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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.

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  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.


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  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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  MissScarlett: < After all, the post isn't even 24 hours old.>

48 hours and counting. I must be prophetic.

Aug-23-17  N0B0DY: <MissScarlett: <Is anybody interested in trying out the new and improved SCID v4.4/(4.5) hybrid?> Nobody.

<zanzibar: <Nobody> Yes, you might be correct - at least on this forum. That would be a little sad>>

This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer.

Aug-25-17  gauer: Batumi last year hosted the World Cadets U12 (2016) (6 of 12 of the youngest World Cadet's sections), and this time Pocos de Caldas: (click a choice of age category in "Tournament selection" and then there are (6 different) links to pgn download files at the "games" link for those interested, currently about round 5 of 11 total) hosts those groups at Brazil, consisting of a couple of Candidate masters on that top board for the U12 open section.

Some edits of mine (see Recent Edits Page, partial list, feel free to expand on the biographies as it necessitates...) for period of 24th-25th August 2017 involved also mentioning a sort of "roster" for my pal Hal Bond (IA, IO), running a tournament next month at Montevideo: Uruguay for the upper sections (compared to World Youth Championship U18 (2016) and World Youth Championship U16 (Girls) (2016) last time for "non-cadet" groups).

Aug-25-17  gauer: If Chessgames Bookie chessforum is watching, perhaps they're interested in a pick-the favourite's finishes of some of the high-ranked seeds of those top 6 sections (ie how many of the top 5 (or whatever number you choose...) seeds in each might finish in a top 10 ranking, etc):

Arseniy Nesterov (2380, untitled), CM Pawel Teclaf (2373), CM Kazybek Nogerbek (2358) U14 open, etc; WFM Bibisara Assaubayeva (2421), FIDE Master/ WFM Nurgyul Salimova (2320), WIM Elizaveta Solozhenkina (2200), etc (U14 women); FM Andrey Esipenko (2504), IM Viktor Gazik (2476), FM Timur Fakhrutdinov (2441), etc (U16); WIM Polina Shuvalova (2383), Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (2271, untitled), serbia's WFM Marina Gajcin (2263), etc (U16 women); GM Dmitrij Kollars (2514), IM Olexandr Triapishko (2511), Roven Vogel (2493), etc (U18); WIM Laura Unuk (2343), Alexandra Obolentseva (2300), WFM Teodora Injac (2279), etc (U18 women)

May the Bistro isn't the place to ask, but are ratings here inflated or deflated much compared to a dacde ago, and how tdo the number of titles of each type awarded compare as a FIDE measuring stick as well?!

Premium Chessgames Member It's been pointed out that Goran L Andersson, born 1956, could not possibly have played in the junior event "Hallsberg - int'l jr" like we have on his page.
Premium Chessgames Member The same person left this link to help —
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  Tabanus: Hallsberg int'l jr was a New Year event, with a report in TfS no. 1 1976. No Andersson reached 50%, but he is mentioned in the game vs. Doucet as "G. Andersson, Trollhättan". In the blitz event afterwards there was playing a "Göran Andersson". Most likely:
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  Tabanus: <CG> Trollhättan is near to Göteborg (Gothenburg) where he lived in the later years. He died in "early April" 2015. I'd make a new "Goran Andersson" page.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks, Tabanus.
Premium Chessgames Member A member emailed:

<Hello Daniel:

I was contacted by Dr. Ami Barav, Law consultant of European Union, father of chess master Israel Rabinovich-Barav.
His father biography published online: http://www.israel-rabinovich-barav....

Ami Barav sent me scans of original documents, pictures and note book pages of his father. This is an important peace of Palestine (Eretz Israel) and Israel chess history.>

I converted the document he sent me into PDF format and uploaded it here:

Do we have any games of this fellow? (I don't believe he is Izrail Rabinovich.) If he's not already in the database we can transcribe at least one from this page and start one: http://www.israel-rabinovich-barav.....

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  MissScarlett: We don't get out of bed for less than £200 an hour.
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