Short And Sweet

The game began; the crowd was tense.

Black chose the Caro-Kann Defense.

Then P-Q4 was White's next play;

Black went there too without delay.

Move 3. QKt to B3

And Black took P quite hurriedly.

White didn't wince; he felt all right

And took the foe's P with his Knight.

The Black KKt sprang forth with glee

And landed safe on B3,

While White still calm and quite serene,-

Advanced to Q3 with his Queen.

Then Black played P to K4 square

(This move at best can rate just fair)

For PxP was White's move 6.

(Allowing Black his childish tricks),

Black's cute idea can now be seen;

He checked at R4 with his Queen.

The answer should be plain to you,

White's B moved upon Q2

Black's Royal Lady didn't stay,

And took White's KP on the way.

The latter castled O-O-O!

KtxKt replied his foe.

The anxious crowd began to wonder:

Did White commit a fatal blunder??

Why, no! Tlhe contrary was true.

For Black had little else to do —

In fact he couldn't do a thing

When Q to Q8 checked his King;

No choice for him; he took the piece.

(The only way to get release),

White's B went to KKt 5;

(How long could Black hope to survive?)

For Black had little else to do

The only way to save his neck

From what, you see, was Double Check.

Alas, dear friends, too late] too late!

To mate a man like Tartakower In so few moves! What mental power I In History this -pretty game Will live to Reti's brilliant fame.

—Alex J. Swirsky (The reference is of course to the famous blindfold ga?ne between these two masters. Our readers will find this, method of chess notation less compact but more entertaining than the usual method of recording a game I)

Women in Chess

A. C. F. Women's Tourney: We have been informed officially that the prize fund for the women will be Si00, to be divided into four prizes, $50, S25, SI5 and S10. Mrs. Jean Moore Grau has announced that she intends to defend her title. Mrs. Rosemarie Fischer writes that she intends to come on from Milwaukee to have a try at winning the tournament. Mrs. Mary Bain of New York City intends to participate. There is also a great deal of interest in this tournament among other New York women. Several women from Cleveland and several others from Providence hope to participate. It looks like an interesting affair. Better send in your entries now!

A. C F. WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT Boston—July 11 Entrance Fee S5

Cash Prizes Send Entries to Massachusetts State Chess Assoc. 14 Somerset Street Boston, Mass.

Feminine Chess in Milwaukee: We arc fully in accord with the idea that the pages of the Review are enlivened by the presence of pictures of beautiful movie actresses who play-chess, though we are a little doubtful of their ability at the Royal Game. Perhaps our scepticism that beauty goes with chess knowledge is unjustified, for one of the most active of Milwaukee's woman players is also a beauty prize winner. Let us introduce to you Rosemarie Fischer, who in 1930, at the age of 16, was judged the most beautiful girl in California. (Sorry, men, but she is married and has three children!) Neither home duties nor chess use up all the energy of this young woman. She is, in her spare time, a photographer's model, president of an Irish Club and an ardent philatelist.

Mrs. Fischer started to study chess four years ago. In 1935 she was woman champion of Milwaukee and in 1936 runner-up for that honor. Last Summer she was runner-up in the A. C. F. Women's Tournament in Chicago. Even more interesting than this record is the fact that in 1936 she was the first woman ever to captain a team in the major chess league of Milwaukee. That year she had the best record of any player in the League, 11 wins and 3 losses. This year she again captained a team in the Major AA-2

Mrs. Rosemarie Fischer

League. Her team was third in a field of six, and she herself was eighth among the twenty-six players, twenty-four of whom were men.

She writes us that there is less feminine interest in chess in Milwaukee than there was several years ago, but that Mrs. E. Housfelt, who won the women's tournament in 1936, is quite active. She-played on Mrs. Fischer's team and placed just below her in the individual standings of the Major AA-2 League.

She also tells us that the chess club at the Lutheran High School has three times as many girls for members as boys, and that it was a girl, Miss Jiske, who captained the team which won the school championship. Great things are expected of these girls in the future.

R. I. Ladies vs. Mrs. Rivero: On May 20 the Providence (R. I.) Chess Club moved into new quarters. A feature of the celebration attending this happy occasion was a simultaneous exhibition given by Mrs. Adele Rivero of New York City, former woman champion of the National Chess Federation. Playing against the strongest women in the state, Mrs. Rivero made a clean sweep of the eight boards.-/:. L. W.

Book Review

Fred Reinfeld: Limited Editions Volume VIII: THE KEMERI TOURNAMENT Price: $1.50 (cloth) $1.00 (flexible cover)

Although Fred Reinfeld asserts chat "inhuman speed" was necessary on this latest work from his prodigious pen (or tireless typewriter, if you prefer), the book of the Kemeri 1937 International Tournament is an extremely in. teresting human document.

The Kemeri Tournament was easily the greatest since Nottingham. True, it did not pit the older generation of masters against the younger as at Nottingham—since the entrants at Kemeri were almost without exception members of the younger generation—but it did bring together five world championship candidates (Flohr, Reshevsky, Alekhine, Keres and Fine) and it abounded in complicated variations, courageous middle games, and superlative end games. More than this, no single tournament can be expected to provide.

This book is valuable for many reasons. From the American point of view, it is valuable because it serves to record a great American chess triumph. Reshevsky finished in a triple tie for first place, and needed only a draw against Book in the last round to win an undisputed triumph. This draw he did not get (one is reminded of The Australasian Chess Review's clever quip that "no man can 'play against a Book"). There are eleven of Reshevsky's games in Reinfeld's book, and since the former's recent play in the American championship demonstrated splendidly his right to grandmastership, these games arc well worth study.

Moreover, the annotations to this latest of Reinfeld's works arc thorough and satisfying. Euwe, Kmoch, Bernstein and Reinfeld himself comprise a competent quartet of annotators. Reinfeld has had the excellent idea of grouping the games under divisions of the openings, so that the reader is able to see how varied is the treatment given to certain modern lines of opening strategy. Where Alekhine's notes in the Nottingham book were almost entirely subjective, these notes are objective, and offer the student an impartial observation of diversified opening theories.

T.hen, for the lover of fighting chess, there is plentiful entertainment. It has long been known that a mixed tournament produces the most interesting chess, since a weaker player has nothing to lose and everything to gain by playing aggressively against a grandmaster. Stahlberg, Mikenas, Landau, Book, Rellstab and Feigin, to name only a few, gave of their best and thus created interesting games.

This book is by far the most elaborate of Reinfeld's limited editions. It is gratifying to see that his subscribers have increased, and Reinfeld promises that because of this, future editions will be handsomely multigraphed. Chess players who intend to keep up with the latest developments, should add their names to his list, since they themselves will benefit.

The book of the Kemeri International Tournament contains 65 carefully selected games. There are 9 of Alekhine's, 9 of Fine's, 6 of Flohr s, 10 of Keres', and 7 of Stahlberg's, and every player is represented by at least 2 games.

The next volume of Reinfeld's editions will be a collection of the best games of Paul Keres played in 1937. It will contain also, some of the best games Keres lost! Prospective subscribers should order now in order to assure themselves a chess treat, for Keres is the new Paul Morphy.

Reinfeld seems bent on furnishing one proof after another of his indefatigible energy. This Kemeri book was produced while Reinfeld was playing in the recent American championship, contributing to The Chess Review, preparing the Keres book, and completing the book of the Chicago 1937 tournament. Inhuman speed, indeed!—Paul Hugo Little.

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