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|Jun-15-11|| ||BobCrisp: If you have <Winter>'s ear, could you do us a favour and ask him about the provenance of the game Russher vs Walcicer, 1942?|
|Jun-22-11|| ||GrahamClayton: What opening would the Copenhagen Chess Club play as White in a correspondence match? The Danish Gambit of course!|
[White "Copenhagen Chess Club"]
[Black "City of London Chess Club"]
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. c4 cxb2 5. xb2 h6 6. c3 b6 7. f3 b7 8. c2 a6 9. O-O-O c5 10. d5 e6 11. e5 d6 12. f4 xe5 13. xe5 O-O 14. b2 xd5 15. xd5 c8 16. f5 c6 17. c4 g5+ 18. b1 c5 19. g4
xg4 20. hg1 fe8 21. e5 h6 22. f6 gxf6 23. h3 f5 24. df1 e4 25. xg4 fxg4 26. xf7+ f8 27. xe4 e7 28. e6 b5 29. exd7+ xd7 30. d1+ c7 31. xe8 1-0
Source: Western Mail, 3 October 1908, page 53
|Jun-27-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is an Australian correspondence tournament that I was totally unaware of, organised by the Correspondence Chess League of Australia:|
1942/43 Queensland Country Correspondence Championship:
AJ Ordgaard (Mackay) 6.5/8
FR Noon (Emu Park) 6/8
T Simpson (Wallumbilla) 6/8
T Helander (Ayr) 5.5/8
DJ Scheurle (Greenmount) 4.5/8
CP Sapsford (Allora) 4/8
T Beech (Nambour) 3/8
M Norton (Goombingee) 1/8
F Shannon (Crow’s Nest) 0/8
Source: Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, 9 April 1943, page 7
Did the CCLA organise any other Queensland Country CC championships, or other similar tournaments for regional players in other Australian states?
|Jun-30-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Knight underpromotions are rare, and checkmating by a knight promotion is even rarer:|
[Black "Uedemann, Louis"]
1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.b5 a6 4.a4 b5 5.b3 b7 6.0-0 e7 7.d3 f6 8.c3 0-0 9.e2 d6 10.e3 g4 11.h3 xe3 12.fxe3 a5 13.g3 xb3 14.axb3 h8 15.f5 f6 16.e1 g6 17.g3 g7 18.f2 f5 19.exf5 gxf5 20.h5 h6 21.ae1 f7 22.h4 g5 23.g4 g8 24.h2 fxg4 25.xf7 g3+ 26.g1 xe3+ 27.xe3 xe3+ 28.f2 gxf2+ 29.h2 f4+ 30.xf4 f1=#
Source: Sunday Times 9 October 1921, page 7
|Jul-01-11|| ||target4Q2011: found some interesting stuff here @<graham>, keep 'em coming |
|Aug-03-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Conditions.
1. The laws of chess as adopted by the British Chess Federation shall apply to correspondence play except when inapplicable.
2. The first move shall be sent on the day appointed for the commencement of all games, and each subsequent move shall be posted within 72 hours (Sundays not included) of the time of delivery at the address of the recipient.
3. Moves shall be properly dated by the sender in each case.
4. Each player can once in a game claim a week's cessation of play, but in this case written notice of such claim shall be sent to the other player within the 72 hours.
5. If a player exceeds the time limit his opponent must notify the Chess Editor and the defaulting player of the fact, and on a repetition of the offence must claim the game. If after receipt of a notice under this rule the defaulting player does not send his move within 48 hours he shall forfeit the game.
6. A move once sent cannot be recalled.
7. If a player receives an illegal move he must call upon his opponent to send a legal move of the piece or pawn named, or, if no such legal move be possible, to move his king; if this be illegal then no penalty can be exacted, and another move must be made. If his second move be illegal he shall forfeit the game.
8. If a player receives a move which is capable of more than one legal interpretation he must on the first occasion require the other player to amend the record, so that it is capable of only one legal interpretation, the time limit operating from the receipt of the requirement for the player who made the move, and from receipt of the amendment by the other player. On subsequent occasions, the receiving player may select which interpretation he pleases, and the other player must abide by such selection, of which he shall be informed.
9. The record of a move which involves a capture shall expressly mention such capture, or the record shall be treated as an illegal move.
10. Conditional continuations of moves and replies may be sent by either player, but such continuations are binding only so far as they are accepted and replied to by the receiver.
11. Each player shall send a record of the last move received when sending his reply, and if this be omitted his opponent shall forthwith require such record to be sent and shall not reply till it is received, the time limit operating from the time of such receipt as for an original move.
