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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."


"Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game."

--Phony Benoni

"A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism."


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   keypusher has kibitzed 23003 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-18 Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1929
keypusher: <fkohn> On second thought, I don't think Capablanca overlooked 22.Bxb8. I think he just wanted to keep the dark-square bishop.
   Dec-13-18 10th London Chess Classic (2018) (replies)
keypusher: < ChessHigherCat: I'll leave conspiracy theories for the Rogoff page. According to Ockham's razor, you should go for the simplest, most obvious explanation: chess is a major prestige sport for Russia and it would be a disaster for them if a US player won, so why should they ...
   Dec-13-18 V Yemelin vs Karpov, 2006
keypusher: < AwaitingBlunder: Is 30) Re2 Bb5 31) Qd2 Bc3 33) Qe3 Bxe2+ 34) Qxe2 Qh1+ 35) Qe1 Qxe1# possible?> That is very pretty, but White can play 31.Bh7+ Kxh7 32.Qc2+ f5 33.Bb4 and avoid the combination. Of course his position is still hopeless.
   Dec-13-18 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 (replies)
keypusher: <OCF> Incidentally, you can go back a couple pages to see some exhaustive engine analysis courtesy of <CharlesSullivan>. Sadly, it seems that 37....Rh8, which wowed the grandmasteriat in 1972 and afterwards, was a mistake and Spassky could have taken the rook.
   Dec-12-18 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
keypusher: <john barleycorn: <..He likes to forego theoretical duels to instead strive for a playable position...> Ah, I see a "theoretical duel" does not give playable position?> You seem to have decided that dumb and truculent was going to be your style for every single post ...
   Dec-12-18 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: Jim, what the hell are you doing linking to the Daily Signal for? Next you'll be quoting Limbaugh. In all seriousness, though, if you want to know why American blacks have become so rare in major league baseball, look no further: <Thatís when others stepped in. When Andrew was ...
   Dec-11-18 Taimanov vs Matulovic, 1970
keypusher: <Ricosupercapo: I read somewhere that Botvinnik had little time for Taimanov. Apparently he found out that Taimanov paid his last round opponent money to lose the last round game on purpose; thus enabling Taimanov to tie Botvinnik for a Soviet Championship title.> Botvinnik ...
   Dec-09-18 Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858 (replies)
keypusher: <bubo bubo> I agree with you about Morphy -- he belonged in there. I probably would have gone with Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 but of course your choice is also a great game. My own quarrel with the NBE is I think they neglected defense in favor of the attack. I wouldn't have ...
   Dec-08-18 keypusher chessforum
keypusher: keypusher-leboot pacmall 2000: 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 c4 de 4 Nc3 f5 5 f3 ef 6 Nxf3 Bb4 7 Qa4+ Nc6 8 Bg5 Nf6 9 0-0-0 0-0? 10 Ne5? (we both overlooked 10 d5) Bxc3 11 bc Qe8 12 Bxf6 Rxf6 13 g4 fg 14 Nxg4 Rf5 15 Bd3 Ra5 16 Qc2 Qh5 17 Rhg1 (with the obvious threat of Nf6+) Kh8 18 Rdf1 ...
   Dec-08-18 K Andersson vs M Gajic, 2017
keypusher: I hope the beer is better than the opening.
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  keypusher: <WannaBe> Sorry, I never answered your question. The honest answer is, I don't know the ins and outs of this particular case, and ESPN doesn't link to any of the relevant court decisions.

What I'm guessing is that the collective bargaining agreement between the NFLPA and the league provides that appeals from league suspensions are going to be heard only in the federal courts for the Southern District of New York -- in other words, in Manhattan, where the NFL offices are. As you remember, the litigation over Tom Brady's suspension also took place in NYC.

Normally, a plaintiff can bring a case wherever he wants, provided that the place where the case is brought has some connection to whatever gave rise to the lawsuit and it's fair and not too burdensome to make the defendant litigate there. I'm sure Mr. Elliott or his attorney had some argument for why Texas was a fine place to litigate the suspension, and the trial court agreed with Mr. Elliott. But the NFL appealed to the 5th Circuit (the appellate court that oversees federal courts in Texas and neighboring states) which agreed that the case had to go to New York. The federal trial judge there upheld the suspension, and the Second Circuit (the federal appeals court that oversees the district courts in New York, Vermont, and Connecticut) agreed with her.

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  WannaBe: Thanks <keypusher> =)
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  chancho: <Any idea what happened to it?>

I noticed that yesterday.

Did you notice how he spelled Magnus?


Did Tolengoof hijack his account?

And yeah, I was banned from that page. Haha..


