Chess history trivia

Historical knowledge and information regarding our great game.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Barry Sandercock » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Plenty on William Lewis if you google "William Lewis chess"

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:59 am

John,

Edward Winter has a feature article, Chess Grandmasters, which can be seen
here:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extr ... sters.html

He cites an entry in the Oxford Companion to Chess which notes that Lewis was described
as "our past grand master" in an 1838 newspaper.

The newspaper article can be viewed at the Chess Archaeology website:

http://www.chessarch.com/excavations/excavations.php

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:12 pm

Tom Hughes has alerted me to a blog post of his about clerical sex abuse by a Victorian chess player:

https://victorianclericalerrors.blogspot.ie/
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:36 pm

I can't find any games played by H. R. Dodd but he turned out for Essex and /East London on several occasions. On this occasion he defeats a future British Women's champion.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:12 pm

Which famous chess player was born during the eighteenth century, died in Poland, and gave his name to a popular opening in the modern game?

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Post by Richard James » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 pm

John Townsend wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:12 pm
Which famous chess player was born during the eighteenth century, died in Poland, and gave his name to a popular opening in the modern game?
Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:31 pm

Yes, Richard. In five minutes! Too easy, I can see.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:29 pm

Popular?
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:09 pm

Who, at a Soviet Championships, once decided to infuriate Botvinnik, described as a young upstart by his opponent, by playing on in a K+R V K+R endgame after all pawns were captured, taking the game into over 100 moves before intervention brought it to a grinding halt?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Paul Habershon » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:04 pm

Just guessing: Mikhail Tal.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Mike Gunn » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:15 pm

David Bronstein?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:41 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:04 pm
Just guessing: Mikhail Tal.
I don't think Tal would ever have described Botvinnik as a young upstart.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Mike Truran » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:00 pm

Duz-Khotimirsky.

102 moves. "Later, Botvinnik learned that it was the intention of Duz to torment him until move 150 before stopping".

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:38 pm

No games between them turn up in either the chessgames.com or ChessBase databases :?:
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Paul Habershon » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:40 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:41 pm
Paul Habershon wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:04 pm
Just guessing: Mikhail Tal.
I don't think Tal would ever have described Botvinnik as a young upstart.
Senior grammar moment. I took the upstart to be Botvinnik's opponent. :lol:

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