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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 8, 2018

    What would you do?

    You are preparing a sale catalogue for a collection of chess books and you have a nice item with an unreadable (to you) signature. What would you do?

    The listing:

    34A Dombrovskis (A.): Saha Kompozicija Padomju Latvija. Riga 1961. 1st Edn. Red hardback boards, VG. 158pp., 441 problems. Possibly signed by author on endpaper. £12.00

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 6, 2018

    Drinkable Chess Prizes

    From ChessBase:

    “The fourth edition of the Wine Open took place in Hourtin, near Bordeaux. The traditional prizes in this unique event are bottle of wines delivered according to the winners' weight. 15-year-old Antoine Bournel took first place and took home 51 bottles after the weigh-in was made.”

    Evi Zickelbein at:

    https://en.chessbase.com/post/wine-open-2018

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    The Shanghai Chess Club has a monthly prize of Whisky for Chess:

    “Every Thursday earn points to win a bottle of Single Malt, Glenfiddich 12 Years.

    Each month, the player with the highest points gets the bottle.

    Rules: Rapid chess (FIDE Rules) 3 pts for a win. 1 pt for a draw. Play 1 person maximum 3 times in one night. The bar has to stamp a card to show your points. If you lose the card, you've lost your points. New cards issued each month.”


    http://shanghaichess.com/History/shc...-%20Events.htm

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    See also:

    Quote #274

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...-quotes/page19
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Monday, 6th August, 2018, 03:15 PM.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    August 3, 2018

    Another Tough Simultaneous!

    In an earlier posting, #467 in Great Chess Quotes, there was a description of a tough Spassky simultaneous. This one is worse!

    From Olimpiu G. Urcan:

    Wade against Pioneers

    In a chess column on page 40 of the August 1956 issue of U.S.S.R., Alexander Kotov wrote the following in regard to Robert Wade's famous 1951 simultaneous exhibition in Moscow:

    The increasing number of gifted young people coming to the fore every year is conducive to the development of chess as a sport. "But don't give simultaneous exhibitions with Young Pioneers," half in jest and half seriously Euwe warned his colleagues going to Moscow.

    That there are good grounds for such a warning was learned especially well by the British Master R. Wade when he established a peculiar "world record" in Moscow in 1951. Giving a simultaneous exhibition on 30 boards against school children at the Moscow House of the Young Pioneer, Wade lost 20, drew 10 and thus failed to win a single game. Wade, however, demonstrated true stoicism after this incident.

    "I think," said the witty Englishman, "that had any of the Young Pioneers played against 30 Wades, his result would have been no worse."

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  • Wayne Komer
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    July 23, 2018

    Biel 2018 has started and Magnus Carlsen’'s first round opponent was David Navara (as black). It was a long, complicated game eliciting these two comments from the English Chess Forum:

    Matt Mackenzie:

    Carlsen has an ending that "looks" good but which the computer thinks will be difficult to actually convert


    David Robertson replies:

    Pfft! Computer, he kno’ nuttin'. Carlsen converted without breaking into a trot. He is ridiculously good


    https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic...217606#p217606

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  • Wayne Komer
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    July 22, 2018

    A Tough Simultaneous!

    From CHESS magazine and Olimpiu G. Urcan:

    On January 20, 1979, Boris Spassky, Evgeny Vasiukov and Alexander Kochyev gave three different 30-board simultaneous exhibitions on the same day, an event organized at the prize-giving of the 1979 London Junior Congress sponsored by the Evening Standard.

    Vasiukov scored + 20 = 10, Kochyev scored + 19 = 8 - 3 and Spassky took seven hours to score + 13 = 12 - 5.

    The February 1979 issue of CHESS offered a detailed report on Spassky's exhibition:

    The former world champion said afterwards: "This was the toughest ever simultaneous. Until today I've never lost more than four games in an exhibition in my life. Many of these youngsters would be candidate masters in Russia. I wouldn't take them on again for double the money."

