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Scott Thomson

The Perseus Project: The classics in Greek, Latin & English--hyperlinked

A link to a page with downloads from the Venetus A, the oldest complete manuscript of the Iliad, courtesy of Harvard:

From Google Books, a link to Tarrasch's book on the 1908 world championship. I've translated his notes on the game pages.

Lasker's book on St. Petersburg 1909

Tarrasch's <Dreihundert Schachpartien>, which covers his career from the beginning through his match with Chigorin in 1893

Chess-play is a good and witty exercise of the mind for some kind of men, and fit for such melancholy, Rhasis holds, as are idle, and have extravagant impertinent thoughts, or troubled with cares, nothing better to distract their mind, and alter their meditations; invented (some say) by the general of an army in famine, to keep soldiers from mutiny: but if it proceed from overmuch study, in such case it may do more harm than good; it is a game too troublesome for some men's brains, too full of anxiety, all out as bad as study; besides it is a testy choleric game, and very offensive to him that loseth the mate. William the Conquerer, in his younger years, playing at chess with the Prince of France (Dauphine was not annexed to that crown in those days) losing a mate, knocked the chess-board about his pate, which was a cause afterwards of much enmity between them.

--Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

"Just because many great chess players were obnoxious jerks, doesn't mean that if you're an obnoxious jerk you're a great chess player."


"You are also a machine, as are Anand, Carlsen, Kasparov, and Fischer. You and the others are just inferior machines. Your idea of beautiful chess is simply faulty chess that is not caught in its faults."


"Alas, before the post mortem the gods have placed the game."

--Phony Benoni

"A chess engine is a great antidote to human optimism."


"[Y]ou have not been mean to me. Being mean to me is accepting my sacrifices and then taking me to a lost ending."

--Sally Simpson

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   Mar-04-21 Emanuel Lasker (replies)
keypusher: <MissScarlett: <OCF> was writing in 2021.> I take it back. What <OCF> is quoting was written in 1892, and the author is wondering whether Lasker has the necessary stamina to become world champion. As <OCF> notes, Lasker answered that question in the ...
   Mar-04-21 Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1914
keypusher: <Stolzenberg: <keypusher VII> 67. ... Kc7 <Janowski could have played ... Qe1 at once> As long as the king stays on d6, after 67. ... Qe1 68. Qb2 White has the checks on b6 and b8. But on c8, as in the game, the king is safe from checks.> The king doesn't need to
   Mar-04-21 S B Gotthilf vs Botvinnik, 1938
keypusher: Guessing White lost on time. The site SF says that the final position is -1.02 at 24 ply.
   Mar-03-21 Karlsbad (1911) (replies)
keypusher: <nizmo11: I did blunder checking on Karlsbad games for some players using Stockfish and <python-chess> chess library together <chess-artist> both downloaded from Github. (the latter with slight modification of output for gathering stats.> Thanks! The natural next
   Mar-02-21 Jeremy Lim (replies)
keypusher: < WannaBe: So, did you ever wondered when H. Aaron's Negro League contract got purchased, who replaced him on the team? Well, wonder no more, here is the answer: Jaysus, is every stupid PR stunt a failing league pulls going to be treated
   Mar-02-21 Garry Kasparov (replies)
keypusher: <Joshka: <morfishine> <the fact that <cg> is not enforcing its own rules is exactly why I dropped my premium membership> Very admirable of you indeed! Millions of folks voted last November only to have them be counted useless do to fraud, theft, election ...
   Mar-01-21 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
keypusher: < nok: <I think there was 0% impact from the impeachments on the mainline Trump supporter. --- That's 0, as in zero, zilch, nada, rien, nil, null, goose-egg, zip ...> Be nice to Trump in hope OCF stops thinking you're human filth. Sounds like a good strat.> Diademas ...
   Feb-26-21 Robert James Fischer (replies)
keypusher: <metatron2> Well, sounds like you have as much experience as anyone does with odds these days. So your opinion carries weight. In the 19th century masters had a lot of experience playing at odds. So they were good at it. But a lot of their skill seemed to lie in taking ...
   Feb-26-21 Biographer Bistro (replies)
keypusher: Wow, good for you, <Z>! You're doing the Lord's work.
   Feb-26-21 Janowski vs Lasker, 1901 (replies)
keypusher: < MissScarlett: Game appeared in the <Manchester Evening News> on December 12th, p.3, with notes by Lasker, their then columnist, ending after <42...K-Q4> with <And Black won the ending, as White could not regain the Pawn>.> This is the position. ...
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  valiant: <Everett: I see the comments were turned off. Must have been quite the flame war going on in the comments section...>

Well, I had no idea about the rivalry until I read Zarg's comment some years ago ... Magnus Carlsen (kibitz #35775)

Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 1

<nok: <KP: There seems to be this lurking notion that the fact that he was carrying a gun makes him fair game> Fair game to be disarmed, absolutely. Unless you think fascists repressing protests with rifles is A-OK> It is not about how law should be - though that would be a valid conversation.

