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jnpope
Member since May-28-11 · Last seen Dec-22-14
Just a former chess player.

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   jnpope has kibitzed 285 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-22-14 Mackenzie vs Bird, 1865
 
jnpope: Hmmm... the Chess World, v2 n2, April 1866, pp49-50, gives this game as <Played at New York between Messrs. Bird and Mackenzie.>. I'm no expert on the travels of H. E. Bird, but I don't have him arriving in America until November 27, 1866, according to the New York Albion, ...
 
   Dec-19-14 Johannes Zukertort
 
jnpope: <Dr. J. H. Zukertort.-Zukertort is supposed to have been born in two places simultaneously, but I have reason to believe him to be a native of Riga, born in 1842. Lowenthal, who organised the tournament of 1872, invited Zukertort to compete, and the rumour goes that he came over ...
 
   Dec-14-14 Zukertort vs Sellman, 1883
 
jnpope: <Second match game between Messrs. J. H. Zukertort and Alex. G. Sellman, played December 17:> source: Baltimore American, 1883.12.25 Sellman,AG - Zukertort,JH [C67] 1883.12.17 USA Baltimore, MD (2) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 a6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Re1 Bf5 8.Nc3
 
   Dec-01-14 jnpope chessforum (replies)
 
jnpope: I believe she eventually remarried. Winter's Chess Notes 8458 has more: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
 
   Nov-27-14 Lipschutz vs Burn, 1889
 
jnpope: My silicon friend agrees. After 55...Kg4 Black appears to be able to mate in (at most) 21 moves.
 
   Nov-25-14 Lasker vs E Schrader, 1902 (replies)
 
jnpope: Perhaps seven opponents? <Moberly, Mo., Nov. 27.-[...] Doctor Lasker, the English chess champion, arrived last night, and at 7 o'clock began his remarkable game, that of playing any number of games at one time. It was thought at one time he would have thirty contestants, but ...
 
   Nov-23-14 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
 
jnpope: Bell's Life in London, 1835.06.14, gives the game as follows: [Date "1834"] [Site "ENG London (Westminster CC)"] [Event "Fifth Match"] [Round "5"] [White "de la Bourdonnais, L.C.M."] [Black "McDonnell, A."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C52"] [Opening "Evans Gambit"]
 
   Nov-23-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
 
jnpope: 21...Rhd8 22.Ne4 Bf8 23.Nef6 [47:00-30.00] And Anand is still thinking... [DIAGRAM]
 
   Nov-22-14 La Bourdonnais vs D Wilson, 1837
 
jnpope: D. Wilson would appear to be correct. The following would lead one to think that the game was played in Paris and not London: <Game played and won by M. de la Bourdonnais without seeing chess-board or men, with the white pieces, off Mr. D. Wilson, acting manager of the Paris Gas ...
 
   Nov-21-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
jnpope: 18.Bc4 is interesting, but I think Anand has to go with 18.Qxb2
 
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Nov-05-13
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  jnpope: Nice finds
Nov-09-13
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  perfidious: In kibitzes today, I observed that Fred Lindsay edited your work on Pillsbury.

Is Lindsay still active as a player? We met once, at the Toronto International in 1984, though the game itself was unremarkable-a short draw in a quiet line of the QGA.

Fred told me a hilarious story of Florin Gheorghiu fixing the final result at a World Open in those bad old days during the Toronto event; bust-a-gut stuff all the way. Ask him about it sometime.

Nov-21-13
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  paderamo: I found 7 games of Pillsbury in Nebraska in 1900:

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1937...

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1937...

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1937...

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1937...

Only the Joyce game was in your book, found in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Although the Pillsbury vs. Davidson&Reavis game is messed up, I believe I accurately figured it out.

Do you have an addendum for games found after your book was published?

Best wishes.

Nov-22-13
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  paderamo: 3 games of Pillsbury in Nebraska during 1901. You have the DeFrance game in your book:

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1939...

http://www.newspapers.com/clip/1939...

