Letter to Gilbert Dobbs from Otto Wurzburg

Author: Wurzburg, Otto (1875-1951) signed

Publisher: Self Written

Location: Grand Rapids

Year: 1923



2 page (on one sheet written on recto and verso) hand written letter. Quarto (10 1/2" x 8") with original folds for mailing dated July 9, 1923 and posted from Grand Rapids, Michigan. signed by the Otto Wurzburg with the original envelope.

The letter discusses mutual ailments and health as well as the aliments in the families. But, goes on to exclaims how "Caissa" makes can brighten up one life and existence. Then he continues with discussion of several problems that have been created.

Otto B. Wurzburg was an American composer and worked full time in the U S Post Office, but also was an accomplished problemist, who was one of the secretaries of the Good Companion Club. The cover of the first issue of Chess Review featured a chess problem composed by Otto Wurzburg. Kashdan, who was the edditor, was one of the world's premier problem solvers of the 1920s and 1930s. His interest in compositions influenced the magazine for years after he left, and the cover would feature a chess problem every issue until May 1941. Wurzburg served as problem editor and contributed a monthly column. Wurzburg was the nephew of W.A.Shinkman. He composed more than 1200 problems in 3 or more moves. He gave his name to a form of the Plachutta theme, the Wurzburg-Plachutta. Theme Wurzburg – Plachutta intersection: two black pieces with similar linear movement mutually interfere (mutual Holzhauzen interference) on the same square. If the pieces are white, we have white Wurzburg – Plachutta intersection. The theme first appeared in 1909, and it needs at least 3 moves. In one variation, with the first move we force a black piece-A to interfere to a similar black piece-B. On the second move we lure piece-A to play the role of piece-B. On the third move we achieve our goal. In another variation, piece-B interferes to piece-A, piece-B is lured, and then we give mate. The piece that arrives on the square of interference assumes the duty of guarding two squares and we say that it is. Edgar Holladay compiled 200 of his problems in "Wurzburg Artistry" (1974) and Valery Surkov proposed many of his problems with their solutions on his website.

Gilbert S. Dobbs ( Richmond, Kentucky , December 6, 1867 - Carrollton, Georgia , February 14, 1941 ) was a US chess composer. The son Charles Edwin Willoughby Dobbs, a Baptist preacher, studied at Franklin College and and at Bethel College in Russellville, where he obtained an MA in 1888. He wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Baptist pastor, he studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville , where he was ordained a pastor in 1890. He served in several cities in the United States: Bloomington, Brownsville, Memphis, New Orleans and finally Carrolton, Georgia. He wrote problems in two and three moves, generally with aesthetically attractive positions and difficult keys. He gave the name to a theme of the two moves: "Two black defenses rally two nailed white pieces and two more defenses they capture them with scaffolding, creating two varieties of crap through counterattack." The pioneering problem of this theme was the third honorable mention in the Good Companion Competition of December 1918. In collaboration with Edward Hanna he wrote the book The Emery Memorial, an unpublished gem compiled on New Year's Day, 1936 (Carrollton, 1937), dedicated to Canadian problemist George Reginald Emery (1904-1936). Alain C. White and Richard E. Cheney dedicated the book A Chess Silhouette: One Hundred Chess Problems by the Reverend Gilbert Dobbs (Overbrook Press, Stamford, 1942).


Other than the folds for mailing the problem and letter are in very good condition. The Envelope has tears were opened and edge wear.