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|Jul-31-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Photo of a young Paulsen:
|Sep-09-10|| ||GrahamClayton: A description of Paulsen from the "Hobart Town Daily Mercury", dated 17 November 1858:|
"...Paulsen is described in one of the Chicago papers as tall and muscular. His face smooth, hair light and cut short, grey eyes, compact facial muscles, and a head of prodigious size. His head is said to be the largest of any man in the country. He seems to perform his astonishing feats with ease, never experiencing the least headache, and feeling quite clear throughout. He declares that he can play better blindfold chess than in the usual manner, and had he always his choice would never play otherwise. While playing, he looks remarkably calm, and yet, if a bystander feel his pulse, he would count as many as 110 and more."
|Oct-03-10|| ||DarthStapler: The Salieri to Morphy's Mozart|
|Jan-15-11|| ||talisman: happy birthday louis!|
|Jan-13-12|| ||Benzol: I wish someone would write a decent book on Paulsen and his games.|
|Jan-13-12|| ||thomastonk: <Benzol> There is a book on Louis Paulsen, his family and his games, but it is written in German. Author: Horst Paulussen, title: "Louis Paulsen 1833 - 1891 und das Schachspiel in Lippe 1900 - 1981", year: 1982, 312 pages.
It is still available and has even a low price.|
|Jan-13-12|| ||Benzol: <thomastonk> That's great news. Is there an English translation available?|
|Jan-13-12|| ||thomastonk: <Benzol> No translation - it's the only book by this author.|
|Jan-13-12|| ||Benzol: <thomastonk> OK thanks. I might just have to start learning German. I think I'm too old now though.|
|Jan-13-12|| ||Calli: Iowa State Chess Association has a file with 53 more games than CG. Download at http://wwx2.tripod.com/chess.html Don't have time right now to sort it out myself.|
|Jan-15-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Paulsen.|
|Jan-15-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday!|
|Dec-26-12|| ||thomastonk: <chessgames.com> From the biography: "He defeated Ignatz Von Kolisch (+7, =18, -6) in 1861 ..." Several others have kibitzed it before, and maybe you like to change it: the match ended drawn (though the qouted result is correct).|
Before the match it was agreed that nine wins would be necessary to decide it. After 17 games Paulsen was leading by 6:1. But then Kolisch won three games in a row and after 31 games the result was only 7:6 in Paulsen's favour. Here both men agreed the draw.
|Jan-15-13|| ||Kikoman: Rest In Peace Sir Louis Paulsen.|
|Oct-19-13|| ||Karpova: According to page 1 of the January 1882 'British Chess Magazine' (the Almanac), Louis Paulsen was born on January 10, 1833 (here it says January 15). Which date is correct?|
|Oct-19-13|| ||RedShield: According to Gaige's <Chess Personalia>, which lists several biographical sources, it's the 15th.|
|Oct-19-13|| ||waustad: I know that he was born and died in germany and lived for some time in or around Dubuque, Iowa. Does anybody know how long he lived in the US? Since he was often back to Europe, he must have been quite a traveller, considering that for much of his life a transatlantic crossing was a rather slow event at the mercy of the winds.|
|Oct-20-13|| ||thomastonk: <waustad: Does anybody know how long he lived in the US?> Only from 1853 until the autum of 1860.|
<Since he was often back to Europe, he must have been quite a traveller, ...> No, he went only once back to Europe and stayed there.
|Oct-20-13|| ||parisattack: Quite a pioneer in the Sicilian! Early MCOs refer to the Kan as Paulsen's Defense. He also played the Taimanov often enough.|
Some books used to call ...Nbd7 in the ....e6 Sicilian 'Paulsen' as distinquished from ...Nc6 Scheveningen. Not sure how that came to be, however.
|Oct-20-13|| ||waustad: Thanks for the information. 1860 sounds like a good time to get out of the US.|
|Oct-20-13|| ||redwhitechess: snip of his obituary:
|Jan-15-14|| ||brankat: Happy B.D. Mr.Paulsen.|
|Jan-15-14|| ||thomastonk: From the biography: "notes: Louis or his brother Wilfried were occasionally involved in consultation chess, perhaps also being on the team of Louis Paulsen / Dr. Carl Goring / Johannes Metger."|
I will delete Wilfried and the speculation from this statement, because the tournament book of Leipzig 1877, where the corresponding game has been played, leaves no room for doubts.
|Jan-24-14|| ||Chessical: <DEATH OF A CHESS MASTER>. |
The death is announced of Louis Paulsen, who, next to Anderssen, has been regarded the foremost of the great chess players of the last generation, whose names became most familiar the occasion of the first World's Tournament in 1851, and that of the British Chess Association in 1862. Of the list of recognised masters of that time, numbered at 36, there are but six dating back 1846, and another to 1849. Reckoning the five great masters that have sprung up since 1862, we have not quite a third of the leading class of representatives which we could boast 30 years ago.
Paulsen was most distinguished player, but the slowest of all the masters ; his amiability and modesty were his marked characteristics, and it is marvel that he was universal favourite. He won first prizes Bristol in 1861, and in one of the early German tournaments, that at Leipsic, about 15 years later, in the American tournament 1857 he came out second, Morphy alone beating him in the London tournament 1862 Anderssen, the 1851 winner, was again first, Paulsen being next.
Paulsen was the first who played blindfold chess on its present scale, a feat frequently and successfully accomplished in more recent years by Blackburn and Zukertort; two games played Philidor at a time intervals from 1783 - 1795 being considered too remarkable ever to be believed in future ages. During 1855-56-57 Paulsen,in the West of America, played ten games once on at least three occasions; and at Simpson's, London, in 1861, met the strongest team ever encountered by a player without sight of board or men.
Source: <Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 26 August 1891, p.2>
|Jan-24-14|| ||thomastonk: <Nottingham Evening Post - Wednesday 26 August 1891, p.2> Beware! This obituary contains mistakes.|
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