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"Alas! The truth of that prophecy spoken long ago is fulfilled! <Telemus>, the seer, son of Eurymus, a tall fine man, lived here once, the greatest of prophets, and grew old here as soothsayer among the Cyclopes. He told me that all of this would come to pass one day, and I would lose my sight at Odysseus’ hands."

— Homer, Odyssey, book ix (


My first name is Hagen (see

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   Telemus has kibitzed 732 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-20-22 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1938 (replies)
Telemus: What's wrong with 17.Nxe7+ after 16...Qb7?
   Jul-19-22 Henry Anthony Adamson
Telemus: John Beasley in the "British Endgame Study News", June 1998, page 73 on Adamson's study in the "Chess Amateur": <The Adamson did not appear until January 1922 (p 119), and the accompanying text makes clear that it was derived from the Reti and was in no sense a forerunner of it. ...
   Mar-06-21 Alapin vs Schiffers, 1879 (replies)
Telemus: The game can be found in in the Chess Player's Chronicle 1879 (vol. III), p 83 and it supports the version on this page, I'd say. It is published there with Rosenthal's comments taken from "La Revue des Jeux".
   Jan-22-21 George Walker (replies)
Telemus: <On what basis?> I am unsure. But it's based on what Serruys found out about Huttmann's business. A close pointer goes to: Huttmann can be found more often in the London Gazette.
   Jan-18-21 Markus Kappe (replies)
Telemus: GM Nigel Short tweeted: <At least we are still alive, Garry. Markus Kappe, from Germany - who beat both of us in that tournament - for one, is not...>
   Jan-13-21 Frantisek Kafka (replies)
Telemus: <It is generally not well known that Franz Kafka played chess. In Kafka’s chess library the following books were found, among others: “The endgame in chess” by Hans Fahrni; “300 endgames” by Henri Rinck; “Bilguer’s chess manual” (8th edition, revised by Carl ...
   Jan-02-21 stevemcd87 chessforum (replies)
Telemus: <steve> Happy New Year. The update of the Zipfile archive did not come a day too early. I hope the files are okay.
   Dec-25-20 Santa Claus (replies)
Telemus: Dear Santa, I wish the Zipfile archive would be updated before my premium membership expires!
   Dec-23-20 H Zollner vs K Junge, 1942
Telemus: What about T van Scheltinga vs Gruenfeld, 1936 ?
   Dec-18-20 Krzysztof Bulski (replies)
Telemus: GM Duda just twittered that Bulski passed away yesterday.
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Telemus's Oracle

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Feb-22-18  TheFocus: <Telemus> <The best chess history book I have read in the past years: "Aron Nimzowitsch: On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886-1924" by Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen>

It is the best of the McFarlands, which are too hit and miss at times. Such as, the Nimzowitsch book was top-notch, but the Reshevsky is a dud.

Feb-22-18  Big Pawn: <<Telemus> <The best chess history book I have read in the past years: "Aron Nimzowitsch: On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886-1924" by Per Skjoldager and Jorn Erik Nielsen>>

Fantastic book! I read it too and it was so thoroughly researched and put together well.

Feb-22-18  zanzibar: <Telemanus> I wouldn't want to wish you ill, but seeing a few of your posts makes a nice consolation (for us anyways!).
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  Telemus: <TheFocus> Do you have the game Lasker vs van Foreest from ?
Feb-25-18  TheFocus: <Telemus> Wow! Thank you. I did not have that game, although Lasker mentions it here, misspelling de Foreest's name:

<On the 12th of May I visited Utrecht, one of the four university towns of which Holland can boast. Unfortunately, on account, perhaps, of the change from the English to the Continental climate, I developed a bronchial cold, and was therefore indisposed to do and see things. The city is by no means large, but the audience in the evening numbered again more than a hundred. I played twenty-six games, among whom the two of master rank, Leussen and De Forest. I won eighteen, drew seven and lost one. With Leussen and De Forest I drew, but had a winning game against De Forest – Lasker in “My Journey and Some Reflections,” Lasker’s Chess Magazine, June 1908, pg. 34.>

Feb-25-18  TheFocus: Added to my database. Did you find that game? It is new to me, so I want to give credit where it is due.
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  Telemus: <TheFocus: Did you find that game? It is new to me, so I want to give credit where it is due.> Well, I found the game, but any credit is due to someone else. You surely have seen that C.N. last year, where more than two dozens of forgotten games by Lasker where presented, all from one tour, all found at delpher. One evening I looked into Whyld's book and tried another tour. Whenever I saw a game, I made a bookmark. Yesterday I did a clean-up of these bookmarks, and Lasker vs van Foreest was the first game neither being here nor in Whyld's book. That's all! Of course, I expect that there is more to be found.

Btw, do you know whether that van Foreest was Arnold van Foreest or Dirk van Foreest? (For "Jhr." see

I think this one shows that it was Arnold, since this one shows that only one van Foreest drew.

