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GrahamClayton
Member since May-13-08 · Last seen Jan-17-17
I live in Sydney Australia, and have been a CC player since 1980, with my only significant OTB play being 4 years of high school chess in the late 1970's and early 1980's. I have an interest in chess history, and enjoy playing through interesting games from the past, and learning about the famous and not so famous players who have graced the great game of chess.
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   Jan-17-17 Martin Folkmann
 
GrahamClayton: Folkmann's last mention in any chess publications was in 1938. He is presumed to have died as a direct result of World War 2. The Red Cross apparently tried to find out a definitive date, location and cause of death, but found nothing.
 
   Jan-17-17 Dezso Elekes
 
GrahamClayton: Elekes served with the Austro-Hungarian army during World War 1, and claimed to be playing as many as 50-60 correspondence games simultaneously during this time.
 
   Jan-17-17 Iqbal Ahmad
 
GrahamClayton: Iqbal Ahmad is still the only Pakistani player to compete in an ICCF World Championship Final tournament.
 
   Jan-17-17 P van't Veer
 
GrahamClayton: After qualifying for the first ICCF World Championship final, van't Veer then finished at the bottom of Qualifying Group H for the second ICCF World Championship, with a score of 0/6.
 
   Jan-17-17 Mattii Lautamaki
 
GrahamClayton: Matti Lautamaki's main claim to fame was winning the first Kenyan Correspondence Chess Championship in 1996-1999.
 
   Jan-11-17 Shmatkov vs Eidlin, 1960
 
GrahamClayton: I wonder why White didn't play 11. ♘e6 instead of two more Queen checks followed by the knight move?
 
   Jan-11-17 Aaron Rothman
 
GrahamClayton: Did Rothman die of natural causes?
 
   Jan-11-17 Karlheinz Hesselbarth (replies)
 
GrahamClayton: Interesting to note that Hesselbarth's only major OTB games in the database are played when he was in his mid-70's. Prior to that, he seems to have played only club chess and CC.
 
   Jan-11-17 Teichmann vs Charousek, 1897
 
GrahamClayton: Position after 58...♗c3: [DIAGRAM] Nice sacrifice to deflect the protector of the e4-pawn, as well as creating an advanced passed pawn. Not 61...♗xd3 62. ♘xc3, and Black has given up his key advantage in the endgame.
 
   Jan-04-17 Francis Joseph Lee
 
GrahamClayton: One of the great "journeymen" of late 19th century/early 20th century international chess.
 
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Aug-16-12
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  GrahamClayton: I recently discovered an electronic version of Irving Chernev's "1000 Best Short Games of Chess":

http://www.queensac.com/chessblog/b...

Because of this, I have finally consigned my worn and taped-up print version of the "1000 Best Short Games of Chess" to the recycling bin.

Nov-07-12
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  GrahamClayton: While looking through some old magazines I came across another example of an underpromotion:

[Event "AUS-corr ch"]
[Site "AUS"]
[Date "1969.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "LL Oliver"]
[Black "John Vincent Kellner"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nb4 6. O-O Nxd3 7. Qxd3 Nf6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. exd5 exd5 11. Rae1+ Kf8 12. Ne5 a5 13. f4 g6 14. Qf3 c 15. Ne2 h5 16. Ng3 h4 17. f5 Bxe5 18. Rxe5 hxg3 19. fxg6 gxh2+ 20. Kh1 f6 21. Rfe1 f5 22. Rxf5+ Bxf5 23. Qxf5+ Kg7 24. Qf7+ Kh6 25. g7 Re8 26. g8=N+ 1-0


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Nov-21-12
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  GrahamClayton: Here is an unique game. While there have been many examples of a husband and wife facing each other on OTB chess, I believe this is the only ocassion where a husband and wife living in the same house have faced each other in a correspondence game.

