We're looking at Ray's Times column for 7 March 2012, which annotated the game Euwe-Capablanca from the AVRO tournament of 1938.
Ray, of course, gives no source for the notes, which the reader will therefore assume were written by the Times chess correspondent.
But I think not.
I think the original author of the notes was the winner of the game, Max Euwe. I think this because I have seen Alexander Münninghoff's book on Euwe, Max Euwe - The Biography, published by New in Chess in 2001, which book reproduces a lot of games originally annotated by the late world champion.
One of these games is his victory over Capablanca at the AVRO tournament, which appears in the book on pages 234 and 235. Ray's own notes bear a startling resemblance to the notes on those pages - or it would be startling, were we not more than used to this already.
Let's run through the notes in the now-familiar fashion.
1. Black's move eight.
2. White's move eleven.
(The New in Chess annotations dispense with the x for a capture - ejh.)
3. Black's move thirteen.
4. White's move sixteen.
5. Black's move twenty-one.
6. Black's move twenty-three.
7. White's move twenty-five.
8. White's move twenty-seven.
9. Black's move thirty.
A nice correction of the not entirely correct "gives" to the superior "gives up", but it would take rather more alteration than this to disguise the gigantic similarity between the notes as they appear in the Times and the notes as they appear in Münninghoff.
Ray, as so often, gives no clue as to whether his notes come from Münninghoff or anywhere else, but where does Münninghoff get them from? At the end of the game there is a note:
old and presumably defunct magazine, Schaakwereld.
So, unless I'm much mistaken, we have a magazine Schaakwereld, which Ray does not mention, which carried notes by Euwe, who Ray does not mention as an annotator, which notes were translated by Alexander Münninghoff, who Ray does not mention, in Münninghoff's book, which Ray does not mention, which was published by New In Chess, who Ray does not mention either.
Which is a lot of people, living and dead, for Ray to plagiarise all at one go.
But he's up to the task.
[Thanks to Pablo Byrne]
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