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Member since Jun-23-09 · Last seen Jul-24-17
Never give away for free what someone else will pay you for - <TheFocus>. Full Member
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   TheFocus has kibitzed 26118 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-24-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
TheFocus: Top of the list to replace Sessions? Rudy Guliani. (Not kidding.)
   Jul-24-17 TheFocus chessforum
TheFocus: Hello, Monday!! Care for some coffee?
   Jul-23-17 Lasker vs A H Man, 1911
TheFocus: <MissScarlett> Whyld should have had you on his research team. Thank you for posting that.
   Jul-23-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum
TheFocus: I only bet on the Woj game. W to win.
   Jul-23-17 A Dueckstein vs Pachman, 1962 (replies)
TheFocus: More like a Monday puzzle than a Sunday one. Too easy.
   Jul-22-17 Dortmund (2017) (replies)
TheFocus: <FSR> It seems like the top players are playing a lot of draws lately. But, at least we are not seeing meaningless 12-16 move draws.
   Jul-22-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
TheFocus: <Passed Pawns should be pushed.> Off a cliff. In front of a bus. To get a job.
   Jul-22-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
TheFocus: <zanzibar> Sorry I can't help more on it. I am traveling doing some research for another couple of months. I REALLY miss having my library handy.
   Jul-21-17 Boomie chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: <jessicafischerqueen: <morf> On a rare serious note, by "Thomas" do you mean <Thomas Tonk>? He was one of the very best chess historians who used to work here at> He is still doing good work and posting it at Chess Notes!!
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  TheFocus: Nice day of research. I found three Lasker games not currently in any database.

How many more are out there?

I have over 1,600 Lasker games.

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  thegoodanarchist: <TheFocus: Nice day of research. I found three Lasker games not currently in any database.

How many more are out there?

I have over 1,600 Lasker games.>

Nearly 50% more than! You deserve some kind of recognition for that.

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  TheFocus: Happy June 28th.

I think it's Wednesday.

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  thegoodanarchist: <TheFocus: Happy June 28th.

I think it's Wednesday.>


I thought it was Woden's Day! Imagine my embarrassment....

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  TheFocus: Happy June 2nd.


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  WannaBe: Need to flip your calendar over. =))
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  TheFocus: Happy July 2nd!!

That feels more like it!

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  TheFocus: I have three relatives born on July 4th.

Two are cousins born same day and year. We refer to them as "twin cousins."

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  TheFocus: Looking at the birthday list, I see <H.W. Gustafson>, who I played and defeated in a postal tournament. We were also on a U.S. Team match together. Everyone has that one brilliancy or near-brilliant game inside of him or her. Here is my favorite game. It was played against a very strong postal player, but here he made several weak moves. My scoresheet shows his rating at that time to be 1977, a CCLA rating. His last rating in the USCF is 1951. I did not complete this tournament.

<Focus> – H.W. Gustafson Torre Attack CCLA Grand National Preliminaries

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c3 Be7 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.Bd3 c4 8.Bc2 Nb6


9.O-O O-O 10.Ne5 Ne8

<Weak again.>

11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.f4 f6?

<I was surprised at this weak move. My opponent was rated much higher than me in this postal federation, although we both had Expert ratings in the USCF.>

13.Bxh7+! Kxh7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Ng6 Qd6

<If 15...Qc7 16.Nf3 Qd7 17.Ng5 (Sacrificing a second piece as White threatens mate by Qh8.) 17...fxg5 18.fxg5 Rxf1+ 19. Rxf1 (Threatens mate by Rf8.) 19...Nf6 20. gxf6 Kf7 21.fxg7+ Kxg7 22.Qh8+! (Sacrificing a third piece for mate.) 22...Kxg6 23.Rf6+ Kg5 24.Qh6+ Kg4 25.Rf4 mate.>

16. e4! Kf7

<If 16...dxe4 17. Nxe4 Qc7 18. Ng5! and the mating theme is the same as in the last note: 18...fxg5 19. fxg5 Rxf1+ 20. Rxf1 Nf6 21. gxf6 gxf6 22. Qh8+ Kf7 23. Rxf6 mate. The purpose of 16. e4 as opposed to 16. Nf3 is simply to drive the Black Queen off the third rank and away from f8.>

17. e5 Qc7 18. Nf3 Nd7 19. Ng5+ fxg5 20. fxg5+ Nef6 21.gxf6 1–0.

<If 21…Kg8 22. Ne7 mate. If 21...Ke8 22. Nxf8+ Kxf8 23. fxg7+ Kxg7 24. Rf7+ Kg8 25. Qh7 mate; or 21...gxf6 22. Qh7+ Ke8 23. Qe7 mate; or 21...Nxf6 22. Rxf6+ gxf6 23. Qh7+ wins the Queen.>

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  TheFocus: You know what would be a nice bathroom mat?

If it looked like crumpled up towels.

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  TheFocus: Looks like I will be heading back to Georgia again soon.
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  technical draw: <TheFocus> . Take this song with you :

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  TheFocus: Love it, <TD>!!
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  TheFocus: Returned to Georgia for a few weeks. May be here until October.
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  TheFocus: Nice to see my chess research on Bobby Fischer is included in <Bobby Fischer: The Early Years> by John Donaldson.
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  WannaBe: Does that mean we get an even bigger discount on It's digital book only?!!?
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  TheFocus: My books won't be digital.
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  TheFocus: Georgia is hot but I stay indoors with the A/C.

Hawaii gets hot but not humid like Georgia does.

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  TheFocus: Happy July 21st!

For what it's worth.

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  TheFocus: Happy July 22nd!!

Not that it helps any.

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  TheFocus: Lady asked me if I was a good cook.

Shoot, just wait until she tastes my cereal.

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  Big Pawn: "Did You Know..."

Women have smaller feet than men, so they can stand closer to the kitchen sink.

Jul-23-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: ^^^ That's why you'll never get a girlfriend, Tuxipoos! You're the stereotypical Homerican ignorant male and you give us real men a bad name.
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  TheFocus: Good morning, y'all. Time to clock in and prepare to put in more work.

Coffee ready and so am I.

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  TheFocus: Hello, Monday!!

Care for some coffee?

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