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TheFocus
Member since Jun-23-09
Had a stroke in late October.

I'm focusing on a complete recovery.

Triple bypass surgery on December 3.

Home on December 8 for recovery.

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<Tabanus> said that he might delete this media collection, so I grabbed it for reference.

Ancestry records (<pay site>): http://search.ancestry.com/

64 (Moscow, 1968-2014): http://publ.lib.ru/ARCHIVES/SH/''64...

ABC Sevilla/Cordoba (Spain): http://hemeroteca.abc.es/avanzada.stm

American newspapers (<pay site>): http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/

Associated Press: http://www.aparchive.com/

Austrian newspapers (1568-1946): http://anno.onb.ac.at/anno-suche#se...

Baltische Schachblätter 1889-1902: http://dspace.ut.ee/discover?rpp=10...

Berliner Tageblatt (1877-1939): http://zefys.staatsbibliothek-berli...

Besedy Lidu (Praha, 1893-1921): http://www.digitalniknihovna.cz/mzk...

BrasilBase: http://www.brasilbase.pro.br/index....

Brasilian newspapers: http://memoria.bn.br/hdb/periodo.aspx

British newspapers (<pay site>): http://www.britishnewspaperarchive....

Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955): https://www.newspapers.com/title_18...

Budapest (Hungary) 1889-1893: http://epa.oszk.hu/html/vgi/kardexl...

California newspapers 1846-1922: http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc

California Chess History Archives: http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/

Chess Archaeology by User: jnpope : http://www.chessarch.com/

Chicago Tribune: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/

Chronicling America (1789-1948): http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/s...

Clarin (Argentina): http://najdorf-miguel.blogspot.no/

Czech chess periodicals: http://www.digitalniknihovna.cz/mzk...

Dansk Skakproblem Klub (Denmark): http://problemskak.dk/Aarsskrifter-...

De groene Amsterdammer (1877-1940): http://historisch.groene.nl/

Denmark (Skakbladet 1924-1939): http://www.skak.dk/index.php?option...

Denmark (1936-2013): http://www.kobenhavnsskakunion.dk/k...

Deutsche Schachzeitung 1847-1922: Game Collection: Deutsche Schachzeitung

Diario de la Marina (Cuba, 1844-1961): http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00001565/0561...

Dutch newspapers: http://kranten.delpher.nl/

El Informador (Mexico): http://hemeroteca.informador.com.mx/

El Siglo de Torreón (Mexico): http://h.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/De...

El Mundo Deportivo (Spain): http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.co...

English Chess Forum (history): https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewforu...

Estonian newspapers and magazines: https://dea.digar.ee/cgi-bin/dea?l=en

European library newspapers: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/t...

Find a Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/...

French periodicals (-1944): http://gallica.bnf.fr/services/engi...

Fulton NY newspapers: http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton...

German chess congresses 1923-1992: http://www.schachbund.de/kongresse....

Hungary: https://library.hungaricana.hu/en/s... and http://epa.oszk.hu//

Í uppnámi (Iceland) 1901-1902: http://timarit.is/view_page_init.js...

Illinois newspapers (USA): http://idnc.library.illinois.edu/cg...

Jagiellonian Digital Library (Poland): http://jbc.bj.uj.edu.pl/dlibra/

Jaque 1971-2009 (incomplete): http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...

JewishGen: http://www.jewishgen.org/

La Stampa (Italy): http://www.archiviolastampa.it/

La Vanguardia (Spain): http://www.lavanguardia.com/hemerot...

Latvian newspapers: http://www.lnb.lv/lv/digitala-bibli... & http://periodika.lv/

Lausanne newspapers (Switzerland): http://scriptorium.bcu-lausanne.ch/...

Le Temps (Switzerland): http://www.letempsarchives.ch

L'Express/Impartial: http://www.lexpressarchives.ch/Defa...

Leiden newspapers (Netherlands): http://leiden.courant.nu/search?sor...

Lithuanian newspapers (rather incomplete): http://www.epaveldas.lt/vbspi/

Lodz periodicals (Poland): http://bc.wimbp.lodz.pl/dlibra

MyHeritage publications: https://www.myheritage.com/research...

Nordisk Skaktidende (1873-1881): https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Reco... (Vol. 6-7 see https://archive.org/details/nordisk...)

