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   Jan-23-20 Biographer Bistro (replies)
jnpope: Dr Povilas "Paul" Berkavičius?
   Jan-19-20 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
jnpope: Interesting. After 77.Rxb4, the Lomonosov Tablebase gives mate in 40 for White. In fact White is "mating" until 89.Kd5??.
   Jan-14-20 jnpope chessforum
jnpope: v1 orphan/kerning is complete... last re-index and then generating a table of contents and it should be ready for the reviewers. Starting that last "stray grammar" check of v2 next... hopefully (knock on wood) I will be done with Pillsbury for another 20 years after this!
   Dec-12-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
jnpope: <todicav23: Introducing new pieces might sound silly.> Try this one, replace the pawns at f2 and f7 with a Shield Bearer, a piece that moves like a King, but cannot capture nor be captured. Not only does it disrupt opening theory, it really messes with endgame theory too! Or ...
   Dec-05-19 Harry Nelson Pillsbury
jnpope: It would be amazing if it were true... but alas I'm not finished with the final stage (I'm posting progress reports daily under my profile here). Hopefully by the 12th I will have digital preview copies circulating to my Chess Archaeology Press partners... Also this isn't a second ...
   Nov-06-19 E F Wendell
jnpope: Dr. H? I first heard of you back in '95 from Dr. Loranth when I first visited the JGW collection while doing research into HNP. I have no reason to doubt that you are correct about Wellmuth=Wendell. Thank you for that tidbit. I'm not sure if I would have spent any more time on this ...
   Oct-31-19 Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889
jnpope: To quote myself from the event page: <Nov-21-13 jnpope: <chesssalamander: Why did they play game 17? Didn't Steinitz already have the required 10 wins at that point?> This match was for the best of 20 games, so Chigorin could have still made it a 10-10 tie by winning 4 ...
   Sep-17-19 Morphy vs F Perrin, 1857 (replies)
jnpope: <i) when was the prettified version first published?> My earliest source is also the Chess Monthly. <ii) did the original score appear in print before December 5th?> Yes, New York Clipper, Oct. 10, 1857:
   Sep-10-19 Dale A Brandreth (replies)
jnpope: Does anyone know if Dale ever came out with his book on George H. Mackenzie? I sent him copies of my Mackenzie research years ago but I wasn't too attentive in keeping up with his publication schedule. Dale was very generous in his gratitude and he sent me a bunch of his publications
   Aug-19-19 I Orchard vs Burille, 1893
jnpope: Published in the New Orleans Times-Democrat, 5 Aug 1888, p10.
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  jnpope: I know nothing about iOS apps. Sorry. (deleted your post as I don't trust the site you are linking to)
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  jnpope: For those who care, I'm up to "Smith" in the indexing of names for the Pillsbury vols. (I may need to start drinking after this project)
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  jnpope: Still indexing (and verifying the spelling of names). Found ANOTHER Pillsbury game today and just integrated into the vol 1. I was hoping to be done with everything by October, but it may take me through November when I can devote copious amounts of time while I'm off from work for the Thanksgiving holiday. Current ChessBase count of games and partials is 1208 (I haven't counted the checker games in a while).
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  jnpope: For those keeping track, I'm up to "Tolchinsky" in my indexing efforts (The S's and early T's nearly killed me... Steinitz, Showalter, Schlechter, Schiffers, Tarrasch, etc.).
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  jnpope: Done with the indexing of names. Mow just a quick merging of the names in the two vols to filter out any anomalies and one final pass to verify all the [sic] references to make sure I didn't fat-finger something during data entry and I think I'm finished...
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  OhioChessFan: Wonderful work.
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  jnpope: The anomaly check is complete (only a handful of discrepancies that took a couple days to fix).

I'm down to the [sic] check for each vol, which hopefully will completed in short order...

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  jnpope: 1446 numbered games, partials and positions (chess, checkers, and one steeple-salta game combined).

Working on those [sic] entries...

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  jnpope: 599 remaining [sic] verifications in vol 1.
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  jnpope: 370 remaining in vol 1...
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  jnpope: 246 remaining in vol 1...
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  jnpope: 29 remaining in vol 1...

769 in vol 2.

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  jnpope: 658 in vol 2... and I keep plugging away...
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  jnpope: v2:485
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  jnpope: v2: 323
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  jnpope: v2: 225
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  jnpope: v2: 163
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  jnpope: v1: 29, v2:95. Now comes the hard part... manually checking my hard-copy files!
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  jnpope: v1: 0
v2: 95 (I'll start tackling those tomorrow night)
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  jnpope: v2: 66 more to go!
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  jnpope: v2: 41 (and it looks like the bulk of those checks are for 1900 Toledo newspapers, so once I find where I put those...)
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  jnpope: v2: Down to 17 sic-checks!
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  jnpope: v2 still sitting at 17.

I did make a last minute trip to the JGW collection today and while there I found 3 new checker games and a partial.

I went there to get a less faded copy of Pillsbury's death certificate (but they couldn't locate their copy), and to donate my copy of La Strategie for 1902 (theirs was in horrible shape; literally falling apart into pieces the last time I had seen it). It was the only vol of that periodical I owned so it wasn't like I was breaking up a set.

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  jnpope: v1 and v2 checks are complete.

v1 is going through a final spit-and-polish for formatting (making sure pages break in the proper spots, etc.) before I publish and send out electronic copies to a select group for review.

v2 is going through one last proofread to catch grammatical errors (like dropped letters: pawn=paw, one=on, etc., basically things software will often miss). Once that is complete then v2 gets the ol' spit-and-polish and it will follow v1 to the reviewers.

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  jnpope: v1 orphan/kerning is complete... last re-index and then generating a table of contents and it should be ready for the reviewers.

Starting that last "stray grammar" check of v2 next... hopefully (knock on wood) I will be done with Pillsbury for another 20 years after this!

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