Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

Another Dip Into The Chess Lucky Bag.

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Afternoon everyone. Day off today, so something quick while I have a couple of hours.

Some of you may remember this offering -  Well, the latest volume - number 23 - of Vlastimil Fialla's 'Quarterly For Chess History' was waiting for me when I got home a few  days ago.

So let's put my battered ex-boxer fingers in there and see what I pulled out first!

Some Lasker - some of you will know that I am regarded as knowledgeable when it comes to that legendary figure, but there is still a mass of material that I have to discover. always a joy for me to find something new.

So, Fialla's latest discoveries on him. Firstly he gives a nice article from the 'St. James's Budget, Sept 21, 1894. Something for those who have the theory that Lasker ran away from his rivals.

And moving on 30 years to a simultaneous exhibition he gave in Boston, on May 17th, 1924, he quotes the Boston Evening Transcript of May 20th - a wonderful piece of research!!

( Apologies for the formatting issue here. Can't get it to work.)

The Two Laskers. A drawing based on the photo of the two at the new York 1924 tournament via pintrest.

The game given is against the champion of the Boston club - I have known it for over 40 years, but White's 23rd move still makes me jump!!

One of Fialla's feature articles  ( the others are on Early Fred Yates and 'Bogoljubov: Denazification') is about something that i have been interested in for many, many years - the curious match/matches between Staunton and Daniel Harrwitz in 1846. I first saw the games back when i was 18 years old, and had saved up what I could earn for weeks to buy the Oxford Encyclopedia Of Chessgames. It was rather confusing not knowing the details!! 

Basically, the two played a match in three parts, up to seven decisive games in each. One at evens, one with Staunton giving pawn and move odds, and one at pawn and two move odds. ( At the end, Fialla says that next time he will present a project that I have always intended to get round to writing on - the Staunton - Harrwitz match that didn't happen, which he describes as the first 'chess ink war'. I may come back to that one!)

So, a quick look.

First a wonderful picture. Anderssen, Dubois and Harrwitz taken at the London 1862 tournament.

A few bits and pieces, and a couple of game from the match.

Chess Players Chronicle 1846. pages 347-348

Staunton was a great expert in the odds of 'Pawn and Two'. In relation to the match in hand he says this, in Chess Players Chronicle, page 346.

Staunton - Horwitz match - also 1846.

He did lose at those odds - this one has a curious 'double blunder' near the end.

And a fascinating game from the encounters without odds.

A great picture of the young Harrwitz.
Harrwitz. ChessScotland - no source given.

That's it for today - thanks for coming along for the ride. Take care everyone.