Nord-Norsk Sjakk (1976-1980): https://drive.google.com/drive/fold...

Norsk Sjakkblad (Norway) 1919-2015: https://drive.google.com/drive/fold...

Norsk Tidsskrift for Sjakk 1970-1982: https://drive.google.com/drive/fold...

Northwest Chess Scans (USA): http://nwchess.com/nwcmag/NWC_scans...

Norwegian Ch programs 1930-2015: https://drive.google.com/drive/fold...

Romanian chess magazines: http://www.stere.ro/biblioteca-digi...

Rudé Právo (Czechoslovakia) 1950-1989: http://archiv.ucl.cas.cz/index.php?...

Schweizer. Schachzeitung (1900-2017): http://www.kunstschach.ch/ssz.html

Sjakkhistorisk forum (Norway): http://sjakkhistorie.no/sjakkhistor...

Slovenian periodicals: https://www.dlib.si/Publications.aspx

Somogyi Néplap (Hungary) 1953-2000: http://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/co...

Spanish chess magazines 1964-1990: http://www.historiadelajedrezespano...

Swiss newspapers: http://newspaper.archives.rero.ch/O...

Szachista (Poland) 1933-1939: https://jbc.bj.uj.edu.pl//dlibra/re...

Szachista Polski (Poland) 1912-1914: https://jbc.bj.uj.edu.pl/dlibra/res...

Szachy others (Poland, 11 pages!): https://jbc.bj.uj.edu.pl/dlibra/res...

The Times (<pay site>): http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/archi...

Tidsskrift for Skak (1894-1901): http://schack.se/tfs/tfs-arkivet/

Tidskrift för Schack (Sweden): http://schack.se/tfs/tfs-arkivet/

Tímarit (Iceland): http://timarit.is/search_init.jsp?l...

Új Szó (Slovakia) 1948-1999: http://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/co...

Ukrainian Online Periodicals Archive: https://libraria.ua/en/

Utrechts Nieuwsblad 1893-1967: http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/co...

Vestnik (Slovenia) 1981-2003: http://www.sah-zveza.si/sahvest/

Washington Chess Letter (USA): http://www.nwchess.com/articles/his...

Welsh newspapers (1804-1919): http://newspapers.library.wales/home

Wiener Schachzeitung 1887-1938: http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...

Online Chess Magazines (Bill Wall): http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...

Chess Magazines (Bill Wall): http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...

Wayback Machine: https://archive.org/web/

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   TheFocus has kibitzed 27668 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-21-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
 
TheFocus: <SugarDom: <Tabanus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADc ..., the Trump effect.> <Yeah, what's with this crazed youth with an angelic smiling face mocking the American Native elder?.> It turns out that it is the other way around. The kid was not mocking the elder as ...
 
   Jan-20-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
 
TheFocus: Did <lamont> see you, though?
 
   Jan-12-19 Harry Nelson Pillsbury (replies)
 
TheFocus: Looking forward to the new Pillsbury volumes!!
 
   Jan-10-19 TheFocus chessforum
 
TheFocus: Thank you, <WinKing>. Recovery is going well.
 
   Dec-26-18 Alekhine vs Arrais, 1940
 
TheFocus: The two draws were against A. de Aguiar and A. Araujo Pereira according to Skinner and Verhoeven in <Alexander Alekine's Chess Games, 1902-1946>.
 
   Dec-26-18 USSR Championship (1972) (replies)
 
TheFocus: I don't know about Taimanov, but Petrosian and Karpov were taking part, and tying for first in the San Antonio tournament (November 19-December 5). Keres also took part.
 
   Dec-22-18 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
TheFocus: Korchnoi and Spassky!
 
   Dec-22-18 Fischer vs Edgington, 1964 (replies)
 
TheFocus: <sakredkow> It was a simultaneous tour in 1964. John Donaldson has written an excellent book on it.
 
   Dec-22-18 San Sebastian (1911) (replies)
 
TheFocus: I wonder how many columns Lasker edited altogether?
 
   Dec-18-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
TheFocus: <Tabanus: So Weehawken game is missing.> It is in ACB, as listed. Just 17 games.
 
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Feb-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen:

It's good to see you active in the <Biographer's Bistro> again.

I thought of you today because I just finished packing up and mailing off the last of my chess history books. All told, eight boxes and it cost over 300 dollars to mail them all.

