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|Oct-20-14|| ||ljfyffe: Writings in Chess History 2012.|
|Dec-16-14|| ||jnpope: <In conversation with an <<American>> reporter last Tuesday evening Dr. J. H. Zukertort thus sums up his life as a chess-player: "I was born in Riga, Russia Courland, and am a Prussian subject. [...]">|
source: Baltimore American, 1883.12.16.
I checked my Gaige and he only cites one source published before Zukertort's death (Norfolk News, 1872.11.16). Is there any concrete evidence that Zukertort was born in Lublin and not Riga as reportedly stated by Zukertort himself?
|Dec-16-14|| ||offramp: I hope it turns out that Zukertort was born in Riga. Then they'd have to tear down that stupid headstone.|
|Dec-18-14|| ||jnpope: <Oct-21-13 Karpova: <tjipa> Gaige gives Lublin, Poland as his place of birth on p. 481 of the paperback 'Chess Personalia'. He cites many sources, among them p. 307 of the 1888 'British Chess Magazine' which I can confirm.>|
Checking page 307 of the BCM yields Riga also...
|Dec-18-14|| ||jnpope: <It has been commonly believed that the late Johann Hermann Zukertort was born in the town of Riga on the 7th September, 1842, but it is now stated on the authority of Herr E. Schallopp, who gets his information from Herr Adolf Zukertort, a stenographer in Berlin and a brother of J. H. Zukertort, that the real birthplace of the great Chess player was Lublin, a small town in Russian Poland. The year of his birth is undoubtedly 1842, but whether the 7th of September was his actual natal day is not quite so certain, but probabilities point that it was.>|
Source: International Chess Magazine, August 1888, p227
|Dec-18-14|| ||jnpope: A little digging around: Adolf turns out to be a younger brother (born 1850), so I'm not sure how he would know for certain that his older brother was not born in Riga. |
It seems clear that the family resided in Lublin at the time of his birth, but there may exist the possibility that his mother was in Riga on the day of his birth (there could be any number of reasons; visiting relatives perhaps?). I think I read somewhere today that Thomasz Lissowski found a birth certificate for J.H. in Lublin. Makes me wonder if the birth certificate was filed upon their return to Lublin from a visit to Riga.
This would explain a great number of things; including Zukertort's claim to being born in Riga during his lifetime but his younger brother stating that he was born in Lublin.
Theoretically, he could have been birthed in Riga, but born to Lublin parents residing in Lublin, making him Lublin born...
Then again, J.H. was a bit of a loon so maybe he had no idea where he was born and just made things up for the press?
|Dec-18-14|| ||tamar: Did Zukertort just like inventing stories, or was he dodging his heritage?|
Anyway thanks for the research jnpope
|Dec-19-14|| ||jnpope: <Dr. J. H. Zukertort.-Zukertort is supposed to have been born in two places simultaneously, but I have reason to believe him to be a native of Riga, born in 1842. Lowenthal, who organised the tournament of 1872, invited Zukertort to compete, and the rumour goes that he came over in two ships [...]>|
source: The Fortnightly Review, London, December 1886, v46, p761 (article: The Chess Masters of To-Day by L. Hoffer)
|Dec-22-14|| ||ljfyffe: <He played a handicap game at the British Chess Club on Monday the 18th (of June, 1888) and on the next day he played a game of chess at Simpson's "and was seized with an attack of faintness, which seemed to be of a serious nature....Instead of calling for medical aid, he was taken to the British Chess Club in an unconscious state," where a doctor suggested that he be moved to a hospital. He never regained consciousness and died the next morning.>
Kurt Landsberger, The Steinitz Papers.|
|Dec-22-14|| ||ljfyffe: <Zukertort, J.H. (1842-1888). Born in Lublin, Poland, he returned with his German father and Polish mother to Germany in 1855.>Lansberger.|
|Dec-22-14|| ||ljfyffe: Kurt Landsberger, The Steintz Papers, McFarland, 2002.|
|Jan-07-15|| ||jnpope: Zukertort,JH - Delmar,E
USA New York, NY (Manhattan CC)
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 g5 5.h4 g4 6.Ng5 h6 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.d4 h5 9.Bc4+ Kg7 10.Bxf4 Qf6 11.0-0 Nxd4 12.Nd5 Nf3+ 13.Rxf3 Bc5+ 14.Be3 Bxe3+ 15.Rxe3 Qxh4 16.Qd4+ Nf6 17.Rf1 Rf8 18.g3 Qg5 19.Rf5 Qh6 20.Re1 d6 21.Rxf6 Rxf6 22.Rf1 c5 23.Qc3 Bf5 24.Rxf5 Raf8 25.Nxf6 Rxf6 26.Rxf6 Qxf6 27.Qxf6+ Kxf6 28.Kf2 1-0
«Cincinnati Commercial, 1884.03.29»
|Jan-08-15|| ||jnpope: A neat game JHZ lost to Max's brother Maurice.