    Spassky drank only fresh orange juice and took periodic time-outs, a novelty in exhibition play. Three times he waved his hands to indicate 10-minute breaks, left the room and returned to sit in a chair and ponder his position against Nigel Short shown on a display board.

    The same report also gave the scores of Spassky's games against Nigel Short, Julian Hodgson and Neil Dickenson. One other game from this exhibition, a loss to 19-year-old Glenn Flear, third from left in the photograph given herewith, was printed on page 5 of the February 24 issue of the Birmingham Post, in a column by Peter Gibbs.

    From chessgames.com:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess...=&eco=&result=

    30-board simul
    London, ENG
    January 20, 1979
    Spassky, Boris – Hodgson, Julian
    B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen variation

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Ne2 e6 8.c3 Rg8 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.O-O Bd6 11.Qf3 Nd7 12.Bf4 Qc7 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Ne4 Bxe4 15.Qxe4 O-O-O 16.Rfe1 f5 17.Qf3 Rg6 18.Bf1 Nf6 19.Rad1 Rdg8 20.c4 Ng4 21.g3 f4 22.Re4 Rf6 0-1

    Spassky, Boris – Dickenson, Neil
    C01 French Defense, Winawer, Delayed Exchange Variation

    1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Ne2 Nge7 7.O-O Bf5 8.Bf4 O-O 9.a3 Bd6 10.Qd2 Bxf4 11.Nxf4 Nxd4 12.Rfe1 c6 13.Re5 Qd6 14.Rae1 Rae8 15.Bxf5 Ndxf5 16.Ncxd5 cxd5 17.Nxd5 Qd8 18.Qe2 Nd4 19.Qe4 Ne6 20.Nxe7+ Rxe7 21.f4 Nc5 0-1

    Spassky, Boris – Short, Nigel
    C19 French, Winawer, Advance, Smyslov variation

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.a4 Nbc6 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Qd2 f6 10.Bb5 Bd7 11.Ba3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qxd2+ 13.Kxd2 Na5 14.Rhb1 Ng6 15.Bb4 Bxb5 16.Bxa5 Ba6 17.Bb4 Rc8 18.Ra3 Kd7 19.Re3 Rc4 20.c3 Rc6 21.g3 Bc4 22.a5 b6 1/2-1/2

    Spassky, Boris – Flear, Glenn
    D44 QGD, Semi-Slav, anti-Meran, Alatortsev System

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 Nd5 10.Nxf7 Qxh4 11.Nxh8 Bb4 12.Rc1 Qe4+ 13.Be2 Nf4 14.f3 Qh7 15.O-O Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qxh8 17.Qd2 Qf8 18.g3 Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 Na6 20.f4 Qf7 21.g4 Bb7 22.f5 O-O-O 23.fxe6 Qxe6 24.Rf6 Qd5 25.Qf3 Qxf3 26.Rxf3 c5 27.Rf4 cxd4 28.cxd4 Nb4 29.Rcf1 Nd3 30.Rf8 Bd5 0-1

    Final position in Spassky-Flear


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  • Hans Jung
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    July 5, 2018

    As White, he always played the Grob, 1.g4 and always won.

    Frank Szarka was the editor/publisher of Canadian Chess Chat from January 1975 to 1986. He played in the Canadian Opens - Calgary (1975), Toronto (1976) and Fredericton (1977). Comparatively little has been written about him.

    See these:

    [entry 11]

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...-brief-edition

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...an-chess-world

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...1985-and-later

    Bill Wall has a paragraph about him and game on his website:


    Szarka, Frank J. - Editor of the Canadian Chess Chat. He was also the main organizer of the 1978 Canadian Open, held in Hamilton, Ontario. He won his class section in the 1975 World Class Championship, held in Vancouver, BC. After 5 rounds, Szarka and I were the only ones with a perfect score of 5-0. He then defeated me in round 6. He won with the score of 9.5-0.5. As White, he always played the Grob, 1.g4 and always won. He was originally from Yugoslavia and should have played in the master section.

