HELP! Still Need Answers to Two Chess History Questions

Question 1. There was a world championship chess match played in New York where the games were copyrighted and sold to newspapers, wire services, etc. Was it Lasker – Steinitz 1894? If not, was it Steinitz – Zukertort 1886 or Lasker – Marshall 1907? Please send me details. Answer: Lasker – Steinitz 1894, see comment. (updated 2006-12-10)

Question 2. In which book(s) translated into English, did Botvinnik say he told the USSR Chess Federation “The next world champion should be a Soviet, like me, and not an Estonian like Paul Keres.”?

Thank you. — James Schroeder

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The Butcher
17 years ago

Question 1: I found the copyright terms of the Steinitz Zukertort match in an article by Edward Winter on

The contract eventually signed by Steinitz and Zukertort on 29 December 1885 stated:

‘Property right in the record of all games played in the match shall insure [sic] to each player, who shall have the separate right of publishing any or all the games during the match, and a collection of the games after the match, and that either player may obtain copyright for the games and his own notes, both in America and in England or elsewhere, but that neither player shall have any commercial claim on his opponent’s published games, or collection thereof.’

Source: The Chess Monthly, January 1886, page. 136.

The Butcher
17 years ago

James Schroeder reports:

It was the Lasker – Steinitz match of 1894 where the games were copyrighted and put on the “wire” for people to buy. The spectators had to sign a form restricting how they could use the game scores.

American Chess Magazine:

“A feature of the match was the reproduction of the games by wire in the window of the Montreal Star office. J. N. Babson was responsible.”

“On Saturday afternoon St. James St. became impassable for vehicles for a short time.”

I would like the exact details, including the form the spectators had to sign.