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The Prince of Mingrelia, Part III

batgirl
Sep 1, 2009, 9:32 PM 1

     A dozen or so years ago I was reading a little book by I.A. Horowitz [although sometimes credited to Francis J. Wellmuth, sometimes to both Horowitz and Wellmuth, sometimes to the Editors of Chess Review] called The Golden Treasury of Chess.  The book is a simple collection of brilliancies categorized by the different ages of chess. In the Romantic Era, Horowitz presented one perfectly lovely game from Prince Dadian of Mingrelia.  I was amazed, first that a prince had played high level chess and second that he was so tactically amazing. I was immediately enamored with Andrei Dadiani. With the help of a friend of mine, I eventually created a fairly large site dedicated to Prince Dadian.
     For a few weeks I've been exploring some old magazines for things I may have missed. That's what this posting's about.

Prince Andrei Dadian of Mingrelia
  Prince Andrei Dadiani of Mingrelia 

 

The Nordisk skaktidende was a Danish periodical founded (in 1873)  and edited by two strong Danish players, Oskar Theobald Malmqvist and Søren Anton Sørensen.  In the May, 1881 edition there appeared the following two games that had been conducted by Prince Dadian during the St. Petersburg amateur tournament in which he took first prize.

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See Martin Moller's Danish Chess History site for more information on 19th century Danish chess-players.

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