Visual Puzzle – Wiesbaden (1880) – A Glimpse of the Contestants

Visual Puzzle – Contestants at Wiesbaden (1880) From the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News September 25, 1880 issue is this lush illustration of many, if not all, of the contestants in the 2nd DSB Congress, Wiesbaden (1880) master’s tournament,: I’m pretty sure that Blackburne is seated left at the board, playing against L. Paulsen on the right, while…

Games from early Russia – 1

Two rare games from early Russian chess history, both involving figures who helped shape chess in St. Petersburg and beyond. First a game found in Shakhmatny Listok N57 p282/294 G-389 (Sep 1863) between Ignatz von Kolisch and Grigory Alexandrovich Kushelev-Bezborodko: Next, one between Viktor Mikhailov and Mr. N. Petrowski, each of whose credentials is contained in the…

BCM v12 (1892) – Letters from Russia – 3-5

  BCM v12 (1892) – Letters from Russia 3-5 by Ursus Major     (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) BCM v12 p157 Apr 1892 LETTERS FROM RUSSIA: III. The death on the 13/28th January of the Grand Duke Constantine, uncle to the Emperor, has deprived Russian chess of a staunch friend and supporter. He was…

BCM v12 (1892) – Letters from Russia – 2

BCM v12 N134 (Feb 1892) p63 – Letters from Russia – 2 –  Ursus Major          (See also Letters from Russia 1 and 3-5) LETTERS FROM RUSSIA: II. The Havana match is turning out a very stubborn contest for supremacy. Here everybody who knows anything of chess is watching it eagerly. The Novoé Vremya publishes…

BCM v12 (Jan 1878) – Letters from Russia – 1

BCM v12 (Jan 1892) p15 – Letters from Russia by Ursus Major        (See also Letters from Russia 2 and 3-5) We have pleasure in publishing, this month, the first of a series of “Letters from Russia,” and hope,if space permits, to continue them regularly throughout the present volume. They are from the pen of…

Photographs submitted to Chessgames 2

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anne_Haast_2011.jpg Andreas Kontokanis from Piraeus, Greece – Haast Anne Haast, Anne (§)  – submitted 2015-07-13     http://www.edinburghchessclub.co.uk/ecchist3.htm Spens, Walter Cook (§) – submitted 2015-07-13  (<CG> uses uncropped version)   https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Rados%C5%82aw_Wojtaszek_Warsaw_2013.jpg Radosław, Wojtaszek (§) – submitted 2015-07-17   http://ruchess.ru/en/news/report/mark_stolberg/ Stolberg, Mark Moiseevich – submitted 2015-07-17 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/90/Klaus_Junge.jpg Junge, Klaus – submitted 2015-07-27   Sci. Am. Suppl (Aug 11, 1877 p1342) Moore, Charles Caldwell –…

Blackburne in Havana (1891)

Working Notes (expect many updates)… February 1891 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 <- R1 Golmayo–Blackburne 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <- R2-5 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <- R6-9 March 1891 Su Mo Tu We…