|Jan-14-03|| ||Kenneth Sterling: I was never much impressed by Fathers and Sons. I did admire A Nest of Gentlefolk. |
|Aug-14-03|| ||Honza Cervenka: I have found another game played by this famous writer and quite strong chess player. In 1861 he beat a master Maczuski.|
[White "Ladislas Maczuski"]
[Black "Ivan Turgenyev"]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Nf6 8.Qc2 Bd7 9.e4 dxe4 10.fxe4 cxd4 11.cxd4 Qh5 12.Nf3 Qg6 13.Bd3 Qxg2 14.Rf1 Nc6 15.0-0-0 Ng4 16.Rde1 h6 17.d5 Nce5 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Rg1 Qf3 20.Re3 Qf6 21.Bc3 Nxd3+ 22.Qxd3 Qe7 23.Bxg7 Rg8 24.Reg3 0-0-0 25.Qe3 b6 26.Qxh6 Qc5 27.Bd4 Qxc4+ 28.Rc3 Rxg1+ 29.Kd2 Qxc3+ 30.Kxc3 Rg4 31.Qh5 Rf4 32.Qe5 Rf3+ 33.Kb2 Rg8 34.Bc3 Ba4 35.Qd4 Rg2+ 36.Bd2 Bd7 37.h4 Rff2 38.Kc3 Rxd2 39.Qh8+ Kb7 40.h5 exd5 41.exd5 Bf5 42.h6 Rxd5 43.Qf6 Rc2+ 44.Kb4 a5+ 45.Ka4 Rc7 46.Kb3 Rb5+ 47.Ka4 Bd7 0-1
|Aug-15-03|| ||Kenneth Sterling: He was a very precise writer. |
|Jan-18-07|| ||vonKrolock: Two lively scenes whith chess in T.s story "Unhappy Girl" (in Russian 'Nestchastnaya'), published in 1868. English translation (before 1899) by C. Garnett - In Chapter II: <" FROM my earliest years I had been fond of chess; I had no idea of the science of the game, but I didn't play badly. One day in a caf6, I was the spectator of a prolonged contest at chess, between two players, of whom one, a fair-haired young man of about five-and-twenty, struck me as playing well. The game ended in his favour; I offered to play a match with him. lie agreed. . . . and in the course of an hour, beat me easily, three times running.
"You have a natural gift for the game," he pronounced in a courteous tone, noticing probably that my vanity was suffering; "but you don't know the openings. You ought to study a chess-book----Allgacir or Petrov."
"Do you think so? But where can I get such a book?"
"Come to me; I will give you one."
He gave me his name, and told me where he was living. Next day I went to see him, and a week later we were almost inseparable."> in which the protagonist meets his best friend. The next scene, involving the heroine, who tells herself: <"Can you play chess or draughts?" he asked me one day.
"I can play chess a little," I answered.
"That's good. Tell them to bring a chess-board and push up the table."
I sat down beside the sofa, my heart was throbbing, I did not dare glance at Michel. . . . Yet from the window, across the room, how freely I had gazed at him!
I began to set the chessmen . . . My fingers shook.
"I suggested it . . . not for the game," . . . Michel said in an undertone, also setting the pieces, "but to have you nearer me."
I made no answer, but, without asking which should begin, moved a pawn . . . Michel did not move in reply . . . I looked at him. His head was stretched a little forward; pale all over, with imploring eyes he signed towards my hand . . .
Whether I understood him . . . I don't remember, but something instantaneously whirled into my head. . . . Hesitating, scarcely breathing, I took up the knight and moved it right across the board. Michel bent down swiftly, and catching my fingers with his lips, and pressing them against the board, he began noiselessly and passionately kissing them. . . . I had no power, I had no wish to draw them back; with my other hand I hid my face, and tears, as I remember now, cold but blissful . . . oh, what blissful tears! . . . dropped one by one on the table. Ah, I knew, with my whole heart I felt at that moment, all that he was who held my hand in his power! I knew that he was not a boy, carried away by a momentary impulse, not a Don Juan, not a military Lovelace, but one of the noblest, the best of men . . . and he loved me!
"Oh, my Susanna!" I heard Michel whisper, "I will never make you shed other tears than these." ">
|Jan-19-07|| ||vonKrolock: There's also in a theatre play: "Nakhlebnik" (also a 'lesser known' work so far - still lacking the Russian on-line text) - chess appears http://www.alanbates.com/abarchive/... or http://www.theatermania.com/content...|
|May-11-07|| ||pier daniele: Amazing. I never suspected that Tugenev was a chess player --- and a good one!|
|Jan-12-10|| ||vonKrolock: A documentary <"Here Lived Turgenev">, - quote <'It was in Spasskoye-Lutovinovo that Turgenev wrote most of his works, in which descriptions of the Spasskoye House and park take up many pages. Life in the neighbouring estates is also mirrored in his works.'> |
His Chess corner, near a stately window, with a table and a pair of stylish armchairs, appears in the first minute of the second of two parts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W01j...
|Jul-28-15|| ||zanzibar: From a ChessBase article on Baden-Baden (1870):
<Ignaz Kolisch acted as secretary of the organizing committee, whose president Prince Stourdza and its vice-president were the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. The appointment of Turgenev was more than just a publicity stunt, because born 1813 writer played passionately and good chess. "During his stay in Paris, he was a regular at the famous Café de la Régence 1862 he reached with the French Champion Jules Arnous de Rivière second place in a tournament organized by the owner of the café for the sixty strongest players among the regular guests of the restaurant. In his library [...] There are many chess books and chess magazines, which provided with his asides, variants and trains are. [...] He was personally acquainted with chess greats like Paul Charles Morphy, Adolf Anderssen, Johann Jacob Lowenthal, Wilhelm Steinitz, Daniel Harrwitz, Ignatz Kolisch and Joseph Henry Blackburne. " (Beat Rüegsegger, personalities and the game of chess , 2000, p.105).>
http://de.chessbase.com/post/schach... (in German)
|Nov-09-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Ivan Turgenev.|
|Nov-09-16|| ||ZonszeinP: Happy birthday|
|Sep-08-18|| ||vonKrolock: https://youtu.be/VaEWX4n92lU
<His Chess corner, near a stately window, with a table and a pair of stylish armchairs.>
New link to that documentary, now complete in a single video, here the Chess table appears from 9:06. <"Here he played, among others: Polonsky, Fet" ... "Friends used to joke, saying that Turgenev was the best Chess player amongst the literates, and the best literate amongst the Chess players.">