About misspellings: yesterday I saw also a game where Lasker's opponent was named "Schaffranck". It turned out to be the game Lasker vs Suchanek!

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  Telemus: <TheFocus> Another game not here and not in Whyld's book is Lasker vs Splinter: or
Feb-26-18  TheFocus: <Telemus> <Btw, do you know whether that van Foreest was Arnold van Foreest or Dirk van Foreest?>

No, I don't.

<Splinter> It is always nice to see new games with reports about the event.

Great find!

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  Telemus: Hi <TheFocus>, I tried to go a little further, but when I got this result, I got too angry.

I would like to have useful entries in "Event/Locale"! As far as I understood, the current entries are created by a single user and he/she is the only one who knows what they mean. If that's true, that's completely ridiculous!

And by the way, Simul 31b has games from Leiden and Plymouth ...

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  Telemus: Incidentally, I was looking for a source for

[Event "Utrecht simul"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1898.04.06"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lasker Emanuel"]
[Black "Hogewind GHB"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D55"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. f4 Ne4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. O-O f5 13. Qc2 c6 14. Rac1 c5 15. Bb5 Nxe5 16. fxe5 c4 17. Qe2 a6 18. Ba4 b5 19. Bc2 b4 20. Na4 Bc6 21. Bxe4 fxe4 22. Nc5 Bb5 23. Rxf8+ Rxf8 24. Qg4 Qf7 25. Qe6 a5 26. Rf1 Qxe6 27. Rxf8+ Kxf8 28. Nxe6+ Ke7 29. Nc5 a4 30. Kf2 b3 31. axb3 c3 32. bxc3 a3 33. c4 dxc4 34. d5 a2 35. d6+ Ke8 36. bxc4 a1=Q 37. cxb5 Qb2+ 38. Kg3 Qxe5+ 0-1

It is published in the "Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond" March 1898, page 83.

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  Telemus: <TheFocus> This game is from my files:

[Event "Brooklyn Jewish Center simul"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1924.05.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lasker Emanuel"]
[Black "Chugerman Samuel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C33"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4+ 4. Kf1 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qe7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. d3 d6 8. Bxf4 Bd7 9. Qd2 Ne5 10. Bb3 Nxf3 11. gxf3 O-O-O 12. Rg1 Bh3+ 13. Kf2 Nh5 14. Bg5 f6 15. Be3 Kb8 16. d4 c6 17. Bc4 Qd7 18. b4 Be7 19. d5 f5 20. Qd4 c5 21. bxc5 dxc5 22. Qd2 Qd6 23. f4 Qf6 24. e5 Qh4+ 25. Ke2 Bg4+ 26. Kd3 Qh3 27. Qf2 Bh4 28. Qf1 Qxh2 29. Qg2 Nxf4+ 30. Bxf4 Qxf4 31. Nb5 Qxe5 32. c3 Rhe8 33. Kc2 Qe4+ 34. Qxe4 Rxe4 35. Bd3 Rf4 36. c4 Rf2+ 37. Kb3 Bf6 38. Rab1 a5 39. Rgf1 Rxf1 40. Rxf1 b6 41. Nc3 Bxc3 42. Kxc3 Kc7 43. Kd2 Re8 44. a4 h5 45. Rh1 g5 46. Rf1 f4 47. Rh1 h4 48. Rg1 Bf3 49. Rxg5 Rh8 50. Rg7+ Kb8 51. Be2 Bxe2 52. Kxe2 h3 53. Rg1 Rh4 54. Kf3 Kc7 55. Rh1 Kd6 56. Rh2 Ke5 57. Rh1 b5 58. Re1+ Kd4 59. d6 Kxc4 60. d7 h2 61. d8=Q h1=Q+ 62. Rxh1 Rxh1 63. Kxf4 1-0

Quite entertaining, I would say. Here is a description of this event:, which contains also a description of the game.

A few games in this database belong also to this event:

Lasker vs A W Putnam, 1924

Lasker vs Carlos Torre, 1924

A Wechsler vs Lasker, 1924

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  Telemus: <TheFocus> After the weekend I can hopefully go to work again. Since my project schedule there hasn't changed by the break, this weekend will probably be the last free time this month.

Were the last two games somehow helpful? Or this posting Lasker vs NN, 1898 (kibitz #18)?

I have already found additional games, but I will only digitize if it's worth it.

Mar-02-18  TheFocus: <Telemus> My source for the Hogewind is the same as yours.

The Putnam game is from the May 21 simul. The details of the May 27th Simul are new to me; really nice to see the description.

<Or this posting Lasker vs NN, 1898 (kibitz #18)?> Yes, it cleared up the location as Hamburg.

<I have already found additional games, but I will only digitize if it's worth it.> Any new Lasker games are valuable.

