|Oct-03-08|| ||whiteshark: Maurice E. Goldstein (1901-1966) was born in England and settled in Australia in 1929; he was an Australian Master.|
NZ-champion in 1932.
NSW State Champion in 1930 (jointly with Gregory Simon Koshnitsky) and 1931.
|Jan-08-11|| ||GrahamClayton: As well as playing chess, Goldstein also wrote about the game as well. Here is part of an article that appeared in the West Australian, dated 24 July, 1937:|
"LIVING CHESS DISPLAY. Goldfields Clubs Active. (By M. E. Goldstein.) Passing through the Eastern Gold fields on my way back to Perth, I was agreeably surprised to see that the enthusiasm for the royal game of chess is still at white heat. On Sunday night (July 18) there was staged at Slav Hall, Moran-street, Boulder, the first display of living chess within memory, if in deed the fields have ever before witnessed it. The large hall was chalked out into 64 big squares, of which half were whitened all over, to distinguish them from the unwhitened or "black" squares. The roles of the 32 pieces and pawns were taken by adults, the two queens by handsome young brunettes and the remaining 30 by young men. The white men wore caps cut into the designs of the various pieces, the rooks being represented by a castle, the bishops by a mitre, the knights by a horse's head, the kings by a plain crown and the pawns by a plain white cap. The black pieces were identical with the white pieces, but were all cut out in red. The white forces were conducted by Mr. F. C. Coleman, of the Croatian Slavonic Society, and the red forces by Mr. F. L. Legeny, of the Yugoslav String Band, and after an exciting battle last ing three-quarters of an hour, witnessed in complete silence by a crowd of over 100 spectators, Mr. Legeny won. Both players acted as their own kings, directing the moves of the various men; and they occasionally overlooked the presence of an enemy piece, through their sight being obscured by the presence of a stalwart six-foot "pawn" right in front of them. This interesting event is a tribute to the organising ability of the goldfields players and will do much to stimulate interest in the game. I would recommend that in future the European practice be adopted of the two directors of play being separated from the 32 "living men,", by being placed on a raised dais, whence they can overlook all details of the play. It is a good plan, also, to dress 16 young children in pages' uniforms to represent the 16 pawns. Kalgoorlie-Boulder, with a combined population of some 25,000, already boasts of three chess clubs, and the small mining district of Ora Banda has a strong club. Should not Perth, with a population nearly 10 times as great, feel rather ashamed at having only one chess club? There are ample opportunities for forming small suburban clubs in such centres as Claremont, Mt. Lawley and Subiaco, and inter-club matches would greatly stimulate the interest of the weaker players, without whose consistent support the tournaments arranged for the stronger players could not be held. I think that the top-notch players not only here but throughout the Commonwealth, are prone to lose sight of the duty they owe to their weaker brethren, to support the formation of suburban clubs, to take part them selves in inter-club matches instead of withdrawing into lordly isolation, and to improve the standard of play of the less experienced players by lectures on the finer points of the game."
|Jun-03-11|| ||GrahamClayton: As well as winning the NSW Championship in 1930 and 1931, Goldstein also won the Victorian Championship in 1934 and the Western Australian Championship in 1937.|