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John Homer Stapfer
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 1913 to 1914
Overall record: +3 -5 =2 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-09-1877, died 1959, 82 years old) Switzerland (federation/nationality United States of America)

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John Homer Stapfer (later Staffer) was born in Horgen, Switzerland.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Rubinstein vs J Stapfer 0-1341913American NationalA53 Old Indian
2. J Stapfer vs H Kline  1-0381913American NationalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J Stapfer vs C Jaffe 0-1291913American NationalA27 English, Three Knights System
4. O Chajes vs J Stapfer  1-0611913American NationalC41 Philidor Defense
5. J Stapfer vs Marshall  ½-½561913American NationalC01 French, Exchange
6. N Whitaker vs J Stapfer  0-1291913American NationalC15 French, Winawer
7. J Stapfer vs Janowski  ½-½591913American NationalD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. J Stapfer vs Capablanca 0-1461913American NationalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. O Chajes vs J Stapfer 1-0331913Rice CC MastersD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. J Stapfer vs F Russell  0-1311914New Jersey CC - Brooklyn CC mA25 English
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  OhioChessFan: Tell Theognis the news.
Dec-10-05  offramp: <Chopin: <tpstar> Get this published! This is brilliant work.>

Good idea. Can you recommend a publisher?

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  tamar: would seem like a natural choice :=)
Dec-10-05  aw1988: This story is comparable to Alekhine, falls somewhere below Kosteniuk.
Dec-12-05  pawn52: <tpstar> LMAO!!!

Where do you get this stuff from? It is hilarious. You have to be my favorite kibitzer on the entire website, because you are helpful, but a main chuck of that conclusion comes from posts like those two.

*falls over as he finds out he covers 2 other pages*


Dec-20-05  KingG: <tpstar> Absolutely brilliant! There is a lot a don't agree with, but still, brilliant.
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  tpstar: 1.1-2 Homer, "Iliad" 1.1-2/1.5-6 Alexey Suetin/1.7 Bruce Pandolfini/1.8 alexandrovm/1.9 OMGP/1.10 Doctor Who/1.11-13 Fred Waitzkin/1.16 acirce/1.20-21 Fred Waitzkin/1.23 Dickens/1.24 coxscorner/1.27-28 Larry Christiansen/1.29 Dickens/1.31 C. Townsdin/1.48 tpstar

2.2 Aron Nimzowitsch/2.3 Aron Nimzowitsch/2.4,9-10 tpstar/2.5 Shakespeare, "Timon of Athens" 4.3.436-437/2.9 mahmoudkubba/2.27 Aron Nimzowitsch/2.37-39 Ezzy

3.0 Scissor Sisters, "Take Your Mama"/3.1 Coolio, "Gangsta's Paradise"/3.3 Breathe, "Hands to Heaven"/3.4 Psalm 22:1/3.8 Run DMC, "Mary Mary"/3.11-13 10,000 Maniacs, "Trouble Me"/3.36-37 Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Under the Bridge"/3.41 Mary MacGregor, "Torn Between Two Lovers"/3.43-45 David Bowie, "Let's Dance"/3.46 Mary J. Blige, "What's the 411"

4.3 Pet Shop Boys, "Two Divided By Zero"/4.9-10 Wreckx-N-Effect, "Rump Shaker"/4.15 Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom"/4.30-31 Spice Girls, "Wannabe"/4.33-34 Sting, "Fields of Gold"/4.45 Phil Collins, "One More Night"/4.47-48 Tag Team, "Whoomp! There It Is"

5.26-28 Hall & Oates, "Kiss On My List"/5.32-33 South Park, "My Friend Kyle's Mom"/5.33 Jennifer Shahade/5.37-38 Sir Mix-A-Lot, "Baby Got Back"/5.39-40 Kim Carnes, "Bette Davis Eyes"/5.42-43 V.S. Naipaul/5.48 Montreal1666

6.1 tpstar/6.3-4 "The Silence of the Lambs"/6.5-7 Sade, "Smooth Operator"/6.8 Paula Abdul, "Cold Hearted"/6.11 Arvind Aaron/6.19,21 Drstrangelove/6.20 square dance/6.28 OneBadDog/6.30-34 square dance/6.35-36 Dionyseus/6.37 Ultra/6.38 tpstar/6.40 samikd/6.41 Montreal1666/6.45-46 Owen Williams

