|Jul-16-03|| ||chessgames.com: Anybody know more about this player? |
|Jul-17-03|| ||Honza Cervenka: It is Adolph Jay Fink.
|Jul-17-03|| ||chessgames.com: Thanks Honza, we added a few games from that page, along with Fink's notes. |
|May-05-05|| ||allanon880: Who is this guy?|
|May-05-05|| ||Sneaky: It is Adolph Jay Fink!|
|Jul-19-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Adolf Jay Fink|
FINK, Adolf Jay
|Jul-19-06|| ||blingice: Hello, <technicaldraw>. :)|
|Aug-17-07|| ||whiteshark: Here is another picture, when he was younger...http://www.neodertaucher.de/Problem...|
|Aug-17-07|| ||whiteshark: This is a hard nut to crack
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<white to move mates in two>
Adolph J. Fink & Ua Tane, 1920
|Aug-18-07|| ||vonKrolock: "Good Companion Folder", July 1920. Brian Harley: <"The two composers, living as far as San Francisco and Tahiti, had a curious simultaneous experience, one dreaming the position and the other the key; Ua Tane ("Mr." Ua, the name given by the natives to James F. Stimson) believes there was thought-transference at work, due to the operations of a friend, an amateur medium, who was shown the idea of the problem"> The two-mover, and this supernatural background, are discussed in Edward Winter's "Chess Note" number 4339 on-line here (includes a Ua/Stimson photo - who have not a cg.com page) http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Aug-18-07|| ||whiteshark: Great finding <vonKrolock> !!|
About the evolution of the problem :
<The amazing part of the story is that Ua Tane believes the problem to be of supernatural origin. He had made several seven self-blockers, and thought eight might be possible. So he wrote Fink, suggusting the idea, and later gave the idea to another friend, who was an amateur medium. On the night he gave the idea to his friend, Fink dreamt the position of No. 48D> [i.e. above problem], <but without an orthodox key. When this imperfect version reached Ua Tane, he studied it carefully and the next night the key came to him, also in a dream. Neither composer had ever the experience of composing in sleep before, and at least Ua Tane is convinced that the inspiration was received by both composers through the agency of the medium. What ever the reader may think in the matter, the problem itself is proof that someone was "inspired".>
(part from the scan on Edward Winter's page)
|Aug-18-07|| ||whiteshark: Solution: After <1.Rc8> black is in zugzwang.|
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Now each of the 19 legal moves will be answered by a mate:
|Aug-18-07|| ||Calli: Found another Fink game among my files:
Its Abraham Kupchik, of course.
|Apr-23-08|| ||Petrosianic: I dunno, are you sure this isn't a stage name? A guy named Adolph FINK in 1946 sounds like if it was his real name, he'd be the butt of a lot of jokes.|
|May-07-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
"Out of the past in California chess"
A.J. Fink was an end-game expert, as most problemists are. He served as adjudication expert for all tournaments and team matches for many years. "Send it to Fink" was the way to settle the argument - whether in Sacramento or Eureka or San Francisco. He never required payment and, as far as we know, never made a mistake in his decisions.
http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/... (by Guthrie McClain
|May-07-09|| ||vonKrolock: <myschkin> Yes, he could not miss in a collection of 'chess games by composers' - Thank You :)|
|May-07-09|| ||myschkin: you're welkrome ;)|
|Sep-22-13|| ||DoctorD: From the January 05, 1957 issue of Chess Life:
"Death came on December 15th at San Francisco to Adolf J. Fink, noted both as problem composer and master player. Born in 1890, Fink published his first problem composition in 1908. This was followed in ensuing years by over 1000 other problems for which he was awarded approximately 100 prizes. In the years between 1908 and 1922 he had published more than 300 problems and been accorded some 40 prize awards.
He was not less noted as a player, being one of the top men in the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco until a recent illness (cerebral hemorrhage about three years ago) curtailed his activity. It was in 1922 that he first won recognition as a master in the Chicago Master's Tournament which included Marshall, Torre, and Kashdan. In recent years his ability was recognized by the Federation in nominating him a Master Emeritus. Many will lament his passing, for he was one of the few remaining links the present held to a glorious past epoch of American chess."
|Jul-19-15|| ||wrap99: Again, I mention playing in 1976 at the Mechanics' Institute -- just 19 years after Fink might have been there and plenty of older players remembering him. What a nice place the MI is -- I hope it lasts forever.|
|Jan-11-16|| ||MissScarlett: There's only one AJ Fink....|
|Jul-19-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, A.J. Fink.|