Old School Puzzles #1
The Chess Review © January 1933

Old School Puzzles #1

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It is always fun to dig out those old Magazines. In 1933, Isaac Kashdan, in partnership with Al Horowitz, founded Chess Review, a magazine that was purchased by the United States Chess Federation in 1969. The following Puzzle, borrowed from the "Grand Rapids Herald" appeared on the first cover in January 1933:

Isaac Kashdan (19 November 1905 in New York City – 20 February 1985 in Los Angeles) was an American chess grandmaster and chess writer. He was twice U.S. Open champion (1938, 1947). He played five times for the United States in chess Olympiads, winning a total of nine medals, and his Olympiad record is the all-time best among American players.


Kashdan was often called 'der Kleine Capablanca' (German for "The little Capablanca") in Europe because of his ability to extract victories from seemingly even positions. Alexander Alekhine named him one of the most likely players to succeed him as World Champion. Kashdan could not, however, engage seriously in a chess career for financial reasons; his peak chess years coincided with the Great Depression. He resorted to earning a living as an insurance agent and administrator in order to support his family.