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  Telemus: <TheFocus: The Putnam game is from the May 21 simul.> Yes, my fault, of course. Sorry. I saw the game in the article, but didn't read the text.
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  Telemus: From the Bristol Mercury, 26-Nov-1898, p. 8: complete list of names, openings and results of the simul played in the Hotel Imperial in Clifton under the auspices of the Bristol and Clifton Chess Club, 25-Nov-1898. 24 games, +18, =2, -2, 2 unfinished. No games.

Unfinished games not mentioned by Whyld.

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  Telemus: From the Bristol Mercury, 28-Nov-1898, p. 3: complete list of names, openings and results of the simul played again in the Hotel Imperial in Clifton under the auspices of the Bristol and Clifton Chess Club, 26-Nov-1898. 26 games, +16, =1, -1, 8 unfinished. Lasker vs Daniell (Whyld no. 446).

Whyld gives 25 games and has -0. The winner was H.C.Moore, which is Whyld's no. 447 with correct event.

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  Telemus: From the Bristol Mercury Supplement, 03-12-1898, p. 8: repeats the complete list of names, openings and results of the 2nd simul, as well as the game Lasker vs Daniell (Whyld's no. 446).

Additional games: Lasker vs Miss Rudge (Whyld's no. 449) and Lasker vs W.W. Gibberd (Whyld's no. 444). Dates are correct. (This is Whyld's source, too.)

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  Telemus: From the Bristol Mercury Supplement, 10-12-1898, p. 8: presents Lasker vs H.C.Moore (Whyld's no. 447) and Lasker vs G.G.Parnall (Whyld's no. 448), which is no surprise, because this is Whyld's source, too. But it also has a game Lasker vs H.Byrnes 0-1 (28), which I haven't found in Whyld's book (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5). ??
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  Telemus: From the Pall Mall Gazette, 09-Nov-1898, p.9: Lasker vs Mrs.Rumboll 1-0 (16+), played in the Ladies' Chess Club on 05-Nov.
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  Telemus: The Pall Mall Gazette, 08-Nov-1898, p. 9 presented Lasker vs Mrs.Anderson (Whyld's no.431). Could be a preferable source.
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  Telemus: The Pall Mall Gazette, 15-Nov-1898, p. 10 gives Lasker vs George (Whyld's no.433). Could be a preferable source.

The Pall Mall Gazette, 29-Nov-1898, p. 9 gives Lasker vs Amateur (Whyld's no.445). Could be a preferable source.

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  Telemus: Daily News, 21-Nov-1898, p.4 has Lasker vs Amateur, Falmouth (Whyld's no. 439).

"At Plymouth the master conducted 31 games. Out of that large number he only scored one loss, won 20, while the remaining 10 games were unfinished owing to the lack of time."

Why gives Whyld: +24, =4, -3?

"At Falmouth Mr.Lasker won every game."

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  Telemus: <TheFocus> In Peter Anderberg reminded of a Lasker game, which he already published in Kaissiber 35 (2009). There he also presented unknown games from Lasker's simultaneous displays.

Krefeld 1908: Boskamp

Cologne 1908: Hilgers

Cologne 1925: Platz, Schumacher, Silbermann, Grimm, Bloch, Heider, Löwenstein, Mieves, Wolski, Braun

Hanover 1925: Duhm

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  Telemus: Four GMs in one week.

I had not played against a GM for a long while, but the last week brought me six games with four GMs (blitz and bullet).

It started with Jan Gustafsson's banter blitz. After my 22th move he had to recapture a pawn:

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22.. ♘xd5? gave me a chance to win: 23.♖c8+ ♔h7 24.♘e4 +-. I looked at these moves, but for some reason I was afraid of 24.. ♖c6. I still saw 25.♘g5+ ♔h6, but then 26.♘xf7+ slipped my mind. Later the ending was drawn for a while, than worse, and finally I made a mistake and resigned, while at the same time he made a mistake, too. So, I resigned in fact a drawn position (still having some time on the clock).

The next morning I played by chance a blitz game with Ilja Zaragatski, who pressed with White, but I managed to hold easily thanks to an oversight.

Yesterday morning I played three bullet games with Momchil Nikolov, winning the first and losing the next two. (In my age one should not play bullet, but early in the morning with the first coffee I often cannot resist.)

And in the evening I played the future world champion Alireza Firouzja in his first banter blitz at chess24. He was White and pressed at the early middlegame and I was lucky when he had nothing better than to retreat and to reorganize his pieces, which gave me a chance fo an attack. After his 27.♘f3 I had a pretty good position:

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In this moment I looked at the clocks and saw that I had 50 secs left, while he had 1 min 15. I decided to play it fast and safe(?) at the wrong moment. 27.. ♖h5 or 27.. ♖h7 continue a winning attack, while 27.. ♖he4 is only slightly better. Within the next 15-20 moves I spoiled the game step by step and lost on time.

Both missed chances I regret, but these guys could be my son and grandson.

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