    Wall - Szarka, World Class Ch, Vancouver, BC 1975
    (A23 English, Bremen System, Keres variation)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. b3 O-O 6. Bb2 d6 7. e3 Re8 8. Nge2 Nbd7 9. O-O Rb8 10. Rc1 a6 11. Qc2 g6 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Nf6 14. Bg2 Bf5 15. d3 Rc8 16. Qd2 Qc7 17. h3 h5 18. Kh2 Nh7 19. Ng1 Qb8 20. Rc2 Rcd8 21. Bc1 d5 22. cxd5 cxd5 23. Re1? (23.Ne2) 23...h4 24. Bxd5?? (24...Kh1) e4 25. Qa5 b6 26. Bxf7+ Kxf7 27. Qxa6 hxg3+ 28. fxg3 exd3 29. Qc4+ Kf8 30. Rf2 Bd6 31. Rg2 Re4 32. Qc3 Kg8 33. Nf3 Bb4 0-1

    From Chess Obituaries by Bill Wall

    http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/articles/obits.htm
    regarding Frank Szarka "he should have played in the master section". Not quite. I played Frank Szarka in the seventies and knew him from the Hamilton chess scene. He was a colourful character and I enjoyed our encounters. His openings were extremely tricky and he might have come across as master strength by Bill Wall but once he was out of the opening he played about 1900.Also he didnt care about results so much as interesting games.An interesting character from the past and the Hamilton area (Ontario).

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  • Wayne Komer
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    July 19, 2018

    From Olimpiu G. Urcan on Patreon:

    In his September 18, 1954 column on page 12 of the Hastings & St. Leonards Observer, Frank Arthur Rhoden (1906-1981) wrote the following under the headline

    "The Spell of Capablanca":

    My first sight of him [Capablanca] was at the great London 1922 Tournament; his opponent was the late Victor Wahltuch - one of the strongest players in England at the time. Capa was playing one of those deceptively simple-looking rook and pawn endings at which he excelled. An excited schoolboy, I was following the game on a rather inadequate pocket-board, the pieces of which had a tendency to slip through the slots. I got into a muddle with the position. Capa, who always left his board to walk round the hall when his move was made, looked over my shoulder and said: "Let me put the position right for you!"

    I was enormously impressed by this friendly gesture of the champion of the world, as he was then and from that moment modelled my play on his. Somehow I didn't get the same results! Simple Capablanca chess is hard to play; it wasn't long before I realised that something was missing - the missing something was the spark of genius which animated Capablanca's play.

    The game:

    London 1922
    London, ENG
    Round 2, Aug. 1, 1922
    Wahltuch, Victor Leonard –- Capablanca, Jose Raul
    A46 Queen’s Pawn, Torre Attack

    1.d4 { Notes by Geza Maroczy } 1...Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.Bxf6 { This exchange is not to be recommended, but Wahltuch is not fond of the well-known paths and treats the openings in a very original manner. } 4...Qxf6 5.e4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qxf6 gxf6 8.c3 b6 9.Nbd2 Bb7 10.Bd3 Rc8 11.Nc4 { The knight is not well placed on c4; O-O was to be considered, the strength of the Black bishops makes itself gradually felt. } 11...Rg8 12.g3 Nd8 13.Ke2 h6 14.Rhe1 { This is a mistake; it is interesting to notice how Capablanca was waiting for this blunder; White's position after Ne3 would not be so bad. } 14...Bxe4 15.Bxe4 Rxc4 16.Kd3 Rc7 17.Nd4 a6 18.f4 Bc5 19.Nc2 d5 { The finishing touch, White is without hope of saving the game. } 20.Bf3 f5 21.a3 Be7 22.Nb4 a5 23.Nc2 Nb7 24.Nd4 Nc5+ 25.Kc2 Ne4 { The knight rules the situation. } 26.Rad1 Bf6 27.Nb5 Rc5 28.a4 Ke7 29.Bxe4 fxe4 30.Re3 h5 31.h3 Bh8 32.Kb3 f5 33.Nd4 Bxd4 34.Rxd4 h4 { The champion of the world terminates the game with a few powerful moves; the manner in which he rolls up the pawns and gets two united passed pawns is very instructive. } 35.gxh4 e5 36.fxe5 f4 37.Re1 Ke6 38.c4 Kxe5 39.Rxd5+ Rxd5 40.cxd5 f3 0-1

    Position after 34….h4




    For more analyses, see:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1093019

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  • Wayne Komer
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    July 18, 2018

    Small Consolation

    During the FIFA World Cup 2018, there was virtually no higher level chess tournaments. Everyone was watching the football.

