|Oct-06-08|| ||Karpova: Olimpiu G. Urcan's article "Louis van Vliet: Master or Mugger?" from 2005: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...|
Excerpt: <Dempster saw a man, who under later interrogation declared his name was Louis van Vliet, trying
to pickpocket a group of ladies that were apparently unaware of the imminent danger to their assets. A swift arrest followed and the prisoner was taken into custody. He was later brought to court in front of Mr. Vaughan and he was defended by a Mr. Crawshaw, whose hands held van Vlietís fate at the moment.>
The article not only contains information on his life and the incident described above (there's an eye-witness account included) but also games from Louis van Vliet.
|Sep-25-14|| ||Stonehenge: He wasn't born in 1868, see http://www.chessclub.org/news.php?n....|
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: I was having my doubts about his chess adventures being so far-flung across the world, until I read his wiki page:|
<Van Vliet was the son of Annaatje Philip van Cleef of Amsterdam and Moses van Vliet, a tailor and merchant originally from Rotterdam. His father died in November 1865 and his mother in June 1868, and as a 13-year-old orphan he moved to England to live with his uncle Edward van Vliet. Another uncle, Eliazer Lion "Leon" van Vliet, was a pawnbroker in San Francisco and Louis moved there in 1884 at the age of 29. He apparently only learned chess from Leon and started playing tournaments. In 1887, when he was considered the "best player of the Pacific Coast", he moved back to London. In 1889 he came to Amsterdam to play his first international tournament, but he remained living in London for the rest of his life.>
Having two uncles, one in San Francisco, the other in London, explains a lot.
PS- A pickpocket is quite different than a mugger, btw, at least here in the US.
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: Tartakower, in his <500 Master Games>, gives|
Blackburne vs L Van Vliet, 1893
as a consultation game,
<Blackburne -- Van Vliet / Manlov, London (1883)>
which is also a bit strange. Anyone know more?
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: Tartakower G-124, p159.|
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: He also contributed at least one endgame study to DSZ:|
<DSZ v43 (1888) p310> #381
although it was misattributed to a "Von van Fliet" in London.
(White to move)
click for larger view
K7 /1P6/k1q5/8/8/1Q6/8/8 w - - 0 1
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: "... sailed to England (by way of San Francisco) ..."|
|May-22-16|| ||Jim Bartle: <although it was misattributed to a "Von van Fliet" in London.>|
Maybe Don van Vliet in a previous life.
|May-22-16|| ||zanzibar: Being unable to make a living as a rock musician in the SF scene - he returned to England to be unable to make a living on the chess scene apparently.|
|May-23-16|| ||zanzibar: From <Otago Witness , Issue 2057, 27 July 1893, Page 38>|
[Site "Simpson's Divan, London ENG"]
[White "Rev. H. Chapman / Bird"]
[Black "Rolland / Van Vliet"]
[Source "Otago Witness , Issue 2057, 27 July 1893, Page 38"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.Qb3 dxc3
8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.O-O Qf6 10.Bxg8 Rxg8 11.Ng5 Qg6 12.f4 Bb6+ 13.Kh1 Nd4
14.Qd5 Rh8 15.f5 Qe8 16.f6 g6 17.e5 Ne6 18.f7 Qe7 19.Nxe6+ Qxe6 20.
Ba3+ Kg7 21.f8=Q+ Rxf8 22.Bxf8+ 1-0