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Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1854 to 1989
Overall record: +3 -3 =0 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hardy vs F G Janssens  0-1241854LondonA03 Bird's Opening
2. Hardy vs R Shore  1-0421854LondonC52 Evans Gambit
3. Hardy vs J T Farrand 0-1181956EnglandC57 Two Knights
4. M Basman vs Hardy  1-0231980CambridgeA00 Uncommon Opening
5. H Plasman vs Hardy 0-171980BrabantB10 Caro-Kann
6. V F Kelly vs Hardy 0-1101989corrA02 Bird's Opening
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Nov-14-08  Karpova: From C.N. 5840

G. H. Hardy: <A very little reflection is enough to expose the absurdity of the “literary superstition”. There are masses of chessplayers in every civilized country – in Russia, almost the whole educated population; and every chessplayer can recognize and appreciate a “beautiful” game or problem. Yet a chess problem is simply an exercise in pure mathematics (a game not entirely, since psychology also plays a part), and everyone who calls a problem “beautiful” is applauding mathematical beauty, even if it is a beauty of a comparatively lowly kind. Chess problems are the hymn-tunes of mathematics.>

Source: Page 15 of "A Mathematician’s Apology" by G.H. Hardy (Cambridge, 1940). Submitted to Edward Winter by Michael McDowell (Westcliff-on-sea, England).

Edward Winter comments: <The best-known remark in the above passage is ‘Chess problems are the hymn-tunes of mathematics’. The context suggests that the comparison was hardly intended as a compliment.>


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