Chess in High Places

batgirl
batgirl
Apr 2, 2010, 1:15 PM |
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 While purusing the 1921 issues of the American Chess Bulletin, I found this unusual article:

 


By courtesy of the Good Companion "Folder."

WITH CHESSBOARD ON THE EIFFEL TOWER.
Speaking of chess in high places, here is Monsieur Eduard Pape of Paris, vice president of the International Good Companion Chess Problem Club, who was more thoughtful of posterity than our good friends of Mount Whitney. He sits astride steel girders in the upper reaches of the famous Eiffel Tower, 800 feet from the ground, a mere pigmy alongside of the cloud-piercing heights we are so proud of, but quite high enough, thank you, to make the man of average nerve too dizzy to give thought to chess, much less to look pleasant and unconcerned. The perch of our French enthusiast is as high up as one can get in Paris, except by airplane, and, with his faithful chessboard as companion, ever alert to the needs of that universal club, which had its start in far-off Philadelphia, works on a two-move problem for the delight of solvers maybe yet unborn. "It is interesting to note," writes James F. Magee Jr., secretary of the Good Companions, "that about three or four squares to the left of the Trocadero, which is seen in the background of the picture.was situated the house and gardens on the Seine (in Passy), where Benjamin Franklin lived for nine years (1776-1785), while representing the American Colonies at the Court of France. Here he entertained John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, General Lafayette and Paul Jones. Last year, Ambulance Driver E. G. Miles of Princeton was billeted in a part of the original Franklin home."