From a letter I received, a game from 1921.
White to win.
Meanwhile, there was a development in the Magnus Carlson v. Hans Niemann drama.
In the Julius Baer Generation Cup (September 18-25 – prize fund $150K), after one of the day’s work, Carlsen was interviewed and, while not saying much, he did give some props to Niemann for his play and then, again cryptically, added that Niemann’s coach, whom he named, must be doing a good job. Crazy. And Magnus scored 10 of a possible 12 points for the day. So far the only game he “lost” was the one he resigned to Niemann on move 1.5.
Also, allowing for a certain lack of coincidence between the Shire’s calendar and the Gregorian calendar, happy birthday Bilbo and Frodo! And happy Hobbit Day. And, in Gondor, it’s a festival in honor of Frodo on 30 Yavannie (= 22 September).
Also, my long lost original set of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and the Silmarillion were located and sent to me. One of you readers, CG, sent me a new set a couple years back I believe for which I am so very grateful. It is nice to have the ones I first read back in hand. I remember the moment I, the boy, unwrapped them. They had been a gift from my late grandmother, who did so much to open me to the world’s treasury of music, art and literature. And it to me! Among other things, she had encouraged me to write to Tolkien. I did and he wrote back. These books were an important link in a chain of events that, eventually led to conversion and priesthood, rather like “the falling of small stones that starts an avalanche in the mountains”.
On a daily basis I am reminded of my grandmother and grandfather in a chessable way. He taught me the game, of course. Also, on my dining room hutch stands the ceramic chess set she fired, in a wooden cabinet with piece drawer crafted by my grandfather. It, too, had languished in storage for many years. Finally, when I had it once again, I decided to fill in the hollow pieces and apply felt.