George Koltanowski: Father of Northern California Chess

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March 1940 George Koltanowski plays in California Championship (Chess - British magazine)

February 24, 1947 Poster for Kolty's Santa Rosa Blindfold Chess Exhibition

October 1, 1948 Santa Rosa Press Democrat Chess Chats column starts Play Koltanowski by Mail

August 7, 1949 Valley of the Moon postcard. (The postcard was from Leah Koltanowski's scrapebook. The back of the card says Sonoma 1947. I believe that Kolti's memory was a little off. The 1st Open air chess festival held in Sonoma was in 1949.)

November 9, 1949 Strengthen Your Chess Game, SF Chronicle

November 18, 1949 Stamina in Chess, SF Chronicle

November 20, 1949 SF Chronicle Chess Column (Chess Record Play-As Rough as a Channel Swim - Leisure Chess Problem 81)

November 25, 1949 Chronicle Chess Festival, SF Chronicle

November 28, 1949 San Francisco Chronicle, Chess Players

November 28, 1949 San Francisco Chronicle, Chess Master Koltanowski, Blindfold Champion, Never Forgets Until He Wants To.

November 29, 1949 San Francisco Chronicle, Chess History

November 30, 1949 San Francisco Chronicle, Meet The Master

December 4, 1949 Ticket for Kolty's SF Chronicle Chess Festival

December 4, 1949 SF Chronicle note, which accompanied ticket for Kolty's SF Chronicle Chess Festival

December 4, 1949 Flyer for Kolty's SF Chronicle Chess Festival

December 5, 1949 San Francisco Chronicle, A Chess Virtuoso Battles All Comers in Twelve-Hour Marathon Play.

December 6, 1949 Chess Expert Tells How He Did It , SF Chronicle

December 6, 1949 SF Chronicle Inter-Department Memo about Kolty's SF 271 Player Simultaneous Exhibition

December 9, 1949 SF Chronicle Special Services letter to Houston Chronicle about Kolty's SF 271 Player Simultaneous Exhibition

December 9, 1949 Dave Ohman letter to Jim Grady (Radio Station KCBS) about Kolty's SF 271 Player Simultaneous Exhibition

December 9, 1949 Dave Ohman letter to Major General Evans O. Ames about Kolty's SF 271 Player Simultaneous Exhibition

1949 Chess Chats Column reprints from the Sunday edition of Santa Rosa Press Democrat

January 6, 1950, Jane Alter (American National Red Cross) letter to SF Chronicle Chess-By Mail Editor about Kolty's SF 271 Player Simultaneous Exhibition

February 19, 1950 San Francisco Chronicle, Koltanowski's First Draw in Chess-by-Mail.

September 21, 1950 Santa Rosa Press Democrat; George Koltanowski, 'Engram' to 'Dianetics' 4-Check!, Science Mates the Chess Master.

October 1950 Chess in California (Chess - British magazine)

February, 1951 San Francisco Fireman's Fund Record, The Walking Brain.

May 28, 1951 FORTNIGHT Newspaper

June 19, 1951 Letter from Thelma Arney thanking George Koltanowski for instructing the boys on chess at the SF Chapter of the American National Red Cross

June 19, 1951 Anecdote concerning the letter from Thelma Arney to George Koltanowski

December 2, 1951 Flyer for Kolty's SF Chronicle Chess Festival.

February 24, 1952 Letter from Kolty to Harry Shaw, San Jose CC

February 1953 Golden Gate CC vs Belgium (Chess - British magazine)

January 31, 1954 Exhibition Wednesday, Top U.S. Player, Reshevsky, To Play Here, SF Chronicle

August 15, 1954 Signature of George Koltanowski for winner of the Valley of the Moon Chess Festival, Group 16, in Sonoma.

August 15, 1954 Signature of George Koltanowski for winner of the Valley of the Moon Chess Festival, Group 22, in Sonoma.

May 22, 1955 Ticket for Kolty's 110 Board Simultaneous Exhibition in Los Angeles

May, 1955 Chess Notes pamphlet advertising SF Chronicle's Sunday Ladder Solving Competition.

June 19, 1955 San Francisco Chronicle, The Amiable Magician Of the Chess Board.

1955 Pamphlet advertising Kolti's new book, Adventures of a Chess Master.

November 18, 1956, Letter from Jim Reynolds to Al Horowitz about the upcoming Simultaneous Exhibition tour and the rivalry between the Mechanics' Institute and George Koltanowski.

