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MissScarlett
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   MissScarlett has kibitzed 11189 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-30-20 Kibitzer's Café
 
MissScarlett: < Covid-19 US: Total Confirmed Cases 143,055 Total Deaths 2,513 Total Recovered 4,865> Sounds like just another weekend in Chicago.
 
   Mar-30-20 World Championship Candidates (2020) (replies)
 
MissScarlett: Sounds more like a delusion.
 
   Mar-30-20 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
MissScarlett: Well, it's been a whole year since <Zanzibarexit>. All my invocations to secure his return have been in vain. I think it's only right that the habitués of the Bistro observe a moment's silence in his memory. Given recent form, the moment could last a couple of days.
 
   Mar-28-20 MissScarlett chessforum
 
MissScarlett: Well, why not? It's a pet project.
 
   Mar-28-20 Henri Gatien Bertrand (replies)
 
MissScarlett: <According to Wikipedia Bertrand was sentenced to death in 1816 and was never to meet Napoleon again until after the death of the Emperor.> Read closer.
 
   Mar-27-20 Alejandro Guerra Boneo (replies)
 
MissScarlett: His parents apparently married in 1896....you're not suggesting....?
 
   Mar-27-20 Victor H Lovell (replies)
 
MissScarlett: Ok, submitted. As <Site>, I went with <Leicester ENG> in preference to <Leicestershire Chess Club>; is that right?
 
   Mar-27-20 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
MissScarlett: No update to the plycount, as alleged.
 
   Mar-27-20 L F McGuire vs Yates, 1911
 
MissScarlett: A strategic blunder, of course. The critics didn't like 15...Be6 either, allowing the Knight fork with tempo, but Yates should have gone pawn-grubbing with 18...Bxa2.
 
   Mar-26-20 Joseph Henry Blackburne (replies)
 
MissScarlett: Here you go: G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1887 G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1886
 
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Aug-19-19
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  Diademas: It gets a new chance Wednesday 7:30 at Worcester.
Aug-26-19
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  MissScarlett: What happened?
Aug-26-19
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  Diademas: To the nag?
I think it got withdrawn. Probably in a lasagna at Tesco by now.
Aug-26-19
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  MissScarlett: You had me worried me there, until I remembered I only shop at Sainsbury's.
Aug-31-19
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  Bobby Fiske: Hey, <MissScarlett> showed up in my Tweeter feed today. A bit cryptic, though: https://twitter.com/keenewatchers/s...
Sep-03-19
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  harrylime: Why the love in with the PENGUIN ??

I dont get it lol lol lol

Sep-06-19
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  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, he's my father...
Sep-07-19
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  harrylime: Gotta say I've looooooooooooooong suspected this <ScazzaPillsbury> 😛
Sep-11-19
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  Calli: Thanks for the Morphy correction. Did the Morphy collections a decade ago and don't remember my source or what mislead me on the date for that game. Noticed that CG's 33rd move was not actually played in that game.
Sep-12-19
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  Diademas: In other news: Return of the dead.
MissScarlett placed 8 out of 10 in the 7:40 at Hexham last Monday.

<Held up, pushed along and struggling from 3 out, tailed off>
https://www.racingpost.com/results/...

Oct-12-19  PJKeogh: Hello? Is this a homepage? I want to follow MissScarlett but dont know how to. Please could anyone advise?
Oct-13-19
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  MissScarlett: Who are you????????????.....jeeez...lol
Oct-13-19
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  technical draw: <Diademas> <<Held up, pushed along and struggling from 3 out, tailed off>

Probably couldn't pass Bubble Gum who was sticking to the rail.

Nov-20-19
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  MissScarlett: <1:05 Market Rasen 7 Nov 2019

[...]

Held up, weakened after 3 out (op 20/1)>

https://www.racingpost.com/results/...

There's a pattern developing here.

Dec-21-19
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  MissScarlett: <12:00 Newcastle 21 Dec 2019

[...]

In touch with leaders, headway and close up 4th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off>

https://www.racingpost.com/results/...

Story of my life. The knacker's yard beckons...

Mar-24-20  Baboon: Hi, do I post the full text in source format here? Or is there a way to post PDF/Word document ?
Mar-24-20  Baboon: In fact, I did send the document by email to chess@chessgames.com on 19th of March.
Mar-24-20
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  MissScarlett: <Hi, do I post the full text in source format here? Or is there a way to post PDF/Word document ?>

I'm not technically minded; try posting the text here. How extensive is it? Most bios for minor players aren't more than a couple of paragraphs. Or is there some special connection between you and the subject?

<In fact, I did send the document by email to chess@chessgames.com on 19th of March>

For your information and future peace of mind, sending something and the management acting upon it, should always be considered as entirely separate events.

