August 24th, 2009
Since I’m a Kirkbride enthusiast and an amateur chess player (quite a sexy combo, eh?), you’d think I would have found out about this a long time ago… there’s a chess opening named for Danvers State Hospital! For those of you who aren’t familiar with chess, an opening is the first few moves of a game. Sequences of opening moves which follow a recognized pattern are usually given names (eg. Two Knights Defence, King’s Gambit or Bishop’s Opening). The Danvers Opening (or Danvers Attack) is illustrated in the diagram at left. The moves are… 1. e4 e5, 2. Qh5
Even though this sequence of moves does go by other names (such as Queen’s Attack, the Kentucky Opening, the Patzer Opening and Parham’s Opening among others), it got its Danvers-related moniker when it was used by Dr. Elmer E. Southard in the years 1906 through 1909 when he was assistant physician and pathologist at Danvers State Hospital.
Guess what opening I’m going to try next time I play chess?
- Avalon Danvers Grand Opening June 27, 2008
- Second Life for Danvers? Sort of… January 11, 2008
- Danvers Archival Center on Danvers State Hospital September 3, 2013
- Avalon Danvers to be Completed by June March 9, 2008
- Unhappy Souls at Avalon Danvers June 28, 2008