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Scott Thomson

The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English--hyperlinked

A page from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard's Multitext Library:

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

"Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player."


"You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults."


"Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game."

--Phony Benoni

"A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism."


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   keypusher has kibitzed 22407 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-22-18 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
keypusher: I think this link has the picture <zanzibar> referred to in the first post on the page -- the link he posted is no longer good.
   Apr-22-18 Carl Friedrich Schmid (replies)
keypusher: <WPE> I think you are right about Lasker, but I don't think it was an off-hand game. See link.
   Apr-20-18 Marshall vs Duras, 1913
keypusher: <MissScarlett: Another dig in the ribs - not to say a punch in the guts - for <John Nunn>.> Only if this game had been played in Carlsbad 1911. Are you saying all those mistakes he found were really just flaws in the game scores?
   Apr-20-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
keypusher: <Orwell distinguishes nationalism and patriotism, greatly to the disadvantage of the latter.> I meant "former," obviously.
   Apr-19-18 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: <wannabe> Enormous gap in experience -- Young was 30 when he finally got the starting job. Garoppolo threw fewer than 100 passes as a Patriot.
   Apr-19-18 Sultan Khan vs Flohr, 1932 (replies)
keypusher: There must be something in the water on this page.
   Apr-17-18 J H Donner vs Portisch, 1968 (replies)
keypusher: <sneaky pete> Foregoing an engine, this old-fashioned patzer would play 17....Be4 and I think the king will survive.
   Apr-17-18 Duras vs Marshall, 1912
keypusher: A little quicker was 62.Rb8 Rf6+ 63.Rb6! and the pawn queens.
   Apr-16-18 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
keypusher: <Howard> Pretty sure it would have given Petrosian some really bad flashbacks. Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 <offramp> How about retaking with the piece in this game? Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961
   Apr-10-18 Zukertort vs Count Epoureano, 1872 (replies)
keypusher: <Petrosianic: Al Horowitz describes this as "the finest odds game ever played." Anyone have any better candidates?> I don't. It's funny, though, Zukertort missed 12.Rg1, which as Random Visitor pointed out wins at once (12....Ne8 13.Qxg7+) and the Count missed a couple of ...
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Amazing that Philly can be worse than the whole state of California.

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  WannaBe: <keypusher> Didn't want to clutter around's forum, but I used an IE8 browser and was not able to see problem with the Capa game.

Obvious this problem happened recently? Have you done any changes to your computer? I doubt it's a browser issue, but maybe upgrade to IE9 and see if the problem persists?

Have you done any changes to your graphics/video/monitor?

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  keypusher: wannabe -- ie9 doesn't help. this is a work computer, so maybe they changed something
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  WannaBe: <keypusher> Jan. 11th 2012, on forum, they posed a link to a screenshot, does your problem look like that?

Maybe they have info that can help you to pinpoint the issue.

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  keypusher: yes, that is what it looks like, more or less. Other problems too. I guess I could stop looking at cg at work!
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  WannaBe: Maybe can help you out somewhat, at least get one problem solved, I have not yet check CG's forum, but I guess you did post something over there?

And then we can discuss your other problems. =)

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  keypusher: Switched to Chrome, solved the problem. IE9 seemed to be causing problems all over the place.
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  WannaBe: That is interesting, been using my IE9 without any issues. Hmmm...
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<keypusher> How is this case differ from Bakke vs. State of California for reverse discrimination?

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  keypusher: This was not a bad game.

[Event "Team match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.02.22"]
[Round "-"]
[White "tomamiron"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1874"]
[BlackElo "1884"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. c4 Nb6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be3 d5 10. c5 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Nc4 12. Bc1 b6 13. b3 Na5 14. b4 Nc4 15. a3 a5 16. Bf4 axb4 17. axb4 Rxa1 18. Qxa1 Nc6 19. Na2 Bg5 20. Bxg5 Qxg5 21. Qc3 Qd2 22. Qxd2 Nxd2 23. Rd1 Nxf3+ 24. gxf3 Ra8 25. b5 Nxd4 26. cxb6 cxb6 27. Rxd4 Rxa2 28. Rb4 h6 29. Kf1 Kh7 30. h4 g5 31. hxg5 hxg5 32. f4 gxf4 33. Rxf4 Kg6 34. Rg4+ Kf5 35. Rg7 Kxe5 36. Rxf7 Rb2 37. f4+ Kd6 38. f5 exf5 39. Rxf5 Kc5 40. Ke1 Kc4 41. Kd1 d4 42. Kc1 Rxb5 43. Rf6 Kd3 44. Rf3+ Ke2 45. Rf6 Rc5+ 46. Kb2 b5 47. Re6+ Kd3 48. Re8 Rc2+ 49. Kb1 Re2 50. Rb8 Kd2 51. Rxb5 d3 52. Rh5 Kd1 53. Rh3 d2 54. Kb2 Re5 55. Rh1+ Ke2 56. Rh2+ Kd3 57. Rh3+ Re3 58. Rh1 Re1 59. Rh3+ Ke4 60. Rh4+ Kf3 0-1

