Saturday, October 25, 2008

Walking Stick Speed Chess

Portrait of an ArchDeacon by Ilya Yefimovich Repin, 1877. Image hosted at by permission of the State Trtyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

From the same interview with Eliezer Pe'er as the previous post:

'Victor Winz and other Tel Aviv player would then [in the 1930s and 40s - A.P.] play a lot of speed chess in the Vienna Cafe, in the Nahalat Binyamin neighborhood in Tel Aviv. They had no chess clocks, so they would pay an onlooker a few pennies to hold a walking stick and bang it on the floor every ten seconds, to play ten-second chess.'


  1. Pardon, j'écris en français car je ne peux que lire l'anglais. Quelqu'un pourrait me donner des renseignements sur Victor Winz, que j'ai bien connu à Nice où il jouait encore aux échecs et où il est mort?
    En espanol: alguien podria darme noticias o informacion sobre Victor Winz que conoci en Niza donde vivia y jugaba al ajedrez?

    jordi bonells

    Pueden contestarme en inglés (que si leo)

  2. I am not sure when Winz died -- but I can check it out. If you need more information about him (or anything chess-related) you can e-mail me to .

  3. I did some research on Leo Winz, Victor's Father (who was a publisher in Berlin). As far as I know, Victor disappeared 1941 on his way to South America.

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