    France beat Croatia on July 15 and then it was all over.

    This cri de coeur from Jeroen Van Den Berg on July 16

    (Tweet) - No Football today, no Wimbledon today, no Tour de France today, no Dortmund Chess today.... However, we have the 4th round in Leiden, starting in 30 minutes!

    https://twitter.com/Jvdbergchess?ref...ess-news.ru%2F

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  • Frank Dixon
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    "The integrated world is a three-level chessboard. The top level is military power, which is the exercise of 'hard' sovereign might. On the second level are economic relations between states, including international agreements and trade and financial regulation. The third level represents transnational relations that exist outside of state control." Bill Graham, former Canadian Cabinet minister (after a statement by Joseph Nye, American poltical scientist), from his excellent autobiography: "The Call of the World", 2016, p.131.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    July 5, 2018

    As White, he always played the Grob, 1.g4 and always won.

    Frank Szarka was the editor/publisher of Canadian Chess Chat from January 1975 to 1986. He played in the Canadian Opens - Calgary (1975), Toronto (1976) and Fredericton (1977). Comparatively little has been written about him.

    See these:

    [entry 11]

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...-brief-edition

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...an-chess-world

    https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/ch...1985-and-later

    Bill Wall has a paragraph about him and game on his website:


    Szarka, Frank J. - Editor of the Canadian Chess Chat. He was also the main organizer of the 1978 Canadian Open, held in Hamilton, Ontario. He won his class section in the 1975 World Class Championship, held in Vancouver, BC. After 5 rounds, Szarka and I were the only ones with a perfect score of 5-0. He then defeated me in round 6. He won with the score of 9.5-0.5. As White, he always played the Grob, 1.g4 and always won. He was originally from Yugoslavia and should have played in the master section.

    Wall - Szarka, World Class Ch, Vancouver, BC 1975
    (A23 English, Bremen System, Keres variation)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. b3 O-O 6. Bb2 d6 7. e3 Re8 8. Nge2 Nbd7 9. O-O Rb8 10. Rc1 a6 11. Qc2 g6 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Nf6 14. Bg2 Bf5 15. d3 Rc8 16. Qd2 Qc7 17. h3 h5 18. Kh2 Nh7 19. Ng1 Qb8 20. Rc2 Rcd8 21. Bc1 d5 22. cxd5 cxd5 23. Re1? (23.Ne2) 23...h4 24. Bxd5?? (24...Kh1) e4 25. Qa5 b6 26. Bxf7+ Kxf7 27. Qxa6 hxg3+ 28. fxg3 exd3 29. Qc4+ Kf8 30. Rf2 Bd6 31. Rg2 Re4 32. Qc3 Kg8 33. Nf3 Bb4 0-1

    From Chess Obituaries by Bill Wall

    http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/articles/obits.htm

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  • Frank Dixon
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    "But, as can happen in a chess game, this change of tactics led to a wrong move, one that triggered an inexorable march toward checkmate." Carlo Feltrinelli -- "Senior Service", Granta publishers, London 2001, translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwan. The passage refers to Carlo's father Giangiacomo's work in publishing the book "Dr. Zhivago", by Boris Pasternak.

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  • Wayne Komer
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    June 30, 2018

    From The Spectator, 20th September, 1957, page 24:

    " “Dr. Stefan Fazekas came to England eighteen years ago from Czechoslovakia with two great ambitions: to master the English language and to win the British chess championship. This year at Plymouth he achieved the easier of the two ambitions — a performance as remarkable as it was unexpected since at the age of fifty-nine, he was easily the oldest competitor.

