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Biologist from Norway! And winner of CG's Best Historian Caissar for 2014 - thanks!


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Chess Archaeology:

Clarin (Argentina):

Deutsche Schachzeitung 1847-1922: Game Collection: Deutsche Schachzeitung

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WC qualification events till 1993 not included in Tournament Index:


Moscow 1982 <WCCEP> is working on it

Tunis 1985 <zanzibar>

Biel 1985 <zanzibar>

Zagreb 1987 <zanzibar>

Szirak 1987 <zanzibar>

Subotica 1987 <zanzibar>

Manila 1990 <thomastonk> was working on it but he disappeared

Biel 1993 <zanzibar>

Groningen PCA 1993 <zanzibar>


Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956) <Chessical>

Korchnoi - Tal Candidates Semifinal (1968) <WCCEP>

Larsen - Tal 3rd place Candidates Playoff (1969) <WCCEP>

Portoroz Candidates Reserve Playoff (1971)

Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Semifinal (1974) <WCCEP>

Korchnoi - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Kasparov - Beliavsky Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Smyslov - Hübner Candidates Quarterfinal (1983)
Smyslov - Ribli Candidates Semifinal (1983)
Kasparov - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1983)
Kasparov - Smyslov Candidates Final (1984)

Moscow Interzonal Playoff (1985)
Biel Interzonal Playoff (1985)

Montpellier Candidates Playoff (1985)

Sokolov - Vaganian Candidates Quarterfinal (1986)
Yusupov - Timman Candidates Quarterfinal (1986)
Sokolov - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1986)

Budapest Interzonal Playoff (1987)
Havana Candidates Reserve Playoff (1987)

Spraggett - Sokolov Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Speelman - Seirawan Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Short - Sax Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Yusupov - Ehlvest Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Timman - Salov Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Portisch - Vaganian Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Hjartarson - Korchnoi Candidates Preliminary (1988)
Speelman - Short Candidates Quarterfinal (1988)
Yusupov - Spraggett Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Timman - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Karpov - Hjartarson Candidates Quarterfinal (1989)
Karpov - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1989)
Timman - Speelman Candidates Semifinal (1989)
Karpov - Timman Candidates Final (1990)

Yusupov - Dolmatov Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Ivanchuk - Yudasin Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Short - Speelman Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Korchnoi - Sax Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Gelfand - Nikolic Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Timman - Hübner Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Anand - Dreev Candidates Preliminary (1991)
Timman - Korchnoi Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Yusupov - Ivanchuk Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Short - Gelfand Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Karpov - Anand Candidates Quarterfinal (1991)
Timman - Yusupov Candidates Semifinal (1992)
Short - Karpov Candidates Semifinal (1992)
Short - Timman Candidates Final (1993)


<Correction slips>

Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990) (Hjartarson), Petrosian vs Tal, 1976 (13.Bf4 --> 13.Bxe4 etc.)

>> Click here to see tabanus's game collections. Full Member

   Tabanus has kibitzed 16073 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-28-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Tabanus: <z> The job seems to have been done by the "Institute of Czech Literature" at . I'll try to find as much info as possible the coming days.
   Mar-27-15 chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: <CG> The page Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990) has Hjartason, should be Hjartarson.
   Mar-27-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: More knowledge for Phony the seeker! Fredrick Flinn Wilcox , he was an optician in Chicago. Then I tried J W Taylor , you can put <James> W. Taylor from Chicago on your list. But there were 3 or 4 James W. Taylor's in Chicago and I can't be sure which one played chess.
   Mar-25-15 Fredrick Flinn Wilcox
Tabanus: Secretary and treasurer of the Chicago Chess Club in 1896 (Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) 27 Dec. 1896 p. 20). Chicago Daily Tribune 8 Dec. 1907 p. 4 (chess column): Fred F. Wilcox.
   Mar-25-15 J W Taylor
Tabanus: For starters: James W. Taylor, one of the best players in Chicago around 1900. He and Wilcox represented Chicago at the Western Ch in 1902.
   Mar-25-15 Tabanus chessforum
Tabanus: <PMD> I think all the Montpellier Candidates (1985) games are dated, but I'm not sure and a check can't harm. Other info would be welcome. The playoff was between Tal and Timman, sorry. The Short/ Torre/ van der Wiel playoff was after the also not promoted Biel Interzonal ...
   Mar-25-15 John Odin Howard Taylor (replies)
Tabanus: : <Unquestionably, the club’s most influential member was the previously mentioned local solicitor, John Odin Howard Taylor (1836-1890). He was an originator of the concept of awarding a ‘best game prize’ in tournaments. His book Chess ...
   Mar-24-15 Charles Henry Capon (replies)
Tabanus: Bury and Norwich Post 10 January 1882 p. 7: <A meeting of creditors of Mr. Charles Henry Capon, Elm House, Thorpe, and Opie-street, Norwich, auctioneer and estate agent ...> Etc., to show that Mr. Capon played his chess game at "Thorpe" in Norwich, where also John Odin Howard
   Mar-24-15 J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 (replies)
Tabanus: : "Unquestionably, the club’s most influential member was the previously mentioned local solicitor, John Odin Howard <Taylor> (1836-1890). He was an originator of the concept of awarding a ‘best game prize’ in tournaments. His book Chess ...
   Mar-23-15 L R Norton (replies)
Tabanus: Dallas Morning News 24 Aug. 1942 p. 6: <Thompson beat Roy Norton.> But the day after the newspaper has "L. R. Norton" again. Perhaps Leroy Norton, difficult.
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  Tabanus: <PMD> Game 1 (Speelman vs Van der Wiel, 1985) is certainly wrong. After 20...Rfe8:

