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Women in Chess

Nnw Womi-n's Clubs—It must be in the air! Within two days we received letters from California and Massachusetts telling us of the formation of women's chess clubs. The one from California was from a former Marshall Chess Club opponent, one of the most promising of the club's younger women players, Mrs. William Davey. "We all know," she writes— quite truthfully, too!—"about the difficulties of finding a cjuiet evening of chess, what with the emotional atmosphere of men's clubs in which "no woman has ever set foot.' " The solution of the difficulty found by the women of Carmel, Calif., was the formation of their own club which meets every Thursday evening in, of all places, the American Legion Building. Miss Hester Schoeninger is the president and Mrs. Elizabeth K. Hillman, the treasurer.

Mrs. Davey's letter was closely followed by one from Miss Arlene A. Astle, of Lawrence, Mass., who also has formed a women's chess club. Details are, at present, lacking. Local women who would like to join should write Miss Astle at 497 Haverhill St.

More About Miss Karff—Reading our "just complaint," as she puts it, in our May column, Miss N. May Karff writes us more about herself. She was born in Europe but came to this country as a young girl. Her father taught her the game when she was eight. She has played on every possible occasion, but the women's tournament at Stockholm (where she finished sixth) gave her her first experience in tournament play. Her second such experience was in New York this Spring when she won the title of U. S. Woman Chess Champion. It is interesting to note that only one of the four prize winners in the National tournament is a native American, Mrs. Bain having been born in what was then Hungary (now Czechoslovakia) and Mrs. Rivero in Belgium.

Nhw York Woman's Chi:ss Club: The annual double round robin tournament of this club has just been completed. Mrs. David Willard has retained her title of champion with the fine score of 18-4. Mrs. A. C. Forbes was second with 15V^r^V?. Mrs- J• *"*ar-per placed third with 141/^-71/2.

The Col ling wood Sales Co. of 149 Collingwood Ave., Detroit, has perfected a new loose-leaf chart especially useful for correspondence players, as it makes reference to pocket sets unnecessary and is therefore a great time-saver. This device is known as "Pedrick Loose-Leaf Chess."

An Important European Chess Collection Now In America

Those of our readers who are interested in the study of the early history and licerature of our game will he interested to learn that one of the outstanding European chess libraries, that of Dr. Albrecht Buschke, formerly lawyer in Berlin, Germany, was recently brought to New York.

As we of course cannot describe in detail all the "jewels" of this collection containing more than 3,000 volumes (described in a mimeographed catalogue of 178 pages) and more than 1,500 autographs (not yet entirely catalogued) we hope the following remarks will give at least an approximate impression of the importance of this collection gathered by Dr. Buschke during the last 20 years, and reaching from the early 15th century (a Latin Cessoles MS., dated 1419) to modern times.

Cessoles is represented with some Incunabula editions, the very rare Spanish edition (Reyna, Valladolid, 1549) and some 15th century Manuscripts.

The famous authors of the 16th to 18th centuries will generally be found in several copies of the first and the most important later editions, as Dr. Buschke often has variations not yet described in the bibliographies. Damiano is represented by the sccond edition (1518) and the fourth and sixth editions, not dated; lluy Lopez in a fine copy of the original Spanish edition, 1561, and the two variations of the Italian translation, 1581; Selenus in four copies, one 1616, three 1617, but all somewhat different from each other, one copy interesting because given by v. d. Lasa to Howard Staunton when they played their match in Brussels 1853, another apparently a copy intended for presentation in the marvellous contemporary binding and on large paper nearly white. That in this collection Philidors "Analyze des Echecs" appears in all three variations of the first edition (London 1749) goes without saying.

The list of periodicals is very extensive (17 mimeographed ¡pages of the catalogue mentioned above) and comprises long runs of the most important and some very rare chess magazines. In the list of Tournament books we note some sets of original scores of tournament games.

As to the "Americana" of the collection, there are some items of outstanding value, for instance, the first American printing of Benjamin Franklin's "Morals of Chess" in the original issue of the Columbian Magazine for December 1786; Paul Morphy s chess column in the "New York Ledger" 1859-60; an autograph inscrip tion of Paul Morphy's on the fly-leaf of the first edition of Frere's Chess. 1867; a complete set of Morphy's and Fiske's Chess Monthly 1857 to 1861; a nearly complete set of Alain C. White's Christmas Books (lacking only two out of 43) etc. etc.

We understand that Dr. Buschke intends to make a Gesamtkatalog of all chess works published before 1850 (with additions and corrections to v. d. Linde's bibliographical works), and to register all copies in America, of works which are not known to exist here in more than 10 copies in the possession of libraries or private collectors. Private collectors of chess books are cordially invited to send him their addresses and details of their collections (size, character of the collections etc.). His address is: 200 Hart Boulevard, West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, Phone Gibraltar 2-1398.

Cross Country

(/. C. Thompson hits not only done a great deal to promote chess interest in Texas: he is also one of the outstanding players in the Southwest.)

Dallas Championship Tourney-June, 1938 QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED J. C. Thompson F. H. McKee

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