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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."


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   keypusher has kibitzed 16805 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-29-15 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
keypusher: <boz The Anand match was like this: The Short match was like this: OK, that's funny, but if that's how you represent those matches, what's left for the likes of Lasker-Janowski? A mushroom cloud?
   Jan-29-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
keypusher: <ljfyffe: <keypusher>Marmot is simply saying prisoners suffered much worse at the hands of the Japanese than the film indicates;that t'was a love letter to them be your words.> He said more than that; he said the movie softened its depiction of the Japanese as part of ...
   Jan-29-15 W So vs I Saric, 2015
keypusher: <thegoodanarchist: <piltdown man: Take that, you pampered goldfish!> How does one pamper a goldfish? No one can give a good answer....> Does no one read the classics?
   Jan-29-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
keypusher: <john barleycorn> Fischer helping Weinstein? I'm sorry, sir, the bureau has no poetic licenses that big.
   Jan-29-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
keypusher: < WannaBe: Latest Super Bowl line have New England as an one-point fav, with O/U holding steady at 48 And if that is not enough, I give you 43 pages of propositions for your reading pleasure (PDF reader required): ...
   Jan-29-15 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
keypusher: <offramp: I'm a big Karpov fan but to me Kasparov was almost always stronger. From the second match onwards Karpov was always on the back foot (although he was ahead in the second match). He always seemed to be defending against huge attacks. He did amazingly well to keep the ...
   Jan-28-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
keypusher: <Absentee: Does anyone really take groups such as "Freedom House" or the "Martin Prosperity Institute" at face value?> I never heard of the "Martin Prosperity Institute" before. But their study sounds like bilge.
   Jan-27-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
keypusher: <Marmot PFL: Carlsen played a worse opening line against Wojtaszek. Was that arrogant?> Yes, because it didn't work. Just like grabbing a pawn is "greedy" if you subsequently get mated, and "courageous" if you don't. Treason never prospers; here's the reason. If it doth, ...
   Jan-26-15 Rubinstein vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1907
keypusher: Having begun with a typically modest opening, Rubinstein breaks open the game with 16.e4 Qb6 17.Bf3 Ne7 18.Rad1 Rc8 19.exd5 exd5: [DIAGRAM] Now 20.Bxd5! Nxd5 21.Nxc4 Qe6 22.Nd6+ Kf8 23.Nxc8 Bxc8, reaching this position: [DIAGRAM] Instead of Rubinstein's 24.c4?!, immediately ...
   Jan-26-15 Rubinstein vs J N Berger, 1907
keypusher: Position after 12 moves: [DIAGRAM] Of White's 13.Ne4, Marco writes, <Janowsky would not have permitted the exchange of this bishop, but would have chosen 13.Bb1, trying to unleash a withering attack on Black's castled King. But a positional player like Rubinstein always ...
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  keypusher: Obviously I am counting games when these men weren't WC....otherwise we would have a very small sample. Alekhine never lost to the KG, it looks like. A couple of losses to the Evans in correspondence games when he was very young.

Botvinnik is the first WC to not rely on 1....e5. He never lost to the KG, it appears, and had that horrible loss to Kan as Petrosianic mentioned in the Evans declined. Kan vs Botvinnik, 1929

Smyslov is interesting. He played 1...e5 regularly, but never faced the Evans and never saw a KG until 1987, if this database is to be trusted.

Tal -- mostly played the Sicilian. Lost this wonderful game to Bronstein Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 in the KG

One Evans, also wonderful, which he won.

J Klovans vs Tal, 1951

Petrosian also didn't play 1...e5 a lot. Had a couple draws with the KG. (Bronstein played it against him, but Spassky didn't.) No Evans.

Spassky -- figured no one would dare play the KG against him, but I was wrong. He faced it five times and...won every time. Not too surprising.

No Evans.

To be continued...

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  keypusher: <I like the KG, but I still think of the Evans Gambit as the epitome of swashbuckling chess.> I like it a lot, but funnily enough because (to me) it's not so swashbuckling as the KG. Sometimes White's king dies very early in the KG. Much less chance of that early on in the Evans.

The real problem with the Evans is that you don't get to play it. Not all that many people play 1...e5 to begin with, and those that do generally prefer 3....Nf6 in my experience.

<I wonder how many World Champions have lost to each one? Steinitz, Lasker, and Botvinnik all lost to the Evans at least once in their careers. How about the KG? We know Fischer and Karpov lost to it. How many others did?>

Well of course Steinitz lost to the KG as well as the Evans.

