were strong club player on the time of writing. James Glass was chess editor to a chess column in The Cambrian newspaper and considered strong club level player. His other games can be found on this blog HERE. The game can be view below:

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by F.G. Tucker (Bristol)


Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
24 April 1891 -  Welsh Newspapers Online


tags: historical chess column, wales chess history, cardiff chess club history, rhondda chess player, romantic chess, age of chess, ageofchess blogspot, historical chess blog

Rees Jones vs Dr. Arthur Chess Games 1891 - Evening Express Wales

Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
17 April 1891
This newspaper from Cardiff district, Wales, provide "Our Chess Column". Chess editor was Geo W. Lenoox. The column seems focus more on their local players and games, compared to The Cambrian from Swansea and the other one Montgomery's newspaper.

Game:
Rees Jones vs Dr. Arthur 0-1, Cardiff vs the Hills match 1891
Italian Game
The game between two club player of Cardiff Chess Club and Rhondda, Wales. A good insight look ot he strength of Wales chess club players. Since the game is not notable, I'm saving my time to convert this in the next opportunity.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by local J.J.M'Eachran.
However the printing was an error, as pointed out by the next issue. The correct position is:




Evening Express Cardiff Wales, "Our Chess Column" by Geo W. Lennox
17 April 1891 -  Welsh Newspapers Online
tags: historical chess column, wales chess history, cardiff chess club history, rhondda chess player, romantic chess, age of chess, ageofchess blogspot, historical chess blog

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mary Rudge vs T. Letchford - The Evening Express Wales 1892

The Evening Express, Wales
19 August 1892
Our Chess Column edited by Geo W. Lennox was a regular run in Evening Express, Cardiff district, Wales.

Game:
Mary Rudge vs T. Letchford 1/2-1/2, Correspondence 1892
Giucco Piano
One more known game by Miss Mary Rudge, Woman Champion from Bristol. This is a correspondence game against one of strong amateur player in the area. T. Letchford was mostly related to correspondence game in Wales, his name can be found several times in British Chess Magazine. The game in the article however was in question for its final result of draw, because if my reading correct, the last move 26.P to QR4 was rather dubious and black already got the upper hand without this questionable move. See game viewer below and if reader with experiences in descriptive notation can help.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, from the Hackney Problem Tourney, but no composer name.

Endgame:
White to play and wait result... hmm.. what's that supposed to mean?
Endgame from the Baltiomore Sunday News.

Report:
Ireland V. West of England and South Wales news, about the challenge by Hibernian Chess Association to play a match by correspondence to Bristol area chess Asscociation. Read the article for this interesting challenge.

The Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
19 August 1892 -  Welsh Newspapers Online

Game Viewer: Rare game for earliest female chess player, Mary Rudge from Bristol

tags: history of female chess player, historical chess column, welsh chess history, wales chess, age of chess, romantic chess, unknown chess game, unpublished chess game

Cardiff vs Llanelly Chess Challenge 1891 - The Evening Express Wales

The Evening Express,  Cardiff Wales
10 April 1891
The Evening Express was one of Wales based newspaper that provide chess column. "Our Chess Column" edited by Geo. W. Lennox and focus more on the activity on their Cardiff Chess Club.

Games:
Geo W. Lennox vs C.S. Read 1-0, Cardiff vs Llanelly Challenge Cup 1891
Scotch Game
S. Daw vs Rev. T. Hamilton 0-1, Cardiff vs Llanelly Challenge Cup 1891
King's Gambit - Salvio Gambit

These are club level games between Cardiff CC and Llanelly CC. The game reflected their playing strenght with the later game in Salvio Gambit  show lack of calculation by white side.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, composed by J.J. M'Eachran (Cardiff)

Reports:
South Wales Challenge Cup
Report on Cardiff vs Llanelly, a final tie for Challenge Cup happening in April 1891, Castle Hotel, Neath. Full score and some of insight to the players of that time:
Cardiff:
Geo. W. Lennox, W. Pethybridge, W.Cedervall, Rev. T. Hamilton, T.B. Pearsou, J.J.M'Eachran
Llanelly:
C.S.Read, A.E. Hiles, J.G.Daw, S. Daw, J.W.Paton, D.R.Jones

The Evening Express, Cardiff Wales
10 April 1891 -  Welsh Newspapers Online

Game Viewer: Games of South Wales chess club players 1891


tags: historical chess games, welsh chess history, wales chess history, chess column in the old newspaper, age of chess, unknown amateur chess games,

Dr Josef Noah vs Wilfried Paulsen - The Evening Express Wales

The Evening Express, Wales
22 July 1892
"Our Chess Column" was the a regular column from The Evening Express, Wales.

Game:
Josef Noa vs Wilfried Paulsen 1-0, Hamburg 1885
Sicilian Defence, Kan. Knight Variation (B43)
This is Dr. Josef Noa from Hungarian versus Wilfried Paulsen, older brother of the famous Louis Paulsen. According to the article the game finished on move 18, where black resigned. Dr. Noa later give in the finishing move as in the article, which is of course not recorded on the database. Dr. Noa analysis was also actually not really convincing, as more than a hundred years later engine suggested something different. See game viewer.

Problem:
White to play and mate in two moves, unknown composer.

Position: K3N3/2B5/Bpp3R1/1r1k1r2/1P4Q1/2P5/2nnP3/8 w - - 0 1
Reports:
- Steinitz rejected the idea to play cable match to Chigorin, which has lately been so much talked. From The New York Tribune
- Morgan's Chess Library, new chess book by W.W. Morgan. It's contained the games of Stenitz and Chigorin known to that time.You still can buy the book HERE at AMAZON.


The Evening Express, Wales

Game viewer: Notable game of Dr. Josef Noa vs Wilfried Paulsen, annotation by Dr. Noa

tags: rare chess game, chess column from old newspaper, chess history in newspaper, wales chess history, welsh chess history