A new visual puzzle (2015/02/15) – solution

The visual puzzle, reproduced below, comes from this blog post: https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/a-new-visual-puzzle/ The question posed was, “What makes this photograph special?” I found the photograph in the Soviet chess magazine, 64 – No 17 (Sept 1987) p15, while researching <Subotica izt (1987)>. The photograph looked interesting, and had the caption Первая в мире шахматная фотография  …

Subotica (1987) – Carolus corrections

So, after much help on the <CG>‘s Biographer Bistro (especially from <Tabanus>, <PaintMyDragon> and <Retireborn>) I’ve managed to determine the round dates and correct rounds for all the games. It turns out that three games in <Carolus> pgn had the wrong round numbers: <Speelman–Zapata>  R14 -> R2 <Speelman–Xu> R2 -> R15 <Ernst–Popovic> R8 -> R6…

A new visual puzzle

  It’s been awhile since the last one: (Click to enlarge) What is special about this photograph? I think this is fairly hard, but I’m not sure… good luck, I’ll post the answer soon. Sorry, no prizes, warranties or even correct answers guaranteed – your mileage, as always, may vary. PS- If you’re clever enough…

PGN for tournaments

I. Tournament PGN tags: Let’s start by my acknowledging that I haven’t really probed how <ChessBase>‘s software determines what games belong in a tournament. As <chessgames> noted, <SCID> is apparently much more strict. I like to err on the strict side myself, after all, all the games in a tournament should exactly share certain PGN…

John Watson and Chessman Comics

Here is the front cover of <Chessman #1 – The Incredible Adventures of Chessman>, this one has Watson as writer and Christine Hendricks as writer/illustrator (Watson’s girlfriend at the time, and co-resident at the Chess House in Denver). http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/chess-comic-book-incredible-adventures-of-chessman# It also contains <Chessman Battles Birniak!>. The link above gives the issue date as 1975(?). Next,…

Skuja–Tal, Latvian ch, Riga (1965)

Thanks to <hemy> over at <CG> I was able to find the Shachmaty N9 (Riga – May 1965) issue with its report on the <Latvian ch, Riga (1965)> tournament held in the spring. Tal used this tournament as a warm-up to his Portisch Candidate’s match in the summer later that year. Tal took first place in…

Tal // Skuja games in RUSbase

(First, I’m adopting <crawfb5>‘s convention of denoting either-color pairing with // in this post’s title) Next, there are a couple of issues in <RUSbase> concerning players named Skuja, or Скуя. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the name gets mistranslated to Skuya (or perhaps that is the better translation, and the original westernization of the name is…