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Somacarana
  
Number of games in database: 198
Years covered: 1855 to 1860
Overall record: +62 -125 =11 (34.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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SOMACARANA
India

[what is this?]
Somacarana Guttock aka Saumchurn Guttock.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1521855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
2. Somacarana vs Cochrane ½-½381855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Somacarana vs Cochrane 1-0221855CalcuttaC24 Bishop's Opening
4. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1411855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0721855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1311855CalcuttaC00 French Defense
7. Cochrane vs Somacarana  ½-½411855CalcuttaB20 Sicilian
8. Somacarana vs Cochrane 1-0601855CalcuttaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1301855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0391855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Somacarana vs Cochrane  1-0421855CalcuttaB20 Sicilian
12. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1281855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Somacarana vs Cochrane  1-0441855CalcuttaA80 Dutch
14. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1331855CalcuttaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1351855CalcuttaA21 English
16. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0221855CalcuttaC41 Philidor Defense
17. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0401855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
18. Somacarana vs Cochrane  ½-½621855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Somacarana vs Cochrane  1-0381855CalcuttaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0351855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
21. Somacarana vs Cochrane  1-0291855CalcuttaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0311855CalcuttaB20 Sicilian
23. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1561855CalcuttaA21 English
24. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1331855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1261855CalcuttaA02 Bird's Opening
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: Not much is known about this player, and yet he was good enough to play John Cochrane, beating him over 40 times. He never once received odds, which in those days means that Cochrane regarded him as a peer.

Somacarana is probably a transliteration of an Indian name, and perhaps appears elsewhere in our database under different spelling. Can anybody shed more light on the talented but mysterious "Somacarana"?

Jul-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: He invented a group Rain Dance involving placing one's hands on opposite shoulders, and chanting "Hey, Somacarana"
Jul-19-09  Pesach: I can shed some light on his name at least: The Sanskrit compound word "soma-carana" means the drinking of [the juice of] the soma plant. Ancient Vedic texts describe both the drinking of this juice or extract and its being offered to the gods as a libation.
Sep-13-09  laskereshevsky: I wouldnt ever presumed the doping problem in the chess cam from so far away in time....:)
Jan-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Interesting that Somacarana appears to have played no games against the other Indian player in Calcutta, namely Mohishunder.
Oct-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Interesting that Somacarana appears to have played no games against the other Indian player in Calcutta, namely Mohishunder.> They probably have played each other but games were not recorded or survived. We know their games with Cochrane only due to Cochrane's habit to record his games.
Jan-04-11  FourQ: Hey, games that I can understand without enlisting Rybka!

Really quite interesting though. Shows what a talented individual Somacarana must have been to learn a second type of chess and play it at quite a skilled level with, presumably, no education whatsoever other than experience.

In the games I've looked at he still seems a little reticent to make certain moves of modern European chess (like O-O) preferring closed games with a central king.

Apr-29-11  Whitehat1963: SOOO not a good dancer!
Aug-06-15  SBC:

This is Somacarana Guttock aka Saumchurn Guttock

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