December 30, 1956 Chess Notes (Exhibition Set Jan. 18), SF Chronicle

January 6, 1957 Chess Notes (Solutions To No. 13), SF Chronicle

January 17, 1957 Chess Notes (Four Events This Week), SF Chronicle

January 20, 1957 Junior Title Chess Play Set Here, SF Chronicle

January 27, 1957 Chess Notes (Entries In CFNC Open), SF Chronicle

March 1957 Kolty's Notes - Number 1

July 8-July 14, 1957, TD Kolty's personal U.S. Junior Championship Chronicle Program

July 14, 1957 The Chess Column (U.S. Junior Championship Tournament), SF Chronicle

September 1957 Signature of George Koltanowski "To Neilen Hultgren Champion of Class B, Barton Chess Club", in San Francisco.

1957 A Memo from George Koltanowski of the San Francisco Chronicle pamphlet about Chess by Mail.

April 19, 1959 Santa Rosa Press Democrat Chess Chats Column, Gossip from Holland (Problem 176)

August 9, 1959 Flyer for Kolty's San Francisco Chronicle Chess Column Special Solving Competition advertising the upcoming IX Annual Sonoma Chess Festival

July 30, 1960 The Saturday Evening Post, Campaigns of Silence

December 4, 1960 Flyer for Kolty's San Francisco Chronicle Chess Festival at the Marines' Memorial Club, where he gave a 56-game Consecutive Blindfold Exhibition

December, 1960 Check Koltanowski in the Chronicle pamphlet advertising the Sunday Ladder Solving Competition.

January 2, 1961 Signature of George Koltanowski "To R. H. Parker, Prizewinner in Paul Masson Vineyard Chess Competition."

July 30, 1961 Art Rosenbaum, Sharpening the Mind - A Master's Secret, SF Chronicle

May 2, 1962 Lina Grumette letter to George Koltanowski

May 18, 1962 Jerry Spann letter to Mikhail Botvinnik

June 18, 1962 USSR Chess Federation letter to Jerry Spann concerning the purposed Koltanowski-Botvinnik and Fischer-Botvinnik Matches

February 5, 1963 Lina Grumette letter to George Koltanowski

February 7, 1963 George Koltanowski form letter to chess players informing them of his upcoming match with Paul Keres.

March 23, 1963 Mr. K vs. Mr. K, SF Chronicle

April 25, 1963 Paul Keres letter to George Koltanowski

May 31, 1963 George Koltanowski letter about the Keres-Koltanowski Match

June 6, 1963 Paul Keres letter to George Koltanowski

June 15, 1963 Paul Keres letter to George Koltanowski

August 4, 1963 Flyer for the 13th Annual Valley of the Moon Chess Festival

May 5, 1964 George Koltanowski letter to a winner of the Kolty Column Paul Masson chess tournament

July 18, 1964 - Vallejo Times-Herald, Saturday, Chats on Chess Column, (Valley of the Moon Chess Festival)

August 16, 1964 - San Francisco Chronicle Chess Column, (A Series of TV Lectures)

July 15, 1966 Letter from George Koltanowski to Piatigorsky Foundation about Piatigorsky Cup bulletins after each round

June 29, 1967 Paul Keres letter to George Koltanowski

April 19, 1968 Unused custom scoresheet for the William J. Cuddigan Chess Party with George Koltanowski

July, 1968 Chess Digest: Kolty's Comments

July 31, 1968 Weibel Vineyards Koltanowski Chess Challenge Poster

September 3, 1968 Flyer for Newsmen's Koltanowski Chess Double Challenge

March, 1969 Chess Digest: Kolty's Comments

July 4, 1969 Flyer for the 3rd Annual San Bruno Chess Festival

September, 1969 Chess Digest: A True Story by Ken Smith

September 22-23 1969 Flyer for George Koltanowski's 20-Day Chess Cruise (California to Hawaii)

February 21, 1971 Flyer advertising Kolty Chess Exhibition at Ghirardelli Square

April, 1971 Chess Digest: Kolty's Comments

March 5, 1972 Taking On The World, Sacramento Union

July 16, 1972 - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner Chess Column, More Expert Match Picks.

