The Match Lasker Avoided. Build Your Own Chess History Article!!

The Match Lasker Avoided. Build Your Own Chess History Article!!

simaginfan
simaginfan
Apr 1, 2018, 11:50 PM |
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What?? Yeah, O.K. I have decided to have a bit of fun, and hopefully be educational at the same time. In my last post it was all very serious wasn't it! I mentioned that there actually was a match that Lasker avoided, and that, in that instance, I was on his side. I was expecting some negative comments - that's all part of the job!! (Anyone posting on a site like this has to be prepared to be told what a muppet he/she is. It comes with the territory. Morphy. Fischer. There you go  - I just mentioned their names and started an argument!!)

So, rather than just put the stuff together as promised, I thought that I would present all the stuff that I had put in the little folder on my desktop, and let anyone who reads this put him/herself into my shoes, and ask themselves how they would put it all together, what opinions they would give - knowing that they might get criticised for them, etc. etc. 

To be kind and helpful I will add one insight comprising of two dates. Jan.8th 1893, and Jan. 11th 1893.

So off we go! In 'The London Chess Fortnightly Volume 1.: 1892-1893 Conducted by Emanuel Lasker' , you will find that Lasker set sail for Havana after his professional tour of the U.S.A. Bear in mind - in the interests of fairness ( you have to be scrupulously fair!) that there was no 'instant communication' in those days. Letters - those ancient things - took a lot longer to get from one continent to another than the average email. Here's the stuff that I had put together.

Firstly there is stuff to be found from the 'New York Clipper'.

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28/1/1893.

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and 11/2/1893.

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And then there is Steinitz's Column in the New York Daily Tribune.

Jan.8.1893.

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Jan.22.1893.

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Feb.5.1893.

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Feb.12.1893,

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There are also a load of other newspaper sources that you can qoute. The New York papers took a keen interest in events - both players passed through on their way to Havana.

The Brooklyn Daily Standard Union.

Jan.7.1893.

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And a week later - Jan.14th.

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And The Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Jan.19th.1893.

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The Philedelphia Enquirer also has some stuff, on Feb 13th and 8th for example. They say that 'Lasker refused, pleading weak health and fatigue', and 'Amateur players here [Havana - Simaginfan]  much disgusted at the refusal of Lasker'. There is loads of stuff that you can dig out!

 And then you have the  stuff from the London Chess Fortnightly - which ended up not coming out fortnightly! Obviously there is a delay in those things being published.

pages 118-119. March 14th.

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Page 122. April 14th.

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And page 127 in the same issue.

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Given some earlier interest in Lasker as a mathematician, you can decide how to use the relevant stuff on that page!

O.K. my article writing friend. You have a goodly bagful of primary source material! How much do you use? How do you present it? Do you give your own opinions and conclusions, or leave me, your reader, to think for myself? Do you make any note of the fact that Lasker's formal games with Golmayo and Vasquez are normally described as 'matches' in works on history?

The records of the two players whilst in Havana are available - are you going to include them?

What about a bit of 'colour'? Some photos perhaps!?

The two players at Nuremburg three years later might be good.

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A dapper Lasker - far left - and Walbrodt - looking tiny next to Pillsbury - 2nd from right.

Or Walbrodt as he was in 1893, from Deutsches Wochenschach perhaps!?

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Or the portrait from Hastings 1895!?

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How about some games? As I say, there are a lot available in book sources - do you take the time to create pgn files for them, or just grab a few like the following off the internet?


Do you add some notes to the games!? Contemporary - your own - a combination of the two!?
The choices are all there - waiting to be made, and don't forget to check for typos!
I look forward to reading the finished article