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suenteus po 147
Member since Feb-08-03 · Last seen Jan-28-22
Peter Alfred Fontaine

GMT -8 / he, him, his / last official USCF rating was sub 1700 (about 16 years ago)

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"Pawn to King four. [...] Bishop to Queen's Bishop four. [...] Queen to King's Bishop three. [...] Queen takes King's Bishop's pawn. Checkmate." -- Suenteus Po

"It's always best to sacrifice your opponent's pieces." -- Savielly Tartakower

"There is a gate at the stairs into heaven barring the way. It is the poet's duty to pick the lock." -- Walt Whitman

With continued, heartfelt thanks to <Annie K.>

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   Jan-25-22 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
suenteus po 147: <WannaBe> Thank you for posting the game! I did consider 21...Ne4, actually, trying to get in there and cause trouble, but I couldn't find any continuation to make it worthwhile. What did you see?
   Dec-16-21 Keres vs A Khasin, 1961 (replies)
suenteus po 147: <phantasmagorium> & <Sally Simpson> Thank you for your posts. I didn't see that Keres had a mating opportunity by putting his knight on f5, but it clarifies a lot of what happens on the board in-game. I have to learn to ignore the result of the game when I ...
   Dec-06-21 perfidious chessforum (replies)
suenteus po 147: <perfidious> Thank you for posting that excerpt from Tisdall. Despite easy access to computer engines for evaluation, I try not to use it as much as possible. My opponent isn't an engine and I won't use one to play a game, so it comes down to my own ability to ...
   Oct-26-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
suenteus po 147: Anyone willing to set the context for this match for a poor guy like me who has been away from chess for roughly 3-4 years? I know very little about Nepomniachtchi or his history with Carlsen. Is this going to be a real contest or will we be seeing a continuation of ...
   Oct-26-21 Robert James Fischer (replies)
suenteus po 147: <keypusher> I acknowledge that psychiatry has come a very long way from the 1950s, and that it's entirely plausible, even probable, that Fine or an equivalent party would be unable to help Fischer with his emotional/psychological issues. Nevertheless, the adults in the
   Oct-26-21 United States Championship (2021) (replies)
suenteus po 147: <perfidious: Great player, flawed human being, as we all are in various ways.> I like the implication within your syntax that we are all great players in one way or another :-D <not not> A little too much espresso in your coffee this morning. And a little too ...
   Oct-26-21 ChessBookForum chessforum (replies)
suenteus po 147: Read volume 2 of Lev Alburt's Secrets of the Russian Chess Masters and it was a quality chess manual. I think the title is misleading, unless he explained something in volume 1 that he never revisits in volume 2. It's the kind of book I wish I had read 20 years ago when I ...
   Oct-22-21 Peter Alfred Fontaine
suenteus po 147: I've begun playing again! This was my first win after being away from the game for five years, and it was shaky. Site: QueenAlice Date(s): 2021.10.07-2021.10.11 White: suenteus_po_147 (1943) Black: MMA34 (1832) Opening: B89 Sicilian: Sozin (7.Be3) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 ...
   Oct-22-21 Colle vs V Soultanbeieff, 1930 (replies)
suenteus po 147: Lev Alburt gives the variation 14...Bxe5 15.dxe5 Qxe5 16.Qxe5 Nxe5 17.Rxe5 Nxh7 as black's only reasonable defense. [DIAGRAM] Not an ideal situation, but according to Alburt black has drawing chances at least in this variation. Black was motivated to refute the sacrifice by ...
   Oct-18-21 United States Championship (Women) (2021) (replies)
suenteus po 147: <I.K. Has lost drive and focus Been recently distracted by posting anti science Covid 19 stuff> Oh no, really? That's sad to read.
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  suenteus po 147: <lustforlife: "How To Run a Chess Club"> That's a fantastic story! Thank you for sharing it. It's material like this that makes me wonder why there aren't more chess novels and stories.

<No one deserves it more than you do. :)> I don't know that is true, but I greatly appreciate the sentiment all the same.

Apr-06-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147>: Just in case my feeble attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor fell flat: though the quotations are accurate, the rest I concocted by way of writing that the Evans Club was run according to a set of by-laws and practices one might find as the prize in a box of Cracker-Jack. ;-)

Truth-stranger-than-fiction room, irony desk: Evans Club founded on St. Patrick's Day; players complete strangers to fame; Evans was charter member yet not eponymous founder; membership dropped from thirteen to a genial eleven; treasury always bone-dry because members always wet; no clubhouse; whole enterprise basically a thinly veiled cover for revelry. Caddyschach!

One of my late professors from my undergraduate days, a master of literary dissection, obsessively pathologized the movement of Robert Cohn's "review of the Arts" from Carmel, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts in The Sun Also Rises as "a perversion of the natural order." That description suits the Evans Club too.

