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David Lawson
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1981 to 1993
Last FIDE rating: 2227
Highest rating achieved in database: 2252
Overall record: +7 -6 =4 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-20-1965, 53 years old) United Kingdom

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FIDE master from Scotland.

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Lawson vs Wright  1-0361981Great BritainC57 Two Knights
2. D Lawson vs P Motwani  0-1391986Scotland-chC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. G Rechlis vs D Lawson  1-0311989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. D Lawson vs Ami Gal 1-0421989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB07 Pirc
5. Galego vs D Lawson  1-0341989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. D Lawson vs C Landenbergue  0-1201989EUR-chT (Men) 9thC03 French, Tarrasch
7. A Dueckstein vs D Lawson  0-1441989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. D Lawson vs Hur Yasin  1-0331989EUR-chT (Men) 9thC03 French, Tarrasch
9. D Lawson vs J Horvath  ½-½241989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB83 Sicilian
10. T Clarke vs D Lawson  0-1481989EUR-chT (Men) 9thB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Petursson vs D Lawson  1-025199103A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
12. D Lawson vs O Shapiro  1-0391991St MartinC26 Vienna
13. Jansa vs D Lawson  1-0321992Arnold CupC41 Philidor Defense
14. D Lawson vs H Wegner  ½-½151992Arnold CupC25 Vienna
15. Adianto vs D Lawson  ½-½451992Gausdal (NOR)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. D Lawson vs A Fox  1-0301993Dublin ZonalC26 Vienna
17. D Lawson vs K Moynihan  ½-½291993Dublin ZonalC26 Vienna
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  BishopBerkeley: Might this be the David Lawson who wrote "Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess"? I believe that book was published in 1976.

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Aug-17-05  Caissanist: I doubt it. The David Lawson who wrote "Paul Morphy" was well past retirement age when it was published, and I believe died in the 1980s. He had been a Paul Morphy hobbyist most of his adult life, and that book was the result. The player in these games appears to be Scottish FM David Lawson, born in 1965.
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  Calli: Yes, believe it or not, David Lawson (b 1886 - d 1980), was nearly 90 years old when the book was released. Another reason its not him is that "David Lawson" is a nom de plume.
Aug-19-05  SBC: <Calli>

<Yes, believe it or not, David Lawson (b 1886 - d 1980), was nearly 90 years old when the book was released. Another reason its not him is that "David Lawson" is a nom de plume. >

I didn't know any of that. Thanks for the info!

Do you know his name non-de plume?

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  Calli: <SBC> Why, yes I do.


Aug-19-05  SBC: <Calli>

<<SBC> Why, yes I do>

Thank you for sharing that non-information

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  Calli: Sorry, I couldn't resist. According to Landsberger in the Steinitz Papers, his real name was Charles Whipple. I don't actually have the Steinitz papers but read it in Jeremy Silmans review of that book.

I thought of the Lawson book this morning when I heard a story on "Moby Dick". It sold only 3000 copies and Melville never knew that it became an immortal in the 20th century. Lawson's book was a big flop. You could have picked up copies in the bargain bin. Now its recognized as a classic.

Aug-20-05  SBC: <Calli>

<According to Landsberger in the Steinitz Papers, his real name was Charles Whipple.>


The name "Charles Whipple" sounds extremely familiar. I don't know why.

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  Calli: I have to admit that "David Lawson" sounds more authoritative than "Charles Whipple"
Aug-20-05  SBC: <Calli>


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  Calli: <SBC> Excellent! Whipple n'est pas un nom de plume. I'm starting a rumor that his real name was James Mason :-)
Aug-20-05  SBC: <Calli>

James Mason is a peculiar choice. It has a strong Morphy connection.

I know you're referring to James Mason, the Irish American player whose name is a mystery, but there is another James Mason who, along with John Slidell, was a European ambassador for the confederacy. John Slidell was a New Yorker who married a Creole girl from New Orleans and, after moving to New Orleans, became acquainted with the Morphys. He was a Senator from Louisianna when the war broke out and, in Francis Parkinson Keyes' historic novel, "The Chess Players" is depicted as Paul Morphy's immediate superior during his (fictional) stint as an espionage agent in France. James Mason worked in England. He was a Virginia Senator, a rabid secessonist and a failure as a diplomat. The "Trent Affair" in which Mason and Slidell, when first heading for Europe, were captured on a British ship in what England considered an illegal manner and which almost brought Great Britain into the American Civil War, made them famous even though there missions as abassadors were eventual failures.

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  Sneaky: <The name "Charles Whipple" sounds extremely familiar. I don't know why.> He starred a very famous run of toilet paper commercials, e.g.


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  whiteshark: "David Lawson (né Charles Whipple, 1886-1980) was aged 89 when his book Paul Morphy The Pride and Sorrow of Chess (New York, 1976) was published. (C.N. 287; page 108 of Chess Explorations.)"



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