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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:

A collection of chess links, including tons of tournament crosstables and games:

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

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."


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   keypusher has kibitzed 15929 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-14 Nakamura vs Jobava, 2014
keypusher: <belgradegambit: For those critical of Jobava's play take the white pieces and try to beat your computer after 28...Qd4. Yeah you're a rook up but things are dicey with the passed a pawn.> It would be a challenge for me to beat my computer at those odds even if it didn't ...
   Oct-21-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
keypusher: <Arihant: Capablanca went into the deep thought when Frank Marshall played d4 and said to himself if a player of calibre of Marshal is playing this, then he must have prepared it previously...but still Capabanca analysed all the variation over the board and went on to win that ...
   Oct-21-14 Steinitz vs Schlechter, 1895
keypusher: <Ke2: funny Lasker didn't follow his own annotations when he played this vs Steinitz next year (although these annotations may be dated post 1896)> Actually he did follow his notes here in game 1 of the Steinitz rematch. Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 Then he found an ...
   Oct-18-14 Nigel Short (replies)
keypusher: <RookFile: Chemical weapons are being found in Iraq. I wonder what Nigel Short thinks about that?> It's obvious, isn't it? Nigel Short now thinks that all the idiots and maniacs who launched a war of aggression in 2003 against an insignificant threat, and thus -destabilized ...
   Sep-19-14 D Moody vs A Hubbard, 2014 (replies)
keypusher: Wonderful game! Made me happy to see it. 20.Nh7 is such a pretty move, you must have loved playing it. Congratulations!
   Sep-12-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
keypusher: <crawfb5: <z> The link doesn't seem to work for me. Maybe this one does: Btw, User: keypusher is Scott Thomson. I think he might not have wanted to give his YOB for his bio.> Hi, I was born in 1964. Honestly I didn't even know my
   Jul-03-14 Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963) (replies)
keypusher: <Offramp> By the way, in a Venice bookshop I saw a lovely copy of <Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry> with Brady's portrait of Pike.
   Jul-02-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
keypusher: Rules changes -- American football and basketball make quite significant changes all the time, many of them aimed at maintaining or increasing scoring. Baseball is much more reluctant to do so, as far as I can tell. I would think that the fact that soccer is played so widely by so
   Jun-30-14 NakoSonorense chessforum (replies)
keypusher: <Shams: The worst part? As a speaker of English I have zero room to complain about a foreign language having too much vocabulary. Or nonsensical idioms (fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing!)> My favorite bit of nonsense is "a" as a secret modifier. <He has few ...
   Jun-27-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
keypusher: <WannaBe: First thing I do on my devices, is to turn OFF auto-correct.> I actually find it useful. Good to know I CAN turn it off, though.
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  keypusher: [Event "Team match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.03.31"]
[Round "-"]
[White "atadros"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2038"]
[BlackElo "2005"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. f4 c5 5. Nc3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Nf3 Nb4 8. a3 Nd3+ 9. Bxd3 Qxd3 10. Qe2 Bf5 11. b4 e6 12. Nb5 Qd7 13. d4 cxb4 14. O-O Be7 15. axb4 Nc6 16. d5 exd5 17. Nd6+ Bxd6 18. exd6+ Qe6 19. d7+ Kxd7 20. Qf2 a6 21. Qb6 Qd6 22. Qxb7+ Qc7 23. Ne5+ Nxe5 24. Qxd5+ Qd6 25. Qb7+ Qc7 26. Rd1+ Nd3 27. Qd5+ Ke7 28. Be3 Qd7 29. Bc5+ Kf6 30. Rxd3 Qxd5 31. Rxd5 Be6 32. Rd6 h5 33. Rdxa6 Rxa6 34. Rxa6 Rb8 35. Kf2 Kf5 36. Bd6 Rb5 37. Rc6 Bd5 38. Rc2 g6 39. Ke3 Be6 40. h3 Rd5 41. Bc5 Bd7 42. Rc1 Bb5 43. Bd4 Ke6 44. g4 hxg4 45. hxg4 Rd7 46. f5+ gxf5 47. gxf5+ Kd6 48. Rc5 Rb7 49. Bg7 Ke7 50. Kd4 Bd7 51. Kc4 Ba4 52. b5 Bc2 53. Bd4 Bd1 54. Kb4 Bf3 55. Rc3 Bg4 56. f6+ Kd7 57. Ka5 Be2 58. Bb6 Bf1 59. Re3 Bg2 60. Ka6 Kd6 61. Bd4 Bh1 62. Re8 Bg2 63. b6 Bh1 64. Be5+ Kd7 65. Re7+ Kc8 66. Bc7 Bd5 67. Kb5 Ba2 68. Kc6 1-0

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  keypusher: I think it's pretty clear by now that the best computers are vastly superior to the best humans - in this age that would be me.

