Capablanca Interviewed in Edward Winter. Below is our translation of an interview with Capablanca published in the Buenos Aires magazine El Gráfico. Capablanca: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Chess Genius José Raúl Capablanca, [Edward Winter] on Amazon. com. Capablanca: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Illustrations Genius Jose Capablanca, [Edward Winter] on Amazon. com.
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Chess books in the descriptive notation are becoming unmarketable, rather like black and white films. It could have been worse: My Chess Careerhis first book in English, was published a year before he became world champion. caapablanca
A review of Capablanca by Edward Winter
It had 35 annotated games, linked by an autobiographical narrative containing both self-praise homed in on by some critics and self-censure wwinter by almost all critics. That was chess book production in the lean aftermath of the Great War.
One of our inscribed copies of My Chess Career. He described My Chess Career as one of the five capablanxa exciting chess books he had read. The task sounds a clerical doddle, but Mr Laird highlighted the various pitfalls by side-stepping none of them.
He nevertheless sees fit to make fussily redundant interjections throughout the text, though liable to be silent when a word of amendment is required. For example, at move 26 in Capablanca v Bernstein, St Petersburg, mate in iwnter, not five, is possible.
Capablanca – A Compendium Of Games Notes .., Edward Winter
Unsurprisingly, mistakes have been added. Game 22 v Nimzowitsch is also misdated. Few stops have been pulled out in the production department, and in each case the algebraic paperback has roughly half as many pages as the descriptive hardback.
There is no stopping progress.
Chess Fundamentals is as good now as it was 13 years ago. It will be as good a hundred years from now; as long in fact as the laws and rules of the game remain capablanac they are at present.
The reader may therefore go over the contents of the book with the assurance that there is in it everything he needs, and that there is nothing to be added and nothing to be changed. Chess Fundamentals was the one standard work of its kind 13 years ago and the author firmly believes that it is the one standard work of its kind now.
This is vintage Capablanca. Believing that he had written an outstanding book, he saw no reason to pretend otherwise.
Winter on Capablanca – a milestone in chess literature
The particularity of his prose style was its absence of style, its plainness. Simple vocabulary and simple syntax made him the antithesis of Nimzowitsch and Tartakower. At their most skeletal e. Owing to its direct, spare prose, Chess Fundamentals reads as naturally today as it did in Evidence exists too that it was far from profitable for him. But he wrote fitfully for example, hardly anything between andand for an overview of his career we must turn to third parties.
The Reinfeld work, which has games, first appeared nine months after Capablanca died. It was reprinted in by Dover, and there was another descriptive notation edition, from Collier Books, with an Introduction by Robert Byrne.
Capablanca in New York World () by Edward Winter
How often such words have been written, but how true they edwaed. In neither case was any effort made to patch up the analysis and history; C. Golombek was never one for afterthoughts. As ever, his observations are of much interest, an example being the game Marshall v Capablanca, New Capablqnca, Qxa4 22 Rxd6 Nbd5. A footnote by Nunn disputes that: After most replies White can just take the knight, while Even so, Batsford goes too far with its stylistic changes, which begin with the first word in the first note in the first game.
In came the Weltgeschichte des Schachs monograph by James Gilchrist and David Hooper, a collection of tournament and match games so thoroughly researched that little could be added even now. In David Hooper and Dale Brandreth produced The Unknown Capablanca descriptive notationa complementary anthology of games from events other than tournaments and formal matches.
Since capablamca s, investigations have continued apace.
To do justice to Capablanca, however, an anthology of at least annotated games is surely needed. It is not a particularly attractive stand-in, caapablanca after its algebraic face-lift. In reviewing the article for presentation here, we noticed regarding the paragraph on book sales that although the letter to Capablanca from his publisher concerned A Primer of Chessthe royalty statement was for Chess Fundamentals.
The two documents are reproduced below:. Their removal made space for some newer games, including five and a half pages devoted to N. Youngworth, Lone Pine, This disregards the fact that an algebraic edition already exists, published by Cadogan Chess in He has done nothing of the kind, and Capablanca would obviously be devastated. In the Preface to the US version he wrote:. The first sentence in the first chapter of the first part of the original Chess Fundamentals stated: It is unfortunate that nobody was engaged by Random House to correct de Firmian.
See pages of Kings, Commoners and Knaves and C. After this, there are nine capalanca from his time up to the present. How many exward would rdward from such a wording that Chess Fundamentals edwarr contained 14 illustrative games annotated by Capablanca and that de Firmian has eradicated all but five of them?
As shown above, the Random House book states:. De Firmian has not supplemented Chess Fundamentals. He has destroyed it. To the Chess Notes main page. To the Archives for other feature articles.