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Biologist from Norway! And winner of the "Best Historian Caissar" for 2014 - thanks!


Ancestry records:

ABC Sevilla/Cordoba (Spain):

American newspapers:

Associated Press:


Brasilian newspapers:

British newspapers: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive....

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: http://newsstand.bklynpubliclibrary...

Budapest (Hungary) 1889-1893:

California 1846-1922:

Chess Archaeology:

Clarin (Argentina):

Dutch newspapers:

El Informador (Mexico):

El Siglo de Torreón (Mexico):

El Mundo Deportivo (Spain):

Fulton NY newspapers:

Jaque 1971-2002:

La Stampa (Italy):

La Vanguardia (Spain):


Le Temps (Switzerland):

Skakbladet (Denmark):

The Times (UK):

Tidskrift för Schack (Sweden):

Tímarit (Iceland):

Új Szó (Slovakia, in Hungarian):

Utrechts Nieuwsblad (Holland):

Wiener Schachzeitung (Austria):


List of WC qualification events till 1993 not in Tournament Index:


Moscow 1982 <WCCEP> is working on it

Tunis 1985 <zanzibar>

Taxco 1985 <Tabanus>

Biel 1985

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)

Korchnoi - Tal Candidates Semifinal (1968) <WCCEP>

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

Portoroz Candidates Reserve Playoff (1971)

Petrosian - Korchnoi Candidates Semifinal (1971) <Chessical or WCCEP>

Korchnoi - Petrosian Candidates Semifinal (1974) <WCCEP>

Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal (1983) <Tabanus>

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)
London Candidates Reserve 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)
Speelman - Short Candidates Quarterfinal (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>

Portisch vs Savon, 1972: wrong game and wrong header, Chigorin - Tarrasch Match (1893): delete Match + add country code, Timman vs Velimirovic, 1979, Sax vs Ivkov, 1979,

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   Tabanus has kibitzed 15754 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-31-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Tabanus: <How the #¤%& did that happen?> CG has answered in their forum to my rants there: Both games had a duplicate and <It must have been decided that the moves of the duplicate were actually correct, meaning the ones with the nice headers are now buried underneath. I'm going to ...
   Jan-31-15 Tabanus chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: <PMD> Remember my bio skills, I may find out about you if you give me more :) < should really be paying it's editors> The question is if I should pay them any more. But before I don't, what could you have on Game Collection: Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal ...
   Jan-31-15 chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: <<Tabanus> I am sorry, but the idea that nobody would mind deleting their old posts shows extremely poor psychological understanding.> I have not said that nobody would mind it. Some would probably mind, but that's Ok IMO as long as they didn't start new off-topic ...
   Jan-29-15 Mamedyarov vs T Nyback, 2005 (replies)
Tabanus: I found 44.Rd8 after seeing (believe it or not) that 44.Qg8?? fails to 44...Qc5#
   Jan-27-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Tabanus: Arthur Garwood Ashbrook is up, and so is David Terker , Cornelius V Lynde , William Stewart Gilman , Harris Herschel Ryan , and Arthur Mordecai Feldman !
   Jan-27-15 Odd Lie (replies)
Tabanus: I just changed the bio to "This page is an insult to the chess player Odd Lie from Norway." Previous bio: "This page is about Odd Lies."
   Jan-25-15 L H Wight
Tabanus: Omaha World Herald 25 Aug. 1926 has <H. L. Wight> of Kansas City, and so has Seattle Daily Times 24 & 27 Aug. 1926, and Salt Lake Tribune 25 Aug. 1926. New York Sun 27 Nov. 1926 has <L. H. Wight> of Kansas City.
   Jan-22-15 Amsterdam Interzonal (1964) (replies)
Tabanus: Added, thanks.
   Jan-21-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Tabanus: <Alex56171: Why Carlsen and Ivanchuk appear with 11 games on the Tournament Standings at the top of the page?> Because their game today is listed twice, as both Live Broadcast Page and Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2015 .
   Jan-21-15 E M Cobb
Tabanus: <Karpova> Perhaps, but several newspapers 1916-1920 have "E. M. Cobb of Austin, Texas". I cannot find him.
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  Tabanus: Thanks guys, and best wishes back to you :) Or as I imagine they say it in English:

"Many happy returns"?