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  keypusher: Copied from the Berlin 1928 page - a list of the players in order of finish with their age and chessmetrics rank.

José Capablanca #2 39y11m
Aron Nimzowitsch #3 41y11m
Rudolf Spielmann #13 45y5m
Saviely Tartakower #8 41y8m
Akiba Rubinstein #7 46y0m
Richard Réti #10 39y5m
Frank Marshall #9 51y2m
Siegbert Tarrasch #33 66y7m

Striking how old the players are -- Reti and Capablanca are the only contestants (barely) under 40. The 1920s was pretty much a lost decade as far as new chess talent is concerned.

Here's the current top 10 from

1 Carlsen 23 (30.11.1990)
2 Aronian 31 (06.10.1982)
3 Grischuk 30 (31.10.1983)
4 Anand 44 (11.12.1969)
5 Kramnik 38 (25.06.1975)
6 Caruana 21 (30.07.1992)
7 Karjakin 24 (12.01.1990)
8 Topalov 39 (15.03.1975)
9 Nakamura 26 (09.12.1987)
10 Dominguez 30 (23.09.1983)

Only Anand is over 40, and no one is over 45.

Just to do this right, here's the Chessmetrics top 10 from October 1928.

#1 Alexander Alekhine 36y0m
#2 José Capablanca 39y11m
#3 Aron Nimzowitsch 41y11m
#4 Efim Bogoljubow 39y6m
#5 Max Euwe 27y5m
#6 Milan Vidmar Sr 43y4m
#7 Akiba Rubinstein 46y0m
#8 Saviely Tartakower 41y8m
#9 Frank Marshall 51y2m
#10 Richard Réti 39y5m

Only Euwe is under 30.

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  keypusher: kp-Magnus app

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1.h3?? Bxf3 2.Bxf3 Bd2!!

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  OhioChessFan: Bd2. Ouch. I might have missed that too since I have an amazing capacity to miss long moves.
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  keypusher: <OhioChessFan: Bd2. Ouch. I might have missed that too since I have an amazing capacity to miss long moves.>

Botvinnik had the same failing, he said, so we are in good company. And ...Bd2 was so pretty I didn't much mind (as opposed to all the games I've lost to the app from hanging a piece, overlooking a back-rank mate, etc.).

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  perfidious: <keypusher> Ouch indeed.

In particular, Botvinnik noted that Euwe gave him particular difficulty early on with his 'long moves', and it was only when Euwe had lost a step that Botvinnik was able to even matters between them.

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  OhioChessFan: The age issue from Berlin 28 is shocking. I had never really thought of the 20's as such a desert of young talent.
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  keypusher: MA v. kp

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I'll tell you what, losing from here bothers me a lot more than ...Bd2 did.

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  keypusher: kp-MA

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Be2 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Qd3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 0-0 10.Bg5 h6 11.h4 d5 12.e5 hxg5 13.hxg5 a5 14.Qf3 Ba6 15.gxf6 Bxe2 16.Qg3 g6 17.Qg5 Qxf6 18.exf6 Rab8 19.Qh6 Rb1+ 20.Rxb1 1-0

After 15.gxf6.

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  keypusher: kp-MA

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1....Nd4! 2.cxd4 Ke6

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  keypusher: kp-MA

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1.Qh4 h6 2.Bxh6 gxh6 3.Qxh6 Rad8 4.Rd3 Qd7 5.f5 Qxf5 6.exf5 Bf3 7.Rxf3 Nh7 8.Rg3+ Bg5+ 9.Rxg5+ 1-0

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  keypusher: MA-kp 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb4 6.Bc4 Nd3+ 7.Ke2 Nf4+ 8.Kf1 Ne6 9.Ne5 Bd7 10.Qf3 f6 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Nxg6 Ng7 13.Nxh8 Nxh5 14.Bf7#.

After 12....Ng7

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  keypusher: MA-kp

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1.Rf3 f5 2.Ng5 Qd7 (2....Qe7) 3.Qxc7! 1-0

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  keypusher: After 19.Ne3??