Nov-23-13
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  jnpope: I do not have an addendum, but I have been putting together a little Pillsbury "tour" research project which already contains all the games from the Nebraska State Journal. I think I got them from Andy Ansel a few years back... but those from San Francisco were definitely new to me.
Dec-01-13
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  jnpope: Just returned from two weeks in sunny FL. Now I just need to find my motivation... I'm sure I left it here somewhere...
Dec-31-13
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  Phony Benoni: <jnpope> I've posted some information on J F Barry vs Pillsbury, 1899, the mate-in-thirteen game.
Jan-02-14
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  jnpope: Thanks. I've had 11/27 as the date for a while now. I've been working on some new Pillsbury material that I've gathered since for a possible 20th anniversary edition to the Pillsbury book:

"At the clubrooms Mr. Barry and Mr. Pillsbury played an exhibition game Monday evening. The time clocks were used and all the formalities observed. Mr. Barry played his usual superb game and won the exchange in the middle game. The game was terminated by an announced mate in thirteen moves." <<Boston Evening Transcript>, 1899.11.28>

Jan-02-14
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  Phony Benoni: Twenty years? You mean you're not young any more?
Jan-02-14
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  jnpope: I like to think of myself as a young historian instead of as an old chess player!
Jan-02-14
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  TheFocus: <jnpope> Do you plan to include Harry's checker games and checker match record?
Jan-03-14
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  jnpope: I have been collecting his checker games as well as any mention of his whist participation (he was a member of the the Brooklyn Whist Club).
Jan-03-14
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  TheFocus: Great. Looking forward to the 20th anniversary book.
Mar-02-14
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  jnpope: I finally found my motivation (apparently it was hidden under a sofa cushion).
Jun-27-14
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  jnpope: Who the heck is Richard Pope?

http://www.chessmail.com/research/h...

Dec-01-14
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  jnpope: <The subjoined game was played a short time ago at St. Petersburg:> «Charleston Sunday News, 1901.04.21, p15»

Janowski,DM - Chigorin,MI [C48]
RUS St. Petersburg
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 d6 5.d4 Nd7 6.Ne2 Be7 7.c3 0-0 8.Ng3 Ndb8 9.d5 a6 10.Bd3 Na7 11.h3 Nd7 12.Nf5 Nc5 13.g4 c6 14.Bc2 cxd5 15.exd5 Bxf5 16.gxf5 Bf6 17.Rg1 e4 18.Ng5 Qe7 19.Be3 Nb5 20.Qg4 Bxg5 21.Bxg5 f6 22.Be3 Nd3+ 23.Bxd3 exd3 24.0-0-0 Rf7 25.Rxd3 Nc7 26.Bd2 Kh8 27.Qh5 Qe8 28.c4 Rc8 29.Bc3 b5 30.c5 b4 31.Bd2 dxc5 32.Re1 Qd7 33.Re4 c4 34.Rh4 h6 35.Rg3 Nxd5 36.Rg6 Re7 37.Bxh6 Re1+ 38.Kd2 Nf4+ 39.Kxe1 Re8+ 40.Kf1 Qd3+ 41.Kg1 Nxh5 42.Bxg7+ Kg8 43.Bxf6+ Kf7 0-1 «Charleston Sunday News, 1901.04.21, p15»

Dec-01-14
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  TheFocus: <jnpope> <Who the heck is Richard Pope?>

How rude of them.

Dec-01-14
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  Annie K.: Heh, they probably misread Nick as 'Rick'.

Mr. Pope, would you happen to know whatever became of Pillsbury's wife after his death? Just something I'm curious about. :)

Very glad to see you here, and helping to improve this site, btw - thanks for all your work!

Dec-01-14
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  jnpope: I believe she eventually remarried.

Winter's Chess Notes 8458 has more:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Dec-01-14
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  Annie K.: Wow, thanks! I had tried to find a Mary Ellen Pillsbury in online records of US obituaries, etc., now and then, hoping that the fact that I couldn't find her by that name meant that she lived to remarry. Great to have confirmation. :)

I think this may be a datum worth mentioning, with regards to the speculations about Pillsbury's cause of death.

Although I also tend to believe that he died of syphilis, yet considering how highly contagious syphilis is, and that his disease hadn't, as far as I know, been diagnosed as syphilis, until his death - so he wouldn't have had reason to refrain from having "marital relations" with his wife - it may be significant to note that she apparently hadn't contracted it.

Dec-02-14
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  Stonehenge: Would this be her?

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...

Dec-02-14
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  Annie K.: <Stonehenge> thanks! Makes sense, everything matches. She lived to 83, then - impressive!

Bit of a pity that her memorial refers to her simply as Shearf, so apparently her grave doesn't mention the fact that she was once the (only) wife of one of America's greatest chess players.

Dec-03-14
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  paderamo: Ancestry.com (paid subscription) has 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 census information on her, as well as her 1910 marriage to Frank Shearf. Newspapers.com (paid subscription) has an upcoming marriage announcement to Henry Bubois Southard (marriage before Pillsbury) and a visitation announcement to her mother and step-father, as well as her mother's obituary whee Mary is mentioned.
Dec-03-14
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  paderamo: Apologies. Dubois.
Dec-03-14
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  Annie K.: Amazing what all can be found on the net these days. Thanks for all the research! :)
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