Zukertort,JH - Judd,Maurice
USA St. Louis, MO [1883.12? 1884.01?]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.e5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 Bxc3 11.Qxc3 Nge7 12.Ng5 0-0 13.Bd3 Qh5 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 15.Bc2 d5 16.exd6 cxd6 17.f4 Bf5 18.Bb2 f6 19.Rf3 Nd5 20.Qd2 fxg5 21.Qxd5 g4 22.Rb3 Ne7 23.Qd4 Rf7 24.Bd1 Qh4 25.g3 Qh3 26.Rxb7 Nc6 27.Qxg7+ Rxg7 28.Rxg7 Ne5 0-1
«Cincinnati Commercial, 1884.02.02»
|Apr-07-15|| ||zanzibar: A discussion of Zukertort's potential drug/herbal usage:|
<Worst better than first
On Apr 16, 3:57*pm, William Hyde wrote:
On Apr 15, 4:02*pm, "
No, the substance Zukertort was taking was aconite, aka wolfsbane. It
kept him calm during the tournament, but no doubt messed him up; it
was a fairly serious drug. I
A most virulent poison indeed, with an LD50 of 6 mg/Kg, but used as a
pain reliever and anti-fever medication in the past (according to
wikipedia, that is).
Interesting. *Where is information like this preserved, and was there
supposed to be more to this message ...?
My notes have it in the following places. British Chess Magazine Aug-
Sept 1888 in his obit around pg 338
NY Tribune Jan 19, 1886 which quotes Zukertort about it and said that
he collapsed when he stopped taking aconite
Ottawa Citizen Jan 30, 1886 seems to be taken from the NY Tribune
New Orleans Picayune Jan 22 prob from NY Trib article
St Louis Globe Democrat Jan 23, 1886 Zukertort may have to resort to
aconite as he did in the London tournament
You can't believe everything Zukertort says, but I see no reason to
doubt him on this score. I have no idea what the long term effects of
the drug are; I understand it severely slows your heartrate or some
such and thus kept him from nervousness which was a big problem for
By the way, most but not all of these are freely available on-lin. I
recomment the NY tribune story which has good descriptions of Steinitz
and Zukertort, and is available through the library of congress
digital newspapers website>
Spannard gives a lot of links worth following... if only there were more hours in the day!
|Jul-06-15|| ||RookFile: Only 45 when he died. What a shame.|
|Sep-08-15|| ||offramp: i'm the zukertort, bitch!!|
|Jan-06-16|| ||ljfyffe: Despite John Hilbert's misgivings in <Zukertort in Canada> (Writings in Chess History 2012), the citation for Zukertort-NN, 1884, Railway Committee Room, Ottawa,given herein is correct in so far as I can ascertain.|
|Feb-04-16|| ||zanzibar: While exploring <2nd BCA Congress (1886)>...|
<"Zukertort's play throughout the tourney has been very disappointing, and altogether wanting in the precision that characterised it in 1888. Then it was almost perfect ; good both in attack and defence ; sound alike in opening, mid-game, and ending. Rarely missing the absolutely best move, he generally made the most the position would give him. Now he was weak and irresolute; gaining advantages only to throw them away; initiating fine attacks but to let them slip through his fingers; attaining winning end-games, and then by a blunder throwing them away.
