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zanzibar
Member since Feb-01-12
<<The wounds received in battle bestow honor, they do not take it away...> ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote>

<<Every day my mind grows keener, my good arm stronger...> ― Ignatz>

<< The men of the New England States are proverbially cool and calculating, and generally may be classed as long-headed, and it from this stock that Pillsbury has sprung. >

The Games in the St. Petersburg Tournament, 1895-96 ... edited by J. Mason, W. H. K. Pollock>

Oh yes, sometimes I post more chess stuff here:

https://zanchess.wordpress.com/

>> Click here to see zanzibar's game collections.

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   zanzibar has kibitzed 20551 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-20-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
zanzibar: That's what I really love about Putin - his sense of humor! (Or is it humour?)
 
   Jan-20-19 Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900
 
zanzibar: Below?! Must be a southern hemisphere effect!
 
   Jan-19-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
 
zanzibar: BETTERER than we deserve, no doubt!
 
   Jan-19-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
zanzibar: Oooh, oooh, a new Caissar category!
 
   Jan-19-19 AlphaZero (Computer)
 
zanzibar: Thanks for the good wishes, <kp>. I miss the days when <Pawn and Two> and <PaintMyDragon> (and others, of course) offered valuable help. But I guess I've brought it upon myself, trying to tame the PGN wilds.
 
   Jan-19-19 London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)
 
zanzibar: <<Missy> Anyone have an inkling?> I have an inkling that <CG> should keep a public record of game submissions, with updates on incorporation/publication.
 
   Jan-19-19 Maurice Kennefick
 
zanzibar: Obituary notice: https://rip.ie/death-notice/maurice... After reading the above, and the same for <DomDaniel/Gerry McCarthy>, I wonder - Do Irish obituaries typically omit the dob (date of birth) of the decedent? I'm having trouble finding Kennefick's dob on the net - which ...
 
   Jan-19-19 E N Mulcahy vs H Bouwmeester, 1954
 
zanzibar: <In ‘Mulcahy’s Selected Games of Chess 1949-67’ Maurice Kennefick introduces this fine game with the insightful summary: ‘Bouwmeester appears content to wait passively for the young unknown Irishman to commit hara-kiri, but instead finds himself being gradually outplayed and ...
 
   Jan-19-19 Gerry McCarthy (replies)
 
zanzibar: His Munster CC remembrance: http://munsterchessunion.org/GerryM... It uses a clipping from the first photo link I gave above. <CG> has a better version. I'd like to see a photo of him from his college days.
 
   Jan-19-19 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
zanzibar: <tpstar> has well-known psychological/behavioral problems. Tant pis.
 
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Zut Alors!

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Oct-12-18
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  zanzibar: RE: Baku OLM 2016

On the right track:

<

>>> OLM.TB = TB
>>> TL.sort( TB_sort )
>>> for i in TL[:10]: print TB[i]

USA 20 20 413.5 31.5 152
UKR 20 20 404.5 31 153
RUS 18 18 419 32 151
IND 16 16 354.5 27.5 159
NOR 16 16 344.5 26.5 147
TUR 16 16 341.5 30 135
POL 16 16 331 29.5 132
FRA 16 16 330 30 132
ENG 16 16 323 26.5 144
PER 16 16 306 26.5 139

>

India and France are off, but not by much.

http://chess-results.com/tnr232875....

The setup was a big PIA, as FIDE listings omitted many players, and TWIC seems to need tweaking, just like the official PGN does too.

Oct-12-18
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  zanzibar: OK, again had to get the paired defaults done correctly:

<

USA 20 20 413.5 31.5 152
UKR 20 20 404.5 31 153
RUS 18 18 419 32 151
IND 16 16 350.5 27.5 158
NOR 16 16 344.5 26.5 147
TUR 16 16 341.5 30 135
POL 16 16 331 29.5 132
FRA 16 16 326.5 30 131
ENG 16 16 323 26.5 144
PER 16 16 306 26.5 139

>

It's a bit late tonight, maybe tomorrow I'll compare all the tiebreaks, and not just the top-10.

