James Walker Osborne:
“Perpetual Beginner,” Siamese Chicken, Brawling Lawyer
by John S. Hilbert
Not every Manhattan Chess Club member at the end of the nineteenth century was an excellent chess player. While the masters are remembered, as well they should be, for their extraordinary play, clubs didn’t survive on the ingenious cogitations of a few gifted and often honorary members. The driving forces of a chess club, especially a gentleman’s chess club, were the members who served as offic...
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