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  keypusher: <<keypusher> How is this case differ from Bakke vs. State of California for reverse discrimination?>

I haven't studied it closely, but the particular form of discrimination or affirmative action or whatever you want to call it at issue in this Texas case is differs in details from the plan in Bakke (1978) or the two plans at issue in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003).

Not sure how much it differs in result. As far as I know, you get limited black and Hispanic enrollment at most elite colleges and graduate schools unless you discriminate aggressively in black and Hispanic students' favor.

This particular form of discrimination is well entrenched. Every college has a diversity bureaucracy. Also, college admissions are inherently subjective and very difficult to police. So I do not think it matters much what the Supreme Court does with this latest case. It is unlikely to do much in any event.

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  WannaBe: <keypusher> Thank you, sir.
Apr-07-12  talisman: posted the Tal annotations and the name of the book on the Montreal 1979 tournament. 3 authors for the book but Tal does 80-90% of the writing. really good read.
Apr-19-12  Shams: One week til football Christmas. You hoping Miami grabs Tannehill at #8?
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  keypusher: <Shams: One week til football Christmas. You hoping Miami grabs Tannehill at #8?>

I haven't got a clue. Miami certainly needs a quarterback, but the CW seems to be that Tannehill is not all that and there are better guys next year. But I suspect that Miami will win too many games to get them. So...yeah. I guess I hope they grab Tannehill.

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  Jim Bartle: Sounds really, really risky to think about the quality of next year's players in the draft. Way too many variables, unless you just decide to trade for more draft picks in that draft.

In the late 80s Bill Walsh with SF did a great job trading down for lower and future draft picks, getting more and more, and then drafting good players in lower rounds. I think the NY Giants have been good at this as well.

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  keypusher: <Jim Bartle: Sounds really, really risky to think about the quality of next year's players in the draft. Way too many variables, unless you just decide to trade for more draft picks in that draft.>

I'm sure that's right. So I guess we draft Tannehill (if he's available) and hope.

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  keypusher: And Tannehill it is.
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  keypusher: Hold the presses: keypusher pulls off a successful attack on the king.

[Event "League division C3"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2012.06.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "glennobrien"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1945"]
[BlackElo "1938"]
[TimeControl "1/259200"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Termination "normal"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Be2 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ne5 Bd6 11. d4 exd3 12. Nxd3 Qc7 13. b3 O-O 14. Bb2 Ne4 15. Nc3 f5 16. h3 Ba6 17. O-O Rad8 18. Qe1 Rfe8 19. Nxe4 Rxe4 20. Qd1 c5 21. Bf3 Bh2+ 22. Kh1 Re6 23. Re1 Rg6 24. Bh5 Rb6 25. Bc3 Nb7 26. Qe2 g6 27. Bf3 Bd6 28. Bd5+ Kh7 29. Qf3 Bb5 30. Ne5 Bxe5 31. Rxe5 Re8 32. Rae1 Rxe5 33. Rxe5 Nd6 34. Qe3 Ne4 35. Bxe4 fxe4 36. Qxe4 Rb7 37. Re6 Qf7 38. Rxg6 Qxg6 39. Qxb7+ Kg8 40. Qxb5 Kf7 41. Qxc5 a6 42. Qc7+ Ke8 43. Qc8+ Kf7 44. Qd7+ Kf8 45. Bb4+ Kg8 46. Qd8+ Kh7 47. Qe7+ Qg7 48. Qxg7+ Kxg7 49. c4 Kf6 50. c5 1-0

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  jessicafischerqueen: Hello!