    How did this happen? In the first place he had some luck in the draw. When the final round came he, Wade, Penrose and Clarke all had seven points and in the last round Penrose played Clarke, Wade played Alexander and Fazekas played Haygarth, so he had unquestionably the easiest final game, moreover, whereas Wade and Penrose played almost all the strongest players in the course of the tournament. Fazekas met neither Alexander nor Clarke. However, the champion often owes something to luck in one way or another, and what won the championship at, least as much was the winner's fighting spirit and determination — his final score of seven wins, 10 losses and only two draws reflects this.”"

    http://archive.spectator.co.uk/artic...-1957/24/chess

    That deals with Dr. F’s determination. Now, for William Winter’s eccentricity:

    "William Winter was one of the more colorful players in British chess history. He won the British Open Championship in 1934 and the British Championship in 1935 and 1936. In his youth he was considered a child prodigy. A student of Tarrasch, his play was characterized by sound strategic play and he was strong enough to have defeated Bronstein, Nimzovich and Vidmar.

    Poor health and poor tactical play was often his undoing. It was said that while he was strong enough to defeat the best players in the world on occasion, he was never strong enough to be one of them. Although he often played in top level tournaments, he usually finished near the bottom. Harry Golombek described his play as "classic, scientific and sober; away from the board, he was revolutionary, illogically moved by his emotions (he contrived to be both a fervent communist and a staunch patriot) and, more often than not, drunk." "

    From:

    http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2017/...am-winter.html

    __________

    Now to put them both together for our quotable anecdote:

    Leonard Barden:

    “" Faz did have an over-optimistic approach to some endgames, notoriously against William Winter at Buxton 1950, where the position was heading for B and wrong colour RP v K late in the adjournment session when Faz refused a draw. Winter took umbrage and declared loudly "You can keep on trying to win this, Doctor Fazekas, until the cows come home. I'm off to the pub!"

    Then he marched out to the pub a few doors away. He had plenty of clock time left, returned 20 minutes later, and banged down his king at h8. Faz still made a move or two, but a crowd gathered round the board, Winter continued to bang down his king, and Faz got the message.”"

    https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=9632

    (Historical British tournaments – entry Friday, April 20, 2018)

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  • Wayne Komer
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    June 27, 2018

    Cecil John Seddon Purdy (1906-1979), chess master and author, edited chess magazines in Australia, won the Australian Chess Championship four times and was also an international GM of correspondence chess. He wrote How Euwe Won (1936), The Return of Alekhine (1937) and How Fischer Won (1972). My two favorite works of his are an 8-page pamphlet Post-Mortem to Fischer-Spassky 1972 (1976) and Among These Mates (1939).

    There is a poem by Robbie Burns written in 1789 that has as its first verse:

    Hear, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots,
    Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat's;-
    If there's a hole in a' your coats,
    I rede you tent it:
    A chield's amang you takin notes,
    And, faith, he'll prent it:

    Purdy took the fifth line to mean an observer and used it for his pseudonym: Chielamangus.

    He wrote a humorous and naïve description of chess in Among These Mates (by Chielamangus), which I now quote in part:

    “Chess is a game played on a board of sixty-four squares between two players colored alternately black and white.”

    _______

    “The object of the game is the mate of the opponent’s King, the word “mate” being derived from the old Persian “mat” or carpet. It is advisable for the player not to commit himself too soon as to the placing of his King, and until the beginner has “found his feet,” he would be well advised to seize an early opportunity of abstracting his King from the board (under cover of a demonstration on one of the wings) and to retain the piece in his pocket until the course of the game indicates a safe square on which to place it.

    The Queen moves practically anywhere, within reasonable limits. Care should be taken never to exchange her for less than nine pawns.

    The Rook, derived from the old Persian, “Rukh,” meaning an elephant, boat, or war-chariot, becomes deadly in the later stages and, in fact, is rather a bore throughout the game.

