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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 has kibitzed 19917 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-21-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
keypusher: <beenthere240> There's also Capablanca, Botvinnik, and Petrosian. I don't think anyone hates Capablanca, though some wicked people dislike the other two. Carlsen played it once in a world championship match. Anand vs Carlsen, 2013
   Oct-21-16 Short - Hou (2016) (replies)
keypusher: <capafischer1: He mate me I guess you don't simply understand 25 points higher in fide with tons more experience is hard to overcome. Remember fide points not USCF points which can fluctuate greatly. Simply put, Nigel is the stronger player.> <You CASUALLY left out tons ...
   Oct-21-16 R Calvo vs Karpov, 1973 (replies)
keypusher: As usual, ...Nh8 wins.
   Oct-21-16 Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858 (replies)
keypusher: <Jambow: I enjoy this revealing game very much. We see that both players were far ahead of their time in positional understanding of the game. We get a glimpse of the tactical genius hiding behind the tactical monster in Morphy.> What <positional understanding in advance ...
   Oct-21-16 Horwitz vs Bird, 1851
keypusher: <Aunt Jemima: 17...Rae8 apparently just blunders the exchange. Why not 17...Rfe8?> Why not indeed? Though a pawn will still go after 18.Bxf6 (18....Bxf6 19.Ne4 Qc6 20.Nxf6+ and 21.Qxd5). Horwitz blunders the exchange back with 23.Qd4, overlooking 23....Qxe5 24.Nxe5 Ne2+. No ...
   Oct-20-16 Kasparov vs Smyslov, 1984 (replies)
keypusher: <vasja: Can I see more than my Teacher? Would not 18.Nxd5 win on the spot?> 18...exd5. The rook on c8 is defended twice.
   Oct-20-16 Magnus Carlsen
keypusher: < Absentee: <HeMateMe: Why can't we do that in the USA?> Probably because Norway's population density is less than half of the US's.> I always thought low population density made it harder to achieve low per capita carbon emissions. But the US ranks slightly ahead of ...
   Oct-19-16 Horwitz vs Staunton, 1846 (replies)
keypusher: <Boomie>, you care about the old days, so you might enjoy this appreciation of Greco by Silman (Winter #6320 if the link doesn't work). He thinks the first player who came after Greco who could have stood up to him was Labourdonnais.
   Oct-18-16 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: Truman was genuinely poor after his presidency. He was the last of whom that could be said. People were turned off when Reagan took over $1 million (?) to make a speech in Japan after he left office, but now being president is a ticket to long-term wealth, and no one bats an eye. ...
   Oct-17-16 G Jones vs B Adhiban, 2016 (replies)
keypusher: Position at White's move 85 and Black's move 88: [DIAGRAM] Only difference is that at move 88 it's Black's turn to move, and O how he wishes it weren't. Thanks for pointing this out, <crwynn>. Always a pleasure to see your analysis.
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  keypusher: <Castleinthesky: <Keypusher> On fixing matches in the 1960s by Soviet Players. I don't believe it is "imaginary" as you stated. In Mikhail Tal's autobiography, he admits to purposely drawing matches with Petrosian so that Soviet players would be fresher for their games with Fischer. Fischer himself complained about the very short games of the Soviets, a complaint that was not denied.>

I have Tal's autobiography. It doesn't say that.

The Soviets made short draws among themselves in just about every Western tournament (and many Soviet tournaments) they played in the 1960s and 1970s, whether Fischer was present or not.

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  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2016.04.13"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "greenwich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2013"]
[BlackElo "1534"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. Nge2 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 c6 11. Qc2 Nh5 12. O-O-O a5 13. f3 Qb6 14. Bf2 Nhf6 15. e4 dxe4 16. fxe4 Ng4 17. Bg1 Ngf6 18. Kb1 c5 19. e5 cxd4 20. exf6 Bxf6 21. Nxd4 Bg7 22. Nf5 Qd8 23. h4 f6 24. Bc4+ Kh8 25. hxg5 fxg5 26. Nxh6 Qf6 27. Nf7+ Kg8 28. Qh7# 1-0

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  Shams: Are you still playing the Vulture?
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  twinlark: <keypusher>

You might be interested in this:

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  keypusher: <Shams> I'm really not playing at all. I've got one online game going with an old friend.

When I did play in recent years I mostly had gone back to the Czech Benoni after a few too many curb stompings with the Vulture. Why do you ask?

<twinlark> Thanks!

