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I currently live in the northeastern US (CT), but have moved around quite a bit (SC, GA, VA, TX, PA, OH, TN), so I *might* have run across some of you in the distant past.

I started playing in tournaments just prior to the Fischer boom. Peak OTB rating was in low 2000s USCF, but I am currently inactive. That's a cross between few free weekends and not much study time. At present, I have too many household interruptions to play single-session online. My avatar is my darling girl, Talia. She can be seen begging for attention at We lost her sister, Lyta, to a sudden and unexpected illness shortly after Thanksgiving 2011. The pack hasn't been the same without her. Here are two shots of her ( and I am holding her in the photo on my player page (Larry Crawford). We adopted a new dog, Hannah ( As a 2012 Mother's Day present for my wife, I agreed to take in foster dogs from rescue groups while the dogs await adoption. We have successfully placed a number of them, but one, Geno, came back from <two> adoptions through no serious fault of his own. At that point we didn't want to try to send him out a third time, so we adopted him. He's a happy little guy who runs more than any dog I've known ( We adopted another former foster, Lee The Miracle Dog, who went through more than any dog should and at the end of the day had absolutely nowhere else to go ( Lee was her 2013 Mother's Day present. Maybe next year I should just do a runner. I'm not sure exactly when we transitioned from dog owners to zookeepers, but there we are all the same.

I play online correspondence chess at QueenAlice and Chessworld. I recently decided to go nactive at QA and have started at GameKnot. I'm rated a little over 2200 at QA and hovering near 2300 at CW. It's too early to tell where I will stabilize at GK, but I have heard the ratings run lower there than elsewhere. We'll see. All the interruptions are not quite so disruptive if you only have to make a move every few days. :-) Anyway, I'm available for a game or two as long as I'm not already carrying too many games. I'm "crawfb5" on all sites. Even in correspondence, I can boot games due to distraction, fatigue, or just being stupid.

One thing I occasionally do for my wife is butcher song lyrics for alleged humorous effect. I often have too much time on my hands (pointed out by a cast of dozens) and she pretends to like it because, well, who knows why women (especially the crazy ones) do anything? :-) Anyway, this is a chess-themed massacre. Simon & Garfunkel would be spinning in their graves, if they had them.


Slow down, you move too fast
You've got to make the advantage last
Just kickin' 'round some analysis nodes

Lookin' for pawns and feelin' movey
Feeling movey

Hello team posts, what's cha knowin'
I've come to watch your combos growin'
Ain't cha got no lines for me

Do-it-do-do-do, feelin' movey
Feeling movey

I've got no files to grab, no seventh ranks to sweep
I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its endings on me
Chess I love you, all is movey>

Poetry is not immune either:


Turning and turning in the opening file
The attacker cannot see the attack to be;
Things fall apart, the center cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the board
The pawn-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The calculation of innocence is drowned
The best lack all combination, while the worst
Are full of passionate analysis.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the winning combo is at hand.
The winning combo! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Morpheus,
Troubles my sight: a waste of open space;
A shape with dragon body and the head of a GM,
A gaze blank and pitiless as seed number one,
Is moving its slow threats, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant inert kibitzers.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a mating net,
And what rough piece, its move come round at last,
Slouches towards the King to be thrown?>

Or this one:

<Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings

How some have resigned; some mated by combo,

Some haunted by the pawns they have sacrificed;
Some poison'd by their queens: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the checkered squares
That confines the immortal games of a king
Keeps Death in his court and there the attack hits,

Scoffing at mate and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little luft,
To temporize, be fear'd and kill with Rooks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this square which walls about our game,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his pawn shield, and farewell king!

Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with blunders like you, feel time pressure,
Taste grief, need compensation: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I have a king?>

Enough of that. I have very modest claims to fame in regard to chess:

1) I was the bottom-feeder board on an Ohio team that won the state team championship one year. Top board was Bob Basalla, author of <Chess in the Movies>.

2) My highest-rated OTB scalp was somebody in the low 2300s during a two-year period when I was +3 -7 =4 against "weak" masters (I omitted the thrashing from the local IM from that count) and my rating went up 250 points after having been stalled in the low 1800s for years. That was probably more from playing a lot of the local 2000-2199 players, but it was the start of when getting paired with a master was no longer a nearly automatic loss for me. Even so, I never quite got the rating over 2100 USCF.

