In 1946, freshman at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam, Hein Donner went to Groningen at the Staunton Memorial. Student Donner was rarely seen in university auditoriums: captivated by chess, he sat in the chess cafes of Amsterdam from morning till night. And even played in January in Wijk aan Zee in this tournament – the third group C, gaining fifty percent of the points.
Donner knew that not only western, but also the strongest Soviet grandmasters arrived in Groningen, demonstrating, as everyone said, new, ultra-modern chess. And the most powerful of them is Mikhail Botvinnik.
“I don’t remember how I got to the hall where the tournament was played,” Donner recalled thirty years later, “only a huge space remained in the memory, in the center of which they were sitting. THEY ARE! Continue reading
How the Russian princess conquered the world famous chess king, or the most brilliant game of Jose Capablanca
When they met in 1934 at a reception at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Princess Chegodaeva was probably the only one to whom the name of Jose Raul Capablanca did not say anything. She was not interested in chess and did not know that he was a world-famous grandmaster. He was called a chess genius and they said: “Mozart is in music, Capablanca is in chess.” At the time of their meeting, Capablanca was 46 years old, Chegodaeva was 35. Both had families. But from that day on, they never parted.
Jose Capablanca used to win since childhood. At 4 years old, he first won a chess tournament with his father. Everyone was surprised at his abilities and called him a child prodigy, because the boy was self- Continue reading
This drawing, which dates back to 1909, caused 100 years after its creation a real scandal. Could young Hitler have met Lenin, and did such a chess game really happen? While art historians and historians do not stop arguing on this subject, Emma Lowenstamm etching was put up for sale. Experts at the Mullock’s auction house claim that this is a genuine drawing, especially since there are three signatures on the back of the sheet – the artist and two people depicted on it.
Historians and bibliographers deny that Lenin and Hitler have ever met. There are no documents or memoirs of contemporaries in this regard, and it is not entirely clear whether this engraving can be considered evidence of such a fact. However, according to the version of the artist’s heirs, this chess Continue reading