The Amateur Eye — Historic LM Burns

The famous Riverside Inn, located in Cambridge Springs, PA was destroyed by fire on May 2nd 2017.  The flames quickly engulfed the 132-year old Inn.  Firefighters managed to rescue all the guests and staff.  It leaves a hole in the historic setting.  It was in 1904 that the city held a great international chess tournament with many great players of the day competing where Frank James Marshall came first ahead of then world champion, Dr. Emmanuel Lasker.  The famous Cambridge Springs opening line springing from the Queen’s Gambit Declined variation was introduced.  Over many decades, the Riverside site hosted some great chess activity.  The U.S. Chess Championship was held in 1988.  Champion GM Larry Evans provided a lecture series featuring Lasker versus Napier from the 1904 event.

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