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Hi, I'm your friendly Chessgames database librarian. My job is to make the database better by processing correction slips.

I'll be using this forum to ask for help when something needs more research. You can use this forum for the same purpose, to get others' input on possible errors or duplicates.

If you've submitted a correction there's no need to post here about it. I will see the correction slip and it will be fixed as soon as possible. Thanks!

A few notes:

1. As you probably know, there's currently a long backlog of corrections. From now on, new corrections will get priority, while I also chip away at the older ones. If you submit a new slip on something that isn't fixed yet, that will bump it up to the top and it will get fixed faster. Please be judicious about this.

2. Probably due to the backlog, volunteer bio editors have started to put "aka" and a duplicate player link in bios. Please don't do this, just submit a correction slip. Similarly, if there's a problem with a player name (such as first and last name reversed), submit a slip on it rather than putting it in the bio, so it can get changed in the database.

3. We also try to delete kibitzes about errors that would be confusing once the error is fixed, so the more you keep the corrections to the correction slip, the less extra work for me and the faster I can correct the database. Full Member

   CG Librarian has kibitzed 21 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-12 CG Librarian chessforum (replies)
CG Librarian: OK, here are a few things I wanted to mention: 1. I got a copy of Chess Personalia (quite a while ago now) :) 2. The reason CG put a hyphen in Spanish double last names was so the database software didn't get confused about what the last name was (for things like the Player ...
   Nov-03-11 European Team Championship (2011) (replies)
CG Librarian: <Slaven MNE> You're right. We also had the wrong Georgiev. I think the error must have gotten propagated from the official site.
   Aug-08-11 World Junior Championship (2011) (replies)
CG Librarian: Here's the situation with incorrect game scores for this tournament: we first received many truncated games, then the correct versions. I've removed all the incorrect duplicate games that affect the leaderboards. If you see more please submit a correction slip on them.
   May-28-11 World Championship Candidates Final (2011) (replies)
CG Librarian: <alexmagnus: Actually if you do the search now you get +9 -5 =27. One Gelfand win from 1990s, present just a week ago, now magically disappeared... Maybe it was attributed to some different players.> Hello, I just saw this. The stats changed because I merged away a ...
   May-08-11 chessforum (replies)
CG Librarian: <Domdaniel: Welcome, o Eager and Bright database administrator person.> Thanks, and hello everyone! My chessforum is now available for correction-related comments. I'm sure I'll also be posting things that need additional research, so check back often.
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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Round 3 questions

<1906.06.07 A00 0 (R3 (1.3.3)) 0-1 Post--Taubenhaus (Marco G-47 p39/41)>

Where I think there's a tpos 10-12 - Macro having:

<10...Nxd2 11.Qxd2 O-O 12.Bc2>

Black would likely have a ...Nxf7 option somewhere in there, otherwise.>

This looks like the same sort of case as Swiderski vs Spielmann, 1906. In that game Marco has 3...Nc6 and 4...Nf6, GIllam (who used Marco as a source of ntoes) had 3...Nf6 and 4...Nc6.

In PostA E Post vs Taubenhaus, 1906, we have these move orders:

Marco: 10...Nxd2 11.Qxd2 0-0 12.Bc2
Gillam: 10...O-O 11.B2 Nxd2 12.Qxd2

In Swiderski-Spielmann we have good contemporary evidence that Mrco's order of moves is correct. There is not the same evidence in Post-Taubenhaus/

In both cases, Gillam's choice is by far the most popular move oderder today, but relatively less popular in 1906. I think it possible that, instead of a contemporary source, he used a databases which included games in which the OOM had been tweaked to fit a standard sequence.

I've changed to Marco's OOM in both cases.

Apr-14-18  zanzibar: <Phony> I just published my tracking of the genesis of Macro's book, so I'll have to circle back on the game review tomorrow.

Thanks for the updates - I'll report back soon...

Apr-15-18  zanzibar: Oh, I guess I can comment my bias/approach - Gillam isn't an issuing authority in comparison to Marco, so unless he cites a difference source to compare against, then Marco takes precedence.
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  Phony Benoni: Giving Marco preference definitely agrees with my observations.

You mentioned something earlier about score corrections in either textual or PGN form. PGN would probably be easier for me to work with, but do but whatever is easier for you


Apr-15-18  zanzibar: <Phony> ah right, I should have posted this a while ago (though I think by now most of the silly transcription mistakes have been fixed - thanks to comparing against your copy!):

BTW- you can update your files on the Google drive. If you drop in a new version with the same name Google will just update it in place (while saving/stacking the old versions).


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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Lost power due to ice storm, so I'm at my former workplace right now. Can't do any chess work, though,
Apr-16-18  zanzibar: Ice storms in mid-April?!

We had snow flurries here yesterday...

It's so depressing I can't do any (useful) work, either. Thank goodness for CG!


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  Phony Benoni: Power back, but Internet access still erratic.

Just to clarify: the file is the result of your searches in contemporary sources?

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: <Phony> yes, all the games were transcribed by me from the Source given for each game.

It's independent of your games, except for the ϵ˛-checking to eliminate obvious transcription mistakes/typos.

If it's more convenient for you I can reprocess the games to put the Source tag as an readable ending comment in the PGN movelist (an ideal I'm considering doing anyways).

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: <Phony> does Gillam have photographs/bios of all the players?

Is there anyway to get the photos?

(And does he give their sources?)

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: Oh, and did you see this any mention of Fahrni's artistic talents?

Doll (kibitz #1631)

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  Phony Benoni: Gillam provides brief bios for all of the players, ranging from a couple of sentences for Swiderski to 2˝ pages for Reggio. THe more prominents players get around a page, and most of the others several short paragraphs.

