In addition to a new Minev article in the on-going “Mini-Lessons” series, I just posted a new My Chess Viewer file of Prize Winning Games: 1876 – 1927. This is a file I received from Dr. Minev. He indicated that this originally appeared in Shakhmatny Bjulleten in a series of at least 2 – and possibly 3 – articles over the course of several months. The games themselves were compiled by the original author from tournament books from the period, and represent games that received some prize at the indicated tournaments. To this original list from S.B., Nikolay also added a few more that he found from the same time period.
These are the cream of the crop! I think you will enjoy playing through them.
I have posted them in their current state, but the background raises some additional questions. If any readers are able to help answer the mysteries, I would appreciate the help. The questions:
1. What issues of the magazine were they published in? I found one, probably the first. It was 1/1968, pages 14-19. But this accounts for only about 30 of the more than 90 games. What issue contained the others? I have searched page by page for several years after (and before) and have yet to find the answer.
2. What games did Nikolay add? He indicated it was probably 5-6 games. If I can find the articles (question 1), then this question can also be answered.
3. Most interesting – what prizes were the games awarded? Nikolay indicated that the prize varied – some were the best game of the tournament, some may have been something else, such as best ending, best combination, etc. If anyone has access to the original tournament books, there is a chance that the prize is listed. I would like to identify all if possible, but will need help.