Hastings 1895/96 Crosstables and Final Round Reports

For the participants, this was a very exciting tournament, with Pillsbury, Chigorin, and Lasker all tied after the 17th round (R17) with 13.5. And the final four rounds saw each of them in the lead for at least one round (R18-Lasker, R19-Chigorin, R20,21-Pillsbury). Only Pillsbury would win three of the final four games. [ed- I…

Pillsbury’s Hastings Departure Interview (1895)

Here is an interview of Pillsbury by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle upon his departure for the famous Hastings 1895 tournament. It contains comments about his opponents, as well as reflections upon the constituency of the players. Interestingly, Albin went as one of the three US representatives selected for the tournament. I wonder if the <CG>…

Chess Titans in Wartime

Again, an important find while researching the wartime years of Hoogovens. Here is a heart-wrenching article by Hans Kmoch summarizing the devastation of the war on chess. It is an article from the Jan. 10, 1945 issue of the Dutch newspaper De waarheid (The Truth) (p3). http://kranten.delpher.nl/nl/view/index?query=kmoch+wijnans+%22van+den+hoek%22&coll=ddd&image=ddd%3A010851153%3Ampeg21%3Aa0060&page=1&maxperpage=10#image This is an important article, written within months…

A useful tip for game move entry and playback

The highlighter feature of Window 7’s Snipping Tool is useful when entering or playing back the moves of a game from a scanned newspaper article. The usual trouble is keeping track of what move you’re on, since you must take your eyes off the score as you enter the moves into another appliciation. That usually…

Hoogovens – The Early Years (1938-1946)

                    From the book “60 jaar Hoogovens Schaaktoernooi“ by Lex Jonsma and Alexander Muuninghoff – published in NIC Interchess BV in 1998: INLEIDING Sedert 1938 vindt te Beverwij ieder jaar een schaakcongres plaats, dat door de Hoogovenschaakclub wordt georganiseerd. Het eerste tournooi was bescheiden van inzet (de deelneming beperkte zich tot de streek Kennemerland) maar…

Chess players never get dates!

Well, that depends on what kind of date… Dating a tournament can be a difficult task at times, if one wants to know the exact dates (and times!) each game is played. In the modern era this isn’t so difficult, many times you can actually see the game live. That means you not only know…

Hoogovens Beverwijk 1938-1945

In the very beginning the “Blast Furnace Chess Tournament” was better known simply as the “New Years Chess Tournament” (Nieuwjaarstournooi  using the 1940’s Dutch spelling, or Nieuwjaarstoernooi using modern spelling). It started very simply, as a round robin between four players, with one round Saturday evening, then church Sunday morning, one round Sunday afternoon, a…