click for larger view

Both 365Chess, my old ChessBase 2006 and CG has 21.N6e5?? Re7??

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  Paint My Dragon: <T> Should be 20 ... Rfc8 and 21 ... Rc7 (- BCM).

Good that you pointed it out, because BCM uses a font where 'c' and 'e' can only be differentiated through a microscope! Presumably the very problem that caused the original error!

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks! And CG has been notified, by a correction slip and I also sent in the right version via PGN Upload Utility.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab>

<It was sponsored by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC). (5) Guest of honor at the opening was LDDC's Vice President Lord Mellish, (4, 6) who had also provided Nigel Short (who qualified in Biel for the Candidates tournament) with £800 for his WC campaign.>

Sorry, my wording was a bit ambiguous. It was the LDDC, not Mellish who funded Short. So,

<It was sponsored by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), who also provided Nigel Short (who qualified in Biel for the Candidates tournament) with £800 for his WC campaign. (5) Guest of honor at the opening was LDDC's Vice President Lord Mellish, (4, 6).>

would be better. Otherwise, the first two paras seem fine.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> Have checked games 1-6;

You may already have picked this up ... but, in game 1, the move switches we already identified would mean 24 ... Rae8 need only be Re8, as there is no longer a rook already on the e-file. It's not so essential of course, but if you consider accuracy needs to be 100% ... ?

In game 2, BCM has 13. Rhd1

In game 5, the opening moves may have been switched around. BCM has 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 exd4 5.Nd4 a6 ...

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Sponsor sentence fixed. In Game 1, the pgn I sent was copied and should have it correct, but the correction slip did not mention 24...Re8

Games 2 and 5 have "alternate scores". I sent slips (with ref. to BCM), so now I guess it will be two alternate scores for each of them.

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  Paint My Dragon: Games 7-12:

In game 11, BCM indicates yet another <CG> opening moves transposition ... 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.c4 0-0

In game 12, BCM (also CHESS) says white's moves 6 and 7 have been switched around - 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Nc3 0-0

Otherwise okay. If only people would stop using opening manuals as tournament books!

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks! And two more correction slips sent. For 11 and 12, CG's "alternate score" is correct then. Now if only CG would reply. Else I have a first version up, ahem.
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  Tabanus: <PMD> Never mind. I now consider myself done with it.

I'll try to finish Taxco next, and possibly the match that <Chessical> dumped in my forum, before I go.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Do I detect another escape bid on the horizon? I hope not. The submission system does sound very frustrating though. I can imagine, if I was an editor, it would annoy me immensely.

To answer your question on the Café page, I do want to become an editor - at least to try it - but it's always hard to find the right time. As the weather improves, so does the opportunity for photo field work rather than processing work, which fills the dark, cold season. Also, there is phase 2 of the dreaded home improvements; I must re-commence soon and when I do, it will be total mayhem. New electrics, central heating, kitchen etc., just for starters. I will be suicidal, but can't postpone it forever.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Please let me know when you apply for being an editor. I think it's best done by just sending an e-mail to CG. I'll then write a short recommendation (one sentence only, don't worry) in their forum.

I do think CG (or at least our webmaster) likes a "scholarly" approach to the tournament intros (or thinks it does no harm), but that they are worried about the work involved. Or may have to hire a costly librarian, or may have to defend bad safe-keeping. It's frustrating to have the writing process interrupted by lack of response from them. For this reason (and others) I'm considering to go back to what I did before: work with the player bios. But let's see.

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  Tabanus: On the other hand, CG recently posted in their forum that <<Game corrections> Our apologies; Sargon has been on leave but he's back now. Look for work to be done shortly.> I hope this will help! And that he not works so fast that he creates more mistakes than he corrects.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Thanks for the vote of confidence. Pleased to hear you are staying. The player biographies are in need of a lot of valuable work and would make a nice change of scenery. It might also be where I will end up myself.

I sometimes wonder how many readers care about history AND game accuracy. Personally, I only have time to play through games that are happening now, but enjoy reading history, with the vague promise I will see the old games one day, when there is more time. Many here are the opposite; they have no interest in history, but like to analyse/kibitz every move of every old game with a computer. Maybe we should let them worry about the moves of the games, while we focus on accurate biographical reports!

