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  whiteshark: <User: Geordi> It's a chess-related questionaire (in English; on exchange-sacs) from a German University project.

Where else would you look for this special 'subject group'? (and 20 post isn't such a big number)

<spambots> ThinK about posting thousands of Y-tub music links at the Kibitzer's Café...

Premium Chessgames Member <MissScarlett: Can you explain how often you update the site with regard to submitted games and corrections?> From the admin's point of view both processes look very similar. The admin sees a list of contributions which can be sorted by username, size, type, and most importantly by "time waiting."

I'm actually processing games right now so I'll give you a little window into what the process looks like.

I see this poor fellow who's been waiting since 2013 and I review his submission. It's been reviewed earlier this year without decision, now it's time for me to finalize it. His first game looks like this:

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2004.01.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Loui J."]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[ECO "D02"]
[TimeControl "0"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d6 4. d4 Be6 5. d5 Bc8 6. Bxf4 g6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. Nf3 a5 10. O-O-O Ngf6 11. e5 dxe5 12. Nxe5 O-O 13. Nc6 bxc6 14. dxc6 Qe7 15. cxd7 Nxd7 16. Bd5 Rb8 17. Bxc7 Ba6 18. Bxb8 Rxb8 19. Bxf7+ Qxf7 20. Qxd7 Qf4+ 21. Qd2 Qb4 22. Qd5+ Kh8 23. Kd2 Qf4+ 0-1

(Note that it doesn't really say "NN" but I don't want to embarrass who is most likely the submitter. It does however say "Loui J.")

I have several complaints. The [Event "?"] and [Site "?"] is pretty shoddy. No ratings, so I wonder how strong they are. I play through a King's Gambit, it has the typical swashbuckle you expect from that opening. But nothing special that I can see. If you want a game like this to be inserted it would help if you filled out the comments, like "To my knowledge this is the first time 12.Nxe5 has ever been played." or "Black has been a tournament director in Wisconsin for over 50 years" or something that explains why it should be included.

Verdict: rejected.

It sort of makes me feel bad, because this guy might have typed the game in by hand, but it doesn't meet our standards. I take solace in the fact that I'm not deleting his contribution, just shuttling it to a backup directory of old forgotten submissions. Conceivably one day this could rise from the grave in an upcoming feature.

Now it's clear if I continue this, I might never get up to the Sep/Nov 2014 submissions, so I scroll to the top of the list and find somebody who's been waiting for a while, but not eons. So glancing at the top of the list, I see waustad. Been waiting for a month. OK, waustad's turn it is. Only one game:

[Event "Steirische Landesliga 2014/2015"]
[Site "Verschiedene"]
[Date "2014.10.11"]
[Round "2"]
[Board "1"]
[White "Moser, Eva"]
[Black "Meszaros, Michal"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "2440"]
[BlackElo "2408"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2014.09.27"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "AUT"]
[WhiteTeam "SV Schachamazonen Graz"]
[BlackTeam "SPG Horn Ratten-Krieglach"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 a6 4. a4 Nc6 5. O-O Nf6 6. Re1 e6 7. Bf1 Be7 8. c3 e5 9. d4 Qc7 10. d5 Nd8 11. b4 O-O 12. bxc5 dxc5 13. Na3 Ne8 14. Nc4 f6 15. Qb3 Nf7 16. Qb6 Rb8 17. Be3 Bg4 18. Nfd2 Rc8 19. f3 Bd7 20. Nb3 f5 21. Qxc7 Rxc7 22. Nb6 Nf6 23. Nxd7 Nxd7 24. exf5 c4 25. Nd2 Nd6 26. g4 Bh4 27. Red1 Nf6 28. Nb1 h6 29. Na3 Rfc8 30. Rab1 Rd7 31. h3 Kf7 32. Rb4 a5 33. Rbb1 Ke7 34. Bb6 Ke8 35. Rb2 Bg3 36. Bxa5 Ra8 37. Bb4 Rxa4 38. Nxc4 1-0

Beautiful. I play through it just to make sure the PGN works, not so much to judge the play quality. The white player is famous, the black player's name rings a bell.

