Chess history trivia

Historical knowledge and information regarding our great game.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:22 pm

Tartakower Makagonov Bondarevsky Variation.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:55 pm

So the order of names begins with the progenitor and ends with the last player to establish a theoretical development in it roughly speaking?

If so, we are unlikely to see The Carlsen gambit, Capablanca variation, Greco attack?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:06 pm

Paul McKeown wrote:Tartakower Makagonov Bondarevsky Variation.
But which Makogonov Vladimar or Mikail? When I lived in Azerbaijan I had a student from Nakchivan and told him all about the Makogonov brothers. It's a very small place where most people still know each other. He told me that after a weekend trip home, he took it upon himself to ask his family and friends what they knew of them, and after entire weekend of asking around, friends asking their friends family and so on, not a single person had ever heard of either of them!

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:31 am

"..and apparently also the Ufimtsev and Yugoslav"

Thanks - I forgot them! My father always called it the Yugoslav when he played it.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:08 pm

Albin-Chatard-Alekhine Attack in the French is a candidate.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:16 pm

Ufimtsev got the nod in Soviet literature because at the time the split with Yugoslavia was strong so that it was politically incorrect for them to use Pirc. But when I researched the opening for some BCM articles published around 1960, I eventually concluded that the real inventor of the system with g6/Bg7, delayed Ng8 development, and attack on d4 was a little-known Soviet master named Katalimov, who played the system in a USSR semi-final around 1958 which only had a handwritten tournament bulletin which I got from my friend Yacob Estrin. Katalimov's idea was spotted by Kotov and then he started to play it too.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Hans Renette » Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:25 pm

Who was the first English player of some notion to spend an important part of his life in Australia?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Leonard Barden » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:09 pm

George Gossip.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:27 pm

William Watts

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Richard James » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:41 pm

John Wisker

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Hans Renette » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:55 pm

Good tries, but it's someone else. A small hint: his brother was also active in chess (and more well known)

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Nick Grey » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:29 pm

Tony Miles won the Australian Championship.

Was it JH Blackburne?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:17 am

William Watts won the first official championship of Victoria in 1855, having emigrated about 1848, so it must be someone earlier. What is meant by a "player of some notion"?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Hans Renette » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:44 am

I learn something new, thanks!
I am looking, however, for a player who played chess in England, and played in a tournament there.
Blackburne isn't the man either.

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