Paul Keres & Tigran Petrosian

1963 – 1st Piatigorsky Cup

Paul Keres and Tigran Petrosian shared first place honors at the First Piatigorsky Cup Chess Tournament. Touted as the biggest tournament on American soil since Dallas 1957, the tournament took place at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California from July 2nd to July 30th, 1963. The event was organized by Jacqueline Piatigorsky, the wife of famed cellist and chess enthusiast Gregor Piatigorsky. The original plan for the tournament was to have it every two […]

1948 - New York

1948 – New York

Reuben Fine gave an impressive performance to win the 1948-49 international tournament in New York (USA). The event took place at the Manhattan Chess Club from December 23rd, 1948 to January 2nd, 1949 and oddly enough, did not take days off for either Christmas or New Year’s Day. The tournament was arranged in a spontaneous manner by the Manhattan Chess Club organizers when it was discovered that Fine, Gideon Stahlberg, Max Euwe, and Miguel Najdorf […]

1927 - New York

1927 – New York

Jose Raul Capablanca came out victorious in one of the strongest tournaments of all time in New York from February 19th – March 23rd, 1927. The event was held at the Trade Banquet Hall of the Manhattan Square Hotel. Only Capablanca (the world champion at the time) and his strongest rivals were invited to play, with the condition that the winner would challenge Capablanca for his title. Alexander Alekhine, Aron Nimzowitsch, Milan Vidmar, Rudolf Spielmann, […]

Bald-Headed vs Full-Haired Match (1891)

Bald-Headed vs Full-Haired Match (1891)

The New York Tribune on September 20, 1891, announced the Manhattan Chess Club had organized a curious chess contest between bald-headed members and “those blessed with full crops of hair”.  Club members were having a great deal of fun leading up to the affair, the bald participants claiming that their opposition would “not be able to touch a hair on the heads”, to which the players with full heads of hair retorted that they “will […]

Wilhelm Steinitz (1837-1900)

Wilhelm Steinitz (1837-1900)

The chess world lost a legend in the truest sense of the word when Wilhelm Steinitz passed away on April 12th, 1900.  Many newspapers and periodicals throughout the world expressed their condolences in the form of published articles, past games, obituaries, etc. The New York Times brief account of his life and death in the form of an obituary is shared below, along with the 13th game (fully annotated by Steinitz himself) of his 1894 […]