In your own piece -- a masterpiece -- were you intending "epithet" and "a1-g8"? No criticism intended or implied. Kindest regards.

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  suenteus po 147: <luftforlife> I was fooled! Now I know how other users feel when they read my Tartakower entries as fact and not fiction :)

<Caddyschach> LOL!

<were you intending "epithet"> Yes, darn it. The composition process is so exhausting for me. I don't spend enough time editing and mistakes like that always manage to slip through.

<were you intending..."a1-g8"> Nope. There is no a1-g8 diagonal :)

Apr-08-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147>: Thanks for your kind reply. I tried some humor-by-indirection there; glad you enjoyed my submission. When I read the piece in the magazine, I laughed out loud at the pretextual ineptitude and lovable lugs of the Evans Club.

About the diagonal: yes, obviously, there is an a1-h8 diagonal, and there is an a2-g8 diagonal as well, but none as I described. Duh! Sometimes my eyes play tricks on me. I know the diagonals in play, but when I'm reading, and my eyes grow tired, and I'm not at the board, it's another matter. Thanks for being forgiving!

Apr-09-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147>: The following game stems from the Moscow International 1937. As you have a game collection for the Moscow International 1936, and you're working on the USSR Championship 1937 -- which followed pretty closely on the heels of the tournament at which this game was played -- I thought this might provide some inspiration in these early spring days. I've submitted this as a PGN upload, and it remains in the queue; whether it will become part of the database I cannot say. Here it is:

[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1937.03.09"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Kan, I."]
[Black "Fine, R."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "68"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 Bf5 5. O-O e6 6. c3 Nf6 7. Nbd2 h6 8. a3 a5 9. Qb3 Qc7 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. Qb5 Ba7 12. c4 Rd8 13. c5 e5 14. b4 Bd7 15. bxa5 e4 16. Ne1 Nxa5 17. Qb1 Bxc5 18. Nb3 Nxb3 19. Qxb3 Bc6 20. Nc2 O-O 21. Bb2 d4 22. Nb4 Bb5 23. Rfe1 Qb6 24. Bf1 d3 25. e3 Rfe8 26. Rab1 Qe6 27. Qxe6 Rxe6 28. Bxf6 Rxf6 29. Nd5 Rxd5 30. Rxb5 Bxe3 31. Rxd5 Bxf2+ 32. Kg2 Bxe1 33. Rd4 Rf2+ 34. Kg1 d2 0-1.

The source for this game, Aidan Woodger, Reuben Fine: A Comprehensive Record of an American Chess Career, 1929-1951 (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. 2004), Game No. 355, at 145, was graciously provided by IM Gerard Welling (User: Gejewe) in his helpful reply kibitz of Mar-30-16: Reuben Fine (kibitz #390).


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  suenteus po 147: <luftforlife> Thank you for the game. It's always a great privilege to have access to a game that is not widely available. I'm so glad you submitted it to the database. I did a quick (not very thorough) search online and it looks like nobody has the PGN for Moscow International 1937. That puts me out of the game. I have a minuscule library (nothing rare), and I never really got into Chess Bulletins which seem to be de rigueur for the chess historian these days. My participation in chess history has always been the sole purview of what's available exclusively online.

I look forward to playing through the game once I've finished moving into my new apartment and unpacking my chess set :)

Apr-14-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147>: You're welcome! :) I don't believe that game has hit the airwaves yet, but now you have the white-label "promo release," so to speak.

I'll inquire of a colleague who has a healthy chess library and see what else I can uncover from Moscow International 1937. Like yours, my own library consists at present of just a few volumes, and so, like you, I perform nearly all my chess research online. Works well enough -- until one requires games or information from sources not yet in digital circulation. That's when a colleague's help (or help from a great player such as IM Gerard Welling -- a gentleman and a generous fellow) can prove transformative and invaluable. I'll see what I can find.

Good luck with your new apartment! I always have my own set at the ready; I'm all for PGN viewers, but they strain my eyes sometimes, and anyway there is nothing quite like playing through or transcribing a game at the board. Cheers!

Apr-14-16  crawfb5: Hello, not here much these days, but I see you were discussing Moscow 1937. RusBase ( has only 10 of the 28 games (the site says 10 of 56, but they list both Fine and Yudovich as two players each). Woodger's bio of Fine has all of Fine's games (with dates) from that event, so that brings the total to 13 of 28. Not sure if you'd want to start a collection with those numbers or not.
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  suenteus po 147: <luftforlife> I hope something pans out. Be sure to thank your sources (including IM Gerard Welling) on all our behalf. The whole community benefits when we upload new games, or assemble historic events for all the users :)

<crawfb5> 13 out of 28 is not my preferred ratio of games to omissions. <Phony Benoni> always does a stellar job with "incomplete tournaments," replacing the missing games with much needed history and contextual detail. Maybe we can peak his interest into collecting the tournament once any and all games missing from the database are uploaded.