Oct-12-18
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  zanzibar: I remember this cryptic post:

chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #29477)

Now we know the back story:

<<CG> That was a bit of fudging on Dan's part — especially since he had cut Sargon's monthly pay in <half> at the time. Dan was basically trying to cover for that decision.>

Susan Freeman chessforum (kibitz #108)

Oct-12-18
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  zanzibar: Susan Freeman chessforum (kibitz #110)
Oct-13-18  Z truth: Here's another deleted post of mine, this time from <Memorable Quotes>

<<<SF> What is the ACTUAL point diceman?>

chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #31071)

We all wonder this about <diceman>, from time to time.

<<>>>

(Roughly reconstructed from memory)

Now the irony here is both the truth of the observation, but also that the style fits so well with <diceman>'s MO itself.

.

Oct-19-18
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  TheAlchemist: <zanzibar> Hey, I have made my response in my own forum:

TheAlchemist chessforum (kibitz #3379)

Oct-19-18
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  zanzibar: Thanks, <TA>, left a couple of posts for you elsewhere.
Oct-19-18
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: That's a really nice thing you did for Daniel's mum, the photos on the webpage you posted in her forum :)

Keep your head up Zanzy. Don't let the pathetic trolls bully you.

Oct-19-18
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  zanzibar: <Winnie> I hardly notice the fleas in the circus most days. I only occasionally peek in on the non-sense.

So, rest assured, they're wasting their time far more than mine.

.

Oct-19-18
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: Good man. They're all on my ignore list but I only see Billy Gee (he's a nice fella) defending you and Jim, so I do see cross chatter. Personally I couldn't care less what they say about me anymore. Daniel's death just made me realise how ridiculous all of this is, there's just more important things to life than bickering with mindless morons on a website and our time on this planet could end anyday - no one's promised tomorrow. I just don't like to see what I perceive as bullying a nice fella, I thought Daniel's untimely death would have taught us all a lesson but nothing's changed with that lot. Nothing!

I just don't care if someone insults me anymore, I stick them on ignore and keep it moving. 🤷

Oct-26-18
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  zanzibar: <RE: Olympiads>

These are very hard to manage events, given the large number of games and players.

<TWIC> does a pretty good job of delivering usable PGN for the tournaments; more readily available/reliable than the PGN from the official sites in general.

I haven't studied the comparison of TWIC's PGN vs. Olimpbase, at least systematically.

<Has anybody else compared <TWIC> vs <Olimpbase>?>

The tiebreaks are completely owned by <Chess-Results>, aka <C-R>, afaik. The same can be said for recording team defaults/byes as well as individual board defaults/byes.

All the same, I've been able to tame 2018, 2016, and 2014 Olympiads, or almost do so. It's still a bit rough, as the tools are still evolving. Nonetheless, progress is being made, and the tiebreaks given by <C-R> have been *almost* duplicated.

Of course, it's infuriating to be so close, but still not be able to exactly replicate all the tiebreaks.

<E.g. can anybody explain why a team which is paired for R1, but defaults, and never plays a single game at an Olympiad, scores a tb4 of 65?>

I think my algorithms give 56 only, and even then the logic is a bit strained.

(There's a simple prediction by Gauss that gives 55, or even 66(!) - but how does 65 come about?!)

Oct-30-18
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  cormier: <zanzibar>: .. hi, have a great day sir ... i wanted to trick or threat the guys with let's say the little diagrams .... first thing is, i don't have any merits about them ...... i am a bit late for any halloween-funs, but nevertheless i hope the guys will obtain a little fun out of them, ths
Oct-31-18
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  zanzibar: <cormier> thanks for the wishes.

Would the little diagrams referred to have been similar to this good little puzzle?

(White to move after 0...Nd5-f4)


click for larger view

Anyways, thanks for the good wishes, and a good All Saints Day in return to you sir.

