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   Sep-01-15 Paul Morphy (replies)
thomastonk: "I have pursued no career and I desire no biography." - Paul Charles Morphy (1882) (see ).
   Aug-30-15 Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1903
thomastonk: <nuclear> Tarrasch wrote that the repetitons where made because of time trouble. I assume that another draw by repetition rule was in use. Kemeny reportet in his tournament book that the tournament was opened on 9 February with the discussion of rules and regulations. He ...
   Aug-30-15 Geller vs Flohr, 1954 (replies)
thomastonk: <NeverAgain,Fusilli> Many thanks for your comments. <Fussili> I saw that 12.♗e3 ♘xd3 becomes complicated, but I thought that Black has once again 12.. c6 (Black is not forced to take on d3, neither now nor later). My impression was that it is White who has
   Aug-29-15 Lasker vs NN, 1898
thomastonk: <TheFocus: Played in a simul in Hamburg, Germany on October 22 (or 25), 1898.> I don't know whether this game was played in Hamburg, so a source would be nice. But, I know what Lasker did on the 22 and 25 October in Hamburg: on the 22th he gave a lecture on a recent game ...
   Aug-29-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
thomastonk: <ERROR: Please do not use the character ? in site names.> I think I got this error message, when I changed only the year of Chess Club vs Paris, 1839 , i.e., without touching the site entry '?'. After I deleted the '?' it worked, and there is still a '?' in the PGN.
   Aug-29-15 Berlin vs Posen, 1839
thomastonk: <Unknown Chess Club vs Paris Chess Club> This is the second corr game between chess clubs of Berlin and Posen (today Poznan). The first one is here Poznan vs Berlin, 1839 . For Berlin the game was conducted by Bilguer and Hanstein.
   Aug-28-15 Jan Dobrusky
thomastonk: The game that <GrahamClayton> submitted was played in Prague 1888, and White was the famous Bohuslav Schnirch (see ). I changed year and site and I'll submit a correction slip for the name.
   Aug-26-15 Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1904
thomastonk: Indeed a pretty finish of Pillsbury. But, - for heaven's sake! - why did the world champion play 19.. exf4?
   Aug-23-15 Bronstein vs Kholmov, 1961
thomastonk: I studied the ending after 41.♔xg8. It is ♖ v ♙♙♙: [DIAGRAM] According to the tablebases it is a draw, but if White could move again, it would be a win. So, Black has to be very careful. Kholmov advanced only the a- and b-pawn, gave up the c-pawn, ...
   Aug-21-15 Lasker vs C Golmayo, 1893 (replies)
thomastonk: <Stonehenge> Interesting position, thank you! I think Black's aim should be a draw, with or without rooks. Do you agree? Then the evaluation of 39.. ♖xe2 depends on whether the knight ending is lost or drawn. Black needs only to destroy White's a-pawn, and this should
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