7.2 Vladimir Kramnik/7.4 Vladimir Kramnik/7.6-7 Bobsterman3000/7.8-9 Vladimir Kramnik/7.11 suenteus po 147/7.12 DaMelch/7.13 PinkPanther/7.14-16 Vladimir Kramnik/7.19 iron maiden/7.20-21 Vladimir Kramnik/7.23-26 csmath/7.27 Vladimir Kramnik/7.28-29 WillC21/7.30 Garry Kasparov/7.31-32 PinkPanther/7.33-34 Phoenix/7.35-36 iron maiden/7.39-41 csmath/7.41 tpstar/7.43-44 acirce/7.47 square dance

8.1 Susan Polgar/8.3 fgh/8.4-5 tpstar/8.6-7 Reisswolf/8.8 tamar/8.12-13 Bobsterman3000/8.14 OneBadDog/8.15-16 badbadLeroyBrown/8.17-18 "The Usual Suspects"/8.19 OMGP/8.27 iron maiden/8.28-29 badbadLeroyBrown/8.31 csmath/8.35-36 WMD/8.37-39 Iplaychessnaked/8.40 tpstar/8.41 csmath/8.43 tpstar/8.46 csmath/8.47 tpstar

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  tpstar: 9.6-7 Rob Thomas, "This Is How a Heart Breaks"/9.9 Strategic Joker/9.10-11 Dickens/9.12-13 Helloween/9.14-15 iron maiden/9.16 acirce/9.19 iron maiden/9.24 acirce/9.26 percyblakeney/9.28 tpstar/9.37-40 Godspell, "God Save the People"/9.46-47 Knight13

10.5 tpstar/10.7-8 tpstar/10.19-20 bgitw/10.27-30 Kelis, "Milkshake"/10.34 keypusher/10.37 iron maiden/10.38 Jaymthegenius/10.40-41 Catfriend/10.47-48 Murray Head, "One Night In Bangkok"

11.0 Starship, "We Built This City"/11.6-8 Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"/11.10-11 Natasha Bedingfield, "These Words"/11.12 Nickelback, "How You Remind Me"/11.12-15,17-33 tpstar/11.16 Snap!, "The Power"/11.35-36 Coldplay, "Speed of Sound"/11.45-46 Alannah Myles, "Black Velvet"

12.2 Smashing Pumpkins, "Zero"/12.3 Garbage, "Queer"/12.10 The Cheeky Girls, "The Cheeky Song/Touch My Bum"/12.20-21 LIFE Master AJ/12.23-24 euripides/12.25-26 sxexp1/12.27-28 Vladimir Kramnik/12.29 Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, "What I Am"/12.31-35 Vladimir Kramnik/12.37-38 Vladimir Kramnik/12.40 acirce/12.41-44 sxexp1/12.45 kvcs/12.47-48 Vladimir Kramnik

13.3-4,6 Arvind Aaron/13.5 Garry Kasparov/13.7-8 Koster/13.18 offramp/13.23 South Park/13.24 "Blazing Saddles"/13.25-26 Dead Or Alive, "You Spin Me Round"/13.28-29 Queen Latifah, "U.N.I.T.Y."/13.32 Viswanathan Anand/13.35 Arvind Aaron/13.36 acirce/13.40 Jim Bartle

14.6 AgentRgent, refutor/14.9 Napoleon XIV, "They're Coming to Take Me Away"/14.18 Richard Taylor/14.21-23 Billy Idol, "Rebel Yell"/14.29 Aron Nimzowitsch/14.30-31 Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"/14.41-42 Seal, "Crazy"/14.44 tamar/14.48 "The Producers"

15.4 tpstar/15.10 csmath/15.14-15 square dance/15.16-17 OneBadDog/15.18-19 Bobsterman3000/15.24 tpstar/15.28,30 tpstar/15.38-40,42-43 Dionyseus/15.44 Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two Tribes"/15.47-48 acirce

