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Somacarana
  
Number of games in database: 198
Years covered: 1855 to 1860
Overall record: +62 -125 =11 (34.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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SOMACARANA
India

[what is this?]
Somacarana Guttock aka Saumchurn Guttock.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1561855CalcuttaA21 English
2. Somacarana vs Cochrane 1-0441855CalcuttaA80 Dutch
3. Somacarana vs Cochrane 1-0291855CalcuttaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1411855CalcuttaB27 Sicilian
5. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1451855CalcuttaA30 English, Symmetrical
6. Somacarana vs Cochrane ½-½381855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0391855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Somacarana vs Cochrane  ½-½621855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1261855CalcuttaA02 Bird's Opening
10. Cochrane vs Somacarana 0-1271855CalcuttaA02 Bird's Opening
11. Cochrane vs Somacarana 1-0251855CalcuttaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Cochrane vs Somacarana  ½-½411855CalcuttaB20 Sicilian
13. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1351855CalcuttaA21 English
14. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0721855CalcuttaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1471855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1371855CalcuttaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1411855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1281855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0351855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
20. Somacarana vs Cochrane 0-1341855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0441855CalcuttaA02 Bird's Opening
22. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1521855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
23. Cochrane vs Somacarana  0-1301855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Cochrane vs Somacarana  1-0401855CalcuttaB32 Sicilian
25. Somacarana vs Cochrane  0-1321855CalcuttaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-15-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: Not much is known about this player, and yet he was good enough to play John Cochrane, beating him over 40 times. He never once received odds, which in those days means that Cochrane regarded him as a peer.

Somacarana is probably a transliteration of an Indian name, and perhaps appears elsewhere in our database under different spelling. Can anybody shed more light on the talented but mysterious "Somacarana"?

Jul-19-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: He invented a group Rain Dance involving placing one's hands on opposite shoulders, and chanting "Hey, Somacarana"
Jul-19-09  Pesach: I can shed some light on his name at least: The Sanskrit compound word "soma-carana" means the drinking of [the juice of] the soma plant. Ancient Vedic texts describe both the drinking of this juice or extract and its being offered to the gods as a libation.
Sep-13-09  laskereshevsky: I wouldnt ever presumed the doping problem in the chess cam from so far away in time....:)
Jan-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Interesting that Somacarana appears to have played no games against the other Indian player in Calcutta, namely Mohishunder.
Oct-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <Interesting that Somacarana appears to have played no games against the other Indian player in Calcutta, namely Mohishunder.> They probably have played each other but games were not recorded or survived. We know their games with Cochrane only due to Cochrane's habit to record his games.
Jan-04-11  FourQ: Hey, games that I can understand without enlisting Rybka!

Really quite interesting though. Shows what a talented individual Somacarana must have been to learn a second type of chess and play it at quite a skilled level with, presumably, no education whatsoever other than experience.

In the games I've looked at he still seems a little reticent to make certain moves of modern European chess (like O-O) preferring closed games with a central king.

Apr-29-11  Whitehat1963: SOOO not a good dancer!
Aug-06-15  SBC:

This is Somacarana Guttock aka Saumchurn Guttock

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