8.5.17

ANOTHER MONUMENT DESTROYED.

Word reaches Cold Spring Shops of the catastrophic fire at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania.

In the days before air conditioning, resorts in the north woods, often located near mineral springs, provided relief from the hot, sweaty cities.  Saratoga Springs might be the most famous such resort in the United States.  At one time, there were several in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but most of those gave way to suburbanization.  Cambridge Springs, halfway between Hoboken and Chicago on the Erie Railroad, was far enough away from major metropolitan centers that its antiquities might have a fighting chance as tourist locations.  Or, in the case of the Riverside, as a location for the 1998 U.S. Chess Championships.

That's because a trappy defense to the Queen's Gambit Declined got its name from a 1904 Chess Championship, also held in Cambridge Springs, although relatively few players used the variation there, and only one of the players using it won his game.
1.  d4 d5 2.  c4 e6 3.  Nc3 Nf6 4.  Bg5 Nbd7.  That move features a sham pawn sacrifice with the offer of a Queen.  But since most experienced players recognize the trap, you don't see the fireworks in the first place.  There are more potential fireworks to come.
The tournament took place at another resort hotel, the Rider, which burned in 1931.

Such was the case for many resorts and amusement parks during the Depression, the owners walk away, or perhaps they trust to luck in the off-season.

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