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Library of Congress Online Newspapers

Brooklyn Daily Eagle up to 1902

User: jnpope's Chess Archeology site

Fulton History for New York State newspapers (Difficult site to use, so have patience.)

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Search Chess History Online (also from Edward Winter's site)

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Is actually Nikolai Brunni.

Site record holder for most posts in a day with 221.

Shared two Caissars as one of the Bistro Biographers. Most Constructive (2012) and Best Historian (2012). Game Collection: 1970 Buenos Aires won for Best Collection (2013).

Half White, half Cherokee, half Chippewa, and half Antarcticadian. Now that's a lot of mouths to feed. Plus, he hates when they all get to arguing amongst themselves.

Ambassador to the United Nations for Antarctica. When not on Ambassadoring duties, he raises purebred penguins and has been the chess champion of Antarctica. Lives in Hawaii at the Antarctican Embassy.

Speaks Antarctican, English, and Southern (Country, City and Mountain dialects).

Is a Wickedpedia Editor.

Contributes to Edward Winter's <Chess Notes>. Written newspaper and magazine articles about chess.

Raised in Texas, Georgia, and Itcantgetanycolderthanthis, Antarctica.

Is a martial arts instructor and bodyguard to Hollywood celebrities, government officials and the Mountain Mafia. Shhhhh! Don't mention the Mountain Mafia! "What? Oh yeah. Just forget anything I said about the Mountain Mafia, people. Now, just move along. Nothing to read here."

Employed as a security manager; a librarian at Ye Olde Law Fyrme of Grimm, Grimmer, Grimm, Gothika and Hucklebuck; and a masseur at Miss Kitty's House of Ladies.

Hobbies include playing the buffalo drum, and raising purebred penguins and dressing them in fancy suits.

He is a Games Editor because Daniel Freeman is a kind and benevolent man and reinstated him to that position after giving <TheFocus> two black eyes.

Excellent poet and short story writer and is currently writing what <parisattack> describes as THE definitive book on Robert Fischer. Now, if only he would get off his fat, lazy butt and finish the darn thing.

Formed the <Injustice League> with <MarkFinan>, <shach matov> and <johnbarleycorn>. Their shared goal is to drink beer, eat pizza, and mock the world for all of its faults.

Gets mad and threatens to leave the site permanently. Again and again and again. This is known around the site as <"pulling a Foci">.

8-time World Champion at Ha Ha Herman! Led the U.S. team to two World Championship team titles and one silver, losing out to Germany after an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. In the fourth and final stint as team captain, his team finished in last place after being stranded on an iceberg in Greenland. They were rescued by some seals. (Not the Navy kind).

Plays the electric Jew’s harp in the Jawaiian reggae band Tropical Thunder.

Plays the regular Jew’s harp in a bluegrass band under the name Too Slim Smitty.

Has a cat named Ping and a dog named Pong. Doesn’t name his fish, but has two pet sharks he named Sharky and Sparky.

Has trained his pet sharks to sit up and beg.

Has counted to infinity and back, using only the odd numbers.

Holds the world record for longest nap ever taken. Woke up, ate a tuna fish sandwich and some Oreos, drank a Yoo Hoo and a RC Cola, and went back to sleep, where he broke his own record.

Is responsible for putting the “sis” in the cheer “sis boom bah.”

Cannot pronounce cimmanum.

Played in the rock band Rock Garden Gnomes.

Has a stuffed armadillo on his desk he calls Puff ‘n Stuff. (This is also what he calls his stash.)

Ended that whole virginity thing before the first grade.

Actually has danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight.

Leader of the TROOP



<As most devoted Chessgames members know, the Kibitzing areas of Chessgames--like any large internet forum--have had their share of flame wars. Vitriolic exchanges fly back and forth between people who scarcely know each other. Lately, one of them in particular has become very visible, spilling onto pages of all sorts of classic games. This longstanding problem has now proliferated to the extent that nearly every Chessgames member has been exposed to it.

Lately, the admins have had a flood of complaints, and as a result they've deleted many messages. We decided to start to keep score, and determine exactly which members are the cause of most of our disturbances. Not surprisingly, we found that the same names crop up again and again.

