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Apr-14-15  zanzibar: I reworked the FIDE/IZT listings based on Jul 1984 rankings:

Also, here's the Boston Herald coverage where Browne's selection is mentioned:

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  Caissanist: My apologies if this topic has been beaten to death already, but is there some reason why Hikaru Nakamura's bio does not mention that his mother is American? I hear him frequently referred to as an immigrant, but he was presumably a citizen of both Japan and the USA from birth.
Apr-14-15  zanzibar: Also, how about fixing the note:

<(3) Further details are at this post: Hikaru Nakamura>

to use the new-and-improved direct link to a post (i.e. kibitz #nnnn)

His mother's and father's nationality could be added to the birthplace statement. Another natural place to mention his mother's nationality being American would be to add a parenthetical comment to the statement about the family moving to the United States.

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Four games collections up on the Voting Block for promotion eh?

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  Benzol: <Jess> Only two now.


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  twinlark: <Caissanist>

I fixed the Nakamura bio to add the nationality of his mother. I don't think he was a US American at birth, as he was born in Japan and only came to the US when he was two. I assume he needed to be naturalised.

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  twinlark: <zanzibar>

There was already a note that the family moved to the US when he was two.

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<Benzol> Looks good mate. Game Collection: Winstone Chess Challenge Match

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  gauer: Biel Interzonal (1985) now exists - and thanks for allowing those last few "recent" tournaments get accepted. Since these are past 2000, when they do have an introduction included, the admin editor box pane below is turned off (apparently by default, in the case that anyone else thinks to add anything, or update a new previous/next link to a <tid> page - maybe there is plans to switch these ones on someday) when approved this way (by the biographer admins - there's apparently <other> ways for higher level users to add other new tournaments, sometimes with a kibitzing area switched off as well).

I believe that in a previous year, some of the US championship playoffs had its kibitz window shut off, with a link in the kibitzing by admins on the main page to where the games list of rapid play-offs could be found.

If some major sectioned tournaments are going to be separated by group A, group B, group C, open etc for a year, then they do (or at least can, when all games are present) make their own leaderboards add up properly when sorted by the groups (other examples are the WYCC events, etc). However, "food for thought" might be to consider the approach of whether one or more kibitzing areas would be needed for all the sections.

Apr-14-15  zanzibar: <twinlark> Yes, I know you wrote about the family moving - I was suggesting an alternative place to note the mother's nationality.

But your edit is better, and follows Nakamura's own autobio-

<Hikaru Nakamura was born December 9, 1987 in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, Japan to a Japanese father and an American mother. At the age of two, he moved with his mother and older brother to the United States. He began playing at the age of seven and was coached by his Sri Lankan stepfather, FIDE Master and renowned chess author and teacher Sunil Weeramantry.>

You raise the issue of his being naturalized. I believe he had no need of that, as he was automatically granted US citizenship by birthright - given that he had:

<One parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of birth and the birthdate is on or after November 14, 1986> (Hikaru being born Dec-09-1987)


<The U.S. citizen parent had been physically present in the U.S. or its territories for a period of at least five years at some time in his or her life prior to the birth, of which at least two years were after his or her 14th birthday.>

So no Obama drama involved here!

By the way, hot off the press is a tweet by Hikaru showing him with his mother and grandmother:

Our bio mentions that the family returned to the US, but more accurately the mother and two sons returned, as noted on HN's autobio.

From the age of 7 he was mentored by his Sri Lankanian step-father, Sunil Weeramantry:

I don't know anything at the moment about his biological father, who presumably stayed in Japan.

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  twinlark: <zanzibar>

Thanks. I thought there were some rules peculiar to the US but was too lazy to look it up.

As for his move to the US when he was two, I modified it to make the situation more explicable.

Hikaru Nakamura

Apr-14-15  zanzibar: <twinlark> Looks good.
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  gauer: As previously suspected, it also appears that when <all> the games of a round-robin are present, and the rounds (or maybe just days/dates?! - or both?! necessary) in a collection, and are given a (collection index) random shuffle, the tid page still sorts them by round (first 7 (=14 players/2) games are round 1, then 2, ..., up to 13 - as in Corus (group C) (2004) ). Probably it is better to sort such a list by round, rather than date (in the event if postponed games, etc).

