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by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

if it's harmless Although, of course, apologists for what Ray does aren't harmless at all. Or indeed funny. Not by now. (Is that the style?) Justin there was a further reply from Raymond Keene on Chessgames.com for the record: "Jan-12-14 Premium Chessgames Member ray keene: let me make it absolutel...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

I don't think you need a linguistic processing PHD to realise that the phraseology use in the "lifted" stuff is more likely to be written by Raymond Keene by Garry Kasparov in the actual Great Predecessor books. If somebody wants to make the ludicrous claim that somehow Ray wrote the Predecessors b...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

"In 2013 Winter reflected on plagiarism in chess:[19] "a particularly sordid corner of the chess world which will never be eradicated without maximum public exposure". He went on: "The latest instance is the discovery[20] by Justin Horton that material from the first volume of Kasparov’s My Great...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Anyone who thinks that chessgames.com is a reliable and quality outlet hasn't the faintest notion what those adjectives mean. Garbage in, processed by a monkey troop of howling eejits, output garbage. ..... Well I think quite a few chess players like using "Databases". Databases have been around si...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

As I say, Tryfon, when his editors want to come up with an explanation, you can be sure I'll study it carefully. Justin, really I don't mean to be thick but surely the expressions like "Mano" are more likely to be from Raymond Keene than Garry Kasparov ?!. I mean seriously, you raising this massive...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Have you tried leaving a message about this for Raymond Keene - maybe he is on Facebook. Or just on his page at Chessgames.com - he is a regular kibitzer there. Ray is quite aware of what's going on, thanks. As it happens he deletes queries about it from his Chessgames.com page. One thing that conc...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Tim Harding, whose work as a chess-historical researcher is widely respected, has also recently endorsed Urcan’s severe criticism of chessgames.com. (See: http://www.chesscafe.com/kibitz/kibitz212.htm ) I wouldn't go quite as far as Tim ("not to follow any links to it") but since I happen to have...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

An interesting topic, but I'm not sure it's such a good idea for anyone to be using chessgames.com as a source of accurate historical information. See for instance this article http://www.chesscafe.com/urcan/urcan54.htm which expresses far better than I could why this website is not listed among my...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Grandmaster draws don't exactly equate to "throwing" games, however - which was the original accusation. Okay it is amazing to bear great scrutiny on the Capablanca quotation. But the Moscow 1935,36 tournaments are not the only tournaments to consider. Before World War II the stakes were not as hig...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Leonard Barden wrote:Tryfon, you are probably referring to Play Better Chess, written around 1980. There are several copies currently offered on Amazon at low prices.
Many thanks - ordered it now.

Happy new year :)
Best wishes
Tryfon
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

There is no evidence that Stalin personally cared about or played chess. As for his friendship with Krylenko, that didn't prevent K being purged and shot in 1938. The Stalin hiding behind a curtain to watch the games story remains a fiction of Olga Capablanca, for whom Winter seems to have a soft s...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Exactly. A preposterous story. Olga Capablanca is rubbish as a reliable witness. Stalin turning up at a chess tournament and hiding behind a curtain? Get real. This can be found it seems at point 4950. Capablanca and Stalin of : http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/winter33.html Is it not possible th...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

If Soviet players were told to throw matches against Botvinnik - then how come Botvinnik failed to win a single match as champion vs Bronstein, Smyslov, Tal and Petrosian? He could only draw, or lose and then later win the return matches. I'm afraid the simple explanation is that Keres was his bunn...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Sun Jan 05, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

An interesting topic, but I'm not sure it's such a good idea for anyone to be using chessgames.com as a source of accurate historical information. See for instance this article http://www.chesscafe.com/urcan/urcan54.htm which expresses far better than I could why this website is not listed among my...
by Tryfon Gavriel
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 150
Views: 18375

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Just for those interested, George Alan Thomas did suffer quite badly in general against Capablanca: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ezsearch.pl?search=capablanca+vs+thomas Classical games: Jose Raul Capablanca beat George Alan Thomas 6 to 1, with 4 draws. Including rapid/exhibition games: Jose Raul C...