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  Tabanus: In order to try to finish the Game Collection: Larsen - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal 1968 I should know what's been said in Chess and BCM etc. Else I'm afraid the games section will mostly be by me and Stockfish.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabanus> Many happy returns to you too! Nice to hear you had a good break. My New Year involved buying a new camera and photographing a wedding - something I said I would never do and I now know why!

A bit pushed for time today, but will dig out the magazines tomorrow and check for Larsen-Portisch Candidates QF.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Great to be back!

I look forward to your report, and will also ask a friend who I believe owns the Danish <Skakbladet> for 1968.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> Some general overview and brief description of game 10 attached. There is also a short description of the other games available, so if you need anything in particular, just ask.

From an interview with former world champion Mikhail Botvinnik (given to an APN correspondent):

<Correspondent: Returning to Larsen, how would you assess his chances in the match against Lajos Portisch?

Botvinnik: It is difficult to guess who will win. Although Larsen’s chances are probably greater, both players are about equal in their grasp of the game. Larsen is of a more sporting character than Portisch.

Correspondent: Is Portisch a less strong-willed chess player than Larsen? After all, the Hungarian grandmaster usually plays with redoubled energy after a defeat.

Botvinnik: Sporting character is not determined only by the way a player bears up against defeat. Larsen is ready to play for a win against any opponent and in this respect, Portisch is less determined.>

- BCM, June 1968, p. 158

<The match was organized by the Yugoslav Chess Union and held in Porec from May 4th to 25th.

After three games, it appeared that Larsen may be heading for a runaway victory, but in the fourth, he rejected a draw offer and unexpectedly lost with the white pieces. There was no fault in playing on, but to play hard for the win in what was a level position showed poor judgment. Portisch was spurred on by this fortuitous turnaround and his play improved markedly, enabling him to level the score at game 7, after having the best of two draws. He raised the pressure yet further at the conclusion of the match, but somehow Larsen hung on. The Dane, perhaps drawing on his experiences with Tal and Geller in similar tight contests, was then able to rescue his nerves and show his true strength in the decisive last game.>

Paraphrased from - BCM, July 1968, p. 186

<Following a series of fine struggles, the 10th game was something of an anti-climax. Portisch seemed dispirited by his failure to put Larsen to the sword in the previous two games and played well below his normal best. A misguided knight foray to f4 resulted in the loss of the piece and this hastened his demise, in what was the shortest game of the match.>

Paraphrased from – BCM, August 1968, p. 230

Not looked in CHESS yet, but I doubt there will be very much.

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Thanks! I can certainly use this somehow. But need some days to find out what's in Skakbladet.

I only wonder, *who* wrote in BCM (p. 186 & 230)?

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tab> Ah yes. I forgot I normally mention that. Both were PH Clarke.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> CHESS reports on a Portisch blunder that contributed to him losing his grip of game 9:

<Matanovic: “This is chess. You toil for three weeks and at last see a spark of victory on the horizon and then in one thoughtless moment you throw the whole thing away.”

[diagram of game after Black’s 52nd move] 53. gxh? White should have gone for the c6 pawn with N-d3-b4. By the move played, White gets his bishop pinned and his own king temporarily shut out of the game. He allows Black’s king to cross the board and drive the white rook from it’s commanding seventh rank post.>

- CHESS, July 1968, p. 318

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Excellent, thanks.
Jan-23-15  ketchuplover: I am not here
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  Tabanus: <ketchuplover> You've been here for over 11 years!

<PMD> Please have a look at Game Collection: Larsen - Portisch Candidates Quarterfinal 1968 before I put it up for voting? I mentioned Matanovic but not his 53.gxh? because Stockfish finds that perfectly Ok. And my friend did not have Skakbladet.

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  Paint My Dragon: I guess Matanovic rated one move as winning and the other as not? Houdini gives a near halving of the white advantage from +1.8 to +1.0 after 53. gxh4. But anyway, nothing wrong with the way you have phrased it.

