When? Where? Who is he playing?
Capablanca but where? opponent? opponent's beverage?
Very funny, Mr. American master, you are taking a photo of the photographer.
Who? This one is very obscure and all standing are unknowns. If you even guess the country, you "win".
1907 Karlsbad Players and organizers of Carlbad Tournament : Left to right, seated: Rubinstein, Marco, Fähndrich, Tschigorin, Schlechter, Hoffer, Tietz, Maroczy, Janowski, Dr. Neustadtl, Drobny, Marshall. Standing 2. row: Niemzowitsch, Wolf, Mieses, Cohn, Johner, Leonhardt, Salwe, Vidmar, Berger, Spielmann, Dus-Chotimirski, Tartakower, Dr. Olland.
The picture is of two unknowns with "long pipes" playing in Britain circa 1900.
1911 Indonesia - carving pieces
A French smoker
1904 - A game of "Go-ban", or oriental chess - Yun-Woong-Niel, Korean Minister of War (left) in his home in Seoul. Note the pipe.
More "long pipes". Koreans playing Go-ban around 1910.
What's the story?
Canadians Jean Le Poulain and Claude Lefevre, perhaps preparing for a "Will it float?" segment on David Letterman.
“The more clever give in ?” The text is written in an old German script called 'Sütterlin'. Would be grateful to anyone who can decipher the script at the lower left.
Hand coloured Victorian card
A struggle over the passed pawn!
The game is not over till the fat lady sings.
The Workers' Paradise
Nikolai Alexeevich Ostrovsky (1904-1936), Soviet writer playing at a santorium in Crimea in 1926. He had severe health problems, but carried on despite handicaps. See the complete story at http://www.sovlit.com/bios/ostrovsky.html
“Bashi Bazouks Playing at Chess.” Illustrated London News, 4 June 1859. Drawing by Alexandre Bida. Another long pipe
A game in old Algiers
The house is Panch Mahal. The courtyard is Pachisi Court which is marked in squares for the game of Pachisi.
WW I - The skeletal France plays with Germany
WWI - The Brits play chess on top of a gun.
1945 Iwo Jima - Marine Airmen at Motoyama Airfield. Byron W. Mayo (Portland, Ore) plays White against William H. May (Meridian, Miss), both were First Lieutenants.
1910 Shanghai, The merchants do a little wagering. Obviously, the guy on the right is winning.
What in the world?
The inner workings of Chessgames.com
She makes the opening move.
1941 Emir Abdullah of Trans-Jordan.
The year is 1266. Count Guido Novello plays Buzecca the Saracen.
Chicken or egg? Perhaps chess came first. I found a German version with the caption "Fröhliche Ostern!" (Happy Easter!). Easter and chess?
Something very important is happening here, but not on the chess board.
Update: Earliest known chess photograph? Henry Fox Talbot invented the salt print from which copies could be made. It not known which of his photos was first. Several different shots were published in the Art Union Magazine in 1846. It is not even known if this photo is by photographer Antoine Claudet (1797-1867) or Talbot.
Celebrated Chess Match at Parsloe's, engraving by Cook, c. 1800. Philidor plays two blindfolded games simultaneously for the Turkish Ambassador (sitting left) at the St. James Chess Club on Feb. 23, 1794 at Parsloe's Hotel.
The Queen In Danger!, 1837. Victoria at 18 years old plays against her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne. Political commentary in this litho by cartoonist John Doyle.
"You still have much to learn, Grasshopper!"
19th century NYC building at 5th and 42nd. I move my rook from 5th to 6th avenue.