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[Event "Team match"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2014.05.21"]
[Round "-"]
[White "verdantgarden"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1968"]
[BlackElo "2014"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 Be7 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 Na6 8. Nge2 Ne8 9. O-O Bd7 10. f4 Bf6 11. Be3 Nac7 12. a3 b6 13. Qd2 g6 14. fxe5 Bxe5 15. Rf2 Nf6 16. Bg5 Nce8 17. Raf1 a6 18. Nd1 b5 19. Ne3 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Qxg5 21. b3 Nf6 22. Qd3 Nxe4 23. Qxe4 Rae8 0-1

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  keypusher: Willie Keeler (1892-1910)

2932 hits
241 doubles
145 triples
33 HR


Ty Cobb (1905-1928)

4189 hits
724 doubles
295 triples
117 HR


Honus Wagner (1897-1917)

3420 hits
643 doubles
252 triples
101 HR


Sam Crawford (1899-1917)

2961 hits
458 doubles
309 triples
97 HR


Tris Speaker (1907-1928)

3514 hits
792 doubles
222 triples
117 HR


Babe Ruth (1914-1935)

2873 hits
506 doubles
136 triples
714 HR


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  Jim Bartle: When did Cobb lose two hits?
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  keypusher: <Jim Bartle: When did Cobb lose two hits?>

I'm not sure, but they're definitely gone. And that .367 I've been carrying around in my head all my life is now a .366. Damned revisionists.

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  perfidious: How dare they? 'Course, if not for the stat hounds, Hack Wilson's RBI would be a merely insurmountable 190, rather than that Sisyphean 191.
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  Jim Bartle: What if Pete Rose had suffered a career-ending injury when he had 4190 hits?
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  thegoodanarchist: <thegoodanarchist: Waiting for <keypusher> to show up and defend <OCF> now that I have quoted <OCF> insulting Dems as "stupid".


You can see it for yourself here:

<OhioChessFan: <JB: They make it tougher for some people to vote, largely Democratic ones.>

Well, yeah, most the really stupid people who can't follow instructions tend to be Democrats.>

Scroll to the second-to-last post on this page:

Kenneth Rogoff

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  thegoodanarchist: of course you will delete that one, and this one, but you... will... still... know... it... HAPPENED!!!
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  keypusher: <thegoodanarchist:> <thegoodanarchist: Waiting for <keypusher> to show up and defend <OCF> now that I have quoted <OCF> insulting Dems as "stupid".>

The word you (still) don't know the meaning of is "hypocrisy."

<Well, yeah, most the really stupid people who can't follow instructions tend to be Democrats.>

OCF is correct about this, although you'd still be in the wrong even if he wasn't.

Also, I thought the issue was that he called the Democratic Party the Democrat Party? There seems to be a disagreement between him and you on that point. But again, he would be fully entitled to object to the pun (which, I must admit, doesn't bother me at all) whether he did that or not.

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  thegoodanarchist: <keypusher: ...

OCF is correct about this, although you'd still be in the wrong even if he wasn't>

Well, first of all, no, if you are talking about being factually correct, he wouldn't be. Anymore than he would be right to generalize about all Republicans or all independents tending to be stupider (read the research about red state vs. blue state intelligence).

But that isn't the point! Are you deliberately avoiding the point? Or what's up?

As to your accusation that I don't know the meaning of hypocrisy, I was using it as if it means this:

<a pretense of having principles that one does not really possess. >

Lo and behold, confirms the accuracy of this usage here:

maybe you should contact to explain how wrong they are.

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  keypusher: <thegoodanarchist>

OK, pay attention. It is not hypocritical to express an honestly held belief that a person or a group of people is stupid while at the same time saying that we should not use puns that (falsely) identify a chess player as stupid. There is no contradiction between those two positions. Hence, there is no hypocrisy. If OCF said we should never call anyone stupid, ever, you would have a point. But he didn't, and you don't.

<Well, first of all, no, if you are talking about being factually correct, he wouldn't be. >

Oh yes, he would be. It is a well-established fact in the United States that very dull people and very bright people tend to be Democrats, and people in the middle tend to be Republicans. You can verify this for yourself. Incidentally, the inability of lower-IQ Democrats to deal with the cognitive demands of Florida's so-called butterfly ballot probably cost Al Gore the presidency in 2000.

<Anymore than he would be right to generalize about all Republicans or all independents tending to be stupider (read the research about red state vs. blue state intelligence).>

There have been some popular hoaxes on this point, which I hope you didn't fall for. Frankly, you strike me as gullible.

Nevertheless, it is a fact that, e.g., the mean IQ in Massachusetts is certainly higher than the mean IQ of Mississippi. But if you go to Mississippi and test people there, you will find that Democrats in the state will have a lower IQ than Republicans. I'll let you do the research on that point too.

I am going away for two weeks, so this will be my last word for now. I don't promise to clear up any other misconceptions you may have when I come back.

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