Edward Winter’s Chess Explorations (10)

10/18/2008 – Our picture quiz proved extremely popular around the world, and the Editor of Chess Notes now gives the answers and, on the basis of a draw performed in Bonn by Yasser Seirawan, announces the winners. Most of the entries were of a very high standard, but whose name is being inscribed by Anand, Kramnik and Forster in Amos Burn A Chess Biography? Find out now.

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In the latest quiz, readers were asked to identify the chess figures in the ten pictures below, all of which have been featured in Chess Notes over the past four years.

Picture 1: Samuel Reshevsky

This photograph, taken in the Netherlands in February or March 1920, comes from the collection of Michael Clapham (Ipswich, England), who presented it in C.N. 4791.

Picture 2: Newell Williams Banks

Given in C.N. 4544, the portrait was the frontispiece in Banks’ Scientific Checkers (various editions in the 1920s).

Picture 3: Eugène Michel Antoniadi

Richard McKim (Peterborough, England) allowed us to reproduce this photograph in Chess Notes, from his biography ‘The Life and Times of E.M. Antoniadi’ in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association. See C.N. 3903, as well as our article A Chessplaying Astronomer. There are various versions of Antoniadi’s forenames.

Picture 4: Hans Johner

This photograph was one of four in a tableau of Swiss players reproduced in C.N. 3703 from page 39 of Chess Pie No. 2 (1927):

Clockwise from the top-left corner: Hans Johner, Oskar Naegeli, Otto Zimmermann and Henry Grob.

Picture 5: Antonio Bottacchi

Chess Pie (page 48 of the 1922 edition) was the source for this photograph of the problemist Antonio Bottacchi, which appeared under the heading ‘Resembling Capablanca’ in C.N. 4217.

Picture 6: James A. Leonard

The above picture of the US prodigy was included in C.N. 4087, taken from page 320 of Brentano’s Chess Monthly, November 1881. See also our feature article on him.

Picture 7: Léonardus Nardus

Nardus was a chessplayer, sponsor, painter and swindler, as reported in the feature article on him. The self-portrait above was given in C.N. 4627. Adri Plomp (Hilversum, the Netherlands) had previously drawn it to our attention, as one of several paintings by Nardus reproduced by Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond in 1919.

Picture 8: Andor Lilienthal

Frederic Friedel (Hamburg, Germany) gave us the original of this shot, and it was reproduced in C.N. 5404.

Picture 9 Gaston Legrain

This photograph of Legrain, who founded Les Cahiers de l’Echiquier Français, was presented in C.N. 5406. It had been published opposite page 404 of L’Echiquier, 17 February 1934.

Picture 10 Jens Enevoldsen

C.N. 5776 had this inscribed photograph of Enevoldsen, taken from our collection.

Winners of the quiz

In view of the large number of entries, many of which were correct in all respects, it was necessary to draw lots. Under the supervision of Frederic Friedel, the draw was made in Bonn by Yasser Seirawan, and the winners are as follows:

  • Main prize: Amos Burn A Chess Biography by Richard Forster, personally inscribed to the winner by Richard Forster, Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik: Walter Hart (Burra, NSW, Australia).
  • Two consolation prizes: Fritz 11, one signed by Anand and the other by Kramnik: Andy May (Vancouver, WA, USA) and Robert Dodd (Austin, TX, USA).


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