3) I have played classical OTB tournament games against players in our database. I got curious as to how many I could find: IM Douglas Root and his wife Alexey Root, Charles Lawton, Wilson Gibbins, Jim Gallagher (a Texas master, not the European GM), Alexander Zelner, Larry Moss, Hud Dunlap, Clarence Yeung, Steve Greanias, Edgar Thomas McCormick, Klaus A Pohl, Ernie Schlich, Joan Schlich. Well, that was more than I thought I would find. I may have missed some.

4) In the final two years of ChessCafe's holiday quiz, I placed 17th on the Christmas 2006 quiz and 7th on the Christmas 2007 quiz. The quiz suited my deliberate obsessiveness, but I didn't have the kind of library to make a serious run at the brass ring. Of course I *did* live only a few miles from their offices at the time... :-)

5) Years ago Karpov was giving a simul to raise funds for a charity. I was watching the game of a master I knew. He wanted to duck outside for a quick smoke and asked if I'd play a particular move for him if Karpov came around before he got back. I got to make my one move against a world champion and my friend eventually drew his game. Ever since, it's been, "Karpov? Oh, I played him once. It was a draw." That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. :-)

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   crawfb5 has kibitzed 4245 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
crawfb5: I have a likely solution for the psuedo-Kashdan game Kashdan vs I Novikov, 1964 . In a database I bought a few years back I found this game with White as Viatcheslav Khasdan and Black as <J. Novikov>. Unfortunately, the game is only given as <URS> with no source ...
   Oct-09-14 Dake vs Kashdan, 1932 (replies)
crawfb5: Played as an exhibition game in a blimp during the Pasadena 1932 tournament.
   Oct-09-14 Kashdan vs Stahlberg, 1930
crawfb5: This is an incomplete score, but apparently the remaining moves have not been found.
   Oct-08-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: FYI, I just bought Lahde's book on Kashdan, so if there's anything you need rechecked for any of his US Open games, let me know. I also have the Fine and Reshevsky collections.
   Sep-29-14 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
   Sep-20-14 Alfred K Ettlinger
crawfb5: The original note was based on a Chicago newspaper article saying that news had been received that Ettlinger had died. That wording, along with Stonehenge's question about the headstone left some doubt as to the exactness of the death date. So the <NY Times> death notice seems
   Sep-14-14 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: Playboy has articles? Since when?
   Sep-11-14 crawfb5 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <sachistu> Thanks for submitting the corrections. I've been sidetracked by other things and haven't unearthed my old <Chess Life> DVD.
   Sep-06-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: Bad bishops should be beaten. I thought it a nice example of opposite-colored bishops aiding the attack.
   Sep-03-14 C Jaffe vs Fine, 1934
crawfb5: Woodger's book on Fine says Black lost on time while playing 59...d3
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  crawfb5: The method I use to access the NY Times archive will not work for you -- it's through the state library and I must enter my card number.

I can pull something for the adjournment session later. I am on lunch break at work and am on a tablet. It will be from the issue of the 24th.

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  crawfb5: <I use the same system with Richard.>

I keep threatening to move to the basement. Doreen swears she will never allow me to become a "cellar boy."

Nevertheless, preparations slowly move forward...

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  crawfb5: <Jess> Now that I am at home with a proper keyboard, I can elaborate.

The problem is the year. Anything from about the early 1920s on is not yet in the public domain in the US and major newspapers are going to try to get you to pay for articles. The way around it is using a library that has a paid subscription, but that's not going to be universally accessible.

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  WCC Editing Project: Thanks <Big> for that "fishing report."

I never had much luck as a fishergirl before. Once I caught a "mud shark" and another time I caught a "dog fish."

Both prizes were nabbed in the Georgia Straight off of a boat my father bought that appeared to have been constructed out of sellotape and styrofoam.

He was like a British Columbian <Thor Heyerdahl>.

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  WCC Editing Project: <Big Date>

It's 5:00 AM here and I'm trying to get as much "typing and entering of paper books" done as possible before I have to teach again this morning for some ridiculous "Korean" reason that I'm convinced contravenes any number of International Treaties, including the Geneva Convention.

Long destroy short, I want to get every scrap of "paper" info I have on <Smyslov> entered into my computer so that I can complete the four <Smyslov> projects I have on the go whilst on vacation.

I had good success working (and having fun I might add) on <It's time for a Loewenthal> last vacation, with excellent help from <OhioHelpingOnVacationFan>.

Anyways. Some bidness. I got your email, and I'll reply after work.