Now we're prepared to take extraordinary measures to try to stamp out this flame war: we have now placed a number of members on kibitzing probation. All of these individuals have been identified as the main participants of this flame war.

There are seven of them (at current count) and all been placed on kibitzing probation for one week, in what we call a "cooling off period". They are as follows: <Colonel Mortimer>, <JoergWalter>, <LIFE Master AJ>, <Nemesistic>, <Robed.Bishop>, <SimonWebbsTiger>, and <TheFocus>.

We hope that when this week is over, some degree of civility is restored.

The primary rule broken by all of these individuals is rule 3, "No personal attacks against other users", the rule tailor-made to discourage flame wars. However, many of the deleted posts were also guilty of rule 1 (obscenity) and rule 3 (spamming/duplicating posts). We are not going to address the infractions on a post-by-post basis, but if you are earnestly confused at our posting policies, contact us at, and we'll be happy to clarify your question.

During this cooling off period, our admins will continue to clean up some of the mess created during the past few months. However, they aren't going to try to bail water out of a leaking boat. If any antagonist tries to revive the flame war during this period, he or she will be placed on kibitzing probation without compunction.

We know that some people will have many more questions, so a list of notes is compiled below. Other questions are best addressed directly to

• The following individuals were not placed on the list in spite of identified posting violations. They are instead hereby issued warnings: <King Death>, <KKDEREK>, <Rob Lob Law>, and <theagenbiteofinwit>.

• The "cooling off period" extends from 12:00am midnight, Monday, February 27 to 12:00am midnight, Monday, March 5.

• This list is not perfect. There may be one or two people on it who don't deserve to be there. Meanwhile, there are surely people who deserve to be on it, yet aren't mentioned. So it goes.

• If you are on probation and want to communicate to an administrator for any reason, contact Do NOT create an alternate account for any reason whatsoever.

• If you are on probation and feel a great need to voice your opinion about this matter in public, you have only two sanctioned methods: 1. Post something on your "bio" area, so that people can read it if they choose to pull up your profile page. 2. wait a week.

• If any member attempts to subvert this one week cooling off period by registering a second "sockpuppet" account, or using a sockpuppet account already established, they will be subject to an extended (if not indefinite) probation.

Finally, let us remind everybody that the purpose of this action is not to single out specific members, nor to "make an example" of out anybody, but rather to restore civility and decency to the forums. Please help us accomplish that goal by contributing to a peaceful Chessgames, in whatever way you are inclined.>

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   TheFocus has kibitzed 10825 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-23-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
TheFocus: <PJs Studio> YOu might want to talk to User: parisattack . He has thousands of books and may some very useful suggestions. He is the collector extraordinaire.
   Apr-23-14 Fischer vs M Holgerson, 1964 (replies)
TheFocus: From Holgerson's blog: <Note: My first chess tournament in 11/1962 I beat an expert in 20 moves and got a rating of 1750 (ratings run from about 800 to 2600). After fourty five years of chess study my rating today is 1693. But, I beat Bobby Fischer.>
   Apr-23-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
TheFocus: I wonder if there is a transcript of the press conference?
   Apr-23-14 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: <Domdaniel> Thank you. I appreciate your kind remarks.
   Apr-23-14 Ufuk Tuncer (replies)
TheFocus: Ufuk is from a family of chessplayers. His siblings are Wefuk, Hefuc, Shefuk, and Weallfuk. His mother has tired of having kids. Her name is Usedtofuk.
   Apr-22-14 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
TheFocus: Oops. Never mind. I'm wrong.
   Apr-22-14 Illya Nyzhnyk (replies)
TheFocus: Lol! Nyuknyuk?
   Apr-22-14 Lutikov vs Spassky, 1967
TheFocus: <zanzibar> Spassky - Gligoric, 18 moves; Robatsch - Spassky, 17 moves; and van Geet - Spassky, 11 moves. See the collection by <jww>.
   Apr-22-14 Attila Jakab
TheFocus: His name would be funny if he was Hungarian.
   Apr-22-14 Borin Topic (replies)
TheFocus: Dilworth Debate
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  Robed.Bishop: I second that.
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  TheFocus: Ah, <Robed.Bishop> returns from the hunt.