    Two Bishops are appreciably stronger than one Bishop and should therefore be retained as long as possible.

    The Knight’s move is very puzzling. It moves there and then there, or the same only backwards or sideways, and really all round.

    The pawns are well called “the soul of the game,” since it is impossible for them to move backward. An attack, which should always be the student’s goal, should be begun by advancing pawns to break up the enemy position. At the same time, every pawn must be kept firmly on its original square as otherwise it creates weaknesses. The harmonious blending of these two fundamental rules of play is the hall-mark of the master player.

    The opening of a game of chess is called the opening. The primary principle of opening play is not to move a piece twice before you have moved it once. This makes for rapid development, well called “the soul of the game.”

    The player who completes his development first is said to have the initiative because he is thus able to start making blunders while his opponent is still occupied in bringing out his men. Other things being equal, this should involve the loss of the game for one of the players.

    The exception occurs when the game is drawn. Either player may claim a draw on proving that fifty moves have been made three times in succession without anything happening, to speak of.

    The next part is the middlegame, in which occur those beautiful combinations that are so well called “the soul of the game.”

    After the middlegame comes the endgame. The art of the endgame is to recognize the moment it starts and then to rush the King into the middle of the board. If the player is able to create a general atmosphere of excitement at this stage and place his King carelessly on the front edge of a square, he may be able to move it two squares on the next move – thus gaining a vital tempo. The same principle applies to the queening of pawns. These tactics are particularly effective in “simultaneous exhibitions,” in which a player may make one move while the simultaneous player is touring the hall, and another when he returns to the board. Endgame play is often called “the soul of the game.”

    Pawn-endings, so simple in appearance, are in reality extremely difficult. Much may be done, however, against an inexperienced opponent by constantly informing him that the is being maneuvered into a “zugzwang”. The moral effect of this cannot be overestimated, for if the opponent asks what the word means, he can be truthfully told that it is quite untranslatable. A young and impressionable player will often resign immediately.”

    ________

    Philidor (1749) said that pawns are the soul of chess. Edward Winter has an article on other parts of the chess game which have been called the soul of chess.

    http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/soul.html

    Purdy uses “the soul of chess" remark four times here to humorous effect.

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  • Frank Dixon
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    "Pawns are born free, but are everywhere in chains." (GM Andrew Soltis, 1947--, American player and writer, from his book 'Pawn Structure Chess.' The line is a very clever play on a famous saying by the French 18th-century philosopher and political activist Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who wrote: 'Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.'

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  • Wayne Komer
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    June 20, 2018

    Capablanca and Lasker at the board

    Isaac Kashdan’s recollection of New York 1924

    ‘The following remembrances from the 18-year-old Isaac Kashdan, typed on a water-damaged piece of paper found at the bottom of a box which was part of a donation made by his son Richard to the World Chess Hall of Fame, offers insights into the different tournament behavior of two of the greatest players of all time.’

    “I attended the sessions as often as I could, after classes at City College. Later I met all the contestants as my own chess career developed, and got to know some of them quite well. Capablanca was the idol of the spectators. The area in front of his table was always the most crowded. It seemed so easy for him. He spent much less time at the board than anyone else. When his opponent moved, Capablanca would sit down, rarely take more than a few minutes, make his move and get up. He had his cronies among the officials, and often went out of the enclosure to chat with friends. He was almost oblivious of the other players, hardly greeting them, and rarely socialized with any of them before or after a game.

    Lasker was the most intent, bending over and staring at the board as if to force the pieces to do his will. He would smoke several cigars during a game, making occasional efforts to keep the smoke away from his opponents. He was practically always at the board, observing his opponent while the latter was on the move. The cigars were the cheapest, most foul-smelling available. When someone offered Lasker a fine cigar, he would acknowledge it, place it in his breast pocket and hold it for leisurely enjoyment later. This was not a chess cigar.”

    https://www.chessclub.org/news.php

    Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club Newsletter #831 June 15, 2018

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