August 4, 1972 SF Chronicle, It's Your Move At Macy's, Koltanowski Simultaneous

September 2, 1972 - Newhall Signall Chess Column, Koltanowski Is Coming in Two Weeks (Problem 47)

September 6, 1972 - Newhall Signal Chess Column, The New World's Champion (Problem 48)

September 6, 1972 Koltanowski Simultaneous, Newhall Signal

September 13, 1972 Koltanowski To Meet Local Players, Newhall Signal

September 13, 1972 - Newhall Signall Chess Column, Koltanowski Is Coming On Friday! (Problem 50)

September 15, 1972 - Newhall Signal Chess Column, Koltanowski Appears Tonight! (Problem 51)

September 15, 1972 Koltanowski Simultaneous, Newhall Signal

September 18, 1972 Koltanowski Simultaneous, Newhall Signal

October 13, 1972 George Koltanowski postcard to Richard Shorman from the Skopje Chess Olympiad

July 11, 1973 Letter from USCF Executive Director Ed Edmondson to George Koltanowski

July 11, 1973, Flyer advertising "An Evening with Koltanowski" at the Stockton Chess Club

May 19, 1974 Chess on the Offensive - Two Big Bay Area Tourneys, SF Sunday Chronicle and Examiner

August, 1974 Flyer advertising Intermediate and Advanced Chess Classes taught by George Koltanowski at UC Berkeley

November 17, 1974 Flyer advertising "George Koltanowski on Chess" at the Concord Library League

November 20, 1976 Flyer for George Koltanowski Giant Chess Board Exhibit at Morro Bay's 17th Annual Rock-O-Rama.

1976 Note from Max Euwe to Leah and George Koltanowski

July 17, 1977 In the Vineyards With Wine, Cheese, and Chess, SF Datebook

July 23-24, 1977 Fifth Annual Paul Masson American Class Championships with George Koltanowski

August 1, 1977 Chess Nuts, SF New West

June 12, 1978 Max Euwe letter to George Koltanowski

July 11, 1978 USCF Executive Director Martin Morrison letter to USCF President George Koltanowski

July 17, 1978 Mrs. Piatigorsky letter to Alfred Hansen

August 9, 1978 Guthrie McClain letter to Alfred Hansen

August 15, 1978 Arthur Dake letter to Alfred Hansen

September 5, 1978 San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone letter to Alfred Hansen

September 13, 1978 Max Euwe & FIDE telegram to George Koltanowski, c/o Alfred Hansen

September 15, 1978 California Governor, Edmund G. Brown telegram to George Koltanowski, c/o Alfred Hansen

September 16, 1978 Berkeley Chess Club Birthday card to George Koltanowski

July 24, 1979 Gerard Dullea (USCF) letter to Mrs. Jacqueline Piatigorsky about her receiving the Koltanowski medal

August 25, 1980 Gerald Dullea (USCF Executive Director) letter to Richard E. Fauber about Mr. Fauber awarded the Koltanowski Silver Medal

January 16, 1981 George Koltanowski postcard to Kerry Lawless about a Macy's event that was cancelled

March 15, 1981 Signature of George Koltanowski "Dedicated to Kerry Lawless with best wishes."

May 21, 1982, Dr. Terrel Bell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, letter to George Koltanowski

August 4, 1983 Los Angeles Times, Soviets Won't Budge-Boycott of Pasadena Chess Tourney Seems Certain

August 7, 1983 Kolty Directs Korchnoi-Kasparov Match, Pasadena Star-News

August 8, 1983 San Francisco Chronicle, A Very One-Sided Chess Match

August 19, 1983 Pasadena Star-News, Checkmate!

August 28, 1983 The Dean's Gambit By Will Chapin, SF Chronicle

May 17, 1984 Arthur & Helen Dake letter to George & Leah Koltanowski

June 19, 1984 Leonid Shamkovich letter to George Koltanowski

October 12, 1984 The George Koltanowski Endowment Fund, The Northern California Jewish Bulletin

April 10, 1986 1986 Kolty Open tournament flyer

August 21, 1986 Letter from State Senator Milton Marks to George Koltanowski

April 28, 1987 Alfred Hansen letter to Mr. Kirkbride.

December 13, 1988 USCF Vince McCambridge letter to George Koltanowski about his forthcoming GM Certificate & Pin

1988 George Koltanowski's FIDE Honorary Grandmaster Diploma

January 14, 1989 Donald Lieberman letter to George Koltanowski about his overdue Grandmaster title

June 4, 1989 Karin Busch-Strangl (Mephisto Chess Computers) letter to George Koltanowski

October 2/3, 1993 Signature of George Koltanowski; "To Carolyn Withgitt and Tom Dorsch for the fine directing of the San Francisco Chronicle's tournament."

May 16, 1995 George Koltanowski postcard to Chris Mavraedis about games Chris sent in to the column

August 16, 1996 Signature of GM Arthur Dake, inscribed to GM George Koltanowski.

October 17, 1998 Kolty Chess For Youth Foundation, Inc., Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting

February 2-10, 1999 Mechanics' Institute Koltanowski International Chess Tournament Poster

2004 email from Laura Sherman about George Koltanowski

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