In the article about the Lothian Championship there is
a picture of you at the Sparta game,what has happened to your hat.
Has a bird dropped something on you?
No. It's a Spartans Hat.
Now look at this...
Above is the stamp from Fife Libraries.
A recent 2nd hand purchase had it stamped inside.
I wonder if Fife threw it our or there is an incredible
fine still to be paid on it?
The book in question is 'CHESS how to play the white pieces'
by Fred Reinfeld. I've been looking for this one for a while.
I already have 'CHESS how to play the black pieces' and was
wondering how I should play if I ever had the white bits.
I also wanted the this book because of a marketing play
by Foulsham publishers. You need to place the two books
together to complete the picture.
And from the Edinburgh Library I have borrowed;
'Winning Quickly with White' Attack from move one.
'Winning Quickly with Black' Counter-attack from move one.
by Iakov Neishtadt. Publisher Cadogan.
The only idea the publishers had for these two was to print
the win for white cover with a black background and the win
for black cover with a white background.
One thing that I discovered in the Neishtadt book was that
he uses exactly the same description for opening in both books.
Page 37 of the Black book.
The Two Knight Defence.
'Black hits at the e4 pawn and invites his opponent to attack f7
pawn by Ng5.
Many lines of the Two Knights Defence are sharply tactical and have
been studied deep into the middlegame. To calculate them at the
board is not possible, and so both players require a substantial
knowledge of theory.'
On page 35 of the White book you have the same description,
word for word. This ploy is used for every opening in both books.
It does no harm the descriptions are correct.
It makes me think the original was once a single volume and
has been split into two to make money.
Would Fred Reinfeld resort to such a trick?
In both his books the openings are describe exactly the same.
This is Fred's view of The Two Knights word for word in both books.
'A lively opening, full of fight - especially if white accepts black's
invitation to try and win the Kings Bishop Pawn with 4 Ng5.
There are interesting variations, many of them complicated and some
of them involving speculative pawn sacrifices on both sides.'
Here is an example from Neishtadt's white to win book.
It was played in Moscow 1965.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Kapengut - V.Antoshin
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qh5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bf6 Qa5 12.Nxd4 gxf6 13.Nxf6+ Ke7 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Qd7+ Kxf6 16.Rxe6+ Kg5 17.h4+ Kxh4 18.Rg6 1-0
and here is an example from Fred's Black to win book.
[Click here to replay the game]
WHITE ?? vs. BLACK ??
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bd3 Bc5 10.Bxe4 Qh4 11.Qe2 dxe4 12.Be3 Bg4 13.Qc4 Bxe3 14.g3 Qd8 15.fxe3 Qd1+ 16.Kf2 Qf3+ 17.Kg1 Bh3 18.Qxc6+ Kf8 19.Qxa8+ Ke7
Fred does not give the names of the players in his books
but any good chess player should be able to tell you it's
a Morphy game.
T. Lichtenhein v P. Morphy USA Congress New York, 1857.
It actually started as a Scotch turning into a variation
of the Two Knights.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5.
Both books are actually quite good.
Excellent examples and instructive notes.
Congratulations to Sam & Laura Collins.
on the birth of their daughter, the baby Rebecca.
My foreign surfers won't know who Sam is.
Well when you order a chess book from Scottish Chess Supplies
it is Sam who wraps up the book and posts it to you.
(in a couple of years little Rebecca will be doing that.)
..and finally, this years quiz.
Who is getting the trophy and where did Hugh Flockhart get that shirt?