I want to ask you if I can quote you from this post- I'd like to include parts of it in a documentary I'm making about <Alexander Alekhine>.

<<<keypusher:>>> For what it's worth, I suspect Alekhine was a lifelong "mild" anti-Semite who found it advantageous to be outrageously anti-Semitic during World War II. Hence the articles. He knew far too much about chess to believe the nonsense in those articles, and I am sure the respect he gave Lasker, Rubinstein et al. as chessplayers before the war was perfectly genuine.

I don't know of any real evidence (apart from his own post-war pleading, which I am not inclined to credit) that he was compelled to write the articles. (Certainly he wasn't compelled to mention that Kmoch's wife was Jewish!) Euwe and Keres, among others, spent the war in Nazi Europe and didn't do anything of the sort. Even Bogolyubov, who seemed to like the Nazis quite a lot, didn't do anything like that as far as I know.

What do I think of him otherwise? I think he was an absolute genius who really advanced the game and he may have been the best chess writer ever.>

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  keypusher: Hey, Jess!

<I want to ask you if I can quote you from this post- I'd like to include parts of it in a documentary I'm making about <Alexander Alekhine>.>

Problem with the quote is that it is not quite correct! <I don't know of any real evidence (apart from his own post-war pleading, which I am not inclined to credit) that he was compelled to write the articles.>

Actually, Alekhine never said that he was compelled to write the articles.

I'm sure you've got this covered, but I later learned that Alekhine bragged about the articles in the Spanish press in 1941. It's in Winter. Seals the deal as far as I'm concerned.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Keypusher> yes, quite right Alekhine never said he was compelled to write the articles, nor did he ever say he was compelled to compete in Nazi sponsored tournaments.

In February 1945 he claimed that he had to write the <Pariser Zeitung> articles in order to get an exit visa to Portugal, from where he planned to go to America. In the same interview he claimed that the articles were rewritten by the Nazis.

In a December 6, 1945 letter to Hatton-Ward, (who had canceled his invitation to the London tournament), Alekhine contradicted this earlier account by stating that "In these articles, which appeared in 1941 during my stay in Portugal, and which became known to me in Germany as reproduced in the Deutsche Schachzeitung, there is <nothing written by me>" [this last phrase in italics].

I would use part of your quote for a few reasons. First, it's what I would say to sum up this topic in my documentary. However, in my view it's better if someone else says it. You've already been established in the <Rubinstien> documentary as "American chess expert Scott Thompson." That's a factual statement, based on your own estimation of your rating and playing strength through your career.

I want my script for this documentary to be as "factual" as possible, I want to present facts that are backed up by reliable primary sources, corroborated where possible. I don't really want to be the person to supply opinion or analysis, I want to leave that up to the viewer. But interesting and sound analysis by others, such as yourself, is part of the factual record of experts assessing Alekhine. And that's why I want to quote you.

In particular, your characterization of Alekhine's pre-war anti-Semitism as "mild"- that's what I think too. Oddly, some, including Pablo Moran, believe that Spielmann's "J'Accuse" is proof of Alekhine's anti-Semitism. This is particularly odd in the case of Pablo Moran, given that in the same book (Alekhine-Agony of a Chess Genius>, he also publishes an article by Helms in which the Berne Tournament organizer <Herr Raaflaub> categorically states that Alekhine had nothing whatsoever to do with Spielmann and Nimzowitsch not being invited to that particular tournament.

However, there a few quotes and anecdotes from the pre-war era that do suggest some anti-Semitism. In his chess writing Alekhine was often fulsome in his praise of strong Jewish masters, including Lasker, but a darker side seemed to slip out now and again. Most notoriously, perhaps, is Max Euwe's recollection from an October, 1981 interview, about Alekhine's one and only victory over Lasker at Zurich, 1934. According to Euwe, Alekhine "said something like <The Jew has had another lesson!>."

In addition, I share your admiration for Alekhine as a chess writer. Not just an analyst, but an invaluable, and accurate, in my view, chess historian.

At any rate, I'd be happy to use part(s) of your post.

Of course, it might take another year to finish the documentary.


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  keypusher: Jess, thanks for your thoughtful reply. Yes, feel free to use the quote as you see fit. I should say my last name is Thomson, not Thompson.
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  wordfunph: <keypusher> HaPpY BiRtHdAy!
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