However , i think present conversation is about what the law is , if i am understanding correctly.

Let me see :

1) protest by left wingers , a right winger there with gun apparently to protect business/people if the protestors become violent . Correct ?

2) this could generally be legal - allowed as per law. Correct ?

3) in this case , the gun that right winger was carrying was assault rifle , so not allowed legally . Correct ?

4) so , if not allowed to carry assault rifle , he could be charged for that. Correct ? However , that is a minor aspect of case . Crux of case is that...

5) .... left winger protestors apprehensive of right wing guy carrying firearm and they want to disarm him and they attack him for that purpose. Correct ?

Now , i gather that <nok> saying that should be ok legally and <keypusher> saying like <i am not talking about 'should ' part , that is a separate conversation. As the law stands presently , it was not ok to attack that right wing guy , generally , and if he justifiably feared grievous bodily harm , he was allowsd to shoot as per law>

Correct ?

Any inputs , <saffuna> , <nok> , <keypusher>?

Thank you


Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 2

<al wazir : The shooter only has to *believe* he is endangered?>

That is not what <keypusher> said. The keyword that <keypusher> used was 'reasonable '.

His believing that he was in imminent danger of grievous bodily harm is not sufficient , he needs to show it was reasonable to believe that - that is , any sane person would believe so , generally speaking.

Correct , <keypusher> ?

Thank you regards

Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 3

<nok: <KP: Keep the dumb takes coming, please!> Look, idgaf being called "dumb" by a self avowed racist. This also to remind <saffuna> who he is arguing with.

Kenneth Rogoff (kibitz #393333)>

Well, let us see this in perspective.

Iirc and understand correctly , <keypusher> was like <i think america is not yet ready for racial diversity and therefore i am not a fan of diversity. If that makes me a racist as per some definition of racism , so be it

However , i am talking about general population of america. Like , in general there is friction between left wingers and right wingers and similarly there is friction among different races, however many, many people including me are above that too and i never have 'us vs them ' attitude with regards to left wingers or people of different races , we all one humanity as far as i am concerned , if everyone/vast majority can be like me , then i would support diversity>

Correct , <keypusher> ?

Thank you regards

Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 4

Rittenhouse - did he act in self defense , was it justified ? In america , it is allowed to carry firearm in all the states , i believe.

So , when one is allowed to carry firearm then obviously one is allowed to use it too in self defense when needed/justified.

When is it justified , in general

And in particular , was it justified in case of rittenhouse as per how laws stand presently (as opposed to how laws 'should ' be ) - that is the crux of matter.

Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 5

A lazy google search corroborated what <keypusher> said (though for florida state , for my google search viz

< Justifiable use of deadly force is defined in Florida Statute Section 776.012(2):

A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.>

So , does this fit the circumstances of rittenhouse case , is the crux ..

Feb-04-21  Ybr: Part 6

Ok , i have done my homework.

Now , i await comments from experts - someone who has privilege to know more about this area because of their profession , some lawyer...thank you , regards

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  keypusher: <So , does this fit the circumstances of rittenhouse case , is the crux ..>

Yep, that's pretty much it as far as I can tell.

Feb-05-21  Ybr: Thank you , <keypusher> , for replying.


Feb-05-21  Ybr: <keypusher: <Ybr> Hardly worth anyone's trouble, but Kenneth Rogoff>

There seems to be some mistake/problem , <keypusher> , because when i click on this link , i am taken to page number 5859 for me (i don't have anyone on ignore) and i don't see any post from you either on that page or a page before/after that page.