Once I get those books safe again in Canada I'm never moving them again.

Feb-17-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: That is a lot. I always hate traveling and then not have my library at hand.
Feb-21-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Gonna have to put <nizjizz> on Ignore so he won't post his and <Big pawn>'s OMV argument here again.

I am not at all interested in the OMV debate. I just pass those posts on by.

Feb-25-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < TheFocus: Gonna have to put <nizjizz> on Ignore so he won't post his and <Big pawn>'s OMV argument here again.>

<Nisj> won't pay for his own forum, or else got his forum shut down for violations (<tpstar> hinted at that).

So he wants to use OPFs (other people's forums) to attack and criticize.

I did the same as you, put him on ignore.

<BP> won't do that, but at least <BP> might apply moderation to <Nisj>.

But <Nisj> has lost three posting locations in the last couple of days, since <jess>, you and I all put him on ignore.

He's making friends fast...

Mar-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi TheFocus,

<<>Candidates Tournament 2018 begins Saturday, March 10th<>>

A little over 3 days to go!

Countdown to the Candidates Tourament 2018:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo... 37&msg=Candidates+Tournament+2018&font=cursive

♘Candidates♘Candidates Tournament 2018♗Candidates♗

https://worldchess.com/

This tournament will run from Mar. 10th thru Mar. 28th 2018. (14 Rounds - Double Round Robin)

Participants include: Aronian, Caruana, Ding Liren, Grischuk, Karjakin, Kramnik, Mamedyarov & So,

Average rating: 2786 (as of 2/18/18) - Category XXII

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<<> Candidates Tournament 2018 <>>

Schedule -

Round 1 is Saturday March 10th & it starts @ 15:00hrs(3pm) Berlin time(9am chessgames time).

!!! Time changes will be occurring during the month of March both in Berlin, Germany(on March 25th) & in the United States(on March 11th) . Starting times will vary depending on the rounds. !!!

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

*** User: lostemperor (FINAL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS) - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in) ***

**User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in)

This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2018 - 11 years running)**

*User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in). This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.*

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Aug-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: If I post this elsewhere, it may get deleted, so...

I got along reasonably well with Daniel. I got suspended about a dozen times and I didn't complain to him about them. I deserved to be suspended each time.

But, Daniel could be a hypocrite with many posters. He had favorites and he allowed them to do things that he suspended others for. He was publicly called out about it many times, and you all know that.

He publicly accused me of doing something that I showed I was not involved in in any way and all he could say was "Yeah, I didn't really look into it, but I blamed you anyway." (That is paraphrased, but that is the gist of it).

He built a great site and I hope that it continues. I am sad that he is gone.

Aug-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: <He publicly accused me of doing something that I showed I was not involved in in any way and all he could say was "Yeah, I didn't really look into it, but I blamed you anyway." (That is paraphrased, but that is the gist of it).>

Yeah, that is essentially true the best I can recall. On a similar note, I spent some time as a union rep and would be infuriated when people would face discipline based upon stuff that had already been adjudicated/their history/reputation etc and that is pretty much what got you nailed then. Nobody's perfect. Daniel overall had a pretty good batting average.

Aug-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <OCF> I could post it very easily.

He did apologize when I proved him wrong, but...

<Daniel overall had a pretty good batting average.>

True. Everyone hits a foul ball occasionally.

Dec-09-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Well, DF's dream will live on and I wish to support the site as much as I can.

Please do not put something here that will get deleted.

Don't argue here or try to drag needless garbage to my Forum.

Other than that, all are welcome here.

Dec-10-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: I wish you good health and recovery!

Martial arts for life!

Dec-11-18  parisattack: Hello, Friend -

I hope your recovery is speedy and uneventful. I had a double a couple years ago - you just had to one-up me!:) - and the problem I had was with finding a med that worked for me afterwards. That lengthened my recovery a couple of months.

Dec-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Ouch, <parisattack>.

Recovering well, but it will take several months until I am up to full speed.

Every day is a learning curve.

Came home on Saturday and after eating beans, I was back in the ER for overnight observation due to nausea and dizziness.

The rain here is freezing cold!! I stayed bundled up. People don't realize that Hawaii does get pretty cool in the winter. I hope the rains are gone by February. By then, the bones should be healed up.