Verdict: inserted. I wish they all could be that easy.

Note that I'm not processing game-by-game but rather member-by-member. So if you uploaded a game yesterday it could easily be inserted today, along with all of your other games that you've been waiting on. (I see you've been waiting since the 20th. We'll get to them soon.)

I went through those two just to give you a flavor of the process. It's very pell mell, I know. Comes to mind that old saying about people who enjoy sausages — they shouldn't see how they are made.

<I appreciate that you cannot simply wave through all submissions without review, but it's frustrating not knowing when, or if, one's contributions will appear.>

I sympathize and it's clear that this is not an efficient way to work. We'll have a better system one day. It's my belief that this job can only be accomplished effectively by crowdsourcing.

Premium Chessgames Member <MissScarlett> One more thing: I notice that a lot of your corrections involve changes to the date and/or round numbers of the games.

Are you aware that if you were a Chessgames Editor you could change this information without the need for Librarian action? Look at the first section, "GAME EDITING", in the Chessgames Editor Guide.

Becoming an editor is entirely voluntary and I've never asked that anybody volunteer, but I can say this much: if you email me to ask to become an editor, I would be inclined to approve you.

Premium Chessgames Member <User: Geordi> We've always been friendly toward research efforts based on Chessgames data and Chessgames members. Just recently we donated some data to a group at MIT who produced those cool live statistics during Millionaire Chess. Unfortunately this fellow is going about it the wrong way. I'm sure he's not a spambot, I see a sincere chess researcher. Nevertheless, it's spamming by definition. I wrote him an email to explain that.
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  Stonehenge: <[Site "Verschiedene"] >

Verschiedene is German for various.

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  zanzibar: Hey, <chessgames>, I just submitted a small batch of <Carolus> games for <Biel 1993>.

I stripped out all PGN headers like these, thinking it made life on <CG> easier:

<[ECO "B50"]
[WhiteElo "2440"]
[BlackElo "2408"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "AUT"]
[WhiteTeam "SV Schachamazonen Graz"]
[BlackTeam "SPG Horn Ratten-Krieglach"] >

So, I can just leave them in? That's better for me...

(Also - you actually play over each game by hand? Do you have also have a program check for legal PGN?)

Premium Chessgames Member <So, I can just leave them in? That's better for me...> Yes, we don't care. The nonstandard PGN tags won't show up in the final version online, but it doesn't do any harm to include them.

<Also - you actually play over each game by hand? Do you have also have a program check for legal PGN?> Not each and every game: if somebody submits a batch of 40 games we might play through the first two or three to make sure things looks kosher.

Yes, there are multiple layers which check for valid PGN. In spite of that there are still a few quirky things that you can do to get bad PGN into the database, for example neglecting to use the "x" to denote a capture.

Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: < Stonehenge: <[Site "Verschiedene"] >

Verschiedene is German for various.>

"miscellaneous" is a better translation.

Nov-24-14  Alien Math: <john barleycorn: < Stonehenge: <[Site "Verschiedene"] >

Verschiedene is German for various.>

"miscellaneous" is a better translation.>

A form of verschieden, variety, various or different, common usage in English could be used are miscellaneous form

Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <CG.COM>

Can we please have a forum for the recently completed <4TH CHINESE RAPID MASTERS>?





Nov-26-14  Alien Math: Rant page has been moved to the Carlsen page
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  kellmano: Qatar masters has started and is very strong:

Premium Chessgames Member
  virginmind: I found out late about this and it's ending tomorrow. Anyway, looks like a down-grade format, as compared to participants from last years.
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  Fusilli: Could someone enlighten me on how to set up a notification message (if such a thing is possible) when my username comes up in a post? Often people reply to my posts and I fail to notice...

Is this possible? Thanks!

Premium Chessgames Member <Fusilli> Maybe you already know, but if you go to Search Kibitzing you can search for your username by searching for <Fusilli> like this:

Search Kibitzing

But that will include posts that you made yourself. Here's the trick if you want to see posts that mention you, that weren't posted by you: search for <-user:Fusilli Fusilli>

Search Kibitzing

If you really want to be a "super user" then you can go to Menu Configuration Page and add a line in the "EXTRAS" called "self-search" that links to the above. Now you can search for yourself at any time from any page.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <CG> Thank you! I knew the search feature, but had not noticed the self-exclusion trick. That will make it cleaner.
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: On <CT> there is a convention to address other users with an <@>, e.g.

