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Aug-06-17  Retireborn: <z> Isn't he writing a book about Lasker or something?

Anybody know what his real name is? Just so I can buy the book, if it's any good.

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  tpstar: A: Robert James Fischer (kibitz #50547)
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  zanzibar: And I believe he's writing a book about Fischer.

(Although he does post a lot about Lasker (and a few others too - e.g. Alekhine)).

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  offramp: Does anyone else think that a date for the addition of the introduction to an event would be useful?

<Original collection: Game Collection: 1890 Lasker - Bird by User: TheFocus. Additional material added by User: Chessical]> <June 2016.>

The reason is that I was <going> to say thanks to <TheFocus> for another great intro... But going by the kibitzes it has been there over a year. And as Larry David would say,
"I think the congratulations window on that one closed some time ago."

Anyway, I decided to say thank you here to <TheFocus>, only to find out that the Thank You window apparently just closed.

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  zanzibar: Doing a kibitzing search on "focus book fischer", I found this:

Kenneth S Rogoff (kibitz #280726)

Which suggests his upcoming book is not about Fischer. A little surprising, given all the mentions he previously gave.

But with <The Focus> one never quite knows, does one?!


Aug-07-17  Retireborn: <tpstar>, <z> Thanks for that, will look out for those books.
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  Chessical: <Offramp> To clarify, The Focus gathered the games for Lasker - Bird (1890) and later I cloned his work and then wrote the text for the introduction.
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  Tabanus: Lasker - Bird (1890) is not mentioned on the New Tournaments page. Nor is Lasker - Bird (1892).

Both are listed in the Tournament Index.

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  zanzibar: I think I know the title of <focus>' new book:

<All the Jokes I Ever Posted on <CG> - vol 1> .

Aug-09-17  sonia91: New FIDE title holders:

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  zanzibar: Thanks for posting that <sonia91>.

While trying to look up what IO is (International Organizer), I came across the applicant list:


Premium Chessgames Member <Tabanus: Lasker - Bird (1890) is not mentioned on the New Tournaments page. Nor is Lasker - Bird (1892). Both are listed in the Tournament Index.>

No surprise, the New Tournaments page only shows the most recent 120 tournaments for both staff-added and bistro-added tournaments. (Hence the adjective "new".)

The two events named were inducted in March and August of 2013 respectively, long ago pushed off the list with hundreds of others.

Just out of curiosity I did a count of the total number of tournaments in the index, as well as the total number inducted by biographers. The count is 2,110 total tournaments in the index, 666 of which were inducted by you good people.

(Perhaps now the superstitious among will be motivated to make that 667?)

Premium Chessgames Member More fun stats:

There are currently 837,769 games in the database, 341,473 (40.76%) of which are linked to tournament found in the Tournament Index.

Aug-14-17  Magpye: Ok, so if I understand correctly, you can generate a FEN but you can't copy-and-paste it.

What program do you recommend to use at home if I want to make diagrams for annotating my own games? I have heard that Alpine is good, but I have not tried it.

Any recommendations would be welcome. And thank you ahead of time.

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  keypusher: Portoroz Interzonal (1958)

The Portoroz currently it cites a book by Averbakh for the proposition that there were six slots to the Candidates available, but no more than four could be taken by players from one country.

However, both Tal and Averbakh in their memoirs state that in fact only two players from one country could advance from the tournament (because two places in the candidates were already taken by Keres and Smyslov). After twelve rounds this was increased to three. Averbakh:

<By the rules established at 1956 Moscow FIDE Congress, five Interzonal winners were to progress to the Candidates'. But Smyslov (ex-World Champion) and Keres (runner-up of the last Candidates') already received personal invitations, so, out of our Soviet four, only two at most could progress! Of course, we didn't like that, and all other participants thought that it was unfair that only five players qualified, while at the previous Interzonals, there were nine qualifying places, and so they asked the FIDE officials to increase the number.

