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jnpope
Member since May-28-11 · Last seen Aug-03-15
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   jnpope has kibitzed 350 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-01-15 Baden-Baden (1870) (replies)
 
jnpope: The Field has Baden-Baden material as late as 24 December 1870. I didn't see anything in January 1871 so I stopped, but I'll check a little more as time permits.
 
   Jul-30-15 Steinitz vs Blackburne, 1870 (replies)
 
jnpope: <Die folgenden Partieen wurden im grossen Turnier zu Baden-Baden> source: Neue Berliner Schachzeitung, Volume 7, pp245-246 https://books.google.com/books?id=T...
 
   Jul-07-15 Harry Nelson Pillsbury (replies)
 
jnpope: <<Chessical:> Pillsbury's comparative failure at St. Petersburg (1895/96) was felt very heavily by himself and his American fans. [...] I have found another explanation as to his poor form. It seems that Pillsbury encouraged by Steinitz, contracted with the St.Petersburg ...
 
   Jul-06-15 Monte Carlo (1902) (replies)
 
jnpope: The Field for March 1902 is now available.
 
   Jul-02-15 Harrwitz vs Loewenthal, 1853 (replies)
 
jnpope: Harrwitz was the first player, or "had the attack", and played with the black pieces. Lowenthal was the second player, or "had the defense", and played with the white pieces. The game as printed in the London Field had the additional move pair: 36.Kh2 Qxe4 0-1 ...
 
   May-30-15 Paul Morphy (replies)
 
jnpope: Checkers, chequers and draughts were all terms used before the birth of Paul Morphy. I suspect the tramps quote will be found in the New York Clipper checker column (I'll keep an eye open for it), but a cursory check of Google books finds that quote in Yate's Checker Player (1905), ...
 
   May-19-15 Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896) (replies)
 
jnpope: Pillsbury's plans to play a match with Steinitz fell through. Pillsbury spent that month hanging out in Boston and Brooklyn before heading to Nuremberg on July 4, 1896. I suspect the Dundee Advertiser report is based on this news item from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: <Henry Nelson ...
 
   Apr-17-15 Cray Blitz vs Belle, 1983
 
jnpope: https://www.google.com/search?q=198... The Montreal Gazette published this game Dec. 4, 1981, which means it is from the 1981 North American Computer Championship held in Los Angeles (not 1983 in New York).
 
   Apr-10-15 US Championships (2015) (replies)
 
jnpope: <I tried it once and it was repellent. How someone can actually enjoy drinking that bubbly horse piss is a mystery to me.> I had the same reactions to Dr Pepper, regular Pepsi and coffee. But people enjoy different things. *shrug*
 
   Mar-12-15 jnpope chessforum (replies)
 
jnpope: Good tip! Thanks.
 
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Chess Archaeology

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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! :)
Feb-03-15  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  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  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

Mar-12-15
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  jnpope: Another rarity. (FEN slashes reversed for posting)

[Event "Offhand"]
[Site "FRA Paris"]
[Date "1846.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mr B. G-e"]
[Black "des Chapelles"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr\ppppp1pp\8\8\8\8\PPPPPPPP\RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]

1.e4 --- 2.d4 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 Bd7 6.a3 a6 7.Bd3 g6 8.h4 Bh6 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.fxe3 Nh6 11.Qd2 Qe7 12.O-O-O O-O-O 13.Ne2 Kb8 14.Rhf1 Rdf8 15.Kb1 Nd8 16.e4 Ndf7 17.exd5 exd5 18.Nf4 Be6 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Qb4 Ng4 21.Rd2 h6 1-0

The remaining moves were not recorded, but the game was finally won by Mr. B. G-e. Another game between the same parties on this occasion terminated as a drawn battle.

source: Chess Player's Chronicle, v8, p378

Mar-12-15
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  Annie K.: A tip for posting FEN positions without activating a diagram: replace one of the slashes with the code &#47; - that's the code for slash, and it will turn into a regular slash in the post, but this way the FEN string won't turn into a diagram. :)
Mar-12-15
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  jnpope: Good tip! Thanks.
Mar-14-15  zanzibar: <A tip for posting FEN positions without activating a diagram: replace one of the slashes with the code / - that's the code for slash, and it will turn into a regular slash in the post, but this way the FEN string won't turn into a diagram. :)>

Boy oh boy, could <CG> just provide us with a <pre></pre> tag? Pretty please?

Mar-14-15  zanzibar: The final issue of <Schachzeitung> was before it gets renamed to <Deutsche Schachzeitung> was in 1871:

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

It's missing from the "master" list:

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

It seems to also be missing from Calli's list...

Game Collection: Deutsche Schachzeitung

It was a little tricky to find, a google book search on year fails. I used the volume number.

Mar-15-15  zanzibar: Another suggestion, if I may...

<Neue Berliner Schachzeitung v6 (1869)>

Instead of this copy:
http://books.google.com/books?id=px...

to use this one:
https://books.google.com/books?id=w...

The latter is mislabeled as volume 2, but it's readable. The copy you reference is in very poor scan-shape due to page bleed-through.

Jul-15-15  zanzibar: <jnpope>

It looks like <The Chess World v1 (March 1865)> is now online:

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

It could be added here:

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

Note that the missing volume, v1, is listed as from 1866, and the issue I found has date 1865.

I don't know if this is because v2 was delayed a year, or what other explanation is suggested - I haven't looked much beyond just finding the link.

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