[Event "Hammond Mammoth corr tournament"]
[Site "AUS"]
[Date "1981.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Carmelita V Henri"]
[Black "SJ Henri"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. c4 g6 2. ♘c3 ♗g7 3. g3 c5 4. ♗g2 ♘c6 5. a3 e6 6. b4 ♘ge7 7. b5 ♘a5 8. ♕a4 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. e3 O-O 11. ♘ge2 d4 12. exd4 cxd4 13. ♘e4 ♗e6 14. ♗b2 ♘c4 15. ♖b1 ♘xb2 16. ♖xb2 ♖c8 17. ♖b1 ♕b6 18. O-O ♗c4 19. ♖fe1 ♗d3 20. ♕b4 ♗xb1 21. ♖xb1 ♘d5 22. ♕d6 ♖fd8 23. ♕xb6 ♘xb6 24. d3 ♘d5 25. ♔f1 ♘c3 26. ♖b4 ♘xe2 27. ♔xe2 ♖c2+ 28. ♔f3 f5 29. ♘g5 ♖e8 30. ♘h3 ♖c3 31. ♗f1 ♖xa3 32. ♘f4 g5 33. ♘d5 ♖e5 34. ♘c7 ♖e7 35. b6 axb6 36. ♘b5 ♖a1 37. ♗g2 ♗e5 38. g4 fxg4+ 39. ♔xg4 ♖g1 40. ♔h3 g4+ 41. ♔xg4 ♖xg2+ 42. ♔f3 ♖xh2 43. ♘xd4 ♗xd4 44. ♖xd4 ♖f7+ 0-1

Source: Correspondence Chess League of Australia "Record", May 1983, p. 12-13

Nov-24-12
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  GrahamClayton: I was just made aware of some very sad news. Back in 1985, I was part of a friendly CC match between the Correspondence Chess League of Australia and an English team. My opponent was a chap named Graham Curtis, who lived on the south-western outskirts of London. As we started playing our games, we realised that we shared common interests, so we started to exchange letters as well. When our games finished, we decided to start two more games. This lead over the space of over 15 years to approximately a dozen or so games played by "snail mail". As well as exchanging letters, we exchanged magazines, Christmas cards and calendars. Our games stopped a few years ago, and I only found out today that Graham had been seriously ill, and had passed away in hospital last week. I am sad that a friend that I had made through chess has passed away, but I have wonderful memories of our correspondence and games.
Dec-13-12
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a great study from 1933 by the Soviet composer AS Seletsky. It is amazing to believe that White will deliver a smothered mate in 9 moves:


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1. ♕g5 ♔e6+ 2. ♔g1 ♔xd7 3. ♘c5+ ♔c8 4. ♗a6+ ♔b8 5. ♕g3+ ♔a8 6. ♗b7+ ♗xb7 7. ♘d7! ♕d8 8. ♕b8+ ♕xb8 9. ♘b6#


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The final position is very picturesque - all remaining Black pieces smother the King, allowing the sole White piece to deliver mate.

Dec-24-12
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  wordfunph: <GrahamClayton> merry Christmas!
Jan-03-13
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a rather unusual cross table, for the 1956 Northern Saskatoon championship in Canada:

Dravnieks,O X 1 1 1 1 1 5
MacDonald 0 X 1 1 1 1 4
Hoehn, E 0 0 X 1 1 1 3
Hamphries,G 0 0 0 X 1 1 2
Ivans 0 0 0 0 X 1 1
Chemes, L 0 0 0 0 0 X 0

Not a single draw, plus every player won against the players who finished below them, but lost to all of the players who finished above them.

Jan-03-13
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  Phony Benoni: Crosstable makers love it when that happens. I wonder what was the largest tournament with that characteristic?
Jan-18-13
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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>I wonder what was the largest tournament with that characteristic?

<Phony Benoni>,
Not sure. Here is another small tournament with a symmetrical cross-table: Nijmegen (Netherlands) 1918:

RAJ Meijer X 1 1 1 3-0
BJ van Trotsenburg 0 X 1 1 2-1
WAT Schelfhout 0 0 X 1 1-2
Fockens 0 0 0 X 0-3

Jan-24-13
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  GrahamClayton: Have any forum members used the "Edit Notes" facility within Openings Explorer? What sort of notes have you written?
Jan-29-13
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  wordfunph: Graham Clayton the player :)

Graham Clayton

Feb-17-13
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  GrahamClayton: An interesting webpage of the link between chess and freemasonry:

http://www.freemasons-freemasonry.c...

