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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."


Of course the Fried Liver is unsound. Everybody knows that, especially once they get home and fire up Fritzy and his Friends. Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game.

Phony Benoni (commenting on a Shirov game)

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keypusher: <Tamar> Thanks for posting that clip. Double team on Harden, who is uncovered? Howard, of course. But it's not as if the Rockets wanted him to hoist one from somewhere around the foul line. And Harden stepped back, clearly expecting Howard to return the ball. But maybe if DH
   May-22-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
keypusher: < Jim Bartle: Seven men to cover the field. They can stand wherever they want. There will always be open spaces. If a left-handed hitter cannot hit to leftfield, then that's a weakness (like not being able to shoot free throws) which the defense should be able to take ...
   May-22-15 FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) (replies)
keypusher: <notyetagm: OMG!!! Jobava just blundered and is now dead lost!!!> You're asking a lot of Jobava not to take a pawn back when he's down two pawns in a simplified ending. Probably Nakamura spend some time on R+P v. R after Gibraltar. :-) Looks pretty routine at this point.
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   May-22-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
keypusher: <Troller: Erhm, when was Ivanchuk "relevant" in this sense? I think most people wrote him off as a possible World Champion around 1990 or so.> When he was 21? No doubt there were some idiots who wrote off Boris Spassky in 1958, too. If a patzer calls Karjakin a chess ...
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keypusher: Grischuk evidently eager to get back into time trouble.
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   May-19-15 Euwe vs Najdorf, 1951 (replies)
keypusher: <zydeco> Najdorf discusses both these games in his notes to Boleslavsky vs Kotov, 1953 in his book about the 1953 Candidates, which I suspect you'd really enjoy if you don't have it.
   May-19-15 Caruana vs Jobava, 2015 (replies)
keypusher: <chessdgc2: 1. c5! Caruana keeps things hot! Will Jobava's gritty defense continue to hold? He has now arrived at an intersection where WIN & LOSE meet and DRAW has become obscure> I got some bad news...
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keypusher: <whiteshark> Un error brutal!!
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   Feb-24-15 S Passmore vs F L Anspach, 1902
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   Feb-09-15 A Kuebler vs Larsen, 1984 (replies)
   Feb-09-15 Carlsen vs Bacrot, 2015 (replies)
   Feb-08-15 H Kokkoris vs Botvinnik, 1962
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   Feb-06-15 R Rapport vs E Nakar, 2015
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   Feb-01-15 Wei Yi (replies)
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  WannaBe: <keypusher> You asked this a few weeks ago, and I sorta gave you an answer, but not definitive.

Here is an article:

<On Tom Brady's fourth-and-1 run for a first down -- this is a public service announcement: Teams that want titles go for it on fourth-and-short -- New England fullback James Develin, who rammed into Brady's back and pushed, should have been flagged for helping the runner. This penalty, a big factor in the old days of three yards and a cloud of dust, is almost never called today.>

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  keypusher: Thanks, <WannaBe>. Glad I wasn't making it up.
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  WannaBe: <keypusher> Sorry to be back again...

<Push Him Real Good: Last week I said that versus Indianapolis, New England should have been called for helping the runner when the Flying Elvii fullback pushed Brady forward during a quarterback sneak. Readers, including Marcus Masciarelli of Somerville, Massachusetts, noted it is a 10-yard foul to "pull a runner in any direction at any time," and it's a foul to push a teammate to help him recover a loose ball, but pushing the runner is no longer considered helping the runner. So the Patriots fullback's move was legal. However, the officiating signal for PUSHING OR HELPING THE RUNNER still appears in the rulebook.>

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  keypusher: Nf8: <keypusher> 1. Average of the 12 monthly rating lists of 2015 (2 Candidates spots) 2. I think you can find the clearest description in the wiki entry ( under "Qualification paths".

3. Two

4. One

Basically, the current cycle has exactly the same structure of the cycle that has just ended:

<cycle leading to the recent Carlsen - Anand match>

2012-13 Grand Prix Series
2013 World Cup
early 2014 Candidates
late 2014 WC Match

<current cycle>

2014-15 Grand Prix Series
2015 World Cup
early 2016 Candidates
late 2016 WC Match

With the 8 players in the Candidates qualifying via 2 World Cup spots + 2 Grand Prix spots + 2 Rating spots + runner-up of the last cycle (Anand) + Organizer's Nominee.

1. How do you qualify by rating for the Candidates?

2. How do you qualify for the World Cup?

3. How many slots in the Candidates come from the World Cup?

4. How many world cup events are there? Are you judged by average performance in all of them?

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  keypusher: Thanks, WannaBe. Guess I was making it up after all.
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  morfishine: <keypusher> Interesting take on Positional play vs Tactical play. I spent about a year studying 'Positional play' with <DcGentle>. We, or at least I, learned much about positional play. The main idea seems to be a focus on 'relevant squares'. Development of all the pieces are an aspect of positional play that also stands forefront. The point is that immediate gains resulting from "tactics" are bypassed in favor of massing all the forces. So what may seem "slow" and "positional" is actually part of a larger plan

Another idea we found is that tactics do not trump "positional play" since all tactics stem from positional play in the first place! So what may seem like a boring, drawn out, positional win, is in fact, well-defined in the notes. [ie: the tactics are all in favor of the player with the superior positional stance]



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  keypusher: <morfishine> Thanks, is your course of study with DcGentle on one of your forums?
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  morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s forum, which is now closed down.