12. No player shall request or accept any extraneous assistance or ad- vice, but may consult any books or works on chess.
13. Each player shall play two games with his opponent, having the White pieces in one and Black in the other, the player to make the first move being notified by the Chess Editor at the beginning of each round.
14. A record of all games to be kept, such record to be signed by both parties and sent to the Chess Editor on completion of both games. Bach player shall send signed copies of games. The right of publication of all games is reserved to "The Sunday Times."
15. All disputes shall be referred to the Chess Editor, whose decision and interpretation of any rule or law shall be final.
|Aug-03-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Prior to the formation of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia in 1929, correspondence tournaments were often organised through newspapers in the various capital cities that featured chess columns.|
Here are the details of one such tournament, organised by the "Sunday Mail" newspaper of Perth, Western Australia in 1915. The article is dated Sunday 25 July 1915, page 13S
"THE SUNDAY TIMES' CORRESPONDENCE TOURNEY.
We are pleased to announce this week full conditions and draw for first round in our correspondence tourney. Thirty entries have been received, and have been divided into two classes, as under. Each player will be notified by letter the full name and address of his opponent, and will be supplied with forms for despatch of moves. If a player be notified that it is his turn to move first he shall forthwith send such move; if his opponent moves first he shall await receipt of his first move. Subsequent moves are to be made in accordance with the rules below.
We are pleased to announce a prize of a Staunton set of chessmen and board as first prize in each section, with chess books to the value of half a guinea or more as second prizes. In addition, a prize will be given for the best Gambit game by White, and also for the most brilliant game by the Black pieces. Players who wish to enter for the latter prizes should expressly say so when forwarding in their games.
The first move shall be despatched by the players whose names are starred not later than Saturday, August 7:
*L Younkman, Kalgoorlie, v. J. Hilton, Perth.
*F. G. Snowball, Perth, v. E. H. Watson, Claremont.
*A. Thomas, Perth, v. E. A. Coleman, Claremont.
*C. H. Fletcher, Perth, v. R. Fordham, Perth.
*M. L. Ashe, Kojonup, v. S. M. Darragh , Leederville.
*J. Sayers, Perth , v. H. M. Ashe, Leederville.
*M. Marks, Perth, v. H. E. Neild, Fremantle.
*T. A. Wilkes, Kunnonoppin, v. T. E. Gibbins, West Yuna.
*R, H. Lefley, via Beverley, v. H. Bailey, Nungarin.
*G. F. Nolan.. Jarrahdale, v. G. A. Orwin, Albany.
*E. V. Smith, Bullock Hills, v. J. P. Clairs, York.
*C. E. Hammond, York, v. W. J. Kelly, Bullock Hills.
* J. Hatton, Jarnadup, v. O. F. P. Hankin, Kunnunoppin.
*E. S. Thompson, Kunnunoppin, v. J. N. Lynch, Fremantle.
*A. G. Ramsay, Dindiloa, v. J. Holding, Katanning.
|Aug-03-11|| ||GrahamClayton: An interesting article from the chess column of the Western Mail (Perth, Australia), dated Friday 27 November 1914, giving details of what happened to the Russian players after the Mannheim tournament was abandoned due to the outbreak of World War 1:|
"Alechin in London. This distinguished Russian master passed through London at the end of last week on his way back to Petrograd via Stockholm and Finland. Ho gave some further particulars of what happened to the Russian players after the
break up of the Mannheim Congress. As already stated, the last round was the eleventh, played on Saturday, August 1, and the committee then announced that in consequence of the outbreak of war the congress was at an end. They promised to pay the competitors their prizes pro rata according to the actual state of the score on the following Monday, but the next day, Sunday, the Russians were arrested and imprisoned. While in prison they were brutally ill-treated by the German soldiers, who from sheer savagery assaulted them with the butt ends of their rifles. They were given no water to wash in, and scarcely any food that was fit to eat. At the end of a fortnight they were relieved and allowed to go to Baden Baden, where they were detained under surveillance, and whence Alechin, having had a pass given to him by a friend, escaped at the risk of his life. The Russians still at Baden-Baden are Sabouroff (president of the All Russia Chess Association), Maljutin (president of the Petrograd Chess Society), Bogoliuboff, Flam berg, Sielexieff, Wainstein, Koppellmann, Rabinowitsch, and Romanowski. The explanation of the effusive hospitality shown by the Germans towards their guests is doubt-less the "Kultur" of which of late we have heard so much."
|Aug-17-11|| ||GrahamClayton: There were several chess players who lost their lives during World War II, with Klaus Junge probably being the most famous. Here is an article on a former Lithuanian champion who was executed by a Soviet firing squad:|
|Aug-17-11|| ||wordfunph: <GrahamClayton> i may add Vera Menchik --- the first women's world chess champion.|
|Aug-26-11|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: Hi Graham
just thought I'd drop a line thanking you for the many interesting snippets of information you find on the net, etc!
|Aug-26-11|| ||GrahamClayton: HI everyone,
Thank you for kind words regarding the material that I have presented on my forum. I really appreciate it.
