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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.

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   Apr-17-14 Tabanus chessforum (replies)
   Apr-17-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
TheFocus: <zanzibar> keep your money. <British Chess Magazine> has the rounds with different dates than you do. Rd. 1 - 12/27 Rd. 2 - 12/28 Rd. 3 - 12/29 Rd. 4 - 12/30 Rd. 5 - 12/31 (Sunday) 01/01 - Rest day. Rd. 6 - 01/02 Rd. 7 - 01/03 Rd. 8 - 01/04 Rd. 9 - ...
   Apr-15-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
TheFocus: <Petrosianic> Too true. Very few good writers anymore. You can especially see that in TV also. it is all about action, not plot. Sorta like bad porno.
   Apr-15-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
TheFocus: Jim Bartle: <Those sneaky blisters. So, they have enlisted the Democrat Party to do their dirty work? That is just low.> <As far as I know, there is no <Democrat Party> in the United States.> You're right. I should have said Democratic Party, or Demoncrats.
   Apr-15-14 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: <The Last Straw> You didn't offend me. My own post did.
   Apr-14-14 M Sebag vs I Popov, 2008
TheFocus: Honey, pack my seabag, I am going to pop over to France.
   Apr-14-14 USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984) (replies)
TheFocus: <Petrosianic I have heard a story from one chess publisher. Don't know if it's true or not. I don't remember where he got it from. But the way he told it, the top prize on boards was a car, and so Fischer might have taken the lower board hoping to increase his chances. But what ...
   Apr-13-14 Odd Lie (replies)
TheFocus: No, no. I won't tell anyone what we did. I respect you.
   Apr-13-14 chessforum (replies)
TheFocus: Try this one. Game Collection: 1964 Portisch - Reshevsky Play-off Match
   Apr-11-14 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 (replies)
TheFocus: Steinitz's opponents weren't GMs though.
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  TheFocus: It is funny to see Asian girls buy corn on the cob in Chinatown. It comes on a stick like a popsicle and they walk down the street eating the corn... ONE kernel at a time.

I don't think they would last at a real Southern barbeque.

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  TheFocus: This morning at <Ye Olde law Fyrme of Grimm, Grimmer, Grimm, Gothika, and Hucklebuck>, a certain lawyer/ghoul named Morticia Gothika comes into the kitchen to see me cutting my bagel in half with my Cold Steel Recon 1 knife.

"Oh my Lord, now that's a knife!", she sputtered. "A knife that big should have a name."

"It does," I replied. "Morticia, meet Mankiller. Mankiller, meet The Ghoul in Black."

She swooned. She's just that darn freaky.

Then I pulled its twin off my belt, and said, "Meet its mate."

Then she fainted. I guess the experience was just too much for her.

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  TheFocus: Today I added dates and rounds to <Hastings 1923/24>, <Hastings 1953/54>, <Hastings 1959/60>, and <Hastings 1966/67>.

A good days work.

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  thomastonk: <TheFocus> I've used OCR software to get the text from the pre-tournament report of "The Times" of December 27, 1923, pg 12, and then I eliminated hopefully most of the mistakes.

(From Our Chess Correspondent.)
- - HASTINGS; Dec. 26.

The enterprising Hastings Chess Club has again provided a Christmas Congress, beginning in the Town Hall at 6 o’clock this evening. The building has been lent for eight days by the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor A.Blackman. It is a coincidence that Councillor Blackman was also Mayor of Hastings in 1919, the year of the historic Victory Congress in this town, when Senor Capablanca competed for the first time in a tournament in this country.

The present Congress is not quite on the same scale, but the organizers have been able to secure the entries of between 70 and 80 players in the various classes, and in the Premier Tournament the selected ten consists of five English players, with a like number of Continental competitors. In this way these annual congresses provide an excellent opportunity, for those of our players who can spare the time, of meeting the leading players of the Continent, unhampered by the strain oi playing ior a championship title. There is a desire to uphold the chess reputation of this country, which makes the play none the less keen; but there is also a feeling of greater freedom with perhaps less responsibility. The standing of competitors with their fellow-countrymen is not affected by the results of their individual encounters, but there is undoubtedly a keener pleasure in doing well against those oi other nationalities than their own.

England’s five in the above-mentioned tournament are:--Messm; J.- H. Blake, R. P. Michell, G. M. Norman. H. E. Price, and F. D. Yates. The Continental five are:-—-E. Colle (Belguim). -M. Euwe (Holland), G. Maroczy (Hungary), J. Mieses (Germany). and A. Seitz (Bavaria). It is to be regretted that a badminton engagement prevents Sir G. A. Thomas, the British Champion, from competing, but after Mr.-Michell’s performance last Easter at Margate, one may reasonably hope he will come out not far irom the first place. Nor will any of the others find Messrs. Blake or Yates easy propositions to handle, and there is a great deal of good chess in Messrs.Price and Norman. Of the Continental players, MM. Colle, Euwe, and Seitz belong to the young generation, while Maroczy and Mieses represent the veterans, both having passed the half-century mark. Their long experience of tournament. play is a valuable asset, and any player who obtains more than a draw against either will probably have thoroughly earned the point. It is a pity Dr. Vidmar’s entry had to be cancelled through his inability to arrive until December 28, but that would have entailed at least two postponed games - a serious handicap for the other competitors concerned.

