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Member since Dec-27-07
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: A question about Lv T awaits. Check your email.
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crawfb5: Did you recently do something to break hyperlinks for tournament pages? Ok, it's only cosmetic breakage; the link does go to the correct page, but the displayed name is no longer there. For example: shows as a clickable partial URL and not ...
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crawfb5: <z> I think you can file both the 2nd and 3rd American Chess Congresses and Paris 1867 under "innocent" along with the correspondence events. Players arranged their own schedules, so there are no formal round numbers.
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crawfb5: "You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
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crawfb5: One of my spot checks the other day was Alexopoulos, so I have his round numbers sorted. 1. Templeton 2. Molina 3. Lugo 4. Karlins 5. Schadler 6. Baquero 7. Mikhailuk 8. Perez 9. Moody (yes, <Phony Benoni>) 10. Sevush 11. Baczinkski 12. Ippolito With two ...
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crawfb5: <morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data
   Jan-30-15 gauer chessforum (replies)
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crawfb5: You got me thinking about the women's world championship. I dug around a bit and, while many early games are missing, a number of crosstables from early tournaments have survived. I don't think I dug up anything previously unknown, but I'm pulling together what I can find on the ...
   Jan-24-15 N G Engholm vs Kashdan, 1934 (replies)
crawfb5: Colors are correct.
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Ok I had to look. Imagine my surprise to find this, with enigmatic intro:

Game Collection: New York 1889

"Under Construction; awaiting ruling by <>"


I wonder if the "ruling" can be identified. It could be difficult. Some believe that the tireless User: suenteus po 147 may have applied for the ruling as early as 1889.

So it was never you who was working on this. Sorry <Big>!

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  crawfb5: The <ruling> was on maximum number of games allowed in a single game collection. <NY 1889> part I has 400 games and part II has 20-something. A game collection cannot have more than 400 games without some action on CG's part, which it appears, has not happened. Or it has and he's not merged his two collections.
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<Big Ruling>

Good memory, thank you.

It appears none of the games are dated either.

There's a mass of material on the event that might be used to date the rounds, though I'm not going to "excavate" further on this at the moment.

Stunningly, there is also some live film footage of the congress:

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  OhioChessFan: Still doing the Wiki editor gig? This line is way wrong and should be fixed:

<Sultana was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat that exploded on April 27, 1865 in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. An estimated 3 of her 2,427 passengers died when three of the boat's four boilers exploded and she burned to the waterline and sank near Memphis.[1] >

Well over 1000 people died. I don't know if the 3 was a typo, legitimate mistake or what, but it's majorly wrong.

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  crawfb5: <OCF> Once a Wiki editor, always a Wiki editor, even if inactive as I am. I will attend to it, although it might take a few days. I had to pause writing even this short reply due to dogs lobbying for breakfast. My work schedule is screwier than normal over the next couple of days. I'm sure the sun will also be in my eyes and it will be uphill both ways... :-)

It's not a major hurdle to become a Wiki editor; create an account and you can edit. Just think WWJWD (what would Jack Webb do?) -- "Just the facts, ma'am." For something like this, they'd like to see a source, which should be easy enough. Learning their formatting system can be a pain, but that's mostly for writing new articles. When editing existing articles, format for citations and so forth can usually be found in the "edit" page for the article.

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  WannaBe: Good job!!!'
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  crawfb5: Thanks. It was pretty easy, and I got lucky in the timing. Everybody was preoccupied with "What's Next?"
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  WannaBe: No matta!! =))
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  wordfunph: <crawfb5> Merry Christmas!
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015, crawf!
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I am in Canada but I cannot access my email account. I'm going to try to make a new account with NOT YAHOO.COM or some similar organization for temporary communication purposes.

So I did get your last email whilst in Korea, and sounds good- please submit the draft to "The Big Cheese" when you are happy with the HTMLized version.

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  crawfb5: Ok, I have the day off and rain is predicted, so I hope to do one last proofread and get it sent off by tonight.
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  crawfb5: Jess,

I sent the draft in. I didn't find any more errors. There might still be some, but I'm not seeing them.

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Excellent, thank you. The new WCC intro isn't up yet, so I guess Daniel is busy these days.

I have a question about standard formatting of "inline notes"- <keypusher> used them to source his fine TI here: Chigorin - Tarrasch Match (1893).

He posted his draft in the Bistro and I just edited that sourced draft text into the TI Event. I tried to make the notation form consistent, but I'm not sure if I did it properly.

Might you go in to the intro for this event and make the inline notes conform to a consistent and recognized standard? I remember you telling me about an inline note system before. Whichever formatting standard you use, that's the one I want to copy, or "ape."

If you can do this, then I can use your formatting as a template.

I'm going to use an inline notation system for any further TI intros I write or edit, because it's much easier to add new information and rearrange old information than it is using the Wiki endnote system.

I'll continue to use the Wiki endnote system for WCC Intros, because those texts are more stable, I think- if any new information comes to light that makes it necessary to redo the endnotes in a WCC Intro, we can fall of that bridge when we come to it.

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  crawfb5: Jess,

Common in the sciences is something like "Smith (2003) found..." or "...blah blah (Smith, 2003)." Of course some journals use their own variant. Use of page numbers aren't that common, but could certainly be used.

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Ok Thanks <Bigg>.

I'm going to leave it like it is then.

Hats off to <keypusher> for creating a flexible notation system, well suited to an environment where several people in present and future may want to add new information to a TI intro.

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  samsloan: I am in the process of reprinting the book by J. R. Capablanca on Havana 1913. I would like to use or quote from your excellent article on that tournament. Can I have your permission to use that article? I will send you some free copies of the book. I would like to use your real name. I assume your real name is Larry Crawford. The book will be in Spanish as the original book was in Spanish. Please wrote back quickly as I am about to publish the book right now. Sam Sloan
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  crawfb5: Sam, it's ok with me.

Larry Crawford

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  samsloan: Thank you. The book will be out in a few days or a week. The title will be in Spanish as the book is in Spanish. Habana 1913
Apr-13-15  TheFocus: It bears mentioning that <Havana 1913> has appeared in English, the translation being by Edward Winter.
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  crawfb5: "You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Apr-29-15  zanzibar: <crawfb5> OK, got it.

No rush on testing... I'll shoot you an email later so you have mine.

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  samsloan: I have published the book thanks to your help

Sorry it took so long

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  hms123: <crawfb5>

<Larry Crawford (Commentary)>


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