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  Shams: Well I see it so rarely that I can never remember my analysis. As much blitz as I play I still see it only a couple times a year so I end up playing into Black's hands. But John Watson recommends the very simple and seemingly compliant line <4.Qc2 Qa5+ 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.Bd2 e5 7.Bxc3 Qc7 8.f4 d6 9.Nf3> and now both of Black natural replies, 9.Nd7 and 9...exf4 (the latter given by Vulture guru Stefan Bücker) are met by 10.e3 with promising play for White even if he is gambiting a pawn. I was wondering if you had an opinion on this variation, or any experience in it.
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  keypusher: <shams> Yes, I hated that line. It's one of the reasons I stopped playing the Vulture. It's so hard to deal with that bishop on c3.

I didn't play well in that game by any means, but I never felt anywhere close to equal.

Here's a game by the man himself.

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  Shams: Ok, I'm calling that a seal of approval. If you ever want to share a line that gave you trouble against the Czech Benoni, I'm all ears. I find that a tougher nut to crack than I feel it should be. Thanks.
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  Shams: For your troubles.

<The gist of an old joke—it has a dozen local iterations—is that the Loeb Classical Library translations are so baffling that you have to consult the original Greek or Latin on the left-hand page to decipher the English translation on the right.

Funny or not, the wisecrack catches the condescension long directed at the Loebs, that venerable series of Greek and Latin classics in uniform volumes with facing English translations. Professors of classics in particular used to frown upon them. Until recently, merely to be seen on campus with a Loeb was to court scandal. There were gradations of disgrace. Those Loeb editions of Boethius, Bede, and Augustine I saw on the shelves of the professor who taught me Anglo-Saxon: those were permissible for an English scholar. But I, as a classics major, was to eschew the very same volumes. Even as an undergraduate, though I prized my Loeb edition of The Republic, edited and imaginatively annotated by Paul Shorey, I knew better than bring it to my seminar on Plato. That same tact—that same hypocrisy—accounts for the care I took, as a graduate student, to avoid detection as I sifted the used bookshops of Cambridge for second-hand Loebs. For many of us, the pleasure we took in the Loebs was tinged with guilt.

But attitudes are changing. Once treated as evidence of the decline of Western civilization, the Loeb Classical Library is now, in its centennial year, more often regarded as, if not quite a pillar of our culture, at least one of its more enduring and useful props. The centenary invites consideration of how the Loebs have both reflected and, increasingly, shaped our literary culture.>

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  keypusher: keypusher: Thanks, Shams. When I got the Iliad and Odyssey I bought the Oxford editions, because I didn't want the English on the facing page (and I liked the pale blue dust jackets). Overambitious, and they've completely fallen apart too. Maybe I'll get the Loebs.
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  Chessical: <Keypusher> I would like to have the Chigorin - Gunsberg Match (1890) included in the Tournament Index. I note, however, that you have already assembled the games so you have precedence.

Is this currently an on-going project for you? If it is not may I write it up for submission? If you wish, it could be a joint enterprise.

Regards, Chessical.

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  keypusher: Hi, Chessical. Please feel free to write it up -- it's a noteworthy match and deserves a page.
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  Chessical: I have submitted Game Collection: Chigorin-Gunsberg Match, as a first draft to the Biographers' Bistro consideration and comments.

Thank you for agreeing to allow me to clone your collection.

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  tpstar: <keypusher> Happy Birthday!!
Oct-06-16  Pulo y Gata: <keypusher: <Pulo y Gata: Proving, simply, that there's no good in byes.> :-)

And may you have a great day today. Happy birthday, <keypusher>!

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  WannaBe: Happy Boithday, <keypusher>!!
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  Travis Bickle: Happy Birthday Maestro Keypusher!
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  Keyser Soze: Happy birthday!!
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  brankat: Please accept my belated congrats. Happy Birthday!
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  keypusher: <shams>

I'll give you a name I like-- Tibor Fischer. Either "The Collector Collector" or "The Thought Gang" are a lot of fun. The guy can really write but there's not a trace anywhere in those books of a writer desperate for literary immortality. English novelists tend to be much better about that anyway. Another, maybe even better example is Magnus Mills' dark comic novella "The Restraint of Beasts". What a trifle, but a miracle of sly suggestion. Any one of those three books I'd recommend to you, with a slight lean towards Collector Collector because of your interest in history.

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  keypusher: thanks, birthday well-wishers
Oct-14-16  Open Defence: Belated birthday wishes!
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  keypusher: <open defence> Thanks, Deffi.
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  Benzol: Sorry I missed it too. Belated birthday wishes matey.


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  keypusher: Happy to hear from you any time, Paul.
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