Letter from Jose R Capablanca to Caroline Marshall

Letter from Jose R Capablanca to Caroline Marshall

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Author: Capablanca y Graupera, Jose Raul Jr (1923-1984) signed

Year: 1955

Publisher: Self Written

Place: Havana


One quarto (11" x 8 1/2") page typed signed letter dated 11 October 1955 on Club de Ajedrez "Capablanca" de la Habana letter head from Dr José Raul Capablanca, the son of the world chess champion, to Caroline Marshall, the widow of the long-time US chess champion Frank J. Marshall. This letter is stamped with the seal of the club.

This correspondence regarding the six winners of the national chess tournament in Cuba the six winners will be touring the United States and he has, with the arrangement of Edwards Lasker and Luis Bascallao is requesting Caroline Marshall's permission to conduct a match with the members of the Marshall Chess Club.

In December 1921, shortly after becoming World Champion, Capablanca married Gloria Simoni Betancourt. They had a son, Jose Raul Jr, in 1923 and a daughter, Gloria, in 1925. Jose Raul Jr received a law degree in Cuba and later became the official Chess Adviser in Cuba.

Marshall Chess Club is an old, glorious brownstone purchased by Gustavus Adolphus Pfeiffer, a philanthropist, pharmaceutical magnate and chess enthusiast, for the Marshalls as their private home and as the home of the Marshall Chess Club. After Frank Marshall died on November 9, 1944, Caroline Marshall and Frank Marshall, jr. operated the club and after Frank, jr. died (at age 50), Caroline Marshall operate the club until the late 60's when poor health forced her to give up Carrie Marshall died in 1971.


Some wear to the edges, fold for posting else a very good copy of a unique piece of chess history.