Oct-31-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: <<<<<ths <zanzibar>>, you too ...>

*for the diagrams* ....>

*i hope the guys will be interrested* .....>

*for a certain time to come !!!*****>

Nov-02-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  cormier: <zanzibar> ... it's more like the reverse of your example i think, ..... in your diagram, 1.BxNf4 is possibly winning big, and even if ...Bf5 black would loose if it is played in the place of ...Nf4, ths
Dec-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <zed>, droll citation at Memorable Quotes of something I would not have been at all likely to see, what with that poster on iggydumb and all.
Jan-06-19
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  Jean Defuse: ...

On your excellent blog, you posted a link - to a browser for old chess player signatures - unfortunately, I can't find the entry anymore... is it possible to post the link again?

thanks & all the best

...

Jan-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Hi <Jean Defuse>...

Apologies for the delay, but it's the lackadaisical in me!

Could you perhaps provide me with a hint as to which blog post of mine had the link?

Otherwise, might the autograph site you're looking for be this one?

http://www.chessautographs.com

(I think it's likely yes, so I'm off to review London 1862... might need a little coffee for that!)

Jan-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jean Defuse: ...

Perfect! This is the browser I was looking for - thanks to you!!

Could this possibly a project of chess autograph collector Hanon W. Russell ...?

However, unfortunately, the signature of Karl August Walbrodt gives no indication of the correct spelling of his first name...

...

Jan-11-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jean Defuse: ...

I am a bit slow - now I have also found your link to Chess Notes ...

...

Jan-12-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mifralu: < I'm off to review London 1862... >

Here is what I found so far:
Discrepancies in the games moves between your pgn-set and <sneaky pete>'s Game Collection: London 1862 and Löwenthal’s TB

Paulsen vs Mongredien, 1862 additional moves < 63. ...Kb5 64. g5 a5 65. g6 a4 66. g7 > TB pp. 154-156

Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1862 game ends after < 51.Nxe6+ Kg8 > TB pp. 168-170

T W Barnes vs V Green, 1862 <66. Rc5> TB pp. 38-40

Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 < 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6, and last moves ... 37. Kxe2 f5 > TB pp. 102-104

Owen vs Anderssen, 1862 < 34. Rhe1 Rf7 35. Qc5 Qa6 36.Ka1 Tb7 ...last move 45. Rd7 1-0 > TB pp. 21-23

Steinitz vs T W Barnes, 1862 < 32. ...Nc6 > TB pp. 56-58

I think that <ckr> is interested, too.

Jan-13-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <JD> ah, too bad on Walbrodt.

<mifralu> thanks for posting that, between you and <ckr> it appears I have to truly blow the dust off this early Z-base tournament.

Prompted by your post I reloaded the games from <sneaky pete>'s collection to compare with the Z-base version - and yes indeed, it appears that all 85 games agree. This means not only did I use <CG> as a source, but that it hasn't updated any of the games.

(Aside- One obvious problem is synchronizing game versions - <CG> doesn't put a timestamp in the PGN, so updates could happen which would be missed, unless comparing the games one by one. Of course, <Z-base> doesn't use a timestamp in the PGN either - but you do get a pseudo-timestamp from the tournament release. <CG> really treats every game as an individual - which is very flexible, but problematic for tracking.)

As I mentioned on the blog - I trusted <CG> perhaps more than I should have those long 3 years ago when I first assembled the tournament. Really, checking against the TB is important, as you have done.

Did you check all the games?

(I need to review the contents of the TB myself- I can't even recall the number of games it contains, I assume it's 85(?))

OK, more later - I've quite a bit of homework to do it seems, at the very least, for those six games.

.

Jan-13-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <JD> just in case you might have missed this comment:

Karl August Walbrodt (kibitz #28)

(Most any comment by <Pawn and Two> is worth reading, at least once, if not twice!)

Jan-13-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  mifralu: Biographer Bistro (kibitz #12681)

<Missing game MacDonnell - Barnes>

Whitehead's DB has the missing game, but it's not from the Löwenthal TB! So only one game missing, < Green - Hannah >

Jan-16-19
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  Tiggler: Tant pis.
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