Mar-25-20  Baboon: Thanks for the advices, I am relatively new to actively using chessgames.com, so much appreciated.

As for my connection, I did research on this man, who seems to be a forgotten pioneer in the Dutch chess scene. Okay, I will post the text here: its more like two pages, but it is a bio:

In the early 1800s chess in the Netherlands was a generally little regarded pastime for the select few. The rare attempts to set up associations or even a magazine on chess invariably failed for lack of interest, material and finances. Enter, Willem Jan Louis Verbeek (1820-1888).

Willem, or “W.J.L. Verbeek”, as he is almost invariably referred to in literature, lived a busy and remarkably full life in 19th century Holland. By the tender age of 23, he already ran a doctor’s practice, and also headed a family growing in time to 9 children. Finding a surfeit of spare time on his hands nonetheless, he became increasingly involved in the local chess scene, and eventually also initiated and presided over a choir association.

In 1844 Willem founded the chess association Sissa, named after a mythical brahman believed to have invented the game of chess in India. Soon after, the idea of a chess magazine developed, and was given the same name as the association. In 1847 Willem published Sissa’s first issue. In spite of financial difficulties, negative publicity, and similar misfortunes which had doomed previous such efforts, Willem’s tireless and skillful efforts, together with a grateful and loyal audience throughout the country, enabled the magazine to last for a remarkable 27 years.

In that time, a chess federation did not exist in the Netherlands. So, Sissa, mainly through Willem’s ceaseless endeavors, unofficially performed the services of one: it connected players throughout the country, organized and reported on tournaments, informed the audience of games and developments both nationally and internationally, contributed to uniformising the game’s rules, and contributed to popularizing chess in the Netherlands. A highlight amongst these achievements was the first national chess tournament in the Netherlands, organized in 1858 on Willem’s initiative in Nijmegen.

In the midst of doing all of that, Willem also did what he liked most of all: he played lots of chess himself. 80+ games that he played in the period from 1849 to 1866 have been recovered and analysed. While a few of his games were mere demonstration games with newbies against whom he typically played at odds, many games were interesting games with his fellow chess players and invitees (e.g. C.N. Olijphant, founder of chess association Palamedes Leiden), and some ten games were against Holland’s strongest players such as C.E.A. Dupré and G. Dufresne. Willem even played a couple of games against Serafino Dubois, an Italian master that shortly lived in the Netherlands and who at that time was playing for over a decade in the international chess top. These games are being gradually uploaded to chessgames.com.

Willem was a vocal advocate of gambit games, and he played true to his conviction. Indeed, his style in the games reflects the romantic chess typical of the 19th century. From the annotations in the primary sources one can find that, typical for Willem’s inquisitive nature, various games upon termination were replayed from a certain position onwards (with the result, by the way, usually in Willem’s favor).

Ample demonstration of his playing strength is given by his four-game blindfold simul he played in 1861 in his hometown; and his captainship of many correspondence games he played in consultancy with his fellow Sissa members against other chess associations. With Willem at the helm, Sissa instilled fear amongst chess associations in the region, who at that time considered Wijk bij Duurstede “the cradle of chess”.

Besides games, Willem produced also numerous chess puzzles, a large number of which were published in his periodical. The quality of these puzzles is dubious by today’s standards, but at that time they were highly regarded, and solutions were hotly debated by the readers. Willem received various honorary memberships from chess associations throughout the country, which were typically awarded to “strong chess players with outstanding contribution to the game of chess”. Findings corroborate Willem’s reputation of being a fairly strong player. Indeed, if modern chess titles had been awarded at that time in the Netherlands, most likely he would have been a ‘master’.

It must be observed though that in Willem’s time the level of chess in the Netherlands was not at par with the level of the international chess scene that contained the likes of Staunton, Steinitz, Anderssen, Blackburne, to mention but a few famous players. Benefitting from Willem’s extensive reporting on the developments in the international chess scene, the Dutch chess did work its way up though and the first Dutch players were starting to be able to hold their own internationally by the end of the nineteenth century.

Mar-25-20  Baboon: It seems that whatever Willem was engaged in, it was bound to eventually turn into a book or two. And thus it came to be that his book "De Hollandsche schaakspeler – een zakboek voor schaakspelers" published in 1861, became the first book on chess ever written in the original Dutch language. In an effort to uniformize the laws of chess, he produced in 1848 the "Nieuw Reglement", which was almost unanimously adopted throughout the country and used as a reference in tournaments for years to come, till in 1873 the Dutch Federation finally was established and came with an updated version. Willem did write other chess related works, but those were more like editorials on foreign works.