Date on the page is sep/03/2020

Thank you . Regards

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  keypusher: <diademas> -- thanks again, that is the first time I've seen the names of the parents of my great-grandmother, Mary Pearl Pope (who somehow wound up being born in Wisconsin).
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  Diademas: Nice.
That last link I sent you is quite a resource. Unfortunately it's only in Norwegian, but it should be quite self explanatory.
The guy who runs it must be some kind of autistic savant with way too much time on his hands. He has registered over 189.000 names while tracing his relatives. I were able to click myself back to your eleven-times-great-grandfather. Some poor schmuck born in 1522.
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  Diademas: Oh. Scratch my "poor schmuck" remark.
Seems like he was the founder of one of the most prominent family branches in Norwegian politics, public service, entertainment, and business. The Heiberg family includes notable businessmen, famous writers, Norwegian founding fathers and is as close to nobility we come here. They even got their own coat of arms consisting of a skull and crossed bones(!).

The most noteworthy living member is probably Secretary General of NATO and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. (alas in Norwegian, but Google translate is getting quite good.)

Feb-07-21  nok: <The Heiberg family... even got their own coat of arms consisting of a skull and crossed bones(!)>

As in Axel Heiberg Island? You'll definitely need a coat there.

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  keypusher: < Diademas: Oh. Scratch my "poor schmuck" remark. Seems like he was the founder of one of the most prominent family branches in Norwegian politics, public service, entertainment, and business. The Heiberg family includes notable businessmen, famous writers, Norwegian founding fathers and is as close to nobility we come here. They even got their own coat of arms consisting of a skull and crossed bones(!).>

Yes, the Heibergs were (and are, I guess) quite something. There's a booklet about them translated into English knocking around somewhere. One reason why Claus Finde H. was such a powerful Cautionary Tale.

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  Diademas: <Keypusher: There's a booklet about them translated into English knocking around somewhere.>

If you have NOK800 (~$100) knocking around, you can get the 489 pages book on the family from 1941. Available in digital form for free here.

There is a museum on the farm in Sogn the family originated from.

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  keypusher: <diademas> that is a lovely looking book, thank you!
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  keypusher: <diademas> Turns out my sister already has it! But we're all going to have to visit that museum some day.
Feb-23-21  Ybr: <keypusher: < saffuna: Eric Trump said Biden policies "are causing Texas to freeze." Anybody have any idea what he is talking about?

Threshold question: does anyone care?>

<saffuna: Less now than last year. It's still irritating.

Texas is freezing because its state policies. Plus an extremely rare storm.>

Well, the way i see it - point of <keypusher> is that we can improve the quality of this forum by showing intelligent discrimination.

While we are at it - <mort> yesterday was again repeating the same nonsense like <cases of election fraud - court did not give chance to team of lawyers to present evidence>

Now , i was 'irritated ' to read this nonsense yet again and my first impulse was to post the refutation that <keypusher> had presented a few days ago when <gezafan> was babbling that <cases were dismissed because of lack of standing, they never git a chance to oresent evidence>

<Keypusher> was like <this lie never dies just like that anither lie...court in wisconsin dismissed the objection about lack of standing and allowed lawyers of trump to present their case/evidence and those lawyers were like 'we don't have any evidence , we were just making fools of ourselves and fooling gullible simpletons idiots like <gezafan> with our propaganda' >

However , i curbed my inpulse because stupid trolls like <mort> , <george wallace> , <big pawn> are not interested in truth/facts , no matter how many tine we refute their nonsense/lies , they still keep repeating the same nonsense without answering the refutation.

So , engaging with them lowers the quality of forum

And one has to ask the same question that <keypusher> asked <does anybody care ? Should a sane/smart person care ? >

I come to rogoff forum for the depth/sharpness/clarity of thinking people like <keypusher> and <johnlspouge> provide. I feel like i am in some top university of world where i am exposed to the way the best minds in the world work and that exposure helps me develop depth/sharpness/clarity of thinking/understanding.

So , that is the question we need to ask ourselves - do we want to have interactions that have the intelligence of minds like <feynman> , <john von neumann> and like or do we want to engage with idiots like <mort> and <george wallace>/<big pawn>

Feb-25-21  Ybr: <saffuna: Another day enjoying watching <mort> and <george wallace> act out the pain of Trump's crushing defeat>

Well, i am convinced with what <keypusher> said the other day (or at keast how i interpreted post of <keypusher> )

<Keypusher> , in the response to the post of <bureaucrat> , was like <yes , QAnon people are idiots , however , if we examine intelligently and dispassionately , two insights energe (i) they are not diabolical/dangerous , rather they are like scared children (ii) why are they like scared children - because , first they are idiots , however , other factor is that they have some legitimate concerns which are not getting addressed smartly by mature people>

2) that is the approach we should have - to listen and address/acknowledge their concerns.

