Saturday, June 12, 2021

Euwe Training


The above cutting, from Davar, Oct. 11th, 1935, is a report of Euwe's training for his world championship match with Alekhine. The report notes Euwe's serious preparations, and the photo  captions identifies, seated from right to left, Mrs. Flohr, Flohr, Euwe with Maroczy (his second) standing behind him, Spielmann, Holinger, Becker and Eliskases

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Chess Music


A frequent correspondent notes that in 1960, the Israeli composer Abel Ehrlich composed a suite 'A Game of Chess', which was performed on Kol Israel radio. The above criticism (La'merchav, Oct. 28th, 1960, p. 6) notes the suite's parts are named 'White opens the game,' 'Black regrets his move,' 'White wins, Black upturns the board in anger' and so on. The work's score is available for purchase at the Israeli Music Institute, which has complete details about it. 

Beutum - Gruenfeld 1:0


We noted before that Siegmund Beutum was a strong player before he came to Palestine. Here is one example: his defeat of no other than Ernst Gruenfeld in 20 moves. The game does not seem to appear in Chessbase's database. We thank Herbert Halsegger for providing us with the source, the Pilsner Tagblatt, 16 March 1930, p. 5.

It is comforting to a "patzer" like myself to note that Black, in a worse but not lost position, loses the game to a one-move blunder - and that he was one of the best players of the era! 

Beutum,Sigmund - Gruenfeld,Ernst

Two Knight's Defense [C56]

Trebitsch tournament

Source: see above

Annotations: Pilsner Tagblatt

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.Re1 d5 7.Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.Nxe4 Be6 10.Neg5 0–0–0 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Rxe6 Be7 Better is the old 12...Qd5 

13.Ne5! Nxe5 14.Rxe7 Rhe8 15.Bd2 Qd5 16.Rxe8 Rxe8 17.Qh5 This positional move is already discussed in [Tartakover's] "The Hypermodern Game". 17...g6 18.Qxh7 Qe4 19.Re1 Qxc2?? 

Loses the queen. 20.Rc1! Black resigns (1–0). 


Monday, May 17, 2021



The state of chess funding in Palestine can be gleamed from this advertisement, brought to our attention by a frequent correspondent. It is by the 'Chess section, Ha'poel physical exercise union, the Histadrut' about a chess tournament to take place in 1937 in Netanya. The official advertisement (with the stamp, 'advertising tax paid') was actually hand written in pen. 

Street Advertisements


The above street poster from 1961 was brought to our attention by a frequent correspondent. It advertises both a lesson about opening traps and a simultaneous display (the next day) in the lecture hall in the Philip Murray cultural center in Tel Aviv. Both were given by Dr. Menachem Oren, Israel's first chess champion.