Charousek beat Lasker with the KG at Nuremberg, you'll remember.

Charousek vs Lasker, 1896

None of Lasker's losses to the Evans look like serious games; of course he helped put the opening out of business in the 1890s.

Corzo beat Capa in an Evans....of course JRC was 13 at the time. Doesn't look like Capablanca ever lost to the KG in serious play.

to be continued...

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  Penguincw: Just dropping by to congratulate you on Post #16000! :)

Jeremy Lim

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  keypusher: From Wannabe

<The Match is played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the scores are level after the twelve games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games shall be played.

The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. In case the match is still drawn, a match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move.

In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played>

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  keypusher: <Penguincw: Just dropping by to congratulate you on Post #16000! :)>

Good Lord.

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  Shams: If you haven't read this I think you'd dig it.
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  keypusher: <Shams> Thanks. I hate spunk.
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  Shams: Hey, you like Hoosiers, you'll like this one.
Dec-26-14  cormier: Joyeux NoŽl ...
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  Fusilli: Best wishes for 2015!
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  OhioChessFan: ** Tata Steel Moves Prediction Contest **

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

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  keypusher: Biographer Bistro
Phony Benoni: <keypusher> You will always have access to the actual collection. Once the Historical Tournament Page is created based on it you will not be able to change that page, and any further changes to your collection will not be automatically reflected on the Tournament Page. To create a crosstable, try using the following format:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tarrasch 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
Walbrodt 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0.5

By using the commands "table[" at the beginning and "]table" at the end, you will be able to add empty spaces where needed and make the crosstable come out looking nice and even, if a tad small. It looks bad here because it works only on collection pages, not on regular kibitzing.

If you prefer, the Game Editors can take care of the story and crosstable after the tournament page is created. It's just that we would prefer to give the creator of the original collection a chance to make final changes before it comes under our control.

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  keypusher: crawfb5: <keypusher> BCM vol #10 covered the match and annotated all the games (1-2 on pp 68-72, 3-8 on pp 103-114, 9-11 on 146-153, 12-14 on pp 202-208, 15-17 on pp 240-245, 18-23 on pp 283-296 and dates are on 103).
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  Abdel Irada: Thank you for speaking up. I wish more people would do that.

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  keypusher: <abdel> sure. I like the guy, he just seems to be a bit nuts where you are concerned.
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  Abdel Irada: Unfortunately, I think he's being manipulated and used as a cat's-paw by <john barleycorn> (who has more or less explicitly promised to make me another AJ Goldsby:

<john barleycorn: Mark, I think this will be my New Year's resolution to honour the great minds of our boy and our client:>, Dec. 31, Kibitzer's Café).

<Mark> is essentially decent, but <barleycorn> seems to have recruited him by exploiting his dislike for Islam; you will note that <Mark> never said a word against me until I revealed my conversion.

At this point, you will probably have noted that both of them follow me around the site, immediately ridiculing anything I post — it doesn't matter what.

The admins have limited power to control this behavior. The *only* thing that I think will discourage them is to find themselves rebuked and ostracized until they get the idea that other users won't tolerate what can only be described as stalking.

Jan-16-15  Jim Bartle: <abdel> You really need to post something you disagree with intensely. I bet the reaction would be the same.
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  Abdel Irada: As I said, it doesn't matter.

I could post "Hello," and both of them would promptly tell me why I was wrong.

Jan-16-15  Jim Bartle: Yes, but it would be funny.
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  Abdel Irada: It already is funny, in a way.

People like this are so predictable, I make a game of telling the forum what they're going to say, and then they have to come up with something else — usually something a lot weaker. :-D

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  keypusher: Jan-19-15 torrefan: < you kibitzes like the mighty <tolenggoy> ...> I'm glad you noticed. There is only one "g" in the name of the greatest troll of all time.
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  keypusher: [Event " Friendly Mini"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2005.12.01"]
[Round "-"]
[White "percyblakeney"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1852"]
[BlackElo "2012"]

1. Nf3 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 a5 8. O-O Na6 9. Bd3 Bd7 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Bg5 Bf6 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. Nd2 Nh5 14. Nb3 a4 15. Nc1 Nc5 16. Bb1 Qg5 17. Kh1 f5 18. f3 f4 19. Rf2 Qh4 20. Kg1 g5 21. h3 Ng3 22. Nb5 Rf6 23. Nxc7 Rh6 24. Nxa8 Bxh3 25. Bc2 Bg4 26. Rf1 Nh1 0-1

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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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