He includes thumbnail portraits of everybody except Sournin, but no indication of sources. I haven't looked carefully, but I guess they are publicly available rather than from a special collection of some sort. For example, here's the Teichman shot he uses:

And this, of course, is not the original source.

I have no way of scanning or transmitting these.

As for the art work, it make me wish Fahrni had been Irish. Then I could have described it as Fahrni Blarney.

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  Phony Benoni: The "Source" tag is not displaying in m version of ChessBzse. I tried copying the notation to a Notepad (which sometimes works with hidden notes), but not here.

I'm only seeing about thirty items for checking (some of which we've discussed already), so maybe I can do without.

Apr-18-18  zanzibar: <Phony> just open the original download file with Notepad - the Source tags will be there.

As for <Fahrni>, isn't there a little bit of Irish in all of us? (At least here in Boston there is).

Don't be too hard on him though - he was institutionalized several times in his life, and I believe some of his art was done during these times as therapy. Not 100% sure though...

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  Phony Benoni: Well, I'm still not sure how I did it, but I managed to open the file in Notepad. Both of the versions will come in handy.

I just made up the Fahrni remark for the pun, not having read any of his unfortunate history.

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  Phony Benoni: Just droped a new copy of the Osten All PGN file, along with a text file "3d run" which summarizes my comments on your questions (and brings up a couple of new ones).

Anxious to get this behind me. I miss the relative sanity of the US Open.

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: Ha! <Phony>...

I'm circling around again too, having finished a pass over all the players bio's - at least for zbase.ssp and zbase.spf files.

I wish you could scan material - don't you work in a library?

I use a local libary's scanner, when needed, which has a pretty good OCR converter.

You know, you can also take jpg pictures with your iPhone/Android (or digital camera) for photos, and even use Google drive's Google Doc as an OCR converter.

Even with access to a good scanner I often use Google Doc for such purposes - e.g. to get text for translation in a non-OCR'ed PDF (or a snip clippings I make).

I assume you know about this stuff - but maybe you don't ... ?

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  Phony Benoni: I-Phone?

The fact is I have a very bare-bones flip phone with a very small limit on calls and text. Nor do I want more. This isn't that important to me.

This is OK because I don't even know how to text anyway. I can't read the letters on the phone, and can't figure out how to put spaces between words. That photo stuff is completely out of my league.

My library did not provide scanning services for public or personal use. I could have pulled some strings, but I have my ethics about asking for special privileges. Or stuff like copying large quantities of copyrighted text.

So you just have to face the fact that you're dealing with a Luddite who has a conscience and is getting thoroughly sick of all this rigmarole and just want's to get the games submitted and return to the US Open where I belong.

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: <Or stuff like copying large quantities of copyrighted text.>

Nobody is asking for copyright violations here - especially since most of the material I deal with is definitely Public Domain. Certainly all the <Ostend (1906)> material is.

And I have few qualms with copying Public Domain material, as our framers of the Constitution intended:

<Article I Section 8. Clause 8 – Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution. [The Congress shall have power] “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”>

Note the word "limited" - not "unlimited".

I think I'm pursuing "usefuls arts". If you think it's just rigmarole then let's just go our separate ways. I'm happy enough as is with my end of the work - it's completely accessible to all...

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: <Certainly all the <Ostend (1906)> material is.>

That is, all the material I've been working with...

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: <For General Audience>...

I know copyright rules are a pain, but they're important to know. I wish to make clear that this is not the first time I've posted the above link.

Apr-22-18  zanzibar: Note <Ostend (1906)> material is definitely earlier than 1923 - so none of the original material from this period is under copyright anymore.

One question to ask is if one could copy Gillam's copying of Public Domain material? Now if I read the legal decisions correctly:

Cf. The Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd. v. Corel Corp., 25 F. Supp. 2d 421 (SDNY 1998)

<... which had ruled that, in order to be original, works ‘need not be original or novel in form, but it must originate with the author and not be copied from another work’. >

I tend to believe Gillam's copies of PD material can be copied.

In fact, I believe this protects much of Winter's free reproductions of the many historical photographs on his chess history site.

Normally though, I try to avoid this kind of copying when I can, preferring to get my photographs from the google books Public Domain material, whenever possible.

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  Phony Benoni: <Zanzibar> Sorry, I just flew off the handle yesterday. It happens to me occasionally, usually when I feel hassled. Your message just happened to be the one that set me off.

There's no need to continue the constitutional law lesson. That wasn't what I was really upset about.


So let's just get back to where we stand with Ostend 1906. But first, just let me thank you for all the help. I make far too many mistakes these days, and appreciate it when somebody checks up on me.

I've tried to answer all the question you brought up earlier, and reconcile other discrepancies.

I have a file of 137 games to submit. Once those are sent in, Unless you know of something present, I'lll then take a break until they actually arrive. By then I'll probably need a break from the US Open and be ready to clean up the introduction and get this done.

By the way, I'm actually retired now. Just an Average Joe where the Library is concerned.

Before going off half-cocked, I probably should have asked what sort of material you could have likes scanned. Maybe I can do something I could do.

Jan-29-19  bean545: I tried to open the Google drive link which is given in post but every time I am getting Google drive server error and to find out the solution I also searched on the internet and from I got the reason but yet not get the valid solution.Can anyone tell me the way to solve it?
Jan-30-19  zanzibar: <bean545> Could you copy the url of the link which didn't work for you?

Then I might be able to help. As is, I don't know where to start.

(If you can't copy-and-paste the link - then could you please tell us what post you found it in, e.g. by giving the date).

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