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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|D00|| ||Queen's Pawn Game (31 games)||B21|| ||Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4 (27 games)||D30|| ||Queen's Gambit Declined (15 games)||C20|| ||King's Pawn Game (12 games)||B06|| ||Robatsch (9 games)||D02|| ||Queen's Pawn Game (9 games)||B32|| ||Sicilian (8 games)||A40|| ||Queen's Pawn Game (7 games)||B20|| ||Sicilian (7 games)||C41|| ||Philidor Defense (7 games)|
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|Somacarana Guttock aka Saumchurn Guttock.|
| page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198
| page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198
|Jul-15-09|| ||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|| ||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|| ||GrahamClayton: Interesting that Somacarana appears to have played no games against the other Indian player in Calcutta, namely Mohishunder.|
|Oct-12-10|| ||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: |
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