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F J Wellmuth vs Sidney Johnston
Chicago (1902), ?
King's Gambit: Accepted. MacDonnell Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-04  kostich in time: Fred Wellmuth was a strong amateur from California who was one of the great connisseurs of chess. He was primarily famous for compiling The Golden Treasury of Chess, which Horowitz published in 1943.It is a charming, eccentric anthology by a true romantic, who could appreciate the moderns-and the hypermoderns. Unfortunatly, Horowitz published later editions under his own name and never gave any credit to poor Wellmuth.
Nov-16-04  SBC: I have a copy of The Golden Treasury of Chess. My copy is 1978.

It says it was originally copyrighted in 1943 by Horowitz and Harkness. If Wellmuth had anything to do with it, it's as you said. And, yes, it's a quite charming anthology.

It's dedicated to the memory of Harry Nelson Pillsbury.

For the record, Horowitz was born 11-15-07 and died 1-18-73. He was never the US champion, but he won or shared 3 first places in US Opens.

In 1932, he and Isaac Kashdan started the magazine, Chess Review. Horowitz edited it until 1969 when it merged with Chess Life. He was chess editor for the NY Times for 10 years and a prolific chess author.

Nov-17-04  kostich in time: Horowitz was a very strong player.I saw a 1943 edition in the University of Virginia Library. It had a photograph of Wellmuth in his World War One army uniform, aphotograph of Pillsbury,the dedication to pillsbury, an acrostic poem written in 1903 by Wellmuth about Pillsbury, and a charming short introduction by Marshall. Most of these accoutrements were missing from later editions. Horowitz broght out a slightly longer edition in 1955 that added a chapter called "Period of Russian Hegemony", but dropped almost all references to wellmuth, while retainingo his introductions to the various sections, and including a few of wellmuths games, including a loss to another strong amatuer, A Catholic priest. (Wellmuth was, apparently ,a teacher in a Catholic Hgh school or college in California. Finally, Horowitz brought a third,condensed version in 1967, which brought the story up to 1966 by including afew Tal and Fischer games,and leaving out a lot of the most charming material from the previous editions. Horowitz was a fine player..he was alos a self-promoting entrepreneur who sometimes took credit for others work. His two best books were co-authoed, and anthology of the best articles, games and problems from Chess Review called The Best In Chess,which he edited with Jack Straley Battell, and a charming miscellany called The personality of chess, which he edited with a problemist called P.L.Rothernberg. The later included the full, unexpurgated texts of Alekhines Nazi articles, which horowitz and Rothenberg included as an example of the thin line betwen genius and insanity. They are absolutely incredible. Alekhine was foaming at his mouth in incoheremt hatred for all things"American"and "jewish"
Nov-06-06  ismet: Move12- Ba3+ ?!
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  Phony Benoni: Now that you've enjoyed the game, find the much shorter forced mate that Wellmuth missed.
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  pawn to QB4: 10. e5+ mating by move 14?
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  Phony Benoni: <pawn to QB4> Right move, but it's actually mate on move 12.

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