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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 4104 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
crawfb5: <the BDE is moving to a different site> The important part of this is they now have the full 1841-1955 run at the new site. I will say I like the search features at the old site better, but adding 1903-1955 is probably worth it.
   Apr-13-14 Arnold Denker (replies)
crawfb5: According to Horowitz's column in the <NY Times> of 30 Jun 1963, Denker's opponent was Shelbourne (Shelby) Lyman. The game was from a match in the final round of the Metropolitan Chess League.
   Apr-09-14 WCC Editing Project chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: Why do one thing when you can just as easily do two?
   Apr-03-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: crawfb5-NN [DIAGRAM] 46. cxb4 cxb4 47. axb4 Bxb4 48. Bd8 a3 49. bxa3 Bxa3 50. Be7 Bc1 51. f7 Bh6 52. Kg6 Ke6 53. Ba3 1-0 Simple, but it has its charms.
   Mar-27-14 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <The number of years you've been with us though, that seems a harmless enough indicator. It's not rife for abuse like other metrics. Perhaps it could be an honor that you can flip on in your preferences page, if you want to.> Not that I have any particular objection to this ...
   Mar-26-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: Sounds like a modest proposal to me.
   Mar-04-14 Karpova chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: If I make a typo in the HTML tags and Daniel doesn't catch it in his proofreading, it can drop out some text in what is displayed despite the text still being in the file. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to your two references. Probably a good idea to check for completeness in ...
   Mar-04-14 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: I can take some team games.
   Feb-19-14 kingscrusher chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <Mark> You did comment on Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 , but that was only a few weeks ago, so maybe that's not the game you seek.
   Feb-15-14 crawfb5 chessforum (replies)
crawfb5: <wannabe> I prefer 7 days/move, but can live with 5 days/move.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Big> I'm trying to find some official mention that Johnny got draw odds in his two matches with Bogo?

Not to mention a source besides <Munninghoff> that affirms Johnny got draw odds against Euwe in 1935.

Munninghoff p. 137: <"...according to the <<<rules,>>> a 15-15 score would... suffice for the World Champion to retain his title.">

By "rules" does he mean the contract? Or some kind of "convention"? I doubt the latter would be official enough to give Johnny the title if he'd won game 30 against Max.

As I'm sure you know, there are no "draw odds" for the champion mentioned in the <London Rules>, so I'm wondering about the "draw odds" status of these three matches.

Do you have any deep insider knowledge on this? It's driving me crazy.

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  crawfb5: <Jess> My sources on this are not very good. I did not have access to relevant <American Chess Bulletin> issues, but I suspect contemporary European sources may be required to answer the question.
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  WCC Editing Project: <Big Source>

Thank you sir. I did indeed find a good explanation with sources from <thomastonk>, <Karpova>, and <whiteshark>.

Outstanding chess historians, the four of you.

I was also heartened to learn of the corroborated Euwe quote from Munninghoff, thanks for finding that and posting it.

Do you think this means that when Munninghoff directly quotes <Euwe>, we can regard this to have come from an actual source, as opposed to Munninghoff just making it up?

He did do a lot of research in those Nederlanders vaults.

I'm hoping to use this quote about the initial challenge from Johnny to Max in 1933:

Euwe himself says of this occasion: <<<'(...) at that point the decision had in fact been made: I would challenge Alekhine to a match for the world championship! This decision didn't happen by chance, it was preordained>>>.'>

Alexander Munninghoff
"Max Euwe, The Biography"
New in Chess, 2001
p. 101-103

What do you think?

To quote "Marathon Man"-

"Is it safe?

Is it safe?"

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  offramp: Thank you for your very good collection on the Stanley-Rousseau match. Well done!
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  Calli: <crawfb5> Filled in most of the dates for Game Collection: Stanley - Rousseau 1845 match

Still missing are games 11 through 18 and game 21, although 21 is undoubtedly the 18th. Sources were New Orleans Daily Picayune at Chess Archaeology amd the New Orleans Bee at the Google News archive.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Big>

More bad news! Jackanapeses are posting spurious videos about you in an effort to clear up some mystery?

I'm not sure who started this mischief, but here is one of the more shocking examples:

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  Benzol: Good to see you are still alive and kicking.


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  WCC Editing Project: <Big Sammy>

Remember when you were asking about the <Leningrad-Moscow International Tournament 1939>?

I can't remember if you had the cross table or not, but here it is just in case:

<Leningrad-Moscow International Tournament 1939> (3 Jan-1 Feb).

Also the page claims to have "153 of 153" games available for download.

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  WCC Editing Project: I really can't thank you enough. Thank goodness you have returned to the Bistro.

I stored your information at the bottom of what I'm building here: Game Collection: Smyslov Tournament and Match Metacollection

When I catch my breath I'll add your source to the event, which is sitting pretty at <Number 26> of, unfortunately, around 500 events.

Jan-29-14  achieve: <crawf> Hi Larry - Timmie and me aRE GOING THROUGH A GREAT TIME, ALLOWING ME TO DEAL WITH STUFF oops we or I never thought could get around to, but we can, and it is quite a blessing. Good to see you around here again and soon I will email you once I've settled and done some hard work.

All my best and keep it up! The things you do are so important.


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  crawfb5: <N> Good to hear things are going well with the two of you. I needed some time off. We had a foster come back because the family didn't want her and we kept her for a few months getting her back in shape for a new family. She was a sweetheart, but <six> dogs in the house with one a 10-month old was a bit much for me.
Jan-29-14  achieve: I can imagine, two dogs and you have your hands full, really, but triple that and for starters you can never leave home together with your wife for a few hours I reckon?

Tim is 7 months old now and to see him make the progress that he has is just a joy really, and he inspires me in return as well. Just one of those things you have to experience, hard to put into words. I have the advantage that I only have to concentrate on him.

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  crawfb5: Well, everybody goes into their crates when nobody is going to be home, so they are used to that, but yes, you are never quite alone.
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  WCC Editing Project: <Well, everybody goes into their crates when nobody is going to be home>

I use the same system with Richard.

<Big> please don't kill me, but I'd like to learn to "fish" better instead of constantly asking you for bass and such.

Thanks so much for the final word on the dates for this event:

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 Sept 1947 ]

But as you can see, really I also need a newspaper source covering the day <23 Sept. 1947> confirming it was the last day of the match.

Might you show me the link for finding the newspaper for this date, and also give a few instructions on how to navigate the link?

I'm a very, very slow learner, but once I do learn something I usually remember how to do it.

If you give me this fishing pole I will store it in my Profile to be extra sure I don't have to ask you again.

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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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