I have completed three books so far for publication, but we have shelved those plans until June. Then I should have about two more ready to go.

Did you use a compression vest? I am thinking about it.

The hardest thing is to not cough. So, no herb for me.

Dec-11-18  parisattack: Hi <TheFocus>

I wound up in ER a couple of times but because of reactions to the meds.

Yes, I had a support vest and I think it helped a lot. Sort of uncomfortable but you get used to it. Helps healing I was told. I had a sneezing attack at one point and I think without the vest I would have blown the wires out!

You should be good by Spring. Day-at-a-time. I found it hard to concentrate so the time did go some slowly.

Yes, winters there can be chilly and damp. Definitely try to avoid a head cold!

Keep me posted, please.

Dec-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <parisattack> I'll e-mail you about my current work.

You might be interested in an advance copy and maybe give a qualified review/perspective from a collector's view.

Yes, <MissScarlett>, you get an advance copy, too.

Dec-11-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <parisattack> <You should be good by Spring. Day-at-a-time. I found it hard to concentrate so the time did go some slowly.>

I have 1,000+ DVDs, movies and TV shows, 2,000 books, PS4, publishing. I cannot possibly get bored, but it is hard to concentrate for long periods. I usually only work for 10 minutes at a stretch.

Dec-11-18  parisattack: Concur on the trouble concentrating. Too uncomfortable physically and can be discouraging mentally. I took Trazadone for that and it helped me sleep somewhat better, also.

I would VERY MUCH enjoy seeing whatever you would like to share <TheFocus>!

Dec-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: I would love to actually sleep. I get cat naps of 15 minutes or less for the last 13 days.

I can't lay down so I just sit in a recliner. Cannot recline too far back because fluids will build up in the lungs.

I exist on about one hour of sleep a day.

Dec-12-18  parisattack: Sleep will be as you find it for a couple of months. As above, Trazadone helped me get 3-4 hours at night. Kratom can help but its dicey with the meds and I think illegal in Aloha Land.

As the Reverand C.C. Whittington used to say, "Keep on keeping on."

Dec-12-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  crawfb5: Just noticed your health issues. Take it slow and get better. Wishing you a quiet and peaceful holiday.
Dec-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <crawfb5> Thank you. I am healing, getting stronger every day.

May you have a blessed holiday.

Jan-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  bubuli55: Wish you fast and complete recovery. Happy New Year!
Jan-01-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <bubuli55> Thank you. Getting stronger every day.
Jan-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: Hi TheFocus,

<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

2 more days!

Countdown to the Tata Steel Masters 2019:

https://www.timeanddate.com/countdo...

♘Alkmaar♘Wijk aan Zee♗Leiden♗

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/#

This tournament will run from January 12th thru January 27th 2019. (13 Rounds)

Participants include: Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Ding Liren, Giri, Kramnik, Anand, Nepomniachtchi, Radjabov, Duda, Rapport, Shankland, Fedoseev, Vidit & Van Foreest

Average rating: 2753 (as of 1/7/19) - Category XXI

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<<>Tata Steel Masters 2019<>>

Schedule - https://www.tatasteelchess.com/play...

Round 1 is Saturday, January 12th & it starts @ 13:30hrs(1:30pm) Wijk aan Zee time(7:30am chessgames time)

< 3 Prediction Contests: (Win virtual medals - Gold, Silver & Bronze) >

User: lostemperor (FINAL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS) - Predict the order the players will finish. Run & hosted by <lostemperor>. (3 categories to medal in)

User: Golden Executive - (The Game Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1. Run & hosted by <Golden Executive>. (3 categories to medal in) This year will be the 11th Anniversary for this contest! (from 2007 to 2018 - 11 years running)

User: OhioChessFan (Moves Prediction Contest) - Predict the result 1-0, 1/2, or 0-1 & the number of moves. (4 categories to medal in) This contest is run by <chessmoron> & hosted by <OhioChessFan>.

*****
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Also, don't forget about <chessgames> ChessBookie game for this event. He can't wait to take some or all of your chessbucks. ;)

ChessBookie Game

Don't miss out on the fun for this Super Event!!!

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Jan-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: I hope your recovery is going well <TheFocus>. :)
Jan-10-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Thank you, <WinKing>. Recovery is going well.
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