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|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.|
|Jan-11-18|| ||zanzibar: First published mention that I could find...
<Neue Berliner Schachzeitung v3 (1866) p43>
Herr Professor Anderssen hat der Berliner Schachgesellschaft die Ehre
seines Besuches während der Osterfeiertage in Aussicht gestellt. Sein constanter Gegner in Breslau ist ein junger hoffnungsvoller Spieler, Herr Dr. med. Zukertort. Letzterer hat uns eine Analyse zugesagt, welche die von L. Paulsen versuchte Vertheidigung der spanischen
Partie 1) e2 —e4 e7—e5 2) Sgl —f3 Sb8— c6 3) Lfl—b5 Sg8—f6 4) Sbl—c3 Sc6—d4 widerlegt.
Sorry, but the best I can do is GxT:
Professor Anderssen has the honor of the Berlin chess society his visit during the Easter holidays. Its constant opponent in Wroclaw is a young hopeful player, Dr. Ing. med. Zukertort. The latter has promised us an analysis, that of L. Paulsen attempted defense of the Spanish lot
1) e2-e4 e7-e5 2) Sgl-f3 Sb8-c6 3) Lfl-b5 Sg8-f6 4) Sbl-c3 Sc6-d4 refuted.
click for larger view
|Jan-11-18|| ||zanzibar: The previous mention was in February 1866. The funny thing is that Zukertort's analysis came out in May-June 1866, but with a different set of opening moves:|
<Neue Berliner Schachzeitung v3 (May-June 1866) p360-365>
Some objections to Paulsen's defense
in the Spanish game.
After the moves:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Be7 5.Nc3
L. Paulsen has the defensive procession:
click for larger view
suggested and carried him out more often with luck. At the right fort
click for larger view
I consider the position advantage of Weiss crucial and will do so in
try to prove a short analysis.
Of course modern engines give the game as essentially equal (after 7...dxc3 eval is 0.30/29).
|Jan-11-18|| ||zanzibar: Sometime in 1867 Zukertort took over duties from G.R. Neumann, as co-editor with Anderssen for the <NBS>.|
Maybe in Aug-Sept range when his article about Szen reminiscences appears (p225/239)?
|Jan-31-18|| ||ketchuplover: Mr.Z is featured in a very recent chessbase.com article|
|Sep-10-18|| ||zanzibar: Ah shoot k-up, I thought the Z was me!
Here's a Zukertort blindfold win found in ISDN 1874.09.12, "played some time ago":
[Site "London CC, London ENG"]
[White "Zukertort, Johannes"]
[Black "Wood, Mr. "]
[Source "ISDN 1874.09.12"]
[Stub "incomplete game"]
[Notes "Date uncertain ('some time ago'), publication date used"]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.d4 d6 6.h4 h6 7.Qd3 Qe7 8.Nc3
Be6 9.Bxe6 fxe6 10.hxg5 hxg5 11.Rxh8 Bxh8 12.e5 Qg7 13.exd6 cxd6 14.
Ne4 Qd7 15.Nexg5 Ne7 16.Qh7 and wins 1-0
|Sep-12-18|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
Sir Henry Cotton, K.C.S.I, Indian & Home Memories (London, 1911):
How well I remember Steinitz!–short, squat, and stout, with thick red hair and beard, rejoicing in a nose unusually small for one of the Semitic race. He smoked and sipped claret and water, or gin and water–scrupulously iced notwithstanding the coldness of the weather–all the time he played. He rarely rose from his seat during a game, in this respect being a contrast to most of the other players, and especially to Zukertort, whose excitable nature induced him to walk about and follow more or less all the other games in progress in addition to his own. He thought out his moves with his arms folded on the table before him, and did not stroke his beard or twirl his moustache.
Nor is there any failure in my memory of Zukertort, whose figure was the very opposite to that of Steinitz. He was short and thin, with a brown beard, over which, while thinking, his fingers were perpetually moving; the nervous twitch that he gave his head was peculiar to himself; his countenance indicated great intelligence and determination.
Tchigorin and Noa was young and sallow, with black beards. Rosenthal, the French champion, and Winawer, from Poland, were seedy-looking little men. Mackenzie was a fine, manly fellow who would have been distinguished in almost any company. Sellman was stone deaf.
I recall how Zukertort once confided to me that dominoes was the game at which he really played best, and not chess; that he considered himself to be the best player in the world at dominoes, and that Rosenthal came next; and also how Bird assured me that the quality of chess play was steadily improving, and that he himself played a far stronger game than he had done when he met Morphy twenty-five years before.
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