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  Tabanus: <PMD> The advantage with player bios is that one does not have to wait for anyone or CG. Just write and send in the slip, they usually process it sooner or later. I'm more interested in the history than the pgns! Also I've had the selfish goal to improve my English. I think it's better now than before, but I've noticed it's not so good when writing about other things than chess!
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  Paint My Dragon: <T> Ha, yes it's true - every distinct topic has its own (frequently overused) subset of vocabulary and terminology.
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  Tabanus: <PMD> Take your time! But here is a first draft of Game Collection: *Taxco Interzonal 1985. You have commented on the two first paragraphs, but not the rest. New record: 28 footnotes! As regards the quality of the games, I'm not sure yet what to do but may ask in the Bistro.
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  Tabanus: <PMD> I'm impatient and will promote it tomorrow, to let you off the hook! Ohers (like Ohio) can comment on the English if they want. Hope you are fine with the home improvements over there. Cavemen improved their caves to let the flies out, I've heard.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> For cavemen, there was never any light at the end of the tunnel! Anyway, happy to relieve the stress of other tedious activities ...

<This was noisy and had poor sanitary conditions, and it was a relief when they moved to the top of the hill into the clubhouse belonging to the tennis courts, (14) i. e. at the Montetaxco tourist center.>

This was noisy and had poor sanitary conditions, so it was a relief when the event moved to the top of the hill, where the clubhouse belonging to the tennis courts (14) housed the Montetaxco tourist center.

<and got some problems in rounds 1 and 3 only:>

and encountered difficulties in rounds 1 and 3 only:

<defended cooly>

defended coolly

<Nogueiras had an excellent second in Guillermo Garcia Gonzales.>

[Highly praiseworthy. Could be okay if the source stipulates he was an ‘excellent second’, not just a strong player etc, but otherwise I would suggest something more neutral … e.g.] Nogueiras was ably supported by Guillermo Garcia Gonzales.

<and Tal, had then already qualified.>

along with Tal, had by then already qualified.

<Nogueiras did not lose a single game - nor did Timman and Tal.>

Nogueiras, Timman and Tal finished the contest undefeated.

<and his brother as his second seemed to suit him.>

and having his brother as his second seemed to suit him.

<had only just started as this tournament ended. (19) The 18 year old Agdestein had a fine result, whereas Romanishin disappointed after his prestigous win in Moscow (1985)>

[This may mistakenly give the impression that Agdestein and Romanishin were the subjects of the contest outlined in the previous sentence, so maybe a new mini para and/or …] Amongst the other contestants, the 18 year old Agdestein had a fine result, whereas Romanishin disappointed after his prestigous win in Moscow (1985)

<Two games were postponed till rest days>

Two games were postponed and played on scheduled rest days

<closing speech was by the Governor of the State of Guerrero>

closing speech was given by the Governor of the State of Guerrero

So Spraggett's GM title was automatically conferred regardless of norms/rating - the same as happens for the World Junior Champ? I hadn't heard of that, but it makes perfect sense at such a high level of competition as the Candidates obviously are.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks. I'll have to do it tomorrow. First impressions only:

<where the clubhouse belonging to the tennis courts (14) housed the Montetaxco tourist center.> It was rather the opposite: the tourist center housed/had this club house.

<Nogueiras had an excellent second in Guillermo Garcia> That's exactly Timman's words.

Yes I've seen before titles been given without making the norm. But I have only Wikipedia as source.

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  Paint My Dragon: <T> <re: clubhouse> Okay, just trying to shorten a long sentence and move away from 'to' then 'into' if possible - there will probably be alternatives.

<re: Timman's words> Seems fine in that case ... I just worry that it might strike the reader as being your opinion rather than Timman's.

<re: Spraggett> Yes, I'd probably trust Wiki on that one, just because it sounds not too far-fetched. I'll check Divinsky's encyclopedia and let you know - a fellow Canadian might bother to mention it.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> No, Divinsky didn't mention it! However, several sources say he became a GM in 1985, so it seems to fit.

Kevin Berry Spraggett - strange middle name!

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> In passing, a nice pictorial page about the Montpellier Candidates 1985 ...


Alas, all these web links become obsolete very quickly. I just noticed that Spraggett's <CG> bio links are dead, although he does still have a thriving blog at another web address.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> And nominated! But there's still room for change. Thanks for the Montpellier link, good because I said I would update the Montpellier page. Unfortunately I don't have the relevant NiC issue. For Short's playoff there, I suppose that could be a good starter for you!
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Taxco reads well. Good outcome, impressive list of sources!

Short's playoff? Must have a look ... I will try to gather some Montpellier info shortly - I can see BCM has the round dates, if they are needed.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> I think all the Montpellier Candidates (1985) games are dated, but I'm not sure and a check can't harm. Other info would be welcome.

The playoff was between Tal and Timman, sorry. The Short/ Torre/ van der Wiel playoff was after the also not promoted Biel Interzonal 1985.

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