16.6 Laurel & Hardy, "Sons of the Desert"/16.8 OutKast, "Hey Ya!"/16.9-10 acirce/16.12-13 onthebeat1971/16.14-15 Hanada/16.16-17 Nezhmetdinov/16.18 PeterFletcher/16.21-24 lostemperor/16.26-28 square dance/16.30-31 Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield, "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"/16.37 Jesus Jones, "Right Here, Right Now"/16.41 Semisonic, "Closing Time"/16.44-47 Knight13

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  tpstar: 17.5 jdb22601/17.9 Robert Thomas/17.10 Rajko Vujatovic/17.16 Vladimir Kramnik/17.21-23 tpstar/17.25-26 percyblakeney/17.28-29 AdrianP/17.30-32 Poulsen/17.33-34 tpstar/17.36-37 acirce/17.38 arielbekarov/17.39 Wilhelm Steinitz/17.40 Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth, "The Warrior"/17.41-42 patzer2/17.45-46 csmath

18.1-3 Tears for Fears, "Everybody Wants To Rule the World"/18.4-8 Zurab Azmaiparashvili/18.8 iron maiden/18.12 tpstar/18.17-18 you vs yourself/18.20-23 Eminem, "Lose Yourself"/18.24-25 Garry Kasparov/18.31-32 Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne, "Close My Eyes Forever"/18.34-35 Mr. Mister, "Broken Wings"/18.36-38 "Crimes and Misdemeanors"/18.42-43 "Knute Rockne: All-American"

19.4-6 Gorillaz, "Feel Good INC"/19.8 Cyndi Lauper, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"/19.10-12 templar/19.14 Terry Jacks, "Seasons In the Sun"/19.15-16 The B-52's, "Roam"/19.18 Cher, "Believe"/19.19-20 Big Country, "In a Big Country"/19.22 Hesam7/19.25-28 Konstantin Sakaev/19.28-29 Expose, "Seasons Change"/19.31-32 tpstar/19.37 Garry Kasparov/19.41-43 The Cure, "Love Song"/19.45-46 Kelly Clarkson, "Breakaway"/19.48 various

20.5-10 Rocky Horror, "The Time Warp"/20.13 Usher, "Yeah!"/20.15-16 Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight"/20.18-19 Vladimir Kramnik/20.21-22 lostemperor/20.24-25 dragon40/20.31 PaulLovric/20.32 tpstar/20.33-34 ancr/20.35 sxexp1/20.37-38 tpstar/20.40 LIFE Master AJ/20.44-45 "Gone With the Wind"

21.22-24 Janet Jackson, "Rhythm Nation"/21.25 square dance/21.28-29 Duran Duran, "Save a Prayer"/21.31 pikoro/21.34 acirce/21.36 AgentRgent/21.37 weltschmertz/21.38 acirce/21.39 acirce/21.40 weltschmertz/21.41 condorcet, AgentRgent/21.44-45 Benjamin Franklin/21.48 C&C Music Factory, "Here We Go"

22.1-2 Marilyn Manson, "Mobscene"/22.3-4 Murray Head, "One Night In Bangkok"/22.5 keypusher/22.12 FatalError/22.15-16 Ace of Base, "All That She Wants"/22.19 Open Defence/22.20 yoozum/22.23 Toni Basil, "Mickey"/22.26-29 Des'ree, "You Gotta Be"/22.31-33 The Fixx, "One Thing Leads To Another"/22.39-41 Knight13/22.44 acirce/22.45-46 acirce/22.47-48 RuPaul, "Supermodel"

23.1 Emanuel Lasker/23.6 Eric Schiller/23.12 Jaymthetactician/23.14-15 weltschmertz/23.20 samikd/23.22 tpstar/23.23-24 Violent Femmes, "Kiss Off"/23.28 tpstar/23.32-33 Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"/23.36-37 "A Tale of Two Cities"/23.39-41 Los del Rio, "Macarena"/23.43 Sneaky/23.47-48 "The Ten Commandments"

24.5-6 Jaymthegenius/24.7 "Star Wars"/24.9-11 tpstar/24.15 keypusher/24.16 "Metropolis"/24.17-18 "It Conquered the World"/24.19 tpstar/24.20 Savielly Tartakower/24.21 Siegbert Tarrasch/24.24 tpstar/24.34 tpstar/24.37-38 chaital2005

