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Sep-30-23  stone free or die: As for the Delmar--Pieczonka game, here's a go...

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[Event "Delmar simul 11-b"]
[Site "Manhattan CC, NYC, NY USA"]
[Date "1895.11.30"]
[Round "(board 4)"]
[White "Delmar, Eugene"]
[Black "Pietzonka, Albert"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C00c"]
[EventDate "1895.11.30"]
[Source "NY Daily Tribune - 1895-12-02 - p?"]
[Source_url "http://www.chessarch.com/excavations/item.ph- p?a=1&source=New_York_Daily_Tribune&date=1895.12- .02"]
[Notes_1 "Source is botched, likely after 22 P x B P"]
[Notes_2 "Source gives player as Pieizonka, or Pietzonka. See <CG> bio for discussion of id"]

1.e4 e6 2.f4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bd7 6.d4 Qb6 7.Na3 a6 8.Bd3 Rc8 9.Bc2 Nh6 10.O-O Be7 11.Kh1 f5 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Ne5 cxd4 14.Qh5+ Kd8 15.Nxd7 Kxd7 16.f5 e5 17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qf7+ Be7 19.f6 Rhf8 20.Qxd5+ Bd6 21.Bf5+ Kc7 22.cxd4 Rxf6 23.Rac1 Qxd4 24.Qa5+ Kb8 25.Rxc6 bxc6 26.Qe1 Bxa3 0-1

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Sep-30-23  stone free or die: <You are no longer MIA!> I like to think so.

<Doesn't mean he didn't have a backer or some level of backing, but evidence is lacking.>

Not to belabor the point too much, but the increase in purse might be taken as evidence of the influence of a backer. (Then again, maybe not - uncertainly always reins supreme in history)

Sep-30-23
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  jnpope: <Decoding the key is a little bit of a challenge>

I think the first two rows of identification are in a "saw-tooth" pattern and the third row is the group of seated gentlemen?

Sep-30-23  stone free or die: The other link I gave has a line drawing of him, which is easy to unmistakingly match up to him in the photograph.
Sep-30-23  stone free or die: Well, bye for now y'all...
Sep-30-23
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  jnpope: <Not to belabor the point too much, but the increase in purse might be taken as evidence of the influence of a backer.>

Sure, if there was a increase, but it looks like a decrease to me. Also, as I stated, there was apparently a decrease in the amount for the Medinus match. The <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, 1900.01.30, p15, reported "$30 a side", but the <Chicago Tribune> reported "$25 a side" and "purse of $50" (on 1900.01.28, p20 and 1900.02.04, p19, respectively).

Note the purse amount is given as the combined amounts put up by each side (same as the Pillsbury-Showalter match and other matches from this period). So the Johnston match would have been a purse of $200 ($100 a side) but it ended up being a purse of $150 ($75 a side).

Again, I've found no explanation why there were reductions and I'm only speculating that Marshall was backing himself (otherwise it would appear to mean that Marshall's backers didn't have confidence in their man?).

Sep-30-23
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  MissScarlett: <Belabour the point> instead of <labour the point> seems to be a case of, well, <labouring the point>.
Sep-30-23
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  jnpope: William F Eno

<MissScarlett>: I see an entry for a baptismal record in Manchester at Ancestry but I cannot access it (I'm restricted to US material). Any chance of digging up a birthdate for Mr. Eno?

Sep-30-23
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  MissScarlett: That baptismal record relates to William's daughter, <Alice>, and dates to November 1867. His wife is <Mary Ann>, and his profession is bookkeeper. It fits with the <Civil Marriage Index> registering his marriage in Chorlton to Q3 1865.
Sep-30-23
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  jnpope: Thanks for checking.
Sep-30-23
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  MissScarlett: When did he emigrate to America? His son Harry was born December 1868.
Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: I have him arriving on 29 June 1868 aboard the Steamship Malta. Filed his intention to become a US citizen on 12 January 1869; became naturalized on 19 October 1876.
Oct-01-23
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  mifralu: < jnpope: Can anyone decipher the gamescore to Delmar-Pieizonka? >

Equal to <stone free or die>'s score, but have you considered

19. f6 <Rcf8> 20.Qxd5+ Bd6 21.Bf5+ Kc7 22.cxd4 Rxf6 23.Rac1 Qxd4 24.Qa5+ Kb8 25.Rxc6 bxc6 26.Qe1 Bxa3 0-1

Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: <mifralu> and <stone free or die>: By having 23...QR-QB as a duplicate of White's 23.QR-B, 24.PxP as an erroneous duplicate of Black's 24...QxQP, and 19...Rcf8 instead of 19...Rhf8 (not leaving Black's rook en prise after 21.Bxf5+), definitely makes the game play through, and perhaps Black didn't notice that 25...Rxf5 was possible and was focused on the capturing the rook with 25...bxc6. This might be the solution.
Oct-01-23
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  MissScarlett: < I have him arriving on 29 June 1868 aboard the Steamship Malta.>

Just to confirm, little Alice was with them?

Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: Negative. The passenger list shows only him, no wife or children came along. They probably came after he established himself.
Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: Found her. Mary Ann (age 28) and Alice (age 2) arrived on 31 August 1869 aboard the steamship France.
Oct-01-23
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  MissScarlett: As Harry Grundy Eno was born in Manchester in December 1868, and was baptised in April 1869, this makes sense. But when did Harry make it over? Or did you miss him out?
Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: I wasn't looking for him, but there is definitely a "Harry" listed directly beneath Alice (but there was no last name given; contributing to my oversight). I'm guessing that "infant" is written in tight script in the age column so it looks like little Harry Grundy made the trip.
Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: Added Staats-Zeitung Cup Tournament (1895). Two games are currently missing:

R1: Luce ½ Richardson
R3: Delmar 1 Luce

I'm not sure if they were published in the <New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung>. Does anyone have access to that newspaper for 1895?
Oct-01-23
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  MissScarlett: There's a <Frederick Haden Eno> (I almost wrote Elo), baptised in January 1866, whose parents are <William Frederick (not Frederick William) Eno> and <Mary Ann Eno>. This birth is registered in Q4 of 1865. The marriage of the couple (assuming same) took place, as above, in Q3 of 1865.

There's a record of a <Frederick H Eno> who died in Manhattan in May 1933 of about the right age, to which I don't have full access.

Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: Wm. F. Eno (born Sep 1843) and wife Mary Ann (born Apr 1846) arrived in the US in 1872, two sons, Frederick H. (born Dec 1861) and Leopold E. (born Dec 1872). Fred is listed as a dress designer in the 1900 census and Leopold is listed as "Cashier Shipping" (not sure what that occupation is exactly).
Oct-01-23
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  jnpope: The 1920 census lists Frederick H. as being born in 1868 (based on a listed age of 52), so he probably was born in 1865 (census records are unreliable when it comes to ages).
Oct-03-23
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  jnpope: Added 2nd Intercollegiate Cup (1893/94) (1893). We had the games from the sixth round so I added the other five rounds (sourced, dated, etc.) and did a bio/xtab.
Oct-03-23
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  jnpope: Throwing together the 1st Intercollegiate Cup (1892/93) event. One gamescore is problematic:

Round 1, Board 4, Skinner-Wilson
http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...

I have a workable solution, but if anyone would like to do a blind-double-check and then compare it with mine that would be spiffy (my version is here jnpope chessforum (kibitz #319)).

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