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  suenteus po 147: Liege, 1930 by Savielly Tarakower:

1.) Three nights of debauched drinking, 1st before Alekhine left Liege, 2nd after round seven (Marshall is buying), 3rd to properly end the event (Tartakower is buying by way of international intrigue).

2.) Tartakower shares Sultan Khan's story, the insight into this mysterious Eastern gentlemen of quiet reserve and robust talent. Includes Yates (reporter), Thomas (plays tennis/badminton with Khan's master), and Przepiorka (one of Tartakower's many "countrymen").

3.) Tartakower reflects on his experience as an officer for the Austro-Hungarian military during the Great War and a solider, a chess talent, he befriended and taught, but who was sent to the front and slaughtered. Tartakower reminisces about death because of two chess masters in poor health (Colle and Weenink, who both died a short time after the event).

Apr-15-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147> <crawfb5>: I know you and <Phony Benoni> are venerable and estimable chess researchers and compilers of much-loved and deeply appreciated game collections and tournament pages. Hats off to you for your sterling work through the years. As for Moscow International 1937: I'm more than happy to transcribe, check, and upload the games, if I can gain access to them, and to form a game collection, featuring any and all credited contributions anyone might care to make, should that be desirable. Just offering to pull the laboring oar. Thanks, and kindest regards.
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  Phony Benoni: <suenteus po 147> My interest peaked long ago. But good to hear from you!

<luftforlife> ust in case you need it, here's a crosstable for Moscow 1937 all ready to copy and paste:

Game Collection: Just Checking

I've also included one of my infamous pairing reconstructions. As always, I must caution you that it is based on the assumption that the standard Berger pairing table was used. I've had good luck doing these for Soviet tournaments, but if you find any contradictory evidence the reconstruction should be disregarded.

Apr-15-16  luftforlife: <Phony Benoni>: Thanks very much!
May-19-16  luftforlife: <suenteus po 147>: Hello again! I hope you're enjoying your new apartment, and I hope that all is well with you. :)

Regarding your thoughtful comment made in another forum: this passage from The Gospel According to St. Matthew has always given me pause:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34 (King James Version).

One of the prescriptions preceding that passage is somewhat easier for me to understand (but often awfully hard to put into practice):

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:39.

It wounds me sometimes to read others' hurtful words, even if they are not directed at me personally. I find your own words uplifting and reassuring. Even your dispositive rebuke of the pitiful ruffian was not malicious; it was laceratingly accurate, yet it was delivered with acerbic wit, and it was leavened by levity, and it ended with a playful raspberry and an outstuck tongue, if I remember rightly. :)

I appreciate that you are respectful of others, and that you are friendly and welcoming to me. It seems our societal environs are becoming ever more contentious, and consideration for others' feelings is rapidly disappearing, and sweetness of temperament is deliquescing like a quiescently frozen confection left to melt in the sun, and so I want to thank you for being constructive and enthusiastic and affirmative, with me, and with others too. I read your kibitzes with relish, and I prize them highly -- not only for their rich content, but for their wholesome tone. All the best.

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  Chessical: I have cloned your collection from Frankfurt 1887 for my submission Game Collection: Frankfurt am Main 1887

Thank you for the monumental amount of work necessary to pull together over 200 games.

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  suenteus po 147: <Chessical> Thank you for finishing that tournament! I thought it might never be completed.
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  WinKing: Happy New Year <suenteus po 147>! 😊
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  suenteus po 147: There, that's more like it.
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  WannaBe: Glad to have you back here. You still in Northern California?
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  suenteus po 147: <WannaBe> Hey there! Long time, no see! Yes, I am still in NorCal. I've settled in after 3 years. Funny how eighteen months of lockdown will really make one settle in :-D

How have you been? I should have called before, but a cross-country move, a new relationship, political turmoil, and a global pandemic sort of filled up my calendar :-(

Recent Stephen King I've read: Doctor Sleep (just before the movie came out) and Just After Sunset. I still have a long way to go before I'm caught up.

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  WannaBe: I've been good, back in SoCal now (Chino, CA). Counting down the years until I want/can call it quits and be a lazy bum. =)
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  suenteus po 147: <WannaBe: Counting down the years until I want/can call it quits and be a lazy bum. =)> Buddy, I hear you loud and clear.
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  technical draw: <WannaBe> I used to count the years until I was a lazy bum. Then I realized I was always a lazy bum.
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  suenteus po 147: <technical draw> Maybe the lazy bums were the friends we made along the way.
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  suenteus po 147: Tournaments that need finishing (updated):

Budapest Tungsram 1973 (need to submit 59 missing games)

Havana 1962 (need to submit 112 missing games)

Munich 1991 (needs intro/xtab/dates)

US Championship 1960/61 (needs intro/xtab/dates; 10 missing/lost?)

US Championship 1968/69 (needs intro/xtab/dates)

USSR Championship 1937 (needs history/round dates)

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