For the first half of the tournament, I was in the top three, behind only Tal and Petrosian. Still, that third place gave me nothing. But before the 13th round, we got good news: the number of qualifying places was increased to six, and the number of Soviet players eligible for qualifying was increased to three.>


<For the first time, the rule came into force that, from any one country (read -- USSR!) no more than two (at first) and then no more than three (as was decided after 12 rounds) players could go forward from the Internal to the Candidates' tournament. Therefore, each of the Soviet quartet was required not only to win, but to come ahead of at least one of his compatriots. In short, only 1st-3rd places guaranteed success, compared to 1st-6th places for the remaining contestants.>

A limit of four from Portoroz doesn't make much sense, since there were only four Soviets participating (Tal, Petrosian, Bronstein, and Averbakh).

Would be nice to resolve this. I don't have the Averbakh book cited in the cover article, but I imagine it's consistent with the excerpt I posted.

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  zanzibar: <Magpye> what kind of diagrams do you want, and for where?

I looked at Alpine, which I had never hear of before, to tell the truth. It looks to be a font factory, more for Word than just capturing an image.

If you want to just grab a screenshot (or create an image file) SCID is very usable. (v4.4, my preferred version)

JIN is also fairly good, and available right on the web:

(don't mind the poor quality graphic for the piece selection - the right-hand-side board is the one you get.)

It has a variety of good pieces/boards, with high quality resolution (although the board labels are poor).

My Z-FEN program has maybe the easiest FEN setup of any, and I think the largest/best variety of pieces/boards. But I haven't added any screen print/capture feature in yet - so you'd have to use Microsoft's Snipping Tool (or X-windows) to grab the board image.

I'll put the link here - even though it's not entirely debugged. Be aware that it requires python (and PIL, aka Pillow):

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  zanzibar: OK, it's not in the shiny production model, but doing screen captures is rather easy.

Just to get the idea - here's an array of screenshots of some of the varieties available...


Aug-19-17  gauer: Biographer Bistro (kibitz #17009) <... generate a FEN but you can't copy-and-paste it...>

Maybe it's trickier for a Mac or mobile user, but at Kibitzing Tricks, there is a diagram and some ideas. After right=clicking on it,

7K_8_k1P5_7p_8_8_8_8 (use "save picture as" to get that string; I thought a few years ago, the slashes were added instead of the underscores), along with replace all if one needs to change them. Perhaps there's a similar right-click trick in other OS environments.

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  zanzibar: <Magpye> SCID also has some other features, which it uses for making diagrams in some of its *formatted* PGN exports features.

E.g. Tools -> Export Current Game ->

- Export current game to PGN
- Export current game to HTML
- Export current game to HTML and JavaScript
- Export current game to LaTex

So you can harvest positions of interest to you with the "D" feature in the Comment tab window for selected points of play in a game.

The HTML stuff uses bitmaps, I believe, and produces quite readable output. I don't remember if I've used the LaTex stuff though, and if I did, I didn't use it much.


Aug-20-17  Magpye: Thank you zanzibar and gauer. I will look through all your suggestions.
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  zanzibar: Is anybody interested in trying out the new and improved SCID v4.4/(4.5) hybrid?

It would be nice to have some road testing of the version, especially after all the work I just went through to get the GameList window to work.

I'd just zip up the Windows executable and accessory files - maybe including Z-base with the biographical enhancements. So running it in parallel with your current setup should be easy/breezy.

You'd have to have some modest experience with SCID to qualify though, as the idea is to debug/test/improve.


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  MissScarlett: <Is anybody interested in trying out the new and improved SCID v4.4/(4.5) hybrid?>


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  zanzibar: <Nobody> Yes, you might be correct - at least on this forum. That would be a little sad (not for me, per se, but more generally).

Still, <Missy>, you seem anxious to jump the gun, for some reason. After all, the post isn't even 24 hours old.


Premium Chessgames Member <Magpye: Ok, so if I understand correctly, you can generate a FEN but you can't copy-and-paste it.>

We just took a measure to end that deficiency. Please see chessforum (kibitz #27976) for more information.

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  MissScarlett: <<Is anybody interested in trying out the new and improved SCID v4.4/(4.5) hybrid?>>

How about a hybrid that doesn't require <Event> and <Site> strings to sort tournaments? <Event> and <EventDate> would be more logical and parsimonious.

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