@Fusilli - check out Biographer Bistro for a post I just made mentioning you.

(For real!)

On <CG> we typically use <Fusilli> notation. But not everybody is consistent (the same is true on <CT> as well).

<CT> = <ChessTempo>

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  zanzibar: <chessgames> since we've brought up the subject of extra <PGN> tags... I was wondering if <CG> might consider retaining some of them.

In particular, for historic games I would like to use the <Source> tag to note which primary/secondary sources were used.

E.g. some of the Pillsbury games I got from <Pope> referenced both him and his source (i.e. the contemporaneous newspapers he used).

[Event "Odds Match vs. Burille, 1891-92"]
[Site "Boston Chess Club, Boston, MA, USA"]
[Date "1891-92.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Harry Nelson Pillsbury"]
[Black "Constant Ferdinand Burille"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[Purse "None"]
[Sources "Chess Monthly, No. 8 & 10; BCM, Dec. 1919 // Pope #337"] [Event "Odds Match vs. Burille, 1891-92"]
[FEN "

click for larger view

"] >

Pillsbury vs Burille, 1891

So here both <Purse> and <Sources> are two tags which would be nice to keep.

And another "while we're here", if you look at the game on <CG> the <FEN> tag doesn't seem to be used for the initial board position (with the odds-match giving move + KBP) for the game, Pillsbury vs Burille, 1891

So, the fourth move 4...Nf7 cannot be played.

Then, returning to PGN tags, consider an Interzonal game submission. <Carolus> adds some very useful tags, like < <White/Black>Team >, etc.

Even the <ELO> tags can be useful, to indicate the players contemporaneous rating at the time of play.

Can any consideration be given to retaining these tags?

Nov-27-14  Alien Math: Happy Thanksgiving chessgames!
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  MarkFinan: Check out @chessienda's Tweet:

Interesting photograph for you guys to have a look at. I think I recognize the Indian bloke, but is that Henry Kissinger behind Kasparov?? If not it looks like him,

Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: <<<An unusual situation occurred in a 1993 game between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.[25] Karpov was in serious time trouble, with one minute to make 16 moves. In this position, Kasparov captured the rook on d1 with the pawn on c2, and said "Queen!", indicating that the promoted piece was a queen. However, no queen was immediately available. It took some time for the arbiter to come up with a black queen. Kasparov said that if he had been attentive, he would have promoted to a rook, which was available. Kasparov's clock was running while the arbiter was getting a queen, so he started Karpov's clock. Karpov immediately played 25.Qxe4 and Kasparov told him that he was in check. Karpov replied "From what? It might be a bishop on d1." The clocks were stopped. The arbiter found a black queen, the game was backed up to the position after 24...cxd1=Q+, and Karpov was given an extra two minutes on his clock because of Kasparov's illegal move (since starting the opponent's clock signified the completion of his move, which was not possible without a piece to promote to). Kasparov disputes that he made an illegal move. Kasparov soon won the game, however (Kasparov 2010:332).>>>

Ceegee.. I've just copy and pasted this from a comment underneath the picture itself, so I apologise to the guy who I stole it from, I'm sure he'll forgive me. It seems a great historical chess picture, I would have posted it on your Twitter account but it's obviously more than 140 characters.

Feel free to delete.

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  Annie K.: ;p Wouldn't say that, though I reckon that's much more likely to have been the arbiter, whoever he was. :)
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Yeah, I deleted my previous post!

Let's just say I think there's no way it's Kissinger.

(Kissinger combs hair straight back, for example)

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  Benzol: <chessgames> Is there any chance you could create a subset of the birthday list that would display chessgames members birthdays? I always find myself wishing other members happy birthday after the actual event because I've missed it.
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  Domdaniel: <Benzol> Where known, of course. (Dom/GM, 7th May ...)
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