Two punkts on the table:


Punkt 1. So sorry- you had already supplied me the source for the final date for this event, which I've now added:

Game Collection: Smyslov All Tournaments and Matches

26. <USSR-Great Britain Match 1947> In London (21-23 Sept) Smyslov 2d board +1 -0 =1 vs. Golombek. USSR won 15 - 5 [Golombek, p.45 , NY Times 22, 23 Sept 1947, Winter, p.152 ]


Punkt 2. I had forgotten you had made this eh? Brilliant. Was it you who uploaded all of the games as well?

Game Collection: 1939 Leningrad/Moscow

I have now added your prize winning collection to the <Smyslov Mega List>.

You may be pleased to know that <Rusbase> gives the same start and finish dates as does <George Gordon, Lord Byron> in his book. I was certainly pleased about that.

So If I have this correct, <Gordon's> book gave the correct round order, but not the dates for each round, right?

So this game here- S Belavenets vs Smyslov, 1939 is definitely Round Five (5)?

So I have one request, which irritatingly, I'll label A(a):

(a) I'm trying to select a worthy "representative game" from each event listed in the <Possibly, Maybe but we can't be sure, Every Event Smyslov ever Played, Ever. Subject to Debate> games collection. Yes, I want to make it a "real" games collection (now available with games!) instead of just a chronological list. So I was hoping you might glance through the games in your fine collection to see which one you think shows <Smyslov> the best? I figured it could be this Queen-sac game here- S Belavenets vs Smyslov, 1939, but I'm not really a good judge of "chess" if you catch my drift. You know, the moves and what they mean and such.

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  crawfb5: Just thought I'd look to see what Kotov and Yudovich picked for Smyslov games in <The Soviet School of Chess>.

The first two fragments (Lisitsyn-Smyslov, 19th USSR ch. 1944 and Ravinsky-Smyslov) are not in the database.

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 (1954 WC match)

Smyslov-Lyublinsky (17th USSR ch, 1949) is not in the database.

Smyslov vs Lilienthal, 1942 (Moscow ch, 1942)

Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948 (WC tnmt, 948)

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 (WC match, 1957), although K-Y say the game ended after White's 42nd.

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  crawfb5: You can see a list of the games in one version of Smyslov's best games at Amazon:

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  WannaBe: Do you have time preference on GameKnot? 3 5 or 7? We tend to like 5 or 7.
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  crawfb5: <wannabe> I prefer 7 days/move, but can live with 5 days/move.
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  WannaBe: Be sure to set your team (games) option, go to Home page of GK -> Settings -> Other preferences (right hand side, top) and set your max number of team games. =)

Again, welcome!

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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for catching B Wheeler vs W Batchelder, 1969. The tournament book for the 1969 US Open confirms they were paired with that result.,

I've gone through the database gleaning games with "USA-op" or "U.S. Open" or other such descriptions. Maybe I need to scan for city name as well.

At the moment, I've begun work on 1965, as well as going back and forth as older sources come to hand. Just added a couple of dozen from 1955 which came from CalBase.

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  perfidious: <crawfb5> The table you created at the <ceegee> forum is most informative, if not at all surprising, given that most if not all participants of the title events nowadays are probably availing themselves of silicon assistance.
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  crawfb5: <perfidious> Yes, that seems a reasonable inference, although at the top OTB level there also has been increasingly more computer assistance in home prep. I suspect the silicon beasts have helped fuel the increase in draws in both OTB and CC.
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  Phony Benoni: <Crawfb5> Thanks, but both the Zemgalis games from Seattle 1966 are in the article Donaldson compiled for the Quarterly for Chess History. In fact, I was just about to input the Formanek game when you called.

funny story behind the article. Tournament director Goerge Koltanowski had given the scoresheets to Peter G Grey, a player from San rrancisco. (My first US Open opponent, in fact.) Many years later, Grey mentioned to Donaldson that he had them, and nearly two hundred games were rescued from the scrapheap. (Seattle 1966 had no tournament bulletin or book.)

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  WCC Editing Project: Nice work <Big>!

8688. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

From Larry Crawford (Milford, CT, USA):

‘In your article Chess History Research On-Line ( John Hilbert mentioned the on-line archive for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. It is now being phased out in favor of a new site ( which has the full 1841-1955 run of the newspaper, an improvement over the 1841-1902 coverage offered by the old site.’

