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|Aug-01-13|| ||OhioChessFan: 33 Olympiad Team:
Dake, Kashdan and wife, Simonson, Marshall, Fine
|Oct-05-13|| ||Karpova: An early success:
Manhattan Chess Club tournament, 1926
1. Kupchik 12.0
2. Kashdan 11.5
3. Horowitz 9.0
4-5. Bornholz 8.5
4-5. Maroczy 8.5
6-8. Pinkus 8.0
6-8. Steiner 8.0
6-8. Tenner 8.0
From page 189 of the June 1926 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Oct-05-13|| ||parisattack: <OhioChessFan: 33 Olympiad Team:
Dake, Kashdan and wife, Simonson, Marshall, Fine>
Great pic, thanks! I wish I was there...then again, maybe not as I'd be a goner by now, too. :)
I've always admired Kashdan's play; I think he had WC potential. But - somewhat like Flohr - his peak years were few. Lahde's book on Kashdan is excellent, BTW.
|Oct-05-13|| ||Phony Benoni: Odd fact about that 1933 team: it was the only US Men's Olympiad team to date (and probably ever after) on which all members were born in the United states.|
|Dec-07-14|| ||zanzibar: I believe his middle name is Irving.
See http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (#6364. Stoltz v Kashdan)
Also http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (#6339. Kashdan)
An autographed item, signed <Irving Kashdan> is shown:
|Dec-07-14|| ||zanzibar: A higher res photograph of him from 1957:
Apparently he was quite a ladies man - ha!
|Dec-08-14|| ||zanzibar: Just one more example of <Isaac Irving Kashdan> follows:|
<The Brooklyn Daily Eagle 31 Mar 1932 p28>
<In recognition of what Isaac Irving Kashdan, champion of the Manhattan Chess Club, has performed in behalf of the game through his achievements abroad in the international tournaments against the best that Europe could put forward and as a member of the United States teams which finally brought the Hamilton-Russell trophy to this country, the Empire City Chess Club has decided to arrange an exhibition of simultaneous ply by him at the Hotel Prince George in Manhattan on April 24.>
That's quite a lot of info packed into one sentence... whew!
Yeah, I'd nomination that as top contender in the run-on sentence department.
|Feb-25-15|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: When I was 11 or 12 years old, I played a quick "grandmaster draw" in a California Junior Championship Kashdan was directing, then told him about it. The look he gave me was not approving.|
On the other hand, I won the Under-14 prize that year, and made it through at least one chocolate-fueled marathon game to do so ...
|Aug-10-15|| ||wrap99: <Cheapo> I too played in events directed by him. I could not believe that a GM from the era of Capablanca and Alekhine was right there, having prior to that time only read of him. Chess's connections to the past is one of its appealing features to me.|
|Apr-24-16|| ||TheFocus: Most chess poetry is rather dull. This poem is that.|
Kashdan has sprung up into fame
All of a sudden, as it were.
Scarcely a handful till quite late
Had been familiar with his name.
"Divine afflatus" he has shown
A gift bequeathed him by the gods,
Now far and wide his power is known.
H.T. Bland in <American Chess Bulletin>, January 1931, pg. 12.
|Apr-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: Kashdan's stock peaked in the early 1930s. In <The Jewish Criterion>, Vol. 77 No. 08, 2nd January, 1931, Charles Jaffe, 'one of the world's great chess masters', discusses Kashdan, America's greatest star since Paul Murphy [sic], and his prospects for defeating Alekhine. Apparently, Kashdan is already superior to the world champion in the middle game and endgame, and six months of work on the openings should suffice.|
|Apr-24-16|| ||zanzibar: <MissS> Dude, what's up with that linK?|
|Apr-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: The linking is not to my liking. You'll have to find it yourself: http://digitalcollections.library.c...|
|Apr-24-16|| ||zanzibar: A little bit of kvetching begins the article on ~ v78 N18 (1931.09.11) p66:|
<How Benny Leonard Explains Jewish
By HARRY CONZEL
Outstanding Jewish Sports Writer
The reviewer of the Jewish sport year must hang his
head because of the definite downfall of Jewish champions
in every branch of sport. Harry Conzel and Benny Leonard
tell us why Jewish topnotchers in sports are becoming
scarcer just now.
A little later the "outstanding" writer finally gets around to Kashdan...
<But America saw one real Jewish
champion emerge last year. You
openair fans will shrug your shoulders
when I mention his name. Probably
you will frown and say: "Chess isn't
a sport, anyhow." Perhaps you are
right. But the question of whether or
not chess is a sport is too complicated
to discuss on a hot summer day.
In any case, chess is to be found on
the sports page, and you'll accept it
as a sport—and like it. Now, the boy
who has come through is none other
than I. Kashdan, the New York player
who on his first trip to Europe,
last year, came back with flying colors.