Feb-22-13
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  wwall: I must admit, you are pretty good at chess history and the backgrounds of chess players that I think I only know and have played against (i.e., Joe Zachary, Norman Hornstein, Richey, Waldowski,Lankey, Shellenberger, etc).
Mar-27-13
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice puzzle showing the power of pins:

Brundtrup v Edmund Budrich, Germany 1954.

White to play and win:


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1. ♗c5 seems to immediately pin the Queen, but Black immobilises the pin with 1...♗b6. White then exploits the pin with 2. ♕f4+! winning the Queen.

May-28-13
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  GrahamClayton: An amazing example of a player being tied up in knots, as Andrew Greet ends up in a straightjacket at the hands of Nigel Short in the 2012/2013 4NCL:


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Short has just played 45. ♗d8, and Greet resigned, having no defence to the threat of 46. ♗c7, trapping the rook.

Sep-19-13
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  GrahamClayton: I stumbled across some photos from the 1935 Warsaw Olympiad which may be of interest:

Opening ceremony:

http://img.audiovis.nac.gov.pl/SM0/...

Winning US team being presented with the Hamilton-Russell Cup:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

Third-place Polish team being presented with their medals:

http://img.audiovis.nac.gov.pl/SM0/...

Dec-25-13
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  GrahamClayton: Here is another interesting crosstable - the 1955 Washington State Junior Championship, held in Yakima:

V. Pupols X 0 1 1 2
T. Nelson 1 X 0 1 2
S. Falk 0 1 X 1 2
O. LaFreniere 0 0 0 X 0

A three-way tie from a 4 player single round robin is a very unusual result. A three way playoff was organised, with the following result:

V. Pupols X = = 1
T. Nelson = X 0 0.5
S. Falk = 1 X 1.5

Pupols had to travel back to Seattle, so he played his two games against Nelson and Falk simultaneously!

Dec-25-13  Shams: <Graham Clayton> Ollie LaFreniere passed about a decade ago; late in life he ran the Washington Chess Federation. He didn't like me very much which I know you'll find hard to believe. Nelson and Falk are not names I recognize, but of course Pupols is a local legend and still active.

Did you find this crosstable by diving through old newspapers?

Dec-26-13
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  TheFocus: <A three-way tie from a 4 player single round robin is a very unusual result.>

It happened to me a correspondence quad, double round. Three of us tied with +2=4-0. We all drew every game with each other and beat up on the tail-ender.

I won on tie-breaks, my only correspondence tournament win.

Dec-28-13
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  GrahamClayton: <Shams>Did you find this crosstable by diving through old newspapers?

<Shams>,
Old issues of the Washington Chess Newsletter can be found online at:

http://www.nwchess.com/articles/his...

I am currently creating PGN versions of the game scores and uploading them to the database. I am halfway through 1952 - a long way to go!

May-21-14
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  GrahamClayton: An interesting article from the Wodonga and Towong Sentinel, dated 7 May 1943, about how chess was played in the Red Army during WW2:

"CHESS ON THE BATTLEFIELD By V. Alatorzev, Soviet Chess Champion

The war has not reduced the popularity of chess in the U.S.S.R. Chess masters are regular and favourite guests of the men of the Red Army. Various units organise tournaments among themselves. Moscow chess players have formed a special brigade, of which I am a member, to popularise the game in the army. In many units chess tournaments are organised in the men's free time. Well-known masters meet officers and men across the chess-board. They play simultaneous, games, lecture on the history of chess, and recreate outstanding games played in various international tournaments. In one unit Master Zubarov played the Red Army men on thirty-one boards simultaneously. The soldiers were well prepared for the meeting. They parried his manoeuvres with the calmness and resolution of seasoned players. A crowd of chess fans followed the games closely. Red Army men Solonmko and Zakamaky defeated the master. Yet another victory ever an experienced master was recorded by Red Army man Kainov, a musician. He defeated chess master Panov, who on that occasion played simultaneously on seventeen boards. A chess circle headed by artillery officer Smirnov has been organised in an air force unit. This circle publishes a regular bulletin, and recently held a tournament in which more than forty players, including pilots, navigators, engineers, ground staff, and privates took part. The winner was Private Velikin. The Moscow Chess Club gave national ranking to twenty-seven of the players who participated.in this tournament and handed them their qualification cards."

