Sarah's Chess Journal
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The History and The Culture of Chess
Women in Chess - 1934-1950 - The Marshall Club
"One event, however, took on added importance as the years went on. This was the
founding of the Marshall's Chess Divan at Keene's Chop House, 70 West 36th
Street, New York, in 1915. The object was to establish in New York a central
meeting place for lovers of chess, much on the same line as such famous resorts
as Simpson's Divan in London and the Cafe de la Régence in Paris.
Marshall failed to mention that the current location of the Marshall Chess Club is an old, glorious brownstone purchased by Gustavus Adolphus Pfeiffer, a philanthropist, pharmaceutical magnate and chess enthusiast, for the Marshalls as their private home and as the home of the Marshall Chess Club.
After Frank Marshall died on November 9, 1944, Caroline Marshall and Frank Marshall, jr. operated the club and after Frank, jr. died (at age 50), Caroline Marshall operate the club until the late 60's when poor health forced her to give up Carrie Marshall died in 1971.
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