Experts like Charles Jaffe, himself
once a great master, insist that
Kashdan is ripe for a title match with
Dr. Alekhine. Until this year Kashdan
was playing in minor New York
City tournaments, and did not reveal
his real strength until he was confronted
by the best players of Europe.
Now, whenever Frank Marshall,
official champion of the United States,
will give Kashdan the opportunity to
play him for the title, we shall have
a new national champion here. Yes ?
Rather a poor consolation for you
gridiron, boxing and baseball fans—
but chess is the only sport where we
have not only held our own but made
advances and discovered new blood.
It is also rumored that when the
game of ping-pong, or table tennis,
will be given recognized standing in
the world of sport, the Jews will
capture all honors. In this game
which is to tennis what miniature
golf is to real golf it seems, from a
personal investigation, that we have
the best talents. Take it from me—
the time is not far off when pingpong
will be prominently displayed
on your sports page.
The other day I was discussing this
strange downfall of the Jews in
sport with none other than our own
Benny Leonard. "How come," I
asked Benny, who besides being an
artist in the ring is one of the brainiest
sport thinkers in the business,
"that we Jews seem to have reached
our peak in sports some years ago,
and now are on the down grade?"
Said Benny: "Sport is a strange
business when you think of it in racial
or national terms. It goes in
cycles, if you know what I mean.
There was a time when the Negro
dominated the field; one Jack Johnson
acted as the inspiration, and suddenly
colored champions sprang up
in practically every branch of sport.
Then, after a few years, another race
comes to the fore. At the time of
Carpentier, the French had a number
of other champions in boxing, race
and track—you remember Bouin and
Andres ? At another time it was
the Italians who hoarded all the
glory, with Dundee and Mandell in
boxing, and also in soccer. Irish and
Jews have had their day. Now, I
think, the Germans will have their
inning. Just watch what Max
Schmeling's victory over Stribling
will do for the Germans. I shouldn't
be surprised to see the Germans run
away with the Olympic games in
1932. That's how it works—it goes
in cycles. Jews will have another period
of success in sports; it may be
just around the corner, and it may
come in ten years. After all, we had
Lenglen, Abrahams, the Hakoahs and
Benny Friedman almost all at once
That's enough, isn't it?"
I nodded. Maybe this lull in Jewish
sport prowess is a good thing. We
had grown too cocky, perhaps. Besides,
recently we have become more
interested in the body of the average
youth—which makes for a healthier
people, if fewer champions.>
|Apr-24-16|| ||zanzibar: As for Missy's original article, try this:
|Apr-25-16|| ||MissScarlett: Is that strictly legal? And where's the concluding section?|
|Apr-25-16|| ||zanzibar: <MissS> writes...
<Is that strictly legal?>
If a published, pre-1963, non-renewed then yes:
Plus CMU allows the PDF to be freely downloaded.
But copyright law is complicated, and the above should not be construed as legal advice.
<And where's the concluding section?>
I would suggest cleaning off your glasses and giving it another look (if not a read).
|Apr-25-16|| ||zanzibar: BTW- can we get a margin call in?
Kashdan's photo looks chintzy⁽¹⁾ with the top margin uneven like that (imo). I know that's how the wiki photo is, but can't we do better?
Either crop it or even it out with photoshop ink-stamp, would be my suggestion.
* * * * *
(1) <chintz (n.) 1719, plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s "clear, bright" (compare cheetah). The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense, from the commonness of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot (in chintzy).>
(s->z transistions are z-approved, btw)
|Apr-25-16|| ||MissScarlett: <I would suggest cleaning off your glasses and giving it another look>|
Yes. I'd just rolled out of bed at an ungodly hour and was on my Ipad Mini.
|May-30-16|| ||Marcelo Bruno: Did he have a profession besides his chess career?|
|May-30-16|| ||perfidious: The Wikipedia link above notes that Kashdan went into the insurance field to make a living.|
|Nov-19-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Isaac Kashdan!|
|Nov-19-16|| ||Petrosianic: And many more!|
|Nov-18-18|| ||Cheapo by the Dozen: He was my tournament director in a California Junior Championship. I was a little bit awestruck. But I did tell him of agreeing to a quick "grandmaster draw". He did not seem to approve. :)|
It was perhaps a good strategy in retrospect. That tournament was a bit of an endurance slog, and I did wind up winning the prize for my age group.
|Nov-18-18|| ||Diocletian: Happy Birthday, Isaac.
I remember this game Kashdan vs O Tenner, 1934 from my childhood. It appeared as a "chess movie" in one of I.A. Horowitz series of elementary opening books.
click for larger view
You can also see Kashdan on you tube Groucho Marx show, "You bet your life." Someone on this page left a link. somewhere
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