Here are some random chess-related articles I've come across. A couple just
concerning the state of the Richmond Chess Club, one describing Paulsen's
blindfold exhibition in London, one discussing Paulsen's match with Kolisch, one
mentioning Paul Morphy's arrival in Richmond, one mentioning Anderssen's visit
to England and one concerning a sort of world record chess match
The Richmond Daily Dispatch December 21, 1860
--Amid all the troubles and revolutions of the day, we are glad to hear that
this noble and philosophic game retains its hold on the love of our people. In
the words of Col. Monroe, chess "unites so harmoniously the curious, the
beautiful and the true, under the form of a recreation, as to confer upon it a
title to general appreciation and a long continuance of favor." We learn that
the Richmond Chess Club is highly prosperous, and will enter upon its
fourth year in full vigor. A tournament has lately been in progress, in which
thirty-two gentlemen have been matched against each other, and the result will
indicate "the champion" for next year.
The Richmond Daily Dispatch February 28, 1861
The Richmond Chess Club have extended an invitation to those members of the
Convention and the Legislature who are prone to indulge in the intellectual game
of chess, to visit their rooms at Goddin's Hall. Knowing nothing of the
fascinations of the game ourselves, except through the representations of
others, we are not prepared to say much by way of inducing the "congregated
wisdom of the people" to accept the invitation thus courteously extended; but we
cheerfully adopt the words of "a stranger," who has been at the rooms of the
Club and tried his hand against some of the crack players of Richmond. He tells
us: I have visited several of the prominent Chess Clubs of the Northern
cities, and of course have been the recipient of courteous attentions from all,
but at none have I been received with more of that genial kindness — so truly
characteristic of Virginia gentlemen — than I have at the rooms of the Richmond
Chess Club. I have been tolerably successful, too, in my trials of chess
skill with the generality of my opponents, but I have been obliged to succumb to
the strong players at Goddin's Hall on several occasions. Feeling assured that
all who visit the rooms will be equally well received as stringers and
chess players as I have been, I deemed it advisable to give the invitation a
more public notice than it might probably otherwise receive.
The Richmond Daily Dispatch August 24, 1861.
Herr Andersen in London.
--Herr Andersen has paid a visit to the St. James Chess Club, and engaged in
play with the President. Herr Andersen scored the odd game, winning two to Mr.
Löwenthal's one. In a second encounter Mr. Löwenthal proved the victor.-- Mr.
Andersen has also played at the Divan, with Mr. Burden [Boden?] and other
The Richmond Daily Dispatch October 16, 1861.
The Champion chess-player.
--Mr. Paul Morphy, the celebrated chess player, of New Orleans, has
arrived in Richmond, and is stopping at the Spotswood. A good chance is now
afforded for our amateurs to try their hands.
The Richmond Daily Dispatch November 22, 1861.
Paulsen's blindfold chess
Play in England.
--The arrival of Mr. Paulson, the American chess-player, in London, has already
been noticed. Mr. Paulson, it will be remembered, played against Paul Murphy at
the chess tournament held in New York some time since. He now appears in London
as a blindfold player, beating no less than ten opponents simultaneously. The
London Star has this account of his wonderful performances:
Mr. Paulsen offered to play, blindfolded, ten of the best players of this
country, and carry on the games simultaneously, Mr. Paulsen had previously been
victorious in a contest on the same terms with fifteen players; but they were
not all first class, and after his triumph he expressed a wish to be pitted
against ten of the ablest players that could be produced.--The match yesterday
has excited great interest in chess circles since the preliminaries were
arranged, and when it commenced there was a numerous company in the room, which,
it is needless to say, consisted chiefly of chess players. The following are the
names of the ten gentlemen who were Mr. Paulsen's opponents, viz: 1. Mr.
MacKenzie, amateur; 2. Mr. Sabouroff, Russian Embassy; 3. Mr. Maude, London
Chess Club; 4. Mr. Howard, St. James's Club; 5. Mr. Barnes, St.
George's Club; 6. Mr. Burden, amateur; 7. Mr. Campbell; 8. Mr. Robey; 9. Mr.
Lamb, amateur; 10. Mr. Wormald, Hon. Secretary St. James's Club.
At two o'clock in the afternoon Mr. Paulsen ascended a platform in the centre of
the room and seated himself in a chair. For the instruction of those who are
uninitiated in chess matters it may be stated that literally he was not
blindfolded — that is to say, there was no bandage round his eyes; but as his
back was towards the players and his face directly towards the window it was
physically impossible that he could see anything on the boards of his opponents.
He was quite cool and collected, and appeared to contemplate the result without
any misgiving. He had the first move in all the games, and he announced king's
pawn 2 and all round. The game proceeded slowly, and it soon became apparent
that, although Mr. Paulsen had undertaken to combat ten opponents, he was really
playing against the most of the gentlemen in the room, who were consulting with
his opponents as to the tactics by which he could be defeated.
The match was entirely for honor. Mr. Paulsen, indeed, had a small bet in his
own favor with Mr. Mackenzie, but otherwise there was no betting. Now as to the
result. At 5 o'clock Mr. Campbell was declared the victor in his game; at 10
o'clock Mr. Sabouroff was equally fortunate, and at half-past 10 Mr. Mackenzie
confessed himself beaten and resigned. About half past 12 Mr. Robbey offered to
draw, which Mr. Paulsen agreed to, although he had the best of the game, and
about five minutes after the game with Mr. Barnes was also drawn. Shortly after
1 o'clock Mr. Lamb's game was drawn. The remaining games were drawn.
During the contest, which lasted nearly twelve hours, Mr. Paulsen was out of his
chair for about two minutes, and the only refreshment he partook of was a glass
The Richmond Daily Dispatch December 21, 1861
End of the Great chess match.
--The chess match between Mr. Paulsen, a native of the United
States, and M. Kolisch, a German or Pole, which strongly attracted the attention
of the chess players of Europe, in consequence of the parties playing so
nearly equally well that until the close it was doubtful who would be the
winner, ended in London, on November 15th, in the defeat of M. Kolisch, who
gained six games, Mr. Paulsen seven, and fifteen were drawn. The winning of
seven games was necessary to decide the contest.
Akron Weekly Pioneer Press (Akron, Washington County, Colorado)
Dec. 2, 1921
800 in Chess Match
Details of a monster team chess match, arranged to establish a new world record,
have come to hand from London, where 800 players sat down in a contest, 400 on a
side, between the North of the Thames and the South of the Thames. The North won
by a margin of 85 games on totals of 217.5 to 182.5. Comparatively few games
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