I'm okay with other writers not providing a credit to my particular account name (and I probably intend to free up the collection space in the future, since the tid page exists as a <shared> page of games that were <already> uploaded by a source unrelated to my own account), since the main task seemed to be to group them. Others are welcome to expand on the biography, perhaps mentioning themselves as the editorial source.

Apr-14-15  zanzibar: <<gauer> Probably it is better to sort such a list by round, rather than date (in the event if postponed games, etc).>

Yes, yes, yes!

<I'm okay with other writers not providing a credit to my particular account name (and I probably intend to free up the collection space in the future, ... >

I wish we had some versioning history like Wiki for this stuff. Having the original collections was at least something, but if <gauer> and <TheFocus> decide to delete their collections, which is after all their right, we won't even have that.

Oh well...

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  twinlark: Thanks.

I need to mention I'm changing my bio writing routine.

The main change is that I'll cease the monthly updates of ratings and rankings and replace it with information about players' highest ratings and rankings to date.

Current info is naturally available at the click of a mouse on the links to each FIDE player card. In retrospect, I should have done that as soon as players' FIDE cards were installed on their player pages.

It's also likely I'll be more or less winding up my involvement here for reasons I've mentioned on my forum.

To this end, I've already started noting at the bottom of each bio I update the date of the latest update, which will assist other bio writers to more quickly assess whether a tournament result should be added.

Of course, this process can only work properly if the date of the latest update displayed at the bottom of the bio is amended after each change in that bio.

Caio people. You guys are the best.

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  Tabanus: <<<gauer> Probably it is better to sort such a list by round, rather than date (in the event if postponed games, etc).> Yes, yes, yes!>

Sorting by round works only for single events. For multiple events (say "Larsen 1983"), sorting by date should be better. Best of all would be sorting by 1) event date, 2) round, 3) date? If only we had event date.

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  OhioChessFan: Game Collection: Winstone Chess Challenge Match

<After having his GM title confirmed by FIDE Murray Chandler returned to his New Zealand homeland to give lectures and simultaneous exhibitions throughout the country.>

Needs a comma after "FIDE".

<Construction firm Winstone Ltd after being initially contacted by Jon Stephenson very generously agreed to sponsor the match>

This is a pretty weak construction, pretty weak pun intended. Better would be "Jon Stephenson contacted contstruction firm Winstone Ltd, which agreed ("very generously" is extraneous)to sponsor the match"

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  Benzol: <OCF> Thanks for the suggestions.


Apr-16-15  zborris8: Has Lawrence Trent 's bio gone missing - or did he ever have one? Should he have one? LOL
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  crawfb5: Ok, I pulled a few facts from his website and put together something quick: Lawrence Trent.

Anyone wants to make additions or improvements, feel free.

Apr-16-15  zanzibar: <twinlark> I'm so clueless, however, that I don't really know who all does what - so I wasn't aware of your role as bio editor.

Thanks for all that...

Apr-16-15  zanzibar: <crawfb5> good start.

From his interview with Polgar:

Might mention that he learned the moves from his Dad, but initially hated the game, only catching the bug at a local chess club when he was 8.

He was 10 when he won the U-11.

(Scott, a local player, was his first coach.)

(First win against GM at 13.)

IM at 17-18.

After Mexico (6 month stint) he worked fulltime in London for 4 years, returning to chess in 2013 ("left my job this year", the interview during Tromso 2013).

Apr-17-15  zanzibar: Well, one has to be careful with interviews:

<He claimed the IM title as a 19-year-old in 2005 and in the same year won his first major tournament the Italian Porto San Giorgio Open, finishing above grandmasters and scoring his first GM norm.>

Apr-17-15  zanzibar: Speaking of corrections, I updated a bad link to ARGbase in a post about this tournament:

<Buenos Aires - La Plata (1947)>

I also added an image of the tournament book I found on the web, which gives the date of the tournament as

<April-May 1947>.

ARGbase only gave the year.

Apr-17-15  vanwely: How do you go about adding 2004 Colombian championship to Alonso Zapata's bio?
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