Bishop Berkeley has once again graced us with the blessings from the
treasures of his research into the archaic volumes buried deep within the
Mechanics' Institute Chess Library.
born in Berlinchen, Prussia, on December 24, 1868
died in New York, New York, on January 13, 1941
Between November 1904 and 1909
Lasker published Lasker's Chess Magazine
Copyright, 1905, by Emanuel Lasker
CHESS NEWS FROM EVERYWHERE
THE BALTIMORE CHESS ASSOCIA-TION..
The Baltimore Chess Association is one of the oldest in the United States.
Although there are many larger chess clubs, we believe that the one in New
Orleans is the only one that antedates it in organization. There were
several which preceded the present one in Baltimore, but they were
entirely extinct and passed out of existence before 1880. The present one
was organized in 1880, principally through the efforts of the late Mr. A.
G. Sellman, a master chess player and native of Baltimore. Mr. Sellman
participated in the Fifth American Chess Tournament in New York, and in
the London Tournament, which was held a few years later. He also edited
several chess columns in Baltimore. His strong play and great success were
some of the causes which led to the success of the movement. During the
first fifteen years of its existence, it numbered
among its members all the prominent amateur players of the city, and among
its visitors, at various times, were such master players as Wm. Steinitz,
Dr. J. H. Zukertort, Capt. MacKenzie, J. W. Showalter, J. H. Blackburne,
A. B. Hodges, I. Gunsberg, H. Bird, Emanuel Lasker, H. N. Pillsbury, F. J.
, Marshall, and Dr. W. H. K. Pollock.
The last named gentleman came here after his success in
the Sixth American Chess Congress in 1889, and made Baltimore his home
until the time of his death. It was due to his brilliancy of play, and
charming personality, that the association flourished more than at any
time previous or since. The chess column which he edited here, in the
Baltimore Sunday News, was only equaled by that in the New Orleans Times
Democrat, and superior to every other in this country. About 1894 he
returned to his father's home in England, and there died.
After his departure, the association lan-
In the article above, Lasker seems to assert that the New Orleans Chess Club
had been one of the first, if not the first, chess club in America,
followed by the Baltimore Chess Club. He also asserts that the Baltimore
chess column was second only to to the New Orleans chess column in their
respective newspapers. While the Manhattan Chess Club of New York and the
Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco were the longest
uninterrupted chess organizations, it's apparent the chess was flourishing
in all areas of the United States, particularly in coastal cities.
JOSE RAUL CAPABLANCA.
A young and promising player has been found
by Mr. A. Ettlinger, of the Manhattan Chess Club, in the person of Jose
Raul Capablanca, of Cuba. Master Capablanca is now sixteen Years of age
and is a pupil at the Woodycliff School, of South Orange, N. J.
Youthful precocity is ascribed to the young player which
antedates that of any other exponent of chess known to history. It is
related that at the age of four and one-half years while watching his
father and a captain of the Spanish Army playing chess he laughed loudly
at a critical point in the game and upon being questioned as to the
merriment he reluctantly told his father that the last move was not in
accord with his ideas of correct play. Analysis of the position proved
that the move was not a good one and that it compromised the position. He
had learned the game by watching his father play. He only played
occasionally after this until he entered the school at Mantanzas when he
was eight and for two or more years averaged two games a week. The civil
war in Cuba interfered with his school life and during the two years of 11
to 13 he was able to devote a large share of his time to a study of the
game. While he was eight years of age he played with Golmayo, Vasquez,
Delmonte, Paredes, Gavilon, and Fiel, the young player receiving odds, and
making good scores, and frequently winning games at even against the last
four. In a match of four games against Juan Corzo, considered the
strongest player in Cuba. according to this report, no decision was
reached. In a further match of ten games Capablanca won four and six were
drawn. Corzo won a later match from the young player These battles were
contested when he was twelve years of age.
Early in January Master Capablanca showed his skill at the Manhattan Chess
Club by winning a game from Mr. Joseph D. Redding, wherein he was tested
at the conclusion
of the game by Mr.
Redding with the request that he state what would have happened had a
certain move been made in the middle game. He replied immediately that it
would have led to a mate in ten moves and demonstrated the mate.
The principal of the Woodycliff School has advised the youthful player to
forego chess until his studies are concluded.
CHESS WITH LIVING PIECES.
A game with living pieces was played recently at the Nostrand Avenue
Methodist Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, the game being conducted by Hayward
Cleveland, of Jamaica, white and L. U. Shapter, black. At the opening of
the evenings play Mr. Cleveland gave an interesting lecture on the history
of the game, referring to chess as the greatest theme in antiquity,
excepting Christianity, with the largest and most diverse literature,
claiming clients in every clime and station, from sovereign to slave and
president to pauper.
"We do homage to-night," he said, "to the king of games, purely a test of
skill, the element of chance eliminated, presenting no demoralizing
temptations, clean, wholesome, and stimulative of mental effort along
right lines. Chess is offered you as a viceless game, worthy of practice
in every home. It transcends space, is played by correspondence,
telegraph, telephone, cable and by wireless between ships at sea."
The game was a Vienna and occupied about an hour and a half. It was won by
In this article Lasker introduces the reader to the boy who would later
usurp his crown.
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