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|Sep-06-13|| ||Tabanus: <thomastonk> Actually Ancestry.com has "Jan-Feb-Mar 1878" which may well be March 1878. I think it's him, the one who died in Marylebone London.|
|Sep-06-13|| ||thomastonk: <Tabanus> Okay and thanks. A guest at Ancestry.com like me cannot see such details.|
|Oct-14-13|| ||jnpope: I believe they were recorded by Cochrane:
I just noticed the Cleveland library put his manuscript online. I just downloaded all four parts, but I haven't had a chance to go through the files.
|Oct-14-13|| ||thomastonk: <jnpope> Great!
I've found the games in the database, which is described and can be downloaded from http://www.kwabc.org/index.php/furt....
The game Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1854 is transcribed therein with the date January 3, 1854.
|Oct-14-13|| ||thomastonk: <jnope> The game Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1854 is in volume 1, pdf page 52. Additional comment: "Time 13 minutes".|
|Oct-14-13|| ||jnpope: re: Jay Whitehead database
I met Jay at the John G. White collection when I was finishing up my Pillsbury research and he was starting his research into games not found in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games. I had a 486 laptop at the time with Chess Base 3 and my Pillsbury game collection and I was going through the White collection scrapbooks looking for miscellaneous Pillsbury games. Jay was impressed with the technology and asked if I would be interested in creating a database of games from the hundreds of pages he had already photocopied. I spent that summer doing data-entry and then sent his photocopies back to him along with a print-out of the games and copy of the database. I suspect a large number of the games in his final database are the ones I entered into Chess Base years ago... I never utilized his discoveries (but I may have sent them to John Hilbert as part of a larger historical database when John was doing his Napier research). I'm happy to see Jay kept up on his research and that the games he found eventually made their way into public circulation.
|Feb-04-14|| ||offramp: He is PoTD again today. Was no other chess player born on February 4th?|
He is one of my favourites, though. A very attacking player. He was also a barrister. It is hard to be a barrister and play chess as well. Those customers won't wait for their coffee!
|Feb-04-14|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. John Cochrane, probably best known for his 448 games versus Bonnerjee Mohishunder. If you ask me, +155 is pretty impressive (though score of "only" 67.3%). |
On an unrelated note, it has been 216 years since his birth. :)
|Feb-04-14|| ||FSR: <Penguincw: ... On an unrelated note, it has been 216 years since his birth.>|
As in six cubed!?! Great Capablanca's ghost! It'll be 127 years until Johnnie Cochran's next perfect cube birthday! We'll all be dead. :-(
|Feb-05-14|| ||Sally Simpson: Of course but for a trip to India just after the London to Edinburgh correspondence match started we would having been calling the Scotch Opening - The Cochrane Opening for it was he that suggested London play it in 1825.|
London played it in the first game
Edinburgh played it in the third and fifth games.
At that time White did not always go first. For the duration of the match London had White pieces and Edinburgh the Black.
But Edinburgh had the move in 3 of these games.
So this is infact what Edinburgh saw when playing the Scotch gambit in the 2nd half of the 1820's.
click for larger view
I Spent a few days with a very experinced chess historian in St.Andrews House, Edinburgh looking for the birthplace of John Cochrane.
We know it was Edinburgh, but where?
We could find no birth cert just his registration.
The mix up with the dates in February and March is because in them days you were usually registered weeks after you were born.
That is if you were a male, often females were never registered.
JC was born in February, registered in March.
We could not find out anything about where he spent his childhood or his early teens.
JC was a cousin to Admiral Thomas Cochrane.
This is the lad whose exploits inspired Captain Hornblower.
|Feb-05-14|| ||FSR: <Sally Simpson: ... At that time White did not always go first.>|
Correct. Very few people know this. For example, in the Immortal Game, Anderssen played with the Black pieces, even though he moved first. http://books.google.com/books?id=jC... For more, see my Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White...
|Feb-06-14|| ||Sally Simpson: Cheers FSR, because I never knew that either.
Not that it makes much difference but it would be good to tell them they are infact looking at the wrong position next time some dip and their computer are trying to pull this masterpiece of creativity to shreds.
Chernev nails these sad people in 'Chess Companion' when he says some baseball spectators don't look at the majestic flight of a ball, they are too busy scribbling down stats and the batting average.
Made an error in my dates. The London - Edinburgh started in 1824 (Cochrane left London for India early 1825, that is where I stumbled).
OK one year out but considering I've seen and read the letters sent up by London for this match it was pretty clumsy of me.
|Feb-04-15|| ||Penguincw: < Feb-04-14 FSR: <Penguincw: ... On an unrelated note, it has been 216 years since his birth.>|
As in six cubed!?! Great Capablanca's ghost! It'll be 127 years until Johnnie Cochran's next perfect cube birthday! We'll all be dead. :-( >
Make that 126 years now. ;)
|Apr-07-15|| ||zanzibar: I've posted a better resolution version of his picture, and his obituary here:|
|Oct-16-15|| ||offramp: For his time he has a HUGE number of games on record. And those are the ones he bothered recording... He must have played many more games where he wrote down the moves but didn't publish the game. |
The games that we have are really good. I've enjoyed playing through the ones I've had time to play through. Bannerjee was a strong opponent who had great invention. Cochrane might, if he'd abandoned his job in the coffee shop, have become the recognized strongest player in the world, i.e. world champion.
|Oct-16-15|| ||Nosnibor: <offramp> it`s more likely that Cochrane would have to abandon his job in a tea house bearing in mind where he was playing !|
|Feb-04-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, John Cochrane.|
|Apr-03-16|| ||Richard Taylor: Why is he in the Scientific American supplement? Did they have a "diversions" section.|
Oh well, whatever, from all the games he played he obviously loved chess.
|Apr-03-16|| ||offramp: <Nosnibor: <offramp> it`s more likely that Cochrane would have to abandon his job in a tea house bearing in mind where he was playing !>|
I heard that he was a barista.
|Apr-04-16|| ||Nosnibor: <offramp> <I heard he was a barista> Yes he worked unofficially for Starbucks!|
|Apr-04-16|| ||offramp: I don't call it Starbucks I call it Starf%€$s.|
|Apr-04-16|| ||Nosnibor: I assume that you are referring to the U.K.tax liability agreed with H.M.R.C. by Starbucks.|
|Feb-04-17|| ||The Kings Domain: The old Victorian players have always been fascinating.|
|Feb-04-17|| ||ColeTrane: A great lawyer in the o.j. simpson trial (savage!).|
|Feb-04-17|| ||chesssalamander: Why is there no mention of his games with Mohishunder?!? Many theoretical novelties there!|
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