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jnpope
Member since May-28-11 · Last seen Mar-05-15
Just a former chess player.

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   jnpope has kibitzed 334 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-04-15 Steinitz vs Bird, 1866 (replies)
 
jnpope: The Field, Era and ILN all give 28.Nf2 Qh2#.
 
   Feb-25-15 jnpope chessforum
 
jnpope: Markov simulation tournament (Feb-25-15) Metric: 1000 games against each other First pass: Points Player 11905.5 PCM57 9474.5 PCM58AA 8776.5 HNP95* (first 8 games) 8698.5 PCM58JL* (first 9 games) 8294.0 IK67* (first 6 games) 7498.5 HS43 5646.5 AA51 5454.5 LCMB34
 
   Feb-24-15 Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant
 
jnpope: The best approach I've found is to identify the claims made in the press and books of the day, weighted by who made the statement and how widely such statements were accepted in contemporary sources. The more respected the source the more likely the statement is to be true. Using ...
 
   Feb-20-15 Paris vs Budapest, 1843 (replies)
 
jnpope: < Great Match by Correspondence, Between Pesth and Paris. Begun November 1842: Concluded January, 1846. In the preceding Number we announced the final termination of this long protracted contest, and the triumphant victory achieved by the Hungarian players. We no proceed to
 
   Feb-18-15 Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais (replies)
 
jnpope: In the second to last paragraph it should be "the one taken from us at 43" (I dropped an N somewhere along the way).
 
   Feb-15-15 Pillsbury vs M Judd, 1898 (replies)
 
jnpope: That 1901 Judd game went one move further: [Event "Pillsbury Exhibition: Match Game"] [Site "USA St. Louis, MO"] [Date "1901.01.19"] [Round "1"] [White "Pillsbury,Harry Nelson"] [Black "Judd,Max "] [Result "1-0"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 d6 5.d4 Bd7 ...
 
   Feb-15-15 Pillsbury vs K A Walbrodt, 1893 (replies)
 
jnpope: All contemporary sources end the game at 27.Qf4+. Namely the Boston Herald, 1893.04.07, p5; Boston Journal, 1893.04.07, p3; Boston Evening Transcript, 1893.04.07; New York Sun, 1893.04.07, p4; American Chess Monthly, v1 n11-12, September-October 1893, p294. The version found in
 
   Feb-04-15 C H Erickson vs D D Barkuloo, 1915
 
jnpope: Barkuloo Banzai or the full title: The Adventures of Barkuloo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
 
   Jan-31-15 Staunton - Saint Amant (1843) (replies)
 
jnpope: It was common practice for players to keep using the same color pieces at least into the 1850s. I'd have to check to see when "White moves first", and players alternating colors, became standardized.
 
   Jan-30-15 Alexandre Louis Honore Lebreton Deschapelles
 
jnpope: So I was messing around with Rybka and checking it's evaluations at 14-ply for the starting arrays in the Des Chapelles v St. Amant odds match (where Des Chapelles was said to be giving roughly one and one-half pawns in odds in each game). In the first, and only published game, Des ...
 
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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  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  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  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! :)
Feb-03-15
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  zanzibar: Hi <jnpope>,

On you <Chess Archeology> site, there's an extremely useful index page to various early British Chess magazines.

http://www.chessarch.com/library/uk...

Unfortunately, the link to the 1852 version of <Chess Player's Chronicle (v13 - 1852)> points to a scan which is truncated. Only the front cover pieces show up.

http://books.google.com/books?id=BS...

Please double-check me on this, but I believe you can find a valid copy of v13 here:

https://books.google.com/books?id=a...

OK, thanks.

Feb-05-15
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  jnpope: Both links appear to work fine for me, but I will probably go through and update that page with whatever additional material Google has added since I first created that page.
Feb-05-15
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  zanzibar: <jnpope> Are you sure? I checked this about 3 times.

When I download the PDF from here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=BS...

(the other parts may work... but I want to have an offline PDF version)

using this link

http://books.google.com/books/downl...

(following <Ebook - Free> -> <Download PDF>):

It only downloads a 3 page version of the journal.
.

Feb-05-15
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  jnpope: Ah... I did not try a download, I just looked at the web based copy. So their PDF download is corrupt. Good to know.
Feb-17-15
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  zanzibar: Hi <jn> - here's another link you might consider revising....

American Chess Monthly (1892-1893)

The following is both OCR'ed and downloadable!

http://books.google.com/books/about...

Your link is currently as follows:

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?...

which is on Hathitrust.org, who I don't like simply because they don't allow guests to download their scans, despite being from public-friendly resources like Princeton Library.

Moreover, their version appears not to be OCR'ed - which means you can't just cut-and-paste (or search, even if you could download the whole volume).

Feb-18-15
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  jnpope: I definitely need to do another survey of what is now available on Google. Thanks for the link.
Feb-25-15
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  jnpope: Markov simulation tournament (Jan-19-15)

Metric: 500 games against each other

Points Player
5921.0 PCM57
5214.0 PCM58JL* (first 4 games)
4639.0 PCM58AA
4282.5 HNP95* (first 8 games)
4127.0 IK67* (first 6 games)
3662.5 HS43
2941.0 AA51* (first 17 games)
2720.0 LCMB34
2537.0 WS66
2263.5 AA66
2178.5 PCFS43
2137.0 JL1858* (first 4 games)
1809.5 AA58
1067.5 AM34

Key:
LCMB34 & AM34: Bourdonnais-McDonnell, 5th Match, London 1834

HS43 & PCFS43: Staunton-St. Amant, Match, Paris 1843

AA51*: Tournament, London 1851

PCM57: Tournament, New York 1857

PCM58JL* & JL1858*: Morphy-Lowenthal, Match, London 1858

AA58 & PCM58AA: Morphy-Anderssen, Match, Paris 1858-1859

WS66 & AA66: Steinitz-Anderssen, Match, London 1866

IK67*: Tournament, Paris 1867

HNP95*: Tournament, Hastings 1895

Feb-25-15
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  jnpope: Markov simulation tournament (Feb-25-15)

Metric: 1000 games against each other

First pass:
Points Player
11905.5 PCM57
9474.5 PCM58AA
8776.5 HNP95* (first 8 games)
8698.5 PCM58JL* (first 9 games)
8294.0 IK67* (first 6 games)
7498.5 HS43
5646.5 AA51
5454.5 LCMB34
5199.0 WS66
5029.5 JL1858* (first 9 games)
4669.0 AA66
4449.0 PCFS43
3696.5 AA58
2208.5 AM34

Second pass:
Points Player
11843.5 PCM57
9527.5 PCM58AA
8795.0 HNP95* (first 8 games)
8753.0 PCM58JL* (first 9 games)
8379.5 IK67* (first 6 games)
7597.5 HS43
5612.0 AA51
5414.0 LCMB34
5182.0 WS66
4929.0 JL1858* (first 9 games)
4674.0 AA66
4381.0 PCFS43
3719.5 AA58
2192.5 AM34

Key:
LCMB34 & AM34: Bourdonnais-McDonnell, 5th Match, London 1834

HS43 & PCFS43: Staunton-St. Amant, Match, Paris 1843

AA51*: Tournament, London 1851

PCM57: Tournament, New York 1857

PCM58JL* & JL1858*: Morphy-Lowenthal, Match, London 1858

AA58 & PCM58AA: Morphy-Anderssen, Match, Paris 1858-1859

WS66 & AA66: Steinitz-Anderssen, Match, London 1866

IK67*: Tournament, Paris 1867

HNP95*: Tournament, Hastings 1895

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