I have attached a few suggestions where I thought the English could be improved ... as ever, your choice! I found it too taxing to part quote, part paraphrase Botvinnik without getting into difficulties, so I have simplified it somewhat, hopefully for the best!

<Based on his rating and recent tournament victories, Larsen started the match as favorite.>

<Former World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik found it difficult to guess who would win. On balance, he thought that Larsen’s chances may be greater, despite both players being about equal in their grasp of the game. It was Larsen's superior sporting character that he singled out; not necessarily in terms of recovering from a loss, but rather, in his determination to play for a win in all situations.>

<Then, in Game 4, Portisch offered a draw in an equal position on move 18. Instead of accepting the offer, and consolidating his lead, Larsen chose to continue, and walked into mate. Peter Hugh Clarke was critical of the Dane; not for playing on, but for playing hard to win in what was a level position.>

<It almost paid dividends, but in the end Portisch established a fortress with two bishops versus queen. In the penultimate game … >

<This upset Portisch, who seemed dispirited by his failure to put Larsen to the sword in the previous two games and played well below his best. A knight foray to f4 resulted in the loss of the piece and this hastened his demise, in what was the shortest game of the match.>

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  Tabanus: <Pick My Dits> Thanks! And nominated already.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> Excellent.

Aah yes ... I had also intended <This time, Larsen accepted> but it later slipped my mind!

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  Tabanus: It turned out that my friend had Skakbladet 1968 after all! A bit too late, but I added at the end: "Suggested reading: analyses by Larsen in Skakbladet (Denmark), June 1968 pp. 93-97 (games 1-5) and July 1968 pp. 105-110 (games 6-10)."
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  Paint My Dragon: Recommended reading as well ... should really be paying it's editors for such quality work!

A question. In the UK, we commonly describe 'Scandinavia' as Norway, Sweden and Denmark and the 'Nordic countries' as Scandinavia plus Iceland and Finland. Do you use the same exact terms?

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  Tabanus: <PMD> Yes I think so. That's at least how I use it. For "Nordic countries", the autonomous Åland Islands (which belongs to Finland) is also included. Some people also includes Greenland and Faroe Islands, but traditionally it's the 5 national states.
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  Paint My Dragon: Thanks. Never thought - I could have checked the corresponding Norwegian wiki-links in the left margin of the page you sent.

Incidentally, why are there Norsk bokmal and Norsk nynorsk versions of wiki? You have two languages?

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  Tabanus: Yes! If you call it language, it's a kind of formalized dialect. About 12% of the Norwegian schools have "Nynorsk" as the primary language. It's most common in the four districts Sogn og Fjordane (97 %), Møre og Romsdal (52 %), Hordaland (39 %) and Rogaland (24 %). Norw. radio and TV also have to broadcast in Nynorsk, and NRK (official Norw. TV) has 25% nynorsk as their goal. Long live!

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  Paint My Dragon: Unbelievable. Just one mischievous guy in the 1800s can cause that much mayhem? We need someone like him to formalize our local 'Geordie' dialect and force the BBC to acknowledge the existence of northern England, much as they have to do with Wales and Welsh speakers!
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  Tabanus: <PMD> He was indeed a remarkable guy. I see from the Norwegian Wikipedia that there were a few similar persons in other countries (Makedonia, Serbia, Slovakia) in the European "national romance period", latter half of 1800's.

I believe there was a dissatisfaction with the "Bokmål" which is very much influenced by Danish. We were ruled from Denmark for over 400 years (until 1814) (and most politicians, priests, doctors and police were Danish), a period which has been named the "400-years night".

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  Paint My Dragon: Yes, those frisky Vikings got about. My own roots belong to Denmark I believe ... at least all of the signs are there; a name ending in 'son, blond hair, fair skin, a love of Danish bacon ...
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  Tabanus: <PMD> Remember my bio skills, I may find out about you if you give me more :)

< should really be paying it's editors> The question is if I should pay them any more. But before I don't, what could you have on Game Collection: Ribli - Torre Candidates Quarterfinal 1983? Is there anything in your recent additions to Chess and BCM?

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  Paint My Dragon: <Tabz> I'll get onto it very soon.
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