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Current problems:

Syracuse Daily Standard, 1858.08.12
Syracuse Daily Standard, 1858.09.24

Find a report of Wolf being awarded the de Armas brilliancy prize for:
H Wolf vs G Marco, 1902

Does anyone have any of the other games played in the three matches between Stanislaus Sittenfeld and David Janowski?
1891, Janowski over Sittenfeld, +3=1-1.
1892, Sittenfeld over Janowski, +7=5-5.
1893, Unfinished/Drawn, two wins each, two drawn.

Put back into the tournament:
Paulsen vs De Vere, 1870

How long do free TinyUrls last?

Reported results don't match game totals:
Antze - Hartlaub (1909/11)

Are there any facts supporting this was a match and not just a casual series?
Hirschfeld - Urusov Match (1866)

What was the amount of the prize to:
Anderssen - Paulsen (1877)

Charles Moehle was not Zukertort's second, his father Adolph was:
Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886)

Standardized naming of tournaments:
Biographer Bistro (kibitz #23766) ————————————————————————————————————————————

Just doing research...

JGW Scrapbook for <Glasgow Weekly Herald>

Chigorin's <3e All-Russian Championship Tournament (Kiev 1903)>

Alter = John Owen
Hiber/Mars = George MacDonnell

Delta = John Donaldson
Gamma = Thomas Gordon

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   Dec-07-22 jnpope chessforum
jnpope: Reports about "production" problems (typos, etc.) can be posted here. Discussions about the new discoveries regarding Pillsbury's life/games do belong in the Pillsbury forum. Research questions probably belong in the Bistro.
   Dec-07-22 Biographer Bistro (replies)
jnpope: I reactivated my forum for Pillsbury v1/v2 related chatter. No point in dumping such things on Pillsbury's page or in the Bistro.
   Dec-06-22 Harry Nelson Pillsbury (replies)
jnpope: I see no new discoveries/complaints posted overnight. I shall take that as a good sign. <z>, I did end up completing/using my own restoration of that Pillsbury photo.
   Nov-28-22 H Buckle vs Staunton, 1843
jnpope: Stockfish gives it as drawn (65-ply), so Staunton probably blundered hence the truncation with "White wins" here. The cited source ends "and after a few moves, White resigned" (as Buckle used the black pieces as first player).
   Nov-11-22 Saint-Amant vs Staunton, 1843
jnpope: As does <The Standard>, London, 1843.12.18, p4.
   Nov-06-22 World Fischer Random (2022)
jnpope: <Afterall if strength in FR and traditional corrisponde at top level there was no need for introducing FR.> I suspect the strong traditional-chess players will still be strong in any chess variant. Has anyone done a statistical check of the decisive games vs drawn games between
   Jul-01-22 Jacques N Pope (replies)
jnpope: I wonder what <Tab> can dig up on this patzer? Be forewarned, the place of birth varies depending upon the source (City and State documentation differ; not sure about Federal, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gave a third option).
   Jun-28-22 David Moody (replies)
jnpope: David was there at the start of my somewhat brief playing career and would always find the time to chat with me during various events and spend time doing analysis after games. He was a long time editor of <Michigan Chess> magazine and when he published my 5th round win from ...
   May-22-22 Alexander McDonnell (replies)
jnpope: Who the F uploaded the sketch of Rev. G. A. MacDonnell (again)?! I'm not a violent man, but at this point we should chain the heretic in the town square and pelt 'em with chess pieces until they are bloodied up a bit.
   May-14-22 Henry Chicken (replies)
jnpope: I think you've nailed it (again). The <Chess Player's Annual and Club Directory>, 1882, p66, gives: "Sec: Hy. Chicken, 11, James's Terrace, Tait St." which appears to line up with the 1881 census entry.
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  jnpope: Ok. Took me a couple of tries to figure out how to get the link differences using my tablet (I'm not always on my PC).
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  jnpope: Thanks for creating "Otis Field" (I added a small bio) and moving the Jonathan Wilson games into Joseph Wilson. ;-)
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  jnpope: <Annie>, what is the best way to submit a couple of replacement games?

I have two games that have better data (site/locale, dates, source info, and more moves in one case, etc.).

Do I submit them as new PGNs with a note or do I shove them through the correction slip form?
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  Annie K.: Correction slips from the game pages. Although as editor, you can edit site and date yourself. :)
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  jnpope: <Annie>, I submitted two new Turk games, but on the first one I missed changing the Annotator tag over to be Source. ChessBase doesn't have a Source field, so I use the Annotator field for source data and have to manually swap out the tag text.
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  MissScarlett: Who was the chess columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin?
May-14-20  dumptrump: Lewis, then Reichhelm
May-14-20  dumptrump: And likely Wells, as well.
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  jnpope: Chess Monthly, v3, March 1859, p100, gives Dr. Samuel Lewis and F. Wells starting the column, and stated again Chess Monthly, v5, May 1861, p131.

Sometime in 1861 it appears Reichhelm took over the column according to the British Chess Magazine, v26, 1906, p16, but I do not have an exact date when he took it over.

