Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (85)

6/27/2012 – In his latest prize quiz the Editor of Chess Notes offered readers the challenge of identifying the authors of eight autobiographical works related to chess, on the basis of front covers from which relevant textual information had been blocked out. There was quite a strong entry, and now the answers are revealed. So too are the identities of the three prize-winners.

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Chess Explorations (85)

By Edward Winter

In the quiz the authors of eight books had to be identified. Below the full front covers are presented:

Book 1: Luděk Pachman

Book 2: Viorel Bologan

Book 3: Erik Lundin

Book 4: Hugh Myers

Book 5: Alexey Dreev

Book 6: Mark Taimanov

Book 7: Rodrigo Flores Álvarez

Book 8: Eduardas Rozentalis



About 20 fully correct solutions were received, and lots have been drawn for the prizes, with the following result:

Winner of first prize (Fritz 11 inscribed by Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Victor Korchnoi and Judit Polgar):

Pavel Chernomordik (Bat-Yam, Israel).


Winner of second prize (book inscribed by Magnus Carlsen):

Juan Carlos Sanz Menéndez (Alcorcón, Spain).


Winner of third prize (book inscribed by Edward Winter):

Nikolaos Alimpinisis (Rethymno, Greece).


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Edward Winter is the editor of Chess Notes, which was founded in January 1982 as "a forum for aficionados to discuss all matters relating to the Royal Pastime". Since then, about 7,700 items have been published, and the series has resulted in four books by Winter: Chess Explorations (1996), Kings, Commoners and Knaves (1999), A Chess Omnibus (2003) and Chess Facts and Fables (2006). He is also the author of a monograph on Capablanca (1989). In 2011 a paperback edition was issued.

Chess Notes is well known for its historical research, and anyone browsing in its archives will find a wealth of unknown games, accounts of historical mysteries, quotes and quips, and other material of every kind imaginable. Correspondents from around the world contribute items, and they include not only "ordinary readers" but also some eminent historians – and, indeed, some eminent masters. Chess Notes is located at the Chess History Center. Signed copies of Edward Winter's publications are currently available.



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