3)i mean that <keypusher> is a smart , dispassionate conservative who cares about fact/truth and smart/intelligent conversations.

Most others conservatives here e.g. <mort> , <george wallace> /<big pawn> , <keyser soze> , <gezafan> are idiots however , they have some valid points/concerns . After all , <keypusher> is a conservatoves and that means he has some of the same positions that idiots like <diceman> , <ohiochessfan> , <thegoodanarchist> and other stupid right wingers have. So , obviously , those positions are smart/valid even though left winner/progressive liberals have different positions on those points.

4) so , the point is that we should show smartness/maturity.

Like <keypusher> refuted nonsense/lie that <gezafan> was spouting viz <court cases of trump to challenge election results were dismissed because of lack of standing , and were not given opportunity to pressnt evidence>

Obviously , such nonsense should be refuted.

5) at the same time , stupidity, childish trolling of these idiots should be ignored , perhaps.

6) i mean what is the point of the comments like <these right winvers are hurting/weeping because of the loss of trump>

What is the point of repeatedly saying things like these?

Now idiots like <big pawn> would say that i am telling <saffuna> what to do , that <saffuna> jas so many daddy here in this forum...

But no , i am not telling <saffuna> what to do.

I am simply saying that we should examine what we are doing , is that working ?

7) what do we want after all ? We don't want craziness like Qanon. We don't want stupidity , dishonesty, childishness of <mort> , <big pawn> and other stupid <right wingers> . Are we succeeding ?

I don't think so.

So what is the way forward ? I think posts/attitude of both <keypusher> and <johnlspouge> show the way forward.

Generally speaking , <johnlspouge> looks past fluff and gets to the essence very quickly and treats all the points very dispasdionately even if they are the posts of idiots like <mort> and <big pawn>.

<Keypusher> too shows the kind of maturity/intelligence that <johnlspiuge> shows.

So , that is how we should be . We should show maturity/smartness and listen to idiots compassionately/dispassionately and try to listen for their legitimate/valid concerns/criticism in the pile of garbage that they so copiously spout , after sifting and separating all the fluff/trolling/childish boast and such.

Just saying. Regards.

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  diceman: <Ybr:

We don't want stupidity , dishonesty, childishness of <mort> , <big pawn> and other stupid <right wingers> .>

The real estate between ybr's ears disagrees!

<Poor broken emotional train wreck Ybr.

BP owns a:

Petting zoo
Apartment complex
Sports stadium
Jai alai court
Town pool
Movie theater
14 fine dining restaurants
6 fast food restaurants
in the dead space between Ybr's right/left ears.>

Are we succeeding?>

As a repeat offender he has to use <we>!

Feb-25-21  Ybr: My apologies , <diceman> - i slipped . I had resolved not to insult you in <keypusher> forum as you are his friend/guest and that is why when you insulted me in the forum of <keypusher> last time, i refrained from paying you back , i took high road.

However , this time , i was careless as i copied this post from rogoff forum and posted without deleting your name - i simply forgot. My bad.

So , you are right in pointing out that i did not live up to the standards i have set for myself.

My most sincere , deepest apologies to you <diceman>


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<Ybr> diceman has a point, thinking less about BP couldn't hurt.

Feb-26-21  Ybr: <keypusher: <Ybr> diceman has a point, thinking less about BP couldn't hurt>

Of course.

<Diceman> makes good points from time to time and i took his point with humility and gratitude , quietly , while expressed my apologies explicitly.


P.s. some people may say that (i) <big pawn> is cultist and dangerous and therefore (ii) <ybr> is giving less attention than required not more to <big pawn>

However , i don't agree with point (ii)

I agree with <diceman> and you. Gratitude to both of you again. Regards.

Feb-26-21  Ybr: Part 2

Also , one more thing about <diceman> that inspires admiration - <diceman> and his fellow elite posters 'vowed ' that they would never post again in rogoff forum .

<Diceman> showed integrity in being true to his words - same can not be said about some of his fellow elite posters.

Strength of character and maturity of <diceman> is edifying.

I do miss insightful , incisive posts of <diceman> in rogoffland - especially his true love and concerns for chicago and black people. I can very well imagine how tough it would have been for <diceman> to stop posting about his true love in rogoffland. His strength of character is awe inspiring.


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