URS-ch21 Kiev (1954) – Soviet Chess Championship

<RUSbase> has a problem with this tournament – two games from R12 have the same moves: <Lisitsin–Sokolsky> and <Kholmov–Borisenko>. This error most likely was propagated to <CG>, where it manifested itself as a missing game – <Lisitsin–Sokolsky>. Recognizing <RUSbase> as an authority suggests that either game might be correct, and either game should be missing.…

Zlin CSR (1945) — Free at last

One of the first strong tournaments in Europe after the end of WWII was held in Zlin Czechoslovakia (no longer the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia). The crosstable for the event can be found in a couple of places: II.Zlínský šachový turnaj 1945 (vánoce) ——————————————————————— 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0…

CG country codes

Since <chessgames> has published all the <CG> player info, we now have a snapshot of the current list of countries used by <CG>. Actually, each player gets two entries, one labeled “Country“, and another labeled “Nationality“. For convenience, I assume they’re referring to country of birth, and current nationality. Aside – there is one country,…

To sing the praises of Tabanus

<Tabanus> is well known as a saint on <CG>’s Biographer Bistro. His icon (avatar) is a spider, quite fitting according to his profile (“Biologist from Norway!”) For a good while I just assumed <Tabanus>, that is, the name itself, was a scientific name for some variety of araneae. But I was wrong, and in homage…