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  MissScarlett: Sorry, I should have been more specific.
I was referring to the period in the 1860s covered at <Chess Archaeology>. So Reichhelm is the man, it seems.
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  jnpope: Definitely Reichhelm ftom 1864-1870. I should remove the "probably" from the holdings page...
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  jnpope: <<Annie K.>: Circle or Club mean the same thing, usage is variable.>

Something else I learned today: In England a "Club" was a formal group with a charter, regulations, and officers (i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.) and inclusion was by membership. Whereas a "Circle" was an informal group where people could just show up. Circles are not dependent upon charters, regulations or a rigid hierarchy of leadership.

Today we use the term "club" interchangeably but there was definitely a difference in the 1800s. I'm not sure when the nomenclature started to break down. My guess is probably after World War I.

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  WannaBe: I've always found it interesting, that Professional Sports Teams are always a Club, a lot more often used virtually everywhere outside of U.S...

Manchester United Soccer Club would be such an example. But I have rarely, or never heard the Green Bay Packers Football Club, Boston Bruins Hockey Club. Or the New York Yankees Baseball Club.

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  jnpope: US sports used Club. We still have artifacts of it like the baseball club house, etc. And I see the term used for professional team names in old newspapers. It looks like the usage in the US dropped when sports teams became incorporated business entities.
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  Annie K.: That's interesting. Well, at least as far as Hungarian goes, the article you pointed me to was about the results of the re-election/appointment of the "Chess Circle"'s officers, so they clearly meant a Club by that definition.

And while I'm here, ;) have you republished your Pillsbury biography yet? If you haven't, I remember that some years ago we turned up that Pillsbury's wife remarried and lived to 83 - I still think it might be worth including a mention of this fact, given Pillsbury's strongly suspected COD being a highly contagious STD. That's your call though. :)

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  jnpope: <re-election/appointment of the "Chess Circle"'s officers, so they clearly meant a Club by that definition. >

Not necessarily. Circles could still have officers. It's just that a Circle was less formal than a Club, particularly in regards to membership.

Circles tended to be a group with an "open door" policy. The Paris Cercle des Echecs that met at the Cafe de la Regence for example. Players came and went. Clubs, like the British Chess Club or New York Chess Club, were more strict with memberships either by being voted in, or requiring membership dues to keep out the "lower class" riff-raff.

As for Pillsbury. Two volumes are basically finished. I have some proofsheets I need to run by a printer to make sure things will come out as desired, but the printing house I have lined-up is currently shut-down so I'm just waiting for my regional covid19 lockdown to be lifted before I can get moving on physical copies... although I'm seriously thinking about releasing the books as digital downloads at this point.

I have some research on Pillsbury's wife, but it really wasn't germane to Pillsbury's life so about the only coverage she gets is whatever occurred when she was with Harry. I don't delve into her first marriage or third marriage. Basically it was hard enough cramming all the chess and checker games and chronicling Pillsbury's life into 1500+ pages.

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  jnpope: I was doing a little house-cleaning over at the Chess Archaeology library page and spent the evening doing an audit of the issues of <Chess Journal>/<Brownson's Chess Journal>/<Dubuque Chess Journal> that are available online. It looks like the 'net is lacking ten issues, nos. 17-26 (July 1871 through April 1872). The remaining 150 issues appear to be available. Far too often other material seems to have been bound with the Journal issues and Google has some serious page duplication problems in a few files which makes reading the "set" rather laborious at times.
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  jnpope: Getting ready to migrate the chessarch website to another platform this weekend. There may be a slight interruption in reaching the site after the DNS update occurs... so don't panic. The site and I are still here. :-)
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  jnpope: Ok, the Co-Lo folks are planning on migrating the Chessarch site for me:

Expected Downtime: None
Date: 01.06.2020 - 07.06.2020

I think they are planning to copy everything over and let me test it next week on the new platform before changing over the DNS entries, so hopefully this goes smoothly. I did make a back-up of the entire site on 5/27 so I should be safe in the case of total disaster.

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  jnpope: The re-location of has begun. It looks like it might be a little rougher due to some last minute suggestions by senior engineer at the co-lo. They are going to make chessarch a virtual host beneath another one of my web properties, so there may be some slight problems with headers/footers as I flush out the physical path vs virtual path differences (some of the back-end code uses physical directory paths which will be changing). Overall it will be a good thing for me as all of my stuff will be on the same box and controlled through similar means. Bad news is that transition will probably be noticeable until I fix all the pathing issues... c'est la vie.
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  jnpope: Ok, Name Server changes submitted so we shall see what happens over the course of the weekend... stay tuned.
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  Annie K.: Good luck, Nick. Hope everything goes well. :)
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  jnpope: <Annie> Thanks. Everything looks good so far. I had to change my MX and some email redirects but so far so good.

If anyone notices anything amiss at the CA site just let me know. The important stuff (i.e. Jack O'Keefe Project) appears to be fully functional. I haven't checked out the entire site yet. I will probably spider it later this week and look for any internal dead links, but if you notice something not working please let me know.
Dec-07-22  stone free or die: Long time since the last post...

This might be a better place than the Bistro, agreed, but perhaps not as good as on Pillsbury page itself.

(My general feeling is that personal forums are suspect for discussions needing permanence, given the forum's impermanence.

Consider the Librarian account.


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  jnpope: Reports about "production" problems (typos, etc.) can be posted here. Discussions about the new discoveries regarding Pillsbury's life/games do belong in the Pillsbury forum. Research questions probably belong in the Bistro.
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