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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Brevity and Brilliancy in Chess

     ... by Miron J. Hazeltine. I mentioned this book in the previous post on Hazeltine and thought it would be fun to take a look at the book itself. It was dedicated to Napoleon Marache (June 15, 1818 – May 11, 1875). 
     Marache was born in France and moved to the United States at around 12 years of age. He learned the game of chess around 1844, and immediately became a devotee. He began composing chess problems and writing about chess the following year. In the mid-19th century, he was both one of America's first chess journalists and one of its leading players. In 1866, he published the 259 page Marache's Manual of Chess, which was one of the country's first books on chess and also one of its first books on backgammon. He is perhaps best known today for having lost a famous game to Paul Morphy. 
From Marache's Manual of Chess

     Brevity and Brilliancy in Chess contains some interesting games, but with the exception of a few games the quality of play is not very high. Many of the players are unknown and no tournaments or locations are given. A few games have very brief notes and there are also a few typos in the book. 
     I did find a couple of games by Hazeltine with his name given only as "Miron" but they weren't very good...in one game Miron won in 3 moves and in the others he gave odds. 
     Here's one of his games in which he gave Rook odds that has a nice finish although the play of both players leaves a lot to be desired. 

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