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  OhioChessFan: I noticed it Wednesday and posted on Odd Lie. I was wondering when other people would take note. I suspect <rogge> is about to get banned. And I'll put 10-1 odds it's Lotis Key ghostwriting.
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  rogge: Just happened. I'm honored... :)
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  OhioChessFan: I can't believe she tripled down on this.
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  chancho: Yup, unbelievable.
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  WannaBe: Wesley was jet-lagged and couldn't see the final results correctly, he was tied for first.


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  OhioChessFan: <Appaz> is about to get banned.
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  OhioChessFan: <I think it's your English.>

I've got a bad case of the giggles over that one.

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  keypusher: What is this outbreak of sedition on my moribundorum?
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  keypusher: PGN notation:

[Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.02.05"]
[Round "-"]
[White "greenwich"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1534"]
[BlackElo "2013"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 Bd6 8. h3 O-O 9. Qe2 Re8 10. Qc2 Qe7 11. Bd2 Ne4 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. Bxe4 Qxe4 14. Qb3 Nf6 15. Ng5 Qd5 16. Qxd5 Nxd5 17. O-O-O h6 18. Nf3 Bf5 19. Nh4 Bh7 20. Rde1 Nb4 21. a3 Nd3+ 0-1

Feb-14-18  ughaibu: Looking up your friend Burton, I find "he received the first rudiments of learning at the free school of Sutton Coldfield". You know the only other interesting fact about Sutton Coldfield? It was from thence that the magazine Chess issued.
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  zborris8: Hello, <keypusher>: The invitation has been sent for the CG Tournament I on GameKnot.
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  keypusher: <zborris> thanks.

<ughaibu: Looking up your friend Burton, I find "he received the first rudiments of learning at the free school of Sutton Coldfield". You know the only other interesting fact about Sutton Coldfield? It was from thence that the magazine Chess issued.>

Who knew? I wonder if you put every issue of <Chess> together you'd get as many words as were in <Anatomy of Melancholy>.

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  keypusher: [Event "Challenge from keypusher"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.02.26"]
[Round "-"]
[White "keypusher"]
[Black "greenwich"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2013"]
[BlackElo "1534"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. Qf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Qh4+ 8. g3 Qe4+ 9. Qxe4 dxe4 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Ne2 Be7 12. Rf1 O-O 13. Rf4 f5 14. exf6 e.p. Rxf6 15. Rxe4 Bd6 16. Nd4 Bb7 17. Rb1 Ba6 18. d3 c5 19. Nb5 Bb7 20. Nxd6 Bxe4 21. Nxe4 Re6 22. c4 a6 23. Rb7 Rc6 24. Be3 Re8 25. Kd2 Rf8 26. Bxc5 Rf1 27. Rb8+ Kf7 28. Rf8+ 1-0

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  keypusher: [Event "CG Tournament I"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2018.03.01"]
[Round "-"]
[White "goodchessactor"]
[Black "keypusher"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1708"]
[BlackElo "2016"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. c4 Nb6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Be3 d5 10. c5 Bxf3 11. Bxf3 Nc4 12. Bc1 b6 13. b3 Na5 14. a3 bxc5 15. dxc5 Nac6 16. Re1 Bxc5 17. b4 Bd4 18. Bb2 Qg5 0-1

Mar-29-18  madlydeeply: Fischer's antics made him a millionaire... so yeah his pr was downright efficient. much more so than "i quit gma i quit pca" kasper
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  keypusher: <madlydeeply> Kasparov is a millionaire who's held on to his money...Karpov is a billionnaire according to some, despite having a face like a pencil sharpener and a body like Stephen Hawking. I don't think you can infer PR from wealth.
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  keypusher: <madly deeply> I enjoy your posts, by the way. Didn't you clobber me on gameknot a few years ago?
Mar-31-18  madlydeeply: maybe we played on gameknot. I just play hundreds of lichess games nowadays. so easy. i guess they are all millionares. Kaspy was good at making money, of course. I'm still upset that he didn't play shirov! maybe i should let that go....
Mar-31-18  madlydeeply: aww gameknot deleted my account! we will never know! my nick there was "reubenfine"
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  chancho: <5 Theories Behind The Unsolved Death of Sonny Liston>

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  keypusher: <madlydeeply: aww gameknot deleted my account! we will never know! my nick there was "reubenfine">

Well, maybe you clobbered me on some other site. Nothing wrong with being mad about Kasparov stiffing Shirov...

<chancho> Thanks, I look forward to watching.

Apr-04-18  madlydeeply: That could have been Shirov's buster douglas moment! anyway Kasparov was exposed at that st louis quad a few years ago... he did ok on the first day... with his meticulously prepared openings.. but then Naka, So and Fab did exactly one night of computer homework and busted them all. Kasparov owns the 80s-90s just like Fischer owns 1972
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