The enthusiasm for chess in Willem’s hometown seems to have been withering in the 1860s, and Sissa chess association most likely ceased to exist in 1865. Since then, Willem’s recorded games were limited to those with Dutch top players. When finally the Dutch Chess Federation was founded in 1873, Willem, always the head editor and primary force of Sissa magazine, was asked to make Sissa the Federation’s official periodical. Willem accepted, but resigned his position with the magazine one issue and one year later, for reasons not known. Four years later, Willem seems to have said goodbye to the world of chess altogether, as he sold his magnificent collection of chess books and periodicals to the Federation (and which are nowadays archived at the Max Euwe Centre in Amsterdam). His departure from the chess scene soon left a hole in the Dutch chess society as the Federation failed to find a suitable replacement for Willem’s magazine for a full seventeen years to follow.

Regardless his over-the-board prowess, it is clear that Willem was instrumental to the development of chess in the Netherlands. He has been criticized for his writings, but truth is that if it were not for his persistence and ceaseless efforts where others failed, chess simply would not have taken root in the 19th century Netherlands. In fact, it was largely thanks to W.J.L. Verbeek that Dutch chess was actually put on the map!

Table 1: Awards of honour received by W.J.L. Verbeek for his services in the Dutch chess scene: 1851: Honorable membership at chess association Strijdt met Beleid in Nijmegen 1851: Honorable membership at chess society Vriendschap en Oefening in Alkmaar 1851: Member by merit at chess association Philidor in Amsterdam 1860: Honorable membership at Amsterdam Chess Association 1862: Honorable membership at chess association La Bourdonnais in Amsterdam 1866: Honorable membership at chess association Vermaak door Oefening in Rotterdam 1870: Honorable membership at chess association Ströbeck in ‘s Hertogenbosch 1873: Honorable membership at ‘s Gravenhage Chess Association

Table 2: Chess related publications by W.J.L. Verbeek (Note that he had the habit of using his pseudonym 'Gustavus' till 1849) 1847-1874 (Ed.) Sissa periodical, published by resp. Stramrood, Andriessen, Tussenbroer WbD 1848 Nieuw Reglement op het gewoon schaakspelen (...), published by Stramrood, WbD 1848 Beknopte handleiding voor het schaakspel, naar de nieuwste werken van Staunton, von der Lasa, Bilguer, Orell en anderen, published by Stramrood, WbD 1849 (Ed.) Merkwaardige schaakstrijd te Parijs in november en december 1843 tusschen de H.H. Staunton en St. Amant (...), published by Stramrood, WbD. 1853 Text of Toespraak op de feestviering van het achtjarig bestaan van het schaakgenootschap: "Sissa" te Wijk bij Duurstede, gehouden den 17 october 1853, published by Stramrood, WbD. 1861 De Hollandsche schaakspeler – een zakboek voor schaakspelers, published by Andriessen, WbD. 1861 (Ed.) Prof. A. Anderssen in Nederland – Eene herinnering op Schaakgebied uit de Maand Julij 1861, published by Andriessen, WbD.

Mar-25-20  Baboon: I have some profile pictures of him also, but dont know how to upload these. Therefore a link to where such picture can be found: https://www.schach-chess.com/Schach...
Mar-25-20
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  MissScarlett: Hmmm, this is heavy duty stuff, beyond the normal level of <cg.com> bio. I think it'd be better just posted in the player's kibitzing section. You could distill the salient factual points into a potted biography.
Mar-27-20  Baboon: Hi Miss, I made now a nice short bio:

Willem Jan Louis Verbeek (1820 - 1888) was general practicioner and obstretician in Wijk bij Duurstede, the Netherlands. In his spare time he was especially involved with chess – he was very concerned with the development of chess in the Netherlands, which was lagging to chess elsewhere in the world.

Verbeek can be considered a chess master avant la letter, who was amongst the first Dutch chess players able to play simultaneous blindfold chess. Yet, he is most known as the head editor of the first Dutch chess magazine Sissa (1848-1874), which eventually became the first official magazine of the Dutch Chess Federation that was founded in 1873.

In an effort to bring order in the swamp of chess rules that existed in the Netherlands, Verbeek published in 1848 the Nieuw Reglement op het gewoon schaakspelen (‘New regulation of chess’), which was adopted and used throughout the country for years to come, till the Dutch Chess Federation came with an update in 1874.

In 1858 the first national chess tournament in Dutch history was organised in Nijmegen on initiative of Verbeek.

In 1861, he published De Hollandsche schaakspeler – een zakboek voor schaakspelers (‘The Dutch chess player – a pocket book for chess players’), which can be considered as the very first book on modern chess in the original Dutch language.

Please dont forget the picture which can be found on https://www.schach-chess.com/Schach...

Trust this will do... Thanks!

Mar-28-20  Octavia: Hi Ray, why have you got a list of 1000s of people at the top?
Mar-28-20
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  MissScarlett: Well, why not? It's a pet project.
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