Wonderful to see you friend.

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  Robed.Bishop: Thank you, but I still check in most days to review games and keep up with the local chatter.
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  john barleycorn: <TheFocus: The only love allowed here is the man-love that <harrylime> has for Bobby.> from the Bobby Fischer page.

I have a feeling that <happytime> doesn't like <feladio>. Hard to understand as <Joshka> is doing the blowing.

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  TheFocus: I deleted the last few posts. Not the right kind of thing to post. No need to insult someone over his handle.
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  john barleycorn: <TheFocus> that is totally ok. However, it wasn't meant to be insulting. In a way at least part of the ongoing conversation could have been conducted on a private forum e.g. as to whether USPS was used or not has really nothing to do with Fischer.
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  TheFocus: It was my original post that could have been construed as being insulting.

There was no need for it.

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  The Last Straw: Don't worry, I didn't mean to offend you. It's okay that you deleted my post.
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  TheFocus: <The Last Straw> You didn't offend me. My own post did.
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  The Last Straw: We all sometimes make jokes that offend ourselves. :)
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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>

I'm really sorry man. I've been quite sloppy this past week, and there's no excuse.

I did "read" the <W. Ritson Morry> article, but obviously nowhere near carefully enough.

Thanks for being so patient and providing such a long post to explain my error. You shouldn't have had to go to all that extra trouble just because of my sloppiness.

I was reminded of this again today, because thanks to you, I can make yet another "blue link" in Game Collection: Smyslov's Tournaments and Matches 1935-1979


87. Hastings 1962/63 (1962) (27 Dec 1962 - 5 Jan 1963) 3d behind Kotov and Gligoric, ahead of Marovic, Littlewood and Tan, with +3 -0 =6.

[, Winter, p.150, "The Times", Dec 28 1962, p.8; "The Times", Jan 7 1963, p.10 ]


Thanks to your work, I was also able to improve the accuracy of the "finish date" to 5 January.

I had 6 January in the entry, but that must have been the closing ceremony date eh?

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  TheFocus: Don't sweat it, <WCC>. You are just overworked. I am amazed at how much work you do here.

Do you have more than 24 hours in your days?

Don't you ever sleep?

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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>

Thanks for understanding, I appreciate that. We are now grizzled old warriors in this game eh?

I do sleep. It's not the chess history work that takes up all my time, but rather my teaching job.

Korea seems to have decided, suddenly, to work me to death.

It's kind of like being in a Gulag, except there are all these friendly children milling about.

I'm amazed at how much work you and <Tabanus> get done.

I also think we are lucky to have the talented and challenging <zanzibar> join our ranks.

I expect his presence will end up greatly improving our beloved hysterical database.

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  TheFocus: <WCC> I agree. <Tabanus> and <zanzibar> are two very inspirational contributors.
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  perfidious: Yes--<Tabanus> and <zanzibar> both done goot!
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  TheFocus: Let he who is without sin eat the first scone.
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  TheFocus: 11,000 posts in sight. I would like to be there by May 1.
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  TheFocus: But that would be 22 posts a day.

Nope. Won't make it.

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  whiteshark: 22


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  whiteshark: twenty-one
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  TheFocus: 10 down. 12 to go.

11 more after this.

Hey, maybe I will make it after all!

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  whiteshark: Hey, keep it up!


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  Domdaniel: <TheFocus> I hope you make your target by May 1st -- though you may also see that all such targets are illusory. In any case, I'm genuinely impressed by your ethical rigor. Seriously.
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  TheFocus: <Domdaniel> Thank you. I appreciate your kind remarks.
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  Domdaniel: <TheFocus> Thanks. Also, may I say that the latest version of your profile is brilliant? As a writer, I recognize the real thing when I see it ... as Samuel Beckett reportedly said about William Burroughs, "He's a writer". So are you.
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