I have just purchased Amatzia Avni's book "Devious Chess", and have really enjoyed playing through the games featured in it. Here is a games collection I have created of those games:
Game Collection: Devious chess
|Oct-05-11|| ||donrag: To GrahamClayton,
My father was John V. Ragan and I just found out today that he was elected to the Missouri Chess Hall of Fame. I wanted to thank you for posting in another section that he had won the Missouri State Championship a record 12 times as I did not realize that it was indeed a record. Upon his death in 1991 he was also the youngest man to ever win the Missouri State title in 1948 at the age of 17 after only knowing how to play chess for one year.
Again thank you for your post.
|Oct-25-11|| ||GrahamClayton: I have just had a look at some of the photos of the "Chess Train" that travelled through Europe with a blitz tournament being played on the train.|
What a nice way to travel and play chess!
|Nov-03-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Former world champion Alexander Alekhine has lent his name to a New York death metal band called "Alekhine's Gun".|
Here is a video clip of them playing a song with a chess theme title:
Are there many other songs that have chess themed titles?
Australian band Dragon released a song called "The Dreaded Maroczy Bind". Are there any others?
|Nov-16-11|| ||GrahamClayton: I stumbled across the following excellent page, which has photos of all of the teams that took part in the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad:|
|Nov-28-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is another example of a rare underpromotion during a game:|
[Event "Idaho State Championship"]
[White "Dick Vandenburg"]
[Black "William F Taber"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. c3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. g3 cxd4 6. xd4 f6 7. g5 c6 8. d1 d4 9. xf6 xf6 10. d5 e5 11. g2 e6 12. f4 b4+ 13. f1 O-O 14. d3 b5 15. f4 fe8 16. f3 ad8 17. a3 a5 18. b4 b6 19. f2 e7 20. a4 d7 21. a5 c7 22. c5 b5 23. xe6 fxe6 24. g5 f5 25. b3 d6 26. hc1 d8 27. c5 d7 28. xf5 f6 29. e4 d3 30. xd6 xa1 31. xe8 d2 32. d5 d4+ 33. e3 exd5 34. xd5
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34...d1=+ 35. xd1 xd5 36. xd4 a2+ 37. f3 e6 38. xg7#
Source: Idaho Chess Quarterly, April 1957, page 9.
|Nov-28-11|| ||OhioChessFan: The under promotion was a bit of a spite check, I think. The e8 Knight reminds me of the infamous game where Kramnik got mated by an engine.|
|Dec-02-11|| ||GrahamClayton: An interesting article from today's Sydney Morning Herald:|
|Dec-03-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Graham> shocking story about those two champs in the making- is that school principal the Grinch?|
Just dropped by to thank you for linking that invaluable website with all those team photos of one of the most historically momentous of Chess Olympiads, the fabled/notorious <Buenos Aires 1939> event.
|Dec-03-11|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Oh almost forgot, I'd been meaning to drop by earlier to thank you for your <Mad Aussie Trivia> collection. I'd post the URL but I'm not sure if you are meant to be INCOGNITO here.|
|Dec-18-11|| ||GrahamClayton: <jessicafischerqueen>Oh almost forgot, I'd been meaning to drop by earlier to thank you for your <Mad Aussie Trivia> collection. I'd post the URL but I'm not sure if you are meant to be INCOGNITO here.|
I am not incognito here, so this is the URL:
|Dec-18-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is some interesting information about Lessing J Rosenwald, who was the patron for the Rosenwald tournaments that were held in New York in the 1950's:|
Rosenwald was also one of the founding members of the American Chess Foundation in 1955.
|Dec-26-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Call me a masochist, but I have started to upload into the database game scores from the Idaho Chess Bulletin, which ran from 1957 to early 1966. Hopefully the following players already in the database will have some games added in the next couple of weeks:|
|Dec-26-11|| ||TheFocus: <Graham> You do great work. A big salute to you.|
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