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  sachistu: Hi! Regarding Bisguier-Pilnick from the 1954 US Chp... I notice the <cg> game score mirrors some other sources; however in Chess Life,Oct 20,1954,p6-7, that game is given, except there is a significant variation in the score. In the Chess Life version, the score is given as 7.Nf3 Ba6 8.Bxa6 Nxa6 9.g3 Ne7 10.Nf4. In Platz' notes, he points out Black did not play the simplifying 9...Nh4 as it loses a piece to 10.Qa4+. In the <cg> version, the order is 7.Nf4 Ba6 8.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.Nf3, which reaches the same position as the Chess Life version, except Platz' note would not apply. The person posting the game <Resignation Trap> apparently cites The Art of Bisguier (which I do not have). Was just wondering if you think this merits a revision/correction to the game score?
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  crawfb5: <sachistu> I'll look at the <Chess Life> article in a couple of days when I have more time, but it does sound like a correction slip is in order. I don't have the Bisguier book either. <Resignation Trap> may or may not have been the one that submitted the game, so it's unclear if CG's version is from the book.
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  sachistu: Thanks! While I'm at it, Brandts-Bisguier from the 1954 US ch has a typo on move 21. The score as given has 21.Be3 (which allows mate ...Nxe3!). The actual score, as given in Chess Life,Aug 5,1954,p6 has the correct move 21.Be4
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  sachistu: One more item... Mednis-Brieger, US Open 1954 stops after White's 29th, however, Chess Life, Nov 20, 1954,p6 adds the following moves... 29...Rg8 30.Rh3 Rxg2+ 31.Kf1 Rg1+ 32.Kxg1 Rg8+ 33.Qxg8+ Resigns. Obviously, White was already winning on move 29 (and earlier!) but I thought I'd mention it to have the complete score. Also, as Mednis points out, there was still a way for White to go wrong e.g. 31.Kh1??
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  crawfb5: User: Phony Benoni does the US Open collections, although the best any of us can do about a problem with a game score is submit a correction slip. Any change would have to be made by a CG admin. The volunteer editors can only change date and round for games in the database.
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  WCC Editing Project:

<Big> You may be horrified to learn that I got my $2,000 "resigning bonus" recently and that tonight I just spent over $600 on new chess books.

I blame the Amazon "one click" buying option. Now THAT'S part of a good business model. I'm back to working on <Alekhine> to whip up the drafts into acceptable promotion state, and I want every scrap of information available from his era. So I ordered all of the <DiFelice> books that cover the years of Johnny's career.

You know I don't regret buying those books- When they arrive I'll then have a full set from 1900 up to the 1970s, and they are very handy when you're making meta-historical collections like Game Collection: Smyslov's Tournaments and Matches 1935-1979 and Game Collection: Tal's Tournament and Matches 1948-1975.

I believe that both are basically "finished," but I'm going to keep adding the satellite collections and intros to the <Tal> collection until I've exhausted all of the information from his autobiography.

You know, in so many ways, I think that it is heads above any other chess autobiography ever written. Not just great writing style, organization, and annotations, but a great memory and insane amounts of relevant detail.

I also put an email into <Tony Peterson> since it seems he's offering Vince "Gilligan's Island's" MANNHEIM 1914: THE REAL STORY at a lower price than Amazon.

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  crawfb5: Sounds like a good investment. I survived my special assignment as well as doing eight straight days, but I don't feel any stronger. All I would get from resigning would be, "Why are you still here? Get out!"

I spent hours at a couple of area beaches yesterday chasing birds with the camera gear. Maybe I'll send a photo or two.

I've been entering missing dates for Reshevsky (done) and Fine games (in progress). Some of those corrected may have been/will be Smyslov games.

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  sachistu: I've submitted corrections slips for Brandts-Bisguier and Bisguier-Pilnick (both games from the 1954 US Chp in New York).
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  crawfb5: <sachistu> Thanks for submitting the corrections. I've been sidetracked by other things and haven't unearthed my old <Chess Life> DVD.
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for the offer to check the Kashdan, Fine and Reshevsky biographyies for US Open games. I've already checked all three; in fact, I sent Gordon a number of games when he was compiling his book. But I could have missed something.

I'm submitting 1966 at the moment. Here are the years each played up to then:

Fine: 1932-1935, 1939-1941

Kashdan: 1934-1936, 1938, 1947-1948, 1951

Reshevsky: 1924, 1931-1934, 1939, 1944, 1955

Reshevsky played a number of times arter 1955, his last one being in 1990. It's possible <cg> may not yet have all those games.

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