There can be no question but that ill health had much to do with this break down. It was the body acting upon the mind, the unstrung nerves playing tricks with the throbbing brain.
In his game with Pollock, however, there was to be seen the old skill; the patient building up of attack; the careful conservation of small advantages; the skillful and far-reaching plan of united action, until at the 41st move the game presented the following appearance : etc."
- BCM v7 p354>
|May-09-16|| ||zanzibar: Commentary on the last tournament Zukertort was playing in when he died:|
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1888 (kibitz #3)
|May-09-16|| ||zanzibar: And more direct reporting on the circumstances of his death:|
Not here only but everywhere throughout the world, Chess players will
have received a shock in the announcement of Zukertort's death. It was
terribly sudden. He had begun the week well, winning his game on
Monday in the British Club Handicap. On Tuesday, not having an
opponent, he went over to the Divan in the evening, and about nine
o'clock, in the midst of a friendly game, was seized with what his
friends thought a fit. This, though naturally alarming, was not
thought to be serious ; he was taken back to the British, where it was
hoped the rest and quiet would suffice for his recovery. Here,
however, he seemed no better, and Dr. Gassidy (a member of the club),
who was sent for, advised his immediate removal to Charing Cross
Hospital. Here it was quickly seen that nothing could be done to save
his life. He lingered on unconscious until the next morning, and died
quite peacefully at 10 a.m. This was on Wednesday, the 20th June. The
cause of death is officially stated to have been cerebral hemorrhage.
The funeral took place on Tuesday, June 26th, at Brompton
Cemetery. Despite the somewhat early hour (10-30) and unfavourable
weather, the gentle sex was not unrepresented, and several pretty
wreaths were laid on the coffin. Mr. Hoffer followed the corpse as
chief mourner ; Mr. James Eccles (formerly President of the West End
Chess Club) was accompanied by Mtb. and Miss Eccles. The St. George's,
City, and British Chess Clubs, were all represented by Presi dents or
other office bearers, as will be seen from the subjoined list :
Messrs. J. C. F. Anger, Herbert Baldwin, H. E. Bird, W. H. Cubison,
W. M. Gattie, A. Guest, T. Hewitt, P. Hirschfeld, F. W. Lord, James
Innes Minchin, and the Rev. W. Wayte. Mr. Sebastian Schlesinger
(President of the Manhattan Chess Club, New York) attended on behalf
of the American community ; Mr. H. Studer (of the Paris Cercle)
represented the Chess-players of the Continent.
BCM v8 (Jun 1888) p315/330
And here is some info about the last tournament he played:
<A handicap tournament is being arranged at the BRITISH
Chess CluB. Most of the strong players of the club intend
to play, and Messrs. Bird, Blackburne, Gunsberg, Mason, and
Zukertort, have already given in their names. Play will
have begun before these lines meet your readers' eyes.>
BCM v8 (Jun 1888) p283/298
So, the last game Zukertort played was not a tournament game in the LCC Handicap, but a friendly game during his bye-day, at the Divan.
|May-09-16|| ||zanzibar: LCC = BCC|
|Jun-29-16|| ||offramp: One of the things I have noticed over the last 10 years or so is that engraving on headstones has become much much cheaper. Nowadays the engraving is done mechanically and quickly by laser beam instead of being laboriously carved by a man letter by letter.|
This has led to monstrosities like Jimmy Savile's ridiculous gravestone, http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/560/... which was destroyed by a gang of art-lovers soon after it was unveiled.
And so it was with Zukertort's grave. Where the Victorians would have got by with a few words, today people prefer to use twenty words.
I suppose we are fortunate it isn't peppered with hashtags and atpersands, or end with <LOL smileyface>.
|Jun-29-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: <offramp: One of the things I have noticed over the last 10 years or so is that engraving on headstones has become much much cheaper...|
This has led to monstrosities like <<Jimmy Savile's>> ridiculous gravestone, http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/560/... >
It is <Sir> Jimmy Savile, OBE (Order of Beloved Eunuchs)
|Jun-29-16|| ||offramp: OBE: One Bent Entertainer.|
|Sep-07-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Johannes Zukertort.|
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