Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Losing no Time

Source: Doar Ha'Yom, 14.12.34

Quick note: we have often commented that Moshe Czerniak, Israel's "Mr. Chess", was noted for his enormous energy and output, his love of teaching chess, and his opening expertise.

Arriving in Palestine in 1934, he showed this almost immediately: he became the editor Doar Ha'Yom's revived chess column that year, practically the moment he settled in Jerusalem. And what did some of his first columns do? Teach the basics of chess -- for example [on 14.12.34], an essay on what the French defense, first of all noting that it begins 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5.

Czerniak in 1934 already showed that he was no different Czerniak in 1984, the last year of his life. For fifty years he did just what he loved -- an enviable faith, it might be said.

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