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  TheFocus: A Giggle

A little boy about 12 years old is walking down the street dragging a flattened frog on a string behind him. He came up to the doorstep of 'a house of ill repute' and knocked on the door.

When the Madam answered it, she saw the little boy and asked what he wanted. He said, "I want to have sex with one of the women inside. I have the money to buy it, and I'm not leaving until I get it." The Madam figured, why not, so she told him to come in. Once in, she told him to pick any of the girls he liked.

He asked, "Do any of the girls have any diseases?"

Of course the Madam said "No."

The boy said, "I heard all the men talking about having to get shots after making love with Amber - THAT'S the girl I want."

Since the little boy was so adamant and had the money to pay for it, the Madam told him to go to the first room on the right. He headed down the hall dragging the squashed frog behind him. Ten minutes later he came back, still dragging the frog, paid the Madam, and headed out the door.

The Madam stopped him and asked, "Why did you pick the only girl in the place with a disease, instead of one of the others?"

He said, "Well, if you must know, tonight when I get home, my parents are going out to a restaurant to eat, leaving me at home with a baby-sitter. After they leave, my baby-sitter will have sex with me because she just happens to be very fond of cute little boys. She will then get the disease that I just caught. When Mom and Dad get back, Dad will take the baby-sitter home. On the way, he'll give her one in the car and he'll catch the disease. Then when Dad gets home from the baby-sitter's, he and Mum will go to bed and have sex, and Mom will catch it. In the morning when Dad goes to work, the milkman will deliver the milk, have a quickie with Mom and catch the disease, and HE'S the jerk who ran over my FROG!"

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  WCC Editing Project:


Thanks so much for that heads up on USSR - USA Radio Match (1945)!

I will put it in now.

This past week after work I've been carefully re-checking other things in the first 18 listings so far, and found several glaring errors which I had to fix. But I hadn't thought to re-check if I'd looked properly on <Historical pages> I may have missed or newly promoted <Historical pages>.

I will now do so, thanks to your timely alert.

The second benefit of your post on the Reshevsky vs Smyslov, 1945 page is that now punters who visit that page will know where to go for the official tournament page.

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  WCC Editing Project: Good grief.

I just this second realized that the simplest and surest way to check if a game in my collection is part of a promoted <historical event>.

All I have to do is click on every game in the collection and look to see the blue hyperlink at the top of the game page header!

Who knew?

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  TheFocus: <Who knew?>

LOL! WE both learned something today.

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  WCC Editing Project: heh...
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  WCC Editing Project:

Good morning.

First, thanks for this collection, which I just now found:


27. <USSR-USA Match 1946> Game Collection: 1946 USSR - USA Team Match In Moscow (12-15 Sept) 3d board vs. Denker, with +2 -0 =0. The USSR won 12.5 - 7.5.

[; Winter, p.152 ]


I was able to enter the correct finish date of this event in my entry, which was actually 15 Sept, as you note, and not 16 Sept, which I had previously.

I think many of the "start and finish" dates of tournaments and matches are off by a day or two, because they include the opening and closing ceremonies.

I should also let you know that the match score which was 12.5 - 7.5, not 12.5 - 9.5 as you have written in your introduction. Your cross table is correct; you just made a counting mistake. In round one the US scored 3 points, not 5 points.

Second, I wanted to know is there any update on your "missing game" uploads for this collection?

It will be excellent to promote it when you are finished.

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  TheFocus: Thanks for catching that. i just made the corrections.

Still waiting for the submitted games. I feel like re-submitting.

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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>

Why not drop Daniel an email with a current list of your pending submissions?

Because you are a "heavy uploader" I think Daniel probably thinks of you as one of the higher priority people who upload games to the site.

Maybe he will take a look and see what's going on with your current submissions.

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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>

Sorry to be a pain, but as you know I'm currently triple-checking every "fact" I have in the Game Collection: Smyslov's Tournaments and Matches 1935-1979.

Your crosstable for Sverdlovsk (1943) has 3 "counting errors" in the totals.

Smyslov total should be 8.

Boleslavsky total should be 7.

Zagorjansky total should be 4.

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  TheFocus: You are never a pain. Thanks for catching the errors. Corrections made.

I am going back over all my collections and proofreading them again.

I lost some of my submissions lists due to a computer crash, so i will have to start over.

The work never ends, does it?

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  WCC Editing Project: <TheFocus>

No, it doesn't. But it's fun eh?

It's even more fun when we work together.

Even if you stopped today, you'd already have left a tremendous legacy of chess history work at this website.

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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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