Our interest in "positional play" stemmed from the Akobian game vs WT: The World vs Akobian, 2012 as well as Carlsen's winning the WC (which ran paralled to a chess project <DcGentle> was working on)

One of the more fascinating aspects of examining Carlsen's games is that what may appear to be a fairly hum-drum, if not boring contest, was in fact all played out in the notes. In other words, the tactics all work out in Carlsen's favor, which goes a long way to explaining why an otherwise 'dry' game evolved as it did. His opponent dared not enter a tactical melee, so it grinded on to its inevitable conclusion.

Which was a revelation in itself: Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally"

Bizarre, isn't it?


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  Fusilli: Greetings, <keypusher>! Care to provide your input on the game below?

M Czerniak vs Y Mashian, 1976


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  keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!
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  Fusilli: <Carlsen is the best tactically. Better than Aronian, better than Topalov, better than all the others. His positional play creates winning tactics, which his opponent dare not risk, and so Carlsen wins "positionally">

This reminds me that Spassky said that Petrosian was, first and foremost, a superb tactician. I'm pretty sure I read it somewhere, but you know, there are so many ambiguous and unsourced quotes in the world of chess...

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  Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!>

Ha! Not at all!

BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?

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  keypusher: <Fusilli: <keypusher: <Fusilli> You do me far too much honor even asking for my opinion!> Ha! Not at all!

BTW, are you still active or have you quit competitive play?>

I never had too much of an OTB career to give up, honestly. I played in 10 or so tournaments in the American South in the 80s, and I played in the Dominican Republic and at Wood Green chess club in London when I lived there. But after returning to the U.S. in 1992 I've played in exactly two events: a NY tournament in 2006 and the National Open in Las Vegas in 2008 (where WannaBe took my picture).

I've played a few hundred games at gameknot over the last 10 years, and a handful of blitz games at I'm the world's worst at blitz.

This site has gotten me hooked on chess history. I'm better at reading about chess than playing it. :-)

But tell me about your career. You have collected some impressive scalps!

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  crawfb5: <morfishine: <keypusher> Good morning! Most of what we looked at are in emails exchanged between January 2013 - July 2014, at which point <DcGentle> disappeared altogether from <CG>. Sadly, I have not heard from him since that time. A considerable amount of data was posted on <DcGentle>'s forum, which is now closed down.>

The forum may be closed but the posts are only "hidden." Individual posts may be found with the <search kibitzing> feature.

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  Fusilli: <But tell me about your career.>

As it happens, yesterday I heavily edited my profile in a way that answers your question!

All I can add is that when I was a youngster I had some wins against other kids who went on to become titled players, even some GMs. I'm pretty sure I have a positive score against GMs Alejandro Hoffman, Diego Valerga, and Pablo Zarnicki. But I am 4 years older than Valerga and 5 years older than Zarnicki. Of course, when you are 16 or 17 and they are 12, that's a huge advantage! So, no merit in that. But I did beat Hoffman fairly at the 1985 Argentine junior championship.

The only time I did not lose against a GM (I mean someone who was a GM at the time of playing him) was a draw I got against Zenon Franco Ocampos. But I have played only a handful of GMs... less than ten in my life.

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  morfishine: <crawb5> Yes, thats right. Every now and then I will search for <DcGentle> too see if he's re-appeared, and all I get are others mentioning him :(
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  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from ottopk4"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2015.03.08"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "ottopk4"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2012"]
[BlackElo "1763"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bc5 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nd2 Qe7 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. e6 fxe6 13. Nxc6 Qd6 14. Qh5+ g6 15. Qe5 Rg8 16. Bxc5 Qxc6 17. Qg5 Rg7 18. Qf6 Qxc5 19. Qxg7 O-O-O 20. O-O-O Qxf2 21. Rhf1 Qe3+ 22. Kb1 Qe2 23. Qd4 e3 24. Rf7 Qxd1+ 25. Qxd1 Bb5 26. Qf3 Rd5 27. c4 Bxc4 28. Qxe3 e5 29. Qxa7 1-0

Mar-12-15  goldenbear: I think Korchnoi "owned" Tal because he played openings which lend themselves more to specific analysis than to creativity. For example, the Open Ruy Lopez or the French Defense or many of his c4 or d4 openings.
Mar-20-15  Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924
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  keypusher: <Shams: How often do you end up in a French Defense, a la this game? Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924>

Never. I have three responses to 1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3: 2....d6, 2....e5 and 2....d5. (Three decent alternatives at any stage is a luxury in Alekhine's Defense.) ...d7-d6 generally gets me to a Pirc, which I played before I took up Alekhine's, so that's fine. The Vienna is also fine; quite a few people who play 2.Nc3 don't know the Vienna at all.

The only time I remember that 2....d5 3.e5 came up I played 3....Ne4, though I note that the cool kids meet that with 4.Nce2 and then drive the knight away. Lots of people play 3.exd5, which is harmless.

I used to play the French, but what I knew was the Winawer, so 2....d5 is not a very attractive move for me.

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  OhioChessFan: ** Last Call **

** Gashimov Memorial Moves Prediction Contest **

Conducted by the Legendary <chessmoron> and hosted at Graceland, home of Elvis. Click on Elvis for details

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  FSR: <keypusher> Did you have Hill and Reese for Torts? I see that Hill is apparently still with us. He must be about 100 by now.
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  keypusher: <FSR> No, Richard Epstein, who apparently is still just 72. Torts was pretty much a fog after I de S v. whoever the hell it was from 13-whatever.
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