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Oct-15-21  Z truth 000000001: Ahh, Google Books comes through again, here's the other game (and the blue cover). :

[Source_url "https://books.google.com/books?id=R..."]

("BY AN AMATEUR")

.

Oct-15-21  jnpope: <Z>: Cool. So the games exist prior to 1859 and "Mears" was one George Richard Walker Mears.

The book was published under three different titles. <The Chess Handbook> (1859), <The American Chess Player's Handbook>, (1870), <The Blue Book of Chess> (1910), and it looks like <The Blue Book of Chess> is available as a print-on-demand purchase (as recently as 2020). Not a bad run for basically plagiarizing Staunton's work.

Oct-16-21
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  Jean Defuse: ...

<Thanks for your help!> - it's nice that <jnpope> is back!

...

Oct-16-21
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  MissScarlett: <DR. OSCAR P. HONEGGER; Retired Yorkville Obstetrician Is Dead in Connecticut at 86> friom the <NYT>, Dec. 27, 1941.

If anyone has access to the relevant archive, please supply the necessary details...Oscar P Honegger

Oct-16-21  Z truth 000000001: <Missy> How about adding this game?

https://books.google.com/books?id=n...

Not often Steinitz gets "utterly disposed of" in 19 moves (nice job by Oscar, even if the crusher was suggested by Raubitscheck) .

Oct-16-21
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  MissScarlett: See Steinitz vs Allies, 1897 but it could do with a tidy-up.
Oct-16-21
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  MissScarlett: Can anyone check <The Golden Treasury of Chess'>by Wellmuth and Horowitz to see if they claim it was played in London in 1880?

Steinitz vs Allies, 1880

Oct-16-21
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <MissScarlett>--My copy, a 1972 reprint, says this game was played in "London, about 1880."
Oct-16-21
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  MissScarlett: I had a little trouble with the original but here's Steinitz vs O Honegger / R Raubitsche, 1897.

From what I can amke out, the Evening Post says nothing abiut it being a blindfold game.

Oct-16-21  jnpope: <MissScarlett:> Except for the fact that the game header in the NY Post article reads:

<White.
Steinitz
(blind-
folded)>

And that article is reprinted in the <American Chess Magazine>, v1, 1897, pp174-175, which also gives the game header indicating Steinitz was playing blindfolded.

Oct-16-21
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  MissScarlett: Hopefully <zanzibar> won't notice that I deleted the original thereby losing all the kibizting. The 1880 game is under stay of execution.
Oct-17-21  Z truth 000000001: Oh, I noticed alright, indeed I did.

Twas but a flesh wound, compared to (d)-evolution of this player:

Hans Seger

Darwin doesn't always win apparently.

Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> One day, I broke the edit standings function due to some careless web development behavior. Next morning, I found my boss had made me a biographer.

Anyway, as requested, I added a few details to the Honegger bio based on the NYT obit. Besides what I added, the obit has a few more personal details (state born, place of death, places of professional activity and retirement, daughter, wife, education, other societies in which he was active) which I didn't add, but I can if you think it would be useful.

Oct-17-21  Z truth 000000001: <beat> does this mean you're not handling the utf-8 issues anymore?
Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <Z truth 000000001> Actually, I broke it while enabling UTF-8 on that interface.

I implemented a new batch of repairs on game collections last night, and I'm about to post some details about that.

Oct-17-21
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  MissScarlett: <Anyway, as requested, I added a few details to the Honegger bio based on the NYT obit.>

Are you sure he was president of the Manhattan CC and not the Metropolitan CC?

Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> The exact sentence in the NYT obit says, "Dr. Honegger was a Past Master of Lincoln Masonic Lodge and had been president of the <Manhattan> Chess Club and the New York Swiss Society."

I could add a citation to the source if you think that's needed.

Oct-17-21
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  MissScarlett: No. I'm just wondering if it might be a mistake.
Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <all>
I've started repairing the character display on the game collections. This time, I'm proceeding much more carefully than I did with the tournament pages, having learned lots of hard lessons about missing quotes and mysteriously disappearing euros.

This time, my fix is supposed to repair 10% of the collections (cid from 1000000 to 1004600). That's over 3,000 pages, so I can't post a complete list here, but my testing shows the following were changed: 1000077, 1000172, 1000438, 1000858, 1001052, 1001153, 1001204, 1001399, 1001416, 1001446, 1001651, 1001754, 1001914, 1001973, 1001992, 1002346, 1002368, 1002467, 1002490, 1002557, 1002746, 1003024, 1004579.

Not repaired on this pass:
1003435 - looks like it has some characters in a Russian encoding, need to treat separately

1004440 - operation failed on first try, need to investigate and redo

If you find anything wrong in a game collection with cid from 1000000 to 1004600 (other than 1003435 or 1004440 already listed above), please report it here and I'll investigate it.

If no major issues come up with this set, I will repair some more batches in my next work session, and it will probably take me about a week to complete the entire set.

Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <all>
1002617 also was not repaired on this pass. I will go over those in my next work session.
Oct-17-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> <Z_truth> posted a source that proves he was president of the Metropolitan club, so I think you're right about that and I'll update the bio, and yes, cite the sources.
Oct-18-21
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  MissScarlett: President of the Manhattan CC in 1900 was <Aristides Martinez>. He took over the role in 1899 upon the death of Charles A Gilberg and served through until retirement in 1920.
Oct-21-21
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  Retireborn: Wanted; information about the 1994 Benidorm tournament. Google will only tell me that it's one of the last tournaments that Ulf Andersson won, and Chesstempo suggests it was an open. Info about dates, no of rounds etc welcomed.
Oct-21-21
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  Tabanus: <Retireborn> See Jaque 378 page 42 on XVIII Open "Villa de Benidorm", 16-24 April 1994: http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...

http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l... page 25: Andersson is 3rd in (the stronger) XIV Open "Villa de Benasque", 6-14 July 1994.

Try also Tidskrift för Schack 1994, https://schack.se/forbundet/tfs/ark...

Oct-21-21
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  Retireborn: <Tab> Many thanks, that's tremendously helpful. Had no idea you could find this stuff via Olimpbase!
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