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  AgentRgent: <tpstar> What in God's name!?
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  keypusher: <AgentRgent> Footnotes. <tpstar> should have been a lawyer!
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  AgentRgent: <tpstar> Perhaps the worlds most deeply veiled insults. Bravo.
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  chancho: <tpstar> We didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the world's been turning .....
Jan-04-06  NakoSonorense: What a great story!
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  Richard Taylor: <Tpstar> <others> Great "poem" (apart from its chessic Satiric value) and interesting discusion on the Illiad -I read that and the various plays - yes the connection to the killing of Iphigenia -there are more than one take on that but that one - the metaphor of the evil of war and jealousy etc -is the take that starts the Orestian trilogy - I have only read them in translation -

You have a very detailed kowledge of the Illiad - I know the Dunciad (not word for word -lol! )amazing Pope should spend such a long labour of what is really trivia -and yet it is almost (but surely it is not!) a great poem - a piss take on epics as well as an attack on his critics and so on. he spent so much time - and it was a financial success on his translation of the Illiad.

Chessically I see there is almost certainly to be a match Kramnik and Topalov. (ICC "news" email)

Nov-05-07  sanyas: Tonight I feast with the Gods (I died reading it).
Aug-13-08  myschkin: . . .
Tak Tak, woups wrong door^^
Pardon me :D
Mar-24-09  WhiteRook48: If you are on Mount Olympus, can you post on
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  tpstar: 1000 = Beer

2000 = Ale

3000 = Your Page

4000 = Favorite Player

5000 = Favorite Tournament

6000 = Favorite Match

7000 = Favorite Game

8000 = Favorite Opening

9000 = Favorite Combination

10000 = Favorite Post

People forget that 2004 & 2005 were one continuous argument about Kramnik, and not a particularly pleasant one. I returned to chess and joined this site in 2004, and knew Kasparov was waiting to play a semi-final against Ponomariov or Kasimdzhanov, then Brissago 2004 led to Kramnik's four-player playoff demand, and suddenly Kasparov abruptly retired after Linares 2005. This was a huge shock to me, so I went back and read many of the discussions posted here plus all of Kramnik's interviews to determine what really happened. When FIDE announced San Luis 2005, I could tell they were on the right track. Like I wrote before, anybody who has ever had to fire someone understood what they were doing.

The Kramniad was a tribute to Kasparov and his career, fully acknowledging his shameless nature, yet also greatly motivated by several personal attacks against <Susan Polgar> and other name players here. Lots of inside jokes were missed, like the <Knight13> material (nobody got GOOD GAME) and <kvcs> who I don't believe ever read it. Lest you worry, the sequel will be even dandier. When the time is right.

It is disappointing that so many people have posted so many thousands of times without following any of the site traditions. Eight years later, <OhioChessFan> and I are the only ones who celebrate the thousands.

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  Phony Benoni: <"Hans Stapfer of Patterson, N. J., and Dr. Herstein of Elizabeth, N. J. played off the tie for the state championship, and the former came out victorious.">

"Minneapolis Journal", April 2, 1898:

Same person, I assume, "John" being the English equivalent of "Hans"?

Jun-18-15  offramp: <tpstar>, One of the greatest ever series of posts at Re-reading it brings back very happy memories.
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  Benzol: All hail the KRAMNIAD. A work of pure love.


Aug-26-20  login:

Disjecta membra - the former carefree days.

Rest easy

Please give Mal~ a hug up there and let go of the trivial profanities that troubled you here the past couple of years; it was never worth spending time on tbh. Besides, I always would've loved to swap the fine jam you and your siblings must have had on tape in your heydays.

Godspeed my friend, at least you are no longer suffering. s. c. J.

Much strength to Thomas Palmer. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your son. May memories of happier times sustain your loved ones during your time of sadness. In this frightful week my thoughts are with your family.

Meanwhile we use our individual god-given talents the best we can for a better tomorrow


Dec-11-21  login:

Thomas (Ralph) Palmer

1938 - 2021

'.. He enjoyed sailing, camping, music, reading, cooking and watching the Lions lose, but most of all, he cherished time spent with his family.'

Farewell to the OG punster

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  perfidious: If Palmer pere truly 'enjoyed watching Lions lose', he garnered much pleasure in his life; for they have not won a title since 1957.
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