Aug-12-16
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  GrahamClayton: Taken from the New York Times of January 19, 1903.

WINS AT WIRELESS CHESS

Philadeplhia's Team defeats the Lucania's players

The American Liner Philadelphia is the first midocean wireless chess champion. A game was started once last summer between the Philadelphia and the Cunarder Campania, both of which were racing to this port [New York], but the big liners gout out of range before the game was decided. The Philadelphia got in wireless communication with the Lucania about fifty miles off, on Friday, and three of her passengers accepted the challenge of five Britons and and American on the Cunarder to play a game of chess. The Lucania's players resigned on the thirteenth move, and the Philadelphia is now prepared to defend her title. Both liners docked shortly after 9 o'clock yesterday morning.

The Lucania got in communication with the Atlantic Transport liner Minnetonka on Wednesday when that vessel was several miles to leeward. After a few long distance pleasantries a chess game was started, but a new aerial wire which was being tried on the Lucania as an experiment snapped and the game was off. The four moves made by the Lucania's experts were e4, d4, Nc3 and Be3. Quartermaster Walters, who took the plays from the smoking room to Marconi Operator Brooker says that it was the last move that broke the wire.

Two days later when the Lucania was in latitude 43.50 north and longitude 57.20 West, her wireless instruments got into touch with those on the Philadelphia, which was then forty-nine miles to starboard off the Lucania. Capt Pritchard and Capt Mills exchanged bearings, asked each other whether the heavy weather had done any damage, and a few messages were sent by the passengers. Just before luncheon the sextet of chess friends, whose appetities had been whetted by the short contest with the Minnetonka, sent this message to the Philadelphia:

"We would like to play you a game of chess. Will you pick a team?"

Operator Kelly answered that the team would be ready as soon as luncheon was over, and it was not long before the moves began to travel through the slashing northwest gale that was making it merry for both ships. The Lucania's players were Captain Frederick W Young and RW Milbank of Liverpool, E Horace Mundy and F Marshall Fox of London, William Evans of Edgbaston, and Capt HR Campbell of this city [New York]. Capt Campbell formerly was first officer on the American liner St Louis. The Philadelphia's team was made up of Frank Caldwell of Chicago, WB Phelen of Philadelphia, and Waldemar Weiss of this city [New York]. The Philadelphia had the first move and the game was as follows:

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Nh3 d6 4. Qf3 h6 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. d3 Bg4 7. Qg3 O-O 8. Nd5 Bxh3 9. Qxh3 Nxd5 10. Bxd5 c6 11. Bc4 Nd7 12. O-O Qf6 13. Qxd7 Black resigns.

Mr Fox made the fatal 12...Qf6 move for the Lucania, but it had hardly been ticked off when he rushed up to the wireless room, which is just under the bridge. "Recall that move", he gasped to Operator Brooker. "The answer is coming back already", said Mr Brooker. "Good Lord, we've lost!" said Mr Fox. The Philadelphia players had been quick to recognize their opportunity, and while Mr Fox was bewailing his unlucky move he read the winning move on the tape. He had nothing to do but send congratulations. The game occupied two hours.

The liners remained in communication Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. When first in communication the Philadelphia was about nineteen miles astern of the Lucania, but when they sighted each other at 8 o'clock on Saturday morning they were abreast. A new set of wireless instruments will be installed on the Lucania before she makes her next westward trip, presumably for the newspaper wireless experiment, which, according to Cuthbert Hall, the London manager of the Marconi Company, will be tried on one of the fast Cunarders.

Oct-01-16
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  GrahamClayton: An interesting story about an online chess player who pulled off an amazing case of identity theft:

http://www.sabrinaerdely.com/docs/I...

Oct-01-16
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  Boomie: <GrahamClayton>

You may find Biographer Bistro an interesting place to discuss chess history.

Nov-27-16
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  MissScarlett: I direct your attention to Jan Willem te Kolste
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