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D Fiske 
Daniel Fiske
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1857
Overall record: +2 -3 =0 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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B44 Sicilian (2 games)

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(born Nov-11-1831, died Sep-17-1904, 72 years old) United States of America

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Daniel Willard Fiske was born in New York in 1831. From 1852 to 1859, he was the librarian to the Astor Library in Manhattan. In 1857, he was the champion of the New York Chess Club. He organized the 1st American Chess Congress (1857) and published the first American chess magazine "Chess Monthly" (co-edited by Paul Morphy). The magazine began in January, 1857, and ended in May, 1861. In 1861 he was appointed as an Attaché to the American Embassy in Vienna. In 1859, he was elected General Secretary of the American Geographical Society. He had a fascination with Iceland and donated his 1,200 chess books to the National Library of Reykjavik. He wrote "The Book of the First American Chess Congress" (1859) and "Chess in Iceland" (1904). In 1868, he became the first librarian of Cornell University and was also professor of North European Languages (he taught Old Icelandic, German, Swedish, and Danish). In 1880, he married Jennie McGraw, daughter of multi-millionaire John McGraw, lumber merchant. She died a year later from tuberculosis. In her will, she gave Daniel Fiske $300,000, her brother $550,000, and much of the rest of the money (several million dollars) to Cornell University. Due to University by-laws, Cornell could not accept the full amount of McGraw’s gift. When Fiske realized that the University had failed to inform him of this restriction, he launched a legal assault to reacquire the money, known as The Great Will Case. In 1883, he severed all connections with Cornell University and moved to Florence, Italy. He became a book collector and dealer. He first visited Iceland in 1885. In 1900, he founded the Reykjavik Chess Club. He was the editor of the first Icelandic chess magazine in 1901. It was published in Venice, Italy. On September 17, 1904, he died at Frankfurt-on-the-Main, Germany.

Wikipedia article: Willard Fiske

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Fiske vs N Marache 0-135 1857 1st American Chess CongressA84 Dutch
2. N Marache vs D Fiske  1-060 1857 1st American Chess CongressB44 Sicilian
3. N Marache vs D Fiske 0-148 1857 1st American Chess CongressB44 Sicilian
4. N Marache vs D Fiske 1-027 1857 1st American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
5. D Fiske vs N Marache 1-042 1857 1st American Chess CongressD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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  tamar: Mark Twain (born 1835) wrote of Fiske
in his Autobiography:

‘He was as dear and sweet a soul as I have ever known. His was a character which won friends for him, and whoso became his friend remained so, ever afterward.’ (from Edward Winter)

Does anyone know the details of their acquaintance?

Jun-05-09  myschkin: . . .


(by User: SBC)


"Journeys of a Bibliophile" (pdf)

(by Patrick J. Stevens)

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  Calli: <tamar> asked "Does anyone know the details of their acquaintance?"

They met in the 1870s. Fiske wound up restoring a villa and living in Florence, Italy. Clemens made extended tours and stays in Europe and around the turn of the century Fiske found nice place for him to stay right near him. They were neighbors for several years until Clemens wife died. This is what I remember, may not be 100% accurate.

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

Ours is no bloody battle
With woe and horror fraught
Our joust is of a gentler kind
A measuring of Mind with Mind
A tournament of thought.

--- Willard Fiske

Oct-28-10  vonKrolock: <"At each corner rose a lofty tower. In niches next these castellated towers stood huge statues of Knights and Bishops; while supporting either side of the grand entrance were great marble Caryatides representing a stately monarch and his queen. Ranged in front of this ornamented facade, as a sort of fence or protection, was a curious row of bronze foot-soldiers, eight in number."> and further <"We thereupon returned to the hall where I had first met Greco. Philidor and Stamma had by that time finished their game, and thinking to amuse them with a novelty from our side of the Styx, I called their attention to the Indian problem. Instantly the Syrian and his illustrious competitor, together with Ponziani, Brühl, Atwood, Verdoni, Bernard, and others, crowded round the board. While they were employed in attempting to discover the solution of this elaborate and beautiful enigma, I caught sight of a vacant table and quietly arranged Loyd's fine three-move position.

"Here," said I, with an air of pride, "is another beautiful chess stratagem lately concocted among us mortals.>

Two passages from <"Chess in Hades">

a text that appeared in Chess Monthly, February 1858

Newly reprinted online in

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  zanzibar: "severed all connections with Cornell University"????

<Fiske donated thousands of volumes to Cornell including a 1536 edition of the Divine Comedy that he purchased in April 1892 and directed to be sent directly to Cornell. The Fiske Dante Collection grew out of this acquisition and as of 2005 numbered approximately 10,000 volumes.[6]

On September 17, 1904 Fiske died at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is buried next to his wife Jennie McGraw Fiske in the elaborate crypt of Sage Chapel at Cornell University. Upon his death, Fiske left a bequest of 32,000 volumes, the Fiske Icelandic Collection, to Cornell [7] along with funds that Fiske had received from Jennie's estate.[8]>

The man's remains are supposedly buried there!

(Not sure why wiki page headlines with "Willard Fiske" instead of "Daniel W. Fiske")

Here's a view of some of the library he willed to Cornell upon his death:

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  zanzibar: Tell me there isn't some resemblance:"monty+woolley"&rlz=1C1TSND_enUS556US589&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X

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  zanzibar: Tell me there isn't some resemblance: (this hack doesn't, it's even worse)

Both " and " work here... accursed <CG> link hacks!

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