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|Jan-23-14|| ||thomastonk: <Karpova> I've the "Whitehall Evening Post" of May 27 - 29 (!?), 1783 before me. The text is:|
"Monday, at the Chess Club in St.James's street, Mr. Philidor performed one of those wonderful exhibitions for which he is so much celebrated. He played at the same time three different games without seeing either of the tables. His opponents were Compte Bruhl and Dr. Browdler (the two best players in London) and Mr. Mazieres. He defeated Compte Bruhl in an hour and twenty minutes, and Mr. Mazieres in two hours. Dr. Browdler reduced his game to a drawn battle in an hour and three quarters. [...]"
(I've left out the text that you can find in the kibitzer issue.)
There are no game scores.
The same article appeared in the "Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser" (London) on May 28, 1783.
|Jan-23-14|| ||Karpova: <thomastonk>
Thank you very much! As the 'Whitehall Evening Post' you quoted refers to Monday, it establishes the date of the 3-player blindfold Simul as May 26, 1783 - as this is the date of Monday of that week according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Grea...
|Mar-11-14|| ||offramp: If he were brought forward to the present day he'd need just a couple of minutes to catch up on theory then he'd be straight in settling the hash of these parvenus Carlsen, Aronian and their kith. LOL!|
|Jun-07-14|| ||Conrad93: How is the first name pronounced?|
|Jun-07-14|| ||TheFocus: Frankis.
French for frankencense.
|Jun-07-14|| ||Conrad93: Damn. I've been pronouncing it as Franco...
Oh, well. Lesson learned.
|Sep-07-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. chess master François André Philidor.|
|Dec-26-14|| ||TheFocus: <It is well-known that chess and music go well together, and many are those who have achieved unusual proficiency in both> - Tartakower.|
|Jan-22-15|| ||jnpope: Does anyone know of any chess database program that can correctly play through games at rook odds where the player castles toward the missing rook, such as in the following game? Note: slashes reversed in the FEN for posting.|
[FEN "rnbqkbnr\pp1ppppp\8\8\8\8\PPPPPPPP\1NBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.d3 exf4 7.Bxf4 Qb6 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Bb3 Na5 10.Nbd2 Re8 11.Qe2 Kd8 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 Be7 14.0-0-0 Rhf8 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Ba4 Nd7 17.Qe2 a6 18.b4 Nc6 19.Kb2 Bf6 20.d4 Kc8 21.Bc2 b5 22.a4 Qb7 23.Bd3 Kc7 24.Ra1 Rb8 25.Kc2 bxa4 26.Bxa6 Nxb4+ 27.cxb4 Qxb4 28.Rb1 Qa3 29.Qc4+ Kd8 30.Rxb8+ Nxb8 31.Qc8+ Ke7 32.Qc7+ Nd7 33.Bb5 Rd8 34.Bf2 Bg5 35.Qc3 Qxc3+ 36.Kxc3 Bxd2+ 37.Kxd2 Ra8 38.Bh4+ Ke8 39.Kc2 h6 40.Be1 Ke7 41.e5 d5 42.Bb4+ Ke6 43.Kb2 Nxe5 44.dxe5 Rb8 45.Ka3 Rxb5 46.Kxa4 Rxb4+ 47.Kxb4 Kxe5 «Chess Studies: Comprising One Thousand Games, 1844, p51» 0-1
Even though they start out with the correct position, both ChessBase and the Arena software I have will create a rook out of thin air after White castles.
|Mar-19-15|| ||vonKrolock: The complete opera "Tom Jones" sung in English and performed in 1995 at the Stockholm theatre that was reopened in 1766 (!) after a fire seriously damaged it three years before ... In three acts, respectively|
This work can be appreciated as a piece of theatre with music in the elegant style of Philidor, who wants to compare with the original French text, can find video trailers of the Lausanne performance (already in this century) here ...
... and a pair of excerpts staged last year in Montpellier here
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <A pawn, when separated from his fellows, will seldom or never make a fortune> - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is always advantageous to exchange your king's bishop pawn for the king's pawn, since this leads to the seizure of the centre and, in addition, to the opening of a file for the rook>. - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <If a poor musician had come upon him ... The extreme kindheartedness and absence of Philidor knew no resistance to the appeal for charity, and precluded all discrimination of means. He gave whatever he could lay his hands on - coat, hat, shoes ...> (on Philidor) - George Allen.|
|May-22-15|| ||zanzibar: Uh, I thought <CG> only used ascii-characters in the player names, right?!|
|Aug-23-15|| ||TheFocus: Philidor once said: "Pawns are the soul of chess."
He also said: "Fish eyes are the windows to the sole."
|Oct-25-15|| ||keypusher: http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/22/are-...|
Composer, master, securities fraudster?
|Oct-27-15|| ||keypusher: Affiliates of Philidor involved in the case have names like Isolani and Lucena, some of which are accused of concealing their relationship to Philidor. This is where a little chess erudition would come in handy.|
|Feb-26-16|| ||ketchuplover: He belongs in the world chess hall of fame imo. Should have been the first member too.|
|Apr-11-16|| ||RookFile: I played over some of his games, and think he was stronger than Steinitz.|
|Sep-07-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Philidor, who once said, "I have a Pawn stuck to the sole of my shoe."|
|May-03-17|| ||bobmeadley: Philidor's games in his 1749 first edition are considered by many to be unreal games. Or 'manufactured' for his book. There are only 9 and the Aleppo Gambit game looks like one between Philidor and Stamma.
But this is my speculation. Does anyone have any proof either way?|
|May-03-17|| ||Petrosianic: <bobmeadley>: <Does anyone have any proof either way?>|
Of course not. You can't speculate blindly about something centuries later, and then expect to find proof of the speculation. If there were proof, the matter would have been settled long ago and the speculation would never have happened at all.
|May-03-17|| ||Sally Simpson: In 'Analyse du jeu des Échecs' 1749, Philidor <analysed> 9 openings.|
|May-27-17|| ||bobmeadley: To Petrosianic. Von der Lasa stated in his Supplement in Allen that the 1749 games were manufactured and as we have no early Philidor games would it not be a good thing if those games were given a 21st century examination? There are many finds today in many fields that change views of the past surely?|
|Jun-07-17|| ||mifralu: Rousseau -- Philidor (played in Paris at the Café Procope)
click for larger view
Jean-Jacques Rousseau announced mate in nine moves!
<1. fxg6+ Kh8 2. g7+ Kg8 3. gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 4. Qg7+ Ke8 5.Nxd6+ Rxd6 6. Qg8+ Kd7 7. Qxf7+ Kd8 8. Qc7+ Ke8 9. Qe7# 1-0>
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