Chess history trivia

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:29 am

Leonard Barden wrote:
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https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1444108
32. B-Z was a Soviet national master, though not a Fide IM. Perhaps this name was misremembed.
Yes, Leonard, I mentioned this game earlier in the thread.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:02 am

Well it's not since 1989 that I looked at the book where I believed I saw the game, I just misremembered it, probably thinking they had the longest names and connecting them up that way.

So if we stayed with surnames only and kept it to titled players, I wonder what the game with the fewest letters in the surnames combined is. Probably Wesley So verses someone.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:08 am

Yes, Wesley So vs anyone of half a dozen Chinese GMs with two letters in their surname.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:13 am

Just as an example - Wesley So vs Wei Yi Tata Steel 2017.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:21 am

"Wei Yi"

But with Chinese, (and some Indian names), it's sometimes a bit confusing which is the "surname", not that it makes a lot of difference in this case!

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Ian Thompson » Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:22 am

So vs Le has occurred several times.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:12 pm

Not as short as Sha v Enbonce in terms of hair length though.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:14 pm

Dzindzhihashvili (or however you prefer to spell it) must have featured in some "lengthy" Soviet era encounters.

(also a game of his in Chess Informant against Radashkovich, when both were based in Israel)
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Aug 19, 2020 1:56 pm

There's been no mention of those with double barrelled names either such as Ilyin-Genevsky or Duz-Khotimirsky they played each other in the 2nd-5th Soviet championships, letter total equals 27. In the 7th Soviet championship we have Kan v Budo, which is about as short as it gets on the Soviet side.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:03 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
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The Thai U18 championships in 2019 featured Charoenlarpnopparut - Chotichanathawewong. ( 38 )
Under my rules this one wins. Just saying.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:02 pm

Hmmm, okay so starting from the centre square on a Scrabble board and placing the letters across the board, which titled player has the name which scores the most points? Slightly trickier question as the name can't be more than 8 letters long.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:34 pm

It'll obviously be a name that's exactly eight letters long so that you can get the triple word score. JANOWSKI gets me 156, but I'm sure this can be improved on.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:19 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:34 pm
It'll obviously be a name that's exactly eight letters long so that you can get the triple word score. JANOWSKI gets me 156, but I'm sure this can be improved on.
I can't beat it, the best I've come up with is Averbakh which = 138.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:25 pm

Correction, in the 44th Soviet Championship there is a player who came 16th named Zakharov, which adds up to 168.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Garnett » Sat Aug 22, 2020 7:06 pm

Muzychuk would score 222, but I think this is probably beatable if there is a player with Q or Z as the 5th letter

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