Lot 921: World-champion Cuban chess player (1888–1942) considered one of the greatest of all time. ALS signed "J. R. Capablanca," one page, 5.5 x 3.25, no date but postmarked Toronto, January 20, 1909. Letter to F. D. Rosebault. In the upper margin, Capablanca comments on his recent chess matches: "Won all 23 games here to-night, and all 30 at Buffalo last night." The body of the letter, in full: "I got the parcel you sent by express. Please send registered letter to Milwaukee where I will be Saturday and Sunday. Cannot say about Marshall match as I don't know that I will want to play by the time I come back.—It is a very tiresome trip—If you have time write to your friend in Detroit about the girls." Addressed on the reverse in his own hand. In very good condition, with uniform toning, creasing to the left side, and dampstaining affecting a few words of the letter and significantly affecting the address panel. Accompanied by two chess-related letters by other individuals and two postcards, one an invitation to a Capablanca match at the Manhattan Chess Club in 1911 and the other featuring a caricature. Capablanca had begun his career as a professional chess player only two weeks earlier, playing a 25-board simultaneous match at the Rice Chess Club on January 5, 1923. Here he refers to Frank Marshall, who was considered one of the strongest chess players in the world. Capablanca would square off against Marshall in April 1909, defying expectations in defeating the American in eight matches while losing only one. These matches brought international recognition to the young Capablanca and represented the beginning of his famous career.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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